Friday, January 15, 2021

Five Minute Friday - Fresh

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One word. Five minutes to write about it. This is the idea behind Five Minute Friday and this is today's free-writing post.



start fresh
take a break and come back fresh
a breath of fresh air

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Don't you wish we could just erase some of the ugliness, turn the page and truly have a fresh start to this year? Maybe a fresh start to LAST year! Starting fresh would give everyone a chance to think about their words and actions, consider consequences, and maybe make better choices or be better prepared for the curveballs. Time doesn't work that way though. We don't get full do-overs. 

But the idea of starting fresh is more doable on a smaller scale, at least sometimes. I love getting a new calendar at the beginning of the year and even turning the page at the beginning of each month and seeing blank spaces that represent possibilities. A fresh page might be a fresh start on managing time and planning the activities and appointments that are needed and good for me, and avoiding the time sucks that are unnecessary and draining. Each new day is a fresh start of its own as well. Another chance to be kinder and wiser than before; and to learn from yesterday's mistakes and do better today.

When I'm overwhelmed, angry, upset, or hurt, that should be my cue to take a break, get some air, and come back to the situation fresh. With new perspective or determination, and with renewed hope.

A breath of fresh air indeed.



Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him."

~Lamentations 3:21-24~


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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Five Minute Friday - Time

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One word. Five minutes to write about it. This is the idea behind Five Minute Friday and this is today's free-writing post.




time on my hands
time's up!
wasted time

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I'm late. I "ran out of time" to write this post on Friday and have been struggling to "find the time" to do it ever since. I'm not just saying that. We celebrated my son's birthday on Friday so I had a to-do list that was prioritized over blogging, and I also prioritized spending the evening with family and friends over blogging. Blogging wasn't urgent and I made that choice on Friday and on a couple of other occasions since then when I had the option. 

I share that because it's one of the lessons I've been trying to learn my entire life, it seems. Managing my time. I have long to-do lists that I will never complete. I often have deadlines looming that I scramble to meet. And yes, I often spend my time on things that, if I'm honest, aren't important.

We don't know when, exactly, our time on earth will be up. It might be today, next week, or years from now. But one day my personal time on earth will be up, and one day all time will be up when Jesus returns. When the clock runs out, will I regret time wasted? 

Oh, the to-do lists do need to be completed. I can't ignore the need to complete all the household tasks that I prefer to put off until another day. I can't pretend that deadlines and appointments aren't important. I've got to make proper use of my time to look after those things. It's also good to make sure I make use of the opportunities to take time for me and to be with others. While working down my list of errands and responsibilities and personal leisure, I want to appreciate the time I have to spend with people. Making that time count.



This post is linked at Five Minute Friday for the word prompt "Time".

 


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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Online Book Club - January Theme: Winter

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I've been joining some blogging friends in an online book club, and all our readers are invited to join in as well. Here's how it works:
At the beginning of the month Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool will share a book theme with us. It will be a theme instead of any specific title, so that anyone can participate - moms, dads, teens, kids, or the whole family. During the month, we will read books that go with the theme, and at the end of the month we'll share about what we read. Homeschool families may want to do unit studies or activities that go with the books they read, and they can tell us all about what they did and learned. Adults and teens may just want to share book reviews. 
Visit Hopkins Homeschool to find out more about what she has planned!

Our January theme is Winter. There are so many fun directions one could go with this theme, and I can think of some wonderful unit studies for homeschoolers of all ages! In fact, I will probably share some of my ideas during the month and in my wrap-up post. But the word winter reminded me of the delightful Nordic concept of Hygge and I wondered if I could find some books about that. I searched my library's virtual shelves and put in my requests for several related books. These three were available almost right away:

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking - I had a quick look at a Kindle sample of this one and it confirmed my intuition that Hygge was my direction for this month's theme.

 

    


This book had the most appropriate title and I should be able to pick this up from the library in a week or so: Making Winter: A Hygge-Inspired Guide to Surviving the Winter Months by Emma Mitchell



And two more that may arrive for me in time to browse through before the end of the month:

     


 

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Monday, January 4, 2021

December Photo Album

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I thought that in 2020 December would be far less busy than in previous years. I suppose that it was, but perhaps the parties and concerts were replaced with work and other smaller get-togethers. I was shocked to get to the week before Christmas and realize that I had done almost no shopping. I waited later than ever this year, and did almost all my Christmas shopping in the couple of days before the gifts were opened! I did not send any cards or letters this season, although I think I may still send out some personal letters.






Landon and Meaghan put on a Pancakes and Pajamas holiday party one evening. Family and their young adult group plus a few other friends got together (most of us played along and wore pajamas of some kind!) and ate breakfast for dinner and played a few games. It was so much fun, and will hopefully become an annual thing.










 
Meaghan and Donnie were officially welcomed into church membership.





Preparing dry rub for barbecue, because doesn't everyone smoke a brisket in the last week of December while it's snowing?








Went to see this house where they'd pulled out all the stops to decorate!



Once again, I found out what happens when I leave my phone unattended.




Also, some tiny trash for my birthday!






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