Gratitude Lounge Welcome to our community space to support and celebrate Grateful Living. Please consider reflecting on questions such as these: What am I grateful for? How does gratefulness enrich my life, my community, the world? What is grateful living inspiring me to do? You are welcome to include images and videos to illustrate your reflections… Click here to cancel reply.Please log in or Create a Profile to post a comment. ©had1 week ago©hadgood morning to all. have a grateful day! 6 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaChad, thank you for sharing this cheerful icon (I don’t know what to call it) … a drawing? Anyway, it “made my morning”! :.o) Ursula 0 Reply Share ©had1 week ago©hadthank you Ursula! 0 Reply Share Mary1 week agoMaryLove this Chad! And a bright shining mornin to you! Love that yellow sun! Mary 0 Reply Share ©had1 week ago©hadthank you Mary 0 Reply Share Anna1 week agoAnnaDear Chad you should publish a book, about gratitude and smile, with your pictures to enlighten everyone’s day! 0 Reply Share ©had1 week ago©hadthank you Anna 1 Reply Share manda1 week agomandaThanks Chad! Ditto 🙂 0 Reply Share ©had1 week ago©hadthank you Manda 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaHello lovely people, especially Debbie, Aine, Manda, Anna, Diane, Pilgrim … (hope I have mentioned all) Thank you for your nice comments on my Women’s Day picture, and for your good wishes & prayers for my CT. Sorry that I haven’t been able to answer these last days. I had so many things to do at home, clearing up before someone came to help me clean the house. Then my young son fell ill and stayed home from school, was better and then fell ill again, with high fever. My mum came because I wanted to go dancing with my husband (planned some weeks ago already), and we did, but we were both tired and we have a difficult time together at the moment. Today, my son is still at home while he seemed ok yesterday … I will go to the doctor with him today. So it seems I don’t have the time to really relax before I go to my blood control this week … but I will do all I can to care well for myself. So I hope you understand why I couldn’t answer to all your enthusiastic comments & compliments … Thanks again! I think of you and hope you are all fine (or better, like Debbie without the migraine!). Thinking of Cintia, Charla and Ben who haven’t posted anything for quite a long time. Hope you are well! Welcome to the ‘new ones’ on this site, too! Have a good week everyone! – Ursula <3 <3 2 Reply Share Debbie D1 week agoDebbie DThank you, Ursula, for remembering that I had a migraine. That is so lovely; with all you have going on. I hope your son feels better soon. 🙂 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaThank you Debbie! My son is feeling better, and I hope it stays that way! – Enjoy your day, Debbie! Hope you can relax after the migraine has passed!! 0 Reply Share Diane1 week agoDianeDear Ursula: I am always amazed at the way that, no matter what is happening in your life, you take the time to reach out in concern and gratitude and welcoming to others. Your loving heart always shines through. Please do take care of yourself….you are a bright light to so many! I am hoping that your son is feeling better? We are about to get a very big snowstorm here in my part of the U.S. so I will be home all day and will light a candle for you and your family. ~Blessings dear Ursula 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaDear Diane, thank you so much for your warm and loving words which touch me deeply! I am very lucky to always have been “carried” when times were hard … and I continue to feel blessed and carried! This community plays an important part in all that. I am so grateful for you thinking of me and lighting a candle – so grateful for your support, Diane! I will light a candle that the snowstorm will pass as smoothly as possible and leave your country intact! When stormy weather is announced here in my region I am always nervous and try to protect myself and my family, so I understand perfectly that you “hide” at home … I will light a candle for you, too! Hope you can enjoy a cup of tea inside, Diane! – with much love, Ursula 0 Reply Share Anna1 week agoAnnaDear Ursula, me too.., today I have no time, even to read the daily Quote! So I’m reading now your post, and I am so tired because it is midnight! But truthfully, I am curious, and like Manda I would like to know what type of dance you and your husband practice…😀 Wishing a quick recovery for your son, for your health and for everything in your dear family. Bye Ursula!!! 