Wednesday, December 31, 2008
One of my favorite things to do when I was a child was to lie on the grass and look at the clouds. If I had time, I would most likely still do that. Hopefully, I will be able to experience that with our grand children again someday. My mind needs quiet times to simply think my own thoughts and connect with my higher power. This year I hope to try some new things, and think outside of the box. Creativity in trying something new just makes me feel good. A sense of accomplishment! Last year I tried applique quilting and knitting, and love both! Many blessings to anyone reading this and have a Happy New Year!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Katy and Brian gave us tickets to go see "Wizard Of Oz" with The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for Christmas and we saw it today. It was a very special day. You would swear I never get out to do anything fun, because I was snapping pictures like crazy, and taking every little thing in, just like a kid in a candy store!
The program started at 3:00 in the afternoon, so it was still light out and the sky was beautiful. I'll show those pictures later.
We have never been to one of these before, but when I came home and started researching how they do it, I found out this is not new. Many places have been doing this for 10 years. They showed the film on a big screen and then have the Symphony play all the music. I just couldn't figure out if they played with the music in the film or took the music out. I am still somewhat confused about it, but I think they edit the music out and keep the sound effects in.
We used to have season tickets several years ago to the Chamber Orchestra but have not been there since. This production had every instrument you could imagine. Well, that is a bit of an exaggeration but the entire stage was full! They all had on ruby slippers. Makes me want to go out and buy a pair myself.
The movie was restored in 2005, but I am not so sure I liked it. Some parts were much better looking than the original, but then some parts I thought the colors were overdone. Especially the reds. It reminded me of when I try to "fix" photos that I take in Picasa I feel like I overdo it sometimes. It seems to look fine on my laptop but then when I see it on someone elses screen it doesn't look as good. The reds were definitely too red for me in the film. I have never watched this movie with anyone other than my family so that part was a little different, with all the laughter and clapping at certain parts. We have seen this movie so many times we have it memorized. It is one of those movies though that you can watch that many times and still find it fascinating or see some little thing that maybe you didn't see before.
I sat there trying to remember what year I first saw the movie and couldn't remember. I also can't remember how many times I have seen it. I remember my Dad saying he went and saw it 3 times when it first came to the movie show in 1939. He must have been about 20 years old, since he was born in 1919.
This time watching it, I found I had to really pull myself away from the film at times and pay attention to the symphony and all of the talent there.
The church is called St Francis Xavier College Church.
They both graduated from St. Louis University nearby.
Thanks Katy and Brian for a very special gift!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I have only gotten my eyebrows professionally arched once in my life time. I know to many who do this on a regular basis this may seem odd. I really enjoyed my perfectly arched eyebrows that one time. I suppose the reasons I don't do it more often would be that... I don't make the time, it costs too much and my eyebrows, like my hair and fingernails grow toooo fast, so I would have to do it too often. I would prefer to spend my free time blogging, knitting, sewing, quilting and reading.
Last week I went to Walgreens and treated myself to some new nail polish and lipstick and saw these eyebrow shapers. I didn't read the instructions, (big mistake) and thought they were just hair thinning combs for eyebrows. I started combing over my eyebrows and realized I had shaved them off. YIKES!!!! No eyebrows. Now I will have to pencil them in like this guy.
I would imagine a lot of people are thinking this way right about now. For some reason, I thought about this movie and want to go rent it tonight. I always thought this scene was pretty unique. Odd how our economy is so similar to this now. I prefer to try and stay on the positive side of life but just thought I would add a post about what I plan on watching tonight.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Our Christmas was very pleasant. Well actually it was pretty darn well perfect! The only thing we didn't get to do was spend the time with our son's girlfriend. She was visiting family in California, and we will get with her when she returns. I made just the right amount of food, no waste and very little left overs. I did not have any stress which was very nice. I only woke up very tired today and we didn't stay very long at Katy and Brian's. Just long enough to visit with his family a little and watch Maddie open her presents. Katy and Brian and Maddie got me a new camera and it is wonderful! However when I came home and reviewed the movies etc. that we took there, I saw a very large old woman (me) that is going to have to take some drastic measures to get this excess weight off.
When Bob and I got home we watched a 1971 version of Scrooge that I had not seen before. It made me think I had better change my wicked ways fast before the ghost comes to visit me and show me what a big meany I am. Kinda kidding there, but it does make you stop and think how maybe you should work on a few things about yourself , if you know what I mean. None of us are perfect but I could do a little better sometimes.
Tomorrow it is back to work doing steam cleaning of the carpets, because our dog had an accident on it, and the baby crawling around and all. I have a very large pile of clothes to put away and iron and some pants to mend. My day will be full for sure.
