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Friday, November 27, 2020

Feel Good Friday – Daily Bread – Faith and Thanksgiving

 

Photo Credit: Catholic News TT

It is the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, what are you feasting on? Traditionally families come together to enjoy a feast and fellowship. There is often food left over that can be eaten the next day. Let’s feast on leftovers today, figuratively speaking.

We need daily bread to nourish not only our bodies, but our souls as well. Feed your soul and seek God for your daily direction, refuse to live stressed out. Nibble on this, God’s got this. Whatever you’re facing is a stumbling block that can be turned into a steppingstone. Count your blessings and put God first.

Be hungry for the love and word of God, and you will find nourishment. Not sure where to start? Start with a word of Thanksgiving – Lord I thank you for all you have already done. Now, that’s just my thought, your words may be different. Trust the Lord for all things large and small.

I woke up one morning with a pounding headache, It hurt to lift my head off the pillow. I forced myself to sit up, then felt nauseous. I rolled out of bed and said, “Lord I don’t want to be sick. Especially since I have the day off work tomorrow.” I shuffled to the medicine cabinet for an aspirin, popped one into my mouth, then sat down and listened to a morning meditation.

A warm cup of coffee in one hand and an ink pen in the other. I journaled as I listened to the soothing meditation. I refused to go down without a fight. I had plans for the day, mainly I wanted to get the house ready for Christmas. It wasn’t long before my headache disappeared, and I hung my Christmas lights.

In minutes, I assembled my artificial tree with the pre-lit lights, sprayed a burst of pine scent from a can, and sat. Watching the lights was peaceful. Perched on an end table next to me was a favorite snack – Cheez Its and Sparkling Ice water, accompanied by a daily devotional. These items were part of my daily bread.

I am thankful for each day I awake with energy, and my health. It’s not perfect, but it’s good. Today I am feasting on leftovers – memories of time spent with family.

What are you giving thanks for today?

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Wordless Wednesday - Comedy with Karen Mills - Black Friday Shopping List

 

YouTube Video Credit: Karen Mills

Give the gift of humor this Holiday season. Create a funny poem for your friends and family.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Motivational Monday – Thanksgiving

 

A past Thanksgiving - when we could gather we made the most of it. Treasure your family.

Thanksgiving – the expression of gratitude, especially to God. We all have something to be thankful for, even in the midst of challenging situations.

During this season of living through a pandemic, many people are not able to enjoy family in their usual manner. I was planning to visit my mom for Thanksgiving and do what we usually do-eat, watch a movie, then fall asleep during the movie.

Then along came my brother saying, “We can meet at Mama’s house. What are you bringing?”

I said, “We?” If “we” go I’m bringing bleach, Lysol and hand sanitizer.” I knew my brother was referring to food, but I thought I would lighten the situation. My brother and I planned to have dinner with my mother, without our adult children…that has even changed with the latest “stay home” mandate.

How do you save Thanksgiving? Come up with a new recipe…

A Thanksgiving of Hope -  Recipe

1 Cup of Love

1 T of Joy

2 tsp Patience

Mix with gratitude

Serve warm and in large portions

Don’t be overwhelmed by things out of your control. I will go visit my mother, but it may not be the same day that my brother goes. How does that saying go…every day is a day of thanksgiving?

Give thanks for all that God has done and continues to do in your life. What are you thankful for in this moment?

 

Friday, November 20, 2020

Fun Friday – How Do You Exercise Your Humor Muscles?

 

...that moment when your son says he'll watch a movie with you

My grandmother used to say, “if you want to grow up big and strong, you have to exercise and eat right.” I apply this theory to humor. If you want to build your mental health, exercise your humor muscles. Do you remember that adage, an apple a day keeps the doctor away? If you’ve never heard this, it’s because you’ve never met my Grandmama.

My twist on that “apple” theory is that a laugh a day keeps stress at bay. Exercise your humor muscles one laugh at a time. Discover your humor happy place and go there often. Perhaps you need a ten-minute break during your day to regroup, refresh, or recharge. Below are a few things you can do:

1.      Read something funny

2.      Reflect on a funny memory

3.      Make someone else laugh

There comes a time in all of our lives where we must relax and feel comfortable laughing at ourselves. Here are a few scenarios to get you started:

You know it’s going to be a rough day when…

·         Your chin hairs keep snagging your mask – solution: rip that mask off quickly taking the chin hairs with it (no waxing needed).