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaLIebe Anna, grazie per sempre pensare a me! Thank you for always thinking of me and answering although you have very little time yourself! Yes, my son is better as I said above and I hope it will stay that way! My husband and I do “classical” dancing from time to time, that is standard and Latin. On Saturday, they played much Rumba, Cha Cha, Tango, Jive and Boogie as well as Rock’n’roll, but my husband and I are better at Waltz (valse), English Waltz and Foxtrott! Last year we started attending a course because what we had learned at the age of 16/17 (when youngsters often learn dancing here in Austria in a dancing school) had been almost forgotten .. but I had problems with my ankle and we couldn’t continue, which is a pity! – Now I have to go! A presto, Anna, bis bald! – Ursula 0 Reply Share manda1 week agomandaUrsula, how fantastic! What type of dancing did you and your husband partake in?? lots of love <3 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaHi Manda, please see above, in my post to Anna! Yesterday, I had another joy: We saw/ heard the Klezmatics in concert, on stage! A fabulous event with enthusiastic people who even started to dance at the end of the concert even though there was almost no room to dance (except dancing in your seat, which I did quite often during the pieces ;-)) I love Yiddish music, and the Klezmatics are wonderful! Have a wonderful day and week, Manda! Are you doing well in your new job? – Love, Ursula 0 Reply Share Debbie D2 weeks agoDebbie DHello everyone, I have had a stubborn migraine the last day and a half, so haven’t been able to respond to some posts; that I wanted to. Today was to be my last day of “drop” in time. I’d like to stay through Tuesday so I can have a little more contact and honor what people have written. Tonight I am still kind of weak, so I will resume tomorrow. I have really enjoyed catching up. Write more tomorrow! Love to all! 1 Reply Share Diane1 week agoDianeDebbie….I’m glad you are sticking around a little longer and am sending up a special prayer for you to be relieved of your migraine. ~Blessings 0 Reply Share Debbie D1 week agoDebbie DThank you so much, Diane. <3 0 Reply Share manda1 week agomandaHope you are feeling better this morning sweet Debbie <3 0 Reply Share Debbie D1 week agoDebbie DThanks to you, Manda! <3 0 Reply Share Kathleen2 weeks agoKathleenI want to share this thought from A Course in Miracles perpetual calendar. “Build community. Nurture those less fortunate. Become yourself. Seek God. No less potent steps than these will be deep enough to move you forward.” Sending kind thoughts to everyone. Peace in Light Kathleen 3 Reply Share Debbie D1 week agoDebbie DThis is very lovely. I enjoyed it. Thank you. 0 Reply Share Juan F2 weeks agoJuan FI am blessed to reap the benefits of life. What i have is gratitude fir people. I am grateful to interact with people share my happiness with them. I feel better everyday tgat i can find motivation in tge simple things in life. I am blessed to have received the opportunity to love and feel everyday. The gift of happineess and gratitude is one if the most fulfilling of all. I have found enjoying lifes simple moment’s with the ones i love i where my focus should always lie. Love and peace 😀✌ 3 Reply Share Janica Hermerding2 weeks agoJanica HermerdingNew here to this site. Found it from a link on my company’s esource web page. Im so happy to be here. 1 Reply Share Kathleen2 weeks agoKathleenWelcome Janica. I’ve been here a couple of weeks and a part of the gratefulness site for many years. It’s really wonderful in these challenging times to have a calm caring kind compassionate loving place to visit and to meet others as we journey forward. I am thankful. Peace in Light kathleen 0 Reply Share Mary2 weeks agoMaryWelcome Janica. Happy to have you with us. Mary 0 Reply Share Diane2 weeks agoDianeWelcome to this sacred community Janica! You will find much love, inspiration and acceptance here. ~Blessings 0 Reply Share Juan F2 weeks agoJuan FWelcome! Grateful to gehearae from you 😁 0 Reply Share Anna2 weeks agoAnnaWelcome Janica, it will be a wonderful adventure here! 0 Reply Share Pilgrim2 weeks agoPilgrimWelcome, Janica! We are glad you have found us. 0 Reply Share Emelyanne2 weeks agoEmelyanneIn my moment of great upheaval, I am grateful for water, sky, breath, and the fierce embrace of my dearest. 