Sunday Before the Sunday Before Christmas

December 16, 2007 at 9:59 pm

Today  has been a much needed catch up day on house and home.  One person said to me the other day, “I don’t know how you do it”.  Well, that’s easy, I said.  You ought to see my kitchen! 

Actually, my house.  It’s festively…busy.  But, was not yet festively…relaxing.  I put away crafts for today, and cleaned up some.  We’re getting there.  I still have some crafting to do, but I’m going to try to relocate to my original dug-out, the guest room.  They kids have needed to be in their for illness so much lately that I had to overwhelm the kitchen table, which is fine, until meal-time.  The bar hosts the kids fine, but The Hub would like to sit down to eat.  Obviously, we just need another table in here.

My kids have four beds in one room right now, so I see no problem with two dining room tables in the dining room. 

I was just reading Bev’s notes from a book on knitting.  Geez.  I think I need to knit!  I say a lot of these things about many crafts.  It is a form of “yoga”, the diversion cleanses the mind.  It has social benefits, and can help you lose weight (you don’t snack!).  However, it can also KEEP you from exercise and healthy socialization.  It’s all in the balance.  I think knitting looks very relaxing, though.  I’ve gotten 4-5 hand knitted scarves in the last few years and you just have to feel loved wearing something someone spent so much time on for you!   Maybe I get as much “yogo” type benefit WEARING mine!  😀

  • Our first Christmas guests today
  • Wrapped
  • Cleaned
  • Listened to Christmas music
  • My 2nd grade Sunday School Christmas Party (I don’t teach next week)
  • Christmas homecoming tonight.
  • By the hospital three times to drop off, pick up, and visit

I’ll post my Sunday School festivities tomorrow…we had a blast!

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Magnanimity (derived from the Latin roots magn- great, and anima, soul) is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity. Both terms were coined by Aristotle, who called magnanimity "the crowning virtue."

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:

MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.[1] (Source: Wikipedia)



"We shall not waste our time in looking for extraordinary experiences in our life, but live by pure faith, ever watchful and ready for His coming by doing our day-to-day duties with extraordinary love and devotion." ~Mother Teresa



"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come. We have only today. Let us begin." ~Mother Teresa




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