Five things that made me happy today – 7/22/21

Things have changed, while I was thinking they would revert. The world has settled into a groove when I thought we were at a traffic light.


1. Cooler again today – 54 deg when I woke up, but clearing already. The afternoon topped out at 73 deg with blue, blue skies.

2. Commissary run this morning. Not a major shop, but more than just a Safeway pickup. I’ll wait to get tomatoes and peaches when I go early to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday. I think we’re now all stocked up on necessities. We have more than enough paper towels, and small paper plates. Note to self: CHECK before you go next time.

3. I can’t believe Big Al was able to get all the frozen stuff in the freezer. We used to say Nannie had a rubber back on her refrigerator. I think Al is not just an in-law to her – he’s got to be a direct descendent.

4. By the time we got home, unloaded the car, and got all the groceries put away, it was 1:30, and I had lost all desire to fix dinner. We went down to the Ram at the waterfront and had big ol’, slimy ol”, juicy ol’ hamburgers. Big Al had French fries with his, andI I had coleslaw with mine.

5. We had Great Decisions discussion group this afternoon, talking about the two Koreas. The discussion leader taught Chinese history at the college level for years, so she was a help in understanding the time we had all lived through. Unfortunately, again we decided that the two Koreas are a problems we have no answers for.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 7/21/21

 I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.

Og Mandino

1. A little cooler this morning – lower 50s instead of mid 50s when I got up. It managed to get up to 70 once the sun came out.

2. Gradually, I’m understanding how to deal with my iMac. It’s a process, but I’m getting there.

3. We had red beans and rice with little smokies for lunch. Big Al loves it, but it’s not my favorite. Oh, well…

4. I had a session with my personal trainer after lunch. We did a pretty good workout on strength and mobility. Most of my problems with balance are mental, I think. When I’ve got something to grab onto, I’m fine. But if I’m counting on myself, I scare myself out of even trying.

5. After my training session, I just stayed there and used the NuStep while I listened to the podcast Now and Then on Heather Cox Richardson and Joanne Freeman talk about themes throughout American History and how they relate to today.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 7/20/21

The thing that really surprised me was that (the earth) projected an air of fragility…I had a feeling it’s tiny, it’s shiny, it’s beautiful, it’s home, and it’s fragile.

Michael Collins

1. It was 59 deg when I got up this morning and cloudy, The sun came out after lunch and it warmed up to the low 70s by nightfall.

2. Our primary ballots arrived over the weekend. I need to read up on the candidates for Port Commission – about the only office our district is voting for right now. We’re also voting for mayor. The incumbent is running, and I’m really fond of her, so she’s already got my vote.

I know this is last year’s ballot. This year’s looks just the same. I LOVE voting by mail.

3. Bible Study this morning. This week is the last Sunday in Revelation. The preacher will be taking a much deserved vacation for the month of August.

4. Today is Tuesday, and the dining room had their tuna salad sandwiches available for delivery – two for $5.25. Easy, cheap and healthy.

5. Greisser Girls Gab this afternoon. Interesting. They have both been inundated with lots of rain, and I sit in Washington State in a drought, worrying about wildfires. Go figure.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 7/19/21

Be hopeful, be optimistic. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.

Representative John Lewis

1. It was in the mid 50s overnight. I woke up to bright blue skies and sun. The great weather continued all day, topping out at 80 deg. Perfect!

2. I got all the washing done before lunch, and finished up the drying, folding, and hanging up after the walk by the water.

3. I fixed chicken, and corn on the cob, for the two of us, and red cabbage for Big Al, and black-eyed peas for me. I added a cornmeal muffin to my lunch. I’m trying to clear out the freezer for our anticipated trip to the Commissary on Thursday.

4. The Wellness Staff took us down the hill to the waterfront again today. The bus dropped us off at Anthony’s so we could walk on the promenade. The promenade is open, even though Owen Beach is closed for renovation. I spent some time sitting on a bench looking for seals, and I couldn’t see any. So I went back to the Ferry Dock and watched the ferry come in from Vashon Island

5. I’m definitely looking forward to a glass of wine with the Gazebo Group this evening.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 7/18/21

We must use our time and our space on this little planet that we call Earth to make a lasting contribution, to leave it a little better than we found it.

Representative John Lewis

1. I woke up with bright blue sky and sunshine – mid 50s. It warned up fast, and was 70 by lunchtime. It topped out in the mid 70 with blue skies and sun.

2. I watched church from my living room this morning. I really prefer not having to drive to the church. I’m also usually distracted by too many people, The scripture was from Revelations 4. We heard about the church in Ephesus and saw pictures of the modern day ruins.

3. It was such a beautiful day that Big Al and I decided to eat lunch on the waterfront. We went down to Boathouse 19. Alas, all their outdoor seating had an hour wait, but we were able to score a table by the window in the bar. Big Al had his favorite – Jambaliaya. I had Southwest Prawn Salad – shrimp, corn, black beans, avocado, onions, and tomatoes on a bed o romaine, with lime/cilantro dressing. Wonderful!

