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A few pictures

I am *finally* learning how to get the pictures out of my phone.  SInce I misplaced my camera, my blog has been woefully short of pictures – hopefully my new skill will change this.  Here’s the first few random pictures I was able to get out of my Phone:

In Bloomington, Indiana in April My dear friend’s baby, Langston, in April 2008 when we were in Bloomington, Indiana together.

 

 

Adrienne at the first Wings to the Spirit conference in 2007 participating in a photo art project.

 

 

 

 

  My two boys, Fall 2006.  Will was doing some kind of school ceremony, and Ian had to come along because he’s homeschooled.  I think this is one of my favorite pictures of them EVER. 

 This from my pilgrimage to the Baha’i holy places in Israel.  Outside of Akka in a district called Bahji is the house that Baha’u’llah spent the final years of his life – still a prisoner.  That’s the building with the archways you see on the left. The path in the middle leads to Baha’u’llah’s final resting place, known as the Shrine of Baha’u’llah. There are beautiful formal gardens all around these buildings – like nothing you’ve eer seen!

 There are several young folks from Huntsville that have been serving at the Baha’i World Center in Haifa for over a year, so we met up with them and came to Bahji to visit the Shrine on Shabbat. I was in the Shrine mediatating and praying when the sun went down.  I had never been there at night and what a sight it was!

I know I’ve been promising to write here about my pilgrimage for months, but I guess I’m just not ready to yet.  Perhaps in little bits and pieces like this.

So there you have it – pictures have returned to the blog.  🙂

 

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Now that November is over….

I’m not blogging as much. I *will* include some of my favorite Christmas music here on da blog. And I will have some little FO’s here and there. And I’m gonna be brushing up on my French……too crazy. When we go on pilgrimage in February, we’ll be in Orly for 7 hours flying Air France, so I’m hoping to speak a little and ease things a bit.

Busily putting stuff together for all these swaps I’m in – way fun! I got a really lovely 2008 calendar from Australia from a swap; I’ve always wanted to go there….maybe someday.

So here’s tonight’s Christmas tune – a complete classic. :o)
I heard it on the radio and I remembered how great Jimmy Durante was.

(You’ll have to go over to the other blog to hear it….since I can’t seem to get it to work here.  Nuts!)

Thanksgiving wrap up

A couple of years ago, I fell while bowling and hit my head hard enough to need stitches. (That story here)

I think that was rather the nadir of my Thanksgiving experiences in my life; this year was not at all like that.

We were invited to eat the big dinner with friends, which I and the younger two did while Bill drove to Tuskegee to pick up Will. TU has a big game on Thanksgiving and Will had to play. In fact, we just got back from dropping him back off….but I’m getting ahead of myself here. We did eat with our friends and it was nice; they were kind enough to give us a generous portion of leftover turkey so we could do a smaller dinner with “number one son”, and I didn’t have to work at WJAB.

I’ve had several offers for musical work here and there (Detroit, Knoxville, Atlanta, etc.) and also a local gig that might even pay! Wow oh wow. I just hope I don’t bite off more than I can chew.

The ride today went fast. Ever since I discovered that I can knit like a fiend in the car (and not get carsick) while Bill drives, long drives are now peaceful for me. I’ve also gotten much better at meditating so when it is dark and I’m not knitting, I can do that. It’s very groovy! I have caught myself several times being silent *on purpose*….like actually choosing not to say something; it’s a whole new world. I looked up and we were in Montgomery

I’ve been working on my “No More Humdrum mittens” for my swap partner – I’m now on version 2a. This version is too big and too busy, but I have come up with a nice effect using some stash yarn…. Why do I have to write a new pattern? Why can’t I just use something that’s already been done and had all the bugs worked out? I am so ready to do just that….but I know I won’t.

Bill found a place online in Montgomery called “Cafe Louisa”; we found it and that’s where we ate today. I liked it – how can I not like a place that has falafel with sprouts on the menu? The kids were not thrilled; they were thinking fried junk stuff. Tant pis! I brought my camera to take pictures of them because my wallet foto is way outdated. Of course they wouldn’t co-operate.I don’t know if any of these will be a wallet photo, but I’m happy to have them anyway.

After we got almost to TU, Will realized he didn’t have his key….and to make a long story short – he blamed his father! It was too funny. We were just gonna leave him outside his dorm to wait….but we managed to get him into the dorm and into his room w/o paying any fines.

I think he’ll be riding Greyhound to get home for winter break. :o)

I’m feeling guilty….

…because November is the National Blog Posting Month  (NaBloPoMo) and I have hardly posted all month.  Yer *supposed* to post every day….I’m gonna try ’til the end of November. :o)

I am excited by my upcoming trip to British Columbia – I get to travel with my dear friend Adrienne; we’ll stop in Minneapolis (add another state to the list) and then fly to Seattle (add another state).  Then we’ll all gather together in some kind of van/bus/vehicle and then drive up to some bay (I forget the name) and take a 2 hour ferry ride to Victoria Island.  After that I don’t know and I don’t care. There’s gonna be some *sanging* going on and I’m bringing the tape recorder.

Bill is supposed to take a fruit salad to a work Thanksgiving thing for tomorrow.  He was asking me for a recipe this weekend – shessh! we only have 30 or 40 cookbooks and then there’s the internet….  PLUS we’re broke until Wednesday (I mean “couchfishing for change” broke) .  It’s OK – the bills got paid and we’re good; it’s just we gave our last cash to Will to give to his ride back to TU.  So that doesn’t leave any money for buying fruit.  I guess he’ll have to get creative – I am not doing it!  At the risk of being offensive – I do not see why I would have to make the fruit salad for his work event: I won’t get to eat it, he knows how to cook at least as well as I do, he’s not super busy – is there some kind of vaginal requirement to potluck dishes that I wasn’t told about?

UPDATE:  Bill found a recipe and $8, then went to the Boutique de Wal-Mart to get some ingredients. He has returned, and is having Louisa help him so of course she is arguing with him about what he told her to do.  Thank God.

I spent 45 minutes this morning talking to Ian about the personal search and investigation of truth, the scientific method and religion.  It all started when he began parroting back atheistic comments his Dad makes to me.  Y’all might not believe it but I do NOT care if he (Ian) believes in God or not, is a Baha’i or whatever IF he has arrived at those conclusions for his own self AFTER investigation of the facts. If he’s copying somebody else – that’s crap!  I get irritated with Bill about his atheism because he just decided there is no God, he never did any research on it.  As I told Ian today, all I have *ever* wanted is to know the truth for myself.  If there is no God, that’s something I ***definitely*** want to know because I do NOT want to waste time on worshipping and relying on a non-entity. Same thing with religion.  I don’t have a fabulous formal education (my own fault there) but I am curious and I think my mind is pretty good.  I’m always questioning and testing my beliefs.  I read some to him from a rather good book about the testable proofs of the Baha’i Revelation in a book called “The Challenge of Baha’u’llah”  There’s at least 30 proofs outlined in the book that anyone can check out for themselves: read what Baha’u’llah wrote about whatever and then see what happened. You decide if it’s truth or not. But do not start saying stuff to me without even reading anything if you are one of my children!  Gets my dander up. :o)

On the knitting front,  I finished the lace scarf for my secret pal, and made a be-yoo-tee-ful mug cosy for another swap pal.  I will have pics maybe tomorrow.

<<crossposted to my  LiveJournal blog>>