 

·         Your portioned snack goes wild – maybe it’s just me, but there are some snacks that I can’t keep in the house because uncontrolled eating may occur. It happens often with peanuts. One time I decided not to eat the nuts from the can by the handfuls, but to shake a small portion into  a bowl. The only thing is my hand didn’t cooperate.

As I shook the can it slipped from my hand, knocked the bowl over, nuts scattered on the floor and the can hit the floor. There may have been ten peanuts that made their way into the bowl. That must have been the day that I said, “Lord help me control my eating.” Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?



·         You look through old photos and discover how you’ve grown…out – as I was cleaning and purging files, I came across old photos. I sat crossed-legged, well I sat with the one leg I could cross, on the floor, and reminisced. There was a picture of me and my sons at a family reunion about 15 years ago.

We were all smiling for the camera. The first thing I thought was, aww, I remember that day. I weighed 150 pounds…the good old days.



How do you exercise your humor muscles? A laugh a day keeps stress at bay.

 

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Wellness Wednesday - Palate Pleasers - Comfort Foods

 What foods are you finding comforting?

Soup's On - It's Progresso


Spring Mix Salad with Protein (nuts and cranberries)






Snack Time

Monday, November 16, 2020

Monday Musings – 3 Tips for Shopping with Skills of a Ninja

 

Photo Credit: WebStockReview

Shopping during this Coronavirus is different. You have to leave your house with a plan of action…think Ninja skills. You don’t need a covert operation, but you need to move fast and think quick on your feet.

I entered the store ready to grab the few items I set out to get. Before I could began shopping, nature  was calling. I had to make a pit stop at the restroom. Wanting to minimize all touch points, I pushed the door open with my shoulder, like a football player on defense.

Limber as a Ninja, I used my foot push the stall door open. There was wet toilet paper on the floor, I moved to the next stall; the floor was a little wet, perhaps it was just mopped. Not wanting to take a chance, I moved on to the only stall left – the handicapped stall. No one else needed it, so I dashed in, promising to make it quick, in case anyone was listening.

My Ninja senses kicked in again, my thoughts were swirling -  can I lock this stall door without touching it? I used my elbow to slide the lock over and secure it in place. Mission accomplished. I was in and out of the stall with the quickness of a Gazelle. Hand washing was the next obstacle.

I used my wrist to push the water faucet on, the soap was automatic. Singing two rounds of Stevie Wonder’s version of Happy Birthday, and my hand washing was complete. A swift nudge with my elbow and the water was turned off. A glance to the left told me that the paper towel  dispenser was automatic, whew. BUT…the exit door needed to be pulled open.

A wave of my hand in front of the paper towel dispenser rewarded me with a clean brown sheet that I used to pull the door open. I was almost made a lean exit, UNTIL…. I realized the trash can was not near the door. I used my foot as a doorstop, stretched my leg away from the door and leaned my body toward the trash can. I didn’t want to toss my used paper towel on the floor, nor did I want to take it with me.

I had one final Ninja move left in my arsenal – a jump shot. I crumpled the paper towel in a tight ball, leaned over one more inch, and swish, basket good. Once I was safely out of the restroom, I grabbed the few items from my list and headed to a checkout register.

Before you head out on your next shopping trip, have a plan in mind:

1.      Pack your patience.

2.      Don’t have two cups of coffee and a bottle of water before leaving the house.

3.      Take a long your sense of humor.

Be prepared to shop with the skills of a Ninja.

What have you found humorous during a shopping trip?

Monday, November 9, 2020

Motivational Monday – Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

 

Photo Credit: Tassis Kalas Hanes

What do you think of when hear the words Chicken Soup for the Soul? The first things that come to mind for me are warm and cozy. November 12th is celebrated as Chicken Soup for the Soul Day.

You are probably familiar with the book series Chicken Soup for the Soul; the stories are heartwarming, funny, and sometimes give you goosebumps. Like a warm bowl of soup feeds your body, these stories feed your soul.

