Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Bethlehem has opened Eden, come, let us see;
(And Mary said to the child,)
“Save the world, O Savior.
from the Kontakion on the Nativity,
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Lots of Laundry.
Happy to report that my new laundry room is quite lovely.
I put up this shelf in my
Took buying two brackets (uneven walls)
and I lost a drill bit in the wall.
(It is still there).
But the shelf is up and my lovely things on it.
Monday, December 14, 2009
I went to a friend's Christmas gathering
this past weekend.
I took these shots on the way there.
I loved how the lights were hidden on the path
and how you had to keep going to
see more of the beauty.
(First picture from my new home)
Being in the capital of Canada,
things are always happening here.
Over the weekend the Olympic Flame toured around.
It was rather surprising for a grey day;
I was home and all of a sudden this great radio-like noise boomed out.
Huge trucks (see picture below) announced the flames coming,
and that it was a "historic" event and the longest tour of the flame
ever in Canada.
They were not kidding!
They were still touring around Ottawa hours later;
went in front of my church after vespers.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
There is a lot of snow now, here;
the wind is blowing,
I can hear it by my windows
here on the 8th floor.
I read this blog post about saying goodbye to the year
and realize I need to do just that.
As many who read my blog know,
this year has been with a lot of challenges.
A year ago my job was already proving to have
great and serious difficulties;
I was really shaken,
did not even have as much courage for
the corporate Christmas party
I had to go to.
In many ways I really loved my job;
running my own library
working for the staff there,
praying for them
I lost this job due to reevaluations in the end of Lent.
It took me sometime to realize
how I had left the that library
in a much better place
than when I began.
And so it goes.
I lost the job.
I left the apartment I loved.
But soon it will be a new year.
My life is still unfolding.
God is with us.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
I hope to get other pictures without window
But, what a nice snowy view!
I am still adjusting to my new place,
my stove and oven needs fixing,
boxes still packed and in the closet,
laundry hidden in bins.
You know, life after a move.
But the view out my living room window
it always brings me back to a place
of thankfulness and wonder.
Cleo was being most shy today.
She is near me as I type this;
I am loving the corner where my gold
chair now resides.
More pictures later,
when further organization is accomplished.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Thursday, December 03, 2009
I am really missing this kitchen wall.
When ever I look at my buffet,
I miss it.
However, thank God I am here
in my new blue place
with so much potential,
albeit less space.
I must strive to remember the thankfulness I had
cleaning my new apartment
and hanging my Trinity Icon on the wall.
(It is now the first Icon one sees when my front door opens.)
And God provided beauty,
like the sun shining through these clouds,
as seen on my new small balcony.
And the second day I managed,
by the grace of God,
to put up my icon shelf,
and even got it level.
But it has been a hard week,
I am about halfway unpacked.
A friend is coming tomorrow to help me,
my table needs to be put together,
boxes moved down from shelves in my closets
so I can put things in order.
Today I tried to put up a shelf in my bathroom,
but try as I may,
I did not get it level and am hoping that one of my friends
can be of help!
(It is a corner shelf and after getting the inside hidden brackets on the wall,
it was not fully even and so did not work).
A small thing,
but it feels big when one needs the shelf in order to empty a box onto!