Giving Thanks

Every Thanksgiving I take inventory of the things I am thankful for. The list is incomplete every year because I can’t think of everything at once. What matters is that I acknowledge and be grateful for what I have:

  • My kind, loving and handsome hubby & his terrific family
  • My 3 gorgeous granddaughters & 1 handsome grandson
  • My large-breed puppy who is finally calming down a bit
  • That the American people did not vote in a President that puts classified information on an unclassified/non-government network.
  • The Independence Hall Quilters Guild in Arnold, CA
  • The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Benefits Package
  • My BFF, 2,000 miles away, and the technology to telephone, email, Skype and fly Southwest.
  • That my daughter is not embarrassed to invite me to rock concerts
  • All the blessings from Jehovah God – of which there are way too many to count.

Let me know what YOU are thankful for!


♥  TTFN  ♥

Puppies Don’t Do Selfies

I realized, suddenly, that I did not have one photo of Ziva and I together. I say suddenly because that is how thoughts and ideas come to my head. Out of the clear blue they enter – without warning. They must lurk in the background of my brain, percolating until the time they leap to the forefront and interrupt whatever else I’m thinking about, if anything.

Hubby was helping out at the Sheriffs sub station in town, so I couldn’t have him snap a couple of pix. Our closest neighbors were not in this weekend, so it looked like a selfie for two was the option. I grabbed my iPhone and started the camera app. I have a great non-phone camera, but I was too impatient to look up how to do timed photos in the manual. That, and you must act on the opportunities you have. Ziva was having a calm afternoon, just lazing around. I was grateful because I needed to rest along with her.

Setting Up the Shot
Setting Up the Shot

I sat down next to Ziva and lined up the camera, but before I could take a photo I had a 70-pound puppy nuzzling and licking me. I’m not usually on the floor, so this must have excited her. We rustled around and I giggled for a while and tried again.

Moves Like Taz
Moves Like Taz



Now, Ziva was full into her Tasmanian Rodeo phase. She runs circles around the living room until she is exhausted. This took a little time to wait out…

Flibberty-jibbet Now that she’s worn out, Ziva happily snoozes.

Next, I take 5, well… maybe 10 because it takes nearly 2 to get up off the floor when you’re not a pup.

Taking 5
Time Out

We try again. This time I am getting better shots of Ziva, but only parts of me.






I am so worn out that holding up my little iPhone is difficult.  At one point, I fell over and got a close up of our carpet.

Beige Carpet (specks are Ziva's hair.
Beige Carpet (specks are Ziva’s hair)




At last! Both of us. Well, at least most of us…

This will have to do for now – I think it’s time for another nap…

♥ TTFN ♥