Monday, January 6, 2014

Ordinary Days

We packed up Christmas on Saturday. I still look for our little Christmas tree with its tiny ornaments every time I walk into the living room. It takes a minute to adjust to the comparitive emptiness. The trimmings are gone, but Christmas lingers.

On Sunday morning the wind swooped down the chimney and rattled the windows. The temperature doesn't often dip below freezing here in South Texas, but those winds did their work. By this morning it was well below freezing - 27 degrees! I know there are benefits to freezing temperatures - the killing of all those unwanted pests and such - but I much prefer it when "weather bug" keeps the numbers above 65.

However, being the brave souls we are (and not having any choice), we were out bright and early this morning for my husband's check-up at the V.A. I unearthed my scarf and mittens from my dresser drawer and hauled my winter jacket out of the back of the closet. We always have to park at the back of beyond when we get there, so I thought it best to be prepared.

After his appointment we went grocery shopping. I admit it's probably my least favorite chore, but once we're home and it's all put away I'm thankful for  God's abundant provision.

Now there is a load of clothes in the washer and another in the dryer. We've already gone for our walk, and I have time to write. I'm almost finished with my mystery. Some days I look at all those words and wonder what will ever become of them. But I am determined to live moment by moment - open handed and surrendered to whatever He would have me do.

So I'll open google docs and move Matty through her story. For He's given me this moment to write.



  1. Good for Mattie!! These cold days can be worth something can't they. It was 9 degrees here this morning and 20 degrees now, but at least the sun is shining! I've only been out to the barns to feed my kitties and to the furnace room to load up the furnace with wood. I've been doing some embroidery work and maybe, just maybe, I'll ride the exercise bike to nowhere and back. lol This will make us appreciate spring for sure!

  2. I'm so looking forward to reading the rest of your story. It was 20 something below zero here this morning. It hasn't changed much all day.

  3. Oh, how I hate saying goodbye to Christmas! Our tree made it a little easier for us this year, having stopped drinking water and dried up to the point of being a fire hazard. I simply had no choice but to take it down. I'm still circling the house, finding bits and pieces of Christmas tucked here and there. Some I leave up all year. I always need at least a little surrounding me.

    And a husband who has to park at the back of beyond? I've got one of those, too.

    Stay warm. Keep writing :)

  4. The trimmings are gone, but Christmas lingers...

    I love the sleek look of your dining room. It looks like a fresh, new page.

  5. Good to hear you musing and sharing. Each day is another opportunity to see how God will intervene and enrich our lives. You enrich mine.

  6. Thank you so much Christie. Hope all is well with you. Blessed New Year!

  7. Christmas is always with us.....

    love your words.

    suppose to be 15 here in the morning..... not what we are use to in South Georgia.

    much love

  8. Almost finished? whoopwhoopwhoopeee!

    I also hope all was fine and dandy at the VA.


  9. finding the sweet rhythms of thankful!!

  10. things are progressing here as well.
    i have some laundry that begs to be put through the wringer.