Friday, December 29, 2017



! HAPPY ___ DAYS AFTER CHRISTMAS FRIENDS !
[Began this on 12/26 . . . who knows when it will actually get posted.]

Every few years
[ and thank GOD it's only every few years ]
the
4th Sunday of Advent falls on December 24th.
[ I've mentioned this before ]

What that means for liturgical churches is
we celebrate the
4th Sunday of Advent
SUNDAY MORNING
then
we celebrate
[ just a few hours later ]
Christmas Eve
SUNDAY EVENING
[ the "biggie" ]
t--h--e--n
we celebrate
the actual
Birthday of our Lord
MONDAY MORNING

When one is
Director of Music
at a liturgical church
there
is
a
great
deal
of
preparation
and
proper
execution
thereof.

The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Bishop Prince Singh
was at
ST. JOHN'S
Christmas Eve
to celebrate mass with us.
[And thank God he was, as our priest, Carol Stewart was ill that night
and not present for mass]

WHAT A SPECIAL TREAT IT WAS TO HAVE
BISHOP SINGH
WITH US.

Especially since
Michael J. Feldbauer
and
Gregory K. Shelley
became
official members of
The Episcopal Church
that evening,
brought into the church by the Bishop himself.


CHRISTMAS DAY
after 11:00am mass
we picked up Dad at Manor Hills
and
he spent the day with us here at the palace.

What a BLAST we had!

Really.
Not kidding.

It was
"just us 3 guys"
[ as well as Paulie the pooch ]
and
the stories we heard and told.
WoW

MJ prepared a lovely ham dinner,
with three different kinds of pies.

Dad was here 12:30pm - 7:30pm.
When he went to leave I thanked him for a great day
and his reply was:
"Thank you guys!  I'm in 7th Heaven!"


Totally wonder-filled
Christmas Day




The next day
[ Boxing Day ? ]
we had
JAXSON
here to spend the day.
o
m
Goodness
what a
GREAT DAY
we had with him.

Jax and Uncle Mike
were
VERY
active
all
day
long.

In fact when MJ got into bed Tuesday night he said to me:

" I feel like I did
after the first day of basketball practice at BCS."

LONG PAUSE

then
" But today was so much FUN! "





Wednesday 12/27 was rather unique:
Forgot to take my morning meds
and
by the afternoon had some health troubles
until
I realized what had happened.
[ or rather  hadn't  happened ]

Finally took meds at 3:15pm.
Don't care to go through  that  again.


Thursday I was back at it again,
reading scripture for this coming Sunday's
Lessons and Carols
at
St. John's Episcopal Church,
choosing appropriate music,
getting music choices to
Vanessa
[ our church secretary ]
and
having a phone chat with Carol
[ Rev. Carol Stewart - Priest-in-Charge at St. John's ].

Late yesterday afternoon and evening
MJ and I
looked over and listened to possible new choral music for
St. John's Choir.

Good day overall.


SO


How did your Christmas go ?

Any surprises along the way ?

Any moments will you hold close to your heart
for year to come ?

Moments you're rather happy to be over and done with ?


What's would be 
YOUR
CHRISTMAS 2017
HEADLINE
in the newspaper of your life?

LET'S
HEAR
IT
FOLKS.








Tuesday, December 19, 2017



! GOOD DAY FRIENDS !



LAST FRIDAY EVE , , ,   As most of regular readers know, we "entertained" here for the first time in years.  It could not have gone any better!

   First off we received a BEAUTIFUL table bouquet in the early afternoon wishing us a "good time" Friday eve , , , from Sue and Dana Ross.  Wow!  How BLESSED ARE WE to have such friends?  Brought tears to my eyes.  Thanks Ross's , , , we love you also.

   Friday eve guests arrived around 7:00pm.  [ Guests that are ever so easy to entertain = family!].  Our nephew - Gary Lewis with his lovely wife Joan and their three "kids" ~ Jared age 17, Cody age 15 and Meagan age 12...and our niece Jennifer Lewis and her fiancĂ© Jeff Offhouse.  With MJ and GK there were 9 of us here.

   What a blast we had!  Plenty to eat, a LOT to drink, conversations the covered just about everything you can imagine and laughter galore.  G-A-L-O-R-E   ;-)

   After a couple of hours of "lubrication" we played the game "SPEAK OUT" , you know, the one with the mouth guards [ there's also virtually the same thing, called "Watch Ya Mouth" ].  Oh how I wish LAUGHTER = weight loss,,, I'd be sooo skinny after Friday night.

   Party ended close to 1:00 a.m.  We're unbelievably thankful for that evening which now rides on "Memory Lane".  Thanks to the "Magnificent Seven" that made it possible.

