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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The dog days of summer

It's that time again. Another week flew by.  Is it just me, or does summertime seem to go by faster than winter?   And, even though it's hot and humid here in these parts, it's the time of year I love.   There is something lovely about walking outside at 10:00pm and not feeling chilled.  Seeing the stars, hearing the deafening crickets and tree frogs!  I love a summer night!   (Winter nights start at 4:00pm and I find I hibernate inside.  Oh, what a difference.)

Anyway, I am off subject to this week's Hodgepodge.  Let's get back on track!

1. Do your actions match your words? Elaborate.

I sure hope so!  I am not a game player, and I do not purposely say something and then DO the opposite.   Why?  Well, for one thing, I am not a good liar.  I am happy that I am not.   Plus, I just don't think I could be happy with myself if I said something and then didn't really belief it, and follow through with actions about the belief.   I don't know, but that seems like it would be a constant internal struggle and difficult to handle... and just a sad way to live a life.

2. Sick as a dog, go to the dogs, dog days of summer, dog tired, it's a dog's life, every dog has it's day, can't teach an old dog new doggone it which saying could most recently be applied to your life?

Ha!  Well, a few dog sayings probably do apply to my life, like "You can't teach an old dog new tricks."  My hubby will vouch that I am not always ready to jump in to new technology, or try a new way of doing something because I was okay with how I have 'always done it.' 

But, I will pick "it's a dog's life" because I know that I am blessed, and have many good people around me, supporting me, taking care of me...and loving me.   Gee - should I give them a good dog kiss on the lips?? ha!! 

3. Your favorite book featuring a dog in the storyline? What makes it a favorite?

I did not read the book, but I did see the movie "Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog."   I loved it!

My favorite though?   It's got to be Clifford books - Clifford, the Big Red Dog!  My daughters had a few of them.  I loved the one where Clifford went trick or treating. I just googled him and there are over 70 Cifford titles, a tv show - and a movie coming soon!   Yeah for Clifford!!


4. What's something you hope to one day have the confidence to do?

Hmmm. If I don't have the confidence now, at my age, will I ever??    

The only thing I can think of is to be confident enough to speak up against injustices, and - going back to question #1, then to act on them. To go the extra 'step' and not just verbalize when something is wrong, but to DO something to help make a situation better.

After this past weekend's sad events in Charlottesville, VA, I think we ALL should think about having confidence to speak and act against blatant racism, and to care for those who feel the pain of it.

5. August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day. So tell us a joke.

I could not think of one on my own, so I just asked my Alexa!   Here is hers...

Why was the pizza maker so terrible at golf???

His whole round was full of slices!!

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I'm curious if where you live is already preparing for "back to school"?   Here in my area, schools start up a week from Monday!   I'm still "old school". (haha - get it?) when it comes to thinking schools should not reopen for the new year until September.  Mid-August just seems too early!!   And like I said above, summertime flies by too quickly as it is.  I feel sorry for kids who have to return to school soon - AND the teachers!!

Have a good week - and enjoy these dog days of summer!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday morning QBing

* It's almost football season...   yes!   Okay, actually it's already 'pre-season' and football is now on TV.   August is the month to get back in the conversation... to watch the early scrimmages with the new guys.   But, once September arrives, so does the REAL season!

* Rain, rain, rain.   Enough.   But, it's August - and it's hot and humid.  That means pop-up thundershowers.  Heavy downpours.      We have entered hurricane season here in the lowcountry.  After what we went through last October with Matthew I hope and pray that we have a quiet next few months here.   Please oh please!

*  Weekend ups and downs:      What a joy to sit with sweet Greta at church, and to spend time with her yesterday.  That girl got my heart at a very young age and she remains so special to me.   Her hugs are the best!  

The hate openly shown in Charlottesville this weekend by neo-Nazi's and white supremists makes me very upset.  It seemed by what I saw on the News that most there, marching, and spewing hate, were  young white men.   How did they become this way?    What did they not learn, or feel, during childhood?   Or, maybe it's really what they DID get taught.  Someone, a parent or someone else, must have put hate and racism into their minds when they were young.  Maybe.  I can't figure it out.   Some come from a bad environment - but some come from Christian families.   Just typing that - scares me!  How can that be??  

