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Blessed

October 4, 2016
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At a funeral mass today, I went up during communion, arms crossed, unsure what to expect. I’ve been to Catholic churches where, as a non-Catholic, I was unwelcome. The usual experience is a reluctant pat on the head and an unintelligible  muttering about the blessing of Christ.   Today, the deacon palmed the entire top of my head firmly and declared my blessing. And looked me right in the eye when he was done. Amen and amen, people. That’s how you do church. 

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Cyclical

October 3, 2016
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True to form, September was busy with new school year beginnings at home and fiscal year-end busyness at work. October arrived and routines magically fell into place. I do love October. Is it the same for every household with students or teachers? When is the magic month where the hard tasks become easier? What wonderful things will arrive this October?

Making

October 2, 2016

I finished the Hello Fall – Manor House quilt top last week. 

Its sister quilt, in Posy Garden, is a Block of the Month from The Clever Quilt Shoppe. Month four of six is shipping soon so there’s still a ways to go on that one.

While I’m waiting on more Posy Garden fabric, I am making progress on Lady Bug’s owl quilt. Today I worked on the tree trunk and two of the branches. Three branches to go!

I snuck in some knitting time too. The Kettle Slayer’s latest socks are coming along steadily. 

It was a good week for making. 

Saturday Adventure 

October 1, 2016

We tried to go to Cherry Plain State Park today, but learned when we arrived that it was closed for the season.  A little backtracking to cell signal land and then back over the backtracking the other direction and we were off to try Grafton Lakes State Park instead. 

It was beautiful. We hiked near Long Pond. The smallest smallish bear brought a friend and this girl was quick to see wildlife all around. She spotted a tiny salamander, perfectly camouflaged at the base of a tree. We would have missed it without her sharp eyes.

All three slept the whole way home. It was a good adventure day. We will go back soon.

 

Week’s End

September 30, 2016

Things piles up here throughout the week. On Saturdays I clear it all away. Friday nights are the most interesting. 

Before Service

August 28, 2016

This morning was the last of five organ Sundays in a row for me. Between warming up and service starting, I looked up and saw the smallest smallish bear out in the pews. Waiting. Passing time. 

I love the moments before Sunday morning gets busy. I smile thinking of others I love, also getting ready. Musicians and pastors. Sextons and ushers. All of us taking the time to breathe in the quiet and sacred space. 

The beauty of these before moments is awesome and wonderful. I am glad I took the time to notice today. 

Quiet Knitting on a Noisy Day

July 4, 2016
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