3 Reply Share ALICIA PARR1 week agoALICIA PARREmelyanne, my wish and hope for you is to have found respite from your troubles. The people here are kind and accepting . You are wished well. You can feel welcome here. 1 Reply Share Mary2 weeks agoMaryDear Emelyanne, I am so very sorry that you are in a time of great upheaval. I notice that you are new to this group and I welcome you. Much love and peace to you, Emelyanne. Mary 1 Reply Share Debbie D2 weeks agoDebbie DHi all, I will extend my “visit” through Monday. Had a stubborn migraine all day, so I couldn’t look at the computer screen. Sorry if you thought I’d left earlier than I said I would. Namaste 2 Reply Share Diane2 weeks agoDianeI’m glad you will be around a little longer dear Debbie….and I hope you are feeling better. 0 Reply Share Debbie D1 week agoDebbie D🙂 0 Reply Share Anna2 weeks agoAnnaDon’t worry Debbie, I am used to have headache ….I understand you! It seems as you have no more energy. And when It has flown away, all is normal, again! 0 Reply Share Diane2 weeks agoDianeAnna….I just had to reply to you! I love what you said: “when it has flown away, all is normal again”. It’s such a wonderful image…to see our ailments and afflictions as “flying away”…it made me smile 🙂 ~Gracie cara Anna! 1 Reply Share Debbie D1 week agoDebbie DGracias, amiga. 🙂 not Italian, but you get the idea! 0 Reply Share Kathleen2 weeks agoKathleenI too have experienced those migraines! And you’re right when they are gone it’s as if we have stepped into a new place. I have often wondered if illness doesn’t give us a new perspective on life,,a shift if you will to a higher place within ourselves. Perhaps giving us the opportunity to fly to our higher self? Just my thoughts. Thanks for letting me share. Have a restful evening. Peace inLight Kathleen 1 Reply Share Pilgrim2 weeks agoPilgrimHope you are feeling better, Debbie. I know those migraines can interrupt everything we thought we could do while they are hanging on. Be well! 0 Reply Share Debbie D1 week agoDebbie DThank you, Pilgrim. I am better now. 🙂 0 Reply Share Mary2 weeks agoMarySaturday is my favorite day of the week. I slept in today after having gone to bed early, so now after feeling pretty wiped out I am now feeling much more well rested. I am drinking a cup of hot tea and leafing (sp?) through an art supply catalog. My kitty Marvin is lying on the sofa next to me getting a good rest after a meal of crunchy (easy for me) cat food. I am feeling very peaceful and very grateful. I missed Debbie as I was not on this site during the week. I do miss Debbie as a regular on this site and I am missing Ben and wondering if all is well with him. Does anyone know how he is? Today it is bright and sunny with just a bit of a cool breeze. I am comfortable as I enjoy my tea and write this post and am truly enjoying feeling relaxed. I should try it more often. This would be a very nice way to live. What is all the stress about anyway? Fear. Fear of failure. Fear of not being good enough and fear of not being loved. YUCK!!! Being in the moment is helpful. A few times this week I was busy thinking about this or that when I was driving, then I just thought to feel my hands on the steering wheel, then to feel my body and notice the world around me as I was driving. I am happy when I remember to be here where I am right now, and to get out of my head. I do love the quiet. I have just noticed this over the last few years probably since I have gone back to teaching. I am so “ON” at school that I think it causes me to especially enjoy just being and exerting no effort. Just being in the quiet of the moment. I am grateful for this site, and for all who are a part of it, as we all put our effort into seeing the good in our lives and bringing peacefulness into our world. Happy Saturday! Much love Mary 2 Reply Share Debbie D1 week agoDebbie DI am still here, Mary. A migraine interrupted my “visit” so I’ve decided to stay another week or so. 🙂 0 Reply Share Mary1 week agoMaryHi Debbie! I haven’t been on the site as much as I would like to be so I am really glad you have stayed a little longer! I do miss hearing from you on a regular basis. I am so excited for you that you are moving to Arizona!!! You have done so much to change your life for the better. I am just so happy to know that you will be moving to a sunny climate! Debbie, the poetry, the weight loss, and now a move to a climate that you will thrive in. This all came from you daring to reach out and find something better! I am truly happy for you! Much love, Mary 0 Reply Share Debbie D1 week agoDebbie DThank you, Mary, I, too, am glad I popped in at a time that you were here. That for the validation and reminder that the things I have accomplished, are due to my courage. I hope to catch you again