Monday, November 23, 2015

Homer & Scripture on Anger

Confession...I get angry way too much. I get ticked off, irritated, annoyed...with my husband, my kids, and just about every other person I regularly rub shoulders with.

And no matter what euphemism I'd like to call it...well, let's be wholly honest. It's anger.

The Iliad's famous first line is...

Rage-goddess, sing the rage of Peleus' son Achilles...

A whole lot of the saga of the Iliad is connected with Achilles' anger and it's results. It's not pretty.

Some (not as famous) lines as the starting salvo of the Iliad, but lines that I nonetheless enjoyed are in Book 10. It tells of some advice Peleus gave to Achilles...

"'My son, victory is what Athena and Hera will give, if they so choose,
But you, you hold in check that proud, fiery spirit of yours inside your chest!
Friendship is much better. Vicious quarrels are deadly-
put an end to them at once. Your Achaean comrades,
young and old, will exalt you all the more....'
But now at last, stop, Achilles-let your heart devouring anger go!"

But, if this wasn't enough, the next day I was reading in Ecclesiastes 7. And maybe it was the different translation, but this really stuck out to me. (it stuck out to me, but then I turned around and got quite upset with a person in my life.)

Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.

Wow! That's harsh.

We give voice to our anger- venting our opinions, annoyances, offenses, frustrations, anger. And we'd like to think that it presents us as superior. Whew! I really put them in their place right there.

We are all paragons of righteous anger. Or so we'd like to think.

If they hadn't done _____, then we wouldn't be angry.

Homer refers to anger as devouring our own hearts, and Solomon says that angry people are actually fools.


Anger is destructive and it leaves a plethora of destruction in it's wake. Destruction of relationships, and people and property and our own souls.

Anger is ugly. It screws up our faces, and voices, and glowing personalities, and makes them ugly.

Anger is frightening and intense and has massive consequences.

I don't want to be known as an angry person. I don't want to be an angry person.

I sure don't want someone to write an epic poem about the rage of Bernadette. How awful.

While Homer is poetic and inspiring, it has no power to change our lives. But, thankfully, Scripture does. Scripture is living and powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword. It discerns even the thoughts and intents of the heart.

And when those thoughts and intents are revealed, it has the power to cleanse us from that resident evil. (Ephesians 5:25)

Scripture is our offensive weapon, our sword, to fight against sin in our lives.

So, while these thoughts have convicted my heart, they have not brought despair. Acknowledging the problem is the first step. And then confession. Repentance. And continuing on in the strength of the Holy Spirit in new paths.

Love. Joy. Peace. Long-suffering. Gentleness. Goodness. Faith. Meekness. Self-control.

Non-angry, non-frustrated, non-irritated, non-annoyed paths.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Roasted Mushroom Bean Soup's been a good week.

We are heading on vacation, and it has been crunch time both for Mr. Hippie and myself. Mr. Hippie runs his own roofing business, and everyone wants their roofs done before snow flies. He has had several projects to complete before we leave. The weather forecast was looking awful for roofing this week, but God intervened. We had dry days. Not sunny days, but dry days-even when two days had precipitation predicted at 90-100%. We are so thankful that our God is the God of creation, and that He kept our area dry this week.

I had a headache and a backache and a to-do list as long as my arm on Wednesday. But, you will be happy to know that I rested instead of pushing through. I took a nap for 2 hours, and then evaluated my list. I did what had to be done, and I left the rest. This is a big thing for me. You all know it.

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Well, it has been dry, but it is totally soup weather. The recipe I have for you today is both hearty and healthy. Mushrooms, white beans, vegetables.

The thing that makes this soup phenomenal is the fact that you roast the onions, garlic, herbs and mushrooms, before placing them in the soup. It adds a special layer of flavor. And, added bonus, it makes the house smell amazing!

It takes about an hour-total. Which can't be beat.

(I had as fun making the soup as photographing it...)