4. I ran to Safeway and picked up milk and some ice cream cups as soon as we got home. I enjoy their little 3 oz snack cups – about 100 calories and great for mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

5. When we got home, Al sat down in his chair in front to the computer and was out like a light. I’m considering dozing in the sun in the rocking chair on the back porch.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 7/17/21

Every “bad” habit we have is either a strategy that used to work but no longer does, or was the best approach we could come up with given the limited tools and resources we once had.

MaryAnn McKibben Dana

1. High 50s and partly to mostly cloudy when I got up this morning. The sun came out while I was at the Farmer’s Market and it warmed up to a 2-shirt day – sweatshirt when I left this morning; t-shirt this afternoon.

2. After breakfast I went to the Farmer’s Market for the first time since the summer of 2019. There were a lot of people there, but everyone was being very respectful. Most of my favorite vendors were there. I got flowers, peaches, fresh scones, lemon bars, and corn on the cob. Next week I’ll have to go earlier if I expect to get tomatoes.

Proctor Farmer’s Market

3. Lunch was tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, by request from Mr. Watters.

4. I went to the Wellness Center and got most of my remaining steps for the day on the NuStep right after lunch.

5. Lazy afternoon watering the potted plants, and rocking on the porch reading a book. Then watching Netflix.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 7/16/21

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

1. I woke up to cloudy skies and upper 50s (Do I sound like a broken record?) The clouds stayed around all day, but it warmed up to almost 70 this afternoon.

2. I spent the morning cleaning out old blog notifications from RSS feeds. I think I’ve subscribed to get the blogs on email when something new posts. We shall see.

3. Big Al and I finished off the tunafish from Wednesday. He had it on a salad and I had a sandwich.

4. Even though it was cloudy and cool we had ice cream this afternoon. YUM!!

5. I was over at the Wellness Center twice today – once to use the NuStep and once to meet my personal trainer. I feel truly “worked out”.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five Things that Made Me Happy Today – 7/15/21

We owe it to our children to be better stewards of the environment. The alternative? – a world without whales. It’s too terrible to imagine.

Pierce Brosnan

1. Still gloriously cool overnight. Mid 50s when I woke up this morning. The sun came out shortly after noon, and it warmed up a little, but it never got out of the mid 60s.

2. I watched the lesson for Great Decisions next week. The lesson is named The Two Koreas but the DVD was mostly about South Korea and the US relations with it. There was very little I didn’t know already, since I lived through the “Korean Police Action”.

3. We had pork chops baked on top of rice with Lipton onion soup sprinkled on, and baked in the oven. We also finished up Big Al’s beans from the 4th of July picnic.

4. I figured out how to send money to my son electronically. He had “fronted” me some money to buy the computers, iPhones, and iPads. I’ve been meaning to send it to him, but I don’t write checks any more, and it takes forever for the bank to send it. He has USAA, as we do, and I would rather have just had it deposited to his account. Anyway, it was a piece of cake once we both got on Zelle.

5. We had Duplex Social, hosted by FTJ this afternoon. I brought the goodies home to Al from the Bistro because somebody decided it was too cool and cloudy to hold it at the Gazebo (as advertised). Of course about 30 minutes after they made the call to move it, the sun came out and it warmed up.

BONUS: They are finally finished repaving the street in front of the house, and I can bring the car home from the parking lot across the street.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 7/14/21

Power swells the head and shatters the crown.

Stewart Stafford

1. Another really beautiful day. 55 deg. this morning, and low 70s this afternoon. Back to long sleeved shirt instead of T-shirt.

2. They are repaving and seal-coating the road in front of my house today, so I was out of the bed and out of the shower – fully clothed and in my right mind – before 7:30. I had to get the car out of the garage and run to Safeway to pick up my order at 8:00, before they started work. All was safely accomplished.

3. I finally made the Fisher’s Fair Scones that I bought the mix for over a month ago. I brought home more strawberries and peaches this morning, and I’m determined to get some to eat with the scones. Big Al ate all of the last batch I cut up.

4. Fixed tunafish salad for lunch. I had it on lettuce while Al fixed himself a sandwich. I even added a hardboiled egg to it with the pineapple, and pickle relish.

5. I met with my personal trainer after lunch and worked on my balance, strength, and stamina. Later I went back and finished off my steps for the day. WHEW!

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 7/13/21

Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold — that’s ego — love liberates!

Maya Angelou

1. Nice day, so far. Mid 50s when I got up with the marine layer in full force. It warmed up nicely to the upper 70s before dark.

2. Bible study on Zoom this morning. I feel better about Zooming after Bill helped me set a background so people don’t see my unmade bed behind me, or peer down the hall or into the bathroom’s open door.

3. In Bible Study we’re starting a study of Revelations. I think it will be interesting. We realized among the folks who were there that we were all heavily influenced by the Left Behind series, and a lot of other dystopian writings in our younger years.

4. Lunch was of the “make it yourself” variety. I had a ham sandwich. Al warmed up a can of corned beef hash (I call it dog food.) But he’s happy eating it anyway.

5. Greisser Girls Gab this afternoon. Great to catch up with the sisters. They are both MAC people and congratulated me on leaving the dark side.

How about you? What made you happy today?