Wednesday, November 30, 2005
For an introvert like me, the day after the funeral, I would have been content to stay cocooned with my Sister and her family but my Father's siblings entered my thoughts. They were hurting the most.
And is so often the case, these visits became a blessing to me.
My Aunt and her Husband were so happy to see us. My Husband surprised me by accepting a shot glass of whiskey but I protested when he was offered a second. There was laughter. Eyes were tender and real.
Then we visited my Father's younger Brother. He and his Wife were alone when we first arrived but soon two of their daughters appeared, one with her two young sons. As my Uncle held his Grandson, his family separated into their own family tree right before my eyes.
I am going to hold them to their invites though and help keep the forest alive. My Grandmother would have liked that.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Hello FFMB! This is an update to the band roster.
psst... will you do me a favor while I am out of town for a few days? Will you visit your fellow band members and get to know them through friendly comments? (I know you are all good at that!)
The list is from newest to the oldest member:
J. Andrew Lockhart (jal for short) is the newest member. We finally have a trombone player and he will also be the instrument repair man. Wow!
Kathy plays the tenor saxaphone. Isn't she great?
Azure is a new member that plays the mandolin.
Rhiannon is the pianist. She plays really mean marching tunes. (I mean really friendly marching tunes!)
Mompoet is the faithful kazooist.
Mango is the flag bearer and a very good one, too. She can be reached through my comments as she is a blog groupie with no blog of her own!
Pearl plays the korean drums every Friday, well..sometimes she is a little late but I know I can count on her.
Barbara is the flutist and man, can she play!
Stephen plays the baritone. He keeps everyone in line when we act up on the bus.
Erin is a drummer as well. She is a little whacky but we like whacky in the FFMB.
Zeb is the guitarist. He doesn't say much but he is pretty cool all the same. Reach him through my comment section.
Raehan, the thoughtful accordionist. She sent in a note excusing herself for the month.
Some of the members have regularly missed band performances for the last few months. I continue to hope that they will show up again some day but until then I will remove their names... gasp... from the roll call.
Peter, the apostle, spoke these words to the people in Jerusalem that had seen Jesus' crucifixion.
The witnesses that Peter referred to were himself and the other apostles; Jesus had appeared to them after His death.
Two of the reasons we accept history as truth is because of the reliability of the eyewitnesses and the documents they wrote.
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
The march goes on, my Friends.
The featured Friendless site of the week is Tabitha Dial at Tabitha Dial's Blog: Where the Muse Matters. I like her blog because
- she likes the old song "Memphis." This is one of my favorites.
- she made a "I Like That I Am..." list.
- she started writing fiction at 9 years about girls rescuing boys!
- she's a poet. There is a link to her poems. D'ya see it?
J. Andrew Lockhart from Past Tense, blogs haiku and tanka. Give him a visit, as well.
New members, choose your instrument! There will a band update this coming week with a list of the band members.
Get your banner here and remember to submit the friendless sites you find this week. Have a friendly day. Now get going...
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Grandma would tell me that I ran to her. Grandpa liked to tease and I was too shy for that. Grandma's gentleness was more to my liking.
When we were back home this summer, we went visiting relatives with my Grandmother. At one stop, she was into a deep conversation with a young cousin of mine from the reserve. I couldn't help but ask afterwards what they were talking about. She said that the little boy was talking about being bullied. She told him that he was intelligent and that the others were just jealous of him.
My Grandma is in the hospital now, not expected to live much longer. I am unable to be with her as she is in another province but I talked to her tonight. She couldn't answer but my sister, who was at her bedside, said she wanted to speak. I know what she wanted to say though and I will always be grateful for the many times she said it and the many ways she showed it.
Monday, November 21, 2005
It is about a beautiful Chinese princess, Turandot, who does not want to to marry because of a female ancestor who was mistreated by an enemy of war. Turandot reluctantly agrees to accept proposals of suitors but will only marry them if they correctly answer three riddles. If they fail, they are beheaded.
The story follows one particular prince, Calaf, who is enamored with her divine beauty and sounds the gong thrice indicating his desire to try for her hand.
The stage settings were splendidly stark; the cast decorated the stage. The emperor was lit in gold above the teeming citizens that were clad in grey. The voices were strong and spellbinding while the story's music moved slowly to the climax, steadily and fearlessly.
This debut has given me a desire for more.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Christians ought to desire to be together, especially on the Lord's Day. The reason to assemble is not for an empty ritual but to show love to God and the brethren.
