Thursday, August 28, 2014

The new one is underway....

Thursday already!  Whew!  The week is really passing quickly!

Our new chorus season is underway.  There have already been three rehearsals.  We are ever hopeful that the temperatures will be cooperating, and we will be able to call this our "fall season.":-)

I want to share some of the songs we are rehearsing with you.

First, there are these fall standbys.

Are these familiar to you?  When the season begins to change from summer, these songs generally come to mind.

This is one that was new to me.

There are a few sections to this one that are a little tricky to learn.

We are not all seriousness, of course, and this will be part of our program.

Do you remember when this song was first aired?  It will join standbys like "Rocky Top" and "Football Hero."  We have to be sure to have room for those "Big Orange" favorites!

Then, there will be these two that will lead us into thoughts of that November holiday!

I do prefer my turkey, having roasted in the oven, sliced and on a platter, however.:-)

This is a favorite of mine, and I am glad the director has included it in our program.  We will also be singing the "Armed Forces Medley."  

So - we will have some packed rehearsals in order to learn this music.  There are eight dates for performances on the calendar!  We will be finished with them before Thanksgiving, which will give us December off for all THAT month holds.  No word yet on our costume for this one.  We have accessorized with red boas to sun visors, but I don't think those are in the mix for this season.:-)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A good season....

How is your week progressing?  This is the mid-week point already!

The blueberry season here has been a good one.  As we have more than one variety, we are able to have fresh blueberries about two months.  They have been enjoyed in pies, muffins, and the usual treats, though a new one was added this year!

Blueberry Dump Cake!  Here is is ready for the oven!

The recipe comes from TheSouthernLadyCooks.  I contacted her for permission to include the recipe on my blog. Unfortunately, she did not respond positively.:-(  So, if you want that recipe, you will have to do a search of her site for it.  I'm sure many of you have baked those Dump Cakes before, so you would have an idea how to proceed.

Here it is, just out of the oven!

See all that yummy goodness!!  This was definitely my favorite recipe using blueberries this summer.  Can't you just imagine how this would taste with ice cream or whipped cream?  Oh, my!

Baking dish - Longaberger Traditions.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Someone asked....

Several days ago, when I mentioned that Machoman had built a loft bed for Munchkin the Second, someone mentioned they would like to see that bed!   Here it is, and it is PINK!

I lifted the curtain on the right side to try to show a picture of what things looked like underneath, but there was not enough light.  You are able to see the shelves at the left.  Underneath, there are fairy lights around the frame!

This shows the steps that come down from the top:

They are on the far corner at the bottom of the bed.  

Munchkin the Second is a true "girly-girl," and she chose this lovely shade for the walls in her room last year.

Yes, she loves pink and purple!  She loves horses as well!:-)

Machoman says that he built in this way in case she decided to take it to college with her!:-)  It is certainly a very sturdy loft bed!

I notice I have added an extra follower!  Thank you so much for coming along with us!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

The week-end....

Happy Monday to you!  Was it a good week-end for you?  Does the week ahead look like it will be a good one?

Part of the week-end was a busy one for us.  A trip out-of-town was needed as I had agreed to be the speaker for a United Methodist Women event in another District.  This picture shows the arrangement that was prepared for the Remembrance portion of the program.

A short post today.   Lots of housekeeping duties await!:-)

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014....

Coming from Apples of Gold, compiled by Jo Petty, we find these words....

                                                 "I've found a little remedy

                                                      To ease the life we live

                                                 And make each day a happier one -

                                                      It is the word 'forgive'."

From the United Methodist Women Prayer Calendar for today, the Mission Focus is the Bethlehem Centers of Nashville, Nashville, Tennessee.

My wish for you is for a blessed Sunday.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Taking a look around.... see if I might glimpse some signs of fall.....

....while this continues to give us beautiful summertime blossoms!

Can it be true?  Is this "Burning Bush" changing color?!?  Yes!

And - across the street, in the neighbor's front yard, I am able to see this:

This dogwood tree is one of the most beautiful sights in fall.

If these images are not convincing, I found these:

Doesn't this just have "fall" written all over it?

And this one, regardless of the lack of holiday-related images on the cover, tells me that it is time to begin that Munchkin the Second shopping! :-)

Do you think she will be able to find anything in this one that "tickles her fancy?":-)

The week-end is here, and I hope you have some good plans for this Saturday.  It is expected to be a hot and rainy (possibly) one here!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

In a perfect world....

....there would be no stories such as this one to captivate our interest and attention.

The first novel written by R. J. Palacio was a #1 New York Times Bestseller.  It is easy to understand why.

August Pullman has been home schooled all his life, and he is entering the fifth grade, for the first time in a public school.  "Why is that such a captivating subject?" you may ask.  "After all, there are many similar children who go through the same experience."

Yes, there are.  You may actually know some of them, as I do.  However, August has a bit of a challenge.  He is one of those "1 in a million" chances to have been born with a serious facial irregularity, as well as other life-threatening concerns.  So, this book, though a work of fiction, describes some of the ordeals he faces. 

In Auggie's favor, thankfully, is his wonderfully supportive and loving family, and as the book progresses, we are able to witness not only his growth, but the growth of his classmates.  Do things go smoothly?  No!  Not at all, though with the help of those to whom Auggie's welfare is a genuine concern, fifth grade is completed on a very successful note!

This book comes from the United Methodist Women Reading List for 2014 and is listed in the Nurturing for Community category .  It would make a wonderful gift for a middle-schooler you might know, as it is listed as a Youth book.

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