Don’t you hate it when you’re pulled into an article with a smooth “tickler” phrase, only to find out that you have to read through a post of some 3,698 words to find that tidbit your looking for? Me too. That’s why I’m going to announce the winner of my recent drawing right up front! After that, if you want to continue to read my July in Review, that would be swell.
So with the proverbial drum roll sounding in your head, dum-dum-dum-dum, the WINNER of the $100 Amazon Gift Card drawing is:
Now on to my month in review:
LOVING: Summer. Still. When everyone else is crying for Fall to hurry up and arrive, I am basking in the warmth of Summer. We had some pretty hot and humid days in July but this week (60’s at night, 80’s during the day) is my idea of perfect weather.
READING: Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It’s Too Small by Mark Batterson. This book came into my hands at the perfect time and it is one of the most motivating books I’ve read in a long time. Voices In Summer by Rosamunde Pilcher. Her book The Shell Seekers, ranks right up there among my favorite novels for women so I hope this one doesn’t disappoint.
LISTENING TO: Bird song, cicadas humming, dogs playing, and anything else going on in the great outdoors. From the haven of my screened porch of course.
(Sort of) SHOPPING FOR: We’ve been keeping our eyes open for a piece of lakefront property where we might one day downsize and retire. That fell under what I was dreaming about last month. This month it has escalated to “sort of shopping for.” Nothing serious yet.
EXCITED ABOUT: The flowers in my new backyard flowerbed. I planted Zinnia seeds this year and they may be my new favorite flower. They germinate quickly and have fantastic blooms!
WORKING ON: Setting my alarm for the wee hours and putting some serious hours into writing. Book dreams!
ENJOYING: For the first time ever, I’m in a mentor/mentee relationship. I know I might be a bit old but I am the mentee. My mentor is helping me with some goals, praying for some big needs, and is holding me accountable. This is a four month mentoring commitment I signed up for with a local church and it came at just the right time.
USING: Hats and sunscreen for all of our outdoor activities. I’m pretty amazed at my daily facial moisturizer and how well it protects me from burning, even all day out on the boat. This is what I use: Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream with SPF 30
WEARING: Well, right now I’m in my PJ’s but all Summer long I’ve been in shorts, Tees, and cool dresses. I am particularly fond of this pair of Crocs flip flops. So comfy that I wear them pretty much every single day!
PLANNING: A blogging break. You might be be surprised at how many hours are devoted to creating good content for a blog and I have some other things I need to put more time into for awhile. I’ll share more in my Friday post.
SINGING: I’ve been requesting mostly Hillsong Worship from Alexa lately. Y’all know Alexa right? The gal who lives inside my Amazon Echo?
LEARNING: It is not a good idea to stand on furniture to get a perfect shot with your camera. It is especially bad to stand on tippy footstools which might tumble over and throw you to the floor, wrenching your back and leaving bruises on your body where their pointy little feet whacked you on your way down. Footstools are meant for resting feet, not standing feet and my footstool taught me a lesson.
WISHING (praying) FOR: I’ve always said that when I get old I don’t want my only topic of conversation to be my health. BOR-ING! That said, I am praying that I will find relief for some back pain that I’m dealing with. Sciatica. Isn’t that every old person’s complaint? It wasn’t helped at all by doing the footstool tumble 🙁
DOING: Summering. That’s all.
DREAMING OF: Funny that one of the books I’m reading, Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It’s Too Small, is all about our God given dreams. Not so funny that a childhood dream of writing is being renewed.
NOT CRAZY ABOUT: The fact that we lost my mother-in-law in July. She was 98 and lived a good life but I feel bad for my father-in-law Jack, who is now alone, and for my own hubby, who has never lost a parent before. It is never easy.
Finally, here’s a look back at my month on Instagram:
So now we enter into a new month and the last hoorah of Summer! Take it easy, wear your sunscreen, stay cool, and find something to be thankful for each day. Today I’m thankful for you and the time you’ve taken to read this post.
Blessings dear friends,
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