We just wrapped up Cheesefare yesterday and now the Great Fast has begun. I felt like Forgiveness Vespers was unusually well attended this year. Mittens fell asleep shortly after it began which meant I was actually able to stay inside for the whole service.
Everyone has been enjoying watching the little puppies grow up week after week. Moppet loves to hold them and she’s very careful. Mittens squeals so much I think she must frighten them a little, but this week the little black one actually pounced on her shoe.
I have nearly finished the first shirtwaist dress. Saturday evening I tried it on for the first time and realized it was too big. Sunday afternoon I took apart a good portion of it, resized some bits, and put it back together. It’s still a little on the big side but it’s workable. It will be done today after I sew the hem. I will make the next size down for the next dress (and remeasure myself), making some adjustments like shortening and bringing in some of the fullness of the bodice. (I’m thinking about making a muslin mock-up of the next bodice to see if my changes are adequate.) Pictures will be posted when I get done with the current one.
Given that yesterday was Forgiveness Sunday this is a trifle late, but better late than never! Please forgive any offense I have caused you by anything I have said or done, or failed to do. May God forgive us all and bless us with a holy Lent!
O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.
-Lenten prayer of St. Ephrem