Blue Skies Sunshine, What a Day to Take a Walk in the Park:)

And with any luck (HAH – what’s luck got to do with it?!!) I will do just that. OK folks, it’s Wednesday. I have survived intact my day of getting around with 3 1/2 hours of sleep that morning. I had a very challenging bell choir practice last night and am still alive to speak about it, LOL:) The sun is out. It is a lovely cold autumnal day and I gots things ta do, so please forgive me if this sounds more like a to-do list than a blog entry, but sometimes I have to shame myself into getting things done and, you know, whatever works….

Post midnight update:

First: get dressed and ready [done] for the mediation at 1:00 today [done]. Unfortunately that means I cannot make it to the last Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting for 2007. But I will be there in spirit. There’s that little matter of owing my time to my job during the day, so oh well…
Before I get there, I need to get two motions ready for filing [one done but not needed, the other not done and still needed!!!arrgghhh] and NOT FORGET TO TAKE IT TO THE JUVIE CLERK!!! [see above] Then there are three clients I need to talk with [got to the one I needed to visit], one of whom I need to visit [done] [because it looks like she’s going home and she sure doesn’t want to go!
At some point I’d like to walk around Centennial Lake [not done, dammit!!!!!].
Once the above is done, I need to prep for court tomorrow [done], which should not entail a lot – only two clients for tomorrow and one for Friday (but that’s the humdinger).
Then, I am going to try to get to and join the Central Maryland Knitting Guild [couldn’t get there – visit ran over – will try again in January]. They are meeting at the JHU APL Cafeteria. 7-9. When that’s over, I’m going to head over to Borders for some more knitting at the Columbia Sip ‘N Knit a/k/a Columbia Knitting Meetup, [made it to the last 1.5 hours of it] if at all possible (they usually hang out until about 10 or so). I am such a knitting whore – and I love it!
Tomorrow is court and later choir prx. Can life get any better? Have a terrific day, everyone!
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We Gather Together….

Last night we had a service at St. John’s. It was really nice – only an hour, but it was a lot of fun. Only eight of us from the choir showed up for the service, but we were able to hold our own. Got to speak with Nancy briefly after the service. She was very unhappy about the way the organ was (not working). Mind you, this is a $100K plus instrument that I barely understand. Of course, as she was letting off steam about going directly to the vestry about it, the rector, was heading up the stairs to the gallery. I felt sorry for both of them – for our Rector because Nancy was not being personal about her, just the state of affairs of her profession in general and for Nancy, well for the same reason and for another which I cannot quite put my finger on (will explain later).
At that point, although I would have liked to have stayed behind and caught up with Nancy, it was not a good idea; she had to get home and get ready for her day today and others were needing her attention (after all, I was chatting with her on the job as it were…). So, I got going over to the Columbia Mall and was able to get some birthday shopping in for John. I’m glad I did because tomorrow (his birthday) he’s going to be too tired after a night of work to enjoy anything.
Today was wonderful. NO knitting, very little music, but I’ll live:)


And what a gathering it was:)! John carved the turkey for the first time in 31 years of marriage and I have to say he did a damn good job! It all came about from a video on the New York Times website in which a butcher shows how he carves a turkey. He was so proud, as is demonstrated by his empty turkey carcass:) The food was really good, although the prep work was a bit chaotic for a while. What really was the whipped cream on the pumpkin pie (to switch metaphors) was the fact that I did not have to do dishes:) That was better than anything! I don’t know how to act!
This was also the first year that we had a “kids table” – did that ever bring back childhood memories! Madison and Ruby had a good time at their own little table, thanks to their Pop:) Please try not to pay attention to the mess in the background. Housekeeping is not my forte. Thank goodness John is the organized one!
I hope, dear one and a half readers, that you, too, have had a warm and loving Thanksgiving Day with people who love you and care for you. If that can’t be family, then make your own:) We humans have a way to do that!
I am still thankful for everything I was thankful for on Sunday. In fact there’s so much I don’t even think about for which I ought to be thankful. So thank God for them, too, LOL!
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Thank you Bob Breszny!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In the coming weeks, you will have an unusually large capacity to see what has been invisible and name what has been unspeakable. You will be adept at solving dull old problems and creating brilliant new ones. You will also have extraordinary power to dissolve restrictions and impose creative limitations, outwit evil and dream up tricky ways to be good, drum up freedom and escape apathy,and rebel against or uphold tradition as necessary. Use your amazing mojo craftily, Aquarius!

Thanks, I needed that:)
I love the part about creating brilliant new problems. that is so me:)

With Apologies to Joan Davis – or now I know why my hubby married me

I married Joan
What a girl, what a whirl, what a life.
Oh I married Joan
What a mind, love is blind what a wife.
Giddy and gay, all day she keeps my heart laughin’
Never know where her brain has flown.
To each to his own
Can’t deny that’s why I married Joan.

Music composed by Richard R. Mack & Lyn Murray Performed by The Roger Wagner Chorale

John and I were watching the Family Channel after I got home from work.
Gay all day – yep that’s me. To each his own….. I just laughed my a$$ off on that one:)
Joan Davis used to be my favorite comedienne, probably because she was the only other person I knew with the same name (or so I thought – although I now know her real name was Madonna Josephine something and she was born in Minnesota), and because she was really funny. I remember being in first grade and reading in the newspapers about how she had died of a heart attack at the age of 48 (or 53, depending on when her real birthdate was). I was terribly sad. Isn’t it funny the crazy things you remember?

I am not going to be able to get John’s sweater done by Friday – but it’ll be fun getting it done by Monday, LOL!
Tomorrow is a seminar on representing children – over in College Park – and Wednesday is a goofy hearing (don’t ask) and shopping and cleaning to prep for Thursday. The only music going on this week is tomorrow night’s bell praxis, Wednesday’s service and Sunday’s services.

