Thursday, 25 February 2010
Well, today I listened to their first Lenten talk by Will Self on iplayer. What a great, free, erudite broadcasting we can have! I had come from breakfast in bed, crocheting to the still deeply reassuring Woman's Hour; my Thursday mornings can be unashamedly hedonistic!
My own Lenten readings have been no less of a revelation. As I looked back over the first few days I found myself circling all occurrences of the word back and becoming more and more determined to move forward instead.
When I grew up here in the seventies nobody talked about what was going on. Even my denomination was iniquitously silent thereon. Our news this week is not good. But I won't go back.
Meanwhile Prince Charming has gone rugby mad. It started with Invictus last Saturday night and I have been informed that it is due to culminate in a rugby viewing, Guinness swilling, ultimately meal consuming party this Saturday. His own blog reverberates with Ireland's Call which has apparently been taught to the strawberries this evening! Like the movie, we're beyond rugby as mere sport. No child of ours is going back either.
Monday, 22 February 2010
This is my little attempt at a Lenten creative journal. If you do away with the... clenched fist... your light will rise in the darkness , and your shadows become like noon. Isaiah 58. I'm very encouraged- there has never been a clenched fist, I must categorically point out, but there is generally rage at some point!
Earlier in Lent I smiled at the repetition of "thanks offerings" in Psalm 50. And wavered over my Lenten abstention from Internetia. This and Floss' post have sent me to the keys. 172-181.
Saturday, 20 February 2010
We sat down to cake, bunts and scones with tea, and discussed M&S strawberry jam, rites of passage, Rosa Parks, and scrap-booking. My Lenten creative journal has been much inspired!
We then retired to the withdrawing room for a recorder recital and poetry reading. Tongue-twisters and Shell Silverman.
And all inspired and woven about by the Girls' Annual- so refreshing when one is the mother of suns! Thank you, Miss Bennett!
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Just out of picture we had an ELC garage as the city with tall temple, and a homemade cuckoo clock perched atop the Wii box as a high mountain. Jojo impressively said that the mountain must have been Mount Evrest- his pronunciation; we do know a lot about Everest and other big mountains in this house, don't we, dear?!
Interstingly our lives formed a perfect parallel to the Temptation story yesterday. From the great triumph of this creatively spiritual moment we descended into the hell of a day at home with two small boys that included a broken (favourite) vase and much lamentation on everyone's part. PC points out as I type that this is just like my own enlightened thought of the weekend- the Temptation comes immediately after the triumph of the Baptism. There you go...
I have all your addresses saved into Favourites and will be reading you as special treats- but less from me for a while. Thank you for all your kind comments, and may Lent for you be a time of calm reflection- with more angels than wild beasts!
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Friday, 12 February 2010
I am intending to make and ice a carrot cake after packing and before a hot and luxuriant bubble bath.
I am intending to decide whether or not to insert quirky images like Crafting Catherine or to scour our archives for relevant photographs.
I was intending to avail of twenty-four hour Mr Very Big Supermarket Chain to procure last minute essentials.
As you can see, I am achieving none of the above- but I am very much enjoying all your posts! (This does, however, reinforce my current ponderings on Lenten fasts...)
Happy Half-Term! See you for pancakes- a very big day in our house!
Monday, 8 February 2010
Sunday, 7 February 2010
Tonight we were honoured to be invited to her now Irish home to celebrate with her friends and family- still one older sister, one younger brother and one younger sister. Valiant folk indeed!
Eighteen cupcakes for eighteen years- Happy Birthday, Sarah!
Saturday, 6 February 2010
Year 10 Careers 12.25pm Friday. Key Skills. Communication being top of the List. Example given was of asking for a refund in a shop. I recount PC's highly successful standing ground in a well-known car and bicycle chain.
The story began last Saturday when all four strawberries set off excitedly to buy new bikes for junior strawberries. There was a sale that had been well researched by PC. Chosen bikes were not in stock. Lamentation and gnashing of milk teeth. Assistant assures us that bikes will be in stock on Wednesday and, my goodness yes, this sale will be on for another month.
PC returns to same shop with small things on Wednesday night when I was at my Library work. Manager decries thought that sale would still be on and the bikes are not yet out of their packages and are therefore unbuilt. Come back on Friday, and ok we'll let you have them at sale price.
Calm negociation on PC's part displays great communication skills. Even my Year 10 are impressed by this and particularly like thought that at that very moment two small suns will soon be cycling happily along.
Prince Charming's perspective:
Friday. First visit to shop. Bikes are here, come this way to complete paperwork. Daddy, I can't pedal this. Jojo's stabilisers are touching ground, but the back wheel alas no. PC also spots screws missing on Mattman's silver loveliness. Oh dear, we'll have to fix that.
Prince Charming's calm negociation skills are disappearing fast, as is suns' ability to delay gratification much longer. Quick trip to not just any coffee shop, but *&* coffee shop. Apple juice and gingerbread men later. We can't seem to fix these stabilisers. They're a bit wobbly. They're not really safe enough for my child. Hmmm. Refund for stabilisers. Trip required to another well-known high street stockist of all things children for stabilisers (and new cycle helmet to avoid paying any more money to chain 1).
Don't know that Year 10 patience would stretch to the full version next week!
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Bed- at home (droooool), or anywhere actually!
Experience giving meaning to language...
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
First outstanding quote of yesterday: His mother is not a good housewife," one of the women claims. "Their house is shabby and dirty. She's lazy and doesn't stay home."
Second outstanding quote of yesterday: If only they would read a little Dickens or Kipling they would soon discover there was more to life than cheating people and watching television. One cannot help thinking of recent media storms here in this little Northern land...
I am therefore going to send on this fabulous and most appreciated award to:
Gordon Brown, Brian Cowen, Peter Robinson, Martin McGuinness and, my own MLA (I think?!), Sammy Wilson.
Monday, 1 February 2010
159. Sun stars for following instructions in school. Oh the relief of letting go, even for a moment.