The other day I was sitting on the couch writing in my journal. As I glanced up, I noticed that the room had filled with light as the sun came out from behind a cloud. This hibiscus bloom had just fully opened that morning and it glowed as the light from outside came in and illuminated it from behind. I was so taken with the moment that I held my breath and just gazed at this magnificent flower. Then, of course, I ran and grabbed my camera.

I am thankful for amazing moments like these.

I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends.

I am thankful for being able to get up every morning, take a deep breath and then journey out to experience this beautiful world.

I am thankful for the ability to see and love colors, patterns, textures and shapes and express my authentic self through them.

I am thankful for everything warm these days – a steaming mug of tea, a roaring fire, a cozy scarf, a fleece blanket.

I am thankful for being closer to nature in my new home – the majestic trees, the birds and wood critters, our gardens sleeping now under big piles of leaves, the sunrises and sunsets, the clouds writing their messages in the everchanging sky.

I am thankful for all of the friends I’ve made here and the opportunity that we have to connect and share our stories and passions.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!



I got up early this morning and the outside world was shrouded in fog and mist. While I busied myself with making a coconut pie and preparing the turkey, it brightened and cleared and the sun is now shining brightly.

When I began my blogging experience 8 months ago, I felt much like the misty world this morning. I couldn’t see very far. I didn’t know what to expect. I was unsure about how to do this. Despite all, I took my first tentative steps and started writing and sharing. A most wonderful thing happened. I discovered a community of people like myself who were all taking the same steps. A community I wouldn’t normally have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. It has changed my life and I want to extend a deep gratitude out to each and every one of you who have come to visit and read and share comments. It has meant more to me than words can say.

I have made connections with you and also with myself on this journey. It is not a journey without its frustrations (with the computer) and its fear (of writing, of sharing myself) but it is an authentic path that we are traveling together.

I am so grateful to get up every morning and greet the day. To live fully in each and every moment with a wonderful family and friends and furry beings.

Thank you, dear friends, for all the gifts you have given me. Have a happy Thanksgiving filled with sharing and laughter. And lots of good food!