Constance Ore is a retired Teacher, Choir Director, and Organist. And a formidable cook.

July 15, 2008

Filed under: — Constance at 10:27 am on Wednesday, July 16, 2008

There is not much happening right now – the sun is blazing hot, and the greatest excitement is the painters changing the discreet, somewhat faded yellow on the front of the house back to it’s original “Oh my word, that’s really YELLOW!” At the first sighting of this color, a neighbor’s child was convinced that this was Big Bird’s residence, and now we are back to its original brightness.

Several nights ago we were awakened at 3:00 AM by the sound of raccoons in a very loud and acrimonious battle outside our window. After a seemingly long time, there was the crack of a branch breaking, followed by the sound of it hitting the ground. After this, blessed silence reigned once more. In the morning, we saw the fallen branch near the cottonwood tree, and we surmised that one raccoon was pushing the other out further and further until the limb broke off under their weight and it fell carrying them both to the ground. We are assuming the trip down rendered the dispute meaningless, because since then, the nights have been peaceful once more.

We prepare for our holiday in Colorado and New Mexico in the next weeks. We begin with a time together with all children and grandchildren at a resort near Rocky Mountain National Park, and we continue with opera in Santa Fe. I have felt quite well for a number of days now, and the gift of life is very good.

In the summer Hymn Sings that Charles has presided over these last weeks, the hymn “Abide With Me” has been requested nearly every Sunday, and it carries me back to the little church of my parents and the occasions of their funerals. It was a favorite of both of them, and we sang it there as we gathered to honor them one more time. Now, when I hear the familiar words and sing the familiar melody, I am carried both back and forward in time as memories and comfort intertwine in a wonderful way.

“Abide with me, fast falls the eventide
the darkness deepens, Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away
change and decay in all around I see
O thou who changest not, abide with me.

Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes
shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies.
Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.”


Comment by Mindy Werling

July 16, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

Dear Connie,

Kudos to John-Paul on the clever Big Bird animation! That was a surprise! And the Spectrum Yellow color looks great on the house. Just think of all things yellow — bananas, school buses, lemons, the sun, daffodils, chicks, taxicabs, sunflowers, post-it notes, yellow squash, corn on the cob, yellow Laffy Taffy, ducks, goldfinches, “Yellow Submarine”, etc. — primarily fun and happy things. Yep, I think your architect nailed the color for your house!

I drove to Oklahoma this last weekend for one last round of genealogy research on my great-uncle. Several farmers were burning off their fields, and it was incredible to see the orange flames licking at the blue sky and sending great clouds of dark smoke billowing up and away. It must be quite an art to safely accomplish this feat, although I noticed on the return trip that one of the fires had apparently gotten out of control and had burned up to the highway in one spot. I’m glad I was not driving by at that moment!

Have a YELLOW (i.e., fun and happy) time in Colorado!


Comment by Becky Pfabe

July 16, 2008 @ 8:27 pm

Connie, Lately I’ve thought that all that’s on You Tube is Sheryl Crow! What a pleasant surprise to find that wonderful rendition of a great hymn. We went to Sante Fe last October and I felt like I could see forever–spectacular!
Love, Becky

Comment by mira wiegmann

July 16, 2008 @ 10:58 pm

Hurray for blood counts that hold steady and rain in Seward in July. I’m glad that the last few days have been more “whippy” for you. Dick & I enjoyed the scenic portions of the trip to Portland and our hosts graciously welcomed us before departing for a beach holiday. We have been doing our “homework” of exploring Portland’s neighborhoods for possibile habitation. Today we met with a realitor and looked at several homes with the following results: 1. a 1921 bungelow that had a structure with a complete kitchen/bath that could be a studio for Dick, but contained unneeded appliances and was rather small. 2. a charming bungelow in a wooded part of the city close to the city center that advertisized a “workshop” that was below ground and smaller than half a garage – not workable as a studio, and no lot space to build one. 3. a 1940’s bungelow that had small rooms, a small yard and a garage that could be remodeled into a studio. 4. A loft condo with 1,600 sq. feet on two levels on the 7th floor of a former warehouse that had an industrial but excellent designed high tech look and floor to ceiling (16 ft.)windows the width of the the Pearl Districk. Guess which one we loved and which one is the most expensive? We plan to contine house/condo hunting in Vancouver and Salem before giving ourselves to the pleasures of mts. and ocean. Have a great trip filled with “whippy” days, family, laughter, and arias. We will all have stories to tell in Aug.that should tide us over the winter. You are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

Comment by Lowell

July 19, 2008 @ 8:57 pm

A favorite cafe of ours in Santa Fe (actually in Tesuque, NM) is the Village Market and a special item for breakfast are the Blue Corn pancakes. Then, for browsing, and enjoying their free samples, is the Wild Oats Market in Santa Fe. I once saw the actress Ali MacGraw there and we shared thoughts about what were the best food samples to taste. She lives in Tesuque as does a former next-door neighbor and good friend of ours, Kyra Kerr. Those two ladies frequently see each other at the postoffice. The newspaper stand in downtown Santa Fe, near the capitol building, is a good place for coffee and to just hang out.

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