before I’m off to my individual journey. Will be here until Monday. Love to you, Mary. <3 0 Reply Share Kathleen2 weeks agoKathleenHi Mary, thank you for sharing. Ah the moment just as it is. That’s what we all strive for but our human-ness gets in the way. I retired last year from education and was left asking who am I? I’m not the job etc…Does that make sense? The past few months something has happened. It’s like a zest of life I have never known. An acceptance of how life has been; the joys and heartaches and all the rest that has brought me here. As I reflect I find how grateful I am to be here today and writing with others in our gratitude lounge relaxed with tea and friends 🙂 Peace in Light Kathleen 0 Reply Share Mary1 week agoMaryHi Kathleen. You wrote that after retiring from teaching you questioned who you were, if not a teacher. That makes so much sense to me. I know that although teaching is a large part of my life it does not define who I am. I know that but at the same time I do link being a teacher so closely to who I am. I am trying not to confine myself and limit myself to living in a little “I am a teacher” box. I am so happy for you finding such acceptance of your life as it has been as well as feeling such gratefulness for the present. And zest for life! How wonderful! I look forward to hearing more from you, Kathleen. Love and peace, Mary 0 Reply Share Pilgrim2 weeks agoPilgrimMary, it is good to hear from you. You have been through a lot, and yet it has awakened some invitations and good awarenesses for you. Declaring a year of liberation, as you said below sounds inspiring! And there is nothing like a day of ease, rest, and taking the day slowly after a week “in the trenches” – be it school or another kind of demanding work week. You inspire me to small awarenesses, like hands on the steering wheel, or a cup of tea (or coffee) and entering into a day slowly. I, too, miss Ben – he hasn’t posted in quite awhile – and some others who were “here” long enough to connect with and be inspired by. I’m glad that Debbie is checking in now and then, and also that you are doing okay after your difficult time. Be kind to yourself! 1 Reply Share Mary2 weeks agoMaryThank you Pilgrim for your kind and thoughtful response. I will be kind to myself. Thank you for the reminder. Please be kind to yourself as well. Much love and peace to you Pilgrim. Mary 0 Reply Share manda2 weeks agomandaI am grateful for being able to get up and move my body, which I will do momentarily as my body needs to stretch and redirect a bit of this pain and ground. Inspired for a bit of dancing this morning! I am grateful for this moment. To not have to be getting ready for work. To enjoy the quiet and move more at my slow, dilly dally pace 🙂 I am grateful for the kind people in my week, the shared laughter, the smiles, learning new skills, working on a petition for the Mexican Grey Wolf, a beautiful piece of artwork compliments of Rebecca Clark, healing meditation, dogs staring at me now – wagging their tails ready to greet the day! With my new work schedule, I am not able to respond much or read others posts as I typically would spend an hour in the lounge when my schedule was managed by me 🙂 It is now about 15 minutes, so weekends are my time for catching up. So nice to read your posts and sending everyone much love and peace <3 Jack and Violet hijacking yoga practice this week 🙂 2 Reply Share Juan F2 weeks agoJuan FManda, you provide rich insight on your gratitude. Its beautiful to see the nice words you write here. The blessings you share are heart warming. Thanks for sharing. Good vibes 😁 0 Reply Share Mary2 weeks agoMaryManda, thank you for always sharing the joy and the comical antics of your dear dogs. It always makes me smile. I have also attempted peaceful yoga along with playful kittens and cats. It is a whole new experience, not so peaceful but truly funny and cute as they inject their playfulness into the experience, or decide to lay down and relax right in the middle of the yoga mat. Loving your dogs, Mary 0 Reply Share Anna2 weeks agoAnnaI’m thinking of Mary, and her issue at school… Mary, how are you? 0 Reply Share Mary2 weeks agoMaryDear Anna, thank you so much for thinking about me and for caring. Reading your post made me cry. It helps so much to know that others care. Things are somewhat resolved and much of it I have put behind me. I was however treated unfairly and my good name has been tarnished perhaps permanently. As a teacher, however, it is good to have experienced being accused when one is innocent and not being believed. It helps me to