Friday’s Fave Five – November 20, 2015



My grand-daughter is good medicine

I’ve been remiss these past weeks and haven’t written a Friday’s Fave Five. Here is this week’s offering.

ONE. I’ve been coping with a cold for 3 weeks now. I spent several days last week with my son’s family getting loved on. And after an impromptu visit with friends (Shula & John), I came home with tea, vitamins and some fresh eggs from their hens. I am feeling better  – just a lingering cough.

TWO. I attended a Tea, fashion show and fundraiser sponsored by The CLUB. It is a respite program (adult day care for folks with memory issues) that meets at our church. The food and company were delicious. And the models (regular women) did a great job and I have some new wardrobe pieces in mind to purchase.

THREE. Celebrated a friend’s birthday. Marsha and I took Gillian to lunch at Plates Cafe & Catering. We all ordered the special of the day, meatloaf sandwiches and sweet potato fries. YUMMM. This restaurant is run by St John’s Shelter for Women and Children. They help homeless women find a footing in life by offering them training and work so they can increase their job skills and employability.

My version of a prayer pumpkin

My version of a prayer pumpkin

FOUR. Prayer pumpkin helps with a new way of praying. Have you ever prayed according to topic each day? If yes, what were your categories?

I haven’t until recently. I am quite liking this method. I don’t know where to stop without feeling guilty. I believe in the power of prayer and I know that when I do stop there is still so much more to pray for. This new way of prayer (for me) is giving me some doable boundaries. Does that sound silly or shallow?

FIVE. I repotted a plant. Trudy (volunteer receptionist at work) brought everything I needed to repot my philodendron plant, months ago. Finally this week I did the dirty deed – mainly because it wouldn’t stand up anymore. I am grateful it has recovered quite nicely and adds lovely life to my office.

leaf FFFYour Turn . . . Write your own FFF and link up at Living to Tell the Story. Or leave a comment sharing your own blessings from this past week.

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Prayer Pumpkin


This is my take on a prayer pumpkin.

Do you pin many ideas to Pinterest? Do you do many of the things you’ve saved? Every once in a while I do! The latest thing I crafted was from my Fall Pinterest Board. It combined three things I love – Fall decor, puff paint, and prayer.

I created a prayer pumpkin.

The original post is here at Coffee with Us 3. Jamie used real mini pumpkins and a metallic sharpie to write names on the pumpkins. Read her post for all the details and to see her finished work. Leave her a comment while you are there.

I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this project. So I went to the Dollar Store and bought one of those BRIGHT orange foam pumpkins. Boy, was it bright! Here is how I transformed if from BRIGHT to just right.


This craft cost $1 as I already had the bottles of paint.

  • I toned down the orange by dry brushing on brown acrylic paint and wiping most of it off.
  • Then in a few spots, I dry brushed orange and yellow acrylic paint over the brown.
  • Again I wiped most of it off.
  • Using puff paint I divided my pumpkin into 7 sections.
  • I wrote the days of the week at the top.
  • And in each section I wrote what I am praying for that day.

I have never prayed according to day before. So I spent time brainstorming what could go in each section. The list I narrowed it down to as follows.

Here is the bottom of my pumpkin.

Here is the bottom of my pumpkin.

  1. Sunday – Church, Love God, Love Others, Harvest
  2. Monday – Christian & Missionary Alliance District Office and Head Quarters
  3. Tuesday – Small Groups, KidMin, PEP, Women’s Ministry (What I’m involved in at work/church)
  4. Wednesday –  My Friends
  5. Thursday – Family, Relatives, Their Friends
  6. Friday – Governments
  7. Saturday – Missionaries (I miss spelled that on my pumpkin)
  8. Every day  – on the bottom of the pumpkin – Godson, Grand daughter, My Kids, Facebook needs (a main reason I am on fb), and BUFF (my diabetic support group)

This is an easy craft and prayer project to do with any age.  Instead of puff paint which might be hard for the younger kiddos to use, try letter, word or picture stickers. Of course the 7 sections are optional. You could do what Jamie did and devote one pumpkin to each family or group/need.

I love this newest addition to my Fall decor collection. And I am intrigued to see how this new way of praying goes.

Your Turn . . . What do you think of this idea? If you make one, please link back to your project as I’d love to see your take on a prayer pumpkin. . . . Have you ever prayed certain things for each day of the week? If yes, what was your experience? Do you have any tips?  

I am linking up with Works For Me Wednesday hosted by Giving Up On Perfect. Be sure to go there to check out all the other ideas.

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Singles Thanksgiving Bucket List

My version of the prayer pumpkin

My version of the prayer pumpkin. Read #6 to know what I am talking about.

Sometimes single people don’t get to spend the holiday with family or friends. It is more of a solo event. But even if that is true, we can still celebrate and celebrate well. I’ve seen lots of Thanksgiving Bucket List ideas for families, but none for singles. Below is a list of some things to do, if you are alone this Thanksgiving. Of course, these ideas would work for couples or groups of people as well.

