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Gratitude in Motion: November 2013

November came (and gone) but before I let it go
let me count the blessings –
a very long list
but I think,
It’s only four a day
imagine the pages of blessings
one actually receives in a month

Grateful for blessings that nourish both body, soul and mind like: sweet corn – watermelons from summer – turquoise color – tea time – having fresh donuts with sticky fingered toddlers – lentil stew – oatmeal – baked salmon – tangerines

– Habushu…a Sake drink→( Okinawa World by The Sophomoreslump)

– pineapple – Jasmine rice – crunchy peanut butter – sweet red grapes – turkey stuffing – Roma tomatoes – olive oil – homemade scones – baked potatoes – ready-made frozen whole turkey dinner – fresh cranberries – turkey and more turkey – not burning anything for Thanksgiving meal – chocolate chips walnut cookies – strawberry jam

– AFrankAngle on mentioning Kentucky Bourbon Fruitcake

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Grateful: DIY glitter glam pine cone project *click image to see the video ☺

Grateful for the small and big things like: family farms – locally owned grocery stores purple ink writing pens – clean cat litter box – phone camera – fuzzy house slippers entertaining writers – broom sweepers – recycled twin mattress bed for large dog

– ceiling fan tip that in winter the blades should turn clockwise to move warm air down

– multi-electrical plugin stations – insulated jackets – hot water heaters – legends & fairy tales – human thumb, used so often during the day that an injury makes you really appreciative – land line telephones – personalized office cubicles – washer & dryer – hours of entertainment from the movie industry – poems by Nathan Brown – family owned restaurants – high heels

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Grateful: autumn leaves

Grateful for the beauty in nature like– egg sacs containing baby garden spiders – river stones – rooster crowing every morning – orange-red ornamental berry trees – hibiscus flowers – full moon – dairy cows  rooster who insists on pecking off Styrofoam winter protection faucet covers – honey bees – the beauty of fragile icicles hanging from brick ledges  albacore tuna fish – sea life – small hail storm instead of a big one – night walks under chilly moon sky

Grateful for blessings, contradictions, flaws and disruptions like: my dog, keeps his teeth clean by gnawing on broken tree limbs – grass mowed before winter – hairspray that goes on fine but holds without feeling like a helmet head – the human eyes how intricately wonderfully made – unconditional love   toilet bowl scrub brushes 

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Grateful: Sunny Thanksgiving Day

– eye doctors  sanitation workers that pick up garbage keeping our country tidy so we don’t get sick from diseases and pest infestation – dental hygienist – emergency hospital workers – WordPress Support – all the Typhoon Haiyan reparation efforts – Veterans and those serving our country – road workers that keep highway maintained for safe driving – teachers passionate about teaching – plumbers – firefighters – historical museum workers that help keep the past fresh so we do not forget – tombstone artists

 – Tan Renga challenges  – non-stick cooking pans – smiling faces – people laughing and having fun – not driving on icy roads – happy people watching old movies together – family gatherings – classic movie night with Matthew Broderick, The Producers –  not shopping on Black Friday  imagination and…

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Grateful: stray dogs that find good fur-ever homes…

– central heating – motion sensor night lights  – Christmas music on the radio – mechanical pencils – married couples who stay together over 40 years +…wow! wall clocks – opportunity to sleep in – enclosed car garage – sticky mail address labels and… 

thank you for being here –

i am always grateful for the smiles, laughter and love you bring.


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Gratitude in Motion: Last Weeks of October

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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

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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. ♥

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Gratitude in Motion: October’s First Half

To hold myself accountable, I post two gratitude reviews in a month sharing the little blessings that come my way. I’m careless at times, what can I say. 

My hope is gratitude in motion will snowball around the world implementing changes for a more peaceful and loving world.

