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If you keep a gratitude diary, good for you. However, it’s not enough. Being grateful is only the beginning. To truly appreciate anything or anyone, you must put some work into it. If for example, you list your spouse in the journal, but you never spend any time having fun with your spouse and truly enjoying their company, you’re not really appreciating them.

Same goes for your children. You could write down every day how grateful you are for their smiling faces and laughter ringing through the house, but if you’re not down on the floor, making the laughter ring and smiling right back at them, how will they know you appreciate them?

You can be extremely grateful for your next door neighbor, but if you never take them a plate of food or a bouquet from your garden, will they know you appreciate them and think they’re a great neighbor? Or the sweet teenage girl who makes your latte every morning at the Starbucks; you look forward to her smiling face and most days you think you’d die without that latte, have you every offered to pay for a latte for the girl making yours?

These are just examples. I’d love to hear from all of you. What can you think of to show appreciation to another person?

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The Jukebox

This song started playing in my head sometime during the night. The only way to get it out of my head is to share it. Happy Saturday!

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Why! It’s a Major Award(s)

First let me say that I have been nominated for awards recently and just have not had time to respond. I do, so, apologize. I am truly honored when I’m nominated and it warms my heart to respond to comments and debate our topics here on wordpress. Also, please let me take this time to apologize that I’m so far behind on reading the blogs I follow. I have the email notifications in my in-box and I’m getting to them slowly. I have found a true family here on wordpress and in the very near future I will share with you the reason for my getting so far behind with reading the blogs I follow.

Now, to the awards, first let me thank Lisa at Road to Nowhere for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. I have to jump on Lisa’s wagon and say I’ve been labeled many things over the years, but “sweet” has never been one of them. So the questions to answer are:

Cookie or Cake? Cake, especially the kind with nuts, and thick frosting made with real butter. Crap, I’m hungry.

Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate and I love the dark, dark, dark chocolate.

What is your favorite sweet treat: cheesecake or frozen yogurt? Cheesecake, turtle cheesecake with caramel, nuts, chocolate, did I mention I’m hungry?

When do you crave sweet things the most? Only morning, noon and night. THis is my one true vice (well, other than coffee). Life is short, eat dessert first!

If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? No idea. I really can not imagine anyone giving me a sweet nickname. When my loyal followers read this, please someone give me a “sweet” nickname.

Next, I must thank make believe boutique for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. The rules say I’m supposed to share 7 curiosities about me. Well, if you’ve been reading my blogs for long, you know there are way more than 7. But here goes:

I have a sweet tooth and it loves the company of coffee.

I love all animals even reptiles and amphibians.

My favorite kind of humor is sarcastic humor. And I can usually find something to laugh about especially during stressful or sad situations.

I once considered being a minister, but realized my spiritual practices are too out of the box for most churches.

My favorite author is Stephen King and I own several hardback first editions of his early work.

I love all music and can play the flute, piccolo and piano (although I’m not great on the piano). My favorite music is rock before 1975, especially Elvis, the Beatles, etc.

I love to travel. If someone says go, I’m in the car waiting before I know where we’re going.

Another late award thank you goes to Spilled Cookies for the Sunshine Blogger Award. The questions for this award are:

A goal I have: To comfort and heal others with my gifts.

Something unusual about me: I’m one of the most unusual people you will ever meet.

My passion: I have many, healing others, helping others find their unique spirituality, saving endangered species and the earth in general, William ūüėČ

Favorite time of the year: I don’t really have a favorite. I love snow so I’m always happy in winter, but I love lazy evenings on the patio in the summer.

Favorite vacation: So far it’s been Sedona Arizona visiting the energy vortexes.

Favorite physical activity: dancing.

What puts a smile on my face: my daughter and grandson.

Next up, Hey, I told you I was really behind. The next thank you goes to Peace with my life for the Versatile Blogger Award.

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On to the Beautiful Blogger Award from Lead Learn Live

Both awards require 7 random things about me.

I’m not a house-wife type, nothing in common with Martha Stewart.

I love to laugh

I love children

I secretly listen to KISS – love the make-up and weird stage antics

I walk outside almost every night to gaze at the stars and moon

My favorite meal is chicken livers, fried potatoes and cottage cheese, with buttermilk biscuits.

My dream car is a Dodge Challenger (I’ve already owned a Camaro and Mustang).

I must also thank The Hand Written Life for the Liebster Blog Award.

These are the questions:

Favorite word in the English language: idiosyncrasy, because it sounds like the meaning.

What I’m listening to while I write: football

Last thing I ate which I really enjoyed: Green chili stew (homemade).

During a job interview, the interviewer asks me to make them laugh, what do I do: tell them a funny story about my daughter.

The world is about to blow up, but you’re being saved, and are allowed to take five things to another planet (aside from the clothes you are currently wearing), where you and only 999 other people will now exist (ignore the bleakness of this question). What do you take? Musical instrument, books, photo album, jewelry from William, my favorite boots

Favorite drink in the morning: coffee

Last book that made me cry: Mister God, This is Anna

Most ridiculous way I’ve been injured: fell off a boat and dislocated my should, and yes, I had been drinking

Favorite city in the world: Salem, Mass.

