The title sounds like a call for help because I’ve packed the month of May with enough tasks to fill a year. Thankfully my team — Charlie and Sug — plus my son and his wife are committed to a long, desperate summer’s worth of to-do lists. The fun will start in May.
More or less in order of what’s about to happen we’ll be doing the following:
The program is set, the menu is set, the guest list is set — time for the party.
We will need the guest room — my son’s old bedroom — for weekly visits from him due to his work schedule. He plans to stay overnight once a week instead of driving back and forth to the Eastern shore of Maryland, 2.5 hours away.
There are a few more items in the back room that need to be distributed or done away with. We’re planning to finish up the guest room (#9 on the 101 in 1001).
Charlie and I will be spending long weekend at beach (#24 on the 101 in 1001). Charlie has to play the piano for some meetings but I am just going along for the ride.
We’ll be staying on the Boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey, but plan to do a little touring on this long weekend.
Mother’s Day — I’m declaring this as my personal free day.
I only plan to do stuff I enjoy. I’m hoping to also have something special and delicious to eat.
I have spoken with our contractor who is getting ready to add a new surface and railing to our bedroom deck (#73 on the 101 in 1001).
We haven’t used the deck for a couple of years except for building projects due to the lack of railing.
Although my grown son’s birthday is early in April, he was born on Palm Sunday. Today is Palm Sunday.
In addition to our regular services Charlie had the opportunity to play the organ at the small chapel of a local convent.
Sug and I accompanied him and were truly blessed by the simplicity and sincerity of this community.
This week my regular Bible study classes have been canceled but I’ll be attending special services planned for the end of the week. My favorite is Maundy Thursday. It is in Maundy services I have heard very profound and memorable messages. The Pope washes the feet of prisoners emulating the actions of Christ at the Last supper. That would be a truly humbling experience — having anyone wash my feet.
So we enjoyed our 5 services this weekend and look forward to a peaceful week concluding in a celebratory and joyful Easter when Charlie will be playing again at the convent before our regular service.
Back in the summer of 2016 I hosted a Book Club at The Glade.
This summer I have planned another one which should also fulfil #69 on my 101 tasks in 1001 days: Lead a Bible Study at home. Although we will read this satire as literature I’m prepared for discussion that touches on spirituality, morality, and responsibility.
I mapped out a plan for reading and discussing the book which I put into a letter that would serve both as an invitation and syllabus for the study. The group will be limited to 8 invitees plus Sug and me. (Charlie does not participate in this type of activity but he is welcome to attend.)
I wanted to make expectations clear from the beginning so the people who commit to the group can presume that others will do the assignments and be on hand for our weekly discussions.
I’m hoping for a varied cross-section of participants. This article by Laura Egolf suggests one need not be a Christian to benefit from reading a book that “is a fascinating examination of the flaws of man.”
The venue for this book club will be the living room at The Glade.
* Christian apologetics (Greek: ἀπολογία, “verbal defense, speech in defense”) is a branch of Christian theology that defends Christianity against objections.
The weekend midway through February is loaded with must-do items.
Top priority is to assemble all income tax papers and business numbers. Unfortunately we have not received W-2 forms and/or 1099s from some music venues (which were due at the end of last month). It’s always difficult to know where to allocate funds without the proper forms. Grrrrr.
And I would like to begin to plan the design for our grave marker. Charlie and I both have 2 lots each at different cemeteries. We’ve decided we’d like to be buried near each other so we’ll let one or the other of the plots go to other family members.
The curtains hanging in the bedroom at the French door need to be finished. This is the weekend for that. Charlie has a gig Friday night so I’ll try to start then with the hand sewing.
If I have any time remaining, which I doubt, I’ll continue to shred old and unnecessary documents.
On Sunday we’ll be attending a special church service where Sug and her team will be commissioned for her mission trip to Guatemala. She leaves next week. Charlie is scheduled to play the send-off music.
This year my Christmas mantel doesn’t have much to do with design.
Instead the mantel adds characters to the Christmas story who were not there in the first century. I remember seeing a renaissance painting in a gallery in Florence Italy that had included the family of the wealthy commissioner of the painting in a nativity scene.
This year’s nativity scene on our mantel includes us. We (Charlie, son, and I) are there with other objects that mark our lives.
Christmas is meant to be both a joyous celebration and an intensely personal experience.
I’m expecting both.
What are you expecting from the winter holidays or the new year?
I like to think of Advent as the Adventure that leads up to Christmas.
This year I’ve foregone my regular Bible study class to sing in a choir whose program is this Saturday. It’s a whole different situation being part of the choir instead of leader. I used to start thinking about Christmas in August listening to music and creating a theme for a program. This year I am accommodating someone else’s planning.
Since I’m not in my regular study I’m taking another one on a different night with an entirely different group of people. Just part of the adventure.
I love having time and opportunity to be creative this Christmas and work in some events I was never available for. This weekend I’ll be attending the very special craft fair that Charlie and I went to for the first time last year.
Christmas becomes more and more special to me every year. It’s almost my favorite time of year, second only to Easter week.
Have you ever purchased a favorite or unusual craft items?