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Monday, August 21, 2017

August Blessings ~ Counting It All Joy! (Third Week)


Summer Adventure's!

The Dog Days of Summer!

August 13~ Waking to the sounds of family starting their day. Just a little more sleep please. More movement.....ummm.....maybe it's time to say good morning. Outside on the patio enjoying the fresh air. The smell of a fresh Summer rain that has cleared the air. Dew drops of beauty, light drizzle to wash away the smoke and haze; leaving that fresh scent of rain, that says's I've washed yesterday's troubles away. Pack up and load my car, it's time to head towards home. Thank you sister's for another awesome weekend jammed packed with friendship, love, fun, and adventure. Always a great time with you, thank you! Love you so very much Christine Good, Rosie. And Jennifer Merritt-Estep, and family included. What a beautiful drive home, even in the drizzly raindrops that are cleansing the air. A misty beauty drive home. I never tire of driving the Gorge. It holds beauty year round. You can find gems every time you drive and it is forever changing; giving you fresh beauty daily, never ever the same twice. Time for an early lunch. Thank You! It's time to get ready for the party. Thank you Cindy Forsythe Rieder for the invite. I had a great time. What a great theme and celebration for Katilynn. Why Hello! Yes! A surprise evening invite. Always good to see you. Yes Lord thank you for another full day. A safe drive home. The Summer rain and cooler temperatures. Fresh clean air that is smoke free. Celebrating milestone and achievements. Time with family and friends. So many treasured nuggets in my journey through this day. A dance and a twirl through each open door bringing friendships, laughter, and smiles throughout the entire day. Feeling loved. Blessings

August 14 ~ Awww....waking in my own room in my own snugly bed! PERFECT! Good morning Monday! New chapter in another week filled with possibilities and opportunities to make this the best day and week yet. Time to start moving. Last visit with one doctor and meeting a new one. Not fun.....but one that is important to maintain my health. Doctor Azada, thank you for the care you have provided me these last two years. Blessings to you on the next chapter of your life. Doctor Hatcher, you have big shoes to fill. Thank you for your time today. Hate tests. Those blood suckers left my arm all bruised up. Time for some pampering. Pedicure time. Oh my feet like this pamper session, need to do more of these. Home to unpack and start packing suitcase for fun in the sun later this week. This day just keeps slipping away. Ice cream! Yes! Ice cream! My weakness. Yummy blizzard from DQ. Sit in my car and listening to music. Sometimes sitting in my house alone is the hardest thing to do after being with family and friends. Looking forward to one day when that won't bother me. But today isn't that day. Today I'm so thankful for a doctor who cares enough to hand select the doctor that would best suit my needs. For the finances to have a pedicure. For my elk steak dinner this evening sauteed in onions, so very yummy. Then wrapping the evening up with a blizzard at DQ. To be able to sit in my car and enjoy some great country music as I watch the sunset and the evening close on this day. Beauty just sitting here watching the evening sky and listening to the beat of the music as my heart beats to the drums of living life. Thank you Lord for giving me another day to write on the blank pages of my life. Blessings

August 15 ~ Good morning Tuesday! Must rise and shine for the activities of the day. Hello Crystal N Koch! So wonderful to share my morning with you before I get my day started; and the pretty country river road drive. It maybe over the thousands of miles of telephone lines, but it is the next best thing to you being here. And just like our visits in person always to short. I think that is true on the phone as well. Much love and prayer my friend you are greatly missed. Love our visit today on the phone. Another lovely drive on the River Road today heading to create smiles of beauty. Two happy ladies! Thank you Dolores and Delia. Love those smiles of happiness. Yea! A McDonald's Happy Meal lunch today with Sherilynn Ganther. Thank you for meeting before meeting today. Back to one of my weekly grinds. Very full and crowded. I will try and push through. Thank you Lord for the very simple blessings of the day. Morning coffee, chat with Crystal. Safety to all my appointments today to and from. My happy meal toy! Leftovers for dinner. Suitcase almost packed. Ticket awaits. A quiet evening with feet propped up. Yep! It's the simple things in life that make my life rich. Thank you Lord. Blessings

