Friday, January 5, 2018

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 87

Happy New year! We are happy to be here for another week of friendly sharing. As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing here at McGuffy's Reader. You are welcome to answer in the comments, but if you link up, more people can share.

2017 went out quietly. Exhausted, no doubt. 2018 came in laughing loudly at me. I told my story in “Parts is Parts”. This did not rattle me, though. I shared because I wanted you to know why I have been scarce. It actually takes a whole lot to rattle me. I set to polishing the shine back into my new year. I am fine, because I have HOPE! Things happen. Very early in life, I learned about grace under pressure. 

Kenzie is resting better and seems more herself, but we are watching her kidney function, now. She is a silly little dog. She had been through a lot before we adopted her at age nine. In one month, she will be eleven. As long as she is happy, we are.

My dryer is like new, barely three years old. The motor died without any symptoms. Apparently, most of these GE models had motor issues. The tech was able to order a new motor. He came back to do an entire motor transplant yesterday. Yes, he restored life to my dryer. She’s alive! Just in time for Bill to bring his laundry home. Yea! Seriously, I am happy!

Unshakable, Bill was in NJ for the “Bomb Cyclone” snow storm this week. He just takes it all as it comes. He has been through blizzards, floods, tornadoes, droughts, and everything in between.

Sparks will be in its 14th week on Monday. I hope you will join us. The link is open all week. Thank you to all who participate. You inspire many, including me. Thank you. Hugs.

I hope your new year is retaining its shine. I am sure it is filled with many lessons and experiences, too. Soak them all up. Make this year yours, because it was given to you. And, may this be your best year yet.

Okay…the fill-ins for this week are…

1. My guiding word for 2018 is  HOPE. This word was given to me., and I take that to heart. I believe it is special. I have an upcoming post about this. Believe was my word for last year. 

2. A house is not a home without love. I realized this as a kid, moving so frequently. It never felt like I was Home until I married. Being an old soul, I do believe I learned from those early experiences.

3. I look forward to learning and growing this year. There will be new experiences, lessons, revelations, and so much more. I look forward to it all. One exciting event will be a concert. We are going to see John Prine in Chicago this April! He is one of the greatest Midwestern folk singers of all time. (I linked his name to his music.)

4.  I really need to find a daily devotional that speaks to me, because the ones I have been using do not feel quite right for “me”. I would like to find one for older Catholic women. If anyone has a suggestion, please let me know. Thanks!

~May you always be safe & loved.~

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  1. Hari OM
    Hope is one of the great tiumvurate; Faith, Hope, Love (Cor. 13:13). They are successive. Develop faith, build hope, find Love (with the capital 'ell')! Daily devotion does not have to be given. It can be formed for oneself through having a faith which requires sustenance, through finding the hope in the small things of each day, and through funding the Love from the sights and sounds we absorb in any given moment. Faith in something beyond the merely physical; Hope that the sun will rise each day to give us more chances at researching our faith; Love to release all that does not carry us towards the subject of our faith. If you would like to discuss this more, reach out to me via this page. Much Love. YAM xx

  2. Hope is a lovely word for the year, without hope we never try. Love is so essential. That concert sounds like it will be just up your alley! Hooray for a working dryer, too!

  3. I haven't been around for awhile. I've been busy with a new job, but I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. Hope is a great word to start off the new year. Have a great weekend!

  4. Great fill ins! Hope is a wonderful word! I have to agree with your appraisal of last year. Mine was not the best, but there were some shining lights. It made me realize the lows are necessary to appreciate the highs. Here's to an uplifting start on this one.

  5. Glad you were able to get that motor transplant done in time for Bill's laundry! And where would we be without hope? :)

  6. Glad to hear Kenzie is feeling better....I know that's a relief. I'm sure you're also relieved to have your motor transplant in the washer JUST IN TIME to do laundry! We've been waiting for a part to come in for our refrigerator/freezer since before Christmas - it will FINALLY be fixed (we hope) on Tuesday when the repair guy does his thing. HOPE, LOVE, PATIENCE - those are the three biggies for me this year and I aim to reach them. Happy Friday.....