Most embarrassing album in my music collection: Bobby Sherman

To borrow an old line from a Crowded House song, would you rather a mansion in the slums or a caravan in the hills (i.e. a nice house in a not nice area, or a tiny living space but with views)? Believe it or not, I’ve had both. I still miss my “dream house” in the not so great neighborhood. But we have a really nice house now, with a great view, we just wish it were bigger. I love views, but I have to say, and please don’t think bad of me, not much tops a really great house.

Finally, I nominate all of my wonderful followers. These are great awards and all my readers are amazing people. So, please, everyone who reads this post, pick the award you think will be the most fun to respond to and say the award is from me.
Love you all,
Katrina

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Twas the Night Before Christmas

Santa_in_Sleigh

Twas the night before Christmas and all throught the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there,
The children were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads
And momma and her kerchief and I and my cap
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave a luster of mid-day to objects below
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a minature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer
With A little old driver so lively and quick
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name
Now Dasher, now Dancer, now Prancer and Vixen
On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen,
To the top of the porch to the top of the wall
Now dash away, dash way, dash away all,
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricanes fly
When they meet with an obstacle mount to the sky
so up to the house top his coursers they flew
with a sleigh full of toys and St. Nicholas too
And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof
As I drew in my head and was turning around
Down the chimney St. Nicolas came with a bound
He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot
His clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack
His eyes how they twinkled, his dimples how merry
his cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly
He was chubby and plumb, a right jolly old elf
And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself
A wink fof his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread
He spoke not a word but went straight to his work
And filled all the stockings then turned with a jerk
And laying his finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod up the chimney he rose
He sprang to his sleigh to his team gave a whistle
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle
But I heard him exclaim ‘ere he drove out of sight
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

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Music Passion – Early in the Morning

There isn’t much written about this song, but I really like it, so for my All About Lemon Music Passion¬†October entry I chose Early in the Morning by Vanity Fare.¬† The song was written by Mike Leander and Eddie Seago.¬† It reached #8 in the UK in 1969 and #12 in the US in early 1970.¬† Enjoy!

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Comic Relief

I wish I had pictures of this story, but sadly I don’t.¬† However, it is 100% true, no embellishment or exaggeration.

I don’t blog much about my family mostly because they are either afraid of my gifts or choose to ignore them all together.¬† But they are all good, honest hard-working country people.¬† My brother, Matthew is six years younger than I am.¬† The best way I can describe him is he looks a little like Garth Brooks (definitely that size), and his personality is a cross between Gentle Ben and Big Hoss.¬† But with¬†a tough side he rarely lets¬†friends and¬†family see (he’s a Federal Officer stationed at the Penitentiary in my home state).¬† His wife, Pam¬†is both beautiful and highly intelligent (scrub nurse supervisor at the local hospital).¬† They have seven amazing, bright, beautiful, wonderful children (yes I’m prejudice, I’ve had the honor of being the first person to hold every one of my nieces and nephews at birth,¬†after their parents of course).¬†¬†This¬†arm of the family has taken the Brady Bunch and met Green Acres in the Appalachian Mountains, and there are many funny stories I could blog, but today’s is the most recent. So as told to me by my mother who witnessed it first hand here is what happened:

Feeding all these children gets expensive even with the good jobs my brother and sister-in-law have.¬† They have abundant gardens every summer, so they freeze and can vegetables for the winter.¬† My brother usually buys a beef every fall to freeze for the winter.¬†¬†In addition,¬†this year he decided to start raising chickens.¬† My brother’s degree is in Criminal Justice and even though he lives in the country; he knows nothing about chickens.¬† He talk to a friend and neighbor who¬†came over to help build a very nice coop and fenced area for the chickens.¬† The first two arrived last week.¬† The rooster is named Henry and the hen is named Mabel.¬† All the kids are learning to help clean, feed and care for Henry and Mabel, even the baby boy (okay, he’s 5, but he’s still a baby to me).

Due to my brother and sister-in-law’s work schedules, the teenage girl across the hollow picks the kids up at school on her way home from the high school and they stay with my mom until Matt or Pam come home. On this particular day, Henry and Mabel were either excited to see the kids come home or bored in the chicken yard, because they flew out to greet the kids as they were coming up the drive.¬† I told you my brother knows nothing about chickens and apparently no one told him you have to clip their wings.¬† The¬†neighbor girl knows quite a bit about chickens, so she told my mom and the kids they were on their own, she had no intention of being pecked to death if Henry and/or Mabel got mad. She went home.

My mom also knew better than to confront Henry and Mabel, she stood her ground about 100 yards from the coop while the 5, 6, and 8 year olds tried for almost an hour to corral the chickens back into the yard, but they just kept flying out.  Of course, for the kids this was a mixture of funny and frustrating.  They were laughing but the chore quickly became tiresome.  Luckily, my brother came home from work.  Which is what I think is the funniest part of the story.

