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Five Minute Friday: Should

Five Minute Friday is a writing event that has writers spending five minutes writing on the same topic and then sharing them at This week's word is Should.

I am constantly looking for signs, my own personal burning bush to show me what I should be doing and this week's prompt is my signal that I need to get back to writing my blog. That I should be writing.

I've thought a lot about this word since seeing this video of Oprah and Tony Robbins.  In it he says we should all over ourselves and that if we want to see change in our lives we should change should to must. That is when we actually do the things, when we change that one word.

I should have done laundry today.

I should have pulled weeds.

I should have posted this on Friday instead of Saturday.

I should pray more.

I should trust God.

What would happen if I changed those shoulds into action. Maybe not as strong as must, because laundry and weeds aren't life changing. But if instea…

31 Days: Only

The last day of 31 Days and I only missed posting daily 8 times. That's pretty good considering I work full time, I am learning something new at my part-time job, and I planned a fall carnival for my church.
In going back through my posts, I only gave myself about 7 areas to work on in my life to achieve my desire for change. Only 7, she says with a tinge of irony. That does seem a little daunting but not impossible.
At times I feel like this snail, moving very slowly out of  my sadness, sometimes trying to go back to where I was instead of going forward. I try not to be too hard on myself, I can only try my best. I declare it as progress that my days aren't only bad ones, which hasn't always been the case.
As long as I remember that I only have to be who God has made me to be, the way to change seems so much easier. And if I only look to Him for direction, no matter how slow my pace is, I will get to where I should be. It will only take time.

31 Days: Cut

Cut - as in cut the power to the inflatable. On Sunday my church had its annual fall carnival and this year, I was in charge of it. And I was terrified. Because our school system changed its policy on paper flyers, we relied on social media to get the word out. I was so worried that there wouldn't be anyone show up but my pastor estimated that we had about 120 kids enjoy our truck or treat, face painting, and free popcorn. We didn't run out of candy as we have in years past but I hope the fun was endless for these kids.

This morning, a friend sent a text relaying a story from the festivities. She said a mother thanked our church for having this carnival because her neighborhood wasn't safe for trick or treating. She was so glad to have a place where her kids to get some candy. And I wonder if this mom wasn't also happy to have a day where she could sit and talk to grownups while her kids had a safe place to play.
 As my pastor so wonderfully put it, it was the real fruit…

31 Days: Date

I had the best date on Saturday night - I went to the ballet with my mom and sister. We have had season tickets to a Broadway series for several years and this year, we got season tickets for the ballet. The show, Onegin, was beautiful. So many of the dances were breathtaking and seemed to defy what you thought the human body could do. 
If I'm honest, sometimes I am disappointed that I'm not spending Saturday night with a significant other. But what could be better than spending the evening with two people who have loved you unconditionally for over 50 year? I want to have more of these dates, to spend time doing things I love with people I love. Plays, concerts, museum exhibits, I want to fill my calendar with all kinds of dates. Whether I have company or I'm going solo, I want to stop having so many dates with my DVR and start experiencing the life waiting for me.

31 Days: Eat for Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday is a writing event that has writers spending five minutes writing on the same topic and then sharing them at This week's word is Eat.

Eat, eat! How many times have we heard that? I've written before about how hard it is to cook for one person and how I want to change that with posts that tell people how to combine ingredients to cook several dishes. But I what I want is people to experiment in the kitchen and come up with their own favorite meals.

Above is Saturday Shrimp, something I came up with in the winter months to make Saturday special. I would cook this dish for myself, watch a movie, and spend an evening in doing what I loved.

When the weather got warm, I started experimenting with the grill. I don't think I will go on any cooking shows any time soon but I love making a fire and eating something I have cooked over an open flame. Call me weird but the smell of charcoal and hickory on my clothes on Satur…

31 Days: Bouquet

I love having flowers in my home. I love treating myself with a bouquet when I go to the grocery store. Fresh flowers seem to warm up a home. I wish that the new Trader Joe's in town was closer to my house so that I could really indulge this love of fresh flowers with inexpensive bouquets every week.

There have been times when I have felt indulgent when buying myself flowers. We are taught that bouquets are delivered by suitors and sweethearts. Who buys them for herself? This girl does! I love how they brighten the place up. And I love splurging on myself to bring that brightness into my home.

Why do we think that way - that we aren't worthy of a $10 bouquet of flowers?Why do we feel like we can't spend that money on something we enjoy? I didn't think twice when I took a bouquet of Trader Joe's flowers to my mother but felt extravagant when I bought the same bouquet for myself.

I'm going to start doing this more, treating myself to flowers. I deserve a vase of…