Bob Brezsny’s Astrology Cracks me up

I’m glad I’m entertaining you, buddy, but my opposite numbers at the County DSS are decidedly not amused.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Sometimes you’re cool, but other times
you’re hot. You veer from acting aloof and distracted to being friendly
and attentive. You careen from bouts of laziness to bursts of disciplined
efficiency. It seems that you’re always either building bridges or burning
them, and on occasion you are building and burning them at the same
time. In short, Aquarius, you are a master of vacillation and a slippery
lover of the in-between. When you’re not completely off-target and out
of touch, you’ve got a knack for wild-guessing the future and seeing
through the false appearances that everyone else regards as the gospel
truth. I, for one, am thoroughly entertained!

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A “Prayer for Relief”

I am a lawyer.  When one files something with the court, you are usually asking the judge to order something, to help your case.  At the end of the paper you file, are what they call “prayers for relief.” This is a bit of a play on words, but it does come from the heart.  This is not intended for my usual readers, so if you are looking for knitting, come back in a while.
Dearest K and S,
In the past few months, I have felt a great many things – a lot of sadness and grief and anger and pain – because a marriage is breaking up, and that is a sad thing, but not necessarily a bad thing.  Most of that pain is about the sadness I see in both of you and most importantly, your children.
I want you both to know that I wish you happiness in this world, and – God willing – the next one. When I first learned you two were splitting up, I told a colleague and friend about it – and my very first – and last – thought was, “My role in this is that of Grandma and nothing else.” It was a promise I made myself and my grandchildren.  I knew that when the dust settled and this “case” was over, there would be years ahead of fashioning the broken bits of our extended family into some sort of coherent whole for my – our – grandchildren.  Have I done this perfectly? Of course not.  I get angry and upset and feel things are unfair, but I will make amends and resolve to do better.
Your marriage will never be a mistake to me.  Certainly you both continuing as married would be a mistake, but the fact that you two got together in the first place was no mistake at all.  There are three very big reasons for this your three beautiful and precious children.  Our daughter will always be our daughter and we love her and are so proud of her.  Our son-in-law will always be a member of our family and as long as I live and breathe, he will be included in the big moments of our family’s life, no matter what  – because he is a good person and because he is our grandchildren’s father and yes, we love him, too.

You are both good people who do not belong together.  But you have done at least one outstanding and beautiful thing: you have created three incredible kids.
I am writing this because I want to see them continue to be happy and healthy. You may have differing ideas about what that means, but basically what I mean is this: they get to be with both of you and know that they will never EVER lose either of you, no matter where they may be living at one time or another; they will never EVER experience one of you putting the other down, calling each other names, or disrespecting the other – because when you do that, you disrespect a full half of each of them.
I remember being a kid and hearing my parents “fight.” Even though my “mom” at the time was a stepmother, it still tore my guts up hearing them argue.  My stepmother used to treat my father with disrespect and it made me terribly uncomfortable to say the least.  I am 61 years old and I remember these things. Because I was certainly no perfect parent, I imagine you have some similar memories. Can you imagine your children’s anguish and pain right now?
So stop this crap.  Share them.  They are each on loan to each of you, and they belong to no one but God – or if you don’t believe in God, then to themselves. Either way, you will both have to account to them for your actions right now.
Let me share a strange and wonderful vision I have:
That you will both move on.
That you will love your children more than you might detest your soon-to-be-ex right now.
That you will share in the important and everyday moments of your childrens’ lives without inflicting your pain on them
That you will respect each other (note I did not say like each other) and consider each other’s feelings
That your children will grow up secure, happy, and brilliant, without groundless fear and anxiety
That you will not use up their future in litigation
That you will recognize the good in the other parent and make sure your kids know about it
That you will learn the incredible beauty of forgiveness and letting go.
That OUR family – both sides – will be a beacon to all the others who have to walk this rocky path and not another divorce cliche’.
If you believe it, I know that you can receive it (thank you, Andre’ Crouch and rest in peace, friend).
May it be so. I love you.And God be with you ’til we meet again+
 Amen.

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Cloudy, 100 percent chance of who knows what….

It’s still cold and cloudy here in Merlin.  I am sitting at my desk, trying for the last time to get a laptop to work – one my dear daughter gave me when she bought her newer one a thousand years ago. I think I may have to let it go.  So… what you see here is a keyboard and Kindle.  So far it’s working fine.
I am catching up on emails and calls both personal and professional and stressed out more about the personal ones.  The divorce and custody battle is getting ugly and I am sad beyond belief. Let’s hope the judge is a fair one without any mental health problems. (OK, maybe that was asking too much, LOL). I won’t be saying much more here. Just want my grandkids to be OK and see both parents without a lot of drama and trauma.
 Yesterday, John was cleaning out a part of the basement to bring up a table for the grandkids to use in the playroom for drawing/eating, etc. and found a box of photos.  I put them into a collage.  Not everything came out too well, but I cannot believe how fast life has gone by. I shared it on facebook, and thought I might do it here, too.
Since last I wrote, dear reader, life has happened.  Nothing really earth-shattering, just day-to-day life.  Last weekend, the choir sang at a service for the women’s retreat.  Nancy and I went to the entire retreat.  It was a lot of fun, but thankfully not too long, either! We are getting ready for Holy Week and Easter.  The music is truly beautiful – I think the music for this part of the Xian calendar is really the best and most meaningful, hence the most beautiful.  
On the work front, we are losing one of our attorneys who will be joining a national child advocacy group in DC.  Well done, Priya:)!
We will miss her great advocacy for kids here in Merlin, but KIND is getting a great leader.  Speaking of work, the Young Lawyers Section of the Merlin State Bar had their annual fundraising dinner in Bawlmer this past Friday and gave our firm the “Firm of the Year” award for child advocacy.  It was wonderful seeing everyone enjoying themselves.  What an honor!

