April Reflections

April reflections

I thought I’d go ahead and share my end-of-month post since I have other things scheduled for the last few days of April.

I found a quote from Mark Twain in my files that seems to describe April weather: “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours” (from a speech titled “The Oldest Inhabitant-The Weather of New England”). It sure feels that way! We’ve had another cold snap this week, but I hope we’ve seen the last of 30-degree weather til next October.

We finally went to an annual “Chalk Walk” event downtown where artists drew masterpieces on Market Square. We enjoyed celebrating Easter and my grandson’s 9th birthday this month. But otherwise, April has been pretty low-key. Even still, it seems to be passing all too quickly.

One big change in our schedule is that my husband started working four days a week instead of five. He usually works much more than 8 hours a day anyway, so it was no hardship to change his work week to four ten hour days. Now he has Fridays off to get away from the pressures of work and get other things done or just relax. He took Timothy fishing last weekend.

The only problem with a four-day work week is that I get discombobulated on Fridays, feeling like they are Saturdays. ๐Ÿ™‚

One sobering event this month was the death of the man who was a youth pastor in my home church during my college years. I was out of the youth group by that time, but I got to know him while working in the church office one summer while the church secretary was out sick. His wife gave me several recipes, one of which shows up regularly for dinner (Cherokee Casserole–this recipe is pretty similar except I use tomato sauce instead of tomatoes and American cheese instead of cheddar). He and his wife were missionaries in Mexico for several decades. He developed a sudden kidney problem and died the day before he was supposed to start treatment. I felt for his wife having to deal with everything in Mexico, but she said the folks at the churches there were a big help. She’s planning to stay there for now.

Then I mentioned last week that Ron Hamilton passed away. We did not not know him and his wife personally, but felt in some ways like we did. Our whole family listened to and sang his music since before our kids were born. His death was not unexpected, as he had been declining from early-onset dementia for years. It’s a mercy, in a way, that he is released from the effects of illness on his body. But I almost get teary when a song of his comes on the radio or my playlist.


It’s been a long time since I shared one of these. Last night, Jim mentioned that our lilac bush was in bloom. He commented his grandmother usually wore lilac-scented perfume, so he always connected that scent with her. Mittu asked Timothy what his grandmother smelled like. He replied, “Cookies and clean laundry.” ๐Ÿ™‚


As I looked on Pinterest for card ideas for Timothy’s birthday, I saw these free downloads for a Minecraft birthday party. I used one of their sign designs for a card. I figured that would be better than anything I could do by hand.

Watching and Listening

I have a couple of podcasts queued up that I haven’t listened to yet.

I enjoyed watching the latest season of The Mandalorian. As I mentioned before, I am not all that into Star Wars, but I really like this series.

My husband and I watched On a Wing and a Prayer, based on a true story about a man and his family who were passengers in a friend’s small plane when the pilot had a heart attack. It was not the best-made film we’ve ever seen. But it was enjoyable. I liked that during the closing credits it included some footage of the real-life man from the story who had to land the plane.

We also watched Ithaca, a coming-of-age story about a teenager during WWII. His father has passed away and his older brother is a soldier, so he takes on a job with the telegraph office to help out at home. In that era, however, most of the telegraphs he delivers are informing families of the death of their sons. His eyes are opened to hard things in the world. The movie moved very slowly. I told my husband, it could have been really sweet and poignant, but there was something missing. I just couldn’t put my finger on what. Then I learned this film was a remake of The Human Comedy, an older film starring a young Mickey Rooney. I may watch that some time for comparison.


Since last time I have finished (titles link to my reviews):

I’m currently reading:

  • Be Worshipful (Psalms 1-89): Glorifying God for Who He Is by Warren Wiersbe
  • Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul by Hannah Anderson
  • Blogging for Godโ€™s Glory in a Clickbait World by Benjamin Vrbicek and John Beeson
  • Circle of Spies by Roseanna M. White, audiobook
  • All That It Takes by Nicole Deese
  • The Dwelling Place by Elizabeth Musser


Besides the weekly Friday Fave Fives, Saturday Laudable Linkage, and book reviews, Iโ€™ve posted these since last time:

A few weeks ago, I read Broken Links: How Often Should You Check and Fix Them on Your Blog. I used to fix old non-working links in my blog as I discovered them, mainly as a courtesy so someone who found an older post wouldn’t get frustrated by links that no longer went anywhere. But I didn’t know, until this article, that search engines would rank your blog lower if you have a lot of broken links. Plus, this author, Hugh, says spammers are more active on blogs with broken links. Both these effects result from broken links in the comments as well as in one’s post. He shared Broken Link Check Dot Com and told how to use it. So I’ve spent a couple of sessions ferreting out broken links and fixing or deleting them. I can only stand to do a handful at a time, so I have a long way to go yet.


No real headway this month. Hopefully I’ll get back into it next month.

How was your April? Are you looking forward to anything in May?

16 thoughts on “April Reflections

  1. I like the 4/10 week pattern and hope you’ll get used it. Years ago, my company tried a 9/80 which was a bit disruptive — they let people work slightly longer for an every-other-week day off, a day of the employee’s choosing. Most chose Fridays off but not the same Fridays…

    That’s interesting about broken links site rating. WordPress lets me “discourage” search engines since I’m not worried about ratings, but I have a bunch of broken photo links to a now-defunct photo hosting site ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Your reviews of the White audiobooks has me putting those on my queue.

    • The 9/80 pattern does sound confusing. I hope you get to read some of Roseanna White’s books. I’ve loved all of hers that I have read but especially enjoyed her two WWII trilogies: Shadows Over England and Codebreakers.

  2. Sorry to hear of your missionary friends passing. I’m glad his wife found good support where she was. I’ll bet your hubby is going to love working a 4 day work week. I’ve been wracking my brain for years trying to figure out how to make that work.

    • I don’t guess a four-day week would fit with your work. As it turns out, he’s only had a couple of those Fridays off since the change due to customers needing him for particular things on Fridays. But on one of those week, he took a little time off on Thursday instead.

  3. Well, now I have a project for the day with the broken link checker — thanks (I think!). I love that Timothy thought you smelled like cookies and clean laundry ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved his card. I am sorry about your childhood youth pastor; yes, that’s hard for his wife. I hope you’ll have a great May! It’s always a busy month here, this year with my youngest’s college graduation, my piano recital, and more events.

  4. Funny you mentioned On A Wing and a Prayer. I watched that with a bunch of friends on a crafting retreat two weeks ago. Agree…not stellar production but great true story.

    I just finished listening to Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. It’s been on my list for years. Very poignant.

    And, yes, April has finicky weather. We’re in the 70s this week…after 30s and 40s.

    • A crafting retreat sounds fun. I can hardly imagine being in the situation those people in the plane were in. So frightening! And such an evidence of God’s grace that they made it down safely. I read Anne Frank years ago but should again.

  5. I remember when Jeff switched from five days a week to four days a week (every other week). His off-Friday forever felt like a Saturday, which was a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now that he’s retired, we NEVER know what day of the week it is. It’s the weirdest feeling.

    I’ve not made any progress with my writing since it was my turn with the group. But I hope to start again soon. I’m glad I have the accountability to keep at it because otherwise I might stop altogether. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. It’s good to read your monthly reflections. The Chalk Walk sounds like fun, but I’m sorry to hear about the death of your friend. Sorting out broken links sounds like a huge task, but I should think about doing this at some point too.

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