November 16, 2019

Sunday Stealing: From Facebook

I'm linking up with Sunday Stealing today for a little fun with hostess, Bev, and the merry gang of thieves.

Stolen from Facebook

1) What is your favorite TV show (currently)?
  I am still very much in like with A Million Little Things. Gary is the best character. I think he'd make a great friend.

2) Would you like to be a child again?  That wouldn't be so bad. I had some amazing experiences during my childhood, but I sure wouldn't want to do the teenage years over again.

3) Has anyone ever told you that school times were the best period of his/her life? Would you say that to someone? Why? Yes, I suppose someone has said that to me, though I couldn't tell you who. No, I wouldn't say that to anyone because that wasn't my experience and everyone has their own experiences, anyway, and I wouldn't want to color their experience.

4) How's the weather?
  It was a beautiful sunny day with temps in the 40's today. It's pretty cold out there tonight and is to be around 20 in the morning, I think. It will warm up some, so it's all good.

5) Do you like camping?  I used to love it and I suppose I still do in theory, but I'm afraid it would lose something in practice since I can't even get comfortable on a $4000 mattress these days.

6) Do you believe in paranormal phenomena?  Ah, this again. I believe in a spirit realm, but I do not believe in ghosts as the souls of the dearly departed.

7) If you would create a holiday, what would it be called and how would we celebrate it? When would this holiday be?  I would create "Quit-talking-about-it-and-get-out-there-and-actually-do-something-nice-for-someone Day." It could be any day or better yet, EVERYDAY!

8) What word(s) do you dislike? Can you tell why?  I don't like swear words. The mild ones don't thrill me, but the really coarse or vulgar ones really turn me off. I wasn't raised in a home where they were used and now as a Christian, I don't feel they are right to use. I also don't like words used to hurt anyone else, vulgar or not.

9) What color do you dislike? What do you associate with it?  I can't say that I actively dislike any color. I have favorites, of course, but all colors have their place.

10) Do you believe in otherworldly creatures, eg. ghosts, etc?
  Again? No, I don't believe in ghosts, Big Foot, werewolves, vampires, zombies or anything else I saw on Scooby-Doo. I do believe in angels and demons in a spiritual realm.

11) Pick two of your favourite fictional characters. Where are they from (what movie, book, etc?) and why are they your favourite?  From a book, I'd choose Jo March because I always identified with her love of writing and feeling a bit like a square peg in a round hole. From a movie, I'd currently pick Aquaman because...Jason Mamoa!

12) If you could change anything or add anything to your body would you? (this can be interpreted however, but, think, would you like to have fins or extra hands?)  Nah, I wouldn't add anything. I lose a few pounds and some of the curl in my hair, but I'd leave the rest alone. Wait! Would the fins get Aquaman's attention?

13) What are some family traditions you have/had growing up? Do you still continue them, if yes, why, if no, why not?  Many of our family traditions have gone by the wayside as our kids grew up. They have their own families and are creating their own traditions. In their earliest adult years they made it clear they weren't interested in our traditions. They are more accepting now, but it's hard to get everyone together to carry them on so it's kind of hit and miss. My dad would be appalled. He was the king of tradition and loved all the little things more than anyone.

14) What do you think of tattoos? Do you have any?
  I am fine with them. Some are quite beautiful and some (like Aquaman's) are pretty sexy. The only line for me is when someone totally covers their body. I mean, I don't care for it, but I don't hold it against anyone who does. And yes, I have one tat on my ankle.

15)  What is the most disgusting habit some people have?  Not washing their hands after using the bathroom or before preparing food.

16)  If you could bring back one TV show that was cancelled, which would it be?  Friday Night Lights. It was a good show and I have always had a bit of a crush on Kyle Chandler. TV needs more Kyle!

17) What was the most unsettling film you have ever seen?
  I don't know how I would choose. My husband watches a lot of the typically violent man flicks. I hate nearly all of them and try not to watch, but sometimes bits and pieces sink in. It seems to me these films are ever on the lookout for more creative and shocking ways to torture or kill someone.

18) What book has impacted you the most?
  The Bible. I know, I know...but it's true.

19) You're on Death Row and get one final meal: What is that meal and why do you choose it?  Shrimp Scampi, peel-and-eat shrimp, lobster, crab....pretty much an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet. Why? Well, obviously because that's my favorite food.

