I wrote newsletter articles and a bunch of other documentation trying to help the congregation understand what we are doing. It is amazing how complex it can be to people who are not part of the day to day conversation. I know that leadership is always several steps ahead of the congregation, and this has really made that point clear. Despite very intentional efforts to communicate well!
In addition to all of this, along with a lengthy Vestry meeting to finalize the budget (with a projected deficit) and the annual meeting, add the fact that our annual Vestry retreat is coming followed by Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. It's not like I've been ignoring Lent, I've been working on it for awhile - but it comes quickly this year...and that always makes for an intense January.
Plus all the other day to day stuff.
Like trying to squeeze in exercise (YouTube is my health club these days, finding some great cardio stuff that keeps me interested and moving)...and meditation, reading, and knitting...
Like needing to move my brother from one nursing home to another because his needs have changed. He is now, sadly, in a neighborhood in Chicago that I would not go to alone....so visiting him will be even more difficult. I really hope I can get him to Michigan, but that is proving to be a big challenge.
And every day my old dog Roxie lumbers along. She will be sixteen the end of March. I can hardly believe she is still with us. She's a bit of a challenge as she declines but she still seems to enjoy her life and wants to eat and go outside and be with us...so. she is.
|Summer 2011, when she was still vibrant and healthy...much weaker now|
So, some randomly random pieces of my life....no complaints. Just busy.