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Friday’s Fave Five – September 20, 2019

It is Friday, so it is time to share five favourite blessings. That’s why we call it Friday’s Fave Five or FFF.

ONE. I have a new Physical Therapist and thus renewed hope. I just wasn’t healing well. My PT and I just weren’t connecting. I got a 2nd opinion last week. My arm is back in jail (in the brace); but I am already noticing less pain and more sleep and energy. I am HAPPY dance full of gratitude for this blessing.

TWO. God helped me write (my sermon) and share it. Without God’s enabling power, I would not have been able to do either action. Sunday’s topic was GRACE Listen to this to find out why grace is like super-hyper-abounding, crashing waves. I am thankful for God’s help and for all I learned about grace.

THREE. This video will make you laugh, think, and feel differently about God’s grace. My two favorite quotes — “I [Jesus] took the unforgivable and made it forgivable,”  — “Andrew, my face is smiling, but I [Peter] am serious.” — I am thankful for Christ’s forgiveness and for laughter.

FOUR. I went to a meetup with Sacramento Cake4Kids bakers this week. It was great meeting people, participating in a tool swap, hearing from an agency we partner with, and making a celebratory cake topper. I am grateful that I am part of a ministry that bakes cakes (and other treats) so kiddos can celebrate their birthdays. Some have actually never had a birthday cake. NEVER!

FIVE. I more than survived a PEP field trip. The folks over 55 at church (PEP) went to Alta Sierra Biblical Gardens. I was nervous about going because I remembered that the trails are uneven, rocky, and steep in places. Normally, that wouldn’t be an issue. But with my brace on, I felt very vulnerable and worried about falling.

I brought my walking stick and a plan. My plan was if I felt too scared about the path, I would just find a nearby bench and sit to wait for the group to come back. I kept my focus on the bits right before me.

That’s the best way to handle life when it is overwhelming or scary: just look at the bits to do that are right in front of you. (Right?)

With Marsha and Gail’s encouragement, I was able to make it all the way to the top and down.Usually one was before me and the other one was behind me. I am thankful for these ladies.

I never realized how handy a walking stick is. I am thankful for this piece of equipment.

None of us fell. All of us had a good time. Half of us made it to the top. All of us enjoyed the scenery and the beauty around us. All of this good news also went on my gratitude list.

This list has more than 5 THANKS. I am sure I will not get into trouble for that! Leave a comment below or share your post at Living to Tell the Story.

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Friday’s Fave Five – September 6, 2019

Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefulness, and gratefulness is a measure of our aliveness.” ~ Diana Butler Bass, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks

It is time for my weekly ritual of looking for the blessings from this past week. Regularly saying thank you to God and to people help me live a life filled with gratitude. When I live that way, I am contented and therefore nicer to be around.

Tomatoes – A friend, Mark,  had an abundance of tomatoes in his garden and so he gave me 10 pounds. I made crockpot tomato sauce with this bounty. Some I turned into spaghetti sauce and some I turned into tomato soup. These have been delicious treats. I am grateful that Mark shared his produce and that I found a recipe that we like.

Office – A work colleague (and my sister in real life) no longer works at the church where I work. I was able to snag her office. It has three windows which let in a lot of natural light. My daughter painted my new space and moved all the furniture. I am still settling in, but I can tell this is a win-win of a move. Although, I will and already do miss my sister a lot. I am grateful for my new space and for the help my daughter gave me.

Certified – My daughter has been studying to become a Certified Braille Transcriber. That has been her focus for the past 18 months. Yesterday, Elizabeth received news that she passed her final. She had to transcribe 37 pages of a book for sighted people. However, she more than passed. She passed with a score of 100%. I am so proud of her. And I am grateful that Elizabeth’s hard work paid off sooner rather than later.

Celebrate – Of course we had to celebrate Elizabeth’s hard work. We went to Zest Kitchen which is a vegan restaurant that also has gluten-free options. I had the Tiger Mountain Mushroom Burger. Wow, was it delicious. I am grateful my daughter passed and that some of us celebrated her Wednesday night.

Postage – I finally boxed up and mailed a slew of stuff I bought for my granddaughters. I procrastinated because I KNEW it would cost ALOT to mail. But I put them in a medium flat rate box from the US postal service. Ya’ll, it only cost $14.35. This was a heavy box, too. In fact, it can weigh up to 70 pounds; the postage for this size box is always $14.35. Did you know this existed? I am grateful I could mail all the items for such a reasonable price.

What’s on your gratitude list for this week? Share some in the comments or write your own post and link up here at Living to Tell The Story.  You’ll find a group of grateful like-minded folks.

P.S. I apologize in advance for still not being very good at visiting and commenting on other FFF’s. It is still painful to write (by hand or computer).

