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SUNPANTHER SparkPoints: (32,329)
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10/7/12 8:05 P

- Our new foster dog, Pepper

- Our cat, who's being very patient

- A full fridge

10/7/12 3:45 P

Grateful for:
~The wonderful people I've found here on SP...they're amazing and give a lot of great advice.
~Waking up to sunshine instead of snow this's looking to be a gorgeous week, perfect for outdoor exercising
~My very loving husband and accepting puppy (had to add my puppy because I stepped on her foot today, and she still loves me lol)
~Pain that keeps me going, physically,emotionally, and mentally. I hope I keep embracing it and releasing it emoticon

IAM1WEVRY1 Posts: 2,954
10/7/12 3:39 P

Today I am grateful for:
~ tooth/teeth less painful this morning than yesterday
~ being able to sing my solo despite having sniffles and a scratchy throat
~ appreciative listeners
~ nice phone conversations with both daughters
~ getting several chores accomplished yesterday
~ more blessings than I could ever list

VALERIEMAHA SparkPoints: (57,948)
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10/7/12 10:10 A

Eyes see only light, ears hear only sound, but a listening heart perceives meaning.
-- David Steindl-Rast, A Listening Heart

Good morning,

Happy to follow my dear pal Stephanie's wonderful gratitudes and to be here to give thanks~~

~ feeling relief and even a bit of joy from housemate upon learning about happy living situation for his mom, with whom he has stopped communicating

~ more very satisfactory contact with eBay about a purchase return and easy resolution to additional problem (forgot to enclose DVD with return package)

~ two loads of wash done

~ variety of delicious sweet potatoes baked

~ housemate preparing tasty cornmeal casserole

Blessed be,

SLASALLE SparkPoints: (261,608)
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10/7/12 9:52 A

This morning, I am grateful for:

-Sunshine streaming through my window as I focus on gratitude
-My kittens who are obviously happy that we're home
-A tennis game this morning, even though it's barely over freezing, it will start my day with exercise
-My favorite yoga class planned for this evening
-Staying up until almost 2 a.m., just because I could as I haven't done that yet during my sabbatical
-Car all unloaded, bike stowed and things returning to normal at home
-Preparations for leaving on my solo trip in 2-3 days

Make it an excellent day!!!


GLOBALGIRL91 Posts: 950
10/7/12 9:08 A

Today I am grateful for:

~The Sunday NYT
~Warm blankets
~Hot chocolate
~The library
~My health
~Clean water
~Great housemates

REBCCA SparkPoints: (401,142)
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10/7/12 8:55 A

Appreciations and gratitudes this morning include:
-Seductive clouds caressing mountain tops
-Savoring the many diverse, unique and newly met clients
-Reunions with special long time clients
-Infusions of synergy w/visits from C and S to our mutual benefits
-Witnessing C’s on target readings for my customers even when it brought tears
-Sharing secrets and finding harmony/bond with wonderful medicine woman (after years of only polite acquaintance relationship)
-Calls with R sprinkling my day with love and support
-Sharing sweet garden tomatoes and gazpacho with appreciative recipients
-Covering all trip expenses and being happily in the black with 2 more days of Fair to go
-Become adept at voice commanding my phone

GBOOMER Posts: 6,880
10/7/12 4:23 A

I am grateful this morning for:

- getting to know A and S better at the workshop yesterday.
- following through with my run plans yesterday.
- interesting reading online this morning about the benefits of solitude.
- inspiration and validation for how and why I teach at the workshop yesterday.
- beautiful early morning drive to workshop yesterday with so little traffic. Such driving can be a real pleasure.

GRATEFULGAL3 SparkPoints: (5,730)
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10/6/12 9:30 P

I am grateful:
My parents were able to visit me.
My husband loves me tremendously
My kids are good people.
I am capable of jogging
I have friends who care about me.
I have amazing teachers in my life.

SLASALLE SparkPoints: (261,608)
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10/6/12 9:17 A

This morning, I am grateful for:

-Early morning quiet time
-Heading home today, always great even after a wonderful time away that gives you a special appreciation for what you've got to return to
-The excellent, competent and pleasant staff at our hotel, including their complete and happy willingness to stow my bicycle in their storage room so we didn't have to keep it in the room, giving us more space
-A short time to talk to my sister last night and know that she is OK, not great, but OK, after losing BOTH of her Siamese in less than one month, I cannot even imagine how horrible that must be
-Always, always, always, my health and the ability I have to do so many things in the way of physical activity

Make it an excellent day!!!


