Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pics of new grandbaby!

Son emailed me some pics today:

Heidi and nurse
Baby Heidi, with nurse holding her

Heidi at birth
I can't tell who's holding her, probably her other grandmother.


We had a very nice Thanksgiving dinner with our older son and my mother, and very thankful to still have her with us! Everything came out nicely, and everyone was stuffed afterwards. We watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, then the dog show, then Miracle on 34th Street. I haven't watched that much TV in a long time.

Grandmother and grandson enjoying dinner

Plate full
My plate - I also served ham for those who don't like turkey.

Older son is going to a friend's house to watch the Iron Bowl game tomorrow (University of Alabama vs Auburn University - a longtime state rivalry that will be particularly interesting this year, as both teams are doing well (except for a controversy re Auburn's star player). Son will return home on Saturday, then Monday fly to see his girlfriend and spend his birthday with her.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to all who will be celebrating this week!

May you and your famiilies be happy and healthy, and thankful!
May all travelers arrive at their destinations, and home again, safely!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Our younger son called with news that his wife will go in the hospital tomorrow to be induced, and our new granddaughter will arrive a few hours later! So excited! Her name will be Heidi.

I called our older son to tell him, and he will stop by Wednesday on his way to our house for Thanksgiving dinner. He is taking the first of a series of tests for certification as a full-fledged architect early this afternoon. He has been working for an architect, but jobs are scarce now and he has been "on furlough" for several months.

Our church has been without a pastor for almost two years, since Brother Grant retired. We have had an interim pastor and a series of supply preachers during this time.
The Pastor Search committee has been diligently going, and hearing, and talking with prospects. After three or four "hopefuls" didn't come to fruition, and much prayer on the part of all of us for God's will to be done and for patience, they have a prospective pastor that the committee unanimously approved! He is coming December 5 to preach in view of a call. The congregation will vote after the worship service that Sunday.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

More Mississippi photos, and an update on the laptop offer

From the RV resort, we drove a short way to Biloxi, Mississippi to try to visit my husband's aunt. She is past 90 years old and loves company, and we don't see her as often as we should. We took a few pictures in Biloxi while we were there.

Biloxi Lighthouse
The famous Biloxi Lighthouse, which is featured on the current Mississippi automobile license plates

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
St. Michael's Catholic Church

One of the oldest houses in Biloxi
Aunt D's house, now one of the oldest homes in Biloxi, since Hurricane Katrina. She lived with her daughter in a nearby town for two years while the historical association and the city and FEMA wrangled, trying to sort out if the family could have her house repaired, and how, and when. Finally, she was able to move back in a few years ago, in time to celebrate her 90th birthday! We did get to see her the other day. I said "try" because we couldn't reach her by phone; her number had been changed after Katrina. So we just knocked on her door.

Mississippi Sound sunset
Sunset on Mississippi Sound (area of relatively quiet sea between the barrier islands and the mainland)

We decided not to send in the certificate for the promised laptop computer. Red flags went up; they asked for a $25.00 "activation fee" along with the certificate - in the form of a bank check, not a personal check, or a money order, but not a Post Office money order (I don't know of any other kind). Then, we would have to pay an unspecified "shipping and handlling" charge. I remember the old adage, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." And, there is this warning from the Better Business Bureau website: "Prize promotions, also known as premium promotions, are often confused with sweepstakes. The promotions begin by congratulating a consumer for being the winner of a valuable prize or cash award. It follows by requiring the consumer to pay money in order to receive the prize. This is done in a number of different ways. One way to make the intended victim pay is by charging them a large amount of money for the shipping and handling of the prize."

We'll pass, thank you anyway. It wasn't wasted time, I got a few good photos from it, and we had a nice visit with Aunt D!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day trip to Mississippi

We went to Mississippi yeaterday - about an hour's drive from our home. We had received a card in the mail to look at a private, members-only RV resort. They offered a free laptop just for coming to look and listen to the sales pitch, so we went. It was a nice drive.

Leaving Alabama

Mississippi mud flats

The resort was attractive. It had a small private lake
Peaceful late

Fishing lake

with ducks and geese
Purposeful stride

What you looking at?

Odd man out

and a row of cute little cottages
Cottages for rent

and a campground for the RVs, of course, but it wasn't very picturesque.

