A big slice of gratitude with a side of nature.

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I’m feeling quite lucky to have so many reasons to be grateful today.

I just realized that not too long ago my little ol’ blog reached over 10,000 views!  Thank you dear followers for being with me on this journey as I figure out life (Do we ever really figure it out?).  You are the reason for this blog’s success.

I’m also truly grateful to have had the opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful places on earth over the weekend at a guest horse ranch in the mountains.  Nothing like nature and animals, along with a lack of cell service, email and television to help you recharge.

I’ve also been remiss in formally thanking some wonderful  fellow bloggers out there who have nominated me for two awards. I am always honored and humbled to be celebrated by fellow writers out there.

Special thanks to Food Flavor Fascination for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blog Award and Glad to Be Alive  and Dressed to Quill  for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I’m nominating them today for whichever of these awards they don’t already have. These are all great blogs you should check out, by the way.

Here are the rules: 1.  Copy and place the award in your post.  2.  Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.  3.  Tell 7 things about yourself. 4.  Nominate 15 fellow bloggers and let them know.

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Now for seven things about myself which you don’t already know (I’m afraid there may not be much left to tell since my blog is quite often a large window into a chunk of my soul, so forgive me if I repeat myself.)

1.  I really can’t stand the overuse of exclamation marks.  More than one at any time seems way too overboard to be sincere.

2. I have almost completely quit drinking diet coke.  This is huge for me.

3. I will probably never quit drinking coffee or martinis.  If I owned two horses I would name them Folgers and Hendricks.

4. The smell of horses and even what they leave behind (pun sort of intended) soothes my soul, as does the gentle sway of their walk with me in the saddle and way my heart  skips in a canter.

5. The velvety soft tip of a horse’s nose is one of my favorite things to feel.  I had a few nibble on my hands this weekend when they were looking for treats as I did this.

6. I am quite possibly more saddle sore today than I have ever been.  Age is a funny thing.alhorses

7.  I am grateful as all-get-out (Okie term) to be this saddle sore and for the fact that MacGyver rode horses with me and now just might be a convert.

Next, there are so many blogs that I enjoy, but I have to narrow it down to 15 bloggers to nominate for these awards (choose which award you would like because you all inspire me and your blog is versatile or I wouldn’t be following it).   Forgive me if you have already received these awards.  There are also many blogs not listed here that I love to follow but may have already given a shout-out too.

Each of these blogs, and many others, inspires me, refreshes me or makes me laugh so hard that I spit out my Folgers. And often they give me a necessary kick-in-the- pants perspective-check right when I need it.

Lifestyle Tea

Fresh Hues

Cancer Killing Recipe

Amy Unjaded

Alzheimer’s Speaks

Enchanted Seashells – Confessions from a Tugboat Captain’s Wife

The Savvy Senorita

Lady Romp

Cresting the Words

Susie Lindau’s Wold Ride

Food Flavor Fascination

Glad to Be Alive 

Dressed to Quill

Diane Gray author

Keeping the Glass Half Full

Thank you for reading.  What are you grateful for right now?  Gratitude truly rocks, but it often requires awareness, practice, and sometimes a sore bum.

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26 thoughts on “A big slice of gratitude with a side of nature.

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  3. Congratulations on your nominations – truly deserved!!!!!! I am honoured to you have chosen to nominate ‘The Savvy Senorita’; thank you so much!!!!!
    Bex 🙂

  4. Congratulations, my dear and thank you so much for the nomination – I’ve very humbled and flattered that you thought of me 😀

    I’m glad you’re off the diet coke – yuck, that stuff can make you really sick 😦

    I hate exclamation marks as well!!! LOL 😉

  5. I am jealous. I was just inquiring of a local horseperson about where I could rent a horse to ride or take riding lessons again. I’m being humble there, as I used to exercise horses at a stable in my younger days, but I have to admit that was a long time ago and it’s been a long time since my butt was on a horse and in total control of it (the horse, not my butt). My point is this–once a cowboy, always a cowboy! Can’t wait to ride again, but until that time, there’s always my big dog to be grateful for!

    • Agreed. I rode when I was little and had a horse. But it has been many, many years since I’ve gotten to ride that much. I am grateful. I too comb ads and keep an eye out for a possible lease or half lease in case the right opportunity ever presents itself.

  6. I can’t believe I’m on your list with my overuse of exclamation points! I get pretty excited when I read comments and have to convey it somehow… 🙂
    Thanks so much for the award and congratulations to you! Love your photos!

  7. I am happy you were able to experience such a great weekend, possibly a bit jealous too. (horse lover here too and yes, last year when I went to a ranch, I was shocked at how sore I was as well. It’s a good sore tho, don’t you think?) Good job quitting the diet coke. I know that has been a constant in your family for years.

  8. Those equine nostrils are amazing. So, for that matter, is your cowboy hat. You don’t look quite so corporate these days (although I will always admire your purple power suit).

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