A look back at October as November Slipped In

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November seems to have arrived for me quicker than usual. The holidays are just around the corner and I’m still trying to recuperate from the month long writing challenge. If you missed the posts from my #write31days writing challenge on Wisdom From the Animals, you can find all of them here.

October was filled with writing, reading, and teaching. I think, at last count, I was participating in four Bible studies. Obviously, God is working on me and knows I need constant surveillance!

On books, I’d recommend To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee which I reread and  For the Love: Fighting For Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker. I really enjoyed both of these books.

For movies, my recommendations for old releases are The Good Lie about the lost boys of the Sudan starring Reese Witherspoon and The Big Year which is a comedy about amateur bird watchers and the competition to count the most species in a year starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson. The best new release that we saw was The Martian starring Matt Damon and based on the book by Andy Weir. So excellent!

In the music category for October, I downloaded a lot of Andrew Peterson. I particularly like The Burning Edge of Dawn CD and Behold The Lamb of God CD. I’m pretty excited about Adele’s new music too.

We went to see our son at the end of the month. I was so glad to see my boy. I missed him. He is doing great and school is jam packed with study. He is pursuing his doctorate in Geographical Information Science from the University of Illinois. I have no idea what he does but I’m proud. His advisor is tops in the world in this field so I think he is getting the education he needs as well as an introduction to Chinese since his advisor and most of his doctoral candidate group is Chinese. We ate at some great restaurants in the Champaign/Urbana area and learned a lesson: Never-ever-under-any-circumstance book a hotel room just off campus on a Halloween weekend. Bad idea. 4am. Two nights in a row. Enough said.

Jack got his undergraduate degree from U of I so he was pretty excited to be on campus again. We took the Amtrak train with a sleeper car. An excellent way to travel. You do need earplugs since the train whistle blows at every intersection.

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Delta spent almost 2 weeks with my parents in Arkansas. We affectionately refer to her time with them as doggie boot camp.

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That rundown concludes the days of October that fell like fall’s leaves and ushered in November so quickly I barely got a chance to notice.

Blessings,

Mimi

“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 NIV Bible

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Beach Trip 2015

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One week turned into two, then three, and now its been a month since I posted last. We had a wonderful time with our children on our beach trip. The weather was perfect and the water beautiful.

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We watched the sun rise

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and we watched the sun set.

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We breathed in and out,

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letting go of stress that had been mounting for months.

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A much needed rest for the soul.

Blessings,

Mimi

“The LORD replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'” Exodus 33:14 NIV Bible

Fun For Days Inside

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Is it cold at your house?  The temperature is frigid here.  I found this sentiment on Facebook which totally sums up my thoughts for the week.

Since going outside is a bust, how about a few suggestions for this weekend?

We’ve been captivated and enchanted by the lovely Essie Davis in her role as Phrynie Fisher in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.  Produced by an Australian company, the show is set in the 1920s.  We’ve been watching via dvds from Netflix since its not available in our market.  Please PBS pick it up!  If you love Downton Abbey, I think you’d love this series.

For those of you who would prefer to read than spend your time watching TV, Modern Mrs. Darcy has issued a reading challenge for 2015 that you might like to join.  Just click this link for more details.

Or maybe this weekend, you’d rather travel the world from your computer.

Stay warm and have fun!

Blessings,

Mimi

“LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.  The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.”  Psalm 16:5,6  NIV Bible

Friday Fun #6

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The temperature outside is frigid.  I would love to sit all bundled up under a blanket reading but today is a writing day.  I’m making progress on my bible study but the tempo is slow.

  • Beautiful images of our world found here on Distractify.   I couldn’t pick a favorite.  They’re all so stunning.
  • Do you dream of traveling the world to see those beautiful sites in the above link?  How much fun would it be to go around the world meeting and filming a new person each day?  This pair of filmmakers are doing just that. Check it out here.
  • Bored with your job?  Would you like to work for a doggie daycare and be the puppy lifeguard on duty?  Puppy Pool Party here.

     

    A quote from Isak Dinesen:

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” 

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Blessings,

Mimi

“You are the salt of the earth…”  Matthew 5:13

Friday Finds #3

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Friday finds are here again!

