Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.
1. The weather this morning was cool and sunny – 57 deg. when I woke up.
2. I spent most of the morning updating my Intentions for June. You can read it here.
3. I wasn’t able to order my new glasses yesterday. The Optical Shop was closed by the time we finished with our appointments. This morning I drove down there and ordered a pair that will fit my face better, and will work well as sunglasses and readers, with my new post-cataract vision.
4. We had bratwurst, cucumber salad and boiled potato for lunch today.
5. I’m having internet problems, but I’m happy that son #2 is on it and hopefully being able to fix something.
My Star Word for this year is Solitude. I’m taking it as an affirmation that my introverted tendencies are just fine.
“We are human beings, not human doings:”. I set these intentions for who I want to BE not what I want to DO. As with last year I will hold these intentions loosely, and may add new ones or subtract some of these as the spirit moves me.
NOTE: *indicates intention added in June
Traveler – partially completed
Train Trip to Upstate New York
Summer of 2022
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Northern Washington with Bill
Because of the weather and traffic, we opted to visit Port Townsend instead of Leavenworth. We got pictures of the sound, the mountains, the shore, etc.
I had not loved enough. I’d been busy, busy, so busy, preparing for life, while life floated by me, quiet and swift as a regatta.
1. Only 56 deg when I got up and the marine layer in full effect. The sun came out about noon and the temperature got into the mid 60s.
2. Exercised early, particularly since I didn’t do anything but sit in my chair and stare at screens (TV, iPad, iPhone) all day yesterday – glued to the Jan 6 hearings, HCR’s Politics Chat, Greisser Girls Gab, and MSNBC’s analysis of the hearings.
3. I had a cracked filling replaced in one of my molars this morning. Not fun, but I’m happy I’ve gotten it over with.
4. Cottage cheese and a tomato for lunch (being careful not to chew my lip since it was still numb from the filling.) Big Al had some of his noodles. More cantaloupe for supper, garnished with more cottage cheese. After blueberries on my cereal and grapefruit for breakfast – that made five fruits and vegetables today.
5. Trip to the ophthalmologist to get fitted for new glasses (HOORAY) that fit and work for far seeing and reading with my new after-cataract-surgery eyes. I think that polishes off all the medical/dental stuff that’s been hanging over me this spring.
Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.
1. The on-shore flow came through overnight with MUCH cooler temperatures and cloudy skies – 59 deg. when I got up this morning. High this afternoon was 64 – a BIG change from the last three days.
2. I skipped Bible study this morning to watch the January 6th newly scheduled hearing. I’m still flabbergasted about the mental picture of the ex-President wrestling with the driver in his motorcade because he wanted to go to the Capital, and the Secret Service refused to take him there.
3. Al had his intake appointment with his new Primary Care Physician this morning. He’s fine – pending his bloodwork that he had drawn. He picked up lunch at McDonald’s on his way home.
4. We traded Thursday for Tuesday for lunch today. I had a Deluxe Crispy Chicken Sandwich and Al had a Big Mac and fries. Grapefruit this morning, lettuce, tomato, and onion on the sandwich, cottage cheese stuffed in a tomato for supper, and a cup of cantaloupe pieces (counts as two) makes five fruits and vegetables for the day.
5. Greisser Girls Gab this afternoon. Lots to talk about.
The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.
1. The heat continues – it was in the mid 60s when I got up this morning. I had to close up the house about 3:00 pm because it was 90 deg. outside and the A/C came on. “They say” we shouldn’t have to worry about heat tomorrow as the on-shore flow will be back – “Nature’s Air Conditioner”.
2. I got the NYT crossword puzzle correct with no hints or help! Hooray!
3. Laundry day – The clothes are all washed, dried, sorted, delivered, folded, and hung up.
4. Lunch was pork chops, cinnamon applesauce, and asparagus. I also gave Al a boiled potato to round out his dinner. I had a sliced tomato for supper – that, with the grapefruit and blueberries from breakfast gave me my five vegetables and fruits for the day.
5. Gazebo Group this evening. Thank goodness for the breeze that always comes up as the sun is disappearing behind the trees.
