Mary Beth Writes

I don’t often share my physical challenges with you, but today, Friends, I have suffered. I own three barrettes and I cannot find any of them and my hair has been slip-sliding into my eyes all day.

Why is it the littlest stuff that trips us up?

I could buy more barrettes and perhaps someday I will. Though I have learned this tricky lesson in my life - the more one owns of a small item, the more likely it is one will not keep track of that thing and it will become utterly lost.

Anyway…

Yesterday was Easter. Meg usually helps Rev. David do the Sunday service but this week she was having family in town. He asked if I would write a short part-of-sermon and so I worked on that last week.

If you would like to read what both Dave and I wrote, this is a written version of our service. Click here. 

Did you have a good Easter? Where are Easter and Spring and Renewal and Happy Moments happening for you?

If you send me some photos of what you are seeing and enjoying and feeling grateful for – I will put together some posts of our photos. With quotes.

If you need my email address, in the comment section tell me YOUR email address so I can send mine back to you. I will not publish your info, no one will see it but me. 

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We have not had in-person services in our Unitarian Universalist congregation since March 2020 and we probably won’t until September. Many of us are vaccinated but many are not and none of our kids are yet. Right now, scientists and medical experts are begging people to be cautious so our congregation is able and willing to be patient on behalf of all of us.

Nevertheless, our sanctuary is not empty. 

I didn’t know this until yesterday, but last year Rev David went to the church nursery, got all the dolls and animals, brought them to our sanctuary to sit in our chairs. Then Susan, who with some others maintains the building - Susan put masks on the nursery guys.

These are my Easter photos for you.

(Every congregation has a dinosaur or two.) 

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Love the pictures ! This is my first spring that I have been retired. Thinking of all we want to do in the yard and put in our garden and knowing we will have more time to do it!
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Good heavens. I knew you when you canned a hundred quarts of this and a hundred quarts of that. You have very big abilities....

I hate and fear public speaking, but know any who thrive on it!. Universally, I hear that their energy comes from the audience, the listeners.. Ehat a great illustration!

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New Mexico & Power in the Dollhouse

Yesterday Dr. Angel Fairy "healed" dollhouse beings with cupcakes sprinkles.

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This afternoon is sunny and 70 degrees. I guess this is why we are leaving here to go somewhere else? Oh, the irony of leaving the Midwest in May.

We are leaving in the next few days for a road trip to New Mexico. The theme of this vacation will be (da-dum, da-dum) “Destination Today.” Which says we learned some things two years ago when we drove and drove and drove to eastern Canada. And then drove and drove and drove coming back. Too much driving, not enough stopping.

Relief, Lauren Hough, April Snowstorm

Are we feeling the relief? Relief that we can see George Floyd’s face, his profile, that awful image of him under Chauvin’s knee – and feel some accountable closure to such a brazen murder?

I guess at least now, if one is a person of color and an officer kills you, I suppose they can kill you for a minute and still expect to get away with it but nine minutes is too long. Yes, that’s a cynical thing to say. We knew cops were entitled, but it's only in the past few years – because of cellphones – we have seen this entitled violence play out before our eyes.

Dancing Lessons & What’s Next on Your List?

“Unexpected travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.” Kurt Vonnegut

Yesterday I got a text at 5AM from one of our kids. “Mom, are you awake?”

Heart stops.

Heart starts again.

Nancy Drew (her cat) was sick. Nancy had been stumbling, rolling to her side, couldn’t walk, tried to jump up to our daughter’s bed and fell. Daughter took Nancy to a 24/7 emergency vet clinic.

Obviously, she had already done the only thing there was to do. Get to a vet.

A Wonderful Photo, Brownies, Voting Rights, Kids & their Books

These are things I thought about this week:

1. I am a person who has to use self-discipline to not bake cookies and desserts ALL THE TIME. I can go from “Hmm, brownies would be tasty” to made-from-scratch brownies in my mouth a half hour later.

Every strength - is also a weakness - is also a strength.

Here’s my brownie recipe from a Lutheran cookbook I impulse bought at McDonald’s Bakery in my hometown in the middle 1980’s when we were visiting my mom. I made these so often the cookbook fell apart at this recipe, so I threw the rest of the book away and just kept this.

MB's "Twilight Bark"

Today I am writing what I could most accurately describe as a Twilight Bark. As in, one dog barking a heartfelt warning to many other dogs. (Do NOT miss this Twilight Bark clip from YouTube.) 

On Friday Len went for his annual checkup. While there, he received a pneumonia vaccine, because after all the hoopla about the covid vaccines, the pneumonia shot is no big deal, right?

Len started feeling lousy that very afternoon and he still felt awful on Saturday. So we didn’t go to Chicago to visit our kids and grands. 

A Slower Week

Last week I had enough to say to write three posts. This week, not so much. This week I cooked and baked things to share with some friends who were having trickier than usual weeks. I wrote letters to the Third Graders. I always enclose some stickers (many from you guys) which are super cute, and I didn’t think any more about this, except, this week, one kid asked for a toy.

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