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Friday’s Fave Five – August 30, 2019

Gratitude is a choice which leads to happiness, contentment, and generosity. Gratitude is an especially important choice to make when life isn’t going as well as you’d like. I am in such a down time. My shoulder isn’t healing like it should. In fact, my range-of-motion has decreased whereas the pain has not.

“If it is difficult to live gratefully as individuals,” Dr. Bass believes that, “achieving a communal sense of gratitude will challenge us in profound ways.”  So, I am making it a point to think about blessings from this week and post them with a community of like-minded gratitude seekers at Living to Tell the Story.

My five fave blessings are as follows.

ONE. Texts from my kiddos. It is always a pleasure to receive a text from one of my adult children. I like knowing they are thinking about me especially when right now I want to think about why I should be grumpy.

TWO. Gratitude journal. In order to help me focus even more on the lovely things of life. I bought myself this journal. It has questions, prompts, and coloring pages for a brighter, happier life. There are almost 150 pages. So we’ll see how I am, gratitude-wise, by the end of January  2020, if I do one page a day.

THREE. A Cake4Kids request. Since mid-June, I have been on the baking sidelines because of arm weakness and pain.  Then I saw a request for cookies, bars, or brownies. I thought I could manage to make those by myself. I knew I’d make Rice Krispie treats because kids of all ages love them. I wanted these to be festive looking so I checked out Pinterest for ideas. I found a recipe that includes fruity pebbles and extra marshmallows at the last stage of mixing. They turned out pretty and tasty. I know because I made a test batch two weeks ago for a potluck.

FOUR. Gratitude book. This week I read Gratitude: The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks by Dr. Diana Butler Bass.  I am also grateful that I could read it on my e-reader as I can hold my phone more easily than I can hold a physical book. Here are some of the ideas I am pondering from this book.

“Gratitude amplifies goodness, rescues us from negative emotions, and connects us to others in meaningfu ways.”

“Gratitude is both a noun and a verb. Gratitude is both a feeling and a choice. The first often arises unannounced and the second takes a lifetime of practice.”

“Gratitude is not a psychological or political panacea, like a secular prosperity gospel, one that denies pain or overlooks injustice, because being grateful does not “fix” anything. Pain, suffering, and injustice – these things are all real. Gratitude, however, invalidates the false narrative that these things are the sum total of human existence, that despair is the last word. Gratitude gives us a new story.” (I believe  God is the author of my story and that He rules it with compassion, grace, and meaning.)

“God, help me to quiet my noisy, worrisome mind in my ordinary world. Help me relax in the familiar and to beware of and appreciate it.”

FIVE. Vegetable tart. Last week I arranged meals for a family that experienced multiple deaths in a short period of time. A person had to cancel on bringing a meal, but my daughter said she make something for this vegan-eating family. Elizabeth made Vegan Spiral Vegetable Tart. She made it several months ago for a tea party and we loved it then. Elizabeth made two pies for the family and two for us. We all loved it. In fact, the other family texted for the recipe. Even the kiddos loved it.

Your Turn . . . Leave your blessings in the comments. Or write a post and link up here with like-minded folks.

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Friday’s Fave Five – August 16, 2019

Gratitude flows from a heart that is aware and content. I am aware that God is the giver of all good gifts in my life, from the majour things (a healing body) to the minor things (an empty hot tub to enjoy in peace).

Being content with what I have and don’t have is a bow to the concept that God allows the not so lovely to occur in my life. The Apostle Paul says he learned to be content in times of riches and times of scarcity. I want to emulate that attitude in all things, as well.

Through it all, I want to stay committed to the truth that God is good.

That is why on Thursday nights, I strive to look over my past week for the blessings from God. I want to be aware and content.

If you’d like to join in with this weekly meme, Friday’s Fave Five, go to Susanne’s place at Living to Tell the Story to link up your post. Below are five of my favorite blessings.

ONE. Crafting with others. Crafting helps me relax; it’s like I get an emotional massage. On Friday night, Gillian led nine of us in making 12 cards. Most of my sentiments had something to do with prayer. I was relieved that my healing right shoulder mostly cooperated with all the fine motor tasks, although I didn’t finish a third of them until the next day. This evening held a threefold blessing, the actual crafting, chatting a bit with the ladies, and having homemade cards to send.

TWO. Spending time with a longtime friend. It has been months and months since Marsha and I have spent time together. We rectified that on Saturday. We watched The Good Witch episodes, made an early dinner together, chatted, and then drove to a nearby outdoor theatre to buy tickets (Mama Mia) for our church Seniors’ outing this coming Sunday night. The time flew by. It was an easy atmosphere to feel comfortable and welcomed.

THREE. Youth took over. Last Sunday, five high schoolers and one youth group leader were responsible for church service. They shared a pivotal experience from summer camp, led us in Scripture reading and were part of the worship team. They led in prayer and gave the offering invitation. It was exciting to see how God spoke to them and changed them. They had things to say which we, the congregation, needed to hear.

