Friday, August 02, 2019

August Means...

August! Wow!  I'm not ready for August!  But here it is and here it is the first Friday in August.  Fridays are my FRIDAY FAVE FIVES days.  (Follow the link to join in!)

1.  It's FAIR TIME!  Our county fair opened on Wednesday and The Professor and I were there.  We dragged along his sister and nephew and a young friend from church.  Dragged might be a bit of an exaggeration.  They happily accompanied us.  We love the exhibits and the musical group son the small stages.  I'm thankful for where I live!

2.  While I was demonstrating spinning at our weavers and spinners guild booth, they all took off to look at fun things like the stamps section in one of the "hobby buildings" and the photography competitions.  Then they decided to watch the pig races.  From their reports back to me, the pig races may have been their favorite.  I'm thankful they all wanted to spend a fun day with us.

3.  I have also been (FINALLY) organizing and scanning some of our old photos.  After I scan them, I am putting them into various albums.  Right now, I am focusing on the photos from our years in Indonesia.  We lived for three years in the house in the foreground of this photo.  For us, that was luxury living!  We had access to stores, four hours of electricity at night, and running water!

Erickson-Tritt Bible Institute

This is where we spent more of our time.
Our home is not in the picture--it was just to the right outside the photo.  The church is the building on the far right.  Only access to the village was helicopter (or walking for a week).

I'm thankful for the years we were able to live and minister in such an amazing place!

4.  The reason I started back up again was that my daughters asked me for some photos of them together when they were young because they are having a birthday party barbeque this weekend to celebrate their birthdays which are two weeks apart.  I found one which I though would be right.  They were SO CUTE! (They still are!)  I'm thankful my girls still love each other and love to spend time together.

And this one of the three of us

5.  I love to study new things.  Right now, I have TWO NEW THINGS to study.  I just signed up for a free introductory class for making herbal preparations.  AND I checked out some books from the library on sketching.  Why two such different things?  Well, partly because I want to learn about herbs and herbal medicines AND I want to draw the sketches of each herb I study. Now those are not the only reasons for my interests, but that's how these two intersect.  I'm thankful I can learn new things and it's mostly free access to so much knowledge!

What are you thankful for this week?


Faith said...

I love that you're learning new things! I am too. It will be in my next FFF.

Love the pics from long ago. I had forgotten you were missionaries!! Happy birthday to your girls.

Enjoy the weekend

ellen b. said...

Love seeing these old photos of days gone by.

handmade by amalia said...

This is my first visit to your lovely blog and your five things really spoke to me. I'm taking up sketching as well and also working on my camera skills. Learning new things is such a rewarding experience. And fun too.

Barbara Harper said...

I so need to deal with our old photos, too. Our old albums are the ones that are not supposed to be the greatest for photos. Plus I have taken some photos out for high school graduation displays and never put them back in, and need to scan some older ones. Maybe a project for when I get my current main project done.

So neat to see photos of your time in the jungle!

I love that you're learning new things! I love to do that, too. Though I haven't taken up either of the particular ones you're doing. My sketching is limited to stick figures. :-)

nikkipolani said...

How precious are those old photos! I’m sure it’s a lot of work, but you are all benefiting and we get to enjoy them too! Maybe you’ll share some of your new sketches as you practice your new skill.

Susanne said...

Yay for learning something new. That is wonderful that you pursue that. The herbal clasees sound interesting. What a big job the scanning and organizing is but how fun to relive memories as you do it. I need to do this too but I think it's a job for when I retire and have large chunks of time to do it.

Wendy said...

You're definitely keeping busy. I have photos I want to sort and possibly scan but it seems to keep slipping down the to do list. I'm sure you must have lots of stories from your time in Indonesia. Your girls are definitely cute. Nice that they are still close. I hope they enjoy their birthday celebrations. Good luck with your new activities.