"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." Saint Francis De Sales

Friday, December 23, 2011

My Slow Takes (vol. 30)

1. Monday was a pack and visit day before heading out to the Outer Banks. We were able to meet Brenda and Lou's new grand daughter and parents. They are visiting from Florida, so this was an opportunity for us to meet them. Cristina is a beautiful baby.

2. Tuesday; there is a high wind advisory until 4PM with a tornado watch until 7PM. Not a great way to spend a vacation day in the Outer Banks.

The good news is that we went out early, completed some shopping and ate lunch at the Red Sky Cafe. Excellent food and drink.

3. Wednesday; no storm damage from last night. The sun is shining, brightening the trees and the homes around us. It is a beautiful morning and the coffee is good. Jeanine and Dave arrived last night. We enjoyed a simple dinner of soup and sandwiches.

Pam, Tony, Maureen and Jack arrived this afternoon. Dee made "sauce" and brought it with us. So we had her famous homemade Italian sauce, meatballs and sausage with Penne pasta. 

We are blessed that we were able to share dinner with great friends. Thank you Lord.

5. Thursday was another beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the high forties. I took a walk on the beach and watched a variety of people. One jogger, one fisherman and several families. One family group was sitting on the beach while the children dug holes in the sand. A young couple sat next to each other wrapped in a blanket. They were reading books and attempting to get some winter tan. 

Only a few birds and some driftwood. The beach art was also interesting.

6. Today is the fifth day of Christmas. "Five Golden Rings." 

Four Calling Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree." 

During the 16th Century Catholics were not allowed to practice their religion openly in England. The Jesuits are credited with writing the "Twelve Days of Christmas." The words having a specific meaning that were used to secretly teach those about the Christmas season which starts on Christmas Day. "True Love" refers to God; Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testament; Three French Hens refers to the Trinity; Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels, and Five Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament.

More information available at Catholic.net.  

7. I own the Barnes & Noble Nook which is similar to Jennifer Fulwiler's Kindle. It is the older version of the basic eReader and I love it. I use it to read books. It is simple to use and can store more than enough books for me to read. Sitting in waiting rooms, lying in bed, sitting on the couch or just relaxing at the beach, the eReader is with me. So, if you love reading, consider an eReader.

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