August 16 ~ Oh how I want to stay in bed. Good morning Wednesday morning of beauty and smiles. It's going to be short today. Pray it is an easy day. Oh no they added to my day. I had five on the books all held plus two extras. Praise the Lord I got them all in and smiling with lots of beauty. What do you mean I cannot share, answer their questions and talk. That is so ridiculous....sorry didn't realize I couldn't share my life with residents. Ummmm.....thought that was all normal salon chitchat. When thinking of others your issues don't seem so big and large any longer. Love that the ladies are interested in my family and me; wanting to know how they can pray for us. Such beauty in that alone; not to mention a gift of the heart. Thank you my sweet ladies at Beth's Salon. Moving On! Finished up by noon. Right on time. Home to toss laundry in wash, finish packing. Traffic is already getting crazy and it's only Wednesday. TSA was actual nice today. Yeah! Plane delay! Nap time on flight. Laughter and lots of it with Wendi Chapdelaine and Tim Chapdelaine. Love you both. Dinner, and wine. More laughter. Solving world crisis problems, making retirement money off the Solar Eclipse. Yep! We covered it all. Thank you Lord for blessing today with full books and still finished up early enough to get home to finish up for trip. For safe travels, laughter, and Sees candy. Yep another day we can call successful and filled with many gifts and treasures. Blessings

August 17 ~ Good morning sounds at Wendi Chapdelaine and Tim Chapdelaine in Eldorado County in California. Some coffee on the patio...and look momma and baby deer's feeding in the yard. Would love this peaceful view every morning. Slow go for packing up for our day. Stop for groceries. Oh my a remodel! On the road...oh no...traffic jam. An unexpected accident....this is never good. Finally through our delay. Onward to fun! Petaluma where we stop for heirloom seeds at the seed bank. What a beautiful old building. Enjoyed the walk and stretch after being in the vehicle for awhile. Back on the road almost there. Arrive at campsite, in Bodega Bay. Dinner, fire, walk to the beach and back. WOW! So much to be thankful for today Lord. Waking up to another day of possibilities to write on the blank page of today, all the adventures that await. Safe travels, time with friends, sights and sounds in Petaluma. The smell of the ocean and the sight of the rolling waves at high tide. A campfire to warm by. Warm sweaters and hoodies. Oh my! I could just keep going and going. Thank you for this day filled with many gifts and treasures Lord. Blessings

August 18 ~ Good morning Bodega Bay! Fresh air, campfire coffee, bran muffin. Lots of laughter and good company. Head over to the beach; sit on the log and watch the sights and sounds of the activity of the beach. The ocean waves rolling in and out. Finding small treasures to fill my pockets. Then off to Spud Point for lunch and a walk on the pier. Relaxing by the campfire with a glass of wine and a rib dinner. Thank you Wendi Chapdelaine and Tim Chapdelaine. So blessed by this trip. Lord thank you for friends that bless me and a day filled with relaxing and the peaceful beauty of the ocean and the enjoyment of a campfire. For smore's to cap the day off with. Thank you! Blessings

August 19 ~ Waking to misty grey skies my last morning in Bodega Bay. Good morning to the sounds of the camp grounds. A warm fire to sit next too as I drink my coffee. More laughter and relaxing before we clean up and load up to head back to Cameron Park in the Eldorado Hills. What a great few days, thank you Wendi Chapdelaine and Tim Chapdelaine. Stop at the gift stores to pick up salt water taffy, and a sweatshirt. Thank you for my bird Wendi. You can feel the air get heavier and much hotter the closer we get to the valley and the hills. Unload and a yummy steak dinner. Hot shower to wash all that sand, camp dirt and smoke off. Yep very thankful for that hot shower. Today Lord I'm thankful for safe travels, great friends, money to purchase some treats. For a relaxing evening with friends. That hot shower and cozy clothes. Interesting facts and finds. As this night comes to a close thankful for the time I've had here with my friends. So very blessed. Thank you! Blessings

