I am sure that I am not the only one that is amazed that already a month of 2012 has passed
As January can be a quiet month my thoughts had been to take a little time out to do some writing and possibly some de-cluttering in my home. January always seems a good time to see what I no longer need or use.
So far it has not happened as apart from Alan's surgery and all the usual hospitality and daily life it has been an extremely busy month.
Firstly I have taken on extra responsibility at Pilgrims Hall
and another highlight has been to be part of the launching of
the Conservative Christian Fellowship in my town
An amazing evening where people from all denominations met together at our town headquarters to support our member of Parliament and with a desire to see more and more of a Christian presence in Parliament
It is exciting to know that we have Spirit filled Christians in
The House of Lords and to hear such a heart of humility shared by one of our Baronesses
So many people turned up that it was a pack out and with the number of windows that had to be opened our worship could be heard by passers by
Then there has been further Hebrew studies (at Pilgrims Hall) with Rabbi Alan, a Jewish Christian that we have studied with a number of times before. When studying in Hebrew (translated of course, I am not that clever!) I always feel like I never really knew the Old
Testament before. It's like every passage relates to everything in life today.
On a lighter note I have had to drive our new car (the one that was the replacement for the one stolen when our house was burgled)
It is not that I can't drive but that Alan likes to drive and I had hardly got to grips with this new one when he was not allowed to drive for a month after surgery, nor go out for 2 weeks.
Centre of town shopping in this country can be quite a challenge at any time. Car Parks fill up quickly, the traffic can be bad and we don't get to park outside the store as in the States.
So, I got in early, found a suitable parking place fairly near to the exit and proceeded to visit the various shops I needed around town. Eventually having struggled back to the car with loaded shopping bags I could not see my car anywhere. It took some minutes to realise that there were 2 exits to this car park (it is quite a complicated lay out and we usually go up the flume to the next level - cheaper there!)
Then before going into the grocery store on the edge of the car park to buy the weekly groceries I needed to collect a shopping trolley (cart for the USA) and when I put my £1 coin in it immediately shot up into the air and vanished. Did not have another one so had to get a staff member to get a special key (she also found my coin)
I finished my shop and after loading the car I realised that I had forgotten to have my parking ticket validated in the store. Spending a certain amount in the grocery store means 2 hours free parking. So back to the store to have that done.
Soon I am sitting in the car at the barrier wondering why the machine keeps throwing my ticket out. When eventually pressing the help button I am told that I have not paid.
How could I have forgotten to go to the pay station - there are signs everywhere! OK - line of cars behind me, back-up and re-park, go to the pay station and begin to wonder if I should ever be allowed out alone!!!!!!!!!!
I had to see the funny side but it was also a day when I was glad to get home - it was raining too!