I had a burst of energy recently, short-lived, but while it was around it played havoc with my to do list. One result was I now own a couple of online courses that I’d thought about before but resisted. Ever since high school graduation I’ve been so happy to be free from obligatory years of schooling servitude. In my nightmares, I’m back in school wandering endless hallways searching for my locker (can’t remember the number) and looking into classrooms where I realize I’m supposed to be (but can’t remember the last time I attended). So why buy courses now? Because they’re 80% off regular prices, and in actuality they are no different than reading a book or listening to a CD at home. No real pressure. Lots of great subjects to learn about. Check it out. http://www.ordergreatcourses.com/
To satiate my writing appetite I’m studying ” Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer’s Craft”. It’s twenty four lectures by a professor from the University of Iowa, which, as we all know, is one of the nation’s top writing schools (really?) I haven’t started that one yet. The other is “The Life and Writings of C.S. Lewis”. I’ve known about him for years but other than Chronicles of Narnia, I don’t think I’ve ever made it all the way through any of his books. He wrote in so many different genres and was successful in all of them so I think I can learn something from him about writing. I’ve listened to two of those lectures and didn’t fall asleep until the last 5 minutes of the second one. But that was only because I worked last night and am tired.
In and of themselves the courses are not overwhelming, but in the context of the rest of my life I’m feeling the pinch. We are very short of help at work so I’m having to do nights – a couple every week. Our condo renter just moved out and I have no replacement for him yet. I have until the end of June to get the place ready for another renter and I deeply desire to have someone in there in July. Every month that it’s empty is going to be a financial strain on us. I’m being pressed (nicely) into playing keyboard at Sunday church. They haven’t heard me play yet – I’ve only been singing so far. I’m not sure I want to “open this box” since they are much more hi tech than anything I’ve done so far. Performance anxiety is a big worship killer for me.
That’s three things. For some reason (the burst of energy) I volunteered to help serve the evening meal at VBS all next week. Amy asked me to be with her kids next Tuesday while she stays with Josh who is having surgery for a torn rotator cuff. Who is going to walk my husband and water my plants? I’ll have to hire someone. And looming ahead in less than 4 weeks is the trip to Atlanta. My only defense against panic is to live in the moment, attending to whatever I know I’m to do today, this hour. I know that God will not give me more to do than he knows I can get done, with his help. My trouble is signing up for stuff on my own. I guess he can save me from those mistakes as well.
Here are my blackberry bushes!
|not lovely yet but hoping they will flourish|