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12/31/17 6:09 P



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Here is the link to JANUARY 2018 appreciation and gratitude thread.
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12/31/17 11:42 A



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My appreciations this last day of 2017 include:
-Listening to talk on shedding past to start fresh in 2018 as opposed to making resolutions
-Being able to accept and appreciate different perspectives simultaneously
-Finding neighbors lost cat for them
-Traditional double date in tower pyramid tonight
-Enjoying a happy home, harmony and love
-Sweet breakfast date at local café

Thank you for being a consistently joyful part of my 2017. I look forward to our onward tradition together.
JANUARY 2018 will be ready for our onward journey...almost wrote 'joy' instead of 'journey'....let be so!


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12/31/17 9:56 A

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This morning, on this last day of 2017, I'm grateful for:

-My comfortable home, shelter from the cold
-Central heating (single digits are back with low of -9 tomorrow)
-Seeing first good movie last night, "Wonder"
-Tickets for this afternoon to see "The Last Jedi"
-Plans to get some walking in while at the mall/movie theater
-These three sweet kitties I live with
-Always, my health
-This practice that will help carry me into and through a new year



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12/31/17 3:49 A

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I am grateful this morning for:
- getting all four of us home safely
• observing kitty excitement and happiness on returning to their home and territory
- neighbor's happy new puppy adoption and photo they shared with us
• lots of 2017 highlights, and
- lots looking forward to in 2018



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12/30/17 12:10 P



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My many appreciations this morning include:
-Full sky sunset highlighted with unusual cloud formations in stunning colors
-S picking me up and driving for our date and her easy delightful company as always
-Elegant, perfectly prepared food at beautiful “Fire” restaurant in Art Hotel
-Immersing myself in Women Impressionist paintings and feeling that era
-Perusing the art museum gift shop and having sweet chat with photographer/clerk


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12/30/17 10:14 A

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This morning I'm grateful for:

-Another solid night of rest
-Friend with great work gloves and good grip strength to get my front outside hose disconnected (before single digits hit again)
-Another walk and talk at the mall last night
-Dinner with dear old family friend in from CA for the holidays
-Being able to help dear friend today with her mother's memorial this afternoon
-A 4-day weekend
-Movie plans, maybe two



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12/29/17 9:26 A



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My many appreciations this morning include:
-Laundry done and stowed
-Invigorating KJ walk with sweet sounds
-Manicure done with kind banter
-DAM date today and lunch
-Budget balanced and bills all up to date
-Restoring rest and pleasant emotional memories


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12/29/17 9:06 A

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This morning I'm grateful for:

-My back being fine after a short biking workout
-Stretching and knowing so many different stretches, always makes me feel good
-The incredibly luxurious throw my mother sent me for Christmas (the kitty girls love it too)
-Finally, they're using the kitty water fountain that was gifted to them at Thanksgiving time; for the longest time, they feared it
-Central heating, as the temperatures will drop again this weekend into next week



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12/28/17 1:43 P

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Today I'm grateful for:

-My elderly neighbors happily agreeing to let me get their trash/recycling to the curb, especially during the winter (he doesn't usually take help!)
-A really solid night of sleep after several restless nights
-My back pain seemingly much better now (she says cautiously)
-A nice 45-minute mall walk and talk with a friend last night (will try the biking inside at home tonight instead)
-Scheduling the first work day of 2018 as paid time off; this has become a tradition for me over the last several years! It means a 4-day weekend coming right up, just the way I like to start the year!




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12/28/17 12:25 P



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My appreciations this morning include:
-Being there for friend in need to listen
-8 shared hawk sightings on serene and happy drive
-Costco promising to make good on dent wind fueled cart made to Mini S
-R making the report and venting politely to them, (rather than to me)
-Great opportunities to practice non-attachment
-Mild weather for walk to manicurist soon

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12/28/17 11:12 A

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Grateful for my 3 kids & getting to spend precious time with them during the Holidays!


