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Traveling Thanks


So I am on a sort of road trip with my gal pal, Tina.
We are on our way to join a mission that is helping in Moore, Oklahoma.
(If you don’t know,
There was a devastating tornado that ripped through the city months ago.)

Tina has done wonders with asking co-workers for donations to bring with us,
(Backpacks, Wal-Mart gift cards, food…)
She is amazing!

I am just doing whatever they ask for,
Truly not near as much work as the people volunteering for longer periods of time.
We will be there just a few days,
But I feel good that I can give some
(Even limited time).
That doesn’t make me a good person,
It’s what I should do.

So…recently I have not been blogging as much as I was and I apologize and will try to do better.

I realize at this point that I probably won’t make the thousand thanks goal,
But I am not stopping…
So here are my more recent thanks-

241. Summertime, 4th of July, Freedom, BBQ- need I say more?!



242. Beautiful flowers- only God could keep these alive.


243. My car- which while I am away is probably being used by my hubby !
(No worries, babe. :). )


244. Menu planning- which since doing has really helped us on our fitness journey!


245. Going out with friends! I have such great support and love in my life!


246. Another great year & more to come!!


247. Our babies ! Poor Coop has torn his ACL & recovering from surgery & poor Coogee is needing attention!



248.Traveling with my hubby who is such a blast to go anywhere with!!


249.. For safe arrivals on long journeys.

250.. For my phone which not only had much needed GPS but a camera to capture whatever catches my eye!



Bug Love


This is my new bug!
I am in love.

My journey to find “the” one was a bit of a process,
But well worth it!

We started looking online to find my fantasy-
A salsa red & tan beetle convertible.
These are not easy to come by locally.

The search became real when we went to see the closest VW dealership in Columbia.

Joe Machens VW

We have not had great experiences with car salesmen,
So Brian and I weren’t real eager to begin the process.

And then we met Frank!
Frank was laid back,
No pressure, easy going and a pleasure to work with!
From the beginning we felt very comfortable with him.

We test drove a white bug,
But I couldn’t imagine
months down the road being happy because it wasn’t my dream.
And if we committed to going through with this,
Why not go all the way!
Which meant Salsa red and tan.

So, after spending literally all day with Frank,
We left him with our must-have list and kept up the search online.

Frank checked in with us and we kept in contact over the next couple of weeks.
He was trying to get us my dream,
But we ended up finding it online.

So sorry, Frank!
You were great to work with!!!
The best experience I had as a woman looking for a car.

After finding one in St Louis,
We called the dealership to get information and to start the process of a possible buy.
But after only two conversations,
We decided they would not be the dealership for us!
We wanted to work with honest and courteous people.

We realized to get my bug would mean traveling outside of the state.
The online search continued.
Until that fateful day when we decided to check on this shiny red dream machine about 400 miles away.

That fated dealership was in Naperville, Illinois.
(Which I believe to be a suburb of Chicago. )

Bill Jacobs VW

We first spoke with Jessica,
Friendly and warm without being pushy,
She found all of the answers to our questions.
She laid down a positive first impression.

When we reached an agreement,
We were then put in contact with Lauri,
Who was our main contact through the rest of the process.

Come to find out,
Lauri is my birthday sister and such an easy person to speak with.
She is quick to reassure and has a way to put your mind at ease.

It is such a big deal to decide to purchase a car before a test drive,
Drive by or sneak peak.
Hundreds of miles away!

We had a long list of musts:
-VW dealer
-Certified, bumper to bumper warranty
-lower mileage
-clean Carfax
-good deal/right value
-of course Salsa Red & Tan
2009-2010 beetle convertible
(I wanted the bug look, 2010 was the last year VW made the body style I like)

The boxes were ticked and we decided to go for it!
It was a 6 & 1/2 hour trip there which started at 4:00 am (yes 4:00 in the morning!)
but upon arrival,
We were greeted with such enthusiasm!

It seemed as if everyone in the dealership knew which car we were there for.

It shone beautifully on the showroom floor,
Gleaming as I rushed to check it out.

It was gorgeous !
As Brian spoke with Lauri,
I inched my way around the car.

