5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – August 2018

Did you do anything exciting in July? What are you looking forward to in August? We share once a month with Leigh.

1 Second Everyday

[If you can’t see the 1 Second Everyday video, click here]

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5 Things Around the Web

1. Let Precious Moments Pass You By
by Greg Morse at Desiring God

Where’s my camera? Shouldn’t I be taking pictures of this? Sometimes, no. Here’s why.

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2. Yes, There Is Such A Thing As An ‘Introvert Hangover’
by Shawna Courter

Do you ever get introvert hangovers? I do. Read about it here.

And here are 17 signs that you have one.

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3. Why Does Every Soccer Player Do This?
by David Gendelman

It’s not just soccer players. It’s us, too. Why do our hands immediately go the top of our heads when we’re frustrated with ourselves?


Carlos Sanchez of Uruguay.CreditJoe Klamar/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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4. What Does “I’m Tired” Really Mean
by Paige Wyant

Here are 22 things people with fibromyalgia really mean when they say “I’m tired.” I don’t have fibromyalgia. But I have friends who do. This is helpful.

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5. ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Is Happening

This makes me happy! Anyone else?

Downton Abbey movie happening

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5 Things about Reading, Writing, Listening

1. 12 Podcasts for Summer Listening
at Christianity Today

If you’re looking for something entertaining, faith-sparking or brain-engaging, here are 12 recommendations to listen to. Most of them are new to me.

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2. Why It’s So Hard to Stop Reading Books You Don’t Even Like
by Katie Heaney

This is hard for me. I’ll stick with a bad book too long before I’ll give up on it.

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3. The Most Difficult Languages To Learn For English Speakers

I’m still struggling to learn Spanish, and it’s the easiest.


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4. Summer Reading List
from Barack Obama

I love to see what others are reading. Here’s a list recommended for summer reading by former President Obama.

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5. Nine Books I Recommend – July 2018     

I finished reading several fantastic books (nonfiction and fiction) in July.


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5 Things I Love

1. Is It Already Fall?

Not according to the calendar or the weather. But it’s “autumn mix” candy corn time. I couldn’t resist.


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2. Do the Math

From our 50+ years of friendship, we 4 Corners have birthed 9 babies, adopted 1, and buried 2. We’ve married off 6, and they’ve had 5. On this day we are celebrating a bridal shower for a 7th marriage coming soon. We’ve definitely run the gamut of emotions over a lifetime. This time, joy.

4 Corners

Kathy, Julie, Alicia, Lisa

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3. Special Photos

My oldest daughter Morgan and our granddaughter spent the weekend with us. My youngest daughter Jenna took some great 6-month photos. And snapped one with me, too. Even though I wasn’t dressed for the occasion, I’m glad to have the picture.


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4. Everyday Moments

Posed photos are awesome. But random photos are also important to catch the ordinary days. Jenna and I spent a couple days at Morgan’s house in July. I so treasure the time with all my girls. (The baby usually stays in the stroller; rare moment here.)


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5. ~1952

I so love old pictures, too. This one resurfaced recently. My mother is the girl wiping her eye in the back row (she was a teen), and my grandmother is the tallest lady on the front row (why did those genes skip me?)


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5 Things on the Blog

  • Do You Have to Know? 
    Do we really have to know for sure? Can we idolize our need to be right?
  • Is Prayer Enough? 
    They need help. We say, “I’ll be praying for you.” Is that enough?
  • Your “Righteous” Anger
    How often are you offended? Are you irritated too frequently? Overly sensitive? Are Christians viewed as perpetually angry people?
  • Why They Listen to You
    What are they listening for? Are you saying that? “They look to us for wisdom, for courage…”
  • If You Pray Well, You Live Well?
    He said, “If you pray well, you live well.” If it’s true, why don’t we pray better?

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What was a highlight from your July? What are you looking forward to in August? Please share in the comments.

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28 thoughts on “5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – August 2018

  1. Michele Morin

    I’ve never heard it called an “introvert hangover,” but I sure know it’s a real thing! And I’m cautiously intrigued by the Downton Abbey movie. I wonder if it will be as satisfying as the series??

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      As soon as I saw “introvert hangover”, I affirmed it as a real thing too, Michele. I’ve been on the go an extra amount this year and I come home with that kind of hangover from time to time. But all things considered, it’d definitely a better kind of hangover than any other kind, from what I hear. lol.

      I feel like the Downton movie can’t be as good as the series. But hopefully they’ll capture the essence of it.

  2. Sarah Geringer

    What a fun post. Headed over to the introvert hangover post–I DEFINITELY had one while I was at She Speaks! And, the three-generation photo is breathtakingly beautiful! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Sarah. I’m glad to have these photos with my girls. It’s just been overwhelming deciding which ones to print from the tons of pictures I’ve gathered this year. I think I also have a digital-photo-hangover. lol.

