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Cool Gratitude Link

From Heather, at The Mogul Mom… a wonderful newsletter for Moms (Dads and everyone else) giving great hints for life, business, families and finances.

I encourage you to check out Grateful160, anonline gratitude journal of sorts. I’m a generally “grateful” person and I always have a running list of “thank you, God’s” in my head. But the cool thing about Grateful160 is that you set it to remind you to take time to acknowledge what you’re grateful in writing, anywhere from one to four times daily via email or text. It’s an incredible way of helping us focus on the many, many, many things we all have to be thankful for. 
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Gratitude

Tropical Storm Beryl brings rain after the holiday weekend.

Never Forget to Say Thanks!

Memorial Day – Decoration Day

To all our Veterans and those who serve to keep us free.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Keeping Up With the Mushroom Factor

Volunteering has been a wonderful experience and I won’t ever stop, I’d miss the people too much. My gardens and home would like to have a robot come take up residence. The weeds think they’ve found heaven and the dust bunnies are multiplying almost as fast as those in nature. The many hours needed for the garden and the house have been used in hospice work and some art museum projects. No objections from me, just the house and garden.

Today is the first day of Spring (!) and the sun is warm, the breeze calming and the pollen is falling. The yellow green pollen dust on the outside furniture was enough to write your name and leave ridges around the letters. It was time to clean the porch, wash the furniture and be ready to sit outside without dying the clothes a putrid shade of yellow.

Warm temperatures and sunshine. No other excuse needed to get out the hose and get busy washing top to bottom. Initially, the pollen washing off the walls was as yellow as the house but soon it was obvious, there was a healthy layer of dust underneath. The hose sprayer needed a new gasket to keep me semi-dry. Ah yes, the mushroom factor. One project leads to another, to another and yet another until you are trying to figure out how to get them all done.

The mushroom factor exploded when I went to look for a gasket in the garage. Yep, you guessed it, the garage is calling for a cleaning. That will be another day since there are two porches in disarray, porch chairs grimy with yellow pollen and dust and the houseplants that need hosing off. The garage can wait for the next rainy day. Since that’s what I’ve said throughout the last two months of milder weather, I guess it might come due before long.

So, what to do in the face of the mushroom factor? Get the gasket, spray the hose and get drenched. When all is wet and dripping (including yourself), decide you need soap and a bucket. Scrub down the furniture, set in the sun. Keep your eyes averted from the garden overrun with weeds. Get the porches clean. Grab a chair that is now clean and dry and contemplate how lovely it would be to visit your patient and volunteer. Staying home is too much work.

Creative Life

Coloring outside the lines is a fine art.  ~Kim Nance

Friendship

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.  ~ Elisabeth Foley

Believe

Some things have to be believed to be seen.  ~ Ralph Hodgson

Share the Kindness

It all comes back to you.

Enjoy this video currently making the rounds online. Feel free to share!

 

 

Action

Action is the antidote to despair.  ~ Joan Baez

Gratitude in a Bah Humbug World

Some things have to be believed to be seen.  ~ Ralph Hodgson

I live near the beach and have the wonderful choice of stopping by each day to see the sky, feel the wind and hear the surf roll over the sand. It is paradise, even on the cold, blustery days and especially on those warm sunny days when the breeze is balmy, the surf is gentle and the sun is warm on your face.

I am grateful for the living; for the chance to walk each day along the shore and listen to the birds calling, watch the pelicans diving from on high and calm my mind.  There is a new perspective after walking the beach, the endless lists of gifts to buy, the stressful schedule, the crowded stores, they fall away and leave the peace of gratitude behind. I listen to the inner voice, the loving grateful voice that reminds me of the many blessings in my life. Health, family, friends and work all are mine, to cherish and rejoice.

Serenity restored it’s time to return but oh how thankful I am, the cure for the Bah Humbugs is found and it is good.

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