Sunday Matters: Everything for a Reason, Right?

Sunday Matters

This week hasn’t been fabulous. In fact, much of it was the perfect storm of things going wrong. Sometimes that happens.

On a happy note, today is my daughter’s 15th birthday. We don’t even know what we are doing yet. It’s up to her and if needed I will miss volunteering tonight depending on what she decides.

Happy Birthday! We love you! She’s eager to get her permit to drive but you have to be 15 1/2 for that. Just a little while longer.

E's Birthday

Right Now:

I am decompressing. Just kind of sitting here but we’ll decide what the heck we are doing and then do it.

This Week:

Many have asked but no, The Girl did not get the role of Witch in Oz. BUT, she got the part of Aunt Em. Everything for a reason, right?

No special appointments this week just the normal stuff. The place where we do Homeless Outreach closed its doors so we are moving to a facility that was offered as an alternative. It’s smaller and we have to keep everything in a mobile unit and bring it in and out each night so Mondays in November will be a little different. I pray that we can still serve these folks successfully in this new setup.


Still reading Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver. It’s veered into a slightly different direction than I anticipated so I will wait until I turn that last page to form an opinion.

Oh! And of course, Murakami’s new one comes out on Tuesday. I did not pre-order it this time because I feared it would not come , like it did that one time. I shall walk in and buy it. I hope my local store has it.


The Fear the Walking Dead finale was so yawn-inducing. I can barely muster the energy required to discuss it. So, I won’t.

Still watching American Horror Story although it comes on so late here I can’t watch it until the day after. Because of that I have to be careful of what I see on social media. Spoilers are all over the place.

I haven’t seen any good movies but I recorded Hocus Pocus which I have yet to see in its entirety.

New Things I’ve Tried:

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark

This stuff is like crack. Gluten-free too. Another Trader Joe’s find. A small piece keeps the doctor away. No… seriously.

Grateful for:

Tele-doc appointments. My daughter has been begging to go to the dermatologist but she has NO time for the appointment so I sent some pics to her doctor and voila! Prescriptions ready for pick-up. Hoping they help. Working out every day for hours on end in a sweat box of a gym does not help the skin.

Has anyone in your neighborhood decorated for Halloween yet? We have three houses that put a few things up but it’s been so darn hot. No one wants to put Halloween stuff up when it’s so hot out.


Sunday Matters: A Brief Respite

Sunday Matters

This is a FREE weekend for me. Nothing planned. We may hit the bookstore. We may have lunch, or dinner or both. I might spend the afternoon reading or sipping coffee. Or, I could spend the day napping. I’m so happy about this.

Right Now:

About to make breakfast. Scrambled eggs with feta and some gluten-free toast.

This Week:

Wizard of Oz auditions are behind us now. Callbacks are done. The final cast list posts on Tuesday. She went for the Wicked Witch and Glinda and was called back for Wicked Witch, Aunt Em and a dancing part. Think good thoughts, please. She has wanted to be the Witch since she was five.

We are technically in Fall Break, which means no school Monday and Tuesday but I have still have to work. On Monday afternoon I have to take The Girl to a dental appointment. It’s the only time I can take her since there’s no school.


I finished The Boy at the Keyhole and thought it was pretty good.

I started Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver and oh my goodness, I am loving it.


I am still watching American Horror Story and Fear the Walking Dead. Both, have turned it up a notch.

The other day I was flipping channels and came across Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, and Kathy Bates. It came out in 2014 but from the trailer I thought it was pretty stupid. I was wrong. It’s very funny and sweet. I kind of want to own it.

New Things I Tried:

This week I tried the following three products and all were winners, except that the lentil pasta smelled like weed but it was delicious. Please ignore the dead plant (planter of dirt) in the background.

Moon X Wine
Moon X Cabernet

This wine was pretty darn good for a $7 bottle. Very rich, a touch of sweetness but no bitterness or dryness. Smooth. Fruity but not too fruity. The gal at Trader Joe’s said that at their wine tasting, her co-workers described it as “syrupy”. It’s a thicker consistency and coats a glass if you know what I mean. Delicious.

Lentil pasta and sauce!

These two. Very good but like I said above, the pasta smelled like weed but was so delicious and chewy for a gluten-free variety. The sauce was very good but “boozy”.  Both from Trader Joe’s.

I get no kickbacks from TJ’s but have been shopping there a lot lately.

Grateful for:

Variety. It’s good to change things around sometimes. The day-to-day routine gets old quickly.

What new thing have you tried or want to try?

Chatting with friends about books and life…