Off to try and come up with a drastic weight loss plan!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
For the past several years my husband and I have gone to The Sisters of The Most Precious Blood Convent and brought cookies and sang Christmas songs, along with some other Knights of Columbus men and their wives. I have gone to many of them but not every single one. I do enjoy it when I go though. The nuns seems very appreciative of the merriment that we try to provide for the evening. Many are retired and some in wheelchairs. One song we always sing to get them all involved is "The Twelve Days Of Christmas". Two years ago I found a set of these ornaments and had to get them to remember our years of going to the convent. I was having a brain freeze on some of the lines, as I was trying to make this post and googled this article about the song. I think I had heard all of this before, but had forgotten until I researched it again. There are also other web sites that have a little different take on it, this one just happens to be from a Catholic site.
Catholics in England during the period 1558 to 1829 were prohibited by law to practice their faith either in public or private. It was illegal to be Catholic until Parliament finally emancipated Catholics in England in 1829.
"The Twelve Days of Christmas" was written in England as one of the "catechism songs" to help young Catholics learn the basics of their faith. In short, it was a coded-message, a memory aid. Since the song sounded like rhyming nonsense, young Catholics could sing the song without fear of imprisonment. The authorities would not know that it was a religious song.
"The 12 Days of Christmas" is in a sense an allegory. Each of the items in the song represents something significant to the teachings of the Catholic faith. The hidden meaning of each gift was designed to help Catholic children learn their faith. The better acquainted one is with the Bible, the more these interpretations have significance.
The song goes, "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…"
The "true love" mentioned in the song doesn’t refer to an earthly suitor, but it refers to God Himself. The "me" who receives the presents refers to every baptized person. i.e. the Church.
|1st Day:||The partridge in a pear tree is Christ Jesus upon the Cross. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge because she would feign injury to decoy a predator away from her nestlings. She was even willing to die for them. |
The tree is the symbol of the fall of the human race through the sin of Adam and Eve. It is also the symbol of its redemption by Jesus Christ on the tree of the Cross.
|2nd Day:||The "two turtle doves" refers to the Old and New Testaments.|
|3rd Day:||The "three French hens" stand for faith, hope and love—the three gifts of the Spirit that abide (1 Corinthians 13).|
|4th Day:||The "four calling birds" refers to the four evangelists who wrote the Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—which sing the song of salvation through Jesus Christ.|
|5th Day:||The "five golden rings" represents the first five books of the Bible, also called the Jewish Torah: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.|
|6th Day:||The "six geese a-laying" is the six days of creation.|
|7th Day:||The "seven swans a-swimming" refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.|
|8th Day:||The "eight maids a milking " reminded children of the eight beatitudes listed in the Sermon on the Mount.|
|9th Day:||The "nine ladies dancing" were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.|
|10th Day:||The "ten lords a-leaping" represents the Ten Commandments|
|11th Day:||The "eleven pipers piping" refers to the eleven faithful apostles.|
|12th Day: ||The ‘twelve drummers drumming" were the twelve points of belief expressed in the Apostles’ Creed: belief in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, that Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, made man, crucified, died and arose on the third day, that he sits at the right hand of the father and will come again, the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting.|
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
This is a large Santa that my sister-in-law gave me one year. I had mentioned to her once that I might like to collect World Santas.
I may want to get an Ireland one and Scotland one since those are from my heritage.
One of the dogs chewed Dorothy and maybe some of the others. Adds character.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Today I took the time to go visit our Main Street Festivities. I always want to go there but get so busy I don't make the time. But today I said..."I'm going regardless!" I picked an extremely cold day to go. That saying "biting cold"....I found out today what that means. My cheeks and any exposed skin felt like sharp teeth were biting them. I can't say enough about the people that dress up and do all of the festivities that they perform every day down there. I hope they get paid well. They really do get into the performance of it all, with accents and costumes and I even heard some foreign languages being spoken, but since I do not know any language other than English, I wouldn't know what they were saying. They could have been saying, "My, what an incredibly large bottom you have madam.", to which I would have replied, "Thank You, and Merry Christmas to you."
My pictures didn't turn out very well, but a strange thing appeared when I looked at them on the computer. See the color beam coming from this man?
This young lady was so beautiful. I saw her walking down the street as I was driving and wanted to pull over and ask if I could get a good picture of her. I didn't, but when I got home I saw that there were many photos on the web site.
Here is what the web site said about her.
Serenity, the Christmas Angel, has come down to Earth from heaven to spread the good news of a joyous Christmas!
I wish it hadn't been so cold and that my pictures could have turned out good enough to post. I plan on going there next year and hanging out for awhile.