   AND it let us know that we can still entertain as in years past.  House isn't perfect by any means [except for the new bathroom, which is darned close ], but that doesn't really matter.  It's the "being together" that truly matters.  Amen ?

Saturday we were unable to attend Katelyn's wedding as planned.  Had it been very close by then we might have been able to, but traveling was an issue last Saturday.  [ You figure it out.]  Be that as it may
CONGRATULATIONS and BEST WISHES
to
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Jumper



SUNDAY 12/17,,, We had a brief St. John's Choir gathering then celebrated the third Sunday of Advent at 11:00 A.M. mass.  [ REJOICE! Sunday ].  We attended St. John's [outreach] 2nd Community Meal of December [very well attended I might add] and followed that with Christmas shopping all afternoon in Olean.  Were blessed with low traffic and crowds and no overt rudeness from other shoppers = thank You Jesus.  Now most Christmas shopping is done [a couple more things to arrive from Amazon but that's about it].

MONDAY 12/18 , , , We attended an ALS fundraiser at the Wellsville American Legion.  Another wonderful time indeed.  We have a great guy from our beloved St. John's who has been attacked by this dreadful disease , , ,  Don Andrews.
   Don [ or so it seems to us ] went from golfing, golfing, golfing [ his fav sport ] to having little[ if any] use of his arms in a very, very short span of time.   How cruel life can be at times.  And yet Don remains "Don", happy-go-lucky, always a smile on his face, still the jokester,  the kind of guy you just want to be around.  Don and his sweet wife Cheri are blessing to ALL who know them.  Truly, not just saying that, love, Love, LOVE them both beyond words. Our heart breaks watching what is happening and not being able to actually DO anything to prevent it.  
   Because I am blessed to know Don and Cheri, I know that their FAITH is STRONG in THE LORD and in EACH OTHER.  With God's help and guidance they will go through this TOGETHER, as they have so many other things life has brought to their doorstep.

  DEAR READERS,,, Might I impose upon you to add Don and Cheri to your Prayer List?  Even just a mention on your behalf of their names to Our Heavenly Father, that Greatest of Physicians, would be ever-so deeply appreciated.  Thank you kindly.


DON and CHERI
please
KNOW
that
YOU are BOTH
LOVED
BEYOND
DESCRIPTION

YOU. ARE. NOT. ALONE.









TUESDAY EVE  , , , We will hopefully receive haircuts from "Da Rev" at 2 Woodside Drive followed by a ST. JOHN'S VESTRY MEETING after which MJ and GK will meet with our Pastor, Carol Stewart privately.  Hmmmmmmm , , , , , , ,

WEDNESDAY EVE , , , Is a dish-to-pass meal at St. John's followed by Christmas caroling at various nursing homes and Jones Memorial Hospital.

THURSDAY EVE , , , Final St. John's Choir rehearsal before Christmas eve.  Any "final rehearsal before __________________________________ "  involves more than usual stress on the Music Director, praying to Almighty God that we don't forget anything.


   Right now Friday and Saturday are "open" for gift wrapping, cleaning and last minute craziness.

SUNDAY, DEC. 24th  , , ,  A Priest and Music Director's "challenge" that only occurs every few years [thank God!] when the morning is the 4th Sunday of Advent and the evening is Christmas Eve mass , , ,  followed by  Monday the 25th is Christmas morning mass

None of the above are inclusive of family gatherings, present opening, etc.  I'm sure it's just a hectic at your house.  We simply have a great many church activities going on = our choice, GOD FIRST, then [ and only then ] everything else.

And that's it for now my friends.  Will post again when time permits.  If that's not pre-Christmas, then

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2017
to
Y'ALL



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Wednesday, December 13, 2017


GOOD MORNING FRIENDS

Welllllllllllllllllllll,


YESTERDAY
was a week long.

Don't care to go into it all at this point in time
but
let's just say by the end of the day

LIFE
was upside down.


Be that as it may,
YESTERDAY
also held more than it's share of
BLESSINGS.

It is those blessings we share concentrate on.

THREE
wonderful phone calls
from
three extraordinary people:

SUE  ROSS

RAY  DeTINE

and

MARY JO FELDBAUER McNINCH

Because of those three people
and
the
LOML
MICHAEL JAMES FELDBAUER
the day ended with
a smile on my face
and a
spring in my step.

!  THANK YOU !




Carpets have now been shampooed
[ Thank you MJ ! ]
and we are closer to being ready for
Friday Eve's Gathering
here at
The Palace


It's been
Y--E--A--R--S
since we've entertained here,
well over two years and probably much, much more.

Definitely going to be a
Family Weekend
with festivities here Friday eve
and
Katelyn and Aaron's
Wedding and Reception
on Saturday.

COOL




So here's our


complete with
a


Kindly open up your
Personal Memory Bank
and
enter into the vault therein.

