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Spring?

                                                                 Antique postcard from Graphics Fairy.

According to Merriam-Webster, Indian Summer is “a period of warm or mild weather in late autumn or early winter”.

Is there a term for early seasons?  Here in North Texas, we have a lot of early springs (usually February), early summers (beginning in May), late summers (100+ temperatures lasting into early September) and mild winters with just a sprinkling of bad weather and temperatures below 20 degrees F.

The Hen Bit and dandelions are in bloom, there was a robin in our yard last week and today we have the air conditioner on.

It might as well be Spring.

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September

Ah! September.

What a relief in Texas. August is behind us and we have hopes of cooler weather before long.

Click here for Ella Fitzgerald’s September Song.

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Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

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Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise him all creatures here below;

Praise him above, ye heav’nly host;

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Amen

Thomas Ken, 1695 (words)
Genevan Psalter, 1551 (music)
alternate title: Old 100th

To hear a lovely marimba version, go here.

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While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

The handwritten notes in the upper corner are Joe’s, probably organ settings from a long ago Christmas program at church.
(Click to enlarge and make the image clearer.)

[Page taken from A Wreath of Carols, 47 Christmas Songs Selected and Edited by Betty M. Own and Mary E. Macewen, Piano arrangements and guitar chords by Carla Bley and Mike Mantler, Illustrated by Paul Granger; published by Scholastic Book Serivces, 1966]

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The Three Kings

(For clearer images, click on them to enlarge)

[Illustration of the kings is from An Old Fashioned Keepbook, published by Tree Communications, 1981]
[Piano music is from A Wreath of Carols, Scholastic Book Services, 1966]

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Christmas Is Coming

A Wreath of Carols was one of the books I selected in 7th grade when our English teacher, Mrs. Sappington, took orders for the Scholastic Book Service. Seems I’ve had a weakness for books (like some women have for shoes or purses) for quite a long time because I can remember narrowing down my choices to only 4 or 5 each month when we were given the new flyers.

Joe and I have literally worn the covers off of this book. It’s one of Joe’s favorite Christmas carol collections. He said the arrangements are simple but nice and good for singing as well as playing.

[“A Wreath of Carols”, 47 Christmas Songs selected and edited by Betty M. Own and Mary E. Macewen. Published in 1966 by Scholastic Book Services.]

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Piano cat

Up until recently, Benjamin Franklin would jump up on top of the piano whenever Joe sat down to play.

Cats are like that…just when one thinks that “he always does that”, then he doesn’t.

So we were surprised a couple of nights ago when he reclaimed his balcony seat.

Maybe it’s the selection.

Joe’s been playing a lot of show tunes and this time he was using his Heavenly Highways hymnal (old southern gospel).

Discriminating taste our cat has.

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