A daily record of gratitude; from quilting to photography to a mix of technology, books, movies and the musings of life!

Welcome to my Blog of my daily gratitude and photo of the day!

Since January 1, 2012, my goal is to write a daily sentence or two about gratitude of the day and to include one photo (at least) that I took that day (but will add others from time to time). It has defintely been a challenge every day throughout the past three years, but I welcome the challenge again this year 2015. I hope you will continue the ride with me!

Friday, May 25, 2018

#CelebrateOthers - Dr. Robert Ord

Over the past two years, I have blogged about my son, Ryan, and his issues with tongue cancers in 2016/2017. The very doctor that performed the surgeries and continues to care for him is Dr. Robert Ord of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

As you may know, Dr. Ord specializes in surgical oncology of the head and neck (basically manages tumors of said areas), and has written over 100 scientific papers plus over 40 books and chapters regarding Oral Cancers (Maxillofacial surgeon). He is a "rock star" in his field and has trained hundreds, if not thousands of dentists, throughout his illustrious career. Last time I checked, his resume was 37 pages long...just saying (and this guy is the humblest guy around!)

But, what makes this Scottish man tick? He loves his work and making a difference in peoples' lives, that's for sure, but what drives him? So, at a recent appointment (all good); he said his family makes him proud and inspired, and currently has an "international" marriage; as his wife lives in Scotland (she likes the education system there where their daughter attends school, and they make it work for them. He also has two sons from a previous marriage that he adores, each with their own fantastic careers.

In his "free time", he loves to fly fish (but, alas, doesn't tie his own flies...); loves to watercolor paint, and, besides all the medical journals, papers and books he "has" to write, is currently writing a horror novel. Now, that one got me...a horror novel? I bet it will be a good read once he's done writing it because he does everything, from what I can tell, top notch! Move over Stephen King and Dean Koontz!

BSoleille! The bright side of celebrating others with Dr. Robert Ord!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


On the road to lifting the Stanley Cup, the Caps clenched a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight and won the Eastern Conference Championship! Wooohoooo!!! We are very excited here in Washington D.C, and in my home as well. The entire team showed know-how and grit on a new level, and star player, Alex Ovechkin played with skill and will and never let up all three periods. As a captain, he certainly lifted his players to play at the highest level they are capable of and secured the win with a bonafide "blow-out", as Tampa really never had the chance, let's "face" it!

It's back to business with the next round against the inaugural team: Las Vegas Golden Knights. If you are a hockey fan, I know you will be watching all the action in this fast paced and exciting game. It's been 20 years since the last run at the Cup (1998 - as the Caps were swept by the Detroit Redwings in four. I was lucky to attend the fourth game and was, of course, disappointed in the sweep!). So, Let's Rock the Red in 2018!!!

BSoleille! The bright side of playoff hockey!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Amazon vs. Brick and Mortar

I don't mind shopping, of course, when "everything" I need is in stock. But how about when it's not? In the past two weeks I attempted to shop for a couple of things in brick and mortar stores, and both times, came up empty handed with what I wanted. Today, I went "hunting" for Terro Liquid Ant Baits, and the three stores I went to were all sold out of their inventory. I guess with all the rain we've had, everyone is battling the same marching ants in their homes as well (and ants are not my type of pets)!

So following these excursions, and once back in my vehicle, I immediately opened up my phone to the Amazon App and bought what I "needed", which took a total time of one (1) minute. My items will be delivered tomorrow; and, really, how easy was that?! Why don't I shop like that more is what I kept asking myself on the drive home? Well, after today, Amazon will now be my "go to" store from now on...except for groceries (l like to pick out my tomatoes, thank you very much) and shoes (I need to try on multiple pairs because even at a perfect 8.5 shoe size, I may still need an eight or a nine).

BSoleille! Amazon...a major retail disrupter...


Monday, May 21, 2018

Greenest May

We all know April showers bring May flowers, but what happens when we have May showers for 10 days straight? We do have the flowers for sure, but it's got to be one of the greenest May's on record for the state of Maryland. The grass needs to be cut every other day, and everything green seems like it's "glowing." Thankful that the sun was shining today and the yard is finally drying out a bit.


Sunday, May 20, 2018


Raise your hand if you throw "caution to the wind" and just dump the salsa on the chips, and then eat it as "soup?' Dipping is okay, but I like to crack the chips in the bowl with a spoon, then dump some salsa on top and viola', yumminess that takes no time at all. It's also a great way to use up all those small pieces at the bottom of the bag too.

BSoleille! The bright side of an easy snack...

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A "Justified" Royal Wedding...

What a day for entertainment, beginning with the Royal Wedding at Windsor Castle. A fairy tale, or so it seemed, for Prince Harry and Megan Markle including a beautiful sunny day (this week we swapped our usual sunny May weather with England's rain!). A big shout of thanks to Janet McCabe who hosted a Royal watch party beginning at 5:00am (I got there by 6:20am). She made several delicious British food items and had champagne to toast the happy couple. A spectacular morning shared with good friends on this happy occasion along with millions around the world. Fire and Love...and more LOVE is what's it's all about according to Preacher Curry! I loved the gospel choir and the kids in the wedding party...they "almost" stole the show, ha!

And, can Justify get into the record books and become a "Triple Crown Winner" after today's Preakness win? I certainly hope so.


Hats and gloves were optional...

Enjoying a spot of tea 

Friday, May 18, 2018

#CelebrateOthers - Girl Scout Silver Award Winner: Madelyne Triplett

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about helping out with a local Girl Scout Silver Award Project with Madelyne Triplett in making pillowcases for University of Maryland Pediatrics/Child Life (and note: almost 200 pillowcases have been made to date). I loved that a 13 year old girl was trying to make a difference in young pediatric patient lives. So, I followed up with Madelyne, and her Mom, Erin, to see what else this amazing home-schooled young teen is also involved with and what exactly makes her "tick."

An only child, Madelyne has been a Girl Scout for eight years with her Mom as troop leader. She is also a member of The Young Women's Group, which is like the Girl Scouts but with a spiritual bent under the Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints church fellowship program.

Interestingly, the idea of practical pillowcases came about in January when she went with her parents to the University of Maryland Children's Hospital to deliver memory boxes for parents who had lost newborns and infants. Madelyne, along with her parents, are also members of Chesapeake Bay Decorative Painters (CBDP). This group paints and decorates memory boxes and gives them to the parents for them to hold their children's hair clippings, booties, hair clips, or an item of clothing in remembrance of their lost child. I believe this is a significant and powerful message to each parent who receives one that there are people who truly care about them and their children, including Madelyne and her parents. 

And with Madelyne being community minded and working on her idea for the Girl Scout Silver Award, she knew she wanted to help children going through tough times. It was an easy decision when her Mom got in touch with the Child Life Department to ask what need could she/they fulfill. Clean, fresh, novelty pillowcases was the need and a perfect project for Madelyne to take on - bar none!

This teal loving young lady who loves to ride her bike after she is finished with her schoolwork, scouts, and painting, also loves watching Dr. Who and anything Star Wars. She is a whiz at math, which is a good thing since it's her favorite subject to study; and she is also an animal lover with a menagerie of three. Madelyne also is an avid maker of beaded jewelry like bracelets and necklaces, which she has given away to family and friends as gifts, but someday, has sights on selling her wares. I don't doubt this teenager is going places!

BSoleille! The bright side of celebrating others with Madelyne!

Ms. Madelyne with Squabbler the cat; Scooter the hamster and and Ada the blind dog 
Madelyne and her Dad painting memory boxes

Silver Award Pillow Case Project

Madelyne and her drawing