I didn’t even notice that Brian had surprised me by making sure they put on a tan pinstripe and that they supplied a flower for the vase (tie-dyed) and VW tie-dye bear.

How sweet!
It could not possibly get any more perfect!

I must say first that my husband has been so great.
He has not only supported me in this dream,
But wanted to make sure I got exactly
What I wanted.

Back to the dealership,
Lauri was fantastic and Donnie and the manager and all the staff were tremendous!
Each seemed equally thrilled with our purchase and proud of the car and the role they played in making it happen.

It was fun!
I loved that they took pride in their work,
Were clearly professional
And wanted to make sure my experience was all it should be!

So thank you to Bill Jacobs VW (everyone- from the people cleaning and detailing and inspecting to Lauri and Donnie)
for helping my dream to come true!

The drive home was a blast as we cruised through even standstill traffic,
With the peace only achieved in a VW bug it seems.

Below are some of the fantastic sights on the 6 1/2 hour drive home.
(Half of which was spent with the top down, breeze blowing through our hair, music pumping and a smile glued to my face!)

With Lauri, my birthday sister
(Big hug to you Lauri!)








It’s My Birthday!!

ImageIt’s our birthday!

My twin and I are celebrating our day today- from across the globe.

Really she was able to party before me,

since she is in Australia.

It’s never the same for me when we aren’t together.

I always have a moment of sadness on these years.

It just always feels a little off.

Partly, I don’t like the attention all on me since we grew up sharing the spotlight.

Still, we facetime and do our best to share in the day together.

And I have amazing family and friends who are so good about texting and calling 

and showing me they love me!

Brian always making sure he gets me something special and expressing his love- though I must say he is good about that anyway.

(I am a little spoiled.)


Birthdays have always been special for us-

our mom made sure of it,

with streamers and signs and cakes and presents.

Each year remembered with pizazz!

I am very thankful for that kind of upbringing.


Today I am so thankful for all of you in my life!

I am blessed with an over abundance of love!

Baskets full to the brim!

What more could I possibly want??!!


Lessons from the past year,

I hope have brought me closer to God’s truth and to the real reason I am here.

This year I hope to learn even more,

thank God for those lessons that may be hard but teach me to give and love in an 

unselfish and daring way!

Each day I am grateful for any good that I can show others,

 though it’s truly just because I am the vessel God has chosen to use.

I am not perfect and have many cracks and flaws 

but when putting God in first,

I can carry the weight of all things impossible.


So please raise your glasses with me as I toast first my twin and 

giggle partner, as she holds all the things I would like to be, 

she was the first friend I ever had and we share a connection that can’t be torn apart by miles and oceans.

And then I toast a thanks to Brian and my family and friends,

who allow me to be who I am 

and love me all the same!

How special you make me feel!


And to all of you who don’t know me so well,

thank you for reading and following and being a part of my life.

You are in my prayers always!


Well….my goodness I must say above all

praise God.

God is good…all the time!

He is the greatest artist I could ever know and love beyond love.

Until next time…cheers my friends!





Summer’s Wake



Summer has arrived,

by means of freshly crisp watermelon,

a bouquet of lilac hitting my nose on the path to 5k,

brilliant fireflies in the distant woods upon twilight,

charcoal fires in the bar-be-que slowly graying

followed by the sizzle of raw meat on the hot and waiting grate,

greetings of family and friends as drinks are poured and conversations begin,

roaring engines as highway miles accumulate and home seems but a resting place,

coolness against sweating skin as I splash into the bluest pool water already full of children playing,

brilliant colors shooting up in the sky as fireworks give way to the dark night,

phone at the ready to get one more picture to capture each moment lived to the fullest,

tanned skin next to the blank canvas not privy to the sun,

flip flops in every color and style letting toes mingle in the light,

coconut hinted sun screen, fragrant blooms, freshly mowed grass, bbq chicken, sweet fruit ripe for eating, chlorinated pool water (perhaps my favorite summer smell),

a great summer read feeling deliciously heavy in hands,

anticipation growing,

birthday coming…what will this next year bring?

