February 11, 2010
Christmas at both Sarah's and at Matt's. Lynn tells the story.
Here's a page of pictures. My
gifts to Lynn were two construction projects: a cupboard
door in the kitchen to hold her spices
and a light at the peak of the barn to
illuminate a wreath. Lynn gave
me a beautiful paisley quilt that
is one foot square; it'll be a wall hanging. She designed an
oriental rug using paisley fabric, knowing I love oriental rugs.
It has 3/4" pieces and 1/4" strip borders!
Lynn is also working a quilt for Addy. It's pink
with hearts (Addy's design!). The hearts are stuffed
(trapunto), and Addy helped
with the stuffing.
Ozzy turned one year old on January 9th, and his birthday
party was on the 23rd. He had lots of toys already so Matt and
Crystal specified "no gifts." But Lynn made a "HAPPY
BIRTHDAY" banner for
him. (It will also serve for River's birthdays.) Ozzy ended
up with more cake on his face, hands,
and the table than in his stomach.
I did an a cappella SATB arrangement of Jobim's latin
which means "slightly out of tune." (The title refers to
the way a love affair is going, not to how the song is sung.) I
also arranged Amherst
Is My Home, which will be performed later this year for
Amherst's 250th anniversary. The lyrics
tells about the town's history and it's landmarks.
We haven't gotten much snow this year. One
storm dumped a foot of snow, and another added only four to five
inches. So I've had the snow
blower out only twice. Several times we've gotten a couple
inches, lining the boughs with fresh snow. Here's a page of snow
pictures. Notice all the juncos feeding on the ground; we've
had an unusually large number of them this winter.
We found animal dropping in the garage and were
guessing as to what kind of animal it was. A couple hours later we
saw a porcupine waddle out of the barn,
across the lawn, and up a tree (mystery
My latest home project was installing lights
on each side of the bathroom mirror. Now Lynn will have good light
to do her makeup.
We took care of Sarah's dogs for a weekend while she and
family went to Steve's 95-year-old grandmother's birthday in
Pennsylvania. Timber and Ratchet are well trained and easy
to care for. I got some exercise taking them for short walks
a couple times a day.
As Lynn explained in her description
of Christmas, she and I are into jigsaw puzzles and have been doing about
week. We like the oil paintings the best, but one of
them was so difficult that it wasn't any fun. The piece shapes
were very similar, and their patterns were not very distinguishing
either. Here's a page of the puzzles
we've completed so far (as well as the one we gave up on).
Last year I helped a friend, Don Alusic, by doing the
voice-over for a documentary he was producing—The Peace Treaty of
Portsmouth— A Spiritual Perspective. The DVD is available
now, and you can visit Don's Website to view the trailer
and to order
Quotes: "An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made
in a very narrow field." — Niels
The Philosopher's Cornered
- Trust Archives