This week has been a good one, but busy as usual.
The pile on my desk is back down to a manageable mess; I've gotten a bit caught up (that means, I'm behind to a more tolerable degree). I'm making progress unpacking things at my house; yesterday, I hung about a third of my pictures, I'll get the rest next week. (Thankfully I have a parishioner who is helping me.)
Meanwhile, we've been preparing for an Open House at the Parish Offices. We wanted to do it when things were somewhat--but not too--presentable.
Part of my purpose is to make St. Mary parishioners welcome, as the offices moved from St. Mary to combine with St. Boniface. Another part of my purpose is for folks to see how the office staff does its work, what it takes, and that we are trying to be both professional but also frugal.
Yet another part of my purpose is to be open about what is still needed. While we did maintenance and improvements to the priests' house before I moved in, that wasn't practical for the parish offices; so many needed maintenance and repair jobs remain undone. On the interior, a few thousand dollars' worth of painting, plumbing, electrical work, and some plastering. On the outside, tens of thousands of dollars in roof repairs and exterior maintenance.
I am praying we will have a good showing; and that people will be willing to help, in whatever way they can.
So, yesterday and today, a parishioner who is helping me with this went around and posted signs in each room or office, explaining what is needed; and we have a display down in the front room. A bit ago, I was downstairs, putting out some food; I will go back downstairs (I'm in my office) a bit later to put out the cold items. Tonight folks get chips and dip, cheese and crackers, beer, pop and wine. Tomorrow it's coffee, juice and doughnuts.
Meanwhile, today, I had two meetings, and did a little work at my desk. Saturdays are a great time to work at my desk, I'm all alone.