Share Four Somethings—June 2021

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

Plus my One Second video from last month . . . 

[click here if you can’t see the video]

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Something Loved

  • CALCULATOR APP 

This may seem silly, but I love this free calculator app, Numerical. I downloaded it a couple years ago. I highly prefer it over the standard calculator app that comes pre-loaded with the iPhone.

numerical-app

Why is Numerical better? It does lots of things. But my favorite thing is it shows the history of your whole transaction, i.e., you can catch your typos.

If you’re adding a long string of numbers, with this calculator you can actually SEE that whole string of numbers as you go, instead of just the most recent number. If you make a mistake, you can easily find and correct it instead of having to start all over. 

Even though we use online banking, I can’t sleep at night unless my checkbook is balanced by hand every month. (I’m not the only one left, right?) So having a good phone calculator makes the job easier. 

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Something Read 

  • ALL THE BOOK OPTIONS

This is more about HOW I prefer to read instead of WHAT I’m reading. It’s how I’m currently reading The Book of Longings, the latest novel from Sue Monk Kidd.

Thanks to public libraries, my very favorite way to experience books is to have all three options for the same book at the same time:

1) the hardcopy when I want to see and turn pages,
2) the ebook version on my kindle when I want to read in bed or on my phone  
3) the audio version when I’m driving or doing chores around the house

book options

And all of these three are free with a library card (aren’t public libraries the best?!!).

It’s not always easy to stay synced when I switch back and forth, but it usually only takes a second. It’s worth that.

Rarely does this line up at the same time with one book. But for this book, I’m enjoying that I have all three options together for two weeks.

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Something Treasured

  • AN INSIDE VIEW

Thanks to covid vaccines, we’ve been getting inside views again: of restaurants, church services, public events, etc.

It’s been refreshing to meet friends again for a meal without having to choose only places with outside patios and decent weather; to sing beside fellow believers and take communion together inside our church building; to visit inside people’s homes again without wearing masks.

May I never take these things for granted.

And may the rest of the world find themselves in this place sooner rather than later. My heart and prayers go out to those countries who are still in the fight of their lives.

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Something Ahead

  • ANOTHER SHOT AT A SHOT

Since our third grandchild arrived on May 4, we’ve only had one weekend so far with all three grandkids in the same place at the same time. We did take a photo of Jeff and I with all the grandkids together that weekend, but as is typical, I really hated the way my hair looked that day (it’s an ongoing problem, I confess), along with other things I don’t like about my photos.

I’m trying to squash my pride so I’ll show you (but I’m also showing you because I think the grandkids are so adorable!):

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I’m hoping they’ll all be here together this weekend for July 4, mainly because I want to have them all together!, but also (vainly) so we can take a new photo. (Even though I probably won’t like my hair that day either; how frivolous to be concerned about hair this summer instead of covid.)


previous Share Four Somethings

What’s a highlight from your June? What are you looking forward to in July? Share in the comments.

18 thoughts on “Share Four Somethings—June 2021

  1. blankKym

    I usually dislike my eyebrows or facial expression in photos so I understand the dilemma of getting a good photo! But get photos anyway and share them!! I think you look marvelous and the grandkids are adorable!

    Visiting from IMM this week!

  2. blankLinda Stoll

    It’s all about the babies! What an incredibly joyful month for you all, Lisa!

    Meanwhile, your hair is fine.

    And I’m fascinated that you read a book with 3 formats … I’ve never heard of that before but it makes absolute sense.

    My 15 year old grandgirl does the 1 second every day thing and it was hysterical to watch what she was putting together through June.

    Never a dull moment.

  3. blankPam Ecrement

    Love these highlights and points, Lisa. My June highlight was being healthy to go to see our youngest granddaughter graduate from high school and get to see her oldest brother who was able to pop in from third year medical school to be there for a portion of the weekend. With grandchildren now becoming adults it is harder and harder to get to see them when we visit our children.

    We are planning to head to TN to see our son and his family over the July 4th weekend and that will be the first time we were able to be there since New Year’s so we hope no glitches come up. (We no longer take such times for granted given last year’s lockdowns and health issues.)

  4. blankJennifer Smith

    Super cute photos! Honestly, I was looking at the cuties and never even noticed your hair. Until you pointed it out (even then, it look lovely!) Lesson learned….people are probably not noticing the same (perceived) flaws that I see when looking at a photo!! Glad you shared – and hope you have some fresh photo ops this weekend….since that means everyone will be together! PS – what I did notice is that you are wearing a turtleneck sweater:) Hasn’t the weather everywhere just been the most unusual!!?

  5. blankMegan Byrd

    So glad you’ve been able to see your grandchildren again. I, too, like that there are multiple options for reading books. I don’t usually do audio books unless I want to hear a memoir read by the author. Those always entertain me.

  6. blankLesley

    Congratulations on your new grandchild! I think the picture is lovely. And I’m glad you’re enjoying more normality too. Things are a lot better here too. We still can’t sing in church, but I think that might be changing in a few more weeks!

  7. blankBarbara Harper

    Loved the video! I’ve had an audiobook and ebook synced, and I enjoy being able to use either, depending on my circumstances. I don’t think I’ve had three versions of a book at once. But you’ve encouraged me to get the audio of one book–I was resisting since I had received the hardback as a gift. But I’ll probably get to it faster with audio. It’s a biography, so I do like being able to see the photos in the paper book. I had my first meal inside a restaurant in over a year–so nice to do something we took for granted. I think the picture with the grands looks great–including your hair! I know what you mean–there’s something I don’t like about how I look in most photos.

  8. blankCorinne Rodrigues

    I love your 1 second video – such a reflection of your full and meaningful life! The grandchildren are so beautiful – as are you even on days when you consider your hair is not up to standard! ♥

  9. blankJean Wise

    Love love love the family pic with the new baby. You made me smile just seeing that. I do borrow books from the library but never really got into borrowing audio and e-books. I need to do that…. Thanks for the reminder.

  10. blankTea With Jennifer

    Cute photo Lisa!
    We are one of those countries in lock down again… Australia.
    Our major (ordered & paid for) supply of vaccines were confiscated by the EU officials before it left Europe back in January, commandeered for their own use… (Not sure how I feel about that course of action, hmmmm 🤔).

    And we have been left in deficit for months with our government trying desperately to find other suppliers.
    We are now awaiting those vaccines for our country’s population.

    However, the Delta strain has now hit our shores & we’re in lock down again. 😬
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      Oh, I’m so sorry that all are in lockdown again, Jennifer. 🙁 And especially to hear that your vaccines weren’t delivered as expected! That is dreadful and so dangerous. May you stay safe friend and at peace through it all. It’s such a challenge. Blessings to you.

  11. blankDonna

    Lisa, such an enjoyable post, I like these “Share Four Somethings” many of the bloggers do, they are so personal and informative at the same time. I must join in at some point! Just for the record I have yet to see a bad photo of you. This particular one you look lovely, seriously. Your smile is beautiful. Though I confess I never take photos of myself. I find fault with every single one, I have the hair problem too-curly is great when it works, mine seldom does.

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