A Week in Review

Good morning Everyone,

All my life I’ve thought of Sunday as the last day of the week but the calendar persistently corrects me. How about you? Are you mentally beginning the new week this morning or will you start it tomorrow?

Here where I live, this week is starting out with some of rain and frost. Yesterday we had enough rain to settle the dust and water the lawn; by afternoon the scenery looked a lot greener. A bit more rain fell in the evening — only a shower, we might say, but after a couple of weeks of nothing, we’re glad for whatever comes.

I was up at 5 am this morning and the garage roof was white. I checked the dish of water I’d set outside on the deck for our cats and there was a thin layer of ice on top, so I’m very glad I took in the one bedding plant my daughter gave me a few days ago. It’s a gerbera, rather tender, and would have been limp today if it had stayed out.

Doing a quick recap of LAST week, starting with Monday’s trip to Moose Jaw:

We first dropped in on my husband’s cousin and his wife and had a nice visit with them. They’re into bird-watching as well and have feeders up, so we had that in common to visit about. Also the Family tree info, since they’ve done the DNA test, too. No surprises, as they already have the Goodnough history back to England circa 1620 and records on the Letkeman side go back many generations as well. Bob and his Goodnough cousins share the same genetics, as their fathers were brothers and their mothers sisters.

Seeing my sisters was the main reason for this trip. We took my sister Donna out for dinner and caught up with each other’s lives. It’s been a year since I’ve last talked with her — shame on me!

Two weeks ago I called my sister Rose, who also lives in Moose Jaw, and she told me about her bout with lung cancer last winter. She had chemo and radiation in January; also, her husband was recently diagnosed with cancer and has started chemotherapy. Rose’s husband wasn’t feeling well enough to come, but we met her for afternoon coffee at a Tim Horton’s and did some catching up.

We’d left early in the morning, done our visiting by 5pm, and managed to get home again before dark. I’m so thankful for these long prairie evenings!

Tuesday I made both meals at the Villa, which took up most of my day. Wednesday we went into the city. Among other things I bought a couple of bird houses and hung one up for the tree swallows when we got home. Didn’t take them long to find it and by the next day one pair had claimed it for their own.

We had a pair of barn swallows return to our garage and start to set up house, but something happened to the one. Now I see the other sitting forlornly on the yard light post during the day. He has come to the aid of the tree swallows when they’re being menaced by English sparrows.

Thursday morning found me digging my flowerbed in the front, trying to reclaim it from the ever-encroaching quack grass. The dirt was like powder, a bit of moisture about 6″/15 cm down. I managed to “discover” two of the three peonies, dig out the quackgrass and water them, so they will get the full benefit of yesterday’s rain. In the afternoon I painted a wren house and hung it in the Russian olive out back; the next morning a pair of wrens were busy furnishing it.

Apart from that I’ve done a bit of general housework, some blogging, reread a book, The Face of the Earth, by Deborah Raney. I found it just as great the second time around, well written and the tension maintained throughout. I’ll do a book review in my next post.

Friday evening I was helping a friend to get her life story down on paper for posterity. Yesterday afternoon I wrote and polished the story I posted yesterday, The Abduction. In the evening I had a long visit over the phone with a cousin in Saskatoon, someone I also haven’t connected with for awhile. How does the time slip away?

And now it’s 7:30am and I must get ready for church and whatever else this new day holds. I hope you’re all having an enjoyable day of refreshment and will be ready to face the first day of a new work-week tomorrow. 🙂

9 thoughts on “A Week in Review

    1. Thanks for your comment. I always have viewed Monday morning as the start of a new week and Sunday is “the Lord’s Day.”.

      I find that Christian people as a whole have gotten Sunday so tangled with the Sabbath or “day of rest” rules–which should be kept on Saturdays– that Sunday has become an ongoing “to do or not to do; that is the question” debate. And now that people are dropping the “day of rest” idea altogether, Sunday is for sports & family.

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      1. Church attendance wasn’t part of our family mentality, either. Mom was often working and Dad had no use for religion. I did go when I was younger, but once we bought the cafe (I was 13) Sunday was business as usual, though I did get some sewing done in the quieter times.
        Sadly, there is such a rift between the unchurched who consider themselves superior to “those self-righteous Christian hypocrites” and the majority of traditional church-goers who don’t know what to do with the odd people who might wander in. “Who knows what they may be into, or wanting from us?”
        If you read the book, OF MOOSE AND MEN, you get a pretty good picture. I’m thankful for people who can bridge that gap without compromising the Lord’s teachings.

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Keith. Life gets complicated when a person retires, as there’s no work-week to regulate/temper our leisure activities. I find myself doing the Sunday leisure day most of the week — when I should be setting a rigid schedule for myself and getting lots of writing done. 😉

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  1. You are a good sister. I love wrens. When we had property I had 15 wren houses, with 75% occupancy. The wrens did a threat job eating spruce bud worms. And they have a great song. Thanks for fixing up thewren house. ;-D an

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