  1. Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Youtube has this 25 minute video here. After you have watched the video, take this quiz.
  2. Watch one of these motivational  movies (all on Amazon Instant Video) – Ring the BellFaith Like Potatoesor The Ultimate Life
  3. Write a gratitude letter. Or better yet start your own gratitude project. Here is my original list. The main point is to tell someone thanks and why you are grateful for them.
  4. Eat a festive meal. Of course the traditional turkey and stuffing works. But if that sounds too time- and labour-intensive, make a shepherd’s pie with ground turkey and mashed sweet potatoes. Here is my recipe.
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    I printed the silverware holder on orange paper.  Isn’t it cute?

    Add decorative table touches. Fresh flowers put into a faux pumpkin (or even real pumpkin) are very nice. But you could also make your decorations. For instance these silverware holders are easy to make: Print, cut, glue.

  6. Pray. Praying ad-lib or using a prayer prompt are some standard ways of praying. But what about adding faux or real pumpkins to your table decor and using them as a prompt? Of course you are confused. So go read this post about prayer pumpkins.
  7. Take a walk. Enjoy the scenery. Say hello to other folks who are out. But you can add something special to your time outdoors by taking yourself on a gratitude scavenger hunt. Go here for directions to this activity. 
  8. Execute a Random Act of Kindness. At this post I give 20 RAK ideas. At this one, I list 10 RAK ideas.
  9. Read. Choose your favourite genre or something . . . . funny . . . encouraging . . . or heart-warming.
  10. Craft. A holiday is made better when crafting time is allowed. What about making a Christmas ornament? I have a ton of ornament ideas at this Pinterest board. I make snowman ornaments with my family (almost) every year, I am thinking about making this block snowman ornament especially since I still have my kiddos’ wooden alphabet blocks.
  11. Put up your holiday decorations. Turn on some holiday music and turn your place into a winter wonderland.
  12. Watch a Christmas movie. Here are two choices . . .  Paper Angels and Now that you are at the end of your day, watch a movie. Here is my post 3 Reasons to Watch Christmas Movies.
  13. Insert your idea here. What would you add to this list of things a single person can do to spark up what could otherwise be a lonely holiday?

Your Turn . . . Will you be doing any of these activities?  . . . What would you add to this list?

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Choosing Gratitude As a Way of Living & Feeling


This book helped me to rethink the importance of a gratitude mindset.

Each November I try to do things that will help me focus on and increase gratitude in my life. This year I read James Autry’s  Choosing Gratitude: Learning to Love the Life You Have. It was a quick read and my highlights are below.

Autry says gratitude is much more than saying, “Thank you.” It is a way of living and even a way of feeling. He encourages us to continually take gratitude inventories in the different parts of our life: Family and Friends, Community, Work, Play.

After reflecting on these, we are invited to share the lists with others.  Autry would like this writing, reflection and sharing to lead to others doing the same. He’d like to start a gratitude movement.

I like the sound of that, too: a worldwide gratitude movement.

In any situation, Autry says, we can focus on the bad or the good. We can complain or give thanks for how things worked out in spite of the bad. We can look for the blessings that helped us cope and for the people who intervened.

I am a glass half-full type of person. I surround my thoughts with quotes that support that type of positive mentality. So I really liked the gratitude quotes Autry scattered throughout his book. Here are my faves . . .

  • “No duty is more urgent than of returning thanks,” Saint Ambrose.
  • “We owe thankfulness to God, not sour faces,” Rumi.
  • “Thanksgiving is good but thanks-living is better,” Matthew Henry.
  • “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings,” Eric Hoffer.

Your Turn . . . Are you more of a glass half full or half empty?  . . . What do you do to increase your awareness of the blessings that surround you? . . . Do you have a fave quote from the above?

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Friday’s Fave Five 11/6/2015

This princess and I had pizza with some family before going out to

This princess and I had pizza with some family before going out to “harvest” candy.

One. Church Celebration. We celebrated the ministry of our pastor and his wife. They have been here 25 years. It was heart-touching to be reminded of their godly example, investment in lives, and leadership.

Two. Grand daughter time. She spent the weekend with me since her parents were at an out-of-town wedding. We were busy: activities, food, trick-or-treating.  Go to this link to see some of what we did.

Three. #write31days. I wrote about Finding Laughter. I missed two days, but I plan on finishing those. Go here for the landing page which has all the posts in one spot. My biggest take away is that laughter is a choice just like being grateful is a choice. And the best foundation of this choice is Christ.

Four. New blog. I’ve been toying with starting a new blog as a way to get back on track with GREAT self-care. I started a diabetes blog this month because November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Come visit me.

leaf FFFFive. Sick Days. I have a cold and am glad I have time to take off work to just get better. PS. Leave tips on how to quickly.get over this cold

Leave a comment about one of your blessings. Or go to Living to Tell the Story to link up your own Fridays Fave Five.

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Ideas from this Date Over the Years

A cool feature (I think) from Facebook is that you can see what you’ve posted in years past on the same date. On today’s date (November 4th) I posted (among other others) about my health, politics, and Christmas. One reason I post these things is so that I’ll remember them for future use.

