Sunday, April 19, 2009

Christ is Risen!

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Indeed, He is risen! It's Pascha! Be happy! I demand it!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Secrets of Orthodoxy REVEALED!

While the majority of you out there in Internet-ville are doing this:


... we here in Orthodox-ville are doing this:


And everyone else is sleeping in until noon.

If you wonder how that happens, I'll tell you: You probably know that Easter lands on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. It didn't always work that way, and somewhere along the line of Church history Western Christianity dropped another part that Orthodoxy maintained. We determine the date of Pascha (Orthodox Easter for those of you scratching your heads right now) by the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox after Passover. This year they're a week apart, next year they're on the same date, last year they were over a month apart. And everyone else still sleeps until noon.

See you next Sunday at the soonest, Monday at the latest.

[The "The More You Know" theme plays.]

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Running out of time

Holy Week begins on Monday, which means the computer gets shut off tomorrow at 11:59:59 PM. So there's some stuff I need to get out of the way before that occurs.

There's a whopping 40 new pictures up at Chandler's Victory Garden (link is to the left). Everything is lovely and green now and lots of things are blooming, so head over there for some nice views of the garden. I can't get my peas to die, so I don't know if I'll ever get my black eyed peas planted. A lot of my free time will be spent working on the garden next week because, well, I can't hang out at church all day!

I try to keep the computer off during these times, but I'm making an exception this week. ZooToo is having voting for an animal shelter makeover, and my dog's (I say "my dog", but he lives in MO with the parental units) old stomping grounds the Central Missouri Humane Society is up for the prize. I'm told they really need the help too because they are in dire straights (or dire straits--that's one of those things a spellchecker won't pick up for you). However, they're being discriminatory against Orthodox Christians who turn off their computers during Holy Week and only allowing voting from the 13th to the 19th (Pascha). Thanks, guys. Anyway, my computer will be on for about 5 minutes for voting, and you should vote too.

Hmm. We've gone from extremely dry weather and grass fires to a thunderstorm. Methinks I'll get off the computer while this thrilling weather persists.

Friday, April 10, 2009

An unusual anniversary (sort of)

Tomorrow is Lazarus Saturday, which reminds me of something that happened last year that has absolutely nothing to do with church:


I don't remember the exact date that Owl busted through the window and spent the ensuing 24 hours outside, but I do recall that it was 5:00 AM on Lazarus Saturday that he crawled back through the open window yelling, hungry, and generally glad to be home.


Poor little guy.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Computer and I no longer agree

Chris and I went to the Dallas Arboretum on Sunday for a little R&R, and I've been trying to upload pictures ever since. Blogger will have none of it, so I've switched to alternative medium to bring you some nice shots. It's absolutely gorgeous there right now, and accordingly it was packed. And just looking at the pictures you'd never be able to tell that it was in the 40s! My plants are going to be so hardy it's almost not funny--poor things are in and out all the time, plus I've got cats noshing on them all the live-long day. Sigh.

Focus, Chandler, focus ... here's pictures:

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I don't ask questions. Chris wants one in the backyard.

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Real live dogwood!

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If I ever have a real yard, I want it stuffed to bursting with Japanese maples.

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Even the reflecting pool water was choppy. I love how it looks like the pool connects somehow to White Rock Lake.

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The azaleas were nuts.

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I didn't know their blooms could get this big.

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This is how I like it: a nice Texas garden! I wish I could uproot that agave and take it home with me.

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The shady/Japanese garden is my favorite section.

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This is my computer's background right now. Love those Japanese maples.

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Can you see Dallas in the background?

Any loser with a semi-professional camera (and there were lots of those types out there) can take pictures like a real photographer at the Arboretum.