The creators of the book established Chicken soup for the Soul Day as a celebration of, “who you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re going.” All of this sprinkled with giving thanks for your journey and making it over the speedbumps in your path.

Make this a day of self-care, do something that is healing and relaxing for you. Below are a few tips for celebrating Chicken soup for the Soul Day.

1.      Watch a funny movie – grab your favorite snack, put your feet up, and tune out everything around you (even if it’s only for a short while).

2.      Read a story from Chicken Soup for the Soul – if you don’t own a copy of one of these books, you can subscribe to their newsletter and have stories delivered to your email inbox.

My friend Tassie Kalas Hanes recently had a story published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, look out for it (pictured above).

3.      Pamper yourself – soak your feet in warm bubbles, give yourself a facial, or something else that tickles your fancy.

I’ve heard it said that everyone has a story inside of them. Share a fond memory with your family. Challenge your family members to reflect on a story of gratitude, a warm cozy moment that they remember.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Feel Good Friday – Football and Faith

 


It’s football season. Is God on the sideline in your life? Put Him in the game, He can play Offense and Defense. Wake up each day and give praise for all that you have, and you will not need to call on God as your Safety, your last line of defense.

Punt, pass, or kick, whatever play you decide to use, be sure your playbook is filled with faith. My son plays college football. I am aware of the dangers associated with this sport, but I don’t dwell on the what if’s – what if he breaks a bone, what if he get’s a concussion?  Well, what if he doesn’t?

What are you dwelling on – is it something from the past, a problem, or worry? Turn those negative things around and dwell on God’s presence. When life’s troubles throw you a pass, let God intercept. He can run faster, jump higher, break holds, and get us through to the end zone of our problems.

I’ve found that when you praise and express joy, even when you don’t feel like it, you eventually feel better. Try it, think of a song that you like; start singing it loudly wherever you are. If there is anyone around listening, and you’re singing off key, ask for forgiveness. It if this doesn’t make you feel better, it WILL bring joy to the person laughing at your singing.

Just a quick story…

I was excited about going to my sons’ football game. As I gathered my stadium chair and other items, I began singing and walking with a bounce in my step. From my bedroom to the living room I sang at the top of my lungs. As I got closer to the dining room my son shouted, “Ma, I’m on a zoom call.”

I heard a voice from his computer say, “Somebody’s happy.”

All I could say was, “Oops,”

How does this story relate to football and faith? I was singing a song about faith as I prepared for the football game. Although football season is my analogy for getting God off the sideline and into your game of life. Your analogy could be different. You may need His guidance and protection as you jump hurdles or swim through deep waters.

May you find strength, peace, and joy with any dilemma you face and any situation that stalls you. Call a time out and get God in the game.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Motivational Monday - Take Note and Vote

 

Photo Credit: Pinterest

The first time I cast a vote was in fifth grade. There was a race for class president, and I was a contender. Our school only had two fifth grade classes giving me a fifty/fifty chance at victory. At the urging of my mother my campaign began. My campaign manager (mom) helped me create posters that read – Take Note and Vote. Music notes danced near the words.

 My classmates and I learned about the election process, from campaigning to voting, and delivering speeches. Although I was not elected as class president, I gained a greater understanding of how it felt to step out of your comfort zone.

Another childhood memory of the election process was going with my mother to the voting precinct. I trailed behind her as she stepped into the metal booth and pulled a metal lever that closed the curtain. It felt like we were in the dressing room type booth for eternity (kid terms). Mom starred at the voting panel, slid levers, then finally we were done.

Photo Credit: NY Daily News

Fast forward a few decades and it was my sons turn to take note and vote. They accompanied me to the church that was my polling precinct. The sky was dark, and the air was brisk as we waited in the long line to vote in the 2008 Presidential election. The polling booth was different the metal one from my childhood. However, the reason we were there was the same…to make our voice count; Well…my voice, my sons were too young.

Today, both my sons have voted. What about you, have you voted or plan to vote on November 3rd? What fond memories do you have about the election process?

Make your voice heard.

 

Friday, October 30, 2020

Fun Friday – Is Your Shower a Scary Place?

 

Photo Credit:  Pinterest

Standing in the center of the shower, warm water taps the back of your neck and trickles down. Lathers of soap surround you; feeling relaxed, you’re able to think clearly. So clearly that ideas began to flow like a running faucet. Everything is dancing in your head, story ideas, the grocery list, calls you want to remember to make. How will you remember it all?

