Thursday, March 27, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for...

-colourful post it notes
-fresh bread
-good stories
-seeing Heidi tomorrow

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Thankful Thursday

It’s SPRING today and even though the weather doesn’t know it (we have freezing rain here) the fact that it is spring makes me happy.

Last night my bible study had a meal together. The guys cooked pizza and sushi, it was an odd mix but it worked. A Japanese student was invited which was exciting.

After the meal we played Bananagrams, almost like speed scrabble. It is the first ever spelling-words game that I’ve enjoyed. The love might be due to two wins by team Gina & Liz (woohoo!)

I have really good friends, good books to read, and good things happening, for all these things and more I thank God.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I expected this day to go a certain way and it didn’t. The big surprise is that I expected it to be rushed and stressful but it was the exact opposite. Ten kids participated in my creative crafts day, we had s’mores, and three of the youth group guys came and helped. It went really well. After the guys stayed till youth, we walked to the bottom of the church's property to see the river and if it was dry enough for capture the flag –it wasn’t. I had never been down the hill before, it was beautiful and the river was just joyfully rushing along. We through rocks for awhile then trudged back to the church, napped, ate, and had youth.

This day has been full of joy, rest, and joyfulness. I am thankful!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sunday Scribbles "The Experiment"

Ever think about where your food comes from? More specifically have you ever thought how many miles it had traveled before arriving on the supermarkets shelf. I admit I haven’t considered the distance in the past, only when I saw grown locally stickers or produce of Canada, that was till I read The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating. The inside cover says:

When Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon learned that the average ingredient in a North American meal travels 1500 miles from farm to plate, they decided to launch a simple experiment to reconnect with the people and places that produced what they ate. For one year, they would consume only food that came from within a 100-mile radius of their Vancouver apartment. The 100-Mile Diet was born.
I finished it Friday night and found it such a rewarding read. They wrote about there own experiences and struggles in finding foods, the big-pictures, and some of their real life that happened along the way. I was inspired. I am in no way prepared to participate in a 100-mile experiment of my own but I have been craving fresh produce, longing for berry harvest so I can try my hand and jam making, and last night I bough a local squash…not sure what I am going to do with it yet. The book has got me thinking and that is always a good place.

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I sat in a debate this afternoon on “Evil, Morality, and God” at Acadia between the head of the philosophy department and a divinity student. There was a huge turn out; better than the organizers had expected. The whole room filled, then people were sitting in the aisles, and on the floor at the front. It was a great turn out. I sat through the talks but it was over my head.

I am thankful for the people who understand the issues and can articulate strong responses in these types of discussions. I couldn’t but someone needs to. Other things that had me thanking God this week were creative ideas, two meals out this week, a chance to talk with Maki tonight and maybe seeing her at the end of the month, fruit, and really good books.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Sunday Scribbles "Time Machine"

I rent a simple two bedroom apartment; prefect for my two cats and me. It is quant with a average living room, average kitchen, a decent bathroom and a hallway the cats love running up and down. The larger of the two rooms became my bedroom and the second room…well… the second room is time machine.

To the average person it would look like storage or a giant walk in closet with piles of packages, parcel, bags, and boxes. There is so much clutter, at least 15 boxes and many piles spilling into each other, that the room could be a candidate for a reality show like Clean Sweep or How Clean Is Your House. It appears to be one colossal mess but the room is home to my memories. The contents of those boxes are from my early childhood, high school, college, and travels. I found a craft from my four-year old Sunday school class and remnants of a science fair project. There is a whole Rubbermaid filled with pictures.

I don’t go in the room much. The lack of order is overwhelming and disheartening. I would like it to be organized and tidy but sorting through even one box takes a long time and much energy. I have plans this summer to wander through the past but for now memory lane is growing thick with weeds and my time machine is collecting dust.

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