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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!

 

 

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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!

thank you balloons in the sky as online thanks message

Gratitude is the heart’s memory.
—French Proverb

On October 29, 2007 Tatianna—Tales and Teachings of My Feline Friend was published. I want to thank all my readers and followers for their support, recommendations, reviews, and referrals the past seven years. Many specialty shops have kindly carried the book. I appreciate the bloggers and radio personalities who have interviewed me and the libraries who have allowed me to speak. Tatianna is honored to have a chapter in Candida Baker’s anthology The Amazing Life of Cats, and to be included on Look Inside on Amazon.

I am deeply grateful to Ingrid King for Conscious Cat interview and to T.J. Banks for Sketch People story. Ingrid’s book Buckley’s Story and T.J.’s book Catsong were winners of Merial Human-Animal Bond Award in 2009 and 2007 respectively. The Tatianna book won the award in 2008. This award is judged on the entry that best reflects and promotes the strengthening of the human-animal bond, highlighting the bond between a cat and owner, as well as their relationship with their veterinarian as another direct caregiver.

Ingrid King & Linda Mohr, Cat Writers' Conference 2009

Ingrid King & Linda Mohr, Cat Writers’ Conference 2009

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Tatianna continues to work her magic as evidenced by your support and generosity. As stated on Tatianna’s jacket cover, “I feel connected to the faithful Tatianna who has never left my side—she is simply in another dimension.” I can’t wait to see what the next seven years have in store. It’s bound to be good! Thank you.

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!

Today’s Catnip Connection is a tribute to Amber who passed away on May 13. She was Ingrid King’s inspiration for The Conscious Cat and as Ingrid described her “a gentle, loving cat with a wise old soul.”

The following There is a New Star Shining in the Sky Tonight was written by Sarah Hartwell. She released this essay into the public domain so that it may be freely distributed.

“There is an old belief that the stars shining in the night sky are the spirits of those who have died. They have shed their earthly bodies and exchanged them for bodies made of light; thousands upon thousands of our dear departed friends all promoted to glory in the night sky. There is another saying that the brightest flame burns the shortest.

My friend, you were the brightest star in my own universe. While I burn on, my flame dimmed by grief and despair at your passing, the stars are watching me. They are too far away for me to touch, just as you have gone somewhere I cannot follow until my own star-time comes. They cannot be held close for comfort, just as I can no longer hold you close, though I held you close to comfort you in your final hours. We were together for such a short time, but the stars will burn forever.

One day I will grow tired of this earthbound body, my own star-time will come and my spirit will soar into the sky to burn with all those friends who have gone before me. On the inky cloth of space we will be reunited in constellations of joy. Until then, my flame burns low and dim and cold without you. Through my tears I look upwards to see if you are watching me and what do I see?

There is a new star shining in the sky tonight.”

Peace and hope to my dear friend Ingrid.

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