It was September two years ago when we were in the midst of the pandemic, isolated, sequestered, missing friends and family. I posted this blog titled “Smile.” It’s time this cold, snow sparkling in the sunshine day in November to repost it. I hope it makes you smile. It brought a smile to MY face!
Smile when your heart is aching Smile even though it’s breaking Though there are clouds in the sky You’ll get by – if you’ll just smile!
Do you know that song? I’ll share it with you … Along with some things that made me smile today:
This is one of Nat King Cole’s songs that I loved the most. Its message is so important for us in this world today.
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you’ll just smile!
SMILE!! Thanks for visiting JanBeek. See ya tomorrow.
Jem Croucher, Poet’s Corner introduced to me today a new poetry form. Her blog beautifully described “In the Autumn Now” in an aaab rhyme scheme.
For those of you unfamiliar with those poetic descriptors, the aaab scheme means the first three lines all rhyme, but not the 4th one.
The fun thing about her last line is that it was the poem’s title and it was repeated in each of the four stanzas. Brilliantly done! (There are probably other rules to this rhyme form, like 7 or 8 syllables to create rhythm on each line… but I’m not sure I can do that! So will just go with the rhyme scheme and number of lines for now.)
I’m going to try my hand at this poetry form, but as you know if you saw my post yesterday, we – here in Ennis, MT – are “In the Winter Now.” Alas, our fall colors are buried under several inches of snow. Beautiful, but – oh my – too early for me!
October snow fell softly
October snow – unseasonable Way too early – unreasonable Return of colors – unfeasible In the Winter now
Lack of wind – delightful Snow in clusters – rightful Blue sky returning – eyeful In the Winter now
Howling winds return – disappointing Wind chimes play – enjoying Returning storm looms – annoying In the Winter now
Tasting falling snowflakes – purely Venturing out in the snow – securely Getting skis ready – prematurely In the Winter now
Wanna try your hand at this poetic form? Go ahead … give it your best shot. It’s fun!
For a really good example of the form, check out Jem’s In the autumn now It’s delightful!
Send your poem to Jem Croucher She’d be delighted to hear from you.
Speaking of fun – Look at that photo of us – 100 years ago – Ready for winter!
Our weekend began with a cloudy day in Sierre, Switzerland, but soon the sky cleared and the weekend was sunny and beautiful.
It was a beautiful fun-filled time with family and friends. Let me share some highlights with you. We’re having such sweet Swiss times! One highlight of our weekend was a choir festival in Véraz (near Sierre) where our daughter, DeDe, and grandson, Chris, sang with the Chippis choir.
Every day here in this beautiful country is full of the blessing of family and friends. Sweet catch-up time. I love sharing the fun with you.
After the festival, we went to André’s brother’s fiancée’s place for a raclette evening. So nice to have catch-up time with Kad & Roger.
Meantime, our friends, Jim & Terry, took the bus from Vissoie up to Grimentz where they are enjoying a few days of hiking in those fabulous mountains. They’re sharing a few photos of their experiences. Have a look!
Yes, the mountains are alive with the sounds of water and hikers and joy! Once upon a time, a dozen years ago, Bob & I took that hike. Now we are content to enjoy those high Alpine views through others’ cameras! Oh, and from the bus- of course.
Thank you for your responses to our posts. We love sharing our trip vicariously with you, dear friends. Wish you could be here in person.
Hello, dear blogging friends. It’s been a busy weekend for me. Saturday was our Ennis Arts Association Festival.
How’s the weekend been for you? What were your weekend highlights?
Saturday was a beautiful day In Ennis, Montana for our 26th annual Ennis Arts Association Madison Valley Art Festival
The Madison Valley Art Festival is an outdoor event (held rain or shine) on the historic trail between Yellowstone National Park and Virginia City, a path well-traveled by tourists visiting the state’s national parks and historic landmarks, and fly fishing on the Madison River.
Our Presbyterian Women hold their annual fundraiser at the festival. They sell baked and canned goods donated by the MV Presbyterian Church members. There were three tables full of goodies, but by 2:00 pm, this is all that was left! We enjoyed the left-overs at fellowship after church today!
The Li’l Hog Pit had a wonderful menu and they served the record crowd with efficiency and delicious food. We’re grateful to Benny and her hubby for their expertise and availability.
Bob enjoyed his lunch with our friends, Bonny & Joel.
From 10: am to 5:00 pm, the Tune Tanglers provided music for the art enthusiasts. We’re grateful for their shared talent! They spread the gospel message with their musical choices as well as good ole western songs.
Artists such as talented painter, Kathleen Van Driessche, come from far and near. We had 61 artists in 54 booths this year. Something for everyone!
I walked around and admired all the paintings, pottery, photography displays, jewelry, woodworking, metal sculptures, etc.
If I wasn’t saving my money for or upcoming Swiss trip, I might have convinced Bob to get this wooden vase (with a glass insert) for me. I love it!
But the price tag said, “Not this year, Jan!”
As the afternoon wore on, the shade was especially appreciated. We had an unusually calm day (without our typical Madison Valley wind) and the temperatures reached into the 90s.
We were happy to return home to our home where we had opened it up to the cool (50 degree) night air and closed it up during the day. Ah, God is good! Life is good! Praise Him for our artists, musicians, Ennis Art Association workers who set up and took down, and all the people who came out to support the event.
Maybe next year you can plan to come join us for the last weekend in July. Ya think?
By the way, I love that photo of Bob back in his beekeeper days when he permed his hair. Don’t you? It was taken in our house in Modesto, CA with our Boston, Jacques. He had funny buck teeth (the dog, not Bob).
Do you know why Bob curled his hair? He hates to wear hats. As a beekeeper with naturally oily hair, bees loved to buzz in there and sting his scalp. The curls lifted the hair off the scalp and dried out the oiliness. The bees left his head alone. Interesting, huh?
I hope you enjoy the collection of photos I put on the Bloganuary site today.
Tell me, can you choose a favorite photo that you have taken?
Thanks for visiting JanBeek. See ya tomorrow (God willing)
Thank you so much for your prayers for our safe travel and clear roads and beautiful weather. Your prayers were answered.
That was the area we were most worried about: Island Park, Idaho. It was so perfect today. God is good! We could not have asked for more perfect weather and more beautiful road conditions! You were with us, dear friends. Thank you!
Enjoying a relaxing dinner in Elko, Nevada.
Bob & I traded off driving. It made the 500 +/- miles go much more smoothly.
Have a good night – and continue your prayers, please. They worked!!
Meantime, in Switzerland, DeAna & André are enjoying a busy December at Relais des Mélèzes – their beautiful Swiss chalet/hotel/restaurant in Vissoie, Switzerland. They are in need of health and healing prayers. Can you add them to your very effective prayers, please?
Thanks so much! See ya tomorrow (God willing) … another 500 miles to go through, up & over Donner Pass – Lord, hold off the storm!