Constance Ore is a retired Teacher, Choir Director, and Organist. And a formidable cook.

March 30, 2010

Filed under: — Constance at 10:53 pm on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ah, summer! Our several days of spring were grand but by today, it feels as though nature is on “fast forward”. Sunday presented the first suicidal insect’s remains on the windshield of the car. Yesterday, after giving Alphie his daily “comb out” I discovered our first tick of the season. On our walk through Sanctuary this morning, I heard frogs chanting by the stream and a meadow lark singing up on the hill near the edge of the forest. As I came back, a medium-sized ribbon snake made its way across the path directly in front of me, provoking the little shot of adrenalin that sudden sightings of snakes seem to evoke. The temperature is at 72 degrees with the 80’s predicted for tomorrow along with storms and winds and wildly fluctuating barometric readings. It is all too much, too fast. Our atmospheric ambiance is likely one of the reasons that Nebraska is not considered a prime tourist destination.

Holy Week, and the church invites everyone to remember again the life-changing events that took place so long ago. Much of the 14th chapter of St. John’s gospel is devoted to Jesus’ words of comfort to his disciples as he prepares to depart the Passover supper and enter the Garden of Gethsemane. I particularly like to think of the words, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” because it addresses directly the hardest part of my own life – that is, the knowing and not-knowing about dying. I think about it a great deal since the arrival of the cancer. Plans are made for the future, but never for a long time, and always with a “maybe” lurking. I am now at the 46th day since the last transfusion; there were 56 days between it and the one prior to that; I hope to continue past Easter before getting another because we are planning a celebratory weekend at the end of April, and the blood is key to having the energy needed. As always, we are optimistic and we look forward to the days ahead.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Have a blessed Easter!


Comment by Caroline Schau

March 31, 2010 @ 8:36 am

Ah, the weather… one never knows. 87 in Tucson yesterday, 88 today and 59 predicted for tomorrow. And we ARE a prime tourist destination. I wish you could have been with us for our trip to Susan’s. The wildflowers are everywhere this spring; I-10 roadways, Picacho Peak park, everywhere you look are masses of reds, golds, yellow blooms. We enjoy! for with May and summer the scenario will indeed be different. We will think of you and your Sanctuary with envy then.

Comment by Mindy Werling

March 31, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

Hi, Connie!
Yes, the weather is a little crazy lately, but I don’t mind! This is a vacation week for me — time to do some work around the house. Yardwork has taken precedence, as it was 82 here today, and 84 is predicted for tomorrow. It is glorious, and though it is odd, I am happy!

I had an eye appointment, and as suspected, I need to have cataract surgery on my other eye. It is scheduled for April 14, and sister Pat will go with me. I am really looking forward to opening my eyes after surgery and being able to see without any glasses or contact lenses! I started wearing glasses in the 2nd grade, so it will be like a whole new life for me!

I have a bit of a sore throat and am not sure whether it is allergies or something worse. So, the plan is to go to Ft. Scott for Easter. Rick and Cathy miss having the family down there, since Mom is now in Overland Park.

I wish all of you a very Blessed and Happy Easter! He is risen — He is risen indeed!! Alleluia!


Comment by irene Beethe

April 2, 2010 @ 6:17 am

Dear Connie, The temperature hit 82 here yesterday…broke the all time high record for April 1. Certainly makes the switch to summer clothes a necessity! Rachel is home and we are enjoying her company and that of a friend too :). We look forward to bonding time with Emily next week!
But for now…we journey to the cross with Christ and then celebrate the open and EMPTY tomb on Sunday! That wonderful message is what we are privileged to share and what keeps our faith alive!
Have a blessed and Happy Easter! Alleluia! He is Risen!
Love, Irene

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