  • Best explanation of what it’s like to live with a chronic illness or disability, “The Spoon Theory”, click here.
  • Literary Tourism: Oxford, England from BookRiot, click the picture for more.

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  • I’m always amazed by the creativity of Mandi at Vintage Revivals and she has a way with words that always leaves me smiling.  Her project of turning an old leather sofa into a bench just blew me away.  Check it out here.
  • Found this great idea for DIY Mason Jar Solar Lights by Thriftdee, click here.
  • Love this piece by Lindsey Stirling, “Beyond the Veil”    

Happy Weekend!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Shout with joy to God, all the earth!”  Psalm 66:1  NIV Bible

 

March 2014 Viewpoint

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During the month of March, I took a spring blogcation for a couple of weeks.  Spring fever hit hard this year and my daughter and I decided we needed a road trip and shopping to chase away the winter doldrums.  We spent several days in Atlanta and had a great time.

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Blog:

The posts I did write this month were varied.  I shared my writing story and the struggle with not having the right picture when you need it.  I also shared my newest granddog, London.

Books:

I read more duds than treasures this month.  I would recommend these three.

The Lion in the Lei Shop by Kaye Starbird : Historical fiction.  This story is set in Oahu during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and is told through alternating viewpoints of a young woman and her daughter.  At first, I wasn’t sold on this book but I’ve found myself thinking about it.  The issues and events that the characters experienced are thought provoking and made for a wonderful book club discussion.

Bless Your Heart, Tramp by Celia Rivenbark:  I like her sassy writing style and find her stories about the South humorous.  I read this book to my daughter at night on our road trip.  We couldn’t help but laugh at this quote.

“…we understand that y’all is nature’s most perfect- and versatile- contraction.  As in “Do y’all want to keep y’alls forks for y’allses peach cobbler?”

And this one is oh so true…

“Northerners love to poke fun at how Southerners immediately start buying up all the bread at the grocery store at the first weather report mentioning the s-word.  We can’t help ourselves.  It is what our parents did and it is what their parents did, and their parents before them.  To a Southerner the threat of snow is profoundly unsettling and our minds turn only to bread and lots of it.”

Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg: This Bible study was about awakening to the wonders and nearness of God all around you.  For 6 weeks, we focused on the wonder of God in prayer, friendships, rest, His presence, divine expectation, and forgiveness.  Very good.

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Music:

This month, I downloaded old jazz favorites from Al Jarreau, Chuck Mangione, and Bob James and David Sanborn.  I also added Sting’s album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles and a few tunes of Renaissance and to really make things interesting, I got the original Broadway cast recording of Annie.  What can I say — I like variety.

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Movies and TV:

My husband and I have enjoyed our Saturday nights watching Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart and always look forward to new episodes of Elementary, Castle, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. .   We saw Catching Fire which was awesome and Divergent was good but I was disappointed with Noah. The acting was decent, the biblical differences didn’t particularly bother me but I wanted so much more and the movie just lacked.

House and Yard:

Flowers and trees are blooming and the pine pollen is dusting everything yellow.  Projects in the house are progressing.  I’ve been busy with spray paint when the weather has permitted and I’ll be sharing some of those projects soon.

How about you?  What did you do in March?

Blessings,

Mimi

“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.”  Psalm 84:4 NIV Bible

 

 

 

Trip to Banff

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Right before the 31 day blog challenge ( you can find the posts here ), I went on a trip to Banff, Canada.  You might recall from the posts I did here and here that I had a milestone birthday this year.  My big present was the trip and we went the end of September.  We checked the average temperatures, the rain possibilities, our calendar and chose to go in September.  The temps were to be in the upper 60’s — well, it was COLD and snowing and 40’s/ 50’s —- brrrrrrrr but, I still loved it.

Here’s a little of my trip:

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Our home away from home

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The town of Banff:  How would you like to look at that every day?!

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No photoshop — really that color and more vivid, pinky promise : )

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Glaciers. Picture is whited out on top because it was snowing.

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Honey Do contemplating his existence.

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Lake Louise with the glacier in the background

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Moraine Lake: Yes, that blue.  The color has to do with the amount of rock flour in the water.

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Last day in the mountains

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Blessings,

Mimi

“Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”  Psalm 90:2  NIV Bible