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counting thanks 982 ~ 1021

A list of thankfuls – one by one, my goal is to list 1000, being open to seeing the many blessings and gifts from my Father above ~ time to catch up on listing my thanks here ~ I hit my first 1000!!

~ a wonderful trip to the coast with my mom and sisters

~ enjoying the salty air and watching the waves, acknowledging the power of God

~ nephew time and Funderland

~ the cooling delta breeze that comes in the evening

~ contentment with what I have

~ a fun day at the gun range with family

~ the opportunity to visit and help my 99 year-old Grandma

~ a cousin willing to watch the puppy while I’m at Grandma’s

~ wandering her flower beds

~ fun knitting projects

~ a fun box of good stuff from my “FRIENDS” swap partner

~ my sister asking me if I wanted to rent a house with her

~ the “fun” of looking for a house

~ beautiful flowers

~ finding a nice home with a good landlord

~ the anticipation of moving – only “XX” more sleeps

~ sour pickles – Yumm!

~ fresh veges from my dad’s garden – tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and all kinds of squash

~ finishing some projects and re-starting some that have been tucked away

~ the many family and friends that helped us move

~ for a real bathroom with a shower that has lots of water pressure and volume

~ lots of wood and tile floor to sweep and mop

~ for a reminder lesson on the power and need for thankfulness

~ little boys that say – I like your house

~ a new-to-me memory foam mattress topper

~ for my sister watching my puppy during the moving weekend

~ for nephews saying, what can I carry next

~ for a lesson that reminded me that we are only “stewards” of what we have and that we need to use it for God’s glory

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abalone shells

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach; one can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.  ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

sharing with mosaic monday & color me weekly

fences

There is no fence nor hedge round time that is gone. You can go back and have what you like of it if you can remember. ~ Philip Dunne

hoping to share with wordless (almost) wednesdaywordless wednesdaynature noteswordless wednesdayoutdoor wednesdayproject alicia, wordless or wordfull, friday fences

ocean & flowers

What more could I ask for  ~ ocean and flowers ~ two of my favorite things!

visiting with color me weekly, mosaic monday

weekend trip ~ instagram style

on the road, bags & pillows packed, many flowers photo’d, monterey hostel (where shall we go next)

fabric & yarn shops, feeding the birds, walking on rocks, mom & daughters

watching the waves hit the rocks, walking cannery row, watching the wild life, cards & knitting in the evening

goodbye monterey, hello carmel, abalone shells for sale, i love the ocean sights & smells

more succulents & flowers, santa cruz ocean view, knitting on the road, and finally a sunset (golden gate bridge also)

it was a good trip, fun time with mom & sisters, and i come home – ocean restored….

hoping to share with ~ wordless (almost) wednesdaywordless wednesdaynature notesoutdoor wednesdayproject alicia, this and that thursday, summer daze

my love of water

I love water

~ I love to drink it, especially with a lemon wedge or two.

~ I love traveling by cruise ship, because there’s water all around and all the stops are water-front…

~ I love rain, and rainstorms, the smell of rain and the sound of rain beating on the roof of my trailer.

~ I love the sound of water, from fountains or water features, from creeks or streams, waterfalls or the ocean.

~ I love lakes, the smooth glass like surface, and puttering across them as I troll for trout.

~ I love rivers, just sitting there watching the water flow by ~ I dream of living in a houseboat on the Sacramento River.

~ I love mountain streams, I’m especially fond of the memories of the creek on my Grandparents property ~ that I grew up playing in, or sitting on a raft in the middle reading a book.

Which brings me to the OCEAN

~ I love the ocean, the sound and the sight of the waves crashing against rocks, standing in the waves feeling my feet being buried in the sand, the smell of salt water and seaweed, the salty mist and the breeze.

My soul is full of longing for the secrets of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me…   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It’s hard for me to put into words why I like the beach so much. Everything about it is renewing for me, almost like therapy…Beach Therapy. ~ Amy Dykens

And thankfully I get to go to the ocean this weekend ~ my mom, sisters and I are going to Monterey. It will be a good time, a time of relaxing and renewing, a time of friendship and laughter. 

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach–waiting for a gift from the sea. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

sharing with this or that thursday, friday favorite things