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Friday’s Fave Five July 26, 2019

It has been 6 weeks since I broke my shoulder and I am still recuperating. Last Thursday, I started physical therapy to increase my range-of-motion. I have to do 6 exercises 5 times a day. That is hard and by the end of the day, my arm HURTS. So pain management has been an issue again.

ONE. HELP. I asked on Facebook for ideas from folks who deal with chronic pain on how to stay emotionally and spiritually balanced during this time. I received help. The answers folks gave weren’t, for the most part, new to me. But I needed to hear each one. For some reason, when the pain is unrelenting, I forget the things that will help; Like icing, listening to upbeat music, and being around people who will point me to God. I want to write a post about all the things folks suggested. I will print it out so it is an easy reference for when I am fretful and can’t think what to do to help myself.

TWO. SCRIPTURE. Several folks reminded me about the power of God’s Word to calm a fretful soul. And I was reminded about the power of praise to adjust one’s focus. Which is why I am back to writing an FFF. Psalm 42:11 – Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.

THREE. SKILLS. I can do several more things this week. (1) I can wash and dry my face with both hands. (2) I can brush my teeth with my right hand. (3) I can wash my hair with both hands. (4) I can turn off the twisty knob on my floor lamp; (5) I can type for about 5 minutes before it is too painful. Even though there is a lot I cannot do, I am training myself to focus on my progress.

FOUR. NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY. My church celebrated this “holiday” last Sunday. Folks brought their fave single-serve ice cream to our Fellowship Hall.. We ate that and studied the book of Galatians. We listened to The Bible Project’s Overview of Galatians.  We read the book in small groups and pairs. And we concluded by answering a few questions. This was an encouraging and fun time.

FIVE. FINISHED. My daughter turned in her final project for the braille transcribing course she’d been studying for the past year and a half. It will probably take 6-8 weeks before she receives her grade. A grader reads the 35 braille pages, marks any errors, and writes Elizabeth a letter with her grade. Then it gets mailed back to California from Maryland. We hope she receives it much sooner. I am so proud of Elizabeth for finishing this course. She created a Facebook group for folks going through this course: Literary Braille Transcribing Study Group. It started with one person and now has 165 people. After Elizabeth posted her manuscript at the post office, we had frozen yogurt (first) and then ate at Mod pizza (they have gluten-free crusts).

BONUS. PHOTO. Even though my son and his family moved to VA in June, I am still connected to them. One of the best ways is via Facetime. My grandgirls and I like to take photos of each other while we visit. This is one of the latest photos of the two older girls.

Your Turn . . . Share your praises from this week in the comments below or link a post to Living to Tell the Story.  . . . Also, please share what you do when you feel fretful in mind and spirit. I’d like more ideas.

Related Posts . . . I need to go back through my old posts about chronic pain. I see that I can remind myself of some helpful things.

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Friday’s Fave Five – October 27, 2018

“In our world of greed, people measure success by accumulation. Christians [should] measure it by appreciations. We’re thankful for what we have, understanding that ‘a merry heart has a continual feast,’ Proverbs 15:15.”

Having a conditional feast sounds like a great way to live; so here are five appreciations from my last week. If you want to join this Friday meme. go to Susanne’s place. There is plenty of room.

ONE. Pizza and Pictionary. Once a year or so, the women at my church gather for a game night. This time we added pizza. YUMMY! I am a terrible drawer, and I do mean terrible. And I am not so hot at guessing, either. So I wasn’t expecting to really enjoy myself that much. BOY, was I WRONG! There were many times of laughter, deep belly laughter. Endorphins flowed all night long.

TWO. Pumpkin Patch. My daughter and I joined my daughter-in-law and her three kiddos at a pumpkin patch in Petaluma (1hr, 45mins away). On the way up I listened to my audio book. My son joined us later in the afternoon. We stayed there 4 hours, playing in a corn kernel pit, running through the hay maze, taking a tractor ride, eating lunch, milking cows and climbing tall stacks of hay bales. Then we went to a local brewery for dinner. Their nachos were so TASTY! There were many photo ops, lots of hugs, and many smiles.

THREE. Reverse Trick-or-Treating. I want to get to know my neighbors, so I spent two evenings going to their doors giving THEM treats. Although I was extremely nervous and my first night didn’t work out so well, I did persevere. Read this post to see what happened.

This is a sample of what I left by the door, when no-one answered.

FOUR. Audio Books. I listen to audio books when I drive a lot or when I get fed up with getting in my daily steps. Last week I was in the “fed up” stage and so listened to Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Talk about plot twists! This is not the normal kind of book I read. It was on Reese Witherspoon’s book club choice for September.

FIVE. #Write31Days. I wrote 6/7 posts for my series on Acts of Kindness. I hope to get caught up this weekend. What I wrote last week . . .

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Friday’s Fave Five – October 19, 2018

“Our favorite  attitude should be gratitude,” Zig Ziglar.

I agree. So I am going to spend a few minutes listing five of my gratitudes from this past week.

Join us at Susanne’s place for this meme.

ONE. Naps. Last week was particularity busy and energy was lacking. Most days I had a nap after work. Ahhh, those wonderful, restorative naps make such a difference to my mood and productivity.

