This morning that accident was brought home to me a gain, as I drove to my volunteer gig. The US highway going the opposite direction was completely blocked up and filled with vehicles-police cars, fire trucks and more. All with their lights on and moving, headlights on and flags. Tragedy as it was, I wish I had had a chance to stop and take a picture.
|Not my photo, but moving nonethless|
Meanwhile, this was a sightly busier and (sometimes) happy week. My journey this morning took my to my residential shelter for women, where I prepared and set out two "craft" projects that could also be gifts. One of the problems with receiving gifts for Christmas for the homeless or low income is that the recipients often want to give something -anything-back so that the exchange is even. While we talk about receiving gifts in the spirit they are given, I can appreciate the problem. So today, we did two things. First we decorated sugar cookies with holes at the top, and then I left Christmas Ziploc bags and gift bags so that they can put them on a tree or gift them to the folks that are putting on a full spread "Mother's Day" in December program on Sunday (this will include gifts, a meal, manicures, pedicures, haircuts and the like). We also painted mini flower pots white so that they can be painted like snowmen, to be used as gifts or decoration.
|Not the best picture as I strive to not use flash or get physical features at the shelter. This shows the cookie "workstation"|
|Completed quilt 1, ready to be backed.|
|The still to be finished unpressed quilt|
I also researched insurance. This is open season for federal employees (even those no good congressmen). While I am keeping my retiree insurance and going on medicare, I do have what is known as "standard option". Since I will not be getting Part D and relying on my retiree insurance for the drug coverage, I want to see if moving to the high option ($100 more per month) is financially a win to get better drug coverage (if I can pay $100 more per month and avoid the donut hole, basically). Still researching this one. I also cried wolf a little bit for providing the dinner at my regular Thursday night church event (service, dinner, and then discussions and fun). At this time of year I try to go out at night as little as possible, and I was just feeling "punky".
On Wednesday I met with one of my three book groups and discussed the new Harlan Coben book, which every single one of the group rated a 10. For those who read Coben (this book is titled Home), I am a big reader of the Myron Bolitar books and not so much of the stand alone titles. I then skipped my local knitting group (a rare situation) so that I could get home and mix up batches of Christmas cookies before sitting down to sew some more. In the evening, I watched the final season of The Fall, one of the best shows on television.
|My fairy garden now has a surfing santa and a boarding Santa, so I guess it is tropical. Hence the removal of most of the snow.|
Tuesday is one of the days I rarely leave the house until my evening class, and this week was no exception. Instead I spent half the day doing research. Research on Immigration and Refugees, mainly in Colorado. You see, recently my church (as part of that Thursday night program), had an eight week series on how to live into our commitment as a neighborhood church whose motto is "sanctuary in the city". After eight weeks of discussion and focusing on direction (rather than choose many we choose one or two directions), we felt it was the right thing to do to support immigrants and refugees at all levels and form a racial justice ministry (while this topic series was scheduled long before the election, I would never deny that some of our discussions took results, platforms, and current events and appointments into play. When the President elect indicated his choice for a cabinet post was one of the most racist politicians of the current times, for example, we took that into consideration.).
Being one who doesn't shy away (and who also has difficulty with the no word on occasion), when they asked who would be interested in being a coordinator for the Immigration and refugee group, I raised my hand. Of course. So half of this day was spent researching groups to partner with, issues and need and more. Thankfully, the rest of my day was spent sewing and baking and sewing and baking-my primary jobs for the next two weeks. Oh, and I was also snuggling, since winter finally arrived in Denver a few days ago!
|Frosted eggnog cookies ready to go into the freezer|
|Christmas napkins for gifts in the works|
|Following carolers on my way to the movies|
This weekend? On Saturday I have either another movie or a gingerbread house making class ( I am one of those folks that enjoys group activities and learns best from a real person rather than Utube or a book when it comes to hands on learning). Follow that with a quiet dinner and book and there you have it. I have to stay home all Saturday because I have a frighteningly large Amazon order coming (yep, I got all my gifts, even movie gift cards on Amazon), and even though I live in a lovely neighborhood, would rather be home when that many boxes are delivered.
Sunday? Well, Sunday I am going to put on my German in full, pretend I am back home, and go to the Denver Christmas market. Where I will buy German pewter and glass ornaments and smokers, have a schnitzel platter, and listen to German music from polka to rock (I have German artists that I love) Follow that with lessons, carols and a reception at my church, and there you have it. A week in retirement.