Doctor Day- Oh Well

Today is doctor day. It’s off to see a gastroenterologist for a consult. This whole doctor thing has become a monthly budget item. At least I have hit my deductible already. This appointment will be with a Physicians Assistant for a consult about stomach issues. So I don’t think any blood tests which is good because I have not studied for one. πŸ™‚

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After the doctor, I think I will need to stop at the office, aka coffee shop. A doctor day means one is deserving of a treat, but sadly no more cupcakes with a blueberry on top. We will see what they have today. Yesterday I didn’t see anything gluten free but that doesn’t mean something won’t be there by the time I get there today.

I will bring a book to read, Anatomy of the Soul by Dr. Curt Thompson, and my laptop for blogging and writing. I am close to the point of publishing the two books I am working on, Lifted Out Of The Pit/Called To The Nations and Jesus Understands Trauma.

This evening, if it is not too hot, I will join some people for a barbecue.

How is your Wednesday?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Temptation At The Coffee Shop

Yesterday I went to my office, aka the coffee shop, to do some blogging and some writing. When I went to the Barista to pay for my coffee, I was done in by the sight of temptation.

There it was taunting me as if to dare me not to try it, a gluten free cupcake with blueberry filling. I only paid for the coffee and went to sit down to write, but that cupcake would not relent. It kept luring me in, so I caved in and got said cupcake.

You might be concerned about health issues, but for me those we allayed by the realization that an actual blueberry was on the top of the cupcake. Blueberries are considered a superfood and one blueberry surely offset the sugar used to make the temptation.

After consuming the gluten free cupcake, and while looking over that magical cup of coffee, a sense of joy and serenity overcame me, so the blogging and writing commenced.

There will not be a repeat of the incident from yesterday because there were only two of the cupcakes in the refrigerated display and solely out of concern for the other cupcake to not feel lonely or isolated, I may have eaten that one too.

This morning it is off to church and a return to the coffee shop with a detour to the park. It will be a rare nice day in the summer here, so reading in the park is called for.

How is your weekend?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Updates on Books and Possible New Look for My Blog

Sitting in my office, aka the coffee shop, this afternoon and writing, there are two books I have finished the first draft for. I woke up this morning not feeling very motivated, but Alicia of messaged me that she had read the first draft of the book I am working on Jesus Understands Trauma. Her positive input motivated me to come to my office, aka coffee shop, and write.

The book I am writing about my journey with Jesus I am thinking about the title- Lifted From The Pit, Called To The Nations. My hope is that Jesus will use the two books to bring people to know him and to edify those who already know him.

After getting them published, my attention will then turn to Christian fiction books that I had started but got sidetracked. To say I am enjoying this summer break from teaching would be an understatement.

Then a thought occurred to me about my blog. I have been using the same theme for years. It is now called a legacy theme. I thought perhaps a new theme would be good, so I called the young woman at my church office, real office not a coffee shop, and asked if she would help me look over the themes. We will meet Friday afternoon.

Just an update.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Nostalgia Time At The Coffee Shop

This morning I was blessed to have coffee with my childhood best friend Todd. The coffee mug they gave me to use was fitting even though the date on it is many years before I was born. It gave a nostalgic feeling to the morning.

We talked about many things including childhood memories, our families, our shared faith in Jesus etc. So even though the heat wave is on, it was a nice way to start my weekend sitting in an air conditioned coffee shop having coffee with my friend.

After he left, I stayed and got a lot of writing done. Currently I am working on two books, one about my life journey including my testimony of Jesus lifting me out of the mire in life, and one about trauma/depression/anxiety. It is gratifying to be able to say I finished the first draft of the book about my life journey.

Normally if I have two posts in a day, the second one is to give another blogger some promotion. But because David of told me in a comment to post a picture from the coffee shop, today’s second post is from the coffee shop. You can blame him. πŸ™‚

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Ahh Yesterday-Burgers and Coffee Shop

It was a double blessing day yesterday with two different cultures. It was the kind of day that filled me with gratitude for Jesus calling me to my ministry and work.

After a LAZY start to my day which included a NAP, I met with my friend from Bosnia to have some burgers. We hadn’t gotten together for a while because he has been working extra to save up money for him and his wife to travel to Bosnia. Burgers always taste better when meeting with friends. πŸ™‚

Then it was off to my favorite coffee shop where I spent time blogging and reading. I also got some writing done. As I was getting ready to leave, two young men came in who were speaking Spanish. I went over and introduced myself in Spanish and ended up sitting with them for an hour practicing my Spanish. We added each other on Facebook so we can meet again. One of my summer goals is improving my Spanish.

To top it off, in the evening I received an email from my therapist telling me her verse of the day was James 1:12 which made her think of me. It was a nice little icing on the cake for a lazy, fun, summer break day for this teacher.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trialΒ because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of lifeΒ that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Today is methotrexate day, so downtime is in order, but have no fear, the coffee shop is on my Saturday list. How has your week been?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Summer Lowering The Boom-BUT

We enjoyed several picture perfect days for three weeks at the end of May and first days of June. Those nice days allowed me to spend time in the park reading and one Saturday an enjoyable time of a picnic with some of my students. I had thoughts of wouldn’t it be nice if it stayed like this all summer even though I knew I was fooling myself.