REBCCA SparkPoints: (401,142)
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10/6/12 8:34 A

Appreciations this morning include:
-Receiving and feeling a virtual hug and validating belief in vibrational fields in fresh way
-Sparse attendance at Fair allowing time to get acquainted with fellow vendors while still making agreeable profits (historically typical Friday)
-C being thrilled with the gifts I gave her and relating the psychic target I hit w/them
-Happy news and warm support from R sprinkling my day with love
-S giving me breaks and truly being an adorable asset in sync w/my goals and style
-Booth arrangement giving me cubby for re-fueling in privacy (homemade food delights)
-Navigating through not-so-familiar city easily even in the dark

GBOOMER Posts: 6,880
10/6/12 4:13 A

I am grateful this morning for:

- an evening walk and chat with L.
- productivity at work.
- not succumbing to cold bug this week.
- opportunity to attend workshop and, hopefully, learn some teacher ideas today.
- trial period at local yoga school extended by owner.

PIMPINELLAN50 Posts: 478
10/5/12 4:34 P

Morning gratitude:
~Beautiful and warm fall days.
~ Ripe tomatoes from the garden.
~New book arriving from
~Morning coffee with DH on our porch.
~My cat napping in the sun.

IAM1WEVRY1 Posts: 2,954
10/5/12 2:49 P

Today I am grateful for:
~ taking the time to post here
~ warm, sunny weather
~ Lula's companionship
~ smiles
~ wags
~ more blessings than I could ever list

VALERIEMAHA SparkPoints: (57,948)
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10/5/12 12:10 P

There are many fine things which you mean to do some day, under what you think will be more favorable circumstances. But the only time that is yours is the present.
-- Grenville Kleiser

Good morning,

Happy to be back among you and share gratitude~~

~ hearing from Stephanie and enjoying hearing about their adventures

~ starting the day with pranayama and meditation

~ getting a strong "A" on our presentation in the Food and Culture class yesterday

~ reaching the 148's LOL

~ the serendipity of this story as it relates to Kleiser's quote

Blessed be,

BRITOMART Posts: 8,068
10/5/12 10:44 A

--nice weather
--feeling well
--time to be home with dogs and books
--a new Pema Chodron to read

GLOBALGIRL91 Posts: 950
10/5/12 9:56 A

Today I am grateful for:

~A chance to wear rainboots
~New experiences
~The Big Bang Theory
~Clean water
~Hot chocolate

SLASALLE SparkPoints: (261,608)
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10/5/12 9:38 A

This morning, I am grateful for:

-Being OK with no Katy Trail ride today due to rain, cold and wind, and easily switching to just a day of exploring
-A wonderful Katy Trail ride yesterday along beautiful Rocheport, complete with delightful exploration of the amazing small town, population 273, a town that is likely kept alive due to the Katy Trail
-Early morning quiet time
-My kitties doing well with my friend who is pet sitting for us and her daily report to let us know all is well
-My faithful Trek bicycle doing well for me after it's first tuneup before this trip to ride it on the Katy Trail
-My health, always one of my biggest appreciations

Make it an excellent day!


REBCCA SparkPoints: (401,142)
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10/5/12 9:29 A

Appreciations this morning include:
-Timing all day working out perfectly
-90 minute drive with views full of Autumn colored brilliance
-R picking all the basil I forgot to harvest after he loaded car for me
-Close proximity to mountains with sunset views over this fresh horizon (from my hotel room window)
-Setting up booth for Fair smoothly and meeting delightful neighbors
-All the work I put in yesterday making wonderful dinner easy
-Warm shower and chill time

GBOOMER Posts: 6,880
10/5/12 4:56 A

I am grateful this morning for:

- Psy's funny and catchy "Gangnam Style".
- connecting with coworker, IV, at work.
- support from HP and MP at work yesterday.
- student exuberance.
- applying Yin Yoga concept to a stretch to good effect.
- first long weekend of the school year just ahead.

