Monthly Archives: May 2010


Well, it seems I have acquired a new friend.  A little friend about five years old. 

On the weekend when I was outside with Zaka attempting to interest him in some prolonged pedaling on his little bike – at least not to stop pedaling when he got it started – one of our new neighbours came over to see what was up.  J is 5 and since Zaka is 41/2 they hit it off and had a good time.  J especially liked the strawberries and ice cream that I dished out to all the grandkids and also to him.  That afternoon the kids ran around and played cars and rode a bit on the bikes and watched some TV together.

Tonight, my doorbell rang.  There stood J at the door.  I explained that Zaka wasn’t here today, that he was at his house but assured J that I would call him over to play the next time that Zaka came for a visit.

J must have been bored or just very curious.  He first wanted me to come outside and play then instead of Zaka. I told him that I was busy cooking supper and just couldn’t come out.  So then he decided that our cat really needed to be petted and could he come in and pet the cat please. 

You really have to see J to fully understand how helpless an adult can be trying to refuse the request of a little guy with extremely thick glasses with speech somewhat garbled from his missing front teeth. 

Our doorbell rang three times during supper.  In he came to check out the landscaping activity in the backyard but especially to pet the cat who willing snuggled up to him as if this was a very special kid that needed to be loved.

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The house is quiet again

The last couple of hours have been so quiet.  I went out and planted some of my planters, loaded the dishwasher for the umteenth time today and wiped down the table.  Having a house full of people, including little ones with sticky fingers, makes for a lot of dishes and wiping up.  And this afternoon while I was watching Zaka for his mom, the neighbour kids came over too.  So for a while we were a hub of activity.

Leo’s brother left this morning with a load of plants and some of the hostas escaping from the edge of our flower bed – slated for annihilation anyway.

This afternoon Sara and Christian headed back to Saskatoon.  Sara has loads of clean laundry and has a couple more weeks of class.  Not sure just what Christian is up to.  Music of some sort I guess.

Tomorrow it is back to work.  It will be nice to settle back into the routine, busy as it is. 

And I will have my space back. 

I love having everyone here but my introverted self sure is glad when the quiet descends on us again.

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The calm of the morning

I‘m up early this morning.  Funny how when I can sleep in, the biological alarm kicks in and wakes me every time.  But this way I do get to enjoy the peace and beauty of a calm sunny morning without the inevitable obligations of the day encroaching on this space.

Today is Leo’s birthday.  Our spare beds are full of family up for the weekend – just what Leo wanted I think.  And it seems that everyone is still sound asleep, even the baby.  Later on there will be lots of activity. 

A whole bunch of yard work is going to be going on around here this weekend as well as birthday celebrations. We need to take out a couple of dead trees, build a new section of fence and the back gate and put in some paving stone and maybe even my little pond that I’ve been hoping for.  Other trees and shrubs need trimming and I need to get some things planted. It is still pretty cool at night but I think it might be safe to go ahead and plant.

So, here I am appreciating the quiet in preparation for a busy day ahead.  May your long weekend be as blest as I’m sure mine is going to be.

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I think I have been silent here too long. 

My excuse is that I don’t have the energy to say anything significant.

Which probably means that I need to take some time to just distance myself from the books I am studying and begin to participate in life again.  I need to watch a good movie or something. 

Maybe it is just time for a good long vacation.

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Work day at church

Last weekend we were busy as could be getting the church and yard into good shape.  Some of the work was inside, some outside.  I spent a couple of hours disinfecting toys in the nursery.  Everything is looking pretty ship shape now. 

Some of the guys were a long way up doing their thing.



More pictures here.

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Sunday Morning Prayer

From The Divine Hours

O God, you make me glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son my Lord: Give me this day such blessing through my worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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Final exam has been submitted and now…

I have been introduced to Old Testament literature and now, that class is done. It was good, although learning on-line has certain drawbacks relationship wise. I missed listening in on really good discussion. And I learn a lot by listening in, even if I do not say a lot myself. I am just not one of those quick thinking encyclopedias of knowledge. It takes me a while to dig deep into the stuff that I store in my noggin. And then, alas, the conversation has often moved on to other topics while my archives have been searched.

I’ve done well on all my classes so far. I’m not sure how that has come about.  I’ve sort of surprised myself actually.  There are many classes yet to come that will continue to test my ability to think and reason. But, here I am at a stage in life where marks are an interesting way to measure one’s self against others who also took the class but not the goal of my studies at all. There is so much to learn. How can one have learned 70 or 80 or 90% of all that could be studied? Perhaps having lived a few years gives a person a bit of an advantage. After all I have lived with these stories from the Bible most of my life even if they were more often the romanticized versions than the real life dirty messy stories of real people from cultures we struggle to comprehend.

I still have a long way to go before I am done the whole seminary stint. A long way.

Today, I ran into a friend. We were having a family meeting with the staff at Mont St Joseph’s and low and behold, the new Spiritual Care Director is a guy I met at one of Leo’s staff Christmas parties. He’s recently finished his training at Luther Seminary and we’d had a good chat last year. So we got to compare notes with each other again. It’s always fun to meet another friend of a like age with common interests.

Older age is great. You achieve a certain amount of freedom as you explore life’s possibilities beyond the family raising years.

We will not speak of the aches and pains that go with it.

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