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Shakespeare, finally

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Last night Gloria and I got together to go over our "Shakespeare's Sonnet's" presentation that we had originally planned to do last November.  Due to unexpected house guests for Gloria, we had to reschedule it for our April "Poetry Plus" which will be the evening of the 14th.

Going back over the sonnets and other information we will be using was alot of fun.  Looking at the sonnets brings a new thought each time!   We plan to read several each, do two sonnets together where one of us reads the sonnet line and the other reads a line of explanation, and finally do a little "fill in the blank" exercise using some of the expressions of Shakespeare's that are still used today.  I think it will be a very enjoyable evening!  And a thank you goes to Marshall for the inspiration to put this sonnets program together!

Birthday Week

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Three of my favorite people had birthdays this week, one was yesterday - that of my dear friend of over 20 years, Gloria Worth.  She is an inspiration to me, full of warmth and caring, extremely creative, and just plain fun to be with!  I cherish her friendship.

Today two magnificent poets share a birthday - Robert Frost and A.E. Housman.  I could read their works for hours and never grow tired of their beautiful descriptions of life's events, human nature and the natural world.

~Frost ~

Happiness Makes Up in Height for What It Lacks in Length

Oh, stormy stormy world,
The days you were not swirled
Around with mist and cloud,
Or wrapped as in a shroud,
And the sun's brilliant ball
Was not in part or all
Obscured from mortal view--
Were days so very few
I can but wonder whence
I get the lasting sense
Of so much warmth and light.
If my mistrust is right
It may be altogether
From one day's perfect weather,
When starting clear at dawn,
The day swept clearly on
To finish clear at eve.
I verily believe
My fair impression may
Be all from that one day
No shadow crossed but ours
As through its blazing flowers
We went from house to wood
For change of solitude.

 

~Housman~

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

 
 
LOVELIEST of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
 
Now, of my threescore years and ten,         
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
 
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,         
About the woodlands I will go

To see the cherry hung with snow.

 

 

This week's doings

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It has been a busy week so far ~ lots of people in and out of the house it seems.  On Monday I had birthday brunch for Gloria with the help of Barb and there were six ladies to celebrate this special occasion.  This morning my devotions group of four was here, this afternoon Delaney and Ella ate supper with us before mid-week church school and tomorrow night I am having Conversation Club (seven ladies possible). 

I love it when I can clean the house, have it looking nice and tidy and make good use of my efforts!! 

The fly is alive

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Back from Cleveland, a nice trip and we sure enjoyed exploring the Cleveland area.  The guys live just a couple of blocks from the lake (in fact we saw it from the front sidewalk of their apartment) and a very nice state park area.  We saw the ice just breaking up and floating out from the shoreline, and downtown Cleveland could be seen from here as well.  The neighborhood is old and grand - beautiful big houses along with an assortment of brown brick apartment buildings.  There are stores and restaurants within easy walking distance - we ate at one place called "The Tick-Tock Tavern"!  The drive takes about five hours from our door to theirs, not too bad.

What about the fly, you ask?  A housefly was buzzing around just outside the kitchen window this afternoon, then stopping to sun himself on the brick window sill...a sure sign of spring!!

Hatfield Van Lines

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Steve and I are heading up to Cleveland tomorrow after church to bring a load of "stuff" that Matthew and Davie didn't get on the moving van.  We are looking forward to seeing their new digs, and exploring Cleveland a little bit.  It is a five hour drive, not that bad. But then again, it's not a five minute drive like when they lived here!!  We miss them, but this move was a good opportunity for them to go forward again.  Both Delaney and Ella wish they could come along with us, but they will have to wait until school is out - which to kids of their ages, that is an eternity. They miss having the guys here also!

Drab and dreary

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Today it is a week since we left the land of aloha, and since we have been home the temperatures have been relatively mild.  We even had sun a day or two. But today is another story. It is not only sunless, but it is a deep gray, soggy and foggy kind of day. 

So it is a good thing that I have been working with editing and now ordering prints of the photos we took while on Oahu.  I always think "this trip I won't need to take as many pictures" but it never works that way.  The ocean looks just a little different each time, the waves higher or more picturesque.  The flowers are more colorful or abundant than last visit.   A new bird shows up wanting it's picture taken.  The same building takes on a whole different look when the sun is hitting it at a time of day we haven't seen it in before.   And on it goes...

Thankfully, I took enough pictures on this vacation that I can relive it many times over!!!

Aloha to the islands

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Aloha in this case is farewell...we are all packed up, and will turn in the car this morning.  We have time for one last walk down the beach and will probably enjoy some Honolulu Coffee Company brew while we sit on the banyan veranda at the Moana hotel.  William will pick us up and take us to the airport at 3:15 in plenty of time for our 6 pm flight home.

It has truly been heavenly here on Oahu these past two weeks, could't have asked for nicer weather, prettier scenery, or more delicous food and drink!  A highlight was getting to spend time with Lis and Nils, and Hanne and Larry.

We do also look forward to seeing everyone back home, and to soon making a trip up to Cleveland to visit Matthew and Davie, and Steve up to Minnesota to see his folks.

Aloha!!

A Quiet Day

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The tsumani is yesterday's news, no damage, no real story at all!  Which is good.  Quite exciting while it lasted, but glad that everything is over and things are back to normal.

Today has been very quiet by contrast.   We had a nice breakfast and afterwards headed to Queen Emma's Summer Palace.  But as we drove nearer, it became apparent that the rain in the hills was there to stay!  So we decided to keep that outing for another day, and drove on back to Waikiki.  We took care of the rest of our shopping - coffee to bring home with us, some souveniers for the girls, and mostly browsing in a few stores.  The highlight of the day was the 5 o'clock arrival at The Chart House!  Our friendly waitress was Deedee, an old friend of Steve's folks, who took care of our food and drink with amazing efficiency.  Enjoyable as always over there.  We left just in time to see our ninth consecutive tropical sunset....only four more to look forward to!

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