Hiya, just a quick post to let you know that the sermon turned out to be very well received! I wrote it last night and this morning, and apparently procrastination pays off for me, as I got glowing comments from my classmates and teacher.
Also, my computer got fixed (the TV tuner card was broken, and I couldn't watch TV at all!), and Celeste and I went shopping and I got some great things to wear to church, so all in all, it was a very good day.
So, I spent the weekend in Sonoma county at Camp Cazadero. It was rustic...the sleeping quarters a little too rustic for my taste...but it was beautiful there.
I got to know many people from the congregation, and had some wonderful conversations. I also had time to read my novel and knit and sit outside for hours (in the shade and in a comfy padded chair), which I love to do.
This is the main lodge. It has a long porch (on the right in the picture), which I spent a lot of time on, and a living room area, where I spent the rest of the time!
I also led a "fairy house" craft for kids, and that was very fun. here's one of the creations (you have to employ some imagination here)
The event was a success, and this little boy in red would occasionally come up to me during the retreat to say hi and show me what he was up to. He was tres cute, though obviously I'm not putting his face on the web.
So, it was a fun weekend, but now I have a sermon to write (due tomorrow in class!!) and I'm still not over this stupid cold, though it does seem to be getting better. I'm still very low energy, and the lack of sleep this weekend didn't help.
It's 7 AM and I'm getting ready to leave for a weekend church retreat. Not sure how "on" I'll have to be...or be able to be, since I'm still a little sick. I think I should be OK, it's not that bad a cold--I'm just tired and sniffly.
Here's what I'm packing: i-pod with new music and podcasts on it; Teal shawl; My latest library book, My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time, which is quite engaging so far.
The book is about a Victorian-era Danish Prostitute who discovers a time machine and is transported to 21st century London! I an enjoying it heartily.
We're going to the Russian River, and I have no idea what it will be like, but Gayle says it will be hot, which is not what I wanted to hear! This afternoon I will lead a "fairy house" walk in the woods for the children, and tomorrow I'll help with the worship service. Otherwise, I'll be (hopefully) enjoying myself and getting to know people. If I didn't feel crappy, I'd be excited about it.
OK, off to take my shower, now that I'm packed. I have to preach a sermon in Preaching class on Tuesday, so I'll need to do a little homework on retreat, if only brainstorming. I'll post again on Sunday night and let you know how it went. Have a great weekend!
This morning I made earrings (blue pearls, green Swarovski crystals and sterling charms) and did some watercolor and calligraphy (Rumi poetry). Just a little crafting for two hours before I had to go to work. It was a good way to start the day.
When I got home from my afternoon of church meetings, I was hot and sweaty and tired, so I took a shower and a nap. Then dinner (goulash--ugh), and now I'm back home.
I wish I could do more crafting tonight, but I have a paper due tomorrow, and unfortunately, I've put it off as long as I can. If I get it done in a reasonable amount of time, I will reward myself by making a mix CD for Eva, who needs a good dose of music over in Germany.
What can I possibly have been doing to fill up another week?
Mostly, I have been playing with this little guy, whose favorite spot is sitting on my chest while I'm at the computer, which means I have to type one-handed, with frequent breaks to kiss his neck and rub his belly.
I've also been at the church several days this week, in meetings and at events (a beautiful Mozart's Requiem concert last Monday, for instance).
This morning I introduced the prayer of confession, and it went OK, though as soon as I sat down I thought of all the things I should have said...But people said nice things afterwords, and I'm sure I'll do better as I get more comfortable with the congregation.
I've also been knitting, still working on my Silky Wool shawl/stole. This is the stitch pattern I've been using, and my plan is to switch to a smaller diamond pattern for several feet, and then do a matching section like this one on the other end, grafting so they both go the right direction.
If I have enough yarn, I'll probably add some pointy edging on the ends as well, since I just love pointy lace edging--the longer the better!
Yesterday, I stayed in my pj's until 2pm, and then decided I had better get up off the couch, so I tempted myself with the fabric store (always a sure way to get myself out of the house). I'm collecting pink and black fabric for a quilt idea and so I was loading up on that, when I came across this darling corduroy with blue apples, and I had to have it!
Of course I decided to make a purse (or two or three), so when I got back from my outing (the fabric store is down the hill and many blocks away, so I got my daily walking in) I watched sappy TV and made this!
It looked great with my outfit for church today, and I have some different handles and enough fabric left to make one or two more for some lucky friends!
The handles are turquoise plastic, and I adore them, for obvious reasons.
I used a blue with brown polka dots cotton for the lining. I really like this sweet little bag, and I have some red patterned corduroy and pink lining that I got on a different trip, so there may be several new fall purses in my future!
OK, that's all for now. Soon I'll walk down the hill (ugh, again) to meet Carolyn for coffee, bead shopping and to grab a dvd to watch tonight. Unfortunately I'm missing a friend's Ordination because I couldn't get a ride, so I'll also work on her present and try to make it extra special to make up for not being there.
I've had lots of knitting friends over lately, with some great projects. Here's DonnaLynda (as we call her), looking ever-so-cute in her new blue hat! She's a relatively new knitter, and I'm having fun introducing her to all that the knitting community has to offer (more on that in a later post).
She and Gayle were in Ashland, OR a while back, and they found this hat pattern, done in a bulky Rowan yarn. They both had to have it, so they asked me for help with the double pointed needle part at the top.
Now that they've both braved the dpn's (size 15 though they were!), they are excited to try socks (DonnaLynda) and arm warmers (Gayle) knit with dpn's. Isn't the hat cute? it has a few purl rows right before you decrease for the top, and you can knit in some fun novelty yarn as DL did, just to make it extra fun.
And here is a picture of Celeste's latest sock- the Baudelaire from Knitty! Well, this is probably not her latest, as she was working on it last week, and that girl goes through socks like nobody's business.
In fact, now that I think about it, she was working on a different pair of toe-up socks on Tuesday when she stayed over, so maybe she's already done with these! (she puts me to shame, as it took me a month to finish my one and only pair of socks)
Hey y'all! I am connected again, praise the Lord! I'm about to go to class, but here's a little taste of kitten love to hold you over. You can expect several posts with lovely pictures in the next day or two, as I have lots to share!
Meet Deacon! He is doing well, although still crazy sometimes. He's such a love, and you can hear him purr from across the room. He loves to have his tummy and chest rubbed, and it's possible to lull him into a tummy rubbing trance that can last for half an hour!
Here he is in is favorite hiding place under the table, sleeping in the furry pink bed I made for him (he loves it!).
Hopefully I'll be connected at home sometime today, and will have pictures for you soon after that, but for now, check out Celeste's new Blog! She *just* started it, so only two entries, but she needs some blogging love, so go check her out and leave some comments so she's encouraged to post more! Celeste is an amazing artist and friend, and I can't wait to see pictures of her work up on her blog.
So...I know you are all waiting to hear what happened on the kitty front...
It turned our that the original cat I wanted-Zeus-had diabetes, so Lisa and I went to the SFSPCA on Friday afternoon, and I came home with a KITTEN!!! I didn't plan on a kitten, but we both fell in love with a 4 month old named Deacon. And isn't that the perfect name for a minister's cat?! he's been home for a few days, and is the most adorable and affectionate kitty ever. You are going to love him.