21 Nov

Before the Creative Process


When I take a look at life so many, if indeed not all of the best and dearest things I have found  Me.

They are not mine because of my

stressing, fretting, striving, controlling
Or any number of things I have done
To try and shape my life.

It is good to pause and remember

Probably the  best gifts

in  life

Come to us



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  1. Anonymous

    Grateful to have food on the table. Grateful to have family to share it with. Grateful for good health. Grateful for this day of sunshine. Grateful for this website. It brings joy each day. Fran C.

  2. Anonymous

    I am grateful to have enough to cook a good Thanksgiving dinner for friends who I am also grateful for.
    Charlotte Stewart

  3. Anonymous

    I am grateful to have enough to cook Thanksgiving dinner and share it with friends.
    Charlotte Stewart

  4. Anonymous

    I am grateful for my painting talent, when I get stressed I just sit down and paint something beautiful and go into another world.

    Karen Chamblin

  5. When I struggle with too much in my head, it helps to focus on serving others and stopping the mindless chatter. As the hostess of Thanksgiving dinner today, I will do just that and be grateful for those around me. Thanks for the perspective today!

  6. Katherine Baker

    It’s still Nov. 21 here in Texas so I hope I can chime in. I had thoughts similar to this blog this morning. As I count my blessings and what I’m grateful for, I realize they have all contributed to “Me”. Friends, family and life experiences (good and not) have shaped who I am today. And I am grateful for all of it.

  7. Just had to add—a whopping 140 of you still managed to share what you were grateful for today in spite of how busy you were. Top of the mind awareness of being grateful—you are awesome!

  8. Happy, Delightful Thanksgiving to Everyone!!
    I know many of you are putting in long hours of cooking to shower the people in your life with love—you are the thread that weaves life together!! Take a moment for yourself to savor the beauty of life as it is.
    Big Hugs from the Eddies and I to you:)))

    How I love reading and sharing in the lives of each of you—it is awesome!

    Big Hugs! xoxoxoxoxo

  9. I am grateful to kickoff the holidays with a date night with my thoughtful and sweet husband to see Mannheim Steamroller live in concert.

  10. Anonymous

    Grateful tonight that I have the ability of “memory” , to remember my past Thanksgivings with my folks.. thanks mom and thanks to my s-dad for the warm memories at this time of year, miss you. Cherine Marie

  11. I’m grateful for crossing things off my “to do” list today. Happy Thanksgiving, Dreama and everyone. Feel better soon, Vicki (above commenter).

  12. Anonymous

    I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!! Nancy Piros

  13. Anonymous

    I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!! Nancy Piros

  14. Anonymous

    Thankful for time to rest while fighting a cold. vicki morgan

  15. I am grateful for my friends and my good health. Happy Thansgiving to all!!

  16. I am grateful for love and laughter in my home.

  17. I am grateful for celebrating the holidays with family and friends.

  18. I am grateful for a warm house, hot bath and lying on the couch watching a bit of TV. It’s snowing and getting cold outside and I’m glad to be home!

  19. I’m thankful to spend Thanksgiving with my parents, husband and son!

  20. I am grateful to Randy Higbee for choosing two of my paintings to be in his annual show.

  21. Anonymous

    I am grateful for a beautiful, sunny day and anticipating Thanksgiving.

    Judith B

  22. Anonymous

    I am grateful for all the unexpected things that have found me – and all the delightful people in my world. Truly a great Thanksgiving.
    Karen Gifford

  23. Marcia Fox

    Today I’m thankful that my nursing work is done, and tomorrow is Thanksgiving. So much to be thankful for.

  24. Today I am thankful that my oven is working and seems ready to cook my meal tomorrow – one year my oven broke the day before Thanksgiving…but DH went into emergency mode and got it fixed. I was thankful then, too! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  25. Fuzz

    Today I am grateful for the gift of my daughter – I was only ever able to have one child and I feel so blessed everytime I look at her. She is 16 now and we have just got back from the school awards ceremony where she won the award for art and another as the School role model. I am grateful for her love and wish her happiness always

  26. June

    Many of my beloved cats came to me in just that way – unexpected precious little gifts that I found in our backyard, or while out walking, or the most recent time, just two weeks after our beloved cat Mollie passed away and we were both heartbroken, a little black kitten seemed to come to my husband and I, out of thin air (or perhaps Mollie sent him to us) and pretty much adopted us from that moment. We’d told ourselves that after Mollie, and the heartbreak of losing her, that we probably wouldn’t be adopting another cat for a very long time, if ever again, and that our two other cats would adjust without their beloved sister cat, Mollie. But this little determined kitten just popped into our lives and have helped us so much with the deep sadness of Mollie’s death. Our little Phillo was then, and is still today, very much an unexpected, precious, unbidden gift, and I am so grateful that he’s here with us.

