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Bring back the status report!

Some of my blogging friends and I used to share status reports. That has fallen by the wayside for the most part, but I'm going to resurrect it today. This is part of the ordinary life we all love.

Sitting: at my desk, looking out a grey morning. April showers are bringing in May flowers.

Finished: my tea. Yorkshire Gold, my favourite.

Awake: despite having risen at 5:00 a.m. My puppy was quite indignant that I ignored his barking which began at 4:30, but I made him wait.

Satisfied: that I got up at 5:00 a.m., because I have got a lot done already.

Perplexed: at an article I read called "Purgatory for Everyone," by Jerry Walls, who is a Protestant who supports purgatory. It is for my theology class. We have to summarize and evaluate the article. I would love to submit only a brief comment: this guy is wacky. Don't think my prof wants that. I don't know why Walls just doesn't become a Catholic.

Anticipating: a few things. My 30th wedding anniversary is on April 18. Tomorrow, in celebration, we're going to a hockey game in Buffalo to see my Montreal Canadiens. Now that they've clinched their playoff spot, I can relax. At the end of April, we're going to see my parents in Saskatchewan for my dad's 80th birthday. I can't wait to see the big sky.

Nostalgic: for homeschooling. I babysat three homeschooled kids yesterday. It was a blast. I really enjoyed helping them with their work and then playing together. I really love tutoring kids one-on-one.

Still convinced: that homeschooling is a great education choice for those want to and are able to do so.

Hoping: I can get a lot of work done in the next day and a half. I have an assignment due, and I'm bogged down with reserach for my term paper, and while I'm so excited for the hockey game, I have to make sure it doesn't encroach too much on my workload.

Looking ahead: to spring! As I type, I see a Robin perched on my garage roof. They have been plentiful this week. Spring is coming!


Status Report - March

Sitting: at my desk, watching the snow come down. Later it will be ice pellets, and later still, freezing rain.

Finished: my time at the young moms' bible study for today, and have an afternoon of staying in where it's warm.

Planning: to listen to some sessions from The Shepherd's Conference.

Thankful: for my family doctor. I will be sad to see him retire.

Waiting: for a variety of things. I'm not good at waiting.

Starting: to look at the course requirements for my seminary class, which begins March 19. There are pre-class assignments that I need to finish.

Reading: The Works of William Perkins, Vol. 1. I'm taking a couple weeks from Charnock to have a look at this book.

Hurrying: to finish knitting a vest for my husband. Listening to the Shepherd's Conference will be a good thing to do while knitting this afternoon.

Anticipating: some warmer days to go out picture taking.

Praying: for God to bolster my faith, which can be so weak at times.


Status Report - September

Sitting: at my desk, listening to the sounds of U.S. Open tennis coming from the family room. It's still the first few rounds, and my favourite, Roger Federer won his match yesterday.

Watching: the hummingbirds fight at the feeder. It's been slow this summer, but now I think I'm getting a lot of traffic from hummers on their migratory path. 

Realizing: that summer is in its final weeks, and I only read one book on my "to read" pile. That is not to say I haven't read, but any time I make a list to read, I end up diverging from said list. Perhaps there's a lesson in there.

Enjoyed: Jude the Obscure, the only one I finished on my list.

Started to enjoy: a biography of Anne Boleyn. I'll pick it up again at some point.

Reading: among other things, The End of Absence. The author has made some very thoughtful observations about online life, especially with regard to confession. He compared the difference between confessing in a journal and confessing online:

When we make confessions online, we abandon the powerful workshop of the lone mind, where we puzzle through the mysteries of our own existence without reference to the demands of an often ruthless public.

Pondering: what the author is saying about public opinion, the chapter I just finished. I'm not ready to give up the internet entirely, and as a non-Christian, his hope is found in the here and now, so I understand why he adopts the cautionary stance he does. That said, he's giving me food for thought about my own use of the internet.

Gearing up: to teach the ladies Sunday school class, beginning in two weeks. We're studying John's epistles, and I'm looking forward to it.

Anticipating: fall weather and fall food, like squash, pumpkins, and apples. I plan on getting pie pumpkins again this year for freezing.

Thankful: for the chance to have lunch with all three kids yesterday. They're all back at school and busy now, so it was a good chance to be together.


Status Report - February

Sitting: at my desk, looking into the morning sky at shades of pink, lavendar, and pale blue.

Finished: two cups of coffee. Think I'll make more.

Shifting: piles of notes and books. I need to clean my desk. Pretty sure there are dust bunnies under these books.

Anticipating: teaching Proverbs beginning this Sunday. I'm equipped with good study tools.

Reading: about Nellie McClung. I'm working on a little something about her. I find her both inspiring and a little irritating at the same time.

Also reading: Truths We Confess. I'm reading a couple of sections every day. My path to Reformed theology began with Dr. Sproul, and I still love his writing.

Frowning: at the icy roads out there. I don't like this part of winter, and not because it's cold. It's dirty and icy, and I don't like it. However, I did take my macro lens out yesterday afternoon to take pictures of the interesting ice formations at the curb in front of my house.

Giving in: to the fact that I'm not the type of person who can juggle hundreds of friends. Of late, I have found myself just skimming Twitter (thank goodness for recognizable avatars!). I'm also finding that I have much more in common with the over 50 crowd. Sign of the times, I guess.

Not quite ready: to take up the rocking chair just yet.

Dreading: what to do about a diabetic cat who is clearly not going to recover and has lost all reasoning with regard to where and upon whom he urinates.

Thankful: that after watching my beloved Beagle, Sally, plummet to her death three years ago, I am exonerated from any more pet euthanasia.

Still sad: contemplating putting a pet down is not easy.

Ready: for more coffee.


Status Report - December

Sitting: in the semi-darkness. I can see the light in the sky through the trees. It's supposed to be 10 degrees Celsius today (that's 50 degrees F for those who are metric-challenged).

Finished: my coffee thirty minutes ago now. Time for another pot.

Nursing: a broken toe. The smallest toe on my right foot made heavy duty contact with a table last week, causing a strange hissing in my ears, a terrified cat who ran madly from the screams which ensued, and a snoozing Beagle to pop her head up and come running in what was either morbid curiosity or sympathy.

Sorry: I spent so much time on my feet yesterday. I was able to get a few groceries, and then I did a bit of tidying up in my basement. Today, my foot is more swollen than yesterday, and I can't wear my slippers. 

Planning: to spend more time on the couch today.

Ignoring: all of the never-ending, ad nauseum discussion about celebrity pastors. Come on, people, it's Christmas! it will all be there after the holidays are over.

Hoping: for more snow. It all melted before I had a chance to take my tripod out to photograph our Christmas lights. Once my foot is all better, it's time for the white stuff!

Reading: The Christ of Christmas, by James Montgomery Boice. It's good so far.

Also reading: A Sisterhood of Suffering: Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland During the First World War. I'm far more interested in World War I than World War II. It was a crucial moment in the history of Britain as well as Canada. I read an essay about how Aboriginal women in Canada were not allowed to be nurses, and how one woman was able to leave the country, become a nurse and then serve. And we women think we have it bad today. 

Convinced: again, that people who ignore history will only have a partial understanding of current events.

Looking ahead: to baking Christmas goodies. My kids will all be home for the holidays after December 17th, so I have time to put things in the freezer. 

Hoping: that I can put shoes on tomorrow so I can get out and get some Christmas cards.

Grateful: for mail order.