Not ready to talk about the GOP results yet.

May 6, 2016 | My Jottings

And when I am ready to discuss the probable nominees, I might truly rant.

So I’ll just ramble a bit. Rambling vs. ranting — which would you prefer? 🙂

I’ve had a busy couple of days, and I’m looking forward to a day at home tomorrow. Most normal people make weekend plans; I make weekend lulls.

Yesterday was week six of my University for Seniors term, and I’m continuing to find it challenging and enjoyable. Our assignment for our Memory into Memoir class was to write an anecdote about an older person. I wrote about my Grandma Oma McInteer and how I took her on a surprise adventure when I was a teenager. I revised the post I originally wrote about our outing, but if you don’t know the story of how I blindfolded Grandma and took her someplace that shocked her, you can click here.

Then for my Great Books class, we discussed the short story “Tomorrow, Tomorrow and So Forth” by John Updike. I’m reading things in this class I would never pick up otherwise, and it has been good to be challenged. There are usually four questions at the end of each novella or short story, and after the first read-through I almost always answer those questions to myself, 1. I don’t know, 2. I don’t know, 3. I don’t know, and 4. What the heck are you talking about?  Then I read it again slowly, more critically, and shafts of light come to my understanding. Then on Thursday when I sit around the huge table with 25 other students (ranging in age from about 55 – 85) and listen to their comments and insights, it’s fascinating. The woman who led our discussion yesterday was a beautiful 83-year old retired teacher, and I could tell the questions she prompted us with came from a brilliant mind.

There is no summer term, but I’m already looking forward to seeing what they offer in the fall. If you’d like to see some of the quirky courses offered from this current term, you can click here.

This morning after getting several living beings fed and cared for in the individual ways they needed, I finished my last CBS lesson of the year, meditated on Psalm 6, wrote in my gratitude journal, took a few deep concerns to the Lord, and then plopped myself into my office chair to tackle a pile of foster care paperwork.  Jphoto

After my lunch of homemade curried chicken fingers on a bed of romaine with yummy vinaigrette, I went to Grandparents’ Day at two of my grandchildren’s school. Li’l Gleegirl sang two lovely solos (one of which was the Navy hymn “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”) and Louisa’s preschool class sang a song about the ocean. After the wonderful program, we left the church and went to see their classrooms in the school a couple blocks away. Li’l Gleegirl showed me the folktale she wrote and the coat of arms she’s working on, which includes a huge shamrock, a cross, a dog’s paw print and a magnifying glass. The latter is because of her new interest in Trixie Belden mystery books. Did any of you read Trixie Belden books when you were young? I did. I liked Nancy Drew mysteries best, but read all of the Trixie books when I was in fifth and sixth grade.

Then I visited Louisa’s classroom and she showed me a flower she planted in a pot for her mama’s Mother’s Day gift, along with her own thoughts about her mom, written out by her teacher on a sheet of paper: “What does your mother like to do?” (Take pictures). “How old is your mother?” (30 — haha!). “What does your mother fix you to eat?” (Ham sandwich with cheese.) And “What does your mother do to relax?” (Lays in her bed — *grin*.) Sharon is going to love this fine Mother’s Day gift.  🙂

By the time I drove home, the temperature in our famously cool city soared to 95 degrees. And a small town 20 minutes up the shore of Lake Superior, Two Harbors, was the hottest place in the nation today. So unexpected and unwelcome. I am deathly allergic to any temperature over 79 degrees.

Then around dinner time some black clouds gathered, thunder boomed and lightning flashed, and torrents of much needed rain poured for about an hour and lowered the temperature 15 degrees.

I dropped my ancient iPhone today and instead of having the glass replaced I might opt for a new phone. Mine has very little storage and seems obsolete compared to the newest ones. I’ve never had a Droid phone and know a couple people who really like them. I’d love to hear opinions from those of you who’ve had both a Droid and an iPhone — which do you prefer and why? Thank you in advance for your help.

And for those of you who are mothers, I hope your Mother’s Day this Sunday is a good one — may your offspring rise up and call you blessed.

Thank you for stopping in,


  1. Mariah says:

    Lovely post! Inspires me to get back to writing my blog for some reason. I think because of the normality of your busy days…and that you share about them. It inspires me to write about the seemingly uninspired mundane events of mine. I love reading slices of other’s lives. Or maybe I’m jut nosy, but whatever! LOL iPhone vs. Droid. I’ve had both. My husband is a very tech-y guy and technology is what he does for a living when he isn’t busy pastoring churches. Which is all the time, actually, pastoring, so the tech stuff happens when he ought to be sleeping! It’s all good. Anyway!!! All this to say that he recommends iPhone for folks who aren’t technically minded and like to have their devices “talk” to each other. Makes transferring pictures or docs easier for example. Droid is a much more powerful tool but for someone like me, who doesn’t really “do” technology well, I don’t need the Droid. And I find that he’s right. I love the air drop feature with the apple devices, and I’ve had no issues at all with any of my apple stuff. (iPad, iPhone, Macbook Air). So…my take on it is this: if you are tech minded or want to learn to do very cool technical stuff, get the Droid. If you are happy just using your devices (assuming you have other apple devices) without fully understanding how or why, get the iPhone. Just my two cents worth…whatever it’s worth! Hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day!

  2. Just Julie says:

    Mariah — this was extremely helpful to me about the phones! It helped me make my decision right away — I need to stick with my iPhone. Thank you! And I’m like you — when I read the little details of people’s lives, I enjoy getting lost in them. Two blogs I read that are written like this are Susan Branch’s blog — how transporting her posts are! And Big Mama — Melanie Shankle — she writes the everyday details of their lives, and even though I don’t know her, she makes it all interesting and funny. I would be a regular reader of your blog. 🙂 God bless your weekend, Mariah! xoxo

  3. Kay in UK says:

    Susan Branch’s blog is so pretty!

    I’ve also started reading ‘fiftynotfrumpy’ blog. This blog has helped me to work out which clothes look better on me! 🙂

    Of course I always check in on my favourite blog … this one!

    I’m so glad to hear that your writing course is going well. However, that doesn’t surprise me. 🙂

    The weather is glorious here today. Beautiful blue skies with lots of sunshiny warmth. Alan & I have been resting in the back garden. We’re both suffering with a nasty, cold virus but it’s great that we can just sit back, relax and enjoy the sun.
    May God bless you and yours

  4. Just Julie says:

    I was so happy to see your comment, Kay. I thought about you and Alan yesterday quite a bit…you’re never far from my heart and prayers. I can’t wait to check out the fiftynotfrumpy blog! Thank you! Hugs to you both, and get well very soon… xoxo

  5. Mariah says:

    I read Fifty Not Frumpy too! She has a great sense of style! Very inspiring for this over-fifty-something! LOL Also…eventually I’ll start writing again, Julie. I’ll let you know when I do! Thanks for the encouragement! Oh, and by the way, I read Susan Branch as well. I SO wish I could draw like she does. And write, for that matter! My dad (a fairly prolific writer himself) likes to say that when you see someone’s art or read their writing and wish you had done it yourself, it’s a sign of good writing. Sounds subjective as opposed to OBjective, but I do find that the art or writing that I like the best strikes a chord in me that nothing else does. Anyhoo… didn’t mean to get so philosophical! Have a good night! 🙂

  6. Just Julie says:

    I agree with your dad, Mariah. And I am a subscriber to your blog, so I’ll know when you write again! 😉 Have a wonderful week, friend. xoxo

  7. Shari C. says:

    Pretty photo of you, Julie! I miss you! XO

  8. Just Julie says:

    Thank you dear Shari — missing you too. xoxo

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