Bits and Pieces

Happy Easter to all y’all! Today Christ is risen and we have new hope, new joy, new faith, new life! Hope y’all are having a great time with your family or church family!  I’ve been incredibly busy, but here’s a quick update.

School is going well.  I’m still managing B’s, and that’s wonderful for me.  My instructors are awesome.  Very attentive, very accommodating, and a couple of them may well become friends.  Lots of the kids I know have family in town.  Several of them are staying at “Sadie’s” hotel.  Lots of them were at breakfast this morning.

The house still is not ready.  Ugh.  It’s becoming quite a battle to do what I can and trust God for the rest.  If I’d known it would be this long I could easily have rented a place much less expensively for a few months.  They keep telling me “two weeks”  “next week, two tops”.   And I keep believing them.  I was raised in construction, I have some idea how long things take.  But nobody could have foreseen not one but three subcontractors not doing their work either at all, or competently, or in a timely manner.  The best subcontractors in town have subbed my house out to incompetents.  My general contractor is tearing out his hair.  Nobody could have foreseen material companies delivering the wrong materials, and having discontinued the ones we ordered.  Nobody could have foreseen the neighbor’s cats sneaking in and holding us up for nearly a month total.  Nobody could have foreseen initially needing to completely rewire, completely re-plumb from the street!, the gas company losing the hookup order, and a host of other players in the comedy of errors.  I’m really going to write a book and call it The Homeless HomeOwner or something of the sort.

Today is Easter.  In the natural, I could be feeling really sorry for myself right about now.  I’m paying for another week in a hotel, 15 hours from my family and experiencing my first holiday ever (over a half century) without any family nearby.   As I mentioned, several of the kids’ families from school are here, and I can hear them laughing in the dining area down the hall.  I will be having dinner with some friends from church this afternoon at 2; that should ease the loneliness I’m temporarily experiencing.  I knew up front I’d have these times.  While it isn’t fun, it isn’t unexpected, either, and I also know this, too, will pass.   In another hour I’ll be around a dining table with new friends, eating Italian food and having a great time.

On the flip side, even as the tears threaten to spill over again, Sadie is here and is a great comfort.  If I start to cry, she gets up and comes to wash my face.  The good news today is the Good News.  Jesus is here!   He’s with me, He understands loneliness, as does his mother, Mary.  Our mother.  Still getting used to that, but it does bring some comfort.

It’s been an interesting week in Steubenville.  I keep seeing people who are doubles to folks back home.  Last night at Easter Vigil, one of the readers looked just like my mom from about 25 years ago.  I sat behind a gentleman who could have been a brother to Kenny M.  I’ve seen Raylene and Carlene this week, and I’ve seen Lori Gregory.  I’ve seen my niece and Beth and lots of others.  It’s true, people are the same everywhere, lol.

It’s a beautiful sunny day.  I think I’ll take Sadie out for a walk and chase these blues away.  Sunshine is really good for that!   And we don’t have KC’s snow this morning.  It’s supposed to be 70 this afternoon.

What about you?  Do you have the warmth and comforting love of your family?  Take advantage of this time and tell them you love them.  Mend a quarrel, re-establish a relationship.  It’s worth the risk.  Are you one of those away from home, without any real family support at the moment?  Even your closest friends are with their own families right now?  Remember that you have a Friend who never leaves you.  Jesus is right there, He totally understands.  If you will look around just a bit, I’m sure He’s got a plan to give you some joy today.  Take Him up on it!  I get to walk my dog in the warm sunshine, with a pretty view of the river.

Maybe you’re in a bad way today.  Maybe you have nobody at all.  It may be difficult to do this today, but tomorrow for sure, find a pastor or priest.  They can introduce you to Jesus.  He has promised to never leave us or forsake us, no matter how bad we’ve been or are at the moment.  His arms of love are open wide to help us through the rough times, help us clean up our lives, and help us to start a new life of love, peace and joy.   Happy Easter!

Camel Kisses

Howdy!   How’s everybody doing?  Have you survived Advent and the Christmas rush and madness so far?  Are your cards mailed?  How many dinners do you need to prep for , or have you already attended?  Are the gifts bought?  Wrapped?  Here I sit at the computer, it’s nearly midnight, my house looks like bomb exploded in here, and I don’t even remember what I’ve bought or for whom, let alone have it all out to wrap.  Dinner?  Thank God for my oldest daughter’s mom-in-love…   Take a minute, find a spot to relax and grab a cuppa something you like.  I’ll tell you a story, and maybe it will help brighten your day.  Continue reading

Creative Gifts

Hey there!   I really haven’t quit on all y’all.   I’ve just been reeeaaallly busy – traveling, getting the new house together, preparing to move and to go to college.   It’s been hard to even think about Advent and/or Christmas!  When the priest at Mass last Sunday (in Mexico) said it was the third Sunday in advent, I about fell off the pew.  While my time has definitely been Christ-focused, it hasn’t been Advent-focused.  This season has flown by!!!   I bet you’ve been extra busy, too.  So, find a comfy spot and grab a cuppa something warm, and let’s talk about some other ways to give this Christmas.  Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving?

Hey there!   Hope y’all had a great Thanksgiving holiday.  My weekend was great – got to spend a bit of time with my grandson.   He’s all boy.  We played with cars all day on Friday!   Okay, so I know we’re a week out.   But some folks still have some huge challenges coming up, just getting through the holidays.   Grab a cuppa, and find a comfy spot, and let’s see if we can find some things to help us all get through the holiday season a little easier.   Continue reading

Family Stress

Howdy!   How’s everyone doing?   Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  LOL.   Are you ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow?  Yeah, me too.  I still have some things to finish up, but I’ll be ready to spend time with my family.  I’ve been gone a lot, and am fixing to move out-of-state, so I need to savor and enjoy this Thanksgiving!  I remember Thanksgiving when I was little though, and the huge family gatherings it started off.  But sometimes, holidays seem to bring out the worst in family relationships. Maybe this is the year for you to begin to reverse that trend. Think about it… Continue reading

Family Matters

Hey y’all!   How is everybody?  I’m sure enjoying this cooler fall weather!  Love the jackets and fleecy things that are so soft and comfy.  Even the dog is cuddly!  So, grab a cuppa something and find a comfy spot.  Today is a dark chocolate and orange flavor hot chocolate kind of day.  Extra cocoa powder, a drop or two of orange extract and some extra sweetener, and I’m a VERY happy camper!  My grandson turns two this month.  We’ve been celebrating all weekend! Continue reading

Houses

Hey there!   How is everybody this morning?  As I write, I couldn’t sleep and it’s about 4am.  Ugh.  I have a really full day today – an all day prayer meeting to end abortion as part of the 40 Days 4 Life initiative.  Today is our parish’s day on the sidewalk, or in the chapel in prayer support of those on the front lines.  Grab a cuppa (I’ll be hunting caffeine, I’m sure!) and find a comfy spot.  Last week, I bought a house.  While I was in that process, one of the daily Scripture readings was from Haggai, talking about building houses.  Seems like housing was the theme for the week! Continue reading