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Gratitude in Motion: December and Goodbye 2013…

I had this planned for the last day of December, but due to unforeseen technical problems, you now have the final post on January 1st instead. Everyday I write four grateful moments and wrap it up at the end of the month. It truly is amazing how good life truly is when we pause, reflect, and realize the abundance we own even in times when we struggle financially.

Thank you for BIG and little things, fun and painful events and 

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– small talks with friends – Waka poetry – eating utensils, especially forks – glass – bumping into friends when running errands  – full day of doing many things – tripod head stand – plastic sandwich bags – the color red – jigsaw puzzles – comedians… 

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Gratitude in Motion: alternative eating utensil…the chopstick.

– nightlight with wax scented air freshener – laughing so hard tears fall and belly aches!!– privately run animal shelters. 

Thank you for spiritual, mentally and physical nourishment…

– gala apples – leftover turkey meals – spiritual uplifting words – homemade chicken soup – smoked salmon – pasta and more pasta dinners…

Haiku Mind: 108 Poems, gratitude, December 2013, book

Gratitude in Motion: – “Haiku Mind” by Patricia Donegan

– wonderful illustrated children’s picture books – sweet grapefruit – hot cocoa with whipped cream…

Dalai Lama’s wisdom words: “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”

– salami – hot cider – rotisserie chicken – eggnog – Tabasco sauce – leftover turkey sandwiches – pastrami sub sandwich – not burning the popcorn.

Thank you for creature comforts that pamper and spoil…

a warm home – layers of warm clothing to wear – winter boots – oil heaters – lemon zest body lotion – warm fuzzy blankets – wool socks – fireplace – flannel sheets and pillowcases – classic movie night with Clint Eastwood: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

– fabric softener to minimize static electricity out of clothing – closet full of clothes – thick carpet flooring – Burt’s Bees lip balm – fur boots

Thank you for Christmas season…

– live nativity scenes – hearing the sound of first snow falling – snow play – snowball fights – angel role in Christmas play –  melting snow

enough snow to make little snowmen – being snowed in at home

dashing through the snow…

– Christmas tree displays – Salvation Army bell ringing donation collectors – bright starlight on Christmas tree

– the house cat who now thinks she must sleep under the Christmas tree

– icicles

– AFrankAngle’s tee-shirt gift & weekend party ☺On the AFA Holiday Gift Party!!!!!!

– family and friends get together – warmer temperatures melting ice from trees and power lines – sunny Christmas Eve – glittery pine cones – colorful sock collection gift – sugar cookies!! – singing Christmas carols with friends – Monopoly game night

– icicles finally melted away – handmade knitted scarves – new year’s eve – taking in the last of the Christmas lights and decorations

And, when is the right time to dismantle all the Christmas lights and decorations? Day after New Year’s day…after Ephiphany? Or just leave it up till next year?? Any advice? 

THANK YOU to my Chuckles, blog dog who takes time out of his busy days to write on awards but mainly focuses on posing for photo shoots, eating and snoozing…

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Chuckles: “Er, no…do not ask me to take a bath again. It simply ruins my photo shots!!”

Finally, to some wonderful friends, Little Binky and her Granny, they delivered the Best news of the year 2013…. in a row | angelswhisper2011.

thank you Little Binky and Granny!

And we were Nominated For Awards (the Inner Peace award and WordPress Family award) by Miss Spicy Hat n’ Sugar Socks from KitchenSmitten. Both images are already in our Razzle-Dazzle Awards page so no need to post again. Thank you, Miss Ayesha, and…

another thanks to YOU all, my blog friends,

for a really FAB 2013!

Love and ☼HUGS

 

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Guest Writer: Chuckles Wraps Up August

Sunshine Award

Good day, Folks. Chuckles here to give the award shout out, or better, bark out. Ruff!

Wait. So rude of me to forget. How has your August been? Did you get everything done as planned?

Me?

Oh, so kind you asked. I must say, this month has been terrific as weather goes. I think there have been about four or five days that the temperature rose close to one hundred.

