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Missouri Cotton Candy Sunset

If you only say one prayer in a day, make it ‘Thank You’Rumi

In 2010, I created my first ABCs of Gratitude list.  I now look forward to this project every November. The simple yet thought-provoking exercise is a unique way to reflect on the year. Grab a sheet of paper and label it A through Z. Fill in with your blessings. If you get stuck on a letter, a dictionary is permitted!

Wayne Dyer believed that if you get to a place of gratitude you will experience peace. Be in a state of gratitude for everything because there is something to learn in everything. Be grateful even for the pain because there are lessons to be learned from it. According to Ingrid King gratitude is a wonderful way to raise your vibration and shift your energy. The vibration of gratitude is a powerful force. It can shift your mood and your thoughts from a place of scarcity to a place of abundance.

In keeping with my annual Thanksgiving month tradition, my 2018 ABCs of Gratitude list is listed below. I find it interesting to compare my list to prior years. Looking back, some years had more ups, and other years had more downs. But in the end, I always found 26 blessings. This year is no different. Most of my days have ended with awe inspiring sunsets such as the one taken from my brother’s backyard deck in the country.

Angels on Duty Anthology…Angel by My Side poem

Angels on Duty

Board Director…DAR Seminole Chapter

Creative Genius Anthology…My Parkinson’s Muse essay

Creative Genius

Dineen…stress buster housekeeper

eBay Seller Plus…1000+ reviews

Fennelly State Poet Laureate…workshop leader

God…providing healing and hope for Judy

Highland Park Anthology…Power Struggle poem

Highland Park Anthology

Invigorate…Dr. Sarah King Parkinson’s exercises

Joe…my love, my rock, my partner

Kitties’ 8th Birthday…Grace, Chauncey, Rosebud, Tigger, Boots, Angus

6 Kitties, 4 weeks old

All Grown Up! Rosebud, Angus, Boots & Tigger

Grace & Chauncey

Lake Yellowstone Hotel…mountains and lake room view

Peacefulness–What a View!

Marsha at Perry Consulting…PD website diva

Nieto…compassionate doctor

Okun…internationally known movement disorder specialist

Parkinson’s My Way…website and blog launch

Quietude…meditative nature walks

Lane to Family House

Reunion…50 year high school class ‘68

School Teacher Mrs. Kice…special visit

June Kice. my 7th & 8th Grade Teacher

Ten Year Anniversary…member Daughters of the American Revolution

Uncles (great) Carl and Rupert…honor sacrifice 100 year WW

Honoring Rupert’s Place of Death, Naix, France

Vinnie Ream Award Finalist…Voice Within poetry collection

Wood Stairs…Nic’s skillful renovation

X-rays…caring Active Health Center 

Yellowstone National Park…trip with Joe for memory bank

pastel stone, water

Yellowstone Canyon

Zeal for Exercise…keeping Parkinson’s at bay

Blessings!

Linda

 

 

A Yearning Come True…a student at Oxford

In 2010 I published my first ABCs of Gratitude. It is a November project that I look forward to every year. As I reminisce about the year and look back on previous lists, some years have more ups. Others have more downs. But in the end, I always found 26 blessings. This year was no different.

I also start each morning by acknowledging one thing I am thankful for. Since last year I have added a nightly gratitude ritual. Before falling asleep, I count off on my ten fingers what I am thankful for the day. I credit this idea to Linda Sacha, a dear friend and my life coach who suddenly passed away in August. I find reviewing the grace and goodness of the day is the perfect way to end my day.

Ageless Authors Anthology…Morning Visitor poem

Baseball…spring training games with brother

Morning Visitor Poem

Christ Church…student accommodation

Draperies…new living room look

Electricity…restored 7 days after Irma

My Meadows Double Gothic Window and Balcony

Family, Friends & Fur Babies…blessings galore

Glimpse of the Divine…Sacha poem tribute

High Table…Oxford dining

High Table on Dais at Christ Church

Inspiration…black cat ABC poem

Junk Jaunt…Iowa treasure hunt

Knight…picture with Coach Knight & brothers

A Sports Moment to Remember

London…another Heathrow touch down

Maggie Mae…tortie stray adopts me

Northwood…interim PLA coordinator

Oxford…Country Houses course

Pen Women…creativity guest blog

Spiritual Muse Lexie Lee

Quinessential Store…new “old” merchandise Perry, MO

River Poets Journal…Little Red Bowl poem

St. Paul United Church of Christ…150th Anniversary

My Hometown Roots

Tatianna…10th anniversary

Understanding…sudden thoughts

Vacation…Oxford, London, MO, IL, IA

Evening End Revelation

Winning…Pen Women poetry awards

XOXO…Message in Baggie on web

Yoga…strength and balance

Zebra striped butterfly…Sacha’s spiritual message

Exquisite Family of 4 in Backyard, Photo Credit Jaret Daniels

What are you thankful for today and for this year?

Blessings!
Linda

If you only say one prayer in a day, make it ‘thank you’.

