I went out this morning for two reasons: to buy some yummy groceries for my retreat menu, and to pick up a plastic bin to pack away all my red winter decorations. It's just about time to make way for green springtime decor. Of course, I always get distracted from my mission, and I found a bunch of stuff at Big Lots that I simply had to have. But there's also a (relatively) new Roman Catholic book & supply store in town, and I decided to stop there, thinking I might get one of those large glass candles to burn for the duration of my retreat (just a little extra blessing).
Well, I did get my groceries and my bin, but look what else I found!
The Virgin of Guadalupe is, of course, technically considered to be one of the only American black madonnas, and she is suitably elaborate, done here mostly in varying shades of foil. I love her. Plus I had a great talk with the two women who run the store about pilgrimage travel and black madonnas.
I'm off now for a couple of hours of reading and art-making before I prepare my lunch. The temperatures are slowly rising here (by Monday it's supposed to be in the 60s), our 2-day snow is melting, and I'm having the most delicious time. More later, I'm sure.