The social whirl is underway!
The GFWC-IL District 10 luncheon was on Wednesday. We played Santa bingo. I won $41 in the split-the-pot raffle.
There was a Christmas tree trivia quiz. The average artificial tree is used for 6 years (and is in the landfill forever).....Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states....Calvin Coolidge began the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in 1923.
Friday evening we enjoyed dinner with Rotary friends prior to the Carthage College Christmas Festival
Familiar carols and other old and new songs, with splendid choral and instrumental music.
Saturday was the AAUW Waukegan Area Branch holiday luncheon at Lamb's Farm. It's a residential vocational center for adults with disabilities. Their restaurant servers are clients. Of course we don't just eat -- we raise money! There's a white elephant/silent auction (AAUW Greatest Needs Fund), a 50/50 cash raffle (local STEM scholarship), and the quilt raffle (Greatest Needs).
Here are Betsy and me with the winning ticket for the quilt and the **$118** that I won in the cash raffle!
I made the quilt in June and quilted it in July. (Photo shows front and back.)
I paid $12, total, for two silent auction items that will be perfect for upcoming holiday gift swaps, and people bought the things I brought so I didn't have to haul them back home.
# # # # #In the studio: I used HSTs left over from this quilt to make placemats. The dark blues are a Chicago Bears print. Nursing home/Meals on Wheels placemats are one of my guild's charity projects.
OMG for December I'm going to keep up with the clues for Indigo Way. Right now I'm 1/3 done with Clue 2.
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"That's the thing about Coopers Chase. You'd imagine it was quiet and sedate...but in truth it's always in motion. And that motion is aging, and death, and love, and grief, and final snatched moments and opportunities grasped. The urgency of old age. There's nothing that makes you feel more alive than the certainty of death," writes Joyce. (348).
I appreciated Osman's descriptions of Elizabeth's husband Stephen who has dementia. "Stephen was right: our memories are no less real than whatever moment in which we happen to be living." (320)
Osman is a screenwriter and structures the books like a script -- very episodic. He writes that he's going to give the Thursday Murder Club a break (the next book will have different characters) but assures us that they'll be back. Meanwhile, I hope he'll work on a dramatization. (I'm thinking of Eileen Atkins for Elizabeth, Bill Nighy for Ron. Elizabeth McRae (Brokenwood) for Joyce. Not sure for Ibrahim....)