Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge


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1. February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. It lands on the calendar one day after National Do Something for a Grouch Day (February 16) which somehow feels related. Perhaps the 16th inspired the 17th?
Tell about a time you performed a random act of kindness or were the recipient of one. Will you make an effort to perform a random act of kindness on the 17th? Share details if you’re so inclined, and if you have something specific in mind.

I mentioned last week that my friend The Oreo Mom found a bottle of my favorite chai when she was cleaning out her pantry and gave it to me!!!! I am enjoying it muchly!

I will try and do do an act of kindness but I don’t have anything in mind as yet!
2.What’s the most uplifting or encouraging thing you see happening in the world right now? You may have to dig deep for this one.

Hmmmm, you are right about digging deep, there are a lot of discouraging things happening in our world at the moment!

This is something that I had read about previously but is getting much more attention at present. In our divided political arena, I was encouraged to hear that Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were such close friends. They could not be any more different in their politics and decisions, but were somehow able to work together respectfully and with dignity. The fact that they were able to put aside their differences, and there were many, and become in her words “best buddies” is almost unheard of in our political landscape.

“It was my great good fortune to have known him as working colleague and treasured friend.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

It is uplifting and encouraging to know that there are some people in Washington that can bridge the divide. Not exactly a world issue but nice nonetheless.

3. Black olives, black currants, black grapes, black beans, blackberries, Oreos…your favorite food the color of night? Your least favorite on the list?

I like black beans but that seems like a sad favorite. I don’t care for olives so they will be my least.
4. A while back I read (here) a list of twelve things you should do before you turn 50. They were-
travel when you have the chance, take care of your skin, learn a foreign language, make exercise a habit, leave a toxic situation, stop caring what others think about you, stop worrying, volunteer, spend time with your grandparents, pledge to work less, learn to cook an amazing dish, and seize an opportunity as it arises
What do you think of the list? What would you add or remove and why? If you’re over 50, have you done all 12? If you’re not yet 50, have you done any at all? What’s on the list that you haven’t done, but would like to do?

It seems like a very fine list! I don’t think I have done all 12. I probably didn’t start taking care of my skin until I was 50. My skin was always pretty reliable and now it seems like it is finicky. I still don’t know a foreign language and don’t need to pledge to work less.

One thing I might add is try and go into your 50s at a reasonable weight because things do not work the same as they did in your younger years! It is DANG hard to lose weight any more! I also sort of disagree with the travel when you can one. We are hoping to have the time to travel when Honey retires in a year or so. There was not a ton of time to travel before 50.

5. Besides the classic Christmas flicks, what’s your favorite film where winter plays a part in the setting?

 Hmmm. I like You’ve Got Mail, there’s a little winter in there. The Family Stone is nice and snowy. The Day After Tomorrow is SUPER wintery!!!!
6.When did you last feel helpless, and what did you do about it?

That has been a familiar feeling over the last few years. I can’t share the reasons I felt helpless but I can tell you what I did about it, I prayed.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.      Philippians 4:6

Prayers availeth much.

7. Share a favorite proverb.

“There’s no place like home.” is a good one, as is “Actions speak louder than words.”
8. Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back When-sday part of the post.

This was in a big box of pictures my Dad brought over last year. Our engagement picture!!! 1985, how young, how thin, what BIG hairs!!!!!


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9 responses »

  1. LOVE your 80’s picture. We certainly knew how to do “big hair” back then! I love adding reasonable weight to the list. I certainly have noticed how my body does not work as well under pressure. It just wants to eat and gain weight. 😦 Have a toad-ally awesome week!


  2. I remember a few summers ago that the heat and humidity were overwhelming here and I told you that I had already watched every cold weather movie I could find just to trick my mind into a cooler place. I was afraid making that statement might have scared you off, but no….you came back with a “Day After Tomorrow” suggestion with no judgements. Lol. Btw, that movie did chill my addled, hot flashed brain.


  3. That’s like a totally awesome photo : ) I agree with your answer to #2, and had read that as well. It’s sad that it’s surprising. I wish people getting along was the rule as opposed to the exception.


  4. We did our traveling more in our younger days before 60 and now I’m loving being at home more often. It’s good to be home and having routine. Love your pic. I definitely remember those 80’s hairstyles. Big, big. And you are right about weight.


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