Have y'all done that?

Alrighty then

*


*


*


What did your early Christmases look like ?

What were the decorations ?

What smells do you associate
with those childhood Christmases?

When did you Christmas tree generally go up
and
get decorated ?
[ Some folks waited till 12/24 when the kids were in bed ]

Christmas music and/or Radio/TV Christmas Specials ?


I'll give you an idea of what I recall
then you share with us
your early childhood Christmas memories.

* Always a real Christmas tree.
[ Had artificial trees even been invented yet? ]
So of course the living smelled like a pine tree.

* C9 size lights on the tree
and
bubble lights also !

* Lots of tinsel on the tree.

* Red and green crepe paper strong across
the living room diagonally
with
folding green and red crepe paper bells
hung from the ceiling where the crepe paper streamer met.

* Old family heirloom Christmas ornaments
which we had to darned careful not to break
[ in addition to more recent ornaments ]

* Tons and tons of Mom-made
CHRISTMAS CANDY.

* Going 
[the long way = no expressway]
to
Olean
to see
Santa Claus Lane
[ usually Thanksgiving night when it was first lit up ]


* Memorizing our lines for the
annual Christmas program
at
The First Baptist Church of Belmont.
[ And the church's HUMONGOUS Christmas tree ]
After the program
everyone
got their own box of hard Christmas candy !

* Tons of Christmas music playing on records
[ vinyl to you younger folks ]
including
children's records
that were like heavy plastic and came in various colors,
especially red and yellow and green.


* Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Andy Williams
Christmas specials on TV
AND
" Straight from the North Pole"
[ actually Buffalo, NY if memory serves ]
SANTA and his helper FORGETFUL
right around 4:00pm weekday afternoons.


Okay folks,

YOUR TURN.

Have at it,

I will try to check back throughout the day.
































Saturday, December 9, 2017

One week from today
WE HAVE
A
FAMILY
WEDDING

Jessica Lewis Hand's
daughter
KATELYN SCOTT
will become wedded to
AARON JUMPER

Best Wishes Kids

A--N--D
this means
we have
FAMILY
coming in from
out-of-state
[ North Carolina, Alabama, etc.]

This screams
PARTY
at
Uncle Greg's and Uncle Mike's
home.
[ Most are niece's and nephew's ]




Perhaps it's because I'm feeling better as of late,
but whatever the reason / cause




We know of some who are already planning on being here
[ some can't make the trip home, some have other plans, etc.]
but it's always
GREAT
to celebrate with family.
[ Particularly, but not solely, those we rarely get to see ]

I simply wanted to share some
GOOD NEWS
with y'all.

We now return you to your
regularly scheduled life.




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Wednesday, December 6, 2017



GOOD MORNING FRIENDS

It's been nearly a month since the last KASIYH Blog post.
[ November 8th ] 
Sorry about that.
Life seems to have taken over,
more often than not in
GOOD WAYS
but sometimes otherwise.

At any rate
" How the heck are y'all ? "


UPDATES:

TBP
was completed on
Friday, November 10th
[ we were still waiting for a couple of things to dry completely ]
and our first usage thereof
was
SUNDAY MORNING
NOVEMBER 12th

o
m
GOODNESS

What a BLESSING it is
to have a bathroom again
after
TWO YEARS,
Three months
and
6 days
[ but who's counting, right? ]

MJ took some picks for y'all
but I want to wait until I have everything
" just right "
and
have him take other pics.
[ Be Patient Please ]




Just before the completion of
TBP
we both came down with colds/sinus infections.

Mine has been quite horrendous
[ it's the one I seem to get twice a year ]
and am now on many meds,
have an at home nebulizer,
etc.

Unfortunately this has disrupted plans to have my 
"bubble knee"
minor out-patient surgery done at JMH.
[ T'was originally scheduled for yesterday 12/5 ]

And
[ since it always something ]
when having tests for the "bubble knee" surgery
another 
[ potentially more serious ]
issue was noticed which now must be investigated.




ALL'S WELL
at
ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
in
WELLSVILLE, NY

I began my forth year as their
Director of Music
 on
November 12th.

LOVE IT

Usually after three years
[for Music Director's / Priest's / Pastor's ]
"the bloom is off the rose"
[ which is why some church hierarchy either switch leaders after three years,
or evaluate how things are going after that time span.]

This is not the case at
ST. JOHN'S
thank Goodness.


Add to that
the fact that St. John's has a Pastor/Priest In Charge
REV. CAROL STEWART
that I can readily work with
[ and not butt heads ]
! Wow !








How is your pre-Christmas going ?

Are you where you want to be, plan wise ?

Ahead of schedule ?

Behind schedule ?

SPILL THE GOODS
please






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