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Friday’s Fave Five

This week has come to a close and so it is time to share five blessings. To read other lists or to link up your own list go to Friday’s Fave Five at Susanne’s Living to Tell the Story.


This photo made the cutest stamp.

ONE. I sent out Valentine’s Day cards. And to make them extra special, I mailed them with stamps I ordered from At this site you design stamps with a photo of your choice. I made stamps with my precious granddaughter’s photo.

This darling even made a card for me using a heart-shaped potato stamp and red paint.


Kadie enjoys rugby, knitting, eating sushi, and making snapchat videos.


TWO. Valentine’s Day is always extra special because we also celebrate the birthday of one of my nieces, Kadie. She came home from college for the festive weekend. This sweetheart is caring, funny, talented, godly, and a joy to be around.

THREE. Besides having our traditional birthday breakfast of waffles and ice cream, we also had a birthday dinner. Family and friends gathered for good food, lots of visiting, and even some rowdy singing. We sang pop and Christian music with guitar and ukulele accompaniment.


“Repent and be faithful to the Gospel.”

FOUR. Lent started this week. Even though I didn’t grow up in or currently attend a liturgical church, I enjoy observing Lent. I wrote this post of ideas to help me (us) observe Lent. On Wednesday night I attended a Lent service with some Catholic friends, Joe and Geri. It was a moving and meaningful service. Afterwards we ate fish tacos. Read about my 1st Ash Wednesday service here.

FIVE. Last night I gathered with the gals (Reggie and Bip) from the Women’s Ministry Team (from church). We assembled the magnets for our annual women’s missionary tea. I think this is our 10th  tea and every year we give out a magnet. This year’s magnets are soooooo cute. And to top it off, they only cost about $0.45 each. I will post a photo of them after our tea. Until then they design is top-secret!

Have a happy and warm week and be sure to look for items for your next Friday’s Fave Five.

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Friday’s Fave Five

HEART FFF graphicTime to share this week’s favourite blessings.

One. Celebrating new life. On Sunday we had 7 baptisms. Kids, tweens, teens, and adults took the plunge. The sermon (how to handle financial worry) and music rocked! I was grateful for the celebration and being able to be part of it.

Two. Take a meal, hold a baby. No, I don’t cook much anymore. When I cook it apparently means means someone died.

However I am good at getting food to go. Like this week I took 2 pizzas (one of them was heart-shaped and pepperoni) to a family with a new baby. I was BLESSED because I got to hold the precious little guy. Mama, baby and family are adjusting well.


Most of the evening Fluffy sat on my lap enjoying the attention I gave her. And I was grateful for her attention to me.

Three. Cat love. Wednesday night I was at Marsha’s again for soup, salad, and a movie. One of Marsha’s cats has taken a shine to me. Where ever I was, that is where Fluffy was. And she didn’t even bite me this time.

Four. Motivational tool. Have you heard of Give it 100? Go to this website and sign up to work on a project for 100 (or more) days. Every day you post a 10 second video about your progress.

I am on Day 43 of blogging. My goal was to declutter or finish 40 of my draft posts. I started with 276 – I LOVE to start. I am down to 97. I have missed 2 days and still managed to BEAT my goal. I am thankful this tool is motivating me beyond my imagination.


I can’t believe how BIG Lennon is getting. And I am grateful I get to be part of this family’s life.

Five. Home made meal and a movie. Nope, I didn’t cook, but my godson’s mom did and had me over.

Before dinner I helped Lennon with his Valentine’s Day cards. He wrote his name and I wrote “you.” Evidently the kiddos weren’t supposed to write each other’s names in the “To” field.

We had Crockpot Paleo Thai Stew with riced cauliflower. YUMMMMM. We all ate everything on our plates.

After dinner we watched my godson’s favourite movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman. This is a movie I would watch again. I loved all the cultural references.

Your Turn . . . Now that you’ve read my fave five from this week, don’t you want to write and post your own list? If yes, go to Living to Tell the Story to link up.

