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Thankful Thursday: A grab bag of gratitude [Jul. 15th, 2010|08:45 am]
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1) I'm feeling especially accomplished today, because at long last (cue the tambourines and sound the trumpets!),  I've tamed the stacks o' clutter that nearly swallowed my office whole. I'd insert an After shot, but in my zeal, I somehow managed to disconnect the camera's charging base from the computer. Maybe after my tech-savvy husband reconnects it? I'm also excited to showing you what I did with my vintage window frame, and to post the Big Reveal of my antique church bulletin display box.

2) James Harriot once wrote, "There's no better judge of comfort than a cat."  'Tis true, as this picture attests. Toby is actively inquisitive, but he's especially adept at sprawling. He's made himself at home in every nook and cranny of our house, and for all the joy and and coziness he's added, I am grateful.



3) I'm thankful also for the beautiful orioles at our backyard feeder. Did you know they're attracted to nectar, grape jelly, and the color orange? I didn't, but I managed to lure them into our backyard with a tangerine-colored feeder topped with jelly trays. (Thanks, Wild Birds Unlimited, for selling me on the idea dispensing such wonderful advice!) I deeply regret that this photograph doesn't do the oriole's plumage justice--in reality, it's brilliant yellow and glossy black (like this). I'm still learning how to operate the SLR camera in different light conditions, so let's just appreciate his silhouette, shall we? 



4) But I'm especially thrilled that one of my sisters is coming down from Portland for a brief vacation, and she's bringing one of her daughters with her. It's been just over a year since we last saw her --too long! -- and while I don't want to wish the day away, I can't wait for their plane to arrive this evening.

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[User Picture]From: rowanda380
2010-07-15 04:34 pm (UTC)

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yay for getting your office clean, and for cute kitties who make our lives better every day :0)
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2010-07-19 12:41 pm (UTC)

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Yay is right, and thanks for joining my celebration! I'm loving the way a clean office feels...so much more enjoyable to work in, and ha! much more efficient, who knew? =:)
[User Picture]From: sartorias
2010-07-15 04:35 pm (UTC)

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Huzzah on all fronts!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2010-07-19 12:44 pm (UTC)

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Thank you!

Hey, I thought of you when I saw a kiosk of Japanese-inspired parasols at the Orange Country Fair this past weekend. They were so delicate-looking and very beautiful, and some were even made of waterproof cotton!
[User Picture]From: sartorias
2010-07-19 12:47 pm (UTC)

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Oh, that sounds heavenly! (Though it is difficult to imagine why theyd need to be waterproofed.)
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2010-07-19 01:17 pm (UTC)

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I know, right? Seemed a bit silly, but maybe ome people needed to be convinced of their versatility? As if they didn't serve a lovely purpose already...
[User Picture]From: tracyworld
2010-07-15 04:49 pm (UTC)

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Toby! I missed this announcement but have to say I love the name. And maybe this is a sign from the universe on how to proceed with my conference ms critique since one of the books is narrated by Toby. Hmm.

Congrats on the de-cluttering. I'm long overdue on that count. We talked about putting out jelly for the orioles, too, but didn't get around to it. I'm glad you're getting visitors. And I love that silhouette!

Have a wonderful visit with your sister and niece.
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2010-07-19 12:51 pm (UTC)

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I looked for ephemoral, unusual names, but none seemed a perfct fit. But Toby...we kept coming back to that name. It suits him, I'd say.

I have yet to declutter the closet, but the rest of my space is clean and organized, and oh what a difference that makes! It FEELS more productive and peaceful, you know? The challenge, of course, lies in keeping the piles and stacks from returning.

Did you decide on the Toby ms.? I was sending out good vibes to you this weekend, in hopes that you found the right path, and that you were enjoying the journey. It's a challenging next set of steps you're taking, but if anyone can do it, 'tis you! xo
[User Picture]From: tracyworld
2010-07-23 07:43 pm (UTC)

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I actually went with another ms but I feel good about the decision. It was just funny reading "Toby" here when I was deep in contemplation. I'm glad your Toby is a good fit.

