Monday, 19 December 2011

Re-train my brain

I have spent all my adult life saying 'Can I have a lift, I am sorry I can't drive.  Would you like some money for petrol?'  As of a few weeks ago I no longer have to say that.  I passed my driving test and now am in possession of a full drivers license with my name on it.  I am proud.

I haven't done much independent driving yet though.  I drove about 1 minute to turn the car around and also moved the car in a car park.  I am proud.  I need to go out for a proper drive.  I also need to re-train the way I think.  I can drive without supervision.  Eventually I will be able to go out on my own.  I am going to take it slowly but the skill is there.

After Christmas I will book a Pass plus lesson in order to do some more driving skills, eg Motorway driving.

I am looking forward to many happy and safe years of driving.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Things I love about Christmas

  • My little 'Charlie Brown' Christmas tree.
  • Christmas Cake.
  • Making lots of Christmas cookies and goodies for my family and friends.
  • Watching my children get excited.
  • Pondering the Incarnation, how did God become a baby?
  • Thinking about the wonder of the Shepherds and Wise Men.
  • Singing Christmas Carols.
  • Carol Services.
  • The smell of Christmas spices, cinnamon, cloves, star anise etc etc.
  • Glazed Ham.
  • Pickles and Chutneys.
  • The soft warm glow of a Christmas tree at night.
  • Christmas Candles.
  • Warm cozy optimism because everything is different.
  • Christmas chocolate.
  • 'The Lemon Drop Kid'.
  • Christmas Dinner.
  • Christmas Pudding.
  • Reading Mary's Prayer.
  • Trying to imagine the look on the faces of Anna and Simeon to seeing Jesus.
  • Wondering about Mary and the thoughts she had about being the Mother of God.  Did she wondered how to wean Jesus?  Or how on earth to potty train?
  • Fond memories of playing consequences with my brother, sisters and parents.
  • Cracking nuts, it doesn't matter which variety, I just love to eat nuts at Christmas.
  • Family times and snuggles.
  • Walking on the beach on Christmas Eve.
  • Stockings and the funny shapes all the presents inside make.
  • Watching Dr Who.
  • Satsumas.
  • Brussel sprouts with Chestnuts and Bacon.
  • World vision and alternative Christmas presents.
  • Wondering what Jesus would think of 21st century Christmas.
I did originally think I would list the things I hate about Christmas but then realised I would appear much too Scrooge-like so I will desist.

Happy Christmas to you all.  May the love and peace of Jesus be with you all this Christmas time.

Friday, 2 December 2011

The Slide that I wish I could put on the Church Powerpoint

All credit to my brother-in-law for posting this photo on his facebook page with the caption "Get thee behind me Vader."


I just wish I could add this to the end of the Powerpoint to see if anyone noticed!!! Maybe I could slip it in small somewhere.