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Just a quick note and a big Thank YOU!……

Merry Evening my friends! I have spent some time today working on my Blogroll. I noticed that many of the Blogs I have loved and had listed on my blogroll are gone or the author hasn’t written for a very long time. I have removed those blogs and have added a bunch of blogs that I have found since I did the original blogroll. ūüôā Same with the favorite links. Added new ones and took away some that were no longer active or available. Be sure to check them out….and if you know of a great blog I’m missing out on..please let me know! I always love finding great writers and blogs or links.

I’m also very excited as I’m in the process of getting my blog “made over”.¬† I’ll actually have a logo and everything!!¬† Once it’s done..I’ll let you know about the fabulous person who took it on for me.¬† I can’t wait to see it myself!

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I also want to extend a huge Thank You to my readers, followers and friends.¬†With over 500 followers and nearly 134,000 hits…I’m completely thrilled that my blog is of interest to anyone ūüôā I started out writing this blog just for myself. To record info, things I know or want to know, things I’ve learned or want to learn, recipes, my favorite quotes and poems, pictures etc etc. As my readership grew….I started thinking about who was reading it, what I could share etc. I have gotten to know many of you enough to call you friend. ¬†One thing I’ve learned from all of you and your comments etc…is to keep it simple, be honest, tell it as I see it, and be kind and friendly. I often wish that we could talk, like old friends, ¬†sitting at my kitchen table, or on my patio in my gardens. ¬†I thank you so much for reading me and being kind. It’s much appreciated! Many Blessings!!!

Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.

~Rod McKuen

Blessings and Love, Autumn

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How wonderful….blog awards!

Merry Meet my friends!¬† I sure hope that all of you are surviving this Winter we are having! Seems like no matter where you live, you are having colder, wetter, snowier, windier and icier¬†weather this year!¬† (not sure those are all real words but you know what I mean LOL) ¬† I love Winter as you all know and I still do.¬†I think this amazing weather we’re having is Mother Earth making an adjustment for some of the mild Winters we’ve had in the past several years.¬† At least where I live that is the case.¬† It’s a good thing ūüôā¬† Spring will come….really…it will!!

I’m posting today because I was honored to receive two blog awards…both awards awarded to me by two different friends and fellow bloggers!¬† I was thrilled!!¬† The first friend, Vickie Lesperance over at this blog http://www.aoibhealslair.com/not-just-one-but-two-awards/

and then my friend Johanna Lawson over at this blog http://johanna-villagewisewoman.blogspot.com/2014/02/its-major-award-or-two.html¬†both honored me with the awards.¬† Thank you so much to both of you!!! Hugs!!!¬† Oh and to my readers, if you aren’t familiar with these blogs, you might want to be ūüôā They are wonderful!!

Now, my job is to do what the awards ask me to do….and then pass them on to other bloggers I feel are deserving of them.¬† So here goes.

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For the Awesome Blog Award….I am supposed to use the entire alphabet to tell you things that are important to me..things I love etc.¬† So here goes:

A –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Autumn…my very favorite time of the year!

B-        Books Books Books!

C-        Cats! Especially mine!

D-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Daughters…I have two of them and they are my Life!

E-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Earth….as in Mother Earth…also my element

F-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Friends…..they make my world go round

G-        Grandkids!  I have three of them and they bring me so much Joy!

H-        Herbs!  All things herbs!

I-          Illumination

J-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Jim….my husband of 34 years

K-         Kindness

L-         Lilacs and Lavender!

M-        our Moon!!

N-         Night!

O-         October!

P-          Pizza!

Q-         Quiet

R-         Rocks and Crystals!!

S-         Sunrises and Sunsets

T-         Truth and Honesty

U-         Uplifted

V-         Violet Purple!

W-        Witches!!

X-         XOXOXO    hugs and kisses

Y-         Yarn!!

Z-         Zinnias!

Wow..that was easier then I thought and I could have done a lot more things under some of those letters ūüôā

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Ok….the next award is the Sunshine Blogger Award.¬† For this award I am to tell you 11 facts about myself. Oh boy….