We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced
1. Pretty day this morning. Blue skies, light breeze, temperatures in the mid 60s early. By the time we got back to the house from lunch, the temperature was in the upper 80s, but there was a nice breeze. I closed all the shades on the sunny side of the house, and it stayed pretty nice all day. The A/C came on about the time I went to bed, cooling the house off from 80 deg. down to 73.
2. Bethany had church service at Camp Soundview this morning. I’m too unsteady on my feet to deal with the paths and hills out there, so I skipped the service. They will post it on YouTube later, and I’ll catch it then. I would have loved to have gone. Maybe my balance will have improved by next summer.
3. I finished up an order at Safeway and we picked it up on the way home from lunch. Fewer trips…
4. We went to Boathouse 19 for lunch. I had steamers and clam chowder, and Big Al had a hamburger with fries. I’ll have a sliced tomato, a peach, celery stuffed with cheez whiz and some blueberries for supper. With the grapefruit I had for breakfast, that ought to get me to my 5 fruits and vegetables for the day.
5. Finally got some paperwork finished that FTJ had asked for at the first of the month. Not hard, just fidgety.
Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.
ruth bader ginsburg
1. Good sleeping weather last night – low 50s this morning when I got up. The sun has been out all day, and it got up to the mid 70s this afternoon.
2. Went to Trader Joe’s right after breakfast to get potato, tomato, head of lettuce, and peaches. That should get us through Sunday for dinners. (Big Al wonders why I’m so focussed on making menus.)
3. Mama and Papa were married 79 years ago today. They were married in 1943 during WWII. They celebrated 50 years together in 1993, then Mama died in 1997, and Papa died in 2008. I remember sitting in church with Papa on June 24th in about 2004 or 2005, and he wrote me a note on his bulletin under the date. “Mama’s and my anniversary.”
4. Barbecue chicken, Mama’s potato salad, tomato, and German cucumber salad for lunch today.
5. Having a hard time being “happy” today. The Supremes have destroyed my last hope for democracy.
When you decide to do something you believe to be right, don’t let others stop you, even if a majority of people disapprove of it. If it is the wrong thing to do, you should not do it in the first place. But if it is the right thing, then why care about what others think?
1. Still cool – low 50s – with blue skies and puffy white clouds. 69 deg. with a light breeze and more blue skies this afternoon.
2. I got my morning chores done quickly. Went over to the Wellness Center to do the NuStep and watch HCR do her History Chat talking about the Declaration of Independence. She even slipped in a few barbs at the current situation in congress. Most of my steps for the day are in the books.
3. The 5th installment of the January 6th Committee was at noon Pacific Time. I took my seat in front of the TV and watched the whole thing. I keep thinking we’re bound to know whatever there is to know by now, if we’ve been paying attention, but, no, they dropped a name I had never heard of before – Ken Klukowski. Turns out he was a Federalist lawyer who helped write the letter to Georgia that nobody from the Justice Department would sign.
4. Big Al had a couple of errands to do (get his hearing aids adjusted, etc.) and he picked up lunch on the way home. McDonald’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich (no fries) for me and a Big Mac with fries and a Diet Coke for him.
5. I finally got the extra glass panes in the screen doors (front and back) adjusted. They are storm doors in the cold weather, and half screen/half glass in the summer.
There is something to being chosen that is uniquely healing.
Cole Arthur Riley
1. The marine layer is back, cool and damp – 60 deg. when I got up. Scattered clouds and 68 deg. later in the afternoon. I could get used to this.
2. My primary care physician changed locations, so I met with my new PCP this morning. All is well – come back in 6 months.
3. I had to get blood drawn for a blood test and the lab with the doctor’s office was overflowing with people waiting. So I just got in the car and stopped at the Urgent Care lab in my neighborhood. I love having “connected” health care.
4. Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch today. I got so used to the warm (75 deg.) weather yesterday, that today’s cool and damp felt a little cold.
5.Meeting and evaluation with my new personal trainer. Colin is a tough task master so I’m going to get fit or die in the attempt! I’ll be splitting training sessions with Sarah and Colin for a while.