In the summer’s wake,

a symphony of sounds, an array of sights, and melange of tastes and smells.

In summer’s wake,

I am left peaceful, spent and ready for more.




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Second Home St. Louis


St Louis has been the story of my life
The last several weeks.

Four separate trips.
Each 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Not terribly long drives
Just enough time to realize all radio stations get old after a while.

231. I was so fortunate to spend some more time with Brian’s sisters!
Not everyone can say they have great in-laws, but I am very fortunate.

232. Laura & I enjoyed some time floating around her pool.
What a luxury that is!

233.<emOur beautiful niece Sydney, plus Diane (Brians sis) & I enjoyed dollar burger night in Cental West End at Bar Louie .

Fantastically cheap
cheese dripping off
sink your teeth into burgers.
Basket of fries for the table.
Patio seat because the weather is so nice.

234.We continued our evening at The Cup for a delectable treat!


I enjoyed a “Hope” cupcake which was a soft strawberry with vanilla buttercream frosting. Why don’t I have pictures of my food?!
Oh right, my phone died.

I wanted pics of us and our evening but oh well…

235.Moving on, we went to The Muny and laughed our way through “Monty Python’s SpamALot.”

The Muny is set in the beautiful and lush Forest Park and is an outdoor theatre.

The night was a picture perfect,
Moon out,
Not too cool and not too warm
Theatre made

I found the show hilarious!
John O’Hurley played King Arthur,
As most of the play was from
The Holy Grail.
If you know Monty Python,
You know it’s mostly silly.

Brian introduced me to the videos
way back when.
I really think he would have enjoyed the show.

236. I continued my few days in St Louis as I went to stay with my nephews til the next day when Nanna was arriving.

Little time was actually spent together as they are teens and have a lot going on.
But we were able to go see the new Superman movie.

It was good!
A little too much violence at the end,
But overall I loved the actors/actresses in it and it kept my attention.

In the end I was mostly alone while there.
Even Al, the puggle, kept to himself.


237. Brian & I were back in the city for,
count ’em, two Cardinals games in a row.


Brian and I went with his dad and step-mom on Friday night
And with Yolanda and Precious on Saturday.

We lost both,
But they were still fun!
We were very lucky because on days that topped out in the 90’s with high humidity,
238. we had really nice evenings (besides the rain on Saturday).

The sweetest thing happened on Friday.
We sit by the visitors dugout,
And some visiting fans were right behind us when a player threw a ball towards these fans (adorable little boys).
My hubby caught the ball and handed it to these little guys.
Brian’s first catch at a game.
First game ball and he selflessly hands it over.
Awww. So sweet!

You know there is a little boy in every man at a ball game!
So I applaud the ability to stifle that inner,
“It’s my ball! I caught it!”

Saturday we had our ponchos on as we waited for the rain to stop and the game to start.
It was actually a little cooler that night and this was Yolanda and Precious first game at the “new” Busch Stadium.

239. I am so happy we were able to go with these lovely ladies!

We had fun trying to catch t-shirts,
Walking around and trying out the food.

They were excited to try out the super big nachos!


240. We found a great New York style pizza place in St Louis!

Racanellis has a great chewy crust with bigger slices to properly fold and engulf the sweet sauce and delicious toppings.

I loved the Tomato Basil pizza.
As a picky pizza person,
I was so happy to find this place!

We had a full weekend and everyone was exhausted for the ride home.

Coogee, not a good car rider, freaking out in her way as
Cooper (per usual) crashed out snoring almost the whole way back.

More adventures to come!

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5K Plus Thanks Included



I realize I was supposed to post over a week ago, 

but life got busy…

so here we are.

216.  Yolanda and I completed our 5k plus and had a blast!



It was a humid, but still pretty morning.

We hung some balloons and signs along the route for guidance and encouragement and prepared for the 4 mile walk.

We had with us:

Precious, (Yo’s daughter)

Andrew, (my brother) and 

my mom.

Yep.  That was all but it was great!




Along the walk,

we encounter an older gentleman with his dog, Tess.



