Five things that made me happy today – 7/3/22

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

Thomas Jefferson

1. Another misty morning with cool temperatures – 57 deg. when I got up. It drizzled most of the early afternoon, and the temperature never got out of the upper 50s. Brrr…

2. Church on YouTube this morning, with communion. There was also a baptism of a teenager, followed by her Profession of Faith. I’m pleased that she elected to join us.

3. Big Al and I went to Royal Thai Bistro for lunch. I had Yakisoba Noodles and Al had Sweet and Sour Chicken.

4. I’ve been cold all day – this is JULY!!! (see #1). Everybody promises summer starts on July 5 in Seattle, so I guess they’re right.

5. I think I finished up all the business for the Potluck Cookout tomorrow evening for the folks at Gazebo Group.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 7/2/22

If I act and work and write as though a more just future will exist, perhaps I’ll be one step closer to believing in it. 

Nicole Chung

1. It was still gloriously cool when I woke up this morning in the upper 50s. The temperature clawed its way up to 65 this afternoon. “They” say it will get to 70 before dark, but I doubt it.

2. Spent most of the morning consulting with my tame IT specialist (aka son #2). My IP provider still hasn’t fixed the stuff they’ve said several time had been fixed. SNARL

3. Finished my story (that I promised you yesterday). You can read it here.

4. Salad with chopped peaches, cheese, and pecans with Honey Mustard salad dressing. I also had a few whole wheat Ritz crackers for added crunch.

5. One of the neighbors is having a big family party at the Gazebo, and Al and I have enjoyed watching them decorate, set up tables and chairs, and bring a barbecue down. I think they will have a good time. The best part is, they will leave the extra chairs and tables for us to use on Monday for the Gazebo Group 4th of July Potluck.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 7/1/22

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.


1. Cool and cloudy when I got up with temperatures in the upper 50s. The sun came out mid morning, and the temperature got into the mid-70s this afternoon. An almost perfect blue-sky day!

2. I spent most of the morning reading news articles that I didn’t get around to the rest of the week. My brain is stuffed.

3. I worked on my “story” for tomorrow (SURPRISE! I’m actually getting back to writing stories.)

4. Lunch was chicken, yellow squash, and tomato salad. Al preferred to have rice-a-roni instead of squash and tomato.

5. Today was the first Ice Cream Social on the porch of Lillian Pratt since the beginning of the pandemic. I had mint chocolate chip! Maybe the world has really turned.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 6/30/22

Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.

Vincent McNabb

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.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 6/29/22

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.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 6/28/22

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.

Henry Nouwen

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.

Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, is sworn in to testify as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

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.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 6/27/22

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. 

Barbara Kingsolver

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.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 6/26/22

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.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 6/25/22

Things often seem way worse when we are at the bottom of a crisis.

darius foroux

1. Still good sleeping weather – 61 deg. when I got up. The sun was out all day, with a decent breeze, and the temperature got up to the mid 80s.

2. I spent quite a while this morning obsessively scrolling through Facebook looking at all the outrage. It didn’t help anything, but it did make me feel not so alone.

3. I went over to the Wellness Center shortly before noon, and got all my steps for the day.

4. Lunch was salad with boiled shrimp, and tomatoes, topped off with leftover potato salad from yesterday, and some more cucumbers and onions in vinegar.

5. I tried a couple of times to write a story, but the only thing I could manage to write was outrage upon outrage. Sorry. I know she must be whirling in her grave…

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 6/24/22

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.

How about you? What made you happy today?