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A New Book Club

Friday, November 21, 2014

Yesterday I went to a book club meeting at a branch of the local library. It was actually the second time I had been to a meeting. Most of the people attending have been going for several years and the library is probably 12-15miles from my home but that is fine as it is about sharing the books we have read. Still, it is a little intimidating going into a group of 20+ people who have been attending for awhile.
I had read a book a few months ago that I shared the first time I attended and this time I had read 2 books. How would I do with my reviews? I sat in the next to the last chair so that I could give short reviews if time was close to the end established by the library.
The ladies gave their reviews. Some were quick synopsis, some were read with dramatic effects, some were long and boring, and some were interesting and peeked my interest in the reviewed book.
Now it is my turn! I have no notes! Will I remember the name of a main character? Will I remember the 5 countries of origin of the main characters of the other book? How will my reviews be received?
Evidently I did well. There was laughter when I hoped there would be and a few questions about the authors and correct spelling of their names. When the group was breaking up several ladies came to me to complement my review.
WOW! I certainly am happy that I did well. Now I have to be able to do as well for the next meeting.

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MM11113 11/21/2014 11:10PM

    I am surprised that a Parrot Head would have literary expertise and public speaking poise! Keep it up.

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MARYHENNIG 11/21/2014 10:56PM

  Sounds like a lot of fun, too!!!

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JO88BAKO 11/21/2014 10:54PM

    Good job! That would be scary, sounds like you wowed them! We had fun at our social. I must have been tired last night when I sent your message. It was the Wicked Witch. The food was good and the band wasn't bad. Tomorrow is the float. I will try and get ahold of you soon. I don't know how to describe your relationship with Larry. I'm glad you have a really good time when you are with him. I wish you could have those fun times more often. Have a great Saturday.

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More Wedding Celebration

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dinner was delicious, the cake was beautiful but the catering company served cake they brought and not the wedding cake. ( Needless to say the bride was not happy when she learned of that.)
After dinner every one got maraccas or light up plastic instruments to "enhance" the musical experience(sarcasm intended). When the band took a break a cousin from Ireland, wearing his kilt, sang an Irish wedding song, a funny ditty that everyone enjoyed. Then the bride's uncle brought out his bagpipes and joined the Irishman in another fun tune.
The trolleys returned and guests boarded for the ride back to the hotel or to the Irish pub for more celebration. There the bride's uncle joined the Irish band with his bagpipes and Tracy entertained us with a jig. After all of the beer in the pub was consumed we headed back to the hotel. Brunch the next morning was at an early time for the guests.
After brunch and checking out of the hotel my daughter, the bride and groom, some other family and friends went back to the bride's sister's house,her b-I-l and a few friends left for football games. The rest of us crashed and slept.
Monday came my daughter and I lounged at the pool until time to go to the airport.

The honeymoon for the newly married couple began November 7th. It was timed so that Tracy could run the NY marathon and see a bit of New Zealand and also go to a Rolling Stones concert while there.

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NELLJONES 11/21/2014 8:30AM

    I wonder what they did with her cake? It's around somewhere.

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JO88BAKO 11/20/2014 10:02PM

    Oh WOW! What a time. I bet the bride was ticked off they didn't serve her wedding cake. That doesn't make any sense. I like bag pipes. Bet you had a really fun time. Lucky ducky, those who got to see the Rolling Stones. I've never seen them live but sure would like to. They make the fact old rockers don't die they just rock harder a fact LOL. Are you still celebrating your birthday? How fun you got to do so many fun things with your friends for your birthday. Tomorrow night is our PH social on the island at the Wicked Witch. They just had a grand opening under new management and a new paint job, no longer all black. Saturday we will start painting our pirate float for the Christmas Parade. What do you have on your agenda for the weekend? Have a really great Friday!

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The Celebration Continues

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

After the mass and sacrament of marraige the trolleys came to pick up the guests and take us to the reception at The River House in St Augustine. The wedding party would follow after photos.
We arrived and were shown to the patio where a steel drum band played , bars were set up with every imaginable drink,and hors d'ouvres were served. There was beer cheese to dip the warm pretzel bites and drizzle over grilled veggies, party sized grilled cheese sandwiches and tiny cups of tomato soup, ahi tuna, guiness sliders, coconut-curry chicken and steak skewers, escargot, and several other tidbits.
While enjoying the view of the river and sail boats, the delicious food, and a drink a friend who had lost her husband , at a very young age, three months after my Ed died, came and asked me to go inside with her. She took me to awhere there was an easel. On the easel was a large ornate frame with a lovely poem about family members missing from the celebration because of their death. There was Michael's first wife, Tracy's parents and grandparents, Michael's grandparents, various aunts, uncles, and cousins. Then there was the photo of the two Ed's who had died so close together. It was a photo of them with the bride taken 8 or 10 years ago. Kim and I were so touched that Tracy had loved them so much that she included them that we just held each other and cried.
The bridal party arrived, Tracy and Michael danced their first dance as a married couple, and we all went inside to another band, a beautifully decorated ballroom, and dinner.