Yes, some knitting has been going on – usually at night while watching the boob tube.  I FINALLY finished a cowl that started out as a scarf about 5 years ago, LOL:).  It was done in time to wear to the party Friday night.  Funny how just a wee bit of wool can really keep you nice and warm when it’s cold and dreary outside (on the first day of spring, no less).

I started my first pair of Fish Lips Kiss heel socks. It wasn’t that hard to do.  Have all but finished the first sock.  To avoid that dreaded second sock syndrome, I have another pair on the needles and have started the second one on that pair. Just “vanilla” socks with self-striping yarn. Also,    just for fun I started a Lace shawl KAL with some pretty yarn in autumnal colors. 

This Nordic Cowl by Wendy Johnson is still underway.  I’m getting there, inch by inch.  If I don’t have it done before the spring and summer heat hit, now worries, I’ll have it to enjoy next winter.
The Ommegang is actually further along than this picture would indicate, but I haven’t had a chance to photograph my progress.  Right now it’s a matter of continuing on with the patterning and knitting to the armholes. Cannot wait to see how that develops – the designer has you join the sleeves and start knitting in the round.  Cannot wait!                                                        
 Remember this guy? Well, Dan visited the other day and he lent me his arm for a few minutes.  The sleeve is NOT too wide, but it is decidedly too short.  Four more inches at least before this is finished. Good to know my gauge is correct.
Today I have a meeting and a client visit later in the day, so I’d better get going – lunch hour is over, back to work!
Hope life is treating you well and until next time, God be with you ’til we meet again+

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Cloudy, 100% chance of who knows what…

It’s still cold and cloudy here in Merlin.  I am sitting at my desk, trying for the last time to get a laptop to work – one my dear daughter gave me when she bought her newer one a thousand years ago. I think I may have to let it go.  So… what you see here is a keyboard and Kindle.  So far it’s working fine.

I am catching up on emails and calls both personal and professional and stressed out more about the personal ones.  The divorce and custody battle is getting ugly and I am sad beyond belief. Let’s hope the judge is a fair one without any mental health problems. (OK, maybe that was asking too much, LOL). I won’t be saying much more here. Just want my grandkids to be OK and see both parents without a lot of drama and trauma.

 Yesterday, John was cleaning out a part of the basement to bring up a table for the grandkids to use in the playroom for drawing/eating, etc. and found a box of photos.  I put them into a collage.  Not everything came out too well, but I cannot believe how fast life has gone by. I shared it on facebook, and thought I might do it here, too.

Since last I wrote, dear reader, life has happened.  Nothing really earth-shattering, just day-to-day life.  Last weekend, the choir sang at a service for the women’s retreat.  Nancy and I went to the entire retreat.  It was a lot of fun, but thankfully not too long, either! We are getting ready for Holy Week and Easter.  The music is truly beautiful – I think the music for this part of the Xian calendar is really the best and most meaningful, hence the most beautiful.

On the work front, we are losing one of our attorneys who will be joining a national child advocacy group in DC.  Well done, Priya:)!

We will miss her great advocacy for kids here in Merlin, but KIND is getting a great leader.  Speaking of work, the Young Lawyers Section of the Merlin State Bar had their annual fundraising dinner in Bawlmer this past Friday and gave our firm the “Firm of the Year” award for child advocacy.  It was wonderful seeing everyone enjoying themselves.  What an honor!

Yes, some knitting has been going on – usually at night while watching the boob tube.  I FINALLY finished a cowl that started out as a scarf about 5 years ago, LOL:).  It was done in time to wear to the party Friday night.  Funny how just a wee bit of wool can really keep you nice and warm when it’s cold and dreary outside (on the first day of spring, no less).

I started my first pair of Fish Lips Kiss heel socks. It wasn’t that hard to do.  Have all but finished the first sock.  To avoid that dreaded second sock syndrome, I have another pair on the needles and have started the second one on that pair. Just “vanilla” socks with self-striping yarn. Also,    just for fun I started a Lace shawl KAL with some pretty yarn in autumnal colors.

This Nordic Cowl by Wendy Johnson is still underway.  I’m getting there, inch by inch.  If I don’t have it done before the spring and summer heat hit, now worries, I’ll have it to enjoy next winter.

The Ommegang is actually further along than this picture would indicate, but I haven’t had a chance to photograph my progress.  Right now it’s a matter of continuing on with the patterning and knitting to the armholes. Cannot wait to see how that develops – the designer has you join the sleeves and start knitting in the round.  Cannot wait!

 Remember this guy? Well, Dan visited the other day and he lent me his arm for a few minutes.  The sleeve is NOT too wide, but it is decidedly too short.  Four more inches at least before this is finished. Good to know my gauge is correct.

Today I have a meeting and a client visit later in the day, so I’d better get going – lunch hour is over, back to work!

Hope life is treating you well and until next time, God be with you ’til we meet again+