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Friday, November 5, 2021

November's Gratitude Gifts

This November morning, fresh with its frosty dew, marks the onset of autumn's transition time. Will the cinnamon and brown sugar landscape turn into gifts of gratitude? Yes it will if you seek gratitude each day to "welcome November, the season of senses..." (Gregory F. Lenz) 

Within the realm of everyday living, observing the ordinary is a slow-down, be-in-the-moment activity that heightens awareness of life. 

Creating digital art and gratitude poems this November is one way to 
appreciate life.

Aurora at Buckland Farm Market
One of Autumn's Memorable Days

I send out my gratitude in the form of a #gratiku to Linda Baie for gifting me with two poetry books and a poem, 24 Things to Always Remember...and One Thing Never -Anonymous just because she is full of kindness. 

act of kindness
sent across miles of friendship
poetry fills voids
©CV, 2021

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings."  -William Arthur Ward

You can read other gratikus and gratitude poems at my previous blog post 
Gratitude Month at Spiritual Journey Thursday.

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REMINDER
You are invited to join my newest online, 
Global Gallery of Artistic Expressions
-Bedecked in Autumn!-
Share your image poems, gratikus, inspirational quotes, artwork, digital designs, and music
on or before November 19th at Poetry Friday when I host.
Send your offering to my Twitter feed, Facebook page, email: cvarsalona at gmail.com, or add to  the Sneak Preview that will be shared at the Poetry Friday Roundup

During the month of November, fill your heart with gratitude and poetic goodness and send it forward into the crisp, cool wind. For now, join Mary Lee Hahn, the host of the Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog, A(nother) Year of Reading, Savor her beautifully descriptive poem of autumn at its best during her road trip adventure. 

28 comments:

  1. #gratiku for you, dear Carol, for all the beauty you bring! Thank you, and love your grandgirl with the pumpkin. :) xo

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    1. Irene, thank you for your return #gratiku. I find nature to be such a great uplifter and my grandgirls energy and inspiration stimulators. Have a beautiful November weekend.

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  2. Thank you, Carol, for your generosity and eye for beauty in everything. Love your photo of Aurora and pumpkin! I will try to send you something.

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    1. Janice, I read your post before I saw the above comment. I captured your trio of haikus with the image in a screenshot. If you would like to offer another image poem, I would love to accept it. Happy fall weekend. Be sure to tell me when it starts snowing in Syracuse.

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  3. I LOVELOVELOVE this line! It needs its own poem: "cinnamon and brown sugar landscape"

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    1. I will consider that line for a new poem, Mary Lee. Glad you liked it.

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    2. I just looked on your list of contributors to PF this week and realized that I worked so late on my post that I must have forgotten to add it to your linkup. LOL!

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  4. Mary Lee shared my favorite line, too, Carol. It says what so many of us are glorying in, autumn treasures. I love your pic & Aurora. My grand girls & I kicked a few leaves this week, just because! I was happy to send your gifts, a most fun way to celebrate my birthday. Happy November #gratiku to you and yours!

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    1. Linda, that line moved from kitchen to outdoors. Autumn is a treasure indeed. Have fun with the grandgirls. Our temp went below freezing but today is glorious. I love sweater weather!

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  5. Gratitude helps the heart so much and I love your ideas and oodles of #gratiku and other inspiring quotes and art. Thank you, Carol. Sometimes we forget. And we shouldn't.
    Janet Clare F.

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    1. Thanks you, Janet for joining me here. I appreciate your comment. Have a great day.

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  6. Mulching Earth's bed such a nice way to refer to the blanketing leaves I should really rake! Have a lovely weekend with your family!

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    1. Tanita, I do love our connection and the Poetry Sisters' monthly challenge. I do have your Lady Libra poem in my collection of Bedecked In Autumn Gallery. Do you have a piece of artwork to pair with the poem? That thought about mulching comes from conversation with my gardener on Long Island before we moved this year. He always provided my beds with chocolate mulch. Since I do not see chocolate mulch here in northern VA I did some research. Voila, the idea of the leaves as mulch evolved. Happy November!

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  7. Celebrating the beauty in these days through words and pictures delivers such positivity Carol. It gives rise to the spirit and the Gregory Lenz question provides a most fitting launching pad -'Will the cinnamon and brown sugar landscape turn into gifts of gratitude?'

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  8. Your posts are always all kinds of goodness, Carol. I'm going to do my best to participate in your "Bedecked in Autumn" celebration. I love the idea of being so mindful that one can "turn routine jobs into joy" - yes! :)

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  9. Reading of crinkly crunchy fallen leaves means so much more now that I have experienced autumn and leaf fall, through visits to colder climates, like Melbourne, Adelaide and America! Our Autumn is nothing like this - but the memories are warm and wonderful.

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  10. Thanks for the reminder, Carol (and others)--I have to work hard on gratitude at this time of year because I'm always downtrodden by the loss of light and green. #gratiku for you!

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  11. Carol, as always, what a beautiful post you have created here. It is itself an artwork. I love the idea of the fallen leaves being "mulch for earth's bed." Such a beautiful line. And such a sweet gratiku for Linda, "sent across miles of friendship"

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    1. It is wonderful having friends across the miles and in your case, across the seas, Denise. I am so grateful for our meeting and our continued friendship.

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  12. There are so many beautiful words and phrases tucked into this post, Carol. Today I am grateful that I stopped by to read them. Thank you so much for sending beauty into the world.

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    1. Rose, thank you for stopping by. I was preparing for my granddaughter's visit yesterday so I never got to check my post. Have a great day.

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  13. Carol, I always look forward to the creative ways you share our seasons and the passage of time through the changes in the earth. I've been working on a gratitude journal of sorts. I am not the best artist but it is capturing a single observation I make each day during this month in a way other than writing. It's allowed me to have better focus. Thank you for gratitude reminder. Carol

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  14. I agree with Mary Lee: "cinnamon and brown sugar landscape" does need its own poem! That's a beautiful way of looking at November.

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  15. Such a lovely, positive post, Carol! You bring such light into the world. Thanks for sharing!

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