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I suspect I’ll continue to share photos & tidbits here (as well as on my two blogger sites) from time to time … but I publish more regularly at my NEW self hosted blog called Giraffe Journal and my Labyrinth Journal website so I hope you’ll visit me at either (or both) as time permits.

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Just these two roses
blooming on the parkway now …
and pink Azaleas



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Potted plant shadows
playing on my patio …
amidst STRANGE weather!

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participating in Shadow Shot Sunday

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” Thich Nhat Hanh

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South Breeze Farm hosted the Giving Thanks Challenge and I participated at Small Reflections in November of 2008 and decided to continue indefinitely … generating the following list one day at a time throughout the month of August. I’ve decided to transfer the lists at the end of each month from Small Reflections to Happily Retired Gal … just because. Click to see previous lists already published here.

1. my Explorer is ready to hit the road again next week after having some maintenance work completed today.

2. for a productive morning at home followed by a pleasant afternoon with my sister ending with ‘fish tacos’ at Duke’s … delicious day & dinner!

3. the sun’s breaking through earlier again this morning after a couple of overcast days here at the beach.

4. a lovely lunch with a good friend, the kindness of strangers, learning to use Skype today and helping someone else get started with Skype too.

5. that I discovered and am participating in a Festival of Change at Online Clarity.

6. I watered the yard deeply in anticipation of the trip and that my neighbor will feed Ms. Kitty in my absence.

7. I’m packed & ready to drive to Phoenix, AZ tomorrow with my sister where we’ll spend the next 6 days.

8. that Molly loves to visit Camp Ilene when I travel & can’t take her with me … for 4 additional free Buttermilk Spice muffins from Mimi’s Cafe to bring with us … and that my sister wanted to stop at the Cabazon outlets yesterday because I found an excellent ‘deal’ on a lovely white bag at the Brighton store.

9. to be attending the Your Purpose Summit with Baeth Davis this weekend even though I’m thoroughly confused at the end of the first day’s sessions.

10. Barb encouraged me to attend the VIP party last night even though I felt overwhelmed because this morning clarity has come through my journaling and I’m ready for what comes next.

11. for yesterday’s ‘private analysis of my hand’ along with the many people I’ve met who have helped me figure out my ‘purpose’ and the book I’m going to publish with the help of the people at Vervante.

12. for some ‘down time’ Sunday afternoon to relax around & swim in the pool at the resort & spa after the event ended … finally!

13. for the delightful & surprising ways things fell together on the drive back from Phoenix. It’s good to be home again.

14. for emerging clarity about the books I’m going to publish & the business I’ll begin based on them.

15. all 8 of the domain names I wanted were available at GoDaddy so I bought them all … and I’ve connected with a website designer I met last weekend who I’m hoping will develop my site with me so I can devote my attention to other things.

16. Michelle at GoDaddy ‘tech support’ called this morning and helped me set up ‘LabyrinthJournal.com’ to be hosted at WordPress as a ‘site under construction’ with an email attached to it for ‘business’ purposes clear signs of progress.

17. for a good night’s sleep and breakfast out with a friend this morning since I’ve not yet gotten myself to a grocery store since returning home from Arizona on Monday.

18. I’ve created a new place to playfully share stories online called Giraffe Journals and hope you’ll want to check it out & play with me there … just because.

19. a friend told me about the Surf City Surf Dog contest at Dog Beach this morning … it was great fun and I took lots of photos to share, but for now … here’s a ‘kewl’ YouTube video is from the Los Angeles Times:

20. for visitors to my new self-hosted WordPress blog, Giraffe Journal, who left supportive, enthusiastic comments as I step out into this virtual world to be known … just as I am.

21. for all the wonderful resources coming my way to help with this huge transition in my life.

22. to know I’m changing in small but significant ways each day as I step into my future … pursuing my purpose passionately!

23. I’m one of the first six to sign up for the six-month Get Your Book Done Live training with Christine Klosur & Lynne Klippel. That means I receive a free one-hour ‘coaching’ call as a bonus in addition to big savings on the cost by paying in full up front!

24. for people like Marianne Williamson who inspire millions to step up & take meaningful actions … making a difference. I highly recommend watching this interview on ‘mashable tv’ that won’t seem to appear here (as it did at Small Reflections) no matter what I do, but (fortunately) DOES show up when I click the preceding ‘interview’ link.

25. for a pleasant lunch & visit at Z’ Tejas with a friend this afternoon … sharing a delicious enchilada entree & yummy skillet cobbler dessert!

26. for ‘Rick’ at GoDaddy tech support who exhibited great patience and resourcefulness in assisting me with ‘access’ issues at my new self-hosted Giraffe Journal site last night after I changed the URL earlier in the day.

