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30 Days with a Grateful Heart: Day 10


Today, I am grateful for the opportunity to be one of the artists featured at Blue Genie Art Bazaar.  I love the space I have to display my art.  I love the energy of the show and am grateful for all the positive people making it all happen, creating an enjoyable local holiday experience.  Thank you everyone at Blue Genie!

30 Days with a Grateful Heart: Day 9


Tonight while Francis was getting ready for bed, I was reminded of my love for Dr. Seuss.  He put on one of my sweaters and it immediately reminded me of a Thneed. A Thneed's a fine Something-That-All-People-Need!  (The Lorax).  It also reminded me of Snuvs and their gloves -You can think a long time about snuvs and their gloves (Oh the Thinks you can Think).  Dr. Seuss stories often come up in conversation.  Someone will say something and it will remind us of a line from one of our favorite Dr.

30 Days with a Grateful Heart: Day 8

Today (and everyday) I am grateful for my son Francis.  This little guy!  He brings so much sunshine to my life!  Full of zest and curiosity!  Full of exclamations!  Excitement! Joy!  If just a smidgen rubs off on me, then I am all the better for it!  Thank you Francis for helping me to notice (and express) the joy in the small (and the large) things!  I am happy and grateful to be your Mum/Mama/Mummy! 

And, yes, of course, there are days in parenthood when I am driven to absolute distraction!

30 Days with a Grateful Heart: Day 7

Cardinals nesting outside our window

Yesterday morning, as I was waking up and greeting the day, I opened the curtains, and right outside the window was a gorgeous red cardinal.  He just stayed there and looked at me and I at him.  It was a simple, yet beautiful moment. He stayed for minute and then flew away.  I am grateful for this special moment.  The cardinal was sitting in our jasmine vine that creeps up our screened in porch.  This is the same place where cardinals nested in the spring, that was really special, we got to see them nest, and then watch their babies grow.

30 Days with a Grateful Heart: Day 6

I am not a big fan of the cold...everyone who knows me knows this about me...or maybe it's just that I am not a fan of the big temperature swings that we tend to have here in Texas.  One day it will be 80 and the next 30...I can appreciate the cold in small doses, like spending Christmas in beautiful, romantic Vermont.  I love that!  Today I am grateful that my work days coincided with the cold front.  I have been able to hibernate and stay inside!  A real treat!  And it has been a really productive few days making art for

30 Days with a Grateful Heart: Day 5

Grateful for Nelson Mandela. He made this world a better place and encouraged others to be the best they could, to work for justice and peace and he never faltered.  When Nelson Mandela was freed in 1990, I was in grade 12 studying History.  It was a time when I enjoyed my studies as it was such an exciting and meaningful time in history.   As my Step-Dad wrote in a Facebook post yesterday "Goodbye Nelson Mandela ... we are all better people for having had you in our lives"  Thank you Nelson Mandela.

30 Days with a Grteful Heart: Day 4



Maypole Dancing, 20

I have been so fortunate this year to have been connected with Salud-Arte - University Health System's Art Enhancement Program in San Antonio.  We did an art show in San Antonio a couple of years ago with our friendRainey.  It was like the East Austin Studio Tour where artists open their studios.  I didn't make any sales at the show, but Ethan met a friend of Rainey's who told him about the call for art.  I applied to the mixed media call for art procurement and they have purchased a number of my art works over the past year.

30 Days with a Grateful Heart: Day 1

Today marks the beginning of 30 Days with a Grateful Heart, a tradition started by Jote Khalsa on her blogBless Her Heart.  I began blogging the grateful heart back in2010and have done so every year since, with some days missed here and there.  I enjoy sharing and reading other people's gratitudes.  One year all of my sisters joined in and that was super special for me as I live so far away from them (they are in Australia, I am in Austin, Texas).  It felt like we were part of each others everyday, and that was very special!
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