20) What is the first profession you remember wanting to become as a child?  Does "cowboy" count as a profession?

November 15, 2019

Saturday 9: Judy @ Carnegie Hall

Thanks to Crazy Sam @ the Saturday 9 for today's questions.

Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961)
We're spotlighting this legendary concert because  Bev from Sunday Stealing loves Judy Garland. This week's Saturday 9 is a "thank you," one meme-mistress to another, in gratitude for Bev's willingness to pick up Bud's meme and keep it going.

Song #1: "When You're Smiling." What made you smile this week?  Our daughter and grandkids showing up every evening because Colton won't stop pestering to go visit "Na-Na." (I'm smiling now just thinking about it!)

Song #2: "Almost Like Being in Love." We've all had many crushes, but love is rare. How many times have you fallen in love?  There were a couple of times I thought I was, but being older and wiser I now know that my husband is the one and only person I've truely been in love with.

Song #3: "This Can't Be Love." This Rodgers and Hart song was introduced in the play, The Boys from Syracuse. Syracuse is the county seat of Onondaga County, NY. What county do you hail from?  Westmoreland

Song #4: "Do It Again." What's something you'd do again, if only you had the time or money? (A book you'd like to reread, a recipe or pattern you'd like to make again, a vacation destination you'd like to revisit, etc.)  I would love to go to New Mexico again. I loved it when I went on mission trips on the Navajo Reservation.

Song #5: "You Go to My Head." Judy forgets the lyrics, but gamely keeps going. Tell us about a recent moment when you chose to keep going, no matter what. There are a lot of days when my job is like that. Not very many of our current dementia residents are easy to engage so I'm often frustrated by the lack of response and participation in the group activities. Everyone else can see the need to adjust the program to the current residents...everyone except the person in charge. Sigh.

Song #6: "Alone Together." Is anyone there with you as you answer these questions, or are you alone?  I'm alone.

Song #7: "Who Cares?" This song was written by brothers George and Ira Gershwin. They had a lesser known brother, stockbroker Arthur. Are you more creative and artistic, like George and Ira? Or more analytical and methodical, like Arthur?  I guess creative and artistic, because I'm sure not analytical or methodical. I'd be way more organized if I was.

Song #8: "Puttin' on the Ritz." Judy sings that The Ritz is the place in New York "where fashion sits." If we wanted to see everyone "all gussied up" in your town, where would we go?  Gussied up? In this town? I guess if you went to one of the two fancy/expensive restaurants you might find some people dressed up, but you'd find just as many not. It'd be about the same at church, a wedding, or a funeral, too. Mostly, if you want to see EVERYONE gussied up you'd have to wait for some charity gala or something.

Song #9: "How Long Has This Been Going On?" Judy sings about discovering how glorious romance can be. Have you made any new discoveries lately? It doesn't have to be as groundbreaking as Judy's. A new podcast or a faster route to work counts, too.  I have discovered how much knee-high compression socks help with my leg and foot pain. They don't completely alleviate the pain and aches, but they sure do reduce it.

Delighting the Senses

I saw this meme on Treasures By Toni this morning and decided to borrow it.

5 Delights for Each Sense

I love the taste of...
Hot Cheesy Pizza
Buttery Garlicky Shrimp
Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies
A Good Steak
Spicy Cinnamon Tea with French Vanilla Sweetener

I love the sight of...
My Grandchildren's Smiles
Fresh White Snow
Couples In Love
A Real Letter In The Mail
Chincoteague Island

I love the feel of...
My Grandchildren's Hugs
Fuzzy Socks
Really Good Sheets
A Dog
Steamy Showers

I love the smell of...
A Real Wood Fire
Baking Bread
Freshly Picked Concord Grapes
Summer Mornings

Goodness, it was hard to choose only 5! So, tell me...what things thrill your senses?

November 14, 2019

Thankful Thursday: Finding Peace

Holy smokes! I'm not even sure where to begin with being thankful right now. My mind is....blown. I had an entire list of things to share in mind, but one little thing changed that. So, I'm still linking up with Rebecca Jo for Thankful Thursday but I just have that one thing to share.

