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!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Is It Pretty Anymore?

First full day of Spring, and thoughts of sunshine and warmer temperatures dance in my head. Mother Nature has her own mind, however, and decided to drop six inches of heavy white fluff all over the East Coast. Who can complain, though, when Boston and the New England states are getting hammered lately with blizzards every week? Of course the branches on the trees are fully covered (though I'm concerned that super heavy snow will break all the boughs and cause some serious damage), and we did have some total white out moments today! Yikes!

It's tough when the whole state shuts down, schools are closed and no one is happy any longer with a "snow day." But we all know warmer days will be here again; they just can't come soon enough.


Photos of our backyard wonderland...wondering where and when the sunshine is going to peek out! And a shoverler!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Birds of a Feather

Spring is supposed to come tomorrow as the calendar states, but who knows weather-wise if it will get here. It really can't get here fast enough for the of "tired of winter people", of which I am one, and snowy and cold weather has to be in the rear view mirror soon, or that is my hope. So while looking outside today, I couldn't help noticing two robbins playing in the yard enjoying themselves and hopping around in the "growing" grass. And then I got to thinking about how many bird species there are in the US and how many there are in South Africa because I started noticing a lot of birds flying around the yard, though only the usual suspects of cardinals and bluejays.

I thought there were over 8,000 bird species in S. Africa, and boy was I off, as they "only" have around 923, which is still quite a lot. Here in the DelMarVa, there are about 150 bird species, certainly a far cry from those high flyers over 10,000 miles away, but I'll take notice when I can, and enjoy the photos of some of the birds I was lucky enough to see and take photos on those two African trips a few years ago.

BSoleille! The bright side of backyard birds, and those flying around in Southern Africa.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

They are All Champions!

Everyone who participated in the USATF Master Indoor National Championships is a winner in my "book." The inspiration is clearly off the charts when you witness a race of 75-100 year old men or women running... and some, very fast! Age is a state of mind it seems, and yes, there is some "slowing" down, but this weekend was spectacular with these Master Track & Field athletes from all over the US, Canada and Great Britain giving it their all! 

So kudos to Jodie Smith and Rosalie Franek in bringing home another amazing race in their 800 meters races! Wooohoo!!



Saturday, March 17, 2018

A DC St. Paddy's Day 2018

We missed the DC St. Paddy's Day Parade that was held last weekend, but today the city was rockin' all over the place with scores of people in every Smithsonian Museum that long lines were formed to get in them (something I've never seen before). But all that did not stop our gang from walking the streets and mall area and getting into three museums sans lines earlier in the morning. A great lunch at Clyde's rounded out the day exploring the city and many of its "treasures".

I am thankful to "share" the nation's capital with friends near and far; but it would have been nice if the Cherry Blossoms were in bloom (maybe next week).


Photos from the day.

Jodie, Terri, Rosalie in China TownJosh, Rosalie, Jodie, Kristina, Terri and Olivia at Clyde’s near Capital One Center Bill and Terri at National Gallery of ArtRosalie checking out the newly released Obama Portrait at the National Portrait Gallery 

Friday, March 16, 2018

#CelebrateOthers - Rosalie Franek and Jodie Smith - Track Stars in Maryland!

"Daring greatly" is how I would describe two very good friends who showed me today how awesome and inspiring they are by competing in a track meet (something I haven't done since my senior year of college!). More specifically, this track meet is the USATF Masters Indoor National meet held in my "backyard" at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Center in Landover, Maryland. Traveling from Ohio, with solid training under their belts, they each toed the line in the 3000M event (little less than 2 miles) competing in their age brackets. Rosalie set a PR in 12:55 in the 50-54 bracket, and Jodie's race (55-59) had a lack of communication with the lap counters, so unfortunately, she DNF (did not finish-14 laps instead of 15). However, it was not for a lack of trying and putting themselves out on that track doing the hard work of focus and competing every step of the way around that 200M oval.

For me, I was happy to cheer them on, watch their bags and be fascinated that Track and Field affectionados came from every state in the US and Great Britain to compete in this masters competition for the weekend. And while taking this all in, I was amazed at the different levels of competition shown today, as there are a lot of "very fast" men and women still running, jumping (high jump/pole vault) and throwing like they were kids once again. A highlight was a "young" man of 104 years old that competed in the 3000M run and ran 26:30!!! He looked younger than half the guys in his age group: 75-104! Incredible!

Since running has been a connector and "constant" for me since I was a young girl, (track and cross-country), you can bet I met a lot of fine folks along the way, including Rosalie and Jodie. I met Rosalie while competing in high school track, and she ended up going to the same college I did, Bowling Green State University. I met Jodie, who was a sophomore, my freshman year at BGSU and we all ran cross-country and track together (and roommates too!). In fact, the four years I was at BGSU, our team won the CC -MAC Championships with those two track stars leading the way! It was an incredible team effort, and those long runs afforded many of us to form strong bonds of friendship that, thankfully, continues to this day. We are all grateful and cherish our precious times together, which usually involves a run of some sort, today, a track meet for those two track stars! Bravo to Rosalie and Jodie, and good luck on Sunday as they will compete in one more event, the 800M run!

BSoleille! The bright side of never underestimating the power of a woman on the track...their energy and poise is infectious with each flowing step taken!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cringing Daffodils 

Although our region is not, thankfully, under blizzard conditions as New England is, including high winds, we did have some very strong gusts today that were bone-chilling cold nonetheless. It seemed like all the blooming daffodils were "cringed down and low" while blowing in these winter winds. They could not stand tall and proud like they like to do, so spring can’t get here fast enough for all to enjoy. 



Tuesday, March 13, 2018

TV Shows vs. Netflix vs. Amazon Prime

I wonder how long the networks will be around in casting good TV shows and programs? Netflix and Amazon Prime are simply killing it with hundreds of shows coming out every year....and many are excellent. Some of this show watching does interfere with "all" the reading I'm trying to squeeze in, but I've really enjoyed so many of these entertaining shows that I hope excellent content will be the standard from now on.

A couple of recent shows watched: Longmire (in second season), The Crown, Godless, The Royals and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and my all time favorite; Call the Midwife (and Breaking Bad!)

What are you "binge watching" now?


Pretty flower(s) that lasted over 2 months (I forgot they were real!)