217.  How sweet to see the excitement in his eyes,  people to converse with. 

They have to go on walks because they recently got a new puppy that is too active for poor Tess.

They enjoy these little walks.

We also ran into a lady on a bike.

She seemed a bit perturbed by something,

could it be us?

218.  I learned that not everyone needs to be happy back to me,

I am grateful for her response to teach me to really see others.

She looked frustrated at the balloons that we were carrying back with us.

She did not say “hello” in response to our greeting and passed us hurriedly.

We then were passed by two ladies,



219.  Their positive light as we spoke briefly about what we were doing,

was a joy!

It was fun to see other friends enjoying their walk.

And then the seemingly angry lady came back by us again,

this time even more annoyed by the balloons.

As she passed, I turned to Yolanda and two balloons got caught on a tree

 and loudly popped.

It sounded like a gun going off.

At that moment we saw the lady on the bike almost fall over!

What a walk!

We still had about 10 balloons left,

and then I caught a glimpse.

A little girl who was pointing at the balloons and smiling.

I ran up the hill and asked if she wanted them.

The father laughed and said “That would be nice! Thanks!”

220.  What pleasure to give a child something that will bring such joy!

As we approached the finish mark,

accomplishment was in the air.

Were we the fastest we had ever been?


But I still felt like it was a successful walk.

221.  At the end of the journey, we wrote what was holding us back from our health goals on the remaining balloons and released these weights into the atmosphere.


And on we move towards new goals or revisited old ones.

And next year,

who knows where we will be when we take on another 5k plus.

After the walk,

I went to visit my sister and brother-in-law in St. Louis where we enjoyed a key lime pie martini at Sub Zero in Central West End.





222. We stayed up too late, as per usual, catching up and discussing future plans.

Even though sleep was lost,

I wouldn’t take a second back.

The next day was a family reunion.



223.  I love people with a good sense of humor!

My cousin’s son is pretending to eat this hamburger cake

(my sis and I found it at Wal-Mart; so cute!)

which was probably a bigger hit than me being at the party.

Rain couldn’t keep us down!



My sister giving my cousin an “underdog” on the giant swing.

(An underdog is when you push someone as high as you can on a swing and then run under them.)

So she didn’t actually push him high enough,

but had fun trying.

224.  Family is family.  Bad, good, blessings, prayers, laughter, tears, anger, hurt, forgiveness and healing.  I thank God for my whole and quite big family!  They have helped shape who I am.



225.  On the drive home, I was able to witness some amazing cloud formations,

all the while not having to drive in any rain.


I attended another art class only to be disappointed at my performance.

226.  But I learned that I need to not give up, fight through the pain and also that what I am feeling  greatly reflects in my work.

Here is a look at this class:



This was the artists work.  What I would strive to achieve.

Impressionistic is not my forte I guess.


I found that part of my problem was I didn’t like the choice of landscape colors.

Another problem was that she didn’t allow us to draw with a pencil but we were to be “free.”


Still feeling o.k. about how I was doing and yet a long way from the end.

I didn’t see the storm approaching.


This is when it hit!

I moved some trees and messed up where I was going with the painting.

I started getting angry and the Kenny G in the background did not help!

I stopped taking pictures, 

left the room for a breather and had to force myself to keep going.

My instinct was to pick up the canvas and chuck it out the window!

I was there til 10:00 (long after the others left) and with credit to our teacher who patiently wanted to help me make the painting “mine.”

Here is the finished product.



I am moving forward,

past this disaster.

The next day I headed back to St. Louis.

227.  I was able to spend some time with Brian’s sister and family.

We spent time talking and eating

and some fantastic time floating in their pool.



Plus a trip to Trader Joe’s,

to pick up a yummy treat (228) !


If you have never tried these dark chocolate covered almonds,

you should.

229.  We had a great time with Brian’s choir group on Saturday night.


We had the outside all set up for our dinner party when the radar showed some good sized storms coming right for us.

So…we packed it all up and brought the party inside.

We had tons of food and lots to drink,

but best of all great company.

230.  Finally, we celebrated Father’s Day with my dad on Sunday morning.

Mom had made this fantastically rich chocolate and cheesecake layered dessert!


