Back From California

Gorman and I have been out of town for nine days, which is why I haven’t posted anything but you know I always tell you that no news is good news from this blog. We went to Santa Monica to visit our older son, Charlie, and his dear wife, Kathleen, but best of all we got to be with Ryland, our adorable five-year-old grandson. That is really balm for my soul; he is so funny and loveable. The only bad part is that now we miss him so much but enough about grandchildren. Thank heavens for cell phone photos, videos and Skype.

Yesterday we went to the Ash Wednesday service at St. James. It is very sobering when the priest makes the sign of the cross on your forehead with ashes but afterwards Gorman and I kept talking about the Litany of Penitence that we recited in the service. If you are not an Episcopalian, you would do well to get your hands on The Book of Common Prayer and turn to page 268 where we confessed, among other things, “our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, our self-indulgent appetites and ways, our negligence in prayer and worship, our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us”; very sobering words. We decided that we need to read those words daily and may just do that during Lent.

It was cold and rainy in Southern California, believe it or not, and it is cold and rainy here in Fairhope. If not for the fact that we get to have a fire every night, this weather would be driving me crazy. Gorman and I are longing to get out in our yard and prune back all the plants that turned brown during our frightfully cold Winter. I know Spring is just around the corner because next week is the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival and that usually brings balmy, sunny weather. My sister is coming to visit us next week and that’s always an upper, both for Gorman and for me.

Gorman is feeling good and enjoying life but is sometimes frustrated. While in California, his debit card kept getting rejected and then we found the problem. Just before our trip, he was doing some on-line banking and accidentally sent someone $10,000 instead of $1,000. He said he was not sure if the problem was the result of two brain surgeries or old age. We try to keep a good sense of humor!

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Posted on March 7, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Hi Gorman & Beverly, Well the sun is out in Mobile and headed your way. Always love to read your post, see the photos and be reminded of Blessings! Your church is very special. Regarding the idea of “excess”, my sister has been involved in a study at St James for the past few weeks. I cannot fully explain it but it is based on a rule of “7”. Exercises include choosing only 7 items of clothing for a week, choosing 7 food items to eat on another week, etc. Very meaningful reminding us of the excesses in our lives. Your blog describing the Ash Wed service is in line with the mission ongoing. We should all consider our excesses and share with the less fortunate. Blessings to you both. Just thrilled about Gormans continued positive progress.

  2. I beat Tommy to the comments this time! 🙂 So happy ya’ll had a great trip. Your grandson is a doll and I love his “Batman/Superman” get-up!!
    I thought of and prayed for ya’ll at the Ash Wednesday service here and I agree with you about that service. I went at noon and it always amuses me when I go into a store after the service and have people either stare or say… Excuse me Mame but you have something on your forehead and I love telling them what it is!!! God does have a sense of humor and so do ya’ll. Tell Gorman next time he is passing out $10,000. to click it this way!! HAHA!!! Love ya’ll and keep up the smiles!! Mel and Tommy

  3. Good to hear “no news” from you!! Ryland is so cute & looks just like Charlie!! Guess Gorman made someone very happy with $10,000!! Sorry he didn’t owe us anything!! Not sure if this is bad news, but it’s not the result of brain surgeries!! I paid a “condo” bill, but forgot to move money to that account!! Not happy, but like to blame it on “brain overload”!! Not old age!! Take care!! Karen & Jimmy

  4. Connie and Doug Cazort

    We love reading your messages!
    Your grandson Ryland is adorable and it looks like
    he’s full of the wonderful energy of a 5 year old!
    I enjoyed what you wrote about The Book of Common Prayer.
    Sending love and good thoughts your way.

  5. Beverly and Gorman,
    I agree that the reflective prayers and confessions we too as Methodists use on Ash Wednesday are things we need to ponder daily. Know you loved your visit with Charlie, Kathleen and Ryland just sorry the weather wasn’t so nice. This will be a Winter to remember for sure! Loved your phone pix and to hear you all are doing well. You are in our thoughts and prayers…….God bless.
    In Him,
    Lillajo and Charleigh

  6. We love hearing about your travels! You really should consider writing a book!
    Love to you,
    Christine and Bobby

  7. I am very happy that things are well at the Schaffer House!

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