1.¬†¬†I have an Etsy shop where I sell bath, body and healing products I make from herbs…which as I said above..I adore!¬† Here’s the link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/verbenalaneshoppe

2.¬† Speaking of herbs…I am studying to get my herbalist certificate thru Rosemary Gladstar’s home study course.

3.¬† I adore the Smoky Mountains….my soul just soars when I’m there.

4.¬† I have been a Witch all my life but didn’t know it until about 15 years ago. I continue to learn and grow and LOVE my Path everyday!

5.  My greatest regret is only having 2 children.

6.  I am a registered nurse but retired early when I was 42.

7.  I am nuts about the Outlander series books!

8.  I would love to open a book store/coffee shop

9.  I was a dancer and baton twirler up til I was about 18.

10. My friends and family mean the world to me.

11.  I need to work on spending more Me time!

Ok….now you ALL know me better.¬† Now, I’m to pass on these awards.¬† I have chosen these blogs!

Gaia Speaks……http://angeliqueautumnspeaks.blogspot.com/

Southern Fried Witch ….. http://southernkitchenwitch.com/

Mid Stride Moxie…… http://midstridemoxie.blogspot.com/

Old Ways……..¬†¬† http://oldways.com/

Pagan Culture……http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/

For my nominees….I very much enjoy your blogs!! Thank you!!¬† If you want to participate and pass it on…just copy the award pictures to your blog…do what I did for the rules…and pass it on ūüôā

While I’m at it…I want to thank my readers from the bottom of my heart!¬† I have nearly 470 followers and over 122,000 hits and today was my 4th year anniversary of blogging!!¬†¬† Thank you so much!! You all inspire me to write.¬† Please continue to comment, say hello, tell me what’s going on with you..I really enjoy it!

Hope you all have a great rest of the week!!

Blessings and Love, Autumn

 

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Happy New Year 2014……….

Hello my friends!¬† I wanted to do a quick post to you all today.¬† Right now the Sun is shining but it is quite cold and windy out!¬† We’ve had snow flurries all morning but no real accumulation.. it’s so pretty ūüôā¬† Today, I’m completely relaxing! Much deserved!

We had a wonderful Christmas (yes we gather with family for that holiday too ūüôā¬†My extended family ..20 of us..were all here at my house, well behaved, jovial and a good time was had by all.¬† Yesterday, I took down all the decorations, packed them up and with the help of my husband, carted all the boxes back to the storage room.¬† A bit of cleaning and the house feels great.¬† Uncluttered, clean and fresh! I love that!! I always love the decorations going up..and really love them coming back down again! lol.

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Today, I’ve pulled out my 2014 calendars.¬† A wall calendar, my Gooseberry Patch calendar and my Witch’s calendar and have them all filled in, marked and ready to go.¬† A whole year of days, hours and minutes and possibilities ahead of me!¬† What a great feeling.¬† I’ve also finished up a journal and will start a new one tomorrow..fresh pages…fresh thoughts….new days to write about.¬† A clean slate…which is what the New Year is all about!

For this New Year’s ..we are blessed with a New Moon..a rare thing!¬† Now as Pagans and Witches, we all know what that means.¬† It is a truly magickal…restart…boot up…new beginnings…dump the old, unused, unwanted..kind of day!¬† Today, along those lines..I smudge the house well, throw open windows and doors (at least for a minute cause it’s so cold!), scatter salt at doorways and sweep out all the old and negative and allow in the new and positive!¬† Tonight, there will be food, drink and a fire with my¬† husband and daughter Sara.¬† I’ll burn that I want to rid myself of…old hurts, disappointments, angers, sickness, etc….and will then burn that which I want to bring into the New Year..love, friendships, positivity, health, happiness and abundance.¬† Simple and meaningful.

I want to wish you all a Very Happy New Year and I KNOW that 2014 will be an amazing year for you and yours!¬† Thank you so much for being a reader, a friend, a loved one..whichever category you fall into ūüôā¬† I am Blessed..very much in my Life by all of you!¬† May you have all the good things in Life come your way..always!

