Time to Get Up and Play the Friday Five

Over at RevGalBlogPals, Singing Owl writes:

Where I am it is dark, and it is cold, and it is snowing. I really wanted to stay in bed with the electric blanket cranked this morning. Share five things that made getting out of bed worthwhile for you today!

  1. Good coffee
  2. I have reading, writing, and research to do today that excites me.
  3. I will be judging at our high schools’ speech invitational tonight and tomorrow.  I am energized by watching young people speaking about current events and the issues about which they care intensely.  I also love to watch them do dramatic and humorous interpretations.
  4. There are puzzles waiting to be solved in the newspaper.
  5. The winter wonderland outside is beautiful – but I could use some sunshine.

Wishing any and all of you who visit a blessed day+




PostaDay2011 Friday Five Holiday Redux

Over at RevGalBlogPals, a friend of mine writes…

Yes, I know it’s January and yes, I know some of us are still on a cool sprint after only a brief respite (if that) from Advent and Christmas BUT… before we move too far along into The Next, I wanted to give us a chance to reflect onWhat Was.

A couple of staff members and I sat down today and wrote down what worked and didn’t work during the Advent and Christmas season. There are quite a few things bearing down on us at the moment so it was a discipline to do it, but ten and a half months from now Future Me is going to LOVE that we made the effort.

And so partly to give us all a record and partly to give us all a chance to reflect on the 2010 Holiday Season now that we are out of it, I ask you this:

1) What food item was one of your favorites this year – a definite keeper?

On Christmas Day we had beef tenderloin with garlic smashed redskin potatoes and roasted asparagus with a balsamic splash.   It was absolutely wonderful, and the menu will be a keeper for sure!

2) Was there a meal or party or a gathering that stands out in your mind from this mose recent holiday season?

Memories of the late-night welcome home for our Music Man will remain with me for a long time.

3) Were you involved in a jaw-dropper gift? Were you the giver or recipient or an on-looker?

Well, it wasn’t intended to be a jaw-dropper at first, but replacing the family (room) television turned out to be quite a surprise because we splurged a bit and because the picture is still astounding us each time we turn it on.

4) Was there at least one moment where you experienced true worship?

Yes, more than one…thankfully!  One was celebrating communion on Christmas Eve at the last of the 4 services and the other was listening to Music Man sing O Holy Night, accompanying himself on guitar.

5) What is at least one thing you want to make sure you do next year?

Get my Christmas cards out earlier…they are still not out!

BONUS: What is something you absolutely must remember to do differently… or not at all!

I plan to bake fewer Christmas cookies next year…we just don’t give out or serve as many as we once did.  And we don’t eat as many ourselves either.

Friday Five: Love the One You’re With

Kathryn writes…This Friday Five will post while I’m at the beach which for me is more than a vacation destination, it is a trip home. I have found it quite easy to wax nostalgic about the places I used to live (well, except for one) and have begun to wonder what it is I like about the place I’m living now? For instance I sure do love the beach, but this picture was taken about 30 minutes away from my house – not too shabby!
And so I ask you to please name five things you like about where you are living now… and as your bonus – 1 thing you don’t like.

I have been living in the Toledo, Ohio area for 25 years next month. What do I love about it?

1. Although the metropolitan area population tops 300,000, there are many distinctive ethnic neighborhoods who invite the whole region to celebrate their food and culture.
2. We have an AMAZING art museum, symphony orchestra, and one of the best zoos in the nation.
3. You can be on Lake Erie or the Maumee River in 30 minutes or less, on a boat or at a waterside restaurant.
4. We’re the home town of Corporal Klinger and the Mud Hens! Jamie Farr is here a lot, and hosts an outstanding LPGA golf tourney that has raised millions of dollars for local charities.
5. The Metropark system and other area parks are like emeralds encircling our fair city.

And the dislike: Many, many who have lived most or all of their lives here are really “down” on this city and region. They refuse to believe that anything good can come from Toledo. Hmmm…where have I heard that before?!?

Friday Five – Do Nothing Edition

Over at RevGalBlogPals, Sally writes…

I am reading a wonderful little book for Advent it’s title: “Do nothing Christmas is Coming!”

So this weeks Friday Five is simple.

List five things you won’t be doing to prepare for Christmas.

1. I will not be buying presents for as many people this year; we have decided mutually to reduce gift buying and instead give goats and chickens, and a micro-loan or two.

2. I will not be responsible for all of the Advent and Christmas services in our congregation this year; we are blessed with a full staff again! This is a big issue since we have 4 services on Christmas Eve at 5, 7, 9, and 11 PM.

3. I will not be hosting anyone at our house on Christmas Day. Dear friends have invited us to their home for the afternoon!

4. I will not be driving further than 10 miles to celebrate Christmas Day. We will drive to my parents’ home for Christmas celebrating on Saturday, December 26th.