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Then it happened on Sunday. Summer lowered its boom and now we are in the midst of a heat wave with temps some days reaching 100f/30c. That is normal where I live but still when it happens, it begins my countdown to September. Though I do not live in a desert like the picture above, it feels like it.

Knowing something unpleasant is coming is one thing but actually having it happen is another thing. Knowing it is coming can cause a bit of dread but when the reality hits, one needs to find a way to cope.

Fortunately even though it is too hot for reading in the park, my favorite coffee shop has air conditioning. So my summer of reading, writing, and practicing Spanish shall commence.

Speaking of writing, I am at about 8,000 words for a book I am working on about how Jesus understands trauma and wants to partner with us in our healing journey. My hope is to finish it this summer along with a book about how Jesus has worked in my life.

For me the coffee shop is a place that stimulates me in my writing. Something about observing about the diverse people who come to the coffee shop helps me write. So I will spend the afternoon there before I teach my final evening class at the college until mid July.

Do you have a favorite writing spot?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

June Is Here

June is here. In the past June has been a month of adventures for me having had seven of my eleven international trips in June. But alas I won’t have any international trips this year. Not to fear my dear readers because hopefully I will have a local adventure meeting new arrivals from Ukraine and teaching them English at a Ukrainian church.

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Still there is nothing quite like going to the airport and getting on the plane to head off to another country. The flying part is a bit boring for me now although my last international flight I did enjoy watching the three Hobbit movies flying from Houston Texas to Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

For me international travel is all about meeting new people, experiencing their culture, and sharing the love of Jesus. Jesus has blessed me to be able to do so in Brazil, France, Mexico, and Romania. This might surprise you but I have also managed to enjoy time in a coffee shop in all the countries I have visited. πŸ™‚

To give you an idea of my sense of adventure when I travel, during my first trip to Constanta Romania in June 1997, I suggested we get lost in the city so we could walk around to learn the city. My fellow team members from my church looked at me as if they were wondering if I was crazy.

For this June, there are no such travel adventures awaiting me. But I am trusting Jesus to bring some meaningful interactions with people to me.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Thoughts about Apples at the Coffee Shop

At the coffee shop Sunday, they gave me a mug to use that caused me to wonder about something. We have an old saying the America- An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away. Well the mug they gave me to use had pictures of three apples on it.

Combining coffee with the old saying about apples keeping the doctor away caused me to wonder if a cup of coffee a day with a picture of three apples will keep three doctors away. Such are the thoughts that can come to a person while drinking coffee and blogging.

If it was possible, I would gladly drink coffee out of such a mug every day probably three cups just to make sure. πŸ™‚

Or perhaps the old saying- You Are The Apple of My Eye- applies. An argument could be made that coffee is the apple of my eye. It is my dear old friend.

No need to compare because both would hopefully be true.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

FriYeah Is Here :)

On the last Friday I will need an alarm clock until August, an epic failure occurred. I woke up an hour before my alarm clock went off. I know it is like a horror story. However, I survived the ordeal, so no need to worry.

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Today is celebration day for both of my classes. Today is also methotrexate day meaning by the time my afternoon class finishes, I will be ready for a power nap. That will be followed by binge watching some shows while laying in bed.

My friend from Venezuela, who I usually meet with on Saturday mornings, has been sick, so we won’t meet tomorrow. I sense a full day at the coffee shop coming. Hopefully they will give me a good coffee mug to use. The last two times they gave me one with flowers on it and one with little birds and hearts on it. Such mugs should be reserved for repurposed sodas like lattes and are not fitting for a coffee purist. A super hero mug is fitting for a coffee purist. πŸ™‚

Anyway back to it being Friday. I counted and I have 14 Fridays coming with nothing to do. That puts a whole new meaning to it being FriYeah. My summer break is almost upon me. If you hear a thud, it will be the sound of sudden relaxation hitting me. πŸ™‚

What are your weekend plans?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Saturday In The…………

A famous song by the group Chicago is Saturday in the Park about how wonderful it is to be in the park. Well I am not in the park. Not on this Saturday. We had storms roar through here bringing temperatures today more fitting for March. What is a boy to do on a dreary cold day?

Hang out in the coffee shop of course. πŸ™‚

Who am I kidding? I would probably come here even if it was a nice day outside. πŸ™‚

It has been productive nevertheless. I have written a blog post for tomorrow, checked in on the NFL draft, paid some bills, and started a new book The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson. I have only read the first few chapters which are more introductory, but it seems like a good book.

Did I mention that I did not wake up until 11:30 this morning? Looks like a no nap day. But the sleep was so needed.

Coffee, a book, blogging, and nachos, too bad I don’t know music so I could write Saturday in the Coffee Shop.

What are you up this Saturday?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.