a letter for March 25th

Dear friends,

Hope you don't mind a letter from plain old me this week.   I'm all messed up schedule-wise because of this spring break business.  Is anyone else wondering how Friday got here so quickly?  Our little week off blew in with a fury of rain and looks to head out the same way.   But in the sun-breaks, we fit in a few walks, a day trip, a little wandering around the mud pit, I mean yard, to think about all the work I should be doing.  I downed a couple of murder mysteries - and rather a lot of chamomile tea and cookies.   It was nice.

Thanks to a genius email friend - M, I'm talking to you - we had someone from the Watershed Council in our area come out (for free!)  and look at the erosion issue I've been writing and praying about.   She had terrific ideas and a lot of positive things to say.  It looks like this may be easily solved and without a lot of money - that would be a direct answer to prayer.   I don't know why I feel amazed by that.  Isn't it obvious to me by now that the Lord takes care of His children?

Today another friend - one with an actual green thumb - is coming out to help me with my flower beds.   I seem to have a rather amazing knack of wreaking havoc amongst plants.  I hope I grow out of that someday because I have lots of unrealized gardening hopes and dreams.  Did I ever tell you about the time Mark and I bought a house from a sweet old lady and then accidentally ripped out her 40 year old heirloom flower garden?  Oh.  Never mind.  I like to pretend that didn't happen.

My sister and Meg and I are going to go see Jane Eyre this weekend.  It's about time they made a good movie version of Jane Eyre.  (Said hopefully, since I haven't actually seen it yet.)  While they're at it, I hope someone is working on a new Great Expectations.  I'm in the mood to watch that one too. 

I'm going to have to start a new ripple blanket soon though.  I've almost finished the one I started 3 years ago.  For me, crocheting isn't really about finishing projects so much as it is having something to do while I'm watching BBC movies.  I think I want the next one to be a bit more colorful though.  Maybe like Alicia Paulson's.

That reminds me, I've been searching for a wood rocker for the front room for a few months now and I think I found it.  It was at the museum we visited this week: a lovely bentwood piece by Steven Foley. When I saw it I just fell head over heels in love; I mean, this is it:  THE rocker.  I think it might be out of my price range, but seriously...wouldn't that go so well with my ripple blanket?

I think if I had that rocker and my ripple blanket I could read some serious books.   I was cleaning out a basket yesterday and found an old Eighth Day Books catalog I'd forgotten about.  Of course I had to sit right down (not in a rocker, but on the couch) and grab a pencil and start marking books I want to order.  I think I like ordering books more than I like reading them.  Is that a problem?   Fortunately for our budget, this is Lent and I am not buying much extra right now.

Speaking of which, Eighth Day Books had this on their blog - a lovely quote from Fr. Alexander Schmemman  to remind us why we are observing Lent. 

“As we begin it,” he writes, “as we make the first step into the ‘bright sadness’ of Lent, we see — far, far away — the destination. It is the joy of Easter, it is the entrance into the glory of the Kingdom. And it is this vision, the foretaste of Easter, that makes Lent’s sadness bright and our lenten effort a ‘spiritual spring. [...]  Paradoxically, Easter necessitates Lent. “For we may then understand,” says Fr. Schmemann, “that the liturgical traditions of the Church, all its cycles and services, exist, first of all, in order to help us recover the vision and the taste of that new life which we so easily lose and betray, so that we may repent and return to it.”

In returning and rest you will be saved, says the prophet Isaiah.  We taste the night so we can rejoice in the day.  I've bobbled a bit this week, starting to forget the solemnity and purpose of Lent; it's good to settle down again and refocus.

~ Well, it's been good to chat, but I'd better be going.  Meg has a Chinese class in about five minutes and that takes priority over my blogging. 

I probably won't be around much next week.  School starts back up and I am also needing some time to do some of that real reading and recharging.  I'll be back soon though.

Lots of love to you all.  Hope you have a delightful weekend.  If you get any sunshine, soak in extra for me.  I need it. 

much love,