50 Happy Things – Bloggers Unite in Gratitude

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:

  1. Today is Solstice. I’m happy for the returning of the light!
  2. Great food.
  3. I’ve so enjoyed my Inspiralizer and all the fabulous vegetable noodles this year.
  4. My health. I feel so blessed to enjoy great health
  5. Fitness. I love to run, bike, hike, ski, scuba and I’m so glad my body allows me to do all of these things.
  6. My wonderful home in the Colorado Rockies.
  7. The Colorado Rockies – not the baseball team…
  8. My fabulous town. I so love Fort Collins, its people, places, atmosphere.
  9. My husband Peter – his love, support and companionship fills my days with happiness.
  10. My sister Becky. I have so enjoyed having her live close by for the first time since I left Georgia after college.
  11. My kitties, Leo and Cielo. They constantly entertain and give us lots of kitty love.
  12. My awesome kitchen where I spend lots of time cooking and creating.
  13. My vegetable garden – its so fun to be able to pick fresh vegetables in the summer.
  14. Sunrises from the kitchen window.
  15. Friends who love and support me.
  16. The fabulous people who I get to care for in my Physical Therapy practice.
  17. Music. I’m so glad that I committed to take piano lessons this year. It is so paying off with improved playing skill.
  18. Hikes in the summer.
  19. Ski season is coming up fast!
  20. My fabulous Volkl Kenja skis.
  21. Trips to the Caribbean.
  22. Scuba diving
  23. Underwater photography
  24. I so loved my birthday present from Peter this year. A private underwater photography class at Cathy Church’s school in Grand Cayman.
  25. Taking my underwater photography to a whole new level!
  26. Photography in general. I love my botanical photography shots.
  27. Living in the western United States. I get to see so many beautiful places.
  28. Technology. I love my iPad, iPhone and Mac. They talk to each other and make my busy life easier.
  29. Living in a time where technology is so amazing.
  30. Meeting Dawn this year at the Denver Art Museum. What a cool thing to meet one of my blogging friends in person.
  31. Loving my work. I enjoy getting up in the morning and going to work.
  32. 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.
  33. Selling my first art print from my website this week! (I wonder how she found me?)
  34. My best year ever selling my photography.
  35. Getting into several high end juried art shows this year.
  36. Looking forward to spending Christmas with family.
  37. Books – I have so enjoyed reading this year.
  38. Blogging – I am so glad I joined the WordPress Community three years ago.
  39. Sitting on the deck in the summer enjoying a great meal.
  40. Running on the bike path.
  41. Living on the Cayman Aggressor for a week and meeting other divers.
  42. Skiing 20 days this year.
  43. Being able to play “Christmas Time is Here.” really well!
  44. My new Jeep Cherokee.
  45. Sharing the Snowmass Jeep Jamboree with Peter and Becky.
  46. A world where people are still good and caring.
  47. Getting to see the new Star Wars movie in two days!
  48. Living in a community where people are friendly and caring.
  49. My fabulous cameras.
  50. 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.

NaPoWriMo – And so it begins..

Mumm's the Word

Mumm’s the Word


Been thinking about it for awhile
“April showers bring May flowers”
Umm, no…

Maybe this one?
“April is the cruelest month”
Yes, T.S. Elliot…

For April is NaPoWriMo
National Poetry Writing Month
A poem a day for a month

So here’s the question:
Should I torture my readers?
Should I torture my readers not?

Should I torture my readers?
Should I torture my readers not?
I should torture my readers!


A Poem a Day…

Crescent Clouds

Crescent Clouds

Back to Poetry

I’m already late
because I didn’t know.
A poem a day
for April.

Haven’t written any verse
in awhile.
Well, that’s not true…
All those Haikus on Sunday
But they’re mostly

Now I have to write three
just to make up
for the past two days.
And let go of my self-judgement.


It’s foggy today…
Living in a semi-arid climate
My skin loves the moisture.

Water droplets
mixed with cool air
bathing my face

I must remember…
Turn on headlights
when you leave the house…

Electric Fence

Those little lettuces
look delectable
along with emerging
strawberry leaves
sweet, tender
a salad bar just for me.

But what’s this?
A wire I can barely see
Maybe not…

Sunday Haiku #6 – Spring Blizzard

It’s 18 degrees Fahrenheit outside. And, while it’s sunny, I’m looking at a white blanketed world. Instead of bemoaning this fact, I decided to go out in the blizzard and bring Spring back home. I spent part of yesterday afternoon in my studio shooting these. Here is your Sunday Haiku challenge: Write a Haiku about the photo. Or what are you doing to celebrate this first weekend of Spring?

Spring is Coming!

Spring is Coming!

Yellow and Red stripes
in nature’s glorious way
bring color blizzard

Sunday Haiku #3

Happy Sunday, all you creative haikuers. It feels like a lazy, easy day today. Here’s what my Tonkinese cat, Cielo, likes to do on Sunday:

Lazy Sunday Morning

Lazy Sunday Morning

Sleepy Cielo
Whiskers and translucent ears
Sunday Morning snooze

How about you? What’s your favorite Sunday pastime? Or what are you doing today? No “rules” here, but feel free to respond in Haiku and I’ll answer you back in 5-7-5.

