Thursday, December 31, 2009
My DS brought us a bottle of Champagne at Thanksgiving...
and tonight I'm popping its cork to
1) toast the New Year with several friends from church,
2) toast in remembrance of our dearly departed this past year (miss you, Mom),
3) toast to congratulate myself for successfully completing last years New Years resolution, which was this photo blog... to post a photo a day, allowing friends and family a peek into my daily life and thoughts, getting myself more familiar with my camera and learning to pay attention and SEE! YAY! I did it! Congratulations also to fellow photo bloggers Chelsea and Tracy/Amery!!! I have soooooooooo enjoyed your photo blogs each and every day! Great stuff! I plan to continue... after a fashion... in 2010 and hope you do as well.
Happy New Year everyone!!!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
for hot soups and stews!!!
With temps outside in the teens, winds 30-50 mph
and 8" snow on the ground,
I couldn't resist picking up this mag at the grocery checkout!
I plan to cook my way through this mag from cover to cover
and before you know it, Spring will be here!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Someone keeps messing with the church choir's sound system...
probably the Sunday School children rehearsing for their Christmas program...
SOOOO... because the organist knows I always have my camera with me,
he asked me to take these photos of the correct settings,
print them out on a sheet of paper and put it in the organ bench
so he can re-set them more easily on Sunday mornings!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
What sounded like Heavenly Choirs... performed difficult, intricate and pleasing arrangements of well known and little know Christmas music with an orchestra and pipe organ to accompany. Their beautiful concert helped lift my spirits a bit after my mother's passing this week. She now celebrates Christmas with the Christ in heaven.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
DH and I drove to Iowa City today to celebrate our dear son-in-law's birthday.
We went out for lunch, went to see the movie AVATAR 3D (thanks kiddos!), then went back to their place for some birthday cake, ice cream, and presents! Happy Birthday, dear SIL. We love you.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I was invited to join a "Card Club" when I moved to Iowa three years ago. We play "Progressive 500" which is a card game similar to Euchre. Tonight we held our Christmas Party at the Pebble Creek Country Club dining room. Here is a pix of my $54.83 dinner, and all my Card Club friends.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Nothing gives me the shivers and goosebumps like a live well-done, inspired performance of Handel's Messiah!
Well, shiver me timbers... because last night I attended the best performance I have ever experienced in over 50 years of listening (to live performances and recordings) and participating!!!
And DH was one of the chorus singers! He just about has me talked into joining the alto section next year. The director is the head of the music department at the Lutheran college, and is just outstanding... no, even more... exceptional!!!
I thank God for giving Handel the gift to write such inspired music, and for such gifted performers to sing it, and for ears that can hear and enjoy it, as almost nothing reaches my heartstrings more than great music!!!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Kitty went outdoors to explore the dusting of snow we received overnight...
the weather prognosticators say a blizzard is on the way in the next 48 hours...
with dropping temps, 6-12" of snow and 50 mph winds! Brrr...
and so begins another Iowa winter. (You can click on the picture to enlarge it, then click on the back arrow in the upper left hand corner to return to the blog.)
Sunday, December 6, 2009
For most churches, Christmas and Easter are the most popular Sundays of the church year. NOT SO at our church!!! OUR favorite two Sundays are Candy Sunday and Pie Sunday!
Our amazing craft group prepares all year for their "4 Sundays in Advent Bazaar." Along with the numerous craft items they have made during the year (for sale to church members...all proceeds going to missions), each Sunday they also feature a different holiday food item: 1)breads, 2)candy, 3)Christmas cookies and 4)pies.
Today was Candy Sunday... all homemade!!! And may I just say that Lutheran ladies are the best cooks in the world!!!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
To me, there is nothing more inspired or beautiful than Christmas music!
Last night DH and I attended a Christmas concert at Augustana College.
Today we listened to several harpists playing at the shopping mall for holiday shoppers.
What a blessing to be able to hear such music!
Ears that hear... and the music itself...
wonderful gifts from the Creator!!!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
After driving 6 hours to another state, my car's idler pulley decided to tear up a serpentine belt, which really threw a wrench into our plans to visit with family....argh... because we wanted to get back home before it got dark. No such luck.
But God is good, and sent angel helper #1:Sue, to direct us to an auto repair shop; angel #2:Harold, to follow us to the auto repair shop in case we broke down; angel #3:the Mechanic at Metzger's to diagnose and fix the problem!
So, 3 and a half hours and several hundred dollars later, we were able to arrive at our final destination and deliver the requested knitted slippers, and the surprise prayer shawl... and then, angel #4 kept us safe during the drive home...in the dark!