I see that I last wrote on here almost exactly a month ago! Since then I have gone up to Oregon and back, and then waaay up to Alaska, where my brothers and I had an informal family reunion and went through the last of our parents' things up there, and visited some of our old family and personal friends.
|Lunch with my good friend in Oregon|
Once I was back home, I guess because things have been so busy and now are quieting down, I plunged into a sort of ocean of philosophical reading. And I decided to start taking fitness seriously, now that I am over half a century old, so I have been spending a lot of time walking and listening to podcasts -- mostly on philosophy and theology.
|Lupines on my daily walk in the National Forest|
When I was confirmed into the Catholic Church just at the same time that she was baptized into the Church, I would have prayed for just such a holy courtship and wedding for her as she and her husband have had.
|The Dress, 28 Years Ago, and 1 1/2 Months Ago|
In line with Chari's theme of Thankfulness, I will quickly list my first ten things:
- Asian noodles and chopsticks.... the former, also a dietary staple of Aidan's.
- Old dear friends (it is Clare's godmother Belle that I shared the lunch in Oregon with, and I actually met Belle in RCIA class when I was pregnant with Clare -- she was sponsoring her then-fiance who was confirmed the same time as me)
- Philosophy podcasts! I have just finished listening to this series on Philosophy and the Faith by Fr Francis Selman.
- New wildflowers every week on my walk.... the lupines are particularly numerous this year.
- My daughter, who I miss since she's now across the country from me -- Aidan keeps asking, "When are we going to pick up Clare???"
- The towering sugar pines and incense cedars -- they keep our house shady and breezy even during this heat spell.
- Piano lessons without having to drive 30-60 miles. Paddy's starting to play pieces that actually sound like pieces.
- Aidan's bursts of joyful chuckles almost every morning as he skips across the loft on various projects -- I'm blessed that his adolescent hormones seem to make him euphoric rather than dysphoric -- most of the time, anyway.
- Reading The Two Towers to Paddy in the evening out on our porch, as the bats and flying squirrels start gliding and wheeling.
- My CSA subscription -- my first year doing this and it's great, since gardens are logistically difficult up here in the Sierra Mts. I love trying out things that I usually don't buy at the store, like turnips, and kale, and summer squash. It makes the kitchen more fun.