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

Blessings and Love, Autumn

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Blessed Thanksgiving 2012……

Merry Meet my friends.¬† Hope you all are enjoying your Autumn…late Autumn now.¬†I know for so many it’s your favorite time of year..mine too!¬† Here in Ohio, all the glorious color is gone now…just stark trees.¬† But the skies have been blue, the weather mild and it’s been a wonderful Season!

I have been a very busy woman!¬† Packing up a large houseful of stuff…preparing to move to a smaller home has been challenging….but gratifying!¬† I LOVE letting go of the overabundance of stuff that a larger home can hold..and that accumulates over time.¬† It feels good to unburden myself of china rarely used,¬†too many¬†sets of wine glasses, books never to be read again, clothes outgrown or unliked and not worn, home decorations that no longer cause¬†a smile etc.¬† ¬†It’s freeing!!¬† I recommend it to everyone!¬† I am going to have one huge garage sale this Spring at my new home! ūüôā

Packing¬†has become a bit more of a problem however because I took a bad tumble down our stairs and messed up my knee and tailbone pretty¬†badly.¬† I’ve been in discomfort and crutches and very little mobility for 10 days now and I’m frustrated that¬†there is no improvement.¬† The injury couldn’t have been at a worse time too!¬† I am finally having an MRI on monday and ortho doc will be able to tell me what’s wrong on tuesday..so we will go¬†from there.¬† I’m doing my best to not get panicky about all there is still to do and me not being able to do it like I would have been.

I’m coping however the best I can with my faith in my Goddess and the calming influence of my family and friends who are helping me when they can and assuring me all will¬†be well.¬† My hubby has been a trooper too!¬† This all brings me to the purpose of my post today.¬†¬† Thanksgiving….not the day but the attitude of it.

Those who know me¬†on facebook, in my¬†everyday life, and read my blog know I’ve had a rough year this year.¬† Between my brain surgery in March and that recovery, the problems my daughter Sara has had, and now this..well it’s been challenging to say the least.¬† To stay positive and upbeat and not sink into a depressive state has been hard..but not impossible..as I’ve done it fairly well.¬† Most days!¬† Something I learned a long time ago…when¬†a car accident changed our lives forever…is that we get out of Life what we put into it.¬† We can pull up our bootstraps…make the most of it..and move¬†on.¬† Or we can wallow in self-pity and live a dismal, sad Life.¬† As a family we have always chosen a good Life..a¬†joyful Life..a glass is half-full, find the silver lining Life.¬†¬† We can’t fathom any other way of living.

I see it over and over too from others who I¬†admire and love.¬† I see so many of my facebook friends who live with daily pain, have injuries or losses or financial troubles, ¬†and yet, they¬†keep on posting positive things, aid others when they need it, offer prayers for others,¬†leave a hug or a heart on someone’s page…I find it heartwarming and gratifying and I try to do the same¬†thing too.¬† I see the opposite too..on facebook and in¬†my everyday Life..those who never can see the good thru the bad, can’t¬†find¬†empathy for others thru their own pain, or think the world just sucks and Life has¬†treated them unkind and unfair.¬† It’s knowing people like that in my Life that made me want to be sure that I don’t ever go there!!

I have kept a journal for¬†about¬†15 years now..pretty faithfully.¬†¬†I first learned of the importance of having gratitude from a book¬†I read..many of you probably read it too.¬†¬†Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach.¬†¬† It changed my Life.¬† Even though I always had a positive attitude in Life, I started journaling things I was grateful for each day. I don’t care how bad of a day I was having, I found something..or a few somethings..to be grateful for.¬† I wrote them down in my journal.¬† Sometimes I had to REALLY think about what had happened¬†that day I could have thankfulness for..and soon…I realized that there was always something..no matter how small..that I could write in my journal.¬† It taught me not to just be a positive person, but to¬†have an Attitude of Gratitude always.¬† To be¬†Thankful to what Life and the¬†Goddess gave me every day.¬† The small, simple things.