In the first half of October, I am…

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Gatherin’ firewood ain’t never an easy task…

Grateful for convenient modern life like: nail clippers – smooth writing pens – clear hand soap – earth colored tile flooring – gel ink pens – lotion infused tissues – heavy-duty garbage bag liners – recycled scratch paper –firewood… 

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“I do remember to say grace before I eat…”

Grateful for nourishment like: crispy sweet apples –Greek yogurt – cottage cheese with applesauce – frozen berry milkshakes – buttermilk pancakes and warm maple syrup – a friend’s homemade pizza – leftover beef brisket soup – Thai foodhomemade buttermilk sweet bread  real cola nut extract soda sour green apples that makes the face pucker up – rainbow sherbet dessert – buttermilk  

Grateful for opportunities and blessings like: finding bed sheets on sale – XX-large t-shirts for sleeping in – fun evening with Rotary Club fundraiser – big orange pumpkins – aloe vera body gel – custom-made scratched up sofa designed by my house cat – knowing a stray dog from parking lot found a good fur ever home 

 Honorable Mention post with Ligo Haibun Challenge

– story on NPR on Elizabeth Smart’s rescue after being kidnapped for 9 months at age 14 – hoody pullover – three young deers crossing the neighbor’s yard – successful friend’s knee surgery

WordPress Forum volunteers and Support Happiness engineers for fixing site problem quickly …

human body’s liver and kidneys that work hard to filter out toxins – pumpkins and autumn shop displays  a quiet existence – garage sales before winter – autumn’s decoration with piles of leaves and fallen pine cones gathering on the groundnot hitting a squirrel running across highway… 


“You almost hit me, Lady!”

Grateful forChristmas cactus plant still growing after two years in my lack of care – hearing the sound of thunderstorm early this morning but moved on quickly – a friend suffered only a minor head injury after a fall accident…

the intricate human brain and how it functions…

autumn’s brilliant oranges and yellow colors –  

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– sounds of laughter among friends telling funny jokes and stories – toddler playtime at church nursery  – human muscular system – windy mornings watching leaves falling all around…foggy mornings  toads and frogs…

Kozo @ everyday gurus on a 10-day silent retreat adventure…

 Rotator cuff muscles that stabilizes shoulders – ceramic coffee mugs – magnolia trees– fingernails and toenails that serve as protection and for some art canvas…

– St. Teresa of Avila’s words “Let nothing disturb you…All things are passing. God never changes.”

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Thank you and abundant blessings – always. ♥

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September’s Reflection: Everyday Give Thanks

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♥Everyday give thanks. ♥

In a blink of a moment, life can come to a complete halt. Sometimes luck may warn us ahead of time but what if tomorrow never comes?

Since time is ephemeral, I make it a serious habit of finding at least four blessings everyday to be thankful for.

Also, I know how I fail big time staying in touch with both my long time readers and new subscribers, but please know my effusive heart thanks you all –

Thank you for your unfailing support and love.

In September, I am grateful for…Kindness, comfort and little things I often miss in my busy days…

– recycled hand-me-down clothing – fresh aroma of just washed clothes – comfortable shoe gel inserts – time spent streamlining clothes to give away – getting bills paid on time – peaceful visits to church sanctuary – small family farms…

– dedicated volunteers helping recovering substance abuse people stay on track

an opportunity serving over forty families at community food bank… 

– dedicated health care workers – a smiling four-month baby girl in church nursery – morning sunlight streaming through the window – watching leaves starting to fall – invention of the desk stapler – portable plastic storage bins – door knobs – brick homes – soft carpet floors – our human cervical spine – foaming hand soap…

– good works inspired by St. Vincent de Paul

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Busy worker wrapping up a McSpider Happy Meal…

– lip gloss – movie night with J. Depp’s Public Enemy – last few days of September… 

– finding assorted bugs to feed giant garden spiders 

I am grateful for…Nourishment and…crock pot steel-cut oatmeal breakfast – homemade pearl tapioca pudding – leftover beef brisket compiled over fried corn tortilla, melted cheese, sour cream, salsa and lettuce…

– extra-large supreme pizza– homemade buttermilk banana bread – peppermint tea – homemade Indian Taco – fresh sweet pineapple salad – buttermilk…

– crock-pot beef stew – sharp cheddar cheese – mocha ice coffee – after dinner mints…

– community food bank volunteers working hard rain or shine 

I am grateful for…Happy moments, surprises that delight and…a big Great Dane dog seeks your protection when it fears – fingernails…

– peace found in God – hand lotion – early morning rainfall – large size at low-cost dog shampoo

two years flying with WordPress

– thankful for a quick recovery from disastrous blog theme change back to original theme…whew!