August 20~ Last morning and day with my wonderful friends Wendi Chapdelaine and Tim Chapdelaine. Good morning and thank you so much for this wonderful weekend and blessing. I have had a wonderful time. Sad for it to come to an end. Watched transformations of homes on HGTV with Wendi and then some TBN. Finished repacking my luggage for my trip home. Mostly just R&R with great friends before we had to say good bye. Dinner and the drive to the airport. Never good bye, just until we meet each other again. Check in went smoothly. Think everyone is headed to Portland, planes are full! Felt like a sardine packed into the plane. Thank you Lord for the blessing that Wendi and Tim have been. For an easy check in at airport; and I didn't get onto the wrong flight. For a great landing. For safety all the way. Blessed to have had this weekend with friends and the memories made. Thank you Lord for all you do in and through each one of us daily. The gift of friendship a treasured gem. Blessings

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August Blessings ~ Counting It All Joy! (Second Week)


Summer Adventures!

The Dog Days Of Summer!

August 6~ Sleep beautiful sleep. Yep! Should be getting up and getting this day rolling. Bed and pillows are holding me hostage. I cannot seem to move. Well....I guess I will just have to stay here in this bed. And that's exactly what I did. Nothing but laying here being held hostage to this comfy bed and cozy snuggly pillows until about noon. Yep! That works for me. Conversation with friends catching up on life, solving world problems, and giggles of laughter. I'm pretty sure this won't go down as one of my most productive days. But I say it was perfect! Then Geo Sutter paid the ransom fees and set me free from being held hostage any longer. Had to get up, get dress and shine! Success! Out we went for ice cream....the perfect hostage fees paid to set me free and to end a very relaxing weekend and Sunday. Then a stroll around Gresham Station. Meeting up with Mary McCormick Loomis for dinner. Surprise Italian at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Great company, yummy food for this weekend close. Best part I didn't have to cook nor eat alone. Thank you Lord for waking me this morning, for the cooler temperatures. For the fresh pages of each new day to be written. The new blooms of my life as I take the plunge into my new found freedoms. Just being able to lounge and do absolutely nothing guilt free. For friends that say come on let's go have some fun. Ice cream, and shared meals. Yes Lord each day you give me priceless things to be so very grateful and thankful for. Blessings

August 7 ~ Good morning hazy smokey Monday. New day, new week in my chapters of my life. Today is filled with appointments. Thankful for the negative outcome! Praising Jesus for this. Home from appointments to await Jennifer Merritt-Estep arrival. Off to downtown Portland. Traffic and lots of it. So thankful I don't have to deal with that on a daily basis. Airport to pick-up a handsome little dude. Construction on airport way and more traffic. Yep! I'm sure glad I don't have to deal with this traffic congestion on a daily basis. Thank you Jen for dinner. It was very yummy. Lord I thank you for great test results. For good report from the doctor today. For watching over my children and grandchildren daily. Lord I thank you I don't have to deal with traffic on a daily basis. For being able to help out when asked. Thank you for another day. Blessings

August 8~ Didn't I just fall couldn't possibly be time to get up already. Okay! I will say good morning Tuesday! Must rise and shine to this day I have been given, to fill it with adventures, beauty, love, friendship, laughter, and so much more. Time with the Lord and some coffee to get my engine's running in the right direction. My mini vacation to work on the River Road. Success with smiles until next week. Thought I'd take a different route home. Oh My! That was truly an adventure. Went through Beavercreek, ended up on some mountain between Estacada and Colton. Not sure how that happened. Lots of turns and twist for sure. Finally got onto 211 by no small miracle. Then somehow ended up in Boring, then onto another country road headed to Sandy. Really dont know how that happened either. I finally ended up on 26 heading to Gresham. Thank goodness! What a travel adventure that was. And beautiful too! I might make it home before the ladies show up. Thank goodness for a full tank of gas, which is operative now. Home where I find Sherilynn Ganther waiting. Then AmyJune McClure, arrives and we head out for our afternoon picnic and fun on the Sandy River at Glenn Otto Park. The little kid came out in all of us. Playtime just like school girls! So much fun! Just wish the body would cooperate. Thank you Lord for waking me for another day of possibilities filled with adventures. Thank you that all roads that do lead home and that I'm never lost just checking out future adventures to go on. Thank you for full tank of gas as I drove from one place to another. For cooler temperature's as we had fun in the sun. Laughter and friendship. The swings and the slide. And the many treasures found; both material and heart. My cup over flows! Thank you Lord. Blessings

