Thursday, October 9, 2014

Weekly Update 10-12-14

Big Event of the Week: Total Lunar Eclipse Wednesday Morning
 

    This is my pitiful attempt at a photo of the moon as it went into full eclipse at 5:55 am St. Louis time. I had quietly exited our front door and padded across the street in my cozy robe and furry slippers in the chilly pre-dawn darkness.  I had to go behind the house across the street to escape the glare of the street light. Once there it was totally hushed and shadowy; I could barely see my hand in front of my face. Black hills reposed below the moon. I crept up the neighbor's deck stairs and rested my little camera on the railing and snapped several shots, holding my breath to diminish the blur. I stared straight up at the expanse of incredibly sparkling bright stars overhead--they looked almost close enough to reach out and touch. Between the eclipse and the stars, I was in awe of God's incredible majesty. I lingered in the heavenly hush. My perspective of the world changed. I left feeling less stressed about the state of the world, and much more sure that we are in good hands ultimately. Our Creator knows all, from the beginning to the end. I can rest in that.

 I also hung the little birds that I bought at the Best of Missouri Arts & Crafts Show
 in our kitchen window.  The perfect cheerful touch, I think. They make me smile.

 I also finished up the last touches of fall decorating. I use pretty much the same things every season, but they always feel new after being nested away in paper and plastic bins for a year. It makes the house feel festive, somehow, to decorate around the changing of the seasons.

      This is a quilt I hand appliqued and quilted back in the '90's.
                                        I love the mixed plaids andstripes; the oranges and browns.




 
You might have noticed, but we do not decorate around a halloween theme. We prefer to celebrate the beautiful change of seasons, rather than to focus on death and darkness--no matter how much that is treated lightly by the world. We don't expect others to agree, but that is our choice and we are content with it.
 
      
     
 
The rest of the week I spent finishing up the last of changing out of summer/winter clothes and tidying up. I did more than the usual amount of laundry and ironing due to all the clothes preparation.
 
I sent a package to our grandson Ben whose big 10th birthday is upcoming. I wish he lived closer!
 
I wrote a letter to granddaughter Sofie, who loves to correspond at the grown-up age of 12, and sent it in another package filled with things for all the girls.
 
I went to Macy's twice to take advantage of buying make-up while they are having their "free" Clinique gift giveaways this week, thus receiving two gifts instead of one. I often sell the freebies I am not interested in on Ebay to further defray my costs. 
 
I returned a few items that we not needed or quite right to a few stores while running errands on errand day. It seems that I run out of day before I run out of errands; the rest can wait 'til next week.
 
I dropped off two big bags of donations to the AmVets, and received a tax-credit receipt.
 
I made a couple of dishes of banana pudding to use some ripening bananas, and took one to a friend recovering from an illness.
 
I took another friend to get a laser procedure done on one of her eyes. (She actually had planned to just drive herself home "with one eye closed"--I don't think so!) Then we shopped at the mall and had a nice dinner together before going home, since Sweetface had to work late that night.
 
I blogged twice, and listed about 30 things on Ebay. Several other things on my To-Do list did not get done, and will be on the list for next week again--such is life. I am happiest when I am busiest.
 
Did you have a good week? I hope you are getting ready for fall like a squirrel burying nuts! :-)

 

9 comments:

  1. Wow! Your house looks so cozy! I love fall. I can't believe I missed the lunar eclipse!

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    1. Not to worry, you can watch the next two lunar eclipses in 2015 on April 4 and September 27.

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  2. Cool picture of the moon. I also love your fall quilt that you made it is so cute. We are crafty at our house too. I am inspired to try to make something to hang on our walls too.

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    1. Thanks Susan. There are so many wonderful ideas on Pinterest. I sure hope I will find lots of craft supplies in my heavenly mansion. :-)

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    2. (Not enough time to make all the things on my bucket list in this life!)

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  3. Linda, did you make the quilt? It's so pretty!

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    1. Yes. I appliqued some of the blocks while sitting on deck during a cruise of the Rhine Valley in Germany in 1993. Happy memories. :)

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  4. You are such a gift to our lives!! thanks for sharing out your day, weeks or month. I haven't had time to come on here and today, I stopped and took the time because I feel closer to you when I do. Have not had much time for little crafts, wedding is next Friday. I love you my friend...tina b.

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    1. Oh, how sweet of you to say that, Tina. Best wishes on the big wedding!!! Love you, too.

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