Our friend Kim is celebrating her 60th birthday this July. Check out the link for a whopping RAK!
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini celebrates Christmas, past and present, with a wondrous novel inspired by the classic poem “Christmas Bells,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
In 1860, the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow family celebrated Christmas at Craigie House, their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The publication of Longfellow’s classic Revolutionary War poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” was less than a month hence, and the country’s grave political unrest weighed heavily on his mind. Yet with his beloved wife, Fanny, and their five adored children at his side, the delights of the season prevailed.
In present-day Boston, a dedicated teacher in the Watertown public school system is stunned by somber holiday tidings. Sophia’s music program has been sacrificed to budget cuts, and she worries not only about her impending unemployment but also about the consequences to her underprivileged students. At the church where she volunteers as music director, Sophia tries to forget her cares as she leads the children’s choir in rehearsal for a Christmas Eve concert. Inspired to honor a local artist, Sophia has chosen a carol set to a poem by Longfellow, moved by the glorious words he penned one Christmas Day long ago, even as he suffered great loss.
Christmas Bells chronicles the events of 1863, when the peace and contentment of Longfellow’s family circle was suddenly, tragically broken, cutting even deeper than the privations of wartime. Through the pain of profound loss and hardship, Longfellow’s patriotism never failed, nor did the power of his language. “Christmas Bells,” the poem he wrote that holiday, lives on, spoken as verse and sung as a hymn.
I thought I would let you know that I had the facet injection/medial branch block on Wednesday afternoon. The shot was not a shot. Multiple shots with moving around during each poke. The worst procedure I have had thus far. AND I HAVE HAD MANY PROCEDURES FOR MY HIP OVER THESE ELEVEN YEARS. Don't think I can ever go through it again. I cried and whimpered during it. She went in from the side of my neck while I laid on my side. Such pressure and pain.Bad pain in my left shoulder and left back of shoulder when I lay down now. Don't know if that means it did not take away the painful areas, or if it is flared up and will settle down. I sure hope so. If not, this was for nothing but torture and making my daily symptoms worse now. This injection does not seem worth it for what the doctor said. Four months of pain relief would be considered good.
I have been working on a really old freebie. I adapted it a bit by inserting three poodles into it. ;) I will show you next week.
Stitching and praying,