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 ,,,,,,,
KEEP A SONG
IN YOUR HEART