January Musings

January used to be a gloomy month for me. The landscape seemed all the more bleak and colorless after the Christmas lights and decorations had been taken down. The first warm spring breezes and colorful blooms seemed eons away. Coldness sank into my bones.

But more recently, I’ve enjoyed January as a time of rest after all the Christmas busyness and a transition to the new year. We don’t usually have any major events in January, so it’s a time to catch our breath, look ahead, plan, sort through things, enjoy hearty oven meals and soups, curl up with a good book, throw blanket, and coffee.

One adjustment this particular January involved my husband’s recent diagnosis of diabetes a couple of weeks before Christmas – not the best time (if there is a “best” time for that). It seemed to take 2-3 weeks on new medication for his blood sugar to settle into a mostly stable range. He’s lowering his carbs, and I need to look into lower-carb options for dinner. We’ve enjoyed frozen cauliflower rice for stir-fries and soups, but I haven’t attempted it as a side dish.

This January will always be marked by my mother-in-law’s home-going to heaven. We just got back late last night from her funeral in Idaho. More extended family came than we had thought would be able to, so it was almost like a family reunion. One niece remarked that the only think wrong was that Grandma wasn’t there to enjoy it. Family gatherings were the highlight of her life. She might be too caught up with eternal glories now to be concerned about what’s happening on earth. But I know that, if she was looking down and watching, she was rejoicing to see so many of us together. We had a wonderful time reconnecting with some we had not seen in decades, catching up with everyone, and sharing memories of Grandma. The eulogy and message at the funeral shared how Jesus made such a difference in Grandma’s life, which then rippled out into the lives of her family and friends. I want to share a post dedicated to my mother-in-law and her life one day next week.

It was a joy as well to see some of Jim’s mom’s long-time church friends and neighbors. I’ve communicated with a few of them about her progress over the last few years, since she could no longer write. One I had never met in person before until the funeral, so that was a highlight for me.

One morning before other family members arrived, we drove around the area to show our own family some of the sights. Mittu had never been to Idaho, and our boys had not been there is ages. We saw Jim’s old house, some of the places he worked and went to school, a park where we used to take the boys while visiting the grandparents, and some of the area’s claims to fame, like the Snake River Canyon and Shoshone Falls (though there wasn’t much water falling at the time we went)

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We all remarked on the difference in the landscapes here and there. Even though I mentioned January being colorless, we still have some evergreens. In SC and TN, we have a lot of trees and hills. In southern Idaho, it’s mostly flat except for mountains in the distance. Even though I prefer our hills, green in summer and multi-colored in autumn, there was something nice about so much visible sky in ID. Would’ve been a great place for my husband to have brought his telescopes at night, if we could have packed them!

This was Timothy’s first flight, and he did wonderfully with the travel, the different schedule, and meeting all the new-to-him family.

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In fact, on the way home from the airport, he said he wanted to take another trip – back to Idaho. 🙂 We had to explain that all the same people wouldn’t be there.

I can’t have a monthly round-up without mentioning books. 🙂 The ones I finished and reviewed this month are:

Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Susan May Warren. Wonderful story about five people with various issues trapped in the same house by a blizzard.

Among the Fair Magnolias by Dorothy Love, Tamera Alexander, Elizabeth Musser, and Shelley Gray, four Civil-War era stories.

Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa, fast-paced story about a girl hidden away in a bunker while both good guys and bad guys try to find her. Loved this!

Christians Publishing 101 by Ann Byle. A writer’s conference in book form.

Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines

The Christmas Heirloom by Karen Witemeyer, Kristi Ann Hunter, Sarah Loudin Thomas, and Becky Wade, four novellas connected by an heirloom brooch passed down each generation.

I’ve finished, but haven’t had a chance to review yet:

Murder in an English Village by Jessica Ellicott
Read the Bible for Life by George Guthrie
If I Run and If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock

I’m almost done with Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy, and I’m currently making my way through Katie’s Secret by Leisha Kelly, Journaling for the Soul by Deborah Haddix, and I’d Rather By Reading by Anne Bogel.

On the blog this month, besides book reviews, Friday’s Fave Fives, and Laudable Linkage:

A Sense of Him

Heaven Is Not a Lesser Answer

Great-grandma Is Home

Looking ahead…well, today is going to involve unpacking, laundry, and hopefully a nap. 🙂 We’ll probably continue to sort through my mother-in-law’s things. When my husband goes back to work, I plan to dig back into the book I am working on. I have missed it!