Golf!   Yesterday's final day was again an exciting Sunday!  A 12 second pause before the ball dropped in the hole!  Golf is certainly a game of skill - but it always has an element of luck.   Daughter #2 and boyfriend were there,  hanging in a VIP tent part of the time - and then walking the fairways, watching the pros being so amazing!

* Confederate statues.    Seriously.   I can not even understand why moving them gets people so upset.   But, I know it's the tip of the iceberg for some who think our country is not for them anymore.   Selfish people - people who can not be empathetic to others who feel the statues are offensive to history and their grandparents.   

Which leads me to think of the word 'entitlement.'    What a bad word.    No good comes from it.

* Have I said lately that I love my hubby and daughters?   This morning seems like a good time to state it.  I love my son-in-law and the little nuggets growing in my daughter too!  Above all else!   They are my world. 

*  I'm wrapped up in a book right now.  "The Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly.   I'm 2/3s of the way through it. I'm totally wrapped up in the lives of the 3 women.  I'm appalled by the atrocities in it, and I'm hoping for happy outcomes for these tough women.    What should be my next read?   Any book suggestions??

Here's to a good week ahead... and to peace, and understanding.    Let's live it!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Do I dare? How can I not?

Disclaimer:  This is a post about politics.  With a bit of religion in it too. So, if you can't handle reading my opinions, then exit now.

My blog. My thoughts.

In America you get to say what you feel. 

Here goes...

You all know this:   I cried on Election Night last November. I have written about it already.   I hurt.  Physically and mentally.  I was in shock - for days afterwards.   Some people told me to get over it, and to accept the results.     Well, I had to accept it...  even though I suppose I tried to stay in denial for a bit...   but get over it?    How does a person get over the sadness of knowing fellow Americans voted the way they did?    Some are people I know and love.  Family and friends. 

It was a blow to me.   It was SO obvious to me that our country was going to go backwards with this man at the helm.  It was obvious to me back then that he was a fake. An egotist.  An embarrassment.   I knew he was irrational.  Hot-headed.  Unprepared for holding the office.  

7 months in to his presidency, I am saddened to say that I was not even able to foresee all the craziness that is reality now.   I didn't think he would bring us into a place of war talk with one of the other crazy men of the world already.   I didn't think he would devalue so many people...  trans, gays, minorities, women! I didn't think he would so quickly deny climate change, and go backwards on our care for our land.   I didn't think he could not bring saner people into his circle - and keep them.  (Back then I hoped people around him would ring him in.) I didn't realize political posts would stay vacant because nobody can work for him.  I didn't know he would tweet like he does!!

But, here we are. 

I am a woman of faith.  I believe in God.  I know He (God our creator) has given us this amazing planet to live on... to tend it, to share with each other.  We are to love one another...even our enemies.  We are to feed the poor, to value our individuality, to give without judgement. These are basic beliefs - the foundation of following Him.  My belief as a follower of Jesus guides my life.  I fall short all the time, but I TRY to do what I think God wants me to do for others.... ALL others. 

Living as a Christian woman can be hard at times.  But,  Jesus told the disciples that there would be those who challenge, and do not understand, and that we must dust ourselves off and keep on going.   Never give up.  7 times 7...   keep on going...  Profess God's love and message.  Live as a child of God. 

I try.  I pray for guidance.   I ask for balance.  And strength. 

I am a happy person.  You may think I am not because of what I write here.   But, it's true.  I find constant comfort in my faith.  I find joy all the time!!  I am fortunate.  My circumstances, where I am on this earth and in America ...  I am blessed.      And, I live in a real world - and I speak out when I see wrongs, and I worry about innocent people getting hurt, and when I see political injustice.   I feel I must.   That is why I speak out about politics sometimes.  I can not hide my head and heart away.  

I will not, and can not, stop.  Yes, politics is so very depressing at times.  So much is wrong with it. So many are involved in it for personal satisfaction only, and for ego strokes.  Elected officials are supposed to work for the betterment of us all...but they don't.   Money, lobbys,  business - all need to get OUT of politics.

Caring, and working together for a better America for ALL is possible...    politics and religion can find common ground.   I believe that.    So, I speak out.  


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Isn't life GRAND?