GLOBALGIRL91 Posts: 950
10/4/12 9:18 A

Today I am grateful for:

~Practicing stress reducing techniques
~The play I enjoyed yesterday
~All the opportunities I have/have had
~Delicious, healthy food
~Family & friends

BRITOMART Posts: 8,068
10/4/12 9:08 A

Thursday (already?!) gratitudes:
--a good sleep
--return to meditation, making the time, taking the time, savoring the time
--promise of another beautiful day
--meeting our assembly representative and liking her
--time for music

SLASALLE SparkPoints: (261,608)
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10/4/12 8:58 A

Today, I am grateful for:

-The time to do this all over again, as I did spell check and posted, then it disappeared it cyberland
-Looking like another gorgeous day for riding the Katy Trail, 15 miles yesterday, looking at 30 today
-Running into a nice man who was riding the entire Katy Trail (250 miles across Missouri) and his story about meeting a 70-yr-old woman who rides the entire trail every year, staying at B&Bs along the way (I hope that is me down the road)
-Today being the day I get to share the beauty of Rocheport on the Katy Trail with Beth
-Good accommodations with a comfortable bed and a solid night of sleep
-My health that allows me to do things like this

Make it an excellent day!!


REBCCA SparkPoints: (401,142)
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10/4/12 7:48 A

Appreciations and gratitudes today include:
-Harvesting, storing and preparing garden bounty before freezing temps claim them
-R and his special way of supporting me, from tough love to giggles
-Mentally adjusting to change of plans
-Stamina for hours of working in the kitchen yesterday
-New found appreciation and empathy for cooks and chefs

GBOOMER Posts: 6,880
10/4/12 5:46 A

I am grateful this morning for:

- turning in early last night and getting much needed extra sleep.
- listening to new-to-me albums from the 70s by T-Rex in the car.
- the sweet smiles of my coworkers.
- figuring out a software problem that had been vexing me at work for quite awhile.
- hooking up a nice, new student with a volunteer tutor.

SHANTI66 Posts: 158
10/3/12 8:52 P

Wow! Thanks :-)

SHANTI66 Posts: 158
10/3/12 8:51 P

That's beautiful. Thank you.

OJ_2_OK SparkPoints: (20,167)
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10/3/12 7:19 P

I am greatful for my cat whiskers.
I am greatful for a warm bed and a nice man next to me in that bed.
I am greatful for my kid.
I am greatful for a good job.
I am greatful for my health.

VALERIEMAHA SparkPoints: (57,948)
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10/3/12 6:46 P

Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself!
-- Anonymous (graphic on my SparkPage)

Good afternoon,

Happy that this is my day among you to share gratitudes such as~~

~ fun creating an autumn-themed SparkPage this morning

~ washing my Honda Civic the "old-fashioned way" with the garden hose and a bucket filled with soapy water

~ getting an awesome resoution on an eBay purchase gone bad

~ a growing friendship with a dear woman who helped me make the decision re: my eBay purchase today

~ preparing the recipe "Ocopa" with a classmate -- tomorrow we'll share it in the Food and Latino Culture class, along with a power point presentation and a paper to be handed in. I first tasted this delicious Peruvian potato salad with sauce when my former boyfriend's mom would make it for festive occasions (it's so good I'll share the recipe below!)

Blessed be,

Ocopa Arequipa

Ocopa evolved from ancient Inca messengers’ travel rations. Today, it is a specialty of the city of Arequipa, in the southern tip of Peru.

6 Yellow or white potatoes
1 large Red onion, rough chop
5 cloves Garlic, peeled, halved
2 Tbsp. Olive oil
¼ c mint/basil/flat parsley,sprinkled with lemon
¼ cup Ají amarillo or to taste
8 Ritz Crackers, crushed (1 oz.)
2/3 cup Roasted peanuts (4 oz)
8 oz. Queso fresco
1 to 1 ½ cups Evaporated milk as needed
½ tsp. Salt to taste

2 Eggs, whole
Lettuce leaves for garnish as needed

1.Peel potatoes; rinse and place in cold salted water.
2.Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, and boil potatoes until just fork tender (about 20-25 minutes).
3.While cooking, add whole eggs; hard-boil for the last 13 minutes of potato cooking time.
4.Rinse potatoes and egg under cold water until cool; drain and set aside.
5.Heat oil; sauté onion over medium until soft (about 5 minutes).
6.Add garlic and ají, and sauté over low heat for another 3-4 minutes or so. It’s okay to achieve a little golden brown color; but do not allow the garlic to crisp or become too brown.
7.Add herb mixture; then remove from heat, and allow to cool.
8.Combine onion mix with peanuts, queso fresco and cracker pieces; place in blender, and purée until smooth.
9.While pureéing, add just enough evaporated milk to make a smooth, creamy sauce. It should be thick, but still pourable.
10.Taste, and adjust salt as desired.
11.Slice the potatoes width-wise into small rounds, and place potatoes on top of lettuce leaves. Top each round with a dollop of sauce, and garnish each potato round with a slice of hard-boiled egg. Serves about six.

