A Picture of Gratitude

I give thanks for amber because it grounds me.


I give thanks for my cats because they bring incredible amounts of laughter into my life.


I give thanks for absurdity.

This is a section specifically for birthday carts sent on behalf of cats.  We live in a wonderful world.
This is a section specifically for birthday carts sent on behalf of cats. We live in a wonderful world.

I give thanks for the art born in the mind of my husband.

Stage 1 of who knows what...
Stage 1 of who knows what…

I give thanks to the clarity and strength of my rawr.


I give thanks to the man I married, for still being the sort of person who wants to rescue stuffed animals from their corporate prisons.


I give thanks to the universe, for always cheering me on and sneaking in good advice.


I give thanks to the Poblanos, who have kept me on my toes this month:

  1. http://howanxious.wordpress.com
  2. http://phrogmom.wordpress.com
  3. http://girldanslacite.com
  4. http://teepee12.com
  5. http://eccentriclady.com
  6. http://fishofgold.net
  7. http://trueecho22.wordpress.com
  8. http://littlegrowingpains.com
  9. http://likeitiz.wordpress.com
  10. http://heartsongsblog.wordpress.com
  11. http://rosiesmrtiepants.wordpress.com
  12. http://asignoflife.wordpress.com
  13. http://notapunkrocker.wordpress.com
  14. http://thirtystartgo.wordpress.com
  15. http://whoatethedaisies.wordpress.com
  16. http://sipsofjenandtonic.com
  17. http://speaker7.wordpress.com
  18. http://ashortaday.wordpress.com
  19. http://aheartonthematter.wordpress.com
  20. http://cherispeak.wordpress.com
  21. http://bachiles.wordpress.com
  22. http://bastetandsekhmet.wordpress.com
  23. http://combatbabe.wordpress.com
  24. http://veronicaroth.com
  25. http://mommyverbs.wordpress.com
  26. http://misifusa.wordpress.com
  27. http://thelifeofkylie.com
  28. http://darkcirclesetc.wordpress.com
  29. http://stuphblog.wordpress.com
  30. http://fracturedfamilytales.blogspot.com
  31. http://architar.wordpress.com/
  32. http://gloriousmettle.wordpress.com

And I give thanks to you – for your readership, support, genius, and love!  Your friendship has been a beautifully brilliant gift that illuminates my life every day.  Thank you.


I thought a short list of some of my gratitudes was about due.  Do any particular stones speak to you?  Have you ever gifted a birthday card on behalf of a cat?  Have you visited at least one Poblano that you didn’t know in October?


    1. 🙂 Stones do speak… to different people, differently… though certain stones are globally known to have the same effect on people. Just carrying around a stone that gives you the right message can make a big difference in your life… or so I believe. 😀


  1. When I was a kid we always got Christmas presents from our pets. Also I’d love to hear more about the rescuing of stuffed animals from corporate prisons… Happy American Thanksgiving! 🙂


    1. We got Christmas presents from our pets, too, ha! 😀 It’s nothing too dramatic, but Dave just doesn’t like to see stuffed animals trapped in the boxes on top of shelves at major retailers– so he’ll reach up and free them. It’s awkward and probably not allowed, and possibly dangerous (the box could fall on his head) but then he pets them and names them and tells stories about them until I stop giving him the grumpy look. 🙂 Happy American Thanksgiving to you, too!


  2. Stones —
    Rose quartz purifies me.
    Turquoise keeps me clear.
    Aquamarine vibrates with me.
    Onyx keeps me on edge and strong.

    Silver is the metal sympathetic to me. Gold is pretty, but not “me.”

    I’m grateful I’m still alive and deeply thankful for Garry. Without him, I don’t know if I’d care to keep going.

    I’m forever grateful for you and a few other loyal friends in my blogging community. Without you, my world would be silent and empty.


    1. I favor gold myself, though I like silver with stones that speak loudly because then I hear them and not the metal. 🙂 I am grateful for Garry, too, because he loves you– a dear friend. 😀 Happy Thanksgiving, Marilyn. 🙂


  3. Ah, all the stones speak to me in different ways, as do the animals, birds, trees and the wind. The rain cleanses me, the sun warms my soul and the stars and the moon pull me into the unknown. I’m grateful to be alive, I’m grateful for internet friends that make me smile, laugh, cry or just shake my head. I’m grateful for the ability to put into words what I’m grateful for. I’m grateful for you my friend as your rays of warmth help me get through another day and night with smiles.


    1. Beautiful! I love the gratitude for words– that is a beautiful one that is oft forgotten. 🙂 *hugs* I am grateful for you as well, Jackie. Thanks for being so shiny!


  4. I’ve had a great time reading a lot of these Poblano posts this month. Wish I had been able to keep up with y’all.
    Happy thanksgiving!


