Archive for October, 2014

I haven’t really loved Halloween since I was in grade school, unless it is seeing grandchildren trick or treating, but sometimes Alice does amazing things with make-up that make me smile!

Last year she was Mr. Fox. A great Mr. Fox!

Alice  Halloween parade at Hillcrest School Oct 25 2013

This year she decided to be a Day of the Dead character…….

Alice october 2014 Halloween costume

And Mike was a pirate….I don’t know if one is supposed to smile in Day of the Dead make-up!

Alice October 2014 Halloween with Mike

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Out and About

This weekend is so very beautiful I can hardly describe it well enough…The clear blue sky with a few fluffy white clouds and warm sunshine. The thousand variations on leaf colors of bronze, yellow, gold and scarlet. Just that alone would be enough to make me feel very happy, but I also had a chance for a very delightful excursion up to University Circle, just east of Cleveland. I went with Alice and Stephen, Emily, Ingmar, Sofia and Clara. Mike and Nathan were at cub scout camp all weekend and much luckier than friends who did this a few weeks ago and were rained on the entire time.

Cleveland Orchestra chamber music room ii

First we went to one of the Musical Rainbow concerts at Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. This is one of a series of children’s concerts which each feature a different instrument. The concert today was The Clever Clarinet and Daniel McKelway showed us all how clever a clarinet can be. He had some fine piano accompaniment from Laura Silverman. There is something very special about concerts for children when they are as well done as this was. I think many children now want to play the clarinet! (And I want to find some Carl Maria von Weber music which features the clarinet.) The concert was held in the beautiful Reinberger Chamber Hall.

Cleveland Orchestra home winter view

Cleveland Orchestra clarinets concert oct 2014

I am sad that I did not bring my camera with me, and most of these photos are from the internet, but I hope I will be forgiven. I think they are from Severance Hall and the Cleveland Museum of Art and I am providing some publicity for them……But I must remember to bring my camera next time…..

After the concert we drifted across the road to the lagoon in Wade Park, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. This entire University Circle area has been part of my life for a very long time. It is the home to Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University which are somewhat connected. My father received his dental degree there, Paul had his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD. from Case, and Emily attended Western Reserve as a National Merit Scholar, majoring in German Literature and Physics. The Cleveland Institute of Art is there and the Natural History Museum, the Children’s Museum, the Botanical Gardens and the Western Reserve Historical Society. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things, but you get the idea of how much is in this rather small area.

Cleveland Orchestra wade lagoon art museum

We had a lovely lunch at the Provenance Cafe and then Alice and Stephen went to the Armour Court to see armour and weapons and accidentally heard a great acapella choir rehearsing for a gala dinner this evening. Stephen discovered what he wants for his birthday, a year from now.

Stephen october 2014 armour court.

Emily and her family looked at the impressionist galleries, and I browsed the gift shop and then we met in Gallery one where there is an area called Studio Play which is wonderful for children. One of the amazing things they have there is a wall on which one can draw any sort of line and “the wall” will search everything in the Museum and find things which have the same line in them. I’m not sure all the children understood what was happening, but some seemed to and everyone enjoyed it.

Cleveland Orchestra Lagoon with Epworth Methodist Church

And then we were all a bit tired and drove back to Bath, Ohio for some quiet time. It was a good half hour drive through more wonderful fall foliage. I loved every minute!

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We all know the holiday which is fast approaching! Halloween! All Hallows Eve. And in honor of this event, they had a pumpkin carving evening at Alice’s House. Even Stephen had a hand in the work in progress…

I guess someone did not want to be photographed!

Alice october 2014 pumpkin carving night

The results were awesome!

Alice october 2014 pumpkins

I have no idea what costumes my four grandchildren will be wearing this year. But I think I will know ahead of time.

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Desultory October Thoughts

Art Anna Ancher harvesters

A new-to-me artist whose work I like very much – Anna Ancher. This picture seemed right for this time of year, though really it belongs earlier.

I am reading random poems from John Frederick Nims’ book The Powers of Heaven and Earth. You might remember the post from September 21st of one of his poems. However, that was the only one I knew from his work. This book of new and selected poems has poems from many decades and some are very short and strike to the heart. For instance:

Crutches and Canes

Feisty old men, their battle cry a cough,
Waggle their sticks at earth, to warn it off.

Poets Nims

or this:

Matthew 5:28

“Whoso lusts….In his heart…” The saying’s dire.
Yet some demur: He’s worthier of hellfire
Who, with God’s latest, loveliest work in sight,
Stifles the radiant impulse of delight.

In the midst of all the health issues worrying those of my age and generation, let me never stifle any radiant impulses of delight.


My sour gum/Tupelo tree in the back yard is becoming very glorious though it would show off more successfully if the sun would shine on it somewhat more! But alas, we are having many days of gray skies and drizzle. Still, I know the rain is a protection for the trees, shrubs and perennial plants through the winter days to come. I’m such a Pollyanna. But there are worse things to be.

I do not like the steadily decreasing daylight! But my knowledge of what is to come is tempered by the thoughts of holidays to come in the next months, holidays with all my family only minutes apart, and also considerations of Stephen’s frequent wistful questions of, “When will it be snow time”? He cannot wait. I can.

Art two little birds

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So Much Happening…….

There are many anniversaries in the fall, happy and sad, to remember. And a cluster of birthday, too. Today was Stephen turning FOUR. A little difficult to believe.
The party was lots of fun because besides our local family of which twenty-one members were present, there were also friends and their children and a very friendly student from Japan, who were ten more people. And despite the fact that the weather had suddenly decided to give us a taste of what lies ahead, and there were a few moments of actual snow, there was also sunshine and a lively soccer game.

Stephen october 2014 4th bday

Here’s another party picture with Stephen’s cousins and friends all together.

Stephen october 2014 kid pic at 4th bday for steveo

Thinking about parties like this one, which was lovely and lively, I cannot help remembering stories of Paul’s nĂ©vnap (really, the feast day for his name since they don’t celebrate birthdays so much) in post-WWII starving Hungary, where he got a picture of a train cut from a magazine, and “holy cards” made by his sisters for gifts… I think there was nothing like a cake. Such a different world. And a lot to think about. But I think I’ll stop writing now!

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