It was a hot and humid week here in eastern New York!
I'm thanking God for our home having central air conditioning because these nights have been downright sticky! But it's still better than winter weather in my opinion!
Let's take a moment, grab a fave iced beverage, and reflect back on the week looking for five of your fave moments. Then link up at Susanne's site.
Mine are all things that are local to my area of NY.....we got a lot done this week....in all parts of our Capital Region area......some were spontaneous, others were planned, all were special and make my faves list!
|The outdoor theater area of The Egg|
14 August 2015
- MOM-DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT: Last Friday evening, Claire had a friend in a summer ballet company performance in downtown Albany. I took her to the show and it was performed outside under The Egg. It was only an hour long (a piece of "Mid-Summer Night's Dream") and it started to rain just as the performance was ending, but it was a lovely way to spend some time in the Capital with my own ballerina girl. I even took some photos as I realized after living in this area for over 25 years, we have never taken photos of the Empire Plaza!! Downtown Albany has some beautiful architecture that we just don't see up here in suburbia. Here are a couple photos for you to see:
|view of The Capital/Legislative Building|
(my oldest daughter used to call it a castle :) )
- SUNDAY SERMON: Wow. Our pastor preached an amazing sermon last Sunday. I mean...it blew us away. It was about the 5 things we need to be doing for spiritual success. The sermon series for the summer has been "A Guide to the Good Life" and it has centered around our spiritual growth. The 5 points are: Hear the Word, Read the Word, Study the Word, Memorize the Word, and Meditate on the Word. He then recited a Scripture for every letter of the alphabet....called the Vitamin Nutrition(ex. are you empty? take Vitamin E "enter into His courts with praise...") I highly encourage you to listen/watch his sermon. It was very convicting to me. You can find it here. I am SO thankful for my church and our senior pastor.
- LOCAL BERRIES: fresh, local blueberries and raspberries for adding to my oatmeal, cold cereals, and yogurt in the morning. Sometimes I just grab a few as a snack, too. Love them and am so thankful for local farm stands and markets.
- SHOPPING TRIP: My daughters and I took the day Monday to go "back-to-school/work" shopping in the outlets just over the NY border in Massachusetts. We love shopping in MA as there is NO sales tax! And gas is cheaper so I fill the tank up when I get to the village there. Claire found some great deals and the above photo depicts what I bought. I had some great sale items! The skinny jeans in that dark grey are perfect for the dress code at work. I am allowed to wear "jeans" if they are not blue denim. Both tops will go with skirts and pants and that black skirt is replacing a very old skirt I just donated to Salvation Army. The scarf is a color I've been wanting and it was a very low price compared to the stores around my area. After we shopped we had lunch together at a fantastic wrap shop and then bought Dave something for work. I then had Claire practice driving home via the scenic route, over and down the Berkshire Mountains. (She already has experience with the MassPike and the NYS Thruway). She did very well and is ready for her road test later today!!
|Erie Canal Trailway/Mohawk River|
from the Bike Trails
- PAUSE: I was running all over town on Wednesday doing some necessary errands when I decided to stop for a chicken salad sandwich and an iced coffee and eat my lunch with my book on a bench along the biking/hiking trails along the Mohawk River in town. Wow...did I need this pause in my day and from the looks of the trail and picnic tables, so did many other people. Most were men and women on their lunch break from work as indicated by their clothing. Most were sitting alone like me, just enjoying the beautiful breeze and scenery. That white speck in the background of the photo was a large boating vessal cruising down the canal. It was a beautiful, although humid, day but that river breeze felt great. I sat there for about an hour just reading and praying. I love those spontaneous moments! (and later that evening, I was right back there as my friend Anita called me to go walking and then we treated ourselves to fro yo at the new Greek place!) I love summer and am going to miss these pauses in my day once I am back in the classroom!
Those were the highlights of my week. How about you? What was a fave thing or moment from the past week??
Note: a couple of readers emailed me asking how I was feeling from the sinus/ear infection I've been on meds for. I'm fine now, thanks to strong antibiotics!
And for those of you who wanted a photo of me climbing that ladder on Crane Mountain:
|photo courtesy of Cheryl A Blask|
Crane Mountain summit trail