Blogger is making me nuts :( Of course, in between attempting to post, I don't think about it so I don't try to figure out the problem and fix it. In fact, I'm already losing interest in trouble shooting.
I'm working at the "old" job today where I accepted a contingent position to supplement the "new" job. Let's talk about the new job; I love it! Of course, most people love their new jobs during the orientation period but I have a feeling this is going to be a long term love affair. Hospice is a concept that most people embrace as a wonderful thing but sitting in the caregiver's seat and learning about it in the most detailed sense is so humbling, I am so thankful for this opportunity. And let me just take a moment to thank the Lord for leading me to this particular hospice agency. Of course, this is my first experience in hospice so maybe they are all equally wonderful but Angela Hospice is a Catholic organization and I thought I'd do a glory dance (wouldn't they have been surprised!,) when staff meeting started with prayer! On the information board are posts about training, classes, open positions, policy changes, birthday and prayer requests. There is actually a group of people who take the prayer requests off of the board to pray over them together. Jesus is not only mentioned, he is lifted up and celebrated. Yes, yes, yes I know that I am not Catholic and there are differences in theology but that's not what I'm concerned about. In this world, a place like Angela is a strong tower. My spirit feels soothed and my heart is encouraged every time I walk through the doors. So brace yourselves, I may just be doing some hospice posts in the future-not about death and sadness but about what kind of wonderful things can happen in the middle of it all...after all, isn't that the message of Jesus himself?
Moving on, raise your hand if you love crisp Michigan September weather? Me too! Have you had your furnace on? We turned it on once this week but used it over the weekend Up North. And speaking of Up North...
Last Wednesday night after work we headed to my mom and dad's cottage for a few days. Can you believe, we've never gone there without the kids or in the Fall? I know!! It was beyond words wonderful. After three days in my new job soaking in the blessing, it was the perfect bookend to my new start. The skies were bright and clear and the weather was just a little cool. In the evenings we used the fireplace and turned on the furnace at bedtime. On Friday we drove to Mackinaw and over the bridge and then around the upper peninsula for a while, getting out here and there to take in the scenery and stare and the sky. We took the Tunnel of Trees drive south on our way back to the cottage. On Saturday we slept in a bit and then drove to Traverse City for the day where we walked around downtown and had a cup of coffee then drove around the Lelanau Peninsula. For dinner we went to our favorite Traverse City spot, The North Peak Brewery, where we had whitefish & chips-yum! On Sunday morning we headed home and guess what? No Sunday evening dreading work stomach ache! I was actually happy to be home, had been able to fully relax and enjoy our trip and ready to go to work on Monday morning!
Today I am excited to head back to the "old place" for the day and do some of the aspects of that job that I enjoy without the pressures of the stuff I didn't love so much. It's kind of the best of all worlds. Plus, I have a wonderful group of friends there that I look forward to seeing.
And that is the exciting news from around here! Please excuse any typos or mis spellings because, as I mentioned, Blogger is being a jerk.