remember to be very very careful of assuming that a child has done something that he claims he has not done. The main thing to do now is to do my best as a teacher and focus on being good to the children. Today’s word of the day inspired me. I have been disappointed but maybe out of my disappointment I can find the energy to try some new things and even breathe new energy into my life. February was a pretty dreadful month between these false allegations and being sick (interestingly enough with laryngitis- having no voice) for most of the month. So I was thinking that 2017 could be a new year of change and liberation for me. There are so many things in my life that I would like to see changed for the better. Why not make 2017 the year of liberation for me? Thanks again Anna for thinking of me and for caring. I believe things will be just find. With appreciation, Mary 1 Reply Share Debbie D1 week agoDebbie DHi Mary, I don’t know the details, but I am so sorry about what happened to you. It is awfully unfair. I am thinking of you and I care. <3 0 Reply Share Diane2 weeks agoDianeMary….I was scrolling down to try to find out if you had updated your situation at school. I am so inspired by your thought process of taking this painful chapter in your teaching career and finding some good in it…..times like these give us the opportunity to grow in our compassion for others, like your students. I read something just today from the Henri Nouwen site…I get his reflections each day. I thought you might be encouraged by this…here is an excerpt: “You know you are living a grateful life when whatever happens is received as an invitation to deepen your heart, to strengthen your love, and to broaden your hope. You are living a grateful life when something is taken away from you that you thought was so important and you find yourself willing to say, “Maybe I’m being invited to a deeper way of living.” It seems to me that you are doing exactly that Mary. My prayer is to grow in this grace myself. Here’s to changes, growth, liberation and new adventures for 2017! ~Many blessings from your (retired) teacher friend 🙂 0 Reply Share Mary2 weeks agoMaryThank you Diane. I do get what Henri Nouwen is saying. I am there just a little bit. “Maybe I am being called to a deeper way of living. That feels like a light that I can see at the end of a tunnel. So I ask God for peacefulness and I am not getting impatient with myself when I feel sad or angry. I am kind of surprised that I have not been more angry with the individuals involved. I am more angry at the system. I still may take some steps but I am asking God to help me to be peaceful. Thank you for the words from Henri Nouwen. I will look at his website. Hope you are hanging in there and finding some peace for yourself, Diane. It is always so good to hear from you. Much love to you, Mary 0 Reply Share Anna2 weeks agoAnnaMary, dear, February was indeed a dreadful month, I trust you! I don’t know the matter of you disappointment at school, and you have not to tell me that. But I know that being a teacher is hard, now. I know a lot of teachers because my mother was a teacher and some of her colleagues are still at school, maybe for their last years, before resting time. They are obviously more tired at the and of their working days, due to the age, but the hardest committment is that of listening to the claims of parents, especially, mothers…, Dear Mary, this is a problem even in those associations where children play their sports, and being in Italy, soccer is the main. When I was a child, the teacher was always right! A teacher can mistake, she is a human being. Don’t worry Mary, keep on your work with truth, your love for life, music and art spreads into your skills, and they will be acknowledged. Have a nice week, March is another month! 0 Reply Share manda2 weeks agomandaAnna, so sweet and thoughtful of you! Anna how are you? Mary did your issue at school resolve? How are you? 0 Reply Share Mary2 weeks agoMaryThanks Manda for asking about me. I addressed this whole issue in my post to Anna just above your post. Thank you again Manda for caring. Mary 0 Reply Share Anna2 weeks agoAnnaI feel good Manda, thank you! Lot of love! have a nice sunday, here is amazing….Spring is coming, with the wind!!! 0 Reply Share Aine2 weeks agoAineI am thankful that my husband is starting to feel better. His color is better, and he has a little more energy. We’ve both been inching through our days since my body decided to stop fighting off the illness and join him. This illness, too, had some grateful things in it, though. It put me in mind of all those who suffer in worse conditions than we do. Although everyone feels lousy when ill, the truth is that it is far easier to suffer, and recover faster, if you are not one of the world’s poorest. I’m in the US, not Haiti or another nearly overlooked country. (Haiti always comes to mind because I have been there twice many years ago and met some of the people.) I have a warm bed, flannel sheets, clean running water, and love. I have books to read, movies to watch, food if I want to eat, and hot herbal tea. I am in a relatively safe place, watched over by dogs who love me. 