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Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday morning QBing

It's been a few weeks since I have posted anything on my blog.   It's been a busy time lately, but now I am seeing a break in the action, and I gotta say, I am ready for it!   Busy times are great...  especially when they are followed by a space of time where you can breathe, rest, and catch up. 

So, what's been going on?

* We have had family and friends come and visit - to both the Pawleys Island home, and to the riva place.  It was great times (no complaints) seeing everyone, but also a little extra work, preparing, and then cleaning up.

* I coordinated the church garage sale again.  It happened last Saturday.  It went fine, but it's a "project" that requires publicity, and set-up, getting helpers, then clean up, etc.   We raised money for local charities and we donated our leftover items to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.   I'm proud of the efforts by all! 

*  I played with our handbell group at St. Peter's (my home church) and I still have rehearsals for the St. Paul's group.  We play the last Sunday of May and then we will be on break through summer.   I also played with some flute friends at a wedding this past Saturday and we had rehearsals leading up to it.

*  I'm still running back and forth between two houses because we have not sold the one that is for sale yet.  Seriously, I'm at the point to ask for your prayers on this.  It's getting old! We have made nice inside changes and now the comments from showings are favorable about them.  But, lately, the comments have been about the outside - which we can't and won't do anything about!  A few people who have seen the home have dogs and do not like the Charleston garden area in the back because it isn't a yard.  Also, a few have commented about the marsh behind the home as a mosquito haven, and worry about snakes, etc.   Well, let me tell you (and I'd like to tell them) that there are mosquitoes and snakes and gators everywhere around here!  It's the lowcountry!  There is water everywhere!

We had two showings this past weekend and both didn't like the outside.  Ugh.  And, I still run over to that house everyday and do some yard work, and occasionally vacuum, and change lightbulbs, etc.  Oh - and feed two kitties.  Yes, they are still there.  Waiting for me... every.single.day.

* Mother's Day was yesterday - and I just want to say that I have the BEST daughters in the world!  I know I am a little partial, but I just am so proud of who they are, and that even though I love that they send me flowers, and acknowledge the day - really, I prefer to let them know I am BLESSED to be their mom... and they bring me much joy! 

*  My sights are on summertime now.  The CMA Fest is less than a month away!!  I can't wait for our time in Nashville!   The Friday after the festival, we head to Raleigh for a wedding.  The son in law is in the wedding party...it's a good buddy of his getting married.   While we are there, we will also get to see our daughter and SIL's new home.  They put a contract on it and will close the end of June.  I'm excited to help them with the move!    After returning from that weekend, I will be helping with our church's Vacation Bible School.  I helped with it last year, and had such a fun time, that I was anxious to sign up again!  

July brings the 4th of July - and the annual week at Lakeside, Ohio.

*  Random thoughts...     Flying these days.  No thank you.  I can't believe the stories these days about tension between crews and passengers.  Customer service??  Hello??

Does your supermarket have a frozen food aisle that treats you like a star??   What do I mean?  My local Lowe's and Publix stores have systems where the lights in the freezer coolers are off until someone walks down the aisle - and then the lights turn on to see what's inside.  I know it's a way to save energy - but every time I walk down the aisle I feel like a queen...walking along and having the lights come on - for me!!!  ( :

So, the other evening I was driving flute friends home from the wedding.  We were getting off the Charleston beltway (426) on to Long Point Road.   We were on the ramp and had to stop the car... because in front of us, at the intersection, there was "police activity."  As we sat there and watched, we saw a man in the intersection - who had gotten out of his car, that was parked across from the ramp.  I'm not sure if he had a gun, but we saw two of the officers with their guns drawn. The one had gotten a rifle out of the trunk of his cruiser.   We watched for a couple of minutes - and finally the man got down on the ground and the cops were able to handcuff him and put him in the back of the cruiser.  Crisis over.  BUT!!  We then watched as the police officers pulled a baby and baby seat out of the back of the guy's car!!!     So, I'm not sure why all this went down...   but, I'm guessing it was the end of a chase.  Weapons were involved.  There was a baby in the car!!!      Thank God it ended without shots.   By the way, the guy in the car in front of me was videoing it on his cellphone. 

