Wednesday, November 22, 2017

40 Days of Gratitude 2017: Day 01: The Weekly Hodgepodge

This week, Mrs. Joyce, is using the acrostic THANKS  to ask our hodgepodge questions.

Join the fun! 
Come on over to 
for the Hodgepodge link-up! tightly do you cling to tradition when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations? For instance do you always do the cooking, never eat at home, always go to grandma's, never miss the parade, always watch football, never change the menu, always eat at 2 PM, etc.? Have you ever celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving away from hearth, home, and family? How did that feel?

I've not yet had the opportunity to establish my own holiday traditions.  There were things I did back home that were habitual, but they were for the benefit of others.  My Colorado friends don't understand why I'm OK with going through the holidays away from family.  For the past several years, work schedules and distance have kept me from family gatherings, so we've all grown accustomed to my not being there. it easy for you to ask for help or are you a do-it-yourselfer? How is that a good/bad thing?

I've had to work on getting up off my fear and pride and asking for help while preparing for the possibility of either having to take care of it myself, or it not getting taken care of at all.

Abundance...what is there an abundance of in your kitchen?

Cereal.  I was given two boxes of cereal to go with the unfinished box I bought a couple of weeks ago.  Now that I can cook whenever I want, cereal is the "I'm too tired to cook" food. 

Name...the smallest thing you're thankful for? the biggest?

Smallest?  I'm thankful that my apartment has a ceiling fan in the living room.  That's going to come in handy in the summer.  Biggest?  My increasing health.

Key...What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life?

Remembering where it all comes from:

James 1:17 - Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Remembering that being ungrateful is the beginning of backsliding.

Romans 1:21-23 - Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 

State your own random thought here.

Day 1:

Today, I'm thankful for my ability to read and write.  It's a gift that I never take for granted.  From childhood through my undergraduate years, reading standard print was physically painful for me.  I was at the mercy of finding available large print or audio book libraries.  Now that reading is much less difficult--praise the Lord--I'm devouring all that I can until I leave this earth.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

2017 Reading Quest 27

BookThe Women of Christmas.

Author: Liz Higgs

Info:  Copyright 2013: New York:  Waterbrook Press.

Where acquired: Library check out.

Rating (on a scale of 1-4 stars):  ✮✭

CategoryImpulse Read:  The ladies' Bible study I was involved in before I started working were doing a study on this book.  Since I couldn't attend, I decided to read the book.

What it's about:  Higgs focuses on the principle female characters of the Christmas story.  Taking a verse-by-verse journey through the account of Jesus' birth, the author zeroes in on Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna.

What I Liked:
  • The book was a short, easy read.
  • The Kindle edition had real page numbers.
  • There were no aside boxes in the text.
What I didn’t like: 
  • The choppiness of the text read like a quick cut-and-paste of the author's notes and a few salient comments from her Bible study group thrown in.  Reading it was like being part of a Bible study where all the participants knew each other, but you were the newbie who didn't understand all the inside jokes and nuances of the group. 
  • The study questions at the end just didn't do it for me.  It still felt like I was sitting as the lone "dunce" in a class full of teacher's pets.
  • While I applaud her use of various Bible versions to further amplify the meaning of some passages, the manner is which they were done was very disruptive to the already choppy flow of the narrative.


Years ago, I read Higgs' Bad Girls of the Bible and really enjoyed it.  While I didn't expect this book to be written in the same style, I did expect a more in-depth text that would inspire me to dig deeper.  It didn't.  Maybe studying it along with others would have been more helpful--but maybe not. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Fall Festival: The Simple Woman's Daybook

If you would like to join in and post your own Daybook, please head on over to visit Peggy at The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today:  Monday, November 20, 2017

Outside my window  Another cool, crisp, Colorado morning.

I am thinking...  
  • ... about doing another 40 Days of Gratitude blog challenge.  It will start on November 22nd and take us through the end of the year.
  • ... about the holidays and how I'll celebrate them in this new place.  We've already had a couple of fun Thanksgiving celebrations at work.
  • ... about decorating plans for my apartment.  I've got lot's of ideas and it will be fun to experiment.

I am thankful...  Oh, for so many things.  So many things have fallen into place since we first planned this move out West.  Only God could have orchestrated what has happened.  To Him I give the glory.
From the Workshop...
Auntie's Workshop is on temporary hiatus as I furnish my apartment with the necessities.  As soon as I have a suitable workspace from which to create, I'll be right back at it.
I am reading...  
The Women of Christmas by Liz Higgs
The Last Bus to Albuquerque by Lewis Grizzard
Books I've completed since my last Daybook:
  • Real Artists Don't Starve by Jeff Goins.  The review is here.

I am learning...

On my job, I'm learning new procedures, new computer programs, and new equipment. 

In my new city, I'm learning where things are and how things work.

Favorite quote(s) of the week

"Scripture doesn't call for us to lay out our lives without any semblance of a game plan and in defiance of mathematics and call it 'trusting God.'" - Dave Ramsey

"Genius tends to happen in community, not isolation." - Marshal Ferrell.

"Promotion isn't something an artist avoids; it's an essential part of the job." - Jeff Goins.
I am looking forward to... 
  • A few days off for Thanksgiving.
  • Saturday's Iron Bowl.  #RollTide
  • JSU's first playoff game in December.  #FearTheBeak
  • Going back to IKEA.
  • Volunteering at the Christmas Shop ministry the first Saturday of December.