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!

Saturday, April 22, 2017


That's about what everyone who gets diagnosed with cancer is thinking...bite me! Well, in 2010, a young lady named Nikki Ferraro said just that, then started a foundation with that same name after she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the tender age 17! bitemecancer.org

Tonight, my husband Bill and I attended a Cancerversary benefit for bitemecancer in Chantilly, VA, hosted by Nikki, and her parents, Sharon and Michael Ferraro. It was a very nice event highlighting what the foundation's missions are: research and helping teens in their battles of fighting cancer and beyond. They are doing great work in helping many young teens (they realized a gap with teens in facing their cancers when Nikki was being treated), along with the necessary research needed for advancing treatments, especially thyroid cancers. I am thankful that we were able to attend and support their mission in helping teens fight their cancer battles!

So kudos for the Ferraro Family and their determination in making a difference to hundreds of teens around the country. I know their efforts are enjoyed and appreciated by so many young men and women on the cancer battlegrounds.


Photos of us at BiteMeCancer; Nikki and her mom, Sharon; and Crofton folks (unexpected!); Travis, Connor and Bill (Gary Vee fans to boot!)

Friday, April 21, 2017


"Scaredy cat" dogs, like our Loo-C-Loo, is freakishly afraid of thunderstorms and really tries to get underfoot, literally. It can be "endearing", but if  we are doing something other than placating her while the skies are a booming...she can get quite annoying. I know she is not the only dog afraid of angry weather, but she was so much better when we had our Lucky dog who could care less about storms, lightning or other loud noises. In the below photo, she made it her business to sit right on my feet, seemingly she felt I could "protect" her from the brewing weather....


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Margy Loves Her Quilt

I am thankful that I can "work" from home on tshirt quilts, and meet all kinds of people who want to capture their treasured memories in the form of a quilt. Not everyone I do is local, so there are many times I have boxes lined up in my hallway filled with tshirts and sweatshirts and other things, as bags/hats/jackets, or really anything I can get my needle through without breaking it.

So recently, a woman named Margy Yost commissioned me to turn her precious and meaningful tshirts into a quilt, and I was honored to take on this job. Every shirt has a  tender story from her days as a "Play Lady", AKA, Child Life Specialist, at INOVA Hospital, working in the Pediatric Hem/Onc Department. She found me by "word of mouth"; it's the best type of advertising for sure (Thanks Vicki Brown!) She sent me her box of "valuable" shirts and we discussed them upon receipt. I then got to work, finishing it last week. I suggested that I could mail the quilt to her, but since she is fairly local (less than an hour away in VA), she and her husband decided to drive over to Maryland and pick it up themselves. She and I wanted to meet (we've never met, but have lots of mutual friends/acquaintances) , so this was a great chance to finally meet each other and share stories of our times in pediatric hospital wards.

But what struck me most was how happy and excited she was upon seeing her finished quilt! She loved it from that first moment we unfolded it and held it close until she got back into her car - except for one photo that is shown below. Thank you, Margy!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ryan Update April 2017

We are very thankful for a quick follow-up appointment today with Dr. Ord, Ryan's surgeon for his tongue cancer. "Everything looks good!". Whew! Beautiful words for us to hear, and those three words can never get old for us... or Ryan. It's been almost a year since Ryan had the first tongue cancer diagnoses, and in a lot of ways, has been quite challenging. His three major surgeries followed by weeks and months of healing and restoring to good health were, gratefully, met with extreme focus on Ryan's part, diligence and compassion by his family, and the many prayers and positive thoughts sent his way from all over the world. We could not be here today without all those passionate good wishes sent Ryan's way, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

BSoleille! The bright side of a good follow-up doctor's appointment.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Lightning Fast Hockey

If you ever attended an NHL game, the skating is fast and furious as it should be for professional hockey players. And one would think that high intensity of play would be sound for 82 games of the regular season, and it usually is (especially playing a conference nemesis). But as I have addressed in previous years' blog posts during the NHL run for the Stanley Cup playoff games, the intensity goes way up - several notches - and play is very exciting and lightning fast each minute of the period. Of course, being a Washington CAPS fan, I am all in cheering them on through this first playoff round against the Toronto Mapleleafs. It truly amazes me how fast they skate and stretch for every puck during playoffs...like the season just got started (the warm up was the regular season!).



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday

A beautiful sunny day here in the mid-Atlantic ushered in a glorious Easter Sunday to enjoy, and I hope for you it was filled with the blessing(s) of family and friends to celebrate with too.  

So besides the good food and spending quality time with my family, I happened to notice a "new" book on the kitchen table that I've never read before: Jonathan Livingston Seagull.  It so happened that my sister-in-law, Jan, sent her all time favorite book to my husband, Bill, this past week. I picked it up, read the covers (front and back), and could not help myself but to start in on this all-time classic written by Richard Bach. It's a fairly quick read (127 pages long), but powerful as the day is long. If you have read it, you already know the premise and power of this classic (I will never look at another seagull the same way again!). It was written in 1970, followed by a movie and the soundtrack by Neil Diamond accompanied by a lot of fanfare at that time in the early 1970's. I certainly missed that opportunity then to read the story, but am happy to have taken the time to breeze through this classic novella today.

I really loved taking a lazy afternoon to read this timeless spiritual classic and it was just the perfect Easter reflection for me (Thanks, Jan!) A great take-away from the story is to live your own life, and do not be subjected to the "status quo", conformity and limitations (your own or from others). Good advice for anyone living on Earth!

Note:  In 2014 the book was reissued as Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The Complete Edition, which added a 17-page fourth part to the story.

BSoleille! The bright side of sitting down long enough to read a classic.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter 2017 Al Fresco

Happy Easter and Happy Passover for 2017! A nice warm evening afforded the opportunity for the entire family to eat al fresco, and I am thankful for the good food and conversation pinging around the table. My hope is for a blessed Easter or Passover to my blog readers and their families.

He has Risen.