Between the computer and myself being under the weather, so to speak, I haven't gotten any news up for a bit. Also everyone seems to be pretty busy this time of year and I haven't caught up with them.
Anyhow, I celebrated my 78th birthday on Dec. 7. Since it was on Tuesday Debbie Brown had a little surprise celebration for me before cantata practice which was nice. I also got a lot of cards and calls during the day.
The weather has been quite a topic of discussion lately. It always is up to a point but with the cold and snow plunging into the southeast everyone is marveling at the fact that we have had it pretty easy here. I was amused to listen to one of the major broadcasters say with some forcefulness that it actually had been colder in Maine than it was in Florida. I figured that he had said it wrong but I said "What else is new?" A few minutes later he apologized and said he meant to say it was colder in Florida than in Maine. But by that time the news item had sorta lost its punch!
Marcia said that in Aroostook County, they got all rain right after we did, which surprised them some since the forecast had been for a heavy snowstorm. They have had
a few inches since, as have we, but no major storm yet.
Christmas is supposed to be the season of miracles so it is nice when we actually see one even if it is small. We had our Christmas party and cantata at Praise Assembly, Sunday evening. Now, I had been to almost every practice even though I don't sing, as I usually have a Scripture or something and also I am Debbie Brown's ears at the back of the church since she is up front and cannot hear how it sounds up back. This cantata music was a bit more difficult than some we have tried and, although at every practice there was improvement, we rather thought that we would have to use the standard excuse of "we are only required to make a joyful noise unto the Lord" because no one could seem to get it right except for a couple soloists. So, as I sat there Sunday night, I am beginning to realize that with each passing song it was actually sounding just as it should and with the final "Gloria" I was ready to give them a standing ovation. When Debbie came back to sit down she whispered to me, "I think we have just witnessed a miracle." I whispered back that if I were only able I would do a hallelujah dance with her around the church! Anyhow, small, and maybe not so small, miracles gratefully received can do a lot to brighten up the season.
I am afraid it does not look very Christmasy around my house. One never knows how decisions made during the year might impact the Christmas season, but I found out this year. During the spring I had acquired a sleep sofa for my living room, which helped out a lot when
Marcia came for her usual two weeks and when Ralph has had to stay over when I have been ill. But as I looked around this Christmas season at the rearranging I had had to do I realized there was no place to put the Nativity figurines or the Christmas tree, at least not in the living room. In fact, the only place I can put them is in the laundry room where I have the top of a big bureau I can use. So far I have not decided that it is worth the effort of getting them unpacked and set up but that may change as the day approaches and I may be doing it at the last moment, as I have done in the past. But in the meantime everyone out there have a good time shopping and thinking about the reason for the season. God bless.