I got a letter from my biological father today. It's kind of a big, freaking deal. If you've been around to follow the story, you know that I never knew him or even anything about him until just about one year ago. That's when my son got the results of his DNA test and the names of 2 Ancestry members that were his genetic first cousins. I took the name to my mom and after 54 years she finally told me the name of my father and what little she knew about him. My son asked if I wanted him to contact the cousins whose names he was given. I said no, because I didn't know what they knew or if they knew anything. I didn't want to mess up their lives or family. I figured we'd deal with it if they ever contacted him.

Fast forward to the beginning of August. My mom came to the house one afternoon and handed me a letter she had just received. It was from a woman who said she was the daughter of my father and she and my brothers had just found out about my existence a couple of months before that. They had been digging around on the internet ever since trying to find me. They contacted Mom because they didn't know what or if I knew. (Like minds?)

Mom and I called my sister on our birthday in August and talked to her for about 10 minutes. A few weeks later I wrote a letter. We've been writing ever since. We met for lunch last month when she was on her way to see our father. She told me she had given my address to our I knew it was possible I'd hear from him some day.

I just wasn't expecting it to be today.

He stated more than once that it was the most difficult letter he'd ever written. Other than it being to me, I can't see what was so hard. The first page was about family health history. The second page was all about his childhood, teen years, college years, and all his exploits. He finally got to "somehow" meeting my mom and claimed that while he'd dated "lots" of ladies from high school on, my mom was his first intimate relationship. He said he was "too callous to recognize" my mom's "potential." He broke up with her before they knew about the pregnancy. 

He ended the letter by saying that he's felt bad about it ever since and regretted any hardship I'd endured because of him. Oh, and P.S...If I want to meet face to face we can...when he gets back to this state in May of next year. He's 81 and has a pacemaker.

Anyway, what I'm thankful about is that after 55 years I read this letter and felt NOTHING. He came across as self-centered even now. Not once did he ask anything about me or my family. Nor did he say he wanted to meet me. He just said he would do it if I wanted to. It obviously doesn't matter either way to him.

I am finally free. He doesn't hold the power to hurt me any longer and for that I am very, very thankful.

* By the way, I do plan to see him when he comes back. I'm not terribly interested, but I don't want to have any regrets or be haunted by "what-ifs." 

November 12, 2019

Wednesday Medley

Hi! I hope you are all snug and toasty wherever you doesn't seem like many places in the U.S. are able to lay claim to that right now. It was 25 degrees about 4 hours ago when I tried to go to Bible study, got caught in a white out, decided to turn around, and slipped, slid, and fishtailed my way back home (50 minutes to drive about 8 miles round trip). The weather man says it will be in the low teens by morning with windchills in the single digits. Believe me, I know it could be worse, but this is still crazy cold for the middle of November.

Anyway, since I will be busy trying to thaw out my car tomorrow morning so I can get to work on time, I'm linking up early with the Wednesday Medley. Katsumi has recruited her friend, the famous Spewgie, to host while she is away. Please pay a visit to link your own post or find links from other bloggers.

1. Sadie Hawkins' Day. Also known as Turn-About Day. On this date in Dogpatch, Judge Hawkins declared a race between the town's eligible bachelors and the spinsters (including his daughter, Sadie) with the prize being matrimony. Nowadays celebrated as a day on which the girl asks the boy to the big sock hop. It's celebrated in November? Huh, go figure. My school always celebrated it in February. I guess they were celebrating it and Valentines Day together.

For those of us who are single: Any special plans? Is a restraining order and a monitoring anklet hampering you from finding true love?

For those of us who are in a relationship: Do you have any words of encouragement for the single ladies? If you want to be happy in a relationship you have to let go of the notion that any one person can be your everything. Nobody is perfect and nobody can live up to that. If you can't let it go you're going to make the other person miserable and you're going to end up a shrew. Advice on removing a monitoring anklet?  Yeah, don't end up with one in the first place! 

2. Today is Indian Pudding Day. Colonists to America substituted cornmeal which they called "Indian flour" in their recipes for hasty pudding. Indian pudding fell out of favor in the late nineteenth century with its long cooking time.

Are you a crock pot, electric / gas range, microwave cook? Or do you go to restaurants or order take-out / delivery?
  We get a lot of take-out during the week, I do like to use my crock pot. It's nice to just drop everything in, go to work, and come home to a hot meal already cooked.

Bonus question: Vanilla ice cream is listed as an optional topping. Is it really optional?  A topping for what?
  I guess I'd call it optional...I eat ice cream and like it but it's not something I ever crave. I like vanilla ice cream with any warm dessert.

