sunny and lovely:
Monday, February 28, 2011
sunny and lovely:
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Butter week begins!
Praying for the Mother of God's protection.
I got to eat chicken soup before sunset with
a good friend!!
I want an ice cream cone.
I know, snow is still on the ground but really,
a good french vanilla ice cream cone
sounds really good.
Pascha parties were already discussed as we ate our
almost last bits of meat.
One of the wonderful things about fasting for lent
is that we don't fast alone,
we can commiserate together :)
Really though, it is wonderful that we don't fast alone.
I had a great evening with a friend and feel unexpectedly
Tomorrow I have to work on job stuff.
My table is relatively clean and my dishes are done.
Can't tell you how great this feels.
Laundry and floor sweeping to do...
but the dishes,
for one brief moment,
Blessed butter week!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Going Towards Lent
Friday, February 25, 2011
Friday - a quiet night
Work is going well.
It is never fully easy when in a new organization,
especially on contract
but I am trying to hold steady
and practice contentment.
Especially contentment with myself;
with learning new things and
a new place...
I know what is needed is thankfulness
and living in the present,
living with God
where He is to be found.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Thurday towards the end of February
I have just a month left at work.
Still have to finish applying for the contract job
and now have another part-time job to apply for.
I have yet to hear from the job I interviewed at
for full time work, but that it has been almost a month
I don't think I got the job.
But I wish they would tell me,
I feel like I can't fully move on emotionally due to this.
I feel weary.
Please pray for my Dad - he paints (houses mainly) for a living and
winter is a slow time and
he does not have much work right now.
My parents could really use your prayers on this.
I am blessed with such great parents, I am very thankful.
Pray for Noah - he is back in the ER.
We have our first Soul Saturday at my church;
we do a short general Panakhyda service
and I just love being there for this.
It is these days of Lenten services
that I have been longing for
and are a big reason why I never wish to leave
the city I have come to love.
Yet I am seeking to still pray
Lord order my life as Thou wilt.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Prayers for my friend Mara
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Ottawa in the winter
I took this picture a week or so ago
when I was awake due to the noise of these trucks!
I still find this fascinating - to see how the snow
in a city is removed.
So much snow! This truck was filled up in one block!
Empty trucks were right behind for more snow...
They have to go outside of the city to dump the snow in
predetermined spots, esp. as the snow has salt in it...
Last weekend we had sun and then really quickly
a huge wind snow storm
and within 30 minutes it was sunny again.
Typical weather for downtown Ottawa!
Ottawa is a pretty socially reserved city...
the main topic if one were to talk to a stranger
is the weather...
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Feast Day - Sunshine - Icon of the Virgin of Tenderness
Monday, February 14, 2011
Monday - clouds and sunset - news and no-news
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Beginning week three / first week of three
Friday, February 11, 2011
And now for the weekend...
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Sunlight and Hard Work
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Tuesday - many details to be done
Ottawa gets a fair bit of snow each winter
and as is typical for some nights,
the plows and huge trucks that the snow is piled into
and brought outside the city
were in my area...
at 1.30 AM.
Really bad insomnia.
I am hoping that sleep will be better tonight -
I begin my Wednesday-Friday work week
Today there was sun and it was cold again;
I love these days.
I ordered some Akathists and other prayers today,
including a newly reprinted
canon to St. Katherine,
which was a real find!
(you can order it here, fyi).
I hope to get them right before Lent;
I am especially excited for this as some of the Akathists
come with the Saint's story.
Sometimes I fear that my writing about Akathists will look
like I am really good at prayer or something.
Not that I don't use them (though I have more than I have prayed,
since I have been actively collecting them)
but I am also
merely being myself,
a Orthodox Christian librarian.
I want to have these Akathists at hand, ready for use as needed or
for another person. This is what a librarian does.
I am grateful for Akathists;
there is something really special about them and
they teach us a lot about the life of the Saint
or the Mother of God
and this means that they always
teach us about Christ and the character of the Holy Trinity.
God is good and the lover of mankind.
Monday, February 07, 2011
Monday - Snow, Cloud and French
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Sunday - decisions and peace
This weekend I had time to catch my breath,
think and pray about the interview
I was to have on Tuesday
I realized that this particular job is not for me
nor the location.
So after consulting with my spiritual father,
parents and various Ottawa friends
I emailed the person and declined the interview.
I know I don't have a full time job
but made the decision in peace.
Of course I am hoping I get the job
I interviewed for this past week
that something will further develop from the
current work I am doing.
I am happy that the decision was made
with a sense of peace.
Friday, February 04, 2011
Friday Calm and Quiet
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Thursday - brilliant sun and white snowy ground
Thank God day two of my contract was better,
And today was a most beautiful sunlit snow-the-ground-day.
I am really tired.
Still overwhelmed in ways.
Realized that emotionally this week has been really overwhelming;
my friend Mara having a huge struggle
emotionally hard for me to deal with,
for when one you love suffers you suffer alongside;
an interview Tuesday for an Ottawa job that I would LOVE;
Wednesday a huge crazy first day of work that
I am still recovering from.
Thank God that His mercy is sufficient
and that tomorrow is Friday.
I can tell right now that a few things will be vital
for me to continue surviving my new job
and my life.
First: prayer time in the morning
Second: off the computer by 9 pm or soon after
Four: eat well, continue to avoid sugar
(sugar and caffinee incrases my sense of stress
and decreases my abilty to cope, but OH have I been
wanting to eat some chocolate!)
and stay well hydrated - drink lots of water and decaf tea.
Five: seek to remember God throughout the day
and His Holy Mother.