[User Picture]From: susanwrites
2010-07-15 04:52 pm (UTC)

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Yay for winning the clutter battle! I've been sidelined but hope to be back in the game tomorrow.
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2010-07-19 12:54 pm (UTC)

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Still to tackle: the office closet. I consider the office "done" because most of my workspace is clear and organized, but you know how it goes...out of sight, out of mind. It won't take long to organize those boxes, though. They just need a little sorting and re-stacking.

How's YOUR project coming? I'm cheering you on...
[User Picture]From: mostly_irish
2010-07-15 05:53 pm (UTC)

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I didn't know that about orioles! My mom loooooves birds and has two different bird feeders and a hummingbird feeder at her house on Cape Cod. I know she's said that orioles make the rare appearance in her backyard -- maybe if I share your little secret, the appearances will become less rare!

(and for the record, I think the silhouette shot is cool)
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2010-07-19 12:59 pm (UTC)

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Oooh, a bird haven in Cape Cod: sounds like a sanctuary for the soul! :)

And thanks for being sweet about my amateur photography. I'm no expert, but it's so much more fun to "show" than tell. :)
[User Picture]From: mirtlemist
2010-07-15 05:55 pm (UTC)

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Cats crack me up. I totally agree with James Herriot. Whenever there were questions with a quilt I was making (color choices, pattern,) I would lay it on the floor and ask my cat. If she liked it, she would lie down on it and smile. If she didn't, she would simply stare at me, then turn and walk away. Toughest editor ever!

Looking forward to seeing the big reveals :)

p.s Love the oriole feeder!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2010-07-19 01:01 pm (UTC)

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LOL about your kitty editor! Do you sometimes wonder if that's how decisions are made in "real" life? I wouldn't be surprised.
[User Picture]From: theyarnproject
2010-07-15 06:15 pm (UTC)

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Man, oh man...gotta love that clutter. It sneaks up, doesn't it. Just one day...poof, there it is.
[User Picture]From: inknbeans
2010-07-15 07:01 pm (UTC)

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I love the picture of you and your sibling, and going back to the entry about her last visit, my WG wishes to reassure yours that high teas define gentlemen, as well. In fact, he and I have two teas scheduled in the next week, and we'll lift a delicate china cup in your honor.

Emjae

inknbeans.com
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2010-07-19 01:03 pm (UTC)

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Two teas within this upcoming week?!? Lucky you--and I feel honored that you'll include me in your thoughts. Thank you so much.
[User Picture]From: asakiyume
2010-07-15 07:10 pm (UTC)

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Is that you holding the younger sister, or are you the younger sister being held?

Orioles are *lovely* birds. I had one fly close by me once, and it was so uplifting and wonderful that I thought that church windows should represent the Holy Spirit as an oriole rather than a dove (not to cast aspersions on doves, but the oriole was just so *golden*).
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2010-07-19 01:07 pm (UTC)

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That's me holding my youngest sister. She's 7 1/2 years younger than I am. :)

I love what you've said here about orioles. They *do* seem to carry with them a special aura! I'll be thinking about what you've said everytime they visit our backyard feeder, which is often. Thank you.
[User Picture]From: kbaccellia
2010-07-15 07:55 pm (UTC)

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Now that's one happy kitty!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2010-07-19 01:09 pm (UTC)

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Ha! Toby *is* a happy kitty. My sister says he won the kitty lottery when he came home from the shelter with us. But you know what? We're the ones who feel lucky. He's a joyful addition to our family.
[User Picture]From: sbennettwealer
2010-07-16 02:29 am (UTC)

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Aw... you got a kitten?!?!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2010-07-19 01:12 pm (UTC)

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Sara! Rival's cover is amazing! You must be beside yourself with happiness at how it turned out. LOVE it!
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[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2010-07-19 01:15 pm (UTC)

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Thank you so much. We had a spectacular weekend. I'm sad that they're going home today, but I've tucked away a ton of happy memories in my heart. :)

PS A certain book made its way to the top of my to-be-read pile--finally! I'm *very* happy about that, and am grateful to you for the introduction.
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