Thankfuls found in Faraway and not so Faraway Places.

Good morning and welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge. Grey sneaks sleepily through the slats in the miniblinds, circumventing the cinnamon sheers and taunts me with the doubt of any sun appearing today. Perhaps the proper setting for this, the first morning in 2 weeks, that has me waking in a different bed. Has me drinking the go-go juice from a different mug, has me sitting in a bed, laptop upon stretched out legs, not in the room of re-direction. Yesterday, I drove 406 miles (in most excellent time!) from R.I. to Northern VA. No. I cannot say I drove home.

Words this morning in the other place lay testament to the fact that, while I ascribe “home is where the heart is” as a truism, I found myself teetering on the precipace of the question: where is home?

Josie continues to provide us with a link to sharing our thankfuls, our lives, our selves with all who would participate, reading or writing or both, a Ten Things of Thankful post. Lizzi Lewis of international fame was the original founderess and to her there will always be thanks. I’m glad I met you Lizzi Lewis, virtually and irl.

The concept is pretty self explanatory. Write a post of thanks. Format those thanks such that there are 10. Why 10? You may have to ask Lizzi 😀 As hops would have it, it has taken on rather unique (such an all purpose word lol) anti-rules. Creative alternatives, if you will. Perhaps you have noticed the use of the SBOR/BOSR otherwise known as the Secret Book of Rules. Specifically Rule 1.3. What is this rule? Why, ask Clark. Like Mikey, he likes knows everything. Or Zoe. She is the keeper of the Rules and can also clue you in on the virgins.

Without further ado….

TF 1. I am most thankful for travel in both directions that went smoothly, quickly, without incident or a speeding ticket! (yesterday’s return trip. record time. record)

TF 2. A lovely Thanksgiving that involved a new food! (well, prepared in a new way to me) I love acorn squash but never did more than cut it in half (clean out the guts), slap a hunk of butter and wad of honey in each half and bake it. Classic, simple taste. But! My sister-in-law prepares it wa-ay better! She stands each squash upright, cuts off their top (wait a minute, I appear to be using somewhat violent descriptive terms lol) and fills them with all sorts of goodness involving apples, pecans and something gooey.

TF 3. The effort of blue sky to sweep the post dawn greyness aside. The battle has yet to reveal a winner. (there it is again! maybe I need to talk to the subconscious)
Post script: full on sun at this very moment 8:21 am. Good start to day!

TF 4. Helping to decorate the treehouse for Christmas. Phyllis’s treehouse 🙂

TF 5. Dogs.

TF 6. I am thankful for the ability to take a step back (slowly sometimes) and suss out/work through emotional reaction to see the biger picture – to turn the volume down, utilize the tracking option, to gain a clearer view of the screen.

TF 7. Sharing this holiday favorite with someone I love.

TF 8. Friendships that transcend time and distance.

TF 9. Sharing in the discovery of new (to me) places (pic below? Ender’s Island).

TF 10. Always, another opportunity to live, share, discover, engage and otherwise participate in the conversation that is life.


  1. Sageleaf · December 3

    AND!? Do you have a photo of this treehouse!?!!? I can’t wait to see it! Haha. I may have to hit up Clark.
    And I’m VERY THANKFUL for two THANKFUL posts! Why? Because I get to read your beautiful writing! I love, love, love this! Great job on that 6 sentence story, too. My goodness! Three posts of writing candy! Bliss!
    I’m grateful for friendships over great distances, and decorating Christmasy things, And dogs. Yes, dogs. Mine is a veritable mess, but he tends to insist on going wherever we go, so that makes me happy. Hehe.
    And so glad about your safe travels. Hmm…I’d have to say northern VA is like halfway between where we live and where Clark lives. That meeting of all the clarks will remain a blissful memory in my head forever. 🙂
    Sending you hugs! Have a wonderful week! xoxo

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge · December 3

      Aw. No one. Absolutely no one has described my posts as “writing candy bliss”. Priceless 🙂
      What?! Dare I say, Vinny is not a mess. I simply do not believe Mr. Adorable is anything but pure love. Hence his going wherever you guys go 🙂
      I am so glad I got to meet you and John this past summer. I will always remember it as well. Hey! John’s artwork, the cardinal, it is a part of and incorporated into Phyllis’s treehouse. It looks great!
      Return hugs my friend. May your week be wonderful as well!

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      • Sageleaf · December 4

        Aww, I’ll let John know – that will make him really happy to know it is loved. Hehe. My Vinny. You know…he’s come a long way as a rescue dog. He’s not quite so reactive and we try to shower him with love, so he gets better and better. Hehe. Sending you hugs and wishes for an awesome week!

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  2. 15andmeowing · December 3

    Glad you had a safe trip and in record time. That acorn squash does sound good, I make it the old boring way .


  3. herheadache · December 4

    I especially love your thankfuls 8 9 and 10, but I must admit, a Christmas treehouse is intriguing.


    • GirlieOnTheEdge · December 4

      Thank you Kerry. I am very lucky. There are some friends that no matter when the last time you saw them or talked to them, could be years, when you do finally catch up it’s as if no time has passed.
      Ender’s Island is really cool. My sister-in-law told me about it and we went during my first week there. It was very cold and windy but the sun was out. We walked the entire perimeter of the island. It’s not very big. It houses a monastery, a chapel, dormitory, gift shop and a few other buildings.
      Ah, the treehouse. Also known as Phyllis’s treehouse 😀 I helped her decorate it again this year… lights, wreath, battery operated candles. Makes me smile.

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  4. messymimi's meanderings · December 7

    Your thankfuls made me smile. Hope you can get the recipe for the squash.


  5. Kristi Campbell · December 9

    I have so much more to say and will, tomorrow, as I’m being called upstairs at this too late hour but WOWZA your opening floored me. So full of truth, and amazement, and humaness, if that makes sense. The whole “No, I’m not home…” I get that, huge.


    • GirlieOnTheEdge · December 11

      Late indeed!
      Of course it makes sense 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by 😀


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