TWO. New small group leaders. I spoke with a couple (Mike and Lina) from church who will be leading a study on marriage. I am so excited as it has been years since we’ve had such a small group. They will start in January and use a video curriculum. If you have a suggestion, please let me know. I visited their group last Sunday and I was impressed with how they interact as a couple, their familiarity with the material, and how they included the group’s members. They are fun and godly.

THREE. Bucket List achievement. Can you believe I’ve never been to a corn maze? A small group of our seniors from church did just that. All 6 of us were first timers. We tromped through the corn maze (lost for only 30 minutes), went on a hay ride, ate piping hot apple cider donuts, and visited. The warm day was filled with laughter and friendship.

Here is photo proof we made it though the maze. Gail was our photographer.

FOUR. Pot of chili. One morning before work, I put together a pot of chili. We ate it for 2 dinners and one breakfast (with eggs). Yummm. It was NICE to have this easy meal after a busy day. I used to do once-a-month cooking. I REALLY want to get back to that.

FIVE. Celebrated a niece’s birthday. As per our routine, we had waffles and ice cream for breakfast and then a dinner as a family (and time around the fire pit). Besides concentrating on spoiling Emily, we had laughs and conversation was like getting an emotional snuggle.

Happy birthday to a talented (music and athletics), god-loving, funny, enthusiastic woman I am THRILLED to know and even more thrilled to be related to. … Because of the angel, the waffles look bigger than they actually are.

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Friday’s Fave Five October 12, 2018

Gratitude begins in our hearts and then dovetails into behavior. ~Anne Lamott

The week always comes and goes so quickly. If I don’t pay attention, the blessings come and go just as quickly. So I stop and think about them. Join some of us who do that on Friday’s at Susanne’s place.

ONE. Holiday visit. I was able to spend time with family in Berkeley. We created (a Popsicle puzzle as a present for daddy), played (at Blake Garden), snuggled, and talked. It was a fun, busy holiday.

My youngest granddaughter is learning to scoot (mainly backwards), and eat finger foods. I have to smile when I am around her.

TWO. Bullet proof coffee. I have enjoyed a cup many days, Besides the soothing warmth it brings to a morning, it is a great way for me to get collagen into my diet.

THREE. Getting up to speed. The air quality is much better now that CA fires are mostly contained. Therefore, I’ve been able  to walk outside. I am not up to my 14,000 step goal, but I am almost at 9,000 steps daily. It is amazing how quickly you can lose exercise-ground when you don’t do it.

It is always a joy to cuddle, especially with grandchildren

FOUR. Audio books. When I don’t walk with someone, I frequently listen to an audio book. This week I finished Slim by Design:Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life by Brian Wansink. The author and his team experimented with mostly easy to implement tweaks we could all make to help us eat a better diet in our various environments (home, office, school, and in the restaurants/grocery stores we frequent the most). Check out their website and also check out the book. I bet you’ll get an easy tip or two to help you eat more mindlessly like slim folks. And if you already eat that way, you can get tips to share.

FIVE. Pandora. There are times when I want to listen to background music (I usually like it quiet). For those times, it is great to have Pandora. I can choose the station that best fits my mood. This morning it is piano-dominated pieces.

Your Turn . . . What are your fave blessings from this week? It will encourage you to share and it will encourage us to read it.

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Friday’s Fave Five October 5, 2018

Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices. ~ Robert Braathe

This week I am choosing an attitude of gratitude by sharing five things from my week. These are five things for which I am grateful. If you’d like to join, go here.

ONE. Milky Coffee.  Usually I drink 1-2 cups a month. This week I have been having a cup a day at work. Even though I accidentally bought decaf, it is a comforting beverage, especially with all the milk I put in.

Your Turn . . .  Is there a beverage you drink everyday? The main beverages I drink are water and hot tea.

TWO. Single Serve Coffee Maker. A friend gifted my this and it uses both ground coffee and K cups. Since it is a single serve machine, it is small and fits just right in my limited space kitchen. I learned that I can get 15 ounces of delicious brew from each K cup. Now that I own a coffee maker, I might have more than (my new average of) one cup a day.

Your Turn . . . Is there a kitchen appliance you can’t do with out? Some friends have been astounded that I didn’t have a coffee maker. 

THREE. Cemetery Tour. Some senior folks from church had to cancel last-minute, but 4 of us made it to Sacramento’s historic, downtown cemetery. Our guide, Melanie, dressed in period costume. We were fascinated by the dozen or so stories she told about our capital’s citizens.. I want to go back because there is more to hear.

Your Turn . . . Does your town offer historic tours at the cemetery? Have you been?

FOUR. HARD RAIN. It only lasted 15 minutes or so. The rain flooded the sidewalks but was quickly absorbed into the ground. Thunder, lightning, and the pound of the rain were delightful to experience. Don’t you love the smell that rain brings? I just learned there is a name for it: petrichor. The term derives from the Greek words petra, meaning “stone” and ichor, which is the fluid that flows in the veins of Greek gods. Of course, researchers have a more scientific explanation.