Life is good, although; I sure wish Rommel from The Sophomore Slump had invited me to Japan.

Maybe next time.

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i feel so pretty…

As you can see, I have my favorite spot under the flowering bush. Do not ask what kind of flower it is. I am clueless.

Hey, maybe Kozo or Island Traveler may know. Both are super family men and smart. I bet one will know the answer.

To get on with business.  Back in May, I must have spent too much time playing around with Little Binky and Simba, Sagittarius dog ☺. I missed featuring Musings and Rants awards.

Go ahead.

Be brutal.

I deserve it.

Just let me do one thing first:

dog hole

let me dig a big hole…

Ahh, now, where were we.

Right. Awards. 

Shazza’s  7 Wonderful Encouragements and the new awards.

Liebster Share the Love Blog Award

thanks, Shazza ☺

Dragon's Loyalty Award

i’m not scared of this dragon…thanks again, Shazza

Meet blogger Shazza as, in her words, rants about God, life, movies and randomness.

As my way of thanking all of you readers and loyal followers, a video (shh, I stole borrowed it from aFrankAngle) gift. It is my favorite.

Oh, I cannot stop myself from laughing over this video!

What is this? Excitement! We just met Morgan not too long ago and she honored us with  A Plethora of Awards from her BooknVolume blog. Why, thank you. This is perfect timing and we are grateful.

These are her awards:

Thank you, Morgan from BooknVolume

Thanks again, Morgan.

Well, time to go for my mid-morning snack, get a bit of Reading Pleasure, fill up on Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge, then off for a snooze day of patrol.

Take care until next time!
Love,

Chuckles a.k.a furry guest writer

Guest Writer: Chuckles on Loyalty, Liebster and Very Inspiring Mentions…

Hello Everyone,
As you know, on occasion, my good fur-buddy, Chuckles, comes around to help say thank you to the blog friends who took a good chunk of their precious time to write-up an award or tag game post.

During the summer months, with the intense heat, Chuckles, sorry to say, becomes irresponsible in his writing duties. Not to worry though, I usually send my secret snitch, Mr. Rooster to badger the old boy to get the beep up!

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A snitch at work…shh!

Here, finally, the Simply Charming thank-you post, paw-typed by Chuckles, (he looks filthy dirty because he really is!) to our thoughtful friends:

Dear Blog Humans and Blog Animals,
I am awake and yes, dirty only because someone, I will not tell you who, refuses to let me inside the air-conditioned house.

What else am I to do? I have to make the dirt my natural cooling agent.

Let me make this quick since I am perspiring and panting and must go lay down soon. I learned me some haiku while dozing in the heat…

Three mentions given
Hugs and kisses sent their way
Please visit them soon

Angelswhisper and Little Binky : a WONDERFUL post, full of kind words and the Loyal Reader Award.

Little Binky (shhh, do not tell my other feline girlfriends) is my number one kitty love of all times.

SHE IS BEAUTIFUL.

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Big thanks to our sweet friends from Granny and Little Binky

Now that my dog heart is pounding like crazy in love, let me say thank you to:  Johann is Thinking | Liebster Blog Award.

Johann blogs from the United States, a retired teacher who, at one time, taught with the Missionary Sisters of our Lady of Africa.

COOL huh?

thank YOU, Johann!

Wait, one more award and we can all go and take our naps…Maria’s RandomlyAbstract kindly brought us the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

Please visit our Awards page for more details on this award.

That is it…signing off dear friends in deep gratitude…many thanks!

Your adorable blog dog,

Chuckles…a.k.a guest blog dog writer.

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Whenever something senseless and tragic happens like the recent Newtown school shooting, I cannot help but think; when did life become so complicated and ugly? Although I did not know any of the victims, their families or the shooter, like many of us, I felt as if a loved one had perished during this terrible ordeal.

I have to tell you, it has been difficult these last couple of days to find the inspiration to post while you know someone across the way is going through the ordeal of grieving and trying to understand exactly why this all had to happen.