The Christians being admonished here in Hebrews were the ones that didn't believe in meeting regularly with other Christians. Perhaps they had a disagreement with someone or were disillusioned by hypocrisies or sinfulness in the Church. However, in the New Testament, these relationships were important and disagreements or misunderstandings had to be worked out. This is true today as well. A Christian is defined by God's Word and there are no lone Christians in the Bible.
"So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity." Colossians 3:12-14
Saturday, November 19, 2005
My friend, Mango and I are exploring our creativity.
April 9, 1975
Wouldja believe I was in the hospital since Sunday. I passed out on Sunday. The doctor says I have low blood sugar.
April 20, 1975
Millions of things to write about are passing through my mind. I don't mean for my journal but for stories. I wrote a poem called "One Year Ago Today." I'm not finished it yet. Yes, I feel inspired to write...
May 15, 1975
Saw Cindy and Aline uptown. Cindy said, "Do you ever look great. I bet all the boys are after you." haha
May 20, 1975
Before typing, JoAnne and I were talking to Laurie in typing. Chevy was in there! For a long time, he never looked up then he finally quit typing and rested his chin on his hands and watched. Oooh, my legs turned into jelly.
Mrs. Krislock, art teacher, asked me if I would like to draw something for the Reinbolt Exhibition. Felt proud.
June 1, 1975
Went to Mango's in the afternoon. We sang into the tape recorder with the records. (This was way before Karaoke!)
Our best song was "I Got the Music in Me".
Mango sings really good. She could make with her voice. I really mean that!
I sang "Love Lies Bleeding."
Mango keeps on telling me how great I sing. I'm flattered but I don't think I sound that great. Mango is the one with the great voice. She can get all the little notes I can't.
I wish our group, Trilogy, would make it!
Friday, November 18, 2005
Read Dreaming Firefly's poetry in Glowing in the Dark, In Search of My Direction.
Read Celestial Void's meditative thoughts in Are You Out There ?
Visit Azure of Breakaway who encourages all bloggers when she says, "if u don't speak ur mind then hu will??;-)"
I chose Celestial Void as the featured site this Friendly Friday because I like:
- his searching for relevance in every day occurrences
- that he looks at the reality of life
- his poetry wonders
- when someone expresses their loss and wants to learn from it
Display your banner to show support for the Friends of the Friendless. Or do you think we should sell chocolates?
Start submitting friendless sites for the next Friendly Friday!
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
I wonder at her confident brightness
pushing her cart past naive naked girls
who strategically compete with overflowing carts
of frozen fast pizzas and fries
I reach for the newspapers that catch these nude faces scowling
in their mundane existence,
not fringed smugly in orange
reaching for the People, on their day off
Following the shopper down the red worn carpet
the door automatically opens farewell
and I leave her in the parking lot as she clicks down the pavement
I shuffle off unmade
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Your Blog Should Be Purple
You're an expressive, offbeat blogger who tends to write about anything and everything.
You tend to set blogging trends, and you're the most likely to write your own meme or survey.
You are a bit distant though. Your blog is all about you - not what anyone else has to say.
Monday, November 14, 2005
I love "peas and carrots''! This is the name of this beautiful template by Richa. I may not be able to take credit for the new look but, boy, I put in a few hours, too. My Middle Daughter was a big help. There were a few problems with the graphics but after some figuring, tadaa...
There are still a couple of problem areas, but I hope to unglitch them someday. Its always those last few pounds...
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Evidently anxiety is not a new problem. Some Biblical remedies for anxiety are:
Prayer is a well practised stress reliever. It turns the mind from the problem but don't think that God will magically change the situation. Often, there is work to do. Prayer can strengthen the heart to find solutions.
Thankfulness is a reminder of the blessings in our lives. It removes the desire to complain about the circumstances.
The mind is powerful but needs to be protected from constant negativity. Your body will reacte to whatever it is told.
God's advice is trustworthy. Faith is the trust a patient has for their doctor.
Today, I am the patient, trusting in the goodness of God to heal me. Faith is built through the trials of life.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Feb 17, 1975
"Boy, Chevy was really colorful today. He wore a purple top with a yellow shrink and these blue tweedy pants. It didn't look too good. Chevy's kinda skinny but it doesn't really matter."
Feb 26, 1975
"Didn't go to school. Same old thing again."
