Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Recent happenings

On Sunday, April 20, following the service at Restoration, we held our Progressive Book Group meeting. I was pleasently surprised that eight people attended. We are still reading and discussing Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. We have been on this book for a long time. We read and discuss one chapter a month. The book has 25 chapters. The last chapter we discussed was chapter 16.

Last Tuesday, a week ago from today, we were driving back to Sand Springs from Tulsa and decided to stop at McDonald's for some breakfast. I went through the drive-thru. As I was getting our order, the cup of hot coffee ended up in my lap and ran down my left leg. It was hot enough I got second degree burns from the coffee. We went inside the restaurant and filled out papers on the incident. Then we went to Urgent Care in Sand Springs where I was given some ointment. The only place I got blisters are on my left foot. I took the week off from walking.

Last Monday (yesterday) the Methodist Book Group met at Mazzio's. We ate and talked about The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. Next month we will discuss To Kill A Mockingbird.

Friday, April 18, 2014

TV worth watching

We have been watching the new Cosmos series being shown on Fox. It comes on Sunday nights at 8 pm. So far four or five of the one-hour programs have been shown. The series is a remake of the series hosted by Carl Sagan back in 1980. I saw the original Cosmos and have been watching the remake hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. It is probably the best thing on TV at this time.

In other news, we returned today from Springfield. We drove there on Wednesday, following J's doctor appointment.

I had the church piano tuned last Tuesday. It was the first tuning for the piano in several years. It was needing it pretty bad. Gail and I are paying for the tuning.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Movie Night and more

We had a movie night at Restoration back on March 29. I believe there were five of us who showed up to watch a movie. The movie starred Peter Falk. The title of the movie was "Checking Out." It was entertaining. Someone suggested we show movies that reflect diversity. I'm not sure the Falk movie did that, but we intend to hold a movie night once a month. I need to see if a movie has been selected for April.

We went to Springfield on the 31st of March and come back on April 2. The next day, April 3, a piano tuner came and tuned my piano. It had been two and a half years since it was last tuned. He charged $115. I am going to have the tuner tune the church piano on the 15th of this month. Gail and I will pay for the tuning. I don't think the church piano has been tuned since I have been attending Restoration, which is about 8 or 10 years.

On Friday, April 4, I drove out to Keystone State Park to check on the YRE the walking club has there. We had 20 walkers for the first quarter of the year. That is not bad considering how cold the winter was.

Last Sunday was Humanist Sunday at Restoration. Our speaker was Marilyn Clarke. The title of her talk was "Permanently Temporary." Gail and I played a piano duet by Robert Vandall titled "Tucson Toccata."

In the past we have had a potluck dinner following the service. This time we served breakfast instead. We will continue with the breakfasts on Humanist Sunday for a while. We had nine people attend the breakfast.