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

February 2, 2010

Filed under: — Constance at 10:54 pm on Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The great fable of the ground hog and its shadow sighting announces that there will be six more weeks of winter. Charles says, “I’m not surprised” and I say, “Oh good grief, what utter nonsense!” A cardinal sang out its spring song yesterday morning and I shall choose to go with the wisdom of the red bird of Sanctuary as translated by a desperately winter-weary soul. Charles then related that in his youth the small town in Kansas near his birthplace held an annual “Ground Hog Day’s Supper” at which event mountain oysters were served. I asked immediately, “Did you eat them?” “Can’t remember” he replied, and the whole conversation died with one final “Eeewww” from me.

This weekend we drive to Kansas City where we will attend the musical, “Glorious!” which is about Florence Foster-Jenkins, the woman who thought herself to be the best coloratura soprano in the world. She was in fact remarkably dreadful, but because she had wealth and was a part of the New York social set of the time, she gave recitals at her own charitable functions, finally agreeing to sing at Carnegie Hall to a sold out crowd at the age of seventy-six. Apparently, it was only then that she began to suspect that her attraction was not her beauteous voice – since she died shortly thereafter, it would not have been a great burden to bear. She can be found on YouTube and her music continues to have listeners to this day.

My energy is seeping away again. The last blood transfusion has lasted 49 days and that is good – the not so good part is the growing need for more sleep and rest. Meanwhile, I continue to have high hopes for an early spring, though the snow remains everywhere and the birds are tucking away pounds and pounds of seeds each day because of the low temperatures. Kansas City will not have cherry blossoms and palm trees, but a small winter’s adventure at a few degrees more warmth will be a wonderful change.


Comment by Caroline Schau

February 3, 2010 @ 10:10 am

This year, for the first time in many, we have robins by the dozen stripping our pyracantha of seeds and flying off in a wavering path. So if warm is your goal, come see us. You can even bring Alphie and there lies the evidence of our devotion to you. :) Rest and enjoy the music that fine husband of yours supplies.

Comment by irene Beethe

February 4, 2010 @ 7:20 am

Dear Connie, While Kansas City may not be an “early spring” location, sometimes a change in scenery can rejuvenate the soul! I pray that it does that for you! I’m trying to coax the amaryllis bulbs to life after a time of slumber. A little bit of springtime hope in the gray and snowy atmosphere we have this side of the lake! Safe travels and a wonderful weekend to you and Charles. Peace and joy in Jesus, Irene

Comment by Heidi Ore

February 5, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

I wanted to share a poem kira wrote for me:

A Spring Poem

Even tough its still cold out
and groundhogs day is past
The Shine of your smile
can never dim
Spring is here at last


Have fun in KC!


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