August 9 ~ Ugh! Irritable! Don't want to get up. Just want to sleep. It cools off enough to sleep when it's time to get up. I know it's Wednesday smiles of beauty. So....for my sweet ladies I can say good morning! I can't even say sunshine....still under a cloud of smokey haze. But the ladies are my sunshine on Wednesday's. Phone call from one of the daughter's of one of the residents telling me how happy and pleased she is with how I care for her mom's hair. Yes! This is why I do what I do. Joy fills my heart! Eight on the books one canceled making seven beautiful smiling faces. Each bring me such joy and happiness. Thank you Lord for the paychecks of the heart that are priceless. Home to do my towels for next week. Make business calls. Some don't go so well.....well others go rather smoothly. Thankful for a phone call today that could have caused me lots of grief; even if I wasn't happy, it all works out at the end of the day. Travel bags out. It's time to pack again. Adventures await. Today I'm so thankful for my baby Sister Rosie! She is an amazing sister and woman. I pray she knows how truly loved and special she is!  For pictures on Face book of my children and grandchildren. Love seeing their faces and what is going on in their lives. For friends that always have away of lifting my spirits no matter the situation. Yes even on these irritable days there are people and things to be grateful and thankful for. Blessings

August 10 ~ Awww......I slept in past 7 a.m. thank you Lord for the extra rest. Good morning Thursday. Slow moving start as I gather the rest of my things to pack in my weekend bag. Yummy coffee, prayers, then load the car. Okay thinking I need to do my Wal-Mart stop. Hitting I-84 to head to Hood River to see the specialist. Praying he can help me. WOW! Traffic jam heading East due to construction. Dislike traffic! Dr. appointment went smoothly. Didn't really like health results; but he says he can help me. Thank you Lord. SHOTS! OH! I DON'T LIKE SHOTS!! Well....if it helps me it will be well worth it. Time will tell. Painful extremely painful! Don't like shots! Especially in my ankle and my foot. Thank you Rosie for referring me to your Dr. At sister's enjoying the patio and the evening here in the The Dalles. Thank you Lord for waking me this morning, for safe travels, a Dr. that can help me and my feet. For my family and time with them. Yes Lord you have blessed me. Blessings

