Monday, December 6, 2010

2010 Week 49

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Time to put away thanksgiving decor, after the small turkey dinner on Sunday.

Monday, this was my view all day long, grading papers and preparing for class, completely afónica (voiceless), hoping to be able to conduct class by Tuesday.

Only one ornament on the tree--a hand painted gift from one of my students.
And, yes, class did go on as usual even though I had to whisper.

The house Christmas lights welcomed me as I drove up the lane. Thank you, Michael!
The photo was taken later, closer, from the south lawn. The 18 foot span can be seen through the trees from the road 700 feet away.

Wednesday we had our first snowfall and our trees have had a fine dusting ever since.

Thursday, another student gift. Oops, the peppermint bark is almost gone!

Friday, Kayla came over after school and helped get the Christmas decoration going. It is still in progress, but I do believe the cat likes it.

A marvelous event Saturday evening was the performance of Handel's Messiah by the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra and the Taylor University Chorale. All the more special because some of the participants and soloists grew up in our community.

I am especially moved by Handel's masterpiece and the words from Scripture. It starts out with comfort and ends in triumph with Hallelujah and Amen. A wonderful reminder of why we celebrate this season.

Also this week we celebrated the home going of a dear lady in our community, a life well-lived that inspired us all.


The Bug said...

Love your Christmas lights - that must be quite a sight!

I love the Messiah too. The first year we moved to Cincinnati I participated in a "open sing" of it - went to a big downtown church & all the people sang. It was a LOT of fun. And I sang it in Zambia too.

Oldfangled said...

My high school concert choir sings the Hallelujah Chorus every Christmas. I always enjoyed it, and I can still remember *most* of the second alto part.

sara said...

I have missed you too!!

I love the cross! what a beautiful beacon!

why is it that cats love it under the tree? I have seen so many pictures like that lately!

Have you been able to see Kim yet?

Kim said...

I had a cat photo this week too :)
We have only gotten a couple inches of snow -- enough to make things pretty without being too hard to drive in.
What do you do besides a tree and the lovely outdoor star? Will there be additional photos of decorations next week?
Homemade candy -- yum!!!

Tori said...

Love the lights!
Christmas treats are always a nice bonus for teachers! :)
The Messiah is still one of my favorites to hear and sing. LOVE IT!
We used to have cats and they didn't lay under the tree but climbed in it! Not a good thing!!
I've missed you! Good to "see" you this week.
Have a super week!!

Lori @ The Davidson Den said...

So sorry you lost your voice! That's stinky. Hope you're feeling better by now...

Peppermint bark sounds delicious!

Handel's Messiah gets me every time. Have you seen the group on YouTube singing it in the food court of a mall?? It's great!