Uninvited Guests

With spring season in full bloom, you and I know what lovelies begin to appear on our doorsteps with their knocking and screaming, “Let us in!”

Well, some, the nerve, waltz in uninvited and make like they own your living room, bedrooms, and even find their way under your bed covers. Occasionally, they simply hang around kitchen floors to surprise you in the middle of the night while you sleepily shuffle to the fridge, slurp down that nice cold water because somewhere between midnight and three o’clock your throat turned into a very, very dry desert location.

Suddenly, your sated thirst quench sound “AHHH, that’s good” turns to “OOHH, AiYEEEE!!!!”

Today I  want to focus on one nasty arachnid that is not an insect but related to the spiders and ticks. Now ticks suck big time but I digress… Continue reading

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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…

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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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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