Oh, what a world we live in!  

This is my blog, so I'm going say this:   I sure miss the Obamas.  I miss a president who speaks thoughtfully, and doesn't tweet. I miss a president who is cautious and lives his beliefs. I miss the family living in the White House.  I miss the feeling that our president will not 're-act' and say and DO something rash, and stupid.  I felt safer before January 2017.   I miss a president who is about inclusion and acceptance of all.  I miss turning on the news and not having scandal be the lead story. 

I admit it, I have made Sean Spice's press conferences my lunch time entertainment!  If possible, I try to sit down with a sandwich and turn on CNN to watch him squirm, and to see how he can turn his boss's actions into a positive thing.  Yep - it's 'reality TV'!!

Daughter #2 is heading to Prague tomorrow to attend an International Tax 2-day program.  It's a long way to go, so she is going to spend sometime sight-seeing too.  Her boyfriend is busy with his work and can't join her... so, who is??    Her dad!!   Yep, hubby and daughter #2 are meeting up in Italy and spending days there seeing Pompeii and other spots around that area. Also taking an Italian cooking class!

I will end this with a tease...  more news to come soon.    Stay posted here.

Happy  sum-sum-summertime everyone!  It's definitely feeling like it here now, even tho it's officially still spring on the calendar.  Bring it on!!

Enjoy - and stay safe everyone!!



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May day! Why is it a call for help??

Welcome to May!  What a wonderful time of year!  The weather,  the feeling,  the holidays, and celebrations - I love it all! 

Here are this week's May Hodgepodge questions with my answers.   Take a look.

1. Can you tell I'm embracing a Cinco de Mayo theme here this week? Do you like Mexican food? What's your favorite dish? How about on the side-black beans, pinto beans, refried beans, rice? What about heat-mild, medium, hot? Will you celebrate with Mexican food and drink on May 5th aka Cinco de Mayo?



I love Mexican food!  It is probably my favorite "ethnic" food - and I love having some loaded nachos anytime, anywhere!   It is definitely my favorite!   I love all the side dishes mentioned above too.  Really - all of them.  But... I do not like my food spicy or hot.  My mouth and my stomach just can't handle it burning.    Will I celebrate Cinco de Mayo?  I hope so!  Locals:  who wants to go to Habaneros with me??  I'm ready!


2. Ever been to Mexico? For work or holiday? Love it or no? If you haven't been is this a place you'd like to visit? Can you speak Spanish?


I have been to Mexico a couple of times.  The first time was when a cruise ship I vacationed on stopped in Cozumel.   I also went with hubby on a sales reward trip to Acapulco.  All expenses paid.  Good food, wonderful place to stay, and fun people!  It was some 30 years ago.  It was a great vacation!   I hear that the area has changed for the worse. though...and that is sad.   

Mexico has some wonderful coastal resorts, but you don't really want to leave those "safe" areas.  It is scary and dangerous in the non-touristy spots.

I do not speak Spanish.  (I took French in high school.). Hubby does a little.  He used to work in Florida before we got married, and he spoke Spanish with some of the co-workers.

3. What's one thing you may accomplish this month?

I may...  get caught up.  Right now I don't feel that I am. I'm in charge of our church garage sale and it happens this Saturday.  Thursday and Friday are set-up days.  Then I'm helping with a 'going away' party for a friend.  This month is my anniversary month - and Memorial Day weekend is coming up too.  Lots of good things happening this month.  I may... make it through the month without eating too much!  lol

4. If you were mayor of your village, city, or town, what's one thing you'd like to see changed, done away with, revamped, or accomplished? Is serving in public office something you've ever seriously considered?