  3. bill (cycleguy)

    Love seeing the pictures of your girls. I’d say you and other dynamic threesome have been through it all. 🙂 As for my July, I was able to see my grandson play some baseball. I was able to ride my bike a lot due to no rain (good for me, bad for the crops) and have crossed 900 miles this year (as of this morning). I’m looking forward to August but not to the later daylight in the early morning. Makes for a later riding time. 🙂

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Glad you have been able to ride your bike so much this year, Bill! It’s so encouraging that you didn’t hang up your bike after your close calls. Many people might have called it quits but you pressed on.

      I’ve already noticed the days getting shorter and dislike it too. I wish we could hold steady with long days and short nights. 🙂

  4. Kendra

    Love the generation photos! I wish I had more pictures with both my mom and my son. And candy corn—I’m not a candy person at all, but make an exception at fall for those sugary little cones!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I wish my own mother was still here to get in the pictures too, though. 🙁 She would have loved having great grandkids. I had one great nephew born before she died that she did get to see, but now there are 4 more great grands that she didn’t get to see. Thankfully my husband’s parents are both still alive so we have gotten those pictures.

  5. Barbara Harper

    I always love your second-a-day videos. And the pictures with your daughters and granddaughters (and you!) are adorable! What a treasure to have 50 years with the same good friends. I’m not in touch with anyone I knew 50 years ago except family.

    I have mixed emotions about the Downton movie. They had things tied up pretty well at the end, so I’m not sure where they’ll take it. And it took me a long time to get over the fact that it was over, so I don’t want to start missing it all over gain. 🙂 But I am very much looking forward to it and think it will be every bit as good as the series.

    Yes, I have definitely experienced the introvert hangover.

    Fun picture of your mom and grandmother!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      It’s likely easier for me to stay in touch with old friends since I have never moved far from home. 🙂 And even though some of those friends have moved off, their parents are still here, so this remains homebase for them. I am grateful though and don’t take the friendships for granted!

      I agree with you about Downton. I really, really loved how they ended the series. Everything turned out just like I wanted. So you’re right; what will they do now–mess it back up? I hadn’t thought of that. ha.

  6. floyd samons

    It dawned on me, ’cause I ain’t the quickest thinker, I’m gonna watch your grand baby grow up!

    Love the grandma’s girls dominated one second video!

    My favorite photos are the ones with you, your daughter, and grand baby. Loved the one of your daughters and grand baby too! What a blessing!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      That’s true, Floyd. My one-second has turned into the grandma show. lol. I figure there will come a season when I don’t get to see her as much so it will decrease I’m sure. But for now, I’m enjoying every second I have. 🙂

  7. Laurie

    Loved seeing the list of the things you read and love from the web. I am always looking for suggestions and recommendations.

    And, of course, loved seeing the picture of you with your daughter and granddaughter. 3 beauties!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Laurie. It’s fun going back through a month’s worth of reading and trying to decide on the most interesting to share. It’s always hard to narrow it down.

  8. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

    This is super fun Lisa!! I do a link up on Sundays (or rather Sat night just on the other side of midnight) too, I love how you included all sorts of posts, a couple I saved to pocket I enjoyed so much, so thank you. And its so lovely to see your delightful granddaughter! ❤️

  9. Faith

    I had to laugh at the category IV ranking for Russian. Our youngest daughter Claire has been studying Russian since it was first offered to her in 5th grade. She is now a double majoring in Russian and Sociology with a minor in Ballet at the University of New Hampshire. She gets top grades in Russian and just loves it and says it isn’t any harder than French. She took French for 2 years in high school and Latin for one while also taking and competing state competitions in Russian. I think it’s subjective and depends on the person.
    I’m trying to find the follow button on your blog and can’t. I was hoping to follow you!! nice blog!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I’d say Claire must be exceptionally bright! Good for her in learning so many languages, even the hard ones. I’m sure it does partially depend on the person, but I’m still very impressed.

      So after reading your comment, I added a follow button on my blog last night. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know.

  10. Tea With Jennifer

    Love your photos of your family Lisa,
    I enjoyed time with my grandchildren who live nearby in July.

    Looking forward to spending time with my other grandchildren who live a 1,000 km away this weekend 😀

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Glad you got to spend time with your grandbabies last month and will get to see the others this weekend! Have safe travels and enjoy some sweet time together, Jennifer.

  11. Laura Thomas

    Love all the things here, Lisa—but especially the DOWNTON ABBEY MOVIE! How did I not know this joyous news? Plus your grandbaby is precious! Wishing you a wonderful August. Stopping by from #freshmarketfriday

  12. Deb Wolf

    I always love your roundup posts, Lisa. Your 1-sec. video is so much fun! Thanks for faithfully giving us this peek into the things that are precious to you! Blessings and hugs!

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