Seven Years…

…since my Dad died. In some ways it feels like yesterday and in most other ways it feels like an eternity. I remember the day well, the sounds, smells and activity. The food being sent to the house – the pastries from Montillio’s, the flowers, the people coming in from out of town.
All good things, at the end of a good life.
He is missed today and everyday.


2010 Lenten Meditations

In a booklet from the Episcopal Relief & Development, the reading for today just took me all over the place. The preface for today’s reading is: For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and pow’r are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal. – from the hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” by Martin Luther, Reformer, 1546.

Last night while gathering my stuff to take to church for the Children’s Service – playing guitars with C – I grabbed the music, my guitar stand my shows and a pen. From the pile of pens on the desk, I chose the white one pictured below (it says Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany):

I specifically reached for this pen – good memories of a great day in Germany two years ago with the kids and C. We went to Wittenberg for the day and the kids held up their 95 Thesis – well, we came home with 95, not sure how many they had at that point. The list was what they thought was right and true at the time. I wonder if they think the same things today? Here they are with their list:

While we were walking thru town we noticed a sign on a very tiny chapel:

and being good Episcopalians, we can’t pass up an opportunity to sing a hymn! We joined in the service, we doubled the number of folks that would be attended. After the 30 minute service we asked if we could stay a few more minutes and have our Eucharist – one of the two services for which we were prepared on this trip. The very friendly Lutherans said – Certainly! and our group shared the Eucharist in a small chapel that Martin Luther had quite possibly worshipped in during his life:

Outside the tiny chapel.       Inside the chapel.

It was one of those God-incidences that you just don’t see coming, but one for which we were certainly prepared and most grateful.

Cuddling Again

I think Basil would like to make this a habit. This morning, he crawled up to her and stayed there snuggled for a while.

Gracie has this aversion to being held or crowded. I wonder if she was once trapped and couldn’t get away. I got her when she was 5 months old, so I don’t know what happened in those first few months.

Just some of the little challenges of living with pets – but they are well worth the rewards!

Autumn Share

I’ve ordered an Autumn Mini Share from Potomac Vegetable Farms. I’ll receive approx. 1/4 bushel of Fall veggies for a period of 9 weeks. Looking at the list of veggies available, I decided that I prefer the selection listed for Autumn and its a shorter commitment, so I’ll see how I like it.

They will be delivered to a house about three blocks away and I will pick them up on Wednesdays after 3PM beginning at the end of September. I’m kind of excited to have a variety of locally grown veggies each week. They will change as the harvest changes. Maybe I’ll sign up for a Summer Share in 2011, but we’ll see how this goes.

Support your local CSA!


Tomorrow I can dig out without being interrupted by work! Yippee?

Here’s what faces me in the backyard

I threw some whole wheat bread out for the birds and look who found it first!

Then I threw him (or her) some Raw Organic Almonds – we’ve got well fed vermin in my ‘hood.