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 (or paragraph 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 definitely been a challenge most days throughout the past eight years, and welcomed the challenge again this year - 2020 - Covid and all. I hope you will continue the ride with me!

Monday, August 2, 2021

First Meet Up with Writing in Community

When I first signed up for the first ever Writing in Community through Seth Godin's Akimbo programs last summer, I would never have imagined the magic found with the friendships made from all over the world. How you may ask?  Through this six month solstice to solstice online writing course. Posting each day, called a daily, is the drip drip ship mentality I needed to finally finish, then self-publish, The Focused Fight. Reading other's work every day made it easy to find like-minded people that have turned into genuine friendships. Many of my writing pals published. Several are still working on their manuscripts with the intention of publishing this year.

When last summer was a bust for travel, as well as a good part of 2021, there were very few meet ups with people not in our bubble groups. Our world is now in a different place (for how much longer no one has a clue), but it seems more and more people are traveling for work and pleasure to some degree.

So tonight was a super fun treat to meet up with Annette Mason of Solana Beach, California, and her husband, Bob. They are in the DC area for work and wanted to meet up with us. Bill and I had a magical night IRL (in real life) with Annette, and Bob who was a good sport while the three of us talked about our experience as part of WIC1, and now, WIC2. We have written many times together in zoom rooms and chatted in many other avenues over the last year plus, but never met in person until today. 

The funny thing is through this course, I really got to know Annette and vice versa. We have so much in common it's uncanny. It's kind of wild on how close we got through the miles and on the discourse. Nothing was awkward tonight and we seamlessly chatted throughout our dinner at Succotash at the D.C. National Harbor (beautiful by the way). 

It was so much fun to meet with Annette and Bob, that I'd love to meet up with others from the WIC when the chance opens up. 

BSoleille!

Terri






Sunday, August 1, 2021

Where is Summer Going?

The days are rolling by way to fast this summer. I'm thinking they are faster since so many of us are actually doing things and vacationing which is a wonderful thing. Can you believe it's August 1st? I'm patting myself on the back for not missing a day blogging in July (it's a looong month). I'm trying to keep those (6) off days at bay for as long as possible (self-imposed deadline of 3000 posts come 12/31/21). 

I hope we all have sunny skies and warm temperatures through September at least. 

My photo below screams summer don't you think?

BSoleille!

Terri




Saturday, July 31, 2021

Bridget Franek Gets Married!

Our friends Tom and Rosalie Franek hosted a gangbuster wedding (backyard) party for their daughter Bridget and her groom, Gabriel Lemay today. They actually got married the first weekend in July in Eugene, Oregon (Bridget and Gabe's hometown), but wanted to celebrate their nuptials with many family and friends from Ohio and East that couldn't make the trek out West. The day also included the celebration of one year of marriage of their son, Josh, and his bride, Kristina, who married smack dab in the middle of Covid last June.

The day was typical Franek style (minus a bike race or road race). Twenty-five of us went on a two mile hike on their property first thing in the morning. Then we played Knockout on their basketball half court. Tom set up shooting sport gallery with bee-bee guns and clay pigeons that was a favorite for many, as well as a  volleyball court, corn-hole compeitition, swimming in their pond, croque, balloon toss and timed bucket races around the pond. Oh, did I mention delicious food and drink? They covered all bases there as well. 

The night ended with a big bonfire and tired folks from the entire day of playing, laughing and having a great time. 

Magical!

Best wishes to Bridget & Gabe and Josh & Kristina for long a happy marriages.

Terri

Bridget & Gabe, Josh & Kristina

Ryan, Bill, Bridget, Gabe and me

Cornhole with Scot and Bill

Water balloon toss

Most of the gang

BG Girls; Jodie, Rosalie, me 

Generation: Kristina, Mrs. Cocita, Rosalie and Bridget


Friday, July 30, 2021

Wedding Crashers

Wedding crashers we are (a first for me) for the party before the party this weekend. It all worked out and was lovely, but that was how the ball rolled for us as we rolled into Hiram, Ohio early evening.  The bride and groom, Bridget and Gabe, were happy we came! The big party is tomorrow that we really came for but happy to crash this Friday night shindig! 

BSoleille!

Terri

L-R: Beth, Linda (Gabe's mom), Bridget the bride and Gabe the groom 


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Garden and Plants Growing Wild

If you have any luck with plants and garden perhaps everything is growing out of control. I know my stuff is growing crazy, and the weeds are choking up on the good stuff. They are growing wild too much to my dismay. The bad thing is that I am not making time to yank them out of their beds. The HHH days (although I do like HOT, I don't care much for the humidity or mosquitoes) make it difficult to make it a priority. I keep telling myself I'll weed for 15-20 minutes but it doesn't happen. 

Maybe next week I'll give it a try - especially those husky buggers that are three feet tall. They all must go!

Now, for a photo of some beautiful blue spruce trees in my sister's Broadview Heights neighborhood that are simply gorgeous! My dad was a big fan of blue spruces so we had several in a very small Cleveland, Ohio, lot. Now these fellas are keepers! 

BSoleille!

Terri




Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Creative Spirits Unleashed...The Focused Fight's Podcast with Lynn Carnes

I am thrilled to announce that the Lynn Carne's Podcast on The Focused Fight has been released this past week. If you like podcasts and you have a long drive coming up (over an hour and a half), you will get to your destination while listening to it (or a long bike ride/run/walk). Drum roll please...for the podcast click here: Terri's podcast with Lynn Carnes

Lynn is an awesome business woman who has written and published two books, with a third one being released soon. I met Lynn in last year's Writing in Community (WIC1). We made an instant connection and have been cheerleading for each other's endeavors ever since. Here is Lynn's website: https://lynncarnes.com/ If you get the chance; check out her Ted Talk too! 

These are exciting times right now for publicizing my memoir. I am so grateful for all the goodness received, and how my family is riding the wave with me by sharing hope and inspiration to one person/one family at a time! A great journey we are happy to take on.

BSoleille!

Terri

Ryan, Olivia, Beth & Don Tomoff, me, Paul & Stephanie Godleski and Bill
 from this past weekend's Cleveland book launch for TFF.



Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Tomato, Tomahto

Patty Lubin and I had so much fun canning tomatoes (missing Ms. Marilyn) today - six boxes of slightly bruised canning tomatoes Patty bought in Clinton, Maryland. Tis the season of rocking the red! We canned over 42 quart jars of the liquid gold. They will be used in upcoming soups and stews that put a stamp on the deliciousness of summer 2021! 

A huge shout of THANKS to Patty while hosting me today in addition to in all canning endeavors. Her kitchen is laid out perfectly to work in tandem or in threes; blanching, skinning, cooking to a roiling boil to canning . Violá!

BSoleille!

Terri