50 happy thanks

I am thankful for Dave and the decade I was able to spend, tucked safely in his heart.

I am thankful for dinosaur suits.



I am thankful to have a body, mind, and heart capable of healing.

I am thankful for post-it notes.

I am thankful for the possibility in every heartbeat.


Kissing a giraffe that is holding the heartbeat of one I already love. #babysHeartbeat #bestfriendsBaby #ohMyheart

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I am ridiculously thankful for the internet and my access to it.

I am thankful for polka dots, hair bows, and sparkly nail polish.

I am thankful for the tokens and gifts of love that make up pretty much everything I own now.

I am thankful that, when I went away, people had good things to say about how I spent my time here when I was here. It makes me feel like perhaps, even if I never find a direction, just doing what I do will make everything okay.

I am thankful for Love and the abundance of it in my life.

I am thankful for this space, and the people it attracts.

I am thankful for my Best Beloveds and for a universe that churns out such gifted souls.

I am thankful for straws, badges, stickers, and other things I use to make life a little silly.

I am thankful for my Little Foot readers and penpals, and the way they remind me to always believe in myself.



I am thankful for keys and the privilege of holding them.

I am thankful a safe space to live, and the family I found there.

I am thankful for my cats, and how they make sure I get out of bed every day. Even if it’s just to feed them.


Meow. #catsofinstagram #catsagram #perdita

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I am thankful for my family’s belief that I can heal from my recent traumas, even when it means that they forget I’m not healed yet.

I am thankful for freedom, even when it overwhelms me.

I am thankful for puns.

I am thankful for honest friends, even when it makes me want to bite them.

I am thankful for the contagious nature of kindness.



I am thankful my husband lives through his words.

I am thankful for megacorps that made it easy on a grieving widow.

I am thankful that not even prison could ruin the color orange for me.

I am thankful for Mamasaur.



I am thankful for siblings, the terribly beautiful people they marry, and the strangely fascinating children they continually produce.



I am thankful for knowledge, and education, and how easy it is to take those with you wherever you go.

I am thankful for a kind and patient parole officer.


I fixed the probation lobby while waiting. #YoureWelcome

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I am thankful for calculators and fitted sheets, and windows without bars on them.

I am thankful for the many wonderful things I learned in prison.


Just threaded my own eyebrows. It's the little things that make a day. #prisonSkills #basicallyAWerewolf

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I am thankful for notepad.

I am thankful for being almost done with writing two different books. Me. An author, almost.

I am thankful for old pictures.

I am thankful for the ease of numbered lists when you have access to technology.

I am thankful for the United States Postal Service. I salute you!

I am thankful for creative and talented friends.

I am thankful for the ability to tell the time, whenever I want.

I am thankful for vitamins and healthy foods.

I am thankful for the warm and pleasant smells of being home again.

I am thankful I can wear perfume, and grateful to have found one I like.

I am thankful for the RawrLove book that I still re-read often.

I am thankful for my typewriter which got me through stage 1 of writing the books.


Clickity clack. #amWriting

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I am thankful for my ideas that spilleth over.

I am thankful for the patience of my readers as I continually redesign Rarasaur blog, and post on a truly random schedule.

I am thankful for the Poblanos who tried, and the ones who stuck it all the way out with me.

I am thankful for the guestbloggers that will be here in January.

I am thankful for the Stories crew, and the Rarasaur Guard. They rescued me over and over again for a year.

I am thankful for people who get under my skin, and people who make me think, and for people who make me want to do or be something more. I am a creature of habit and comfort, sometimes I need prodding.

I am thankful for the adventures of 2015 for strengthening my heart and sprinkling wisdom into my vision…

but I am hoping that 2016 is a lot less interesting.

From Dawn:

If you’d like to join in, here’s how it works: set a timer for 10 minutes; timing this is critical. Once you start the timer, start your list (the timer doesn’t matter for filling in the instructions, intro, etc). The goal is to write 50 things that made you happy in 2015, or 50 thing that you feel grateful for. The idea is to not think too hard; write what comes to mind in the time allotted. When the timer’s done, stop writing. If you haven’t written 50 things, that’s ok. If you have more than 50 things and still have time, keep writing; you can’t feel too happy or too grateful! When I finished my list, I took a few extra minutes to add links and photos.

To join us for this project: 1) Write your post and publish it (please copy and paste the instructions from this post, into yours) 2) Click on the blue frog at the very bottom of Tales From the Motherland’s post. 3) That will take you to another window, where you can past the URL to your post. 4) Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List. Please note: the InLinkz will expire on January 15, 2015. After that date, no blogs can be added.

