Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Snow is Coming to North Idaho - You just know it is because it always does

I've lived in North Idaho since 2013. I've been through five winters here and am about to go through the sixth. Each winter has been different. One winter it was extremely cold, with occasional snow. The next winter there was some snow, but very little. One winter there were many hail storms. One winter the snow got deep and stayed for months, and months. Brrrr... the memories. One winter we had a lot of electrical storms.

Now, looking at my sixth (and what may be my final North Idaho winter) I wonder where the hail storms and lightening went. I could really do without that lightening. Also, hail is not cool. Well, it is cold, but not good... I have one dent on the hood of my car from hail - but that happened in New Mexico while I was on the way home from Texas in 2017. Still, I'm hoping for no hail.

I live in an apartment ... and there are more cars here than the awning will shelter. Sometimes I get a sheltered parking space and sometimes I don't. If we have to have hail, I'll be parking under the shelter and leaving it there. I can live without going anywhere. I did it before when I didn't have a car. There are ways to get food delivered - I don't have to go out for that.

The weather report shows rain this week until Saturday, and then two days of snow. Our first snow this year was November 9. Well, looks like we're in for it. Today I'm going out to Coeur d'Alene to get things done before the snow comes. Might as well get on with it.


1. I'm grateful for the car my mother gave me in January 2017. I was so destitute without a car for three and a half years. This has helped tremendously.

2. Grateful for the food supplements I have on hand, though I need to buy more Vitamin E.

3. I'm grateful for my new Kindle Fire ... I'm getting a lot of use out of it, both for Kindle books and Audible audio books.

Plan for the day: do errands before the snow comes

1. Go test drive the van

2. Shop for a new cell phone plan

3. Go see Tina

Currently reading:

1. The Nightingale, by Kristen Hannah. I read about fifty pages last night. Almost half way through the book.

2. Never be Fat Again, by Raymond Francis . . . I'm reading chapter 11, about food supplements.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Story is No Story Today

I want to have a story for you every day, but today's story is only that there's no story. My imagination isn't racing, it isn't producing, it isn't revealing anything for me to share with you.

Oh, I could go into fiction and create a story that way, but what do I have to tell you about my life? I'm sitting in my apartment, the evening news is on TV. I've had the remainder of this post written for a while now... the gratitudes, plan for the day, and current reading list. All that had to wait until I could find a story to tell you.

I am serious about sharing my life stories on this blog. One little story per day. Can I do that? Honestly, I don't do well with consistency. The words "every day" are anathema to me.

Recently I bought a book about story telling from life - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story. I've only read a few pages, so far. Apparently I'm supposed to find a better story by living a more interesting life.

Well, hang on there! I'm planning to give up my apartment to move into a van... would that make life more interesting?

My main reason for doing that is ... well, there are a lot of reasons. How can I choose just one?

1. If I stay in my apartment for the next 20 years it will cost about 150,000 dollars. Living in a van would cut my expenses.
2. I've been desperately wishing for road trips. Well, in a van, my life will be nothing but road trips.
3. I have a blog called Journey! California that I've wanted to develop ever since the early days of the internet. What's been stopping me? Mainly - the opportunity to travel. But now I'll have that opportunity - though I won't confine my efforts to California only.

So, my no-story day has turned into a bit of a story. My story today is that I need a more exciting life, and the plan is in the works. Tomorrow, hopefully, I'll test drive that van.


1. I'm grateful that I've got an audio version of the Bible. Some days I don't feel like sitting at my desk to read, and it helps to play the audio Bible instead. Today I listened to a few chapters of Proverbs, and some Psalms.

2. I'm grateful for the many friends I've made at Booktube.

3. I'm grateful for a day without rain (hopefully) tomorrow. That will help a lot as I want to test drive that van.

Plan for the day:

1. Pay bills

2. Bullet journal border video

3. Install and use new scanner

Currently reading:

1. The Pursuit of God, by A.W. Tozer, chapter 1

2. The Nightingale, by Kristen Hannah

I've been reading both The Nightingale and People of the Book. Last night I decided that I must choose only one ... two novels at a time - that's just too much for me. So I decided to finish The Nightingale first.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Gratitudes for the last Monday in November 2018 - and a plan for the day

Starting my gratitude journal, here and now.

1. I'm grateful I got to spend time visiting with my friend, Nita, yesterday. We went out to lunch after church. She's been a real blessing, a huge blessing, for me ever since I moved to Idaho in 2013.

2. I'm grateful my medical insurance was approved. It is a good & bad sort of thing. Good that I now have coverage, and bad that it is costing so much! Hopefully, in the long run, it will be more of a benefit than a burden. I feel like I'm paying for future possibly needed medical care in advance. Such is life. I'm grateful that I've been so healthy so long as I have.

3. I'm grateful I got The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer as both a Kindle book and an audiobook via it is such a blessing to be able to listen to it. I can see myself going over this book several times as I internalize the message. I'm pretty excited about it as both a bedtime book, and a morning book. Maybe when I get done studying this book, I'll read God's Pursuit of Man by the same author.

Now, a plan for my day...

1. Make a bullet journal border video. This will be posted on my creativity YouTube channel.

2. Lessons on (a) video creating and (b) using the new GoPro Hero7 Black.

3. Complete paperwork for the apartment I now live in.

Currently reading:

People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks - I'm in chapter 3.

A 12-Month Guide to Better Prayer for Women - I read chapters 2 and 3 this morning - they were two parts of an article by Charles H. Spurgeon: "The Secret of Power in Prayer."

