Creation of a List

A few weeks back I received notice from Twitter that I was mentioned in a tweet. Of course, I immediately was curious because I am a wish-I-could understand-Twitter-and-use-it-more-but-I-don’t kind of Twitterer. Terje (Just for a Month) had tossed a challenge my way. Create a list of 100 things I am grateful for. Whew, that’s a lot, but I let the idea simmer in my mind. Then last week Jaana (Jaana’s Writing Blog) created and delivered her list. I knew I had to get started. So here is my list of 100 things I am grateful for:


  1. my husband
  2. my son
  3. a daughter-in-law
  4. a granddaughter
  5. a granddaughter waiting to be born
  6. family near and far
  7. friends near
  8. friends from long ago
  9. a comfortable home
  10. a teaching career
  11. connections through blogging
  12. opportunities for learning
  13. Friends of the Library sale
  14. good health
  15. time to savor life
  16. ocean cruises
  17. wandering
  18. pizza
  19. scarves
  20. picture books
  21. a comfortable car to travel in
  22. sunshine
  23. awesome neighbors
  24. road trips
  25. having an office for my “stuff”
  26. professional books
  27. a son who usually calls weekly
  28. grilled cheese
  29. camera in my phone
  30. nieces and nephews
  31. blue cheese
  32. work colleagues
  33. toasty fires
  34. Italian cream cake
  35. visiting family
  36. new recipes to try
  37. Draw Something friends
  38. iPad with photos
  39. key lime pie concretes at Andy’s Frozen Custard in July
  40. biking
  41. Thanksgiving with family
  42. cousins who cook fabulous dinners (yes, that is you Phillip)
  43. eating out
  44. pumpkin food in the fall
  45. mail
  46. bright colors
  47. husband who keeps everything clean
  48. coffee with friends
  49. some time alone (not a lot)
  50. meeting slicers (17 so far)
  51. anything with coconut
  52. a great teacher retirement system
  53. fuzzy lined moccasin slippers
  54. granite counter tops
  55. comfortable patio furniture where I can read and enjoy sunshine
  56. heated seats in cars
  57. internet connection
  58. surprises
  59. discovering nature’s wonder
  60. bead stores
  61. bead stores with a sale
  62. blog comments
  63. Pandora
  64. Christmas celebrations
  65. diet cherry Dr. Pepper
  66. just picked peaches
  67. pedicures
  68. river cruises
  69. hamburgers
  70. freedoms of our country
  71. down pillows
  72. watermelon in summer
  73. computer techs
  74. teachers who want to learn
  75. pasta meals
  76. juicy berries
  77. cups that don’t sweat
  78. taking my mom out for a meal
  79. on-line shopping
  80. ice cream
  81. hot running water
  82. bookstores
  83. cozy comforters
  84. NCIS reruns (love Gibbs)
  85. Instagram
  86. changing seasons
  87. finding bargains
  88. garden tomatoes
  89. crispy bacon
  90. getting into a sun-warmed car on a cold day
  91. dark chocolate
  92. fleece vests
  93. appliances that make life easier
  94. snow days
  95. snow blower
  96. ice makers
  97. fingerless gloves to keep my hands warm when I type
  98. friendly smiles
  99. All Write Conference
  100. a husband who helped me get to 100 items when my brain shut down


If you made it all the way to the end, I congratulate you. Now I challenge you to develop your own list. 🙂


How to Create a Sunroom

The sun shines brightly, but the air bites me when I step outside. My inner cat seeks the spot of sunshine to savor to warmth.

If only I could step out onto the patio in a glass encased room. I imagine the rays of sun captured by the glass, warming me through to my bones as I sit and read. But there is no such room at my house. Sigh . . . Perhaps I can simulate this room that I desire.

I assess my needs, they are few:

  • comfortable seating
  • glass surrounding me on all sides
  • glass above my head
  • sunshine

There is full sun on the driveway. Check. My car has a sunroof, sun above. Check. Glass on all sides, windows all around. Check. Leather seats that recline, very comfortable. Check. All requirements are met if I back the car out of my garage and sit in the driveway.

The first few moments are a little cool. Quickly the sun gets to work, warming the air and me. Internally, I am purring with delight as I read and soak up the warmth of the sun’s rays. Eventually I have to crack the door open, as it is too warm. Only a few minutes later, I can close the door and resume my basking in the sunshine. Now this is the way to spend an afternoon in my portable sun room.

Sunshine Award

My inbox has been filled with sunshine! Thank you to Robin (Teaching Tomorrow’s Leaders), Betsy (Teaching Young Writers), Linda (Teacher Dance), and Terje (Just for a Month) for the award. I am a bit overwhelmed, but I shall try my best to pass this on and relate some little known facts about myself.

In case you have not seen this on any blog, here are the “official” rules:
Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
 Share 11 random facts about yourself.
 Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
List 11 bloggers.  They should be bloggers you believe deserve recognition and a little blogging love!

Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.)
11 random facts:
1. I am the oldest of five children.
2. I worked at Orange Julius during my high school years.
3. Green is my favorite color, especially the bright green that is almost yellow.
4. I don’t eat mushrooms.
5. I fantasize winning the lottery whenever it is huge, but usually don’t even buy a ticket.
6. I played the two largest bells in the church bell choir, even though I don’t really know how to read music.
7. During college I worked at a kiosk called Can Do, I engraved on metal and made keys.
8. I used to have a band saw, power sander, and many other tools for cutting wood.
9. I wonder what job I could do on a cruise ship.
10. I took French for four years in high school and two semesters of college. Unfortunately most of that knowledge is gone.
11. I was on a game show called Dream House with my husband.

I have made the decision (after reading several other blogs, that I will answer a few of the questions from each person nominating me.

From Terje:

How would you describe yourself as a child? An explorer and avid reader

What are you avoiding? Exercise

What are the advantages of getting older? Developing patience, I’m not in such a hurry to speed life along.

From Linda:

If you could eat any dessert, what would it be? This is a hard question, but I think it would be a pie. I seem to love all types of pie. It would be a toss up between coconut cream (whipped cream topping, not meringue) and key lime.

Do you like to travel and stay busy going and going, or travel and relax, read, be still? Explain. Can I say yes? I love, love, love to travel and see new places. I love to explore, but I’m perfectly happy to relax and hang out with a book. Just take me away!

What is a favorite book from childhood?  Why do you believe it’s a favorite? The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire H. Bishop was my favorite book. I think the idea that someone could survive the attempts to kill them fascinated me.

From Betsy

Where did you grow up? I lived in the Chicago area until I was eleven. Then I lived in Houston, Texas for a year, and Kansas City, KS for another year, finally I ended up going to high school in Springfield, MO.

What do you want to be when you “grow up?” Rich would be nice. 🙂

Where would you love to vacation? Right now I’d love a vacation someplace warm, since it is -8 here today. I have a few places on my bucket list: Great Wall of China, Great Barrier Reef, pyramids, cruise down the Amazon, tour Ireland, and spend time in northern Italy are a few of my places to visit.

From Robin:

My OLW for 2014 is light.  Tell about something that brings light into your life? Easy question, my son brings light into my life. I had some dark moments, but in the end he has made me proud of the person he has become.

You sit down at your computer.  What is the first thing you are likely to do?  (Turning it on does not count!) I must check email. Who knows what surprises may show up there.

As a teacher, what part of the school year do you enjoy most? I think I enjoyed the beginning of the year the most because it was a fresh start for me and the kids.
Here is where I will stop following the guidelines. I value all those who stop by to read the latest installment of my life and leave me a message. So if you talk to me through comments, you are nominated. If you would like to answer some questions, see below. I really want to know:
1. Where were you born?
2. Where do you live now?
3. What is your job?
4. What makes you smile?
5. Where can I get the best hamburger in your town?
6. What’s one thing at the top of your bucket list?
7. What is your favorite time of day?
8. If you won the big lottery, what would be your first purchase?
9. What was the biggest change in your life?
10. Do you know anyone famous? Who?
11. What is something you would like to do this year that you’ve not done before?
I wonder, why the number 11? Hmmmm . . .

Savoring Sunshine

I have mentioned in a post once that I am sure I was a cat in a previous life. I luxuriate in a patch of warm sunshine, especially when temperatures have been chilly. My inner cat came out this past Saturday when I stepped out onto the patio. The sun was shining brightly warming the protected edge of the patio from a cool breeze. I mentioned that it would be lovely to sit here and read, but alas the cushions to the chair were safely stored from the elements in the garage. “I can bring them out if you want them,” my husband volunteered. Oh yes, I would love that!

The temperature was forty-five degrees but it felt like seventy as I sat in a knit turtleneck shirt working on some material for next week. Soon I became so hot I turned the chair around so the sun was only on my back. I continued to read and jot notes, but suddenly I became distracted. The page is in the brightfeet sunlight but there are whispers of a shadow passing over the printed page. My eyes are following the flowing movement as it blows across the page. It is as if it is the shadow of the wind. I stop reading, I am mesmerized by the ghostly drifting. However, real shadows come blowing in and cover the sun. Although it is a quick moving cloud, I am reminded that it is February and the air does have a bite to it when the sun hides.

Sadly my time in the sun is over, but I have hopes that there will be more days soon.