Saturday, December 31, 2011
I love all my Christmas cups and my two special (one new) Christmas pots, but it is fun to get back to my grandmother Wardie's special cups!
I looked EVERYWHERE for my Messiah song book that I purchased last Christmas but never got around to going through. I wanted to go through it this year as I listened to the audiobook: Handel's Messiah: Comfort for God's People, but I couldn't find it! Wouldn't you know that the day AFTER Christmas, when I was going to get my equipment for working on my photo albums, that I would find it in the closet I checked at least five time while looking for it three weeks before! Well, no matter, I just went through my favorite CD again!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
My friend asked me "What's a Jesse Tree"? a couple of weeks ago, and I realized I had never taken a picture of the full completed tree. For a full explanation of the Jesse tree. See my Gospel Harmony Book Club explanation here: www.gospelharmonybookclub.blogspot.com/2011/12/3-record-o...
By the way, the young girls in yesterday's picture made this tree for us back in 1997!
I could not decide on the best "Picture of the Day" for such a glorious day. It could have been one of our Advent Wreath piercing the darkness of the early Christmas morning or the rainbow that we followed all the way to Newberg. I sent my narrowed down choices to George and had him break the deadlock. This is what he wrote:
"I like the one of Heba and the nieces best because my Dad is in the picture! Plus they all three look so adorable together."
I had to agree. I hadn't even notice the picture of George's dear departed dad.
Samira came again this year for our "Red and Green" Christmas Eve dinner (homemade lasagna and French rolls. I tried the spinach, pomegranate, walnut, blueberry salad from the tea time too).
We talked late into the evening. Such a delight. She is moving to the Bay Area for a few months, and I will miss her SO much!
We went to Berina and Joel Tuttle's wedding.
Fatimah (left) was a bridesmaid.
Jean (behind me) is a dear friend from college.
Heba (right) is my sweet friend from Jordan.
It was a delightful evening with dinner three hours before the ceremony. There was a LOT of time for talking at this wedding.
Last year, I took Michelle to a Christmas tea in Albany. She is moving back to California, and I asked if she would grace me with her presence one last time by joining me in another Christmas tea at Lisa's in Philomath. I had never been to their tea, and I think it is my favorite of the Lebanon, Albany, Philomath, and Portland Christmas teas I have partaken of over the last few years.
Michelle and I talked for three hours! I am really going to miss her!
The tea also included: Peppermint Ice Cream (for a starter), Spinach, pomegranate, walnut, blueberry salad with a raspberry viniagrette dressing, Butternut squash soup, and four different kinds of sweets after the course above! I have pictures of all of that too. :)
Julie Bogart told me she won't do any other kind of manicure. I decided to do sparkly Christmas one this year, and I can't believe how wonderful shellac is! You don't have to worry about it getting ruined before you leave the shop, and I am typing this text a week since I took this picture, and there isn't a CHIP! So worth the extra $10!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Worked on a new Bible Book Club project today. I went through the two big books in the early 80's. They are a chronological look at the four gospels. I will give people the option of going through each gospel individually or in "harmony" at gospelharmonybookclub.blogspot.com/
George and I went to this 20 years ago when I was pregnant with Michael (and God had told us both that morning in our separate quiet times they he was a boy!). It was so great to get to see it with the kids for the first time.
We also got to see Eugene's "Occupy" Camp on the way there.
I had to take a silly picture of the Gingerbread Village chaos. We tried villages this year instead of a big house. It was fun! I think it is our sixth year doing this with the Kinkades.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
We have known since Michael was 11 years old that this day would come. He has 12 permanent teeth missing from his mouth, and this is the first of many procedures that he will have over the next three years. We are thinking this will be the only implant though.
He was in surgery 38 minutes, and Dr. Hopkin didn't even need to make an incision, but pulled a tooth and put the implant there. YAY!
I love our Elders' wives, and I wanted to bless these women who give so much to our church with a tea where they could just come and relax, visit, and pray. It brings tears to my eyes that they were able to do this. YAY! :)
I had so much fun preparing!
I didn't take a picture yesterday, but this is part of the results of my labors since Saturday! Karen loaned me her wonderful four tiered tea server.
Here is the Menu:
CHRISTMAS TEA PARTY
Creamy Christmas Chicken
Christmas Ribbon Tea Sandwiches
Chicken Salad Present Tea Sandwiches
Apricot Spread on Pumpkin Bread (Not here yet because Vickie made it)
Gingerbread with Devonshire Cream and/or Lemon Curd
Mini Cheesecakes with Strawberry Topping (in refrigerator)
White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Fudge
Decaf Coffee and a Variety of Teas
(The tea pot matches a 1930's English tea cup I inherited from my grandmother.
I found it on eBay!)
I found it on eBay!)
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Loved this family evening of dinner to celebrate the end of a great term at LBCC for the kids and gathering around the Advent Wreath and Jesse Tree. We were behind on both. :)
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
I went for a run after Gentle Yoga today. I ran from campus to the Donovan's Christmas Tree Farm. I figured since I was already there, I called the men to come and get a tree!
This is the fruit of George's Day of fishing. I like the result.
My Facebook post for that day read:
What possesses George Weaver to go fishing all day in the rain?
November 21 at 8:24am near Corvallis
Here were some responses:
that's what men have to do, so far he did attempt to climb 5 of the highest Cascade mountains in one weekend, I guess...
November 21 at 8:28am
Only a man of great and strong character would do this -
Rain is a small adversity compared to the fish! You are blessed to have such a man...
November 21 at 8:31am
Thelma Lyche English
November 21 at 12:06pm
Carol Ann Weaver
Thelma, you are so wise.
November 21 at 12:06pm
I have heard the fish bite better in the rain, right?
November 21 at 1:14pm
Carol Ann Weaver
Actually, I think that is true, Becky. Sunny days are not as good? I can't remember. I used to fish more before kids. I could probably go back to it, but inside with a book verses outside in the rain is a no brainer for me. :)
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
My guest photographer is the cute Japanese man from Olan Mills who took our portrait. We got these in the mail today with a CD that we are free to use! This is great since I took no pictures today.
Monday, November 14, 2011
My friend, Jan, is starting a business selling bike helmet covers on Etsy. She asked me to come over and take pictures of her products. So, one is doing double duty as my picture of the day!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Oh, the comfort --
The inexpressible comfort of feeling
safe with a person,
Having neither to weigh thoughts,
Nor measure words -- but pouring them
All right out -- just as they are --
Chaff and grain together --
Certain that a faithful hand will
Take and sift them --
Keep what is worth keeping --
and with the breath of kindness
Blow the rest away.
~ Dinah Maria (Mulock) Craik (1826-1887)
It had taken me a few days to internally process the week in Sayulita, but we had from 10 am - 5 pm today to do just that.