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12/28/17 3:44 A

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Thank you, Rebecca and Stephanie!! ❤️

This morning I am grateful for:
- lots of time with mother yesterday
- bookstore browsing
- indoor pickleball play
- rest
- my father's smoothies



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12/27/17 3:46 P

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grateful
~for celebrations
~it's sunny today
~for creature comforts
~there's time to watch the birds
~for newsy holiday greetings

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12/27/17 11:19 A

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This morning I'm grateful for:

-Work flexibility that allows me to work at home today and attend a funeral that's closer to home than work
-Supporting dear friends (who totally supported me) in the loss of their brother
-My magic coat that keeps me warm through single-digit temps and cold weather in general
-My sweet kitty girls loving having me home for some extra time today (Rosie lost her ball ... again ... sigh)
-Plans to try a short, easy biking program later and see how my back handles it as it's pretty cold to get outside and walk
-Always, my health



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12/27/17 10:19 A



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My many appreciations this morning include:
-Decision made long ago to delete being easily offended
-Catching a glimpse of orange sunrise this morning
-Luxury of a warm shower
-Date made for Women Impressionist exhibit
-Conversation with C
-Wardrobe that allows lots of layering choices
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12/27/17 1:34 A

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I'm grateful for:
- celebrating 34th anniversary with L yesterday
- news of parents possibly traveling again
- finishing a fun ebook
- dinner with family last night
- outdoor pickleball in crazy winds yesterday
- a good anniversary gift
- hugs, kisses and i-love-you's



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12/26/17 2:41 P

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grateful
~for quiet time spent with family
~S is lively enough for all of us
~for her joy at thoughtful gifts
~she chose to gift a lovely kettle for our tea
~for sweet sleep

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12/26/17 11:45 A



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My many appreciations this morning include:
-Lovely day shared with friends, old and new in exquisite and festive home
-Beautifully prepared bounty of food (and lots of craft beers for those aficionados)
-Nice portions of leftovers packed up and give to us
-This party fulfilling all the wishes for how gentle cheer is shared
-Driving up our fully decorated block and being wowed by how great our display looked
-Box of give-a-ways ready for pick-up today

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12/26/17 11:44 A

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Today I'm grateful for:

-A wonderful hike out at the Arboretum on Christmas Eve afternoon to enjoy the snow
-The first White Christmas I can remember in awhile now; thoroughly enjoyed watching the squirrels and birds at play in my back yard
-A delightful Christmas Eve dinner with dear friends, including leftovers to do it all over again yesterday!
-Beautiful light display, set to blink in time with radio station Christmas music
-A peaceful Christmas day at home with the kitty girls, reading a good book, Downton Abbey reruns and Skyping/talking/texting with loved ones far away
-A long weekend off work
-Always, my health




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12/26/17 6:06 A

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I am grateful this morning for:
- walk on the beach with L yesterday
- solving more tech problems for parents
- X-mas cheer and activity on FB
- email from T
- lots of exercise
- building a new box structure for kitties





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12/25/17 12:37 P

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~for a smile while watching busy chickadees on the deck eating tiny redwood seeds
~to wake to a picture sent of the littlest ones playing in the snow at the crack of dawn...Christmas at Great Grandma's
~missing my mom and all gathered with her but also happy for quiet time here for rest and healing
~for shock and amazement when S and I happened to see the SpaceX rocket trail while out Friday evening
~to learn alongside a not quite ten year old is brilliant

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12/25/17 10:50 A



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My many appreciations this morning include:
-Taking joy in others loving this holiday and the atmosphere of good cheer
-Amazing surprise of a petrol (blue) Legends of the Forest coat (R ordering possibly the last one available)
-Meditations for times between sleep
-Visits/exchanges with neighbors of homemade baked goods
-All the twinkling lights and view of waxing moon
-Love and harmony of our happy home


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12/25/17 8:23 A

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Happy 🎄 and every day people!!! ✨😊

I am grateful this morning for:
- extra good sleep last night
• smart Lucy
- kitty Cassie's gratitude 😄
• fun movie on Netflix yesterday
- cuddly Desi
• yesterday's walk and strength training





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12/24/17 12:03 P



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My many appreciations this morning include:
-The sun and blue sky, long views and magic of snow coated world this morning enjoyed as I cleared walkways and drive
-Waking up from long vivid detailed (happy) dream right after I was likely to be busted for careless driving through an outdoor banister in my almost toy car
-Sweet family time and funny movie shared
-Amazing tree decoration show
-The exquisite diversity of people populating our planet


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12/24/17 11:12 A

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This morning I'm grateful for:

