Giving Thanks

Count Your Blessings and Watch Them Multiply

Sending you all a little blessing from nature today, especially for those of you who are stuck in the house and or confined. This is a little sample of my daily meanderings as I work. Such beautiful creatures I get to interact with everyday, and I’m particularly happy visiting them at my clients houses, since I have detoured them out of my yard so they don’t destroy my garden. This is in a protected community in Portola Valley Ranch in Portola Valley, Ca. where animals roam freely and safe. They are grateful to be spared on Turkey Day and send their appreciation and empathy to others who will be dinner. Gobble, Gobble.

Hunkering down peacefully as we stand by: Might this be Vixon?
Here’s Hunter, my Husky Shepherdrd. He’s the most loving docile dog in the world but he will take a deer down. I got him to protect my little dogs on my property since a coyote ate my 16 year old Moulukan Cockatoo. It was such a sad day and I still mourn his death. Who’d have guessed he could take down a deer though. I was worried at first thinking he might take other dogs down but my vet assured me that he knows the difference between domestic and wild animals, but was faster than any husky shepherds he has know. He is thankfully wise as well, knock on wood, and doesn’t fall prey to the coyotes trying to taunt him off property.

Thank you Hunter for protecting Lady and Harry! We wish we had you, when Cinnabar, our Moulukan Cockatoo and Pickle were alive!!!!!

Beautiful Bounty of color from nature!
May your Thanksgiving be blessed with love, abundance, good cheer and happiness as you count your blessings.

Here comes Dancer and Prancer and Comet and Vixon. The babies are looking for Rudolph to lead the way!

Blessed are we to share the earth with divine creatures of our universe and each other, as we continue to support one another in whatever we are going through in life. However you spend your holiday, enjoy the bounty of the season and each other. My 2 kids are getting tested before they come and for the first time in 40 years we will NOT be hosting Thanksgiving with our parents and siblings and cousins. Weather permitting, we will have turkey sandwiches on the deck in our pods the day after hopefully, and toast to our health, abundance and plant a tree to honor the one we lost and our earth for better days to come. With parents 85, 86, 91 & 94 we are being mindful and safe. It’s such a reminder to be creative and open to embracing life as we find it and making the most of situations adapting to whatever life hands us and not be thrown off our center.

Stay Strong and Stay Safe.

Love and Blessings



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118 thoughts on “Giving Thanks

  1. Thank you! Yes, these are beautiful creatures and serene pictures—especially for those of us who don’t get outside much, or don’t have this kind of wildlife in our backyard. ❤️🦋🌀

  2. Thank you for sharing these beautiful animal images and Thanksgiving wishes. I am sorry for the loss of your cockatoo. Your dog looks like a loyal friend. Wishing you all the best for Thanksgiving ❤️

    1. Thanks for visiting and your kind wishes. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well Ingrid! Thanks, he was amazing and Hunter a gem! ❤️❤️❤️ ✨🌸🌸🌸 Cindy

    1. Glad yhou liked it Yeshu! Thanks much and So true that we are shifting into different tine but same wonderful spirits. Lovely said. And to you!! ❤️👏👏🙏 Cindy

  3. Counting my blessings always 🙏 My Dad was transferred to a hospice facility today. He’s contracted COVID-19 and has a a heart attack. Keep us in your prayers my dear Cindy. I have been praying for you and your family, especially your Dad too🙏 May love guide our way always ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

    1. Yes, me too and sending love and prayers your way to your Dad and you and your family as well. I appreciate yours as well! It’s a challenging time. Stay safe as you lead in love and light! 💕❤️Cindy

  4. Such beautiful pictures Cindy❤️ And you are truly one of those luckiest people on earth to witness these divine creatures roam freely in their own surroundings. 😊 Hunter is so adorable and you look so beautiful in that picture 😍❤️
    Happy Thanksgiving 🤗🤗❤️❤️

    1. Oh thanks so much Samreen!!! It truly is a blessing to share the earth with beautiful animals in their natural setting. Awww thanks so much!
      Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, Samreen! Have a great day!! 💕❤️😇

      1. Always a pleasure to visit you Cindy ❤️ Yes, it is 😊
        Thank you dear and you too have a great week ahead🤗🤗❤️❤️

  5. Those were all beautiful descriptions and wonderful photos! Hunter looks very wise and solemn!✨ I have a pet dog as well and he’s my best friend!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!❤️

    1. Oh thank you so much!!!
      Glad you enjoyed them. I appreciate your kind thoughts! He is all of that. Oh that’s so sweet! What is your dogs name? Happy thanksgiving to you too!! 💕❤️xo Cindy

  6. Dear Cindy, Beautiful pictures of all different kind of living creatures….wow, you’re able to be near to so many of them….your photos & words bring peace & calmness in me….that’s simply amazing….my son loves husky in general….he says when he’ll be an adult (he’s almost 8 yrs), he will have 6 dogs….he’s always loved all kinds of animals….your pictures & love reminded of his love towards animals….our small family has 2 siamese cats, one labradoodle & 6 chickens (/hens)….plus we are 4 humans in this family….several years back we had 2 rabbits as well….the beauty is the way he shows his love to them, they get attached to him very quickly….thanks for a wonderful sharing ❤️

