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Thankful - Day 18

"If The Only Prayer You Say In Your Entire Life Is - 'Thank You' - That Is Enough"


Thanksgiving is only a week away. People all around the United States will be celebrating with a bountiful table filled with roast turkey or a vegetarian substitute with all the trimmings. We in America are really blessed when it comes to food.
Most of us have never experienced starvation or empty cupboards. When I was little, I did hear stories of that from my Mom though who lived through the Depression as a young girl. There is a really sweet woman over on YouTube,Clara, who features Depression Cooking along with stories of what it was like to live during that time. Check her out!
But for my entire life, my cupboards, refrigerator, pantry shelves and freezer have been full. Sometimes too full.
We not only have food, a substance to fill our hungry stomachs, but we can have what we want to eat, when we want to eat it, pretty much fresh the entire year round! Fancy restaurants take good f…

Thankful - Day 17

"If The Only Prayer You Say In Your Entire Life Is - 'Thank You' - That Is Enough"
Meister Eckhart 1260-1328
Christian Writer and Theologian You may have noticed... I've skipped just a few days. Well, really more than just a few. But I have a good reason..... A brand new Grand-daughter has made her way into our lives! Meet Audrey Elizabeth!


Born: November 11, 2010 Weight: 7 lbs.
She is such a little GIRL!! The spittin' image of her older brother, Anthony, just more pink... and girlie.... and feminine. I think I've been walking around in a cloud of happiness for the last week as I did for all my grandsons. And I'm SO THANKFUL for them all!! Here's a shout out to all the other Grandparents out there!! Don't we have alot to be Thankful for?? I'd love it if you share a link to pictures of YOUR grandkids on YOUR blog!

Thankful - Day 7

"If The Only Prayer You Say In Your Entire Life Is - 'Thank You' - That Is Enough" Meister Eckhart 1260-1328 Christian Writer and Theologian

Technology. Think how many things have been created or upgraded in just the last 25 years. It's absolutely amazing! In the 1990's, we got our first cell phone. Compared to the cell phones of today... IT WAS HUGE! And it pretty much installed in the car, for use in the car not out running around like we do today. We had cassette tape players and DVD players that have almost been replaced by something 1/3 of the size that can hold even MORE information, music, books, etc. Computers have gone from taking up an entire ROOM to desktop versions, laptops and not the notebook size.
All I can say is... it's really exciting. I can't wait to see where technology is going next. As my husband and I age, we think it's pretty important to "keep up", technologically speaking. And affordable, these items are not all …

Thankful - Day 6

"If The Only Prayer You Say In Your Entire Life Is - 'Thank You' - That Is Enough" Meister Eckhart 1260-1328 Christian Writer and Theologian

This morning when I wet to pick up my Sunday paper outside, it was all wet from the coastal fog. So quiet, just the birds making noise. Everything was covered in little diamond drops. It was magical.
I sat out front in my rocking chair and it was so peaceful. I don't know how other people do it. I have to have some moments of total silence to think. Too many days can go by with noise, hustle bustle, things to be done, appointments, duties and errands. Before you know it, the time right after waking up in the morning and the time right before bed are the only times in the day left to myself.
Mornings like today help remind me how Thankful I am for QUIET SOLITUDE. And that I need to make more time to rest, meditate and give thanks.



Thankful - Day 5

"If The Only Prayer You Say In Your Entire Life Is - 'Thank You' - That Is Enough" Meister Eckhart 1260-1328 Christian Writer and Theologian

It is said that when you find the perfect work, it isn't work at all. Some people know what they want to "be" from the time they are children. Others decide somewhere along the way. Some jobs require years and years of formal education and some less. Some find a need a fill it creating entire business empires from simple ideas.
When I was young and thinking what I'd like to do for the rest of my life, it was simple... I wanted to be a mom. I wanted to stay home with my kids and teach them, attend PTA meetings, volunteer at their schools, cook, sew and be a supportive partner for my husband. When I was in High School, I took all the Home Ec classes offered, babysat for friends of my parents and also took secretarial courses "just in case" plan A didn't work out. AND... I was lucky enough to have a h…