We decided we didn't want to be locked into a membership which might be difficult to get out of if we lost interest in it, so we declined. I hope the laptop will be useful. I'm looking forward to being free to use it anywhere I want, not just here in the office.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

In the city, and in our town

Yesterday, going Mother's house, I passed, among other buildings, two churches

Government Street Presbyterian Church
This is Government Street Presbyterian Church

and the Government Street United Methodist Church
Government St. United Methodist Church
Guess what street I was on!

and coming home, I passed two homes

Large home

Home with large bay window

Today we stayed home except for going out at midday to run some errands

First, we stopped at the vet to pick up some more medication for Crystal

Vetinary Medical Center

Then we stopped to eat lunch

Inside the Sugar Creek Kettle
(this is not us)

Hubby's dinner
Dinner 1, Sugar Creek Kettle

My dinner
Dinner 2, Sugar Creek Kettle

Then, on to the Post Office and the bank
U.S. Post Office, Daphne, AL
(This is the Post Office; no pic of the bank.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Driving home

Driving home, I decided to take the causeway instead of the Bayway (Interstate 10), so I could stop and take pictures if I saw anything interesting, and I did!

This one is a tree I saw while I was still in town, a "Popcorn" tree, also called "Chinese tallow" because they made a wax from the berries, I think. They are actually invasive, non-native, pest trees, but very beautiful in the fall! I titled it "Attractive Nuisance" on Flickr.
Attractive nuisance

Still in the city, an old, probably antebellum (pre American Civil War) home. Until recently, it was used as an antique store, but it is now for sale.
House for sale

Something was going on at Battleship Park, where the USS Alabama, a World War II battleship, is docked as a museum ship. I guess it has something to do with Veterans Day, but I couldn't find anything on the website:
Ceremony at Battleship Park, Mobile AL

Flags at Battleship Park

The battleship itself, with a bunch of people running, playing a game I think:
USS Alabama

A very common bush that grows along the roadside, and blooms this time of year
White roadside flowers

Tall grass growing by the bayshore
Tall grass

A windblown tree, standing by itself by the side of the road
Roadside tree

Grass, close up, blowing in the south wind
South wind

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Chrismon ornaments

Some members of our church are involved in a project: making Chrismon ornaments for a Christmas tree that will be displayed in the church foyer. There are eighteen different ones, but I am only showing here the six that I helped with. Other people, people handy with saws and woodworking, cut the shapes out of plywood, and someone else painted them. I helped trim them with ribbon and braid.

This is from the description and explanation that will be handed out with the church bulletins: "Christians have always used symbols to represent the underlying truths of our faith. In 1957, Mrs. Frances Kipps Spencer, a member of Ascension Lutheran Chrch in Danville, Virginia had the idea of using Chrismons as Christmas ornaments. The word "Chrismon" combines the words "Christ" and "monogram." Literally, "Christ's monogram."
Chrismons are always designed in colors of white and gold: white for the purity and perfection of Christ, and gold for His majesty and glory. They cannot be found for sale in stores; they cannot be created for profit or produced commercially. They must be handmade.
Many are needlepointed or cross-stitched. These are made of plywood, painted, and trimmed with ribbon and braid."

Celtic cross
Celtic Cross
The cross reminds us of Christ's sacrificial death for the atonement of sins - for forgiveness and salvation to all who turn to Him. The circle represents eternity.

Triangle and trefoil
Triangle and Trefoil
Symbols of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Ghost - Three in One.
Also, the circles symbolize eternity.

Chi Rho
Chi Rho - the first two letters of the Greek word for "Christ"

Christ's Star
Christ's Star
"The Light of the World"
"The bright morning Star"

Crown of thorns
The crown of thorns represents the suffering of Christ.

Chi Rho with a crown
Chi Rho with a crown - The crown represents Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

With Mother in the hospital, I got behind on my nono's, and I'm trying to catch up. I could have taken pictures in the hospital, but I didn't ever take my camera in, and hospitals are rather boring, (except for the life-and-death drama that occurs inside them obviously!). I could have taken pictures of the fire, but it was too dark, and I had left my camera in the car and walked across the neighbor's yard to get to my house, because of all the fire trucks. The blaze would have shown up well, it was large and impressive, but it was all gone before I even thought to try to use the cellphone in my pocket.

Following is a picture of the delta just before going through the tunnel to town, one in the tunnel on my way home, two on Government Street as I drove through town, and a few of the glorious sunset after I arrived home, and two flocks of geese flying to their roosting spots for the night,

Last view of delta

Through the tunnel

Little blue building

Nice balcony in the city

Tree at sunset

Blaze of glory

Going home to roost

Geese and pink clouds

Hurry home!