It’s a bright, balmy 22 degrees outside with continuous snow, but hey! the spring flowers are trying to bloom! My neighbor’s hyacinth are in full bloom, some of our crocus are out…soon it will be time for the brilliant yellows of the forsythia bushes (my favorites). I love this time of year because it seems like all nature is straining to be the brightest and most colorful, while the air is filled with the songs of the birds. This morning, as I stopped at our mailbox, a single small bird was singing his two-note solo; it was very calming and peaceful.
Today is the first day of my Spring Break and I’m doing my best to enjoy it to the full. I’m sitting here in a heavy, warm sweater sipping a large cup of (Meijer’s gas station) cappochino (sp?)…a lovely blend of ‘mocha’ and ‘french silk blend’. An extra surprise was in store for me (while pumping my gas…$2.69 a gallon…what a shock!): my favorite ‘indulgence’ (the cappochino) was on sale this month (any size!) for 50 cents! What a deal! I’ve never been one for the fancy-schmancy gourmet coffees at places like Starbucks, Caribou Coffees, etc. First (and last) time I went in one of them I was assaulted by their exorbitant prices, and then totally shocked all employees by asking for some “plain-old coffee, nothing fancy-just coffee.” They all looked at me like I was some sort of a freak, then pointed to where I could dispense my own. Ok, so I’m no gourmand, so what? When I accidentally discovered that my gas station had a self-serve coffee dispensing station, I decided to give it a try and was totally hooked! Not that I do that all that often, perhaps twice a month, but for me (read that: “big skin-flint”, “frugal-queen”, etc.) it IS an indulgence, howbeit ever so small. Sometimes I think one needs those little ‘perks’-small blessings, in our lives just to make the day a little nicer. When we go to get gas and I allow myself this ‘extra’, I also purchase a large chocolate muffin for my youngest son…it’s HIS little indulgence for the day. (there IS a small price to pay for this, however: Mom gets one bite!) They are really chocolaty and filled with mini-chocolate chips, to boot, so one bite is all I really need (and I make sure it’s a small bite). Can you tell I’m waxing poetic today? It feels really nice to know that I don’t have a fixed schedule for this day-I can relax for awhile, probably knit some, finish the laundry & dishes whenever I chose!
Speaking of knitting…I finally finished the child’s afghan that’s going to Ghana on April 18th! Makes me feel good to know that I got it done before the deadline; I’ll deliver it to the person taking it sometime next week (hopefully on a nice, non-snowy day). Diane, on her blog site, gave me the idea of photographing said afghan before handing it over, so I’m hoping we have a nice, sunny day in which to do so. I’m going to be checking into seeing just how one inserts photos onto WordPress sites, as I really don’t have a clue!
Is everyone ready for tomorrow-Easter? I’ll be up extra early tomorrow, as our church is hosting a large breakfast for anyone & everyone who wants to come and I’ve signed up to help in the kitchen. Last year it wasn’t too well organized and ended up being ‘whoever can help-hurry-we need you, pronto!’ It turned out splendidly, however crazy we were in the kitchen trying to pump out tons of egg casseroles, sausages, French toast sticks, etc. I’ve decided that, in order to not totally lose my ‘cool’ tomorrow, I’m baking my egg casseroles tonight, then re-heating them just before setting off for church, hence keeping me from being way-too stressed. We normally leave for church at around 8:45 a.m. but tomorrow I’m supposed to BE at church at 8 a.m., so I’m hoping my husband will see the need for us driving two vehicles, then he and the boys can leave at their normal time and arrive all fresh for the 9 a.m. breakfast before the 10:30 a.m. service. One thing I’ve learned in life (like Diane) is that I really enjoy serving. When I was a child and belonged to a girls organization, one of my favorite times was when we would host dinners. I loved to pour coffee, run for extra napkins, cut pies, etc. Guess it’s in my nature, ’cause I’m truly happy when doing that. Maybe that’s why I’m so content volunteering with my special needs adult group. I love doing all those little things like taking a wheelchaired person to the bathroom, getting water for someone who can’t walk, cutting a huge birthday cake for 40 people, looking up Bible verses for someone who can’t read. I’m so grateful the Lord can use those little deeds to His Glory. I’ve also learned that I’m NOT good at leading a group, speaking in front of a large crowd, etc. without either losing my ‘cool’ or my temper. I’m definately NOT a leader, but I make a great helper! (Guess that’s why I’m second in command in our special needs group, eh?) I love all the ‘little details’ work like remembering to print out a flyer, or remembering to buy 100 cups for next weeks pop, or mailing out reminders for an event. The Lord gave each of us gifts and I guess mine are in that category.
Hoping that all of you (my 3 readers, at this point…grin) have a wonderful and blessed Easter.