Saturday, November 10, 2012

Right Now

We have had our first real snow and a nearly harrowing trip to town in the midst of it, but we were on our way to the Holy Unction service, which my dad and a few other members of our church family, were having prayers and anointing for their illnesses. It was beautiful, but I might have done without so many people on the side of the road, or blocking it, in the case of the big rig that couldn't make the turn and was stopped on the uphill in nearly both lanes completely. We managed and on the way back up, we stopped to help a carload of guys on their way to perform in town and had hit a slick piece and ended up on the side of the road, but thank God they didn't hit a tree and no one was hurt, however, one of their tired had been knocked from its seal and was not looking so good.

Ah, the farm life! So unpredictable, yet so sleepy, at times. We are doing well, but it is all we can do to stay on top of most things. The weather is beautiful here, but it is not a good indication of what it'll be like in town, or even at the summit, or whatever little area we drive through. I have really enjoyed the change of season, which is beautiful and calm, but there is seemingly no end to the antics that can happen in any given day. Between chickens jumping the fence to peck at any neighboring yard, one side of which is our neighbor's cow and horse pasture, and cows making a wrong trn during their roundup and nearly stampeding through our fenceline and having their way with things. What a life! We do enjoy the adventure, but getting broken in to a new routine and lifestyle can be somewhat tiring.

I rarely get online anymore, hence fewer posts. I pretty much only look in the mirror if I know I will be seeing someone off of the property, or am going to town/church. Television has become a thing of the past and I hardly know what is on, or when, and we even hardly watch movies due to our schedule. I am only now finding time to devote to knitting, because there aren't so many farm chores to tend. Going forward evermore, but in a torrent of fury and purpose.

Tomorrow we have our church Thanksgiving feast after the service so that we will be able to celebrate the holiday before the fast begins. This is new for us, as we have been on the old style/Julian calendar for over a decade, so for at least the better part of the year, things will be a little different. The trade off of not celebrating Thanksgiving on the civil holiday is that the Apostles' fast in the summer following Pentecost will finish in time to have a regular ol' 4th of July bash.

It is hard to believe I get to see my family for many of these days and holidays; it has truly been forever, it seems, because between people's health, travel, and time/money, we haven't been able to make it happen. My dad's health in consideration, I am especially grateful we get to be here for his birthday in a couple weeks and spend the holiday's and our birthday's with him and the family. In the past 2 calendar years, before we moved here, we had gotten to see my parents for a total of 11 or 12 days, half of which were poor health days and not much can be done but being glad of togetherness.

Well, I think that is all for now. Talk to you all soon, and thank you so much for your comments and reading; I am not able to properly respond sometimes, due to low internet usage.


elizabeth said...

It is very tiring getting used to new place, new church, new routine, etc. Also new/old church calendar changes are hard... love to you; I too will have thanksgiving nearer to family...

Xen Xen said...

Thank you so much! It is nice to know that we aren;t the only one's going through major transition that, while it is good, can take its tolls on everyone. Love to you, as well!

Martha said...

It sounds like your dad is having health he okay? I hope Holy Unction was as beautiful as I remember it (It's been a long time since I've been to one)! ♥