Friday, December 16, 2011

This & That 12-16-11

Good Morning from Belmont -  nestled amongst the hills of Allegany County, N.Y.

Aha!  Some of you thought that the commitment I made to a once a week posting during December had been forgotten, right ?  WRONG-O kiddos,  how could I forget you ?  [  Well actually quite easily to forget things nowadays, but that's an entirely different story .]  This posting will undoubtedly be rather fragmented, but that's not a virgin experience for me.  [  The more "seasoned" we become, the fewer of those there are btw. ]  So, in no particular order.......

*  Attended a lovely Christmas concert at Genesee Valley Central School on Tuesday evening.  It's amazing [ probably shouldn't be, but is ... ] that as much as things change, some things stay constant in life.  There were moments at that concert that I could close my eyes & I was at Belmont Central School and it was "our" Christmas concert "back in the day".   Mr. Don Strach led the band and his beautiful wife led the vocal ensemble.  What a duo.  The "aud" [ actually the gym in which chairs had been set up,,, chairs that came from underneath the stage btw ,,, chairs that are still there to this day, under the stage ,,, chairs that cannot be removed now.  When that old gym was finally and justifiably made into a proper aud, the permanent seats were installed whilst the old pull out wooden seats were left under the stage ,,, entombed there forever one might suppose. ]  At any rate, those young people singing and playing their instruments the other night not only filled my heart with a wee bit of the Christmas spirit, but enabled me to be a "time traveler" , if only for a few minutes. 

*  Speaking on time traveling,,,, have any of you read Stephen King's latest book " 11-22-63 " ?  I am not a huge S.K. fan [ he scares the heck outta me! ] BUT I have read many, many books concerning the presidency & assassination of President Kennedy, so when I heard of this book by S.K., it took me about 15 minutes [ or less ] of debate to order it and had it delivered to my Kindle.  ! WOW !  I was wonderfully enraptured & taken to so many places I can't begin to describe them all.  Briefly,,, in this Stephen King book, his character Jake Epping finds a "rabbit hole" [ for lack of a better term ] that takes him back in time, always to the moment in time on a September day in 1958.  Although on this side of that 'rabbit hole' the person going through it is only gone 2 minutes,  he or she can stay over on the other side for as long as they wish.  However, when they return [ a mere 2 minutes later ] they will have aged the total amount of time that they were on the other side.  In other words, eventually Jake Ebbing [ through some prompting from the time span of 2011 ] decides to go back in time to September of 1958 and to wait until the fall of 1963 in order to stop the assassination of JFK.  That means he will be back in time for a little over 5 years.  Although only gone from the present for 2 minutes, he will have aged 5 years during those 2 minutes.  Jake gives the 'rsabbit hole' an attempt or two before he makes the commitment to try to stop the assassination, in order to see the effects of what his stopping of other events actually has on the persons future.  All is well for those things, so he heads back one final time, to change the events leading up to  11-22-63.   Oh my, as Stephen King says numerous time [ through Jake Epping ] " The past is obdurate and does not allow change easily." That's an understatement when all is said & done.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which btw, manages to touch the heart with a beautiful love story also, between George [ Jake's name in the past ] and his beloved Sadie.  IF you get a chance, read this book.  You will not be disappointed.

*  From rhe concert last Tuesday, to 11-22-63 to ,,, the Camelot Choraleers Christmas caroling in Wellsville, NY last night.  What a hoot.  Although small in number, this was the FIRST YEAR that is was neither raining nor freezing weather wise.  In fact, for western NY, it was darned near balmy.  Of course the topper of the evening was ending up at the Texas Hot.  If you don't live in these parts, the "Hot" is thee place to end up, a smallish diner on Main Street, where most locales [ and those returning "home" ] seem to end up sooner or later.  It can't be described, it has to be experienced.  Of course when we were done eating, those working there insisted on a couple of songs from us before we could leave..." to get us in the Christmas spirit ".  Soooo " Up On The Housetop" we went, followed by " We Wish You A Merry Christmas".... ending in applause from all.  Delightful end to a delightful evening.

