Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

God Bless!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday

Well, the picture I was going to put up for today also works, at least in part, for Theme Thursday, which is bread and wine.

May you have a blessed and meaningful Holy Thursday.

Check out Cari's for more bread and wine pics!

God Bless!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Tale Of Two Projects

This week I need to complete two rather large projects that have the same deadline.

Project A:

I have been putting this monster off for a little over a month now.  

This is an accumulation of mess from a long winter, made even more of a mess by a sudden thawing of a lot of snow and the possibility of a flooding basement, made even more of a mess by a sudden deluge of rain last week that also threatened to bring water into the basement.  Thus the haphazard throwing of things on top of other things.  

Project B:

Processing the first batch of pictures from this past weekend's performance of "The Seven Last Words of Christ".  I got it down to just under 300 pictures and I'd like to get them done and uploaded before we do the second performance on Sunday and I take more pictures.  

My usual method would be to become obsessed about one project and work on it till it is done.  I decided to try something different this time.  I'm setting a time limit every day that I can work on each of the projects in the hope that they will both get done on time.

Today I worked on this part of the basement for 1 1/2 hours.  A small portion, but it's a start.
 I then moved back upstairs and, in between making dinner, I worked for about 2 hours on photos and got through about 1/3 of them.  (The lighting was challenging at this church, but I love how the shadows played out in this photo.)

So we'll see how this goes.  I have tomorrow and Thursday afternoon/evening to complete these two tasks.  Any bets on whether or not I'll do it?

God Bless!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Tough Road

Have you ever noticed that when God calls you to do something He doesn't make it easy?  He makes it possible, don't get me wrong; but the road to doing His will usually isn't an easy one.

Every time the theater troupe that we are involved in does a performance, the road there is tough.  Each time we do "The Seven Last Words of Christ", the road is even tougher because of how moving this performance is.  This year has been no exception.  Difficulties, trials, frustrations, exhaustion.  All these have plagued us this past month.

In each church we perform in, there is usually about 1,000 tickets to sell.  This job is up to each of the families, as well as the parish we are performing at.  We had our first performance on Saturday evening, at one of the largest parishes in the country, and until that night, we weren't assured of a sell out.  Mind you, a sell out is pretty important because of the cost of this production.  We have professional singers and musicians that need to be paid.  A sell out insures that that will be done.

For the past week we have been praying non-stop and were rewarded with a full house.  God is good, all the time.  I guess if He made it too easy, we would have missed out on all that extra prayer time that we put into it.

And that, my friends, seems to me to be the point.  When we know we are doing what He wants, then He will give us the grace to sustain us, but will require that we still put in 100% of ourselves in prayer and sacrifice to bring it about.  The more we go through this, the greater our trust is that He will come through for us.  That's not to say we weren't sweating it this past week, but deep down I think we all knew that everything would work out okay.

We have another performance this coming weekend and, you guessed it, we're at less than 50% of our goal.  Now we have a choice.  We can sit back and say that somehow it will all work out, or we can spend this week in prayer and sacrifice again so that God can shine forth with another miracle and another full house.  Will you join me in praying that we can reach as many souls as possible with this performance?  Thanks :) 

 God Bless!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Theme Thursday - Remember

This was a tough one this week but I've decided that I would like to use this post to "remember" my father-in-law who died this past October; way before he should have.  He was a wonderful man and we all miss him a lot.  

Here he is where he loved to be - surrounded by his family.  This was a picture from my in-law's 50th wedding anniversary.  He's the tall guy with the flower on his lapel :)  (as an aside, this picture was a few years ago, so it's also making me remember how little everyone once was!)

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him and may his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.  Amen.

Go over to Clan Donaldson to see what other people remember.

God Bless!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Inspiration Strikes in the Kitchen!

The house is quiet.  Three girls are at work, two girls are at their monthly girls' club, one boy is busy with Legos and the other is reading.  Moments like these are rare and one must make a good cup of coffee and enjoy them to the fullest, which is what I am doing right now!

Today was also a productive day in the kitchen, which is also something of a rarity for me as of late - i.e. the past year or so :).  I was able to make a new batch of Kombucha tea today.  Love me some kombucha!  If you haven't ever tried it, it's easy to make and oh so good for your liver.  This isn't my recipe exactly, but it explains a bit about it and how to make it in case you're interested.

Next it was time to make a loaf of bread.  I haven't had too much luck with this as of late - again, about the past year or so.  Our bread machine makes the dough fine but then doesn't cook it right, so I made the dough in the machine and then put it in a pan to rise again before I baked it.  I must say, this time it looks picture perfect.

And the finale of the day was a pot of chicken soup.  I've never been one to make a really tasty pot of chicken soup and I don't know why.  They usually taste okay, but I've just never hit on a recipe that I love.  Today I'm trying chicken thighs instead of white meat to see if that helps.  I'll let you know if it was a smashing success.  

If it wasn't Lent, I probably would have made dessert, too.  Fortunately for my waist line, I didn't.

Like I said yesterday, I have so many projects that I want to tackle but I just don't know when there will be clarity and drive from one day to the next.  Today I found it in the kitchen, so I'll just rejoice that it was somewhere and enjoy the fruits of my labor.  

God Bless!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring Cleaning and Pre-Menopause

O Spring cleaning, thou doth callest me.  I have made my list of things I want to clean.  I have pictured it in my mind, but alas, it has yet to get started.  I'm pretty sure that the best time for me to start any kind of project is first thing in the morning.  If I leave it till later in the day, too many things come by and snatch my mind, and even my body in some cases, from ever getting started.

I've been getting very frustrated with myself lately because I can't seem to get started on anything.  By afternoon I'm usually toast; not physically, but mentally.  By afternoon my brain can't seem to focus on any one thing and I can't seem to think clearly most days.  Very frustrating to say the least.

Algebra...don't ask me in the afternoon

Paper revisions...don't ask me in the afternoon
Phone calls...can't seem to make them in the afternoon
Coffee...oh sure, I'd love a cup. That I can manage :)

Like I said, I've been thinking it is some kind of sloth or laziness problem on my part (and to some extent it probably is)...until this morning when I read a facebook post from my gynecologist that, are you ready for this:

Some changes that might start in the years around menopause include:
• Irregular periods.
• Hot flashes.
• Trouble sleeping.
• Vaginal and urinary problems.
• Mood changes.
• Changing feelings about sex.
• Osteoporosis
• Other changes. You might become forgetful or have trouble focusing. Your waist could become larger. You could lose muscle and gain fat. Your joints and muscles also could feel stiff and achy.

Do you see that?  Right there buried amongst other issues that I may or may not be having, is the one I struggle with every day, "You might become forgetful or have trouble focusing".  Finally I can come to terms with this.  Some days I may have control over it because of laziness or slothfulness, but other days it happens because I am aging and my hormones are crazy and, well, that's just the way it is.

I'm not sure what this means for my Spring cleaning.  Maybe the week after Easter when we're off school and I can start the jobs first thing in the morning there might be some hope.  In the meantime, I will continue to come to terms with my aging body and rejoice when my head is clear and my mind is focused.  God is good!  Even when He created this thing called menopause :)

God Bless!