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!