On a Figgy Monday

Greetings. I can’t believe it, but Saturday morning I saw snow flurries. Of course, that’s nothing compare to the eastern US. Otherwise, we had limited time on the ballroom floor because my wife was feeling well, so we stayed home to be greeted by the trick or treaters. We also went to dinner with friends before returning to our home for wine and chit-chat. With Sunday being All Saints Day at church, we were reminded of my mother-in-law who passed away last December. Toss in watching football and the tango formation practice, for us this was a low-key weekend.

How was your weekend? For most of us in the US, it was the end of Daylight Savings Time, so our clocks had a backward adjustment. Did you take advantage of the extra hour by staying up more or getting more sleep? Did you have good weather? Fun times? Restful? Were you productive? Come on now … give us the scoop.

Thanks to my readers for making October 2014 the second highest views in the past 21 months. Although I’ve learned to be less concerned with stats, i do notice trends … so thanks for a positive one.

Hooray … because Tuesday is Election Day in the USA, time is coming soon when our televisions get a break from the pathetic commercials.

Speaking of the elections, listen closely for those declaring the results delivered a mandate.

Celebrations for your week

  • (Week) Fig Week, Split Pea Soup Week, Patient Accessibility Week, Communication Week, Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, Give Wildlife a Break Week, Bird Health Awareness Week, Vegetarian Awareness Week, Chemistry Week
  • (Mon) Cliche Day, Fill Our Staplers Day, Sandwich Day, Job Action Day, Jellyfish Day, Housewife Day
  • (Tues) Chicken Lady Day, Use Your Common Sense Day, Candy Day, Waiting for the Barbarians Day, Skeptics Day
  • (Wed) Doughnut Day, Soil Day, Bonfire Night
  • (Thurs) Men Make Dinner Day, Saxophone Day, Nachos Day, Marooned Without a Compass Day, Basketball Day, I Love Nachos Day

Being Fig Week, a special shout-out to Raye (@ Jots in a Small Apartment) … after all, she enjoys eating and painting figs (as seen here). I encourage readers to visit her, and tell her I sent you. With figs on the brain, here are a few other Fig Newton commercials from the past. Let me know if you remember them. The second video is my favorite of the two, but you may have to watch it on YouTube.  Have a good week!

On a Monday After Stuffed Figs

Wow! We had a full weekend, so how was yours? Come on now … tell us about.

Friday’s key event was the handbell choir playing for the Southern Ohio Lutherans at the convention’s service. Weaver Chapel at Wittenberg University served as a wonderful setting (but in an acoustic sense, it’s a tough place for bell choirs. Nonetheless, we played well and many strangers stopped by to say their appreciation for our effort.

Although Wittenberg is a 90-minute drive time away, we were able to return to the dance studio for the receptionist’s final day … so we got a little dance time.

Last week I cleaned my grandmother’s sewing machine … the kind with the foot pedal to move the needle. It’s been in various basements and storage sheds for the past 30 years, and we received it from my sister last year. It was an easy restoration, and we replaced the damaged lid with a piece of granite that come on Saturday … it’s now a beautiful small corner table. Hopefully I’ll share a pic before the end of the week.

Saturday night we hosted our dinner group … actually the first non-family event at the new address. With “Fruit” as the theme, the evening was filled with good food, good people, and good wine. (I figs were my favorite.)

  • (Course 1) Toasted Olive and Cheese Bread, Grilled Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Agave Nectar, Sparkling White Sangria
  • (Course 2) Chilled Strawberry Soup and Pineapple & Almond Bread
  • (Course 3) Roasted Pork Loin Stuffed with Mango and Rhubarb and Topped with a Bourbon-Strawberry-Rhubarb Sauce, Pasta (Gemelli) Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette
  • (Course 4) Strawberry Jello Cheesecake

Celebrations

  • (Week) Clothesline Week, Body Piercing Week, Flag Week, Men’s Health Week, Automotive Service Professionals Week, Graffiti Week, Clay Week, Pet Appreciation Week, Fraternal Week, Nursing Assistants Week, Meet a Man Week
  • (Mon) Donald Duck Day, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS) Day, Abused Women and Children’s Awareness, Strawberry Rhubarb Day
  • (Tues) Ball Point Pen Day, Iced Tea Day, Alcoholics Anonymous Founders Day, Pet Memorial Day,  Black Cow Day
  • (Wed) Corn on the Cob Day, Nachos Day, German Chocolate Day
  • (Thurs) Crowded Best Awareness Day, Loving Day, Jerky Day, Peanut Butter Cookie Day, Nurse Assistants Day, Day Against Child Labor

Life: The Musical returns this week. With the previous acts of Life, Born, Name, and Youth, Act 5 focuses on dreams. So start looking for your song titles that include dream(s), dreamers, dreaming, and compound words beginning with dream. Curtain time for Act 5 will be Wednesday, 9:30 PM (Eastern USA).

My unknown eye condition remained stable over the weekend. Although last week’s test were negative, the condition is now persistent … so I’ll be contacting the doctor Monday morning.

The Carol Burnett Show from 1967-1978 was highly successful. Although comedian Tim Convoy was famous for making actors laugh when they weren’t supposed to, the role is reversed in this clip. Enjoy and have a great week.

 

On the Monday After

Another weekend is in the books, so how was yours?

Because my wife “no ballroom” for two weeks instructions from the doctor, we stayed home on our normal dance night to open a bottle of good wine and watch a movie. Saturday was full with a funeral visitation, a contractor at the house, handbell rehearsal, and the church’s 50th anniversary celebration event, Saturday flew by.

The handbell piece premier was only acceptable – mainly because we played in a big room that is acoustically dead – a real sound killer! However, we had three good rings Sunday morning!

In this past post featuring a fall-colors walk in my neighborhood,  many JMapleTwocommented about our fiery Japanese Maple. It’s transition is in progress, so this image is from Saturday when we could see the transition with hints of green, deep maroons, and brilliant reds. (But this pic didn’t capture it as I hoped.) Interestingly, we could see more change on Sunday.

Many thanks for the testimonials. I hope to publish the new subpage sometime this week. Many thanks … and for others, I’m still taking them here.

Upcoming celebration notes for your calendar

  • (Week) Split Pea Soup Week, Fig Week
  • (Mon) Candy Day, Job Action Day, Chicken Lady Day, Traffic Directors Day, Use Your Common Sense Day (sadly, that has to be promoted)
  • (Tues) Doughnut Day
  • (Wed) Nachos Day, Saxophone Day, Marooned without a Compass Day
  • (Thurs) Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day, Gin Day, Men Make Dinner Day, Hug a Bear Day, Magazine Day

My favorite pro hockey team is the St. Louis Blues. Many of you also realize there is also a song of that name. Plus, it is also fitting as the city’s baseball Cardinals caused fans to sing the blues for losing the World Series. For your Monday Morning Entertainment, enjoy the St. Louis Blues – but done in a quirky way. Have a good week.