27. for a lovely afternoon at the Lyceum Theater viewing ‘Alice’ followed by dinner at Mimi’s Cafe in Newport Beach with friends yesterday. Life is good indeed!

28. I spent the morning on my front patio writing & occasionally visiting with passers-by while Molly played with a new neighborhood puppy named Guapo.

29. to get my hair cut today 😉

30. for the Women on Purpose Online Telesummit … the first 3 calls have been filled with useful information!

Thank you Joy

FYI – My previous Gratitude Lists can be found here at Happily Retired Gal, my WordPress site. It is my intention to keep this ‘Daily Gratitude List’ in my sidebar at Small Reflections indefinitely because I believe it makes sense to focus on what’s right in our lives regularly. Click for:
2010 Lists –September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January
2009 Lists – December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January
2008 Lists – December, November

Thought for Today
“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you?'” William A. Ward

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stormy skies above
as we walked out on the pier …
surveying the scene


very different
from the ones I shared last week
at this local beach


just a few people
brave enough to swim, walk, and
lay upon the sand



For Ruby Tuesday
here’s the bright Barefoot Bar sign
and menu outside


My sister likes her fish tacos ‘battered’ …

I prefer mine Cajun style

and THIS is Hula Pie … delicious!

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My World, Ruby Tuesday,
Outdoor Wednesday, Watery Wednesday, and Midweek Blues

Thought for Today
“Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.”
Menachem Mendel Schneerson

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Cut back just last week
my rose bushes have begun
to regenerate

Delicate white blooms
opening already on
this ‘unknown bulb’ plant …


I’d appreciate
knowing what it is if you
recognize the bloom

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in (my belated) Macro Monday, Ruby Tuesday, My World,
and Outdoor Wednesday

Thought for Today
“A faith like Lincoln’s would transform the world.” James Oppenheim

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13 photographs
Dramatic skies … Window
Views and Reflections

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Sky Watch, and Haiku Friday





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A playful bonus … just because
cropped then ‘screened with exclusion’ and lightened

Thought for Today
“To repeat what others have said requires education; to challenge it requires brains.” Mary Pettibone Poole

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Sorry to be late this morning
but I had issues with Photoshop and Mozilla …
Weekend Reflections and Shadow Shots
are two posts down from here

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and for others participating in Pink Saturday
and Today’s Flowers

Thought for Today
“All things are difficult until they are easy.” John Norley

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My World, Macro Monday and Monochrome Weekend
are in the next post

Enjoying the rain
here in California …
watching TENNIS too 😉






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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday
Ruby Tuesday, Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday,
Color Carnival, Weekend Reflections, Shadow Shot Sunday

Thought for Today
“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Whoopee … signs of rain
even though it’s quite short-lived …

13 photographs

snapped this morning then
arranged carefully by me

in these mosaics

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Wordless Wednesday, Thursday Thirteen and Haiku Friday t00.


Thought for Today
“A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.” Rachel Carson

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ALMOST

Usually my

a few clouds drift by

Currently my skies
look as if we finally

might get some ‘wet stuph’

February was
the last time I remember

anticipating

precipitation
so my fingers remain crossed …

hopeful for drizzles.

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Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) t00.

Thought for Today
“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.” George Washington Carver

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13 photographs
Southern California skies

Thursday Mosaic

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usual blue skies
with a touch of wispy white

heavy now with smoke

from the wildfires
burning in the Angeles

Forest uncontrolled

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Thursday Thirteen, Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

Thought for Today
“Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.” the Dalai Lama

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While wildfires burn
here in California
rain forced ‘play’ indoors

at the Pilot Pen
Tennis Tournament … I snapped
these TV photos

then created my
Blue Mosaic for Monday
looking forward to

better weather for
US Open in New York

starting tomorrow.

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(Apparently Mary’s taking this week off for Mosaic Monday)

Molly’s ‘blue’ – missing her fur-friend



Thought for Today
“There’s nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.” Frank A Clark

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nifty beach sky views
no clouds … just a collection

13 kite surfers

more it seems each day
people taking up this sport

… ‘traffic’ in the skies

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Thursday Thirteen, Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

Thought for Today
“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” Anthony J. D’Angelo

FYI (in response to some recent questions from visitors having difficulty leaving comments) – If you’re on my HOME page, click for comments at the TOP of the post, but if you’re on the post page itself … for some unknown reason, the comments are WAY DOWN below the post itself … so don’t give up until you find them please ;–)

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Thirteen Mosaics

created with 13 views

straight across the street.

Amazing to me
how varied that view can be …

Note the cluster of

palm trees in each shot
underneath the various

sky vistas … then tell

me what’s strange about
the ‘view’ in the center … Do

you see something odd?