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Friday’s Fave Five

FFF birds on a wireMy favorite devotional reading so far this year:

“We don’t thank enough because we don’t think enough. Concentrated remembrance turns up vast quantities of material that derive from God and then are happily re-expressed in thanksgiving.” (Praying with the Psalms by Eugene Peterson)

This thought is a fitting way for me to start recounting my Friday’s Fave Five. Go here to read more and/or link up your own gratitude post at Living to Tell the Story.

Sofia is funny,loving, verbal, curious, active, smart, and joyous. I couldn't love her any more than I already do. . . . And oh, isn't chocolate just a heavenly taste? . . . Or maybe it is all about the frosting?

Sofia is funny, loving, verbal, curious, active, smart, and joyous. I couldn’t love her any more than I already do. . . .  And oh, isn’t chocolate just a heavenly taste? . . . Or maybe it is all about the frosting?

ONE. My grand-daughter turned two. We had a lovely party at a nearby park which had a playground and picnic tables in a small grove of redwood trees.

TWO. This text from my daughter-in-love about my grand-daughter: “Sofia and I are on the bus right now and she won’t let me put my feet up on the seat in front of me because she is saving it for you!” That just melted my heart!!!

THREE. Watching Murdach Mysteries on (free) Hulu. I discovered this new (to me) series and there are 6 free seasons on Hulu. This detective show is set in the late 1800’s in Toronto. Murdach is a catholic detective with reasoning skills like those of Sherlock Holmes. To solve the “who-donnit,” he uses new technology to his advantage.

FOUR. Decluttered for 6 hours this week. This was made possible because of binge-watching the Murdach Mysteries. Combining these two activities made a boring activity (decluttering) more than bearable and a frivolous one (watching TV) take on meaning. I took a  HUGE garbage bag, a plastic tub, and grocery bag FULL of items to the thrift store this week.

FIVE. Dinner and a movie with a friend. Marsha and I have similar food preferences (no sugar, low carb, but lots of salad and soup please). And we have similar viewing preferences as well.

Lately we’ve been getting together to eat and watch The Good Witch movies (starring Catherine Bell from Jag and The Army Wives ). Go here to see the first movie for free. We were inspired to see all these now because the movies have been turned into a TV series. The 2 hour premiere is on February 28 on Hallmark.

Your Turn . . . So what makes your Fave Five list this week? 

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Friday’s Fave Five



I haven’t participated in Friday’s Fave Five since last March when I found out I had diabetes T2 and some other health issues. I have been spending my time and energies dealing with my health. But I have missed thinking about and writing my FFF’s. So that is what I am doing today.

  1. This row of salad perfectly complimented the lasagna and foccacia bread.

    This row of salad perfectly complimented the lasagna and focaccia bread.

    Staff Appreciation Dinner – Last week the Governing Board from church (where I work), had a dinner to show their appreciation. The dinner was quite delicious and beautiful. And the 3 desserts were all quite decadent. And even better was the conversation. I am grateful to work in such a place where appreciation is not rare.

  2. 2 Oscar movies – One thing on this year’s list of 57 Things To Do is to watch the Oscar nominated movies for best picture. A friend, Pam, joined me in watching The Imitation Game and Selma. I am grateful to have a friend who is willing to join me in this quest of mine. And I am grateful for gifted men like Alan Turing and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr who both made a huge impact on our world.
  3. Photo of me with one of the gals (Mary) from my church.

    Photo of me with one of the gals (Mary – left side) from my church.

    MLK walk. On Monday members of my church joined 28,00 other people as we walked from Sac City College to the Capitol in memory of Dr. King and his work (about 5 miles). Since I had just seen Selma the day before, this walk was especially meaningful to me. I am grateful for the many, many folks who sacrificed during the Civil Rights era so that the US could be a more equal union. I know this work is not done yet, but if these 28,000+ are any indication, we have folks who are willing to keep on keeping on in this battle for racial unity.