    1. Hi Navin!
      Thanks for your visit and appreciation of all life’s creatures!
      I’m glad you enjoyed the pics and my thoughts of love. Your so. Sounds amazing! Wait till he starts feeding and caring for 6. He may change his mind.. you have your share of animals as well! Your kids are definitely at the right age for more animals. I’d love chickens a bit I don’t dare invite more coyotes-:(.
      You sound rich and blessed with such a loving family as well! So lovely! You’re welcome and thanks for visiting today. ❤️💕🙏 Cindy

      1. It’s my pleasure Cindy….haha, I told him those 6 dogs will eat crazy amount of food & then all the training….he says, “I don’t care, I would still love to have 6 dogs…they’ll protect me…and Btw daddy, you’ll be buying the food”….🤣….mI couldn’t stop laughing & giving him kisses….he’s simply so funny & cute….we had to also put a fence around the hen house to protect them from fox….I’m blessed with my family….I think I’ve missed your “Fri-yay” post….had been sick….and this reader shows only latest….but good you wrote “visiting today”….that made me think 😊….have wonderful & peaceful moments ❤️✨

      2. however, you ended up in trash, I’ll never know! lol, yes and eat you out of house and home. Smart boy. lol. and Daddy will end up with them.. I have a few of those inherited pets. That is so cute you had some good laughs!!! So special! Oh yeah, foxes would have a field day with the foxes. Wonder what he’s afraid of. Oh sorry you’ve been sick.. Hope your’re on the mend. Yeahm who knows what’s up with W.P. Rest up and lay low. I appreciated that.. I’m tired earlier with the time change these days. ❤️❤️❤️ Cindy

      3. Thanks….I’ve been feeling better. Seasonal cough & cold….yeah, my son is truly cute….I hope this time shift will stop one day….what’s the need….much love ❤️

      4. Oh thank goodness!!!! It’s good to know as there is always a worry of covid. He sounds adorable! Yes, it will change.. it’s time!!! ❤️ Rest up…shending hugs.. xo 🤗🤗🤗

      5. Oh yeah, this covid-19 has changed the scene….so took a test just to be safe….it was negative….everything is fine….thanks for your kind words….much love & (spirit)ual hugs ❤️

      6. I know right?! I don’t get the flu shot.. barely get sick but now there is this heightend awareness. Oh so glad you were negative. You are so welcome. feeling your spirt and hug and hears one back to you!❤️❤️❤️ Cindy

  7. I’m just thankful that I was able to find my way here. Cindy! It was a torturous route, but I found some interesting things along the way. 🙂
    First I clicked on your little icon that you left on one of my posts when you hit up the Like button (thanks for that). That took me to your Gravatar. I had no idea that you were so blonde and fit and so that was a nice stopping point. I read all about you (life coach – interesting!) and then looked at the link for your website. It looked broken but I clicked on it anyway. And found that indeed it was broken. But I’m smart, and so I fixed it (you should do the same on your Gravatar though – not everyone is as clever as me). I removed the character after the www and put a dot in instead (so that became and then hit enter. Voila – a web page appeared! So, again I’m learning stuff here – I didn’t even know that you had a health and wellness facility! I moseyed around there for a while and then noticed a link to a blog. Here’s hoping, I thought to myself. One click later and I was there (here)! Great journey, Cindy – thanks for that. I have a new-found appreciation of you and what you do. 🙂
    Hope (but I know) that you’re having a great day.

    1. Hi Robert!
      I wondered why I hadn’t seen you visiting lately. Thanks for managing to find your way around and thank you for the nice compliments! Oh my, this is all more than I understand. I
      Don’t even understand the gravitas piece but sounds like I should. Thanks for letting me know the link is broken! You are very clever and you’re right, I don’t think others would know how to navigate that.
      Have a wonderful day Robert and a great Turkey Day!
      💕 Cindy

      1. Haha – nope, no turkey here – we’re vegan. 🙂 Plus, we’re the people that you became independent from (I think) and so it’s like the opposite of a holiday here. 😀 (You know I’m totally joking, right?)

