Christmas eve…

Dear friends
OK.  The weekend before Christmas is over – school finished, ward Christmas party, wedding anniversary, and Son2, our youngest, was baptised. And yesterday, I finished work until the New Year and my dear husband had our boiler serviced (so at least we should stay warm!).  And what else this week…, dinner for the missionaries and new friends and Daur2 had her ears pierced, once each, in the lobe – looking pretty! 

So now we have less than 24 hours to buy & wrap gifts for each other, decorate the house and tree (oh, take it down from the loft first and tidy the front room,  aka my dear husband’s study), deliver cards to neighbours and nearby family.  Alot can be done in 24 hours with 6 pairs of hands and 6 pairs of feet.  It’s 0745h, I think I need to get some of them moving…  I remind myself:

Jesus is the reason for the season

And refuse to feel pressure, stress, anxiety, for more than 24 hours! We’re going to enjoy the day preparing together 🙂 #ASaviorIsBorn #HeIsTheGift #ShareTheGift.  I wish you all a peaceful,  family, friendly, Christmas  🙂 … did I just hear sleigh bells?…

the pizza cutter lesson

Dear friends

I’m a fairly frugal person so I often feel I must justify a purchase, particularly for kitchen utensils. Why buy a specific tool when another tool will do the same thing, well, more or less?

But then, last week, in the supermarket I caught sight of the stainless steel shining in the light, the precision engineering of the blade and handle. It called to me, buy me, you know how the pizza edge crumbles under a knife and how hard it is to cut through the toppings…

So, we’re enjoying beautifully sliced pizzas and I regret not buying one a long time ago.  My own foolishness – thinking I was being smart but really living well below life’s great offering!  I’ve learnt my lesson 😉  This applies to everything – not just kitchen utensils!  Don’t do the same!!

ps – other recent utensil additions include stainless steel measuring cups & (separate buy) stainless steel measuring spoons 🙂 yes, I like stainless steel!! The ultimate kitchen utensil in my mind – which I might have to buy one day if I want to become more adventurous with food – a kitchen scale!!

‘V’ days

Dear friends,

Do you remember that TV show back in the 1980s ‘V’?  Aliens taking on a human form to take over planet Earth?  Scary stuff… I digress…

Tomorrow (8 May) is VE day – when we remember victory in Europe, the end of world war 2 in Europe.  I gave up history in school before studying the 20th century so forgive me if I’ve missed something. There’s been lots on the local radio – tears sprang to my eyes listening this morning.  War is not good for anyone – I would certainly be a pacifist if I didn’t believe in the right to defend ourselves.  Maybe most people would be?

Today (7 May) is voting day in the UK national and local elections. Polling stations close at 10pm – our local scout hut is the station rather than the local school so the children didn’t miss school for once.  It’s been political campaigning for about 3 months and on Sunday our afternoon was even disturbed by a councillor canvassing for votes!! I was once described as a conservative socialist – have I said that before? – let’s just say, I’m hoping for a new Prime Minister come next week!  And, since so much of our work is local government, it will be good to get some decision making on schemes waiting approval!!

Both of these V days help me appreciate and be thankful to our Father in Heaven that I live in a place and time where, as a black woman, I have freedom to vote, freedom to live, freedom to believe.  Many women, men, children, of whatever colour skin, still do not enjoy this freedom.  We must remember and help them in whatever ways we can, including by prayers. As I was reminded last Sunday, look how peacefully and swiftly the Berlin Wall fell.  It does and can happen!!

We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may. (Article of Faith 11)