Outside my window ... it is dusk. The end of another beautiful day that presented us with clear blue skies, a few puffy white clouds, mid-90 temperatures, and just a good day to be alive!
I am thinking ... I am soooo thankful for our air conditioning this summer and that my neighborhood has not felt 100 degrees (yet).
I am thankful for ... this chocolate-brown wing back chair we bought a few weeks ago. It fits my form perfectly for reading, watching TV, conversation and balancing my computer on my lap.
From the kitchen ... the dishwasher is busy with the day's plates and pots. We had Chicken Fried Steak for dinner, along with mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, bread-and-butter, and orange segments.
I am wearing ... khaki capris, a multi-colored red and beige striped button-up-the front short-sleeved blouse, my favorite sandals, and -- it's been a good hair day!
I am creating ... here; see for yourself!
Although my shoulder replacement (over 2 1/2 years ago) has made creating entire quilts a chore for me physically, I am gradually feeling better as time goes by and have been getting back into making small projects. It's not just a matter of physical therapy with this shoulder -- I had some permanent damage in my accident, so I'm making do with what I've got left over, so to speak. Sewing has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl, so I find it impossible to leave it alone for very long.
The orange-and-brown project on the right is an autumn table runner I finished last week for our family room coffee table. The pattern is Minnesota Hot Dish. The green, red, and gold project is a table mat to put under a lamp in the living room. When I finish typing this post, I intend to hand-sew the binding on the back side and it will be done.
I am going ... to the dentist tomorrow for my semi-annual teeth cleaning. That's not my favorite thing to do, but I am thankful for the excellent care my dentist and his staff give me. Like so many adults my age, I have gingivitis, but they've taught me how to keep it under control with a rigorous daily routine that is working well. Both morning and night:
(1) use a tiny brush between the teeth
(2) use dental floss
(3) brush with a good-quality electric toothbrush (Sonicare)
(4) use a water pik to flush out whatever dares to still remain!
When I was first told I would need to do all of this twice a day, I was angry and frustrated. However, I've been at it for four or more years and now I don't feel like I've got my mouth clean without it.
I am reading ... out of In Touch Magazine, "Those who choose to believe what God says experience the peace and joy of knowing He has everything under His control. Because they trust Him, fewer situations bother them." (Thursday August 4, 2011, page 36) Good words for all of us as we watch the unfolding drama with our nation's financial woes.
I am hoping ... (still on the subject our our nation) that people will take to heart this quote my sister sent to us from Christian financial expert, Dave Ramsey:
"If the US Government was a family, they would be making $58,000 a year, they spend $75,000 a year, & are $327,000 in credit card debt. They are currently proposing BIG spending cuts to reduce their spending to $72,000 a year. These are the actual proportions of the federal budget & debt, reduced to a level that we can understand."
My husband has one thing more to add to the quote: "in 8 to 10 years." The US Government proposes to reduce their spending to $72,000 a year in 8 to 10 years.
How much good is that going to do us?!
I am hearing ... like you, a lot of disgruntlement about our government right now. Are we praying for our leaders, even the ones we don't like? That's what we need to be doing. We are commanded to pray for those in authority over us.
Around the house ... Beloved and I have a "date" with the big tall ladder so we can clean the entry hall chandelier. We never did it last week since our dinner party was postponed to this weekend.
One of my favorite things ... is having a clean house, but it's more work than it used to be!!
A few plans for the rest of the week: As mentioned above, we are hosting our Sunday School Supper Group this Friday night. Normally there are four couples, but one of them has flown to the North Pole to visit their grandson. Okay, they didn't go quite that far north, but they are very far away this week. As a result of their absence, the rest of us will have a little more elbow room at the dining table.
Here is a picture for thought I am sharing ...
I am trying to get into the habit of walking on the treadmill daily, about 45 minutes after we finish breakfast. This picture illustrates the choice I must make when I first get out of bed in the morning. Will I put on the socks and tennies or schulmp around in my slippers, putting off what I really should do?
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