I would love to see a safer 'main road' (Rt. 17) and have people (especially the tourists) slow down and follow the traffic rules.  It's crazy out there right now, and drivers are scary!   I wish people would drive the speed limit. Some go fast - and some go slow because they are not sure where they are going.  Grrrrr

Running for office?  Gee, I can't imagine anybody who seems sane and caring that wants to run these days.  It takes too much money, and too many political favors.  Huge egos and double talk.    But, saying that, I do not want to give up on our government, and still believe, and care, and want to hope my voice can be heard.  

5. What's something that may be popular, but that you just don't get?


Oh gosh.  I know that today's current 'pop' music is popular, but it is challenging for me. Saying that, I am disappointed with myself for feeling that way.  I do like a little of it.  But, I have trouble with the music that is so racy, and sexy - and the videos that go with the music.  Crazy.  Out there!   Yes, I'm showing my age.  I realize it.  But, I am a music purist in a way and I feel music doesn't need all the hoopla - the dancing, the special effects, and the scanty costumes.   Give me a good melody and amazing lyrics... and I am happy.


6. Can't let this week slip by without mentioning Thursday May 4th is Star Wars Day. As in 'May the 4th be with you' ahem. Are you a fan of the Star Wars series? Exactly how much of a fan are you? On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being 'I've seen every film, own the action figures, might have dressed as Darth Vader for Halloween one year', and 1 being, 'what's a Vader?' -where do you land?


This is an interesting question because our community band, which I am a member of,  just did it's Spring concert two weeks ago and it  was all about 'space.'  Therefore, we played some Star Wars music... and it did nothing for me.    I think I saw the first Star Wars movie, start to finish, but after that, I didn't see the rest.   I am not a fan of science fiction in general...books, music, and movies.


So, I give the Star Wars series a 2.  It just isn't my thing.


7. Scroll back through your blog posts and in three sentences or less tell us the general theme of your fourth blog post. Does it still ring true today? Is it a topic you re-visit on your blog from time to time?

The title was "Life Can Change in a Minute" and I wrote about a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer.   It still rings true today for sure.  Life can be great, but then a health issue happens and yes, daily living is not the same - life changes in a minute.   Each day takes on a deeper meaning.   It still rings true for sure.  Do I re-visit the topic?   Not that often.  



8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

I love May!  it's one of my favorite months!   I hope it is for you.   Have a wonderful week ahead... and month!  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bye bye April !

Where did this month go?
We are almost to May and the Hodgepodge questions start off with a little saying about the month of May.  Join in!

1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Has your April been filled with showers? Do you carry an umbrella, wear a slicker, or make a run for it? Besides rain, what else has filled your April? 
Around these parts we have had a bit of rain the past few days.  Yesterday was a "wash out."   But, before that the month has been pretty dry - and sunny.   We needed some rain so I'm not complaining.
When I go out in the rain I keep myself dry with an umbrella.  I keep an umbrella in my car to be prepared.  
How did I fill April?  With the usual:  music rehearsals and a couple of concerts, gardening, and work around the house.  I also got to spend some time with some family members and some friends.  

2. What's something you could you give a 30-minute presentation on at a moment's notice and with zero preparation?

Hmmm.  I don't know.   I don't have any unusual, or special, knowledge that others might find interesting.  If you are reading this, give me a suggestion!?!   

3. Share with us a favorite food memory from childhood.

One favorite food memory is the homemade cheesecake that my mother made for us every Christmas... she served it with canned cherries on top.  I loved that cheesecake!   It had a graham cracker crust - and a sweet, smooth cheesy filling.  


4. What's a song you thought you knew the lyrics to, but later discovered you were wrong?


This question makes me laugh.  For the longest time I sang the old Bread song called "Everything I Own" wrong. It was popular when I was in high school and the lyrics are:  "You taught me how to love, what it's of - what it's of..."  and I thought it said "You taught me how to love, what a tongue - what a tongue..." and sang it that way.   My best girlfriend and I laughed and laughed when we realized what I was singing!!  