Hello Hodgepodgers!   Welcome to this week's set of questions, and my answers.  People ask me why I do the Hodgepodge, and why I blog.  For me...  It is a good way to keep my brain working, and my blog is my way of speaking out.  I get frustrated sometimes.  I don't keep secrets.  I like to share life.  

The Hodgepodge questions are usually not controversial.   This week is fun and GRAND!    So, read on and enjoy.  Feel free to answer too. I love getting comments at the end of the post.

1. Do you try to set rules for yourself about how you use your time? Explain.

Yes, I definitely am aware of time and how I use it.  I keep to a schedule if possible.  I wake up the same time each morning (within a half hour), and I think about my day ahead - and what I want to accomplish.  Most things are not life or death!  But, I plan my day around things that are already at set times, and I plan the best way to use the hours of the day.

I am a 'rule follower.'  If I set one - then I do my best to follow through.   Time is valuable!  

2. Monday was National Lighthouse Day. Have you ever visited a lighthouse? If not, do you have any desire to see one up close? Of the 10 Most Beautiful that made this list which would you most like to see in person-

Lindau Lighthouse (Germany), Fanad Lighthouse (Ireland), Portland Head Light (Maine), Yaquina Bay Light (Oregon) The St. Augustine Light (Florida), Peggys Point Lighthouse (Canada), Start Point Lighthouse (England), Tower of Hercules (Spain), Bass Harbor Head Station (Maine), and White Shoal Light (Michigan)

When you've been away, what's your 'lighthouse' telling you you're on the right road home?

Yes, I have visited a couple of lighthouses, up close and personal.  I have gone in and up into the Marblehead Lighthouse on Lake Erie in Ohio, and the Tybee Island Lighthouse near Savannah.   I have boated by others, including the Georgetown Lighthouse, at the entrance of the Winyah Bay in South Carolina.  

Of those listed above, I would like to visit Maine (in the summertime) and see both the Portland Head Light and the Bass Harbor Head Station.

What does a lighthouse say to me?  Is that the last part of this question?   Coming home is always a warm feeling.  A comfort feeling. Lighthouses gave the mariners the same feeling - of finding a warm home, and a safe harbor.   A light in the dark, and the direction to follow to get to solid ground.

3. What have you unintentionally stopped doing? Is this something you need to pick back up and begin again, or is it something you need to let go of for now (or even permanently)?

Ha! Thanks for making me feel guilty!  lol    Well, I have stopped walking for exercise and I need to get back to it!   I also need to remind myself to drink more water every day.   I know I feel better doing both, and both keep me healthier.   So...   yes, I need to get back at it!   

4. We've had a full week of August. Share a GRAND moment from your month so far.

Congrats to our leader Joyce on the birth of her first GRANDbaby, a little boy, with a head full of hair!  He's beautiful.   That's tough to beat for a grand first week in August!

For me, August has brought me closer to my daughter's arrival of her twin boys.  Sorry readers! You will be hearing about this for a long time!  The boys are due in November.    The first week of August also brought my other daughter and some friends to our riva cabin for a weekend get-away.  It was grand to see her and I am glad they all had a wonderful time.  

5. Tell us one song you love with the word 'baby' in the title.

Nice segway Joyce!    So many GRAND songs with the word 'baby' in it's title!  Here's a few...

The Supremes "Baby Love"
Amy Grant's "Baby Baby"
Britney Spears "Hit me Baby One More Time"!

Okay... now I will be singing these all day today!

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

So,  "baby oh baby" is the theme of my daughter's upcoming shower as she has TWO on the way!  I'd love to hear from you all on fun games or food for a baby shower.   We are planning one for Labor Day weekend (seems like an appropriate time, right?  ha)  and I have a few ideas.  But, if you know of something I should include, please tell me.  Double the fun - double the babies!  

As always, thanks for visiting me here.   Have a GRAND and safe week ahead! 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Rainy Friday morning...

Hi readers.  It's a rainy Friday morning and I have some time to write on my blog before starting my day.   So, here goes...

*  I'm sitting here with the morning news on. I'm once again questioning my need to know what is going on in the world, and I'm questioning how we Americans got ourselves to this place.   I just saw our president at another "love fest" for him, staged of course, in W VA - a part of our country hurt by a dying coal industry,  hanging on to some hope for a 'savior' and looking at our president for it.  

