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Friday’s Fave Five October 20, 2017

“Old age is dark and unlovely, Sally” said Mrs. Adams.

“Still,” said Sally, “you have much to be happy about.”

“True,” agrees Mrs. Adams.

~ (This short conversation came from an episode on John Adams.)

Yes, old age is dark and unlovely. And yes, there is still much to be happy about. Right now I am going to list five things that gets my gratitude. Join us here to do the same.

ONE. Celebrated Emily’s Birthday breakfast and dinner. My niece turned 16 and we had the required birthday waffles and ice cream breakfast and then the birthday person’s choice for dinner (lasagna, bread and salad with cheesecake for dessert.) Emily is smart, athletic, funny, loving, godly, and dedicated. I am blessed to have her as a niece.

TWO. Completed another 5K FUn Walk. Mary and I have finished four 5K’s now. This one was along the American River. There were only 40ish people – mainly running. At least we weren’t the last folks done. It was a lovely day and the money went to a cause we both believe in: the Children’s Receiving Home.

THREE. Decluttering is still going on. The thing I am happiest about is that the porch is empty. It is supposed to rain tomorrow so I had a huge incentive to get this area done.

FOUR. Car was donated. I’ve been trying to figure out what is wrong with my old car but wasn’t having any luck. With some help from my daughter, my car was donated today. It feels good to help a non-profit. And it feels good to cross off a majour item on my to-do list.

FIVE. Decorated a bulletin board. Cheryl helped me to put up new information on our PEP 55+ bulletin board. The gal who normally takes care of changing out the advertising. is not feeling well. So Cheryl helped me and we think we did a nice job. Plus it was fun spending time with Cheryl. And we even got in a few minutes of prayer together.

Your Turn . . . Please share something from your list.

Related Post . . . 43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL Prompts

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Friday’s Fave Five October 13, 2017

“Praise God even when you don’t understand what He is doing.” ~ Henry Jacobsen

This week certainly brought uncertainty and questioning with all the fires in Northern California and the horrendous mass murder in Las Vegas. So it is even more important that we recount our blessings! Join with Susanne and others at Friday’s Fave Five.

ONE. Monterey Trip. Last weekend my daughter, Elizabeth, and I visited my niece, Kadie, at University in Monterrey. We walked the beach, cooked fresh trout, strolled through a Salvador Dali Museum, chatted, drank tea, and made food together. It was a FUN, delightful time.

TWO. Reading. Threads of Suspicion is a book fellow FFFer Barb recommended. I don’t recommend you read this book until the 3rd book is in print. Unless unlike me you can wait patiently to have some questions answered.

THREE. Project Piles. I am decluttering 31 minutes each day in October. My newest kick is the craft/art supplies. I am sorting this table full of stuff into project piles and then putting them into see-through, large, ziplock bags. It will be much easier to see what I have. And it will be much easier to grab a bag and start because everything is there. … I have been able to release some projects. 🙂

FOUR. Small Group. We had our 3rd meeting last night. And again it was a lot of laughing, probing discussion, some tears, and vulnerability. I am honoured to partner with these gals as we do life together and grow closer to each other and God. I shared this link about taking an online quiz to discover your love language. Knowing this information might help us to love on each other better.

FIVE. Hair cut. I have been trying to grow my hair into a different style, but after 4 months, it is clear that style is not for me. I must have shorter, layered locks. So I had my hair cut like it usually is. And it looks so much better.

Your turn . . .  Share what you’ve been grateful for. In these times of devastation, it is more important than ever to capture those things and treasure them.

What I wrote this week . . ..

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Friday’s Fave Five October 6, 2017

“Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach

I am linking today’s gratitude post to Friday’s Fave Five. I hope you join us or leave a comment to share what makes your gratitude list. Here are mine.

ONE. Family time. My daughter and I drove to Berkeley and spent a day with my son and his family. We had a blast: crafts, photos, dinner, chatting, Mary Poppins with popcorn, and snuggles with the two grand daughters.

TWO. Breakfast/Farmer’s Market with Bip & Lori. We’ve wanted to meet up since August. This was the earliest that all of us could get together. And it was worth the wait! We talked, moaned, encouraged, laughed, and connected.

