December 31, 2007
December 28, 2007
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December 21, 2007
There's also a lovely line in the service about remembering "all those who rejoice with us, but on another shore and in a greater light", which was a reference to those lost during the Second World War. The Nine Lessons tradition began in 1928 and has only not happened once, in 1930. The service continued during WWII even though the magnificent stained glass windows of the chapel had been removed for safekeeping.
You can listen to this service on BBC World Service or on public radio stations in the US.
December 20, 2007
December 17, 2007
At Woodbourne, we've been working with Best Buy for a few months on some of their community service projects. The staff members of two stores came and painted all of the children's rooms in September. One of the managers told her mother about our place and the children there.In September, the mother began making quilts for our children and just delivered them to us. There were more than 30 quilts, and she told me that she cut out more than 6,500 6x6 inch squares of fabric to make them. Not only that, she flew to Baltimore from Georgia to deliver them!I have also been overwhelmed with the generosity of some of my readers. Thank you so very much. These lovely acts of kindness are what the season is all about.
December 16, 2007
December 13, 2007
I am fairly traditional and have always had a live tree. We used to tromp around the country-side when we were children and chop our own trees down. Of course, there are housing developments there now.
I do like some artificial trees and fully understand the need for them. My blog-buddy, Le Coterie has a terrific pink one called "Oh, Shift" decorated with tiny little Lily Pulitzer print ornaments.* Cute, clever,funny and tasteful!
December 10, 2007
Update: Some people have suggested magazine holder. It's pretty small, as you can see in relation to the letter-sized files. Since it's fairly decorative, I am thinking it might have been used on a table. Also, with the center handle decoration, it may have been used for something small, so it could be seen and carried. Mail, maybe?
PS... I found the files at a local stationery store, and also get nice-looking ones at Tuesday Morning. I figure if I am going to file things, the files should be pretty. I have also gotten some pretty files at the dollar store.
December 9, 2007
December 8, 2007
December 5, 2007
December 4, 2007
Years ago, I was a caterer. We did a wide range of events, from crab feasts to wedding receptions, all in the same weekends. I had to learn to be very organized so I didn't show up with crab mallets at the wedding, or monogrammed napkins at the crab feast. I couldn't carry all of my client files with me, so I devised a notebook system involving coloured pens. Here's the system:
- I start a conversation with you about a project we're working on. I grab a pen and make notes. If you're the first conversation of the day, the date goes on the top line.
- Then my boss comes in and we talk about a proposal I am writing. Again, I grab a pen and make some notes, but on the next page.
- The phone rings and someone wants to make a gift of stock. I grab a pen, and make notes about what his intentions are.
- I look through the to-do list that I made on Monday and begin adding notes in a different colour than the original one.
- The notebook must be lined and be able to lay flat. If it has a ribbon book-mark, all the better. I get these great-looking brocade-covered notebooks from Pearl River in NYC. They're about $4.00 each and make nice hostess gifts.
I am the type of person who retains information by writing it down, so this system works really well for me. I also like having a list so I can cross things off it and have a sense of accomplishment. In fund-raising, which I've been doing for ages, I have to juggle many projects so this is another way of being organized. I don't have specific colours for specific people, I just grab a pen from my little urn of pens and start writing.