Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Christmas Eve is tomorrow. I can't come to the library so I have to send all my greetings out today. I only get two Christmas cards through the mail each year. All my other Christmas greetings come by way of the internet. Conveniently I even know a woman named Mistletoe. She lives in Finland. This morning when I first left it was very cold but the weather & visibility were good. As I got out of Mass at St. John's in Pittston I noticed that there was an extremely slight snowfall. There's no Mass today at either of the churches I normally attend. My parents got yet another gigantic order at the store yesterday. Christmas shopping literally never seems to end when there's a big crowd showing up. I recently got a merry Christmas e mail from Sen. John Thune, who represents South Dakota. I've never even been there so I'm more than a little confused about his reasoning.


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Tuesday, December 22, 2009


My father's appointment with his doctors yesterday went well. He should be back to normal slowly starting from today on, just in time to take my mother shopping yet again. Larry & Rose called him last night to say hello. Last night I went to confession at St. Joseph's. It was a penance service & a large crowd showed up. The priest I got was Fr. Rafferty. There were four other priests there, including Fr. Marchetti. I've been watching reruns of "Cheers" lately on a regular basis. There are entirely too many specials on about Christmas. By now it's gotten so boring I can't be bothered with them anymore. I've been practicing my guitar lately too. Most of the time I end up fixating on the A & A minor scales & arpeggios. One of these days I shall have to get the latest issue of "Acoustic Guitar" magazine. The bad weather seems to have died down lately but it's been awfully cold & windy.

Monday, December 21, 2009


I watched "Into Great Silence" & "It Happened One Night" on Saturday night. I've seen them each a couple of times before. Unfortunately I ended up staying up until around midnight because "Into Great Silence" is so long. Christmas beckons. It's only four days away. Mary Anne & family won't be coming in unless the weather's nice enough. They called on the phone a few times over the weekend. Aunt Lauren & my mother went shopping yet again on Saturday. My father has a doctor's appointment at 1:30 this afternoon. Uncle Frankie's supposed to take him. He'll be allowed, in a couple of days, to get back to his normal routine. There was a big snowstorm on Saturday night but it didn't amount to much compared to what we were threatened with. I spent around five minutes outside shoveling yesterday. I pushed the snow off the cars' windows too. On Saturday, at Mass, Fr. Marchetti said he's leaving the parish next month because of health trouble. He's only been here since the summer.