Five things that made me happy today – 7/16/19

1. Facebook is reminding me that 10 years ago today we started the trek to the Pacific Northwest to find our forever home. Serendipitously, my Alabama folks pulled out of Birmingham this morning – 2 cars, 4 people, 2 dogs – headed for Washington (state, of course).

2. We heard a presentation this morning from a Native American healer and herbalist. She brought examples of natural teas, and told us how to gather the leaves, flowers and roots to make them. Her philosophy is that what we see as weeds are plants trying to give us what we and the soil need for optimum health. I may explore that more fully.

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3. This afternoon we heard another presentation from a clinical phycologist who talked about “The Pursuit of Happiness: Aging and Mental Health.” She reiterated that being around other people, and having a community is one of the best things you can do to improve your mental health, particularly as you age.

4. I succumbed to Amazon Prime’s nagging, and looked around on the site. I was able to find and order the only two things we really needed. 1. A double swivel to hang my hanging basket on the front porch from, so it can get even sunshine (and so I reach the other side to deadhead the flowers) 2. A hose extender so I can reach it to water without breaking my back or pitching headfirst off of the porch.

5. I reached 10,000 steps on my Fitbit before 4:00 pm. Consequently, I’m going to take it easy for the rest of the evening.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 7/14/19

1. You may remember I talked about the subject of today’s sermon on Tuesday. Today, I was interested that Sarah pointed out the context of Paul’s words. My takeaway was that our bodies were gifts from God, and as a Spiritual Practice, we should love our bodies because that would help us love God more. There’s no such thing as too fat, or too skinny, or too brown, or too hairy. And if we love our own bodies, we can and should love other people’s bodies – black, brown, differently abled, athletic, or klutzy.

2. As special music a soloist sang “Sacred the Body.” Apparently it is a hymn in the Presbyterian “Glory to God” hymnal. It’s also available from the UMC Discipleship resource. The words are copywrited so I won’t print them here, but you should look it up if you can. I really was impressed with it.

3. All the walking I did yesterday was helpful in that I lost 4.5 pounds from Saturday morning to this morning! No sunburn, either.

4. Spent the afternoon with my feet up watching old episodes of West Wing. A little nap was probably taken during that time as well.

5.I treated myself to a vente skinny mocha to eat with the last of my scones on the strength of the weight loss. I probably put it all back on with that.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 7/13/19

1. Successful trip to the Farmer’s Market. Flowers, scones, lemon bars, green beans, yellow zucchini, and red potatoes.

2. Walked about 2 miles from where I parked to the Pride Festival in downtown Tacoma. It was my own fault. I forgot that there is N 7th St, and S 7th St. Added about 14 blocks each way to the walk, but I’ve got over 14,000 steps so far today. I wouldn’t really mind downtown Tacoma if it weren’t for the hills. It makes for great panoramic view of the Sound, but it’s hard on the knees.

3.Worked the Bethany Presbyterian Church booth at Pride. We were giving away temporary tatoos of butterflies and hearts. We also put them on if people wanted us to. I went to another church’s booth and got a button that says “She, Her, Hers.”

4. I was pretty wiped out when we got back to the car, so I stopped and got a vente skinny mocha to eat with one of my scones.

5.Gorgeous weather. I’m afraid I might have gotten a sunburn on my nose, but maybe not.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 7/12/19

1. Much less stiffness and achiness today. I guess I needed a day off.

2. I drove down to Lacey to a lunch meeting of the Taskforce for New Worshipping Communities. It was an interesting meeting. We got an update from Hagar’s Community Church that’s located in the Washington Correction Center for Women. We also got an update from The Common Room, a college and young adult worshipping community in Centralia, WA. It is a joint venture between Harrison Square Presbyterian Church, and Young Life.

3. It’s Friday, so I hurried to get back from Lacey in time for ice cream on the front porch of Lillian Pratt. They had sugar cones again (the last couple of weeks they’ve only had those less-than-satisfactory regular cones). They also had Mint Chocolate Chip!!! 🙂

4. After ice cream, I just had time to get the mail out of the mail box and scurry over to the Duplex Social. It was out on the Health Care terrace. It’s nice to meet with folks and sit in the shade in a cool breeze.

