Some days are like this

We have made it to Friday. Near the end of lockdown week 17 the emotions seem to be flowing high all around. The general sense of those around me is a mix of anger and sadness, exhaustion and little glimmers of hope. Mainly, we are all ready for something …different to happen…. Here are some…

It’s working!

A few months ago, the pastors that I work with at the church I work for in Portland, Oregon over zoom asked if I wanted to facilitate a Lenten class for their community. I thought about it and thought it may be an awesome thing to and submitted three ideas, all of which I would…

Lockdown week 17

Here we are, Monday again. As we enter into week 17 of strict lockdown around here, I am exceedingly grateful for the sun that has appeared. As I write, the husky is sleeping on the sunny morning balcony and the little dog is curled up and cozy. Yesterday she basked in the sun spots on…

Rosehips and peanut butter

There are glimmers and moments in which we are just fine during this lockdown time. On Wednesday I started to feel the homesick creep back in and by Thursday morning it was full blown. I woke up with anxiety making my heart race because I had dreamed I was missing my nieces and nephews growing…

Ashes and sunlight

Just a few days ago, Ana and I ventured out with the pups completely bundled and layered. We had hats, gloves, scarves, and layers upon layers because it was snowing and icy. We shivered as we walked into -10 degrees C (about 14 degrees F). We laughed as we watched people play hockey and skate…

Lockdown week 16

This week we have continued enjoying the snow and especially loving when the sun decided to arrive as well. True, it was crisp outside but we bundled up in layers to play around. Our husky is loving every bit of it. Just today, the temps started to warm up a little and the snow became…

Lockdown week 15

The snow continues to flurry outside today as the temps hover around 14 degrees F (-10 C). Entering the 15th week of strict lockdown encourages people to stay indoors not just because of corona but because of the weather as well. The wind continues to ice over everything and the snow reminds us that we…

While it snows again outside….

It is 18 degrees F outside (-7 C). The wind is blowing which made our dog walk excruciatingly cold for two out of three of us. The husky seems to face upward in that kind of cold rather than my hunched and huddling in my layers as we walk and Luna’s walking as fast as…

Pie for Breakfast

This morning I had pie for breakfast. Apple blueberry pie that I made late yesterday afternoon and Ana and I enjoyed a slice last night. The pie making was a last minute decision because of a few things… We had a number of apples that were on the cusp of not being great. And we…

Lockdown week 14

Monday again as we enter into lockdown week 14. The buzz around Berlin is that the numbers are going down but the lockdown will probably continue past Feb. 14 due to the variants. There is little talk of vaccines which feels a bit disheartening but we know that it will happen eventually. The pic above…