Thursday, June 29, 2006
Initially we were scheduled to have dinner on the back veranda which overlooked beautiful gardens. When we arrived at the Virginia House, there was a bar set up under the back cupola, and there were two people playing guitars quietly while waiters strolled around offering us wonderful hors d'oeuvres.
Dana, the Pastor, seemed so happy to be part of our joy. During the premarital counseling, she had asked Tom and Anastasia to write each other letters, telling what they loved about each other. She asked them not to show the letters to each other, but rather to give them to her. She read excerpts from these letters as part of her homily.
The groom's sister and the bride's brother each did a reading. Sherry read a beautiful passage from the Book of Tobit, an apocryphal text. Andrew's reading was a poem by e. e. cummings.
The weekend surrounding June 25, 2006, was just wonderful. The entire family gathered in Richmond with Anastasia's entire family. Quickly the twelve of us became one family. Anastasia's parents, brother, and sister-in-law were so easy to be with!
After dinner, we went back to the Holiday Inn where all of us were staying. I'd brought along some wedding gifts that folks at home had asked me to deliver. So we took over the lobby and the gifts were opened. Aunt Bonnie had just returned from Russia where she had found a dear little box shaped like a viola; she used this to enclose her gift.
Joe and I were delighted to find bronze figurines of a harpist and a violist. T and A seemed pleased with them, too.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
After this morning's horrible news about the two U.S. servicemen, I was actually glad to deal with the stack of incoming resumes in response to my ad for a lower school secretary. Surely they have brightened my day, to wit:
Among the current resumes is one who has been "responsible for the enlightenment of new members." Methinks she’s a proselytizer for a little-known sect.
And how can we not consider Ted, the retired Army Captain, specializing in military intelligence? Picture him dealing with alleged gum chewers from the second grade.
Or Arnetha with her impeccable interpersonal skills who worked at traffic court and "acted as liaison between violator and Judge" -- does this mean she comes wearing a bulletproof vest?
We dare not overlook Barbara who finds it important for us to know she has a 12-year-old son and four cats.
Kevin is familiar with medical gas safety policies and served as an anesthesia technician -- maybe he and the bartender from yesterday could do a job share?
I can't resist Arlisa who worked at a hospice and was responsible for the input of time-sheets into the "Beyond Now" system!
Hurong L. (peanut 9204@. . .) previously was in the Navy, stationed at Gitmo and then went into floral design.
Susahamma is fluent in the Malayalam (WHAT?) language and has a civilian driver's license.
Marielovestommy@. . . wants to work here, but I'm afraid her relationship would get in the way . . . .
And, finally, Sister2Sister@. . . is a graduate of Rosemont College; she appears qualified but what if she has a Vocation that lures her away from here and back to the convent?
When I read in this morning's paper about the two young American soldiers who were missing, I noticed right away that Thomas Tucker was from Madras, Oregon. Madras is the home of my cyberfriend Lori. I wondered if Thomas was a friend of her daughter. I wondered if Thomas shopped at her auto parts store. Or perhaps he sang in the choir at her church. Maybe he was the guy nextdoor. I said a prayer for him, and for his fellow soldier, Kristian Menchaca, and thought I'd write to Lori later today to see if she knows the Tucker family. My sense is that Madras isn't a huge place.
Monday, June 19, 2006
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He makes me wish I'd hear from the weiner vendor.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Two weeks ago Sam was baptized. Sherry and Chris belong to a different Lutheran church than Joe and I do. Their church isn't very far away from our house. Sherry was scheduled to return to work following her four-month maternity leave the very next day, and I didn't want her to have to do all of the work for the brunch following the baptism, so I offered to have it at our house. She ended up doing half of the cooking anyway, but she likes to cook, and we had fun working on it together. My niece/Sherry's cousin Susan was the first one, I think, to call him "Sam-I-Am" when he was just a day old. We have a terrific cake lady in our neighborhood, and when I phoned her to get her to make the cake, I knew exactly what I wanted on it. She was delighted to make it and we were delighted with how it turned out. Tasted yummy, too.
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Sam was so good in church that day, and he looked terrific. We didn't take pictures inside the church -- Joe and I find that a little bit rude to have flashes going off during a worship service -- but I did get this pic of Sammy with his Daddy later that day, after the brunch.
With thanks to my friend Branky, the machine-quilter in Hoosick Falls, New York, I'm making a dent in my list of UFO quilt projects. I'd sent her four quilts a few weeks ago and they've all come back and been bound! I'm really tickled to have made such progress. This first one is a graduation gift. My wonderful friend Polly's wonderful son Mark graduated from Abington Friends ten days ago, and I thought he should have a warm quilt to take away to college with him. This quilt is made from flannel; the blocks came from a swap that I participated in almost more years ago than I can count (something like nine!). I'd put the blocks together with the lattice and cornerstones and felt like it needed something else, so I hand-buttonhole stitched the stars in place. The top was finished and tucked away for just the right recipient. When Mark's graduation came around, it seemed he was the one. Branky quilted shooting stars and loops all over the quilt and I was delighted!
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The blocks for this quilt came from a swap that was called "Almost Amish." Again, I have had the blocks for about seven years. Five years ago I put them all together in just these plain rows and tucked the finished top away until the right recipient came along.
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My girlfriends, the Good Guys, have been together for more than twenty years. At one point Dottie suggested that when our daughters married, we should have Good Guys showers with just us, and the daughters, and no one else. Dottie hosted the first shower for Laura M. and Katie. Cessie and her daughter Caeli held a lovely tea for Sherry when she married. And so on. Donna's daughter Laura S. is being married next month and the brunch for her was held yesterday. I wasn't able to attend, and won't be at the wedding either. I hardly know Laura and really knew nothing about her taste. But it seemed to me that most people like the Amish look of solid colors on black, and so off to Branky the top went. She quilted it in a bright blue thread and I found the perfect confetti fabric to bind it.
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Another group of blocks were farm animals from two swaps. The first one was run by Desertsky about eight or more years ago; the second one was run through my own swap list. I had 18 very nice farm blocks hanging around and decided that they would make a pair of cute baby quilts. I need to have three baby quilts ready before September, two for friends at work, and one for a cousin. So I put the tops together using some terrific chicken fabric left from another project. Branky did some wonderful quilting on them. I had thought this particular quilt was going to be for someone at work, but once it was finished and bound, I knew I couldn't part with it yet, so it is going into the chest for the next grandchild, whenever he or she appears.