I am bound and determined to keep moderate in my habits – not use it as an excuse to eat or drink too much. Taste a little of every thing I like, have a glass of wine and call it a day. All I have to do is a turkey and both stuffings. The kids are doing the rest:)
It’s nice when they grow up:)
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With apologies to Helen Reddy

I just sent this off to the Columbia Sip ‘N Knit Group (a/k/a Columbia Meetup – button somewhere on this blog) and wanted to preserve it for ignominity……

Sung to the Tune of “I am Woman, Watch me Grow” (Helen Reddy)

I am woman
Watch me knit
Don’t give me all your macho shit’
Cause these needles don’t just pick up bits of yarn, fool!

When I’m hookingI’m crocheting
Not that for which guy’s are paying
Now we’ve taken over all your power tools
Whoa yes I’m wide
But it’s a function of my age
Or maybe I’m thin
I’ll just adjust the gauge

If I have to I can knit anything!

I am strong (Strong!)
I am a yarn addict (WHAT?)

I am Woooooomaaaan!

Sunday

Today I slept a little late – didn’t have choir until the late service. Was up until about 3 AM knitting. I promised John a sweater by his birthday and by George, he’s going to get one, LOL. (Although I did warn him this morning it was going to be touch and go for a while…)
Yesterday was one of those very quiet Saturdays. I didn’t leave the house except to walk down our street twice to check the mail that never materialized (no news is good news). Did a lot of knitting and two loads of wash. Pictures of the knitting to come soon – I’m done with the back and about 1/5 of the way up the front. Did I tell you John’s birthday is FRIDAY??? No pressure.

Choir was wonderful. This is a very busy time of year for a lot of people, in particular retailers, people in the hospitality and restaurant business and church employees, especially clergy and musicians. At work, things are moving along, and there’s plenty to do, but there’s a very slight lull right about the time of the holidays for which I am very grateful. And this is the time of year I love best. I know a lot of people get blue over the holidays and I’m no different, but life is not about 24/7 jollity. It’s about being real – and there’s something wonderful and real about looking at the world the way it is while at the same time having a vision of the way it should be.

Thursday is Thanksgiving. Tonight we’re all going to sit down and talk about who’s doing what, which is a nice change if it goes well, LOL. I was thinking about that today – how the kids are grown and want to keep family together, with Sunday dinners and going out together and holidays together. We even have Elise a/k/a “L.B.” coming over – she turned 21 this week. Elise is our daughter JoAnna’s friend since they were both 3 years old.

It’s funny. My family of origin gets together now and then, but we’re all so scattered around the country that it’s not too easy to do. Our crew still lives in the MD-DC area, so it’s still do-able. I dread the day that it isn’t. And I am eternally grateful that they continue to want to be family together. Not everyone does. I see it all the time in my line of work.

And since I’m on a Thanksgiving rant, let me tell you about all the things I am thankful for.

I am thankful for an extended family that knows love doesn’t mean leaving your brains or your individuality at the door.
I am thankful for John, Kristin, Dori, Donald, Madison, Ruby, Betsy, Danny, Sabrina, JoAnna, Tori and Sonny. They challenge me and provide the core of my life. They love me in spite of myself. And I love them in spite of all outward appearances at times.
I am thankful for kids who are there for each other. I am thankful for a mom who, although was only there for my first almost-9 years, gave me the gifts of love, music and laughter:) May she rest in peace and know we’re all OK.
I am thankful my father is still around to see this family they started.
I am thankful my stepmother puts up with my father (just kidding)- but I am grateful for her! I am grateful for Dan, Dave, Rob, Chris, Kristina, Michelle, Jackie, Laura, Linda and Phil, because most of the “knew me when…”
I am thankful for good health – my own and others’
I am thankful that my kids have been challenged – some of them terribly – and have always risen to the occasion. That humbles me more than I can say I am thankful for a sense of humor that carries me through even the darkest places
I am thankful for Nancy S., one of my truest and dearest friends – knowing her has changed my heart and my very being
I am thankful for Paul C., another one of the same – who I keep waiting to hear tell me I’m crazy – and he hasn’t yet – thank GodasBBL!!!
I am thankful for insulin pumps that have changed the lives of clients and dear friends
I am thankful for the choir and the bell choir, for a sense of community and shared faith and fun
I am thankful for my church, for a faith community who, like my family, doesn’t require blind adherence to an inhuman dogma, but which is constantly looking for ways in which we can be Christ for others
I am thankful for the group of friends from OBHS who found each other here in the MD-DC-VA area and stayed in touch and stayed friends despite many many differences – Peter, Melissa and John, Demetrius and Yanni, Jon and Roni, Perle, Lynn, Deb, and Martin – may he rest in peace!
I am thankful for the group of friends from Middlebury – the college and the town – who have been a mainstay for me of faith and friendship – for Vicki, Mary Beth, Martha, Paul, Ann and Tony, Terry, and even the ones I don’t keep in touch with as much -Father Andy, Janie and Cat. I am grateful for the next generation in our family – for our kids’ and nieces’ and nephews’ kids – and their parents who are working each in their own way to make this world better for their kids.
I am thankful for colleagues who understand what it is to work in our crazy profession and who consistently show that you can still be a human being AND a lawyer!
I am thankful for music, for that thing in which I can lose myself and be at one with the universe (OK I had to get all existential somewhere…)
I am thankful for knitting – that my hands can do something for others that shows my love – oh yeah and knitting too, LOL!

I am thankful for laughter and color

I am thankful for being alive.

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