Maggie encountered a virus the first week of school. She starts to cough, and the coughing causes asthma problems, which results in more coughing, which exacerbates the asthma, and thus goes the cycle. So she coughed her way through the month, missing most choir practices, a few church services, and several days of school.
Maggie applied for a part-time fast-food job not far from the house. It seemed that they were interested in finding a spot for her. Because they had just hired lots of newbies, they said they wanted to hold off for Mag until the end of October. So she'll need to be getting in contact with them again soon.
Gary and I attended the symposium at the St Louis seminary. Topic was catechesis, and we at CCA have some familiarity with the subject. It took a huge amount of work to prepare for the trip. Deacon had a truck when he went on trips; we have a compact car. Deacon usually had several tables; we had one 6' table. Gary wanted a brochure to hand out. There was a lot of rethinking of how the CCA could be represented. Then there was the loading, the trip, and the unpacking. The trip consumed much of my September.
Gary's dad died. He had been failing slowly over the last year. But as he quit eating, he became much weaker. (Or maybe it's the weakness which makes a person quit eating?) When Gary visited early in September, his dad was already becoming disinterested in this life. When we visited as we traveled to St Louis, we figured he couldn't continue very long as he was. He is baptized, and we were thankful that the pastor could be with him as he lay dying. (Dad's kids were called and told, "Come now," but the distance meant that they didn't make it in time for a final goodbye.)
Most of the grandkids were able to attend the funeral. There's that weird thing about funerals: in the midst of mourning, there's the joy of family togetherness and fun.
About a week after we returned from the funeral, we headed out for a beautiful drive to Minnesota, enjoying the fall colors. We attended a most-awesome wedding and saw loads of friends. And we visited with Paul, Mandy, and baby Henry (who seems to remember me ... and like me ... even though this was only the fifth time I'd seen him). Paul told us how his new job is going and helped us understand the pattern of his [somewhat odd] work schedule.
The secretary at church is currently out on medical leave. Several of us are dividing up her responsibilities, taking different days to man the office. I have bulletin-prep day. Add to that the other projects (secretarial, CCA, and my usual volunteer tasks) and I've been volunteering at church about 30 hours a week since we returned from St Louis. No wonder the house is messy, the grass long, and the garage not yet ready for winter. A few of the big pressing projects are now completed. So things should be less stressful starting next week.
Maggie and I took one day this week to tackle some projects. She cleaned bathrooms and living room and washed some windows. I vacuumed the car, washed all the window-screens, and scrubbed the eaves which were starting to mildew. Sore muscles the next day. But boy, it feels good to start catching up on some of those projects that have been delayed since my hospitalization over two years ago. I have my fingers crossed, hoping we can finish up the most critical pre-winter outdoor jobs this weekend.