Lent is here and with it comes grumpy children, a grumbling tummy, and more time on my hands. I've started a Facebook group called Orthodox Home and we've begun a Lenten Cleaning Challenge there. You're welcome to join in! Just send me a FB message (Mamabird Emma) and I will add you!
Saint Patrick's Day always brings me back to my college days when I was a waitress in an Irish Pub. We'd have live bands performing the classics like Danny Boy, Drunken Sailor, Black Velvet Band. These days, I feel the need to listen to my favorite Celtic artists Enya and Loreena McKennett the minute March rolls around.
I fell down a rabbit hole a few nights ago and came across this inspiring video of a Romanian spoon carver. Have a look:
On My Bedside Table
What are you planning to read during Great Lent this year? One of the books that I have chosen is Laurus, which was written about by Rod Dreher, The New Yorker, and The Huffington Post. I know very little about it, but have been imagining that it will be like Kristin Lavrensdatter. We'll see!
A few hours before Forgiveness Vespers on Sunday evening, I decided to create paper daffodils. I made a little more than fifty of them and we are planning to attach one to a ribbon each day of Lent with the hope that by Pascha we will have a lovely garland of daffodils decorating the dining room windows. I will keep you posted on how it goes!