Thursday, September 24, 2015
Posted by Olivia at 2:15 PM
Sometimes it seems that if we were in a new spot, or new circumstances or scenery, then all would be well. It would be easier to appreciate things, easier to be active, easier to get involved, to not be discouraged, to study harder, or read more, easier to love. But so often that isn't true.
Now, I am a great believer in fresh scenery, in getting away for a bit, visiting, traveling, seeing the world. But it doesn't solve our problems. It freshens our perspective, lets us see again the wonders we have grown dull to. But whether you are at home or abroad, it is hard to get up early, exercise when you should, study hard, work, help, read good books, manage your time, pray, memorize, love people, serve. It's hard to eat right, be thankful, say no, say yes, limit tv; live and learn and care about the whole spinning world, with its vast diversities and wonders, without becoming discontent in, or blind to, our own hobbit-hole lives.
It's hard. But then, we weren't meant to lean on our own abilities. (And thank God for that, as my abilities will never suffice.) In every moment it is God we must trust and lean on. Christ is enough. And as I have been here, and been there recently, I am reminded: lean into prayer.
Posted by Olivia at 1:57 PM
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Monday, September 14, 2015
I am finishing up my stay here, and getting ready to head home again.
Savoring the glimpses of mountain, and deep hills, variously shadowed and sunlit.
Enjoying the pattering rain on this different, but hospitable roof.
Posted by Olivia at 8:00 PM
|plums from the tree!|
(some I dipped in honey--mwah!)
The cousins took me sailing!
|don't have any pictures of the sails up, because I was too busy enjoying myself...|
|they even let me help with the jib-sheets, and take the tiller for a bit!|
Posted by Olivia at 1:01 PM
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Sunday, September 6, 2015
I have the added blessing of a change of scenery, if not quite climate. I'm still in the mountains of the PNW and enjoying it immensely, especially the hiking, where I can enjoy the terrain and the piney scents.
Thinking of Mrs. Miniver as I often do in autumn... when the wind-shield wipers go (although mine don't quite say 'beef tea'). Found an old blog I've been fond of and am enjoying quotes and pictures from there, especially this one.
I'm rereading The Red House Mystery, watching Chuck, and Once Upon a Time, trying to make omelettes, making pumpkin pancakes, and peanut butter cookies, and keeping auntie company. Also planning all sorts of fun things to do in the coming months, and enjoying the sweatshirt and boots weather, looking forward to my cozy sweaters. I dearly love this month and this whole season....
I'll write more soon I hope.
Posted by Olivia at 4:00 PM
Friday, September 4, 2015
It's one of those days that really does feel like September. Chilly, rather cloudy, with pumpkin muffins for breakfast. The first leaves have fallen, and there have been several days of rain, which is good for the forest-fires, and great for a pot of tea as well. I'm not sure what it is about this season that makes me want to write blogposts, but I'm not arguing the point. It's a Friday, and we've passed my birthday and are on to the fickle precursors of autumn. I have a list of things to be done today, and people to see as well. But I'll take whatever moments I have and write here, because I must.
Posted by Olivia at 10:05 PM