Sunday, July 31, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
She came just 10 days before my chrismation;
she was in my church bulletin;
my Godmother to be was asking me pretty regularly,
who I had chosen;
then St. Irene came, I read her story and that was that.
(My name's Saint is St. Elizabeth the Mother of the Forerunner
but that did not come till later).
The church I go to in Ottawa is on the old calendar but
the church I was chrismated in is on the new calendar
so I still think of today as The Day of St. Irene :)
May St. Irene of Chrysovalantou pray to God for us!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
The interview went well. Thank you for prayers!
Next interview Monday.
Meanwhile, I thought these pictures of Cleo
I had a tea that had catnip in it and she was
I know, I am such a disciplinarian
when it comes to these things.
I just realized this week that Cleo has to be at least
eight years old.
She still acts like a kitten in my eyes,
but the realization of her age made me
give her more gentle pets today...
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Today is St. Elisabeth the New Martyr's day!
St. Elisabeth's name's Saint is
St. Elizabeth the Mother of St. John the Baptist...
which is cool because it means that St. Elizabeth the New
and I share the same name's day Saint :)
Cute casual tea pot and dish; someone left it outside their
place and I snapped a picture...
Speaking of tea, I am really wanting to have tea parties.
My cousin called the other night and I
told him all about my various interviews
and he commented that it could be boring
and I realized that this is true.
Crazy to think, since I still don't have stable work,
but I've had so many interviews in the last year
that the nerves and interview prep does get a bit old
after a while.
But I am seeking to be thankful.
Actually I think I am inwardly dragging about it all;
I find it hard to get ready for another interview;
I think in someways it just seems so, well, futile.
I know I have to fight such thoughts
but after so many interviews without job offers
it feels like a race that I just can't win or finish.
I have a feeling all 4 of my last interviews will be 'no'...
3 of them already were such;
Clearly I am in need of more prayer (yours and mine please)
and continual work on my outlook / attitude.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
it turned out well and my priest graciously blessed it
with the small prayer that is the book I have
on this Saint.
This was a real gift to me, the making of the bread and
Elder Moses' younger brother.
I am finding both Elder Anthony and Elder Moses,
Friday, July 15, 2011
Fr. Vasile is in "Germany right now in a clinic, the only one in Europe where this type of liver transplant can be done, but the money is not enough, they will have to pay an expensive bill but do not have this money. Your prayers are certainly heard by our merciful God and if you have the kindness to post on your blog this prayer (or/and financial) request I am sure it will be very useful."
1 Euro (equals) Romanian Lei 4.2653 RON as of 7/15/2011
100 Euros (equals) Romanian Lei 426.53 RON as of 7/15/2011
10000 Euros (equals) Romanian Lei 42,653.18 RON as of 7/15/2011
I asked my one of my Romanian friends
Thursday, July 14, 2011
There is something wonderful about how quiet
it is by water.
Watching the ripples in the water
made by the duck's feet...
You can actually see the duck's feet a bit in this one!
Can you hear the quiet?
Another cute picture of my friend's cat :)
Needing the Mother of God's prayers.
Have two appointments tomorrow and research work to do.
Feel really behind and like I can't catch up.
the sun is shining and I am going to eat my dinner and then
take a walk...
and maybe some pictures too...
I hope to get some good chicken this weekend and make this salad again:
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
(sitting at the back of my chair right now,
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
“When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son.
2 But the more they were called,
the more they went away from me.
They sacrificed to the Baals
and they burned incense to images.
3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
taking them by the arms;
but they did not realize
it was I who healed them.
4 I led them with cords of human kindness,
with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts
a little child to the cheek,
and I bent down to feed them.
5 “Will they not return to Egypt
and will not Assyria rule over them
because they refuse to repent?
6 A sword will flash in their cities;
it will devour their false prophets
and put an end to their plans.
7 My people are determined to turn from me.
Even though they call me God Most High,
I will by no means exalt them.
8 “How can I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah?
How can I make you like Zeboyim?
My heart is changed within me;
all my compassion is aroused.
9 I will not carry out my fierce anger,
nor will I devastate Ephraim again.
For I am God, and not a man—
the Holy One among you.
I will not come against their cities.
10 They will follow the LORD;
he will roar like a lion.
When he roars,
his children will come trembling from the west.
11 They will come from Egypt,
trembling like sparrows,
from Assyria, fluttering like doves.
I will settle them in their homes,”
declares the LORD.
I find these verses of great comfort
God as Father...
7 Remember the days of old;
consider the generations long past....
10 In a desert land he found him,
in a barren and howling waste.
He shielded him and cared for him;
he guarded him as the apple of his eye,
11 like an eagle that stirs up its nest
and hovers over its young,
that spreads its wings to catch them
and carries them aloft.
12 The LORD alone led him;
no foreign god was with him.
13 He made him ride on the heights of the land
and fed him with the fruit of the fields.
He nourished him with honey from the rock,
and with oil from the flinty crag,
14 with curds and milk from herd and flock
I remember the first time I read the verses in the beginning of the book of Isaiah,how the poetry of this book was so deep that I even dreamed it...
I remember the sun coming in the window,
sitting on my bed, leaning against the wall,
reading these words and feeling a deep tenderness...
Isaiah 1:5 and 6:
5 Why should you be beaten anymore?
Why do you persist in rebellion?
Your whole head is injured,
your whole heart afflicted.
6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head
there is no soundness—
only wounds and welts
and open sores,
not cleansed or bandaged
or soothed with olive oil.
I so often do not understand the Lord's words
that repentance has everything to do with healing.
