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A Happy Weekend

Today we went to the Weathervane Theater to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. And everyone enjoyed it a lot, but everyone also felt the production we saw last year at our local high school was even better. Surprisingly, the cast of both productions was almost entirely of high school age students. They are so talented and well trained. Amazing. The lead from the high school production is an older friend of my grandson Nathan. They are in the same Boy Scout troop.

Andy is well and home again! He didn’t go to the theater. Most of my sons in law and my son don’t seem to care for musicals. But afterwards he joined us at Emily’s house for our first Advent singing of the year. And we sang a lot! We are doing more German songs this year as Emily is hosting this and her husband is from Munich and her daughters are all dual citizens. When Emily was growing up we tended toward more Hungarian carols.

We will have fewer Advent singings this year because Emily and Sofia leave December 12th for a visit to Hungary and Germany.  They only return on the 22nd.

Both of my daughters called to ask if they could come to my yard to gather greens for their Advent wreaths. Of course I told them, “no way” but also, of course, they didn’t believe me. Here is Emily’s wreath.

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On Friday my bil George had his 90th birthday celebration. There were so many people there one of my nieces worried about whether the floor could support the weight.

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My own family was rather small but my husband’s was rather large! And I love that all these people get along so very well. What a blessing!

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My family does have a lot to be thankful for, and I think most of us are aware of it every day. But this Thanksgiving holiday is not shaping up to be quite what people imagined!

Andy has been very ill and is in the hospital and will not be home for Thanksgiving. It is probably a reaction to an antibiotic – one of two – given to him after a small surgical procedure to deal with an abscess behind one ear. He is getting better but will be missing Thanksgiving and we are not sure how soon he will be released. I have been surprised since talking about this with friends to learn that several antibiotics can make people very ill, or combinations of antibiotics and steroids. This has happened to several of my friends’ family members, but I never knew.

Alice who now has three house guests, Ursula and baby Alena from Frankfurt, Germany and my sil Maria from San Francisco, had her youngest son really ill from a stomach bug which featured throwing up every half hour or so for about a day and a half.  He is better now but Alice has been ill with this all day and doesn’t know whether she will be able to come to Thanksgiving. And she has the cousins party Friday evening. And Friday around lunch time we are all supposed to go to my bil George’s 90th birthday celebration. A lot of things are happening and many people are in town whom I don’t get to see very often, but I’m not sure exactly what is going to happen. I’ll let you know.

Meantime, I hope everyone will just make their lists of things for which they are grateful!

I am bringing green bean casserole for seventeen. I am not going to be sick!

I’m afraid that the dull and cold November days have diverted my attention from writing! Also, I’ve been struggling with the effects of two bad falls in late October. But that is slowly getting better. I’ve been doing a lot of reading.

But the late autumn, early winter days require being creative with making our own sunshine, of sorts. Sunday we went to visit my sil Alice who was celebrating her 80th birthday. Her kids who live in Washington (daughter Poppy) and Alaska (sons Bob and Rick in Juneau)were all visiting. Alice said it had been five years since all her kids were together with her. I am so very fortunate that my three grown “children” and four grandchildren all live in Bath Township, Ohio and I see them pretty much every week!

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Thanksgiving comes up on the 28th this year. Emily and Ingmar are hosting the event which will include besides our nuclear family of ten, sil Alice and Barney and their daughter Poppy and grandson Nicholas, Maria from San Francisco (we hope!), and my niece Ursula and her daughter Alena from Frankfurt, Germany! We assign different people different foods to bring and I will make green bean casserole for 17, it seems. I suggested sometime in the past leaving this out, but people love it and that idea was dropped! I’m sure I will post more about this as it happens. The day after Thanksgiving we’ll be celebrating my bil George’s 90th birthday. And he is by no means my only in-law in his or her 90s.  And either that night or the next evening will be the cousins party and the JV cousins party.

