Sunday, 21 February 2016
How to Spend a Week . . .
Our week started off as they all do . . . with a recharge of our Spiritual Batteries and church. We went to another Ward this week, instead of our Home Ward. As a Senior Missionary Couple, we have several Wards beneath our Umbrella of Responsability and every second week we visit one of the other Wards, to check on the Missionaries there and see how things are going for them, etc. One thing I love about the church is that no matter where you go in the world, the meetings will always be the same. In Sunday school you will be taught the same lesson . . . the same with Priesthood and Relief Society and Primary, Young Men's Young Women's. All the same throughout the world. There is a line of continuity which runs through them all and which helps us to feel at home and a part of something larger no matter where we go. Our Mission President and his wife just happened to be at the same Ward this week and they both gave talks during Sacrament Meeting and they were beautiful talks. Talks which really made me think. I love it when that happens.
Of course in the afternoon I called my mother as I always do, and then in the evening we watched Call the Midwife. I love that show, even if it does always make me cry.
Monday was our Preparation Day. We tidied the house and I did laundry. I did a bunch of cooking for Tuesday. It was a really busy day and I didn't finish up until gone 7:30 that night. We had Family Home Evening . . . when it is just the two of us it tends to be watching a film which inspires and some sharing of our thoughts on things we might have learnt in the previous week either through experience or reading . . . etc.
Tuesday we had District Meeting. I got up extra early so that I could bake some muffins to take with me for the Elders and Sisters. I did Bran muffins this week because I thought they would be healthy. I used my ex MIL's recipe and they usually turn out really well, but they weren't as good this time around. The bran cereal I used was a "Store" brand that I had bought to save a few pennies on thinking that it wouldn't make a difference. It did and it does. I won't do that again! It just wouldn't soften like it should have done.
Our Meeting went really well. We had the extra bonus of having our Mission President and his wife attend that as well! So we got to see them twice in one week, which was nice. We got to share a lot of teaching moments with each other and to learn some new things. It was great! I always enjoy moments when we get to be together with all of the Sisters and Elders, sharing and learning from each other.
Tuesday evening we had the one set of Elders . . . Elder Judd and Elder Candland for supper. They had been supposed to bring an investigator/friend with them, but that fell through so it was just them. I had made Spaghetti Bolognese, and we had salad and garlic bread and a cake for dessert plus some leftover peanut butter cookies. I always enjoy having any of the Missionaries over for tea. The spirit which they bring into our home is amazing. If you want to bring a special light into your home . . . feed a pair of Missionaries!
After they left, we picked the Sisters up at the Station and we went with them to visit a family. We really enjoyed that also, and then afterwards we drove them back to their flat in Wales.
So Tuesday was another really busy day!
We thought to have a quieter day on Wednesday. Todd had a Doctors appointment in the morning and we stopped by to see our friend Doreen and to find out how she had done the day before. It turned out she hasn't fractured her knee at all . . . the specialist says it is her back. So she has further appointments scheduled. Duh. What was the letter all about with the fractured knee. My mind is boggled with all of the messing about.
I did a bit of cooking in the afternoon and I painted a picture because I had not done any painting in a while. Then we got a call from the Sisters asking if they could stop by and we said sure and I fed them leftovers which were greatly appreciated. It was just leftover spaghetti bolognese and I whipped up a salad for them and of course leftover cake. I love it when a meal blesses you twice! That Spaghetti Bolognese was like the loaves and the fishes!
Afterwards we drove them over to a young woman's house so they could see her for a short and then we took them to the station in town so they could catch their bus back to their flat.
So Wednesday ended up being really busy also!
Thursday I had to go to the Dentist in the morning, which I was really dreading. My teeth are so senstive. My Dentist says I am too good a brusher and I have brushed away some of the dentine and my roots are exposed in a couple of places on one side. This means that my teeth on that side of my mouth are extremely sensitive to everything, and tooth cleaning at the Dentist is an exercise in torture. Seriously. Torture.
When we got home my hospital letter had arrived with a date for my pre-assessment for my colonoscopy and a tentative date for my colonoscopy, depending on the outcome of the pre-assessment. Apparently there is a long waiting list for these things. One will be on the 7th of March and the other on the 17th. Of course they include a huge sheet of do's and don'ts and a list of the risks involved . . . as if you didn't already have enough to worry about. I know they have to do that, but it's really not very comforting and with the wait being so long it gives you even more time to dwell and obsess upon it all.
I am the type of person that should never have a medical dictionary in the house. I have to throw away all of the inserts of any medication I am given because if I read them, I am experiencing all of the symptoms, lol. It's the same reason I had to stop watching ER years and years ago. Medical dramas make me ill.
I spent the rest of the day and into the night feeling stressed and ill. I know it doesn't do you any good . . . but I had to have that one day of stressing and then on Friday I felt better about it all. The stress won't kick in now until the day before.
To be honest by Friday I was mentally and physically exhausted from it all and so despite our plans to do other things we just took the day off. Todd went into town and had a boo around and I just stayed in, listening to music, reading, playing, etc. I needed to catch my breath. I just felt worn out. And you know what? I was in bed by 8:30 Friday night and didn't open my eyes until gone 6 Saturday morning. So not like me.
I quite obviously needed the rest!
Yesterday I did my grocery shopping and some phone calling that I needed to do, etc, but other than that we had a quiet day also. We should have had a street display in the afternoon, but it was bucketing down rain and at the ages of 77 and 60 we are not into standing in bucketing down rain and cold. Besides people are just not that keen on talking to you in that type of weather either.
And here we are again at Sunday . . . time to recharge all over again, and boy this week do I ever need it!
A thought to carry with you through today . . .
It's a picture thought today . . .
Cooking in The English Kitchen today . . . Aunt Orabelle's Date Squares.
Have a great Sabbath day! Wherever you go and whatever you do, don't forget!
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And I do too! Happy Day!