Needless to say,

I have had some full weeks and not to slow down,

two more trips to St. Louis this week.

My blessings abound!



Sunny Thanks



Early morning sun


While driving I occasionally will snap a photo from my phone,

yes it’s a no-no but I am sometimes captivated by the light or clouds or image before me.

This was one of these moments.

Here are some of my light filled thanks.

211.   I am so thankful that Yolanda and I are approaching our 2nd annual Fun Fit 5k Plus!

     Tomorrow morning we will get up and go place signs along our route.

This isn’t a sponsored function so we drive along the route and hammer in signs.

We make our own t-shirts and we take our own photos.

We time ourselves and encourage anyone who joins us.

     We could involve a local running club or ask for donations, but so far

we are happy enough with our humble little home-made race.

212.  Tonight we make our shirts and signs while enjoying my key lime pie martinis.

Will this effect our efforts?  I guess we will see, but the actual process will be fun no matter what!

213.  We just celebrated 18 years of marriage!



I couldn’t be luckier!

We share such a great friendship and love for each other.

The biggest thing we have learned over the years-

love the way you want to be loved, 

even if you don’t think they deserve it.

Love isn’t like the movies, 

but when we work together,

it feels like the best romantic comedy ever!

214.  We had the best weekend at the Lake

with my brother, sister-in-law and Godson.



215.  It is fun to see the wildlife roaming around our yard. 

(Except when they scare me.)



Coogee was more scared of this turtle than he was of her.

She was shaking as she quietly approached.

We have had the rabbits, deer, birds and squirrels all loving our yard.



This is a squirrel sitting in the bird feeder.

Yes, I know it’s close to the fence, but it looks good there so the birds and squirrels just have to learn to share.


Must go prepare for our girls evening…

Tomorrow I hope to blog about our 5k (plus) with photos.

More to come…


Sweet Nothing’s


201. I am so excited to see my poppies!
Bright and crinkled petals bend towards the suns light.
The colors seem almost painted on as they are a shade not often seen in nature.
They were lovely before the rain crept in and they lowered towards the earth.
Perhaps just until the sun comes back to perk them up.

202. For the daycare workers and teachers in Oklahoma who put their lives at risk for the children’s sake.
Any parent that may wonder if your child’s teacher would do the same,
Trust me when I say they would.
These men and women choose to daily do a difficult but rewarding task.
And when they go through education and training,
it may not occur to them that they may be put in such situations where they may be able to physically save a child.
But they do and would and will.
Thank God for them.

203. For the big hearts of people who adopt pets!


Zoey was in need of a new home or she was going to be brought to the shelter.
I couldn’t see that happen.
Brian and I didn’t think we could handle 3, mainly because we didn’t want to disrupt our pack that is a pretty smooth machine most days.

So my brother’s mother-in-law adopted her. Dyanne & Gary have great big hearts and rescue often with the intent to find homes but end up falling in love.
Thus, they have a large and beautiful pack!

Zoey is doing well and playing a lot with her new brothers and sisters.

Brian and I love Zoey and were actually heart broken to give her away.
The dogs got along with her but Cooper seemed a bit upset that she was taking his cuddle spots.
We just didn’t want to risk his behavior changing back to when we first rescued him.

Still…she is this fantastic dog and now in a great home!

If you have any doubt about adopting ,
I have seen that most dogs are so ready to love and be loved!

Check out your local shelter,
You could find your own perfect pet!

204. For each new beginning.
I have been struggling with food issues and working out.
I do so well and then slide back into bad habits.
But today I have chosen health.

205. For finding reasons to work out.
Saturday I walked a little over 4 miles in just over 56 minutes.
I was working hard the whole time!
I kept thinking,
“I have to beat my last time of 58 minutes.”
Clouds hung low as I began, but I was determined.
As I made my way closer to the 3 mile mark, the thunder exploded.
I prayed that it not pour down til I got back and more importantly that I not get struck by lightening!
I made it with just a few drops having made their way to my head.

Today I chose my favorite Yoga Booty Ballet routine.


It was a great beginning to my day!

