Monday, April 30, 2012

Julius Meinl ... a little taste of Europe

Everyone in my family is using their passport this month ... except me. So, what is a girl to do?

Call my adventurous friend, Shelly. Off to Julius Meinl we went for our own European experience, just a few miles from my home. (no passport required)

beautiful dark wood

European style pastry

amazing cappuccino and coffee melange

Shelly was a blogging friend when I lived in Seattle, and she has welcomed me into her life here in Chicago with open arms.

We could already write a book, "The Adventures of Shelly and Glenda." How often I thank the Lord for her. 

When was the last time you used your passport?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My husband ... the comedian

We have a weird situation going on in our cute vintage Chicago rental apartment. Our landlord, who is a nice enough person, does not come and mow very often. (hardly ever)

Every time I go outside, I say (with a bit of a bad attitude), "it is a jungle out here."

So last week, I came outside to this ...

I love being married to a man who makes me laugh.

And speaking of tigers ... 

This is one of our families favorite books. Have you read it?

Who makes you laugh

"A joyful heart is good medicine." (Proverbs 17:22)


Monday, April 23, 2012

Fun with my sister Sue and a giveaway

My sister Sue is cute, fun, energetic and very very funny.

Last week, Sue and her husband came to Chicago for a visit. She brought a fun project. After a trip to the fabric store for beautiful colors of felt and supplies ... we were creating up a storm.

This was a little needle book I created.

I had not done any embroidery for years, but just like riding a bike ... it came right back. 

I had so much fun ... I would love to make a needle book for you. Leave a comment on today's post and on Thursday I will choose two winners.

PS. Some of you have met Sue before. Earlier this year, I asked Sue to share her cancer story with you.  She wrote a five part series with incredible openness and humor. 

Linking to the creative girls at  

Thursday, April 19, 2012

When real blogging life and real life collide (part two)

I love my real blogging life ...

*the wonderful friendships
*the chance to write
*learning from others
*turning on my computer to find more comments
*the ministry that happens through blogging
*receiving lovely e.mails from readers, etc.

I love my real life ...

*evening tea with Dave
*the sweet "Saturday Girls" 
*having grown daughters
*Park Community Church
*holding a two month old (my newest neighbor)
*walking to my favorite coffee shop, etc.

How do I know that my real blogging life and my real life are colliding

*the tendinitis in my left wrist starts to act up
*I want to turn on my computer before I have  my quiet time or kiss my husband good morning
*"just a quick peek" turns into hours (a little addictive), etc. 

So what is a blogging girl to do. As I mentioned in part one, I have been thinking and praying about this for a few weeks. 

Here are my current ideas to help me spend less time on the computer:

1.  I will not turn my computer on until I have had my quiet time (reading the Bible, praying and journaling) and (smile) kissing my husband.

2.  I will be posting two times a week. (one less day)

3.  I am going to read the blogs I really enjoy. For me, I need to be hooked in the first three sentences. (Note to self ~ make my first three sentences count.)

4.  I am saying good bye to my signature "fondly, Glenda." (You already know I am fond of you and it will save a lot of typing.)

5. On Sundays, I am going to stay unplugged.

6. My first priority in leaving comments, (I love leaving comments) will be those that leave comments on my blog. Next leaving comments on posts that I really care about. I am trying to leave a bit shorter comments. (And, pretty please, if you can remove the word verification from your site ... my wrist will thank you.)   

Thanks for all your great comments and ideas. I would love to hear more ...     

Monday, April 16, 2012

When real life and real blogging collide (part one)

I really love blogging. But sometimes my real life just gets in the way. I know this happens to you, too.

First, it was the lovely Suzanne at Privet & Holly, who wrote a beautiful thought provoking post "The Eyes Have It"

Developing eye strain made Suzanne wonder if she was ready for a little blogging break. (For me, it is tendinitis in my left wrist.)

 If that was not enough, the lovely Shelly at Life on the Wild Side wrote an intriguing post "Digitally Distracted."

For Shelly, it began at the campus where she teaches, with students tweeting during chapel. Then she applied it to her own life.

Thanks, Suzanne and Shelly. Really! I have been mulling and thinking and praying over these same issues.

My real blogging life has been colliding with my real life. And, this is good news for me, since it means I am finally creating a real life, eighteen months into my move from Seattle to Chicago. (yeah)

How do I now find balance? Come back Thursday and I will share my solutions ... at least for now, for me. You are welcome to join in this important discussion. We can learn from each other.

Linking today to some friends ... new and old.


Friday, April 13, 2012

Welcome to the ... Ultimate Blog Party 2012

My name is Glenda. Welcome to my blog, Gg - Notes on the Journey. I have been blogging for three happy years and this is my second visit to the party.

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Well, how does a girl who just turned 60 begin to tell about herself (a long story.) So many pieces come together to make me who I am today. . .

I was led to Christ by Elisabeth Elliot when I was in the first grade (a grace story.)

I grew up in Viet Nam, where my parents were missionaries (a war story).

I graduated from Biola University (a happy story) and taught first grade (a delightful story) until I met my husband Dave (a love story.)

I became a mom to two wonderful daughters (my favorite story).

I spent many years in ministry with my husband taking students to Europe on short term missions trips (an interesting story).

I lost my adorable mom to cancer six years ago (a sad story).

I am enjoying living in a vintage apartment in Chicago with my man (a cozy story) and find great joy in ministry to and with other women (a joyful story.)

I hope that you enjoy my blog and that we can learn more about each others' stories. Leave a comment and I will come and visit. Follow my blog and I will love you forever

Here are a few posts for your enjoyment:

          30 things to do in January 

          Creating a home wherever you go

          10 reasons I love Fall 

          My experiences with Royal Weddings 

Monday, April 9, 2012

You are invited ... to the Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

You are invited to join me (and about 3,000 other bloggers) for the Ultimate Blog Party 2012.

Last year, I entered my party post and visited many new blogs, leaving lots of comment love. I made new friends and received 50 new followers. I had so much fun ... I am joining again this year.

I want you to come, too. You have a few days to prepare your party post and come join the fun. Please look for me there. I will be wearing my favorite lime green scarf.


Monday, April 2, 2012

Are you a desk-setter?

Some people speak
and others write.

These are the DESK - SETTERS.

The style they use is what makes them

Where they write is as individual
as what they write.

What they write is as private or
as public as they choose.

How they write tells you everything,
right down to their soul.

Are you a DESK - SETTER?

I am.
(words from A Life of Style by Rebecca Moses)

Image credit: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


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