In a writer’s group discussion, the question came up about where our ideas come from. My rapid reply was, “in the shower.” The organizer of the group mentioned that there are Bathtub Crayons that can be used to write your thoughts on the shower wall. My imagination came to life as I said, “Is that safe? That could be the scene of a horror movie.”

I could see my wall notes being misinterpreted. After I’ve gotten dressed and left the room, my notes scribbled on the wall, drying in smears, my son would enter. Scenes flash in his head from Freddie Kruger, Jason, Michael Meyers, and Norman Bates from Psycho. My words come from scriptures, but when whispered may sound like the voice from a character just mentioned.

“…I know the plans I have for you.”

“…seek and you shall find.”

I’ll have to be careful with those Bathtub Crayons or soap scum won’t be the scariest thing in the shower. Have you ever gotten in the show and begin to think about everything you need to do for the day?  By the time you twist the knobs to turn of the water, all of your brilliant ideas slid down the drain with lathers of soap and water.

Perhaps those Bathtub Crayons aren’t such a bad idea afterall.

What things trigger your creative juices?

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Wordless Wednesday - Pages Promotion Book Festival


It's a great time of year to curl up with a good book. Stop by Pages Promotions Virtual Book Festival (searchit on Facebook) and discover a new author you may want to follow. It's free to join the author interviews in the Zoom room.

My reading is at 7pm tonight (Eastern). Register to receive the link.



Check other authors who have appeared at the festival. There are too many to list them all. You'll have to stop and join the fun.





Monday, October 26, 2020

Muffins with Mom - My child was a science experiment

Photo Credit:MindChamps

Hydrogen, Oxygen and Peroxide, what does this combination equal? Are you puzzled? That’s exactly how I felt about child rearing when I had my first son. Puzzled – like I was experimenting. Leafing through an old photo album led to memories of when my sons were younger. If you don’t have kids yet, I recommend planning for two; the first one will be an experiment.

My collection of books included – What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and What to Expect, the Toddler Years. Cutting your child’s hair was not one of the chapters. When my son needed his first haircut, off we went to the barber shop. Floppy four-inch braids were scattered around his head.

The  leather barber chair looked like it was swallowing my three-year-old son’s body. He hunched his shoulders and curled his body inward at the buzz of the clippers. When the barber was done, my son held a lone braid in his hand and said, “hair broke.” My son and I both survived that first haircut, but a few years later wasn’t as successful.

We were visiting Granny for the day and my sone needed a haircut. In her not so wee voice Granny said, “We can go to the barbershop up the street.”

At the barbershop up the street my son hopped onto the barber’s chair unaware of what awaited him. Clippers buzzed, hair dropped to the floor, more hair then we realized, disappeared. We paid the barber, gave a tip and went on our merry way. Until…

Upon closer inspection of my sons’ new look, a discovery was made. My lip twitched, my eyebrows raised, and I bellowed, “Ma, half his eyebrow is gone.”

As sure as the sky is Blue, my son’s eyebrow was shaved in half. And I gave the guy a tip for doing it. The first child is an experiment.

When describing a task to you, have you ever had someone say, “it’s as easy as riding a bike?” Riding a bike is not always easy. I remember as though it were yesterday, the first time my son maneuvered his bike without training wheels. I held the back of the bike seat for a few feet as he rode, then let go, sending him into a gentle glide.

He kept gliding… past two houses, then down a neighbors’ driveway and out into the street. I heard faint screams as I looked in my sons’ direction. I transformed into Usain Bolt as I finished a 50-yard dash in three seconds. I rescued my son from the mean streets of the subdivision before he crashed into anything.

By the time the second child comes along you become a little more mellow. Son number two came running in the house one day after playing baseball with friends. He had tripped and hit his tooth on something. There was blood all over his white t-shirt, I panicked and screamed, “Oh my goodness, get in the bathroom right now…and wash that blood off your shirt or that stain will never come out.”

What is one funny reflection from when your child was younger or when you were a child?