  8. Happy thanksgiving to you and your family . What beautiful photos and your beautiful sentiments on giving thanks . Brought to mind a poem by Rumi I would like to share with is called The Guest house
    This being human is a guest house
    Every morning a new arrival
    A joy a depression,a meanness,
    Some momentary
    awareness comes
    as an unexpected visitor
    Welcome and entertain them all
    Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,who violently sweep your house
    Empty of its furniture,still, treat each guest honorably
    He may be clearing you out of some new delight
    The dark thought,the shame,the malice
    Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
    Be grateful for whatever comes
    Because each has been sent as a guide from beyond
    Reminds me to be grateful for all things as everything can be a learning experience 💕❤️
    Blessings to you

    1. Thank you so mich Marlene! I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures and I hope you have a beautiful day as well.
      Lots of love to you.
      Rumi is so great and I love this poem. You should start blogging!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Cindy

    1. Thanksso much Lisa and you too! Yes, I feel blessed.. I remember that when I don’t want to get up and show up sometimes and that gives me the stamina to continue on! ❤️❤️❤️

  9. Cindy, how wonderful to live among deer and wild turkeys! Thank you for sharing the lovely photos!

    I am glad you have figured out a way to safely celebrate Thanksgiving with your daughters. Wishing you a joyous holiday! <3

    1. Yes, one of the true blessings of my day!
      Me too! I told the one not to come home from N.Y. but she got testd and flew 1st class very late so barely anyone was on the flight airport. I want to go 1st class just once someday. lol. The good news is we will all be together and our kids are all thriving in their lives and jobs right now. Take good care and enjoy you Thanksgiving as well! ❤️ Cindy

  10. Dear Cindy, really loved this post and the photos too!! Really beautiful message!! Love reading your words, Dearest!
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving, My Dear!!! 😊😊👍✨
    xoxox 😘💕🌹😁✨✨

  11. Dear Cindy, first of all thank you for being such a lovely lady inspiring us with your unique thoughts on this “thanks giving day” and always. Your lovely post with cute n lovely animals awww I am sure all your pets would be definitely giving you thanks from their heart though they can’t speak. Love for all you do❣
    You too “stay safe stay happy”✌🥰

    1. You URTK Suma!!! Thank you so
      Much!!! They all send you a big hug. Thank you for your appreciation and kindness! I’m So glad you find my posts inspiring! Have a wonderful evening and day!

  12. Thank you, Cindy, for sharing your critters and blessings. I think every morning how fortunate I am to live where I can get outside in our beautiful backyard with our cat, little dog, all the birds, our trees, and even enjoy the pack of coyotes that comes by yapping nearly every night. We are so much luckier than the people who are stuck in apartments. Plus I am so thankful for all of you out there, all my new friends I talk to on line every day who are so wonderful and helpful in every way.

    1. You are so welcome and thanks for sharing and visiting Karen! Yes, we are so blessed and lucky to have nature around us to commune with. I find joy on the pics everyone sends as well and I fell like I’ve been on a vacation so I hope they do too to ease the monotony of 4 walls. So happy you can get out woth your furry friends too! Happy Thanksgiving and I too am grateful for our visits and WP friends! 💕

  13. ” It’s such a reminder to be creative and open to embracing life as we find it and making the most of situations adapting to whatever life hands us and not be thrown off our center.” I love this…

  14. This was a wonderful post to read. Lovely pictures. Must I say, the cockatoo looks brilliant in its entirety of white. Sad, what happened to it.
    Have a fantastic day.

      1. Only now come back on here…yes we are still shielding it’s been a long time especially as I have 5 children aswel 4 of which I am fully homeschooling ❤ thank you for your kind words ❤ hope your having a lovely day ❤

      2. Oh my you have a lot on you plate. I have 4 and always said but how could anyone have 5… We just go with it and do the best we can. You’re so welcome and thanks for the wishes. hugs. 🤗💖

  15. Animals complete us in ways that many people can ever not. I am sorry for the loss of Lady. Hope your other animals always feel like you are loved. And hunter is so amazing. What a beast. 😇

    1. They sure do Kumar! None can ever be replaced and have a special place forever in our hearts, like Joy does in yours. Hunter is incredible and the whole tribe is rightfully spoiled and happy. I appreciate your kind words. ❤️ Cindy

  16. Wow Cindy….you really love nature and animals….you’ve got such a kind heart….I’m sure mother nature loves you a lottt💟🎀💟🎀💟🎀💟🎀
    And I’m sorry I’m late …but Happy Thanksgiving 🥂….I hope you had a fun and loving Thanksgiving with both of your kids and those turkwy sandwiches you mentioned 🤤🍗🍽

    1. Awwww thanks so much Ruelha!! I do find nature to be very healing it’s true and I do love my animals.
      It was a great day … I have 4 kids but this time they all pitched in and made it extra fun!!! We’ll still eating turkey. Hope you had a good holiday too. I know you just had a knot her one. Big hugs! 💕❤️

      1. Seems like you had a lovely Thanksgiving…..I’m happy for you Cindy 🤗💟🤗….Now I’m really hungry imagining a nice meaty Turkey leg…gonna open up the fridge and raid it….🤤🙈😅🍽… Turkey for me though 🙃🤩🙃…..
        Hugs and love 🎀💟💐

      2. We had a lovely time!!! Thanks so much Ruelha!! I have lots of vegetarian options for you!!! 💕 now you are making me hungry! lol!
        💕❤️😂🥰thanks for raiding the fridge.

      3. Oh no….no. .I don’t see myself turning vegetarian anytime soon……I am hungry thinking about your turkey….but I don’t have any turkey in my fridge….so I’m going to make-do with whatever is in there😉🤤🍗

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