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Friday, November 26, 2010

Grateful #20

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Lately
I am struck by how awesome our blue skies are.  They literally
take my breath away.  It makes me feel peaceful.  Happy. 
Calm.  Grateful.  I'm not sure what the significance is, but I
am grateful for it.  And now I know why my craft room is painted
such a bright blue...it matches the brightest blue in the sky.  I
am drawn to that color, it seems...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Grateful #19

I am grateful for YOU!  Thank you for reading my blog...shopping
at my store.  I really appreciate and am truly grateful for you!


Happy-Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Grateful #18

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I am grateful for...pancakes!  These beauties were from a place called The Dream Cafe
in Grand Junction, Colorado.  They were heaven on a plate...oh,
how I wish I could have them today!  I find it fitting that I'm
grateful for a food item, the day before the biggest food day of the
year.  We actually have two family events to attend, so we'll be
eating our way through the day for sure!  I might even just have to
start my day off with these...or as close as I can get to them. 
Yum!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Grateful #17

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am grateful that I get to live in a place as beautiful as
Flagstaff.  It struck me on my way to work the other day just how
lucky I am.  I, mean, I know I'm lucky...but we tend to take our
surroundings for granted & sometimes I am profoundly struck by the
beauty of Flagstaff.  I cannot imagine a better place to live.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Grateful #16

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I'm grateful for morning walks.  I don't always want to go but
I'm never sorry that I did!  Lately my dogs have been
hovering...knocking my arm with their noses...lying on my feet...trying
to get me to take them out on a walk.  It's something we like to do
often, but you know how things with life go...let's just say it's easy
to get out of your routine.  It's mind clearing. 
Refreshing.  Fun.  Necessary for my sanity. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Grateful #15

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This is my niece Becky & her husband Josh.  Becky is the
most amazing mother to three rambunctious boys.  She is calm, level
headed, smart & beautiful.  Josh is a fire fighter & an
amazing husband & father. (I won't comment on how handsome he is
because, well, this is about Becky...)


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I think that Becky sometimes feels like she's not as awesome as she
is.  Staying home with three boys can be a challenge (she's the
only female in her house) and sometimes she might not feel as girly as
she'd like.  But when you meet her boys, you'll know what I've
known all along...Becky is someone who is passionate about her
family.  She's raising sweet, polite boys.   And truly, she's
just so dang nice, too!   I want Becky to know how very lucky &
grateful I am to have her for my niece. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Grateful #14

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I'm grateful for cupcakes.  I miss them so.  My husband
found me this sweet treat & surprised me with it.  And it was
as delightful as anything gluten free can be!  Made me feel just a
little more normal...you see, I like to bake cakes, cupcakes, and more
than that, I like to eat them.  But for the past year, that's just
not been in the cards.  So I've stopped baking (insert sad sigh
here).  But I'm a little more inspired now that I've found this website here.  I see many cooking/baking opportunities in my future!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Grateful #13

Is it wrong to be grateful for self portraits?


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Without
them, I'd have hardly any photos of me this year.  It's no one's
fault but my own.  I'm just as bad as everyone else...you see a
camera & you duck.  I seem to be a little less inhibited when I
take the photo myself (plus, you can't see my outfit...which, as my
brother informed me, shows that I learned how to dress just like my
mother...and he didn't mean that as a compliment.)  Are the self
portraits perfect?  No.  But they do show a glimpse of me...a
progression since I started taking them this year.  A bit of the
real me...cold sores, freckles, puffy eyes & all.   (Good
thing you can't see the outfit I wore out in public...ah, my mom would
be so proud!)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Grateful #12

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(Nathan, Maria, Dave, and MacKenzie Saurer, November 14, 2010)


The Saurer family are so much more than friends...they're
family.  We met 10 years ago & have been super close ever
since.  My daughter calls Nathan & MacKenzie her
siblings.  We've watched the kids grow up.  Maria is like a
sister...and Dave, well, he doesn't hold anything back (especially the
whole male obession with farting!).  They've come to our family
breakfasts...Thanksgiving, too.  They spend most every Saturday
night with us. 