3. National Education Support Professionals Day recognizes the unsung school heroines: Bus drivers, cafeteria ladies, secretaries, crossing guards, custodial workers..

Anyone special to whom you want to give a shout out?  The list would be too long. Up until last year I worked as a school bus driver. I know how hard they work and all the crap they have to put up with...and I know they depend on all those other people. 

4. Dear Santa Letter Week. Remember writing to Santa Claus for a doll or a book or credits to Google Play to download MP3 songs and apps to your smartphone?
  Maybe a little. I think I mostly circled the things I wanted in the Sears Wish Book and left that for Santa. Besides, the closest thing to a smartphone when I was a kid was Captain Kirk's communicator.

Now we are adults and understand the true meaning of Christmas. What did you wish for when you were little?
A horse. And did Santa ever bring one? No he did not. Did you sit on Santa's lap at the department store for a photograph? Oh yes. Mom still drags out one of those acrylic photo cubes with the proof every Christmas. What do the little ones in your life ask Santa to bring?  We have four grandchildren. The oldest was not allowed to believe in Santa; the next after her is a bit "high maintenence" so he asks for a lot of stuff; the two youngest are too little to ask just yet. 

5. Happy 20th Birthday, Lando Norris! Lando is a Formula 1 race car driver.

Who took you out on the road when you were learning to drive? My husband, my mom, and my grandmother. I didn't get my license until I was 22. Long story. Did your road test with the examiner go smoothly? Yes, it did. It probably helped that I was older than the state trooper testing me and I had my son in a car seat in the backseat. I always joke he passed me out of pity. lol What was your first destination driving solo? I really have no idea. Probably just to a store or an appointment. 

Bonus question: Ever dream of driving a race car? Nope. Or a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500® with the Predator 5.2L 32 valve V-8 DOHC engine capable of producing 760 hp and 625 ft / lb of torque? I've never dreamed that specific, but HECK YEAH! I am all about Mustangs. Someday I'm going to own one. I hope.

6. Please share with us something interesting about your week.
  With all this cold and snow there isn't much going on this week, but Saturday is our 35th anniversary. Wow. The years sure have flown! Anyway, we don't have any big plans. We will probably go out for dinner or something, but the cruise we went on back in the summer was our big anniversary gift to ourselves. 


Winter came blustering in overnight. Yesterday afternoon the temperature was in the low 60's. This morning there is maybe an inch of snow on the ground and the temperature is in the 20's. A few more snow showers may pass through today, but tonight we should see something more significant and the temperature will drop even further. Tomorrow morning should find us with temperatures in the teens and windchills in single digits. Not as bad as some of you are having it, I know, but it's plenty of winter for me!

It's my day off and I have a ton of stuff needing done around here, but I'd hoped to join in the Tuesday 4 first. However, the Tuesday 4 seems to be taking some time off...just like some other memes this week. Not to be put off, I scoured the internet (okay, I just did a quick Google search) and found a couple of questions that might prove to be fun.

1. What are your favorite genres of books?  

I enjoy cozy mysteries...the ones where the people seem like your next door neighbors and you get to know the characters and their community. They are more fun than mysterious or spooky.

I also like what I guess you'd call action/adventures...things along the lines of Indiana Jones. Sort of.

Then there are the rather technical and detailed thrillers.

I also like books with funny women as the main character, but I'm not sure what genre they are.

Lately I've been on more of a literary kick and reading a lot of novels...just good writing and deep examinations of human nature.

Okay, I also admit to liking some romances. Mainly the ones set in the present with smart, strong, but likeable women. I don't like historical romance or the ones with swooning women or the ones with explicit sex scenes.

2. If you hosted a dinner for authors, who are the six authors you'd invite (living or dead)?

James Rollins because of all he knows about weird science. 

Janet Evanovich because anyone who can invent Stephanie Plum and all the folks who populate her world has got to be really funny.

Ernest Hemingway because he has always fascinated me and I would love to hear about his adventures and what the Keys and Cuba were like in his time.

Louisa May Alcott because she wrote Little Women, my most favorite book ever.

Mark Twain because, like Hemingway, he'd have some pretty amazing stories to tell.

Harper Lee because I'd like to hear from the mind that created To Kill a Mockingbird.

Those are my choices. It was really hard to decide on the authors. What are your choices?

November 11, 2019


I am...