-The difference between yesterday's back pain and the near non-existent pain I woke to this morning filling me with gratitude for my health
-The beautiful 2 inches of snow I woke to, enough to cover the limbs of the backyard bushes and make it look like a bit of a winter wonderland, but not enough to have to worry about clearing the driveway
-An early Christmas present - Trader Joe's heirloom oranges - they never usually arrive until end of January or February; this is my 4th or 5th year of loving these amazing oranges
-Going to a special dinner tonight with two dear friends (Beth and I used to go together); we've kept the tradition going
-xbggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg (that was kitty Cassie's gratitude for today!!) I decided to let others see it and try and decipher. Ha!
-These three sweet kitty girls that bring me so much joy, love and companionship


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12/24/17 8:24 A

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I am grateful this morning for:
- good sleep despite social stress yesterday
• successfully installing wireless access point in parent's house
- possibility of pickleball play later on this Christmas eve day
• clear headed L
- fun library ebook on my ipad





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12/23/17 6:19 P

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grateful
~for a thoughtful gift meant to cheer
~for some open talk with my son about an extremely uncomfortable situation for him
~extra caution with my adult children is often wise
~to read S right to sleep last night
~tight jeans are good motivation to move more and curb snacking

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12/23/17 12:49 P



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My many appreciations this morning include:
-Unforgettably loving and nurturing dream
-Website and eBay orders received and shipped
-Promising clue for a way around issue tech calls have not fixed
-Persevering in studio time until the groove was found
-Harmony of Mumford and Sons
-Dogs


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12/22/17 11:18 A

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This morning I'm grateful for:

-Being able to get out of the office early enough for a 4 p.m. Thai massage
-A 3-day holiday weekend
-Planning a PJ day with three kitties, Netflix (The Queen) and a good book on Christmas Day, super low key and relaxing
-Work being so quiet, making it much easier to get projects completed
-My easy go-to breakfast, a piece of fruit (in this case, a wonderful Pink Lady apple) and raw almonds




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12/22/17 10:33 A



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My appreciations this morning include:
-R taking the time and wait to switch Mini S to snow tires
-Resolving small phone photo glitch easily
-Moving towards longer and longer daylight hours
-Having best on the block light display right across the street
-Homemade hot sauce gift

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12/22/17 2:20 A

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I'm grateful this morning for:
- Stephanie's cat pic
- how much Desi and Lucy love their new "Da Bird" toy
- visit to amazing new local humane society
- raw mixed nuts
- plans to enjoy Survivor finale today
- gratitude practice





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12/21/17 3:06 P

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grateful
~for a beautiful solstice eve gathering to honor those we mourn
~for gifts acknowledged
~to crest the hill into town earlier and see the ocean in the distance awash with blazing golden sunlight, shocking and other-worldly
~for a nice walk in town and successful shopping
~M is out, so the afternoon stretches before me alone

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12/21/17 11:54 A

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This morning I'm grateful for:

-Kitty pictures that always make me smile and sometimes make me laugh!

-A nice dinner last night with my dear friend who just lost her mother as we viewed the available rental room and tested the menu for a reception after the memorial
-Paying it forward, the concept and the act
-Ibuprofen, a miracle drug
-Always, stretching
-Always, my health



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12/21/17 11:39 A



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Happy Winter Solstice
My many appreciations this afternoon include:
-Empathy and useful ideas on ‘hard choices’ issue
-Taking full advantage of yesterday’s mild weather for KJ walk with H
-Relishing the sunshine and saturated blue sky
-Getting more web work done
-Laundry already hanging to be ready for ironing session
-Snow shoveled to happy tunes

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12/21/17 6:53 A

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I am grateful this morning for:
- the message in Rebecca's picture, especially in this age of online mob movements
• nice long beach walk with L discussing plans
- healthy lunch out at health food store and cafe that I like
• interactions with young cashiers
- finding ways to nurture kitties





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12/20/17 12:38 P



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My appreciations this morning include:
-Second session of sleep deep and rejuvenating
-Making hard choices and staying open to options and opportunities for friend in tough place
-Awesome afternoon in studio
-Ingredients procured to make with last of garden beets
-13 hawk sighting shared on delightful morning date

