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Have You Counted Your Holiday Blessings? (Part One)

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Have you done so this holiday?  Blessings come in SO many forms and dressings.  I urge you to take a sheet of paper and number your joys.  Here is a sampling of mine:

1.  I had to miss my seven year-old grandson Daniel’s first piano recital earlier this week.  (I was SO frustrated.)  Tonight at my family’s early Christmas dinner, I walked in the door and daughter Amy had arranged for Daniel to dress back up in his Calvin Klein suit and play Jingle Bells (as he did at the recital).  It melted my heart.

 

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(Okay, I’m not sure about the sunglasses either.)

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(Absolute grandfather joy.)

Here’s Daniel at the actual recital:

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2.  The ability to smell Christmas.

3.  Enjoying the power of silly.

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4.  Hosting a Holiday and Hot Toddy Chili Party Saturday night.

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What fun!

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Good buddies Ellie, Jamie and Brennan.

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I read “A Cup of Christmas Tea” to the twenty-something guests–and asked them to think about a person important in their upbringing to toast at the end of the story.  I urge you to do the same.  Who encouraged you along your way?

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“Let’s raise a cup of Christmas cheer, to family and loved ones far and near.”

So take a few moments, and with Bing, count your blessings:

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5.  Tree shadows on a wall during a walk the other night.

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What are a few of your Holiday Blessings?  Come on, share a few.

 

Five Friday Happy Bringers (10/31/14)

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It’s All Hallow’s Eve!  (Wasn’t it just July 4th last week?)  And I am spookily happy.  Seriously.  Here’s why.

1.  Yesterday going to my grandtwins’ nursery school and carving a Jack O’ Lantern.  Here it is:

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Okay, that’s a lie.  I took that pic near my place in historic district Savannah.  Here’s the one I did:

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Sorry but that’s a lie as well.  (Is that a bat?)  Here’s mine:

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For more decades than I care to mention, my Jack O’Lanterns have looked EXACTLY the same.  But what fun with Matthew and Madison and their little classmates.

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2.  Speaking of pumpkins, here’s my dinner Wednesday night–Butternut Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls.

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Oh.  My.  Goodness.  Gourmet heaven.

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3.  The Savannah Film Festival this week, hosted by my SCAD–Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Such fun.

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What incredible films I saw, including a fascinating documentary about Summerville, GA artist Americana Howard Finster and a mesmerizing selection of short films from Ireland.

4.  Singing with James Brown in Augusts, GA.

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We’re belting out “Papa’s Got a Brand new Bag,” followed by “Make it Funky.”

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5.  The joy of holidays.

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Happy, Happy Halloween to you all!

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Five Friday Happy Bringers — 9/11/14

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Summer is slipping away.  Can you believe that Sept 22 is the First Day of Fall?!  Would someone please tell Savannah’s daily temperatures that bit of info?

1.  Even though it caused a catch in my throat, seeing the pics my daughter Emily sent of the grandtwins yesterday morning — September 11.

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2.  Actually borrowing an egg from my next door neighbor.  (Is it okay to still do that?)

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(Of course she put the egg in a cute tiny bowl she found in Italy.)

I paid Vivian back with some Werther’s Originals–Chewy Caramels in the same bowl.  (Is that normal?)

3.  This green lion who (which?) lives nearby in Savannah’s historic district.

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4.  Taking four-year-old grandson Gabriel to his first-ever tennis lesson.

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Looking back at me, “Abu,” to make sure I’m watching.

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5.  And speaking of Gabriel, when I picked him and brother Daniel (7) up from school yesterday, G told us that he made a BIG picture of Batman in pre-K art class.  When we got to his house, of course we hung it in the dining room.

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After a few minutes, big brother Daniel, after pointing out that Gabriel had spelled Batman with an M (Matman), said to me, “Matman sure looks like a monkey to me.”

Gabriel screamed, “IT’S BATMAN!”

