Pictures from Olivia’s Recital

Saturday evening we enjoyed watching all the kids dance their little hearts out at the Shannon’s School of Dance Recital.     Our middle grand-daughter, Olivia, did a great job dancing to “foxy little disco girl”.

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Mid-week Missive…

Halfway to Friday, Happy Hump Day…images of the camel dance through our heads.

After starting the steroids on Tuesday, I felt just fine by Friday…maybe a little headache, certainly a lot of muchies, but sooo much better… Of course, I got outside on one of those sunny, 60degree days and sprung the back again.  Okay, though…if I’m going to be laying around on a heating pad, why not have the soundtrack be torrential rain?

I ordered the carpet for the bedroom and when that arrives in a couple of weeks, we’ll be completely done with the remodel.  The pictures really don’t do it justice.  It’s zehr cool to actually have a door to my bedroom.  (It’s the little things)

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check out the new pendant lamp in the window seat…

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Saturday I’ll be playing piano/organ at the wedding of Kenny Thomas and Amanda Lewis.  Kenny is the son of my good friend, Kristi, and his dad is the late (and legendary)  Chuck “Grady” Thomas.  It will certainly be bittersweet to be a part of their nuptials.  I admire Kristi so much and am so honored to serve;  however, I haven’t practiced piano this much in Years!  It’s a real work-out, as any church musician will attest.    I love the music, though, and have dragged out much more than I’ll need just because…

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Take heart:   the day after tomorrow is Friday…I think we’re gonna make it, friends.

The games have begun…

What a fortuitous beginning to BirthdayFest 2014:  I “won” tickets to the Gov’t Mule concert.  Actually, Sister and I met up for some birthday appetizers at Backstage, my personal favorite bar in EVV.  As the manager was serving our food, I said, “hey, why didn’t I win those tickets yesterday?” and he said, “you want some?”  and I got ’em.  ( I also had a great visit with Donna)

I really love this band, with their Allman Bros. roots and Dead-esque style.   We were appropriately buzzed…

We’ve slept it off, now, and we’re ready to start again on a Beautiful Sunny Day..!  I really am God’s little pet….

Begin again…

2014:   365 spins of Earth’s axis as we revolve around the Sun, hurtling through space at break-neck speed to return to where we started.  There will be laughter and joy, tears and fears, surprises and monotony.

I’ll tell you a secret…sometimes I am afraid of the future.  In my younger days, it seems the past was biting my heels, and I couldn’t wait to move on… but now I’ve dealt with all of that pain, forgiving even the most unforgiving.  The peace that dwells in my heart sometimes overflows with joyful tears and I want  to stay right where I am now,  happy and blessed.    But time moves on  quickly, and the dreadful angst returns.

More and more often, I have to keep up my courage, keep on believing…  So it is with a mixture of confidence and compliance that I make these resolutions for 2014.

1)  Hakuna Matata (it’s a problem-free philosophy)

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2)  Keep dreaming, looking for something I’ve never dreamed…

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“Well!  I’ve often seen a cat without a grin, ” thought Alice; “but a grin without a cat!  It’s the most curious thing I ever saw in all my life!”

3)  Take each moment, and live each moment, in Peace, in Love, right here, right now.   Amen.

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Happy New Year, friends!  May all your dreams come true…

Looking back, briefly…

I’ve wrapped up 2013 with a wonderfully magical trip to visit The Mouse.  My feet are sore, but I am rejuvenated and revived, ready to start another year.  The trip has been way too full to document in real time, but you will be treated to a montage in a couple of days.

Let’s put together a medley of  2013’s greatest hits…  First, and probably most significantly,

I celebrated my 60th birthday in February…

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I dreaded this change of decade for months before it occurred and it took me months afterward to accept the inevitable.  The changes in my body and face still surprise me, as if they had happened suddenly and without warning.   I’m still not too happy about the sagging, but it’s better than the alternative.

I spent lots of time with grand-daughters…

Family…

and friends…

There were some fests, trails, craft and car shows, and Always Nashville…

We painted, carpeted, repaired, and landscaped…

I’ve got to fill up my mug and head on back home.  Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve.

