T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

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The Week’s Top Three:

3.)  Completing the first draft of my book Shear Madness, which I began in Camp Nano this past July, and beginning to loosely plan the second in the series, Brush with Death, for NaNoWriMo next month.

2.)  That first sweet, juicy, crunchy bite of a Honeycrisp apple on a fall day. Mmmmmm…they are the best! :)

1.)  My son calling so happy to tell me that they just closed on their first house, asking if we wanted to come and see it that evening, and my baby granddaughter getting so excited when she saw papa and grandma pull in the driveway of her new home. Melted my heart then and there. :)

What tops your list this week?

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Timeout Tuesday

 I took a timeout from the busyness of life yesterday to work on–and complete–the first draft of a new novel, Shear Madness. Hallelujah! :) Now to breathe in the sweetness of that accomplishment with a little bit of God’s handiwork.

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“To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.” -Jeanne Moreau

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T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

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The week’s top three:

3.)  When I click on the Publish button to publish a blog post and that beautiful pop-up appears that says “No writing errors were found.” Simple joy! :)

2.)  The beauty of color – purple ink on white paper, the brilliant pinks, reds and oranges of a sunrise, the bright blue of a clear sky, the purity of the white clouds dotting that blue sky.

1.)  That feeling of immense freedom that comes from releasing every care, every burden to Him, knowing He will work all for good. His will, not mine, be done.

What tops your list for the week?

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”  — Harry A. Ironside

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Timeout Tuesday

For just a moment, leave the clatter and noise of the world behind and walk with me through the serene beauty of God’s blessings.

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 “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

— John Muir
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T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

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The top of my gratitude list for this past week:

3.)  The smell and feel of the cool fall air and the fresh beauty of an autumn thunderstorm.

2.)  Triple chocolate chunk and pumpkin spice ice cream – not together. :) Yum!

1.)  One-on-one time with my adult sons. Priceless!

What tops your list?

“One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful..we let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine.” -Joel Osteen

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Timeout Tuesday

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

-Philippians 4:8-9

And what could be more true, pure and lovely than nature. Abundant blessings from God Himself.

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 “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

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My Top Three For the Week:

3.)  Watching the movie Jane Austen’s Bookclub – again. I never tire of that movie. Or You’ve Got Mail. If you haven’t seen them, you won’t regret taking the time to do so.

2.)  Finding a quote that I needed to read exactly when I read it. Allow me to share it with you.

Kurt Vonnegut quote

1.)  Realizing that I need to take a break to re-prioritize. I won’t be gone forever, only for as long as it takes to accomplish said re-prioritizing. It may be a couple of weeks, it may be a couple of months, but I will be back.  I enjoy this little corner of the world too much not to. I may even post sporadically during my hiatus, but I feel the need to keep it loose and unplanned for now. I’ve met so many special people in this blogoverse, that I couldn’t help but return. I’m looking at more time to work on my novels, as well as less time on social media and my I-phone.  And time with God, family and friends? Well, that is most definitely at the very top of my list. :)

Write on, and may peace be yours.

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