Hello friends and happy Friday! The sun came out yesterday and it (finally!) feels like December outside … of course inside, it’s felt like December for a few weeks. Twinkle lights, winter candles, and multiple Christmas playlists in rotation. One of my new-favorite things is playing ball with Lucy in the front hall. I have to be careful that I don’t throw the ball under the tree, because I’m sure she’d chase it … and if anything fell down or broke, it would be my fault!
(also) Thinking about … applying to test Heidi Kirrmaier’s new design (Instagram link). I think this would be a great layer for walking Lucy, in a washable wool? perhaps a bright red or purple?
Grateful for … my friend Jean. We had a service this morning to celebrate her amazing life (she was 94 when she passed away last Friday). She was one of the first friends I made when I joined the church in 2012; she took me under her wing and encouraged me to step up and into multiple leadership roles. It was a joy to lead our women’s ministry with her as my moderator and then advisor. I’d actually forgotten that we served as deacons together in 2015; the photo on the left is from our monthly diaconate meeting which just happened to fall on her birthday. The photo on the right was taken at a women’s ministry leadership meeting.
Jean was passionate about music and music ministry; she played the piano and organ, sang in the choir, and played handbells. In 2018, for her 90th birthday, her family gifted a brass ensemble to accompany our worship service. What a treat! The memory card from the service had these words printed on the back and I can’t think of a nicer tribute:
Life is like a musical scale. You have your high notes and your low notes. Put the right notes together and you harmonize. That's a good life, lovely harmony.
Inspired by … reading two books – The Violin Conspiracy and The Yellow Bird Sings – back to back (a totally accidental pairing!) that feature violin playing to learn more about violin music. Brendan Slocumb, the author of The Violin Conspiracy, compiled a wonderful playlist that explores many of the pieces mentioned in his book. I’m familiar with some of the pieces, but know next to nothing about violin music. Of course I am into Christmas music right now, but come January? … learning about violin sounds wonderful!
Fun … amaryllis watch 2022 is underway!
My mom gifted us these lovely waxed bulbs (from Costco – y’all!!) and they are so easy. Even with the minimal light we had this past week, they’re growing! Maybe I’ll have blooms for New Years?
and one more bit of fun … Lucy still loves her sticks. and taking walks.
and I’m wishing y’all that same focused high energy … and of course, a nap to follow.