Thursday, 26 November 2009

Baseball, thanksgiving, flowers,

Good evening Friends,
I do hope that you are all sitting back tonight having had a wonderful Thanksgiving day. If you have had family and friends visit I hope that they have all enjoyed the hard work you have put into making them welcome and feeding them well....
Isn't it funny how an innocent conversation can lead one in all sorts of directions. My friend Beth over at Nutwood Junction often writes about baseball matches she has or is watching and I have not a clue what she is writing about and so I thought I would ask a few friends over here if they could explain the game to me, with not much luck I can tell you....I looked in google but didn't get far there either untill today when quite out the blue on a website I came across the rules....goody goody I thought then I read, and reread, and reread, and have decided that I should put it on here as I think perhpas I will stop now before I go any futher !!! Sorry Beth !! enjoy the game x

A Simple Explanation of Baseball
This is a game played by two teams, one out the other in. The one that's in, sends players out one at a time, to see if they can get in before they get out. If they get out before they get in, they come in, but it doesn't count. If they get in before they get out it does count. When the ones out get three outs from the ones in before they get in without being out, the team that's out comes in and the team in goes out to get those going in out before they get in without being out. When both teams have been in and out nine times the game is over. The team with the most in without being out before coming in wins unless the ones in are equal. In which case, the last ones in go out to get the ones in out before they get in without being out. The game will end when each team has the same number of ins out but one team has more in without being out before coming in.

Today Mary was out at one of the clubs she belongs to and the theme of the meeting was Flower Arranging and at the end of the meeting the arrangments were given out as raffle prizes...Yes, she won one of them and has brought it down to me, it is very lovely done in a narrow necked carafe with holder on top in the oasis is the arrangment of small yellow daisy like flowers, some lovely bright orange chinese lanterns all filled in with variagated greenery...This being Thursday my sister was also over and had brought me some lovely white carnations so I am sitting here surrounded by lovely flowers....I feel very lucky...
We are still having heavy rain showers and even stronger winds, indeed gales is the better word. I am still hoping to go out and do some shopping if it gets a bit better tomorrow...fingers crossed.


Thanksgiving wishes

So once in every year we throngUpon a day apart,To praise the Lord with feast and song In thankfulness of heart.~Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving

May I take this opportunity to thank everyone who reads my "blog" May God continue to bless you all.
To all my American friends - have a very Happy Thanksgiving Day

LOve One Another Always.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Rescue, Royalty, last meal,

Recently Sheria one of my favourite bloggers had a reqest to do a "Kreative Blogger" and as I have very little to say tonight I thought I might follow her, and give away a few things that you may or may not know about me.

1... when I was born my Mother was told not to expect me to live very long !! ... I like to suprise people....

2....Most of you may well know that my favourite country is New Zealand, but you may not know that one day in Auckland Mary and I decided to go to the top of Sky Tower (one of the highest towers in the world) It was getting towards evening by the time we got to the top and had stood admiring the views when we decided we had better go down to dinner 5 floors below,....As we approached the elevators we hear a ringing sound..there were quite a few of us milling around looking at one another....YES the elevators had stopped...broken down...capoot...whatever you like to call it we were trapped ! soon afterwards men appeared and said we would all have to walk down !! WALK DOWN..ME...not me..and so there was Mary and I marooned.... All the others had been led down the internal stairs. We had to stand/sit around till we could be rescued...It took some time ,and although the elevator engineers were getting a bit alarmed, I must say we bagan to think it quite only worry was our dinner date !! we made sure that our dinner booking would be honoured was about 1 and 1/2 hours late

3. The two most famous people that I have ever met were The Queen...that was as I was introduced in a line of many people who had been asked to a reception at Hollyrood House in Edinburgh the home of the Queen when she is in Edinburgh. The other was HRH Princess Diana. She visited my Mother and me in our flat in Bath. She was a delightful person and very interested in everything. She even suggested the best place for a photo shoot for the attending photographer (she perched on the edge of our settee she was so tall and Mum and I so small !!)

4. I was Senior Steward at our church and was partly responsible for seeing through the project of restructuring our church at the cost of aprox £88.000..

5. I once crashed my car and never told my Mother. I told her it had a fault in it...when the engineer brought it back my Mother said to the young man, I hope you have repaired it properly this time....poor thing didn't know what she was talking about ( had I told my Mother about the accident she would have been afraid for me ever to drive again!!)

