Been cold and nasty all day long here. Windy as well -- caught our neighbor's trash can blowing down the street after the weekly trash pickup, meaning it was empty and had become a sail. And we have had a light snow falling most of the day. Not much -- yet - in the way of an accumulation, but that will probably change over night as the ground cools. I hate snow and cold, and NE Ohio is notorious for both. The first day of official Winter, the shortest day of the year, is still two weeks distant, and it will likely be months, many of them, before the frost giants reluctantly loose their grip on the area.
It could be worse. We have friends who live along Lake Erie in the far northern section of Pennsylvania, up around Erie and Presque Isle. That area got hammered today, more snow coming , the Interstates -- I-90 and I-79 have been hard hit with deep blowing snow and many wrecks, and I believe that I-90 on the Ohio side of the line is not much better, at least that portion east of Cleveland. Am glad we are at least a little bit removed from that.
Dear Wife has been "watching" the great-niece all day. I was detailed a few times to come over and let the dog out to "do his business" and then go straight back into the warm house. Both of us, that is. The rest of the day was occupied, to the extent that it was, with things like doing laundry (I generally do all of it) and dishes (by hand, and, again, I generally do all of that as well). And dealing with empty trash cans, etc. Tomorrow is another day.
Our suddenly-deceased neighbor's obituary appeared in one of the local papers this morning. Calling hours Saturday, funeral Mass on Sunday. I had forgotten it, or never really knew it, but one of his previous wives, #2 or #3, was a good friend of Dear Wife and was actually matron of honor at our wedding. She went on to marry one of the other attendees, a marriage that lasted all of about four years. Yes, "serial monogamy" is a favorite local sport. Leads to a lot of things, none of them good for anyone, certainly not for any children produced.
Yes, it can be discouraging. I'm told that despair is a sin, and perhaps that is true, it speaks of a lack of faith which certainly is a sin. The Lord can do some amazing improbable things: I've seen more than my share. But circumstances can wear you down, and I've seen a good bit of that as well.
The Old Testament reading is chapters 11 and 12 of Daniel. This completes the book of Daniel.
There are portions of Daniel that many of us know well. Others, like this, I don't fully understand and have heard some arguments over the interpretation of it.
The New Testament reading for the day is the brief epistle that we call 3rd John.