Please note that only blog posts that include a list of 50 (or an attempt to write 50) things that made you feel Happy or 50 things that you are Grateful for will be included. Please don’t add a link to a post that isn’t part of this exercise; I will remove it. Aside from that one caveat, there is no such thing as too much positivity. Share your happy thoughts, your gratitude; help us flood the blogosphere with both!

Yikes! Good thing I’m used to writing on a timer. What about you? What are you thankful for? Did you participate in the link up? (If so, go ahead and drop your link in the comments.) Do you ever time your writing of posts?

Did you miss me this week?


  1. I have not done this but I have read quite a few who have and I am thankful for those that have so much to be thankful for. I am also thankful for faraway friends who love me. ❤

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    1. Well, you have some time if you get into a frenzy for it. I almost wasn’t able to manage it, but Dawn put it together. I was sitting in my room, in total disarray with a barely functioning computer, feeling guilty about not having posted for a week and thought… but DAWN.
      And then I got up and did it, and now I feel great. Like I should go do a hundred other happy things. 🙂
      It’s been a long week, but we’re only 10 days till the end of this year, and that should have been #1 on my thankfulness list. 😉


      1. It has been a long week, a long month, a long year. Sigh. I am more than ready to see the end of this year. As I am sure you are too. Maybe tomorrow I can muster the energy to do this. 🙂

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  2. Rara, I am so sincerely touched and grateful that you decided to participate in this. I know this has been a hell of a year for you. I understand that this is your first Christmas without your beloved. I know that you are vibrant, and funny, and out there for all of us, but that you must still be spending hours where it just hurts. I know that you believe in gratitude, but there must have been many moments in this past year, when your heart must have paused… And in spite of all that, or because of it, you still sat down and wrote this to share with us all. I am grateful. I am touched. Thank you for being you!

    Tell time! Yes. Sticky notes, I could not live without them. Love your list. Thanks for writing it. xox

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    1. In county jail we weren’t even allowed to know what time it was– “Time is a privilege!”. In prison, there were clocks, but Dave sent me a watch that I got on Christmas and it made life about a zillion times better. So yes, telling time. It’s a gift I’ll never take for granted again.

      Thank you for remembering me and inviting me along for this. I’m constantly surprised that people remember I’m here after a year. And thank you for putting this together. I’ve been reading everyone’s posts and it’s just… so… AWESOME. I know it was huge undertaking, and I am grateful for your willingness to carry the brunt of the work. I guess what I’m saying is…. I am thankful for you! ❤


      1. Yes, admittedly I’m friend right about now. We’re on the same time zone, and I am going to bed… WAY before I usually do! I could not sleep last night–– way too excited, and nervous, that folks wouldn’t do it, that I’d mess up the links, a host of stuff that kept me restless… until 5:30 this morning! Man, I’m too old for all nighters! I slept until 9:15, but was up and running on fumes all day! Tonight, I’m filled with gratitude and goodness, and that should make for some very sweet dreams.

        Forget you?? Really? We all posted; we all wrote to Dave; we all missed your energy and good vibe, Rara. I’m more private than it seems sometimes, so I’ve read your posts and followed your re-entry from a distance. My own life is crazier than I put out there sometimes. But I get pain. I get loss, and you have been in my thoughts often. And, I have not said this in a long time, but I’ve missed the fun and collective energy that a certain clown used to deliver. I wanted to reclaim some of the positive energy and pull us all together to do something sparkly. I thought that a dose of Gratitude would do us all a lot of good! Again, grateful that you came out to play. Sweet dreams tonight, darlin. I’m thankful for you as well. xoxo

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    1. Ha, yes! I think I’ve earned a boring year. 😀 We got into a minor car accident this week and when I heard the crashing and smelled the burn and pushed forward, I was almost worried by how NOT SURPRISED I was. It’s been a rough year when even a car accident can’t work you into even a mild upset. 🙂

      My word for 2016 is “Create”. I just want to take the time to create, in a million different ways, for a million different reasons, till I find a balance and way. It’s the first time I’ve ever chosen a word on the creative side of the spectrum… wish me luck! 🙂

      What about you? Do you have a word yet?


      1. I get it. Stuff just piles on sometimes to the point where it desensitizes. I look at is as you’ve learned how to stay calm under pressure.

        Honestly, you are crazy talented and whatever you create, I’m sure will be incredible!

        Cheers to a creative 2016!

        My keyword: Magic.

        In all honesty, I want to see my romantic life (or lack thereof) infused with magic. I feel romance/love is the heart of creativity (at least for me, at this point, I know it is). I am sorely blocked and I want to allow some magic to infuse all area of my life, if that makes sense.