  

Friday, October 23, 2020

Fun Friday – Family for the Holidays

 

The coronavirus pandemic has everyone thinking differently – from ho hum to panic and everything in between. In my case, my thoughts are thistled, family frantic, and the Holiday feels hopeless.

Christmas is typically celebrated at my house with food, funnies, and family stories. This year I’ve decided to distribute a Holiday letter. You get to see it first…

Home for The Holidays (or Stay at Your Own Home)

Dear Family,

Due to the national pandemic Christmas dinner will be different this year. While my house is a comfortable size, the square footage may not accommodate our needs. The six foot social distancing would leave some of you on the front porch, with others waiting outside the sliding door to the backyard.

In order to save you from foreseeable frustration and bah humbugs, our celebration is going hybrid. Some of you can join us in person, others…we’ll send you a Zoom link. If you are not selected from the lottery to attend in person, you can still drive by and leave your dish on the porch or someone will come out to your car. A dessert and take-home activities will be pre-packaged and given to you.

For family members attending the in-person festivities, BYOM (Bring Your Own Mask) is encouraged. A limited supply of paper masks will be available. Come prepared for your temperature to be taken and a short screening questionnaire to be completed.

The only Hugs and Kisses this year will come from Hershey’s. Your safety is our utmost concern. The Happy Birthday song will be taped to the bathroom mirror as a reminder of the 20 second hand washing requirement. You may sing any version you like.

If you sneeze or cough, you will be sent to one of the kids un-occupied rooms for self-quarantine until the end of the party. This rule includes allergies, the common cold and sniffles. At the end of the night a family member dressed in a hazmat suit will escort you to your vehicle.

Overall, we at the Verges household are excited for those who will join us for family fun during the Holidays.

Stay safe, stay healthy.

Love you,

House Administrator/Correspondence Secretary/Head of Household


Don’t let the Corona virus take the fun out of your family event. What will your Holiday celebrations look like this year?

Monday, October 19, 2020

Motivational Monday – Praising through a Pandemic

 

Inside looking out

Sunday mornings are quiet, and the house is warm, but the view from a picture window tell a different story. Trees swaying, leaves tumbling, and potted flowers dancing in the wind. The old routine of dashing off into the elements of nature, heading to Sunday morning church service is non-existent.

This pandemic can leave you longing for the days of sitting in the pews, rocking, and clapping as the sounds of singing, guitar playing and a piano, fill the sanctuary. Let’s not forget the sound of an infant crying or that usher with the white gloved hands leading you to a seat. You politely smile and point to a different seat, next to your friend.

We are all healing from a pandemic that has crippled us, our community, and our loved ones. There may be no more praising in the pews, but we can still praise from the porch, the parks, and the pastures. My grandmama used to say, “One monkey don’t stop no show” (I’ve discovered that’s actually an African American Proverb).


Virtual services are available and easily accessible. Don’t let your faith wander because the church doors are closed. Shout at the sink while washing dishes; praising because you had food on your plate. Cry at the cupboards – cries of joy, because there is food for another day. Dance on a dusty floor because you have a roof over your head and a dust mop to clean your messes.

Dance like David danced for the Lord, with shouts of joy and noise of horns. Don’t let this pandemic push your faith aside. In a music video I heard Bishop Marvin Winans say, “My present faith is based on a past experience. I know He’s (God) is able to deliver because He already has delivered.”

Think of a time when you weathered a storm – figuratively speaking or literally. Now get up and shout. Praise from the position you’re in right now.

As you settle down and become still, rest peacefully and know that God is in control.

 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Fun Friday – The lighter side of virtual events

 

A virtual gathering before its. time.
Photo Credit: Chicago Sun-Times

How many Zoom, GoToMeeting or other virtual events have you attended lately? Did you know that there is something called Zoom Fatigue? Yes, it is a real thing; I’ve experienced it and didn’t realize it. It’s that state of having tired eyes, stiff legs from sitting, and feeling drained at the end of the day.

Here’s a fun way to beat Zoom Fatigue while amusing yourself. Pretend you’re part of The Brady Bunch. You remember that TV  sitcom from the early 70’s. During the intro of the show, each family member appeared in a box, like Zoom.  Try this next time you’re virtual - smile, look up, look side to side, and start singing…

“Here’s a story, of a lovely lady…who was bringing up three very lovely girls…”

If that doesn’t amuse you, tilt your head as though you’re listening intently. Remember to adjust every now and then so you don’t appear frozen. When you are tired of sitting, turn your camera off and dance around the room, you’re at a virtual dance party (that’s a thing now too). Keep your microphone muted.