August 11 ~ Good morning Friday at my sister's in the The Dalles. Pitter patter of little feet, children and fur babies. Yes! A house full of awesomeness! How blessed to have family and extended family that wraps their love around you ever time you show up. Slow moving morning for me. Coffee, prayers, time with the handsome crew of great nephews. Time with sister's. What a wonderful way to start the weekend. Rosie, said I need my inserts for my shoes. Off to Doctors office for these inserts. She says I will be glad I did. Yahoo! Time to get ready for an evening of fun with family and friends. Neon Lights in the The Dalles. Always a great adventure and fun with this crew. I'm so blessed to be apart of this group. Some I've known a life time. Some I've had the honor to meet through my amazing sisterChristine Good. They all have embraced me with loving arms. Thank you! The joy of having a family that just accepts you where your at no matter what. I'm truly blessed beyond measure and words. The friends as well. Who make you feel so special. I love you all. Thank you! What could be better? Tonight at Neon Lights in the The Dalles, always fun, always a grand time. Thank you each and everyone. So blessed to have you all apart of my journey in life. Home to share a bottle of wine with my amazing sister and extended family. "ROAD TRIP" red wine from Olive Pit, Corning California. Yummy! A trip down memory lane, wrapped in love shared, with much laughter, shared in so much living a life of love filled with family and friends of a life well lived. Feeling so grateful for the life I have been given. Thank you Lord! Today I'm so thankful for my siblings and the life I have been blessed with. The love that surrounds me even when I don't realize it. The friends that are there that say hey I love you just the way you are; and your perfectly okay being you in this moment and time. I'm truly blessed beyond measure. Today is filled with amazing blessings in hidden gifts that I didn't even knew existed. I love you all! Thank you for this gift and treasure, hidden in the wealth of my family that I have been given. I treasure my family and each of you that are a part of that amazing circle of love and the journey I am on. Grateful for each path that has crossed. It is the hidden gift that you all pour out because of who you are. Thank you! A treasure that is golden that gives beyond measure. You are my hidden gifts that bless me with unexpected treasures to be held tightly in my heart to carry a life time into eternity. WOW! I am truly blessed by each and all of you, thank you! Blessings

August 12 ~ What the heck!!??!! Barking lots of it! Fence fighting! Oh way to early for me for all this commotion. Children fusing! Glad I didn't want sleep and that sleep is so very over rated! Plenty of time for that another time. Good morning Weekend of fun with family. It's Saturday play day. Coffee, breakfast, slow moving start. Get ready to go to the park with Jennifer Merritt-Estep, and the boys. Lots of cars lots to see and do. There's Terrie Bariletti Dunn-Daggett and family. Finally I meet the twins. Adorable! Playmates for Gary and Kenyan their having a great time. Cars everywhere we look and Gary loving them all. Lunch in the park. That was yummy! Nationwide is here and I think I'm going to check it out.! Loved it. Martin told me I was a conservative driver. Me laughing....I've never been called a conservative driver. Martin was quite the flirt! All in good fun! Really enjoyed myself. Home for a bit then Rosie and I have some poolside fun in the windy sun in Dalles Port. Life is good. Home with family and movie night outside on the patio. My sister's really do know how to live life well. Thank you Lord for barking dogs, fusing kids, it means I have ears to hear, and I'm alive to write another page of my life. I'm breathing! For a cooler day with a great breeze blowing through. For meeting the twins and spending time with the family that is handpicked. Enjoying the car show and the morning and early afternoon in the park. Swim time and quiet. Thank you Lord for another day to be thankful for. I have so much to be praising and thanking you for everyday. Blessings

Saturday, August 5, 2017

August Blessings ~ Counting It All Joy! (First Week)


Summer Adventures!

The Dog Days Of Summer!

August 1 ~ Waking up to a new sizzling hot month. What excitement and adventures await us as we turn the page right into a sizzling bright Tuesday morning. Most defiantly coffee and pray time to start the month and day off in perfect harmony with the Lord. Thank you David for dropping by and putting fan together as well as helping me water down the yard, fence, porch, and all dry areas. Sadly there was a home fire in my neighborhood early a.m. thankful all got out with their lives. But their home was a total loss. Today is making appointments with two new doctors. It's warm in the house, but thankful for fans and lots of water to hydrate. Off to Costco to walk in air conditioning. Exercise in and staying cool all at the same time. Not so bad! Dinner at Highlander, a wonderful salad and lots of water with lemon. Thinking of ways to stay cool and hydrated in the triple digit weather when you have no air conditioning, you get a bit creative. Thank you Lord for places to go cool off from the heat wave. For finances to eat out. Thank you for friends that check in on me to make sure I'm okay. For the light evening breeze that blows through my hair, and brushes my cheek with a Summer evening kiss. For all these things and the air I breathe daily, and so much more I'm so thankful. Blessings