With that thought in mind, I was happy when I found these words by Thornton Wilder that read:

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

If there is anything from the Newtown ordeal that stood out for me, it was learning not to take anyone for granted. After reading how many parents rushed to get their own children safely home to hug and cherish their treasures, I realized my own treasures not only with personal family and friends but also you guys, my companions on-line.

Today, I want to give a {{group hug}} to all of you, especially those who never fail to comment and those who generously awarded me recently with blog awards. You all make my days awfully sweet!!

My Top 6 Commenters:

I hope you read this post Tears and Tragedy Days Before Christmas because not only does Island T. share his heart thoughts on Newtown, but the “merciless typhoon Bopha [that] hit Davao Oriental, New Bataan and surrounding communities in the Philippines” several days ago.

My Recent Awards

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Group Hug– Photo credit: pushthisbutton

I would like to honor each of these award gifts separately but my talents only go so far and it would take me too long to attempt such a feat. Please visit and give some {{hugs}} to these wonderful friends. Life is too short to wait so let us encourage one another in appreciation.

Thank YOU for all these awards! I am so grateful and honored. I apologize for breaking all the rules for each award. *eep*

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Curtain Call: Featured Blog…

Munchow’s Creative Photo Blog: If you ever desire to learn more about creativity and photography, you need Otto. His passions are to “teach photography and particularly workshops dealing with creativity and expansion of one’s creative approach.”

Currently he is featuring until the end of 2012, a special offer. If you submit your favorite photo blog links to his page: Best Photo Blogs and there are no limits to the number of links, you could if your entry wins, receive a cool screen saver! Yay!

Finally, do not leave without checking the latest from Otto: Instagram My Backyard! Maybe we should ask if we can have a BBQ soon…just kidding, Otto. 🙂

Next up, Blogger of the Year 2012 wrap up.

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Sharing is Caring: A Lovely Pair from the Netherlands

Hey there…it is me, ChucklesChuckles, the farm dog, dog writer, awards, blog–aka, fabulous blog/farm dog…in the house to receive some awesome blog awards…

Someone was thinking of Simply Charming.

Someone I find very, very cute.

Shhh, do not tell my current feline girlfriend who thinks she owns me and pesters loves on me constantly.

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My current feline girlfriend…

…but someone else was thinking on things…

The someone is Little Binky.

She now lives over in the Netherlands, Rotterdam to be specific, but will soon be moving to South Limburg.

Am I right or am I right…Little Binky is for sure, CUTE, and she came by recently months ago and left the, THINKING of YOU Award.

Little Binky: Just sitting and looking at the sky…and thinking about all my blog friends especially Chuckles, the awesome and handsome blog farm dog…

( I hope Little Binky does not have a dog friend…you think she might like to be my blog feline girlfriend?)

Okay, okay…focus, because photographer, Chris Breebaart, from What’s (in) A Picture–Chris Breebaart, recently delivered the Lovely Blog Award.

I just realized that Chris blogs from the Netherlands as Little Binky. How cool is that??

As you know, blog awards come with a few rules but to make blog life a bit easier, I have taken the liberty to combine the two award rules into one.

You guys can thank me later with lots of extra-large dog bones…or shoot me…either one. Woof! Go…

Rule #1 Post award image somewhere on your blog and naturally thank and link back to the sender:

Thinking of you – Award and One Lovely Blog Award

Dear Little Binky and Mr. Chris,

If I want to say thank you in your language, should  I say dank je?

Dank je.

Thank you so much!

For those not familiar with Little Binky, she is a lovely cat that blogs with the help of her granny, angelswhisper2011. I say they do a bang up job too with so many stories about the adventures Little Binky gets into experiences.

Mr. Chris is an awesome photographer…go check it out yourself–What’s (in) A Picture–Chris Breebaart,

Thinking of You Award

Grateful for this moment.

Celebrating.

Rule #2. Tell seven things that you love and that you think about daily.

Chuckles loves:

1. FOOD … table scraps the best!

2. SLEEPING … mostly in the day time works best for me.

3. BARKING … listen, this is top-secret: Sit outside at night-time and watch for lights to go out in all the houses and once the last one goes out, activate your constant bark alarm. Even if you do not see anything creeping around in the dark, just bark … and make it go on ALL night.

