Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

03 September 2011

Status Report: September

Eating...nothing.  Dinner was not so long ago.  And very nice it was.  Pan fried salmon with vegies and in a rare moment for this household, a dessert of apple and apricot crumble.

Drinking...a cup of tea.  What else?  Only the second for the day.  This one is french earl grey. 

Remembering...a picnic with friends years ago at a botanic park nearby that showcases tulips at this time of the year.  The brief for that picnic - we passed around a picnic recipe book and had to choose something from it as our contribution for lunch.  I made a berry crumble.  Ridiculous picnic food really.  It was dubbed the Merry Berry Crumble.  And thereafter I was dubbed Merry Berry for a while.  That was a special day.  I was remembering that picnic today because I took the boys to see the tulips this afternoon. And these days we only live 10 minutes away. 

About to start reading...Proverbs, the 60s Psalms and John.  Almost finished Job and I think I understand it a little better than last year.  Job truly fears the Lord - and the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  It seems important to bear this in mind in order to understand what is going on and explains in part why this book falls into the category of wisdom literature.  However I have barely plumbed the depths of it.  There is much more to understand.  In other Bible reading news, I am happy to have caught up on the reading plan.  I was well behind this time last month.

Still reading......"Feminine Threads: Women in the Tapestry of Christian History" by Diana Lynn Severance. I have about 100 pages to go.  It's fantastic.  Stay tuned. have collected £2.84 in commission from The Book Depository.  Except they don't send the credit until it reaches £40 so this could take a little while! 

Thankful...for God's blessing of dear family and friends. We were well loved in all sorts of touching and practical ways and were prayed for abundantly during August. Thank you God. Thank you dear ones. a bit of Bruckner.  Mainly his 4th and 7th symphonies, after hearing the latter in a wonderful performance last weekend.  I went with a dear friend who bought me a ticket (and one for herself) to the concert of my choice for my birthday way back in January.  We had fantastic seats and it was really splendid.   Nice to catch up with other friends unexpectedly during the interval as well. 

Excavating...the garden beds from the weeds!  The photo shows last weekend's work, which filled the green wheelie bin.  Blink and suddenly the garden is filled with weeds.  How did that happen?  It did cross my mind that I should have taken a "before" shot but then you can probably tell from the sidelines what it looked like before.  I was so pleased to discover that the plants hadn't been choked to death were alive and well and that there were plenty of earthworms burrowing around.   There are four agapanthus plants in amongst that lot.  Given their good health I am hopeful of flowers this summer, which will be the first time in four attempts at four different houses to get an agapanthus to the stage of flowering.  I know some of you out there think I have a green thumb.  Don't be deceived! get off the computer and finish preparing my Sunday School lesson for tomorrow evening. 

Copying...Rebecca again.  The Status Report is a fun thing to do.  Sadly there hasn't been much blogging between this status report and the last one.  Not many original thoughts running around my head at the moment.  But life is good.


Stephanie said...

Bring back the Merry Berry Crumble!!
Lovely memories of a special day with you, dearest.

Meredith said...

Bring back days at the tulip park with dear friends!

mattnbec said...

Did you know there's actually a British cookbook writer by the name of Mary Berry?

Meredith said...

That's funny Bec. I was going to make a comment about how you have just blown my cover. But then I looked her up to find she was born in maybe not!