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While much of eastern Canada shivers in a deep freeze, here on the west coast we're toying with spring. On a walk this week I saw the first blooms of forsythia and heard spring birdsong. Spears of bulbs are breaking the soil. We have a few more minutes of sunlight every day (268-271)!
Here are some more blessings I counted this week:
272. A neck that normally swivels without pain. (On Monday and Tuesday for some reason mine didn't. Ouch!)
273. Buying books for the Kindle e-reader (they shouldn't make it so easy!)
274. A walk on a cool, grey afternoon, perfect for calming restless thoughts and using up nervous energy.
275. A lo-o-o-o-ong dental appointment — done!
What is it makes a church so like a poem?
The inner silence – spaces between words?
The ancient pews set out in rhyming rows
Where old men sit and lovers are so still?
Or something just beyond that can’t be seen,
Yet seems to move if we should look away?
Christmas is down. The house has sobered up. We're in the sunlight-starved month of January. I like this part of the year's cycle, made even richer by finding, and naming everyday gifts:
242. A cozy house on rain-dark mornings.
Standing at the side porch window, watching my parents’ stunned bending, I wonder if my mother had held me in those natal moments of naming like she held my sister in death” (Kindle Location 45).
“Rays reflecting hues off translucent globes
Sound of spruce cones thumping buckets with spring
Cackle of crows high in the limbs, iridescence on wings
I am a hunter of beauty and I move slow and I keep the eyes wide, every fiber of every muscle sensing all wonder and this is the thrill of the hunt and I could be an expert on the life full, the beauty meat that lurks in every moment.
I hunger to taste life.
God.” (Kindle location 944)
We began this week in Kamloops, and now we're safe and sound at home again. We began this week in 2010 and now it's 2011. We began this week in the thick of holidays, and now it's time to get back to work. But nothing has really changed, for the gifts keep appearing.
I finished Ann's book yesterday and as a result have a whole new appreciation for the potential of noticing, naming and noting God's endless gifts to me. This week they included:
227. Lotion for winter-dry skin
228. My daughter's yummy meals — she's a much fancier cook than I am; we had Thai chicken wraps, spicy-rubbed, slow-roasted ribs. I need to collect some recipes.
229. Snuggling with an almost three-year-old and my laptop to explore spiders.
230. Playing Play Doh with an octopus-maker.