Even though the circumstances under which we became friends were
tough, we are so grateful to have them in our lives.  They make
each & every day better.  We are so fortunate to have
friends/family like the Saurers! 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Grateful #11

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am grateful for my husband, Don.  We've been married 19 years and I
couldn't imagine a better husband!  Don't get me wrong, we don't
always see eye to eye, but he loves me no matter what.  And that
right there is priceless!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Grateful #10

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My Dad & I...last week.  I am a lucky, lucky girl.  My
dad lives just down the street from the store & stops in to see me
all the time.  It isn't lost on me how fortunate I am that my
mother works with me & my dad lives down the street (and happens to
work for my brother).  So today I am grateful that my parents are
close to me...just where I like them.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Grateful #9

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The
purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for
their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and
sacrifice for the common good.  (from this website)  I am grateful for all of the men & women who have served to keep us safe.  Thank you.


Today is a somber Veterans Day in our community.  There will be a
funeral procession for U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Broehm,
22, of Williams, from our airport, through town, to Norvel Owens
Mortuary at 2 pm.  Details are here.  If you happen to be along the route of the procession, consider joining our community in a show of support. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Grateful #8

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I'm grateful for art.  Random art.  In unexpected
places.  Get out of your car.  Take a walk.  See what you
can find.  You just never know what treasures await you.


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One day, I'm going to have a VW Vanagan (with a pop up camper!) and
I'm going to paint the whole thing like a flashback from the 60's...how
fun will that be?!


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This art just makes me happy.  I think every building should
have something fun & colorful painted on it!  I think it's one
of the reasons I love downtown (south of the tracks) so much.  It
has personality.  It's unique.  It's beautiful in it's own
way.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Grateful #7

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I'm grateful for my mom.  We have such a great
relationship.  It's a priviledge to get to see her every day! 
We're more like friends...although the mom in her comes out
periodically (just like the toddler comes out in me sometimes). 
Not many girls could work with their mothers...we are so lucky it works!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Grateful #6

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I'm am grateful for Kendall.  We've been having a great time
together lately...but, shhhh...don't tell anyone...I wouldn't want to
jinx it!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Grateful #5

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Jody
& Bill stopped by for a surprise visit last weekend...so very
grateful to get to spend time with them!  The pooch I'm holding is
my mom's dog, Teaka.  Had a beautiful walk at Buffalo Park. 
Lovely, lovely day...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Grateful #4

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I am grateful that when you give a kid a camera, you get back photos like this. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Grateful #3

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I'm grateful that sometimes people just don't think when they make
signs.  And those signs make me laugh my ass off!  My first
thought was stop for hot flashes?  Or is this where all the
flashers stop first?  Seriously, there is humor all around
us...especially in downtown Flagstaff.  This particular sign is
on  Beaver Street, just south of the railroad tracks.  I'll be
going back to get a better shot...most definitely!


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Okie doke...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Grateful #2

Vote


In this country, we have the righ and privilege to vote.  You
can take a stand.  Make a change.  Make a difference. 
But if you don't vote you lose your voice.  I am grateful for the
oppotunity to make my voice heard.  Whether they listen or not is a
whole different story.  No matter where you stand, make your voice
heard.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Grateful #1

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Let's be grateful...for 20 days leading up to Thanksgiving. 
It's good to express your gratitude.  No matter what you're
grateful for.  It makes you appreciate life.  The little
things.  The big things.  I completely enjoyed my grateful
project last year.  You can see the photos & the project I completed here.
(Last year, I did 26 grateful posts...one for every letter in the
alphabet...this year, I'm just simply being grateful each day.) 
It's something that I enjoy looking at all the time.  It was fun to
do & easy, too!  All I'm asking is that each day, you make a
note of something you're grateful for...add a photo to that & poof,
you're done!


So what am I grateful for today?  Well, many things.  The
first thing that comes to mind is that I'm grateful that my fabulous
mother was able to retrieve this photo that I deleted from my
phone.  I wasted precious hours trying to recover it...it took her
minutes.  I hope now you see why I wanted the photo so badly. 
How often do you see a leaf the shape of a heart?  I found it on
my walk the other day...and it just spoke to me.  My dog, Maggie,
& I were out at the park & I was talking to whomever it is I
talk to on these walks & asking some questions.  And I was
answered with the leaf.  Enough said.