Your Turn . . . What is your view on rain? . . . Did you know that the smell associated with rain has a name?

FIVE. #Write31Days. It began on October 1st. I am still on track and have even pre-written several posts. I am enjoying thinking about Acts of Kindness, Intentional and Random. Here is the list of posts I’ve written so far. Kindness is . . .

  1. Organizing Meals
  2. Delivering Meals
  3. Calling Someone
  4. Organizing a Sock Drive
  5. Baking a Birthday Cake for Someone You Don’t Know

Your Turn . . . Are you participating in #Write31Days2018?  . . . Have you ever? Why or why not?

You don’t have to answer all my questions. But please do reflect on the good things your week yielded.

It would be kind of you to leave a comment.

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather Large Amount of Gratitude. ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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Friday’s Fave Five – September 28, 2018

“It is easy to forget how blessed we are! Maintaining an attitude of gratitude is something we need to do on purpose.” Joyce Meyer

It is time to tell about this week’s fave five blessings. Join us here.

ONE. Delicious food.

  • Veggies. Friends gave us some produce (purple egg-plant, yellow and green striped zucchini, and plump red tomatoes) from their garden. I oven roasted them. My daughter and I ate them all in one go. So of course, I made another batch.
  • Pudding. While in Berkeley last weekend, my daughter (Elizabeth) bought 8 beautifully shaped, big avocados for $0.80 each. (STEAL!) This week she made dairy-free chocolate mousse with the avocados. Wow, our taste buds were so happy. We need more avocados so Elizabeth can make another batch.

TWO. Two art projects. It didn’t work out for us to go camping, so Elizabeth and I spent the weekend in Berkeley with my son and his family. When I am a good grandma, I bring art projects for us to do. This time I was a GREAT grandma as I brought two projects for us to do.I brought a Crazy Character Make-a-Face sticker pad. First, we used the stickers the traditional way by adhering the facial body stickers on the paper faces. Then Elizabeth had us put the stickers onto our faces. This was hilarious.

I also brought a kit where we poured plaster-of-paris

magnets and then painted them. The whole family (minus the baby) participated in the magnet art. Of course my grand daughters were thrilled with us 4 grownups doing the same thing as them.

THREE. Small groups at church. Last Sunday was our kick off. There are 8 groups doing one of 3 topics (The Art of Neighboring, Acts and The Shack). It is so exciting to see the church connecting in this way.

My small group also started up. This week was an overview of our new book. And since we already know each other, we didn’t have to spend a lot of time on getting to know you activities. Instead we made cards. I think it is awesome to help ladies see that they TOO can create. It is not an innate talent.

FOUR. Critique Group. I’ve been part of a bi-weekly writing group for about 8 months. We send each other our work and then meet to go over our suggestions. My writing has improved and I’ve been more diligent about sitting down at the keyboard. Now that #Write31Days is almost here (starts October 1st), it will be good to have this encouraging group, of talented writers backing me up.

My series will be: The Kindness Diary: Exploring 31 RAK’s.

FIVE. PEP Notes: Encouragement Through Cards. 8 ladies and I wrote notes to the folks in our church who are 55 years and older. We call that group P.E.P 55+. PEP stands for People Encouraging People. We finished before 2 hours elapsed. That is the first time we’ve gone through all the names in one sitting. We even had time to chat and eat snacks.

Posts I Wrote This Week: Fun Fall Bucket List 2018

Books I Read This Week: 

  1. How We Eat With Our Eyes and Think With Our Stomach: The Hidden Influences That Shape Your Eating Habits by Melanie Mühl  
  2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Your Turn . . . What brought you joy through shared experiences, laughter, and encouragement?

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Friday’s Fave Five September 21, 2018

A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude. ~ Bruce Wilkinson

It’s Friday and time to spill my blessings – just five, though, from this past week. Join the gang at Living to Tell the Story.

 

ONE. All Church Camping Retreat. These are some of the ladies I laughed with. I dyed my hair with lavender dye. Can you see it? I am in the back, on the right.

TWO. Computing again. Last week my computer broke. This week I have a new computer with office suite and I figured out which printer to use. I also started using a mouse again. I FORGOT how much I LOVE using one.

THREE. Our group packed 17 Operation Christmas Child boxes. We’ve been collecting things year round. I wanted to see what we have and what we need. One lady gave us 3 soccer balls and pumps and a bunch of little toys. Next time we will fill 12 plastic OCC boxes like the one pictured below.

FOUR. Tile. I received a tile for Christmas and I LOVE it. I use it to find my keys and my cell phone. This device has been a life saver at least once a week.

FIVE. Successfully Serving your Aging Congregation Seminar. We learned about health. legal and housing resources. … I learned that there are SEVENTY types of dementia, … I want to read these two books on dying better: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande and When Breath Becomes Air: What Makes Life Worth Living in the Face of Death by Paul Kalanithi. … And the below quote is well worth listening to, Depression is not normal aging! This was reiterated by a speaker who is geriatric psychiatric,

THANKS for reading. Be sure to comment on YOUR fave blessings or a reaction to something I shared. … Sorry, I am not very chatty this week.  😉

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