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!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Giving Thanks

This blog's "purpose", or my "mission", is to find the "silver lining" or simply, the gratitude, found in each day, no matter the news of the day around the world, or in one's personal life. Somewhere, somehow, some way, there is a glimmer of hope, of gratitude, and possibly, a very faint line of silver. It's up to each of us to find it in our own way throughout our day(s). 

So as we bear down this week of Thanksgiving, in sincere gratitude I hope, I wanted to take a moment and  share a Seth Godin's gem with you in his: Thanksgiving Reader:


While hosting Thanksgiving for my family in Crofton over the past 20 years or so, our usual going-around-the-table-in-prayer-and-what-we-are-thankful-for, has thankfully, switched to using this Reader. It may not be for everyone, but it has been a poignant touch for my family including seven kids ranging in age from 15-25 (six of them are boys!). The first year we used it, I carefully preselected what each guest would read out loud. Some were short poems, and some were a little longer, but no one balked, snickered or complained, and the conversations that followed seemed deeper and, for some of those moments, very meaningful. Maybe even a few tears were shed because we realized how powerful the words were to bring a family a wee bit closer. We now select our own passages from the Reader, and it all works!

I would love to hear back if anyone has used the Thanksgiving Reader previous to this year, and what you thought of using it. I would also love to hear back to those who may try it out this year, and what you or your crowd thought of it. 

Let's be Thankful together!


Friday, November 17, 2017

Turkey Cookies

Look what’s clucking at a Cleveland bakery...sugar cookies in turkey cut-out shapes! Can’t wait to have one after a slice of the real thing next week. 



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Zookeepers’ Wife

Set in Warsaw, Poland, during WWII, this historical and true story movie, The Zookeepers’ Wife, was an excellent choice on crisp fall evening. All the great animals shown in their zoo reminded me of my trips to Africa and how I fell in love with elephants all over again...

If looking for a good movie from start to finish, take a chance and two hours of your time and see it!



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Two Runs, Two Different Scenes

Running is typically a solo sport, especially long distance running. There are local running clubs and teams around, but by and large, the miles are done solo (music helps!). 

So I took a photo on Friday during my solo run, and less than 24 hours, met up with thousands of other solo runners who planned on doing their best in a race and all together. Truly, I think that’s a pretty cool thing and looking forward to both in the future!



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Quilt Wine to Celebrate

No cake for me today (though I admire them, but I'm more a chocolate chip/brownie type gal), but how about a celebration that includes a bottle of Quilt? Can it be? Yes, and it's smooth as a steam pressed seam in a quilt...

BSoleille! The bright side of a glass of liquid Quilt...to celebrate a quilter's birthday!


A shout of BIG Thanks to Linda Misencik who found this bottle of Quilt...

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Double Nickel Tour Screeching to a Halt

This post will be a "little" on the long side, but please hang on with me! First of all, I would like to give a huge SHOUT OUT to all retired and active military around the globe, that day in and day out, protect our shores, spread goodwill throughout the world, and allow 350 million people to have freedoms that most countries wish they could have. Kudos and THANK YOU to all!

I have to report that only four hours remain on my 55th year tour, or Double Nickel, as I previously mentioned! Truly, I could not be more thankful ending the 55 Tour just as I started it; running a half marathon (13.1miles), in Richmond, Virginia. My "tribe" of six other runners "braved" the cold starting temperature of 26 degrees, but the bright sunshine and crystal clear blue skies made the morning race all worthwhile.

"The Best Daughter" paced our way to finishing the half under two hours, specifically 1:58:36 or 9:03 a mile. I am now grateful to break that "barrier", but was not "feeling it" at mile ten when we had to keep the pace steady to hang on to break it. The big star of the day was tribe member, Linda Misencik, who ran with her husband, Mark, with a very respectable time of 1:45.30 (8:04/mile pace) and placed second in our age group (55-59) with 242 runners. I ended up 30th, and thrilled!! We both are!

In addition to all of the above, I am blessed beyond measure with a wonderful immediate and extended family, loving and kind friends from all walks of life, and new friends I met along the way this past year. Most importantly, you, by blog readers, who have read my posts and travelled the journey with me. You inspire me, and, in turn, I hope I inspire you even in some small way. I Thank You from the bottom of my heart.

But I'm not done...yet, and I would like to thank my friend, Wendy Allen, who gave me the idea to be cognizant each day of my 55th year (she did it too!). It's from that I have some reflections and highlights that come to mind over the past year...and granted, not everything was fun and games:

(2) half marathons (Richmond, Virginia) Nov 2016/2017
(1) 10-miler (Annapolis, MD) Dec 2016
(2) 5K's (Spalding Turkey Trot Nov 2016 and Kelleys Island June 2017)
(1) Triathalon that became a Duathlon (Bethany Beach Sept. 2017)

Mountain Climbing:
Hiked my first 14, 300 ft. mountain - Grays Peak, Colorado - July 4th, 2017
Also hiked throughout Crested Butte, Colorado and camped at 10,000-12,000 ft. - June 2017

Refereed over 100 soccer games (youth and high school)

Celebrated 30 years of marriage with my one and only; Bill Tomoff; Attended 4 weddings (Boulder, Chicago, Avon, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio) and several funerals; drove by myself for three days out to Boulder, Colorado; attended a couple different MLB fields on the way back from Colorado with my son, Ryan; and quilted as much as I could when not doing all of the above!

But the last blessing, and the most important one, is that I was able to care for Ryan as he battled through two major tongue cancer and neck surgeries (December 1, 2016 and January 9, 2017). His care and recovery were not easy; not one bit, frankly, but our attitude of gratitude carried us through some very difficult days.

Tomorrow, I will be 56. I will live each day in the next year as best I can and continue the journey with a grateful heart.

BSoleille! The bright side of an awesome Double "55" Nickel Tour! Whoooohoooo!!!


Photos of the Richmond Half and dinner at Jimmy Cantler's

The "tribe": Ryan Collier, Whitney Vincent, Bill, me, Olivia, Mark and Linda Misencik

A minute before the race started: 7:33am

Bill, Olivia "The Best Daughter" and me.

Linda and Mark Misencik

Celebrating the day at Cantler's in Annapolis, Maryland

Friday, November 10, 2017

Gearing Up for Richmond Half Marathon 

After doing this race for several years with “The Best Daughter” and Linda Misencik, I finally convinced (coerced) hubby Bill to try it too. Actually, he wanted to come down and give it a whirl, along with Linda’s husband, Mark. So the two of us sailed down to Richmond earlier in the day to hit the expo and gather up all the bib numbers and race packets for our tribe. We then all met up, thankfully, at our Airbnb in Short Pump for the rest of the evening. 

The 5:00am wake up call comes early so we need to hit the hay fast. 

BSoleille! The bright side of nearing the end of my Double Nickel “55” Tour!


At the Expo!