Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dance Machines


E.W. and Kate were pretty impressive at Sally and Alex's reception last night, but if you really need a dance lesson...

Monday, January 25, 2010

A Literary Weekend

The westside Bluestockings load up for the annual retreat a bit behind the eastsiders. That's okay, we caught up with them!
After a marvelous (and somewhat animated) dinner at Barbara Jean's, we settled in and watched Young Frankenstein, the classic parody of this month's book, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. We laughed at this, this, this, this, and most of all at this.
Saturday morning's breakfast was awesome (thanks to Ann and Angie) and we also had our meeting to work on the Bluestocking schedule and selections for 2010. We are serious about our books! Some made the cut and some did not (in the 'did not' category was Seduced by a Stranger - did I mention we are SERIOUS about our books?).
A bit of lunch was needed after a quick stop to an antique (okay, junk) store and yes, we made a scene. Those of you who were there will remember that we were asked to "Enter as a stranger, leave as a friend."
Next stop was downtown, where we visited two bookstores. At the first one, the fellow acted like we were not even there and in fact, did not acknowledge questions asked. It wore Jean and Kay slap out; you can see them resting. The second store was quite festive as we arrived in the middle of a retirement party for Don. There were refreshments, dubious performances, and we're pretty sure that it was Frau Blucher's sister who took our group picture.
Kay was on a mission that involved a quick stop at Beall's. When Jean got sidetracked and the rest of us were finished, boredom bred shenanigans. The excitement of finding a dollar only lasts so long, so yes. We made another scene.
Eventually we made it back to the hacienda. After a day in the chilly wind, we devoured our standard retreat supper of alfredo with grilled chicken, strawberry and pecan salad, and sister shubert rolls. Then it was TIME for our book discussion. Each of us brought a different perspective to the literary table on this one, so the discussion was lively, especially with regards to the responsibility of Victor to his creation.

Sunday morning, after another marvelous yet labor-intensive breakfast (thanks Mary Ann and Jean!), we took advantage of the gorgeous weather before it was time to head on home.
Another year, another memorable Bluestocking Society retreat. Til sock be snug.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti

The devastation in Haiti is beyond my comprehension. All I can do from here is pray and donate. I read somewhere that even if I feel that what I am doing is just a drop in the bucket, I should imagine how I would feel if it were my bucket. I'm pretty sure I'd be grateful for even a drop.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Definitely Not Junk!

Today's mail brought a serious stack of junk mail. I was sifting through it and tossing and then, at the bottom of the heap, was this! A letter from my sponsored child, Patricia! If you are not familiar with Compassion, you may not understand my excitement today. She shared that her family was doing well, praise God, and that her grades are good. She's been promoted to the third grade and is happy about that. She has asked that I share with her about how we celebrated Christmas and what I like to do in my free time. She also asked for my continued prayers for her and for her family, and told me that they always pray for me (how that warms my soul to know that this little girl and her family in El Salvador are praying for me!). No, this piece of correspondence is definitely NOT JUNK! Don't you wish you had received a letter like this today? You could.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Thawing Frozen Bodies, Frozen Hearts

It's still as cold as floojens (and I have no idea what that is, just that E.W. says it and I know it means colder than cold) and it's been a week of just gettin' back into the groove after the holidays and trying to stay warm in the process.

It's also been a week of thawing our hearts through continued prayer for a good friend who is undergoing treatment for acute myeloid leukemia. If you're so inclined, we'd appreciate your prayers for our friend, Ron, and his wife, Ellen. You can follow his progress at www.carepages.com; his page is fritziesfight2010.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Global Warming?

Where is Al Gore's global warming and could we have some, please?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

I made them sign in.

We knew early on that December would be a revolving door of family and friends and we anticipated BIG FUN. I wanted to have a tangible reminder of everyone who shared part of their holiday in our home and pondered my options for a few days. Then I remembered I had purchased a signature mat a few years ago (it was only $1.24 and I knew it would find its purpose eventually!). As people came and went throughout the month, they were asked to sign the mat (yes, some thought I was nuts). I found a great picture with the word 'JOY' and a Christmas tree. To that picture I added text: "The best of times are always found when friends and family gather 'round." Kate had left some frames designed for record albums here and I had some brown scrapbook paper...turned out great and will be a constant reminder of a joyous time.

Friday, January 1, 2010

A Rockin' New Years Eve? Not Exactly.

2009 ended in the usual way, spending a mostly quiet (if you don't count a few random dance moves) night at home with friends from the 'hood. We wrote our predictions for 2010 and sealed them up to be opened next New Year's Eve and then assembled our midnight breakfast of steak, eggs, grits, fruit, and biscuits. There was a short break from eating to have a champagne toast at midnight (we are nothing if not exciting) and then we unsealed the envelope with the predictions from a year ago. Some were crazily accurate and some were just crazy! It was a wonderful end to a wonderful year; we are anticipating 2010 to be even better!
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