late and brief, for which apologies.
We've had stuff going on today.
First, The Great Yard Sale has been going on. This is a thing being held at next-door niece's driveway, yard, and garage, under a few awnings to protect against rain, etc. Supposedly, this is being orchestrated by Niece, but Dear Wife and her sister, the Niece's mom are part of it.
Niece is very much In Charge. Supposedly, they were starting around 10:00 this morning, but I looked outside at around 08:20 and Niece was out there running around. Seems some would-be customers had already been there, WELL before the publicized starting time, and giving her a hard time for not being up and running. So I helped raise the awnings, remove tarps, etc. Wife was a little behind me. And they were up and running by 08:45 or so.
Wife made a bit of money, and there were and remain some items that people had promised to let her know about. We've got the take earmarked. We have a noticeable gap in our roof coating, right on the ridge line of our hovel. BAD one. As any one who has ever bought the coating, it's expensive, particularly for those of us of very limited means. Wife chanced upon a source that will get us two buckets of the stuff for a price we are able - just - to pay, and most of it is in my pocket now. So, Lord willing, two weeks from now I'll be up on a ladder spreading a fiberglass reinforced roof coating on as wide and area as is possible, beginning with that visible gap. Bit by bit, we're trying to get things fixed. Now if we could find a trailer-sized tub at a reasonable price (they're smaller than the "standard") ...... We had intended to do that this month, but when Wife's dental problems hit, they took precedence, and must. But we still have the eyes open.
Meanwhile, a very nice person (thank you Pastor) came by to help me try to repair the chariot. We've been having an overheat issue, and next-door nephew used his discount to save me money on a gallon of antifreeze and a new thermostat. So we put the new thermostat in, "blessing" the engine layout designers silently, and refilled the radiator. Took a good half gallon or so. Ran it a good while, all seemed in order. So we cleaned up and put things away and got about other things. Then I got detailed to make a run to the Big Box store to swap out a canister of propane for our small tabletop grill. So I took the chariot. Looked great. Wonderful!! Then headed home. A mile from home, started noting the temperature gauge going up and up. Not into danger zone, but notably above where it had been and normally is. So I got home, parked it. Later, after the ladies decided that this edition of the Great Yard Sale was concluded, and I was again "volunteered" to haul stuff, collapse the awnings, etc. and we finally had a long-delayed lunch (around 4 p.m.), I checked the radiator level, and had to add not quite a quart of radiator fluid. So I don't think we're quite There yet. I'll drive to church services in the morning, Lord willing, and we'll see more about it then.
I took another look at our calendar and Wife's Big Week of Seeing Doctors and Oral Surgeons is not this coming week, but the one after.
Wife was exhausted from all the yard sale stuff and all the intra-family tensions and the stress of being outside the house and dealing with strangers. She can do it, and they don't realize it, but it stresses her greatly, and she's collapsed in her recliner for the last 2 hours, utterly exhausted from the ordeal. We'll do what we call "grazing" for our late dinner (it's around 8 p.m. now) , meaning heating up leftovers in the refrigerator. We make a strong effort to waste no food whatever, and are usually pretty successful at it. And it makes scratching up a meal pretty painless. Yes, we've found some ways that work for us.
Our Old Testament passage is chapters 38 and 39 of the book of Job.
We've been reading quite a bit of the words of those who claimed to know the will of the Lord, and to speak for Him. That's not always a great place to be, even if He's been pretty specific in sending someone to do that. When He didn't, well He just may show up. He did here.
Our New Testament passage is verses 1-21 of chapter 15 in the Acts of the Apostles.
Now the structure and doctrine of the church was really changing from the culture of the Jewish origins.
That split is still an issue, by the way. There are those and several groups, who to this day teach that ALL (or most) of the Old Covenant must still be followed. We know about the 7th Day Adventists, certainly, but it extends far beyond that. For that matter, quite a few Christians still have their infant sons circumcised.