And don’t forget the Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge coming in February.

And that’s our January. How was yours?

(Shannan invites us to share our end-of-month round-up posts, what we’re into, what’s keeping us sane. Her link-up for January will be up Feb. 1)

 

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End-of-January Musings

January is normally a doldrums month for me. All the light and glitter and celebratory spirit of Christmas has been put away, it’s dark and cold, the landscape is almost barren, nothing exciting is going on, and it will be months yet before spring. But this year it hasn’t been so bad. There were a few overcast, very cold days when I only wanted to hibernate, but overall I think keeping busy has kept me distracted. Maybe I’ve been taking my own advice for the winter blues. 🙂

We’ve had two family outings this month, whereas we normally might have only a handful a year, so that might be one thing that livened up January. One Saturday we went to the Ripley’s Mirror Maze in Gatlinburg and then a favorite Mexican food restaurant. Last Saturday we went to the Chocolatefest in Knoxville – or, as Timothy put it, the “chocolate party.” 🙂 The  event itself was a disappointment, though. I had envisioned a large room with rows and rows of chocolate-themed items. There were a few tables of chocolate items, but the others were mainly jewelry and clothes with assorted other odds and ends. There was one section you could only go into if you bought a “tasting ticket” for $20, and that’s evidently where most of the chocolate was. If you went there you got a box or bag you could fill up with goodies. But I don’t know if we could have collected enough to have made it worth $20 times four people. We didn’t think until afterwards that we could have had one of us go there and then we all could have shared the loot. 🙂 But I did bring home a few chocolate purchases, and Timothy enjoyed some “monster blue” ice cream (and showing me his blue tongue and teeth) and got to do a little activity at a kid’s table, and we enjoyed looking at the cake-decorating entries. And we went to one of his favorite restaurants afterward, so we had fun together even if the event itself wasn’t the best.

Jim and I have also done a bit of furniture-shopping. The padding on our couch and loveseat arms has gotten so thin we can feel the wood underneath when we lean against them, and the fabric is worn, with a few holes starting to show. We spent one Saturday looking at a few places and found one set that might work. There’s at least one more place I’d like to go. We found one place that had the Magnolia Home furniture. I loved the style, but they didn’t seem to have a combination that fit what we needed. It also might have been more expensive, but I don’t think I looked at prices much since I didn’t see anything I thought would work. We’d like to find a sofa, loveseat, recliner combination, or at least a sofa and loveseat, and then we can buy a recliner individually. We saw a lot of sets with, instead of a recliner, a huge oversized chair and footstool. I don’t think we’d have the space for it, and besides, some of the family like the reclining function.

Speaking of furniture shopping – furniture showrooms are my least favorite places to shop in. We almost never buy anything on our first look-through: we’re just seeing what’s out there, checking prices, testing out how they feel, etc., then we go home and think about it or go other places and look some more. I’m generally slow to make up my mind anyway, but I want big purchases to last for years and not have to go through this whole process again any time soon. As soon as you walk through a showroom, a salesperson greets you, which is fine, but they don’t seem to want to leave you alone even though you tell them you’re “just looking.” It’s good if you can find one easily when you have a question, but they can’t help you decide what you like and don’t like. It just takes time and looking around to decide that, and their constant questions and suggestions just make me want to leave, which is, I would think, not their goal. I’ve enjoyed more some little out-of-the way furniture places over the years, but the ones we went to when we first moved here have gone out of business.

During a lot of the year, Jim has grass to mow or projects to work on Saturdays, so it has been fun to do some other things together. Altogether I think I have begun to appreciate January as a restful spot between other busy times.

On the creative front, not much has been going on except that I have been sorting through, cleaning out, and shaping up my craft files. Seeing what I have there has been stirring my creative juices. I have not sewn clothes in a very long time – just curtains and pillows and such – but I saw a dress the style of which I loved in a catalog a few days ago. But the dress itself was around $135 – which is about 3-4 times more than I usually pay for dresses. I’ve been looking around to see if I can find a pattern similar to it. If I can find something I can adapt, I just may be spending some time with the sewing machine soon.

Around the house, besides the usual tasks and the files mentioned above, I spent some time rearranging my books shelves, making a place for new books I want to keep, pulling a few books out to give away. I love looking at the neat and tidy (is that redundant?) results. There are a couple of boxes of books in two different closets I want to go through next, and then our other filing cabinets. I’ve been in a sorting and organizing mood lately, and I usually don’t have time (or inclination) to tackle a whole room at once, but these smaller spaces catch my eye and call to me occasionally.

