Share Four Somethings is a meme hosted by Overflowing with Thankfulness. I thought I’d try something new and join this year, as a way to look back at some of the things I loved, saw, learned, and ate each month. (I’m replacing “reading” with “seeing,” because I always review my reading in my monthly wrap-up post.) If you’d like to join too, the linkup is the last Saturday of each month.
I did NOT love having to shop for a new e-reader when mine suddenly conked out, but I am loving the used-but-like-new Kobo Libra H2O that I found on an online auction site. It’s a step up from my old Aura, as it’s a bit bigger, has page turn buttons, and works in both landscape and portrait format. I might even be able to read PDFs on the device now, yay.
I enjoyed seeing an exhibition of paintings by the Swiss artist Charles L’Eplattenier. The poster had been around for a while and I noticed that the final days were coming up, so last weekend we went for an outing to the small regional museum, 45 minutes away in the town of Delémont. The artwork was gorgeous — early 20th century landscape pastels and oils done in the valley of the Doubs river. The Doubs is a meandering river that mainly runs through France, but actually rises near the Swiss border and runs partly through our region in the Jura mountains of NW Switzerland. I had not heard of this artist before but I’ll definitely look for more of his work.
I am learning a great deal through my spiritual direction training, which I posted about here. In our last session we heard about and practiced a technique called Focusing, which helps to get in touch with messages from one’s body and take them into prayer and meditation, without pushing them away or being overwhelmed by them. I find this such an important thing to learn in our world today, when we have distanced ourselves from our bodies and all they have to teach us, with disastrous results.
I also just started listening to the fourth season of the podcast Learning How To See with Brian McLaren, and I always learn a lot from these. No doubt I’ll be sharing more about that in future.
As for eating, I can’t think of anything better or easier to cook than a simple roast chicken, which I usually make once a week. I buy a bird (ideally an organic one on sale — our grocery is closed on Sunday so there are usually good deals to be had on Saturday), season it, stick it the Le Creuset pot that has seen a lot of use since friends gave it to us for our wedding, and put it in a medium oven for about an hour. It comes out tender and delicious, and in the next day or two I can use the bones to make a healthy, gut-soothing bone broth. Yum.
What have been some highlights of your month?