Sunday, November 28, 2021

Sunday Salon ~ Donna's jar and other good things

I've finished reading the notes Donna put in her Good Things jar every week during 2019.  Three of her weekly "good things" reports for herself surprised me when I pulled them out on Friday.

(1)  The very last one I opened turned out to be HER very first one.  How weird is that?  "I had a fun-filled time at the Crown Center Resident Council New Year's Eve party — wonderful dinner, great music, and sharing laughter w / friends," she wrote on Week 1.  She drew smiley faces between her paragraphs.

(2)  I was shocked when I saw what she wrote on Week 31:  "No blessings this week — too many mass murders!  Sad times!"  And that's all she wrote that week.

(3)  Several of us were mentioned in Week 8:  "On Sunday afternoon last week, Bonnie went to the store for me because my arthritis was acting up in my back and hips.  She is a life-saver!"  Her next paragraph says:  "On Saturday night, Dora took me to Powell Hall to see this year's Black History concert."  They ran into some other Crown Center folks there, and Donna added:  "A good time was had by all (I hope).  I certainly enjoyed it."

It's been a long time since I shared the WindowSwap link, so we could "go" places around the world without leaving home.  Yesterday I visited someone's backyard in Canada and saw a cat in an open window overlooking rolling hills in Taiwan.  It was snowing outside a window in New York and a few other places.  Blue waves washed ashore in Cancun, Mexico (see photo).  Click the link, and see where it takes you. 

Books I'm reading

It's still the weekend, so I'm on the third book I had planned, as I shared on Wednesday:
  • What Child Is This (a 2018 Kindle fiction story by Rhys Bowen) ~ I finished this one that I'd already been reading.
  • The Girls with No Names (a 2020 novel by Serena Burdick) ~ I read this from beginning to end, finishing last night.
  • Catch You Later, Traitor (a 2015 novel by Avi) ~ I'm reading this library book now.  Which cover do you like better?
Good Thing #1
Good friends I know in person.

Good Thing #2
Good friends I know only online.

Good Thing #3
Blogging, especially book blogging.

Deb at Readerbuzz hosts Sunday Salon, a place for us to link up and share what we have been reading and doing during the week.


Girl Who Reads said...

I like the idea of a gratitude jar - I'm just not sure I would keep up with it. Check out what I read at Girl Who Reads.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

It's perfect to read all the notes from your friend's jar at this time of the year. We often don't realize how much we mean to our friends, I think. How fortunate you are to get to read through all of your friend's good things. Listing good things has been a helpful practice for me this year.

The WindowSwap app is one I enjoyed after you highlighted it in a post. I need to revisit it, I think.

I'm planning to finish my last couple of nonfiction reads for Nonfiction November during these last couple of days of the month.

Iliana said...

The Window Swap link is so cool. I visited Canada, Peru, The Netherlands... oh this can be addictive. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Donna really left you with such a gift.
My own window view is pretty uninspiring at the moment… a very overgrown yard!

Wishing you a great reading week

Helen's Book Blog said...

I love that you had Donna's Good Things jar to work through. It's such a wonderful idea and I think I will do it during 2022 so thank you (and Donna) for the inspiration.