January was also a good month for reading, as I shared yesterday. Last year for the Back to the Classics challenge, I thought it would be good to get my biggest book (Middlemarch) out of the way first. But I felt like I was stuck on the one book for a very long time. This year I started off with some of the shorter classics, and I think I like that approach better. It feels like I’ve made good progress on my reading goals already. Trust: A Godly Woman’s Adornment by Lydia Brownback has been both a challenge and and encouragement. I’m about finished with Isaiah in my current trek through the Bible, and Trust has been been gently hitting some of the same lessons, that anything we’re trusting in other than God will fail us, and that He is the only perfectly reliable and trustworthy One. Not reliable in the sense that He’ll always do what we think best, but He will always do what He knows best, even if it means letting our false props fail us in order to draw our attention back to Himself.

The other thing we’ve been into the last moth – don’t laugh – is HQ Trivia. My oldest son told us about it when he was here for Christmas and now we all play. It’s an app for your phone where there is a live quiz at 3 p.m. Eastern time on weekdays and every evening at 9 p.m. There are 12 trivia questions (occasionally 15) that start off ridiculously easy and then get much harder. There is a cash prize of $2,500 (sometimes more!), and the people who win that quiz split the money. So far the highest I have gone is 7 questions: Jim got all the way to the end before missing the last question last night. It’s been fun to do together, and if Jason and Mittu are here at 9, we all play together. And, you can get extra lives by referring people, so, though I am NOT mentioning this just to get extra lives – if you decide you want to try it out and wouldn’t mind putting barbarah06 in as a referral code, I would be very appreciative. 🙂

Around the blog, besides several book reviews and the weekly Friday’s Fave Five and occasional sharing of Laudable Linkage:

  • When everything fails. “It’s not that God orchestrates problems in our lives to create a need for Him: rather, He strips everything away to reveal a need that was already there that we couldn’t see or hadn’t paid attention to. Sometimes He has to show us that nothing else is sufficient to meet that need before we’ll turn to Him.”
  • What do you know? “It’s true that knowledge can “puff up” with pride, but rather than avoiding gaining knowledge, we need to remind ourselves that If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know” (1 Corinthians 8:2), and we need to remind ourselves that the purpose of gaining knowledge is to better know the Lord and serve Him and others.”
  • Winter.
  • God’s Back. “If this is the back of God – merciful, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love, forgiving sin – what must the front be?

And I think that about wraps up January. In February, we look forward to Valentine’s Day (which we make kind of a big deal of as a family), my daughter-in-law’s birthday, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge! And maybe some new furniture! And one month closer to spring!

(Sharing with What I’m Into at Leigh Kramer)

Homemade Christmas cards and other stray thoughts

Today is the first “back to the old routine” day in a while. I love all the holiday activities, and God was kind to grant me some pockets of quietness and rest amid the busyness. Getting out of the normal routine for several weeks was fun and refreshing. Getting back into it feels both good and sad at the same time. We had a wonderful Christmas with all the family home and then a very quiet but enjoyable New Year’s Eve and Day.

I thought I’d show you the Christmas cards I made for the family. I buy boxes of them for extended family and friends – I’d never be able to make as many as I send out – but for our own family I like to make individual ones.

This is Jim’s:

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It doesn’t show up in the photo, but the white words are flocked. If I had been thinking, I would have cut off the bottom pine cone so more of the word Noel showed up.

This is Jeremy’s:

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Sometimes ideas come from others I’ve saved on Pinterest, sometimes from something in the Cricut design space, and sometimes they come as a result of looking over the materials I have. This one started out with the fox sticker, as Jeremy likes foxes, and then the other elements came one by one. This is one of my favorite cards I’ve ever made.

This is Jason’s:

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I had wanted to use blue because he likes blue, and I had also wanted to use the snowflake embossing folder on one, so those came together here.

This is Mittu’s:

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I love that cozy sweater background paper, and they love coffee, so these seemed like a good pairing. The cups were done with the Cricut.

This is Jesse’s:

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This started with the word sticker – that just seemed to fit him. Everything on the white part is a sticker.