~ Rumi

 

My Bedroom Farm View

My Bedroom Farm View

In keeping with my annual Thanksgiving month tradition, here is my 2016 ABCs of Gratitude list. My list is a culmination of the year. But gratitude is a daily ritual. Before I get out of bed each morning, I acknowledge one blessing. I do the same at the end of the day. I’ve discovered that I can’t be in gratitude and be unhappy.

Wayne Dyer believed that if you get to a place of gratitude you will experience peace. Be in a state of gratitude for everything because there is something to learn in everything. Be grateful even for the pain because there are lessons to be learned from it. According to Ingrid King gratitude is a wonderful way to raise your vibration and shift your energy. The vibration of gratitude is a powerful force. It can shift your mood and your thoughts from a place of scarcity to a place of abundance.

Anthology Essay…Finding Our Wings

Blanco…poetry mentor

Country View…soothing and peaceful

DAR…8th year of membership

eBay…top rated seller plus

eBay--Grandma's Flower Garden

eBay–Grandma’s Flower Garden Quilt

Felines…FL house & MO farm

Girlfriends…special luncheons

Health Essay…state DAR winner

Inn…Veranda House at Rhinebeck

Joe…unwavering life partner

Angus on Guard

Angus on Guard

Kravis Center…Bridges of Madison County

Laundry Room Renovation… stackables

Muse Medallion…Lexie Lee poem

Ninth Anniversary…Tatianna book

Omega Institute…life-altering

My Cabin & Writing Retreat

My Cabin & Writing Retreat at Omega

Physical Therapist…Dr. Adam’s amazing results

Quincy Airport…easy peasy

Retreat Speaker…female veterans

Sweet Peas…blooming in MO in November

Sweet Peas in November

Sweet Peas in November

Tai Chi…class 2 minutes from house

Universe…providing healing energy and hope

Vacations…NY, AZ, OR & MO (3 times)

Rhinebeck, NY

Rhinecliff, NY

Weinberg…healthy spine

X-rays…digital accuracy

Yoga…every Thursday

Zebra sweater…thrift store find

What are you thankful for–today and this year?

Blessings!

 

 

If you only say one prayer in a day, make it ‘Thank You’.
–Rumi

Farm Kitchen View

Missouri Farm Kitchen View

In keeping with my annual Thanksgiving month tradition, here is my 2015 ABCs of Gratitude list. My list is a culmination of the year. But gratitude is a daily ritual. Before I get out of bed each morning, I acknowledge one blessing. I do the same at the end of the day. I’ve discovered that I can’t be in gratitude and be unhappy.

Wayne Dyer believed that if you get to a place of gratitude you will experience peace. Be in a state of gratitude for everything because there is something to learn in everything. Be grateful even for the pain because there are lessons to be learned from it. According to Ingrid King gratitude is a wonderful way to raise your vibration and shift your energy. The vibration of gratitude is a powerful force. It can shift your mood and your thoughts from a place of scarcity to a place of abundance.

Beloved Rose

Beloved Rose

Angels…all around me
Butterflies…spiritual messengers
Cats…fur friends who warm my heart
DQ…now 5 minutes away
Encore…State DAR essay winner
Friends and Family…blessings galore

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Goodwill…fun treasures to resell
Home…soothes my soul
Ideas…out of the blue to write about
Joe…my rock when dangling from cliff
Kahoka…Midwest roots center me
Lemonade…my new thirst quencher
Memories…loved ones behind veil

Uncle Glen

Uncle Glen–Miss You and Our Visits

Northwood…still working remotely
Open windows…tropical breezes
Poem…first place Pen Women contest
Quiet time…in nature
Relaxation…with book in hand
Stone…great diagnostic work
Top rated seller plus…met eBay goal

Christmas Palm Tree

Christmas Palm Tree–Favorite in My Florida Yard

Universe…God’s mystery and magic
View…my backyard paradise
Weinberg…a special healer
X-rays…helpful answers
Yard sales…Kahoka Mule Festival
Zeal…for being eBay seller

What are you thankful for?

Blessings!

If you only say one prayer in a day, make it ‘Thank You’.
~Rumi

Evening Sunset

Evening Sunset

In keeping with my annual Thanksgiving month tradition, here is my 2014 ABCs of Gratitude list. This simple yet thought-provoking exercise is a unique way to reflect on the year. Grab a sheet of paper and label it A through Z. Fill in with your blessings. If you get stuck on a letter, a dictionary is permitted! I find it interesting to compare my lists over the past five years.

My list is a culmination of the year. But gratitude is a daily ritual. Before I get out of bed each morning, I acknowledge one blessing. I do the same at the end of the day. I discovered that I can’t be in gratitude and be unhappy.

Dr. Wayne Dyer believes that if you get to a place of gratitude, you will experience peace. Be in a state of gratitude for everything because there is something to learn in everything. Be grateful even for the pain because there are lessons to be learned from it. According to Ingrid King, gratitude is a wonderful way to raise your vibration and shift your energy. The vibration of gratitude is a powerful force. It can shift your mood and your thoughts from a place of scarcity to a place of abundance.

