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3-14-15 Gratitude Journal (Pi Day)

Although I loved the dry heat at almost 100 degrees today, I am thankful we had rain recently and grateful for a cool place for Tashi to sprawl.  I am grateful for finding a good home for some of my late husband’s jazz albums and for friends coming in tonight from Wichita.  What a beautiful day!

Tashi is tired after the heat of the day

Tashi is tired after the heat of the day


Tashi cooling her belly

Tashi cooling her belly


3-13-15 Gratitude Journal

Artichoke plant

Artichoke plant

I am grateful for waking up to golden sunshine, taking Tashi outside to my backyard meadow, walking my labyrinth, singing the Zuni call to the sun because I felt like it, doing a little Qi Gong, a little gardening, a little cooking.  I love hot weather and today it was 91 degrees out.  I am grateful for my little spot of heaven.

3-11-15 Gratitude Journal


I am grateful for a day of meditating, gardening, enjoying Tashi’s company,

and playing with my food!


3/9/15 I am grateful for…

Awakening to sunshine and birdsong. Meditating by the window next to the deck so I am joined by hummingbirds, goldfinches, song sparrows and others.  My wonderful warm puppy, Tashi.  Good organic food.  The energy to make a big raised vegetable bed.  Friends on the Insight Meditation app who meditate and write haiku with me.


2/24/14 Gratitude Journal

I am grateful for many years with my late hubby who would have been 71 today.  Here he is with Amber.


I am grateful for my writing and traveling companions and our wonderful trip to the San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Conference

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12/30/13 Gratitude Journal

I am grateful my son in Kansas is safe and sound after his car hit a drive shaft from a semi on the turnpike and blew some tires about an hour ago.  I am grateful for 21 years working at SDSU, and my wonderful students who keep in touch.  I am grateful, as I think back fondly to my happy days at SDSU, that a new door is opening. I look forward to starting out on new adventures, even as I feel a little fear and uncertainty. I am healthy. Traveling, writing, gardening, hiking, singing and meeting new friends all lie ahead. But I also look forward to maintaining and deepening current friendships over the years.  For those friendships, I am truly grateful.

12/28/2013 Gratitude Journal


My Mom.

I am grateful for the time I had with my mother who died a year ago today.  I am grateful for my wonderful students who painted rocks for my labyrinth and gave of their time for a fun day in the garden yesterday.  I am grateful  for my writing/traveling friends who ate leftovers and watched a movie on San Miguel de Allende with me today.  I am grateful for children and grandchildren.  I am grateful for Facebook friends and friends who don’t do Facebook.

12/23/13 Gratitude Journal


Grateful for time with daughters and their kids today.  Saw the movie Frozen  and was grateful about what didn’t happen.  Kids made yummy treats and a vegetarian potpie for me.  Between retirement and the upcoming anniversary of losing mom, I am quick to tears, but it is all good and I am looking forward to Christmas with part of the family and the adventures of post retirement life.

12/11/13 Gratitude Journal

Grateful for beautiful sunset at SDSU. Bittersweet thoughts about retirement.


12/7/12 Gratitude Journal

I am grateful for a rainy day and time for a long talk over coffee with an old friend.  I am grateful I live in a place where I wake up to see beautiful green trees out my window.  I am grateful for my wonderful family.

2013 12 dale family