November 27 – Spur of the Moment

November 27

Today I am thankful for spur-of-the-moment fun.

 Sometimes the best laid plans go awry, and sometimes the best memories are made from spontaneous events. Today, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when most people are winding down and dreading getting back into the weekday grind, was one of those times.

Good friends of ours texted this morning and asked if we would like company for the afternoon. They wanted to bring their little dogs to visit with our Jazz, the men could watch the Falcons’ game, and she and I                                                                                              could play cards and catch up.

I said my house was a mess because the Christmas decorations had been pulled out but not put up, and there was no food in the house because I hadn’t cooked for Thanksgiving and had been at my sister’s since Friday, but come on anyway, we’d figure something out.

 

We had a lovely, relaxed afternoon. We enjoyed watching the three dogs play, wrestle, and vie for lap space. The guys napped and even snored as they dozed through the game. She and I played cards and chatted, catching up on family events. We ended up going out to Cracker Barrel about 5:30 for some good comfort food. It could not have been a better afternoon had we planned every detail.

When life offers you a serendipitous surprise, accept it and enjoy every minute.

Good friends, good food, and good times.

What a perfect way to wrap up the Thanksgiving weekend.

 

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November 26 – Music

November 26

Today I am thankful for music.

All kinds of music. My playlist has everything from classical to rock to country to gospel. What I listen to all depends on my mood. Music has that magical ability to take us far away to places and times past and future. For some reason, the songs from our teen aged years always end up being our favorite music. This has to do with brain chemistry. If you want to understand that further, try this link: Neural Nostalgia. For me, those are etched permanently in my brain but there is other music that conjures up precious and specific memories. Not surprisingly, many of these are songs of faith and spirituality.

 

Feeling the sadness of Day is Done at the end of Brownie Scout meetings and Taps each night at 9 pm, drifting all the way to our house from Fort McPherson. Then, years later, as it was played at my brother’s funeral service in 2008. 

 

 

 

The scent, sound, and feel of the woods as we sang Kum Bah Yah at vespers at GA Camp at the old Baptist Assembly Grounds near Sandy Springs.

The old-time gospel songs my daddy would listen on Sunday mornings. Jubilee! 

 

The thrill of hitting the high notes of Love Lifted Me in the old sanctuary at West End Baptist, singing with my best friend Shirley Lowe.  Then, only about ten years later, Martha McGarity singing it at Shirley’s funeral service.

 

The reverence and awe of our youth choir singing My Song in the Night. I still think of it as a comfort when grief and sadness come in the night time.

The songs from movies that take us back to family movie outings, date nights, and even my own wedding. The Sound of Music, Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head, A Time for us.

One of my own children’s favorite, Sweet Child 0’Mine, accompanying the photo memorial at his funeral service.

The world is full of beautiful and meaningful music. I could go on and on and on. I am thankful that God has blessed me with exposure to music, participation in choirs at different times of my life, the joy of listening, and a very minimal amount of musical expertise, just enough to entertain myself in the shower, at karaoke, or on my own piano. Maybe not so muchof a blessing to others, but it is still a blessing to me!

What are some of your own favorites?

 

 

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/08/musical_nostalgia_the_psychology_and_neuroscience_for_song_preference_and.html

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November 25 – Georgia Tech

November 25

Today I am thankful for the Georgia Institute of Technology.

There are several reasons I am attached to GA Tech, and I’m not just talking athletics. Being an Atlanta native, Tech has always been my hometown school. From the time I was just a kid Tech was always a BIG DEAL. Several football players from my high school went on to become gridiron standouts there. My family would ride down there during homecoming week to see the displays. In high school, some friends and I were invited to “rush” parties. We thought we were some hot stuff going to parties at GA Tech fraternity houses!

Actually attending Tech was not even a consideration for me. Very few females attended at that time, it was majorly expensive, you had to practically be a genius, and I had no interest in engineering.I am proud of the progress Tech has made over the years. It is a solid, respected, well-rounded school in terms of fields of study and diversity of the student population.

Those of you are very astute may realize that this post is running today because it is a very important day for Georgia Tech. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is always the big game – the state football rivalry between Tech and the University of Georgia. I could take this discussion in a lot of directions, but I will decline that penalty. More often than not, Tech has come out on the short end of that stick. That doesn’t bother me. Tech is about so much more than football. Yes, they are still my team!

GO JACKETS!

More about Georgia Tech…

Georgia Tech pins

Georgia Tech Fight Song

Up with the white and Gold

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