Showing posts from March, 2009

Whadda Week!

Well as usual, I don't even know where to begin! Last week, when I left you dear 3.5 readers, I was in the thick of the usual stuff of my life - and I'm still there:) The week ended pretty much as it began, with a rather contentious situation with a client that still lingers.  But crazy as I am, I still have hope because the people involved are good ones.  Sometimes it's just not all up to me.  The balance of the week was spent doing the usual round of client visits, paperwork, mediations and court appearances.  Then came a wonderful weekend.
It started with Friday evening.  St. Peter's church has been hosting Stations of the Cross, about which I have posted earlier.  For those of you not of that particular denomination that observes the Stations of the Cross (mostly Catholic and Anglo-Catholic and other sects and denominations of Christianity that with which I am unfamiliar), the "Stations" as they are called, is a devotional exercise during which the worship…

merci mssr cummings!

By e. e. cummingsi thank You God for most this amazingday:for the leaping greenly spirits of treesand a blue true dream of sky;and for everythingwhich is natural which is infinite which is yes(i who have died am alive again today,and this is the sun's birthday;this is the birthday of life and love and wings:and of the gaygreat happening illimitably earth)how should tasting touching hearing seeingbreathing any-lifted from the noof all nothing-human merely beingdoubt unimaginably You?(now the ears of my ears awake andnow the eyes of my eyes are opened)More to come:) +

Quick one before bell choir

Not much has been going on since last I wrote - I've had visits with clients, refereed a bit of a stink, did some pro-bono training of foster parents about the court system and have gotten a chunk of knitting done.   Wouldn't it be so cool to be done by the weekend? (sigh)
Although it's still a wee bit chilly in good ole Merlin, the sun is out and spring is around the corner, which is nice.  And what the daytime picture of the shawl-in-progress shows is one small piece of the Messiest Desk in Christendom.  Well, I've even cleaned up my act there, too - so much for my claim to fame:) Now if I could only find space for those books, I'd really have it made... Well since Saturday - that Saturday that still exists vaguely in my sleepy-headed mind - I've done pretty much my same-old same-old, except that this past Sunday, John actually made it to church and then we went out to lunch afterwards and had a bit of a nice conversation.  The four youngest of the clan and &quo…

OK, I promised an update!

Yes, I couldn't sleep last night. Yes, I stayed up all night, save a few little catnaps through the early morning hours.  But I got so much done (she whines).  I do feel good about that, since I'm on such a tight schedule with the Sampler Shawl/Wrap thingie.  Anyhoo, since last we met, dear 3.5 readers,  a few things have happened.  Just a few.  I did get much of my to-do list done and will no doubt finish the rest of it.  Got a number of visits in, and scheduled - even connected with a young adult client I have come close to stalking because I am required to have face-to-face contact outside of court and she is a busy little girl (as they used to say in Vermont).  So the week has been good as far as getting my work done, thank goodness.
Choir practice was lovely on Thursday.  There was a funny moment before rehearsal began and a fellow tenor, remarked how choir was a great group.  He and his wife are recently retired - he almost teared up as he talked about how good life is ri…

My how we've grown:)!

Just posting a few pics while my brain still functions:) About halfway done with the sampler shawl - I made a few modifications and I'm rather pleased with them.  Not much else to blog about - will write more later.
Until then, know! +


Finally home sweet home - it's been a long day. Started the morning out at a school meeting for/visit with a client, then briefly home (for the usual unmentionable reasons, LOL), then off to three more visits, then back to a Lenten series class at SJEC. I was torn between a study of Henri Nouwen's poetry and the life and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I have the books for both classes, but decided on Bonhoeffer - one of my all-time heroes from the time of the Third Reich. The class leaves one with much to think about; this man wrestled with some life questions with which I hope never to have to contend. No armchair discussion after Sunday dinner followed by a glass or two of one's favorite alcoholic beverage - this was real. Bonhoeffer chose to follow the path he believed to be right and good - at the expense of his life. I am grateful to the presenters of this class - one of whom was a little girl living in Berlin at the time of Hitler's regime and she adds so…

Tuesday UPdate:)

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY:) and pray for peace in Northern Ireland  - as the people there of both sides are doing to their great credit!
Well, after getting the nonsense out of my system last night, I am ready to get on with things:) Thanks for the comments, dear readers, they were immeasurably helpful - from both Susan and Joanna - both made so much sense and really, sense is what one needs. It is absolutely silly to sit around and worry when I could just forget about it and move on, fercryinoutloud! Nobody is worth my sanity or my time when I have a family who requires plenty of both! And really if I've offended a person, and they don't have the courage to talk with me about it, that really says more about them than about me.

