Anyhoo…. yesterday I went to church to sit up in the gallery again and it was fine. Luckily Nancy M. (a soprano who is the epitome of capable and effective – she has to be, she’s an elementary school secretary!) and Frances K. (an alto who is also an engineer and a sweetheart) were already there (THANK GOD!!!!). We were treated again to Rosemary Beales’ preaching style. She has a beautiful voice – and used it, this time singing excerpts from John Lennon’s “Imagine.” She has a brilliant writing style which of course shows forth in her homilies. Rosemary began her sermon with an illustration of two little children not really playing with each other because they had too many toys. Their mother boxed up a majority of their toys so they could see what they had in front of them, use their imagination, and play well together. Extrapolating to the problem of poverty and God’s command to the wealthy young man to sell all he had and give to the poor, NOW, Rosemary reminded us of what we are hanging on to. These things – our toys, if you will – obscure the real meaning of our lives and prevent us from really seeing what we have in front of us, using our imaginations and really “playing” together. My poor extract doesn’t do her justice. I think you can actually read some of Rosemary’s sermons at the church website, if you’re curious as to what I’m talking about: http://www.stjohnsec.org/
After church, I had breakfast with Diane L. at the local diner and boy did I eat too much! Had FAR too many carbs and sinned ever so deliciously, but I guess that was part of summer for me. It was nice catching up with Diane and getting to know her and her family history better. It’s always amazing to me how people’s histories are always interesting. I guess I’ve got a mutation of that Will Rogers gene – never met someone who didn’t have something interesting about them.
After brunch, I set off to visit a couple of our firm’s clients in a group home on the Eastern Shore – practically to Salisbury, which is not terribly far from Ocean City. It was a bright sunny day, as this shot of my return trip over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge will attest. It was a lazy summer Sunday yet I got a lot of my phone calls returned whilst in the car and the trip appeared to take no time at all. The most breathtaking view of the entire trip was from the Severn River Bridge in the Annapolis area. The sun was bright, the sky and water were a beautiful azure blue and the water was dotted with the graceful flowing presences of sailboats. Heading back home in a westward direction, a brief glance south toward the Chesapeake revealed a series of bridges over water and sailboats, surrounded by some awe-inspiring waterfront estates. Unfortunately, safety concerns precluded any picture taking at that point. Wish I could have preserved that view. Someday I will, but someone else will have to be driving!
While on the road, I managed to enlist John’s aid in getting the ingredients for dinner, so when I returned, I was ready to go – baked chicken in butter, olive oil, rosemary and basil (thyme plant was shriveled in the sun – am trying to revive it); “real” mashed potatoes, tomato, mozzarella and basil salad. Kristin and Sonny brought the birthday cake for Betsy – who turns 26 tomorrow (Happy Birthday, Betsy!) and of course there was an assortment of interesting things to drink (including apple juice for the little folks and stronger stuff for the rest of us).
The “kids” ended the evening with a poker game and John and I went to bed early and crashed. I felt like a little kid, listening to the grownups downstairs talking, LOL. It’s nice when the “kids” are grown. I’m enjoying this phase of life, so far.
On the knitting front:
Although I did finish the “Booga Bag” with the Noro yarn, and gave it to Dori (sorry, gave it away before I could take a picture), there’s not a whole lot of additional length on the Cables and Os sweater. And no, that is NOT just the back, LOL! I’m a bit of a “wide load” for sure, but not half the couch – that would be the right side, back and left side – I HOPE!
This morning, I was at the office and then had a very much needed hearing for three older clients of mine (remember for me “older” means between 10 and 21 years old, LOL!). The Master really got it and wanted to do the right thing for these kids and their older sister who has been caring for them for almost a year now, seeing that they eat, have a place to live and clothes to wear and are in school and sports and other after school activities and she not much older than they are! So often we don’t realize how so many of our fellow human beings live right in our own communities!
Well, I’ve got some paperwork to finish and a birthday card to buy. Auf Wiedersehen, Au Revoir, прощание, vaya con Dios…you get the picture+