Three Things Thursday

Once again it’s time for Three Things Thursday:

three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy

Three Things Thursday

Here Comes the Sun!

Here in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S., we’re accustomed to a lot of rain this time of year. But look at the view from my front porch this morning:

sunshine!

That’s sunshine, folks! And look at that blue sky! Oh happy day!

Happy Belated Birthday, Ruth Bader Ginsburg!

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Her birthday was yesterday, but I figure that anything in the same week is fair game for Three Things Thursday. We need her now more than ever.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Having decreed above that anything in the same week is fair game for Three Things Thursday, I can’t help but send my greetings for St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow.

I’m Irish on both sides, don’t you know.

Have a good week, everybody!

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

My Recent Browsing History

Here are some of the recent articles that have caught my eye.

Lessons on Aging Well, From a 105-Year-Old Cyclist
More Women in Their 60s and 70s Are Having ‘Way Too Much Fun’ to Retire
You’re a completely different person at 14 and 77, the longest-running personality study ever has found
From the Elders to the Kids: What I Wish I’d Known
Boomers Are Ditching Retirement for Entrepreneurship. And They’re Killing It

Weekend Coffee Share

It’s time once again for Weekend Coffee Share.

If we were having coffee, I’d say, “Oh look, I slept an hour later than I thought I did.” And then I’d remember that we hadn’t yet changed the clocks for daylight savings time. I’d realize that when I checked Facebook on my phone and saw everybody’s complaints about daylight savings time.

I understand why people hate that one night when the time change occurs, because they lose an hour of sleep that night. But most people were complaining about daylight savings time in general, and this I don’t agree with. I’m a night owl. I’d much rather have that extra hour of daylight in the evening, when I’m awake and active, than in the morning, when I’m asleep. Just call me contrary.

I’d also tell you that after the coldest February and early March in a long time, we are finally back into our normal temperature range for this time of year. We had been in the high 30s to very low 40s F., but now were back in the mid to upper 50s, which is much better. And I don’t envy my family and friends back in New England, where I grew up. They are supposed to have another big snow storm overnight Monday/Tuesday.

Finally, I’d tell you that I don’t have much else to tell you, and that’s a good thing. One of the best aspects of retirement is that each day is pretty much the same as the previous day. With the exception of the occasional routine doctor’s appointment or social event, anything out of the ordinary would probably be bad, so I’m happy when my days are uneventful.

And now I’d like to know: How have things been going for you? Well, I hope. Until next week …

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Three Things Thursday

Once again it’s time for Three Things Thursday:

three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy

Three Things Thursday

One

On a recent day driving out and about, my husband and I came across this miniature water wheel in someone’s front yard:

water wheel

I guess if you’re going to have a small river in your yard, you might as well make artistic use of it. I give these homeowners two thumbs up!

Two

wedding rings and bouquet

Just yesterday we received an invitation to our niece’s wedding. I just love weddings, even if they do always make me cry.

I once started weeping when, on a road trip, we drove past a church from which the bride and groom were exiting. And I had no idea who these people even were. Just call me sentimental.

Three

Cover: Lillian Boxfish Takes a WalkThis is the most delightful book I’ve read in a long time!

My review is here

 

 

 

 

I look forward to reading your posts. See you next week!

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Weekend Coffee Share

It’s time once again for Weekend Coffee Share.

weekend-coffee-share

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that for the first time in quite a long time, I feel caught up with the various projects I’ve set up to find meaning in my life. I’ve finished my previous reading undertakings and am ready to take on this month’s reading plan (short stories). I’ve kept up with the 52-Week Writing Challenge on Medium and am tossing around several new ideas for personal essays as future entries, and I’ve lost three pounds. It’s amazing how satisfying little victories feel.

I’d also tell you that my husband and I continue to enjoy watching foreign TV series. We recently got through the French police/crime series Spiral; seasons 1–4 are available on Netflix, 1–5 on Hulu. It was eye-opening to see how much the French justice system differs from ours here in the U.S. Now we’re watching The Tunnel, a story about a murder victim found straddling the English/French border in the Eurotunnel. Since half the body was on each side, the English and the French have to cooperate in the investigation. According to the ending credits on each episode, this series was based on a similar one from Sweden, The Bridge, so that will be the next one we’ll look for. We’ve had Amazon Prime and Netflix subscriptions for several years, but thanks to our daughter we now also have a Hulu subscription (Christmas gift), just in case we couldn’t find enough to watch on the other two.

And I’d tell you that my husband and I have decided to take over one of the garden plots available here in our retirement community to grow herbs this summer. We might also plant a few tomato plants, as there’s really nothing quite like a fresh, vine-ripened tomato. I grew tomatoes along the fence in our suburban back yard for many years and even canned quarts and quarts of them for winter use. I don’t plan on canning ever again, however.

tomatoes

Finally, I’d ask you what’s happening in your life. What little victories have you experienced lately? Or do you need a couple of hugs or some moral support? I’d be happy if you’d let me know in the comments.

And I hope to see you back here for next week’s Weekend Coffee Share.

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Three Things Thursday: Lawn Art

Once again it’s time for Three Things Thursday:

three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy

Three Things Thursday

This week I have a gallery of three photos to offer you. Recently as my husband and I were out and about, we drove past this house, where, apparently, an artist lives. We were so intrigued that we drove to the end of the road, turned around, and stopped to take photographs. We’re assuming that the artist doesn’t mind if people take pictures. If he or she did, he or she wouldn’t have put all these creations out there in plain sight, right?

I hope you enjoy seeing these works of homespun art as much as we did. (Click on any photo to see a larger version.)

Until next week …

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Weekend Coffee Share

It’s time once again for Weekend Coffee Share.

weekend-coffee-share

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how delighted I was last week to connect with so many of you on my maiden excursion into Weekend Coffee Share! Thanks to everyone who welcomed me and responded to my post. I was hoping to open up some interaction with other bloggers, and you didn’t disappoint me.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I was also delighted to discover that many of you are writers. You helped me gather up enough courage to announce that I, too, am a writer and have chosen 2017 as the year I concentrate seriously on that work. At the beginning of the year I joined The Writing Cooperative on Medium so that I could participate in their 52-Week Writing Challenge. I’m a Virgo, which means I’d good at keeping my word, so committing to write an entry a week for the challenge has helped me. My work is here. If any of you would care to take a look, I’d appreciate it.

If we were having coffee, I’d say thanks once again for listening. I’m still working on developing my writer’s voice, and the Weekend Coffee Share is another exercise I’m using for that purpose.

And I’d also say that I hope everyone has a good week until next weekend!

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown