Lost and Found
|Anthony of Padua with the Infant Jesus by Antonio de Pereda|
I've always believed that miracles can and do happen.
I've even witnessed one or two.
But I can't say I've been one to pray to any given saint to
help me resolve a problem. Not since I was a student
at St. Thomas More School, anyway (back when dirt was new:).
Yesterday I lost my Sketchbook Project sketchbook.
Tore my art room apart looking for it and finally when
I was looking in the same hundred places for the
third time, I said to myself, how ridiculous is this...
if it wasn't there the first 2 times, it won't be there now.
So I gave up, and said a prayer to
St. Anthony, the patron saint of lost articles.
Not having any idea how or if my sketchbook would appear...
...skeptical, but hopeful and desperate enough to believe.
Some 15 minutes later, as I sat at my computer concentrating
on something else, a thought popped into my head from nowhere,
of one final place I hadn't looked.
You guessed it...there was my book sandwiched inside a stack of
Christmas CDs that I had quickly shoved into a drawer
with a bunch of camera paraphernalia. The book is small.
(come on Sketchbook Project People,
couldn't you have sold us a slightly bigger sketchbook??)
I must not have seen that it was buried among the CDs.
This has truly amazed me, because I know for certain
I would not have found that book except by accident
at some much later date. When it was too late to
fill all the pages by the deadline.
Hmmm...has anyone else had such an amazing
experience with St. Anthony? Or, as I believe,
been allowed to tap into the power we have in our
brains by the energy that is "St. Anthony"?
OK, now for some BIGGER news than my lost sketchbook.
(Saving the best for last :)
Last Saturday, I was able to meet up with Lisa,
for those who live far far away).
Lisa had to travel here to pick up her daughter Mia,
who, amazingly, has been studying dance
in Pittsburgh for the past six weeks.
It started with a chair which sadly wasn't able
to come because of size issues :)
But it was still a chance to meet up with one of my
Inspiration Avenue buddies and favorite artists.
Yay! Here we are in Oakland
checking out the shops and restaurants.
Photo was taken by Lisa's friend Deb,
whom it was also a pleasure to meet!
Deb is full of energy and kept us moving along.
(Lisa and I might just have stayed in the
used book shop 'til nightfall :)
The morning went quickly, and soon it was time for
Lisa and Deb to go to Mia's performance.
So off they went, and off I went, picking up some
fresh corn for dinner on the way home.
All in all, a lovely Saturday!