gratitude in motion, logo, simply charming

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 

4.[…empty spaces]

– 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… 

painting, Japanese woman, chopstick, gratitude, December 2013

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…

gratitude in motion, december 2013, Chuckles, blog dog, awards

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


Great Pyrenees, Chuckles blog dog, canine,

Gratitude in Motion: Last Weeks of October

Autumn Pond, Roger Lynn, October gratitude, list, Gratitude in Motion,

A Roger Lynn Photograph

Now you know I must send out my Gratitude in Motion list before it never gets done – oh, heavens! Where does the time go!?! ☺In the last weeks of October…

Grateful For the little things: scattered leaves swirling – soft throw covers – BlogHer articles – family owned convenience stores –  garage sales  coconut scented shampoo – October rainfall

– St. Margaret M. Alcacoque words “The divine heart is an ocean full of good things…it is an ocean full of joy to drown all our sadness…an ocean of love in which to submerge our poverty.”

– Frontline Flea and Tick prevention – fresh dew glistening like diamonds on the grass – Merlot wine – getting laundry done before 7 am – rabies vaccinations – Temple of Artemis – Gary Young poetry – Akismet spam busters – leggings – Mary Shelley’s book, Frankenstein

Grateful For nourishment: Green tea with peach flavor – one pot noodle & vegetable dish – black bean salad – chamomile tea – spice cake – apple filled donuts – roast turkey dinner – roasted dandelion root tea – homemade spice cake, pancakes, brownies with chopped walnuts – chocolate chip mint ice cream – Powerade – Sprite soda – hot chocolate evenings – BBQ steak dinner – chocolate candies

Great Pyrenees, Chuckles blog dog, canine,

Chuckles: “The vet called me a fatso…a 40 pound overweight fatty. Wah, and I hate raw carrots!”

Grateful For Inconvenience and conveniences: forty degree night temperatures – central heating – heartworm tests for dogs –  iPhone camera – warm winter clothing – challenge to get my dog to eat raw carrots to lose extra 40 pounds

– recycling plastic shopping bags as trash liner – magnetic photo frames – ancient history trivia – natural ingredient bath soap

– Pic Monkey photo editing site – poison ivy solution that helps control the awful weed – rain puddles

Grateful For special moments: movie night with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson: The Island…

– Ligo Haibun Honorable Mention: Endless Winters

October skies, gratitude, nature, sunsets– October sunsets –affordable auto oil and filter change – my dog being free from heart worms – weekends… 

– classic movie night: Throw Momma From the Train with Danny DeVito & Billy Crystal – clear skies – musical performances

– military employees – learning how to add social media icons – stretch out yoga poses for tired muscles – full moon evening – Basho’s haiku

…and to all of you that share your thoughts and precious time with your posts and comments – thank you. You are a blessing. ♥

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?


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.

blog dog

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!

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!


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.


loyal reader award

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.

Totally Grateful For All The Flowers!

I am happy, you happy?

Come on, “The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit,” so writes Thomas Malory.

In case you do not know, my name is Chuckles, aka blog award writer extraordinaire.

Do you dig my new spring look?

I feel so flowery and photo shopped to death.

But wait, flowers reminds me of blog awards.

It is time.

Chuckles on Gratitude

Listen, I have three, no, four life goals. Eat, sleep, bark and write well.

Eating, sleeping and barking all night is my forte. Writing? Eh. I need to practice so, unbelievably, I write thank-you posts for any awards that come this way.

Since I do not, and will not ever attend a dog obedience class, I feel rules need to be revised and updated. 🙂 Blog awards are no exceptions and the MAIN rule one should NEVER tamper with is GRATITUDE. SO,

Thank Y♥U: …freelance WRITER, POET, Fiber Artist/Teacher & totally in L♥ve with GODMartha Shaw…her blessings include:

& Super Sweet Award

Thank Y♥U:…Author, MOTHER OF SIX!, Historical Re-enactorEllyn Baker…her blessings:

Thank Y♥U:…Little Binky my bestest feline blog friend ever and her GrannyAngelswhisper2011 & Little ♥ Binky…bring new blessings:

If you need to follow Best Moment Award rules, go ahead…

  • Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech.
  • This could be written or video recorded.
  • Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees!
  • The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners tell them the great news.

