I walked to the lake yesterday for the first time in months. The neighborhood’s planned “infrastructure improvements” tore up the sidewalks and then got stalled due to weather and materials. There were still a few bits of muddy no-sidewalk, but most of it was back in place. and seeing the lake on the cusp of spring, with the sun shining, was balm to my soul. I was reminded – again! – how much getting outside, working my body, feeling the sun, seeing glimpses of green matters. Last night I had the best night’s sleep since I can remember. not sure those two things are related, and 🙂
I’m glad it’s Friday. and welcoming the chance – once again – to look at my life through my favorite lens.
Thinking about … how to keep thinking about – and living with?! – the war in Ukraine. Pantsuit Politics shared an excellent episode today that helped me put words around what I’m feeling
I started listening to the Daily where they were on the road with Ukrainian refugees, and I was sobbing so hard in my kitchen I just had to turn it off. I thought, I get it. I understand, and I don’t think anything good comes of me just being overwhelmed by this for the rest of the day when there are people here in front of me, around me who need me as well. It is just complicated. ~ BethPantsuit Politics, March 11, 2022 (link)
And I think the only thing that does seem like something we could do is to bear witness and put in our communities and our hearts in our conversations that things are different now. This is different, our understanding of our place in the world. ~ Sarah
Grateful for … our church’s annual Gifts of Women service. It’s this Sunday and I have a small speaking part (celebrating our church’s Women’s Ministry). These past two weeks as emails have been flying, finding liturgists, tweaking the order of service, making plans … I couldn’t help but remember that the last time we had this service was March 8, 2020. That was the last Sunday we gathered in person before closing the (physical) doors for COVID. This feels like turning a corner – in a very good way. Also, Marc played golf today (not just practicing, he played, with friends!) … just nine holes, and still, it’s another corner.
Inspired by … my Lenten devotions/practices. Knowing that my mornings were going to feel empty, I started a lot – a book, a daily email devotion, an online class (and another book), a weekly podcast, and attending church regularly. So far, it’s been wonderful. I have so much good stuff to ponder. and all of it is really helping me stay present through these hard days, and this season. This week, I want to highlight the podcast, A Plain Account (Spotify link), hosted by Alicia McClintic and Megan Pardue, two (maybe not even!) thirty-something pastors who share their thoughts on the weekly lectionary texts. During Lent, they’re focusing on the Old Testament texts and the implications on/for/around land. The first episode was Deuteronomy 26:1-11 about bringing our “first fruits” to God, in thanksgiving, remembering His gifts to us. The bit I keep thinking about is those “first fruits”. Megan phrased it as “What’s in your basket?” I’m pondering what’s in mine.
Fun.Finally … I cast on a sweater. Y’all, it’s been weeks since I knitted a sweater, and months since I started one. This is Elizabeth Doherty’s Elorie (Ravelry link) and I’m using the pattern-called-for Kestrel that I bought in March 2020. So far the pattern is pretty easy, but it’s a lot of needle management. I’ve used THREE different sizes to knit that small piece! Much of the slip-stitch pattern (which comprises the yoke) is knit on a 10-1/2, so it goes quickly. and I’m loving the subtle texture of the different patterns.
and that’s it for me. Wishing you the best weekend available. and an easy time with that lost hour tomorrow night.