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One of my favorite signs at the Cowgirl

Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Quote of the day: “I have learned over a period of time to be almost unconsciously grateful–as a child is–for a sunny day, blue water, flowers in a vase, a tree turning red. I have learned to be glad at dawn and when the sky is dark. Only children and a few spiritually evolved people are born to feel gratitude as naturally as they breathe, without even thinking. Most of us come to it step by painful step, to discover that gratitude is a form of acceptance.”  —  Faith Baldwin

Daily gratitudes:
My cream scarf
Jasmine tea
Kelsea
The sunny side of the street
Getting a seat on the bus

New Mexico Dusk

Black
Rock
Cuts
Thick
Purple
Sky
A
Gash
To
Show
The
Ragged
Mango
Edges
Of
A
Sun
Gone
West
With
No
Goodbye.

 

I don’t know what kind of berries these are – only what kind they are not (a.k.a. cranberries, holly).  Perhaps one of you know?  At any rate, they are a lovely and lasting reflection of the holiday season.

Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Quote of the day: “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”  —  Denis Waitley

Daily gratitudes:
Tea with MKL
My tall black suede boots
Talking with E-Bro
Mild late fall days
The quiet place project

Today’s guest poet: e.e. cummings

love

love is thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail

it is most mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea

love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive

it is most sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky

The Steamboat Springs Annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo was cancelled this year due to the high fire danger that we experienced in Colorado this summer.  It would have been my fourth year, and Kelsea’s third. But it’s on (so far) for the weekend of July 13, 2013, and we’ll be there to capture more beauty – weather permitting.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Quote of the day:  “You may tire of reality but you never tire of dreams.”  —  L. M. Montgomery

Daily gratitudes:
Large flocks of black birds
The woman riding her bicycle and walking her Pekingese
Really hot green chile
My yellow rose from MKL
Little journals

I miss cabooses on trains, especially little red cabooses.  When I was a child and we were fortunate enough to be at the front of a railroad crossing when a freight train came through, we would always wave at the man on the caboose and the man would always wave back.  This cheerful little Christmas caboose stirred up some nice memories, even as MKL and I made new ones.

Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Quote of the day: “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”  —  Jack Kerouac

Daily gratitudes:
MKL
Jerk chicken soup
A bath in my clawfoot tub
Slight fog
Rudolpho

Like this one.  MKL are celebrating in a motel room with the help of Denny’s and a bottle of Toasted Head Chardonnay.  I am wearing my antlers, and we have TV turkey dinners (and a microwave that we bought at WalMart) just in case he gets hungry later.  Hope your celebrations are as special as ours!

Littleton, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” —  G.K. Chesterton

Daily gratitudes:
Road trips
New Mexico light
Fireplaces
My dear MKL
The big gun camera

Today’s guest poet: Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

 

Trains have played a significant role in my life, my lineage, and in MKL’s as well.  We’re off on a journey tomorrow (not by rail but by road, which we both love), so this view down the tracks felt a bit fitting.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Quote of the Day: “It’s just that…I just think that some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It’s the universe’s way of providing contrast, you know? There have to be a few holes in the road. It’s how life is.” —  Sarah Dessen

Daily gratitudes:
Working from home with my little pumpkin
Tapestry shawls
Masses of pillows
Things to look forward to
Smiles

Lucy lived in the Abriendo Inn a few years back.  The inn went into foreclosure and Lucy and her owner vanished into the mists.  But I still have a few pictures of her.

Pueblo, Colorado.

Quote of the Day: “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”   —  Tenzin Gyatso

Daily gratitudes:
A rainbow of roses
Choices and decisions
Seagulls in Colorado
Emerald green shoes (if I have to wear shoes)
Decluttering, little by little

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