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‘Tis the Season to be…

Shovelling snow, sending Christmas cards, attending parties, cleaning house, decorating trees….In short it’s the season to be


And busy I’ve been.  Just today we’ve needed to clear the snow three times, and it’s still coming down!  Fortunately I’ve only had to do it once, but my turn will come again tomorrow.

Then there was church – which at Advent is a great place to reflect on the long term effects of Christmas.  Alas, I caught myself making a to-do list for next year and planning just how I was going to organize my yarn stash.

Next on the agenda was a ladies lunch.   It was delightful to meet some of the women that attend the church I attend in the neighbourhood.  I was blessed by the generosity and the opportunity to connect.  It’s not always easy to connect with  people when you kind of “pop” in every third week or so!

I got home just in time to make coffee for my friend Danielle, who needed advice on slippers.  And other things too.  It was so good to re-connect and to re-affirm our friendship again.  (And in case you need another knitting pattern, here’s the one we’re working on – Grammy Slippers

I’ve been looking for a pattern for these for a long time, and thanks to Danielle, I have a good one!  But the actual knitting of them is a little bit of a learning curve – not much if you use a single colour cast on, though.

Anyways, after knitting and talking and eating we were off again – she to an important phone call and me to the annual Christmas Choir service at St. Gerard’s Church near my home.  Every year the choirs of the neighbourhood churches gather to sing and share.  It is wonderful.  Especially when we’re all singing and the choirs are behind you singing descants.  It’s wonderful and I’m so glad it is part of my Christmas.

Now it’s time to rest.  Because tomorrow has its own busyness – starting with an appointment at 7 am.!

So…because I just might be too busy tomorrow I’m going to break the “rule” and post two episodes.

Have a good week, and try not to get too busy!


“Rhyming Rabbit”

“The Wintergreen Witch”


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A Day to Rest!

Sunday, January 2, 2011 was a day of rest.   Not f or me, since I had to work, but for other things in my life.

First of all, I did not go to the gym.

Today, Saturday, at 8 o-clock, I was at the gym.  All week I got up early and by 6:30 I was either there or en route.  Sunday is my day to STOP and do something different with my morning.

I work at Calgary Co-op, so it’s so easy to spend money.  On Sunday I left it at home – all my plastic, all my coins, all my coupons.  They stayed home and rested.

I also turned my computer off.  It works pretty steadily all week long (although it did have a few breaks this week, as I kept tripping the breaker and had to wait for access to the downstairs suite for fixing it!)

Resting is hard work, I found that first Sunday.

It was hard to leave the computer off.  What if my mom played a move on our Lexulous game?  What if Farmville started some new thing?  What if someone sent me an urgent message?  None the less, off it stayed!

It was also surprisingly hard not to spend that first Sunday.  So many things cropped up that I “might” need – like a bit of chocolate for instance?

Not going to the gym was probably the easiest resolution to keep.  I walk to work, so I got some moving time in.  But… it did free up an hour and a bit, that I could not fill up with computer activities.  And I’m not a sleeper-inner, so that wasn’t a solution.

How do you STOP the activities for a day or two?

  • Plan the menu and do the shopping, so that you don’t have to pick things  up on your OFF day.
  • Plan ahead for the treats you might like to have, and get them.
  • If you’re a Farmviller, plant 2 or 3 day crops, or invest in an “Unwither Ring”  and just let it grow.
  • Turn off the alarm and get up when you’re ready to.
  • Make a “nice spot” where you can just sit and be for a bit, while you’re NOT doing what you normally do!
  • Enjoy your coffee, linger over breakfast, relax and enjoy those extra minutes or hours that aren’t taken up those regular activities.

Rest, I think, requires a decision and a plan.  It means saying STOP to some  things in your life and YES to some more restful things.

It doesn’t have to be Sunday, but I am glad that GOD ordered us to “take a break” once a week.  I am looking forward to tomorrow!

See you Monday for the “weekly stats!”


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