I spend (likely) too much time over at Nerdy Language Majors. Between that and Koine-Greek, I always have something new and interesting to learn and grapple with. And sometimes, it is useful just to find books worth picking up. So, HT to Keith Surland for pointing out Lexical Semantics of the Greek New Testament, by Nida & Louw, a week or so back. I look forward to spending time in it soon!
I picked up a short list of books from T4G’s online store a week or so back. I may not have been able to attend, but I think I am well supplied for the moment!
I already have the other volume from Murray & Murray, “Reset”, which I haven’t gotten to. I was a little choose-y on the 9Marks series. I chose ones I thought would be more helpful as an elder and helping the body work towards meaningful membership in the near future; and also some I thought would help stretch me in areas I need stretching.
I have not started anything, to my dismay, in many moons. Five, to be exact. So, today, I made it a mission to start something. Beer is likely on the way soon. I’m thinking a nice pale ale or maibock. An orange blossom braggot is on my mind, as well. But I have no time for that today. Today, we made mead.
Looking over ingredients on hand, I decided on a metheglin, that is, a “spiced” mead. And in this case, that means honey, cloves and lemon balm. The cloves we just always have on hand in the spice cabinet. The lemon verbena in the garden is just loving the weather, so we have plenty of it as well.
As for honey, I had a couple gallons of orange blossom, and a gallon of tupelo honey. But I’m saving them for other things (the braggot being one). I went with a gallon of wildflower. Basic, but I’m hoping the lemon balm and clove take center stage!
Mead making is simple, really. I’ve just been a bit lazy. I mean , it can be be complicated, just depends on what your end goal is! At the end of the process – more moons – I’ll perhaps post the recipe for this one. But I am looking forward to it. The lemon verbena Kim helped me pick smelled amazing!
The fine people of Amazon dropped off this delightful package this morning. I’ve been focusing primarily on Classical Greek (and Latin, French, German and a smidge of Korean and Modern Greek) at the moment, but soon…
We are missing our church body this morning. The family is on the road, on our way to enjoy both Christmas and the New Year with my parents, and one of my sibling’s families. I spent some time in Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, as my daughter took a turn driving.
Thought I’d take a moment in the Christmas story, as I pray for safety in our travels:
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:8-11 ESV
A joyous Christmas to all, whether you are traveling to distant places or resting close to home!
So, to begin, it’s my mom’s birthday. So, Happy Birthday! Look forward to being there in December for Christmas!
I’m holidaying now in beautiful Banner Elk, NC. And, since it was open, it was the perfect opportunity to visit the book exchange in the historic school. I came prepared, with books that Mr. K’s in Greenville, SC has passed on, books I was glad to part with (or at the very least, was not overly sad to part with).
So, a couple nice looking cook books, some witty poetry, a couple of interesting looking Dan Brown novels (he may not be historically, or otherwise, accurate, but they can be a fun romp), a couple Orson Scott Card novels, etc.
I really need to get my “owned” books loaded in Libib. Goodreads tracking of “owned” books leads me grumpy – it never works on mobile. I know I have all but one of the Harry Potter novels, but couldn’t remember which one… I like the social aspects, but definitely not impressed by the collection aspects.