LZ and I stayed home on Christmas. I called my Mum but did not go out there to where she lives. I was not up to dealing with the traffic and LZ needed the rest. However the Spirit told me I should go today. I did so, and got my rusty dusty up and made it over to her Church for service. Of course that made her day.
It was a long service 2 hours well, really 2.5 hours, I was 30 min late and it ran over 30 min. It was entertaining. The children choir, the band, the adult singers, the younger preacher, singing and preaching, very dramatic. So different from the quiet service at the Buddhist temple. I liked them both, both have good messages, the Baptist message is delivered with more fire and flash…and a bit of guilt thrown in. In her church it is more the worship experience than just going to hear the message, sermon, lecture and commune with the Shanga or fellowship. I would love to play with the band, I could get into that, but that is not going to happen with a 1.5 hr drive each way and then a 2 hrs plus service. Besides not feeling like I really fit, but it is a nice place to visit, with a lot of caring people. I am thankful my Mum has them in her life.
From there we went by the nursing home to visit my Step Father. He is out of the hospital and getting physical therapy now along with dialysis 3 times a week at a Nursing Home. He looked much better physically. He was on his way to dialysis when we arrived, so could not stay long…I still have my concerns about him.
So since it was fairly early I took Mum to lunch. I ordered a house salad, and fries. She ordered a monster double Cheese burger. This is a woman almost 90 yrs old. She asked why I ate like that, still a vegetarian, did I get anything worthwhile or was it one of my “things”. My reply was, I am the only one of the children who is not diabetic and the only one who is a vegetarian. Even if it is not the whole reason, it is enough of one to stay the course. Most of the rest of the meal was her commenting on how the burger was too large, she did not expect that. I said, it is called a Monster Double Cheese Burger what did you expect a Kiddy meal? She ended up taking most of it home. We do turn into kids when we get older ne!
I was on the road after that, heading to Tanuki Dojo for some Kyudo practice. I have been waiting to try some of the things Sensei had went over with me last class. After digesting his words I think I had a better idea of what was suppose to be happening. I also gave some thought to what my coach from Germany, the Markster had said (^_^) I was pumped to try my Hikiwake. I still need to work on it A LOT but I think I am on the right path…
As it turned out, I was the only one there practicing that day. It was nice actually. Peaceful to have the place to myself and just shoot. I think I did about 30 shots before it got too dark and I had to close up Even before that though I did try a few shots in the semi-dark just to feel them , not see them. Like “zen” sailing practice with the eyes closed to feel the sailing.
I’m treating myself to a movie tomorrow. IMAX 3D- Avatar. Everyone is talking about it, including people from my Chan practice. They like the movie and the message. I thought it was Avatar – the last Airbender, But it is not, that is later next year I’m glad I checked out the previews otherwise I would have been really confused (^_^)
I’m expecting it to be quiet for the next few days, sooo, perhaps mata until next year. May we all have a better year, in health , love and money, Ganbattemasho ne! Yosh!
Happy New Year…bring on the Tiger!