Giving AND receiving

This Thanksgiving, remember to not only give thanks but receive thanks too. It is easier to give than receive, but we need to be open to receiving.  Think about how you receive thanks.  Find a good balance. Lets make it a happy thanksgiving/receiving day.

I'm thankful for you - and grateful to have you in my life.


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Everything is tickety-boo

Here is this week's list of things that made me feel like every is tickety-boo:

Our merlot grapes

  • lots of social time - from a friend staying the night, to a group of 18 British women here one night, to a picnic under the oak tree with a friend, to dinner out with other friends, to........
  • plenty of cooking time 
  • getting out behind recipe books and doing my own thing
  • cooler mornings reminding me that fall is nearly here
  • the smell of apples dehydrating 
  • my parrot Harold singing along to his favorite toy
  • tasting our grapes for ripeness - not there yet, but great flavors are developing
  • seeing both the great blue and the little green heron together on our pond
  • rearranging outdoor furniture and loving the change
  • enjoying new clients
  • doing some sorting and clearing out at home
  • good chat on the phone with my sister and my parents
Our Godello grapes
Hope your week has had plenty of tickety-boo times in it too.
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Everything is tickety-boo

Another week, and another bunch of things that made me feel that life is tickety-boo:


(Gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free) Apple Kisses


  • experimenting in the kitchen and having some successes!
  • trying out fruit flours along with my other alternative gluten free flours
  • having a friend come up and stay
  • lunch out and laughing with a friend
  • getting a new camera
  • moving furniture around and it feels so different
  • teaching a family (mum and 2 daughters) how to make jewelry :-D
  • having so many people sign-up straight away for my "food as medicine" groups
  • hearing my nephew did well in his exams - a different nephew from the one I mentioned last week!
  • having 2 bright nephews!
  • picking loads of apples and dehydrating some
  • picking pears
  • eating all this home grown food - cucumbers, tomatoes, apples, pears......
UTO (Unidentified tomato object) 
Hope you've had a tickety-boo week, with lots of yummy healthy food.
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Everything is tickety-boo

Another week and it's time for my weekly list of gratitudes - the things that made my week seem tickety-boo!
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  • fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden - our nectarines are all finished now, but we have masses of cherry tomatoes and cucumbers right now, with apples and pears just about to join in!
  • having a picnic at home! We filled the picnic basket with yummy food and took it up, with our picnic blanket, under the oak tree. What a perfect setting. I think we need to do more picnics at home :-D
  • singing. My voice is nearly all the way back, after my flu, which is a relief as I'm singing in a concert tonight. By Wednesday, I thought I'd have to pull out, but a lot of rest seems to have done the trick. Fingers crossed.
  • hearing that my nephew did well in his exams
  • my gentle considerate dental hygienist and my fun hairdresser
  • catching up with a friend we haven't seen in a few years - and enjoying her wonderful dinner together
  • interesting clients
  • chocolate walnuts! - sadly they are a little too good!
  • my mum - it was her birthday on Wednesday xxxxxx
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I hope your week has been tickety-boo too!
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Everything is tickety-boo

This week has been a little more challenging in terms of gratitude and feeling tickety-boo!  I came home from Florida and seemed to bring with me a nasty non-seasonal influenza virus! It's laid me low all week - so I've been doing little but sleeping and coughing.  However, I've had plenty of time for think about things that made a difference to my otherwise not so good week - so here are the things that reminded me that everything is still tickety-boo:

Cough, cough!

  • phone calls, texts and emails from family showing their love and care
  • a snuggly duvet and enveloping pillow
  • a new pair of pajamas that made me happy to be wearing them
  • a caring hubby
  • not thinking about food or having to decide meals
  • soaking in a warm bath
  • a good movie to pass the time
  • cooling on the throat watermelon
  • turning the corner and beginning to feel better!
  • hearing that my nephew passed his driving test
  • my first trip out of the house after 5 days and how exciting that felt (cabin fever???)!

I hope you've been feeling tickety-boo this week. And I know I'm going to be feeling even more tickety-boo next week :-D

By the way, I'm struggling with my blog and photos and wonder if any of you know an answer.  Blogger won't let me upload any new photos.  I've tried to check on picasa but it won't let me see my profile or change anything either.  Have any of you other bloggers had blogger photo issues and have any suggestions?
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The attitude of gratitude

Most weeks on Sundays, I write a post entitled "everything is tickety-boo", which lists some of the things that have happened this past week that have made me feel good.  It is really an expression of gratitude.


In my other blog about my jewelry "inside the artisan" I used to write a similar blog post entitled "a bird in the hand" which again, was about appreciation.

I write these blogs as a review for myself of the good things in the week and to let the people that I mention know that I appreciate them, but also to encourage you to reflect on the things that you grateful for.  Expressing gratitude can have a big effect on our quality of life.

In a 2005 study concerning gratitude by Seligman et al., study participants were randomly assigned to one of 6 intervention groups designed to improve the participant's overall quality of life.  Out of the six conditions, the longest lasting effects were caused by the act of writing "gratitude journals" where participants were asked to write down three things they were grateful for each day.  These participants' happiness scores also increased and continued to increase each time they were tested periodically after the experiment.  The greatest benefits were usually found to occur around six months after the intervention began.  This exercise was so successful that although participants were only asked to continue the journal for a week, many of them continued to keep the journal long after the study was over.

So why not give it a try. Give it a go for a week. Before you go to bed, write down three things you are grateful for that day. It doesn't have to be long. Just three quick bullet points. See how you feel.

