I have been thinking about...
that is, how do we keep our homes running smoothly?
There can be so many stresses...what can we do to
make things go more easily?
I struggle with this a lot...
how do I best use my time?
Esp. when my time is so open ended?
I've been thinking about the schedule I had made for
the Nativity Fast.
I felt so much more excited and focused with
this schedule in place...
Things seemed to fall apart after Christmas...
partly I got really tired...after doing so much...
and traveling to Ottawa and my time there was
peaceful but tiring... and so it went...
I am hoping that I am on the upswing of this now;
I've had a lot of up and down days...
Today was a good day though.
I had a check list of the few things I wanted to get done.
I wrote it so that it was reasonable for me to get done,
without being overwhelming.
I fixed a few kids books from our church kids basket
that were in need of repair;
I did laundry; took a small walk; ate a good lunch with
salad... the main thing of my day is that I was
actually doing things that I meant to do.
So I am going to be pondering how to make
this happen more.
this is a belated picture of my friend's
most wonderful cheese ball...
I still need the recipe!! :)
I have had this purse since my work in the
corporate world as a librarian;
it seems so long ago;
it will be six years ago this summer since I got this bag;
Lord have mercy, what a lot has happened between then and now!
Anyway, I got this purse handmade in the byward market in Ottawa...
when all seemed hopeful and I just landed my permanent job...
not knowing that I would have that job for such a short time...I got it
with a friend... I had wanted a purse that could be life long...
I went to get it fixed (the one zipper was going)
and it was repolished, etc...
It looks new now; I am sure if I keep caring for it, it really will
last my life time...
of course I know I just got my red purse...
I am glad for this purse also; it is going to be my traveling
knitting bag as well... it's wonderful also...
anyway; I now have all that I need in that department!
I've been thinking about this again,
the want of getting things.
I have a long ways to go, but see some small progress,
at least in some areas...
I have so much to be thankful and grateful for...
Last week as St. Xenia's Day.
She is such a wonderful Saint.
Known for helping people find:
spouses, work, housing;
she helps families!
Here's the Akathist to her in English.
I still have my Christmas things up.
It is tradition to keep them up till Candlemas,
as it is called in the West...
which for us is this Saturday.
We are due for some bad weather on Thursday,
so they are saying; prayers for wisdom on travel
for us for the Feast later that week are much
Did I ever show you my new canisters??
There they are in all there glory...
The new ones are the ivory coloured ones;
a belated wedding gift we got at Christmas time this year!
I store various GF flours in there;
they are working wonderfully.
Soon I will be moving this Christmas
candle stand back to it's place,
and changing the table cloth.
Lenten icons will be put out,
my red lampadas for fast periods,
I will be off FB for the most part;
it will be a time of extra church services,
Lenten cooking, prayers,
focused spiritual reading...
I am slowly gearing up for this and am
looking forward to it,
God is with us in all times and seasons.
May we have God's mercy with us all the days of our lives!