1. I read here four creative activities to try this month. They were-calligraphy, make your own cookbook, dance or learn a new type of dance, and letter writing. Which activity on the list appeals to you most? Will you add it to your August?
There is no room in my August for anything creative, sadly. I'd be happy if I could finish reading a book. There is a letter or two I could write, if I turned off the computer. HA! There's my problem!
2. Bertrand Russell is quoted as saying, 'To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.' Agree or disagree? Explain.
There is SOME truth to that. Desiring something in a good way and not in a jealous way and not knowing if you will ever get it, gives a person nice thoughts and something to dream about or look forward to. You can't take for granted the things you do not have. However, I'm thinking that I really wanted more grandchildren... not that I don't love the two I have or am not fulfilled by my role as their grandmother, but I always envisioned myself as the Grammy whose kitchen always had cookies baking and a parade of children coming through. I know it is not my place to whine or complain, so I don't. Our children have fulfilling lives of their own and are secure, successful and content within their own families. I think true happiness is dependent upon your relationship with the Creator. I often go back to a song I learned years ago. YEARS AGO!
3. August 17th is National Thriftshop Day...are you a 'thrifter'? If so, tell us about one of your best or favorite finds.
Oooh! I love a good bargain! I'm always looking for clothing and have a hard time finding my size in thrift shops; HOWEVER I have found several items in the "Reuzit" shops of Pennsylvania! Friendly, clean and very well organized, their proceeds benefit Mennonite mission work. A blue short sleeved sweater is my all time favorite. I also have a couple of long sleeved fleeces that get rave reviews every time I wear them.
4. On a scale of 1-10 (with 1= almost none and 10=loads) how would you rate your sense of wanderlust? What kicks your wanderlust into high gear?
Actually, I'm more of a homebody. So, maybe a 5, but every once in a while, I just want to get away with my husband to someplace warm, or fun, or exciting... We've done mission work in Central America. Love visiting things historical; Vacationed along the east coast beaches (incl Gulf of Mexico;) Taken the kids camping when they were little; Love exploring the country side of PA; Love driving through the mountains of NY, PA, WV, VA, NC, KY and TN ... sounds like I never stay home! But it's only a few times a year and we drive to each location, except Central America; but in Costa Rica we rented a car and drove to the coast. There's no one thing that kicks "wanderlust" into gear... but just a sense of wanting to explore new and old places. Well.... maybe the month of January does. Yeah... January here in the Northeast....
5. Has life felt more like a marathon or sprint so far this month? How so?
This month started out like a marathon but has ended more like a sprint. I can't believe it's half over! Doing arts and crafts with kids at a local Christian Camp each summer has me whirling around and around looking for materials and counting and re-counting how many kids I'll have... it changes each week and I absolutely never know before Sunday! It's exciting, rewarding and this is my last week for the year. I'll miss these kids but will see them again in 45 weeks!
6. What do you need to get a jump on before fall officially arrives?
Housework. Definitely, housework.
7. What's the last thing you did with friends or family where you lost track of time?
HAHAHAHA!!!!!!! *wipes tears*
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Boys making banners to hang; Girls painting with shaving cream paint; Shaving cream paint pictures left out to dry. (adding glue makes them stay puffy!)