When Dawn from Tales from the Motherland emailed me last week about her project, I was thrilled to be included. Her idea is to share gratitude with the world! While this blog has turned into a photography blog over the past years, I’m stepping outside of my norm and sharing my gratitude today. No photos, just a list of things that have made me happy this year.
So without further adieu…Drumroll, please:
Today is Solstice. I’m happy for the returning of the light!
I’ve so enjoyed my Inspiralizer and all the fabulous vegetable noodles this year.
My health. I feel so blessed to enjoy great health
Fitness. I love to run, bike, hike, ski, scuba and I’m so glad my body allows me to do all of these things.
My wonderful home in the Colorado Rockies.
The Colorado Rockies – not the baseball team…
My fabulous town. I so love Fort Collins, its people, places, atmosphere.
My husband Peter – his love, support and companionship fills my days with happiness.
My sister Becky. I have so enjoyed having her live close by for the first time since I left Georgia after college.
My kitties, Leo and Cielo. They constantly entertain and give us lots of kitty love.
My awesome kitchen where I spend lots of time cooking and creating.
My vegetable garden – its so fun to be able to pick fresh vegetables in the summer.
Sunrises from the kitchen window.
Friends who love and support me.
The fabulous people who I get to care for in my Physical Therapy practice.
Music. I’m so glad that I committed to take piano lessons this year. It is so paying off with improved playing skill.
Hikes in the summer.
Ski season is coming up fast!
My fabulous Volkl Kenja skis.
Trips to the Caribbean.
I so loved my birthday present from Peter this year. A private underwater photography class at Cathy Church’s school in Grand Cayman.
Taking my underwater photography to a whole new level!
Photography in general. I love my botanical photography shots.
Living in the western United States. I get to see so many beautiful places.
Technology. I love my iPad, iPhone and Mac. They talk to each other and make my busy life easier.
Living in a time where technology is so amazing.
Meeting Dawn this year at the Denver Art Museum. What a cool thing to meet one of my blogging friends in person.
Loving my work. I enjoy getting up in the morning and going to work.
Starting a new art form and working again in my art studio – I’m making tooled leather bracelets to go with my photography in my sales booth this summer.
Selling my first art print from my website this week! (I wonder how she found me?)
My best year ever selling my photography.
Getting into several high end juried art shows this year.
Looking forward to spending Christmas with family.
Books – I have so enjoyed reading this year.
Blogging – I am so glad I joined the WordPress Community three years ago.
Sitting on the deck in the summer enjoying a great meal.
Running on the bike path.
Living on the Cayman Aggressor for a week and meeting other divers.
Skiing 20 days this year.
Being able to play “Christmas Time is Here.” really well!
My new Jeep Cherokee.
Sharing the Snowmass Jeep Jamboree with Peter and Becky.
A world where people are still good and caring.
Getting to see the new Star Wars movie in two days!
Living in a community where people are friendly and caring.
My fabulous cameras.
Trader Joes…They just opened a store around the corner from my office this year.
If you’d like to join our band of grateful bloggers, head on over to Dawn’s place for instructions. Tales from the Motherland. And for those of you who celebrate the season, I hope your holidays are merry and bright.
Here’s a shot of a door in the Taos Pueblo in Taos, New Mexico. The Pueblo people have continuously inhabited this beautiful site for over a thousand years. Many families live in more modern housing on the reservation for most of the year, but they have apartments in the old part of the pueblo that they use for festival days and there are some families who live there full-time. There is no electricity or running water, so they get their water from the river that flows through the village.
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This shot was taken in the Taos Pueblo in Taos, New Mexico. The abandonded ruins of the San Geronimo church is the site of the cemetery for the Pueblo people – a reminder of violent times when the church was bombarded by the U.S. Cavalry in retaliation for the murder of the then New Mexico Governor in the Pueblo Uprising. Many elders, women and children were killed as they sought shelter in the church. The Pueblo people chose to leave the remains of the church intact and bury their dead in the hallowed ground in and around the ruins.
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For this week’s challenge, I chose a photo that I took yesterday of the Taos Pueblo. A Unesco World Heritage site, this group of one thousand year old buildings nestled at the base of the sacred Taos Mountain is an active cultural center. Members of the Taos Pueblo maintain their ancestral homes and most stay here for ceremonial days and some live here full time. I chose this shot for “nostalgic” because this place represents both the times gone by as well as an active life for the indigenous people of this region. It is a very special place with a powerful sense of history and living energy.
Well, for those of you who follow this blog, my subject matter for this week’s challenge is no surprise. Companions to each other and to us, Leo and Cielo fulfill the job admirably. Dubbed “Dog cats,” Tonkinese are affectionate, gregarious, athletic and beyond intelligent. Leo, the guy who’s looking at you in the portrait, opens drawers, cabinets, and doors, while Cielo fetches and has an extensive vocabulary. They follow us around the house and are almost always to be found nearby. I’m a big fan and truly grateful for their unconditional love and companionship, head butts, nose bites, and purrs.
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