Thankful - Day 4

"If The Only Prayer You Say In Your Entire Life Is - 'Thank You' - That Is Enough" Meister Eckhart 1260-1328 Christian Writer and Theologian

Yesterday I went for a walk on the Beach. The sun was shining, the breeze was cool and it made me feel so relaxed. We take in information about the world around us everyday, without even thinking much about it, through our senses.
Today I am Thankful to be able to See, Hear, Taste, Feel and Smell all that is around me!
Since this is Thanksgiving month, just imagine that feast without senses. The table is set in finery, flowers, a fruit bowl, candles. We gather around with family and friends, laughing and talking, exchanging a hug or handshake, "feeling the love". Then we sit down and in comes the food.... the turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, stuffing... all the tantalizing smells of what we are about to eat. Ummmm, and the taste!
Then the blessing comes, heartfelt, quiet... we listen and are filled …

The Closet is DONE!!

Thanks to my son-in-law, Mike, who did all the demolition and construction, my husband who through his long hours at work has made it financially possible and Aby Garvey's closet organization class,
My closet dream has become a reality!
You remember the before's???

NOT a pretty site. It was dark and cluttered, items all over the floor, mismatched hangers and over stuffed top shelving. It was at this point that I decided to take a closet organizing class offered by Aby Garvey over at www.Simplify101.com. It has made so much difference in the way my closet looks and feels.


First, I sat down one afternoon and started mapping out what I DID want in a closet, took some measurements, surfed the internet for ideas and I was on my way! The results??

Ta Da!
Here is the finished, empty closet. We built in shelving which I had planned to use for shoes, but since I don't WEAR a lot of shoes, I'm using to hold off season sweaters, rain gear and other items. Before, our lighting consist…

Thankful Day Three

"If The Only Prayer You Say In Your Entire Life Is - 'Thank You' - That Is Enough" Meister Eckhart 1260-1328 Christian Writer and Theologian

Today, I am Thankful for my HOME.
Everyday I consider myself one of the lucky ones. Since I've been married, I've lived in apartments, duplexes and rental homes. By far, home ownership is THE BEST!
Back in 1995, we started looking for our current home. Each of us made a request that we put on a larger list. The kids each wanted their own bedroom. My youngest daughter had to have a tree out front to climb. For my husband it was a garage (and economical price tag!) and for me it was a large backyard and a peak of the ocean. We must have looked at 10 places... all either too small or too expensive. Then, after having another offer fall through, our Realtor showed us this house that was JUST put on the market, as is, a foreclosure. We made an offer THAT DAY... my Valentine's gift of 1995! It was accepted and we moved in Ap…

Thankful Day Two.....

"If The Only Prayer You Say In Your Entire Life Is - 'Thank You' - That Is Enough" Meister Eckhart 1260-1328 Christian Writer and Theologian

Election Day! Bet you can guess what I'm Thankful for today... that's right, to live in a "Free" Country and have the ability to vote. Did you know, that in California, women have only had the right to vote for 99 years? That's right. Next year will be the 100 year anniversary.
I'm a registered voter and try to vote in every election. Now that I vote by absentee ballot, it is easier then ever to make my vote count. You know, the things that I vote for do not always win, and those I vote for are not always the winners either, but it is still better than living where there is no choice. At least I get to sit down and read through the voting material and make an educated choice for the person, party, measures that I think would be of a benefit to our nation.
So I'm thankful for the ability to vote, for …

November - A Month of Thankfulness!

"If The Only Prayer You Say In Your Entire Life Is - 'Thank You' - That Is Enough" Meister Eckhart 1260-1328 Christian Writer and Theologian

November is the PERFECT month to have Thankfulness as a focus. The seasons are changing and as always, the holidays are piling one on top of another, hardly allowing us to stop for anything much less giving thanks.
Every day this month, I'm going to share with you, those things in my life that I am thankful for.
Today, I am Thankful for my Life; My parents, upbringing, my teachers, religious education, childhood friends, all those who touched my life as a small child and helped make me who I am today. I always tell my children that if you look back, you are pretty much the same person you were as a child only older and maybe a bit less innocent.

That cutie in the stroller was me. Yes, I had on my teether as a crown... a princess even then! And I'm with my older sister, Lana. She is almost 5 years older than me. Lucky me, I…