Every single day Trump shows off his pompous ignorance and embarrasses me more.   There really isn't anything new I can say about him, except I pray that he does not jump into a military action.  I don't trust him - at all. 

I know some people who still - S T I L L - support him.   I can't figure them out.  Except, I did hear that their allegiance is similar to when you love a football team... a blind love for them in bad times and good.  

* I'm now watching CBS and they are doing a report on the Chicago gun violence.  They are interviewing gang guys... and it is frightening. 

*. Okay...  I've got to turn my thoughts away from the woes we have.  It's important to focus on all the good we know.    So, here's a list of awesome-ness:     

I'm enjoying all the pictures of our NJ friends' daughter's wedding on Facebook!  What a beautiful day and the bride was just beaming!  I love how the wedding and reception - and all the happy people having a blast - are shared on FB.   

Before I go further,  my daughter continues to feel good and is carrying her twin boys well.   Absolutely NO issues to worry about at this point.  Thank God!  She is embracing this time, and is preparing for the boys' arrival.   She and hubby have settled into their home, and will soon start with a series of childbirth and infant care classes.    My other daughter and I are hosting a babys shower over Labor Day weekend.  I'm having fun looking on Pinterest for ideas, and getting my thoughts together for the day! 

Speaking of my son-in-law:  yesterday was his birthday.  So, here's a little toast to him.   Hubby and I have said often how perfect he is for our daughter.  He is dedicated to her and to his work and his family. He knows how to have a good time - and has a quick wit.  People enjoy being around him.   He has patience - and is a calming voice to our daughter when she needs it.    They enjoy sports together, and they love going out to dinner for a good meal.    Gee - as I write this, I realize how he is similar to hubby.   So, maybe it's true that a daughter picks a man that reminds her of daddy!  

I can't wait to see both of them as parents!   Fun times ahead!

* Football season.    I think I heard that the first pre-season pro game is today!   Each year it seems like football starts so early.  But,  by September I am ready for it!    I root for the South Carolina Gamecocks (through bad and good -  see above!  ha) and I love watching SEC games.  I also root for the Carolina Panthers. So, Saturdays and Sundays are filled during football season!!  

*. Another topic on the news right now:  tattoos.   I'm watching a report that the local police can not have a tat of something violent, or words that are racist.   Really? duh.    I am curious about tattoos.  Most used to be a sign of toughness endured by a guy in the military.  A badge of honor in a way.  But, of course now,  all kinds of people get them.    Even I have thought about what I would want if I decided to get one.  A Christian fish (like Tim's), or a musical note, a heart... or my daughter's initials.   I know myself well enough that 1. I don't like pain, 2. I change my mind over time (I'm not who I was when I was 20 years old), 3. I wouldn't want it showing all the time.   So, then... where to tat?     I also know tattoos are expensive.  I can't help it, but I see young people with all kinds of tats and wonder "this is how they spend their money?"    I see some on people that are grotesque and I can't imagine WHY that picture was chosen.    I know that tattoos are becoming more common place BUT it still is a statement - a forever statement.   I don't always think those who get them realize it. 

*.In case you have been wondering... we still have a house for sale.   But, we now have heard some comments like "it's on the short list" and "they plan to come back again for a second look."    Progress!   ha

*.  Speaking of homes: I love where I live so much!  The house we "down-sized" into is just perfect!  The square footage is less, and much more manageable (only 2 bathrooms to clean! yeah) I love the yard - because I love to be outdoors and garden.   There is plenty of space to plant.  Some spots of sun, and some of shade.  Yesterday I tried out a new battery-operated hedge trimmer - and it worked great!!  Simple pleasures. 

*  So - random thought. I downloaded Snapchat and for the life of me, I have not been able to understand how it works.  And, I don't get why people put up pics that don't last.   Guess that's why I like FB and Instagram...  and really, that's enough for me.    Some people probably think I'm on social media too much anyway!  ha!!!    Oh - and don't forget, I blog too!   lol

If you have read down to here... thank you.   If you want to comment back, I welcome it.

Have a great day! Think of the awesome-ness!!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hodgepodge questions - and my answers.