This is Timothy’s:

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I had seen the cookies on a cookie sheet idea on Pinterest, but the shapes on it were three of the same gingerbread men. As I looked through my scrapbook paper, I found one with these gingerbread figures on them, so I cut them out. Thankfully I had enough of a scrap of the metallic paper for the cookie sheet. 🙂

This is Jim’s mom’s:

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And this was for Jim for our anniversary:

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Other stray thoughts this morning:

  • We had turned on the TV New Year’s Eve long enough to see the ball drop, and I commented that I always wondered how they did bathroom issues in Times Square during that event. I envisioned a long row of port-a-potties somewhere. Jeremy looked it up and said there are no port-a-potties – and businesses don’t let the crowds come in to use the restrooms. And some people are there as early as 8 in the morning! They also don’t allow backpacks or large bags, don’t allow people to sit down, and they kick out the food stands to make more room for people. I looked up a couple more articles this morning (here and here). I never had aspirations to go to this anyway, but it’s definitely on my “Nope, I don’t think I’ll ever do this” list – which is guess is the opposite of a bucket list. 🙂
  • I’ve rediscovered cheese and crackers as a snack. My mom used to always send Swiss Colony cheese and sausage packages for Christmas until the kids all got older and it got too expensive to send them. But usually one of us gets a Hickory Farms package at some point during the Christmas season. This year we opened it on Christmas Eve. Then I had mentioned earlier that somehow we got started having the Chicken in a Biskit and Easy Cheese during the holidays, so I have enjoyed munching on them all month. They may not be the healthiest snack, though – especially the Easy Cheese – so I probably need to find a better salty snack.

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  • One of the things I miss most about putting Christmas decorations away is the lights. But not enough to keep any up year-round.
  • I’ve also enjoyed several weeks of Christmas music. I got a new Christmas CD this year, Worship the Newborn King from the Wilds Christian camp. I especially loved the Candlelight Carol. I’ve loved that for years but rarely hear it. Other long time favorites have been their Christmas With Friends album (although that doesn’t seem to be available any more) and Sacred Music Services’ King of Glory. I also like some of Pentatonix – not the more raucous stuff, but I especially like their versions of Silent Night, The First Noel, Carol of the Bells, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Mary Did You Know, and others in that vein.
  • I don’t make resolutions per se, but I do like to make reading plans for the year and map out some projects I want to work on, so I hope to do that this week. I like to incorporate some purposefulness in my reading but with some flexibility in case I come across something new I want to read during the year. I hope to have my reading plans posted in the next day or two.
  • Also this time of year you see a lot of people writing about words for the year. I’m not sure how that got started. A lot of people derive great blessing from it, and that’s great. Personally I have never felt led to do so. Usually God has more than one word to work on in my life at any given time. 🙂 But can I say, if you feel stressed about choosing a word for the year or guilty because you don’t have one, don’t worry about it. Seek God about it, and if you sense His leading toward one area of concentration, then go for it, but if not, just seek Him in His Word and seek His will every day.
  • This is also a good time of year to find a good Bible reading plan if you haven’t already. I wrote on that extensively here. There are all kinds available. Probably the best plan is one you’ll actually use. Reading the Bible through in a year is a good thing for several reasons. A Christian radio station I listen to reads through the Bible throughout the year during daily 15 minute segments, not really too difficult for anyone. The last few years I have continued to read the complete Bible, but not in a year. I am not sure how long it takes me. I aim for a couple of chapters a day, but vary it according the the length, difficulty, or density of the passage I am in and whether I want to stop and slow down in certain passages.

And now I had best get on to some of that daily routine that needs attending to. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

(Sharing with What I’m Into at Leigh Kramer)

November Musings

November is a transition month. We’re moving from a relatively quiet time on the schedule to the busier holiday season and from fall to winter, though technically winter doesn’t officially start for a few weeks yet. It’s been nice to have some quiet times and breathing space.

Though our fall color came late and didn’t last very long this year, there are still vestiges of it left. I like not only the fall leaves still on the trees, but the bunches of them on the ground. I have trouble with the colorlessness of winter, so I treasure up whatever I can find of fall color until the first signs of spring.

