Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Which Way Did He Go, George?: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your sense of direction? 1=can't find my way out of a paper bag and 10=if I've been somewhere once I can find it blindfolded ten years later.

When was the last time you looked at/used a map you could hold in your hand? (phones don't count!) 

Back east, down south, out west, up north

Choose one of these directional expressions and tell us why you chose it.

OK, this is the three questions in one.  Isn't that cheating, Mrs. Joyce?


Part 1:  Since I'm finding my away around a new town, I'd say I'm around a 7 on the scale.  Once I have a good base of directions, I can find things relative to the base.

Part 2:  The last time I used an actual map was when I worked for a moving company.  That was only because the computers were down.  Honestly, I'm much better with a GPS and an online map site.  For me, those maps are easier to understand.  I wouldn't have made it across the country without them.

Part 3:  "Out west."  Well, it's where I am.

Did you do more talking or listening yesterday? Is that typical? Describe your yesterday in one word.

Listening.  I endeavor for listening more to be typical of my behavior.  Yesterday in one word?  Exhausting.

Time, money, water-power-resources, opportunity...which one on the list are you most guilty of wasting? What might you do to change that?

When I was younger, I wasted a lot of money with debt and stupid decisions based on a poverty mindset.  Now, I'd say I struggle with wasting time.  At present my biggest time waster is my commute to work.  Hopefully, a solution is soon coming.

Did your family take regular vacations when you were a kid? Tell us something you remember about a family roadtrip from your own childhood.

Like I said here, our family couldn't afford vacations, so I don't have a good answer for you.

If you could grow anything you wanted, what would you grow? Why?

If I could grow something that is impossible to grow, I would grow a money tree because I'm ready to be out of debt and I'm ready to be a better giver.  If I could grow something that's possible to grow, I'd like to grow some of the fussy plants I've not had any success with.  I have a green thumb, but if a plant is too complicated to maintain, I kill it.  Things like African violets, poinsettias, orchids, and geraniums.  I guess I just learn to paint them in order to enjoy them.

Insert your own random thought here.

Well, Saturday, I go to view an apartment to possibly rent.  If it the right place for me (and I hope and pray it is), I'll be moving the first week of November.  I'll keep y'all posted.  I'm ready to move closer to my work.  We had our first snow Monday and my long commute was not pleasant.  Pretty, but not pleasant.  Plus, I'm ready to be settled into my own place.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Loud Love: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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Have you ever spent time on a farm? Tell us a little bit about it. Have you ever grown your own pumpkin? Been on a hayride? Driven a tractor? Milked a cow?

The last summer I thought preschool full time, our class visited a farm.  For many of the children, it was the first time they'd seen a live chicken or cow.  Part of the fun was taking a hayride around the property.  Personally, I've not grown my own pumpkin, driven a tractor, or milked a cow.

My Thunderbabies' trip to the farm in 2007

What's something younger you would like about you now?

I'm much healthier than I when I was younger.  Spiritually, I know much more about the Lord and His Word.  Mentally, I experience much more joy.  Physically, I enjoy exercise and experience far less health problems than when I was younger. 

What are three things you'd like to do more often? Three things you'd like to do less often?

More often:
  • Get outside
  • Pray
  • Listen to more music
Less often:
  • Worry
  • Ignore my own needs
  • Squint

What's on your nachos?

Cheese, salsa, sour cream, chicken, sliced black olives, and avocado.

What's the most random thing in your purse or wallet? Does it need to stay there?

A set of earplugs.  My church gives them out in case the music is too loud.  It isn't, so I need to return them.  Their sound people do a great job.  I've been sitting on the front row, and the music is excellent, but not overwhelming.

Insert your own random thought here.

We sang this at church last week and I can't (and won't) get it out of my head.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Rocky Mountain High: The Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today:  Saturday, September 30 , 2017

Outside my window  Today, Annie's family took me on a nice hike at Dedisse Park up in the mountains in Evergreen, Colorado.  The views around the lake were gorgeous.

I am thinking...  
  • I'm considering doing the 31 days of 5 minute free writes this year.  My mind is in a much better place than the other times I've participated.  Slide on over to my sister blog tomorrow, October 1st, for the first entry.  The plan is to complete each entry based on one of my art pieces.
  • I'm thinking about my new job and what it will be like.
  • I'm pondering the subject matter of my new Pastor's podcast Discipled by Jesus.  After four episodes, I'm still completely lost.  I don't think it's him;  Hopefully, when I hear the next episode, something will click. 

I am thankful... 
  • For my new job.
  • Thankful that I've gotten my car back and that the repair was relatively inexpensive.
  • Thankful for my nine year chip at Celebrate Recovery.  Although I'm not an integral  part of the program anymore, I still live the principles and collect my yearly chips when I can.  Blessedly, my new church has a CR.

From the Workshop...

Found a really cute crochet boot cuff pattern.  It works really well for knee high boots.  I managed to convert it to an ankle boot pattern also.  I'm thinking of selling them for about $10 a pair.  If you want a pair, let me know what size and color at

I am reading...

Currently off the shelf (among the pile):

Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau

The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell

Talk to Me by Lynette Hagin. 
I am learning...
  • Once I move, I really want a Keurig.  Where I'm house/cat sitting has one, and I'm enjoying being able to brew one cup of coffee or tea at a time.

Favorite Quotes of the Week...

I'll just leave this here.

I am looking forward to... 
  • Church tomorrow.
  • Starting my new job Monday.
  • Bible study on Wednesday at work.
  • Finding a place to live closer to my job.  Distance isn't the problem; traffic is.  It takes me an hour or more to travel the 17 miles to and from work.  Not an efficient use of my time...or nerves.
And now for something totally different...

Five Minute Friday Word of the Week:   Depend