Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of teaching the first commandment to fourth graders. I was the substitute. And it was tricky not to insinuate that someone else's spiritual path was incorrect, as within other religions there can be found multiple gods. And that works for them. Bringing them closer to their enlightenment. Afterall being closer to the divine is what we all desire.
The other foot I tried not to step on was stating that if you put swimming, soccer, hockey, football, basketball, skiing practice, games, and/or championships ahead of church, they too can be elevated to more important than God status. Tricky as overscheduled youth don't set their family calendar. Why make them guilty of things that they have no or little control over.
Instead our discussion focused on keeping God present in our daily life. I pointed and suggested that this girl and that boy inorder to remain focused on God MUST be a nun or a priest. I thought their eyes would pop out of their heads. Effect obtained, and we settled back into realizing that by acting as Jesus wants us to, and following the Golden Rule all the days of our lives, we are putting God first, regardless of location or activity.
Truly I learn so much from teaching.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Though the long range forecast is showing more of the same. Above freezing by day; below by night. But I won't even think about tapping the trees until February 14th. Giving winter these next couple of weeks to flex its muscles. And then we will see what the season has in store for us maple sugar makers. We will see if the balmy weather has adversely effected sap production and sugar content. We are so lucky to learn lessons in a backyard sugaring shack.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
When you're smilin'....keep on smilin'
The whole world smiles with you
And when you're laughin'....keep on laughin'
The sun comes shinin' through
But when you're cryin'.... you bring on the rain
So stop your frownin'....be happy again
Cause when you're smilin'....keep on smilin'
The whole world smiles with you
Singing this song, we did a lot of smiling at work yesterday. Can it truly be a job, if we have that much fun everyday? Lucky is me.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I'm taking these days very easy and extremely slowly. The bright side: I'm now an even match for the walking speed of my clients. :-)
Enjoy your day. Enjoy your life.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
My joy (job) is like that. But for me it's 50 First Moments. For we have the same conversation over the course of the morning. And it's fine. It's light. It's fun. It doesn't get better.
And I wonder why... Because if my children asked me 50 times in a the course of two hours if they could watch TV, or eat ice cream for breakfast, and my answer was always the same, "No," I fear I would lose my patience.
I am learning so much from the people I interact with daily. And perhaps it all has to do with repetition.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
If you asked, "Would you put the clothes that are in the washing machine into the dryer?" Would you expect that the dryer would get turned on and the clothes dried?
Teenagers are so literal. I didn't specifically ask. It didn't happen.
Now that has to put a smile on your face. Happy Friday!
Only rain here yesterday.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Not that I'm looking. Not that I want to leave my current job. But just to see. Testing the QA testing waters so to speak. Maybe my old coworker would want a part-timer? Nights, weekends during crunch times.
This weekend, while discussing my problem with another longtime computer friend, he suggested I work for him. Some web design stuff, from home, in the evenings. Just enough tickling of the keyboard to keep the old brain cell turning over.
Really? Web design... I used to manage the church's site, and developed sites 18 years ago when the web was new, and up and coming. When all the coding was done through tags and not via design programs, like Dreamweaver.
Next question: Do you know Dreamweaver?
Next answer: No.
And I did. At first my head was spinning. Learning without a printed manual, (old school) is challenging. I seriously wondered if I had bitten off more than I could chew... Scared, I resolved to go down failing, refusing to quit. Telling myself, "Give it a go... You can't help but learn."
So, two nights into my new gig and I'm loving online how-to videos and widgets. WOW! The coding power right at my fingertips. Who knew. Want to know the weather in Seattle? The latitude and longitude of Plymouth, MA? :-)
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Do you like having warm winters? No snow? No ice? No cold?
Do you like maple syrup? On waffles? On pancakes? On french toast?
Well, without winter's cold there cannot be a sugaring season... The temperatures we are seeing now in January, and those maintained throughout December are the temperatures at which we start setting up the sugaring operation in late February. And that is usually after a nice snowy and cold December - January - early February.
The long range forecast shows no cold between now and January 17th. No cold and no snow.
No cold - no snow - no sap - no syrup - no kidding
Monday, January 09, 2012
I don't have a JOB, I have a JOY. :-)
Sunday, January 08, 2012
At first I wondered how did I miss seeing the break lines all these years? Then I wondered, how could such destruction happen? Only to realize the lesson or learning isn't in the brokeness. The lesson is found in the loving repair of a small shepherd boy who comes faithfully year after year to worship the new born King.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Friday, January 06, 2012
Today I start with a new client after my usual lovely morning shift. It's easy to be bright and up for 2.5 hours each weekday morning. Now, with that backstage message in mind, my second shift deserves the same as my first.
I can't walk into their home and say, "Boy am I beat. Hope you don't mind if I sit this shift out with my feet up." They have been waiting for me to arrive to help them, not the other way around.
They deserve the same magic. And they shall have it.
jeff noel: Do you remember that tour?
Tea Bag Tag: Delight the world with compassion, kindness, and grace.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Upside: Reading great insights on my tea bag tags.