Break up the craziness of virtual meetings by finding ways to bring relief. We’ve looked at the silly side of participating in virtual events. If you’re looking for real solutions to Zoom Fatigue, check out the article, How to Combat Zoom Fatigue.

What are your silly solutions to Zoom Fatigue (or real ones)?

 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Wellness Wednesday – Fall Color Tour

 


Lunch with mom turned into a Fall Color Tour. It was an unseasonably warm day when we decided that take-out from a local grill and sitting on her backyard swing sounded delightful. The Fattoush salad with warm chicken shawarma sat on the backseat of my car as we headed in the direction of home, but not directly.

I drove down streets where yards were littered with leaves, orange pumpkins, or stakes in the ground bearing Halloween ghosts, goblins, and scarecrows. We were like two kids discovering something new.

“Get a picture of that tree.”

“Oooh, look at the Red one.”

Delight in our voices, and a gleam in our eyes, viewing the array of colorful leaves was breathtaking and peaceful.

Have you observed the colorful changes going on around you? If you live near a body of water, take a final canoe trip of the season, and absorb the scenes of nature. Stroll through a forest of trees or drive through a tree-lined neighborhood.

Check out what mom and I saw.









Sometimes an impromptu outing is just what you need to relax. Make it a part of your health and wellness.





Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Motivational Moment – A walk of faith


 

Flip flops, gym shoes, and work boots, this was the collection of shoes in a clump near my front door. How do you determine which shoes to wear for the day? What do your shoes reflect about you?

 Loafer – associated with comfort and relaxation.

High Heel – reflects boldness and confidence.

Gym Shoe – active, ready to get moving

Work Boot – sturdy

Often, we select our shoes based on what we have planned for the day. If you have a presentation at work you dress a particular way, for casual Friday, a different way. Every day is a walk of faith. Is there a shoe that reflects your faith walk? It may be different each day.

There have been occasions where I’ve had a gym shoe day and had to coax my body to get up and get moving. It felt like I needed WD-40 to oil my joints and make them flexible. My feet hit the floor and I roll up one vertebra at a time and whisper a quick prayer.

On other gym shoe days, I spring from the bed as spry as a grasshopper, ready to workout and get the day started. Again, there is a prayer on my lips, only audible to God. The morning ritual was off to a good start with washing my face and brushing my teeth. I know He doesn’t care if my breath stinks, but it makes me feel better.

I pulled on my workout clothes, laced my gym shoes, and bounced to an open space in my Livingroom, ready for a virtual workout. In addition to my workout gear, my faith was right there with me too, on the inside.

Over the course of the week, I’ll strap on a pair of heels and walk bold through my day. By the end of the week loafers will replace heels as I ease into a state of comfort. Flip flops, gym shoes or work boots, no matter what shoe you wear, walk with faith.

Walk into your day bold, confident, and filed with faith.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Fun Friday – The Intersection of Faith and Fun

 

Did you know that there’s ministry through comedy? I’ve stumbled across a Hierarchy of Humor, a Ministry of Encouragement, and a ton of Christian Comedians. It’s at the intersection of faith and fun that comedians deliver humor while also teaching about Christ.

Comedians enjoy making people laugh. A Christian comedian adds a little flavor by spreading the joy of Christ with their humor. It’s like having a vanilla ice cream cone dipped in chocolate, or a vanilla chocolate twist, added delights.

What is the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the term Christian comedy? Do you think it’s going to include – Thou shalt not or Behold….? Quite often Christian comedy is simply clean comedy sprinkled a few jokes including biblical characters. It is also jokes and life stories in the daily walk of someone who happens to be a Christian.

At the intersection of faith and fun, a crash occurs, and ministry happens. Red light revelations happen, its an aha moment. Humor is a way to take your mind on a short vacation away from the stress of the daily hustle and bustle.

It’s the end of the week. Let’s go laughing into the weekend. Check out a clean comic I discovered recently.