Feb 27, 1975
"Didn't go to school. Mango came over in the evening. Talked alot."
Feb 29, 1975 Saturday
"Well, Mango's off to a hockey game and I have to stay home because of my illness!"
March 24, 1975
"Well, I'm 140 lbs.
March 25, 1975
"Karen and I went to the cafeteria. Laurie and JoAnne were already in there. Laurie was mad because Chevy was watching them. His whole table was.
Karen sat beside Laurie and there was no place where I could sit where I could see Chevy so I just stood there. I was looking for him but couldn't see him. Then I saw him. He and his whole table got up and moved one table over, closer to ours it seemed to me.
I told Laurie that I had to talk to her so we walked out of the cafeteria. When we got back Karen said that Chevy watched me go out the door. I know its hardly anything but every little thing counts.
I am so sure that he likes me. Please!!"
Friday, November 11, 2005
The featured site this Friday is Mary of Uncensored Soul.
I like her blog because:
- I like her template-I can't help it, I'm noticing templates a lot lately
- she reminds me of my journals as a young woman, except I never travelled to Egypt on a whim
- >she is simple like a circle
- one of her interests is marching bands, say no more
Check out Samantha's Daily Thoughts of a Sotonggal. She is from Malaysia with an honest and friendly blog.
Get your FFMB banners here!
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
1. What time is it: 12:15 pm.
2.Nickname: Mom (this was my Sister's good answer)
3. Piercing: None.
4. What is the most recent movie you've seen in
theatre? Go For Zucker at a Film festival. This is the review I wrote for it:
"Go For Zucker" is a German film about a dysfunctional family whose father is a pool shark that owns a brothel/nightclub. He is in danger of losing everything when he receives a telegram that his Mother has died. His brother, an orthodox Jew, who he hasn't seen in 40 years is arriving with the coffin. There are stipulations in the will that he and his brother must reconcile. The wall must be broken. The gambling brother lived in Berlin while the orthodox brother lived in Frankfurt. My husband thinks there might be a symbolic connection with East and West Germany. Hmmm...
5. Eye color: brown (same as my Sister's answer again. Am I the copycat?)
6. Place of birth: A small prairie city (a city in my home province is any thing over a population of 5000).
7. Favorite NEW foods: I like trying out new recipes. The last one was "Chinese Chow". Want the recipe, little Sis?
8. Ever been to Africa:Nope. Why do you ask?
9. Love someone so much it made you cry: Yes, especially when they are no longer here.
10. Been in a car accident? Thankfully, only minor ones, all in the parking lot!
11: Favorite Movie: Toss up between Dark Victory starring Bette Davis and The Long Long Trailer with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
12. Croutons or bacon bits: I use croutons more regularly than bacon bits. Actually I just put croutons on the grocery list a few minutes ago.
13. Favorite day of the week: Sunday!
14. Favorite restaurants: Foody Goody's- a Chinese Buffet. The kids love going there too not because they like Chinese food, for they don't, but they fill their plates with jello, pizza,(carrots so it looks healthy) and then ice cream etc.
16. Favorite Flower: gerber daisies
17. Favorite sport to watch: I don't like watching any, but I have watched hockey when we're in the playoffs.
18. Favorite drink: Milk.
19. Favorite ice cream: low fat mocha-chocolate with almonds
20. Warner Bros. or Disney: Disney
21. Favorite fast food restaurant: A local restaurant that makes great hamburgers and milkshakes. Mmmm.
22. What color is your bedroom: Would you believe taupe and deep red?
23. How many times you failed your driver's test?: Never,hah!
24. Before this one, from whom did you get your last email? Ms. Spam!
25. Which store would you choose to Max out your credit card this week: the Bay, my Daughter wants the latest Olympic wear.
26. What do you do most often when you are bored: Blog, but I do that when I'm not bored too.
27.When is your Bedtime: 11-11:30 pm ideally.
28. Who will respond to this e-mail the quickest?: Hard to say.
29. Who is the person you sent this to that is least likely to respond? My Sister wrote "Carol!" Well, I will show her...
30. Who are you the most curious about their responses to this questionnaire?: Everyone!
31. Favorite TV shows: I Love Lucy! and Seinfeld
32. Last person you went to dinner with: My family! We went to Foody Goody's of course. (Yeah, I know they have changed the name but it will always be Foody Goody to us)
33. Ford or Chevy?: Chevy, duh?
34. What are you listening to right now? Nothing
35. What is your favorite color?: It was orange but I might be changing it!
36. How many tattoos do you have: None but I wouldn't mind a henna tattoo on my ankle, someday.
37. How many pets do you have: I am wondering why my Sister wrote, "None." Last I heard she had a cat and a dog. Hmm. Time to touch base...