Roasted Mushroom Bean Soup
Prep/cook time: 1 hour
16 ounces mushrooms
2 large sweet onions
3 garlic cloves
1 Tbsp olive oil
1-1/2 tsp salt, divided
1-1/2 tsp pepper, divided
8-10 fresh sage leaves
8-10 stems + 1 Tbsp leaves fresh thyme, divided
6 cups (48 oz) chicken broth/bullion (if using bullion, do 6 cups of water/6 bullion)
3 (15 oz) cans white (cannelini) beans, not drained
Additional salt and pepper for seasoning

-Preheat oven to 450°F.
-Peel and quarter onions. Quarter mushrooms. Peel and crush garlic.

-Toss mushrooms, garlic and onion in olive oil, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper. (You may want to keep mushrooms separate on baking sheet for roasting, because you’ll have to separate later. So, separate now, or later.) Spread on baking sheet. Add sage leaves and stems of thyme. Roast in 450° F oven for 10 minutes, toss and roast for additional 15 minutes.

-While vegetables are roasting, add broth, beans, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves to a large stock pot over medium heat and simmer.

-When vegetables are done roasting, let cool slightly. Separate mushrooms from other roasted vegetables (if not already separated).

-Retrieve 2 cups of the white beans, and 1 cup of broth from the stock pot, add to a blender along with the roasted onions, garlic and herbs. Cover and blend until smooth.

-Add pureed bean mixture back to stock pot, whisking in until smooth. Add roasted mushrooms to soup. Salt and pepper to taste.

-Warm over low heat until ready to serve.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Thinking Thoughts about Hospitality

I've noticed that my posts follow certain cycles and patterns throughout the days and years.

Grey days...trying to pull myself up by the bootstraps and find things to be thankful for.

Overwhelmed days...taking the next step, doing what I can. Extending grace, not guilt.

Ministry days...acute sense of my frailty and brokenness. Looking to God to shine His glory through my cracks.

School days. Summer days. 

Holidays....baking, lists, parties, and hospitality.

Hospitality is always a topic on my heart during this time of the year.

Maybe because we almost always crash at a family member's house for a week or so around Thanksgiving. And whatever family member it is, they are always so gracious to open their home to the six of us. Feed us. Give us beds to sleep in. Hot water to shower in. Coffee to drink. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Hospitality is always work. It always involves sacrifice on some level or another.

Hospitality is not the same thing as entertaining. They can be compatible ideas, but they aren't necessarily. Entertaining means to provide amusement or enjoyment. Entertaining often emphasizes the food, the decorations, the setting, the perfect combination of each.

Showing hospitably, opening your home and heart to someone who otherwise might not have someplace to go, requires a good dose of both generosity and graciousness. A lot of character, and selflessness. The focal point of hospitality is your guests and their comfort.

Hospitality is making room. For safety. For nourishment. For conversation. For friendship. For growth.

A great example of hospitality is the Wednesday small group that our family got plugged into this spring when we were in between churches. This group's meetings rotate between three different houses. There is between 8-12 adults and 20-26 kids on any given Wednesday. All fitted into regular size homes.

It is loud, and somewhat chaotic. And often terribly messy, crumbly, and sticky.

And it is the best thing our family has experienced this entire year. (though Spain is a very close second-and for the same reasons. Generous hospitality extended by friends.) It has been a place of friendship, and fellowship, love and acceptance, healing and growth. It has been a conduit of blessing to our family.

That blessing is only possible because these three families graciously open their homes every week. They ignore the messes that we make. They cook and bake. They love. They clean before, and they clean after. It's a commitment, and a sacrifice, and a lot of work.

And we SO appreciate it. I can't say that enough. There is not a Thursday (and several other days each week) that doesn't go by, that we don't thank God for this group.

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:8-11)

I read these verses in my devotions on Thursday morning, and I thought of our three hostesses.  

They offer hospitality without grumbling.

They keep on loving.

They use their gifts to serve God's people.

They serve in the strength God provides.

They aim to love people and glorify God.

They use what they have. Both tangible and intangible gifts that God has given them. Their homes. Their food. Their table. Encouragement. Edification. Teaching. Friendship.

In order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.