5. Heard from the Alabama Watters that their offer on the house in Kennewick had been accepted, so that’s a load off my prayer list. 3-bedrooms, 3-baths, 3-car garage. The photos look great. They’ll be leaving and heading this way on Sunday or Monday.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 7/11/19

1. As I said yesterday, I really worked hard with my personal trainer. I felt it this morning. I thought I had kept up, at least with walking, pretty well while I was “recovering”, but my quads hollered at me all day. No pain, no gain.

2. I met with my trainer again today, but we really took it easy. We mostly worked on 360 coaching, including talking about balance.

3. Yesterday I decided I would sign up for a 3-night trip to Port Townsend that will include a Whale Watching Cruise, a visit to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands, and a tour of the historic places in Port Townsend. I’ve invited my granddaughter to go with me and I think she’ll enjoy herself. It’s not until the middle of August, but I’m looking forward to it already.

This is a picture of Port Townsend from last year.

4. I finished another pair of socks that I’ve had on the needles for quite a while. I also started a new skein of yarn. Very pastel, but it’s going to be interesting.

5. I have a busy day tomorrow, and it will be fun, since today was pretty low key.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 7/10/19

1. I have an annual physical scheduled sometime in the next couple of weeks and, because I didn’t have anything on my calendar for today, I ran to the Lab for my blood test and urinalysis this morning before I ate anything. (Sometimes and for some tests they want you to be fasting.) Anyway, I don’t know when they open, but I got there about 9:10 and there was NOBODY waiting in line. There’s almost always several people waiting for the lab techs to finish someone else. Note to self: if you need to have lab work done, go about 9 am in the summer from now on.

2. Because there was a Starbucks in the parking lot where the lab is, and because I was a good girl and didn’t cry when they stuck me, and because I hadn’t eaten yet, I swung through the drive-thru and got a Venti Skinny Mocha, and a blueberry scone for breakfast. Tonight I’ll have my grapefruit, sausage and egg for dinner. It’s fun sometimes to switch up and breakfast for dinner and snack for breakfast.

3. I got back to really working out with my personal trainer (my doctor released me from limited activity 6 weeks after the surgery which was Friday). I know it’s raining, and it’s humid. And I know I perspire easily. And I know Sarah was really working me pretty hard. I thought you’d like to see the “sweat art” from the back rest of the chest press machine.

It’s a lovely little palm tree. 🙂

4. Gentle rain all day today (and, of course, as I typed that it brightened up and the sun came out for a minute, but it’s supposed to continue with on and off rain showers through about 11 pm.) I know, from my mouth to God’s ears.

5. If you haven’t already seen this or even if you have, you owe it to yourself to click through to this great piece of nostalgia on Medium. It hit all the feels for me. Have the Kleenex ready. (It was first published in 2014, but you can still enjoy it today.)

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 7/9/19

1. In Bible Study this morning we studied 1 Corinthians 6:19 – don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Don’t you know that you have the Holy Spirit from God, and you don’t belong to yourselves?” Wow! There is so much to unpack there. The most important thing I learned is that the word we translate as “body” is actually much more – it really means body, mind, and spirit which are all of one piece. This verse and the surrounding verses were used during my youth (and are still used in some churches) as instructions for purity before marriage, and as condemnation for promiscuity during marriage. We’ll see what the preacher says in the sermon on Sunday.

2. The housekeepers came today and I have clean sheets, vacuumed floors, clean bathrooms, and a clean kitchen. Since the housekeepers come about noon, and the Bistro is still closed, Big Al and I went to a Japanese restaurant. I had a Bento Box and he had Teriyaki Chicken.

3. They’re promising rain or rain showers for the next 24 hours. We really, really need it and I’m so glad my daughter-in-law got out of here before the rains came so she didn’t have any airport delays.

4. I was able to schedule annual physicals for both Al and me. I know it seems like I’m always reporting that one or the other of us went to this, that or the other doctor, but we haven’t had an overall check in over a year.

5. My daughter-in-law got up and got herself out of the house before 5:00 am. I, of course, being a worrier, woke myself up about 4:45 am to remind her to get up and go or she’d miss her plane. She was already gone when I went to check on her. I suppose my kids and their families really don’t need me to dither with them anymore. (Sigh).

How about you? What made you happy today?