Five things that made me happy today – 1/27/22

Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

Proverbs 16:24

1. It was 34 deg. and foggy when I got up. The sun came out with blue, blue skies about 1:00 and the temperature improved to 46 deg. before sunset.

2. Our first anniversary of our first COVID vaccine shot. Oh, the plans we had. Oh, the hopes we had, Now mostly dashed because they are saying this horror of a virus will probably be with us in perpetuity. (sigh)

3. Mama deer and the yearling were back this morning. I don’t know whether they are like birds who puff out their feathers when they’re cold or not, but they looked extra fuzzy today. They spent the afternoon lying in the sun, chewing their cud(?), and puffing out lots of steamy clouds of breath.

4. A trip through the drive-thru at Burger King for Whoppers for lunch.

5. I filled out my ballot today. We’re voting to approve school board taxes. We’ll take the ballots to the Drop Box this weekend. I love Washington State!

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 1/26/22

True abundance is seeing the shine in other human beings and acknowledging them by embracing them through acceptance, love, kindness, gratitude, and encouragement.

Mary Chang

1. It was 34 deg. and mostly cloudy when I got up. There was intermittent sun from about 2:00 pm on, but the temperature lurked around 40.

2. If you, like me, are getting tired of grey skies, and cold weather, here’s something to cheer you up with dreams of flowers to come.

3. Sunset is at 5:03 today! Hooray! I think this is the first day it’s after 5:00. We have turned the corner on the “Big Dark!”

4. I fixed chicken noodle soup for lunch today, using up the rest of the little chicken we had on Sunday. It was very tasty, and we had enough left over for the two of us to have lunch on Saturday, and a bit more for Big Al to have for supper some night.

5. The wildlife seems to be excited about the lengthening days. The woods behind the house has been alive with squirrels and birds.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 1/25/22

Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their families, their histories too. Talk to them, listen to them. They are alive poems.

Joy Harjo

1. It was in the mid 30s and partly cloudy when I got up. A watery sun came out about noon, and the temperature got into the low 40s.

2. Today is my baby boy’s 50th birthday. He’s become our mainstay when either of us have a computer problem, or an illness, or need to have something reached on a high shelf. He’s only about 3 hours away in summer, and 6 hours away in winter (neither of us move with the seasons, but the mountain passes cause the discrepancy.)

3. WooHoo!!! My new FitBit was found, alive and well. The post person marked it delivered yesterday. but it wasn’t in my box or in the lock box. I think someone else got the key in their box, and then saw who was supposed to get the delivery, so they put it in my front door, between the screen and the door. We NEVER use the front door, so, even though I had looked on the porch, I didn’t see it. Mystery of the wandering FitBit, solved.

4. Lunch was “fix it yourself” day. I had a “healthy” peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Killer Dave’s 21 Grains and Seeds bread, with Adams chunky peanut butter, and Polaner seedless blackberry jam (no-sugar added, extra fiber.)

5. Greisser Girls Gab later this afternoon. As always, looking forward to it.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 1/24/22

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.

Lao Tzu

1. It was in the mid 30s and foggy when I got up. 40 was the high as the fog morphed into cloudiness.

2. I got the NYT Crossword puzzle the first time with no hints. I think Wordle is helping my crossword habit.

3. Knorr Alfredo Noodles with shrimp for lunch today – again suggested by Big Al. If he’s not careful, he’s going to be put in charge of meal planning. 🙂

4. The laundry is washed, dried, delivered, folded, and hung up!

5. Gazebo Group on Zoom this evening.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 1/23/22

If one wanted a basic rule of thumb for dealing with the climate crisis, it would be: stop burning things.

Bill McKibben

1. It was in the mid 30s and foggy when I got up. It topped out at 40 deg. and even though the fog burned off before noon, it never was really sunny. Brrr.

2. We had a substitute preacher this morning since our regular interim is quarantining with COVID. She read the sermon Joyce was going to preach. It was entitled “Solomon’s Dream”. Remember we’re doing a series on dreams in the Bible. Solomon’s request to God for Wisdom was part of a dream. Because Solomon didn’t ask for riches or power, God gave him Wisdom, AND riches and power.

3. As soon as church was over, I went to Safeway to pick up the order that I finalized last night (see #4).

4. My complaints about always having to do all the meal planning did NOT fall on deaf ears. Last night, Big Al suggested that since I was picking up a Safeway order anyway, maybe I could add a rotisserie chicken to it. So I did, and we had chicken, hash brown potatoes, and Bush’s Baked Beans. AND he cooked the frozen hash browns and warmed up the beans while I was gone.

5. I had a nice afternoon in front of the fire, reading my Inspector Lynley, and later watching some more of Vera on AppleTV.

