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+




How Do You Stay Entertained?

This is going to be a short post, because I worked a very long day today, and I am really tired – not really in the mood to be entertained, even in a mindless way.

I entertain myself with television shows and music.

I also spend time on the web, connecting with friends and reading and learning.

I read.

I play with our dogs.

I do puzzles, Word Scramble, Cryptograms, and Sudoku.

And when the weather allows, I love to be on our boat, on the water.  Whether we are under way on a sunset cruise to the harbor light, or tied to the dock, I am most entertained when I am on Retreat.

Describe a Recent A-ha! Moment

Well, it is very recent…and it is one that I feel some shame about admitting:

I am not a very patient care-giver to sick family members.

The Captain came home from work about noon yesterday with a stomach virus … achy, puke-y, and all the other assorted stuff that comes with such a bug.

I made sure that we had ginger ale and soda crackers, and tried as best I could to make him comfortable.

But I became more and more frustrated with the situation and with him as he went from couch to bed to bathroom to  recliner to other bathroom to couch – touching every throw and blanket and hard surface we’ve got around here.

I feel really badly that he feels so badly…but as I watch him (and listen to what is going on in the bathrooms!), I know that I am preaching this weekend, and that I do not want to catch what he has brought home!

And so while trying to help him get comfortable here there and everywhere, I have disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers sitting everywhere.

I am not as patient with my sick family members as I am with congregation members  (but then, I am not around them 24-7, either).