– festivals that honor the dead…like Obon celebrations – parent(s) that stay focused on raising mindful and respectful children – God’s sustaining love and much-needed rainfall this morning…

Jack Russel Terrier puppy

Grateful for a Jack Russel Terrier playful spirit – and no, this is only an Internet look-alike version of the pup I know. ☺


I am grateful for…Convenience found…in aromatic fabric softener – a two kitchen sink feature – remembering to pick up toilet paper from store…

– dirt roads with little to no dips or holes to mess up your truck tires

 – digital photo frames – electricity – sharp scissors – empty cardboard boxes to refill and reuse…

…and one more thing, a haiku of course:

In silence
September days bid farewell
bows in gratitude




September Gratitude: Part One

September – the month for some signifies the coming of autumn; for others (like Sonel’s Corner) the season of spring.

Some readers know, every day I (make the attempt) highlight a daily ☼Grateful 4 list on my sidebar. At the end of the month, I compile the list as a gratitude post feature.

Because it takes a good amount of time to compile and time, as we all know, is never enough, I decided it would easier for me to break up my monthly post into two parts.

In this first half, let me say, I love September – and for many reasons. Here, the weather is cooling down, many are returning to school after summer break and on September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote my country’s national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.

Cover of sheet music for "The Star-Spangl...

September finds me grateful for: Nourishment and comfort that comes with food…

– snack pack yogurt – crock pot cooking –  sub sandwich fully loaded – baby carrots – leftovers for dinner – carbonated drinks – after dinner mints – fresh pineapple – thick crusted pizza – finding a dry dog food my dog actually likes to eat – raw garlic – healthy dog bone treats – oatmeal and flax-seed mush for my dog to eat…hope it helps the skin condition – beef brisket dinner (not burned and really tasty!) fresh cantaloupe

Grateful for: Special days within the month…Monday – Labor Day – getting big dog washed – early morning prayer time – gorgeous sunrises – joyful random singing out loud days…

Autumn Photo credit: decafinata via flickr

Grateful for…the coming of autumn season – thirty days this month to find gratitude…

Little surprises…old coffee pot with lid almost coming off but still works – Epsom salt foot soak to wind down a busy day – finding a shady parking stall – locating a package lost in the mail – not running over baby armadillo or the little squirrel crossing highway…

– truck hood that opens, thanks to auto mechanic who fixed it without charge – piano music – new walking shoes – petite jeans that fit in length…finally ♥ the body’s pancreas…must never abuse it with too much alcohol consumption – chrysanthemums – a healthy spinal cord

– bumping into people in town while running errands then chit-chatting to catch up on latest gossip ☺

Grateful for: Kindness found with those lending hands, passionate people…community food/spiritual outreach center – WP Support team – happiness engineers ☺ honest auto mechanics – eye doctors – Sonel’s tip to help Chuckle with dry elbow syndrome – honest used car dealers – Steve Biko’s freedom fighting work – youth pastors that inspire with genuine personalities – NEW SUBSCRIBERS  –


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Grateful for: Convenience of modern life, entertainment and…window spray cleaner – computer printers – National Public Radio – telephone books – sharp cutting scissors – masking tape that sticks – weekly curbside trash pick-up – classic pearl jewelry designs – US Postal Service – garden clippers – BLOG life – garden hoses that do not kink up – small shoe box that house cat finds to squeeze in for a cat nap – wonderful offerings by Celestine | ReadinPleasure

…and for all of you who have stopped by, left your thoughts or just left liking a post – thank you for your valuable time. I really appreciate the support. ☼

Being Grateful: July in Review

Mother always said, “Be grateful for all that come your way.”

Now I say, listen to Mother.  My monthly, at-a-glance, review on four daily grateful moments.  May you also find gratitude a blessing in your life.