5. According to one travel website, the most overrated tourist attractions in America are-
Niagara Falls (NY), Hollywood Walk of Fame (California), Times Square (NYC), Epcot (FL), Seattle Space Needle (WA), and Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market (Boston). How many of these have you seen in person? Did you feel like a tourist? Did you care? Tell us about a place (not on the list) you've visited that might be considered a tourist trap, but you love it anyway.


From the list above, I have been to Niagara Falls, Times Square, and Epcot.   Did I feel like a tourist?  Yes - and I was.  I didn't care - most people are tourists in those spots.

Another spot I have been to that is considered a 'tourist trap" is "South of the Border" on the state line for North and South Carolina.   That's all it is - one big tourist trap!!  And a dirty one it is!   It's best to just keep on driving and not stop there!! 

6. Your signature clothing item?

Variations and all kinds of flip-flop sandals.  

7. What's an experience you've had you think everyone should experience at least once? Why?

 I'm trying to think of an experience I have had that is a bit unusual, or different, or that is something not everyone knows about or does.  I can't think of anything. I'm not a dare devil, or a person that lives on the edge -  and I have no special talent.   I look forward to reading other Hodgepodge answers.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

May is one of my favorite months.  The weather is nice.  Some activities are winding down and I'm ready for a break from them.  Other summer-time activities are kicking in, like boating and concert going.   I like the summer-time 'state of mind.'  Less hectic.  Longer daylight.   I like a warm day, followed by a nice evening to sit out on my deck with a glass of wine.  What's a summer-time 'treat' you enjoy? 

I hope you get to enjoy it soon!     Have a great week ahead!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday thoughts...

Monday, Monday... can't stop that day!

And, another song comes to mind...today, it's "Rainy days and Mondays"...   we need the rain so it's not really getting me down.  But, I have some errands to run in a while, hopefully between the drip drops.

*  It was "Earth Day" a few days ago.  I remember one of the very first ones. I was living in Baltimore and a huge rally was planned in front of the Capitol in DC, and I went down for it with a couple of friends.  In reality, I think I went down for the music.   It was back in the days of Jackson Browne, and Bonnie Raitt, and that whole LA group - singing and speaking out for causes.

* "Earth Day"  is still so relevant!  It seems even more so now that we have a president de-funding environmental protection, and questioning science.   Geez.

*  I played handbells yesterday at St. Paul's and I have to admit that that group struggles at times BUT... yesterday, we played one of the hardest pieces that we received at the handbell workshop back in February AND we pulled it off!  In fact, I think we played it quite justly and the congregation loved it!  You know what? I think it has become my new favorite piece.   Woo-hoo for us!

*  Having a stomach bug for 4 days - with some serious D - was NO FUN last week.   Oh my.   I was exhausted for a day or so when it hit, and it has finally taken me this long to feel like I can safely eat anything again.

*  Although sick, I made it to our community band's spring concert.  We were playing pieces with "Space" as a theme... so some Star Trek and Star Wars medleys, along with Holst Mars, and Superman medley, and some Frank Sinatra (Fly Me to the Moon), and more.   One of our trumpeters arranged a flute piece for us - using the various Star Wars themes, and it was one on a part.  I had to be there!  It all went well - and I made it through without running quickly to a bathroom.  (Small victories!!)

* Despite still not feeling up to par, I went to the Tim & Faith concert Thursday.  Nothing would have stopped me short of a trip to the hospital!! lol    My review...   obviously I am a huge Tim fan so I felt there was not enough of just him singing.  He and Faith both had their solo times on stage, and yes, she is a great singer and looks like a million bucks, but I wanted more Tim!   He has so many, many more hits songs that he didn't do... including "Indian Outlaw" and he shortened "Live Like You were Dying."   He and Faith sang a few of their amazing hits together, but did not do "Meanwhile Back at Mama's"  and really there just wasn't enough time to do it all.    It was not a typical country music show because it had more staging and lights, and things going up and down, and the show rarely highlighted the band (and I missed that.)    In truth, those two can do no wrong.   It was a wonderful concert... and I look forward to seeing them again in August, and then again in October.

