Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Lists Day Twenty-one:To-do list

Seems I did a good part of this with yesterday's prompt. I am apparently more geared to "get things done" than "relax and enjoy the season".

A sample, then, of things on the current to-do list:

- Make shepherd's pie for dinner from the left over chuck roast, with mushroom and onions
- Cook broccoli and green beans (separately, in the InstantPot) to have for dinners for the next week
- Hard boil eggs (also InstantPot)
- Sweep kitchen
- Take clean laundry to the loft; hang, fold and put away all
- Put away recent fabric order; add kits to project list
- Set up coffee timer for tomorrow; pack breakfast and lunch
- Straighten living room, do quick vacuum

It may or may not all get done. Better to aim high and miss than go home and be a slug.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lists Day Twenty: Things To Do This Spring

You really don't want to see my to-do list for this season.

Too late. Here is part of it:

- Take both sewing machines in for cleaning

- Power wash patio

- Trim lilac bush

- Wash outside windows

- Wash inside windows

- Plant flowers in urns

- Bring up the grill, table umbrella, charcoal, hose reel and hose

- Fix the flag bracket

- Install the solar light for the flag

- Purchase and have installed new outdoor lights next to front door and on patio

- Put out R/W/B wreath and hanging

- Evaluate options for a CSA

- Road trip for strawberries

- Any kind of road trip, just to be out in the sunshine with the moonroof open and the tunes turned up.

- Dewey's Read-a-thon April 28th.

There is so much more...

Monday, March 19, 2018

Lists Day Nineteen: Places I've Been

- Montreal, Quebec, Canada, for the World's Fair in 1967

- St. Maarten/St. Martin, while on a cruise. Gorgeous island.

- St. Thomas, on the same cruise...tourist trap.

- Nogales, Mexico, visiting a huge flea market, while staying in...

- Tuscon, Arizona, visiting friends.

- Lawrence, Kansas, to take the same friends' kids from Milwaukee to Lawrence (they had been here with their grandparents...nothing like an early morning flight with three kids under five. Thank heaven for the kind, patient Japanese businessman in the row behind us!)

- Newark, New Jersey, visiting the same friends (they moved a lot).

- New York City, for one evening, to see an off-Broadway play (with the friend from the previous lines, who is my "theatre" friend, and the best friend mentioned in the previous post)(she and her family appear to be most of my reason for personal travel. They live in Maryland now...may be time to visit again.)

- Belton, Missouri, where my (different) best friend moved for several years to help take care of her grandkids while her son was in seminary. While in Belton, we drove to Kansas City for dinner, and drove past the KC home of the IRS. Thrilling times, folks.

- New Orleans, where I've been to conferences three different times. The first time, I took some extra days at the beginning and end, to have fun in the city.

- Baltimore, St. Louis, Orlando, Tampa all for conferences.

- A whole lot of places around the state. Truly, I prefer local travel. The one that sticks out is a weekend in a cabin on a lake near Wisconsin Dells with three friends. The cabin literally hung off a hillside over the lake. Peaceful, beautiful.

Lists Day Eighteen: Favorite Memories

Ah! Finally a list that I can sink my teeth into (provided I can remember anything...)

- Getting a 103 on a college math test (would have been 105 (100 + the 5 available bonus points), but I changed an answer on a definition - I've made it a policy not to change answers since then).

- A college English prof calling me to tell me the class grade she had told me (last day of class she actually let us know what our final grade would be) was the wrong one, and as a result, I did indeed have a straight-A semester (with 21 credits, no less)

- Maybe not favorite, but first plane flight was a commuter hop from here to Chicago, the first leg of a trip to Tucson. The plane was delayed an hour or so, and then ended up filled with drunk Chicago White Sox fans (it was opening day for the Brewers, who played the White Sox...I guess flying was less of a hassle than sitting in traffic?)

- Being cast as the lead in the play my senior year of high school. Everyone (and I mean everyone) expected the lead to go to my best friend. Turns out she would rather be the student stage manager.

- A Christmas tree skirt I quilted taking first prize in its category at the State Fair.

- Meeting someone who would become a good friend on a 6 a.m. bus ride to the Chicago planetarium (college field trip...who on earth expects college students to make a 6 a.m. bus ride?)

- Watching the performance of the Sunday School musical - I'd directed the acting, a friend directed the choir.

- A women's Bible study I was part of after college.

- First night in my flat.

- Walking into the condo after the closing, realizing it was really mine (well, 6% mine and 94% the bank's).