(Btw, I in no way have hospitality in the bag-which is probably why it is on my heart so often. It is hard for me to find the balance between making room and making safe places when I have such a perfectionist introverted nature. But, I am determined to follow the wonderful examples I have in my life, and to keep trying.)

That's the bottom line of hospitality.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Cheesy Broccoli Soup

I read an article this morning about some Scandinavian country that has like zero seasonal depression even though they have like zero sunlight in the winter. Because they are choosing to enjoy their winter. And I was all like...well, good for them! Snort.

Seriously? I feel like I wilt inside on overcast, rainy, grey days. I feel energized on sunny days. 
But, I also know that generally it is possible to enjoy rather than to wallow. 

So, I am putting my best foot forward today.

Despite the fact that the sound of dripping rain is the prevalent sound in the window right next to me, I am still striving to enjoy my day as is, not as I wish it was. (sunny and 70, of course) I am enjoying hot apple cider. I am enjoying writing. I am enjoying reading good books. I'm making steady progress in the Iliad. (Quote of the week-referring to Diomedes...but here's a maniac run amok! Isn't that awesome!)

In my quest to enjoy this November day, I'm remembering these lines from Robert Frost...

Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow...

Frankly, I haven't learned yesterday, nor today, but I am working on it. Always working on it.

We are doing our annual November "thankful" game each morning this month. It is such a great exercise. And we've brought out a thankful pumpkin again this year. Each kid is totally enjoying periodically writing various things they are thankful for onto the pumpkin. So fun. Meres has even added a few random letters to the pumpkin. Something along the lines of "hilty oh".

I love this photo of Meres. She is always going.going.going.-except when she is sleeping. She sleeps hard. I love how peaceful she looks here. And how she has her bear snuggled up close to her face. She always sleeps with him tucked in her arm. It is a combination death grip/strangle hold. 

I updated my laptop operating system let Saturday. And I've not been happy with my laptop since. The desktop is funky. The fonts are funky. The colors are funky. And Safari is slow and funky.  It all gives me a headache from looking at it. 

I am now eagerly awaiting the bug fix update. 

We have had soup for 3 dinners this week. Which I think it terrific. I love eating soup and bread, with a good side of salad. 

Our three soup dinners were composed of two different soups. I will share one recipe this week, and the other next week. 

So, today's recipe is Cheesy Broccoli Soup.

There is everything delicious, and nothing healthy, about this soup. If you are lactose intolerant, it's likely to kill you. But, what a way to go! It is vegetarian. At least it has that going for it...

Broccoli. Carrots. Cheese. Butter. Oh the butter!  Sautéed onions. A tig of nutmeg. Fan-ta-stic!

Insider tip...the soup was delicious the first day. It was out of this world, the second night. Something about the flavors having time to meld or something. It was creamier. It was something...

Cheesy Broccoli Soup
Prep time: 15 minutes, Cook time: 1 hour, Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
4 Tbsp butter
2 medium onions
2 sticks butter
1 cup flour
8 cups half and half or whole milk
8 cups chicken stock
2 pounds fresh broccoli
4 cups julienned carrot
1/4 tsp nutmeg
6 cups (24 oz) grated sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

-Chop the onion. Sauté onion is a small skillet over medium heat in the 4 Tbsp of butter until soft. Set aside.
-In a large stockpot, melt the 2 sticks of butter. Add the flour and whisk together for 3-4 minutes.
-Slowly whisk in the half and half or milk and the chicken stock (8 cups water, 8 bullion cubes). Let simmer for 20 minutes.
-Chop the broccoli and julienne the carrots. Add with the onions to the stock. Simmer over medium low for 25 minutes or until the carrots and broccoli are tender.
-Add the nutmeg, salt and pepper and cheese. Let the cheese melt and serve. Puree if you desire a smooth soup.

Enjoy your weekend...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Daniel, Red Cups & Good Christian Citizens

Well, if you are at all on social media this week, you've probably seen an uproar from Christians concerning Starbuck's red cups. To boycott or not to boycott, that is the question.

And, boy are Christians weighing in on that question!