Only thing is, I hardly ever go back and do anything with the posted ideas. Or even if I wanted to, I have a hard time refinding them. So I am going to share some of these ideas that I don’t want to lose track of a 2nd time.

Christmas – Because it’s never too early for Christmas ideas, Plus Christmas is only 7 weekends away.

Politics – A friend posted this and I had to steal. This is wise advice.

Wise politcal advice

Another “P” word – Poetry – I am not a natural poetry reader. I have read 5 poems (all from my school years) that I still remember.

  1. The Raven – I am not sure why this Edgar Allan Poe poem has stayed with me all these years. But I usually read it once a year around Halloween. It seems a fitting, eerie poem.
  2. The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere – The exciting pulse and rendering of a historical event kept my attention and imagination captive. This link takes you to the poem in music form.
  3. The Children’s Hour – which I had to memorize and recite in front of the class. This is also a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; the Paul Revere poem was, too. I wonder if I heard them the same year from the same teacher?
  4. If – I kept a cheesy scrapbook in high school. I put in the obvious photos but also things of an inspirational nature. This poem by Rudyard Kipling was one of them.
  5. The 23rd Psalm – I learned this as a child. And I remember teaching it to my sister when she was a child. (I am the much, much older sister as she would say). I didn’t understand all the theological implications then, but it brought me peace.

This post, How to Read Poetry, a Step-by-Step Guide, gives 20 ideas on, well, how to read poetry. Since I’d like to better educate myself in this area, I a going to try these ideas. And I will look for 5 new poems to chew on. Any suggestions?

Tiny House inspiration – Someday I’d like to live in a tiny house in a beautiful setting.

My Health.

  • A friend tagged me to share this post about what beneficial things can happen when you drink water on an empty stomach.
  • I wrote this post(which links to Twitter and FB) on 3 Ways to Get More Gratitude in Your Life. What would you add to this list?
  • On this date in 2008 I evidently didn’t feel well as someone wished me success in getting better soon. Oddly enough. TODAY I woke up with a COLD complete with the constant drip- like so drippy you put toilet paper in your nose. Oh, you don’t do that.

If you are on Facebook, what did you post in your years past? 

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Fall Bucket List 2015 Update – October

This pumpkin was made with supplies from the Dollar Store: jumbo popsicle sticks, pom poms and googly eyes. I had the orange paint, magnet, and green cpaper.

This pumpkin was made with supplies from the Dollar Store: jumbo popsicle sticks, pom poms and googly eyes. I had the  paint, magnet, and green paper.

We just finished month 2 of Fall 2015. Below is what I did this past month. My original Fall Bucket List is here.


I spent a weekend with Sofia, my grand daughter. Her parents were gone Halloween weekend and I got to have her at my home. I planned 15 things for us to do which was unrealistic for a weekend and with a toddler. I love making and collecting kid art and activities; so that is what we did.

  • Made no-cook play dough. The most fun part was adding LOTS & LOTS of food coloring to the dough. Boy, did it stain our hands.
  • But since it was still warmish we went swimming. And by time we got out, besides being wrinkled, our hands were dye free.
  • Fro-yo with cousin Sammie was a fun activity
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    Such a happy night with this princess

    We had pizza with Uncle Mark, Aunt Jenny and cousin Emily and then went Trick-or-Treating.

  • We had two hand printing sessions to make “leaves” for this hand print Fall wreath for mom and dad which is not done yet. It is amazing how opinionated toddlers are. For some reason hand printing was not a fave activity.

REFRESHED – I went with 31 Women for a Retreat at Zephyr Point.

CREATED – This burlap covered pumpkin took me 15 minutes to craft (not including painting the pumpkin brown beforehand).


I am not thrilled with my printing. I AM thrilled with how the pumpkin turned out.










I made two wreaths. I don’t have room at home for these so both of them are at work,  Link for the burlap wreath is here. The link for the felt flower wreath is here.

i cannot believe this turned out so CUTE. I keep staring at it!

i cannot believe this turned out so CUTE. I keep staring at it!














Watched a movie with friends: Our church women’s ministry had planned on watching “He Named Me Malala” at the theater where I saw the previews. Did you know that just because a theater shows the previews, does NOT mean they will show the movie, too? Silly me for assuming that. So now I will be on the lookout for when it comes out on DVD. Then we will show it at church.

Instead of watching what we advertised, 4 of us (down from 14) went to the theater anyway (it’s only $5 on Tuesdays) and saw The Martian.

READ – a scary book: The Turn of the Screw   by Henry James. Delightfully scary – delightful in that it was scary but didn’t give me nightmares or even shivers in the middle of the dark night.

Participated in #write31days. I joined 100’s of others in writing every day in October on a single topic. My topic was 31 Days of Finding LaughterI spent time each day studying laughter to see if I could improve my laughter quotient. . . . Go here for the landing page which has all the posts in one spot.

Recipes – Tried another pumpkin recipe – pumpkin pasta bake. To the white sauce I added mushrooms, red peppers, onions, and garlic. And instead of layering the filling and sauce, I mixed it all together with cooked Barilla Protein Plus Penne. This is a delicious recipe and I will make it again,

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