Thursday, March 3, 2022

Really Random Thursday, 3/3/22

There are a few things I really dislike about living in the Central Valley of California--hot temperatures in summer, the drought, and bad air quality chief among them. But...there are a lot of reasons I love living here. All year round we have flowers. Most businesses, including gas stations, have flowers. 
And then the trees start blooming and the air smells so sweet and good. This is one of my favorite times of year.

Oh, Pantone, I really do love hue.

Sadly true.

More books I finished in February.

I'm so phobic about certain things, so I had to edit this cover a bit. Quite a bit.
But then someone was kind enough to send me an alternate cover. SO much better!
I enjoyed this one a lot as well. And I didn't realize I had already read another book by this author, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which I really liked. And I've heard good things about Daisy Jones & the Six, so that is on my list as well.
Mark works on the scorer's table at Fresno Pacific University during some basketball games. Jason is one of the coaches. He sure dressed up for a game last week.

I think we are all anxious right now with things going on the world. Someone posted yesterday about how we also need some humor to counteract all the things we are worried about. We can make pretty things. We can laugh. It doesn't mean we don't care. It's good to consider that perspective. Having said that, there are a couple of funny memes that are best saved for a later time.

Because Mennonite Central Committee is the organization dear to our heart, we will send our support to them. They have been working in Ukraine for decades. In fact, it was a point of origin for MCC in 1920 when they opened soup kitchens to provide relief to thousands of starving families in Ukraine. They are currently working with partners to assist those who are being displaced. I can't say it much better than our church newsletter did on Tuesday: "Pray for peace in Ukraine and Russia. Pray for families who are being separated as women and children are fleeing the country and the men are being kept behind. Pray for the churches in Ukraine and surrounding countries that they would be ready to help those who are hungry, scared, hopeless and seek shelter." 


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Needled Mom said... #

Sadly, we tend to take year round flowers for granted, but the spring blooms are always a welcomed sight. The orchards are gorgeous.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

The flowers look so pretty and make me long for spring. We're expecting snow again this weekend after having a really warm week so far with temps hitting 70. With Colorado you just never know. Thanks for sharing your reads. I'm always on the look out for a good new book. Started the Reading List last night as a little diversion from my series reading.

FlourishingPalms said... #

Indeed, you have pretty flowers this spring. Not sure what's blooming in the field picture, but the color is nice. We are seeing azalea's beginning to bloom now, though I think our couple nights of 28F did a number on them. I'm still waiting to see if my beloved firebush comes through. Interesting reads. I've never heard of Elly Griffiths, so I'll be sure to look for her titles. The news of invasion and war is so dispiriting, especially coming out the the too-long pandemic (or so it seems here). I'm doing a Bible study of Revelation and am seeing that we are in End Times, and that our only hope is in God. Bless you for supporting relief efforts in Ukraine.