With Sug’s help I plan to cook on Friday afternoon and evening including preparing the dessert. I think we’re expecting about 25 people and not everyone is staying for dinner so some recipes will need to be doubled and others tripled.
When April began I had plans which included celebrating birthdays, going to the opera, and celebrating Easter — dates which could not be changed. We succeeded in accomplishing most of the things we set out to do and at least put a dent in the others.
My son celebrated his birthday in April.
Not only was he born in April but his actual birth-day was on a Palm Sunday so I always think of Palm Sunday as a day to also remember his special day.
We have been enjoying attending services of different denominations where Charlie has been asked to play their services. It’s interesting to experience the similarities and differences of various places of worship.
Charlie and I have finished five weeks of Argentine tango lessons. We have learned to walk tango-style — I walk backwards — in both parallel and cross pattern.
I can perform ochos and a thing called the “code”. One last class and we’ll try to decide if we should continue. Tango has been a weekly challenge in concentration and performance which I can highly recommend.
All in all April was a busy and productive month. We made some decisions for new projects which will be revealed in May.
Although my grown son’s birthday is early in April, he was born on Palm Sunday. Today is Palm Sunday.
In addition to our regular services Charlie had the opportunity to play the organ at the small chapel of a local convent.
Sug and I accompanied him and were truly blessed by the simplicity and sincerity of this community.
This week my regular Bible study classes have been canceled but I’ll be attending special services planned for the end of the week. My favorite is Maundy Thursday. It is in Maundy services I have heard very profound and memorable messages. The Pope washes the feet of prisoners emulating the actions of Christ at the Last supper. That would be a truly humbling experience — having anyone wash my feet.
So we enjoyed our 5 services this weekend and look forward to a peaceful week concluding in a celebratory and joyful Easter when Charlie will be playing again at the convent before our regular service.
April first is Monday so I wanted to start making plans lest the month get away from me. I try to set goals every month which allows me to make progress on the myriad projects and repairs we face.
I dedicate April to my loving son who celebrates his birthday early in the month.
I’m helping to plan a retirement party for the matron of honor at my wedding. Charlie and I will be providing the musical entertainment. We along with Sug will be visiting her in Serbia this coming fall.
Her employer is providing party favors of tiny, colorful Turkish (Serbian) coffee cups and saucers. I am making tags for each one tied on with a ribbon extolling her extravagant hospitality and grace.
We have tickets to see (hear?) Porgy and Bess at the Baltimore symphony. We have done this same thing years ago at which time Charlie was alarmed to find out it is an actual opera. Since the music was written by George Gershwin he was expecting something in a more jazz style.
When the soprano let out with Summertime in a coloratura range I thought he was going to head out to the lobby. Fortunately, our children were with us and they loved it.
I have high hopes for my April “To-do List”. I want to focus on the laundry room which was NOT part of our 2013-2014 renovation but on which I have been working for the past decade.
Three items that immediately pop into my mind when considering the laundry room are:
doors for the closet,
door for the entrance,
baseboard and chair rail trim.
Charlie will be playing the piano and organ for a variety of services and has enlisted Sug and me to sing with the choir.
Charlie and I started six weeks’ worth of tango lessons last Wednesday.
He’s doing great and my foot hurts from injuring it while we were in England last September. But I’m a trooper and will “keep calm and tango on”.