So on this Thanksgiving, while you are enjoying time with family¬†and friends, take some time¬†between bites ūüôā¬† to be grateful for the good things in your Life.¬† This will be a very different Thanksgiving for me this year.¬† I am the oldest daughter of 4 children and I have held all the holidays at my home for¬†many years now.¬† This year, half the family is on a cruise together, and¬†half are visiting with relatives on the other side of the family this year.¬† So, it is just Sara, hubby¬†Jim and I this year.¬† My¬†thankfulness?¬† With being laid up and my house a mess from moving, I can throw a turkey breast in the oven, rest my leg, read, crochet, watch the Macy’s day parade and take a day off by the fire, from packing and even thinking about packing, for one day ūüôā¬†¬† Now that is a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

While I’m on the subject, I¬†want to thank my readers..well, for reading my blog ūüôā¬† I appreciate it¬†so much and love¬†getting to know many of you thru facebook etc..who have¬†become my friends.¬† Thank YOU!!¬† ¬†I wish all of you a Blessed Thanksgiving..to you and yours!¬† Make it Merry…and filled with gratefulness!

Blessings and Love, Autumn

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Thanks so much!…….

Merry Meet my friends!¬† The heat continues here in Ohio…probably the hottest summer I can remember in a long time.¬† However, we have one more day of it then more seasonable weather comes in FINALLY!¬† We will be right around 80 for a few days with very low humidity..that makes me one happy happy witch! ūüôā Maybe we can actually go outside and do something fun LOL!¬† I will be happy just to sit on my porch in the cooler morning with a cup of coffee..or to go on a picnic or to a park. My grandkids might even be able to be outside, to swim, to play on the swing set.¬† How wonderful!

 

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

 ~Thornton Wilder

 

I am writing to THANK YOU all so so much for following my blog, for reading it, for giving me feedback and commenting, ¬†and for¬†sharing the link on your facebook walls.¬† I now have 110 followers and almost 21,000 hits!¬† I am most grateful for your friendship as well for those I feel I’ve gotten to know.¬† I never dreamed that my blog would be read by anybody at all.¬† I really just did it for myself, so I’m¬†very pleased and feel in my own mind that it¬†has been¬†worth my time and effort…for others as well¬† as myself.¬† Thank you again so much.¬†

Having said that, I was thinking about Gratitude as I was looking up some quotes and pics to post here. I have talked about it here before.¬† I am a true believer that living a life in Gratitude gives us a happier, better life.¬† The benefits to our lives is enormous when we feel thankful for the Blessings in our life.¬† It is up to each of us to decide what the Blessings are!¬† Some people only feel thankful for the BIG things..you know…like our loved ones being safe and healthy, that the tornado missed us, that the house didnt’ catch on fire, that we weren’t killed in the shooting that happened somewhere else, that it’s not our dog laying dead at the side of the road.¬† Those things are so easy to be thankful for aren’t they?¬† I think though, it’s being grateful for the small, everyday things that helps us to live with a grateful heart.¬† Be thankful¬†for the waitress who smiles at you and gets her job done well, be thankful for seeing a deer at the side of the road, be thankful for someone holding the door for you or for the cool breeze that cools you when you’re hot.¬† Keep a list in a journal or beside your favorite chair…think back over your day….what did you see, do, feel that made you feel happy and thankful today???¬† Write it down…you will find yourself looking for things to be thankful for.¬† Remember, the opposite of Gratitude, is Ingratitude!¬† Nobody wants to be un-grateful.¬† Taking things for granted is a bad way to live.¬† Especially for a witch or a pagan who wants to live a life of joy.

 

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words,

¬†but to live by them.”

– John F. Kennedy

 

Now, to take my own advice.¬† I have done a lot of griping here lately about the HOT steamy weather.¬† It has made me grumpy, lazy, tired and I just want the days to pass until we have cooler weather.¬† When I think about this, I feel pretty bad about it actually.¬† I have so much going on to be happy about and I’m letting the WEATHER color my day black???¬† That really is ridiculous when I think about it.¬† Yes, I want the Hot weather to go..but I should be grateful for each day no matter what!¬† I have a lovely family I’m blessed to have in my life, daughters who bring me great joy every day.¬† The sweetest, most adorable grandchildren, a loving son-in-law, ¬†a husband who is hard working and cares for his family, an extended family who is there when needed always.¬† I have my path, a beautiful home I love, two magickal cats who give unconditional love.¬† I have food and clothes and books and things I love to do, buy, see.¬† I am blessed beyond measure.¬† I should thank the Goddess that I have air conditioning in this heat and quit griping about the heat! ¬† I have friends out there who are not as blessed as me and I know it.¬†I should never take for granted the things I have that other’s do not!

