Monthly Archives: October 2010

Country Store

The women at our church go all out for a bake and craft sale once a year in the fall winter.  It was a frosty day but the sale went on and here are a few pictures.IMG_2794

Getting ready and then the crowds came.  The soup was good and we had a fun day.

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It is always about this time of the year that I swear that  for next year I will have gotten my act in gear and made some crafty little stuff.  However… I usually end up buying lots and not getting much made.  Next year…

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Wisdom

From Proverbs 8 (ESV)

22 "The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work,
   the first of his acts of old.
23Ages ago I was set up,
   at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24When there were no depths I was brought forth,
   when there were no springs abounding with water.
25Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth,
26before he had made the earth with its fields,
   or the first of the dust of the world.
27When he established the heavens, I was there;
   when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28when he made firm the skies above,
   when he established the fountains of the deep,
29when he assigned to the sea its limit,
   so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30then I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his delight,
   rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
   and delighting in the children of man.

And from John 1:1-5

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

It is hard to entertain new names for God.  And yet Wisdom is not exactly a new name.  My theology prof recommended reading these two passages together as a devotional reading.  So I did and as I read, I also read with the hope behind the words of Proverbs 8: 17  “I love those who love me,  and those who seek me diligently find me.”

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Two Old Men

I sit beside two
Old men
Who talk.
The value of words
And music
Can’t be overestimated
Among the young,
Their students.
And my listening
In?
Does it count as
Eavesdropping?
Or is it only my
Wishing for company
And finding it
In the overhearing?

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Pictures of PEI trip

I didn’t take nearly so many pictures as in Europe and the weather was not nearly as warm.  I did manage to head out into the country on the last day we spent in PEI, rented a car and spent the morning driving north to the St Laurence coast, up to Naufrage (Shipwreck Point)

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and then across the island to the south coast which is on the Atlantic. 

A set has been made and you are welcome to enjoy the view and the fall colours simply by clicking here.

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Charlottetown

We arrived on this quaint island last night.  It took four flights to get here.  All day.  About half the time flying and half the time waiting in airports.  The last leg of the trip was in a Dash 8.  My first time and it was kind of fun to fly close enough to the ground to see the terrain as we flew over, although it was getting almost too dark to see much.

Today Leo has been in his conference all day.  And I have been doing what any good wife does while her husband is busy in meetings.  I shopped.  I found myself some wide and comfy shoes, some used books, a new purse to replace the one that ripped on the way here (how convenient eh?  :)) and a cute little red sweater to wear over my black dress to the banquet tomorrow night.  I also found a place that serves the most wonderful breakfasts – Cora’s.  I had seven different kinds of fruit besides the eggs Benedict and homemade hash browns. 

Now my feet are sore and we are supposed to be meeting the CSAM crew at some pub or other for “supper”. 

I have only one picture to eventually display but tomorrow is another day and I do not dare shop for anything else!  Except a flash drive for Leo’s friend.  Trouble is that I may see something else that calls to me as I am out. 

I think I must resist or I will have to go back to work full time again. 

And I do have that essay to finish. 

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Waiting

Today was a long day of waiting. 

First of all, I woke up way too early and was lying in bed waiting for the numbers on the clock to tell me I could get up.  Finally, I gave up on them and just got up.  4:30 am.

Then, though I knew that I did not need to arrive at the hospital before my aunt at 10 am, that time between waking and going seemed such an in between unproductive sort of time.  Oh, I guess I did get things done.  Suitcase is still open on the bed for the trip to Charlottetown tomorrow partly packed at least. In my rush to not be late, I arrived at the hospital a good 20 minutes before my aunt so had to wait till the ambulance brought her.  Then the real wait began.  It was very quiet.  Aunty was medicated and pretty much out of it.  Her bedside tray able became my computer desk and I began my essay. 

What a time to delve into the Chalcedonian definition.  Sitting beside a frail, failing human body that holds such a sweet person and not being able to avoid wondering at God’s choice to become fully human like us.  This is probably bordering on blasphemy but I wondered what would have happened if Jesus had become old.  Then I remembered the older woman all stooped and crippled that he healed and the woman with the haemorrhage – and then I realized that Jesus did not have the time to grow old but still he knew all the pain we suffer with age.

They took Auntie in before my thoughts got way too too far off topic and I took a  break and went home for a few hours. Unless a person wants to watch 3 hours of TV, there is not much to do in a day surgery waiting room.

Surgery seems to have gone well.  My prayers for my aunt are that the pain she was  having is reduced by the procedure.  It is hard to see her in such pain on one hand or too medicated to communicate on the other. 

The final waiting process – for healing – real healing, is likely still a ways into the future.  She is as tough and stubborn as any Dice.

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Oh, What a Day!

Thanksgiving. 

I think this is the biggest family gathering we have had since my dad’s funeral.  That’s usually the thing that draws everyone back home.  But not today.  Today it was a chance to spend a good last visit, maybe with our auntie besides just a chance to be together as a family.  And sharing a special day like today with her, even if it was only by visits to the nursing home, was a good reason to visit.

All my sisters and my brother were here.  Most of their children were here and most of my children were here.  Altogether, we were 35 since our Spanish lodger joined us too. 

The day started early.  I got up to stuff the turkey and put it on to roast.  I had purchased the biggest turkey I could find in the store – 11.96 Kg. so 6 hours were needed to cook the bird.  Beatriz even got up early to help me peel the potatoes and we chatted together about what kind of big family celebrations her family has in Spain.  Before we left for church the aroma of roast turkey was already filling the air. 

At 1 we all gathered, everyone laden with their contributions to the feast and we had a wonderful time eating and talking long into the afternoon.  Such a gorgeous day.

Family can be very special and I am blessed.  They make me very thankful for the relationships we have that have enriched our lives almost beyond belief.

A day to be thankful and a day to be thankful for.

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