An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
Look, let's be honest. Winters here in western Washington suck. Winters on a Western Washington Farm (even little bitty ones) suck golf balls through garden hoses. But, there is a small shinning glimmer of grace to be found in winters here.
And on Friday I came home to find my fridge stocked with it:
Ahhhh...sitting by the fire tonight and enjoying some quality time with an old friend....let it rain and let the mud multiply beyond all reason.
Either the Snow Cap elves have been sneaking into your fridge, or you have a very cool wife. May your beer continue to be stocked, and may your power stay on, so that you can open your fridge without guilt.