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Blogging From A to Z... "Q"

An Attitude of Gratitude 
I AM THANKFUL...

1)  For people who realize that the quality of time spent with family members and friends is important, far more important than the quantity of time spent. Memories don't have time clocks, but they do record the moments that something wonderful was shared.  Just being in the same room or vehicle with someone, or sitting at the same table in a restaurant with your noses stuck in your cellphones and tablets, does not mean you are sharing quality time.

2)  For the awesome quilts that have been given to me.  Not only are they beautiful, but I know that they were designed and stitched with love, so wrapping up in one is like wrapping myself in a giant hug!  Among them is a traditional Lakota star quilt that was given to me by the mother of one of the little boys at Red Cloud Indian School that I became pen-pal friends with. She brought it to the school when I came to visit, and we've been wonderful friends ever since! 

3) For quotations - I have loved inspiring quotations since way back in my high school days, and these days they are accompanied by beautiful illustrations and are shared among friends on Facebook,  as well as being found on Google Image Search for just about any topic you can think of.  You will find them at the bottom of many of my A-Z posts, and they often appear in my regular blog posts too.

4) For Q-tips - clever little things that are just perfect for cleaning small spaces like keyboards with a bit of rubbing alcohol. One of my furkids loves Q-tips and toothpicks, and looks so funny carrying them around in her mouth like prize trophies. We have to be careful not to leave the box of them sitting out or she will happily empty the entire box and distribute them all over the house!

5) For the pair of quail that nest on our land each year.  The momma can be seen later in the season with a row of little chicks following her around the yard; they are so darn cute!  No, I do not let Papa Bear "harvest" our quail for the freezer; we have plenty of food without eating little birds.

6) For questions! Anyone who knows me at all is very much aware of my fondness for questions! It's not that I really mean to be intrusive, its just that I have that insatiable Aquarian curiosity about people and what makes them tick.  I believe that everyone has a story, and I delight in finding out more about every person I come in contact with. I like to get to know the person beneath the surface and the superficial conversation and talk about real things, important things.. questions can lead to that!  I once did a series of blog interviews with willing fellow bloggers and it was really fascinating and fun!

7) For quinoaQuinoa is a small and very nutritious grain that my daughter introduced to me.  It is cooked and eaten much as you would rice; it has a slightly nutty taste, and I think it's really good! If you're not familiar with it, look for it at your grocery store and try some of the recipes available online.

8) For Qwerty on our cellphones, because we all learned to type using Qwerty keyboards, and it is so much easier to text that way than it was on the first cellphones which were in ABC order and left us doing the hunt and peck thing! Do you know why keyboards with keys placed in this order are called Qwerty? :-)

9) For the beautiful quillwork bracelet that one of the young student at Red Cloud Indian School presented to me.  His uncle made it.  Lakota quillwork - made from dyed porcupine quills - is even more beautiful than Lakota beadwork, if possible; the intricate designs amaze me.  Artistic talent runs strong in the Lakota people, the drawings and sketches I've seen students do are incredible!  Check out The Red Cloud Heritage Center Gift Store, you will find some beautiful handmade items for sale!

10) For quiet.  Oh Lord, I am so very thankful for quiet times in my life, when phones aren't ringing, traffic isn't rumbling, tv isn't blaring, music isn't blasting, and people aren't gossiping or complaining!  In moments of absolute quiet I can listen to my own heartbeat and clear my mind.  I spend my Saturday mornings in silence with only the purring of cats and the clicking of my fingers on the keyboard - total bliss!
 This post is linked to the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge

17 comments:

  1. Well, these are good ones. I love the quail at Mayo, though I didn't see any this time! Grizelda carries around Q-Tips, if she gets ahold of one! We have to keep them and toothpicks away from her (they can do damage). Quilts are one of life's greatest simple pleasures! And where would we be without qwerty? Amen, Sister.

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    1. Cats look so funny carrying around objects as if they were great trophies! We have to keep the Q-tips and especially all toothpics put away and out of reach too, so then Tiggy resorted to stealing the plastic drinking straws out of any take-out cups she finds sitting, they are longer and look even funnier being toted about. She loves to push them under closed doors! :-)

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  2. Such a wonderful list for Q. It's true Quality time is more important than Quantity, we can spend hours with people and still not know anything about them if we are always buried with technology. My Q topic is Quiet too, and I chose the same quote, we have so much in common :)

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    1. What a delightful surprise, Judygirl... we both chose the very same quotation image to share with our posts! I think we do see life very much alike, which proves my belief that people around the world are more alike than we are different, we all feel and experience the same feelings and understanding, no matter how much our upbringing and experiences may differ. This is why I believe that peace is possible, because truly we are one family, and learn to live as such! Every day I am now curious to see which word you have chosen and if it matches any of mine. :-)

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  3. I love the quality and the quiet the very best. I just love how you do these. Awesome.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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    1. I love both of those a great deal too Sandee, sometimes it is not the "things" that are so important as it is our understanding, and the values that are important to us. Quality matters, we can spend years in the same house with a person and never really get to know them! Quiet times are my refuge, it is what I need at the end of chaotic work weeks to restore my calm and sense of balance. Stopping over to see what's happening in your world today! :-)

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  4. I like your list of q's, I haven't heard of the quinoa, so I also learned something new too :) Lucy from Lucy's Reality (finally have a working link lol)

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    1. I had never heard of quinoa until my daughter made some for me and then gave me some to try at home. It has a greater nutritional value than rice or pasta, and I like the way it tastes. Trying out your new link now! :-)

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  5. For quiet (also my choice for today!) and quinoa and Qwerty — Yes! I hope you're having a wonderful day. ☺

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    1. Quiet is such a blessing, Dana, I crave it. Too much noise can make me really stressed and more crazy than I already am! :-) Qwerty is my favorite thing! I cannot imagine my life without the ability to type on keyboards. My fingers fly along, they never lack for exercise, maybe that's why they still work well when other parts of me don't! :-)

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  6. Wow! what a list! The daily bustle of life makes us forget these small things! Nice way to bring it out.

    - Dishit from Only the Crazy Survive!!!

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    1. Hi, welcome to my blog! It's true, we overlook the little things, and some of the big important things too, I'm trying harder to focus on the positive and these lists are helping with that! I love the title of your blog... heading over to check it out! :-)

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  7. You are the queen of #6, that is for sure! :)

    I was wondering how you would handle Q! Well done!

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    1. I wear that crown with great pride, Carrie! :-) Q-words weren't that hard, it's x and z that are going to be more problematic, but I have a couple ideas, and if I don't come up with ten, I don't. My game, my rules! :-)

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  8. I had a hard time with this one this year. You did fantastic!! I think I short-circuited my brain so I'm going to bed now. lol

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    1. Q is a tough word, Val, and q-words that don't also have a u in them are even harder to come by. I almost listed QI and QIS, because those are my favorite Q-words when playing Words With Friends! :-)

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