Gathering Graces 11/21/2017

*Christy picked me up this morning and we drove to Coeur d’Alene to get some shopping done.  We stopped at Michaels, where I bought a couple small straw bales to put our Nativity Scene on out front, then to Costco for some major food shopping, and then to Safeway to finish up.  Fortunately it wasn’t too busy in any of these stores.  While in Safeway, a Starbucks employee was handing out coffee samples in the produce section.  I sampled a Holiday Spice Flat White drink, and thought it was very delicious.  On the way out of town, Christy and I went through at Starbucks drive thru and each ordered this drink.  It is not too sweet, and really hit the spot.
*While in Coeur d’Alene, I received a text from Paul.  He had gone to the doctor in the afternoon, and it was determined he has a sinus infection.  He was given some medicine to help clear it up, and told to use the Neti Pot.  I was very thankful that it was not something more serious.  Thanks to everyone for your prayers.  Keep praying for a full and speedy recovery!!
*Upon arrival at home, Cosette and Zoe helped bring the groceries inside, and I started preparing dinner for the “dinner party” we had tonight.  On the menu, Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, roasted broccoli and cauliflower, Italian Salami, Kalamata Olives and Stuffed Green Olives with Jalapenos.  Bill and Debbie are staying at our home a while longer, because they discovered today that their house had no heat because of the house renovations.  Tonight Jazmin Sauer and Sidnee Grubb, and her boyfriend Benjamin Thompson joined us for dinner.  It was fun to catch up with them and see how they are doing.
*We topped off the evening watching an episode of The Golden Girls.  I have been having so much fun watching this show.  Later Cosette and I were able to have another great talk. We talked about kids she went to school with, what they are doing, and how some of them have had some pretty hard things happen to them already since they all graduated from high school 4 years ago.


Gathering Graces 11/20/2017

*The morning began with my maiden voyage of walking Archie.  It was pouring rain, but I put on Archie’s leash, and we headed for the dike road along the river.  All in all, it wasn’t too bad.  There were a few times he wanted to really run, but that wasn’t happening.  But all in all, walking Archie wasn’t too bad.   Paul was unable to get out and run with Archie today, because of being sick.  He did not go to work today, and made an appointment to see a doctor tomorrow.  Continue keeping him in your prayers.  He did get a lot of rest today, which was really good.  But his breathing has become much more labored.
*I was exhausted this morning.  All morning all I wanted was just to go back to bed.  I dragged around the house.  But I had made a commitment to host a group up middle school students at the Sixth Street Theater who were coming up on a field trip. 
*And, of course, the field trip ended up being great.  Cosette and Zoe drove up to Wallace with me and we were joined by Norma Douglas, and we had a great afternoon of talking to the 14 KMS students about why we enjoy being a part of the theater and touring the theater.  Later, four KHS drama students, Drake, Stephanie, Grant and Tiffany, joined us to play some improv games with the students.  These older students also talked to the KMS students about their experiences in drama.  We also had a “photo booth” for the students where they could pick a hat and a prop and have their photo taken by the Sixth Street sign.
*Toward the end of the time together, I talked to the students about what kind of play a melodrama is, and Cosette, Zoe, Drake, Tiffany, Stephanie and Grant all acted out a couple scenes from a melodrama for the students.  They all did a fantastic job for doing a cold read.  Well, Zoe’s wasn’t quite a cold read, because she had portrayed the part of Fran Tick before, in one of our summer melodramas.
*We returned home and tried to relax.  But I think I had been going, going, going so much, my body didn’t know how to relax.  It was kind of weird.  But eventually, Zoe pulled together some food for dinner, a lasagna that Bill and Debbie had brought over, some roasted vegetables, some garlic bread, and we had a Cesar salad kit we also threw together to add to the meal.  It ended up being quite a delicious meal.
*After dinner it was game time.  Zoe asked us trivia questions from her phone for a while.  Then we played a few other games, especially enjoying Scribblish.  The evening ended with the girls enjoying a few episodes of The Golden Girls with me.


Gathering Graces 11/19/2017

*It was a slow and leisurely morning at our house today.  I made a big pot of coffee that was enjoyed by many.  At one point I cut up some ham and mini peppers and sauteed them in a pan, then cracked some eggs and added a little half and half and whisked them together, and added them to the pan.  Once the eggs were done I added what remained of some Garden Vegetable cream cheese, and let the cheese melt.  I toasted some Dave’s Killer Bread, and we had breakfast for Bill, Debbie, Paul and myself.
*It was very frosting this morning when I first took Archie outside.  But then it warmed up a bit later, and Zoe helped me cover my roses with burlap.  I still need to secure them a little better, but we made progress!
*Paul and I picked up Drake and Jesaray and headed to the theater for our last performance of Goin’ for the Gold, Settlin’ for the Silver.  We had a packed house for the final performance, and it was a great crowd.  Molly, Travis, Zoe and Cosette were all able to come to the show.  After we cleaned up theater, the cast gathered at The Pizza Factory for pizza and drinks and some nice conversation.
*Before Paul and I got home, we stopped at Bill and Debbie’s house to look in their garage and check out the cabinets that had been removed from their kitchen, to see if we wanted all of them brought over to our house the following morning.  Once Paul, Travis, Zoe and I perused the different cabinets, it was determined we would have all of them delivered to our house tomorrow morning, along with a couch and love seat.  They will be stored in our garage until we determine where they will all be located in our home. (The old cabinets will be put either in our garage or our storage area in our house to help with organization).
*We arrived home to Molly, Travis, Zoe and Cosette playing a lively game of Go To The Head of the Class
*Bill and Debbie had gone uptown to socialize at The Inland Lounge, and arrived back around 8 or so.  They joined us in the living room to help answer the questions of the lively game being played.
*It was an early night for all of us.  Paul continues to feel awful, and wonders if he has pneumonia.  He hopes to get in to see the doctor tomorrow. Continue to keep him in your prayers.  Cosette and I stayed up a little later than everyone else and had a good talk about her plans for after graduation.