One More Blog

One more Blog.
Let me read one more Blog.
Just one more Blog
Oh, I could do this forever.

Just more blog,
I’ll only read one more Blog,
I promise, just one more Blog

Then I’ll (fill in the blank)
Go to work,
Go to sleep,
Go workout,
Stop commenting,
Write a post,
Turn off my email,
Ignore the little orange box,
Fix dinner,
Talk to you…

This post is dedicated to my husband, Peter who is amazingly patient with me and my blogging addiction. What other things are calling you to leave your computer and stop BLOGGING? At least for a little while?


Rock Garden – Digital painting by Cathy Ulrich

“In the midst of my skeptical, cynical, often pessimistic nature exists a slender capacity to believe, if only temporarily, in a guiding, unseen power, and whenever this happens, I go with it. That’s what inspiration is. You don’t get it from the gods. You make it.”
—  Jeffrey Eugenides

Eric Robillard is one of my favorite bloggers. He writes an often hilarious and often irreverent blog – A Clown on Fire and he’s a really good guy. He and several others – also some of my favorite bloggers are launching a campaign which will be starting in November to raise awareness for men’s health issues. It’s called Movember and to show support, people throughout the blogosphere will be growing mustaches (or sporting fake ones if you’re of a certain gender where you can’t grow one). If you’re interested in joining, check out today’s post on A Clown on Fire. I’ll be joining the festivities and will keep you posted.



I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press…

Oh wait, that’s the Golden Globes.

I want to thank those who have sent awards my way and also to apologize for taking so long to get this post together. With getting ready for vacation, going on vacation and getting things done after coming back from vacation, this has been my first opportunity to assemble this post.

Katrina at Freedom to a Full Life generously nominated me for several awards in June.

The Dedicated Follower Award

The Kreativ Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you, Katrina! Yours was one of the first blogs I followed when I joined the WordPress community and I continue to enjoy your wonderful posts. You always leave me with things to ponder.

Last week, Clare Flourish nominated me for this beautiful award:

The One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you, Clare. Your insights and dedication to honest and heartfelt dialogue inspires, stimulates and enlightens and I so enjoy your perspective.

Finally, Athena Brady sent this wonderful award my way:

The Fabulous Blog Ribbon

Thank you, Athena for your friendship and wisdom. I love the topics that you discuss (Angels, miracles and dreams to name just a few) and your viewpoint.

I have decided to pick just one blogger for each of these awards today to bestow a nomination (except for Clare for which I nominate twice), but I am creating a BlogRoll of some of my favorite blogs on a separate page and I also am creating a page for my awards where I will permanently acknowledge those who have honored me with these lovely awards and display them proudly.

For those of you nominated, please know that I am offering this award as a way of honoring your work in the WordPress community. If you feel that you would like to participate, please acknowledge my nomination with a link-back and feel free to nominate as many or as few blogs as you feel appropriate. If you don’t wish to participate, that’s fine too. My desire is to spread the word about your blog, but not to create any stress or added work for you. My feeling is that these awards provide a way for us to find each other and learn of the amazing wealth of creativity and diversity in the blogosphere. So pass it forward if you are so inclined. Finally, one of the common threads (sets of rules) throughout these awards is to share things about ourselves that may not be known through our blogs so I’ll share those at the end of this post.

So without any further delay:

For The Dedicated Follower Award, I nominate Russ Towne – A Grateful Man. I think Russ is probably the only person who has read every post on my blog! His comments are always appreciated and I so enjoy his blog. It is filled with humor, love, and inspiration. Thank you, Russ for being here.

For The Kreativ Blogger Award, I nominate Russel Ray Photos  Russel is a wonderful photographer who lives in San Diego and shares his love of that beautiful city along with his fantastic flowers and his cat Zoey. (I’m a sucker for the cat pictures.) He’s funny, interesting and always entertaining.

For The Versatile Blogger Award and The Kreativ Blogger Award, I nominate Clare Flourish. She is a gifted writer who shares her perspectives on her life as a Trans Woman as well as her viewpoints on religion. She always leaves me with a lot to think about.

For The One Lovely Blog Award, I nominate Cooking Intuitive written by Julie Hansen. Juie’s primary blog, Julie Hansen Intuitive is where she shares her insights and experience as an intuitive healer. Cooking Intuitive is her wonderful inspirations with food. Her ideas are fun, easy and tasty – and for those of you who adhere to a vegetarian or vegan diet, Julie’s blog is a wealth of information.

For The Fabulous Blog Ribbon, I nominate Searunner. I love his photos from around the world.

Thank you, again, to my nominators and congratulations to all of my nominees and thanks for all the blessings you bring to me.

So a few things about me:

1. I love just about any food with the exception of a handful of things – and Rutabaga turnips is at the top of the list (of things I won’t eat, that is).

2. My favorite music genre is jazz.

3. In my twenties and thirties, I was a competitive runner.

4. I bought new skis this year – Volkl Kenjas and I LOVE them!

5. I like to write with a fountain pen.

I think that’s it for now!