🙂 My environment is quiet, no police state, bombs or drones. I not only have a peaceful couch on which to recline, instead of a dirt floor, I have pillows and a selection of blankets to warm myself. I remind myself of these things when I feel frustrated with being sick for so long, then having the annual respiratory illness and other stuff jump on board. Yes, it is frustrating. Yes, I want to be well. Yes, some days I get quite weary, especially of pain. However — I have a hope for healing that so many in the world do not and access to the things that can make me well. We take so much for granted. We had the ability to get soup made by our favorite Vietnamese and Thai takeaways on the day when the power, phone, and wireless were taken out, and the health food store had the homeopathic remedies we needed. I am thankful that it was a warmer week this past week, until now, so that we could manage without stoking the wood stove. (Our house has only heat that is too expensive to run, so we do the wood stove and/or infrared heaters. Lugging logs is my husband’s province, and he was soooo not up to it.) This was a special blessing on that day the power was out! So today I am thankful that my acupuncturist said come to my appointment as usual, and thus I hope to feel even better soon. Apologies for rambling a bit. I still feel a bit foggy! 😉 1 Reply Share Mary2 weeks agoMarySuch an important and beautiful reminder Aine. Thank you! Mary 0 Reply Share manda2 weeks agomandaAine, I too feel this things of gratitude. Reminders when feeling crummy or in pain comes up for me of how much abundance I have in my life. Thank you for sharing your sweet gratitude reflection! Sending healing and love <3 0 Reply Share Anna2 weeks agoAnnaDear Aine, my best wishes for a quick recovery! You have reminded my cousin who lives in Haiti, she is a nun, and she helps these poor people in their hard lives. She is a teacher. I remember that when I was studying to take my degree, she helped me in philosophic matters (especially Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard). She was neither thin, nor fat. Now she is so thin because they have not food in abundance. She and her religious sisters are even at the mercy of bad people who steal those few money and things they get for helping people. Aine, you are right, we are lucky. 0 Reply Share manda2 weeks agomandaI am grateful for an alarm to help me wake up this morning, so I have time for morning yoga practice before an early work day. I am grateful to spend time in the woods with my dogs last night and marvel at the amount of wildlife having dinnertime with family and friends – there was so much activity! I am grateful for the intense pain in my solar plexus area in the middle of the night as I believe it indicates I need to spend some quiet time this weekend, holding and loving myself. Letting go of things that no longer serve me and exploring new ways to heal. I am grateful for the hours of sleep I was able to enjoy and the rest it brought to my body. I am grateful I get to sleep and have a bed to sleep in. I am grateful for the luxury of running hot water and to be able to enjoy a bath last night and the wisdom and inspiration of Tara Brach’s new podcast on trauma. I am grateful I get to have food this morning with dogs and nourish our bodies and tantalize taste buds. Grateful to my Vitamix that cranks out smoothies like a sushi chef making sushi with one hand and eyes blindfolded. I am grateful for the a TedX talk by the Life is Good guys and the inspiration of what they are doing to make a difference in our world with such small things that turn into such big things. Grateful for this phrase that stuck with me “I Get to” instead of saying “I have to” or other types of phrases – what a lovely way to look at things! I hope you get to enjoy your day and find little or big things to marvel, feel curiosity, love, kindness, and joy; blessing <3 1 Reply Share Malag2 weeks agoMalagMy very aged mother has just gone into hospital: a difficult time for her and the family. But the comfort of knowing she’s in good hands, with caring, skilled medical staff, and that I have still got more time with her in her twilight years has my gratitude today. 