Whatnot – 08/17/22

The neighborhood.Hello, all. I am in the office today so I am missing my neighborhood walk with the pup. Our street repaving project is done. The Pup is glad. One truck in particular made the entire house shake. She was not having it. Hopefully she can catch up on her naps today.

My daughter hasn’t shared too many pics of her new pad since she is still unpacking, but what I’ve seen looks great. Classes begin next week.

After today, I will probably be wiped out again after my two days of in-person work. I swear! I have no stamina now. I’m  like a delicate flower that wilts at the first sign of heat. That’s ok though. I have nothing planned for tonight.

Still reading Irving’s The Last Chairlift and Verity

It’s been very warm here. Hovering between 102-106 with low humidity. We are normally quite dry but last week we had 45% humidity which is a lot for California. Not one drop of rain in so long. Everything is dead. LA County was told to stop watering for the entire month of September. Really puts us at risk for brush fires.

Slowly, I’ve been puttering around in the kitchen again. I do enjoy cooking but hate the shopping. Plus, there’s only two of us now. But we made steaks the other day and one night I made a meat loaf. Bye Bye vegetarian diet. Ever since the doc told me to lay off plant based anything (kidney stones) eating has been interesting. My body doesn’t know what it’s getting half the time.

No big weekend plans. Going to breakfast with friends on Saturday morning and then Sunday, my normal volunteer gig. Have a great rest of the week!

Sunday Matters: I Made It

sunday-matters (1)Hello, friends. I missed posting all this week because the return to office for those two days wiped me out! It’s just two days. Very doable but for whatever reason I was camped out on the couch each evening unable to move. It was nice to see my colleagues and the campus looks great. Not a lot of students yet as the fall semester hasn’t started yet. Overall, it was a successful return. I am spending some time personalizing my space again. I need some art work and more plants.

The kids are doing well. My daughter STILL hasn’t moved into her apartment as she has been staying with a friend and taking a road trip. School hasn’t started yet but I’d like for her to settle in so she is ready for the semester start.

My son is thriving in Everett, WA. It’s close enough to Seattle but also has its own downtown scene. He’s been enjoying the concerts in the park, or actually, on the waterfront I think. Root Beer has furniture to lounge on now and some cool fans to keep her comfortable.

Here she is enjoying furniture:

Root Beer enjoying the new couch.

Here’s The Otter Pup when she realized I was going to the office:


Right Now:

Enjoying some coffee. Lots of it, because today will be very busy for student ministry. We start groups again today and we have lots of wonderful new leaders. I have to sub for a few groups and shadow some others. It will be a very exciting, fast-paced day.


Still reading The Last Chairlift. I am also reading Verity. I honestly knew nothing about Verity when I picked it up except that everyone seems to have an opinion about it and that it’s pretty popular. I’m not sure what I thought it would be, but it’s compelling and hard to put down although not something I typically read. When I review it I will have to include a note on content as I have some young readers and this is definitely not for them.


Still watching Sisyphus. It’s very good but 16 episodes in the first season is a lot and because it has subtitles I have to pay attention while watching or I am left in the cold. I can’t do other things while watching so our viewing pace has slowed a little. We are only on episode 7.


Grateful for:

  • Plants. I brought one plant back to the office so far and what a difference it makes. I had a lot before the shutdown but rescuing them during the shutdown when I realized they would not survive, was like something out of Mission Impossible.
  • My Coffee Mate Italian Sweet Cream creamer has been sold out everywhere. I’ve looked for it for months and tried others but the other day I went into a market I never go to and hit the mother load. I am stocked up for awhile now.

Have a great Sunday! After 2pm you can find me crashed out taking a nap.

Chatting with friends about books and life…