Share Four Somethings—February 2021

Here are my “four somethings” from February that I’m sharing at Heather’s.

Plus my One Second video from January. . . .

1 Second Everyday January 2021

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Something Loved

  • TRANSPARENT BOOK HOLDER

Book weight

clear book weight

If I’m eating lunch alone at home, I’ll also be reading something. If it’s a paper book, I want it to stay open without me holding it.

Enter this ingenious book weight. It’s made of clear acrylic and is heavy enough to hold down your pages. My daughter Jenna gave it to me a couple years ago. She got it on Amazon. Here’s an example if you want to see one.

It works best for small and medium-size books. If the book pages are too large, the weight won’t cover the edges, so while you can still read through it, the letters look slightly distorted at the edges.

I intentionally didn’t clean off my fingerprints before I made these photos so that the weight would show up better. But you can wash it off easily. I never use cookbooks anymore, but if I did, this would be great for them, too. Splatters could be washed off.

This is one of two types of book weights that I use often. I’ll share the other type later.

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Something Read 

  • HUMOR, SERIOUSLY

Humor, Seriously

Did you know we start laughing less around age 23? We don’t start laughing more again until retirement age, studies show.

I often consider myself too serious. That’s why I wanted to read this book, Humor, Seriously: Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life. And it helped. I’m looking for more laughter now, and we usually find what we’re looking for.

But please don’t ask me to tell a joke; it won’t be funny when I tell it. But the authors of this book say we don’t have to “be funny” to use humor. Just having a sense of humor is enough. Whew.

They encourage us to take this challenge: “I promise to laugh more. Even on Tuesday.”

Challenge accepted, even though today is Saturday (when it’s easier to laugh anyway).

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Something Treasured

  • A LITERAL WALK IN THE PARK

Kay and Lisa

I haven’t done much in-person socializing these cold months. As an introvert, I didn’t expect the lack to feel this bad.

But I’ve really missed not only my close friends and family, but also the peripheral friendships as well, those people you casually run into and have brief conversations with.

So I especially treasure the times I have with my friends when we can talk in person. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I hope those times will increase again. This week I took a long walk through Big Spring Park with my friend Kay to catch up on each other’s lives. It refreshed my soul.

I look forward to when we’ll have enough vaccines for us to meet inside again, too. Jeff is eligible now through his work, but there’s no vaccines to be had. I don’t know when my turn will come. 

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Something Ahead

  • PLAYTIME WITH THE GRANDS

My daughter Morgan sent me a snapchat of my granddaughter last weekend from their house. I hope to pick up this cutie and her sister in the next few days to bring them back to my house for more adventures with Granna.

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Then later in March we’ll have a drive-thru baby shower for our little grandson due in May. I haven’t been to a drive-thru shower yet. Have you? I’m not sure exactly how they work, but I’ll find out soon.

This is Jenna in front of their freshly painted mural in the nursery. They did a beautiful job painting something interesting and inspiring for the baby to see every day.

Jenna Mural


previous Favorite 5’s

What’s a favorite from your month in February? What are you looking forward to in March? Share in the comments.

sharing with Jen, Anita, Debbie

24 thoughts on “Share Four Somethings—February 2021

  1. blankSharon Hazel

    I so agree with you, that I miss the connection with other people, even though I am back at work! We are still not permitted to mix indoors with other households here, but are able to meet, now up to two, other families outdoors. But the weather has been so stormy it has been impossible to arrange anything. Just in the last couple of days we have finally had a break in the weather, so hopefully next month I can catch up with friends.

  2. blankMartha J Orlando

    I loved catching up with you here, Lisa! Yes, I so miss being with friends and family, and glad you’ve had that opportunity. Hope you will also be able to get the vaccine sooner than later. I go for my second shot on March 5. Two weeks after that, I’m free!!!
    Blessings, and Happy Saturday!

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      I’m so happy you’ll be getting your second shot on Friday, Martha! I’m trying not to be envious of those who are getting fully vaccinated and will be able to return to a more normal life soon. 🙂 My turn will come eventually! My husband will get his first shot next week and I have been over-the-top thrilled about it.

