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Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,



Hebrews 12:1







Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind



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Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind~ William Shakespeare


Blow, blow, thou winter wind

Thou art not so unkind

As man's ingratitude;

Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.


Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship if feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.



Freeze, freeze thou bitter sky,
That does not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As a friend remembered not.

Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship if feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.


Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year Resolutions

(These are just a few of the book I want to read and re-read)


I started this blog primarily to research and write about history. It has started drifting from it's stated goal and New Years is a great time to realign it.  This last April was the 150th anniversary of the start of the "Civil War" . We at Oak Cottage (Yes, we named the house.  Don't you like it?)  have become very, very interested in the Civil War.  So  I want to spend the next few years reading and talking about the causes of the Civil War, the people involved, the battles, the weapons, the daily life both of those in camp and those left at home, the clothes (I have mentioned that I like old clothes, haven't I?).  We have even talked about finding recipes and trying them!

But if History is not your thing, don't worry.  There will be plenty of posts about projects, politics, and daily life in general. 

I hope you look forward to the new year as much as I do.  I can't wait to see what God wants to show me in the next twelve months.  

{ Note:  As I am a History major  and not yet a historian , I reserve all rights to change my mind if I should come across new information in the next 80 years. :0)}

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Christmas Piano Recital

Out piano recital was earlier in December, but we had to learn how to get the video from the video camera to the computer.  Better late than never ;0)

We usually play in the church auditorium on a 9 foot Grand!, but this year we were in the choir practice room because the auditorium was set up for the Christmas music service. (The choir sang Vivaldi's Gloria and did an excellent job.)

We have a great teacher and have learned so much from her.  Thanks Mrs. M.

We each played three songs.  Here is Jacqueline playing Joy by Tom Geron.

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Here I am playing Magnificent Monarch by Melody Bober.

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