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grateful
~to have slept an unprecedented 9 hours without waking
~for trying to cope with bitter disappointment at least making it less bitter
~for some rain in the night and brilliant blue morning sky
~for a beautiful contemplative gathering last night
~for deep and poignant discussion in a creative meeting

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12/20/17 11:39 A

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This morning I'm grateful for:

-When I have foresight to cook extra for freezer meals to make other nights easier
-Self-care
-Scheduling a Thai massage hoping the stretching will help my back
-Being able to help a friend who just lost her mother
-Awareness/mindfulness



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12/20/17 4:08 A

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I am grateful this morning for:
- decent sleep and interesting dreams
- kitty sleep companions
- lots of exercise yesterday
- favorite old blues recordings
- complexity
- enjoyable movie on tv last night





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12/19/17 11:02 A

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This morning I'm grateful for:

-The wonders of stretching
-Extra sweet brushing time with Cleo this morning
-Getting the deck cleared of semi-wet leaves (unexpected small rain) so it won't contribute to wood rot
-Researching and downloading appropriate passport renewal form (got my photos a few weeks ago), one step closer
-Remembering I need to get to Lowe's for deck post caps before any more rain or snow
-Work being at a reasonable pace again for now



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12/19/17 9:47 A



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My many appreciations this morning include:
-Being able to listen and comfort a friend in distress
-Lovely evening visit with brilliant young man
-Feeling the groove and motivation for productive studio time
-Skinny jeans fitting way less tightly
-Generous support from M

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I am grateful this morning for:
- figuring out how to project YouTube videos on parent's tv
• box play with kitties
- walk and strength training togetherness with L
• finishing library book
- upgrading kitties' litter pan and them immediately adjusting
• routines





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12/18/17 7:36 P

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grateful
~to love time with M but also precious time alone
~for kind words and gestures
~to also share gratitude in practice with two close friends
~to have started a thankfulness journal with S
~for a successful big grocery trip this morning and soup on the stove

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12/18/17 11:43 A

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This morning I'm grateful for:

-Friends and friendship
-A job that I enjoy (I love working with words)
-People that I love working with
-A rainy afternoon with a good book and three kitties
-Making myself a great healthy dinner, with leftovers to eat this week
-Always, my health



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12/18/17 11:01 A



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Today I am grateful for, among many other things:
-Rewarding visit with $hop owner already this morning
-Quinoa made yesterday making great addition to breakfast fruit, nuts and seeds
-Waking up in plenty of time for early visit even though I totally slept through alarm
-Splendid sunrise with seagull soaring across the sky
-Family time enjoying “Going in Style”
-Good news from Sacred Space and request for inventory sent

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12/18/17 4:39 A

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I am grateful this morning for:
- family coming out to watch me compete
• fun reading
- good music
• Desi and Lucy's growth
- dinner with parents and L
• creative new ways for kitties to play
- full transition to clumping litter



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12/17/17 11:10 P

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grateful
~sustained high winds caused little local damage and no local fires
~neighbors work together to clean up wind-driven debris
~for the outlet of tears
~to nap
~dinner was a hit

The body is a sacred garment.
It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
and it should be treated with honor.
~Martha Graham




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12/17/17 1:21 P

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Today I'm grateful for:

-The kindness of a store clerk giving me a free drink coupon as she thanked me for my "kindness and courteousness" (hmmmm ... positive to positive, Rebecca!!)
-Feeding my own soul
-Candles, the light of hope and memory
-Music that fills the soul
-Good literature that feeds the mind and heart
-Waking up to a bit of much-needed rain today



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12/17/17 12:00 P



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My many appreciations and blessings include:
-Disappointing news accepted and acknowledged with grace
-Having this tradition to balance bad news and put things in perspective
-Completing all laundry
-Studio time
-Happy harmony with my loving man
-Easy and fun conversation over breakfast


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12/17/17 2:46 A

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I'm grateful this morning for:
- looking up and learning the meaning of "sesquipedalian"
• solo library time yesterday, good reading and a good book find
- family dinner
• training and being trained by kitties
- plans for pickleball at dedicated courts today



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12/17/17 1:31 A

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grateful
~J and little V went to The Nutcracker today
~to bake and decorate beautiful cookies with S
~to enjoy lots of twinkling lights, inside and out
~for practices to help soothe and calm surprisingly volatile emotions
~to learn and change and learn something new