August 2 ~ Wednesday day of beauty. A melting good morning to you. Not even 6:30 a.m. and I'm already melting in my house. So glad today is smiles of beauty. Air conditioning is better outside of my home. These days I'm calling my home a sauna with these triple digits. Hey maybe I will melt away some extra pounds off my curvy body. Could I be so blessed! After coffee the most important part of the day after prayers; out the door for those beautiful smiles at the salon. I am never disappointed. Finished up and headed to the house to change and relax. Thank you David for coming over and working in yard and watering for me. Time with girlfriends is always the best. Kinda sad about the art exhibit.....but there will be other opportunities. Had a lovely dinner and visit. Thank you ladies most enjoyable. Air conditioning at dinner with a view. Must be creative to stay comfortable and cool in the triple digits. Thankful that I'm not cold in the dead of Winter freezing even with heavy clothing and blanket's on. So thankful for my water to stay hydrated, places to go to cool off that have air. My air condition car, a tank full of gas. Clients that bring smiles and laughter. A job that I love. For my granddaughter Mickeneez who was born today and has brought this family much love and joy with her precious spirit. Thank you Lord for my daughter's who have blessed me with amazing grandchildren. Yes everyday you can find one thing to be thankful for and it leads to many more things to be thankful for. Even in melting triple digit heat I'm thankful for this home turned into a sauna. Blessings

August 3~ Waking in my sauna bathhouse. Makes one slightly irritable with little sleep. So pray time today very important. Good morning text brought smiles and laughter, as I got ready for another day of smiles of beauty. Thinking of the possibilities of a cooler environment at the salon. Two beautiful perms that brought happiness to two lovely ladies. Then we brought three more smiles of beauty to three more ladies. It was a good day. The smoke and heat have made air quality unsafe for most. So home to the sauna bathhouse. Lots of hydrating my body as I do my laundry and try to stay cool. Thank you Lord for conversation with mom. Glad she is holding up in the heat. Blessed to still have her. Love you mom! Thankful for leftovers for dinner. Today I'm truly grateful just to get through this very hot smoggy day. And that I have plenty of water to drink. Blessings

August 4~ Tossing and hot! sticky and muggy......finally fall asleep and it's time to get up. Good morning sauna bathhouse on this first Friday of the month. Soaking wet doing nothing but getting ready for the day ahead of me. Cannot find my red Friday shirt, so bummed. Look a text from my grandson Anthony DeSouza. He got his care package. He said he wasn't to happy with weighed to much he said. Then he opened it.....Then he was happy. So glad you got your box. I love you so much Anthony. I think that was the best text ever. Time to take care of some bills and run some errands before it gets to hot. They say air quality here in Portland is worse than LA and Benji. That is bad air quality. Come out of the bank and there is so much commotion going on.....look a car is on fire! And a fire with explosions and drama. Thank you Lord no one in the car or anyone hurt. WOW! That was something! Home to sit under the fans in my sauna bathhouse and hydrate. Air quality so bad don't want to be out and about. So I'm thankful I got my banking and a few bills paid. Extremely thankful and over joyed to hear from my grandson Anthony. For friends that check in on me. For my one skillet dinner. And that I have lots of water to drink. Even in this miserable heat and air quality there is something to be thankful for. Blessings

August 5 ~ Good morning sticky Saturday morning. It's time to get up and have some fun in the sun today. Morning coffee and prayers to start the day out right. Then time go to Saturday market over at Mt. Hood Community College. Stop and see my brother and Scott. Then over to see Patti Shepherd, and Kim Hager. After a wonderful visit with each one it's time to meet up with Mary McCormick Loomis. And when we get together you never know where you end up in the day. The adventures and fun cramped into a day is endless. Meet up over at IHOP then to Estacada, Colton, Clackamette, Carver, Wal-Mart then home. Adventures and fun with friends is always a blessing. Seeing loved ones, and friends you haven't seen in awhile are gifts. Fun in the sun, a country drive, toes in the water, not adulting today, good food and laughter; are just a few of the things I'm so very thankful for. Yes! Lord you bless me with many gifts and treasures everyday that make me rich beyond measure. Thank you for your goodness to me. Blessings

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

July Blessings ~ Counting It All Joy (Week Four Last Week)


Let The Celebrations Begin!

