*Insert a very gleeful, very happy, dance here*
Let us be glad- let us be grateful.
Let us rejoicify that goodness can subdue
The wicked workings of You-Know-Who.
Okay, so I totally stole those lyrics from the opening song of Wicked, but it's been running through my head all morning.
Yesterday was a most excellent day.
No, it wasn't perfect (far from it actually),
But in our imperfections is Christ made perfect-
In our weakness is his strength better revealed.
So I am thankful -in a way-that I started yesterday as a crab, because it reminded me right off that bat that I do not posses what is needed to be "good" or "right" in the sight of God.
I'm still a dirty, rotten sinner, but I'm saved by grace and forgiven for my offences.
With such thoughts as these, who could not help but be happy?
Yesterday's crabbiness was dissipated by a brisk, early-morning, two-and-a-half-mile trek to work to cover for a co-worker who is facing finals and needed study-time.
Now, I don't normally enjoy standing up front at the tea shop- I can get nervous- however, opening a tea-shop at eight-thirty in the morning -all on me onesy- is right at the top of my list of favorite things.
To be the first one in, to unlock, prepare, and greet the day like that: well, I would love to do such a thing for the rest of my life.
And the people were just so wonderful all day long! I wanted to hug everyone who came and went: it was all smiles and "good afternoons" given and said with the greatest of sincerity, because everyone was truly happy, and a better afternoon I have not seen in months.
I went home the long way (via Fred Meyer) to complete my grocery shopping, and every second of that sunshiney, 65-plus degrees, I absorbed with unparalleled delight.
I should also mention here:
I love my Fred Meyer's organic section.
Anyway, we went shopping last night as a family (I drove!), and spent at least an hour at Old Navy.
I ended up getting jeans that fit (hooray!) and a new blouse, both on sale, and it feels so wonderful to have something to wear that doesn't hang loosely off of my frame like a tattered flag, and isn't all worn-out.
(I must here mention that I have to give up my Dottie Angel Thrift-Store Challenge. It's not been budget-smart, and only occasionally can I find something that's not worn out and fits me properly).
It's sunny again this morning, and I have the windows open (yes, I repeat that, the windows are open!)
and a whole new work-day (this time doing my regular hostessing position) ahead of me.
I had fresh strawberries in my cereal,
32 (going on 48) ounces of tea already,
And I'm going to go out for a brisk walk very shortly
(before I go out for a longer brisk walk to work)
To admire the birds and flowers.
I'm also finishing a new cardigan that I've been knitting for the past several days,
so I'm very excited to post some pictures about that later.
But I'm craving some peanut butter, and that, invariably, comes first...
I hope all of you lovely, lovely people have as wonderful a day as I look forward to having,
And that the sun is shining
And your windows are open too.
Here; have some peanut butter and a hug.