A Window into Life in the Suburbs

"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Friday, March 4, 2011

It's Raining (and other Playgroup stuff)

Everyone who has some kind of relationship with kids knows it... the old, fairly monotonous nursery rhyme about the rain pouring and some random senior who is breathing heavily and then has the temerity to injure his cranium and put himself into a coma.

No coma for me thank you very much... but a nap would do me nicely. Instead, I'm here... blogging. The 4 year old who hasn't napped in almost a year has taken herself off to the bean bags and gone to lala land. So quiet in here... bar the hum of traffic penetrating the back windows. Oh... it's raining here... but the air outside feels... dank...

So it rains and pours... and everything's quite wet. Don't think much or anything will get done outside these four walls today.

So we took ourselves off to playgroup this morning. Stopped off at the local Red Cross shop on the way there and found ourselves some unexpected goodies. Yeah... really nice stuff.

Like this:
Stuffed pig on a high chair

And this:

Book case probably needs a bit of cleaning and varnishing but it was a steal. Aside from the back which is still holding (more or less), it's solid.
Hah... Guess how much I paid for it?

Okay... might take this rare opportunity to have an afternoon lie down. More later.

Anyhow... playgroup was a strictly indoors affair. But my young one using her creative talents found a way to enjoy the outdoors with her brolly. Not very kosher

It was "Green" day at playgroup. Green clothes, green craft and a green-themed story.

Craft was bread-related. Green coloured milk spread over a slice of bread and then toasted..

Add butter to hot toast and add sprinkles as desired. The desire here as you can see, is mighty strong...

This was not done by my child, incidentally... contains far too much precise work to be my 4 year old's handiwork. But it's a great example of what can be done with a bit delicacy and patience. Yeah, so not my child, at least not yet.

"Rainy days and Mondays always get me down."

I dread school pickup... it's just getting worse and worse... But on a wet day, it's a Darwinian nightmare.

For dinner, I went out with a great bunch of ladies from church. Went to an exceedingly nice Chinese restaurant and it was good to catch up with different people. In our area it's almost impossible to find a bad restaurant of any ethnic stripe. They don't tend to stay in business for very long.
When us ladies get together, we gab between mouthfuls of tasty stuff. Most of us have known each other for yonks so we're fairly comfortable in each other's company. We laugh, we giggle, we tease, we listen. We're a noisy lot. The instigators of this "movement" (of which I am not one) are looking to do this monthly -- a ladies-only evening, away from husbands and/or children. As seen here, we are not ageist.


The reality is that when churches get bigger, one tends to lose sight of people. It's easy to see faces and not connect personally. It's sadly impossible to catch up with everyone on a Sunday... and then one finds it easier just to return to one's comfort zone or holy huddle. Home groups are great in that regard but with the increasing busyness of contemporary life and the vast array of lifestyle choices available, a midweek small group becomes less and less of a priority.

I'm home and glad to be inside... glad not to be driving anywhere, anymore today. The traffic has been trying with everyone trying to get someone between the hours of 4:30 to 6:30.

So glad that the weekend beckons.

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