Reading...Lose It For Life; Romans; and some romance I picked up at Goodwill.

Listening to...the local morning news.

Loving...this time of year.

Thinking...about all the things I want/need to do around here tomorrow while I'm off.

Feeling...grateful to all of our veterans. I thank you all for your service and sacrifice in serving your country. I appreciate everything you have done to preserve our way of life and protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Celebrating...that Tim drove me to work yesterday and took the car to get new tires on it. I was going to do that while I was off tomorrow, but snow is coming!

Grateful...for my friend who is going through Lose It For Life with me. We will be each other's cheerleader and keep each other accountable. We can share insights and breakthroughs, too. We had a very good talk last night.

Weather...mild today with a high in the 50's, but rain and a cold front are coming this evening with the rain turning into snow in the night. We'll wake up to an inch or two by morning and a bit more through the day tomorrow.

Enjoying...way too many Hallmark movies!

A thought to share:

November 8, 2019

Saturday 9: Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart (1982)

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) With whom did you most recently have a "heart-to-heart" talk?  A true "heart-to-heart"?'s been a while. Long enough that I don't remember, but I'd guess that it was probably either my husband or my friend, Fran.

2) When this song was on the charts, audiences were tuning in to a TV show called Hart to Hart. Are you familiar with it?  I loved Hart to Hart! It was one of my favorite shows when it was on. We just watched an episode a couple of months ago...I can't say it's one of those shows that holds up well over the years.

3) In the music video, Kenny Loggins plays an illustrator. It’s said that the hardest thing to draw is a straight line, because all the joints in your hand have to work together in sync. Can you draw a straight line, without the aid of a ruler or a straight edge?  Nope. I've tried.

4) This video also prominently features teddy bears. A 2018 article in the NY Post estimates that 4 in 10 adults has a plush toy of his/her own. Are you one of the 40%?  Not right now. I am currently bearless. I have a few other stuffed animals, though.

5) Kenny Loggins performed in a tribute to Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall. Do you have a favorite Aretha Franklin song? I like her and all, but not really.

6) Kenny cowrote this song with Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers. You can also hear Michael on the background vocals. Do you have a favorite Doobie Brothers song?  I do. I've always liked Black Water. Even as a kid, I just thought it was fun to sing.
7) The third cowriter is David Foster. 1982 was a big year for Foster, since Chicago had a big hit with another of his compositions, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry.” Do you have a favorite Chicago song?  You're the Inspiration.

8) In 1982, when this song was popular, Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide killed 7 people in Chicago. In response, tamper-proof packaging was introduced. What’s the last thing you opened that required you break a seal?  Wow. The Tylenol thing was that long ago? Um, anyway, the last seal...a bottle of ketchup.

9) Random question – You’re having a party. Which guest annoys you most: the one who arrives 20 minutes early, or the one who shows up 20 minutes late?  It depends entirely on the circumstances. Is it someone I know very well? Is it a surprise party? A dinner party? For a regular old party, I wouldn't be all that bothered by either.

Thanks, as always, to Sam @ Saturday 9 for the musical trip down memory lane and the fun questions to answer.

November 7, 2019

Thankful Thursday

Good morning! I don't know about you, but I'm still not adjusted to the time change and find myself up super early every  day. At least it gives me time to spend with God, blog, or watch a good movie before I start my day.

I'm joining up with Rebecca Jo @ Knit By God's Hands for Thankful Thursday...the day we share all the good things in our lives...the things big and small that God has blessed us with.

This week I'm thankful...  

** really, really thankful that today is my day off. It's been a little stressful in the dementia unit this week. The full moon is next week, I guess they are beginning to ramp up to that. Anyway, after last night I'm ready for a day away from it.

** with Veterans' Day coming up we are doing all kinds of things to get ready to honor the veterans that reside at the home. I love hearing their stories. We have vets from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. We have vets from every branch of service. We have vets who were officers and vets who were grunts. We have a Congressional Medal of Honor recipiant. It's a joy to decorate the home and plan a reception to honor them and their sacrifices. 

** to have my car back after three weeks. The repair bill on Tim's truck is huge, but we'll survive. God always takes care of us.

** for the early darkness. I like having the sun earlier in the mornings and I absolutely LOVE it being dark by 6:00. It brings everyone into the home where suddenly everything seems ten times cozier. I love the scents of this time of year, the colors, the way lights glow golden from windows, and the smell of woodsmoke drifting from chimneys. 

