November 2012


Facebook.  Yes, really.   I’m thankful for Facebook.  It has helped me connect with friends from High School, College, past jobs.   Across political affiliations, interests, genders, countries, and languages.

True, Facebook isn’t without faults…  either intrinsically in its design, or in the way we use it (translation = waste our time on it?).  But no other means has allowed me to easily keep in touch with people in my life the way Facebook has.   For that, it deserves a spot in my gratitude list!

A husband who cooks.   Not just dabbles, but really cooks.  A wonderful man who shops, chefs, and has put amazing meals on the table ever since I met him.  It’s no wonder that I can’t cook!

Even though my experience lies on the eating side, I do still consider myself a foodie at heart.  With my new found leisure time, I’m branching out and trying my hand at cooking as well.

There are an amazing amount of people blogging about food and cooking these days.  If you are interested at all in food, check out some of my favorites.   Totally inspiring!

Trail of Crumbs

Gastrofotonomia

She Simmers

Love and Olive Oil

Bake Your Day

“Lucky to have been where I have been…”  (lyrics from a pretty sappy song “Lucky” by Jason Mraz, but none the less, applicable).   I’m so thankful that I’ve traveled a fair amount and been able to experience some cultures outside of the US.  It has made me appreciative of what we have… but also respectful of a different lifestyle.  Something that I believe I could never get from a textbook.

We have so many wonderful memories of our travels.  Pictures in our mind, and pictures for real.  Experiences that we will continue to add on to as we go along.

Everyone has their favorite.  Spain, Italy, Portugal — I have a hard time narrowing it from there.

Check out my photo gallery for some of our favorite images:

Evoking Me, a Photo Gallery

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Need I say more? Dylan has changed our lives for the better and we couldn’t image being without him. Who knew?

Corgi love.  Can’t get enough of them.  Check out my favorite Corgi blogs if you feel the same way:

The Daily Corgi

Corgi Addict

I’m not sure how she’d feel about this picture, but I am so thankful for my big sister. Although we live very different and far apart lives, she is an inspiration to me. And she is carrying the responsibility of looking out for our Mom, which I will never be able to repay her for.

Carol and Jane

The sun. Well, more particularly, the weather. One of the reasons we chose Arkansas for our new home was the hope of milder winters and less snow. Knock on wood, but so far we have enjoyed an amazing fall and are buoyed by the bright skies and frequent sunshine!

This photo was taken along the bike trail between Bentonville and Bella Vista.  The Razorback Greenway project is connecting bike trails throughout the area — a huge bonus for living in NWA!

#2 – Being so comfortably settled in to a cozy house and friendly neighborhood. Trying to streamline our living spaces, downsize our decor and envision a new retirement lifestyle wasn’t particularly easy, but we love how we feel when we are in our home.

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Check out The Inspired Room blog if you haven’t already…  it was, well, inspiring to me  as I was looking for new ideas for our rooms!

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