In Periscopes. On FB and Twitter and Instagram. In "open letters to CEOs" on blogs. In "open letters to Christians" on blogs.

I want to expel a rather unladylike snort, as I wonder if it is possible these days to stand up for what we believe in without being odious and obnoxious. Without being polarizing to believers and unbelievers alike.

Obviously, the answer to that would be that it is possible. But, looking at social media and general evangelical behavior these days, it would seem like we think it is impossible.

This week I was studying Daniel. The prophet, of lion's den fame, from the Bible. This Daniel was a good citizen, above reproach, under a horrific government. The tyrant of choice in his day would chop up you and your family into tiny bits if you disagreed with him. Yet Daniel managed to walk the line of a good citizen while still being an exemplary citizen of God's kingdom.

The first Daniel story we come across has to do with Daniel living in the palace, training to be a part of Nebuchadnezzar's government. As a very young man, he made the decision to not defile himself with the king's meat-however he thought it would defile him. But, he didn't stage an obnoxious protest. He didn't flood social media with harangues. He approached his direct authority, and respectfully laid out his case. He proposed a workable solution (a 10 day test period) that acknowledged the fact that his authority was literally putting his own life at risk by not insisting  Daniel eat what he was supposed to eat. The test worked. Daniel was healthy, smart, and ended up being promoted to positions of authority in the Babylonian kingdom. He lasted 70 years working in various positions in that government. In fact, he even outlasted the Babylonian kingdom. His position continued in the new government-the Medes.

The last "story" we have of Daniel is when he is an old man. Another decree comes down from the king. His loyalty to the government and to his God, are once again juxtaposed against each other.

Daniel chooses loyalty to God and God's kingdom. He isn't obnoxious. The reason his enemies even came up with this particular scheme was because there was nothing else they could accuse Daniel of-except his loyalty to his God.  In his reaction to this edict, Daniel doesn't all of a sudden give occasion for his enemies to accuse him of anything character-wise. 

He just prays. He just does what he always did. He doesn't flaunt his position and actions. He doesn't hide either. And he faces the music for his actions.

This all leads me to think that it is possible to stand up for our Judaeo-Christian beliefs without being obnoxious or odious.

If Daniel did it, so can we.

What might that look like in today's USA culture?

-There is a difference between truth offending and behavior offending. Lines have gotten a bit blurred between those two things. 

What if our first reaction was to send Starbucks (or insert any other company, etc. here ______)  a direct email or letter if we are unhappy with something? Most companies take feedback seriously. By contacting the company directly, as opposed to through blasting it on social media, we show respect. We are acknowledging the challenges businesses face. Any business is trying to make a profit, and every business makes decisions based on how the decision will affect their bottom line. This is not necessarily of the devil. It's business, and it's practical. By contacting the company directly, we can acknowledge the challenging side of the business while still respectfully stating our opinion. Is our motive to destroy their business, or share our stance and even disappointment? Is our goal to affect change or to destroy a company? 

We have the right of free speech here in the United States. That is a huge privilege, and one that we can take for granted or use in a not God-honoring way. 

Respectful not odious. Realistic about challenges, while voicing opinion or conviction. Principled but not offensive. 

-I do not believe nor advocate that we live in a Christian country. I would not even state that we were ever a Christian country. But, it is rather naive to think that our country was not founded on Judaeo-Christian morals. Because it was. Our founding fathers were greatly influenced by both the Bible, and by ancient Greek and Roman literature and government. The ancients were their literature and helped mold their opinions, and thus the laws they established for us.

I don't think we are a Christian country but I do think that Christian citizens can lobby and vote for laws that honor God and His principles. 

"We can’t look to companies, governments and schools to 'keep Christ in Christmas'. It’s not their job; it’s the role of the church. It’s the body of Christ that needs to reflect the character of Christ in a lost world." (source)

I agree with that statement, and I think that Christians in the United States can reflect the character of Christ both by standing up for what we believe and by exercising our rights as citizens of the United States. Free speech, voting, bearing of arms. I think that Christians can even (and should-if that is what God calls you to do) be members of the government and use their positions to the glory of God, and for good. 