206. For funny stories that God knows I get a kick out of.
Friday evening, I look out the window and see a deer along the fence on the side of our yard.
A sight we see pretty regularly,
Yet I am always caught off guard.

I watch in amazement, as I always find them so graceful.
He was eating leaves from the trees all around him almost ferociously,
Which at the time I found kind of funny.

A few hours later I take the dogs out to do their business.
Normally the deer run immediately away.
Cooper and Coogee don’t have the best eyesight and it was getting just dark enough that they didn’t notice him.

Then a rabbit ran in front of Cooper and off he goes chasing it as it slides under the fence and near the deer.
I figured he would run for sure,
But no!
Cooper then spots this large animal and bravely approaches the fence where they smell each others noses.

I am standing in amazement!
No I didn’t grab my camera!
I know!!!

Then the deer head butts the fence and Cooper runs quickly off.
Coogee was watching and is now in mamma mode.
She runs up barking at the deer.
The deer then head butts the fence again and is trying to ram his way in!

I was kind of in
“What do I do? This has never happened before” thinking.

I go closer thinking at any moment he will bolt off.

He makes some growling noises and is clearly not happy with me.
Not in the least is he making any attempt to leave.

I want Coogee to leave him alone and stop barking and honestly he was scaring me!

I thought at any moment he was going to easily leap over the fence (which was very possible) and come after us.
(Ok I know he is just a deer, but have you seen their muscular legs?!)

I bang the bar-be-cue lid and eventually he did turn and leap off into the darkness.
Coogee triumphantly ran back to me,
Proud of her work.

The next several times they went out,
Both were a bit timid.

He returned the next evening but was not so eager to stick around.

This is Coogee barking at the deer.


207. For our riding lawn mower!
Is it strange that it’s one chore that I don’t hate?

208. For The Brick House Deli.


I love their wraps !

209.For flip flop weather!
It’s here! Warm weather is back!
Break out the flip flops that go with everything!

210. For the sweetness of watermelon and strawberries and peaches!
I love my summer fruits !

There is so much sweetness in those little moments and nothings.
Have you noticed?


For Heaven’s Sake

ImageLawn chairs looking out on the Lake (of the Ozarks).

Have you ever heard someone say,

“Oh, for heaven’s sake!”

It is often said after something unbelievable has happened or is said.

I like it because it makes me smile when I hear it.

Maybe because it can’t be said in a hostile way,

whatever the case it popped into my mind as I was thinking about my thanks I want to post.


Thanks – for heaven’s sake.

Thanks that will glorify the goodness of our Father and remind me of heaven.




There is not one thing to small to be thankful for.

I believe it’s the little details that remind me most of heaven.

191.  Thanks for the time with my two sisters-in-law at the Lake.

Brian’s sisters are in a way, my sisters and I feel lucky to have in-laws that I love to spend time with.

I couldn’t ask for better sisters!

192.  For the fantastic food at “On The Rise Bakery.”



This was a three cheese, herb and bacon omelette.

Much needed after we worked out with Jillian!

193.  For the relaxing sun bath on the dock.



It was supposed to rain, 

so we had planned pedicures

but thank you Lord for several glorious hours of sun and warmth!

The pedi’s had to wait.

194.  For the best pedicures ever!



We had so much fun!

We went with a refreshing cucumber spa.

It included a scrub, paraffin foot treatment and our legs wrapped in warm towels;

followed with a soothing cucumber lotion.

We loved the green tea they served in wine glasses with fresh lemon.

Nice touch, Luxury Nails!

195.  For Pet ParadesImage

I mean really?!

Dogs walking around in costumes,

riding in wagons,

and coming up to socialize with other dogs.

Who doesn’t like that?!



Can you spot Coogee and Cooper?

They had a great time and were exhausted by the end.



196.  For the amazing growth of my licorice plant!



The growth had nothing to do with me.

It started out a small little guy and was not supposed to last the year,

but throughout the inches and inches of snow this winter it kept expanding!

I have 2 other of these plants as well,

each miraculously still alive.

