Monthly Archives: March 2012

1. God

2. Judy’s timely work on the displays and brochures

3. Finding a piece of writing by David, impressed, he put himself in a soldier’s shoes and told the story

4. Hannah’s smile

5. A day off

6. Ice cream

7. Irises from Cassie

8. This lovely poem by Wholly Jeanne

9.Julie’s kind and generous words and her wonderful insights about women and women

10. Surprise visit from Charlene and Richard

The Gals~Zenaida asiatica and Zenaida macroura

Very Grateful for~

God’s lessons

Discovering some of the birds who sing in our neighborhood every day

White-winged dove (Zenaida asiatica)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Blessing Bags


air-conditioning, came right back on after a winter’s nap

an invitation to speak on laughter

Carol’s super kind comments on the blog…thanks, Carol!

He who gives when he is asked has waited too long. ~ Seneca

For Cassie on our 9th wedding anniversary

1. God

2. Your red dress

3. Holy holy Zeus

4.Hannah was quite the flower girl

5. Emily saying OK people at the Cathedral we get out of our pews and greet each other during the peace, don’t just sit there

6. Josh was a great photographer and became my new best friend.

7. I forgot the rings, thought you might call it off right then, so Jep found me one as a surrogate.  At the reception I remarked to Josh that I had to find who to give the ring to and he showed me his bare hand.

8. And Katie helped plenty

9. And John gave me a big hug because he’s a classy guy, although maybe I did wonder if he was thinking I’m off the hook

10.David rushing Gaga down the aisle (although I only heard about it afterward)

11.  The great picture of us gathered on the Cathedral steps is one of my favorites

12. Andrew standing by me

13. We danced to That’s Amore, from a CD Doug made for us

14. We’ll always have Paris, or those two weeks in early spring

15. After we got through the falling down house you told me it’s forever and I agree

Souls of Laughter and Kind Support

Very Grateful for~

God’s abundance
journal collages
this great post from Alia Wherever You Go, Be the Soul of That Place
how just a short time creating can be so energizing
clean clothes
a supportive message from Anne
Garrett and Jean’s kind comments
laughing on the phone with V
pancake batter baked in muffin cups—(why has this taken me so long to discover this?)
the absolutely straight posture of new grass

“Bliss begins with the breath. We breathe in, and accept all that is new. We breathe out, and release all that has passed.”

thankful for all senses

  • Grateful that we live so close to lakes and streams
  • The lake was a mirror…
  • …not even a teensy breeze…
  • …low clouds and picturesque views
  • Cowboy coffee
  • Going back in time listening to old country western songs on the radio
  • Nitecrawlers in my refrigerator (my mother is rolling over in her grave:)
  • Pepper joyfully finding her way along the lake bank and climbing through the sagebrush, grasses and tall weeds..sightless but using her other senses and following our voice promptings
  • GPa is grateful for his new book..a gift! “The Cure is in the Cupboard” by Dr. Cass Ingram
  • Visiting with a friend who just returned from a month in Australia and New Zealand..a wonderful experience!

1. God

2.The tree Cassie gave me bloomed, it’s beautiful!

3. Beginnings, a beautiful movie with sadness, warmth, joy and surprises

4. Jessica published her new book of poems and sent me a copy.  :)

5. Joanne’s love of science

6. Care for Hannah

7. David not getting lost in the shuffle

8. Kathryn taking folks in

9. Susan’s correspondence

10. A grateful heart

“I try hard to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceit. When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion we can ever know.” As Bill Sees It


Soup and Cerebral Cortex

Very Grateful for~

God’s pacing
Ruby’s watchfulness, even in the middle of the night when  she mistakes clothes flung over a chair for ghosts
setting up my class earlier than frantic time
opening the windows and letting the cool breeze in
Brene Brown’s TED talk on shame
he frontal lobe in our cerebral cortex which controls impulses and recognizes that actions have consequences
ylenol cold medicine
ceiling fans

Douse shame with empathy and it can’t survive ~Brene Brown

Springtime in the Rockies…

  • Sleeping giant’s blanket of clouds and snow
  • Heavy wet snow for several hours, most melting
  • Wheatgrass juice
  • Boys playing with their soccer balls
  • GPa making homemade sauerkraut
  • Opening gifts on skype…party!
  • GPa seeing a Bobcat on his school bus route
  • Sinkers..splitshot..hooks..marshmallows..nitecrawlers…
  • …equals rainbow trout? :)
  • Thinking about Carol’s dance of spring!

Praise God! Welcome Home!

  • Praise God indeed for an absolutely p e r f e c t day for our son-in-law and military to come sky, sunshine, warm (no coat needed)..our beautiful Big Sky Country!
  • Two grandsons being there..wonderful!
  • Yellow ribbons
  • Media
  • Firetrucks, emergency vehicles all in line on the runway with sirens blaring and lights flashing
  • Smiles, grins, smiley faces
  • Happy, relieved families with bursting hearts
  • Tears of joy..yes, GPa’s too
  • GPa visiting with the air force people, remembering, and feeling so comfortable
  • General Custer…yep, really :)
  • God Bless America!

Weeds, Wonder, and Flowers

Very Grateful for~

God’s love

a small opportunity to volunteer
pink salt
inding a website to help me decipher which call is from which bird

this is the time of year when even weeds look like flowers
or maybe weeds are flowers who just have never caught a break
or maybe flowers are weeds who had mentors

time to ponder silly things like this

Wonder, rather than doubt, is the root of knowledge.~Abraham Joshua Heschel