I don't think those are contrary positions. I think if Daniel could do that, so can I. It is possible to be  good, principled, gun-toting, voting, evangelical Christian citizens of the United States and of God's kingdom without being odious and offensive. We can affect good in our country. We can make a practical difference in our world.

I have friends on polar opposite sides of the political issue. And I'm not talking political parties either. I have friends who think that it isn't right for Christians to be involved in politics at all. I also have friends who think that it is our duty as Christians to exercise our civic rights.

Personally, I don't think it is my Christian duty to exercise my civic rights. I think it is my civic responsibility to exercise the political rights and privileges that I have as a United States citizen.

I don't think that stance contradicts Scripture at all.

I also believe it is absolutely my Christian responsibility to stand up for Biblical truth. Whether politically or socially or religiously. For me, it boils down to when, where and how to stand up for truth, not if to stand up. In my (limited) experience, I've found stances and debates on social media to be polarizing with very little change or impact for good. 

-Dealing with social and political issues does not (necessarily) mean that we have lost our eternal perspective. Actually, having an eternal perspective is the only thing that gives these pursuits any value beyond the immediate and temporary. 

Good citizens of God's eternal kingdom should have the reputation of being the best citizens of their passport country. Yes, there will be times when our loyalty to God's kingdom will not work with our loyalty to our passport citizenship, and we will have to obey God, rather than man. 

Frankly, that is less often than we'd like to think. And, I am very thankful for that. I count it a privilege to be a citizen of the United States. I count it a privilege to have the freedoms and rights that we have. 

-We have privileges that Daniel didn't have. That Paul didn't have. We need to exercise these for good.

As we exercise these freedoms, and fight the encroachments on our freedoms, we need to keep in view God's kingdom. Even as we experience increasing opposition to our principles, we need to keep an eternal perspective. This does not mean to roll over and give up.

It does mean that we should not forget a basic tenet that is evident in the book of Daniel. God's sovereignty.

God is sovereign. He rules over all people, nations, time, kingdoms. He is supreme. His kingdom is an eternal kingdom. His kingdom preceeded and outlasted the empires of Daniel's day. God was in control then. He is still in control now. 

We also need to avail ourselves of the weapons that Daniel and Paul had. We have access to the same weapon.

I'm talking about prayer. Prayer should be our first resort when situations like red cups or same-sex marriage comes up. We should pray before we react. What does God want us to do in these situations? Our actions and reactions should bring glory to God. So what exactly does He want those actions and reactions to be? 

There is no way to know if we aren't prostrating ourselves before Him in prayer. If we aren't listening to His words in the Bible.

That's the way to affect true change, to be in sync with God's plan.

That's the way to be a good citizen of both God's eternal kingdom and our passport country.

I'll raise a (red) glass to that!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Tomato Basil Chicken Stew

Well, we are well and good into November! Cray-zay!

Even more crazy is the glorious, totally unusual for November, weather that we have enjoyed this week. Lots of sunshine. Lots of warm weather. Several days in the 70s. It made for a pretty mid-fall week. The golden sun rays glinting off the autumnal hued trees.

Besides enjoying the nice weather, I have been quite pleased with the lighter mornings again. I know they won't last very long, but it is so nice to run in the light and not in the dark, though I am going at the same time as last week. It just feels more safe and motivating.

Thanks to all who read my home-schooling post this week. It ranks (by far) as my more popular post this year. Hmmm. I really have no idea why. Maybe because even was curious to know what I hate about home-schooling?

This week I played catch up on some cleaning. Everything really needed a good scrubbing last week, but I was sick. This week I made sure to give everything a once over-even the cupboard fronts. Currently, I feel much better about the condition of my house.

I started reading the Iliad this week. I don't know why I waited so long. It is a great book. Okay, well, book (chapter) 2 was a little dry. There were so many weird names listed that it could cause a headache if you're not careful. But, all in all, I'm really enjoying it.

I loved this exchange between Zeus and Hera...

