I’ve had a colorful week. A full spectrum of things for which I am thankful.

I’d love to show and tell you that I snagged a photo of every hue and every experience. But I did not. I was too busy soaking in the moments, living the moments. And truly, the color thing didn’t occur to me until this morning, so…

How about this?

We saw the first pink blossoms on the trees in our neighborhood this week. OK, this photo is actually a couple of years ago, but it won’t be long before they look like this again! And, in yet another weather shift, are expecting a bit of snow tonight and tomorrow. Not much, but still…seriously?




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There’s a lot going on around here right now.

The in-real world is pretty stressful and demanding right now and I’d be lying if I said I’m handling with anything close to finesse. I’m not. I’m exhausted. I’m not sleeping. My eczema is springing up like crazy. I’m getting pimples – and that’s ridiculous. I didn’t even have them in puberty. Why now for crying out loud? I’m cranky and nervous and I’m driving my family insane. Even the Rotten Cats are kind of staying away…


So, yeah. Finding the thankful this week was not at the top of my Things-I-Can’t-Wait-to-Do list this week. In fact, Christina mentioned on Facebook that she was kind of wondering how to get the TToT done when you’re really not feeling it. At that moment, I thought my list was going to be one of Clark’s hypo-gratitude type posts. I think most of us have been there at least once. Right?

Well I’m kind of there again.

But at some point on Saturday morning it occurred to me that even though I’m really having a tough time seeing what’s going well right now, there is a lot of good in my life. It comes in the form of the people I have around me.

For example…

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Well, here it is…October first.

When did that happen?

At some point during the last few weeks, I think I decided to give the OctPoWriMo challenge a try. But seriously…thirty-one poems in thirty-one days? I don’t know… But I do know that it’s been far too long since I flexed my poetry muscles, so now is as good a time as any to jump in.

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Friday evenings hold something glorious and exciting.

But when Thursday is the new Friday and the weekend is four days long? That first evening of the weekend is even more thrilling. We’ve had quite a few long weekends since the Hub only had to go into work Tuesdays through Thursdays all summer. So here we are at the end of the first day of our last four day weekend – the last real hurrah before school and September hit full stride…


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I guess you could say I’ve been a bit preoccupied.

I’ve posted very little in this space in the last three weeks. I’m certain that I’m not keeping up with friends and fellow bloggers the way I’d like to, despite all the best intentions. I’ve been doing and thinking lately – a lot.

I’ve stared at this page for about an hour three hours already, not for lack of thankfulness, but for a lack of ability to concentrate, perhaps. Or at least a lack of ability to concentrate on anything but that with which my mind is currently preoccupied.

Here’s an example…earlier this evening, I realized that the headphones I was wearing weren’t plugged into the laptop. Nor was there anything running on the laptop that would require me to need them. I think I meant to do some work or listen to music or both…but clearly got distracted.


Still with me?

Let me do this because A) I hate being so late to put my TToT in place and 2) I kind of need to get back to my thoughts and things…

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I finally have pictures of our trees.

The dearth of visual evidence of spring here hasn’t been for lack of trying. Well, OK, it has been for a little lack of trying. I can’t say I always remember to take my phone or camera with me when I take my walks, but I’m choosing to call that a good thing. Overall, though, it’s been the fault of the trees that have been slow to come to bloom.

But now, at last, they are alive again! And yes, the sky here was exactly that blue today.


As for me, well, I’ve bloomed a bit, too…

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Come with me on a musical journey…

I want to share something with you today that has me very excited and brings together two things I enjoy a great deal – music and our favorite hiking spot. OK, three. The Hub is involved here and I enjoy him a great deal, too.


The Hub – or Dave as he’s known in real life – is about to release his seventh CD titled Hawk Mountain Triptych. Click on the player below to give you some background music for our little trip and then we’ll be off…

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