    Today, I’m grateful for finding out about another Christmas craft fair that I’ll be able to set up a table at, plus the phone call I received this morning from someone who requested I do a commissioned piece for her.

  27. I am thankful that I got all my prep work done today for the big meal tomorrow.

  28. Today I am grateful to my husband for him stepping up to the plate since I am nursing a broken right arm. He scrubbed the bathrooms, laundered the throw rugs and mopped the kitchen and the entrance floors. He also baked an apple pie. xoxo

  29. I’m grateful for sunshine & blue skies ~

  30. Anonymous

    I am grateful for laughter. Someone posted a funny on FB and I got to laugh out loud.
    Brenda Gibbs

  31. jen lacoste

    Time to be grateful for waffles and ice cream at the beach, and parents to share such marvellous things with. Big Bay was turquoise and sparkling, and punctuated with kites. A stiff breeze and heavy swell… magic!

  32. Jolene Gailey

    I am grateful to have woken up so happy this morning because of having had a good day the day before; which included painting, against all odds. Sometimes I have to fight so hard to be able to paint. I pulled if off easily yesterday and it felt good, so good that it carried over into today.

  33. I am grateful for yoga class and my awesome yoga teacher who is 72! What an inspiration!

    • June

      Wow! That’s absolutely brilliant, Debbie. What an inspiration, I agree.

  34. Today, I open to gratefulness for all that is, or was, or could be.

  35. Ginny Good

    So thankful to have both my daughters home and taking a one hour walk with their dogs in the beautiful sunshine!! Loving Thanksgiving in VA!

  36. MDS

    So grateful to have had the very best mother-in-law for thirty years… and happy to think of a Thanksgiving Hunt in heaven!

  37. Anonymous

    I am thankful for the people that take an extra second to say thank you, I’m sorry, and have a nice day !!! Linda Will

  38. Anonymous

    One of our family traditions is to go around the table and reflect upon the prior year, give thanks to God for the many blessings we’ve received. Does your family have a similar tradition for Thanksgiving? I am grateful for having this opportunity to express my gratefulness to everyone of You, My painting friends. Merry Lund

  39. I am grateful for the beautiful weather, and the ability to take a walk now.

  40. The office closes early today and my teenage daughter asked to spend some time with me to herself! That’s a good day!

  41. I’m thankful I have a son who has trained at a culinary school and can cook a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner for me. It’s so much easier that way.

  42. I am grateful for a hot cup of tea that warms the heart and soul!

  43. Anonymous

    I am grateful for that message. It is so true! I will remember it as I go through this beautiful day, for which I am also thankful.

    Mary Moran

  44. cissy

    I am thankful for technology and all the wonderful artists I have met through the wonderful world of blogging, and for you Dreama, for sharing your knowledge and bringing us all together.

  45. Today I am especially thankful for this beautiful late fall weather here in Colorado. Light jacket, slightly brisk, instead of snow. Clear and crisp and blue skies. A real treat for mid November.
    Myra Patin
    Colorado Springs, CO

  46. Gratitude for day 21 just happens to be pay day! Never ungrateful on pay day…

  47. First, I want to comment on what Bruce Bingham said in her post – which I always enjoy reading. Today she made mention of her little goldfish that change color so there is no division of color among the fish, and it made me think how wonderful it would be if all humans were goldfish and achieved that same ‘un-division’.

    For today, my most memorable ‘unbidden’ came the day my friend suggested that I ‘try painting’ if I really loved it!! Talk about ‘unbidden’!! It came out of the blue and has changed my life entirely. Gotta love all things ‘unbidden’!!

  48. I agree Dreama! Many of the best things in my life have found me! The first two things are our CATS! They found us when we lived in AUstin, TX! Now as displaced Texans in BC Canada…I think they have 2nd thoughts whenever winter rolls in! I am grateful that they found us there though!

  49. Dreama, today I am thankful for “You” and your inspiring words.

  50. Today I am so thankful that my brother and sister-in-law arrive to share the wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with us!