  3. blankLinda Stoll

    Hi Lisa! It was amazing how similar my month looked to yours on your video … minus the grandchildren.

    I’m off to check out that plastic book holder. Sheer genius!

    Have a restful weekend, friend …

  4. blankTrudy

    Your 1-second video always brings me smiles, Lisa. 🙂 And a drive-thru shower? Never heard of it, but there are a lot of new things happening in life lately. Jenna and her hubby are creative. 🙂 I’m sure you’re excited for that little grandson to come! I hope all goes well. Love and blessings to you!

  5. blankLesley

    I agree with you about missing the face-to-face contact. We are only allowed to meet with one other person outdoors so it is really limited here and I am so looking forward to when it changes. The book about humour looks really interesting. I hope you enjoy your adventures with your grandchildren!

  6. blankJean Wise

    love that book holder and your videos. Supposed to be more than 50 here tomorrow in Nw Ohio so outside I go. time for a walk in the early spring sunshine. Now that will bring joy to my heart!!

  7. blankPaula Short

    Lisa I absolutely loved your one second video of the month. What a great idea you have there. The book weight is genius. Oh how delightful you got to take a walk with your friend. Yay! A new grandbaby, congrats Jenna and Granna. I’ve never heard of a drive-through baby shower. Sounds interesting, I’d be interested to know how it works and how it turns out. Blessings.

  8. blankBarbara Harper

    I was thinking that book weight might be good for cookbooks! I have one cookbook that has to have something on it to stay open. I have a book weight that is a strap with a round weighted thing at each end. It works, but you have to move it around as you read since it is not transparent. My husband has much more of a sense of humor than I have. It really lightens things up and diffuses tense situations. Just a couple of times I have gotten frustrated when a funny remark made it seem like he wasn’t taking me seriously. But mostly I realize that’s just his way and appreciate it 99.9% of the time. There are times I can’t look at him in church or I know I’ll start laughing. Glad you had a nice outing with a friend and some time with grandkids! I have not been to a drive-by shower, but my sister had a drive-by birthday party last May. I wasn’t there but she shared a video that my youngest sister made. Her friends drove by and waved, some dropped off gift bags, some decorated their car. She’s always been the social butterfly of the family, so I was glad her friends got this together for her.

  9. blankBeth

    Wow, Lisa! So many favorite things to pick from! I always love your 1-second videos. Gives us all a peek into your beautiful life! And your grand are so precious and I can’t wait for you to experience a “boy” grandchild! How different they can be in so many ways! 😉 I’m looking forward to some masked face-to-face time with my best friend on Thursday. It’s been quite a while and it’s always so encouraging! Hugs to you, my friend! Thanks for this encouraging boost for my week!

  10. blankJeanne

    Great post. The one second a day video is an awesome record, but wow that would be a lot of work to create (for me). It will be a great memory in a decade or so!

  11. blankJoanne

    That mural is fabulous! I painted murals for each of my boys’ nurseries too and it put a smile on my face just as much as on theirs.

  12. blankMaryleigh

    The transparent book holder! Love! Love! Love! I read while I eat lunch, too! And the book on Humor? I’ll give it a try – girl humor is so much different than boy humor (I know – sounds sexist – but I enjoy guy humor better) – My husband is the one who laughs a lot. I’m a literalist, so I’m lost a lot with humor unless it’s puny! What sweet family time! It’s the best! Believing and praying that 2021 brings our friends to the same table for fellowship!

  13. blankWemi Omotosho

    I’ve never heard of a book weight – it’s ingenious, I love it! I’m going to get one methinks. I’ve also missed socialization – i’m looking forward to being able to meet up with a friend in our local park soon. Wow, the mural on the nursery wall is really well done. I’ve never heard of a drive-through baby shower before either – I look forward to reading about your experience 🙂

  14. blankLaurie

    Love the book on humor! Since I have retired, I think I am laughing more. Although the antics of teenagers kept me pretty well entertained for over 30 years! 🙂

    Have fun next week with your precious granddaughters!

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