*   What a beautiful weekend it was here in the lowcountry!  This has been such an early spring, and now we are almost into May!  It's my favorite time of year!!  

*  Daughter #1 and her hubby are house hunting in the Raleigh market.  Oh my!  Twice now they have put offers on homes, just to have another offer come on top of theirs, and they then lose the homes.  The one yesterday they offered just $10, 000 below asking price...which is a good offer.  But someone came in with an all cash deal!   I feel so sorry for daughter and SIL!   They find a house, get excited, and put in an offer... a less than a day later its gone.   How about a prayer that the next one goes through?!?!

*  And a prayer for us?  Our house on the market didn't even have one showing this past weekend.  Oh what a difference between what they are experiencing in Raleigh and what we are here!!  

*  Daughter #2 was here this weekend, and was my concert buddy to Tim & Faith's show.  I'm so happy that tax season is over and she now has room to breathe, and has some traveling ahead.  In May she is going to go to Prague for work (classes on international tax) and will extend the time for some vacation and sightseeing.   Her dad is meeting her in Italy for some history, good food, and wine!

* I watched "Milk" yesterday On Demand - the movie about gay activist Harvey Milk.  He led a movement back in the 70's in the San Fran - Castro district.   True story.  Watching it I remembered it a bit (I was in college), especially the Anita Bryant push back,  but I learned a lot too - and as I watched I was amazed at how it seems little we haven't come that far since then. It's been almost 40 years and yes, homosexuality is more in the open, and understood...and accepted in some parts. But, not everywhere yet - by everyone.     I think our next generation (our kids and their kids) will be way beyond seeing it as a dividing issue, and will wonder what all the fuss was about.  Let people love who they want to! 

*  It was nice to spend some family time this past weekend... with Stan's niece Kim and her girls, Stan's sister Kathy & Ted, and then dinner with my cousin Kay and Bill.   Also having daughter #2 here.

*  Just wondering... is any Trump voter ready to say they made a mistake yet?  Don't worry... I will forgive you.  Just tell me you have seen the light!

*  Same goes for O'Reilly!!   Ha!   My brother:  What are you going to watch each night now??

*  I'm gearing up for our church garage sale again.  I'm in charge (mostly out of default) and it will be held on Saturday, May 6th.   If you are local, bring in your items now - and clear your home of unnecessary stuff, but things that others might need!   We serve the community by offering used but good items... AND we raise money that we turn around and give back to the community.   Habitat for Humanity picks up the leftovers for their Re-Store.  So, it's a win-win-win!

*  FYI - it's still the Easter season.  (Did you know it's not just a day?)   Hallelujah!  

It's time to get my Monday rolling... and to start scratching things off my list of "to do" today!
I hope your week is starting off well, and that you take time to appreciate this earth we all share together.  Be good to it.  And to each other.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Do you like to fly??

Here's this week's Hodgepodge questions and my answers.   Feel feel to join!

1. Tell us about a time you felt like you were 'flying by the seat of your pants'.

I think there have been many times I have felt that way, especially when it's the first time I try doing something.   The first day at a new job comes to mind.  Also, the first time of walking into a group or meeting where I have never been before.   I just have to take a deep breath, put on a smile, and go forward.  To get rid of some nervousness, I  like to think "let go, let God."


2.  When or where would you most like to be 'a fly on the wall'?

I gotta wonder these days what happens inside the Oval Office.  I think I'd like to be a fly on the wall there.  


3. 'Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.'-Henry David Thoreau 

Would you agree? Why or why not?


In general, yes, I do agree with Thoreau.  Often happiness is the by-product of doing what you love to do, or in directing your life towards doing something that helps others.