Christ calls us with the deep love of a Father...
even with the words of a Mother... "as a hen gathers her chicks"
and I am too busy running away from the waves that I think will drown me
to understand His words...
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate."
Matthew 23: 37-38
and I fail to understand how Christ is calling me to be healed
to trust Him, to look to Him and to Him alone...
I got my walk last night after all.
Here I am, living in Canada all these years...
Well, more news:
got invited to TWO more interviews,
both next week.
Library related jobs.
Monday, July 11, 2011
This is my friend's cat.
She figured out the only place that was not safe for her.
How do cat's do that?
Of course not before I got pictures ;)
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I got this glass jug yesterday for a great price;
I'd been wanting a glass container with a lid
for my orange juice for years
so I was really happy to finally find one
that was of good quality and affordable!
A good friend of mine made this great
vegetarian chili when I was visiting her
I modified it as I did not have the same ingredients on hand.
It turned out very well. :)
2 cans Kidney beans
(I would of had red but the store
was out of them)
1 can tomatto (28 ounces) with juice
1 zuchinni chopped
2 onions chopped
some frozen corn
1 bell pepper
I put in a few frozen carrots; my friend used
3 carrots chopped
(I would of too but was out of them)
chopped onion (and celery if you have it, 3 stalks), carrots,
diced bell pepper and two minced garlic cloves -
sautee them in olive oil until softened.
Add ground cumin (I also added some whole cummin seeds
for good measure), paprika (and gound garlic if you did not
have any garlic cloves on hand).
Sautee a bit more.
Add two cans of drained and rinsed kidney beans.
Heat through for a bit.
Add can of diced tomattoes plus water to get rest of juice
out of can.
Then add chopped zucchini and, to quote my friend exactly,
"a generous pince of oregano" and bring it to a simmer.
the zucchini will add more moisture so no need to add more water.
Simmer for around 20 minutes (I think I did less but don't know,
I tend to start reading when waiting for things to simmer and time
in cooking for me is always quite fluid...).
Add frozen corn at end (my friend rightly taught me that this
will keep the corn's sweetness) and cook for about 5 minutes
(no more) longer.
For non-fasting seasons and days, add
(real if you can find it affordably priced)
a generous portion of grated
mozzarella cheese to
the individuals bowls.
My dear sweet good friend's chili is made
and ready to eat!
It has been named 'Rainbow Chili as it is quite colourful!
I've been enjoying the weekend.
Saw my library friend and her cute cat.
Washed my dishes. This my friends is always a feat in my house hold.
I swear, I turn around and the dishes have multiplied while
I was not looking.
Cleo had been a bit sick but I think she is getting better.
I am not too worried,
as I just now turned around and found her sprawled out on
the forbidden coffee table top.
So hopefully she is surely on the mend.
Just to be sure, I have not kicked her off the coffee table...
I got a book from our church library
(I have a few books out from it, I tend to dip into books and
then go to others and then back again...)
and this afternoon have been reading the introduction to
contemporary ascetics of Mount Athos
and as per usual, loving it.
For a few reasons the introduction has been an enjoyable read:
1. I get to learn a bit more history about Greece and
how St. Paisius collected manuscripts that eventually
became the Philiokalia
which I have not read yet as I have some in between reading
to finish before even considering it...
but of course I am a librarian and that Saints collected
books to create new books is right up my alley.
2. The introduction as it is giving me
not only a sense of the time period
and of what Orthodoxy can offer to us,
but the names of many others to learn about
and other books that have been published.
I was please to get volume I so I could familiarize myself with it;
and I think I am going to get it with some of my
Agatha Christie money (from selling my collection for
the reason of building an Orthodox library).
If it works out, will report back.
Have to figure out how much shipping will cost
and whether I should send it to my parents in the States
or pay the international rate to me in Canada.
Meanwhile, back to Cleo care, cleaning and
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Beautiful day here!
The picture above is from a few days ago
when it rained.
I have my nativity set up year round.
Yesterday and today I have the song
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
in my head!
It's in part because I am missing home and
can't wait God willing to see everyone again.
Got word that my work as a researcher
is appreciated and that they
hope to send me more work again!
Am still doing my current contract for them;
really love my work,
am so thankful.
An answer to many prayers...
Friday, July 08, 2011
during a morning rain storm.
Today the sun comes and goes...
It's been great to do work this week.
Had book club last night.
We are slowly approaching the virtues in
St. John's book, the ladder.
It's been a good read,
but I can tell I will have to read it again,
each line of it brims with meaning...
After book club I heard of something
(so if you can't handle sad and terrible you can stop reading....
just in case you'd rather stay with the sunshine part of this
post, I won't mind).
Yesterday in Grand Rapids (i.e. home)
there was a terrible tragedy.
A man took the life of his former wife, her parents and his girl friend
and his kids too. 7 dead and then he died too,
his own hand killing then a total of 8.
So so so sad.
Before he died he had gone to a house and taken hostages
and the house he chose was near to a house
where some of my family lives
(not my parents but other family)....
Sorry to write of such a sad thing
but it was so crazy to call my Mom and hear that
this was happening
at the moment I called her...
the murderer was still alive, the cops surrounding the area...
I prayed to the Mother of God for all involved;
the Mother of God - Quick to Hear...
I am so thankful that my family is safe,
that the hostages lived,
that my family's house was not the one that
the man choose;
will be praying for those so suddenly taken from this earth.
All I know is that God is near to those in trouble.
Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Cleo is enjoying having me home;
I am doing my contract work at home,
which is good and bad...
Am reading the book on St. Macarius now.
Was struck by how much he loves the
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Church was beautiful.
Had lunch with friends afterwards.
Excited to begin working on my small contract