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6:30 am:  On this first day of the return to “normal” time, I stand on the deck, inhale the crisp autumn morning air – it’s only 37°F!  I had the presence of mind to put on a jacket and hat…and I’m glad I did! I look upward to the sky, ribbons of pink-tinged clouds and jet contrails, planes headed to National Airport, greet me. Birds swiftly fly toward the morning sun, so fast I can’t/don’t capture with my iPhone.

The tree, “this tree,” that I observe through every season, is fast loosing its leaves. Everyday, I can see more of its magnificent structure. Still, at the very top, are bright yellow leaves…causing me to remember the symphony of color that greets us these days as we walk, ride, drive, are out and about – on errands, on the way to work, play or home. The season is ending; leaves gather on sidewalks, lawns. Mother Nature prepares for the next.

On this thought, I turn to go inside to fix my first cuppa tea and listen to Sunday Baroque…and I think how grateful I am for the life I’ve had… and to welcome another day.


IMG_5869Thinking: Soon all the leaves will have fallen and the trees will be bare. Colder temps are at hand; days, shorter; nights, longer.  Last year we had very c-o-l-d temperatures; more of the same? Looking back, I attended a baby shower for Elias, right before Veteran’s Day. Little did we know then that he was going to join us two months ahead of schedule.

Grateful: On the 27th of this month, Elias celebrates his first birthday. Amazing! He’s almost standing by himself so I expect he’ll be ambling around any day now! We are eternally grateful that both he and his mom are well. Life is good!

Inspiration: Norman and I were trying to decide when the “holiday  shopping season,” would begin. I think it already has – which reminds me that I’ve a storage room in the basement to clear out … so we can get to the holiday decorations. I think we may need a new tree.


Fun: The boys: Chris (4) and Elias  (11 months) went “trick or treating” – their first – at a local retail mall. Chris enjoyed the experience; Elias, the cookie! Dolly plans to make a gingerbread house with big brother Chris. I think I’ll join in the fun, too, having never made one. Perhaps I’ll have them come here. And maybe we’ll make ornaments and an Advent Calendar for Chris; he’d like that! I’m full of ideas and memories. We – my mom and I – had an ornament -making party for Dolly when she was just about 5 – 27 years ago. She remembers and so do I!

Norman appreciated all the birthday wishes. He had just the day that he wanted: quiet and peaceful. And I concur. We are both grateful for every moment his day brought and look forward to more gratitude -filled moments and days. Peace and…


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Welcome November and NaBloPoMo: National Blog Posting Month. I believe this is  my eighth year.  I plan to focus this month’s posts on the theme of Gratitude: 30 things (at least) in my life for which I am grateful. As each day comes, it brings a host of everyday small yet very important things: memories, events, and people, etc that brighten my life…


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What better way to begin November than to celebrate Norman’s 85th birthday!  Yep, this “Kid from Chicago” is 85 today! We have no big plans – I offered; he said he’d rather spend a quiet, ordinary day at home. Wish granted! (Quiet as it’s kept: My vote was for a quiet-at-home day, too!)

Over the past month, I’ve not been very idle. I spent a lot of time looking at and trying  on themes for the blog,  sort of like trying on clothes, not on my “fave things to do” list… plus waiting for answers (via email) from WordPress staff.  Despite the fact that I’ve had experience with Word Press, setting up a blog from scratch turns out not to be as easy as I’d expected…however, thanks to friends Kat and Mary, and my niece Christian, I’m learning.

I also made 31 more story/scrapbook layouts. Some are included on the COLLECT photo collage that I’ll share over the weekend!

It’s good to be back! In fact, it’s great! I  look forward to reconnecting and spending these next 30 days with you! Thank you for being here. Know that friends are truly one of the greatest blessings in my life.