Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The merry month of May

May is a popular month for First Communions which had my friend remembering her all-time favorite story from her days as a 2nd grade teacher. Seems she practiced for the big day with Necco wafers and constant encouragement to the children to put their tongue out so that the priest could put the communion host on it. On the actual date all was going smoothly (so she thought) until right in the middle of the distribution to the long line of children she saw the priest, who knew of her practice technique, start to blush and obviously stifle a smile. Afterward she asked him what happened. He answered, "Everything was going fine until this one little boy blurted out before I could get in a word, 'Chocolate, please.'"

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Airing our differences!

One of our newer members got me smiling last week when she asked, "How are the air conditioning wars here?" I laughed right out loud and answered, "Just like everywhere else, 50-50!"

This weekend our temps spiked into the 80s and since our heating system hasn't been converted yet all 16 chapel windows came open and Sunday Mass was much warmer than usual. As I correctly predicted, 1/2 were thrilled with the "natural warm air" and 1/2 were perspiring and very uncomfortable! Only three majors areas at the Mount are air-conditioned all the time: the chapel, dining room and library. Fortunately all the bedrooms and offices can be individually set, so that makes the "wars" minimal!

Personally I had a change of heart last summer when our a/c system broke down for a week. The "natural air" lovers were just fine, but as I observed the real heat misery for the a/c lovers: perspiring, red-faced and over-heated, I realized that it's much easier for the "naturals" to put on a jacket or sweater than to get relief for the "a/c-ers." Besides, there are so many more important things in life than "fighting this war"!! So, if I'm ever asked that question again, I may laugh, but my answer will be: "There's no 'war' we co-exist happily."

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Amazing and lots of fun

Hope you haven't seen this yet.
Enjoy the creativity and technology: trop forts
( P.S. You can find more on YouTube.)

One of our little "waterfalls"!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Our First Creek Walk

The temperature was better, there was no rain and it became a perfect afternoon for our first Seven-mile creek walk of the spring. It starts right across from the bottom of the big hill as you go onto our Glinodo property and it ends right at a cliff above the lake.

May apples are's one with "an apple."

Ditto Jack in the Pulpits.

Numerous pairs of Canada Geese are around.
No goslings with these two.

Two little evergreens we planted 3-4 years ago.
Looking great!

Our neighbor's bird ferry boathouse,
at the very end of the path.

Pesky lawn and garden violets are pretty--
for about two weeks

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

May brings forth everything!

A couple weeks ago I posted "one of my favorite spring sights." Here are the other two (making them my top 3). When they've all appeared I know spring is truly, truly here to stay. Now if the temps would only settle down into a consistent 60 or so!

The tree in the center of the library courtyard is pure white for two weeks a year.
Drop dead gorgeous. Here it is from the library windows.

The two bleeding heart plants in the inner courtyard bloomed this week,
I mean the hearts themselves finally dropped. Another gorgeous sight.

Otherwise things are going along well in this Easter season. Our spring visitors are arriving every weekend. Last weekend we had 5, yes 5, of the blood sisters of one of our sisters here. They were was like having 5 clones of her around all the time: voices, mannerisms, laughs, everything. Great fun.

This weekend leaders in the L'Arche movement will be with us. Nice group to have, too. Some weekend retreats of our own are also going on this month, so we're all in our best hospitality mode! And, finally, our own vacation times are just beginning as some of our sisters are on a couple weeks of long-awaited vacation, now that the nicer weather has appeared and travel is a bit more doable/less risky. Hope they're having a wonderful time!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Weekend snips

A delicious pre-performance reception showcased the Mercyhurst hotel-restaurant management majors' talents.

Marinas are starting to have boats in the water and the bay is looking more and more summer-like.

Sweet chirping birds are appearing at all the feeders around the monastery.

Earlier blossoming trees are fading and later ones are just starting up.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The eye is better

My friend and I are having a kind of unofficial contest (no rules, no prizes) to see which one of us can take a photo of our thin, vertical chapel stained-glass windows that really captures what they look like to the human eye. We've taken so many of them--different light, flash or no flash, different times of the year, month, day....and they always, up until now, came out flat--never quite catching the gem-like twinkle and gleam that shines through them at their best.

Until now. Here's her latest, taken last week. It's a beauty and very, very close.

My turn now.