Spring is definitely here. I'm not sure winter ever was.
Things have been interesting in my household, to say the least. I'm not sure that my other half recognizes there is a problem, but the rest of us do. He has an appointment on Monday with his pain management doctor, and I am planning to go with him. Hopefully, there will be a willingness on his part to be helped and the ability of the doctor to help.
Tonight I was outside pulling weeds for a bit...there were enough mosquitoes to carry me away...and it occurred to me that the very thing that helps me get through whatever my days might hold....the thing that gives me peace and strength...is the what seems to be the biggest concern (threat) to my husband. That I go to Mass every day, if I can, and that I spend time in a church before school, and that I enjoy prayer, fellowship with others, learning....it bothers him. Sometimes, it feels like the evil one works through him. Is that horrible to say? But those minutes with the Lord, the wisdom from the readings and the homily, the things I have learned at Bible Study or talking to friends after Mass in the parking lot...they help me get through the day.
I have tried at length to get a picture of a bee. We have lots of them when the trees are blooming. But they really ARE busy little creatures, and not very photogenic. But then I saw this one this evening. Unfortunately for him, it looks like he died doing what he did best. May he rest in peace.
Last weekend was a busy one. We helped this little guy ...my Godchild and nephew... celebrate his 4th birthday. I took exactly two pictures (thank you batteries) and the other one was blurry. I enjoyed visiting with my siblings for a few hours...the weather was absolutely gorgeous.
After a while, we wrapped things up and headed to my sister's parish for confession. I have a good relationship with my confessor, and stick with him unless absolutely necessary, but my boys who are altar servers in our small parish feel like he knows them "too well". So we went where they were anonymous. People in churches are strange...and this one, more so than most. I sat down in a pew to do some spiritual reading and wait for them, and ended up changing places three times in the 10 or 15 minutes I waited! Weird!
We visited with my parents, then with my grandfather who will be 96 in a month! While we were there, passing time, my 15 year old ran across a set of 1949 encyclopedias. I think he was truly fascinated. My aunt and uncle from New Jersey were in town, so we visited a bit with them, too. Back to my parents' for a quick Hamburger Helper supper and then to our final destination of the day.
The planetarium (located on the banks of the Mississippi River) had a Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon show, and my boys thought would be neat. I had hoped that my husband would come, too, but he decided to go to the birthday party in his own vehicle and then headed back home afterwards. He is limited in what he can do with his arthritis, and this had looked like something we could all enjoy. Nonetheless, my teens and I went, and enjoyed. It was a little like watching high quality screensavers with music in the background.
Can I change subjects? That brown stuff?? Oak pollen. Yuk! We got a blower and that's the pile that I blew together.
And this from last week....It's oak pollen on the swimming pool cover. Just icky. We survived (and fished out) the 10 million acorns in the pool and every leaf in the tree in the pool, but for the pollen, we had to quickly fashion some kind of cover.
My youngest is running track this year. He ended up running the 2-mile...more by default than anything else, I think. There wasn't much competition for that spot on the team. In this meet last week, he finished "not last"...an improvement!
I took this picture while I was sitting in the stadium watching the track meet. It was the day after the blow-up at home. I think it is a reminder that God does have everything under control, and that even when things seem not good...He is with us.