Then December 1st several of us are going to Weathervane Theater to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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And on December 6th we are going to The Magical Theater Company in Barberton to see The Never Ending Story.

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Here is another happy moment that took place recently. Alice and Andy were going through a ton of old clothes to donate or discard and they found the remnants of Andy’s old “pink blankie” from decades ago. Alice sewed a binding on it and it is being kept for whatever sentimental or other reasons.

Andy has amazed me by listening intently to almost all of the impeachment hearings. This is something Paul would have done and I would not, while feeling a bit guilty that I was not.

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Autumn

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A bit of November doldrums here! I did have a lovely lunch out with a friend I have not seen for ages. Her husband worked with mine in the Computer Science Department at Cleveland State. That world is so changed since I was at all connected to it. But it is always good to reconnect with friends from long ago.

Quiet Days

October 6th my dd Alice had a family birthday party for my youngest grandson Stephen. He is 9 years old now. Very hard to believe. It was a fun party with lots of cousins since we were surprised by my nephew Laci’s family (this name is pronounced Luh’ Tsee – rhymes with klutzy) driving down from Michigan. Alice and Mike gave Stephen the technical helmet he had wanted for his bike. I gave him, at Alice’s suggesting (and I did ask her if she didn’t want to rethink it) a set of drums. And he had lots of other fun gifts as well, and a delicious chocolate orange cake. Since most people don’t want a photo of their younger kids I am posting one of my great nephew Janos who is a college senior.

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In this picture you can see some of the cake, as well as the delicious Hungarian retes (strudel) which Alice neni and Barney traditionally bring.

In the meantime, fall has arrived in Bath township. We have had sunny cool days with lovely fall color. Alice sent me a picture of one of her trees.

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And here is something from my back yard.

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Andy continues work on the steam launch Nyitra. This bit (not finished) looked interestingly sculptural when he showed it to me.

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In other news his very loved gerbil, Master Brunel, has left us. He was ill for a long time with a huge tumor. Now a new gerbil has come to live here. He is Silent Bob. Andy just saw a double feature of Jay and Silent Bob and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. I hope Silent Bob will enjoy his life here!

Just about every Friday evening Emily, Sofia and Clara come over for dinner. From time to time their Papa Ingmar will come too, if there is no market the next morning which requires his baking delicious Bavarian Bretzels. And every so often my grandson Stephen (whose ninth birthday is Sunday) is able to join us. We have dinner, often watch Wheel of Fortune, and play cards. Stephen was with us yesterday and we had much more fun.

My son Andy picked up three pumpkins and a set of non-lethal pumpkin carving tools and all the kids had a blast. Emily did too, helping them.

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Stephen’s pumpkin was the character Marshmello from the game Fortnite. Clara did some ghosts and Sofia decided to draw on hers, some of the cute dogs she loves to draw. I especially like the one with the floppy ears.

 

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The good news is that it is the autumnal equinox and fall is beginning. But we are still having temps in the 80s though the nights are cool.

After being a little too proud that I never fall, I fell twice, Thursday night and then Saturday night. The same place doing the same thing and tripping over the ragged edges of my grandmother’s probably 65 year old dining room carpet as I rushed into my computer room. The first fall was terribly painful and I was hobbling about quite a bit for days after. The second was much less dire, but still, not a good thing. Andy nailed down a small rug over the dangerous interface.

When he brought up his box of nails, etc. to do the fix-up I recognized that he was using my grandfather’s box. In this family we do tend to save, use, and treasure this sort of hand-me-down.

I am not wearing my flip flops anymore as they do tend to catch on things. My hip joint is getting rather iffy nowadays. Bah!

And today is the twelfth anniversary of the death of my best friend and dear husband whom I think of several times a day. We had 35 years together, but so much has changed since he left us. Two of our four grandchildren he never met in this life, and he was in a coma when  Sofia was put in his arms all those years ago. She was two weeks old. But life goes on and it is still a wonderful blessing.