Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
As of about an hour ago, we now have to complete a government issued form, and carry it with us, if we want to leave the house. It makes allowances for things like dog-walking & getting out as a family… but we still need to fill out the form.
(Incidentally, I tried to access the site earlier & it was crashed due to heavy traffic… here we go! 🙂 )
Aside from dog walking it limits outings to only urgent local travel, work (where ‘work-from-home’ isn’t possible), or groceries. So it does make allowances for everyday life…. but again, you still need to carry the form or face possible fines.
Strange times… but despite them, here are…
- Grocery Run: Liz was able to get in one more grocery run before “the form” came into play. She places her order online and then goes to pick it up at a drive-through where they put it directly in your trunk (WONDERFUL service that we’ve been using for a couple of years!!!). That being said, not all stores have it so the ones that do are finding their traffic is increasing dramatically. Previously we could order & pickup same-day, but no longer – there’s a bit more lag-time. We’re not stocked-up hoarder-style, but we have what we need for a normal grocery order.
- A Peek in the Hoophouse: If you follow the blog regularly or follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that (a) Liz got me a small hoophouse for Christmas and that (b) I’ve already started a bunch of seeds for a small kitchen garden (it may be a particularly good year to have started growing our own food). Well… things are growing and I’ve already transplanted radish, lettuce, swiss chard and broadbean seedlings out into the raised bed (as well as some of the ‘Paris white onions’ in the photo below). Not only does it feel good to be growing a bit of food, but time spent tending to seedlings in the hoophouse is time away from the 24/7 anxiety-inducing corona-coverage.
- Acts 17:26-28: 26 [God] hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth… 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being
Paul was talking to men on Mars’ Hill who had erected a monument to the unknown God. He reminded them that this God, that was unknown to them, was in fact not far… that he could indeed be found, if they would but seek after him.
That’s still true today. In uncertain times, where reasons to fear abound, we can still find God… if we look for him. That search begins with our actions, informed and motivated by his word.
Believer: make it evident to people that God is not far. Let’s not just accept praise when people see something different… rather, let’s point them to the Lord.
Consider yourself non-religious in traditional terms, but still looking for peace and security? Look to the Lord – that’s where peace & security begins. He’s not far!
Looking for some good reading while your other activities are limited? Read about my grandfather walking from Bouctouche to Saint-Antoine to play hockey.