April 4, 2022 - Grace and peace from our brother Jesus, Amen. It has been two weeks since I wrote the Paxton article and weekly newsletter because I was out of town visiting family. I saw my kids and my brother and sister-in-law, getting caught up on all their doings. I also made several stops at plant nurseries and a bookstore. It goes without saying that I came back with more plants to be planted. Playing gardener is my pandemic therapy. Having these nice days full of warmth and sunshine is good for the soul.
March 21, 2022 - Grace and peace from our brother Jesus, Amen. The small group of Jesus followers known as Paxton Methodist met on Sunday as always. Sunday was not only the 3rd Sunday of Lent—it was also the official beginning of Spring. Yeah! The weather was beautiful this weekend: I visited the two plant nurseries here in Joaquin and plan to visit the others in Shelby County soon. We also got some much-needed rain, and the forecast is calling for a wet start to the week.
March 15, 2022 - Grace and peace from our brother Jesus, Amen. Our small congregation of Paxton Methodists met Sunday, the 2nd Sunday in Lent. We are about 10 days into Lent, forty days of introspection, prayer, and thought. Our church ancestors set aside these forty days so we can prepare ourselves for Easter. This year, Easter comes late—April 17th. I am hoping and, yes, praying that we have seen the last of the freezing temperatures. I have always been told to wait until after Easter to plant vegetables but such will put gardeners later than usual in 2022.
March 7, 2022 - Grace and peace from our brother Jesus, Amen. We have entered the forty days of Lent. This period of time prepares us for the coming of that last terrible week in the life of Jesus—but also the promise of Easter. Lent is often a time of contemplation and sacrifice.
March 1, 2022 - Grace and peace from our brother Jesus, Amen. Sunday was Transfiguration Sunday. Three of the most trusted disciples accompanied Jesus to the holy mountain, where the light of God shone brightly on his son. They also saw two of the greatest figures of their faith—Elijah and Moses—speaking with Jesus. The disciples saw the transfigured Jesus in yet another new way—as God’s chosen.
February 20, 2022 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus. Amen. We Paxton Methodists had a nice Sunday: We always like to visit before we get down to the serious business, and we did so joyfully today. We hope our dear friend Joe is doing well. We are looking forward to seeing Carolyn one day soon. Our daughter and her best four-legged friend Stella came for a weekend visit; we had a good time catching up—and eating out, of course. Our three dogs—Sam, Gunter, and Stella—romped and played in the yard, the park, and our neighborhood roads.
As I am writing this, our pretty spring-like days have changed back to winter. It is Saturday morning and as Sam, Gunter, and I were walking our miles at the city park, we could feel the wind pick up and change directions. Now, about noon, it has dropped ten degrees and is rainy and windy. Oh my, Mother Nature is fickle. Mrs. Fannie will for sure have the heat going at church tomorrow. Thanks, Fannie!
February 7, 2022 - I am starting the Paxton Methodist News article on Saturday afternoon. What a pretty day! After the last few days, including experiencing Friday’s sleet and snow in Shreveport, it almost feels balmy outside. I am setting up a new 3’ x 12’ raised garden bed in which I am hoping to raise a different kind of watermelon—without vines — that grows on a low bush. Weird. I came back in and called our dear friends Keith and Vera. It was Keith’s birthday on Saturday. On Sunday we wished happy birthday to Sue DeFee, who will reach the milestone 90 on Monday.
January 31, 2022 - I have started writing my newspaper article on Saturday, and it sure is cold this morning! Our gauge said 24 degrees! But my faithful friends, Sam and Gunter, accompanied me to the park so I could walk my two miles. I try not to miss a day regardless of cold, rain, sleet, and snow—just like the postal workers—well, maybe not sleet. As I am writing, the sun is shining brightly through the window of my home office, but my hands are still frozen. I am hoping they will thaw out the more typing I do.
January 24, 2022 - This week certainly had some cold temperatures. The TV news said that Friday night was the coldest since the big freeze last year. I have, however, remained faithful to my two-mile walks at the park each morning. Sam and Gunter don’t seem to mind the cold one bit, but I had to get tough with myself to stay with it. Friday and Saturday mornings and afternoons were full of sunshine but remained pretty cold each day. Sunday morning was in the low twenties once again. It is Sunday evening now, and what a beautiful day it was!