Liturgy this morning...
ice cream treat later in afternoon, after much needed nap!
I made fried chicken.
I need to try this again.
I fried it/browned it and then baked in toaster oven.
I think next time I need to try to do it (did the "Maryland version" with
egg and water and then panko bread crumbs) without the water but only the egg mixture.
I found that with some pieces the breading would fall off.
And the breading burned a bit too easily.
It tasted good though!
I heated up some jarred (tomato) vodka sauce and some mini-linguine noodles
to eat with it, a spinach salad on the side.
It was pretty good!
I got this basket at a VNA rummage sale over a year ago.
I disinfected this basket also, of course, and the plastic plates, mugs and cutlery
I sanitized in the dishwasher.
It's not new and while I vacuumed it with our handheld vacuum,
the wicker is shedding in parts.
So if I find a better one, one day, I will get that.
I have had a dream of having a picnic in Central Park.
I am thinking it may be best to do it when the weather is cooler
and hopefully not as many bugs that bite out...
Obviously, children need parents and family to raise a child,
but I did find the above drawing to be lovely.
I saw this today, don't know who painted it,
but it's super cute.
(I also don't know the source of the other picture).
I think it is hard to really 'see' oneself...
or, I think, to understand what is going on...
I am often encouraged by various prayers found in Orthodox prayer books
that speak of God's love for us as sinners.
And I see that part of what Christ wants of us is to see that we are
in need of Christ *because* we are sinners, because we are broken,
because we need healing.
I also like the picture above of the dog's 'self portrait' because
When I look at pictures of myself,
it's more 'cute' and 'lovable' that shows through,
not impressive/noticeable/at all forbidding/commanding/etc.
I am so thankful that I have a Husband who at least
helps me see that while I am not going to stand out in a crowd,
I am loved and that is WAY better.
I find myself pondering how God loves us.
How we can see one thing and God sees another.
Of course, God wants to take us beyond what we are now;
His call to repentance is clear; to change; but I think of His
patience as we struggle to do that; that He sees us
beyond how we do (including how sinful we are) and He still loves.
How can we find a key for our lives, it seems to be to learn to love,
to love God more than ourselves and to learn to love others
more like God loves them.
May God help us.