GUESS WHAT? NO BROADCAST TONIGHT! (Tues, Mar 20) :(
I’m grateful to God for the handful of orders that have trickled into my online store (www.gerrymatatics.org/shop) over the past few days.
But as I was out of stock of several of my CDs, I had to quickly have sufficient quantities of several titles made, had to acquire cases and print out more covers, and then assemble everything into the multi-CD sets and single cases as well. I was up until 3:30 am last night doing this, went to bed for a few hours, and finished the project today after putting in another six hours, so that all the orders could go out today. (Filling orders and shipping them out the next day after the order is received is a non-negotiable top priority for this apostolate.)
I then had to gather together our financial records for 2017 and start make hanging file folders for each category (office supplies, travel expenses, postage & shipping, etc, etc) so that my dear wife could start working on the taxes in order to have them done by the April 15 deadline. (It usually takes us a solid month of working together, so we’re already off to a late start this year, which couldn’t be helped due to numerous other projects which had to be done first.)
Then as I was moving some books in my basement library (the St. Jerome Study Center) today to access some commentaries on the gospels that I’d been taking notes from in preparing my talks on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, I noticed with horror that some bookcases I had thought were well away from the areas that get damp when it rains or snows (and we’ve have four snowstorms in the past couple of weeks, followed by the inevitable subsequent melting of the snow and consequent dampening of my basement) had in fact gotten wet, unbeknownst to me, with the result that all the books on the bottommost shelves of each bookcase had gotten wet and warped and, in several instances, ruined by mold or mildew.
Rescuing these books — and replacing those soggy-bottomed bookcases with brick-and-board replacements that would keep the lowest books safely out of water’s reach — has now become tonight's top priority, so after picking up my daughter from work tonight, I raced over to Lowe’s to purchase six 2 x 8 x 8 boards of lumber (and had them cut in half) and 124 Holland red paver bricks (coincidentally and fortunately on “Spring Black Friday” sale for 4 for $1, half their usual price!), and have as a result just now returned home.
As we have another major snowstorm starting first thing tomorrow morning, coupled with the fact that tonight is trash night (leaving me only tonight as a narrow window of opportunity to get the damaged bookcases out to the curb and taken away, rather than get them out of my house tomorrow and have them stand around in the snow for another week), I will be spending the next several hours, well past midnight (I still have to do evening prayers and reading with the family before I can start that project) emptying those bookcases of the books they hold, dragging them upstairs and out to the curb, and then assembling the brick-and-board book shelving and restocking the books on them to get them off the floor before my basement carpet starts imitating a sponge again.
And I’m finishing typing this at 9 pm, the time I was supposed to start my broadcast on Our Lord’s Agony in the Garden.
I can tell Satan really doesn’t want these talks on the Sorrowful Mysteries to be broadcast, but we’ll do our best to thwart him and launch the series tomorrow evening (Wed, Mar 21) at 9 pm, God willing. I appreciate your prayers, understanding, and patience.