THREE. Gratitude 43. I am on day 24/43 for my gratitude practice. I’ve picked some topics and I write three reasons I am grateful for that topic. I have been faithfully pondering and writing. And I feel that my gratitude level has been upped.

FOUR. Writing date. My daughter has joined me in #Write31Days. Her topic for the month is  “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” This week we had two writing dates. It was encouraging to spend a couple of hours (each time) with a writing buddy at a local coffee shop so we could dedicate time to our blogs.

FIVE. Heating pad. A heating pad is great “medicine” for a hurting back.

Your Turn . . . Share what tops your gratitude list.

What I Wrote This Week . . . 

Related Post . . . 43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL Prompts

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Friday’s Fave Five September 1st, 2017

“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.”  Doris Day

I believe that I am rich. I am not rich by way of money, but because of friendships, family, health, and many other things, I am RICH.

Today I will recount 5 things for which I am grateful. Why don’t you join us at Friday’s Fave Five.

ONE. Cleaning out the garage. I am on a mission to finish decluttering my house. Right now, the garage is the focus. I spent 2 1/2 hours one day and then I had to stop because the temps have been in the 100’s. But I made a GREAT start. And so that I could stay motivated, my daughter took several trips to the thrift store with my cast offs and brought out water so I didn’t dehydrate too much.

This table top BBQ was easy to assemble & fun to use. And it only cost $1.50.

TWO. National Toasted Marshmallow Day. And yes, my daughter and I did celebrate, gluten-free style. We made tabletop BBQ’s (with clay pots). Go to this link to see how we did this. In case you can’t tell, I like to celebrate national holidays.

THREE. PEP Thursday Breakfast. Every Thursday there is a standing invitation for PEPers (our senior 55+ group) to meet at Perkos for breakfast (or just a cup of coffee). Today I attended and I was the 17th (and last) person to join the group. What a GROUP we were. Besides having a lovely breakfast (2 easy over eggs sitting on top of a dinner salad), I got to visit with a couple that I didn’t know very well. I got full on good food and good company.

Some of our Boggle boards. Do you like to play word games? Set the timer for 3 minutes & see how many words you can create on the right hand board.

FOUR. Boggle. I have no idea where my game box is. I imagine I will find it once I am done decluttering. This week I had a HANKERING to play Boggle. So my daughter made us paper Boggle boards. Do you know that if you are tired, and you play this game, you WILL wake up. I won one night and my daughter won one night. Now we’ll have to have a championship round.

FIVE. Inside Out Movie. On the 5th Tuesday of the month, PEP watches a movie at the church. We watch one of Pastor Mike’s favourite movies. This time it was Inside Out. Have you seen it? If not, do! It was about how important it is to have a full range of emotions especially sadness.

It was a great way to beat the HEAT. There were some tears, and laughs, and lots of good discussion. And someone brought homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Your Turn . . . Did you have to escape the heat or sleepy eyes this past week? . . . What movie would you recommend? . . . When was the last time you had s’mores?

What I Am Reading  . . . Mrs Dalloway (out loud with my daughter)

What I Wrote This Week . . . 

 

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Friday’s Fave Five August 25th, 2017

“Find the good and praise it.” ~ Alex Haley

That is what I am doing tonight. I am looking over my past week for the good. I am praising it and I am thankful. Join the rest of us here for Friday’s Fave Five.

ONE. Finger pin cushion. I’ve had these supplies and this pinned post for a long time. I finally made it. Even though I crafted for only 12 minutes, it was a satisfying feeling and a useful end product.

One. Upcycled project. My daughter gathered all the “beauty supplies” to one spot. She kept finding tweezers and nails clippers in multiple areas. Instead of putting these in the beauty basket, Elizabeth made a container from an empty, round tube of kleenex. Wahoo for creativity and organization.

THREE. Visited family in Berkeley. I got to spend two days with some of the Berkeley family. We had park time, craft time, cuddle time and lots of talking. Being with them never gets old.