3 Reply Share Aine2 weeks agoAineHugs to you, Malag. 0 Reply Share Debbie D2 weeks agoDebbie DA couple of other things I have to be thankful for. I lost 25 lbs. from the time I was in AZ until now. I had 3o more lbs until I reach my goal. I have developed 3 one-one-one penpals from my poetry group. One of my poems is getting published in a group project one the website. And my depression disappeared in AZ, and I’ve been holding my own quite well; since coming back to NH. I think these are all the other accomplishment; except my apartment being more organized and less cluttered. That really helps. Tomorrow will by last day writing, until I pop-in for a check again. To all those here in the gratitude lounge; (those I know and those I do not know) and staff and Father David. I thank you that I have good memories of this group, and still enjoy reading some of the articles. With love and best wishes to every on your gratitude journey. This is a beautiful place to be an “alumni and I am grateful that I can check in and see how everyone is doing, from time to time. :). 3 Reply Share Mary2 weeks agoMaryWow, Debbie, you lost 25 pounds! That is great! I would like to do that myself. So glad your depression is better. Also impressive that you have done so much to declutter. I have done some of that myself and I know how light and unencumbered it makes me feel! Congrats on getting a poem published! Much love, Mary 0 Reply Share Debbie D1 week agoDebbie DThank you, Mary. 🙂 0 Reply Share Juan F2 weeks agoJuan FDebbie, nice work losing the weight ! Your doing great. Also i am glad you are in a happy space. Well deserved. 😀good vibes 0 Reply Share Debbie D2 weeks agoDebbie DThank you so much, Juan. Nice to hear from you; even though we don’t know each other. Blessings, Debbie 0 Reply Share manda2 weeks agomandaI am grateful for the enthusiastic dog greeting when I came home from work! I always feel excited to get to come home to my beautiful dogs – it is warm feeling to see they are excited too 🙂 I am grateful for the many in our world celebrating women yesterday <3 I am grateful for a sweet and tender yoga practice, which felt beautiful within my body and heart. I am grateful for juicy peaches that make a sticky mess, whilst forgetting a napkin – feels like being a kid again 🙂 I am grateful for the kindness and generosity that is abundant in my life and to have a free rental car to use while Rosie is loved. I am grateful for inspiration that is abound in my life in this moment and the curiosity of where it will lead me. Namaste lovelies <3 1 Reply Share Anna2 weeks agoAnnaManda, i promise you my recipe for pasta and broccoli. Here it is! Notice that it is just mine, because in Italy there a lot of recipes for this. I also add that the same recipe with turnip greens with sprouts, instead of broccoli, is better, for me! Put two broccoli in a flat pot with two spoon of extra virgin oli and a bit of water. Then cover the pot and cook, with a bit of salt, (i don’t use salt so much) until the broccoli will soften. Then take out the broccoli and put two anchovies in the juice on the bottom of the pot. Keep on cooking till the anchovies will dissolve. Then add the broccoli and season them with the sauce that you have now in the pot, always keeping on cooking. Cook pasta separately (not spaghetti, i mean short pasta, like little maccheroni) and when it is cooked, add it into the pot with broccoli, gently stir, and cook for a few minutes. Then you can season with chili pepper and enjoy it! Manda; I use “google translate”, I hope I’m writing in a good way, if you don’t understand, tell me dear, I will try to do my best. Maybe I’m better as a chef!!! 0 Reply Share Palm2 weeks agoPalmDear Anna, I had seen that you mentioned this recipe and was looking forward to hearing about it, thank you !! it IS different, I had never heard of this way of preparing pasta and broccoli although I have italian parents, will be trying it, thanks again!! 