I know people who try so hard to find happiness that they never know what to do, or they never stick with doing what they love, or they are just confused about life and their place in it.  Nothing seems right.  Their circumstances are never right.   If they could be content in the moment, and look for ways to help others, then happiness comes.


4. Share a favorite movie, book, or song with flying in it's title, lyrics, or theme somewhere.


My first quick thought was "Come Fly with Me"  by Frank Sinatra.

But I have to include a Tim McGraw song. It's called"Down to my Last Dollar (Fly Away)"
and here is the chorus:

1-2-3 Like a bird I sing
Cause yo've given me the most beautiful set of wings
I'm so glad you're here today
Cause tomorrow I might have to go and fly away
Fly away, fly away,


5. What is one task or chore you tend to do 'on the fly'? Is this something that really needs to be done another way?

Most of them! ha   I am not one of those who is regimented with cleaning. Like... If it's Monday then it is laundry day! Or Tuesday I clean the bathrooms.  No way! I know people like that. But, I usually clean as I see the need.  Don't worry: I always do a very thorough cleaning before company comes! 

6. What was happening the last time you thought to yourself or said aloud

Spring break.


These days when I hear the words "Spring Break" I think of more people coming here to the beaches, to my home -  where I live!  The roads get more crowded. The food stores are crowded at the beginning of the week and you can see people filling carts full, filled with fun vacation food.  The beaches themselves get more crowded.

But, I know that the Spring Breakers are vital for our local economy, so I am okay with them being here.


7. This Thursday is National Garlic Day. Will you add garlic to your menu on Thursday? Do you like garlic? What's your favorite dish made with garlic?

Well, funny you should ask about my Thursday plans! I am going with my daughter to see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in concert together on their Soul 2 Soul tour. They are playing the North Charleston Arena.   So,eating garlic isn't my number one thought for Thursday! And perhaps I shouldn't eat garlic since I will be up close with my daughter and thousands of my close friends and music lovers!

Yes, I do like garlic - in moderation.  I like garlic bread with any Italian dish.

8. Insert your own random thought here.


So,  Springtime always gets me outside doing yard work, which I love - and it always gets me into the poison ivy.  Yep. I have it again.   It's become a part of my transition of seasons.   Are any of you like me?  If so, what has become your best way to fight the effects of it?   I'd love to hear advice on how to stop getting it (no, I'm not going to stop gardening) and how to treat it.

Have a wonderful week Hodgepodge friends!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Life as a Christian


So, sometimes it is really hard to be a Christian - to live as a Christian, and to support actions (and non-actions) that promote the Christian creed. 

Today is Maundy Thursday, the day that Christians around the world remember the evening that Jesus sat and ate with his disciples all together in one room, and had the "Last Supper" with them (and what became the first communion), knowing what would happen the next day.  It was also when He said to do unto others as He would want you to do... which is to love each other, and to serve those who need you.  He went off into the garden and prayed for Himself, for strength, and for understanding. He prayed for us too.

Flash forward to now.

Today, Maundy Thursday,  our country dropped a big bomb on the mountainous area in eastern Afghanistan, the area where Isis hides in tunnels and lives away from others.   So, hopefully the damage by this bomb was in areas that left Isis leaders feeling more vulnerable and frightened. Their hide-ways were damaged.   We haven't heard yet about the numbers killed by the bomb, but certainly some were.  I'm praying that innocent people were not there, hurt or killed by today's actions.  

Every time something like this happens,  I feel conflicted.  We live in a world with such horrible, horrible people.  We live in a world where there is an amazing amount of pain, and hurting, and unfair decisions, and disrespectful action - every.single.day.    Dropping a bomb makes a big  statement.  

When I heard about it this afternoon I felt a bit scared.  No lie.  I wondered what will happen next.   Will there be retaliation from Isis?    Because, there usually is.  Will it be here in America?    An eye for an eye.   Will it be a surprise event?  When?     It's a scary world - and events like what happened today make it even scarier.  

So, what should I think?  

As a Christian,... HOW should I think?   

