November 26th

Blog of 2012 The Year

Thank you so much for this special award! I am honored that silentlyheardonce thought of me for this great award.  I am so very grateful – so thank you!!

Please if you are not familiar with  Worldly Winds please take some time to visit her amazing blog. Her poems are inspiring.

The blog of the year award is slightly different as you can collect stars each time you receive the award. There are six stars to collect.

Here are the ‘rules’

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

I am selecting catnipoflige because not only is she a great author, blogger, and person but she takes time to share important daily information with other authors. She is willing to go that extra step.

I am also selecting micki peluso  at Micki has spent many hours doing reviews of books and helping other authors. She has kept on going through Storm Sandy. She is an amazing person and always leaves me constructive comments.

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

It is an honor to be recognized by my peer group especially at a time when we have just lost one of our own authors.  I will cherish the memories that I have made on my blog site and the many people who stop to visit with me. This is a very important part of my life. Leaving comments brings us closer together. I am in awe at the moment and I plan to keep this brief. Later on I will post more.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars… I greatly thank silentlyheardonce for this compliment and I hope that many will go to her blog and read some very insightful messages.


Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

For more information check the FAQ on The Thought Palette.


November 24



In the morning light as I see the sun rise above the house tops, my heart is filled with a warmth of being alive for more one day. I am filled with Gratitude towards the Lord that I have been given a chance to continue in his plan for me although I’m not always sure what it is.

I watched the news the other evening and as I watched the shared a story of a woman who had been affected by Storm Sandy. She had lost everything. However, she felt the need to do something. Not knowing what to do she sat and she looked out over the beach and watched the waves coming in and going out. She spied a photo that had been carried out by the waves. She walked over to the beaches edge and was able to pick it up. Holding it in her hand she realized this was a memory. This was an important part of someone’s life. Looking around the beach she noticed there were many scattered memories that had been important to someone in their lives. She started walking the beach daily and collecting whatever she could find taking them home and storing them in a plastic tub wondering who they belonged to. In the process of doing so she found a small photo album of a babies birth and all a newborns pictures. She felt that must have been cherished by someone. The album was still in tact and it simply needed to find its way back to its owner.

Not knowing what else to do she started logging the many things she had found and letting people know she had them. She has to this date returned over 100 items to their owners. She has returned the baby album to a father that will be forever grateful to her.

How can you show true gratitude for something that started out so small watching the seashore and now has turned into a monumental task of saving priceless heirlooms.

This is the true meaning of human beings caring for others and being grateful for the important things in life.

All the money in the world or the power in the world could not do one this one woman has done by sitting there watching the shore wondering where to start. She found her starting place and many people will forever be grateful for her and her one moment of caring about a photo that could have been lost forever.

Today is the beginning of a new dawn and as we go out to start our day let us ask the Lord to guide us to find our direction so that we may not just go about the hustle and bustle of life forgetting what’s important, but that we may be touched by someone or something that will forever remind us to be grateful.

I send my blessings and gratitude to this woman who took a moment to care when her own life was devastated. She is an angel and the Lord will guide her through it.

May God Bless each and every one of you this holiday season and if you are traveling stay safe.

I will be doing another book signing today so I am about to get ready to go and I am grateful for that opportunity. I enjoy meeting new people each and every time I do one.

I plan on having a great had and I hope everyone else does also. So until next time 🙂

November 22, 23rd

Why should I talk about Gratitude? What meaning can it possibly have ?



noun \ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of GRATITUDE

: the state of being grateful : thankfulness

Examples of GRATITUDE

  1. Let me express my sincere gratitude for all your help.
  2. We remember with gratitude those who died defending our country.


Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin gratitudo, from Latin gratusgrateful

First Known Use: 1523
I shall tell you why we need to take about Gratitude. Because for without gratitude, we become heartless. We did not appreciate the simple things in life that we need to be thankful for.
Holidays become meaningless without remembering the Gratitude for why we celebrate.
On Thanksgiving day although there were only three family members to join together I couldn’t have felt more gratitude than the fact that the Lord had bestowed me with a day to share with my two sons. Another day to wake up in the morning and feel alive.
My youngest son chose to cook dinner at his home and I was Grateful that I know I have done my job as a mother and that my sons can carry on traditions past down through generations.
Times may change yet I have Gratitude for those simple customs that remain the same. A plate of crackers with chips, giblets in the gravy although I talked him into giving the liver to his cat.
A day to laugh and reminisce about grandparents no longer with us. The day for me was all about gratitude and the love of being able to be together without worrying about work or rushing out the door.
I am grateful for the stores that do not open on holidays and allow family members to be at home with their own families.
I grew up in a simple life appreciating the love of nature and life and my gratitude for being warm, having a roof over my head, and having my family together is all that is needed.
However, I wish to express my deepest gratitude towards all those who have donated supplies to the areas affected by Storm Sandy. I wish to share my gratitude for those who took time out of their day to wish Happy Thanksgiving.
My sons and I were able to laugh as we ate dinner when a turkey walked past the patio door. The neighbor living behind him had chickens and ducks, etc. My son had commented that the Turkey was not there in the morning. I am sure that Turkey felt gratitude to be alive on Thanksgiving Day. As we laughed and talked about the luck of Tom the Turkey we enjoyed our meal and our time together.
Now I am grateful to move on to the next moment of my life and although I think black Friday is crazy I decided to have a book signing at the local Book Plaza in Burley, Idaho. I appreciated everyone who chose to come to the book store and avoid crowded stores so I have decided to show my gratitude by going back tomorrow. I have never done two days in a row.
Although my being gone from home doesn’t make my cats very grateful at the moment as soon as I return home and they are fed and cuddle they show their gratitude for the attention they get.
Today at the book store they were moving things around and getting ready for Christmas and of course calendars are coming to the years end so I was very grateful when they gave me a calendar about to expire that had cats. I love pictures.
The gratitude we have for everyday little happenings sometimes are taken for granted and yet they can make a huge difference in a persons life.
I like to show my gratitude for the conversations I had with people throughout the day whether they purchased a book or not for it has presented a learning experience for me.
As a young child my mother taught us ” never turn anything down, because you might not be offered something you really need.” I have always been grateful for her advise which came out of the depression.
She always showed gratitude for everything and that lesson has helped me through many rough times and I have been able to share my love and wealth from the heart to others. It has taken me through many journeys and rough times.
Gratitude is about following the Golden Rule ” Treat others the Way you want to be treated.”
Whether it is animals or people we need to be Grateful for everything that the Lord has created for it is unique in its own way.
How can one not show Gratitude for what God has made and provided?
Even as we watch the disasters that occur across the world we have to see the  awesomeness of the power of nature.
As you continue through the weeks to come post comments on Gratitude as we enter the Holiday Season.
I am grateful for each and everyone of you who will take time to read what I have written and remember I am touched by your comments and they do affect future writings so take this journey with me leave me a note.
May God bless all of you and clear the mind so that no one doubts the Gratitude they have in their life.

November 20th

Good morning everyone 🙂

I am up early and it is raining outside. We need the moisture and right now I’d rather have the rain even though I hate rain.

I hope that our east coast people are not getting the moisture as they have had enough.

This morning a truck carrying, blankets, coats, food, etc will arrive in Stanton Island. R & A Trucking has sent a truck all the way from Twin Falls Idaho. It took them two weeks to collect items, load the truck and be off.  They had a big send off Friday in Twin Falls.  I wish to thank R & A for what they are doing on their own time at their own expense and may God Bless them for their thoughtfulness.

I would have liked to have been there. It’s thirty miles from my home but the price of gas doesn’t allow me to do much.

Now I know this is only going to touch the tip of the ice berg for these people and the devastation that they have been through.

However, I hope it will restore their faith that there are people who do care and I hope it will give the people of Stanton Island something to feel blessed about this week as we approach Thanksgiving Day.

Each morning that I wake up I am thankful for another day to be alive and for the dear friends that I have come to know through my writing on-line.