I leave you with this quote…

Rarely, if ever, moments come that are so defining in our lives.  The years are glutted with benign matters which impact us more deeply than we could have ever imagined in our youth.                   —-Joel T. McGrath

Start…

Hit the play> button, begin the counting of numbers backward, from 25 to 0, to mark the period of time before Christmas!!  The Countdown is my preferred way to build the excitement leading up to our DisneyTrip…usually…but in the Spirit of the Season for which Jesus is the reason, I think we’ll count forward, taking advantage of the free graphics…

Dozens and dozens of Advent calendars, from do-it-yourself…

To Verry elaborate…

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My personal pick…an interactive calendar…

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Whatever way we count it, forward or backward, it is imminent…just around the corner…will be here before you know it….the days will be full of baking and buying,  sharing and caring, (which rhymes with preparing), praying and singing…so let’s get started..!

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I’ve got that nasty respiratory thingy that’s going around;  red nose and eyes to prove it.  That’s the norm for the season, isn’t it?  We pass around the viruses with the Thanksgiving turkey…

It’s cold and ugly outside, and we’re moving all of our large planters from the back porch into the garden shed this week-end.  This is their final stop for the winter…  Our woodpile is piled, our leaves are spread over the perennials…time to come inside and curl up with a good book, a steamy cup of tea, and mellow music.

Reading Now:  Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage  Stories ,  a collection of short stories by Alice Munro.  I’ve been a little unfocused with my reading since finishing up the Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin mystery series, trying to get caught in a series or drawn into an author as good as Rex Stout.  This title was recommended by BN, I noticed it at the library earlier this week and checked it out.  I had read some of Munro’s stories in The New Yorker and truly loved her style, so I’m not surprised that these stories are all brilliant.  (She won the Nobel Prize for Literature this year, but don’t hold that against her)

Listening Now:  Neko Case, Iris Dement….2 extraordinary ladies;  they both recently released some new music, but I’m still listening to “Fox Confessor Brings the Flood” and “Infamous Angel”.  I need to buy their new stuff, too.

Counting down Now:  I’m skipping over Thanksgiving Day and skimming past Christmas Day to 12/26/13, the day we’ll all check in down at Walt Disney World for our bi-annual visit with Mickey.  This one promises to be a doozy, as the imagineers test out some new technology with our family.

You might have noticed that I’ve been fiddling with the look of this blog.  I like it, but it screams for photos, don’t you think?  I’ll be snapping some shots this week-end, but until then……

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The Trip, abridged…

I love New York City in autumn.   It’s such fun to stroll through Central Park, crowd-watching and listening to jazz while still getting your nature-fix…

Or to visit the Whitney and the unique Robert Indiana exhibit…

Times Square, Broadway Shows, the Rockettes, The Freedom Tower, Lady Liberty..it’s all there  waiting for you….

If you’re lucky enough, you have a daughter who sings with the NYC Philharmonic Chorus and she gets you a really hot ticket that you could have sold for a profit but you keep it and feel your soul stir as you listen to Bach, Handel, and Mozart’s Requiem….

And all of that is a certainly a wonderful reason to visit New York City in autumn…

But for me, the Big Attraction of the Big Apple,  the stars of my visit are these little girls:

This Family…

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Thanks, Jose’ Fam…See ya real soon at WDW…  (don’t forget to activate your wrist-band)…

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Cousin Lana and I were pleased with “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” last Thursday night.  I was skeptical going in, but it was very enjoyable.   I ran into Motz and Middle, the dynamic duo that taught my kids at Thompkins;  they were wearing their matching tuxes, ushering the crowds to their seats.  (retirement looks good on those two)

I met up with some high-school friends the other night, and made a new friend…  It had been 20 years since I’d visited with Nancy, and Martha and I just renewed our friendship in person last August…   I’m not sure how I hadn’t met Nancy’s sister, Cindy, before…she seemed like someone I’ve known forever.  We had a great time!  I hope we can go out again, soon-ish, and maybe I could stay up past midnight next time…

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We met up at the Bokeh Lounge, a place I’ve been meaning to visit.  The music was Opal Fly and the saxophone player was Roy Conner…

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After talking through a session there, we went down to Boogie Nights, a Disco where Cindy’s kids work.  I didn’t feel old…much…

Our furnace is broken…oh, well, I was wondering what to do with my money.   It’s turned cool, but we ought to be able to just cuddle for warmth until the professionals can make a housecall.

Stay warm…

 

 

The Getaway…in photos

In case you didn’t know, I had a rough week, and so did the United States of America…  In an attempt to run to a spot of nature, I ran into a roadblock:  America is closed…   You can bet that the ass-hat congress is not missing a paycheck, though.

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What to do?  We were within an hour of Music City, so we pressed on…

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Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins…

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And how about those mums?

Very lush, wouldn’t you agree?  And so was I after strolling Broadway for a few hours…

I’m back to reality, so I’m keeping the TV Off…