--We had several times on the front porch--it was lovely.
--At the same time, it's really warm for February--very strange.
--I did a lot of sketching and visual journaling over the week-end (see this post for more details). Here's my favorite:
--One of my church friends floated the idea of doing something with charcoal sketching during Lent. I usually sketch during the late service, and I think it intrigues people. I worry that it might seem disrespectful, but it's a way for me to stay focused during the service.
--We got work done. My spouse had more to do with his classes, but we both had plenty of tasks. We also got work done around the house: taking palm fronds off the roof, pruning the gumbo limbo trees.
--I had a leftover can of pumpkin, and I did get it made into pumpkin bread before it started to grow mold. Why does this feel like an accomplishment? Regardless, it made the house smell wonderful.
--I got a lot of reading done. After deciding that Margaret Atwood's latest work was not for me, I switched to Tracy Chevalier's At the Edge of the Orchard. It was a treat--interesting plots, intriguing characters, a pioneer story--several of them, actually.
--I didn't write as much as I thought I might. I woke up in a sloggy mood on Saturday. And much of Sunday, I wasn't home. But that's O.K. because I did more visual art than I would on a usual week-end. In short, it was a good week-end, in terms of creativity.
--We finished the week-end at the parsonage with a Gospel ukulele meet-up. As I sat in the parsonage, singing gospel songs, I thought, this is why people want house churches. I sing better in that setting, surrounded by voices and instruments. And it's impossible to drift off, the way it is when I'm one of 50 congregation members in a sanctuary designed for 300.
--Today is my sister's birthday. In tribute, here's the ending of "Goblin Market," by Christina Rossetti:
“'For there is no friend like a sister
In calm or stormy weather;
To cheer one on the tedious way,
To fetch one if one goes astray,
To lift one if one totters down,
To strengthen whilst one stands."”
--It's hard to believe how quickly February has zoomed right by. Onward to March!