I think of what is going on in the world too.¬† The economy and so many out of work. The war and the deaths of 20 American Navy Seals. ūüė¶¬† Riots in London, mothers who kill their children, the cost of living, politicians who¬†can’t work together.¬†¬†The news everyday seems so depressing and sad and can make me feel helpless and distraught about what’s going on in the world.¬†Makes me want to quit watching the news completely!¬†¬†But if you have a grateful heart, you can still find the good things in your life and be happy with what you have..the Blessings.¬†

Now I’m using the weather as a simple illustration of what I’m talking about.¬† Think about¬†the words that come out of your mouth and creep into your mind.¬† Are they positive and thankful or are they negative and un-grateful.¬† Which would make you feel better?¬† ūüôā¬† This is not an easy thing….trust me! I struggle with it too ..as you can see¬†by my sample.¬† But it’s worthwhile to focus on it and work on finding the things in your life that fill you with Gratitude.¬† Even if it’s just one thing…it’s a start!

Thank you again for being a reader and a friend.¬† My heart is grateful for it ūüôā

 

“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 dawning upon a blessed world.”¬†

 ~Terri Guillemets

Much love and light, Autumn

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Thankful Thursdays………

¬†Merry Meet friends. What a week I have had…and one that I am most thankful for. First I want to express my sorrow for all the victims of the tornados that have ripped through Joplin, MO, Oklahoma, and various other towns. So many lives lost and homes and businesses destroyed. Truly a very sad time. I pray for everyone affected by the devastation and loss of loved ones.¬† Blessed Be…….

One of the things I am thankful for this week is that my family and friends here in our area are all ok after we had some bad storms come through both on Monday evening and again on Wednesday evening. There were tornado touchdowns in more then one place, huge hail that caused a lot of damage, high winds and heavy rain. We escaped basically unscathed and for that I am most grateful. I have a healthy respect for what our Mother Earth can do..she is all powerful and her storms were mighty.  Again, I am just most grateful that at least in my area, everyone is all right.

The thing I am most grateful for this week..is during those tornados and storms on Monday evening..my grandson, Charlie Matthew was being born! He came in crying to the world at 9 lbs 1 oz..21 inches long…and gorgeous! A big beautiful boy! He has dark hair and dark eyes right now but not sure that it’ll remain that way. He looks sooo much like his big sister Lily that is it uncanny. My daughter was amazing all day as well. She was so calm and happy and handled it all like a mother goddess. I was so proud of her. Our whole family is thrilled with our new little guy and I am most grateful that both him and my daughter are healthy and that all went perfectly. I am one happy Nana! Oh, and he has barely cried since. He is so calm, quiet, peaceful and adorable! Such a good baby. ūüôā¬† We have been most blessed by him and I am so lucky to be able to watch him grow, to help guide him as a grandparent, to love him….just as I did my own girls and my darling granddaughter who came just 2 years before him.¬† I really love being a Nana..it brings me great joy!

Charlie and me!

“What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†~Rudolph Giuliani

 

¬†I am thankful for our friends including all of our facebook family who were so supportive and excited right along with us. You all made our journey even more fun and more meaningful….you all showed much love and it’s something my daughters and I especially are very grateful for. We felt your love, your prayers, your positive energy you sent to Kate and baby (and myself) along the way. It was wonderful! Thank you so much!

I am thankful for:

-Being with my daughter as she gave birth

-For the staff at the hospital who were so great.

-For family and friends who brought in good food for all of us at the hospital

-For my sister and hubby and our home care nurses who took care of Sara and our house while I was busy helping Kate and Matt.