** for the rain that is bringing in today's cold front and the snow it will turn into. I'm excited and ready to see the white stuff. Really. I am. (Right after Christmas it will be a different story.)

** that I have enough clothes that I have to spend part of today switching out the summer clothes for the winter ones. Compared to a lot of the world we are so materially blessed in this country. Funny how we're often so miserable that we don't even see the good things, yet you can meet people in other places who have virtually nothing, whose lives are miserable, but they are happy. Because they know what's truly important.

** for baby smiles that melt your heart and little boy kisses that will end too soon.

** for the fluffy, fat gray squirrels that chitter away at me every time I walk out the door. They are so busy hiding away nuts for the winter. Most of which they will forget about...if the number of seedling trees that pop up in my garden and flower beds each Spring is any indication. But, they are cute as they go about their business and they are so big this year. The other day I thought there was a cat out by the garden, but it was just an enormous squirrel.

** little fingers drawing pictures on steamy windows.

** our daughter made an appointment with the same doctor we have switched to. The old one was doing nothing to get her anxiety and other issues under control. Well, nothing that worked. She has been running into the same thing we did...he just doesn't seem to really listen to you or address your concerns. I am hopeful the new one will have a fresh perspective and new insights.

** for word that our son and his family can make it to have Thanksgiving with us the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We don't usually get to celebrate with them as they choose to stay home and have some members of our daughter-in-law's family join them. Now that I have a job that requires working holidays we are celebrating at less traditional times. It may work for us. We won't have a whirlwind dinner with our daughter's family, either, as we usually do because they have to split each holiday with her husband's family (his mother is unwilling to compromise at all). I am excited!

** for the love, mercy and grace of God.

** for each one of you, who find your way to my little corner of the blogging world. You are a blessing and add richness to my days. Thank you.

Now I am off to get dressed, eat breakfast, toss a load of laundry in the washer, and begin the adventure that is today. Be blessed and filled with joy and wonder today!

November 6, 2019

Wednesday Medley: Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding

It's time once again to link up with the Wednesday Medley for some questions about the oddball holidays people have invented. That's to Katsumi for thinking them up.

Without further ado, the Wednesday Medley!

1. It's National Fig Week! We sing about figgy pudding in the carol We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

♫ ♪ Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring us some figgy pudding ♫
♪ Now bring us some figgy pudding
♫ And bring it right now ♫ ♪

Ever eaten figgy pudding?
Eww, no. Or its close relative, plum pudding? Yes. Mom had a customer on her mail route who was from England she made one for our family. Nasty stuff!  How about cooking or baking with figs?  Yuck. I don't care for figs. Or plums? No aversion to them and I have eaten them, but they aren't a favorite. 

2. It is also Intimate Apparel Week.

Lace push-up balconette underwire bra and matching thong?
No. Or the comfort of practical and machine washable 97% cotton with 3% Lycra? Yes! This is me. I am all about comfort these days.

Alternate question for male lurkers: Boxers or briefs?  Does not apply. 

3. And it is National Animal Shelter Awareness Week. Have you adopted an AniPal®?  What the heck is an AniPal? 

4. National Nachos Day. Credited to Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya who combined corn tortilla chips with melted cheese and sliced jalapeño peppers.

Any recipes you've invented? Or tried-and-true dishes that you can make by heart?
Nacho dishes? Nope. There are lots of other things I can make by heart, though. 

5. Happy Birthday, Opal Kunz! (1894 – 1967.) Opal was an aviatrix at a time when women were discouraged from flying. In 1929, Opal raced in a transcontinental "powder puff derby" in a borrowed airplane. Her beloved 300-horsepower Beech Travel Air was ineligible as it was too fast and powerful; therefore, "inappropriate for a woman."

It seems we have all had such moments in our lives when we are held back because we are women. What's one of yours?
  I have apparently lived a very blessed life, because I cannot think of a single instance of being held back in something I wanted to do because I am a woman. I was raised to believe I could do anything I wanted if I was committed and willing to work for it and that has proved to be true. 

6. Please share with us something interesting about your week.  On the advice of friends, I watched a documentary on Netflix about Billy Graham. If you have Netflix you should watch it. I learned so much I didn't know about him, his life, and his ministry. It's a fascinating look at the man who had the ear of all our modern presidents and many other world leaders.