  51. I am grateful for the friends and family that will be sharing our table tomorrow.

  52. Anonymous

    I am grateful for my dear friend. We met for the first time in October 1958 when we were both 7 years old. A lifetime friendship.
    Barb Krell

  53. Anonymous

    I’m grateful today because it is difficult to
    pick one thing I am grateful for.
    Lori Anderson, Folsom, CA

  54. Today I am gratefull for my yorkie Kenya. She gives me unconditional love, adores me always and encourages me to play!

  55. I am grateful for the wonderful day out with my son – just talking, laughing, enjoying each others company. All the best things.

  56. Linda

    I’m grateful for a fun night at a meeting of generous, hard working women who took time to relax, report and reflect! Here’s to a great bunch of gals who contribute to their community by giving of themselves! -So glad to be associated with them and working side-by-side to make a difference! Linda, Nevada.

  57. Lisa Couper

    I’m grateful for my husband’s sense of humor and willingness to feed the local deer their favorite hen scratch.

  58. Anonymous

    Grateful for typical Atlanta November: bright sunny days, cool nights. Perfect dog walking weather!
    Veronica Carey

  59. I am grateful for my husbands improved health. We will be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner together.

  60. Susan Williams

    I am grateful that the lady that cleans our house is here today since the family is coming tonight from out of town.

  61. Anonymous

    Today I am grateful for my husband who is truly my best friend!
    Mary Beth Harrison

  62. Susan in Texas

    I am grateful for a day running errands with my husband–partner, lover, and friend of 46 years.

  63. Anonymous

    I am grateful for laughter. Had a good laugh on FB today-about a frog an a game on a phone.
    Brenda Gibbs

  64. Fran

    Today I am thankful for our little grandson born 2 weeks ago. So small and so sweet!!! Fran M.

  65. I am grateful for a holiday that brings the adult children back home!

  66. Anonymous

    I am gratful for our home, my safe place, our kids coming with their little ones and a puppy,and our 99 year old grandmother. Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone! Terri Moore

  67. Anonymous

    Grateful for this beautiful, warm, sunny
    southern, gentle morning… grateful for life…
    Monica Dahl

  68. Thankful for the many blessings that we receive. Enjoying the good life with family and friends.

  69. C-Rae

    Hurrah for holidays when families can get together! I am thankful that we still like each other after all these years!

  70. I am happy today that nothing can be finer than being in South Carolina this sunny morning.

  71. I am grateful to the one from whom all good things come…

  72. Yes, the best things in life do come to us unexpectedly as a pleasant surprise! 🙂

  73. Lori Swift Goggans

    Thankful for beautiful friends to enjoy the holiday with!

  74. Grateful to have plenty of time for Thanksgiving preparations this year

  75. I am grateful for the word “perhaps” that holds unfathomable possibilities.

  76. Anonymous

    Thankful for the extra energy resulting from pounds lost.
    Dana Burton

  77. I am grateful for all the lovely neighbors we have met in our new neighborhood.

  78. Anonymous

    I am grateful for unexpected blessings and unexpected prayer opportunities. Cindy K

  79. Gaylynn

    Today I am thankful for my painting buddies.

  80. Deb LaRocque

    Today I am grateful for two days off.

  81. FCP

    #21…grateful for slipping, sliding, swirling, skipping, sashaying through new thresholds.
    faye christian phillips

  82. So grateful for friends and family. Looking forward to holiday get-togethers.

  83. Anonymous

    Today I am grateful for pets. The 2 Boston Terriers in our family have given so much love and inspiration to us! They appreciate everything we do for them abd guve back much more than we give them! Sherry Crouse

  84. I am grateful for my husband’s support. Seems like lately we have become even closer 🙂

  85. I am grateful for the love in my life and the complicity with my childhood friend Thanks Lise!

  86. Anonymous

    I am thankful for having this day to paint another watercolor to give away. After quite a number of years of selling paintings, I find it a greater blessing to be able to give pieces of pleasure to others.

  87. I’m grateful for our three cats, all of whom came to us ‘unbidden’. All were rescues, whose rescuers asked us to take them in. And we did, even after saying “no more animals!” But we love them all, and would never want to let them go now.

  88. So true, Dreama – so thank you for the reminder to be thankful for pets that found ME, over the years. One was another Eddie — he swaggered like Edward G. Robinson but was the sweetest pup ever. What can I say…thanks!

  89. I’m grateful for all the friends I connected with yesterday.

  90. I’m thankful that my grown children have become wonderful, caring people. That they are healthy, happy and doing so well in life. And I have a new granddaughter due in a month!

  91. Anonymous

    Am so grateful for my passion for the arts – its gives me continual companionship and enjoyment. The joy of music and painting go unrivaled in my life.

