Saturday, September 19, 2020

#Ten Things of Thankful: September 19, 2020


  1. cooler mornings and nights
  2.  "40 kleine, leichte und vermischte Orgelpräludien" by C. H. Rinck, from which I select a suitable prelude these days.
  3. time I spend practicing playing the electronic organ at home
  4. Japanese anemones in our neighborhood 

  5. rice cooked with chestnuts and mushrooms 

  6. pickled eggplants  

  7. taking a walk in the morning, trying to avoid the plants I'm allergic to
  8. forty winks in the afternoon
  9. vegetables that are less expensive than several weeks ago
  10. your kind comments on my blog

Ten Things of Thankful

Friday, September 18, 2020

#Sky Watch Friday: The Sunrise Is Getting Later


As the sunrise is getting later, I tend to sleep late. In addition, I am in the middle of the season of the pollen allergy, so I take a walk in the morning less often these days.

The other day I got up at 5:10, wondering if I should go out. I put on a mask and a cap, and  left my house at 5:40. "Better late than never."  The air was cool and comfortable. It was refreshing to walk in the beautiful morning sunlight.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Letting Off Steam


Replaying in her mind the rude remark one of her colleagues had made about her earlier on that day, Vera was filled with so much anger again that she needed to vent.

Looking at Mary, who was sitting across the table from her, she said, "You know what?" 

Just then, the kettle began to whistle. 

"Just a moment."

Mary stood up, walked to the kitchen stove, turned off the heat and made jasmine tea.

The aroma of her favorite tea made Vera smile, and she no longer wanted to dwell on anything unpleasant.

Six Sentence Stories
this week's prompt: kettle

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Memory Challenge: Week 1 and Week 2

The Bible Memory Challenge, which started last week, is going well. It is amazing that these verses are exactly what I need to learn and engrave in my heart right now.

Week 1

Who am I to judge others? Only God has the right to judge people. 

I wonder if Jesus was smiling when He said so, and I wonder how many of the people around Him laughed or chuckled at that time.

In any case, the hyperbole in these verses helps bring the point home effectively. 

Today, "the log in my own eye" seems to refer to my own judgmental mindset.

image source: Do Not Depart. com

Saturday, September 12, 2020

#Ten Things of Thankful To Cope With Pollen Allergy


  1. masks
  2. eyeglasses
  3. Kleenex
  4. the air cleaner
  5. the vacuum cleaner
  6. water
  7. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  8. lozenges
  9. spoonfuls of honey 

  10. anything that reminds me that these symptoms will disappear by the middle of October

Ten Things of Thankful

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Floating in the Air

Sonia, who is now in her late eighties, is sitting on a faded sofa alone in her small room. 

She has remained single all her life, and all of her relatives have passed away.

Sitting on the sofa, Sonia often thinks of the day when she went on a date with Victor for the first time, nearly seventy years ago.

On that beautiful day in May, Sonia and Victor went to an art gallery in the capital where they saw eclectic collection of paintings from foreign countries.

In her mind's eye, she saw Victor standing in front of a painting by Marc Chagall, in which a young couple was floating in the air in a room, with the lady holding a bouquet in her hand.

Remembering how Victor admired the painting, Sonia felt as if she were the lady in that painting.

Six Sentence Stories
this week's prompt: gallery