What I’ve been into this month:

  • Activities: a lot of sorting and pulling things out to give away. Always a good thing.
  • Health: still holding steady with afib issues – a few flutters here and there, sometimes an episode seeming to start, but then going away (Yay!) My second follow-up visit with the cardiologist was scheduled for earlier this month, but I had to reschedule it, and they didn’t have any new openings until January! Since I have been doing ok, I think that will be fine, and I’m sure if I have any trouble crop up, I can call them and probably get worked in.
  • Reading: I just posted the books I’ve read the last month here.
  • Baby-sitting time with Timothy, a little more than usual this month. One of those times we did a little fall sugar cookie baking. he liked putting on the sprinkles. 🙂

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  • Thanksgiving! Always a lovely day with the family an lots of great food.
  • Thanksgiving leftovers! Besides the turkey sandwiches and plates of reheated Thanksgiving fare, one thing we always look forward to is Turkey Bone Soup. Such good stuff.
  • Christmas decorating! I’ll say more about that in tomorrow’s Friday’s Fave Five. Timothy was into it last year, but at 3 1/2 this year, he’s even more so. Such fun!
  • Christmas shopping! Mostly online! Though I have a bit to look for in town.
  • Church searching: still visiting. We wish we could combine the best of the two we like most into one. 🙂
  • Music: a variety of things, but primarily Beyond All Praising by the BJU Singers and Orchestra. I also discovered a new-to-me group, Voces8. When someone linked to this song on Facebook, that sent me looking through YouTube for more of their music.
  • On the creative front: Not much this month – the sorting and giving away took precedence over the one project I had hoped to get to. Oh – I did do some painting with Timothy. 🙂 And I did make this card for my friend Melanie‘s birthday.

New discoveries:

  • Single-serving dessert mixes. Nice for portion control when you want something fresh-made and sweet:

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  • Decaf flavored teas. I haven’t tried them yet – I’ve never liked hot teas whenever I’ve tried them, but I’ve been wanting some variety in hot beverages with cold weather, and these are the required decaf. So maybe this time will be the charm.
  • A new Mexican food restaurant.
  • Little Free Libraries. I’ve seen other people mention them, but this post led me to a map to look for local ones. There are two not all that far from me. I’d love to start one!

Things I wonder:

  • Why catalog companies think that they if they send me multiple catalogs a week, especially this time of year, I’ll buy more. I’ll look at one for a new season, but after that I just throw them away until the next season. I wonder how much this waste adds to the cost of the merchandise.
  • I’ve had a couple of experiences with looking at things for purchase online, once putting an item in a cart and then deciding against it and removing it, and then getting an email from the online company about it. One said something like “We noticed you looking at this item. It’s still available!” When I contacted them and said I do not want these types of emails, I was told it was “all or nothing,” and to avoid receiving them, they’d had to remove me from their email list completely. The one where I removed something from a cart said something like, “We know what it’s like to be pulled away from the computer in the middle of something, so we kept this item in the cart for you!” My husband received one that said, “Caught you looking!” Who thought this was a good idea?! It’s really creepy. I know it’s probably computer-generated, and they have cookies to track what you look at anyway, but this is a step too far!
  • Why, when you mention you’ve been cleaning, does someone always say something like, “When you get done, come over to my house! I need that done, too!”

On the blog:

Besides the weekly highlights at Friday’s Fave Five, book reviews, and some Laudable Linkages, I’ve posted:

As we turn the calendars from November to December tomorrow, the focus will turn more fully to Christmas preparations – Christmas cards and newsletters, finishing shopping and starting wrapping, activities and events. In the midst of this fun but busy season, may we all have make some moments of quiet reflection on Whose birth we celebrate and why. May His love flow into us and then through us to others.

(Sharing with What I’m Into at Leigh Kramer)

October Musings

I’ve enjoyed reading end-of-the-month posts from a few blog friends for some time now. I’ve thought about joining in, but I already share the highlights of each week in the Friday’s Fave Fives, so I thought perhaps a monthly recap might be redundant. And then the last couple of months as I have considered it, I wasn’t able to do it before the actual end of the month, so I put it off. That’s the case again this month, but I thought I’d go ahead and give it a whirl and see what happens.

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I love October. Usually in October we have the peak of fall color. Even though it hasn’t been as vibrant this time as in previous years, I’m still soaking it up when I see it to store up against the grey, barren landscape of winter to come. The cool crisp air is also a relief from the intense heat of summer, and though we’ve had some actual cold days, they’re not as bad as they will be later on.

Family happenings:

Besides enjoying the in-between state of the weather, I also bask in a more relaxed pace in the family schedule. October is a nice breathing space between summer happenings,  like our “birthday season,” with several of us having birthdays in a row from July through mid-September, and the holiday preparations coming up. Besides our usual get-togethers, we had our annual pumpkin decorating (“punkin time,” as Timothy called it) and attended our first (and probably last) “Boo in the Zoo.”

