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.