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Back from break

Last week was very "light" on the work front. The only hearing I had scheduled - a TPR - was canceled when DSS withdrew their petition "without prejudice" (just means they can come back and file again). You would think I got all sorts of things done. Not so's you'd notice, LOL!:) I did take the opportunity to sleep a little more and to enjoy time with the grand kids and knit just a little bit:) I got another piece done for Nancy's Christmas gift (left front - the one with the button-band for women), and began working on yet another cowl for the penultimate of my progeny, the divine Ms. S.
Thanksgiving was terrific! Different this year was the fact that our Thanksgiving service took place Thanksgiving morning rather than the Wednesday evening before. I kind of missed that as did a number of parishioners, for the attendance was not so good Thursday morning - but the cool thing was, it got me up, out and ready to go for the morning. I never stuff my turk…

Forgot to add Robin Williams to my list of things I'm thankful for

Thankfulness, I haz it....

Air America had a humorous list of reasons for progressive Americans to be thankful. Well, humorous if not a bit harsh, and I have my own list, not in any particular order of importance:

I am thankful for halfway decent health for an old fart - despite obesity and a love of red wine;
I am thankful for my family of individuals who still care about each other and for extended family who probably scratch their heads at us but love us anyway;
I am thankful for friends, crazy-assed or otherwise who have remained friends through the years, the kind of friends with whom I can share everything - they make life worth living;
I am thankful for music and having just enough ability to enjoy it and even make some now and then;
I am thankful for my wonderful church community, a community that welcomes questioning and learning in addition to faith and prayer and worship;
I am thankful for the choirs to which I belong; for the music we make, for the friendship we share and for our wonderful SWMBO;
I am tha…

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Q is for Qalm before the storm....

Well, another work week is done - and not much knitting to speak of! Boo! Good news is, I got a lot of visits done and am better organized on the work front. That's what a move to the City office has done for me. Unfortunately for our (County) legal assistant/office manager, not so much, but it will get better.
I did take an opportunity to start a &^%* for one of my kids which will hopefully be finished by Christmas. This is as detailed as I can get until then because although Nancy doesn't read my blog, my kids sometimes do.
Well last night was choir practice and I feel so UNready for Christmas! We - correction: I - sounded like garbage while we were singing "I Wonder as I Wander" a beautiful chromatic rendition of a very introspective spiritual piece of music. Well I was wondering - what the notes were - and I was wandering - all over the scale! So today - a first in a long time without visits, court or meetings - I am going to practice and at least have t…

Cool Flashes:)

I'm in my fifties. I'm supposed to be in the midst - or done with - menopause. That means for many hot flashes. Nope. Not me. I'm FREEZING! I was never the person who brought a sweater in to put on the back of my chair at work. I had all this, ahem, extra padding that kept me warm winter, summer, spring and fall. I used to wonder why old ladies wore shawls. Now I know why! At least I know why this old lady does! Perhaps it's Global Warming and hot summers that don't prepare one for the winter. I don't know. The day started out in the 50s and was supposed to rise up the the 60s (Fahrenheit) this afternoon, and when I got home, John had the air conditioner on! Did I tell you I love my Aestlight Shawl? These things we knit really do get put to good use:). And it is nice now and then to have made something for myself, so I'm enjoying it.
Well again, dear .5 readers, it has been a while, so allow me to bring you up to date since my last real update…

This is what I'm talking about:)

Barber's Adagio for Strings - have also heard it sung as an Agnus Dei - conveys the yearnings of the human heart. And now they play in my own back yard:)

Oh Lord, who's next?

I commented on Mel's blog this evening and felt that this quote was applicable to the loss of inalienable civil rights that the majority of voters of California and Maine seem to think they have the ability to do:

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.
Pastor Martin Niemoeller

He was speaking about the complacency of the "majority" in the face of Hitler's rise to power in Germany, but his words make sense today.

So who is next? Women? Non-christians? Christians? Knitters (especially the activist ones)? What is utterly disgusting to me is the role that so-called Christians have had in …