Sunday, November 23, 2008

Starlighting, and a 'Peaceful' Weekend


Slept in Saturday morning -- but that was about it for a serene, peaceful break. The house is full of piles...I dealt with a few of them, then went off for chili to the firehouse with friend Constance --

and the Starlighting. Castle Rock's namesake perches on top of a huge butte, and for decades has featured a large wire star on top. Every year, the star is lit on the last weekend in November, just before Thanksgiving. People in town wander around, admiring kids and dogs....high school and elementary groups & carriage rides...and chili and nachos are available at the local firehouse. We all sit around and visit, have a slice of homemade pie to top things off, then count down.

One quick moment -- and the star shines out. Then we enjoy a batch of fireworks, and fight our way home through the traffic.

Our town is known for this. People taking the main north-south highway through Colorado (I-25) are surprised to see this huge star seemingly hanging in the darkness. Sometimes it's lit on other occasions -- when the Broncos make the Superbowl, for example. (Not this year!) When the hostages were being held overseas during Jimmy Carter's waning presidential days, the star shone, to encourage people to remember.

We love this star.

I went home, baked and prepped, then...

Sunday --
7:30 a.m. Worship Team practice
two services -- two sets of music to learn

12:00 p.m. Church is over -- set up for a recital!
12:30 p.m. Recital -- my piano students did a great job, though they were scared to death. Lunch afterward. Plus cleanup.
2:15 p.m. Get home. Collapse. Take an hour nap.
4:35 p.m. Church is having our annual Thanksgiving supper. Head for kitchen, tie an apron on. Pick up dishes. Wash more dishes. Keep it up until the crowd thins, and you can (finally) eat supper.
8:00 p.m. Get home. Collapse again, Daughter #1 in tow. (She's here through Thanksgiving -- lucky us!) Watch various silly programs on tv. Think about going to bed. (Body has no idea what time it is again.)

So that was my wonderful day. Thankfully, the week is coming -- I can do biz stuff, and maybe get some REST!

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From the "I'm Not Sure I Wanted to Know This" Department: some of the strangest diseases and allergies you've ever winced to see. Hmmm...

And I'm going to bed, to dream about turkeys dancing to a piano version of 'Beauty and the Beast.'

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