6. I once helped with Pam my friend, make Christmas dinner for 35 elderly tennants where we worked and I Lived...This was done without a kitchen ! We enrolled the help of various tennants and used their cookers. How we got everything all made and on time ! was a miracle...Can you imagine the two of us dashing between flats between floors with pots of vegetables, roast potato, turkey etc etc..and then serving up in our common room. Thankfully another warden had helped lay the tables whilst we were dashing around..

7. If I had to order my last ever would be.. a delicious Steak rare cooked, with all vegetables in season followed by Baked Alaska (with choc ice in the centre)...

8. To enjoy my last meal I would have to be surrounded by my family, extended family and best friends...

So there you are.. As I said earlier it has been a fairly quiet week with me here, The weather has been very very stormy and although not cold it has not been very nice to get out and about. We are hoping that we might get out tomorrow to go and do a bit of shopping.
Good Night......and...

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Christmas. choirs, sales,

Hi friends, sorry for the delay in writing. I truly do not know where the days go. It is already almost the middle of November and it is hard to believe that Christmas will be with us in only 6 yes 6 weeks !! I really will have to get my skates on as they say and get myself up a gear.... what about you ? are you all ready !! I have made one effort and that was to make a start on some Christmas cards I was horrified to discover that I had already missed the last posting date for my overseas mail to go by land/sea so now they will all have to go air mail and of course that is much more expensive...As Mary is not very good at writing she gets her do her cards as well ah well only around 100 more to be done. There are other things that I must get organised as well it will be our Guild Christmas tea when we try to put on a little entertainment guess who is the entertainer !! Then there is the Christmas Carol service..goodness gratious you think anyone would notice if, like the tortoise, I went into hibernation.
This last week has been really very nice if somewhat hectic.. My lovely neighbour Muriel has gone away for a month to Australia we miss her already she comes in every morning for a chat with her corgi dog. We are taking in her mail and I must pop over to check the house perhaps tomorrow...Mary had an exciting thing happen to her last week, she had a new television delivered and the gentleman who delivered it was very kind and managed to put on an extension to her arial so that she can now get a few extra programmes. We are all going "digital" in march so we are having to change our TVs. or buy something called a "didgi Box" so she chose a new TV. she is delighted with it. Last Friday we had a great evening at church when we had the "lifted gospel choir" from Bath Uni. come to give us what turned out to be a wonderful nights singing. I know that in the US there are many many gospel choirs but over here there are not that many. They were all lovely young girls and it is rare that 2 and a 1/2 hours have flown so quickly. We gave them all a standing ovation and have already booked them again for next year. That was the starat of a really great weekend. My friend Pam came out from Bath to spend it with me (her husband had gone with their two sons to France for remembrance weekend) To start both of us had to man a stall at our church table top sale on Saturday morning. We had organised a "new" stall meaning that we only sold things that could be sold/given as new, perhaps for christmas gifts.(even if all the goods had at one time been given as a gift to someone they gladly gave them to us to raise funds) Happy to say that we raised £45, and we will do another table next month of Christmas goodies. If I have time I will try to do a game or two...such as name the doll..but then I will have to buy a doll !! maybe I could find a teddy...I will have to think. The rest of the weekend Pam and I had a great time as Pam had brought her new lap top computer. Pam is fairly new at computing and wanted to know how to do quite a few things and so our weekend developed into a Computer Weekend. and what fun we had. not saying that Mary was very happy watching us fool around !! Sunday morning we didn't have a service at church as it was Remembrance Sunday when the villagers meet at the war memorial at 10.45 when there is a short service. After the service the Methodist welcome everyone back for hot tea/coffee biscuits etc. Pam and I were up at church by 10am to get organised and await the invasion. We have done this for quite a few years now so have got it down to a fairly good system...however when we are invaded by over 100 folks to be served tea/coffee all within about 10mins. it is a bit of a blur. It was the first time Pam had done it and was absolutely astounded at how many people arrive in such numbers. It really is amazing we have another two members in the kitchen who serve the children juice etc. and make a start at the washing is amazing that by 12 noon everyone has gone and we have got everything washed up and put away....not bad just over 1/2 hour this year 115 served..a record number. And so began another week. On a Monday it is always Guild afternoon. This week we had a speaker who came to tell us all about the talking newspaper for the blind..or indeed for anyone not able to read the paper for whatever reason. It was a facinating talk and everyone left having learnt so much.
So there you are that's my last 10 days or so.
There was a lot of much more serious things that I could have and perhops should have written about in this week of remembrance but I have left to it some of my other friends to do just that. Good night, bless you all and remember