    Hugs, Pam (and Teddy too)

  7. Great Fill-ins. Mom thought Women of Grace did email daily devotions but it looks like the don't anymore. There IS a book of daily devotions (

    The Florida Furkids

  8. Purrs to sweet Kenzie from all of us. We love your positive attitude and it gives us all a reson to love hope!

  9. Hurray for feeling better! I hope the dryer lasts for many more years. Poor Pam and Teddy! I couldn't help noticing their comment above.

    I'm looking forward to a Palaye Royale rock concert in March. Hope you have a blast at your show! Thank you for sharing the music.

    As for a daily devotional, I used to enjoy 'Our Daily Bread'. Sorry to say I fell out of the habit and don't know if it would suit your spirituality. ~hugs~ Be well!

  10. I am glad the dryer is fixed and sweet Kenzie is feeling better. Wonderful answers to the fill-ins, I love the word hope. I have several Christmas ornaments with that word on it and I carry a Hope angel in my purse at all times. That is nice that you have a concert to look forward to this year. It is always nice to have something to look forward to. I hope you have a nice weekend. XO

  11. Yea for getting your dryer fixed in time to do Bill's laundry. Hopefully this motor will last for years. Hope is a great word to carry you through the year. We all need hope.

    I weathered the big storm, got my water running again but I'm dead tired.
    Hugs, Julia❤️

  12. I have hope for you and your family, and am sending you lots of good thoughts and prayers for a blessed 2018! And, of course, I greatly enjoyed your fill-ins. Hope is such a beautiful thing, as is love. Thank you for hosting this wonderful challenge each week! I did a terrible job of preparing for Sparks these past couple of weeks, but starting next week I plan on finding some of my favorite motivational quotes and sticking to it. Sparks is also such a wonderful and inspirational blog hop.

  13. I'm glad you have your dryer fixed. I find that without a washer and dryer I'm lost. Love all your fill-in answers. Striving to be better is a good thing.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. Big hug to you and Bill. ♥

  14. Love your fill-in answers. I'm glad your dryer was fixable and sure it was still under warrantee. We've been having problems with our old washer & dryer. I think something is wrong with the control panel because they'll start beeping randomly. That "Bomb Cyclone" was something. Pop worked from home yesterday. TW loves John Prine and saw him many, many times in their younger days. She loves those first few albums of his. "You can see her tonight with an Illegal Smile. It now costs a whole lot but it lasts a long while. Please tell Jeff Sessions she didn't kill anyone. She's just trying to get rid of a bad migraine."

  15. Devotions can be tricky. All the ones I've used are Lutheran-based ... so probably not exactly what you're looking for. I love the daily connection with God ... though I find so many entries corny. Then again, I kept the last one I had - to read the good parts over and over again.

  16. i especially agree with number two--my dad was in the Canadian Air Force and we moved a lot too - so love was the thing that made all those new homes feel like home!

  17. Yay for getting the dryer fixed! The mom says there's nothing worse than having a broken appliance. Poor Bill for having to be in the Bomb Cyclone...even if he can handle's all the other crazies you have to worry about. Sending lots of purrs for Kenzie and hope she is feeling better.

  18. Hope is a great word, on so many levels and in all parts of life. We're glad your dryer is back up and running again, Annie. And that Kenzie seems to be feeling better, too! We will keep on purring and praying for her.

  19. Annie, I am so sorry for not joining in this week. As you know, my year has not started out well. I think my word for the year would have to be health. I am praying that nothing happens to any of the other kitties, as well as Tom, myself and all my friends. You know, you are always in my prayers,. Love, Janet πŸ’ž

  20. I think hope is my word for life. Agree about love making a home - my home is only where my beloved is. Good luck with new adventures this year - lets hope it's a good one for all of us.
    Have a really good week.