Sunday, December 5, 2021

Cyrus Albertson, 1894-1964

This was an interesting theatrical assignment. As part of First Methodist's 150th Anniversary celebration, I was to be the "ghost of a pastor past": Cyrus (Cy) Albertson who was Pastor from 1941 to 1949, the "War Years." His first Sunday as pastor was December 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. I created what turned out to be a very handy prop, a scrapbook of photos from the church's archives. People spent a fair amount of time perusing. The most popular discussions were about "where is that stained glass window today?" BTW, the Dickens reference to ghosts from the past is totally appropriate as Pastor Albertson would tell a Christmas story every year on the Sunday before Christmas, and every other year that story would be A Christmas Carol. First Company Theatre is a ministry of First Methodist Church.

Friday, December 3, 2021

More Prepping

It's looking very much like Christmas around here now. And it's also looking great downstairs where a lot of rearranging is going on to accommodate a couple more Compound Dwellers.

These game boards can easily be taken down to play.

A cozy nook for most any activity for one,

The chinchillas are now in a more public spot.
Can you spot one?

How clean and organized is that!?
The chinchillas used to be under the wall shelves on the right.

Flying Horse Ranch is in the spirit, too!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

More Christmas

It's looking a lot more like Christmas...

Red=girls, Green=boys, Red/White=foster kids

Monday, November 29, 2021

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Thanksgiving in Kansas City

Janice, Matt D., Nathan, Sam, Griffen, and Remy joined all the rest of the Compound Dwellers for an adventure to Kansas City for Thanksgiving. It was a 3-car caravan. The biggy, of course, was the Plaza Lighting Ceremony Thanksgiving Night. It had been close to 50 years since Jamie and Lynn witnessed the event, and that was probably while working sound for it with David Beatty Stereo. Of course, there were tons of other fun stuff including outings with the Siscos, Children's Science Museum (at Union Station!), Crown Center's Sea Life and Lego Land, Fritz's Railroad Restaurant, Plaza shopping, visits to Panache and Andre's, and the Deana Rose Farmstead (where Laurie works). And pushing 40 of us at Laurie and Andy's for Thanksgiving dinner! All the photos are here.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Oh Fudge

Janice and Matt arrived from California just in time to attend the Kreb memorial service today. Janice and Matt just happened to have been here for Thanksgiving Dinner 2019 when the Kreb family also attended, so they knew the Kreb family, too. Lynn and Jamie, however, were in New York City at the time singing in a Mark Hayes concert at Carnegie Hall. The other big activity of today was a Fudge Tasting event. The fudge came from Colorado Fudge Maker which, as it turns out, is a cottage home food service operated by the Mom of a friend of Matteo's at ECA school. Look for the OHFUDGE license plate. Once the ballots were tabulated (6 adults, 1 teen, and 1 kid), these were the winning flavors: Ande’s Mint Fudge, Mexican Hot Chocolate Fudge, Peppermint Patty Cake, Christmas Fudge, Ellen’s Choice Coffee Fudge, Fireball Fudge, and Milk Chocolate Fudge. Runners up were: Almond Joy Fudge (Jamie's fave), Dark Chocolate Fudge, Jack’s Lemon Bar Fudge, Caramel Fudge, Chocolate Explosion, and Dark Amaretto Fudge. We'll be getting a large supply of the winning fudge flavors to take to Kansas City for a big Thanksgiving Dinner with about 35 people.

Flowers for Tracy from Jeanette

Fudge tasting

Tracy's system for keeping track

Blade and Bow around the fire for the boys

Fudge Ballots