I have a cat.
38. Which came first the chicken or the chicken egg?:Definitely the chicken. God created the originals already grown.
39. How many people are you sending this e-mail to: back to my sister so she can eat her words and to all my blog friends.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Its all about content, its all about content...
Go check out Jennifer , Barbara and Stephen's new look!
If anyone has advice to give me on achieving template savvy, let me know. ie web sites on making your own templates or pre-designed ones etc.
Monday, November 07, 2005
You scored 54% Organization, 46% abstract, and 55% extroverted!
|This test measured 3 variables. |
My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
|Link: The Your SESAME STREET Persona Test written by greencowsgomoo on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test|
Who are you?
Sunday, November 06, 2005
I am going to take a more serious look at the steps and traditions from Alcoholics Anonymous today. When I wrote step 1 last week, it turned out to be a reminder of where I have been and where I don't want to go.
Step 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Over 20 years ago, I needed a twelve step program. I was presented with the idea that God could help me. I did not expect God to be the answer. This was the beginning of my spiritual life.
Do I think He can restore me to sanity over something as perhaps, trivial, as blogoholism?
I do. I don't want to give it up entirely, just be moderately entranced.
1Corinthian 6:12 "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything."
Saturday, November 05, 2005
January 8, 1975
I didn't go to school. I feel okay except I have to keep on spitting.
January 9, 1975
I still didn't go to school. Oh man, do I miss Chevy!
January 17, 1975
I went to school for the first time in a long time. I had a ball. Chevy is still super cute.
January 27, 1975
I hate exams!
I hate studying!
I just adore Chevy's eyelashes!
Laurie said she is proud of me cause I lost so much weight. She's proud? I'm bursting with it. When I'm slim, I just know Chevy will like me.
Friday, November 04, 2005
Tonight, we heard a loud rumbling.
"What is that?" I heard as my Husband looked out the window and frantically headed for the back door. I followed.
In the northern sky, we saw a plane lit with an orange glow, sparks slowly emanating into the darkness.
It felt unreal; prayers quickly were said. I hugged my daughter as the plane rose and headed back for the airport.
We heard on the radio that everyone was safe.
I know that you are there
waiting to hear from me,
Yikes! It is Friendly Friday, I completely forgot...just a moment, stay right here while I find my conductor's hat...
Gasp, my tuba has shrunk...well... it will have to do this week.
Hello my friends! How ya doozing? Are you ready for another fantastic Friday? I can hardly wait to see who this week's friendless sites are! Yes, well...um, give me another minute,'kay?
Ahem, I thought I would try a thematic approach this week. I like poetry, so this week, I have found a couple of poet bloggers. They both are enjoyable but the site of the week I chose is the one on the left ;)
I like her blog because:
- her poetry is personal, seeking honesty with herself
- her words are positive and hopeful
- she has a peaceful template
- but more poetry updates please
Also, please go and discover the depths of Uncle David's poems.
I also came across this site which all poets will appreciate. This is not a friendless site but you will enjoy Blogging Poets.
Have fun and make a lot of noise. See ya later!
Thursday, November 03, 2005
He calmed down after supper but still hoped to get back on the computer. He decided to play with a train set that should be given away as it is too young for him.
I was looking for him this evening and my Husband called from our bedroom that he was in there.
I opened the door to find the two of them bent over my Husband's more sophisticated train set.
It is good to be reminded that things work out for the best, eventually.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Carol, what are you doing??
Anyways after being defeated so many times, I went on the Member's Forum to ask what was the matter. It seems that the game is more about form and template (or chance. One fellow said he votes for the blogs on the left side of the screen some of the time and those on the right the other times).
I breathed a sigh before it hit me, this is life and relationships. Many people are attracted to others because of form and template, the shape of the body, the beauty, clothes and eloquence.
I am glad they thought the content was good (smile) but the orange, well...Perhaps the orange will go, along with the font variations. I mean, it wouldn't hurt to get a new wardrobe and hairstyle.
Then, I look back over my years and have to almost laugh when I think of the people that have walked by me, all because they didn't like my form and template.
But I realize, the content has always been good.