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Just a Few Hours

Slightly overcast, but still beautiful.

When I entered the home of my mentor, the sky was slightly overcast.

The sun was trying to break through.

Almost.

But the view was still delightful to my eyes.

Sharon, my mentor and friend, lives just 80 miles south and west of where I live.

Once a month, myself and a few others meet there, visit, and learn from each other.

Covid 19 and the quarantine have made that difficult, but this month, we got to see each other in person.

Living in Iowa, does have it’s perks.

Things are beginning to open up here, with care.

Sharon’s views from her home are similar to the ones I enjoy daily, in that they are far, open, and beautiful.

While in her home, I added to the knowledge I have of the Hebrew celebration of Rosh Hashanah.

The “technical” description follows, borrowed from History.com. ⇾Right here.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is one of Judaism’s holiest days. Meaning “head of the year” or “first of the year,” the festival begins on the first day of Tishrei, (Rosh Hashanah 2020 begins on Friday, September 18, 2020 and ends on the evening of Sunday, September 20, 2020) the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which falls during September or October. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the two “High Holy Days” in the Jewish religion.

While there I heard some contemplations from others about this celebration, and it’s effects on the Jewish people.

My shofar.

Here are just a few;

The blast of the →Shofar⇽ sounds like ⇾This⇽, and it

*Supernaturally awakens your soul.

*Cancels counterfeit identities you have been agreeing with.

*Helps you gain new strategies in for how to live your spiritual life.

So the few hours I spent among like minded friends, shed some new light on my thought processes.

It can not only effect the Jewish people, but my self as well.

How will what I learned effect my thinking over the next year?

How will it guide my path?

Will it bring change or just make me more resolute in what I already believe?

How will my view change?

I believe it will only become clearer, more defined.

Just as a few hours inside my friends house, the light outside changed.

In came the fluffy clouds, with the sun shining through.

Causing brilliant color changes!

A few hours brought new perspective to the view.

How will your view change today?

Fresh and bright new view!

Until next time.

Friday Favorites – Flashback!

This Friday Favorite is a bit like time travel.

We’re going back in time to 2010, when the oldest of our seven grand children was just nine or so.

At that time his class room read a book called ⇾Flat Stanley⇽.

Our grandson Wyatt brought home his flat namesake – Flat Wyatt.

Flat Wyatt proceeded with us on our trip to San Jose’, California.

This Friday Favorite is made up of just a few of the places we visited.

Fifteen days on the road with my Hubby, and yes, still best friend.
We took along a little guy named Flat Wyatt.  The whole trip, he never complained once.  He certainly saw more than he thought he would!  I’ll introduce you to him here,

Friday morning we left on our adventure to the west coast.

We arrived in Littleton, Colorado at the home of our dear friends John and Sue around 6:00 pm.

We had a wonderful visit, and Wyatt enjoyed helping John and Sue to make breakfast before we left for more of our journey.

The Quaking Aspens were at their peak of color, and the views on the way to Telluride were unbelievably beautiful.

On the road to

Settled by Grampa’s ancestors.

Said to be once the richest man west of the Mississippi.

We toured Arches State Park in Utah. Grampa thought it looked like God just took some red clay and said “I’ll just throw this here.”

Here’s Flat Wyatt posing in front of “Balancing Rock” and showing you just how tall some of these rock formations were.

Some of the rocks looked like giants telling each other secrets, some looked like big cookies, and one even looked like an elephants behind!





God sure has a great sense of beauty, and a sense of humor too!


On Tuesday Night we stayed in the Hayward/Castro Valley, CA area.

We visited the place where Grampa spent a lot of time while he was in the Navy. It was called the Port O’ Call/ Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley.

It is in fact where Grampa met Jesus as his Savior.

We got to go inside and see the changes that have been made over the years.

Grampa got to catch up on some history that has happened since he left the area.


Painted Ladies – San Francisco

Everyone knows these ladies!

But do they know that truck?

Well, we saw much more, but sadly, as often happens with digital, some files were corrupted, and therefore are no more.

But I hope you enjoyed this mini tour across America with Flat Wyatt!

Until next time …

Friday Favorites – Cool Mornings

Typically, summer and I do not get along. I dislike heat, bugs and dirt. That pretty much covers it right?

What I do love, is cool morning’s, clouds and green. So the last three days or so, it has been uncharacteristically cool here in Iowa.

Cool enough that if I arrive a bit earlier than usual, I can still enjoy a walk Under the Hill with Jack.

The heat and humidity are to return by the weekend, so I’m trying to take advantage of this brief window of time to get some things accomplished.

I hope the weather, and the colors where you are, are as you like them.

However you find them – Enjoy!

Until next time …