Thank Y♥U:…Tragedy & heartache for this writer, Becki Duckworth, but blessings pour forth both from Becki and Angelswhisper with:

The WordPress Family Award rules are as follows:

  • Display the award logo
  •  Link back to the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as a friend, and spread the love. 
  • Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them.

* * *

If you would like to take these blog awards over to your blog space, please, feel free & share in your own creative way–our apologies to the creators of these blog awards for the remix. 😐

Once again, Thank Y♥U to the blog friends who recently shared their blog award love…you bring beautiful fragrant spring blossoms this way!!


Full of Springtime Gratitude

One of the joys that come with blogging is the opportunity to say thank you to blog friends that kindly bring gifts and fun games as a way to show their appreciation to your blog site.

Chuckles, Simply Charming’s blog dog writer, makes a special effort to get his big dog self up and give a note of thanks for the special awards and tag games that come this way. Well, sometimes he gets up…sometimes he prefers lounging about and yawning…hope you do not mind. Here he is…

Hey. It’s me. Chuckles. You see, I am slowly getting ready for spring season. Got my new sunglasses…you like it?Chuckles, blog dog

Okay. Now, business. First, the Illuminating Blogger Award from two beauties…

thank you, Sophia and KZ

thank you, Sophia and KZ!!

♥ Sofia Siberia*: A very busy “writer, psychic, energy healer,” Sofia shares her insights “on love, relationships, mysticism, well-being, holistic healing, esoteric and… enlightened living.”   WOW!  Read about her latest adventure…Body and Mind Well-Being: My Initiation into Natural Healing. Thank you, Sofia!

KZ: A self-proclaimed, eclectic, Blog Bling!* eccentric shopaholic and one hell of a writer/blogger. This is a fine haiku. I maybe a ram reborn…check it! Carpe Diem: Daily Haiku 92 Thank you, KZ!

Next, the Very Inspiring Blogger Award from another beauty and wise one…

thank you, Seeker!

thank you, Seeker!

The Seeker*: The Seeker seeks. Her words…”i seek everything. you hide & i will seek…from faith, hope, charity…Abba 2 Zen…Here 2 Now…reality 2 Divine…endless! And her Party Time! feast after 40 days of fasting!

Finally, a tag game and the Super Sweet Award

thank you, Little Binky and Granny!

Angelswhisper2011: (home of Little Binky!)

you must meet Little Binky, my BFBF (best feline blog friend) and her Granny. Not only did they bring the best dessert Awards and Coffee Break*, Little Binky’s granny is super talented. Just check Granny’s Drawings if you do not believe me.

Confession: Anyone who follows my awesome blog dog writing abilities knows I also love remaking blog awards and tag game rules. Sorrrrry. Woof!

Before I get to the rehashed rules, my nominees come from my our recent subscribers that I we would like to thank with a GROUP*HUG!

♥ GlobalInfo4All| Inspired by the Story…Famous Dog…Hachiko
♥ MJPienaar| My Only Requirement
♥ Musings&Rants: Shazza says she will rant about “God, Life” …muse about, “Movies & other randomness.” Here she shares about My Prized Possession.

Now, Chuckles revised rules* for awards and tag game:

Answer the question listed below, nominate other blog friends (if you want) and post the award logo somewhere on your blog. Oh, and send a link to the nominees so they are aware you are giving them the award and/or tag game.

Here is your question nominees to get your awards:

Name the one thing you are grateful for today (excluding this tag game/blog award.)

As for me, Chuckles, I am grateful everyday when I hear success stories about my fellow animal friends being rescued and cared for…like Silly Sit Saturday friend over at Long Life Cats and Dogs.

*if anyone nominated want the full authentic rules version for each award/tag game, just visit the above award links with the little asterisk*

Well, good day to all and remember, Chuckles wise words for today…“In all things big, little, fat (like me) beautiful, ugly… be full of thanksgiving.” Woof!