July 23 ~ Grrrr..... head is still stuffy. Truly just want to feel better. Medicine time...pray this helps. Good morning last day of vacation! Last morning at vacation home. Today I head home back to my reality. Time to get my things in order and packed up and loaded into my car. First though one must have coffee and breakfast. Then Katherine Fischer Huston and I head off to morning service. I sure do love the old hymns. Back to house to finish loading car up. Lunch with family before heading back. A nice drive. Traffic was heavy but moved well. Home to unpack. Oh so much to do! A surprise phone chat that was nice. Thank you Lord for watching over me and getting me home safely from all my travels. So thankful to be home and get to sleep in my own bed. Blessings

July 24~ So nice to wake in my own bed and home. Home sweet home! Ummmm......over slept.....missed an appointment..... oh well! So goes life sometimes. Still stuffy, sneezing and just not feeling myself, and a tooth ache as well. Ugh! Well...lets see. Oh My! My glasses are broken. Well guess I need to go get those fixed asap. So goes this day. Repairs and errands. Yep! It's Monday! Today I'm thankful to be home. That I have food in my refrigerator and a stove to cook on. Thankful for glasses being repaired and my necklace is under warranty for its repair. For afternoon naps under the fan. Sometimes your just grateful to get through the day. Thank you Lord! Blessings

July 25~ Good morning Tuesday! Waking to another day of stuffy head, watery eyes, sneezing and I just want to be back to healthy. Please go away and let me not feel icky anymore please. Thank you! Time to get ready for work and make that beautiful drive along the old river road heading to Oregon City. Love this drive. I never tire of it. It is so beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. Then home for a quick lunch before fun in the Gorge with Edie Ricker Cowell, Addy, and Rebecca Cutler-White. Always fun to spend time with friends in some of your favorite places. Thank you for asking me to join you today. Dinner, a walk in downtown Gresham. Then a surprise drive out to Clackmas Town Center. And I didn't buy anything. I kept my blinders on. Though I was tempted. Thankful that I can work and play all on the same day. Thankful for friends that are always ready to to have some fun. Grateful I can find the positive when a world of negativity surrounds me. Thankful for my fans blowing on me and my cozy bed and fresh water to hydrate. Yes Lord there is always something to be thankful for. Blessings

July 26~ Good morning Wednesday! Good day to normal routines of smiles of beauty. Yes lined up at the doors waiting. 13 on the books. Rescheduled two for tomorrow. I didn't even get the door open before they started wanting in the chair. Give me a minute ladies.....thank you! All 11 left with big beautiful smiles of happiness on their faces. I'd say that was a successful day. Though a long rough day we made it through. Then on to two other appointments. The one I wanted to get through today had to be rescheduled for Monday afternoon. Bummed! But....hey it's just a minor delay. Then meet up with the beautiful Melissa Simmons to deliver her Mary Kay and have an early dinner. A perfect late afternoon with a friend. Thank you. It's been an extraordinary day with so many ladies waiting and some interesting upheaval. Thankful God is in control and not me. Thankful this day is coming to a close and I can put it and the stress behind me. Thank you Lord for the work of my hands and the many blessings each lady brings me with their smiles and life experiences. I'm thankful you hold my future in your hands. Glad to be home under the safety and protection of my home and your loving hand. Blessings

July 27 ~ Good morning Thursday! Early rise a day of more beauty. Perms, shampoo sets, and haircuts await me. Today went well at the salon. Everyone happy with smiles of beauty. More appointments made for next week. Keeping my hands busy. Edie Ricker Cowell called and invited me to camp. So very excited. Pack, head to store and get some goodies for camp and head down the road. So relaxed! Enjoying the late afternoon into evening. Visiting, playing cards, campfire and smore's. What could be better? Stars peeking through the canopy of the trees shining down on us. Thank you Lord for your surprise blessings each day given in work and play. For the simple everyday gifts. Blessings