Happy Friday Folks!

 

 

 

 

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 8/22/14

The bottom line is that if we Lean Into the following truth, its power reveals itself to us:

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(Well, maybe not the “Bob’s your uncle” part.)

But Life IS Grand, and here are Five Friday Reasons why I’m hooting.

1.  The grandtwins’ new little beds.  (I helped put them together; therefore, prayer is requested.)

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Themes: Cars for Matthew, Frozen for Madison.

One problem:  Matthew likes Frozen better.

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2.  More Twins News:  First Day of the New School Year at daycare.

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Go Georgia Southern Eagles!

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3.  Fresh corn and limas.

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Along with sautéed green beans (garlic, onions, rosemary).

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4.  Going last night to the Billie on Barnard concert, featuring Jane Ogle and the Southern Holiday Jazz Band, at beautiful and historic Trinity United Methodist Church here in Savannah.

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The event “celebrated the fighting spirit and incredible music of Billie Holiday.  This tribute concert is the latest installment in the Thursday Night at the Opry Music Series, a diverse music series hosted by Trinity.”  (From their Facebook page)

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(Pics from the Southern Holiday webpage)

Listen to the real Billie singing Summertime:

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5.  A beautiful early morning walk along River Street (a couple of blocks from my apartment).

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A few of the sights along the way:

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Morning Joy.

And Weekend Joy to Us All!

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 5/16/14

It’s Lucky Friday the 16th.  And here’s what I’ve been happily doING:

1.  Spring sprucING up.

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2.  CannING (hot pepper vinegar sauce for my greens and beans and such).

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3.  TwinsittING and encouraging Madison and Matthew in healthy play.

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4.  ShippING  (a couple of blocks away from my place–I love watching the huge cargo ships come into Savannah from all over the world).

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5.  PercussionING (is that a word?).

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(Last night on break with my SCAD class.)

Do it at a lively beat, whatever you are doing this weekend!

 

GRANDstanding

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Okay, okay, I admit it. After getting over the terror of my slightly (?) insane old-age-related fear of becoming a grandfather, I have come to LOVE this joyful status in life. And if you’ve read my blog much at all, you’ve seen the grandies: brothers Daniel and Gabriel, and grandtwins Matthew and Madison.

Simply put, they offer me such tremendous happiness, especially since they live right here in my Savannah.

For example, yesterday afternoon, as I twinsat (is that a word?), Matthew wanted a back massage. How do they learn that at 20 months?  So he climbed up on the couch.

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And  directed me with his little hand, as he watched The Disney Channel.

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I will treasure those four minutes.

And earlier in the day, after the Savannah morning downpour stopped, the twins puddled their way to fun.

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Daniel and Gabriel whooped it up in New Orleans last weekend at the Louisiana Aquarium, the N.O. Children’s Museum, and the IMAX.

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I really love being Abu.

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Happy 2013 Halloween — Picture Post Two/Character Witness

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For some reason I just LOVE to get my picture taken with cartoonish or unusual characters.  Looking through my Photo Stream, I found it a bit unsettling HOW MANY pictures I have of myself with costumed witches and store mascots and pirates and taxidermied wolves.  The list goes on and on.

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I don’t really know why I do this.  (Note to self:  therapist talking point #72.)  But I think it must have something to do with the fact that when I see a big pink monster, for example, for that moment I think it’s REAL, and I HAVE to record the phenomenon.  AND I believe that it wants its picture taken with me–just me!  We become a pair, “us.”  Neal and the Pink Monster.  Forever.

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And it SO gets on my nerves if there are children milling about, wanting THEIR pictures taken with the monster, as if they could understand the deep, nearly spiritual connection I have with it.

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Now be honest, wouldn’t you want your photo snapped with this deer?

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And without fail, I think to myself, “This pic sure would look good framed!”

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I fear I have passed the trait on to Grandson Daniel:

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Oh well.  What can you do?

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