Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year, World!!!!!!!!

It is 11 minutes before midnight here in Washington State. There are already fireworks going off but they are too soon. People like to shoot off fireworks just to make a lot of noise and to scare my cat. Cashew is nowhere to be found. Can't blame her for that.
Elinor and I celebrated by going to see "Saving Mr. Banks" this morning. It was a delightful film but the part I liked best was the end when you see Mr. Banks sing "Let's Go Fly A Kite". What a happy song and what a good idea. Let's all go and fly a kite. Let us be happy and share that happiness with others.
I know we all have problems but being miserable about them isn't helpful. Being hopeful is the key.
There is a solution if we are willing to look and try and work. Sitting back and doing nothing gets nothing. Doing a little bit is better then not. I am one of the worst offenders but I think I will try to change that. It is a thought.
Happy New Year World, especially to you, Cuz.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Getting Into The Spirit Of The Season

 Today was a nice day. I got several calls from members of Elinor's church asking me if I was going to the ward dinner tonight. I said yes because it is nice to get out and not have to worry about cooking. The dinner began at 6:30pm and I managed to get a table near the door. My dearest friend, Carleen and her husband joined me. Another domino queen, Berta and her husband, Jim also sat down. Finally, we added three others and we were set to go.   
After a prayer, we all went up to the buffet and there we were greeted by ROAST BEEF. I haven't had roast beef in ages and it was beautiful. There was a table loaded with salads and hot veggies as well as another table with potato dishes and rolls. Finally, there was a dessert table. It was delicious.
After dinner, we were treated by a concert. The first up was the Garner Men who sang a lovely song.
Then there was a piano rendition of carols. The third presentation was my favorite. It was a song sung by our State Representative, Paul Harris. That man has a beautiful voice. I have become very fond of it and of him. I even voted for him and considering the fact that he is a Republican, that is saying something. Paul and his lovely wife, Lori. sit behind Elinor and I and we have become friends.
The program closed with a terrific piano recital by a young man who was at death's door a few years
ago. He is very talented and it was a joy to hear him. All in all, it was a nice start.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Celebration Of Nativities

 We went to see the Celebration of Nativities today. It was absolutely fantastic. The place looked like old town Bethlehem including having the water fountain looking like a well. There were Nativities
from all around the world. All different sizes, shapes, colors, made of different materials. Amazing.

 This is one of Elinor's. She made Mary and the Baby one year. The next year, she made Joseph. Last year, she mad the three Kings.
 There were exhibits for the children. I didn't see them but I have seen them before. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. What a lovely way to start off the Christmas Season.
I'll take this over Black Friday any day.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Courage Comes In All Shapes And Sizes

Today was a day for courage. Early this morning we got snow. I looked out my window and there it was. I was devastated. Today was the Domino Queens Christmas Party and I really wanted it to happen. The thing is.....I am afraid of falling. I know I will not be able to get up and that terrifies me so the thought of going out on snow was frightening indeed.
I got a call from my buddy, Carleen, who is the planner of our games asking me what to do. Before I knew what I was saying, I said I would drive. Of our little group, there are three walking disasters and three who get around great. I am one of the disasters. I thought it would be wise if Berta (our oldest member) could be driven by her husband because he could load her in the garage and her chances of slipping would be less. The other disaster is our only male member, Gene. Carlene suggested I pick up her and Carolyn and then they could help Gene. That is what we did. We all got there safely and had a ball. It was a wonderful party.
When I got home, Elinor said how proud she was of me because I overcame my fear and drove in snow. Tonight, we watched INVICTUS, the movie about Mandela in his first year as President of South Africa. Now there was courage. I love that movie and as always, I noticed things I hadn't noticed the first time I saw it. Morgan Freeman was so dynamic as Mandela. It made me appreciate what a great man he was and what a loss is death is. Even at 95, he still was making a difference.
Courage......we all have it somewhere inside of us....we just have to call it forth.  

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thank You, God, For Watching Out For Her.

You just never know when something is going to happen. Elinor got up early this morning
because she had to get her nativities over to the Stake where they will be on display for the Church's
Nativity Celebration. Each year Elinor's church puts on a celebration of Nativities where they
show Nativities from all over the world. They also have concerts and kids activities and it is open to all free of charge. I have posted several pictures over the years of her creations so she had a lot to take over. When she came home, she was going to meet with her daughter, granddaughter and grandson for lunch. She got in the car and off she went.
10 min. later, I got a call from Safeway (our grocery) and low and behold, it was Elinor. The car had broken down and she did not have her cell phone with her so walked to the store and they allowed her to use their phone to call me. She said to call AAA and then call her daughter. This I did and I called her back. She then headed back to wait in the van. On the way, a member of her church stopped and offered her a ride. Would you believe.......the guy repairs Dodges. He asked if she would like him to look at it and of course, she said yes. AAA arrived and they towed to car to Tim's place of work and Maureen arrived and they brought her home.
Well, it doesn't end there. Tim came by later this evening and gave me the bad news: the transmission was gone.  Actually, gone is the wrong word. The term is BLOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kaplooooey!
It gets better. It seems that our wonderful neighbor, Todd( the repairman extraordinaire) has a car
that he has been trying to sell. In fact, he was going to list it on Craig's List. He doesn't have to do that now because we are going to buy it. It is in great shape and he has taken care of all the repairs.
If that is not looking out for someone, I do not know what is. We don't have to go and listen to
salesmen, kick tires, look under the hood at something we have no idea what we are looking at..........NONE OF THAT!!!!!!!!!!!
Our God is a wonderous God and a generous God. Thank you, thank you, thank you.