4. MESSES … spill your food dish, shed your fur all over the yard, track dirt into the garage especially after a big rain storm.

5. MEDITATING …simple, yet profound words like, St. Augustine’s “Love God and do as you will…”

6. SINGING … how about Silly Love Songs with Paul McCartney?

7. CHILLIN’ … with my blog buds…and my food dish.

Rule #3. Pass the award to seven other blogs.

A mix of blogs friends…some new and some old-time favorites:

Writer’s Journey

BabyJill7

Living, Loving, Laughing, Snapping…..

Adinparadise

Life as a Minister Mom

Such Wild Love

TCHistoryGal

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Done!

Going…

going…

gone.

Thank you once again to Little Binky and Mr. Chris and congratulations to the seven blog wonders!

Woof, Chuckles aka blog dog.

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If you are wanting to know the real rules for the One Lovely Blog Award, here it is:

Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post (and put in the logo)
* Share 7 things about yourself
* Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire
* Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know

Bye-bye!!

Chuckles on Blogging Awards: Short, Sweet and Always Gentle on My Mind…

Hey, it is I, Chuckles, aka fabulous, handsome and talented, blog farm dog. It has come to my attention that a few awards have arrived and as most of you know, I am the Special Event staff writer around here.

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Dang, it’s hot…I wonder when my chilled drink is coming…hello? anyone??

Listen, it has been triple digit hot around here and this is me just chilling at my, ahem, pool deck. Do you like my swimming hole pool in the background?

Well, let me make this short and sweet because my big fat furry body is dying to get back to swimming, so let us get on down to business!

1.   “Generosity seems to come so naturally to some people.”

Here are the generous souls who honored us with the Lovely Blogging Award. Thank you!!

7 Legged Express Journey: Home to the cute Panda Smith, dazzling Drizzle Deer and two ?? unknown thingies …

All Things Girl Related: A very delicious place…totally ‘eye-candy’ and very informative…check it out!!

Angelswhisper: Her little kitty is an awesome blogger…sometimes her kitty’s granny helps with blogging chores.

3TeensMom: Her words…”frustrated writer attempting to be set free!” Do not worry, Chuckles is sending you help, 3TeensMom!!

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Because I have slacked with my writing, I almost missed telling you about this little, “Thanks for Writing” award: Thank you, Thelma!

Thelma Cunningham, an author, member of the Maryland Writer’s Association and has written two poetry books. Of course, there’s more about her and her writing so please head over there and enjoy some of writing selections.

2. “Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.” ~Unknown

Here are some new friends, blown in by some angels, you will simply have to meet, that is, if you have not yet…

Clowie’s Corner : This is my Great Pyrenees friend…she’s awfully cute…hehe.

The Literary Heart: A book lover is always hot!

REAKSMEY Yean- GEORGE: A new friend who says, “not anyone can be artist, but artist can be anyone!” You go, George!

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Okay, I am so outta here…I have to go and chill out in my pool, but just one small thing before I go…

3. “Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some secrets common knowledge of Chuckles (and…… all right, I will include Sunshine!)

  • We both prefer spring and fall weather…
  • Our favorite geographical spot is anyplace that has a body of ocean nearby…
  • Our current classic country song we find just dandy is, Glen Campbell’s, Always Gentle On My Mind. **Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as Mr. Campbell bravely deals with his Alzheimer’s disease.**
  • We think we maybe Bohemians in disguise and our favorite movie to keep us in the moment is:  Moulin Rouge.
  • Our famous hot topic ‘man-crush’ presently is, Robert Downey Jr. — sizzle!!
  • We love Krispy Kreme donuts.
  • We love blogging, meeting up with blogger friends and simply love what Oscar Wilde said so long ago: I we have the simplest tastes. I am We are always satisfied with the best!” Y’all R-O-C-K!!!

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Well, how do you like my pool and what chilled, tasty, super-sized drink did you bring over for me?? 

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