Five facts about me - right now. Because sometimes facts about us change with seasons of life. Sure, sometimes things stay the same, too.
a fact then: I'm retired from the Air Force, but because I am retired I have now, almost unlimited access to health care when I've needed it the most which is - right now. I have RA that only seems to be worse, I often can't breathe and phlegm builds up overnight every single night. I, personally have had few issues with the healthcare I've been provided in the 20 plus years since I've retired.
Our pastor preached on suicide and depression (Yes to this) and I pretty much bawled the entire sermon because I struggle so much physically and a little bit relationally and it just all piles up sometimes and it seems to never end, and thus, emotionally I'm pretty much a wreak. But, the fact is also, I'm not hopeless. It's just sometimes that is hard to see.
I'm a momma to 4 adult children and grandma to six and my two oldest and all six of my grandkids live far away and I ache most of the time because I don't get to see them. One of my daughters (and her kids) visited after Christmas for a week and I saw them one day during the entire week. I haven't seen my other daughter and grandsons for over a year. This, too, causes so much heart ache.
My job is to watch the weather and report what I see. It's pretty much one of the best jobs in the world. I used to forecast the weather and while I miss briefing pilots the forecast along their flight path and analyzing radar and satellite, observing the weather has become fulfilling enough. It is enough. I used to say if I can't do aviation meteorology than weather observing is good enough, but somewhere along the way I've found it is not just good enough it IS enough. The added bonus, for sure, is, when the weather is good I have lots of time to read.
The writing part of telling my stories is my favorite part of memory keeping, scrapbooking, story telling. This was a simple 5 facts about me exercise and yet for me it is so much more.
It's that time of the year again when I begin #the100dayproject, a worldwide community of creatives doing their own things for 100 days. This is my fifth year doing this project and each year I have told my story for 100 days. This year I am still telling my story but this year I am using a prompt, not a one word prompt, but a more specific 5 Things prompt that will be the basis of my story, or that may be the whole story. @lizlayne has a Here: Five Things project and I'm joining her in February and will follow along with her prompts in February. Afterwards I've created a list of five things prompts to carry me through the remainder of the 100 days.
And, once again, I am using a Citrus Twists Kit Life Crafted album to hold my stories. I plan on creating pages inside and outside the page protectors, using no pictures - and pictures, collage pages and simple journal cards. I am hoping it will be an eclectic mix of color and style but more artistic expression than I'm known to create.
I wrote a reason why page and explained #the100dayproject at the beginning of my album.
And here is Day 1. We were asked to jot down 5 things outside my window.
My favorite part, I created an acetate flip up using a window digital stamp from Ali Edwards Open Story kit. Perfect for this prompt!
My reading goal this year is, once again, to read 100 books. I didn't find, this past year, much space for reading more books. I did notice, however, that I read most often during the week and way less [read: almost never] on weekends, except for those rare times when both my husband and I take a leisurely weekend where part of that leisure is reading books. I have an exorbitant amount of time - at work - I'm happy to say, for reading opportunities, given the nature of my job, but less time at home because of other endeavors. So, 100 books in 2023, it is.
If you've followed my READ posts over the past year or so, you'll notice I'm changing up these posts slightly, giving 'what I've been reading' a cleaner aesthetic. We'll see how I like it as the year progresses. But, what I'm not changing is documenting what I read. I'm creating, once again, a 4 x 8 album using a Citrus Twist Kits Life Crafted album and each month I will create, generally, a 2-page scrapbooking layout about what I read that month.
In January I read 12 new books, 6 fiction books and 6 non-fiction books. I expect to see an uptick on non-fiction books because I've challenged myself to read about all things JOY, my One Little Word® for 2023. This month I read 4 books on JOY! My favorite of the four is probably Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, although none of the four captured my - JOY - enough for 5 Stars, but hers was close. My husband and I read together every morning from the Bible and a spiritual formation book. In January we finished up the one we'd been working through at the end of last year, A Gentle Answer by Scott Sauls.
I read just a couple 5-Star books, and one of those was a short novella, Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan. A powerful telling of a true life story.
I am still hosting a book club in my home and our January book club read was Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng. It garnered lively discussion. I'm pretty sure everyone rated it 4-Stars, as we all liked the book a lot.