Daily Reflections From My Window

November 29, 2021 Monday: Hope

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“Remember, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

Stephen King.

You know I love my Godwinks and God’s been talking a lot to me lately. I was on my way to church yesterday by myself (I’m hopeful Jay will come with me again soon) and as occasionally happens, I saw three beautiful pheasants walking across the road. Oh, “I hope they make it”, I thought. So many times, I’ll see that one has been hit. They are so beautiful. They remind me of growing up on Raven Drive in Pgh. We actually had wild pheasants in our back yard. There was an orchard behind our house. It was the greatest place to sled ride. Good memories.

I continued on my way and got to church before it began. I’m trying my best to reform my late habit. I planned to leave at 9:30 because it takes me 25 minutes to get there. Something held me up and I left a few minutes later. My friend Stacey, says “If you aren’t 15 minutes early, you’re already late.” I’m working on 5. Sorry, Stace!

I got there and got settled and as it was the first Sunday of Advent was so glad to be there. Advent is all about hope. One day, I hope we won’t have to wear masks. I hope the kids will come back. I hope the choir will be there to drown out my voice, then I’ll sing louder. Everyone is so muffled with our masks on. Marion, the organist is still great and playing wonderfully.

Fr. Jim is such a gifted Rector and we are so lucky to have him. Listen to his sermon, please. I have a link to it. Start at 9:38 if you don’t want to watch the whole service. It’s about hope and his own Godwinks, though he doesn’t call them that. He talks about normal things and relates them to the readings for those of you who may have sermon phobia. I put the text of the Gospel at the end of this post, if you’d like to read that. I used part of it in my view.

Back to those pheasants we go. As you can see from my photo, two of them didn’t make it, as much as I’d hoped they would. I tried to call Jay and see what he thought if I brought one home. All of a sudden, I had no cell plan. That’s a Godwink. I made an executive decision and since it was in the low 30s* and it had just been hit within the hour (not by me!), I had a a nice thick plastic grocery bag in my car, stopped, scooped one up and hoped I wasn’t committing a crime by taking roadkill.

Another Godwink? I turned on Hallmark radio and a new Christmas song came on. “Believe in Santa Claus” by Rob Thomas. It was all about hope.

When I got home, I put it in the refrigerator and thought I’d tell him later. He wanted to go to Eat’n Park for lunch and I did too, so off we went. I had a salad with chicken. When we got home from lunch, I showed him what was for dinner. I felt like the cat bringing his owner a mouse. Jay was mortified that I brought roadkill home and thought we’d eat it. Thank goodness for YouTube. It seemed safe from all of the hunting and English cooking videos I watched, so I set to work using the wet plucking method. You submerge the bird in 130* water for 30 seconds at a time and the feathers supposedly come right off. It’s like scalding them off. I think I did ok for a first time. It’s like preparing a turkey when you reach in for the giblets and neck. No big deal and it took less than 30 minutes to do. Here’s the before.

Here’s the during.It’s all trussed and ready to cook now. I had to truss up through the breast because the hip joint was broken, I guess in the accident and then I took too much of the wing off so there was nothing to wrap it around. Oh well, next time. 😉

We’ll have it tonight for dinner. I’ll have a picture then!

I’m soaking the feathers, wings, tail, feet and head in a salt solution for a few weeks. Another tip from a random hunter on YouTube. We’ll see how that goes.

Last night, we watched “the Tenors” on PBS and they debuted a new song. All about hope too. Then we watched the Walton’s Homecoming”. I was hopeful that it was the original from the 70’s that started it all, but it was an updated version. I can’t find that original anywhere and it made such an impression on me. This new version wasn’t very good. Everything was too new and I don’t think historically correct. If anyone finds the original, please share with me where you find it. It’s got to be my favorite movie.

Here’s a hello from Rebel yesterday when the sun was out. No such luck today. It’s snowing and I’m headed to the drs. for my PRP on my knee.

In the meantime, do something you’ve never done before. Maybe cook a pheasant? Find your passion and explore it. Every single day is a gift. I’m off to tend my passion.

Have a blessed day!

Here’s the Gospel. Luke 21:25-36 NRSV:

Jesus said, “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”