Picture if you will, a very large, muscular, man wearing a law enforcement uniform (gun and all) chasing one rooster and one hen around an approximately 5 acre lot always just missing them.¬† Always having them jump, fly, or scoot from his grasp inches from his hands until finally he throws his hands up in despair, walks away telling Henry and Mabel (rather loudly) he hopes the coyotes eat them because he’s done with them. At which time they both fly politely back into the chicken yard and wait for their dinner.

Yes, my sister-in-law helped my brother clip their wings the next day.¬† Although I understand Henry wasn’t having any of it and his wings may not be clipped enough.¬† Which tells you something about his personality and my brother’s timidity.

Happy weekend everyone!

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Symphonies of the Heart

Everyone has a unique vibration, their own music, as it were.¬† Some vibrations are similar and blend well with another’s.¬† We’ve all met those people who we just click with.¬† When this happens our personal vibrations are in harmony.¬† This happens in families often.¬† Although, much to the dismay of many moms, it doesn’t always happen between child and parent.¬† I personally didn’t vibrate in harmony with anyone in my family except my grandfather.¬† And, my music can harmonize with my daughter’s but not as well as with my grandson.¬† My point is that vibrational harmony is not determined by DNA or¬†proximity of blood relationship.

But what about those people we are attracted to, or are in a close familial situation with¬†– yet we have trouble balancing the vibrations between us to find the harmony of our personal musics?¬† Or when, after what seems like a period of harmony we find our vibrations are not syncing the way we would like or the way they once did? Do¬†we give up on the relationship?¬† Do¬†we decide maybe¬†we should no longer be friends? Or do¬†we seek to restore the balance and harmony?¬† Or maybe it’s not¬†as severe as this but those little idiosyncrasies are starting to be more obvious, we’re starting to hear their flats in between our sharps or vice versa, what then?

We¬†take the two pieces of music and find a new musical piece in-between¬†the notes.¬†¬†We listen deep in our soul, down below the surface noise, and find our own ‘Inside’ vibration and then really feel the ‘Outside’ vibration¬†of the other person.¬†¬†We allow the notes of their outside ‘in’ between your inside ‘out’ notes.¬† If you’re a little confused¬†with the music analogy, think of it this way, heart beats,¬†two hearts beating¬†together, not as one – but our’s – their’s – our’s – their’s¬†and then just let the rhythm of the two vibrations offset each other’s beat.¬† To find the beauty of the new music¬†– listen with your heart.

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Inspiration

Inspiration comes in many forms. One thing that inspires me is when readers appreciate my blog, especially when those readers have blogs of their own.  So, here are my most recent awards:

Elisa Cashiola has honored me with the

Please check out her blog, its wonderful and she gives great advice.

There are 7 questions to answer, so I’ll make this short and sweet

My favorite number is 4, it comes up and seems to have meaning to many things in my life

I love coffee, drink it every day in many ways

Favorite animal(s) I don’t have just one, I love and honor all animals, but my heart melts for wolves, horses and big cats

I use Facebook and Twitter both, but Facebook more

I’m passionate about saving the earth, the environment, not only endangered species, but all life forms so nothing is ever in danger of being extinct. I believe endangered lists shouldn’t be necessary

Saturday morning early is my most favorite time of the week. I’m fully into my weekend but there is still most of it to be enjoyed.

Favorite flower? again, I don’t have just one, I love all flowers, but I see a simplistic elegance in tulips and cala lillies

And my second award, jmgoyder has bestowed the upon me. Please check out this blog, it’s amazing and always enjoyable. Now, because of this award, my blog will be getting a face lift in the next couple of days with a new theme “Taking the guts out of fear.”

Thank you both for these great awards, I’m truly honored and humbled by your kindness.

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Is It Any Wonder?

In honor of Father’s Day, Jenny Keller Ford opened her blog for anyone who wished to write a letter to their father, grandfather, uncle or any other dad. Of course, I wrote a letter to my grandfather and my father.¬† Check out her blog for my letters.

I speak about both these men in my blogs from time to time, so, for Father’s Day I thought it would be fun to post this:

    The top picture is me and my dad when I was about 8, and the bottom picture is me with my granddaddy, my uncle Bud, and my first horse, Ranger. I was probably 7 or 8 months old in this pic.

Is it any wonder men have trouble with me?¬† Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there and happy Sunday to all you women.

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Good Day Sunshine

Good Morning. To start the day off right I want to thank Hope the Happy Hugger for the ¬† Her blog isn’t just thought provoking, it makes you feel, her posts always carry emotion. Please visit her blog if you have not already done so.

And thanks go to Karmic Diva for the   She also writes great posts.

I am always honored when I’m given awards and I cherish them – thanks again ladies.

Now I woke up this morning with this song in my head, and I know when this happens there’s always¬†¬† a reason, I’m just glad its a happy song. So to everyone reading, please listen to the song, have a good day¬† and take time to enjoy the sunshine.

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