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This week’s Sky Views
linked with Camera Critters … just because ;–)

This is my 69thMisty Dawn started the meme and explains the rules here.

Pelican sculptures
contrasted with real ones shared
earlier today

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See also today’s Haiku Sky Watch Friday at
Small Reflections and Sacred Ruminations

Thought for Today
“Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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grace this morning’s skies, but hot

weather’s on it’s way.

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

Looking at the Sky through the Camera Lens

13 New Sky Views from Last Week

Even though skies looked

threatening a few mornings …

rain just didn’t fall.

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See also today’s Haiku Sky Watch Friday at
Small Reflections and Sacred Ruminations

“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 APRIL.  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 free cell to cell minutes allowing me to keep in touch with my sister while she’s on the road again with her husband.

2. a new perm to make my hair ‘care-free’ again ;–)

3. for all I’ve learned about Photoshop Elements … especially making collages with pictures I’ve taken with my Nikon D60.

4. sunshine and blue skies!

5. I managed to sleep in until almost 7 am this morning!

6. my sister & I caught up on the phone today in a wonderful conversation.

7. my brother-in-law posted photos at Picasa so I can follow their travels this time.

8. I have time to water the yard this morning since it didn’t rain after all.

9.  to have the week off from the evening Word classes for Spring Break

10. the weather’s been beautiful all week long.11. for colorful flowers of all kinds blooming in my yard & around the neighborhood.

12. Molly’s been able to play with a variety of visiting dogs this week.

13. for a pleasant afternoon of visiting a variety of stores with a friend after Retired Ladies Lunch. I’m relieved to have practiced fiscal restraint ;–)

14. for tasty blackened tacos at Duke’s with friends before discovering the Word class was canceled at the last minute.

15. I’ll be at home most of today and may finally be able to spend some time visiting blogs.

16. I managed to get myself to the evening Word 7 class even though I would have rather stayed home.

17. I managed to pull out the Maidenhair Fern crowding out the red roses without mangling my hands and arms on the bushes even though I had no gardening gloves to wear.

18. for time to do more weeding and pruning along with some watering early this morning since there’s 80+ degree weather and no rain in the forecast.

19.  my Writers Retreat Buddy & I remain in regular telephone contact almost two years after that amazing week in Taos with Suzanne and Jennifer leading 31 participants to explore our writing process.

20. I’m able to use the PSE6 skills from Adult School Classes to create photo collages to share on my blogs.21. I managed to complete several errands and still have time to play with Molly today.

22. for the BEAUTIFUL sunrise this morning and that Molly got to play with a variety of doggy friends while I snapped photos.

23. I’ve been able to talk with my sister on the cell phone a few times this week as they wait to board a ferry to Ketchikan, Alaska on Friday.

24. to catch up (over lunch) with a friend who just relocated to the neighborhood from the nearby mountains.

25. for a full 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep last night.

26. a long time friend called yesterday afternoon and dropped by to visit for a couple of hours.

27. for the lovely roses blooming in my garden currently.

28. the weather continues to be clear & sunny in Ketchikan, Alaska where my sister and her husband are currently.

29. a friend loaned me a copy of Tom Bergeron’s book, I’M HOSTING AS FAST AS I CAN. Seems like a quick, entertaining read so far.

30. for the many ‘bargains’ at the grocery store this morning!

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 – March, February, January
2008 ListsDecember, November

Thought for Today
“As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily.  The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawing upon a blessed world.”  Adabella Radici

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Clouds move through without
dropping any rain on the
overly dry earth.

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Thought for Today

“Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.”
Soren Kierkegaard

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Earlier today
I shared two collages of

from March 8th & 10th.
These collages show skies from
seven days ago.

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when March winds blew through.
Notice Palm frond positions
especially in

the second collage.
Those winds continue today
but are now ‘off-shore’

Santa Ana winds
rather than the usual
gentle on-shore breeze.

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Thought for Today
“Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.”
Soren Kierkegaard

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Walking along the
ocean with my camera
under skies like these

seems like summertime
even though it’s barely Spring …
generates smiles

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peaceful gratitude
as I return home to see
flowers such as these

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all along the beach
and though out the neighborhood …
Colorful blessings!