Sometimes I feel I live in two parallel worlds:   The Christian world of loving and accepting everyone, and being open to differences (in fact celebrating them) and reaching out to help those who need it.     And, then, the other "real" world of living in a country that gets involved in world political and social conflicts... a country that considers itself the 'leader' of the world, and sometimes acts in ways that goes against the Christian creed. 

So, where do I fall in my belief?  And what do I do about it?  For sure,  I am happy that I live in a country that allows freedom of religions and doesn't officially put one before another.  (Although, does it really?)  I like that the US says it accepts all... as long as we can live in peace together. 

But, what would Jesus think about military action against this evil?    Jesus was the opposite of how we normally think...  he said to show love to the enemy.  He humbled himself instead of being ego driven.  He turned everything upside down. 

So, what to think of this all?  

Deep thoughts for me on this Thursday before Easter.     And, who knows, maybe it brings home the meaning of Easter.   Pain, and differences, and confusion - and death - is not the end of it.   As a Christian I believe that.  




Monday, April 10, 2017

What's good...what's not.

Hi all. It's Monday - so I'm quarterbacking....   and I'm thinking about what's good and what's not so good.

What's good?

This weather!   It's another beautiful day here in paradise, here where I live in this little corner of the lowcountry.  

Also good:   The weekend was lovely!  I spent time with hubby, and we planted in our new garden in the backyard, and I spent time with cousin Kay and Bill Saturday evening, and played in our community band dress rehearsal for the folks at Lakes of Litchfield retirement center (even though we had some rough spots in a couple of pieces that need to be worked on!?!).   Palm Sunday (yesterday) I played with Marjorie a wonderful flute duet piece at both church services.   And then the weekend finished up with a great ending to the Masters as I watched Sergio Garcia finally win a Major event, after years of being a professional golfer.  I was so happy for him!

Not so good?   The continual scary world happenings and the frightening political decisions.   The bombing of the church in Egypt by Isis, and the US decision to bomb in Syria.  What consequences will happen from it? 

Also, today a shooting at an elementary school in San Bernadino, CA.   Two children were shot (and hopefully will be okay) and two adults are dead - the shooter, and a teacher.   It sounds right now that it was a domestic dispute...but why oh why would someone come into a school with a gun?  When so many innocent, young children are around?   Obviously the shooter was not thinking clearly.  Gee... there's something new...NOT!   A person upset, with a gun... and doing something crazy and deadly.   I'm sorry all you gun owners who think you will never be that type of person. But, I know humanity well enough to know we all have the capability to 'lose it' and do something stupid in a quick moment.  If you have a gun when you have the stupid moment....  even YOU can do something you will regret.

Good?   It's almost time for "Happy hour" ...   my wine hour (or two.)

Also good?   TV watching tonight: "Southern Charm" is back!  I think this is the third new episode for the season airing tonight.  The continuing trials of Katherine and T-Rav, and the antics of Shep!

Not so good?    I'm still waiting for the house to sell.  I spent a couple of hours there yesterday cleaning up after the painters and floor installers.  Dust and dirt everywhere.   Hubby cleaned the decks and railings.

Good:  Today is "Sibling Day" as claimed on Facebook.  I have two.  So cheers to them!  They are in Ohio, probably thinking about me today....ha!   Remember, I am ALWAYS the youngest!  ( :

Good:  It is Holy Week and I am looking forward to the services, and the joy of Easter... and the worship, and the music!   And, I am looking forward to having daughter #1 and her hubby here for the weekend.   Not good: it will go by too quickly!!  I also want them to check out all the stuff in our garage we pulled from the house for sale.  We need to decide what to save, what to take to the church garage sale, and want to just throw away.   

Good: I got a mani-pedi today.  The first time in weeks.  It didn't seem worth it while I was cleaning and gardening.  But with Easter in a few days I hope I can keep my nails looking okay.

I hope you have mostly GOOD things happening to you this week.   There's always something good happening!  Just look for it!