Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year to All My Friends!

How auspicious! Just as I sit down to write a note to all my friends, wishing you all a great new year, the TV begins a program from Lincoln Centre with a nod to George and Ira Gershwin. The first song was, "Summertime, And the Livin' is Easy", from Porgy and Bess. That is where I got the title for my blog some years ago! Good omen.

Off to a great start to a new year!

In 2015 I want to:

Read more
Watch less
Move more
Eat Better
Spend less 
Sing every day
Show my love more
Accept what is
Let go of what was
and Trust in God more faithfully.

And my wish for you is that you do not regret all the people who have moved through your life. There have been good people who have brought you happiness. 
There have been bad people who have only given you experience.
The worst ones gave you some harsh lessons but,
the best people have given you great memories.

Tonight I am thankful for you all.
God bless and be well.

Friday, December 26, 2014

A Christmas Post Script...

"It came without ribbons.
It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store.
Maybe Christmas means a little bit more."
- Dr. Seuss

For another year, Christmas is behind us. Until the very day of, it did not feel like Christmas here at all. Our tree was up,

cooking was done, there were packages under the tree and still Sherwin and I did not feel Christmasy at all.

Our children were all so far away. Our neighbours had the flu and couldn't come for dinner. Were we going to be able to salvage the day?

But the morning dawned. We lit the tree and began slowly celebrating with small steps. And before the day was far along we had spoken to all the children, eaten a yummy dinner and enjoyed spectacular Christmas music and a couple movies of a Christmas nature.

One of our highlights for TV watching was the ABC Peace on Earth Special from the Spencerville, MD Seventh-day Adventist Church.

It was a delight and we watched it at least 3 times yesterday. The above photo shows the Voice of Prophecy quartet, "The King's Heralds", singing "The Little Drummer Boy". Excellent.

Sherwin had opened only one gift the night before which he suspected was a puzzle from my sister and had made a good beginning, finishing it tonight.

Late in the afternoon we went for a walk and enjoyed an encounter with our local javelinas.

There were 10 or 11 of them and we were so excited to be so close our pictures are not without some blur but we also didn't want to get so close they would charge. They did have a couple babies with them.

All in all it was such a low-key, quiet, unusual day but it turned out to be a splendid experience. We found that we could relax and rest and just enjoy each other and the comfort and peace of our home here.

Yes we did have packages to open and enjoy but it seemed that Christmas for us, after a very troubled and turbulent year, was not going to happen. But it did. That is the joyful thing about our day! It did!!

When we just put one foot in front of another and walked through it, we found it was wonderful and everything Christmas should be. We ended the day with more peaceful hearts than we had enjoyed in some time.

"We are simply human beings, 
enfolded in weakness and in hope, 
called together to change our world 
one heart at a time."
- Jean Vanier

And so I leave you tonight with the wish that you could find peace in your hearts.

God be with you and be well.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Christmas to Me... and You

The first Sunday after our arrival in our southern home we talked about our schedule for the new week/month. I mentioned to Sherwin that I knew what we could do for each other for Christmas. The pocket book doesn't allow for much creative foolery so whatever we would do should be somewhat practical.

I suggested that I needed a book case for my slowly growing library here and he needed a new printer for his office. 

Well, that's great, said he, I can make you a book case! He would build it right into the wall.

My first thought was not at all complimentary to my husband's talent for dumpster diving but as he described what he would do I realized what a good idea he had.

Within 30 minutes of this conversation there was a 5'x3' hole in the wall in the living room with electrical wires staring us in the face!

No problem... Sherwin knew what to do and had the electrics fixed in no time. Speaking of dumpster diving, the truth of the matter was, all the wood and drywall came from a dumpster somewhere here our subdivision. There is still lots of new construction going on in one corner or another of the place and Sherwin knew what he needed. 

He ended up buying some nails, mud for the dry wall, round edge corner bead to match the rest of the place and some new paint. 

And it is a thing of beauty.

Within a week from beginning construction the book case was ready to be used.

What a lovely addition to our house. It looks like it has always been here, done by a professional. Yes, I am very thankful for my ingenious, resourceful husband!

And Merry Christmas to you too. Oh yes, Sherwin is enjoying his new printer in the office.

Good wishes to all and to all a good night.
Be well.

Eleven Years and Two Days Ago...

"The birth of a child 
is a joy to the parent and the world."
- Lailah Gifty Akita

Dear Lu...

When you were born 11 years and 2 days ago I was there, waiting in your Mama's room for the two of you to be wheeled in.

Every day I give thanks to God for you. Grandpa and I are so in love with you!

I love all your excitement about life... always be thankful for your life.

It is great fun to watch you grow!

"Every child born into the world 
has a divine mission to fulfill. 
As the child grows into adulthood, 
he or she 
must act to fulfill that divine mission."
- Lailah Gifty Akita

May your new year be all that you dream of and wish for.

Love and hugs, Gramma and Grandpa