        I thought about adopting the word, ‘romance’ but I think magic encompasses the scope of release, surrender and Miraculous events that would need to occur to make it all a reality. So, magic it is. Or maybe openness. Oh shoot, I’m so indecisive… I need to figure this out…

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        1. In a flowchart scenario– magic feeds romance. Maybe magic and romance are even the same thing. 🙂 I think magic is a wonderful word to pick– big and beautiful and full of possibility. I hope you find all the sparkle you are seeking. ❤


  3. Damn, I was so thankful to be able to be cognizant enough to write my “Giving Thanks” post after Thanksgiving that I can’t even fathom being timed when overwhelmed. I salute you Mrs. Rawr! The Queen of all dinosaurs and all things capable even when life is shitty. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. 🙂 Well, I time most of my posts. Everyone’s favorites are the ones written in 15 minutes or less. And, I keep a daily gratitude journal… so, all that combined means that this was sort of easy for me. Once I got started, that is. 😀 ❤

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        1. Yep! It’s an interesting thing but it’s actually usually very easy to find things to be grateful for when everything is a disaster. You pick up the pen and think, “Well, at least…” But there are a lot of quietly joyful days that could have snuck right past me if I hadn’t taken the time to sit down and articulate why they were gentle and kind to me. And, on the days when I can’t think of anything– (I make myself write at least three things)– that’s when I write absurd things that end up making me laugh.
          Case in point: https://rarasaur.com/2013/05/10/purposely-positively-ridiculous/

          But yes, I recommend it to all. ❤

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    1. Aw, Nessa, thank you… I do think I look like my mama despite a lifetime of being told otherwise. 😀 And yes, I was okay, just a little overwhelmed. The Freedom Drips post was hard for me to write, admit, re-read, respond to– and I found myself just avoiding it altogether. But I’m feeling revived, in no small part due to all this gratitude happening on the ‘sphere today.

      I missed you too! *hugs*

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      1. I know how hard it is to feel gratitude when you’re feeling other things, like sadness and grief. It’s hard to hold them all at once and then you feel like you’re juggling and it’s overwhelming and you just want to put something down. So we put the gratitude down because the sorrow feels more honoring somehow. I know you struggle with it all sometimes too. But you’re doing great. 🙂

        I love you sweet girl, and I pray for you every day. *hugs*

        And now I want to paint your nails with some sparkles! 😀

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  4. Well, for a start, I’m grateful that you wrote this post, dear Ra, because it makes me so much more grateful for every-day things. Today I am so grateful that the temperature is 68 instead of the 110 degrees it was yesterday 🙂 ❤ ❤

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    1. 110! That’s hot. I like hot but that’s… melting weather.

      The everyday things are wonderful. They remind me of how lucky I am.

      Thank you, Lyn, for reading and celebrating with me. ❤

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  5. I will do this. I’m visiting my son now and don’t have my laptop but I will do it when I get home. I’m thinking I might do it for a Christmas post. I’ll be 60 on Christmas so I will try to go for 60 things!

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  6. So many things to be thankful for. After a year I’m able to get back to blogging. I think I’m gonna do this. Raurasaur, this post was awesome, and I’m glad you have so many blessings in your life, because you deserve them after all you have been through.

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    1. Ha! My autocorrect does the same. It replaces promise with possum, and every few words with other fun variations. :). But my name shifts so regularly…. I don’t mind variances there. Possum. 😉

      As to joining – yes! I’d love to see your list.

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  7. I am thankful for you! And for this amazing list. You show us all how to look at life through a glass more than half full. I think I need to do this exercise—it is a good one, isn’ t it? Thank YOU! Hugs.

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  8. Thank YOU! I am thankful for you. Very thankful that you are able to look at life through a very full glass instead of through a less than full glass. You are an inspiration and I loved this prompt. I may have to do it myself! Thank you !

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    1. I think it’s a very timely exercise– one that is good anytime but so very perfect for now. I am grateful for you, Beth Ann…. Happy Toast almost made the list but I couldn’t find the picture fast enough. 😀

      I’d love to read your list!!


  9. I’m thankful for lots of things, but the biggest one right now is that I’ve found a few places where I can be completely myself and I don’t have to worry about letting my geek out. I’m thankful for the community too, but in a different way.

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  10. Two books! I’m ready to read them!!! Nothing should ruin orange – that would be sinful.

    I think I started hyperventilating at the idea of timing my post-writing. I often write, then preview, then revise, then laugh at my own joke, then revise some more, then add something, … and eventually I post. I often wander about the house when I write – pause in the midst of a post to get something to drink or to talk to one of the dogs. Or both. Timing the writing of post would feel like detention in school, I think 🙂

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    1. I love laughing at my own jokes, it’s one of my favorite things. 😀 I think timing my posts makes me feel challenged… it’s a nice push for me, but I totally understand how that wouldn’t work for many. 🙂

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    1. As someone who has had a flurry of “Why should I get out of bed?” days, I get this, and I am thankful that I’ve been able to help in some small way. ❤



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