Archive for December, 2017

Merry Christmas!

brighter threesomeWe have nearly wrapped up the year of 2017 and preparing now for 2018.  We came back on Saturday to cold weather in Minnesota after enjoying two weeks of family and friends in warm Arizona.  When we left we had set the house at the temp of 55 degrees. Imagine our surprise when we got home to a house that was 40 degrees!  The plants were mostly all frozen, except of those hearty ones in the bay window.  The toilet was frozen and the kitchen sink nobs for cold and hot would NOT move, frozen!

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We made the best of it but spent all of Christmas Eve in town with the folks.  How nice to go to two services at my folks’ church and then celebrate afterwards with a nice beef roast dinner.  Of course, we had to play dominoes after that and the novice of the group, my brother Tony won.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Thankfully someone my Mom knew came out to look at our plumbing situation.  He will come back tomorrow in order to fix the problems we have.  All is ending better than we thought.  It turned out to be a more expensive two week vacation than we bargained for!

 

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Another Christmas concert in fieldhouse

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis Christmas concert has been a tradition for MANY years, even before I was born. My parents paid for the tickets for Ken and I to go and we had our bus ride with about 25 other people paid for also.  What a wonderful time to get to the fieldhouse an hour before so I could walk through my old alma mater.  The campus has added many new buildings since I attended 40 years ago.

There were FOUR choirs in different colored robes and there must have been at least 400 singers with an orchestra of about 50 members.  The audience in the bleachers must have been at least that and on the floor of the gym where I used to play badminton and watch basketball games, there must have been another 400-500 people.  In total, there was probably about 2,000 people in this fieldhouse that serves the college as a sports place throughout the school year, but in December it is a wonderful concert.

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How nice to go to a restaurant afterwards with the 25 other people and enjoy Christmas caroling before we ate.  My folks are in their 80s but they look much younger.  A great way to celebrate the new holiday season! My Mom is wearing her Norwegian sweater while my Dad is wearing his usual bolo tie.  They met as singers at voice lessons and the rest is history.

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Concert happened, lights out

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The concert was a success at the Carnegie the other night, we probably had about 150 people in attendance (counting the choruses) and we brought in almost one grand. We can move ahead with our renovations on the old building of 107 years.  We had an architectural engineer look at the place the next day. We need to know what to do with the coal room that I was hoping would turn into a storage area.  His report will cost us almost two grand so we definitely needed the help of the fundraiser concert.

We also talked about an elevator where the dumb waiter for books was placed in the librarian’s office.  The engineer made that seem very doable.  He showed pictures off of his phone to show that it does NOT need to be an elaborate elevator but something that would suit our purposes.  That was good news but still waiting on someone to donate money to our cause.

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What fun it was to put up Christmas cards and other Christmas decorations. We have some of the string of  lights on a timer so they will go on every night for about 4-5 hours and then automatically out again.  We will have another concert the end of December and then hopefully we will have the electrician come in to do some major overhaul on the building’s old system of electricity.

Everything takes time when restoring an old building.  I’m glad someone stood in the way of having it demolished back in the mid-1980s. A few claimed that the Carnegie was an eyesore.  Some people just do NOT like old buildings and think that new is better.  I would have to heartily disagree.  I believe the older buildings were built structurally sound and were meant to last a long time!

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