Saturday, November 24, 2018

I got a new Kindle Fire - so I've been distracted...

Yes, I got a new Kindle yesterday and have been totally distracted by it ever since. My Kindle since January 2013 has been a simple Kindle Paperwhite. It has been almost six years since I got that and it still works wonderfully, except that it slowed down from having too much on it.

Even though it still works fine, for reading (which is all it was ever good for in the first place) ... I decided to upgrade to my first Kindle Fire ... I got the 10" model which I think is top if the line right now. It is a bit bigger and heavier than I expected. Today I ordered a case for it as I think that will make it easier to hold and use.

Kindle Fire

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, 2018 Style

Why not? Be happy! I'm happy. Why? Well, it is a state of mind and sure beats depression by a long shot. Really, I wish nobody in this world was depressed. But let's not talk about depression. I could get deep into that topic but no... let's talk happiness.

Last night I went to church where we had a nice albeit short sermon about thankfulness. What other topic would have been so timely?

Pastor Carl suggested that this year, we keep thankfulness journals, and rather than just being thankful for the good things happening in our lives, also be thankful for the bad stuff that happens to us because ... it is because of the bad stuff that we grow, mature, and learn. So, both ways, good or bad, we're getting experiences here to be grateful for.

Maybe this blog can be my gratitude journal because, if you look around my office here, you'll easily see I have no need for another journal. Journaling has been a way of life for a long time. That's probably why blogging works so well for me.

Hope you're having a good Thanksgiving, or just had one..?

I'm staying home alone. My choice. I love my solitude. Tomorrow I'm going out to lunch with a friend at a fancy restaurant in Coeur d'Alene. I decided to wait one day as a cost savings measure, and so we could enjoy the regular menu.

My dinner tonight will be a vegetable burger - Morningstar Farms. Also a big plate of cruciferous vegetables and mashed potatoes. I have some carrot juice to enjoy with that.

My diet is changing again. I've been vegetarian for many years. I have to eliminate cheese and bread, because my diet isn't good for me.

Oh, this coming year could be fun. I'm thankful already for it.

And I'm getting a new camera tomorrow - a GoPro Hero7 ... I've never had one before. I'm thankful for the opportunity to buy one.

Okay, bye for real now.

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving. And Happy, Happy Every Day.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Eve

We're heading into the holiday weekend, and tonight I'll celebrate Thanksgiving Eve at a special church service in Washington. This church has a special fellowship night every year, the night before Thanksgiving.

I'm glad I have somewhere to go, because tomorrow I'll be alone. Such is life. My family is scattered and my nearest child will have dinner tomorrow with her landlord and his family. That's fine with me.

Honestly, I like being alone. Doesn't bother me in the least. I don't eat turkey anyway; I'm a vegetarian. Nearly vegan. The day after Thanksgiving I'll be going out to dinner with a friend of mine. I'm really looking forward to that.

Life's good. Celebrate!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Book Loving

I've been working on my annual TBR list over at my main blog: ... For the last three years I've been doing the PopSugar Reading Challenge and I keep track of my books for each prompt on that blog, and also record when I read a book.

I never manage to get all the books read. I'm a slow reader, unfortunately. I'd like to read a lot more than I actually do. In 2018 I've read 17 books from my PopSugar TBR list. That's less than half of the books I chose. Every year it is like that. I've read 25 books from the 2017 list, and 26 books from the 2016 list. Still I plod ever onward in my journey, wanting to read more, do more, learn more, and be enriched more by these wonderful books.

According to my 2018 page at Goodreads, I've read 25 books this year. I'm currently reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

I read both fiction and nonfiction. I have a desire to read more variety and so I'm setting a goal to read one book in each of five categories, each month during 2019:

1. a recently published novel
2. a nonfiction book
3. a Newbery list book
4. a classic
5. a novel I wrote (in other words, do a full revision)

There can be some overlap or rule breaking. I won't hold myself to a strict interpretation of this list. After all, I'm not doing this for anything but pleasure and self-enrichment. I'm too old to be hard on myself. I have no reason to be.

Happy reading, everybody!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Just Started Reading: The Gift of Fear

Even though I leave fear in the hands of Jesus, knowing He will take care of me - sometimes fear is a gift. That's the kind of fear that you get as a sudden knowing that you're in danger, even if you don't consciously know what the danger is. This is intuition, and this is what this book teaches us to develop and pay attention to.

I just started reading The Gift of Fear this week, and am sorry I didn't know about it sooner. It was published way back in 1997, and should be read by everyone, man and woman alike, but especially women, as we rely on intuition to save us because our muscles usually won't.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Idaho-Canada border crossings in Porthill, ID and Eastport, ID

Ever wonder what the nearest border crossing looks like? I never had a reason to drive to the Idaho-Canada border crossings because I don't have a passport, so I decided I wanted to go see them just for the sake of seeing them.

Well, it was more than that. I want to start a travel YouTube channel, and decided it made sense to start at the top of Idaho, and work south, for my first videos.

Unfortunately I've run right into winter at this point, so my travels will have to wait until springtime. I like to do this when the skies are blue. Right now they are white and gray.

This day, however, I had great weather. It was a beautiful drive.

My plan is to buy a van in the springtime and start traveling around quite a lot, so please, if you have any interest in travels, please subscribe to my newest YouTube channel: Travel Around.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

November 2018 Reading Update

My most recent Booktube video. Booktube is part of YouTube.