And I am hereby typed out.  More could be written, but will not be,,, for now.  Enjoy these last few days pre-Christmas.  I hope & pray y'all have your shopping done,,, we do NOT and it is driving me bonkers.  This afternoon we have Dr's appt.'s [ always such a "joy" ], so maybe this weekend we can get at the shopping thing... geeeeeesh.  I mean there are only 9 days left !  Oh well, as my dear Connie Lewis is so fond of saying ,,,,, " It IS what it IS ! "  Yep.  Indeed.      I'm gone, my love to all ,,,,,,,


Monday, December 5, 2011

Oh myyyyyyy Goodness ,,,

I cannot believe how LONG it has been since I last posted on here, good heavens.  Well, I am hereby making a statement I hope I will not later regret:  I am going to post in this blog at least ONCE A WEEK through the month of December 2011.  [ Unless I take that last sentence out when I'm done writing this and before I actually "post" it,,, ] 

Man, if indeed the last post was October 21st, then we have some [ brief ] catching up to do, and away we go .......

When I wrote the last post [ which no none "caught' the real truth of, then again would they have mentioned it if indeed they HAD " gotten it" ? ] we were in the middle of rehearsals for Blithe Spirit [ by Noel Coward ] at Genesee Valley Central School.  It is the smallest cast that I have ever directed, only seven people, but it was not easy.  Blithe Spirit is not a "fluffy" comedy like so many schools or groups chose to consistently produce.  Rather the humor is somewhat adult [ not in a shameful way ] and sophisticated.   One has to be aware of that fact and dare I say, more "tuned in" than usual, in order to catch all the wonderfully written nuances of this play.  Suffice it to say that had I chosen a different vehicle [ Something "Hee-Haw-ish" perhaps ? ],  many would have preferred that fair over Blithe Spirit.  Be that as it may, the production came together okay in the end.  The actors did a decent job overall.  And the Director, once again learned far more than he ever dreamed possible, unfortunatley not in the best sense this time.  'nuff said in this public blog.

   About a week prior to Thanksgiving we,, along with with my oldest sister Barbara & her soon-to-be husband Charles,,, took my youngest sister Marlene & her husband Ron out to Dinner to celebrate Marlene & Ron's 50th Wedding Anniversary.  Man,,, that's a LOT of years ,,, I remember that wedding vividly even though I was only 7 years young.  Doesn't seem like five decades have passed since that Friday night in November 1961 at the Belmont Baptist Church ,,, Unbelievable.
   The day before Thanksgiving, [ 11-23-11 ] we "discovered" that Sarah is carrying a baby boy, and that PRAISE GOD, all is well with mother & child.
   Thanksgiving morning we once again provided the music at Christ Church in Belvidere for the annual Thanksgiving Service.  Good attendance, with Marian Schnieder as presider.  Lovely morning followed by a wonderful Thanksgiving meal at Connie's, with Sarah & David & Christopher there as well.  TOO MUCH FOOD though = geeeeeeesh !!!

MJ was on vacation from Thanksgiving until he returned to work this morning and a LOT was actually accomplished around here.  That used to always be the case, not so much in the last few years. Seems like we are always going somewhere or in the middle of some project elsewhere, and this place receives precious little attention.  Am thankful that was not the case the last eleven days.  Doors got hung, closets totally revamped and still time was available to relax too = good vaca !!!

My TONAGE is UN-freaking-believable.  I almost always lose weight during a production,,, ANY production, so even though my weight has been an issue most of 2011, I [ insipidly ] thought that it would naturally go down as per usual once we began the production process for Blithe SpiritWrong.  Instead it gradually [ and in some cases NOT so gradually ] went up, Up, UP.  I am not a happy camper in that respect.  Not happy at all.  And of course my health is [ as expected ] not as good as it had been when the weight is kept in an acceptable range.  I have no one to blame save myself.  And no one can get this situation under control but me, with God's help... and boy do I need God's help !!!

Enough for now.  Hopeully this gets us caught up.  If indeed that is the case, then in the next post I can move on to other issues [ for the most part ].  Want a "hint" as to what is on my mind and may be coming off my fingertips to the keyboard to this blog ?  Here's what's running through my little brain at the moment:

*  Why do people become so warpped up in
 "Merry Christmas" vs. "Happy Holidays" ?

*  How much is our present influenced by our past ?

*  What would life be like if people really knew
how much we think of & care for them ?

*  How many people do you  totally trust ?

*  What was the most delightful and
 the most shocking events in your life in 2011 ?

Who shot J.R. ?

Enough for now....let's see how faithful the writer of this blog will truly be.


A huge THANKS to all who spoke up concerning yesterday's KASIYH Blog post. I admire each and every one of you. * * * ...