Speaking of upcoming holidays, I know of people who shop all year and are pretty much done by now. I could only do that with one or two people. I knew my mom’s tastes, and would gather up things for her whenever I saw them. But we’re kind of a techy family, and who knows what new stuff will crop up before the Christmas season? 🙂 We do “wish lists” in our family, and we try to have everyone’s before Thanksgiving so as to take advantage of the sales that week, mostly online. The last couple of years we’ve had the greatest bulk of the Christmas shopping done that week, which made the rest of the season so much more enjoyable. My only real advance preparation is that I try to buy Christmas cards early on. Some years back I stopped buying Christmas cards at the local Christian bookstore when I got to the cash register, and the total was over $60. I decided that was ridiculous, returned them, and looked at W-Mart. They have an “inspirational” section, and as long as I look there before things get too picked over, I can find a good selection. I’ve been making cards for the immediate family the last few years, but that would be just too much to do for the number of cards I send out. Now, if I just got the Christmas letter ready and got them addressed and stamped soon after, I’d be in good shape. 🙂

In sad news, my mother’s oldest brother passed away a few days ago. He had Alzheimer’s and other health issues for years – in fact, during the recent flooding in TX, they couldn’t move him, and just dealt with squishy floors until it was all over. I had not had much contact with him over the years, so it wasn’t quite the emotional impact as when my aunt, my mom’s only sister, passed away a few months ago. But it’s still sad, especially now that I have only one uncle left of all my parents’ siblings.

Back to October…

On the creative front:

I made one birthday card for a lady that I have called my adopted spiritual mom since my college days:

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I’ve also been gathering together materials for a pillow I want to make – I actually wanted to have it done during October, but that didn’t work out. There’s still time in November, but it’s just for fun with no deadlines, so I am not stressing over it.

Health issues:

October was a dramatic (and welcome!) contrast from September in that regard. Whether it was getting off one medication, or just reaching the point of healing from the surgery in August, or a direct answer to prayer, I went from having 2-12 hour episodes of afib several times a month to having them just seconds at a time a few times a day. I’d like for even those to go away, too, and they may, but if this is as good as it gets, it’s so much better. Thank you for praying for me!

Changes:

I mentioned earlier that my husband was asked to go to a different position in his job. He had been doing some work on this front but was asked to take it on full time. It’s interesting that two different people took on the responsibilities he used to have. 🙂 So far it has been a positive move for him. He said one advantage is that he’s usually done with work by the time he leaves the office, which was not the case before. He was even recognized by a member of upper management for something accomplished in his first week in the new job!

I also mentioned we decided for several reasons to look for a new church home. That has been interesting but frustrating. It’s amazing that churches that have the same basic core beliefs can vary so much in other areas. A couple have been really good except for one area (different areas in each case). But we’re seeking and trusting God to lead us to where He wants us to be.

Timothy:

For those who might be new here, Timothy is my only grandchild and three years old. As his mom says, “his brain is exploding.” He’s learning so much so quickly, it’s mind-boggling! A couple of Timothy “funnies”: he likes to go into the walk-in pantry sometimes just to look around, or, more often, to play with my “reacher” (it’s been anything from a weed-eater to a vacuum cleaner). Recently he went in and spied some animal crackers within reach and came out with them, only to come face to face with his dad. I don’t know if he had the concept in mind that it was almost dinner time and therefore not snack time, but something in his dad’s expression must have made him think he might not approve. He said in a very sweet voice, “So yummy!” Then, he’s discovered how to activate Siri on his parents’ iPhones and loves that it responds to him. Siri can’t understand everything he says, so its responses (and Timothy’s) are just hilarious sometimes. One was something like, “Would you like for me to look up edfntiotnnginahtinf on the Web?”

Around the blog:

Besides the weekly Friday’s Fave Fives, some book reviews, occasional “stray thoughts,” and sharing links of interest, I’ve posted

So, that was October! Overall a very pleasant month. I may experiment in the future with how to format this. I like how Lisa and Linda do it, especially Lisa’s video of a second a day, but some of what they include I post in other places. Monica uses a word-prompt format, which has its advantages. But I like pausing before turning the calendar page to think over the last month and mark what has gone on. It make the passing of time slow down for a moment or two.

(Sharing with What I’m Into with Leigh Kramer)