Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Thought Provoking Day

    A couple Saturdays ago I needed to get some shopping done. So I headed out in the beautiful sunshine.  Mt Hood and Mt St. Helens were in view as well! There were some clouds and jet trails that I saw while driving northbound on the interstate. I noticed some black lines under jet trails. What in the world? Is that a missile coming....there'd been a threat that a.m. in Hawaii. Oh no! But I kept glancing up at the darker spots and then realized it had to be shadows of the jet trail! Goodness! Whew~~breathe!! I stopped in at Subway for a quick lunch. I sat by the window, why look at a wall?!  My mind had wandered with a bit of sadness, thinking of losing 2 neighbors in 2 weeks and then someone get diagnosed with cancer of pancreas. I was recovering from being down with a bug. Enough strength made the day better than I anticipated. 
After lunch, I went into Costco to gather some items. I love checking out all the books. Oh look at all the Pioneer Woman Cookbooks! I can't believer they have all of them! I don't have the latest one. Come and Get It.  Thought about buying it though. I enjoy Ree Drummond's recipes and all the photos within. It's worth the price. {My birthday is coming in Feb, though...middle of the month!} Um...left it sitting there. Looked at an instant pot cookbook but not thrilled with that. 
Walked by the section with snacks after picking up some chips and found these cool pantry M&M containers full of candy. I still have a bunch I got awhile back. So those stayed there as well. I like the fact that these are reusable and recyclable. I need to watch my weight too!  I was good on that a certain extent. Bought meat that we needed as it was low in the freezer. I wound up meeting 5 people I know from my town! 
Once I got checked out and groceries into the trunk, I went to gas station and just enjoyed this sight while getting gas in my car. So full of sunshine and through the window is my favorite old barn. It's been there for a long time. This area was once farm land. There's an old house in the front of it. I thought about getting a photo of it today, but it was really too bright to take a good photo. One of these days, I will. New houses/apartments going up with Woodlands, The name a few. It would be fun to see it years ago.....what was it like back in the 1960s even?  
I've been looking for a recliner so stopped in to this furniture store called Trudy's living room. Megan knows the lady, as they go to church together. I really liked this scene in front of the store. Cozy! Lots of the items for sale, but not in my price range and didn't have a chance to really talk with anyone but Trudy for a bit...they were busy. I was not enamored with pricing so I walked out and left to get more groceries at Fred Meyer.  I've come to the conclusion I'll wait on that purchase. Sigh!
I liked this sign by the chuck roast. What a good deal! Two roasts for $20! I cooked one in the instant pot last Saturday! It was moist and juicy that it all nearly fell apart as I was taking it out!
Evening was coming and this scene was so pretty in Fred Meyer parking lot! A nice ending to the out and about day where I thought about life. Pondered. Thought of those I miss in this life that are gone. My parents. My girlfriend Laura, whose birthday is coming up in 2 days! I just found a birthday card from her from a year or so ago. One from my mom awhile back, all in the same bag. Good memories of them. Brings a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. Thankful that God has put them in my life. My uncle Nathan, who also died last year, a few people from church. Life goes on without them. And it will when it's my turn. Leave some happy memories in family and friends lives. People encounters=brighten their day!  Give a helping hand when needed. Love wins! 


mamasmercantile said...

You certainly did have a thought provoking day, there is a lot going on right now. Sending you a hug in the hope you feel loved and a little better. You did well to walk past the snacks, we are trying to lose a few pounds fro all the over eating on our trip and visiting family. Take care.

Kathy said...

Becky, thank you for taking us along on your day. You accomplished so much. I know how sad you must be over the loss of your mother and loved ones. I feel the same way. Some days I miss my parents so much I just sit and cry. Other days it's my friends. But as I was reading the thought popped into my head about how lucky I was to have had them in my life at all. I will be praying for you and hope you have many more lovely days like you just experienced.

Betsy said...

Well Becky. This was a thought provoking post. Beautiful photos and a very busy errand day. I believe that the memories and the love of Jesus that you've shared with people will last long beyond our time. Why is it that so many people think this life is all about them and how many toys they can collect? It is SO much bigger. And, when it's all over, the memories and the love are left. Have a lovely day my friend.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

You were a good girl shopping, Becky - kept to the budget in spite of the temptations! I loved your thoughts today. Sometimes life just gets a little bittersweet at times, especially when we are missing those we love. I just unpacked my Mother's tea set and put it out and I had to stop for a while because I was so wishing I could have a cup of tea with her once more. I guess it just makes you realize how short life is and how important it is to cherish those simple, precious moments with those we love. Thank you for your dear, sweet thoughts today. Hugs xo Karen