 

YouTube Video Credit: posted by Tim Grable


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Words of Wisdom - The Pumpkin Prayer

 

Photo Credit: Ministry to Children

There is a pumpkin carving activity that goes along with the Pumpkin Prayer. Check out the Ministry to Children website for details.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Muffins with Mom – Blueberry Pancakes – True Confessions

 

Photo Credit: Pinch of Yum

I never liked blueberries as a child. It took me until adulthood to accept them in my smoothies. Then along came a Facebook post from a friend, with picture of a delightful looking stack of blueberry pancakes, topped with a drizzle of honey. This was something I had to try.

Pancakes were often the breakfast of choice at our house. While my sons were stuck at home with me during the stay home order, I experimented in the kitchen. Award winning Blueberry Pancakes did not develop in my kitchen. My son made a confession last week.

“We didn’t want to tell at the time, but those pancakes had TOO many blueberries. It was like 50 blueberries in one pancake.”

His confession continued.

“Me and Don looked at each other and laughed. We didn’t say at word, just used telecommunication. Then Don asked me, ‘are there supposed to be this many blueberries?’ We kept eating them because you don’t cook that often. We ate fast to get through them.”

My son said I came in the room and asked, “Do you want some more?”

Unknowingly, I was answered with pleading eyes of torture – back away from the griddle.

Blueberries will remain an ingredient in my smoothies, as for pancakes, perhaps I’ll try adding chocolate chips.

Have you heard any food confessions lately?

 

 

Friday, October 2, 2020

Fun Friday – National Book Month – Virtual Book Festival

 

Photo Credit:Book_It_Up-Twitter

National Book Month is celebrated in October and was created by the National Book Foundation in 2003. This National Holiday focuses on the importance of reading, writing, and literature. When was the last time you read a good book?

You can celebrate National Book Month by making time to read, just for fun. Below are a few other ways to celebrate too.

1.      Have a book swap with a friend

2.      Visit a Virtual Book Festival

3.      Share on social media what you’re reading

Are you ready to have fun with books this month? Pages Promotions is sponsoring a Virtual Book Festival the entire month of October. The event will feature book readings by many indie authors as well as interviews. Of course there will be games and prizes.

My reading is October 3 at 7pm. I hope you can make it. Don’t stop there, check out the festival as often as you can during the month. The authors will love your support and connecting with readers is always exciting.



What will you do to celebrate National Book Month?

Ready for fun? Play the Trick or Treat game during the Pages Promotions Virtual Book Festival. Collect virtual candy. The Baby Ruth bar is your candy. Vist the Festival Facebook page for more candy and details.



Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Wellness Wednesday – The Laughter Project – Final Episode

 

When cousins get together

“A healthy dose of laughter helps shrink challenges…makes them less intimidating and empowering us to overcome them.” By Everydaypower.com

Have you filled a Laughter Jar, created a Humor Journal, or practiced laughing more this month? We are at the final day of The Laughter Project. The challenge was to create more laughter in your life and report here on what you discovered during the week.

Just because our project is ending here, does not mean you have to close the book on healthy laughter. This was just the starting point, go create the next chapter of your journey.

Here’s what laughter means to me:

Laughter is…

·         Being able to take yourself a little less seriously

·         Finding a reason to smile, in spite of less than ideal circumstances

·         My happy place

One final thought, complete the phrase – Laughter is…

“A laugh a day keeps stress at bay” Angela Verges

Join the fun this month at the Pages Promotions Virtual Book Festival. Play along with The Trick or Treat game by collecting virtual candy, win prizes. My candy is the Baby Ruth below; Visit the Pages Promotion Facebook Page for more details and to collect more candy.



Monday, September 28, 2020

Motivational Monday – Inspiration from Observation

 


As I contemplated what to write for today's blog post, I came across one from several years ago. I felt it was worth reposting with a few changes. May you find a sliver of inspiration.

Have you ever overheard bits and pieces of a conversation and thought hmm, that’s interesting. Perhaps you’ve read a word or phrase that you applied to your life. It is those snatches of conversation or words from a good book or article that can provide inspiration.

Here are five words or phrases that stood out to me recently. Think about how these things may relate to you at this moment.