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Thought for Today
“A flower’s appeal is in its contradictions – so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect.”  Adabella Radici

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Rain storms moved though my
neighborhood the past few weeks …
One day I saw this!

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Seagulls head inland
soaring through the drizzles in
search of whatever!

Click for another Haiku Friday today at Small Reflections,
and for others participating in

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Thought for Today
“I am sure it is a great mistake always to know enough to go in when it rains.  One may keep snug and dry by such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness.”
Adeline Knapp

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More rain on the way …
here in California
we’re feeling grateful

because we NEED rain!
Once again … here’s a glimpse of
our dramatic skies!

Yesterday in my
Small Reflections T-13
I shared Haiku and

photographs collaged
with Photoshop Elements
just because I can!

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and for others participating in

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Thought for Today
“Walking through puddles in my favorite metaphor for life.”
Jessie Lane Adams



Mellow Yellow Monday is at Small Reflections this week.

This is my 2nd Macro Monday
but I’ve lost count on Today’s Flowers.

After Rain Showers

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Photos taken with my Nikon D60
using a Tamron 28-300 lens & collaged with PSE6

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Macro Monday and Today’s Flowers.

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Thought for Today
“If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.” Audra Foveo

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Variable skies
as the sun sets over the
ocean … different days.

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Click for another Haiku Sky Watch Friday at Sacred Ruminations
and for others participating
in Sky Watch, Looking at the Sky on Fridays & Haiku Friday this week.

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Thought for Today

“There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdoes of satisfaction.” Salvador Dali

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Looking up Palm trees

swaying in the on-shore winds

reach for clearing skies,


bringing chilly air.

Now the rain seems to have passed …

ground is dry once more .

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Shifting breezes now

off-shore … Santa Ana winds

warming temp’ratures.


Once again I am

watering the yard to keep

plants from shriveling.

Click for another Haiku Sky Watch Friday at Sacred Ruminations
and for others participating
in Sky Watch, Looking at the Sky on Fridays & Haiku Friday this week.

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Thought for Today

“I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.” Willa Cather, 1913



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Rain today at last!

Welcome change from gusty warm

Santa Ana winds.

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Click for another Haiku Sky Watch Friday at Sacred Ruminations
and for others participating
in Sky Watch, Looking at the Sky on Fridays & Haiku Friday this week.

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Thought for Today
“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.”
Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

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Visiting with my
sister and her husband last
weekend I took these

photos at the beach
with my Nikon D60
from the campground there

even though the wind
made it difficult to breathe
as we watched the birds.

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Click for another Haiku Sky Watch Friday at Sacred Ruminations
and for others participating
in Sky Watch, Looking at the Sky on Fridays & Haiku Friday this week.

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Thought for Today
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet

and the winds long to play with your hair.”
Kahlil Gibran

This week’s theme is … Aftermath
Last week I shared 7 photos of a lovely red rose
in a collage at Sacred Ruminations Haiku Friday#102,
Today’s collage below illustrates it’s gradual demise.

AFTERMATH …
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Currently Santa Ana winds are blowing outside and are predicted to gust for the next few days. I’m hoping they won’t wreak havoc on the Apricot Rose still in full bloom in my front yard, here in Southern California.

Click for others participating in Photo Hunt today.
Haiku Sky Watch Friday is in the next post and at Sacred Ruminations too.

Thought for Today
“Change is inevitable — except from a vending machine.” Robert C. Gallagher

This week’s theme is … HOPE
After blue skies on New Year’s Day & fog yesterday …
shared yesterday in Haiku Sky Watch Friday,
I’m HOPING that today’s rain showers
won’t wreak havoc on the Apricot Rose currently blooming
in my front yard, here in Southern California

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in Photo Hunt and Today’s Flowers
and for my second collage of a different rose in
Today’s Flowers at Sacred Ruminations.

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Thought for Today
“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.
Edna St. Vincent Millay, Afternoon on a Hill

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