Hello, I am posting earlier than Thurs December 1 as planned because I’m thrilled to be featured today at the Citizen Rosebud. Thank you Bella!
The last couple of weeks have been nuts. I’m behind on visiting blogs but plan to catch up over the next few days. I miss everyone.
My WendyB Cleopatra earrings arrived and I love them.
V9771 is nearly finished, except for hand sewing the last two inches of the hem, sewing the shoulder pads in place and pressing it out. The kids arrived Thanksgiving day right before I finished the hem so I had to put it down. It will look better when I lose the recently acquired holiday pounds and it works better flow-wise with my Eileen Fisher ponte pants than the Eileen Fisher pencil skirt shown here. The skirt side seams don’t lie flat at the hips. (Other people who’ve tried the skirt on have complained about this too.)
I love the rose red silk charmeuse from Gorgeous Fabrics.
No deep thoughts this month. Well, maybe a couple. I was thinking of naming this post Novel Gazing since shortly after posting the last post I realized I don’t want to write a novel. Here’s an excerpt of a comment I posted on Metscan’s post on All Saints’ Day and religion:
“Religion is my favorite subject! I enjoy studying it so much that sometimes I invent reasons why I have to study it more so I can buy more books. For example, I realized shortly after explaining in my last post that I’ve been busy working on a novel that I’m already bored with the novel and don’t want to write one at all. What I really want is to *be* my main character, a cultural historian specializing in the role of religion in the development of Western culture. I want to be that character so I can justify buying all of the books I recently bought in order to “research” my novel. So silly. Martin and I had a good laugh. What a relief that I don’t have to work on the novel, can instead relax and enjoy reading all of my new books :).”
I have this tendency to search out authority to give myself permission to do things I want to do. It’s annoying.
The weather got cool enough to wear scarves.
Our feral kitty Gray got injured. We were able to catch him to get him medical attention, then we tried to keep him indoors but after six days he escaped. At least the wound had time to heal.
Fall came to Northern California for about five minutes. I rushed outside and took a couple of photos.
Fall segued into the holidays. Continuing the home tour, here’s the front hallway.
My 2007 MacBook Pro and my iPod touch both died within days of each other. Since my pathetic business eked out just enough 2011 profit to replace them, we high tailed it over to the Apple Store Black Friday morning to purchase a Mac Air and an iPhone, my first iPhone ever. Since Friday I’ve been busy moving our entire music and photo library to the iCloud.
The iCloud has to be the best thing since sliced bread. I was fooling around with the iPhone skype app when I switched over to the music library and there were 12,000 songs from our library, like presto. The streaming works great. You have to be a little patient to let songs buffer up.
The old Mac will be set out to pasture as a DVD player (Mac Air has no DVD player) and hard drive back up storage for the music library and photos.
It would be great to get rid of Windows XP but I have to keep it for QuickBooks and Quicken. And Photoshop.
The other deep thought has to do with the church. There was a temporary misunderstanding that occurred coincident with us learning about the need to apply to the Bishop for permission to remarry in the Episcopal church when either party has had more than one divorce. I don’t mean the church as building — we’re getting married at our house — but the church as officiant. The standard that has to be met is one of “reasonable expectation” that the marriage will succeed. There is a process underway and I’m sure everything will work out fine.
I can’t write publicly about the misunderstanding but I can share that it was an unpleasant experience. Thankfully it is cleared up now, and really no one was at fault. However, before it got cleared up I felt awful. I wanted to chuck those books on religion, not read them.
I have written before about my thoughts on religion. I’m not particularly religious, but I do have a relationship with the church, specifically my church community. Like any relationship, my relationship with the church is not perfect. It exists in the abstract in my mind and heart and exists in reality in each human interaction over time. Sometimes the human interactions don’t align with the romantic vision of my mind and heart. And I know I do not always live up to other people’s ideal vision of what a church community should be. When there’s a glitch, it’s a good idea to step back and consider things from a distance. I did that, and I’m glad I did. I’m still not ready to dig into those books, but I’ll get there soon.
In closing, I wish you Happy Holidays and leave you with this YouTube of a Canadian choir singing a Gerald Finzi piece we sang last week in our own choir. It’s exuberant!