Monday, December 13, 2010
Yesterday while at church we were asked to put a prayer request in a basket so that they could be prayed over during the services. I asked for a healing of my spirit, specifically, my continued dredging up of hurtful moments between myself and my sister. For some reason I keep mulling over things that have happened and how I can best protect myself. Mind you, I get along very well with her most of the time and I love her dearly. Last night, just out of the blue, she dropped by and we spent a wonderful hour of conversation and sharing. It wasn't until later in the evening that I realized that my prayer had been answered!!! Pay attention!!!!
My second "aha" moment was today. I have a lot of stuff to get done today. Had to do some shopping and actually took the time to make lists of the things I needed, planned how I was going to organize the trip...which store first etc. I even remembered to take my lists with me:)) Within 2 hours I had visited 4 stores, gotten everything I needed, and was sitting down for lunch. I then put my car away in the garage so I wouldn't be tempted to go out for something else and could concentrate on what I had to do at home. I am soooo proud of myself. It was so not stressful and very productive.
My hope for myself is to remember these 2 things every day. Celebrate the moment:)
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Amid the drowning rain, the breath robbing asthma, and crushing fatigue, there is such joy in my life. Friday my grandson spent the night with me. I had just decorated my Christmas tree and he lay down in his sleeping bag next to it and watched Charlie Brown's Christmas while I tried to make gingerbread cookies. We decided they were better ornaments than cookies. LOL
The next day we went over to his house where I joined them for the annual Christmas tree hunt and cut. Pouring rain, mud, and, above all, joy! A ride on the wagon pulled by 2 Percherons (taking the place of the clydesdales that have gone on to greener pastures). Found the perfect tree and everyone had advice for Dad as he wallowed in the mud trying to cut it down. In the end, the tree was downed, we had hot cider, and bought some new ornaments. Nap time (at least for me:)
This morning I attend church to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Mass in Spanish and some English. Beautiful ceremony with dancers and icons and offerings of food. A reception after mass offered tamales and pasteles (I think that's right) and a very thick hot cocoa drink. More dancing and fun. It really brought the meaning of the season into my heart. It also gave me a good idea of what it must be like for people to move here and not be able to speak the language. It can be terrifying and isolating. I hope to keep that in mind this season.
Next week-end it is the Filipino celebration with food to follow. I better get exercising. But what a great way to celebrate the many cultures in this area.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Update on riding.....went for a ride again today. Different shoes, different pedals. What a difference. Nice day, no rain, cool but I warmed up quite nicely. And then....just as I turned into my street, about .5 miles from home my front tire went FLAT! Can you say bummed. So I got in a nice little walk too. Now to figure out how to change a tire with a disc brake on it. Sigh.
Flowing Water I thought of you as I was walking my bike back home. I can't believe it. But it is what it is and I am having a good lunch and chilling.
At least I got out there. It makes me feel much better:))
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