In South Carolina, we skipped right over spring this year, which isn't unusual, and have zipped into summer where it's hot and muggy. The mosquitoes are having a field day, and the air feels like a warm, wet blanket.
I've never been much of an outdoor person in the summer. One reason is because I burn so easily. I've never been able to tan, which my dermatologist says is a good thing. Another reason is because I cannot stand the heat. I prefer winter to summer, and I have no problem being outside in the winter, fall, or spring if we have one.
So, the obvious answer to this question would be, less than fifteen minutes. I was outside long enough to walk from my car to the grocery store and back and then I had to take the groceries inside, of course. So, all in all, definitely less than fifteen minutes.
I can stay out longer if I'm at the beach where it's cooler, or it's in the evening. In the heat of the day, though, I'm usually inside.
This one's an easy one for me. I love period dramas. Anything set in the past decades, and I'm in! Some of my favorites are Downton Abbey, When Calls the Heart, The Waltons, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, North and South, Pride and Prejudice, and the list goes on.
I don't have a particular favorite time period, but I do really love British period dramas. I have seen every movie based upon books written by Jane Austen more than once. Right now, I'm looking forward to the release of the Downton Abbey movie in September, and I just finished the 6th season of When Calls the Heart.
I'm always on the lookout for new period dramas. They don't necessarily have to be new, though, as I know there are many that I have missed. So if you know of any good ones that I absolutely must see, please let me know!
Establishing laws has to be a challenging tasks. Whatever you decide is going to affect everyone within that county, state, or country. So doing so should include vast amounts of wisdom and thought.
I don't think I'd be any good at making laws because I'd want to eliminate things that woul affect my irrational desire for a Utopian society. I'd want unkindness to be illegal, but how do you enforce that? And who decides if a person is being unkind or brutally honest?
Or I might choose to enact a law that only adheres to my beliefs. How equitable would that be? So I'm actually going to skip answering this question today on the grounds that I know I'm not the right person to be responsible for making the law of the land.
I've been extremely blessed this week and the previous week to be around my friends every single day. Two of my favorite people came from Raleigh to put up the backsplash in my kitchen and finish some other tasks. They did so much work and wouldn't allow me to pay them because that's the kind of people they are. I'm so very blessed to have them in my life. So who did I hug today? A friend I've known for thirty-four years and hope to know for thirty-four more.
This day's blog post is fun! For a long, long, long time I've wanted to go to New Zealand. It's on my bucket list, and I still hope to get there one day. Just take a look at the picture below. It's a beautiful country, and I've read and heard a lot about the people and the culture there. It's definitely a place I want to go in my lifetime!
At the start of every year, I create a list of goals I want to reach by the end of the year. I did that at the start of 2019 then a couple of weeks ago, I set a new goal—to become a certified financial coach by the end of the year.
I have been helping people with their financial situations for several years now, and I decided I wanted to know more about the subject so I could help them better. I already write a lot about finances and debt on my blog for single women, A Journey of Fives. So as of today, I'm almost halfway through the course, and I'm enjoying it so much I will, most likely, enroll in other financial courses once I'm done.
I've always loved learning, and I usually enroll in one or two classes a year, more if my schedule will allow it. I don't think we should ever stop learning. At present, I'm enrolled in four courses, all of which will help my career as a writer and enable me to help more people.
What goals do you set for yourself? Do you try to continue learning every year?
I read a lot of blogs, and it's difficult for me to choose just three that I love to read. I love to read all the ones I read. But since the challenge calls for three, here goes in no particular order:
1. Retro Housewife Goes Green (https://retrohousewifegoesgreen.com/) I'm not a housewife, but I still enjoy reading about how things were done decades ago. And I've learned a lot from her 1950s housewife tips! Check out this post about cleaning tips you should steal from grandma!
2. Anne R. Allen (https://annerallen.com/)All writers should be following this blog, especially those who have gone down the indie path. The treasure trove of wisdom you find here is unparalleled. One of my favorite posts is from 2017, and it teaches authors what they should and shouldn't blog about. Granted, I don't follow all of the advice as I do blog about my faith. :-)
3. And the final one is Success (https://www.success.com/blog/). I love success.com and read it faithfully. The blog is filled with thought-provoking, common sense posts that will make you change the way you view yourself and the world. It covers everything from finances to self-motivation. You can't read it without learning something! One post that everyone should read, in my opinion, is a new one from May--What To Do When You Make a Bad Decision.
These blogs offer something for everyone and are three that I return to time and again. Hope you'll check them out!
As a massive fan of superhero movies and television shows, this is something I've actually thought about. Yes, I know it'll never happen, but sometimes it's fun to dream.
There are so many superpowers I'd love to have. Superspeed would be awesome! Can you imagine getting everything you need done in seconds? Never having to be late again? And then there's superhealing. Breaking a bone would only be a minor inconvenience. Would definitely be a plus for my clumsy self.
On the other hand, there are superpowers I wouldn't want to have. Superhearing? No, thanks. I wouldn't want to listen in on conversations that were none of my business or hear the cries for help knowing I could do nothing about it. And x-ray vision is out, too. There are some things we just aren't meant to see.
Still, after all the times I've thought about it, I still come up with one answer. I'd love to be able to fly. To go anywhere I wanted to go at any time without having to worry about how I'm going to get there, that would be incredible, especially since I love to travel. I'd be able to see the entire world without breaking the bank!
What about you? What superpower would you like to have?
This is an appropriate post as I'm in the midst of renovating my home. I've lived here for almost 6 1/2 years, and I recently decided it was time to upgrade. So in came the granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood flooring. It's been both a blessing and a challenge. Below are a few before and after pictures!
I'll have plenty more to share once this roller coaster is over! Suffice it to say this has been a learning experience!
One of my closest friends is adopting a little girl who is now a little over two years old. Being around her can make any bad day into a good one. She's so full of life and questions and has such a uniqueness about her. It's hard not to smile when she's in the room. There have been many times when I've called my friend to ask if I could come see her daughter because I know she will brighten my day. And she always does!
My thoughts, experiences, challenges, and goals. Right here. At least once a week or so. Oh, and opinions, too. Those will definitely come in. Join me!