I am joining along with Joyce on WHP..Click the icon to return to her page.
1. It's National Waffle Day (August 24th)...what decision are you currently 'waffling over'? (or share one you've recently 'waffled over')
We have a time wafflin' over how and when to start seeking a contractor to redo our very small bath on our main level... I mean this bathroom is so small you have to step over the commode to get into the shower... and this being an older home.. this is the only shower in the house... I know sounds terrible.. but the upstairs bath is built into the dormer... my three year old granddaughter could stand in a shower there... but alas there is none. I want to start it yesterday... well really last spring.. but Hubs keeps waffling and therefore it doesn't get started... but the problem is folks come out.. look at it and say yes.. we can incorporate that closet into the space into it and it would be just great... but then we never see or hear from them again.. No one wants the small job...
2. It's the middle of August, but I'm already seeing lots of autumn-related posts. Do you think we rush the seasons? If so, does that bother you? I saw (here) an end of summer bucket list that included-
make s'mores, read a new (or favorite) book in the park, eat something delicious and bad for you at a state fair, have a pot luck picnic, book a last minute summer getaway, relax by or in the pool, take a hike to watch the sunset, have a day on the lake, try a new summer recipe!
Which activities on the list might you squeeze in before summer officially comes to a close?
Well, I am definitely guilty of rushing the season.. and I'm glad I did because we finally then got a break in the extreme weather.. although it will be 93 here again come Friday, so yes, summer still rages on.. I am not a summer type person.... give me a lovely 70 degree day and I'm giddy. This list would have really grabbed me about 30 years ago, but at 66 I am only entranced by a couple of items.. you see my skin now needs little direct sun.. so I have to be necessarily pretty well covered... so even sitting out to read a book doesn't draw me like it once would. A friend just told us about her day at the West Virginia Fair and I asked her if she tried a fried pickle.. something I would be curious about... she didn't BTW. Fortunately for me, I will be doing a pot luck at the lake this week..and I am trying a new recipe so I am over the moon to be at least a bit relevant to the list... and my daughter is working hard to get us a few days in this season on the seaside at Cape Cod so I will definitely take my book, but will probably read it in the car on the way because every second will be revelling with my grand tots!
3. Your favorite summertime 'art' found in nature? Afternoon sunsets always bless me..
4. Stephen R. Covey is quoted as saying, 'We judge ourselves by our intentions, and others by their actions.' Agree or no? Do you define yourself based on your intentions, your actions, or something else?
IN this world where the lines between what is acceptable and what it not are becoming so blurred due to perceived corruption and deception... in the highest levels of our society... it is difficult to say.. I have to admit I often judge by actions believing their intentions to be not that good.. or judging them because of the influence said society has had on them to blur their own moral compass that directs their actions toward immorality... I struggle with this not wanting to be judgmental.. I try to hate the sin and not the sinner but when this huge move so far left of center affects my life, ie bathrooms, locker rooms, education, etc. I do find myself drawing that proverbial line in the sand and standing firm to defend it and a judgmental tone will rise up within me... just being honest here.. Personally, I have a very strict sense of propriety based on the battle lines between my Christ- centered righteousness and my sin nature that has not been eradicated... and when I overstep that line,, I am very guilt ridden and uneasy in my spirit until I make it right through confession and repentance.
5. Are you useful in a crisis? Elaborate.
"I'm usually good in a crisis, particularly if the people around me are feeling panicky. I might be a blubbering mess once things return to normal, but in the moment of crisis I can be level headed and useful." I love the quoted answer of our hostess, Joyce... and I agree... I have a pretty strong adrenalin rush that over takes me once a crisis is in full throttle even though I can be a quivering mass in just the contemplation of a really terrifying event and its possible affect on me personally.. for example, we have had a terror stabbing event about 3 miles from our home this week.. and just to ponder what that would be like sends chills over me.. but usually while in the midst of crises like, for example, bomb threats we experienced while I was teaching.. adrenalin spurred me on into very level headedness to do the next right thing to insure that those children were safe and prepared, steady, and calm. and yes, after the fact, I will feel almost undone with the reality of it all.
6. What's been your go-to dish this summer? Is it something you'll continue making as the seasons change?
We eat a lot of chef salads... this year we have had a lot of home grown tomatoes and now that we are using head romaine that is so fresh and so much better that prebagged salad... we have salads several times a week.. with sliced deli ham and cheese...
7. Adult coloring books are a thing now. Have you jumped on the bandwagon? If not is this something you think you might enjoy?
I just like our hostess, love to color... and I have looked at the color books but they a re so intricate I havent jumped on them, but my Inspire Bible with art journalling pages to color has really made me so happy..
for your own doodlings but I find I am so relaxed coloring but also contemplative on the word I am reading it is helping to cement the Word into my heart as I express my heartfelt feelings about the scriptures.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Lots of things happening this week... starting today... got to go now and jump into my day! Hopefully it will be lots of fodder for future postings! Have a great week!