BRITOMART Posts: 8,068
10/3/12 10:35 A

Wednesday I'm happy about
--another beautiful day
--time in the library
--time to practice
--heck, the gift of time in general
--that the cat didn't get the dog's eye when they tangled, just the lid, and that's healing nicely (silly dog)

GLOBALGIRL91 Posts: 950
10/3/12 9:41 A

Today I am grateful for:

~Morning exercise
~Good talks
~A comfortable bed
~A nice room

SLASALLE SparkPoints: (261,608)
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10/3/12 9:33 A

This morning, I am grateful for:

-Wonderful weather
-The Katy Trail, heading there today for some biking
-Time away together with B, a nice little get-away to show her some of the beauty of the fall colors, leaves changing on the trees, get her out of the house
-My good friend who is taking care of our kitties
-A solid night of sleep in my comfortable bed
-My Trek, with its new tuneup, that I'm anticipating will do well on the Katy Trail

Make it an excellent day!


REBCCA SparkPoints: (401,142)
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10/3/12 7:55 A

Appreciations this morning include:
-Night sky views of Orion awakening memories of silver banks on sail to Dominican Republic
-Great start on outdoor Halloween decorations emoticon
-Feeling the freedom of two hawks soaring on the spiral updrafts overhead
-Talking w/C about extra day at Fair and her part in the ceremonies planned
-Beans soaked and ready to cook to go with barley and veggies for Fair sustenance
-Lots of long shadow shade on warm afternoon KJ walk w/two dear dogs emoticon

SUNPANTHER SparkPoints: (32,329)
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10/3/12 7:19 A

- Spring sunny warmth
- Lego, again!
- Great friends and great times with them
- My garden

GBOOMER Posts: 6,880
10/3/12 4:05 A

I am grateful this morning for:

- the nice things that HM said about me yesterday and in general.
- time with HP last night.
- being able to solve a technical challenge at work yesterday.
- good public speaking skills for the last of 3 back-to-school nights last night.
- being cheered up this morning by re-reading yesterday's gratitudes.

REBCCA SparkPoints: (401,142)
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10/2/12 10:07 P

What an awesome day so evening gratitudes include:
-Being able to readjust arrangements when I found that Fair was 4 days instead of 3
-Talking with special friend for first time in weeks and hearing good news
-Fresh gazpacho made and is awesome
-Order received and ready to mail
-Morning with R, shopping and other fun stuff

SLASALLE SparkPoints: (261,608)
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10/2/12 9:58 A

This morning, I am grateful for:

-A nice leisurely bike ride with a friend last night, followed by delicious Thai food dinner, with lots of leftovers
-This wonderful cooler weather
-Clean window sills that I took care of while all windows were open
-Total enjoyment of this Harvest Moon off of our deck, complete with the "tinkling" of waterfalls from the koi ponds
-Good and wonderful memories of my dear first brother-in-law, today being the 6th anniversary of his physical departure from this earth
-Breast Cancer Month - and that I'm doing the American Cancer Society's breast cancer walk, in honor of 7 friends and in memory of three

Make it an excellent day!!


REBCCA SparkPoints: (401,142)
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10/2/12 7:51 A

Appreciations this morning include:
-Bank teller and manicurist greeting me by my proper name
-Finding common ground for conversation as I got lovely manicure
-Veggies from garden creating great base for leftovers
-Having happy exchanges with HS kids on way home from KJ walk w/two dear dogs
-Watching “Carnage” with R as we shared insights on this well acted adapted play
-Curious dream recalled including auspicious symbol and mindfulness alert

GLOBALGIRL91 Posts: 950
10/2/12 7:42 A

Today I am grateful for:

~Delicious, healthy food
~Nice, cool weather
~Cute boot socks
~A gym close by
~Friends who listen
~The ability to deal with stress productively

GBOOMER Posts: 6,880
10/2/12 4:22 A

I am grateful this morning for:

- reports from parents of positive things students are telling them about my classes.
- enjoying hanging with coworkers.
- plans for a bike ride with a friend.
- peanut butter and peach preserves on multigrain bread.
- light rain.

SUNPANTHER SparkPoints: (32,329)
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10/2/12 2:02 A

- My neighbour who always has loads of cilantro and spinach growing in her garden. Our favourites!