Country Living Blessings Poem

Country Living Blessings Poem

Anthology…published poem
Bible…God guiding my life
Chauncey…my prince in fur
Dark Chocolate…delectable treat
eBay…new entrepreneurial pursuit
Farm…kitties, siblings, and peace

Tree Climber

Tree Climber

Grace…my princess in fur
Health…successful elbow therapy
Internist…incredible veterinarian Dr. Lechner
Joe…God’s blessing to me
Kindness…Lap of Love veterinarian Dr. Johnson
Lexie Lee…our 12 years together
Meowlogue…Lexie Lee’s legacy

Lexie Lee

Lexie Lee

National League of American Pen Women…winning essay
Officer…vice regent Daughters of American Revolution
Photo Cards…cat and landscape creations
Quintessential Quiet…my road to creativity
Renovation…beautiful guest bed and bath room
Strategic Planning…12 years teaching online course
Tatianna…Bonaparte’s Retreat book sales

Linda at Hotel Nauvoo

Linda at Hotel Nauvoo

Unwinding…farm retreat
Vintage…tin ceiling in guest bedroom
Walks…another avenue to creativity
Xmas…family holiday on homestead
Yummy buffet…Hotel Nauvoo none better
Zoom Lens…capturing feline spirit

What are you thankful for?

Blessings!

The Breakers-Palm Beach

The Breakers-Palm Beach


My 2013 ABCs of Gratitude reveal many blessings. The last half of the year has given me idle time as I semi-retired in June. Unstructured days led to more freedom to travel, to be with family and fur friends and to be in nature.

This simple yet thought-provoking exercise is a unique way to reflect on the year. Grab a sheet of paper and label it A through Z. Fill in with your blessings. If you get stuck on a letter, a dictionary is permitted! Making my list is a Thanksgiving month tradition. I find it interesting to compare my lists from year to year. I’ve also discovered that you can’t be in gratitude and be unhappy! I credit Ingrid King for suggesting this activity four years ago. According to Ingrid, “Gratitude is a wonderful way to raise your vibration and shift your energy. The vibration of gratitude is a powerful force. It can shift your mood and your thoughts from a place of scarcity to a place of abundance”.

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A for Aunt Betty & Aunt Joan…precious visits
B for Barn Tour…Iowa at its best
C for Cabin Vacation…awesome fall in NC
D for Dr. Dunn…great care
E for Essay…selected for a cat anthology
F for Furbabies…Lexie Lee, Chauncey, Grace
G for Grand Marshal…graduation ceremony
H for Haiku…writing 80 poems at farm
I for Idle Time…to wile away
J for Joe…my rock and my love
K for Kerry…pet sitter extraordinaire
L for Lane Spa…perfect respite
M for Muses…farm kitties to photograph
N for Northwood University…employer for 25 years
O for Online Teaching…perfect part-time job
P for Poem… selected for anthology
Q for Quiet Getaway…no place like The Breakers

Princess Grace

Princess Grace


R for Retirement Party…as academic dean
S for Sister Donna…winter time visit
T for Turquoise Nail Polish…fun, fun, fun
U for Update…farm house looking great
V for Vacation…6 weeks at farm
W for Wall Oven…out with 1958 oven
X for X-Ray…healed stress fracture
Y for Yard Sale…$2 vintage German teapot
Z for Zebra…a knockout handbag

So there you have it. Now what are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!

My Muse–Princess Grace

My 2012 ABCs of Gratitude reveal many blessings. This simple yet thought-provoking exercise is a unique way to reflect on the year. Grab a sheet of paper and label it A through Z. Fill in with your blessings. If you get stuck on a letter, a dictionary is permitted! Making my list has become a Thanksgiving month tradition.

I credit Ingrid King for suggesting this activity three years ago. According to Ingrid, “Gratitude is a wonderful way to raise your vibration and shift your energy. The vibration of gratitude is a powerful force. It can shift your mood and your thoughts from a place of scarcity to a place of abundance”.

A for Ancestors…my proud heritage
B for Bonaparte’s Retreat…Tatianna book sales

C for Cannon Camera…recording life through my eyes
D for Daughters of the American Revolution…elected librarian
E for Essay…Out of Sight honor from Pen Women
F for Family…siblings healthy and employed
G for Gourmet Dinner Club…friendship and fellowship
H for Hope…my life works out as God intends
I for Interview…Sketch People by T. J. Banks
J for Joe…always there for my beloved cats and me
K for Kindness…of colleagues, friends and strangers
L for Leopard Lounge…Thanksgiving dinner at Chesterfield Hotel
M for Muses…Lexie Lee, Chauncey, Grace and five farm kitties
N for Northwood University…ongoing career opportunities
O for Outstanding Business Leaders…black tie gala
P for Photography…my first juried art show
Q for Quiet Weekends…to retreat and rejuvenate
R for Royalty Checks…an occasional surprise
S for Sugar Cookies…iced and sprinkled
T for Teapots & Treasures…perfect tea room for my friends
U for United States of America… land of the free
V for Vacations…family farm destination
W for Walking…being one with nature
X for Xmas…in snow powdered country
Y for Yoga…stretches my body and quiets my mind
Z for Zest…to fulfill my life mission

So there you have it. Now what are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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