Hello Hodgepodgers!  I hope you have had a good week - and are ready for a new set of questions!

If so, then let's go!

 1. Growing up, were you close to your grandparents? Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them.

My dad's parents died rather young.  So, I never got to know them.  But, my mother's parents were a part of my childhood.  We would gather at their home during holiday times, along with other family members...aunts, uncles, and cousins.  We didn't live too close so we only got together occasionally and therefore I would say I was not extremely close with them.  Most times we were in large groups so I never had one-on-one time with my grandparents.

I have a couple of memories:  My grandfather would carry change in his pants pocket and reach his hand in and bring up the coins and toss them on the living room floor. We grandkids would get all excited, jump, and gather them up.   I also remember sitting on their living room floor and watching TV shows they enjoyed.  In the morning it was the Bob Braun Show (out of Cincinnati) and in the evening we watched The Lawrence Welk Show.   My grandmother made some special food when we cam to visit.  She made homemade chocolate syrup for ice cream (and called it 'dope') and she made amazing egg noodles from scratch!  We would put it over mashed potatoes!!  Can you imagine??   It was SO yummy! 

2. What's an item you were attached to as a child? What happened to it?

I can not think of one specific thing.  Although, I had a few dolls that I loved very much.  One was a "Betsy Wetsy."   When I was a little older, my sister and I had a bunch of Barbie dolls (including Midge, Ken, Alan, Skipper, etc.) and we played with them for hours.   What happened to the dolls?  I think the Barbie dolls were passed down to a younger cousin once we outgrew them.  I don't know what happened to my Betsy Wetsy.

3. When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? Explain.

When I look out my back windows I see a forest of trees!  Literally.   Behind my home is a natural area (and on one side too) and it is wooded and filled with nature! I love it!  It's very private and beautiful.

4. Do you like sour candies? Which of the 'sour' foods listed below would you say is your favorite?

grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats 

Have you ever eaten a kumquat? What's your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list?
I am not a fan of sour candies.  And, of the food items listed I will say I eat the tart cherries... but, really, most likely I will pass on ALL of them.   I do not like sour foods.

No, I have not eaten a kumquat - unless it was in a mixed fruit dish and I just wasn't aware of it.   And favorite dish made from an item above?   I have cooked chicken dishes with lemon so I will go with that. 

5. July 1st marked the mid point of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it's going so far.

So far 2017 is filled with joy and expectation.

Why this sentence?   Because our family has been blessed with the news of baby boy twins on the way!  We are excited and ready for this new chapter in our lives.  I will be a first time grandmother and I look forward to it, and in spending time with them once they arrive around Thanksgiving!

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

 I got caught up in a documentary series called "The Keepers" on Netflix the last two days and "binge watched" the 7 one hour segments.  It's the first time I have sat and watched episode after episode.  Do you 'binge watch'?   If so, what has been a series that you have spent a whole day watching?   What is your favorite Netflix TV show?  

Have a good week ahead!  I will not be here next week because I will be in Ohio spending time with my family there.  It is our annual week together that we do each summer in a place called Lakeside.   The town is a step back in time... a place where people stay in cottages, and ride bikes, or walk (or golf cart) around.   There is family-style entertainment and religious programs throughout the day.  I've been going there since I was a kid.  Our family gathers and we play games, and do puzzles, and hang together.  

Monday, July 17, 2017

My thoughts... just because...

Good morning friends!

Here's a little Monday morning quarterbacking on this cloudy and rainy start to a new week.

* It's been a pretty hot July so far, so when we get a few days of clouds and rain then the drop in temps that comes with it is a nice change.  Instead of high temps close to 100, we are only going to reach mid 80's today.  I'll take it.

*  We had a beautiful weekend though and hubby and I made it to both the beach and to the riva. We walked the dogs on the beach in the morning - and we got the boat out and enjoyed the rivers around here.   My favorite beach time:   morning before the vacation crowds come out - AND evening, when the sun is getting low, and the vacationers have headed back in after getting sunburned.   Reminder to self:   grab a little wine and a beach chair and head to the beach for an hour around 7:30pm.   A perfect time.  Who wants to join me?