I watched Dr. Phil yesterday and they talked about the woman who wanted to be the heaviest, bride to break the world’s record. They talked about a man in his twenties who weighted close to 800 lbs.  Both had been sent to a place to help them not only with exercise but to teach them to change their daily nutritional behaviors. I watched the show and wondered how in the world do we do this to ourselves. I was thankful that I had not reached that point yet.

When we get older we slow down. Our mobility is poor and challenges for health are greater. However, to see young people living this way is so so very sad.

When we were young we got out doors we ran around. If we had junk food it was once a month as a special treat. Now children expect it daily.

I look at what is happening with the Twinkies and I wonder what will happen to our young people now?

I never had a Twinkie in my lunch. I never liked Twinkies. However, my mom believed why pay someone to do what you can do yourself. She baked everyday.

I fear what will happen to the younger generation as businesses close and young people don’t know how to cook. Many of them can’t read directions on a box let a lone cook from scratch.

What is to become of future generations. I bless my parents everyday for encouraging me to do what I could for myself. I am so thankful that I had my boys start cooking at age seven. They both have turned out to be good cooks and will never starve.

I am a firm believer in the old saying “Use it or Loose it”. I think this day and age our society in general has come to expect everything handed to them.

Can they build a house from the bottom up as the pioneers of long ago did? Can the till the land that had never been tilled? Can they survive in a harsh economy that is only going to get worse.

Do they know how to survive without electricity and gas?

Could they live on berries and wild plants to survive the winter months until they could plant?

Would they even know how to plant and harvest a winter’s supply of food?

Can they even make a decent campfire to keep warm without matches?

Our way of life is changing and it is changing rapidly. I feel like this is the beginning of history repeating itself. I feel like people must once again return to taking care of their own, putting their hands in the soil, and working hard long hours, falling into bed exhausted, only to get up to a warm breakfast and go back off to work.

The time of luxury has passed us by. We didn’t appreciate what we had when we had it. We thought it would be here forever but we took it for granted and now it has been taken away from us.

The only way to get it back is to learn to appreciate the small things in life. So everyday find something that you can be thankful for whether it is the birth of a child, a new dawn, friendship, etc.

The sky is red this morning. “” My mother would say red sky in morning a Shepard’s warning.” Somewhere today the weather will not be so nice.

The sun is rising and the sky is bright. I hope everyone will find their days bright and filled with blessings. So until next time 🙂

November 19th

Hello Everyone 🙂

As we approach this week let us keep love in our heart. Let us remember the things that have blessed our hearts, lives and homes.

Let us remember those that do not have all the blessings of comfort in our lives.

Let us pray for the homeless, the forgotten, and those affected by Storm Sandy.

Let us take time to look around and see if there is someone in our own neighborhood that is being forgotten, eating alone and ignored on this week when we should be thankful.

Invite someone to share what you have no matter how little it is. Put a smile on someone’s face. Share time with them . Play a game. Give some needed attention. You will find out that you will get paid back ten fold.

It is not what we receive in life but what we give in life. Now more than ever before it is important for us to take time to think about what we will be remembered for.

Have you done your part?

Have you shared what you are thankful for?  Have you made an extra spot at your table for someone who has nowhere to go?

Every Thanksgiving we have traditional meals and customs that we share. However, this year there will be many who are not able to do that do to Storm Sandy.

It is important to count your blessings for being alive. It is important to count your blessings for having food no matter what it is. It is a time to start new customs and priorities for families.

This year we need to be thankful for everything that God provides for us. We cannot count on man alone.

Be blessed for your God-given instincts so that you know how to care for yourself during good and bad times.

Be blessed for family, friends and neighbors who care.

May all of you during this week teach your children the true mean of Thanksgiving. Teach them what they need to be thankful for.

Let those around you know you are thankful for them and the things they do.

Today my list is:

I am thankful I had warm blankets to sleep with.

I am thankful I have my cats to keep me company and make me laugh.

I am thankful for my oldest son who cooks when I am too tired.

I am thankful for my youngest son who is cooking Thanksgiving dinner.

I am thankful that I have a place to live and can call it my own.

I am thankful for my car that takes me where I need to go.

I am thankful that I have the internet to keep in touch with family and friends.

