Today is the RevGalBlogPals Virtual Advent Retreat. Three reflections will post throughout the day. I've taken the day off, largely to participate in this event. I've done it for the last few years and it's been very meaningful for me.
The day has started differently from my plans, however. "A retreat day" meant, in my fluffy imagination, that I would get up and wander around in a wafty nightgown with coffee, start my day with prayer in my library room, then begin the work of the retreat, undisturbed.
Umhum. First, I have no wafty nightgowns. And...
First thing, I took out the trash, then was out in the driveway trying to retrieve a hose to wash em' out from WAY over by the work truck, where it'd been dragged to fill up a power washer tank. It got stuck under a car tire, under a tree, then under a wheel stop, causing me to shout "F WORD!" loudly. Ah, I'm feeling more spiritual already.
I am immensely fortunate to have a room of my own, one with a full wall of built-in bookshelves (one of the reasons I wanted This Old House). It has a door in one of its 2 doorways, so a modicum of privacy. Of course, the home also contains my husband's office, that enterprise which makes it possible for us to HAVE This Old House, so so this morning we have, in and out, an accountant and two other employees. Not so meditative-y.
Also, this morning I noticed that the ceiling tiles in the dining room have, at last, begun to fall. That's the peril of an Old House (1924)...there's always something you should be fixing, and if you leave it too late, well, it's harder work to fix than it would have been. Dangit.
The tiles are probably made of asbestos and should be completely replaced. All I can think is, "what a mess!"
Yes, I know. Job from which to take vacation day: Hallelujah! Home to repair: a big plus. Husband (with job) to whom I will mention it, but who will still not fix it: Also a pretty good thing. So: Home Retreat, 0. Whining, 3. :)
I'm off to Jazzercise (with my favorite teacher) and will try again when I get home. :) Adventy Peace and stuff, everyone!