Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Great things that happened today - With explanation.

- I read William Hiler's list "Things that made me happy today".   

Bill Hiler is a friend and fellow Scoutmaster.  I was honored that he said "Phil has inspired me to do this."  His message was better than mine too...

 - I didn't have enough Frosted Mini Wheats for a full bowl, so I had a strawberry / banana / blueberry / etc. smoothie to go with them. 

This one is fairly self-explanatory.

Beth's meatloaf for dinner! 

We have several extra popular meals - taco night is always a hit.  Meatloaf is right at the top of the list.

 - Got some shoulder lifts, regular lifts and elliptical work done. 

Again - fairly self explanatory.  The shoulder is near fully recovered.  The bonus here was after the lifting I wound up doing 20 minutes on the elliptical.

 - Got a friend request from Beth's cousin
Keith - that still won't stop me from trying to take his money at our next family penny poker game...
- OK... Maybe we'll just split up Uncle Raymond, Uncle Bill and Aunt Ruthie's money...

Once or twice a year the relatives on Beth's father's side get together.  A group of 5-7 of us gather in the basement for a night of penny poker.  We laugh, trash talk, and just generally have a great time. 

 - Gave a speech at Toastmasters - and got outstanding feedback from
Michael J Pope Jr. - Also got to hear a great speech by the same Mr. Pope - and had a really good chat with him and Randy after the meeting.

Toastmasters is a big engine that fuels my growth.  It's speaking, reviewing my speaking, watching others communicate, giving and getting feedback.  All great things.

- Productive meeting with the church breakthrough leadership team.

We moved forward - that's what a breakthrough leadership team needs to do.

- Closed the day with a glass of my in laws' homemade blackberry wine.

I pick the blackberries, my father in law and (mostly) mother in law make the wine.  We then split up the bottles.  The 2015 harvest was the worst in our history of doing this (9 years).  We cleared a significant chuck of land, so I'm predicting the 2016 harvest will be better, and the 2017 harvest will be a record breaking one.  Blackberries have a 2 year growth cycle.

Meanwhile, I have a limited number of bottles of 2014 Blackberry wine - so it's an extra special event when I open a bottle and enjoy a glass in the evening.

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