  4. Found my Fitbit. During the Christmas season I placed my Fitbit in a safe place, but I couldn’t remember where that was. Yesterday I found it on the dining room table on TOP of a pile. I live alone and have no idea how it got there. I am grateful that no matter how it got there, it was found. And I know it will help me get back on track to walking 10,000 steps a day which will positively impact my diabetes management.
  5. Reading on my Tablet. Another thing on my 57 Things To Do is to read more this year. I was re-gifted a tablet and it is an awesome way to read. In the past 2 weeks I have read Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption and am now reading a book about (the Apostle) Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit. I am grateful for this anonymous person who re-gifted this device to me. I am finding it very useful for reading and social media. I imagine I will find other uses for it, too.

So that’s my top five list for this week. What is on your list? Go to Living to Tell the Story to read more such Faves and to link up your own post of FFF’s:

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Friday’s Fave Five – Week 12, 2014

FFF birds on a wireIt’s Friday, so time to share five favourite blessings from the week. If you want to do the same and link up, go to Susanne’s at Living to Tell the Story.

ONE. My work helped me get healthcare (although they weren’t legally obligated). They did so because they care about me. I am grateful to be part of such a community.

TWO. The past couple of weeks have been full of health tests. It is a blessing to figure out why I have been sooooo tired.

THREE. The tests have revealed (among other things) LOW Vitamin D and HIGH blood sugar (as in diabetes). The low Vitamin D is an easy fix – supplementation.

The high blood sugar is not so easy to fix. I obviously need to overhaul my diet and sedentary lifestyle. I have wanted to do this for a while, but lacked motivation. Now I am MOTIVATED because I do not want to have to go on insulin ( a very real possibility in my case). Nor do I want the compromised health that comes from ignoring diabetes.

FOUR. I have a Blood Glucose Buddy. Every morning I text my BG reading to my buddy and she does the same to me. It is helpful to know that I am not alone in this new way of living.

FIVE. I am still processing this news, but this morning I read from Proverbs 21:31 –  “Do your best, prepare for the worst—then trust God to bring victory.” I will do my “best” which right now takes up a lot of TIME.  I know “soon” I will have my life back and I won’t be devoting so much time, energy, money, and thoughts to my health. And I KNOW that God is with me in this and will bring “victory” in whatever manner that looks like.

Your Turn . . . Share in the comments what makes your FAVOURITES list this week?

NOTE to FFF participants – Dealing with the above is why I have been neglectful of visiting y’all on Fridays. I am sure that soon I will get back into my groove especially since I miss the “interaction.”

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Friday’s Fave Five – Week 11, 2014

FFF birds on a wireTime to share some blessings for Friday’s Fave Five. Even though Friday has passed, I am going to share and link up with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story. If you’ve never made a list of your Five Favourite blessings, join us! Writing my list and reading what others wrote always makes me smile.

Us birthday gals were some pressies. The masks are one of them. I am the one in the white mask.

Us birthday gals are modeling the masks we were gifted. I am the one in the white mask.

ONE. Birthday Fun. I celebrated my 56th birthday this week. There have been scattered celebrations all week. It sure is fun to connect with friends during such times especially via Facebook. At my Wednesday night group, we decided to celebrate all the March birthdays.

TWO. Salad Dressing. A few weeks ago Susanne shared a new (to her) salad dressing. She reminded me that there are lots of choices out there, so last week I perused the refrigerated salad dressing section. I bought and LOVE Cotija Cilantro by Litehouse. Since the taste is strong, a little goes a long way.  I’ve had salad three times since buying the bottle.

THREE. New Family and Time at Muir Woods. I had the fun of meeting my daughter-in-law’s sister and 11-month-old nephew. They live in Chile but are out here visiting family in VA and CA. We all took a trip to Muir Woods to walk and talk and enjoy the scenery. Now when we “visit” on Facebook, I have a real connection to my new family.


This little monkey loves sipping from her cup. And of course, biting the straw is equally fun.