*  I love summertime.  I love piddling in my yard.   This summer I have had poison ivy pretty much constantly since the season started.   I have gone to the doctor's twice to get help...  and I have another dose pack of cortisone awaiting me at CVS if I need it.   Most days I try my best to keep my skin away from what ever it is that effects me:   long sleeves, yoga pants that keep my legs covered - and rubber garden boots.  I'm quite the sight out there! ha     After yard work, I run in and take a shower and scrub - BUT STILL I BREAK OUT!    ugh.   

*  This happened:  So the other day I thought I'd take my pugs out for a walk in the neighborhood early, before the heat of the day.  The dogs don''t handle heat well.... ok - at all.  Thick fur and pushed in noses make it difficult for them.   Daisy will stop dead in her tracks when she has had enough.  Therefore, I push along the 'pug wagon' so she can get in and ride when she gets overheated and tired.   So, I was walking them on their leashes - and pushing the wagon along.  It's not easy to do!   The pugs never seem to just walk nicely.  They stop, smell, pee, stop, smell, pee, and then stop, smell, pee!   I was struggling to keep the dogs untangled and the wagon with us, cars would come by - and I had to get off to the side of the road.   Cars came by - over and over.   So...when one went by I quickly got over and off the road, and stepped right on top of a red ant hill!!   I had on tennis shoes and socks, so I didn't realize it right away - I didn't realize until I felt the sharp, painful bites as the ants were climbing my ankles... and going down into my shoes!!    So, here I am - holding two leashes, pushing a wagon, and stomping my feet - and smacking myself... but getting bit up anyway!   What a sight!    At that point, I gave up on the walk - and rushed home.  I quickly got my socks and shoes off - and found 6 red ant bites.   Have you had ant bites?    Then you know...  painful, very itchy, swells up, lasts forever.   ) :

*  On to better news:  daughter #1 and the pregnant mother of identical twin boys is doing well.  She looks great as she is in the middle months of pregnancy.   She and her hubby are done with the move and are now settling into the new home.  It's time to turn their thoughts to preparing for the babies.

*  So... I have been thinking what I want to be called as a new grandmother.   My two choices:  Meemaw - or GeeGee.    Which do you like?

*  I'm watching Al Gore on a morning news shows right now.   He is talking about an "Inconvenient Truth Sequel" that is coming out.  It's been 10 years since the first book and movie.   Since then we made some great progress with taking care of our world.  We have acknowledged climate change - and we have realized that we are the care-takers of nature.    But...  now we have a president who denies it and is putting business ahead of nature.  It makes me very sad.

*  I guess I can't have a QB post without mentioning that I think I have seen it all and heard it all when it comes to our inept president.  But, yet, every day something new seems to happen.   I am torn between being "on top of the news" to watching our prez and feeling totally embarrassed by him.   He turns my stomach.

* Speaking of TV:   a friend told me about a documentary series on Netflix she has been watching and it peeked my interest.  It's called "The Keepers" and it's about the unsolved murder of a Catholic nun in 1969 in Baltimore.  She was a young school teacher at the time.  Two of her female students from that time, who are now in their 60's, along with some journalists, have decided to try and find out what happened to their beloved teacher and friend.   I lived in Baltimore in the late 70's and 80's and I know the city and areas around there well.  So, I started watching yesterday.   Oh my!!!!   I won't give away what I have watched so far, but let me tease you by saying some unbelievable and horrible events are discovered that have to do with sexual abuse by priests.    It's all fact.   I think I need to finish watching it today.  

*   I also need to finish reading "The Handmaid's Tale."   I picked it up to read after seeing the women dressed in red at Trump protests.   The book is not new, but there is a TV series based on it now.  So far the book is reminding me a bit of the book '1984' which I recently finally read.  Both books take place in a country where the government rules strictly, and by fear.   In "The Handmaid's Tale" women are put into classes, and some are only needed because they are fertile and can provide children for the powerful men.

*  Let's end on a happier note!  Thank you to Suzanne and Barbara who invited me to be a part of a beautiful piece in church yesterday.  Barb sang "O Lord Most Holy" also known as Panis Angelious, and I played my flute.  It was a beautiful arrangement. Both Suzanne and Barb are pros and, although, I get nervous, they gave me confidence and I think the piece was beautiful!!

Have a great week all.  Stay cool.  Stay safe.