"Maddening and your eternal suspicions-
I can never escape you. Ah but tell me, Hera,
just what can you do about this? Nothing.
Only estrange yourself from me a little more-
and all the worse for you.
If what you say is true, that must be my pleasure.
Now go sit down.Be quiet now. Obey my orders,
for fear the gods, however many Olympus holds,
are powerless to protect you when I come
to throttle you with my irresistible hands."

Such an exemplary example of a loving marriage....Snort.

My recipe today is one I can't believe I haven't shared here on the blog yet. Tomato Basil Chicken Stew was one of our favorite dishes last winter. So hardy and filling, with the tomatoes, beans, and shredded chicken. It pairs nicely with a crusty chunk of bread and a crisp lettuce salad.

This recipe fits into my category of tasty recipes to feed people who can't eat anything. A.k.a. gluten or dairy. This has neither. 

For those of you who enjoyed this recipe at potluck on Sunday, I have to confess that I made it wrong. I doubled the recipe, but for some reason, I forgot to double the tomatoes. I wondered why it was "dry". As I was editing She Plans Dinner menus this week, I realized my mistake. Oh well. Now we know it's good with half the tomatoes as well as all of the tomatoes.

Tomato Basil Chicken Stew
Prep/cook time: 1 hour
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
4 cloves garlic
2 (28 oz) cans whole tomatoes
1 (15.5 oz) cannellini beans
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
6 ounces baby spinach
1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
freshly grated Parmesan (opt)

-Place the chicken breasts in a microwave safe dish, cover with plastic wrap and microwave on
high for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through. Cool and shred with 2 forks.
-Peel and chop onion and carrots. Chop celery. Mince garlic.
-Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery and cook
until the onion is soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes more.
-Add in the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Use a long spoon to crush the tomatoes.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer partially covered for 10 minutes. Add
additional salt and pepper if needed. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan if desired.

Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, November 2, 2015

My Least Favorite Day of the Year

Hands down, Halloween is my least favorite day of the year. Every year.

We don't celebrate Halloween. We (as a family) never have. Frankly, I only remember doing Halloween a few times as a very young kid. So, like, not for the past 30 years.

I'm not going to get into the why's and wherefore's of our reasons here. That is not the point of this post. Plus, I know there are really good people who celebrate Halloween. That is their choice, and I really don't feel like it is any of my business.

If I genuinely feel that way-and I do-then why is Halloween my least favorite day of the year?

Two words...parental guilt...

Parental guilt warring with a genuine annoyance with all things Halloween, and disgust with some things Halloween.

I want my kids to not feel like their parents deprived them of all the fun things because we were Christians. So we try to do something fun with them. Usually that takes the form of eating out, or getting together with friends for a bonfire, or watching a movie.

But, even in doing those non-Halloween things, our senses are still barraged with Halloween paraphernalia. Halloween's everywhere-I can't get away from it-and that annoys me. Restaurants are decorated. Employees are dressed up. There's a plethora of minions and Star Wars characters walking about.

Even though we don't celebrate it, we can't get away from it. Which is part of life, I suppose.

But what really bothers me is the yuck decorations. The weird decorations all over the place.

Severed hands and heads in yards.

Cob webs.



Fake gore.

Violence depicted with dummies and such.

It's the obsession with death and darkness from all the people who aren't doing the "innocent" costumes and decorations.

It's there on my morning runs. It's at all the stores. It's on social media. (severed finger sugar cookies-what?!!) It's there as we drive from point A to point B. It's inundating my life-from September often well into November.

And, it just weighs heavy on my spirit. I can't really put it much better than that. Except that darkness seeps and creeps into my soul, and it weighs me down.

As October runs into Halloween, I just want it to be over with. To call it a wrap for another year.

Saturday morning some friends called to invite us to their house for the evening. And we spent the time talking, laughing, eating, singing, and watching a movie. It was good and wholesome, and just the prescribed antidote.

Then, I was so happy to wake up yesterday, and to realize that it was Sunday, and November, and sun-shiny.

Happy to once again have made it to the other side of this season.