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I had a birthday last week and the day after, everyone who knew I’d had one, asked me,

“Did you do anything special?”



It’s not about the photo today, but about the savings and about the way I always like to shop.  I have, at times, actually saved more than I spent, and always on things I would buy anyway.  Happy Saturday!  I’m off to work shortly.

You can see more Six-Word Saturday entries on Debbie’s blog.

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I’m not actually sitting in the corner for being bad, but it’s been quite a week so far, with the Super Bowl, being surrounded by people who are sick or having to cover for co-workers who have the flu, craziness at work, etc.  Normally I’d be doing Thursday Doors today, but it’s almost 10:30 pm, I feel as if I’m fighting not to get sick, and I need to get some sleep.  Tomorrow is a day off and I plan to do a library run to pick up books that are in for me and then take it easy until praise team practice in the evening.

But I can’t leave you without anything, so I’ll share a photo of how I’m feeling right now and I’m not horsing around!  I’ll open a few more doors next Thursday but for now, I’m hitting the hay (or maybe I’m in tall clover.)  Whatever.  Good night!

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Yesterday WordPress sent me a notification that it was my 6 year blogging anniversary.  Six years. Wow! Who’d a thunk?  I never imagined when I made my tentative start that six years later I would still be blogging and still loving it.  Heck, I didn’t even realize I’d have to have a blog name when I reached the end of the signing up process!

I had no idea that I would meet a number of fellow bloggers in person in places like San Francisco, Kansas City, Branson (Missouri), Philadelphia, Chicago, and even France in places like China Town, homes, writer’s conferences, coffee shops, libraries, and aboard a barge on a French river in full spate, or that I’d be chatting with people from all over the world.  What fun!  One of my goals is to meet many more of you in person. (more…)

The girls are home, I have one day of work left (today), and it’s almost Christmas.  That means it’s time to take a blogging break and enjoy the season.  I’m going to share a few of our Christmas decorations and wish each of you and yours the most merry and blessed Christmas you’ve ever had.  Count your blessings, hold your loved ones close, and take time to enjoy the season.  Thanks for being part of the blessings of my blogging life!  I greatly appreciate all of you.

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Our nature tree

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Part of the nature tree experience

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Time for glitz and glitter

And of course, the real Reason for the season.

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Recently, I had two experiences with apologies, one bad, the other good.  The “bad” was one I wasn’t able to give.  My manager at work called to tell me another employee had complained about me.  She wouldn’t tell me who complained or what the complaint was about, which I to some extent understand.  But that robbed me of the opportunity to know how to change and also the chance to apologize to the person who complained.  I couldn’t think of any event that might have caused it and I felt bad for several days.

The second experience was something hurtful said to me, although not about me, in front of a group of friends.  Although I knew the person didn’t mean it to be hurtful, it was a remark that caused everyone else to laugh and me to retreat inside myself for the rest of the meeting and until I went to bed that night.  It’s easy to know I should just let it go, but hard to do!

The difference was that the morning after that second incident, I received an email from the person who’d made the remark, saying he shouldn’t have said what he did and asking for my forgiveness. I emailed back, saying that yes, I’d felt bad, thanking him for the apology, and accepting it.

A sincere apology, although it doesn’t take negate the initial hurt, offers the hurt person the chance to let go of the hurt and the opportunity to heal the relationship.  It may also, in the same way the healed site of a broken bone is stronger than before it broke, make the relationship stronger.  A missed chance can do the opposite.  Of course, an insincere apology adds insult to injury and even a sincere one doesn’t mean the other person will accept it, but don’t pass up the need for a heartfelt apology when you’ve wronged someone.  Even if that person doesn’t forgive you, you’ll be free to move ahead.

Summer is forest fire season in the west and this year was no exception.  Fortunately, none of the fires was close to us, but smoke from these fires often travels hundreds of miles.  One day there was so much smoke that it was as if we were in a thin fog, with a smell sharp enough to make me feel that the fire was just over the ridge.  This is what it looked like later in the day.  The peak just to the left of center is Black Tooth, a bit over 13,000′ high and still adorned with patches of snow in August, as were a number of other peaks this year.

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A number of years ago, a fire got close enough to the cabins for us to see the flames, forcing all of us to evacuate.  The fire jumped part of the Red Grade Road, but thankfully, our cabins and almost all others in the area were spared.  I never want to be that close or closer to a forest fire again.