This Week... Spring is slow to unfold here. It usually is, I think, but it feels extra slow this year. It's been cold lately. But touches of spring are surprising us here and there! (Image is from our town's main street/high street.)
In the Roman Catholic Church-- Sunday was the wonderful celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday, and during the week was the Feast Days of Saint Mark, the Evangelist, Saint Paul of the Cross and tomorrow Saint Catherine of Siena is celebrated.
Above is a lovely prayer card I have, with the Divine Mercy Chaplet prayer on the back of it. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!
At Home-- After being kept very tidy during Holy Week and Easter, the work table is getting messy in the living room-studio again! I'm working on further preparations on a new canvas...and soon I can paint!
Out & About-- BEAUTIFUL items displayed in the window of a shop in town that has partial focus on redesign! (I'll take both the dress and the cape, thanks! ;)
On the Menu-- These days we are turning toward more vegetarian options during the week, and saving meat for the weekend as a treat. It's healthier. I lived vegetarian for 12 years, so this feels very natural! ;) Lots of good things on the plate... Bean & Vegetable Enchiladas (above), Balsamic Beets & Carrots with White Beans & Feta Cheese, Vegetable Low Mein, Baked Sweet Potatoes with Lentil Chili... and more...
Thankful-- Some LOVELY cards, notes and goodies have been arriving in our postbox for for me, thanks to the fun of the Springtime Mail Exchange! Two came this week, including the WONDERFUL watercolor painting my sweet friend Jeanie made for us of our Luna!! :))) (THANK YOU SOOO MUCH, Jeanie--we love this!)
Reading-- I'm dipping into the beginning material for an online course I'm taking via edX... Books in the Medieval Liturgy. The welcome info/course description reads: Welcome to Books in the Medieval Liturgy! In this module of "The Book: Histories Across Time and Space," we will explore and explain the beautiful service books of the medieval church. No knowledge of liturgy or Latin is required, but there will be a lot of both, along with music. I'm excited about this! (Image above--from Google Images-- is of a beautiful piece of illuminated manuscript detailing a portion of the Bible containing the Magnificat, sometimes known as The Song of Mary, from the Gospel of Luke 1: 46-55.)
Watching-- This week we've been watching the reindeer migration... It's part of that Slow TV concept we have here, and that maybe you've heard about? We don't have a TV, haven't for many years, so we've been able to watch it streamed online on a laptop. Yup, us crazy Norwegians have done it again with the Slow TV--this time with Santa's little helpers--reindeer! ;) Almost a whole week of non-stop reindeer migration, all broadcast live! The reindeer are such BEAUTIFUL creatures... It really touches the heart, seeing them in a pack, all together, migrating. The migration happens twice a year, the native Norwegian Sami people moving their herds of reindeer between their winter and summer grazing pastures. The reindeer migration takes almost a week, and a TV-team follows the flock and its herders almost non-stop. (I'm thinking for my own little dream zoo I'd like some reindeer... to go along with the alpacas--cute creatures, and great to have for their fiber for yarn projects--a pair of miniature ponies, a snowy owl or two, a hedgehog, a dolphin, a dog maybe... and, of course, extra kitties!
LUNA-- Oh, this girl of ours... I'm almost speechless... *sigh* ...
How was your week? Wishing you all a LOVE-ly weekend now! :)))