  92. Anonymous

    I am grateful for my parents today!

  93. Today I’m grateful for good health. I’m not at my best weight (too many sweets) but I’m working on it.

  94. I am grateful for the early morning sunlight that causes the trees to absolutely glow!! I’m thankful God created color. 🙂

  95. Anonymous

    The holly is laden with berries. Branches will be my Thanksgiving gift to a neighbor. Gayle

  96. I’m grateful that, after all these years and all my mistakes, God is always there for me. Even in the smallest things, like when I can’t find my keys or almost run the car off the road, He always comes through for me.

  97. I am grateful for my special, now adult, son. In a visit yesterday, someone is back in our lives, with a career change…because he is a life changer. To hear how he has changed people’s lives is a gift, I know he is.

  98. Marcia

    I am grateful for my friends who stop by just to say Hello. It makes my day!

  99. Anonymous

    I am thankful for my parents!
    Carol Hickerson

  100. Lyn

    Today I am grateful for my dog buddies.

  101. I am grateful for fellow artists that lift each other up! 🙂

  102. Anonymous

    I am grateful that someone likes my art enough to purchase it and it makes me so happy they will enjoy my work.
    Marilyn Troutman

  103. LeAnn

    Grateful for experiencing the richness of true love which is enhanced and deepened over time.

  104. I am grateful that a small paining I am doing for a friend is almost finished. I know she will love it and that is such joy for me.

  105. Karen

    I am thankful for today…that I have all day to prepare for thanksgiving so that tomorrow I can enjoy it more with family and friends.

  106. Love this and cherish those little “happies” that just come along…I am grateful for each one. Yesterdays was pretty darn awesome- went picking cotton with a new friend who cares for her husband with alzheimers and it was the perfect escape of silly fun for both of us. Warm gorgeous sunshine and fields of beautiful cotton and laughter together over us “borrowing” some!

  107. I am grateful for the clouds and the rainbows and the rays of sunlight. I am grateful for the many shades of green and blue that greet my eyes each day.

  108. I am grateful for good weather here for the holidays!

  109. Agreed! it’s called common grace & you wrote about it so beautifully. I guess it’s a good time to say i’m thankful for the common grace of God on my life.

  110. Bon

    I am grateful for the entrance into my life of my daughter in law who is a precious gift to both my son and myself. Her cheerfulness and calm sweet attitude has enriched our lives.

  111. Anonymous

    I’m grateful for my husband…my life partner and best friend. We celebrate 32 years together this coming Friday.

    Linda Hall

  112. I am grateful for the help yesterday in packing for my upcoming show.

  113. Today I am grateful for the graces that have come unbidden into my life…….Mike, art and numerous friendships…..the important things in my life.

  114. Yvonne

    My dog, Jessy, walked into my life unbidden, She lived next door, a puppy to an ealderly lady. She had so much energy and longed to play. I offered to walk her daily as the lady could not. She wormed her way into my heart and when the lady decieded to keep a cat instead, she offered Jessy to me. That was 5 years ago and she is my joy every day. Yvonne Ankerman

    • Margene

      Yvonne your work is amazing, I can not decide whick I like best your Bold wild strokes . or your beautiful soft watercolors. Thanks to Dreama I was able to experience your art. thanks to you both.

  115. Holly Rose

    It’s so very true, the very best has come to me unbidden. The fateful night I walked to Good Company, a coffee shop and eatery in Daytona Beach, to try and retrieve an unpleasant day. And into my space walked my life partner, Tom, who has been enriching my life for 33 years and counting.

  116. Goldfish. Not the kind you eat. I inherited them with the Maltese house I’m living in. They were an unbidden treat, did you know they change color? Subtly, slowly, and over time they are not divided by color, now they are all golden.

  117. I am grateful for – and should not take for granted… food, shelter, family and freedom.
    We need to notice what we have got and appreciate everything XX

  118. Anonymous

    Oh well. I thought for a second too long. Grateful to be the second to comment. Oooo and almost forgot … grateful to the Wendy for buying one of my paintings yesterday … really grateful. Sea Dean

  119. Anonymous

    Wow, first comment you must have just hit the button! Today I’m grateful for a nice comfortable bed, a hot shower and hot coffee. Remembering all the places I’ve been in the world where that was difficult. Sea Dean

  120. Anonymous

    Yes, the little things that mysteriously appear – the serendipity moments – co-incidences – all are meant to be for our enjoyment, delight and gratitude!I am grateful for the magical moments of each day!
    Alma Marshall

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