Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
A lovely Thanksgiving day, good food, good fellowship, Thanksgiving trivia, new recipes from Terr's brother, Tom and Tom S-C's mother, Barbara, Andrew brulee-ing the creme :), a touching visit with Mary's Mother and our friend, Marlene, while Emily and William (and Grandad) put up the Christmas tree...but most of all, we were grateful.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Do I go more formal or keep it casual and friendly? This morning I am trying different table settings for our Thanksgiving dinner. I have a very eclectic array of dishes, place mats, napkins and the like to choose from, but none that particularly match or that are very high in quality. The Haviland that was given to us by Terr's mom is fragile and the dinner plates are too small for a Thanksgiving feast. The old blue and white that I have used for over 30 years just doesn't color match the dinning room and seems to belong in the kitchen. I pulled out the old glass plates, placed them on top of a gold charger, which looks much better at Christmas, but after throwing a couple of fall leaves under them, I think they could be a possibility. I have beautiful, antique, linen napkins (again passed down through the Croft family), but after putting an extra leaf in the table the table cloth won't fit, so the napkins seem a little out of place...
It's all sort of a hodge-podge of time honored things that when pulled together seems okay...comfortable, not too fragile, but friendly. It just doesn't feel good enough for such a special occasion. Maybe when all the well-prepared food is added to the table and the wine is poured, maybe then it will come to life with eye-appealing satisfaction. Oh, then when we start smelling the bread and light the candles, hungry tummies will leap for joy and the conversation will get louder.
The kitchen will get crowded, Terr will hush the crowd and say, in a loud voice, "Everybody get in a circle and hold hands to pray!" We calm down, and as I look around the silent circle I will see the faces that I love so dearly. I will see what makes my table beautiful and complete. It will be just right for those of us who could gather together this year; and as we bow our heads in prayer, we will be so thankful for each other and for the rest of you who are at other tables being thankful for us, in return.
May God continue to bless this family, to bring you home often and to keep you safe when you are away. I am so thankful that God graced me with you in my life..."There is no other word for GRACE, but AMAZING." It feels so right to say, Happy Thanksgiving. I love you, more than life itself.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Joe has had another good season and we are proud of his efforts. He is already into his basketball season but has had to miss several of his practices due to championship football games.
Congratulation to all Grands who finished, and finished well, their fall sport. (Write Mimi a note and send me a picture, I would love to enter it in the Chatterbox news!)
Other interesting happenings that have been reported to me is that Andrew and Emily both auditioned and got parts in the upcoming Spring Play at Wesleyan! Andrew also received a call from the high school director asking him to join the high school musical cast of Footloose. It seems they need a few more good singers and dancers to make a good show. With two plays and a musical review with his Saturday drama company; Andrew will have a busy winter!
Morgan is still rock climbing several times a week. Issy is playing basketball after just finishing her cheer leading season. Emily is taking an extra art class outside of school. I understand that Ford and Morgan are playing a lot of tennis with the pros! Keegan and Aidan have finished up their soccer season with Aidan's team going all the way to the championship play-offs! Aidan played Goalie...
Now, I've got to tell you...that's a lot to CHEER about!
Monday, November 15, 2010
The wet and slippery trip up the mountain challenged my body and then cleaning the place out once I got there, left me breathless…I can’t go up without sweeping up the bugs and dirt that have accumulated since the last time I made the journey. When finished with my duties, I stopped, looked around, sat in the string hammock and listened to the rain dripping on the roof. I visualized Terr, Mike, Tom and Shannon carrying the heavy building supplies up the mountain to build this sweet little box for Kate to play in. (I particularly remember poor Mike, single-handedly carrying those huge sheets of plywood up that steep hill and Shannon pulling large rocks from the soil while digging post holes. He said it was like birthing babies from the soil; all the while, Terr supervising the building of his design. I could almost see Kate (and later, Emily) painting on the walls. I thought of Mayapples, Hemlocks and symbols of God....didn't want to leave the noisy quiet....
Maybe I can bring the granddaughters up here next summer. We could redecorate! Make curtains, add a log bookcase and hang pictures of the three of them on the wall...
Life is good.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Friday, November 05, 2010
Mike and Mary's union, 17 years ago, not only gave me two wonderful grandchildren but also a beautiful daughter that has help to make my son a happy an successful man. I celebrate you for taking care of each other, for being part of the glue that holds us together as a extended family and I wish you a lifetime of happiness to come. Keep making history together, it makes old age so much sweeter.
Happy Anniversary you two. I love you more than you will ever know.
Andrew and Emily have worked so hard, for months, on the production of James and the Giant Peach but not without excellent results! Emily is paying her dues, for future staring roles, as a town's person and other parts of the play that help to tell the story to the audience. She is naturally comfortable as she glides on and off doing her various jobs. Andrew is very believable as the distinguished old Grasshopper, realistically playing his violin and delivering his lines with perfect diction. He endears himself to the audience while keeping us calm with music through out the harrowing journey on the giant peach.
They have two more shows to perform (tonight and Saturday afternoon) and then they get some well deserved rest until try outs for the next theatrical production (like in a week!).
P.S. The rest of the family are also loyal participants! Tom did the programs, Kim does nightly make-up and William sits through every show, loving it as if it were his first time. :)
P.S.S. Thanks to all the grands for keeping Grandad and my weekends filled with exciting games and plays to watch and hear about. You are nine times our daily pleasure!
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
P.S. The hand in the picture is that of young William who refused to be left out of the celebration!
P.S.S. Tom's gift to Kim...