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It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
and it should be treated with honor.
~Martha Graham




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12/16/17 11:03 A

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This morning I'm grateful for:

-Slower weekend mornings with more kitty ritual time!
-A wonderful evening with dear friend last night
-Beth's music, something I'll always have
-The arrival of a Christmas card and note on a specific day that made it no coincidence
-Getting my hair done today
-Going to a house concert tonight; a Canadian musician who inadvertently prompted our knowledge of and resultant friendships with dear Aussie friends



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12/16/17 10:46 A



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My many appreciations this morning include:
-Learning new words even though I am not quite a sesquipedalian
-Completing lots and lots of knot tying with R
-Napping on R couch after he tucked me in
-Full sky stunning sunrise this morning viewed from above most tree tops
-Simple advice that always includes honesty


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I am grateful this morning for:
- plentiful sleep
• being able to run errands for father
- great PB play
• insight
- litter switch going smoothly
• L cooking for my parents last night





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12/15/17 12:46 P

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grateful
~for easing of headache
~for sunshine and a display of birds in it
~for messages received
~to wonder at the list never getting shorter
~to feel an interesting shift beginning

The body is a sacred garment.
It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
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~Martha Graham




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12/15/17 12:06 P

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This morning I'm grateful for:

-It's Friday
-It's payday
-The sun is shining
-I found an old sweater that's been MIA for so long it's now new again! Ha!
-I can breathe and walk and exercise
-I am always looking for ways to improve myself



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12/15/17 10:43 A



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My many appreciations this morning include:
-Client happy with commissioned shield and it is ready to ship
-Better than usual night of sleep in clean sheets on freshly fluffed bed
-All receipts to date entered and filed on quest for office organizing
-Mastering photo/text/edit stuff on new phone
-Time for studio session looking excellent
-Interesting article on plausibility dynamics


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I am grateful this morning for:
- getting signed up for Sunday pickleball round robin for first time
- kitten intelligence
- helping mother set up Echo
- L's exercise progress
- dinner out with L
- enjoying silly movie on HBO (The Great Wall)





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12/14/17 10:48 A

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This morning I am grateful for:

-Sleep streak day three
-Odd and interesting dreams
-Making a curry dish last night
-Nothing serious when I stabbed myself with the cooking knife last night (did something similar this past weekend; maybe a bit more attention needed!)
-Being able to wear jeans for the rest of the year at work
-Giving the kitties an overdue birthday treat for dinner last night and they all enjoyed it




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My many appreciations this morning include:
-Being happy that I talked myself into going for KJ walk with dear dog
-Reminding myself of ‘one task at a time’ to banish overwhelmed sensations
-Gracefully navigating phone call where I found caller was a different friend than I originally thought
-Appointments made with client and shop owner for restocking
-Thank you emails from happy customers and business associates
-Dreams and ones last night assured me I actually did sleep

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I'm grateful this morning for:
- cat play
- lots of exercise
- being there for my mother
- taking a stand
- love and affection
- visiting dedicated pickleball courts for first time



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12/13/17 11:12 P

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grateful
~for good sleep the last few nights meaning more energy
~for lots checked off the list today
~for a gleeful facetime call from little H, who calls me Gum
~to get some painting done
~for Christmas cards with pictures

The body is a sacred garment.
It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
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~Martha Graham




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My many appreciations this morning include:
-The fresh thrill shared every time R and I sight a hawk (14 yesterday)
-Easy uneventful KJ walk with M...taking in the day so mild
-Restocking fresh greens and other Costco items
-Meditations, brain games and stair climbs being part of everyday routine
-Gift of black sheep sweater
-Bills paid early and checkbook balanced


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12/13/17 10:42 A

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This morning I'm grateful for:

-Two night streak on solid sleep!
-The sunlight as the sun was rising that was shining in my living room this morning, a special lovely tinge
-Eating lightly, including all my fruits & veggies (getting my fiber in) for breakfast/lunch yesterday so I could splurge a bit at dinner
-Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Oranges, my own holiday tradition, that I brought for food day at work today
-A clean house
-Always, my health



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I am grateful this morning for:
- walk and chat with L yesterday
• pickleball plans for today
- mother's continued enjoyment of Desi and Lucy
• L's thrift shop find yesterday
- strength training at local community gym yesterday





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