There are even apps for iPhone and iPad that let you write down your three gratitudes each day or take a photo of them.  Look at Gratitude Rock, Gratitude Diary or  Thankfulfor, plus there are others too.

Or if you write a blog, you could start a once weekly gratitude post.  I hope you'll join me. We have a lot to be grateful for.
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Everything is tickety-boo

Here is this weeks list of the things that made me feel tickety-boo:



  • friends birthdays and spending time thinking about them, even though we couldn't celebrate together
  • being home alone for a few days and enjoying the peace, but then having hubby come home after his golf vacation
  • talking regularly to a friend. Although our conversations are trying to resolve an issue together, I appreciate that us working together on it, means we are spending more time chatting together.
  • a fun party in the city
  • enthusiastic students at a fermented foods cooking class
  • learning new techie things!
  • picking a fresh nectarine off the tree and eating it while it was still warmed by the sunshine
  • eating our first figs of the season from our tree. It's quite rare for us to get early figs - our main harvest is  September/October, so this was a lovely sweet treat.
I hope you've had a week of feeling tickety-boo too.
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Everything is tickety-boo!

Sorry I haven't been blogging lately.  The photos here may well explain!  Little Evelina has been staying with us - along with Craig and Chui.  Evelina is such a sweetie - and you can tell just how sweet she is by her fruity outfits:

miss watermelon



miss strawberry

And miss peachy!

When you are with her, she makes you feel like Everything is tickety-boo!

Hope you have someone in your life that makes you feel tickety-boo too :-D
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Everything is tickety-boo

Here is this week's list of things that made me feel like everything is tickety-boo:


  • celebrating Lexi's 30th birthday with a treasure hunt and dinner in the vineyard
  • sharing lots of "firsts" with baby Max - like first trip to the seaside, first bounce on a trampoline, first outdoor bath and shower....
  • watching the great blue heron catching frogs in the water lilies on the pond
  • meeting a new client and enjoy her company
  • making yummy ice cream and raspberry pavlova
  • watching the butterflies flutter by
  • my daily walks punctuated by friendly neighbors
  • the full moon illuminating the garden and house
  • seeing all the little fawns bouncing in the fields
  • having shoe envy for little Max's cute shoes
It's been a fabulous week.  Hope yours has too.  Take some time to think about the things that you are grateful for this week.

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Everything is tickety-boo

Here's this week's list of things that have made me feel like everything is tickety-boo:


  • Spending time with Adam, Lexi, and little grandson Max.  We've had such a fun time this week.  Max's little smiles and giggles make everyone feel tickety-boo!
  • Sitting by the pond and watching the swallows fly
  • Singing in a new and very friendly group
  • Hearing that a client is in remission from her cancer
  • Remembering childrens' songs to sing to Max
  • Making fresh carrot juice
  • Receiving a lovely outfit for Max from our friends
  • Seeing a pileated woodpecker fly right in front of me
  • Watching Harold (our parrot) react to Max.
  • Having shoe envy for Max's array of shoes that look like cars, dogs, etc!
  • Swimming with Max in his bumble bee wetsuit!

As you can tell, it's been a great week here with lots of wonderful experiences with the family. Hope your week has been full of tickety-boo moments too.
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Everything is tickety-boo

There are lots of things I could put on my list for this week's blog post - the things that made me feel that life is tickety-boo - but one stands out to me.  And that is flowers.


Every day this week, I've been amazed by the beauty of the flowers around me. Those near our front door at just stunning ( I'll show photos of them later in the week).  It's incredible how nature makes all colors go well together!


But the sight that just took my breath away was the one shown in the photos here, of the Kunde vineyard in Glen Ellen, that has planted red and orange poppies between their vines this year. This is the first year they've done it and people were saying that highway patrol may ask them to mow it down soon, as so much traffic is stopping to take in the beauty!

We had heard about these poppies so took the time to go out and see them. A trip to visit the flowers. It was so worthwhile - and joyous.


I definitely felt tickety-boo every time I paused and just took in all the wonderful flowers around me this week.

I hope you found time - or will this week - to appreciate the colors and beauty of nature. It's such a great time of year for flowers.

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Everything is tickety-boo

It's that time again for my weekly post where I share with you the things that have happened this week that make me feel that "everything is tickety-boo". 


Tickety-boo is more than just a feeling, it is a state of mind.  It doesn't mean that everything has be wonderful, just that you look for the good in your life and focus on that.   It's all about valuing the good things around you.  A way of looking beyond difficult things and appreciating the often simple, little things that make a difference.

As I write my "everything is tickety-boo" post each week, I hope you'll get the idea and take time to think about what has happened to you this past week and how it can help you feel tickety-boo.


  • not having to drive into the city twice, or even once, this week
  • the sunshine and heat - we've had days in the 90 degrees this week 
  • getting my "500 mile" badge from fitbit - in recognition of having walked 500 miles so far this year! I wonder where that could have got me if I'd kept going in one direction?
  • harvesting our first lettuces, cilantro and greens from our new raised beds :-D  Gosh, lettuce is so flavorful
  • seeing a great horned owl in the vineyard while it was still light - and seeing two stellar jays dive and shout at him to go away!


  • enjoying new cookbooks
  • catching up with friends
  • feeling supported by my book club buddies
  • a friend and my neighbor commenting on how well I look
  • enjoying the colors of a blue tailed skink as he scuttled by me

Hope you've been feeling tickety-boo this week too!  Anyhow good wildlife sightings?
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