I usually deal with the women and seniors (55+ years of age) in our church. But I had the privilege of working with the young people. It was fun to note and encourage the giftings they displayed. I liked praying for and encouraging them. It was a treat to get to know these six.

FOUR. Women’s Ministry Team meeting went well. We organized details for events through December. I am grateful for Cynthia and Gillian as they willingly and lovingly commit to reaching the women of our church. Their attitudes and examples stimulate and encourage my thinking and actions. The events we have planned are more than socials. Our goal is fostering an environment that grows a deeper relationship with God and with each other.

FIVE. FaceTime helps me connect. I speak with my east coast grandchildren several times a week. It is always a joy. But yesterday, I had the pleasure of connecting with a niece who lives in Germany. We only spoke for about 10 minutes, but it was a delight to see her, hear her, and share news. These face-to-face chats help me feel like I am a part of their lives. Hopefully, they feel the same about me.

Your Turn . . .  How aware and content were you this week? What blessings did God pile onto you this week? Please share in the comments or link up your own post at Living to Tell the Story.

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Friday’s Fave Five – August 2, 2019

Since I broke my shoulder seven weeks ago. I find that I need to make myself look for the good in daily life. With all the pain and hard work it takes to heal, it is too easy for me to stay self-centered all day. One way to look for the good, is to participate in the weekly meme, Friday’s Fave Five. Write your own post and link up at Susanne’s Living to Tell the Story.

ONE. Blood draw. I had to get blood drawn on Monday. It is usually an ordeal because I have small veins. It frequently requires multiple tries and a different person has to take over. BUT – this time, the phlebotomist got my vein on the first stick. And there wasn’t even a bruise.

TWO. Community Breakfast. This is my church’s 2nd annual breakfast in a nearby parking lot. Besides food, we had two bounce houses, games for kiddos, and face painting – all free. Despite the heat, we had a decent turnout. I like that we gave back to the community on Sunday.

THREE. Two Movies. Our senior group from church watches a movie on the months that have a 5th Tuesday. Last Tuesday we watched the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” It is about a master sushi chef who has a restaurant in Tokyo. His restaurant gets 3 stars on the Michelin rating system despite the fact that this restaurant only has one sitting of 8 people per night. It is about dedication to your craft.

Since it was a shorter movie, we then watched the mockumentary “Juan Likes Chicken and Rice.” Juan is also dedicated to his craft. This 2nd movie had us in STITCHES. Both movies are streamed on Netflix. Go spend two hours on these movies. You won’t be sorry.

FOUR. Pool Exercises. Man, it is uncomfortable to do my exercises. At least it is on land. I’ve discovered that if I do them in the pool, it is easier; I can work harder and longer; and it is fun. I am a water baby. I do them in the pool 2-3 times a day. And I’ve seen great strides in my range-of-motion. (However, no new skills this week.)

FIVE. Watermelon. Sydney cut the watermelon we served at the Community Breakfast, She cut it in a different way. It was less messy eating it this way. I love learning new things.

That’s my five for the week. Thanks for reading.

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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 – July 12, 2019

Four weeks ago, this past Wednesday, I tripped while running in the Philadelphia airport to catch a connecting flight to SFO.

Long story short, I missed my flight to SFO; instead, an ambulance took me to the Jefferson Methodist Emergency room.

I have to make a side note here, I really appreciated the paramedics that attended me. I wish I had the presence of mind to thank them for their attention, professionalism, and care.

Five hours, one x-ray, and one CT scan later, a cab deposited me back at the Philly airport. My daughter met me at SFO (about 9pm) and drove me home even though she’d been up since 3 o’clock that morning.

Edited to add: I  chipped a triangular piece of bone off my lesser tubercle (on the right humerus bone under the ball and joint) and there was a fracture at that point also.

This is what my arm looked like one week after the accident. … My arm bruise is now only about the size of a small apple and is not in vivid colour anymore. Sorry, no photo as I cannot manage that action by myself – yet!

More of my healing details are in my FFF list.

Here are my faves this week – and in TRUTH, it would be easy to list more than five things just related to my shoulder.

  1. I saw the surgeon on Monday and she was pleased with the bone regrowth so far. Therefore, I can start physical therapy on Thursday, July 18. It’ll probably be at least four more weeks before I can drive.
  2. The pain is managed with Tylenol and Motrin, usually needed only at night. Ice, heat, and arnica gel have also helped a lot.
  3. As of this week, I am more mobile: I can now dress myself, feed myself with my right hand, and put on my own seatbelt in the car.
  4. I worked a full work week from my office.
  5. After a meeting yesterday, a friend took me to the store to drop off donations at the Goodwill and get supplies for a breakfast we are having at church on Sunday. She also helped me figure out a meal to take to someone who had surgery this week. The assigned person couldn’t do it at the last minute.

All-in-all, a great week.

Leave a comment. Write your own gratitude post. Link it up with Susanne here.

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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

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