In the meantime, I've got a lot to get done today, so I'm posting my to-do list (without any client identification of course) to see how much I can accomplish in 7 hours:)
Business:5:30 update - 11:30 update -  - Arrange for visits with clients wh…

Monday Monday, can't trust that day...

Today was not a difficult Monday - a good thing, too, because I didn't get much sleep last night.  I think I had all of four hours of sleep and then a brief nap this afternoon (and I'm not a big nap person - wish I were).  This weekend has been one of contradictions on so many levels.  On Saturday, I did not go to the Sip 'n Knit, rather I stayed home and chilled out, doing nothing but knitting.  The Solstice yarn is knitting up beautifully.  Right now, the shawl looks like a pile 'o knitting havoc, but I have faith that it will be a thing of beauty come blocking time. I figure it will take 145 rows of 315-319 stitches per row, this including cast on and bind off.  I have until Friday, April 3rd to finish it.  This means I MUST do 7.25 rows per day.  So far, I've been on target, give or take a row. You KNOW I'll be up all night on the 3rd doing this, but that's OK. It's a pretty Classic Elite yarn and it's really a joy to knit.  

Yesterday was a triu…

The Chinese Curse: May you live in interesting times.

Boy is that one true!
It's been an interesting week, boys and girls. My dear old Dad is doing better in that the pain has been alleviated, but he's going home without a lot of rehab and won't be walking unaided any time soon. My dear husband is still reeling physically from this latest strain of flu.  He's pretty much working and then sleeping as much as he can, then waking up feeling OK until the coughing hits and doesn't let up. The grandangels are doing somewhat better. And son D's rather alarming symptoms turn out to be something fairly innocuous! Thank you GodasBBL!!!
Today I got this lovely YouTube ad from Wow Wow Wubzy:) It's good for Mads to hear this from her cartoon heroes!

Isn't it sweet?
I've been feeling terrific compared to everyone in the family and, funny thing, after all the bloodwork and the pelvic ultrasound, the doc sent me to a specialist and at today's visit I had my very first "bibopsy."  Hopefully it will just tell…

This One Speaks for Itself! Well done guys:)

Soooooo old, but couldn't resist:)

When Church Bulletins Go Bad  They're Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church  ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church  bulletins:

 1. The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

 2. The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon  tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'

 3. Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of  those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

 4. Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care  much about you.

 5. Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.

 6. Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

 7. For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a  nursery downstairs.

 8. Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They ne…

Well, so much for blogging everyday!

I had about three possible titles for this post and this was the one I came up with!? Oh well, it has been an exhausting week.  Last I posted (with the exception of the wonderful YouTube debate of the previous post, which doesn't really count as blogging, just scrapbooking) it was Sunday! Sunday feels like a lifetime ago. I have wanted to blog throughout the week, but I've come home after 9 pm every night and have just been too tired.  And I'm not even the one who's really been running around! Where to I begin? Let's see... I didn't mention this before, but last Thursday, my father had spinal surgery to correct some rather nasty issues with the tissue - or lack thereof between a couple of lumbar vertebrae.  To coin a phrase used by Maureen, my dear stepmom, his spine at those junctures consisted of "bone rubbing on bloody bone." Yes, he was in some serious awful pain - so much so that he had to use a wheelchair.  This, coupled with the previous surgeri…

You go, girl!

Sorry no pics today

It is cold - nothing below freezing or anything, but that pre-snow humidity that chills you to the bone! It's cloudy and dreary outside, and I am happy to be inside and fairly warm, but we will be leaving in about an hour to go to D and D's house to have Sunday dinner with them, the grandgirls, our son, D, and hopefully the rest of the gang - K & S, B & J, S, and J and maybe even "LB." Sorry for the initials but my adult kids want their privacy and I plan on respecting it. 

Not much new to report.  Last night John and I saw son D at his play in Silver Spring at the Roundhouse Theatre - a new play written by Jackie Lawton titled, Anna K - based upon Anna Karenina.  The plot takes place during postwar France when US bigotry and Jim Crow laws caused an emigration of talented African Americans to Paris.  Interestingly, the playwright kept the names from the Tolstoy novel the same.  D did very well as did his compatriots.
Afterwards we went out to dinner with D and …