Five things that made me happy today – 4/6/21

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day saying “I’ll try again tomorrow.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

1. It was 37 deg early this morning, with bright blue sky and sun. It got a little hazy in the afternoon, but it still warmed up to the upper 50s before nightfall.

2. Bible study this morning was interesting. We spent a lot of time talking about Thomas and how he gets a bad rap being called “Doubting Thomas”. He was really pretty brave to question Jesus.

3. I finished off the tuna salad for lunch in a sandwich. Big Al had a big bowl of salad.

4. I walked over to the Wellness Center after lunch. I’m going to have to get some new shoes if I’m going to walk a lot. These are about worn out. I have an almost new pair, but it’s not really wide enough (although it’s the widest they sell.) Those shoes caused a callous on the ball of my foot that I’ve been babying and suffering with all winter long. New Balance seems to have one style for women with Extra Wide. I’m ordering them. I hope they work for me.

5. Lots of birds and blooming trees around. I love seeing nature “break forth” after the awful year we’ve had.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 3/30/21

Only when we’re brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.

Brene Brown

1. It was 34 deg and sunny when I got up this morning. With the sun shining all day, we got up to 54 deg this afternoon before sunset.

2. We had Bible Study this morning, but between breakfast and that, I was able to finish yesterday’s NYT crossword puzzle. It only took one time through and I got it without hints. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.

3. For lunch, the Bistro had a special of 2 egg salad sandwiches for $5.25, so we had that for lunch.

4. The housekeepers were here today so I have clean sheets on the bed, clean floors, everything dusted, clean bathrooms and a clean kitchen.

5. Big Al had his follow-up appointment with the pulmonologist. Everything looks like it’s back to normal (or as normal as it ever is for him). He will stop taking the Eliquis the end of May, and go back for a further follow-up the first week in July. Also all the oxygen paraphernalia will be picked up this week (Thanks be to God).

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 3/28/21

There must be always remaining in every life, some place for the singing of angels, some place for that which in itself is breathlessly beautiful.

Howard Thurman

1. Still low to mid 40s, still cloudy. It started raining just before church (thank goodness, I’m doing church on Facebook live), and continued most of the afternoon. Still 45 deg.

2. Church service this morning was a combination of Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday. The pianist played Hey-sanna, Ho-sanna from Jesus Christ Superstar. More music than usual and a good sermon.

3. Big Al and I WENT OUT TO LUNCH for the first time in over a year. We went to our really favorite Japanese restaurant. Al had teriyaki salmon and tempura, and I had a sushi combo with seven assorted pieces of sushi and a spicy tuna roll. It was great and felt so NORMAL!

4. Unfortunately, the COVID numbers in Pierce County are going up, so the governor is threatening to shut us down again. Glad we were able to indulge before that happened.

5. We have Greisser Girls’ Gab this afternoon, but Harriet was unable to make it at the last minute, so Betty and I met on FaceTime.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 3/27/21

We are responsible for our own ignorance or, with time and openhearted enlightenment, our own wisdom.

Isabel Wilkerson

1. Low 40s (again) and cloudy (again) when I got up. It got into the mid- to upper-50s this afternoon. It’s supposed to rain all day tomorrow, but next week looks pretty decent otherwise.

2. I finished my MasterClass from Paul Krugman – Economics and Society. Now I’m getting ready to start one from Neil deGrasse Tyson on Scientific Thinking and Communication. I love the way each individual lesson is less than 15 minutes, and I can watch three in a row if I want or only one. My brain was going to mush, and, the cost of the yearly subscription lets me feel engaged with the world again.

3. I had planned to have red beans and rice with lil’ smokies for lunch, but, alas, no red beans and rice. So I fixed Bear Creek Creamy Potato Soup and floated the lil’ smokies in it. It was very satisfactory. Then I remembered that I had ordered red beans and rice from Amazon, and there were 10 packages in the garage. (sigh) But the potato soup was fine.

4. Oregon State men won their basketball game today. Oregon plays tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

5. The afternoon/evening springtime weather problems are blowing up in the Texarkana area. Just texted my sister and she was headed to the church to take shelter. The church has a basement and she goes down there when the skies threaten. Prayers appreciated.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 3/24/21

The poor tell us who we are. The prophets tell us who we can be. So we hide the poor and kill the prophets.

Gregory Jerome Bentley

1. It was in the low 40s and blustery when I woke up this morning. The wind seems to really be blowing the pollen around. (sniff) The rain started just after breakfast when I got in the car to pick up groceries from Safeway. Once again I was really happy that all I had to do was call and some kind soul brought them out and put them in the trunk. It rain sporadically all day and never warmed up.

