Since I took a blog vacay, this seems to have popped up really suddenly!
Lent: Honestly, I just got the house back to its normal situation and now we’re heading into Easter with Lent having already begun. I may have mentioned before that our pastor is far from being Mr. Nice Guy – he can be downright rude sometimes, and his sarcasm knows no limits. Since I resigned my board chair position, I don’t have much to do with him, but he’s still there. On Sunday, we took little guy to church with us. For a two-year-old, I think he did an excellent job, but he got noisy sometimes. Once, he began walking up the aisle, and the pastor glared – I glared right back. At Ash Wednesday services, he mixed the dry ashes with a lot of water to form a paste. He then almost smeared it on people’s foreheads. I guess in his mind, he thought the congregation really needed a good reminder to atone. I could hardly wash it all off that night! I guess he’d be my best bet for mortification during these forty days. I also mentioned that I don’t really give up anything, but I read this and I’m trying to apply it.
Fast from bitterness; turn to forgiveness
Fast from hatred; return good for evil
Fast from negativism; be positive
Fast from complaining; be grateful
Fast from pessimism; be an optimist
Fast from harsh judgments; think kindly thoughts
Fast from worry; trust in Divine Providence
Fast from discouragement; be full of hope
Fast from anger; be more patient
Fast from pettiness; be more mature
Fast from gloom; enjoy the beauty around you
Fast from jealousy; pray for trust
Fast from gossiping; control your thoughts
Fast from sin; turn to virtue
I need work in all areas!! Enough about that.
ValDay: I’ve never been big on this holiday, but I do pay it lip service. I don’t like assigning one day to express love – it should happen every day. Where once I received flowers, candy, and bling; now, I like actions better. I feel loved every time my husband helps me into my coat (including the zipper,) eases me out of the shower when I get stuck, cooks meals (with me being a budinsky,) helps with the running of the household chores, or pulls me up to a standing position when I get stiff. I don’t need a day to say I appreciate all he does for me – I try to thank him every day. The same with my kids – I made them all personal cards, but I try to show my love in actions.
Weekend Worry again: Last week my one son took off on a ski trip in the middle of a blizzard. Last night he told me that it got worse as they got into the mountains – a total white out. Now, this weekend, he and his brother are going on a long weekend hike in NH. Once again, there will be snow involved. So, I’ll get into worrying mama mode and pray they stay safe.
TV: I can’t believe that on Sunday night, the last episode for season 3 of Downton Abbey will be shown. Then, I’ll have a long wait for season 4 to start up again. There are some interesting shows coming on for the spring season, and I’ll DVR them and check to see if I like them.
Books: I’m reading another Anita Shreve, Sea Glass, but it’s dragging. I have two more waiting for me: The Winter’s In Bloom by Lisa Tucker, and Falling Together ~ Marisa de los Santos. I’ll let you know how they are. I’m waiting for some to be released, and the local library will get them for me.
Grammar: I’m about ready to close this chapter because I don’t know what else to include that might be helpful. BTW, the error that my former superintendent made was this. One of her former students asked how to diagram a particular sentence. [While running, he tripped and fell.] The former teacher told her that ‘running’ was a gerund. It’s actually a participle since it modifies ‘he.’
If anyone has questions about grammar, I’d be happy to try and answer them. For now, I’ll put the Grammar Muff back on the shelf.