·         Abundance

·         Strength

·         Doors of opportunity

·         Unique moments in your life

·         Imagine the life you want to live

This is how I would tie these phrases together. I am abundantly blessed. God is my strength. I welcome the opening of doors of opportunity. Unique moments in my life occur when I least expect them. These moments have occurred through opportunities others presented to me.

Your challenge today is to ponder the above phrases and words. How can you use these items as springboards for something you’re seeking at this moment?

Have you heard bits of conversation that prompted you to take positive action?

Friday, September 25, 2020

Fun Friday - Laughing for a Cause


 

Do you really needa a reason to laugh? No, I didn't think so. If it will make you feel better to have a reason to laugh, I'll give you one - Support a cause.

Tonight the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorotity is hosting a fundraiser (Zoom event) to support HBCU's (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) scholarship fund. The event is called Jokes and Jams, it wil be an evening of comedy and music.

I;ll be there laughing, dancing, and performing comedy, along with comedian Tony Fant Jr. Join the fun at 8pm (EST). 

Sign up(at Evenrbrite) and laugh for a cause.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Wellness Wednesday – The Laughter Project – What’s So Funny?

 

Photo Credit: Laughter Online University

How is you Laughter Project coming along? Are you collecting funny quotes, discovering humor in unlikely places, or simply finding a reason to smile each day? What things have you found funny lately?

Let me tell you about a couple of observations from my week.

A Shopping Trip

A simple trip to the grocery store brought a little humor to my day. As I pushed my shopping cart through the store, it wasn’t long before I stumbled upon Halloween costumes and rows and rows of Halloween candy. The first thing that popped into my head during this time of a pandemic was…looks like Halloween is not cancelled.

Two steps away from the all the Halloween goodies, was a Green pre-lit artificial Christmas tree. Sooo, do we bake pies or wrap Christmas gifts?

 

Kids Say the Darndest Things

Even when they pass the cute toddler phase and grow into college know it all’s, kids still say the darndest things. I was talking to my college son about my workout regimen and how I am struggling with my weight. He calmy said, “Maybe your metabolism has expired.”

That’s it, the outlook of my last week; the simple things that brought  smile to my face.

We have one more week of The Laughter Project. What will you add to your collection of funny sightings, stories, or other humorous uncovering’s? Go out and start laughing, your health depends on it,

Monday, September 21, 2020

Motivational Monday – Autumn Comforts

 


“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”      F. Scott Fitzgerald

Days are shorter, a chill is in the air, and leaves dance from trees in Reds, Yellows and Oranges. Autumn is a season of change, a season of comforts, a time for all things warm and cozy. Your daily rhythm begins to change as activities move from outside to indoors and recipe ideas shift toward warm foods.

How will you take advantage of the comforting things that Autumn brings? Here are a few ideas:

1.      Take a fall color tour – take a walk along an area that has trees with leaves bursting with colors. Have you ever driven along a highway that has a colony of trees with an array of color? It’s breathtaking. To best enjoy this, make sure you aren’t the person driving.

If you like to canoe or kayak, you may find it peaceful to do so at this time of year.

2.      Try a new recipe – when I searched the web I found a site that listed 30 popular fall recipes. One recipe that stuck my fancy was a Honeycrisp Apple and Kale Salad. Then there’s the Creamy Wild Rice Soup with Butternut Roasted Mushrooms. Yum.

Honeycrisp Apple and Kale Salad

Creamy Wild Rice Soup

3.      Get Cozy – wrap your hands around a warm mug of your favorite beverage and curl up in a corner of your couch. Read a book, watch a movie, or listen to relaxing music. Whatever your idea of cozy looks like, make it happen.

Are you looking forward to changes this season? This has been a tough year with so many limitations due to the national pandemic. It’s time for positive changes or at the very least doing things that bring happiness to you and those around you.

Make a list of 10 things that bring you joy (yes I’m a list person). No matter how large or small, simple, or extravagant, write them down. Below are a ideas from my list.

1.      Fresh cut flowers in a vase on a table

2.      Sending a card to a friend

3.      Laughing with friends

4.      Travel

5.      Reading a good book

6.      Starting a new project (taking a class, writing project, sewing)

Days are shorter and seasons change, cherish every opportunity you have to enjoy the comforts of home, friends, and family.