0 Reply Share Anna2 weeks agoAnnaDear Palm, where are you parents from? Oh, my recipe…. it is a mix of my brother-in-law’s tradition (he is from Puglia, that part of South Italy that looks like a heel of the boot) and an arrangement that I “”created” when I have a little time to cook, at the evening when I come back from work!!! Thank you for your kind reply dear Palm! 0 Reply Share Palm1 week agoPalmDear Anna, I think it’s great when inspiration comes to the kitchen, and you have created a recipe ! I am usually not too keen to cook but sometimes I get excited if a recipe comes out good and then I start liking the kitchen again 🙂 My parents, dear Anna, are from Abbruzzo, Prov. L’Aquila, you say your brother is from Puglia… and yourself too? 0 Reply Share manda2 weeks agomandaThis sounds amazing Anna! Thank you for sharing, and I am excited to give your recipe a whirl 🙂 Much love <3 1 Reply Share Malag2 weeks agoMalagManda, you got me at “dogs”! 1 Reply Share manda2 weeks agomandaOh thank you Malag! They’ve got me hooked in every nook and cranny of my heart! I hope your mom is finding ease, love, and nurturing. Sending lots of healing thoughts and love your way <3 0 Reply Share Malag2 weeks agoMalagThanks Manda. Unfortunately she passed away yesterday. Am happy to have had so much time on this earth with her. There was a moment to me that the breaths of her last hours were my breaths and everyone’s; that there was no separation between us; and that we all make this last journey eventually. It was comforting and am grateful for that. 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaMalag, sorry for your loss! Thank you for sharing your special moment when you felt the breaths of your mom being yours and everyone’s, and that there was no separation. It sounds beautiful to me! Peace to your mom and yourself! – Ursula 1 Reply Share Debbie D2 weeks agoDebbie DP.S. How is Jack? 🙂 0 Reply Share manda2 weeks agomandaThank you for thinking of Jack! He is still lumpy but loves to get out and play – we go with it! 0 Reply Share Debbie D2 weeks agoDebbie DHi Manda, It’s nice to hear your cheerfulness and appreciation for all that your have. I have a question. If you do not want to answer, I understand. I read below that your are having some sort of health problem. I was concerned. Would you tell me what it is? If not, that’s okay – just know that you are in my thoughts and I hope your symptoms will pass soon. 🙂 It’s nice to pick up some inspiration from you on my short pop-in to say hi. Namaste, Debbie 0 Reply Share manda2 weeks agomandaHi sweet Debbie! Thank you for your kind words! My fibroid that was going to be removed via hysterectomy around the time that Matt walked out is back and has grown a lot and is causing quite a bit of pain and loss of sleep and also have PCOS. For awhile, the acupuncture was keeping symptoms quiet as I wasn’t ready for losing body parts, and still am not, but it is a reminder of the pain and devastation, which is not a bad thing just reminder of healing maintenance I need to focus on, letting go, and honoring my femaleness. Louisa Hayes defines a tumor fibroid as a blow to the female ego, deep betrayal. To focus on creating your own good in your life, will help release the pain and hopefully remove the fibroid. In positive news though, one of the smaller fibroids, Fred’s buddy, found a new home and is gone! How are you doing dear Debbie? So nice to hear from you and have you pop-in!! Lots of love <3 0 Reply Share Debbie D1 week agoDebbie DManda, Thank you for sharing this health information. I am so glad to hear that the smaller fibroid has “found a new home.” I am hoping the other fibroid will find a new home as well. May your pain be at a minimum, and your sleep be deep and restorative. I am doing fine, other than a migraine a few days ago, right after I returned to check in. I am working hard to clear out things in my apartment, so that I am ready to move when the time comes. As I said above somewhere, I lost 25 pounds since I went to AZ. I only have 30 more to go, to be at a healthy weight. I am thinking of you!! <3 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaManda, I wish you the very best for your healing! Also, I wish you to sleep well … I know how difficult it is to stay awake all night, ‘tossing and turning’ as you call it, and not be able to stop thinking about so many things … I have learnt to imagine and visualize light and healing for my body, to provide healing touch to my body through my hands, and to call Jesus & angels &God to help me heal (if that is not your belief, call whoever can help you). Much love to you, dear Manda! – Ursula 0 Reply Share Patjos2 weeks agoPatjosGrateful today for freedom of the heart. :))) 3 Reply Share Juan F2 weeks agoJuan FHappy womens day!! The world is grateful for a women’s nurturing love, affection and care. I love the passion women show. I love you provide perspective. Most of all i am grateful for your love, so unique to each women. Love and hugs to all 😊🌻🌺🌼 4 Reply Share Aine2 weeks agoAineThank you, Juan!