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Friday, April 21, 2006

Exciting News!

I haven't posted about this, but we are expecting a new member of the family, due to arrive in August. This one looks like another boy, so we're continuing to build our tribe, and Amira has preserved her role as princess in the family. She must have been praying extra hard, because all the boys, and even Rich, were rooting for a girl.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Idiot FedEx

I've never liked Fed Ex all that much. I worked at a shipping place when I was in college and UPS was always more reliable and they fixed problems better. Since moving to our rather remote home, we've had trouble with Fed Ex not being able to find us. They then send us letters, to our address, telling us our address doesn't exist. We get one driver to learn where our house is, then they switch drivers and it all starts over again. Not too impressed with them.

Well, today, these same people who cannot find our home when there is something addressed to us that they are to deliver, dropped off a package for someone who lives on the north end of the street. We live on the south end. Across a field where the road doesn't go through, about the equivalent of 21 blocks south of this address. Stupid, stupid, stupid! So we had to call Fed Ex and have them pick it up, which they couldn't do today, and probably won't be able to find our place again to do it anyway, so they can deliver it to this fellow. I was going to look up his phone number and call him and just drop it off myself, but thought that the stupid Fed Ex people ought to be apprised of yet another example of their ineptitude.


Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Easter was beautiful here. After the Maundy Thursday service and Good Friday, we did the Stations of the Cross up the hill at our house. Rich set it up beautifully, and we have lots of photos that we need to sort through before I can post them. The Easter Vigil was moving and joyous, and ended around midnight. Then Sunday, there was the feast at our house, with tons of food and lots of kids. We had a great time. We have leftovers for the rest of the week!

I didn't get much in the way of knitting done this past week, with cleaning and cooking. Yesterday was my recuperating day, and today I'm back on track. We're back on schedule for our Bible study this week, so I will bring my knitting there.

In about three weeks, I'll be heading back down to California for our church's Ladies' Retreat. I am really excited, and not just for the knitting time on the plane. This year only three of us from our church are going, and we're flying instead of driving. It cuts about a day and a half off of our trip.


Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Spring Cleaning

Part of my preparation for Easter has been trying to get our house in order and decluttering a lot of the stuff we have been holding on to for no particular reason. Pertinent to this blog is that I put all of my stash in one place, in containers, upstairs in my wall o' yarn. Everything, with the exception of four balls of yarn that are in use in projects, and a few oddballs left over from other projects which are in my desk, is put away.

Next: To tackle the books, patterns and magazines.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Holy Week

We are still near the beginning of Holy Week, and entering into the Passion of Christ. It has been a time of much contemplation for me, and discussion with the boys. In church, we have been talking about how it is not possible to truly celebrate and rise with the Lord on Easter if you do not first enter into the darkness with Him - the darkness of Gethsemane, of Golgotha, of the tomb. We will be having a Maundy Thursday service with the stripping of the altar and the footwashing, followed by a (vegetarian) Agape meal, a prayer vigil will follow, when members of the church have signed up to "watch" with Jesus for an hour, Good Friday we are having the Stations of the Cross up the hill at our house (we can't have it at the convent we usually go to because some couple is having a WEDDING there that afternoon. Who has a wedding at a church on Good Friday, and why were they allowed to do that?) and the Easter Vigil on Saturday. Because of the late hour of the vigil, we are following the example of our Orthodox brethren and not gathering on Sunday until the afternoon. If anyone is interested, I found a decent site online for meditating on the Stations of the Cross for children. It has some hippy dippy, 1970s feel good, guitar mass type statements, but over all a good simplification of each station and some good discussion/questions for the kids to explore further how to apply the contemplation to themselves.


Thursday, April 06, 2006

Retiring 2005 FO List

Well, I have some photos to share at last.

Here is Alexander in his Snowball hat. He chose the yarn and color, and this was what we got. He is also working on a scarf out of the same yarn. He asked me to teach him shortly before I did the stint in his class, and he works on the scarf off and on.

This is me in Lara. I'm in front of one of the many ant hills and snake and lizard refuges in our yard.

The candy colored kitchen cotton One Skein Wonder

And Laurel in it.

I've actually finished another project this year, but it is a secret. You'll find out about it later. Probably much later the way things are going, and the way I've been posting.

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