    1. We’re all very grateful for your readership! It really makes the month go by quickly when awesome readers have our back. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you! 😀


  5. H.A.P.P.Y. T.H.A.N.K.S.G.I.V.I.N.G. Thankfulness should be practised everyday but this is a good time to get serious about it.
    I live in Canada where we celebrated our Thanksgiving the second Monday in October. However, if you have any leftover turkey or if you have room for one more, I can arrive tout de suite. 😀


    1. Oh, I agree, I’ve kept a gratitude journal for a lifetime, with multiple entries a day. I just snapped a few pictures today that coincided with recent entries– and that fit perfectly with American Thanksgiving– so I decided to post it. 😀 And of course, there’s always room for one more, my dear– come on down. 😀


  6. Colors speak to me, so of course stones do too. Especially aquamarine, sapphire, emerald, and other cool colors. I had forgotten how pretty amber is though.

    I’ve definitely expanded my bloggy universe this month, which I am definitely thankful for. 🙂


  7. Fabulous list. I would add that I am thankful I found you and your blog. You are a talented and gifted dino and I am always amazed by your words. Thank YOU!


  8. I’m thankful for you – you were one of the very first bloggers to read and comment, rara. you will always have a special place in my heart.


  9. This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for bloggers like you who keep me reading and writing and laughing and finding abundant grace along the way.

    Have a blessed holiday season.


  10. Happy, happy! Oh sometimes I wish I was American because you do holidays in such a spectacular way. But then there’s black Friday and I absolutely hate malls and crowds and shopping and consumerism. Would have to become Canadian again just in time to avoid that! Hope you and Dave have a lovely day and save some turkey for the cats. 🙂


    1. Haha, there’s no need to go out on Black Friday– quite a few Americans deliberately stay holed up that day. But we do celebrate pretty spectacularly. 😀 Thank you for the good wishes!! 🙂


    1. 🙂 By the time he’s done, I anticipate at least one of them will be very dia de los muertos. Who knows about the others, though… for all I know, he’ll paint them a la Winnie the Pooh. 🙂


  11. I really think your husband and I are somehow twins. I want to rescue stuffed animals from their corporate prisons, too. 🙂

    Happy T-giving to you and yours, Rara.


    1. Oh you guys are definitely twins, even though he’s about the total physical opposite of a tall Viking-esque woman, ha! 😀 Mind-twins, I suppose. 😀

      I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! 🙂


  12. Thanks Raura, for such a lovely post! I actually have chunks of agate and onxy in my windowsills for protection and a piece of rose quartz on my computer monitor at work. My parents enjoy receiving cards from their “grandcats.” Keegan(oldest grandcat)’s middle name is James, after my Dad, and Brodie (youngest grandcat)’s middle name is Green, after my uncle Starling Green. Yes, it’s odd, but I have a very loving family and everyone just rolls with it.
    Many thanks for your lovely and radiant positivity! A very wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your family.


    1. Agate, onyx, and rose quartz– what a lovely sound. 🙂 My mom calls my cats her grandcats, too. 😀 I absolutely love the names of your cats and family members– Starling Green?! That sounds like a hero’s name to me. 🙂

      I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving! 😀


  13. Those are wonderful things to be grateful for 🙂 I thank the small things in life that inspire me to live on, to dream on
    Inspiring writers, such as yourself
    Thank you and have a happy thanksgiving!


  14. Hmm, I do sometimes wish I could be this charming, when I was 29.
    About all I can remember of 29 was my lovely wife giving me a precious, beautiful baby girl, who is 11 now.

    See? You are amazing. Even when I try to be envious, you’ve managed to lead me to think of something I’m very thankful for. Two people I’m thankful for.

    Now, I am 39. Do me a favor– if we are yet in touch, and you remember in 10 years, let me know how you find 39. I suspect you will speak of the awesomeness. And maybe I will recall that 39 for me right now is awesome, too.


    1. 😀 It sounds like 29 was a phenomenal year for you then. 🙂 Keep my email address handy and I’m sure we’ll be in touch in 10 years. 😀 Then I’ll remind you how charming you were at 39. 😀

      You are amazing, too! Yay us! *high five*


      1. Actually, my math is off… Princess came when I was 28, but the really charming years started when she hit her first birthday, when I was 29. Before that, there was lots of “oh wow, what am I doing?”

        Thanks again!


      2. I sent you a message… 29… was not a phenomenal year. :`(

        Then again, if it was when I started blogging, I guess it has resulted in some awesomeness.


  15. Aw! Is that the little Fox that’s at Target right now? I want it! I feel like I’ve talked way too much about Target lately, but really… I want it.

    Happy Thanksgiving 🙂


    1. It is the little fox from Target! Good eye! 😀 He was darling. Dave wanted to take him and all his brothers and sisters home. I need to revisit that “what would I do if I won the lottery?” question because apparently the answer is “Let Dave buy every stuffed animal in the world.” 😀

      Happy Thanksgiving, Aussa!


      1. I knew it! I tried so hard to use my most adorable “fox” voice and convince my boyfriend to buy it, but alas… not yet. Perhaps after the lottery. You may be onto something 🙂


    1. Thank you, Amy! I wish I had a photographer’s eye like you because so many of these moments and things are precious to me but so hard to capture without that knack. 🙂 I’m glad everything pieced together to show the preciousness anyway! 😀 xo!


  16. So much to be thankful for in our lifetime in spite of our foibles. Hey! We’re a nifty bunch, ya? I think so! Thanks for bringing us together, Rara!



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