- A weekend with friends in a cabin near Wisconsin Dells. It started with an unexpected dip in the lake by everyone but me (note to self: never say "If you fall in, I'm just going to stand here and laugh" when your friends are trying to get into a canoe). The entire weekend was laughter filled.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Lists Day Seventeen: Celebrities to Meet

Really? In no particular order, without thinking about it:

- Martha Grimes
- Larry Correia
- George RR Martin (just long enough to tell him to get back to writing)
- Adam Baldwin (not *that* one, the other one)
- Kevin Sorbo
- Zoe, Jonah Goldberg's dog (it just says "celebrities", doesn't specify species)
- Pippa, Jonah's other dog (fastest butt wiggle in canine history)
- Mario Andretti (wait, been there, done that)
- Condoleeza Rice

Eh, I hate this kind of thing. I'm not much into the whole celebrity culture thing.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Lists Day Sixteen: Worthwhile Risks

- Saying hello to that quiet person in the corner

- Being kind when it isn't going to get you any benefit

- Truly listening to someone rather than waiting for them to stop so you can talk

- Really stretching your own budget to help someone who needs it

- Trying that new food, new experience, new anything

- Finding your own way to do things, whether or not it is successful

Lists Day Fifteen: Life Goals

And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’


Really, is there anything else? To be faithful, day after day, moment after moment, in living out your faith?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

List Day Fourteen: Bucket List

Though the phase dates back a few years before this, the idea of a "bucket list" hit the mainstream when the movie of the same name came out in 2007.

While it's a nice idea, if I were terminally ill, I'd rather spend my remaining time hanging out with friends and family, rather than trying to cross random stuff off a list. ::shrug::

So instead of a list of grandiose trips and experiences to try to finish before I die, here's a more realistic list of things I'd like to accomplish (and perhaps have a chance of actually doing):

- Catch up on all current quilt unfinished objects (aka UFOs...this alone will guarantee I'll never die, as I think I also have SABLE - stash accumulation beyond life expectancy)

- Completely finish all remodeling, repair and renewing projects in the condo (it would help if I could plant a money plant in the urns on the patio)

- Memorize the entire Gospel of John (preferably before, and hopefully as a deterrent, to Alzheimers)

- Spend two weeks in a cabin in the northwoods, in winter, out in the country, but not too far from a decent sized town (I keep my own company very well)

- Visit the girls I sponsor in El Salvador (before they age out of Compassion International's program)

- Have a quilt juried into one of the major shows

- Take a cruise on the Denis Sullivan, or better yet, a week-long cruise on a tall ship

- Take a professional cooking course

Eh, there are probably other things. This simply isn't anything I consciously track.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Lists Day Thirteen: Feel Good Songs

On my ipod, there is a playlist called "Happy". It's a listing of songs that either make me feel good, or that I just like, regardless of whether or not the lyrics are particularly uplifting. Here is a sample:

-Tennesse Flat-Top Box, Johnny Cash
- He Will Rejoice - Trevor Morgan (Glory Revealed compilation disc)
- Boot Scootin' Boogie, Brooks & Dunn
- Choices, George Jones
- Mansion Over the Hillop, Ricky Van Shelton
- Hello, I'm Gone, Trisha Yearwood
- I Want to Be Loved Like That, Shenandoah
- Glorious Day, Casting Crowns
- I'm Alright, Terri clark
- My Kind of Woman, My Kind of Man, Vince Gill
- Travelin' Soldier, Dixie Chicks
- Move, Third Day (in fact, the entire Move disc)
- Shine, Newsboys
- By Your Side, Tenth Avenue North
- Jacob's Well, Nicole Sponberg
- Sunday in the South, Shenandoah
- The Road Not Taken, Shenandoah
- One More Last Chance, Vince Gill
- The Love of God, MercyMe
- Turn Your Radio On, Randy Travis
- Where Your Road Leads, Trisha Yearwood with Garth Brooks
- Word of God Speak, MercyMe
- The Motions, Matthew West
- I Meant Every Word He Said, Ricky Van Shelton
- Sweet Georgia Girls, Mac Powell
- White Trash Wedding, Dixie Chicks
- There is Power in the Blood, Selah
- The One on  the Right is on the Left, Johnny Cash
- I Still Miss Someone, Johnny Cash
- Meet in the Middle, Diamond Rio
- I Feel Lucky, Mary Chapin Carpenter
- Christ is Risen, Matt Maher
- Who am I, Casting Crowns
- Trust in You, Jeremy Camp
- Mighty is the Power of the Cross, Chris Tomlin

As you can see, it's been a while since I've added much new music to the list. There are 177 songs on this playlist, pretty much all either country or some form of contemporary Christian. There are, in fact, several full discs on the list (most of what I have from Third Day, the excellent Glory Revealed and Glory Revealed II (every song is scripture, sung by artists from all over the Christian music spectrum), and most of Shenandoah's stuff (sadly, after a legal squabble over the band's name, they broke up)).

It's stuff that is very familiar, that I can sing along with without having to think much. And it makes me feel happy.

You can't ask for more than that.