-For diet root beer which I missed for 3 days LOL

-For coffee in the morning

-For the weather being cool enough to open windows today

-For a nice holiday weekend coming up..weather looks great

-For finding some new summer shirts that I like

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.¬† Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow!”¬†¬†¬† –Melanie Beattie

Finding things to be grateful for is again, part of my path as a pagan and a witch. I feel that finding things everyday to be thankful for makes my life more complete, happier and makes me feel content with what I have…and not worried about what I don’t have. Right now…I have a most wonderful life and no complaints. I hope that you all can say that you have that too. Don’t get me wrong..there are some problems too..even big ones. But I always feel the good outweighs the bad…the glass is half full so to speak. I am most blessed in many ways. What is blessing your life today?

Love and Light, Autumn

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Thankful Thursday…….

Merry Meet everyone!¬† Hope you all are enjoying your Spring so far and that you had a wonderful Beltane celebration. I know I did….Spring, so far has been mostly rainy!¬† But today we had a gorgeous sunny day!¬† I am feeling more energetic just seeing it.¬†

I have seen many bloggers doing the thankful Thursday blogs…so today that is what I am doing.¬† I do try very hard to live a grateful life…to be appreciative of the small things and the big things that happen in my life.¬† I start out my day thanking the Goddess for the day..and end thankful for what the day gave me.¬† It is thru gratefulness that we truly appreciate what is given..if we don’t¬†notice¬†something enough to be thankful for it..then we don’t notice it at all.

First off….I’m grateful for my cats Harley and Jasper.¬† My cats are the sweetest souls and they calm me and make me very happy.¬† My cat Harley had to have an emergency surgery last week….which ended up not being necessary. ūüė¶¬† Due to a kidney problem, it was possible that she wouldnt’ have survived it..but she did and after hiding away for 4 days….the last two she seems more like herself again, moving better and is back on my lap purring and getting her love.¬† Jasper was worried about her and it was so sweet seeing it…I love my cats!

I am also grateful for the gift of a Sunny day after so many rainy days.¬† I am appreciative though of what the rain wrought.¬† Everything is so green and lush and blooming.¬† It smells wonderful out and seeing Mother Earth back in full swing is just awesome!¬† After a long winter, I feel more energized and can’t wait to get my gardens planted and be outside more!¬† My porch is calling me too ūüôā

I am grateful for my morning routine of coffee and my facebook friends.¬† I have THE BEST facebook friends!¬† I have made some real friendships that I know will last…and you all know who you are ūüôā¬† They make me laugh, cry, think, give of myself, and help me to become a better person.¬† They also keep me excited and happy in my path.¬† and they make me proud to be a witch!¬† I love you guys!

I am grateful for the occasional drives I take with my daughter Kate and my granddaughter Lily. While¬†Lily sleeps….Kate and I have time to be just the two of us.¬† To really talk and connect and spend time together.¬† I love that we have those precious hours.

Quick things I’m so thankful for….

-the smell of a Jasmine candle

-a new bar of deliciously scented soap

-a good glass of wine

-A Snickers ice cream bar

-Dogwoods Blooming

-new footie socks

-breakfast out

-my daughter Sara’s smile

-the smell of fresh cut grass

-Adele’s New CD (it’s awesome!)

-kitchin witchin using herbs and oils and great smelling stuff

-Lilacs!

-Frogs singing at night when the windows are open

Lastly for today, I am most grateful for being a Nana.¬† I had nothing but pure¬†joy being a mom and raising my daughters.¬† Watching them grow into the beautiful young women they have become has been remarkable to me and I’m beyond proud of them and love them so much.¬† Now I have the added joy of being a grandparent and it is so much fun!¬† I think because I’m older¬†and Nana, not mom, I can just sit back and watch¬†my Lily grow and learn and develop her own personality.¬† I find her remarkable, smart, silly and full of life and joy and adorable.¬†¬†In less then¬†3 weeks my joy will be doubled..when baby Charlie Matthew gets here..a grandson!¬† Life as Nana is truly good ūüôā¬† I am blessed.

Take time in your day to be thankful…I have kept a journal for about 15 years and I always try to write a few things I’m grateful for when I do.¬† No matter how bad the day is…trust me..something good happened too…did you notice it?¬† At the end of the day, it’s the small things in life that matter the most.¬† What are you thankful for?¬†

“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 dawning upon a blessed world”.¬† ~Terri Guillemets

 

Blessed Be, Autumn

Sources..Me!¬† Some pics are mine and some are from the internet…..

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