Today’s extra morning time was spent in the kitchen, trying to figure out what things I need to make the space flow better–filling some new canisters with popcorn and rice, and washing a bunch of big pans. (I hope to mop somewhere this quarter. Why be overly ambitious and disapoint myself. I’d rather get it done early and surprise myself!) I’m starting to shop for the perfect coffee maker. I’d like one with a timer…I think that would be a good treat to wake to some mornings…I seldom have time to fix myself a cup, and I could treat The Hub on the weekends without having to get up first! 😀
Today, I ate a good lunch and breakfast. Went on a field trip with my daughter. Ran a few errands. Volunteered a few minutes while I could, got a huge headache. Picked up Red at school. Collapsed at home with three pills which I hoped would get on top of the pain in my temples.
Every time we have a swing back to warmer weather, I seem to get headaches, change in atmospheric pressure, I guess. A generic Claritin, Naproxen, and Tylenol and a short nap all taken together seem to knock it in an hour or so, but it is annoying. And, of course, for Saturday, when we have a ton of end of season things going on with the kids, we are expecting snow accummulations of 1-2″, thankfully that evening rather than afternoon. I hope it stays that way!
I’ve been enjoying worship this week on my iPod, quick meditating on a few worship cards, and just trying to keep up with things. That seems enough.
I’ve been writing verses in the kid’s books, for the ones who I think need some focus, and talking through what they mean. It’s amazing to me how much they still need to talk through a given scripture to understand it. I’ve forgotten how many years of “unveiling” of the word it has taken for me to be able to read things and understand the language and context, even of an NIV translation! For example, I gave them “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches…” last week, and every one of them thought it was referring to their given name. I have friends who are so much better about getting The Word impressed on their kid’s hearts, and I feel behind in this area.
I really want to work on us all speaking in more gentle tones with each other, less joking-sarcasm (boy, when you start hearing in your kids what you’ve been dishing out, it’s a sad, sad day–what a mirror!)
I’ve been at the church this week to try to help some with the chain-saw people…just to support, not really to cook…I don’t feel qualified or called to try to add that in yet, but I can sweep and mop and wash dishes and do support role tasks. So, I’m trying to just stop by and do that a couple times a day when I’m out running errands.
Sometimes, I take the children and they are a big help…they move all the chairs out of the way ahead of me and put them back. I’m trying to teach them to stay quiet, out of the way, and just do the servant work instead of seeking entertainment, or what friends are around while we are there…they are doing well.
Let me just say, if you go into a kitchen and ask what you can do to help, the answer will usually be “nothing”, but if you will hang around, and look around, and jump in and get into the flow of things and see what needs to be done, sometimes, you can find things to do to help: wipe tables, clean counters, clean the sink, put away dishes, lend a kind word, fill salt and pepper shakers, wipe crumbs off dessert tables, take out trash, mop small spills around tables.
The cooks never have time to assign lots of tasks to lots of people…they have a lot of lists running in their minds to deal with. Just find a way to help, or get out of the way. 😀 I think that’s why younger women in the kitchen seem to struggle with the older cooks…everything seems under control already. And it is, but your fresh feet and hands and spirit can help. Just look and serve.
Well, that’s all for tonight! I think I need to gather laundry and plan breakfast. With a clean kitchen, I may cook something special in the morning. It’s been a good, restful few days, and that’s been a good change of pace! Makes me want to give a little more in the morning for a fun breakfast meal.
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