How about you? What made you happy today?

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

What we have before us are some breathtaking opportunities disguised as insoluble problems.

John W. Gardner

1. It was 40 degs and cloudy when I got up. It was sunny starting about noon, but the temperature never got above 45 deg.

2.Two deer seem to have decided my yard is their favorite place to nap in the sun. They were here all day until just before 4:00 pm.

3. Decent session at the Wellness Center. I know you must get tired of reading about the same day, day after day, but if you think you’re tired you should try living it. I’ll be so glad, if (when) we ever get out of this pandemic.

4. Cool/cold day lunch of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich.

5. I was late getting started on the story I promised you today. I published it, although I’m afraid it’s a little disjointed. It took me a while to develop a through-line.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 1/21/22

And so we lift our gaze not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.

Amanda Gorman

1. It was 40 degs. and cloudy when I got up. We had a watery sun from about noon until dark, but the temperature didn’t get over 46 degs.

2. I consider writing this a spiritual practice that keeps me grounded and reminds me to avoid “Outrage Addiction”. As one of my blogger friends says, “it’s more about doing what’s ours to do and letting go of outcome, trusting that the gift is often in the thing itself, not some future product.” That’s so true. While I appreciate you, gentle readers, this blog has never been about creating a business, or amassing followers.

3. I found out today that my preacher tested positive for COVID on Wednesday. Folks have been teasing me because I still refuse to go to church in person. She’s fully vaccinated, and boosted, and wears a mask all the time except when she preaches. So far she’s got a really mild case, and is already on the mend. Thanks Be to God!

4. We had pork chops with cinnamon applesauce, roast potatoes, and I had roasted Brussels sprouts, while Big Al had beets.

5. I have succumbed to Wordle. I did a good job on it today.

Wordle 216 5/6


How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 1/20/22

There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1. It was 54 deg. and raining when I got up. The sun came out and the wind picked up shortly after noon. “They say” we’re headed for low 40s or lower overnight.

2. I started thinking about what I’m going to write for Saturday for my long-form offering, now that I’ve finished with my life’s travelog.

3. I listened to HCR while I worked out today. She was talking about how tired the negative people must be. It takes a lot of energy to automatically figure out a reason to dislike everything anyone else is doing. I have acquaintances whose first reaction to anything is “You can’t do that,” or “That’s not your business,” or even “Get off my lawn.” It’s easy to get caught up in Outrage Addiction, but it’s neither profitable nor helpful.

4. For lunch today, I fixed PF Chang’s Sweet and Sour Chicken. Very acceptable.

5. I finally got Big Al to watch Ted Lasso, and now he’s hooked. We’re at the end of the first season, and he’s all excited to have the third season drop. I haven’t got the heart to tell him that they haven’t started filming it yet, but it should go into production shortly.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 1/19/22

My father always believed in the people of our nation. Certainly, he would be greatly disappointed in how we have chosen to conduct ourselves at this particular moment.

Martin Luther King, III

1. It was in the mid 40s and cloudy when I got up. The high throughout the day was 48, with misty drizzle – in fact, I can’t even call it drizzle, more like wet air.

2. Today is Big Al’s birthday – 81-years-old. I’m not old enough to have an 81-year-old husband.

3. Before noon, I went over to the Wellness Center and worked out. Then I went down to Trader Joes to get my sausages and some blueberries. From there I went to Moctezumas to pick up Al’s birthday lunch (I’m still jumpy about eating inside.)

4. I was back at the house and we were sitting down to a fine Mexican lunch by 2:00 pm. Al had ground beef enchiladas with rice and beans, and I had a chimichanga Del Mar. YUM.

5. As I was preparing to finalize this post, the doorbell rang, and it was one of the staff with some goodies, and liquid refreshment from everybody at Frank Tobey Jones in honor of Al’s birthday.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 1/18/22

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

1. It was 44 deg. and cloudy with wet streets when I got up this morning. It stayed cloudy and showery all day, and the temperature got up to 48 deg.

2. I spent the. morning at the dentist getting my teeth cleaned. It’s not my favorite thing to do, but at least I won’t have to do it again for a while.

3. The housekeepers came about the time I got home, and I have clean sheets on the bed, clean bathrooms, clean kitchen, etc., etc., etc.

4. I ordered my 4 free COVID tests since the website was active a day early. I’ll feel happier once I have them. I had ordered a couple of Binax NOW tests before Christmas, but by the time my order got there, they had sold out. I just gave up at that point. I hope I was early enough to get them this time.

5. Greisser Girls Gab this afternoon. I’ll like talking to them.

How about you? What made you happy today?