Now, I know for the scientific minded there are some very good reasons why it is alive and well,

but I prefer to think of this as a sure sign of God’s love.

He knows I am not a green thumb and He knew I would appreciate the fact that this little beauty has become almost a bush.

197.  For brilliantly coloured* flowers.Image

How gorgeous!

*I used the “english” “colour” vs. the American “color” because quite frankly 

I like it! 

198.  For the fantastic gift Brian got from my parents, an October Glory Maple tree.

It is supposed to become a bright orange-leaved tree come fall.

(If I don’t kill it.)

199.  For Pandora which has kept me happily entertained today while cooking and moving about.

I had on the “Mumford and Sons” station all day and didn’t want to change the station once.

200.   For tick and flea preventative!

I am so happy that there is such a thing because I hate removing ticks!

I didn’t get it on early enough this year and had several to pluck from Cooper.

I must say, 

not my favorite thing to do.

But it was a great reminder to quickly pull out the “Frontline.”


“Enjoy the little things,

for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

-Robert Brault


Grazie Mille


172. A million thanks for bright and fragrant flowers!
I was eager to fill our flower beds this spring.
I could not wait, as they looked dry and devoid of life.
It wasn’t until last week that I heard that you should wait until after Mothers Day to plant.
Oops. Oh well, silly as it may seem I pray for our plants.

I just feel so inadequate as a gardener but I know in the end
I am just a caretaker of Gods beautiful gifts.


173. For my goofy dogs.

Coogee keeps bringing toys outside & then leaves them.
This morning I picked this one up to bring back inside & she tackled it out of my hands.
She didn’t play with it,
But was basically saying “leave it there!”

They keep me laughing and give me so much love.



174. For nice spring weather!
It’s been hit and miss but we have had a few days where we could enjoy our deck, and walk outside,
and mow the lawn,
And smile at the sun.


175. For great food !

Beware some of these you may gain weight just from looking at!

Brian’s vanilla bean cake
And a grape cream-tini

Dixie Cream Donuts

I swear that I could win a donut eating contest.
I have a huge weakness for donuts.


This was the best potato soup I have had.


A St Louis treat, gooey butter cake with caramel sauce and cinnamon ice cream.

176. For views and scenery, that if we look are all sound us.


177. For coffee with my friend, Paula.

A cinnamon roll with orange glaze.

Paula and I talk a lot about faith and seem to always pass hours in what seems like minutes.

178. For my walk this morning.
I was able to reach today’s goal of 4 miles in under an hour.
(58 minutes.)

179. For the encouragement from my friends.

Yolanda and Staci are two of my greatest friends.
Always there with a smile and laugh.
Some days that is just what you need!

180. For my playlists of motivating songs.
These provide the soundtrack to my life and get me moving.

Where would I be without music?
On the couch?

181. For lotion that smells like sweetness.

182. For that really great Gellato commercial.

I love it!
The couple is fighting (in Italian) but reunite over Gellato.

In my heart, I am Italian so I find myself wanting to only hear the Italian and not read the subtitles.
I have to actually use the Totale Brian got for me so that I may converse so poetically in the loveliest language of all.

183. For shoe choices.

Isn’t it great to pick out a different pair of shoes depending on how you feel?

184. For vehicles to take us from one place to another.
We aren’t stuck in one spot, but are free to move and explore.

185. For the US, where we are really blessed to feel freedom over fear.

186. For prayers and the faith that they are heard and answered.

187. For Starbucks always coming up with new coffee treats!
They have a Carmel crunch frap that I will have to try.
A yummy summer fave, the mocha cookie crunch frap is back too.

Some days, need I tell you how much one of these is appreciated?

188. For being able to discuss “The Voice” & “American Idol” with Brian.

What can I say?!
I love to see new talent!

189. For showers, today especially !
After my walk this morning,
came work on the lawn.
Yes. A nice blend of sweat and fresh cut grass.
I smelled great.
So…a shower was gratifying.

190. For a girls get together with my sisters-in-law.
We are going to probably laugh a lot and catch up on life.
Finally, it feels like a long time coming.

fino alla prossima volta…
(Until next time- see it is better in Italian!)

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