- Lego. My holiday hero. ;-)

- Crusoe enjoying another great (adapted) Spark recipe - this time a tomato-less Aloo Gobi.

FRECKS96 SparkPoints: (66,943)
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10/1/12 2:27 P

Hello again. I'm trying to re-engage with SP and I thought there is no better way than by posting what I am thankful for. Today I am thankful for...
~SP always being available and full of support.
~running a HM with a friend yesterday, helping her and lerning some lessons along the way.
~Sunday afternoon naps.
~steady work early in the school year. and free, streaming music.
~my family and friends.

GLOBALGIRL91 Posts: 950
10/1/12 1:18 P

Today I am grateful for:

~Gorgeous fall weather
~Shiny new red rainboots
~Caffeinated hot chocolate
~Yummy, healthy food
~Plenty of sleep
~A Halloween costume
~A cute outfit to wear today :)

10/1/12 11:31 A

Grateful today for:
-having had a productive weekend with lots of baking and cooking done to use up ingredients that needed using
-time to write a letter to a good friend
-another job recommendation from a friend (something will happen for me soon)
-sounds of birds outside my open window
-continuing to lose small amounts of weight

VALERIEMAHA SparkPoints: (57,948)
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10/1/12 10:38 A

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Good morning,

And, yes, happy lovely October!!! Sweet to be here among all of you -- thanks for getting us going month-after-month, year-after-year, dear Rebecca and thanks to the "oldtimers" and "newtimers" in the community!

I'm grateful for that...and~~

~ the reminder from Goethe, as well as today's on "The Habit of Starting"
from a favorite writer Leo Babauta, who begins the article with this, that I needed to hear, "The biggest reason people fail at creating and sticking to new habits is that they don't keep doing it. That seems obvious: if you don’t keep doing a habit, it won’t really become a habit."

~ based upon this, meditation and pranayama ahead after finishing gratitudes, two hours after arising; [sigh] better late than never, huh!

~ the day appears to be dry and worthy of a bike ride!

~ the refrigerator full of fresh organic fruits and veggies after a WholeFoods shop yesterday

~ thoroughly enjoying a kafeklatsch with two women friends at WF before shopping

Blessed be,

Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 10/1/2012 (10:48)
REBCCA SparkPoints: (401,142)
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10/1/12 10:30 A

Appreciations this morning include:

-The awesome people who post on this thread (what a joy to find first thing this morning)
-Sunday morning tradition with R, feeling fresh and fun
-KJ walk w/M to see the new local Fall colors in all their brilliance
-Arranging necklines after sales for Fair readiness
-Open windows with cool breezes
-Dinner date feast with scrumptious leftovers to go with garden veggies

Happy October emoticon

Edited by: REBCCA at: 10/1/2012 (10:32)
BRITOMART Posts: 8,068
10/1/12 10:01 A

October! beautiful October.
Today, I'm grateful for
--Alexander Technique lesson to anticipate
--promise of another lovely day in weather
--a good, solid night's sleep to stand upon
--happy pups
--time to practice

SLASALLE SparkPoints: (261,608)
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10/1/12 8:50 A

Wow! Where DID September go? My favorite month is gone, but alas, when one door closes, another opens. Hello October!!!

On this first day of October, I am grateful for:

-The sights and sounds of sunrise on my deck; I'm up earlier today while on sabbatical than I am for work
-A short walk this morning in first light just to jumpstart my day AND my metabolism
-My favorite yoga class last night that just put me right where I needed to be after a 3-day painting project
-Finding a very comfortable, casual workout-type jacket that I didn't remember I had (one on my prizes for completing an incentive program at work) and wearing it this a.m. on the deck and for my walk
-Bike ride planned for later today with a friend
-Hot chai tea on a cool morning

Make it an excellent day!!


GBOOMER Posts: 6,880
10/1/12 4:07 A

Happy October, Rebecca and all my gratitude practicing friends! So great to see you here month after month, day by day. emoticon

I am grateful this first day of October for:

- a good early run yesterday.
- seeing Y and M yesterday evening.
- L time.
- smooth Sunday morning work time.
- phone call to parents.
- new photos of friends and family on FB.

REBCCA SparkPoints: (401,142)
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9/30/12 6:00 P

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”
Brian Tracy

I will be back tomorrow to start my daily list of 5 things I appreciate and hope to see you join me. emoticon

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