5. I will not be sending Christmas cards, but will send an Epiphany letter to family and friends in early January.

Bonus: I really enjoy Marty Haugen’s hymns of the season; for Advent, my favorite would be Awake, Awake, and Greet the New Morn. Unfortunately, I cannot find a video of it.

Friday Five – It’s All About the Look

Sally from RevGals writes: In readiness for my move in 6 weeks time I spent almost all of yesterday morning sorting through my wardrobe ( closet, I am so British 🙂 marvelling at how I had accumulated so much stuff! The result is three large sacks full of clothes to be given away. Some came into the category of ” what was I thinking”, some too big now ( at last), and others I will never shrink into again. Some are going simply because I want to streamline my wardrobe. So how about you: 1. Are you a hoarder, or are you good at sorting and clearing?

I am a hoarder. I am a sucker for sales. And because of some issues with weight gain and loss, I have three different sizes of clothing in my closet. I have recently discovered that I have hypothyroidism, and with treatment, it should be possible for me to reverse this weight gain. So maybe I can get the contents of my closet down to two different sizes ?!?

Right now, with the closet doors removed for painting, I am TOTALLY EMBARRASSED by what is going on in my closet. We have a rummage sale coming up at our church soon, and lots of clothing will be going there.

2. What is the oddest garment you possess and why?
It would be a silk kimono, given to me when I was an exchange student in Japan.

3. Do you have a favourite look/ colour?
Favorite look depends on the occasion, but I tend toward darker pants and skirts punctuated with shades of teal and turquoise, lilac and lavender, lime and lemon, and red.

4. Thrift/ Charity shops, love them or hate them?
I gladly and regularly donate to them, but don’t often shop at them.

5. Money is no object, what one item would you buy?
Wow…I’m trying not to buy, so this one is hard! Maybe a long stylish sweater? But I could be gravitating toward that because it’s still cloudy and cold here somewhere north of somewhere!

RevGals Friday Five – Talkin ‘Bout Pop Music

Mary Beth over at RevGalBlogPals, writes…The sad news of Michael Jackson’s untimely death has me thinking about music and its effects on us – individually, as cultures, as generations. Let’s think about the soundtracks of our lives…

1) What sort of music did you listen to as a child – this would likely have been determined or influenced by your parents? Or perhaps your family wasn’t musical…was the news the background? the radio? Singing around the piano?

Our family listened to many different types of music, but one I remember with great fondness is Harry Belafonte’s Live album. The Captain and I picked up the cd a few years ago, and our teens enjoy it with us sometimes.

We sang a lot too. My mom sang with a Sweet Adelaines Chorus for awhile. My dad has a wonderful baritone voice. One of my most precious childhood memories is listening to him sing “O Holy Night” as we drove home from Christmas Eve services on a snowy night. The wind was blowing white around our little black VW bug and the car was just filled with his soulful singing.

2) Going ahead to teenage years, is there a song that says “high school” (or whatever it might’ve been called where you lived) to you?

Paradise by the Dashboard Light, by Meatloaf

3) What is your favorite music for a lift on a down day? (hint: go to http://www.pandora.com and type in a performer/composer…see what you come up with!)

We have a compilation of island music that perks me up and gets me moving. It’s titled Thongs in the Key of Life 2

Another “pick me up” is Mr. Blue Sky by ELO

4) Who is your favorite performer of all time?

Wow, can’t pick just one! Harry Chapin, Dan Fogelberg, Jimmy Buffett

5) What is your favorite style of music for worship?

I enjoy the ancient hymns as well as new music. I can worship God with all of it. I do get particular about too many “me and Jesus” songs. I like worshipful singing that is expressive of the Body of Christ.

Bonus if you include a video of any of the above!

Harry Belafonte singing Matilda!

Friday Five – Trader Joe’s Edition

RevGal Sophia is pumped! There’s a new Trader Joe’s gourmet grocery opening right across the street from her home. So in honor of the new Trader Joe’s, this week’s Friday Five is all about food shopping.
1. Grocery shopping–love it or hate it?
I like grocery shopping as a rule; I only find it annoying when I have to rush through it.

2. Who is the primary food shopper in your household?
That would be me.

3. Do you have a beloved store like TJ’s which is unique to your location or family?
I enjoy shopping at our relatively new Costco, and at a couple of regional grocery stores. We also have a terrific meat shop that we frequent, especially during grilling season. We have to drive about an hour north to find a Whole Food or TJ’s, and that doesn’t happen very often. I was so happy to find a TJ’s across from Peachtree UMC while at the Festival of Homies last month! I was a very happy camper with peanut-butter stuffed pretzel bits and greek yogurt.
4. How about a farmer’s market, or CSA share, as we move into summer? Or do you grow your own fruits/veggies/herbs?
We do have many farmers’ markets in our area, but only a couple of CSA’s. I wanted to contract with a CSA this year, but the closest site available was too far away to justify the drive.

I grow tomatoes and basil for caprese salad, as well as rosemary, cilantro, and thyme.

5. What’s the favorite thing you buy at the grocery store?
Hmmm…pasta and cheese for Italian cooking.

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