More to come later.


October 25,2014 Tracy Marries Michael

Friday, November 14, 2014

The wedding day dawned bright and sunny! The wedding party was staying in a hotel different from the guests; so, we didn't see any of them before the wedding. The bride's aunt and I dressed and I got the early trolley provided by the bride and groom to be early enough at the cathedral to get an awesome seat, and it was awesome!
The terrbly ugly scaffolding that was up the day before the wedding was still there but was hidden by gold drapes that matched the gold leaf in the cathedral! Beautiful!! The flowers, two large bases on the alter and smaller matching bouquets on the reserved seats were white, pale pinkish, and the purple/mauve/pink heather. Magnificent!
The organist began with ''Lord of the Dance'' as prelude. When Pachelbel's ''Canon in D'' began the groomsmen and bridesmaids came down the aisle. The men were handsome but the women ( the bride's sisters, niece, soon to be step daughter, a my daughter) were beyond beautiful in their eggplant chiffon, their hair up, and incredible professional makeup!
Then the bride camedown the aisle, to ''Trumpet Voluntary'' with her brother in law, in his air force uniform, and her uncle, wearing his clan kilt, and looking so happy, so excited, and so very beautiful. She joined her groom, her prince charming that she waited so many years to find, and mass and marraige ceremony began! The ''Ave Maria'' was sung just before the Recessional, ''Flower of Scotland''.
Tracy and Michael were one. LET THE CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE!

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JO88BAKO 11/16/2014 6:05PM

    Oh wow, sounds so very beautiful! I bet those eggplant dresses were awesome, love that color! Is Cindy still visiting you? Bet you gals had a blast! We've been on the go for over a week. Things are settling down now. We went to church this morning. We like it and are thinking about joining. I made bad food choices today, ate way to much sugar and my body doesn't like it - for the first time in my life. It's dreary today and raining now. I'm thankful it's not snow like the Midwest got, yuk!! How's your week looking? Are you staying busy not working? Hope you had a good weekend.

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More About the October 25th Wedding in St. Augustine, Fl.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

My friend, her son, and I went to the church ( the Basillica Cathedral in the old section of the city) and while we waited for the bride and bridesmaids ( funny thing, they got caught in traffic and also had to change in the cars) we marveled at the beauty of the marble alter, the gold embellishments, and beautiful stained glass windows, side alters, ceiling, etc and wondered about the distraction that the scaffolding might cause, especially for photographs. Yes, there was construction going on and a lot of scaffolding was up.
Finally the bridal party arrived (the groom had just about warn a hole in the floor pacing). The rehearsal was completed with out a hitch, and it was on to the rehearsal dinner for the bridal party and their families. My friend, her son, and I walked the short distance and were seated under a pergola covered with vines and interspersed with small white lights. We placed our drink order and soon the others arrived. We all introduced ourselves to the groom's family and some of the bride's family whom we had not met. What a delightful, friendly, and fun group of people. There had been many choices for dinner and I had chosen the crab cakes, can I say delicious? Yes I can! Soon the guitarist/keyboardist set up and after dinner more wedding guests arrived for drinks.
My friend and I left soon after the groom's family as she had been up since before dawn cracked and was quite tired! When we got back to the hotel the bride's aunt, who shared my room, was there and we had a grand time catching up on the families!
We went to bed early, by midnight, in preparation for the wedding and festivities the next day!
More to come!

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JO88BAKO 11/5/2014 7:33PM

    Oh ya, crab cakes, yummy!! I'm trying to find a good recipe for them and also crab dip.

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JO88BAKO 11/5/2014 7:32PM

    Sounds like you had a really great time. That's awesome!! Loved your Jimmy Buffett story too. Are you working this week? Bob and I are helping with the Fish Fry at the Legion Friday. We haven't done it before. It was warmer here today which was just fine with me! How was your day? Have you talked to Larry? Hope we can catch up on the phone soon. Also hope they get you a new water aerobics instructor soon!!

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