Not a Video Game

I am happy that my children enjoy a quiet afternoon, playing Scrabble.  A board game with family is still more enticing than a video game.



Painting Fences


It’s messy, time-consuming, and hard on the back, knees, and wrist, but I love to paint.

I’ve been working on staining all the decking, pergolas, and screen house in our yard this summer. Seeing the progress makes it such a satisfying job. Not to mention anticipating how great everything will look when I’m done.

Best of all, though, is the quiet time to think. I’ve always loved solitary work. Not that I don’t also enjoy being around other people, but it really doesn’t bother me to be alone. Painting is something I can do that gives me focus and puts me in the moment.

Do you have an activity that helps you be in the moment?

Book Addict

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There is nothing like spending time with a good book.

I grab a few minutes whenever I can: With my coffee in the afternoons, while the kids watch tv, even while supper is cooking.

I love being surrounded by books – they line my shelves and give me comfort. I am not myself unless I have one to read.

My sister posted this quote on her Facebook the other day: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, the man who never reads lives only one.” How apt. (I believe it is from the book A Dance with Dragons, although I can’t be certain.)

And now I must go escape with my book…