Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Beginning or end of week

Richard Marcus photo

I tried to take some pictures of the just-emerging pussy willows, but nothing I took came anywhere close to this snap by Richard Marcus, which I snagged off the Seeing Bellingham Facebook page. I can be shameless that way, but I always try to give the photographer credit. These are graced by the recent rain, and once they dry out, I'll bet they are even bigger and fatter than before.

By the way, speaking of "fat," did you know it's Fat Tuesday? The day before Lent in the Christian calendar, and the day when people would use up all their culinary fat before the (supposed) forty days of austere eating before Easter. One year (or maybe it was more, I'm not sure), I gave up all sweets for Lent. I don't remember whether I made it all the way to Easter without some, but I do remember it was hard to change my dietary habits.

About the title of my post, I'm curious: do you see Sunday as the last day of the week, or the first day? I go back and forth about it, but I tend to think of it as the first. How about you?

Oh, and before I forget: I had a nightly visitation from a friendly ghost just before I woke up this morning. I was standing in a crowded room when I noticed someone smiling at me, a huge welcoming smile, and I realized it was my recently deceased friend Maria! It was such a treat to see her, and I approached and the two of us shared the most delightful hug, until I woke up, a smile on my own face. I can still remember the feeling of her beloved arms around me. It's been awhile since I've had such a wonderful visit.



  1. Growing up in New Orleans we always gave up candy for Lent. As a child, it was the ultimate sacrifice... but did you know that Sundays aren't part of Lent. We were allowed our candy on Sunday.
    As for your ghost visit, that's wonderful!! I've had that happen and it's such a wonderful feeling... one that stays with you and leaves a smile on your face in the morning. I'm so happy for you, DJan.

    1. Forgot to add, 'to me' Sunday is the end of the week and Monday the beginning.

  2. I see Sunday as the first day of the week though the term weekend makes it feel like the last day of the week.

    What a lovely way to remember Maria! Comforting!

  3. Well, if you want to get Biblical wasn't Sunday God's day of rest after spending the week busy with Creation? It's the end of the week for me. DJan, that was a sweet visit alright. I had something similar a couple years back, a dream I was hugging my beloved grandma and I still cherish it like a memory. 🙂♥️

  4. For me, Sunday is the first day of the week, but the second day of the weekend. Some nurse schedules and payroll have Friday or Monday the last day of a week, and those are confusing. Yep, visitations are nice. They're more common than most will admit. Linda in Kansas

  5. What a wonderful way to wake up!!
    I think of Monday as the start of the week, I guess. :)

  6. I never thought much about this and always considered Monday the first day of the week.

  7. I think of Sunday as the first day of the week. The day of rest before the week begins. :)

  8. I tend to think of Sunday as the beginning, but my google calendar doesn’t tend to agree.

    I always prefer calling it Shrove Tuesday. I think I like old-fashioned words. 😀

    We were going to do pancakes, but I had a long afternoon nap [for me] and awoke near supper time, so we didn’t.

  9. How strange to have a dream like that. I think of Sunday as Day One.

  10. The calendars say the week begins with Sunday, but we call it part of the "weekend" and that's how it is for me too. Monday begins a new week, which used to mean back to school and work. Now they're all just days.

  11. Sunday is the last day of the week to me - and it all begins again with a wonderful Monday (retirement is bliss).

    How wonderful to have a visit from a friend! I wish I would have one.

  12. Beautiful photo!!
    For me, Sunday is the END of the week.

  13. That was such a lovely spiritual visit you had with your friend, DJan.
    I tend to think of Sundays as the end of the week, but then again, it's always the first on the calendar.


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