Gratitude Challenge

11) What is your favorite place and why? The beach is my favorite place because I feel at peace there

12) 3 Things you love most about yourself. I love that I love animals. I love that I am a Nana to 4 wonderful grandkids. I love that I like to create things for those that I love.

13) The last time you were overcome with joy. That would have to be when I first was able to hug my grandkids after way too long out of Covid precautions.

14) A risk you are grateful you took and why. I am grateful I took the leap and retired when I did. I debated my decision for a very long time. The universe had my back because the next year is when Covid changed our world.

15) 3 Everyday items you are grateful for. I am grateful for navigation on my phone so I don’t get lost as easily. I am grateful for my washer and dryer because I can’t stand dirty clothes. I am grateful for my computer so I can blog.


6) The last time I did something nice was when I altered a new blanket for a Hanukkah gift for my grandson. He needs an extra long blanket because he is so tall.

7) I was very fearful that once I retired I would have no friends to talk to. I discovered that reaching out to others when I need to talk, or just want to kibitz, is acceptable. I feel I am closer to my special tribe of friends than I thought possible. 

8) My favorite activities are gardening, scrapbooking, and blogging.  I like the connection with nature. I enjoy weeding, planting, and rearranging my planters. I enjoy scrapbooking because I am preserving memories and being creative at the same time. I enjoy blogging because there are so many wonderful people I feel connected to.

9) I usually don’t keep a collar on Annie unless we are going out. I pulled her collar off my headboard and she jumped around like a crazy person. She jumped around and ran to the door repeatedly. I smiled at the joy she gets going for a ride. I had a long ride with a very happy dog.

10) I love that my family enjoys sharing our heritage. I love that we have wonderful  shared memories. I love that we have different opinions and faiths but accept those because we love each other.



Happy New Year – The First Of A New Time In My Life

It’s been a good day.
I am grateful for spending the day, happily remembering my departed family.
I am grateful for all the pieces of themselves they gifted me, that make me who I am.
I am grateful that my daughter, who was just diagnosed with shingles for the fourth time, is not in agony this time. 
I am grateful for friends who though, not of my faith, rejoice with me.
I am grateful for a blogging community that accepts everyone.
I am grateful for getting to the grocery store early in the morning.
I am grateful that I made a honey apple cake for the first time, connecting me to my past.
I am grateful for Maggie once again helping me learn a new skill on my iPad.
I am grateful for a helpful call from the doctor’s office.
I am grateful for finally getting an idea for a gift for my granddaughter.
I am grateful for it not reaching 100 degrees here today.
I am grateful for time spent on my scrapbooks.
I am grateful for the ability to turn what I expected to be a hard day, into a sweet day.  
I am grateful that Annie and I played outside early this morning.
I am grateful for connecting with friends today.
I am grateful that I have so many in my life that I love.

I am grateful that I have the desire to continue the traditions I learned from my elders with my grandchildren.

I searched the last couple of days for an easy recipe to make an apple honey cake. I wanted one that was a small cake. The recipe I found was supposed to make a square 9 inch coffee cake. I wanted it made in a Bundt pan and it worked.  It didn’t release from the pan smoothly, but it was ever so yummy.


Share Your World – March 1/2


Share Your World is a blogging gift from the mind of  Melanie.  Make sure you check out the other blogger’s entries too.





1) Is every piece of truth worth telling?   (credit to the magnificent Cyranny for this one) If you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing at all. 

2) Whom do you miss more Freddy Mercury or Prince?  (if you don’t know who those people are, just skip this question.  It’s cool). Freddy Mercury

3) If you could only email or text people for the rest of your life (no other form of communication), which would you chose?  Texting, because even though I am a slow typist, I feel I would get answers faster.

4) Would you prefer to work the midnight shift at a really creepy out of the way motel OR work alone for eternity? Sort of stealing an answer I read on someone else’s answer. If it was just work time and not my life, work alone. I am a chicken. Plus, now that I am retired I don’t have to do either. LOL

5) Bonus question because yes, these are a weird bunch this week:   What’s one secret you’re still keeping from your immediate family? (no details required.  You could say something like “The lost weekend in 1982”.  You can also answer “Why I NEVER keep secrets from my nearest and dearest!”).Who I am

GRATITUDE SECTION (always optional) Please feel free to share something uplifting that you’ve experienced so far in 2021.

Happily, I have had my vaccines. Joyfully, I have hugged my grandkids. I am grateful for more vaccines for more people.