2. I listened to a fascinating story on NPR at lunchtime about the velella velella or by-the-wind sailors. It’s a species of jelly fish that, in rare years, litter the beaches on the West Coast. Their habitat is the top 6-9 inches of the ocean and they travel around propelled by their sails. There has been a study for the last 10-15 years on statistics collected by the general public to figure out why they sometimes come ashore, but usually stay at sea. The scientists have discovered that they come ashore when the summer has been really warm. So I guess we won’t see them this year.

3. I fixed little pizzas on tortillas for lunch today. Big Al had an on-line safety class about ventilation in hospitals that stated at 11:00 and ran over, so the little pizzas were great for “cook ’em when you want ’em”.

4. I continue to peripherally follow March Madness. The Oregon Ducks are still in the dance and made it to the round of 16.

5. I’m really enjoying my MasterClass with Paul Krugman. He makes sense of Economics the same way HCR makes sense of history. And there’s lots of overlap on the things they say.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 3/20/21

You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.

Pablo Neruda

1. It was dark and stormy and 45 deg. when I got up on this first day of Spring. It’s supposed to be the vernal equinox, but for those of us in Tacoma, that came last Wednesday when we had sunrise at 7:16 and sunset at 7:15. Rain off and on all day, but 54 deg. during the sunbreaks this afternoon.

2. I went to Trader Joes to pick up some stuff that’s not really available at Safeway. It was pretty crowded, but everyone was masked (as was I) and *I’m fully vaccinated*. I can remember worrying after I came home, but not now!

3. We had leftovers from Wednesday and feasted on Chicken Tetrazzini for lunch today.

4. Seeing the news about the horrific killings in Atlanta reminded me that no place is free from that type of history. When we moved to Tacoma, I was shocked to discover the dark underbelly here that led to the expulsion of every person of Chinese origin or descent in November of 1885. I wondered why Tacoma is the only port city on the West Coast that doesn’t have a Chinatown. If you don’t know the story, Google Chinese expulsion Tacoma. It’s a terrible history that has been largely forgotten or lost among the many other stories of our mistreatment of AAPI residents.

Monumental stone depicting the expulsion of the Chinese in a rainstorm in 1885, located in Reconciliation Park on the waterfront in Tacoma. The Chinese were loaded on flatbed railroad cars in a driving rainstorm and sent off to Portland.

5. #1 son got his Johnson and Johnson vaccine today. I’m partially thankful that #2 son is not in a vulnerable group, and partially still worried about him, although he works from home and has no underlying conditions that would move him up in the line. His turn will come.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 3/19/21

It’s not quite boredom; it’s not exactly melancholy either. It’s acedia: spiritual malaise, apathy, and a listlessness that’s somehow combined with restlessness.

MaryAnn McKibben Dana

1. It was 46 deg and drizzly early this morning. It was cloudy and drizzly all day and topped out at 55 deg this afternoon.

2. Our old electric can opener decided to freeze up over the weekend, so we’ve been using a perfectly acceptable hand-operated one. But nevertheless, we ordered a new one, just like the old one from Amazon, and it came today. I may never go to a hardware store again.

3. Big Al only ate half of his pita yesterday, so he had that for lunch. I had a veggie lunch of black-eyed peas with salsa, leftover collards with raw onion, sliced tomato, and a Jiffy corn muffin. All the stuff that tasted like summer to me. I may be jumping the gun a little, but, too bad.

4. Big Al headed off to the doctor for his follow-up appointment with our Primary Care Provider by himself. When he he did this four months ago, he came home gasping for air. He made it home just fine this time.

5. My sister sent me about 5 pounds of pecans from this year’s crop. I hope I don’t over-dose on them.

How about you? What made you happy today?

Five things that made me happy today – 3/18/21

Our approach to gratefulness has to be big enough to embrace all the difficulties of the world.

1. It was in the high 30s and cloudy when I got up. There’s an alert for medium to high pollen count (sigh). Unfortunately, it seems to have hit Al harder than it hit me. He has been snuffling and coughing most of the day. It did ran this afternoon, so maybe that will wash some of the pollen out of the air. Didn’t’ get out of the 40s, though.

2. Granddaughter in Birmingham, AL, seems to have come through the storms with no damage. Thanks be to God.

3. I gave up worrying about “what’s for lunch”, and asked Big Al what he wanted. He chose Pita Pit, so that’s what we had.

4. For Happy Hour this week, we had St. Patrick’s Themed snacks. We had sausage rolls with cheddar-stout ale sauce, and a cute little snack cookie with gold chocolate candies. They also gave us Irish Cream or wine or soda. I fetched a mocha from Starbucks and added my Irish Cream to that.

5. The League of Women Voters gave a presentation about our regressive tax structure in Washington. Unfortunately, I was the only one who attended, and they were preaching to the choir.

How about you? What made you happy today?