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Original – straight out of the camera

Posterized – 9

Poster Edges

Watercolor

Palette Knife

Dry Brush

Smudge Stick

Black & White – Scenic Landscape

Black & White – Scenic Landscape with Poster Edges

Photoshop ‘filters’
create ‘kewl’ effects … it’s fun
to experiment!

Invert

Black & White – Infared

Bas Relief

Zig Zag

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Thursday Thirteen, Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

Thought for Today
“The road to wisdom?  Well, it’s plain and simple to express:
Err and err again, but less and less and less.”
Piet Hein


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After the BIG surf
of a couple weeks ago
HB ocean’s calm …


With the hot weather
‘inland’ lots of visitors

come here to cool down.


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Thought for Today
“Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Robert Brault

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Blue skies all weekend
US International

Surf Championships …

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Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

Thought for Today
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”
Leo Buscaglia


ALMOST …

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Finally … drizzles
Monday morning brought moisture
everyone could see

for a little while.
As summertime approaches
we’re many inches

short on rain this year
causing water rationing.
Day Lily Droplets!

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“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”  Thich Nhat Hanh

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South Breeze Farm hosted the Giving Thanks Challenge and I participated at Small Reflections in November and decided to continue indefinitely … generating the following list one day at a time throughout the month of MAY.  I’ve decided to transfer the lists at the end of each month from Small Reflections to Happily Retired Gal … just because.  Click to see previous lists already published here.

1. for the possibility of rain coming our way.

2. I’m able to keep my plants alive with my garden hose when rain fails to fall as predicted … yet again.

3. for my washer, dryer & dishwasher.

4. to feel healthy & energetic.

5. my sister learned about how to use ‘Exposure Compensation’ while talking to a professional photographer on an excursion up the Stickeen River … then shared that information with me in a phone call later.

6. I’ve freed up considerable memory on my laptop so it runs a bit faster again.

7. I live close to the ocean where I walk daily.

8. for friends & family ;–)

9. time to visit the annual Mother’s Day Craft Faire in Sunset Beach.

10. for telephone connections with my sister and several friends too.

11. for a delightful lunch with the Retired Gals today.

12. my WordPress blog is fixed this afternoon (thanks to Anthony in Tech Support) after being ‘broken’ earlier today.

13. I remember enough from my PSE6 classes so that I’m able to keep up in the Digital Media class I’m taking this session Mondays & Wednesdays from 6-9pm.

14. for Ibuprofen helping me cope with aches & pains in my aging body.

15. I’m finally getting my photos organized and tagged in a methodical manner.

16. I’m gradually figuring out a useful set of ‘keywords for tagging’ photos & learning to use the ‘software tools’ to integrate previous tags into the new system I’ve generated experimentally.

17. I’m able to access my blogs even though something has gone crazy with my ‘C-drive’ leaving less than 8mb of ‘free’ space after running a Back Up to my 1TB ‘G-drive’ last night.

18. With the help of a good friend on the phone, I managed to remain calm in the face of potential technological failure & eventually get things working … reasonably well (for the time being at least).

19. I made time to spend several hours in my yard this morning … watering as deeply as possible while weeding & pruning plants … something I’d put off for too long.

20. for all the new & review PSE6 skills covered so far in my evening Digital Media class.

21. books to savor & enjoy ;–)

22. I finally figured out how to create a symmetrical template for my T-13 photo posts using stroke outlines.

23. to help my friend Lynne celebrate her 60th birthday Saturday night.

24. I’m obsessive enough to keep track of comments I leave on other’s blogs … I’ve reached 985 comments in May, so I have just 15 comments to go to reach 1000 and win Harriet’s trophy this month!!!

25. time to do a bit of catch up on a variety of neglected tasks today.

26. for a TRIPLE CELEBRATION today here at Small Reflections. Click to read all about it!

27. Molly’s feeling better … finally! I’ll need to keep a closer eye on what people feed her so her stomach doesn’t get messed up like it’s been for the past week.

28. the red Mr. Lincoln Rosebush has TWO gorgeous blossoms currently ;–)

29. my computer’s up & running again after yet another MAJOR crash this morning!

30. ESPN2 is covering the French Open so I can watch tennis!

31. Molly’s clean & sweet-smelling after her visit to the groomer this week ;–)


Thank you Joy

FYI – My previous Gratitude Lists can be found at Happily Retired Gal, my new WordPress site. It is my intention to keep this ‘Daily Gratitude List’ in my sidebar indefinitely because I believe it makes sense to focus on what’s right in our lives regularly. Click for:
2009 Lists – May, April, March, February, January
2008 ListsDecember, November

Thought for Today
“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’”  William A. Ward

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