I am thankful that I can watch the news on TV.

I am thankful for music, it is joy to my ears.

I am thankful for the ability to think and write.

I am thankful for all of God’s creatures.

I am thankful for the beauty of nature.

I am thankful for the change of seasons that I can enjoy.

I am thankful to be alive.

I am thankful to those who care not only about me but about others.

I am thankful to have food on the shelf.

I am thankful that I know when my next check is coming.

I am thankful to go to sleep at night not worrying about what is yet to come.

I am thankful for finding a peace in my life.

I am thankful for liking myself.

I am thankful that I am a mother what a glorious gift.

I am thankful for my parents and what they taught me about life.

I am thankful to be able to blog for others to read.

No it is time for me to move on and get busy with other chores.

So until next time 🙂 Be thankful


November 18th

Good afternoon everyone.

As much as I hate this time of year. I have many things to be blessed for.

I only hate this time of year because my body can’t decide whether it wants to be cold and I wake up freezing or it gets too hot and I wake up overheated from the layers I pile on.

This to shall improve with adjusting to weather changes.

However, I would like to focus on what we as people should be thankful for in this up coming week as we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving.

First, and always I have been thankful for family. IT was my family as a child that made me laugh, protected, and provided for me and taught me the values of life.

Now as my children are grown I have been blessed that they are continuing those values of life onward during a time when there are many struggles.

I am thankful for the roof over my head. I don’t have a mansion and I am thankful for that as taxes come due I am glad I only have to worry about a small amount.

I am thankful for the food that the Lord has provided us with regardless of feast or famine we always have something on our table.

I am thankful for two sons that can cook and know how to help and take care of some of the burden that otherwise would fall on me.

I am thankful for the men and women that are pulling together to help those who lost everything during storm Sandy.

I am thankful to live in a country where we have freedom of choice and the ability to do the things that are right to make better lives.

I am thankful for the music that brightens everyday. I am thankful for the artists in all areas whether it be music, painting, writing or whatever. They make the world a more colorful place to live.

I am thankful for the teachers that help the curious minds of our children and guide them during the eight hours of the day when parents are working.

I am thankful for the doctors and nurses that we can go to when we aren’t well or need extra care.

I am thankful for all the pets who give love to those who need it the most especially my own two cats that make me laugh every day.

I am thankful to the military for keeping our country free and to their families who give so much.

I am thankful for telephones and technology that allow us to keep in touch with loved ones and friends  so far away.

I am thankful for the life that the Lord has given me. It has had many twist and turns along the way but I am still able to be productive.

I am thankful for waking up each morning to a new day wondering what it will bring.

I am thankful for the heat that I have to warm my home and body and keep me comfortable during the day and nights.

I am thankful for a simple life as that is all one needs in life.

I am thankful for those who take a moment to share in my life and truly care.

I am thankful for being allowed to be me and to find out who I am.

I am thankful that on Thanksgiving Day I will be with the most important people in my life. I will be with my sons. They have stood by me through thick and thin since they were born. They have not wavered. Even when we don’t always agree on things we always love each other. I thank the Lord for blessing me with them as they are the most precious gift in the world.

To find blessed love means to find home. There isn’t anything more than that one needs in their life.

So as you all celebrate your Thanksgiving this week. Look around at all the love. See your cornucopia of life overflowing not with things but with love from the heart.

The richest person in the world is the person who sees, knows and understands love. ~ Janice N. Richards

May you all be blessed with love this week. I would be happy eating a can of beans as long as I could do it with my sons.

So until next time 🙂

November 17th

It’s a wonderful day.


THe R & A Trucking finally after two weeks have their semi loaded with items and has headed out for Staton Island.

They are bringing much needed items and have been in contact with people working there.

Volunteers will be needed to unload the truck and help with the distribution.

I am proud of everything that R & A has done. They are paying for this all out of their own pocket.

They are leaving from Twin Falls Idaho and it will take about four days to drive there.

I live 30 miles from Twin Falls and it makes my heart feel good when I see the people of this state reach out to help others outside of the state.

May God Bless all on the East Coast and may you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.