In July…Grateful for: natural bug spray using distilled water and oil of eucalyptus; Stephen King’s book: On Writing; black forest ham sandwich with red potato salad; 100 degree + temperatures outside has not made my furry 100 + pound dog sick…yet; ♥ glazed donuts and hot steaming coffee before church;

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No, these are not edible donuts unless you like fungi…

…strawberry milkshakes for lunch; quiet Sunday afternoons; the rooster who eats all the nasty spiders…quiet celebration with friends on 4th of July; Pinterest–and trying hard not to spend too much time there…

…long handle spoons; kiddie swimming pool–a mini water hole for outside animals; DIY recycle shower fixtures-instead of buying new shiny ones, hardware store man suggested cleaning fixtures with vinegar (remove water deposits) and shine with window cleaner; finding a bird’s nest with my dog’s fur to line its nest 3 4 small blue speckled eggs in back yard tree…

 …auto mechanics that start their work day at sunrise; auto mechanics that do extra service without charge like cleaning leaking battery and adding a sealer to help stop the leak ☺auto mechanics that talk little but service your car in expedient way; auto mechanics who are honest and affordable…

Road works

Not the real long and winding road…any roadwork volunteers??

…road construction workers that pave the highway in the summer heat; cashiers that stay patient with rude customer; volunteers during summer Feed the Children program at church; professional workers, like lawyers, who are down-to-earth good people. ♥

International Kissing Day: 7 Best Songs…; central air conditioning; clean drinking water; chai tea

Grateful for in July: movie night with Collin Farrell. Jessica Biel in action film, Total Recall; hair clips; Greek yogurt; jello and cool whip; kids who joined in our church summer vacation bible school; grilled hamburgers, chips & pink lemonade; funny book by Don Rickles: Rickles’ Letters…

…a family operated business that serves the community not strictly for profit but more about keeping strong caring customer relationships…

…Almond-Coconut milk; corn dogs– little kids love them; 5-minute thunderstorm after 100+degree daytime temperature; Pinto beans fresh…not from can; drop in summer temperatures instead of average 100 degrees, a cool, 75 degrees with overcast skies…

…Learning about Blavatar: Small Yet Mighty; clean grocery stores; homemade burgers with fried onions and baked seasoned fries! Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad…

In July…Grateful for:

Watermelon Juice

It does look delicious…
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…ice-cold drinks after work; internet working like a charm; BBQ pork cooked all day in the crock pot…yum! little puppies ♥ powdered donuts; quiet moment to sit and read; headbands that keep hair off the face during intense 95 degree temp outside; key rings; reading lamps; public libraries; sweet crunchy apples…

…the awesome support, encouragement and inspiration from my blog readers…😄

Grateful for in July: cornmeal pancakes; fresh water lakes; hummingbirds that hover near waiting for their feeder to be put back into place. ☺ …white vinegar used as household cleaner; clothes pins make great clips for opened chip bags…

Sonel’s Corner for the re-blog of my Blavatar – Small yet Mighty post…

…early morning before sunrise keeping company with bloggers; a cool 65 degree summer evening; Wikimedia commons; ice coffee; ceiling fans; do it yourself car wash service; ice cubes…

…finding informative post by One Cool Site: Is Your Email Address a Spam Magnet?

…natural homemade dog conditioner made with rosemary, apple cider vinegar and water; watching a nest full of baby birds grow to maturity; small amount of household bleach to keep mold from growing in wading pool for outside pets; the camera– allows us to capture treasured moments to memories fresh…

…New York Times bestseller author, Sara Gruen…her book, Water for Elephants is one you cannot put down…

Cover of "Water for Elephants: A Novel"


…the Tan Renga Challenge over at Carpe Diem; bagels and cream cheese; family time; big grasshoppers or maybe locusts; cold, juicy and sweet orange; hardy Rosemary plant…

…dense fog; learning how easy it is to install windshield wipers on a car. ☺ cooling effects of rainy days during this hot July month; long-term friendships; wall clocks…

red cardinal

red cardinal…yummy eye candy.☺ Photo credit: ehpien

…huge eight inch in diameter field mushrooms; water filters; poison oak liquid spray killer; red cardinal birds;  convenience of bread toasters and rice cookers;  the male mockingbird who actually sings during the night ☺

Did you know the male mockingbird sang at night or fungi grew resembling tasty donuts?

Did you know  I think you are simply charming?

You are! ☼sunHUGS!!