Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur

This is what my life without coffee would look like…just a blur!

coffee truck

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

We went to Arizona last week to welcome in the New Year with my big brother and sister-in-law.

It was a week full of relaxation, and some really great food!

The highlight of the week being this delicious “chicken stuffed turkey” that my brother cooked on the barbecue!

This could very well be the beginning of a new tradition in our family!

BBQ turkey

Great company…delicious food…lots of sleep…even more chocolate…did I mention sleep?  Very quiet, comfortable, casual, and nice.

A perfect way to end one year, and start the next.

Yep…it was a great beginning to the New Year!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

It might be a common start, but as far as I’m concerned its one of the best ways to start the morning.

My day starts with a cup of coffee brought to me by my amazing husband!

If I haven’t made my way out of bed yet, he’ll bring it to my night stand, and wave his hand over the cup so that I can smell the wonderful aroma of the fresh cup of coffee.

And yes, it’s delightful.

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Most mornings, I’ve already made it to the shower, and it’s waiting for me when I step out. Ahhh…I love that moment when I smell the coffee as I’m standing in the shower.

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It certainly is a great way to start my day, and it plays a role in helping to make my morning a “good morning“!

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Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts musical

3 gifts musical…

1. The deep belly laugh of a child…especially when it’s from one of my grandchildren. Sweet music to my ears.

2. The sound of my coffee maker as it makes me a cup of coffee.  Ahhh… I love that sound! A lot like music to me.

3. The ability to listen to a variety of music through a pretty cool program called Pandora.

These are just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” —”
― William Arthur Ward

Have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday“!

Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts Smelled

3 Gifts Smelled…

1. The smell of a newborn baby. Such a unique smell.  So sweet, so pure.  There is nothing quite like it in the world.

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2. Coffee.  Yes.  The absolutely, wonderful and amazing smell of coffee.  I am so thankful for this!

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3. And from my garden, I love the smell of the jasmine as it wafts across the yard.  I only wish it lasted a little longer.

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These are just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

“Gratitude is medicine for a heart devastated by tragedy.  If you can only be thankful for the blue sky, then do so. ”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

Have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday“!

Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts before 9 am

3 gifts before 9 am …

1. A  hot cup of coffee brought to me each morning by my very best friend, my husband.  He’s pretty awesome!

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2. A nice hot shower to wake me up – sorry no picture for this one, but you get the idea!

3. A little something for my tummy, to give me fuel for the day

cereal

Just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” Fredrick Koeing –

I hope you have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday!

Weekly photo challenge: a day in my life

A day in my life is usually very quiet.

But on Saturday, I had the joy of spending it with my husband, my grandson, my daughter and son-in-law.

Because we don’t live close to them, I treasure the moments that we spend together.  The little guy is simply amazing!  Full of laughs, and hugs and eager to explore the world around him!  His mom and dad are pretty cool too!  And of course, his Grandpa is just the best!

So, come join me on this day! It starts off bright and early with one happy little guy! 🙂

I’m so thankful for each of these people in my life, and that we were able to share this beautiful day together!

Thank you for spending my day with me!

Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts found outside

3 gifts found outside

1.  A welcome home sign on the outside on my neighbor’s house.  I can’t wait to meet this precious little baby!  It looks like a few other people are pretty excited about her too!

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2.  A relaxing place to sit outside and enjoy a cup of coffee with my very best friend.  A little bit of paradise, right in my own backyard!

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3.  I shouldn’t be surprised to see this, but I was! Strawberries are coming soon to my strawberry plant!

strawberry plant

Thankful Thursday: A gift sour, sweet, just right

1. A lemon from my tree. I have waited so long for them to turn yellow, and they finally did! This is the first one I picked. It’s just the perfect kind of sour.

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2. A sweet gift for a sweet little girl! She loves her food, and ice cream and chocolate top the list!

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3. Just right! A delicious latte served with “love”. Ahhh…now all I need is a good book!

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Mission accomplished!

A few weeks a go I was feeling a little overwhelmed by Christmas, and all of the events that would take place in the month of December.

I was determined to not let it get the best of me, so I gave myself a few goals.

My goals were to relax and enjoy each moment of the season. Celebrate time-honored traditions, reflect on the special family memories, and be willing to make new ones!

No two Christmas’ are ever alike, and this year was no exception!

I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning with my very best friend. We went to the Hotel Del Coronado to see the huge Christmas tree, one of our time-honored traditions!

Christmas 2012 at the Del

We had good conversation and a great dinner at a quaint little restaurant. We laughed, we looked at the lights, we wrapped presents, and drank coffee together.

On Christmas morning, we exchanged a few, very special gifts. Gifts that we will treasure because of the love and the thought that was put into giving them.

I also learned a very valuable lesson, and it was probably my best gift of the year.

I learned that sometimes the unplanned events and moments can be the very best moments of all! The month was filled with these moments, Christmas day included.

I wasn’t able to be with my own kids at Christmas, but I did get to hear their voice, and the voice of my grandkids.  An unplanned moment, and priceless gift indeed!

The afternoon was spent with my best friend, my mom, my niece and her husband.  The plan for the day had always included lunch with my mom, but the bonus was my niece and her husband.  They were a much welcomed, surprise visit! Another unplanned moment.  I was able to celebrate Christmas with my sister’s daughter.  I know she really would have liked that a lot, and that makes me happy.

It was great to spend time together, talking and laughing, and enjoying the comfort and love of family.

And…I also met my goal!

In fact, I think this Christmas is going to hold a very fond memory for me.  I’m glad I gave myself these goals.  Especially the goal to try and enjoy each moment, because the moments, both planned and unplanned, were good, and I really did enjoy this Christmas!

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A perfect ending to beautiful day!  Mission accomplished!

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