Patience Brings…

Ashton finally watched the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz”.

And “Wicked” is in town!

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Well, by “town” I mean St. Louis.

So, a road-trip was in order to treat ourselves to our very own Christmas presents.

A Sunday matinee.

Perfect clear, crisp “warmish” driving weather.

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An early arrival at the Fox Theater,

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and a restaurant right across the street.

With an appropriate “Kid’s Menu”, great coffee, 

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our first order of salads, amazing fresh-baked hard rolls, 

and a view of the theater and its forming lines, 
we hardly noticed that our entree’ was running late.

We were caught by surprise when the waitress apologized, 
as we pulled out the iPod game of “Life”.

After one more promise of, “Just five more minutes!” 

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we had our pasta, and it was worth the wait.

And what does patience bring?

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A complimentary piece of creme brulee cheesecake, of course.

We finished just in time to walk across the street and straight in to find our seats for the…

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Amazing Wicked!

It was a perfect Christmas memory!

~Nancy 

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Color Splash

The day began with the sun.

The sun and a walk are the best medicine for an attitude that is less than positive.

Add a friend,

and things begin to brighten.

After moving to Illinois 45 years ago, 
from places like northern California, 
I found the “brown” midwest winter landscape…

well,

dismal.

That was before I had weathered some of life’s hard times,
and learned to look with “new eyes”;

It was before I learned to find the beauty in each season.

While writing in their nature journals, 
I asked my students to look with “near eyes” and “far eyes” for something they hadn’t noticed before.

Life itself, has taught me to look for the “color”.

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This was such a day, 

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and there was color…

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everywhere.

~Nancy

Midge

Lost…
or so we thought.

Cat

This is what she looked like when she spent her first day in our backyard. 
She answered right away to, “Here, Kitty, Kitty.”

I posted her picture everywhere, 
and asked everyone I knew to see if a neighbor had lost their cat.

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She was not lost, 

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but abandoned.

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So now she has a home

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and love.

~Nancy 

Thompson Mill Covered Bridge

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Down the road, 
over the hills, 
and through the woods…

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tucked off the side of a narrow country road,

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is our very own Shelby County covered bridge.

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Although closed to traffic,

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it is open to pedestrians.

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So on a beautiful October morning,

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I took some time to visit and to enjoy the solitude and history.

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I hope to return with each season for more opportunities to see the changes.

~Nancy

Organized

Finally.

Time.

Time to clean out.

Scrub.

Disinfect.

Throw away.

Repaper.

Sort through.

Reflect.

Organize.

And when you’re finally finished, 
don’t you just want to go back into the room and open and close the cabinets and drawers a million times, and say,

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“Ahhhhh…. YES!”

~Nancy

(And yup, that is a shot glass which should go with the measurement tools, right?)

Doctor’s Appointment

For Joel, it happens every two months.

When you have Cystic Fibrosis, 
you are monitored very closely.

This month,
without workshops nor a teaching schedule,
I was able to go to St. Louis with Joel and Chad.

Sitting in the waiting room while Joel was tested and examined,
I noticed the artwork on the walls.

Each picture was filled with origami sculptures,

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and these cranes were perfect as they sympolized “Peace” and “Hope”.

After the best checkup he has ever had, 
Joel took me and his Dad for lunch to Chuck Berry’s “Blueberry Hill” in the loop. 

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Their smiles are testimony to a good checkup and a good day.

~Nancy (Joel’s Grandmother)