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!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Work Station

An outdoor work station is actually pretty sweet, especially when the weather is favorable. Today was one of those days to work on my computer and listen to the plethora of birds and the sounds of the shallowest of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie. I am thankful to have shared some time on Kelley's Island with the Smith Family and all that the island has to offer its residents. Those living in Ohio may take a day trip to the island, but can stay longer by lodging in a rented house or the State Park Camping sites, and I highly recommend the camping!

BSoleille!
Terri

Photo of Jodie giving "Brandi" (her friend Nancy's dog) a bath; and flowers from the garden.


Monday, May 22, 2017

First Look at Kelleys Island

I am so thankful to get up to Kelley's Island, Ohio, before the big summer season begins this weekend. Right now the island is so quiet and peaceful, and to run around the island plus work on a writing project has been a slice of heaven. My gracious hostess, Jodie (and Scot) Smith, has been making delicious meals for us, and the weather has gone from cold, windy and rainy to calm and sunny (all within the last 48 hours). We finally a fabulous sunset over Lake Erie this evening and it was still light out at 9:20pm! Now that much daylight is truly something to be thankful for!

BSoleille!
Terri



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Blushing Bride to Be

Another wedding shower this past weekend, this time, a family one on the Tomoff side. Blushing bride to be Debbie, who will take the Tomoff surname in July (marrying nephew Brett) was gracious and beautiful as she opened many cooking related gifts. She and Brett will be able to cook up a storm for years to come with all the shiny and new pots and pans, serving platters, cutlery, and knives they received, plus storage containers for all the leftovers they will have! But one gift she (they) got, was a one-of-kind-especially-made-for-them quilt made by yours truly and she loved it!

Many of us married folk sat back and salivated over the newness and modernness of all the kitchen gadgets Debbie received . We have learned that after 20, 25, 30 years of marriage, we decided that many of us "need" new stuff because so much of the stuff we received all those years ago could certainly be replaced. Who has a full set of flatware after 20+ years of daily use?

BSoleille! The bright side of a bridal shower to start off a new household of shiny and new...

Terri



 

Friday, May 19, 2017

On the Road Again

My solo ride to Cleveland, Ohio, was, thankfully, smooth sailing through 375 miles. And with less orange barrels on the turnpike, traffic backup was at a minimum, and that is a good thing. First stop was to see my Mom in the nursing home, and shared a "concert" experience with a talented acoustic guitar playing one-man band. Dinner with fellow Rhodes Rams rounded out the evening and it was great catching up with seven wonderful women.

BSoleille!
Terri




Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Fresh Floor

I am thankful today that the hardwood floors were installed in the Master Bedroom. So now the paint, floors and trim are done. Phase 1 is in the books! Jorge and Alessandro did a great job on the install and were quick, efficient and thorough for four hours of setting the "planks" in a pleasing order. The floors are shiny and they look like we could play basketball on it. It's getting close to that tranquil oasis to unwind and relax...and they are gleaming!

Before and After photos (lighting is not the greatest in this room).

BSoleille!
Terri




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Bowl of Fresh Strawberries

A bowl of fresh strawberries is like eating candy; sweet and delicious and the only thing you have to do to 'em is give them a good wash before eating. But if you want to live "dangerously", then don't wash 'em, and they will still taste awesome, albeit with a little "crunchy" from the "dirt" or "grit". It's truly nature's candy and the best of them are in ripened (and eaten) in May and June. We tend to buy them almost year round, but nothing is better than now for their exquisite and mouthwatering freshness!

BSoleille!
Terri

Monday, May 15, 2017

Out of Africa er Crofton

Apparently is does not take much for a local (neighborhood) kitty cat named Snookie to stealthily hunt down a field mouse and bring it to her mistress, right before my eyes and Loo-C-Loo's too. More unbelievable was the fact when she darted into the fray (huge flower and treed garden in the front yard), and snatched the mouse, the lady and her husband of the house were weeding and talking while Snookie did her predatory kill. And then, after a few moments, she existed the "bush" and proudly carried that poor mouse back across the street and paid no attention to the fact Loo-C-Loo and I were that close to her and her kill before she deposited it on "her" doorstep. From lions to lionesses and even to cute neighborhood  domestic kitty cats, the instinct to hunt down something is part of their predatory behavior, and for Snookie, maybe just a gift for her owner.

BSoleille!
Terri

Snookie and her mouse...