July 28 ~ Loved waking up at a campsite on this beautiful Friday morning. Coffee and breakfast withEdie Ricker Cowell. Thank you so much! What a wonderful relaxing morning and day I have had. Enjoyed just hanging out with you Edie. Then we went down to the river. More kicking back and catching up. Time to head to my sister's to get ready for this evenings event. Another 40 year class reunion in the The Dalles. I'm becoming quite the social butterfly. Was amazing to see so many that I haven't seen in many years. So many i went to grade school with. WOW! I'm sure I'm not that old yet! Thank you Lord for this life filled with so many friends throughout my life. This world you gave me is my oyster filled with so many pearls of beauty. Each stage eloquently weaved perfectly together. Feeling very blessed to have had the childhood I had; though hard at times when making new friends. So many schools from elementary, and high school, so many. Four high schools have given me many life long treasured friends. I am so very Thankful! Blessings

July 29 ~ Hello Saturday! Waking to little voices and four legged fur babies today at sister's house. Must get that cup of morning java and get ready for the day. A tour of the high school, then onto the museum. A few memories jogged; other's tightly tucked away for another time. Really glad I made the decision to go on this little trip to the The Dalles this weekend. Love seeing my sister's, great nephews and the rest of the gang, as well as many friends. Meet a lovely gentleman working on the Alumni committee. Looking forward to talking to him more. Home to get ready for the wedding reception. Yummy food, great people, beautiful bride and handsome groom. Congratulations! Then an invitation for a glass of wine. Why thank You! I'd love too! A very enjoyable hour and half. Thank you Lord feeling very blessed and full from the days activities. Thank you for safety and protection as I drove today. For friends that that let you know how much your appreciated, missed, loved, and glad you could make it. Feeling very loved today! Thank you for evening breezes and the music of the soul that dances in the magical beauty of life. For a walk down memory lane with childhood classmates and friends. Where memories are made, children are molded as life unfolds as we head into adulthood; from know it all teenagers. For the life you weave so beautiful for me to wander through each day creating sunbeams of hope, love, joy, happiness sparkling for others to see as I live life fully each day in you Lord. I am grateful! Blessings

July 30 ~ Sunday morning beauty. Sleeping in for that extra beauty rest. Yes! All I want to do today is sleep. This has been a lazy dazy Sunday. Naps and comfort junk food with more naps, along with sappy Hallmark movies. Oh and catching up on my Nashville series. Thinking I'm already for bed already. My body is crashing hard. Thank you Lord for the comfort of my home, the bed I snuggle in. I'm thankful for junkie snacks and food in my refrigerator; we call comfort foods. For my TV that I have enjoyed watching this afternoon. For the fans over head cooling me. For long lazy Sunday afternoons that require nothing from me. Thankful for another day to be grateful. Blessings

July 31 ~ Happy last day of July! Good morning Monday! Oh happy day! New week, new chapter of a fresh new day and week as we close the last day of a very sizzling busy July. Time to shine for the day with coffee and prayers. Thank you David, for coming by and taking care of a few things for me. Much appreciated, looking forward to the rest getting done. As the day slides by I enjoy catching up with my beautiful friend Sally Mazza, love and prayers always wonderful lady. So thankful you are in my life. Off to Costco for water to stay hydrated this week, as the heat wave hits us. Oh what a crazy nightmare. I could hardly wait to check out. Home to unload and just kick back for a bit. Attempting to put fan together. I'm sure a kindergarten could do It! But not me! LOL Then off to doctor so the blood sucker could do their job. Isn't life grand. So thankful Lord for your watchful eye and protection that covers me daily. For fresh water, and morning coffee. For doctors given skills to keep me healthy. For my ceiling fans that cool my home. For the simple beauty of each given day in simple routines of living life, I am grateful. Blessings