FOUR. Grand Baby Time. Of course it was great to have grand baby time in addition to meeting new family. My delightful (13 month-old) granddaughter is learning sign language. While in her high chair she used the signs for “more,” “all done,” And “help.”  Sometimes I am not sure what it is she wants more of since she uses the sign for other things besides food.

FIVE. Easy Pizza. Once a month a group of gals meet because their husbands meet in another home. I don’t have a husband but they have made me an honorary member. Some kind of food is made together to encourage and promote cooking skills. This time we made pizza. But this is NOT your ordinary pizza. The “crust” is a tortilla.

Directions. 1. Lay a tortilla on a plate. 2. Scatter some shredded cheese. 3. Top with another tortilla. 4. Put sauce and toppings of choice on top. 5. Transfer to a baking tray. 6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. 7. Eat!

NOTE. A couple of gals folded their tortilla in half instead of using 2 whole tortillas. I will do this next time as a whole one is sooooooo filling.

Your Turn . . . Share what made your Blessings List this week?

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Friday’s Fave Five – Week 10, 2014

FFF birds on a wireI was going to skip Friday’s Fave Five this week as it has been a whirlwind of activity. But Then I remembered that I am including the week it is in the title, and I didn’t want to miss a week.

Silly, I know.

But it got me to write down my list. So without further ado, here are my week’s favourite five things.

ONE. Birds on wires set to music. I saw a photo on Facebook of birds on a wire and I thought, “Cool, my friend Betty is part of FFF.” But when I looked at it closer I saw that it was birds on WIRES which were translated into musical notes and then a song. Go here for the song.  Go here for the TED talk. It is in Portuguese but you’ll be able to understand and I bet appreciate the live music at the end.

TWO. I just discovered magic erasers. How have I not heard of them before? Or more importantly, never used them before. One thing I really appreciate is that they don’t have a smell. And their cleaning power is amazing especially since you don’t have to use brute force to get things clean!!!

THREE. These magic erasers were used by folks from my Wednesday night group to spring clean our room. We cleaned the tables, chairs, window sills, door knobs, and light switches. Those tables LOOK great now. They were clean enough to eat off – although I am glad we all used plates (when we stopped for some pizza). Because then we would have had to clean them again. I was so surprised that we got the room done in one hour.

FOUR. This past Sunday I gave the message at church. Our senior pastor is in Africa helping with 2 pastors’ conferences and a retreat for a health clinic.  My title was Follow the Bubble When You Are in Trouble. I talked about the necessity of knowing the Word of God (James 22-25). I am not an enthusiastic up front speaker, but I did okay.

However, I had a blast doing word studies on words from this verse. One small example. The word “hearer” is talking about a person who audits a class. They don’t have to do the assignments, take the tests, know the material, or even listen well. We are told to not audit our Christian life but to do the homework with the intention of passing life’s tests well. We are told to be disciples not auditors.

I asked 2 ladies (Michelle and Kelly) to share how the Bible has impacted their lives. They both did an amazing job. In a nut shell, Michelle’s blood pressure came down and stabilized as a result of regular Bible reading. Kelly found her identity in the Bible and feels connected  to the church body.

FIVE. Answered Prayer. One of the things we do in our midweek small group is pray for one person. This week I was convicted that we don’t normally share the answers. So we shared some of our answers to prayer on Wednesday after we cleaned the room, had pizza, and before we started our lesson.

• Healing of a baby in utero.
• Fear left. Tangible peace for majour health concerns (2 said this).
• Unity restored between sisters – more than that, there was LAUGHTER again.
• Still here on Earth even though this person has a serious illness (almost 80 years old).
• Someone’s personal issue was resolved.
• Strength and several sources of unexpected financial help for one with a serious medical issue.
• Health Insurance.
• 3 new volunteers

Your Turn . . . Share an answered prayer or a Fave. You can do so in the comments. Or write a post and link up to Susanne’s blog, Living to Tell the Story

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