FOUR. Found a charger cord. Somehow I lost my home charger cord for my iPhone. I kept borrowing my daughter’s cord because I didn’t want to buy another one.  I was sure that as soon as I did, I would find the cord. … BUT – while I was taking a walk in Berkeley, I found one in a scattered pile of trash on the sidewalk.

FIVE. Given two 3 tiered-serving stands. Every year we have a Tea during Missions week at my church. And every year we have to borrow 12 of these stands. In January I decided that I would scour thrift stores for some of our own. On Monday one of our volunteers donated these for our collection! We now have six (and four 2-tiered stands).

Your Turn . . .  Share something good from your week.

What I Finished Reading  . . . small great things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult . . . The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

What I Wrote This Week . . . 

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Friday’s Fave Five August 18, 2017

Wow – this week has flown. I didn’t even make time to write. But today, right now, I WILL make time to recount five blessings from this past week. I am linking this to Susanne’s meme, Friday’s Fave Five.

I made more chia seed jam, blueberry this time. For breakfast I had it with yogurt and Qi’a. I made one pint of jam and used only 3 tablespoons of sugar.

Mary and I walked our monthly “professional” 5k: The Susan B. Anthony Fun Run/Walk. We improved our time by 2 minutes. There were fun, free additions like a goody bag, massage and raffle. Mary won that colourful striped bag.

6 weeks ago my daughter lost her copy of my car key while we were camping. This past weekend she found it while hiking in the same area. Elizabeth didn’t find it on the ground. She found it in her jacket pocket.

This week I decided in addition to walking a 5K monthly, I want to also walk one each week. My daughter and I did that one evening. This photo documents our last steps of that 5K. (I want to “step up” my commitment to health.)

I have been craving Lemon Meringue Pie for 3 weeks. Tuesday was National Lemon Meringue Pie Day, so I resisted no longer. I always think of my Grandma Ruby when I think of this pie, so she was the unseen, missing guest at our table. … Now take a moment to reflect on your favourite blessings from this past week.

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Friday’s Fave Five August 11th, 2017

This purple yam ice cream with small chunks of cheese is a delightful discovery. My daughter bought it at a local Asian market.

This week has flown and it is already time to look for five highlights. It is time to count some blessings.

“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” ~ Eric Hoffer

ONE. Ube Ice Cream. Trying new foods is such a fun and simple joy.  This particular Ube (purple yam from the Philippines) ice cream is ube queso (with cheese). It is surprisingly good.

TWO. Memorial Service. A much beloved woman, Alice Gibbons, went home to her Saviour. Besides being a caring wife, mom, grandma, friend, (ETC), she was also a pioneer missionary (from the C&MA) in Papua, Indonesia for 40+ years. Alice and her husband, Don, mainly served the people of the stone aged tribe Damal. Alice wrote 2 books, although I have only read one, The People Time Forgot. Her legacy and example will live on as will the sacrifice and love she gave to many, many people.

THREE. Friend Time. My friend, Pam, went with me to Alice’s memorial service which was held in Paradise, CA (Pam’s hometown). Pam moved to SoCal last year and so I haven’t seen much of her. We spent a lot of time talking, eating yummy food, and then seeing Wonder Woman. I can see why Wonder Woman got so many rave reviews.

FOUR. Excursions Planned. One other thing I did in Paradise was visit with another friend, Scotti. We are going on a cruise in the Fall (starting in Madrid, Spain and ending in Barcelona, Spain). We finalized our six excursions. I cannot believe I get to do this!

FIVE. Crisis Intervention Training. I had the opportunity and privilege of attending a three-day course with first responders about . . .

  • Understanding  the basic symptomology of mental illnesses
  • Considerations and tactics for communicating with mentally ill subjects
  • Importance of self-care
  • Identifying signs and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Reviewing healthy coping habits for first responder stress and self-care

I was reminded again of  how much stress and sacrifice law enforcement personal and police chaplains go through. I was reminded again of how thankful I am for these folks in my community.

Note: I am a pastor and church chaplain. I am grateful for this training because I gained information on how to deescalate a potentially threatening situation and the importance of self-care.

Your Turn . . . Leave a comment, please. Or write your own Friday’s Fave Five and link up at Susanne’s place.

What I am reading . . . 

What I Wrote This Week . . . 

 

 

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