LeRoy is feeling a bit rushed, I think. Between scheduled bus maintenance, pickup oil issues and my appointments, he hasn’t had time to get all the last minute things done around the Landing. Throw in a day away for a family funeral and we’re into our last week. Our son-in-law Tim’s grandmother passed away and her funeral was yesterday.
One enjoyable thing about being here at this time of year is that we get to attend the Singing Quaker Alumni Choir concert. The alumni choir was much smaller than usual this year but just as spectacular. One of the best parts of the concert is that they bring in guest composers to conduct the choir each year. This year’s guest was Craig Courtney and his explanations of his compositions and arrangements just brought the music to life. Heidi and I are both former Singing Quakers, having sung in this well known choir under the direction of Dr. Cecil Riney. While he retired from directing the Friends University Singing Quakers several years ago, he has directed the alumni choir up until this year. He has been called back into service by the university as head of the Fine Arts department in recent years. Yesterday was his 86th birthday and we got to attend a party in his honor after the concert. He and his wife Verna are dear friends and fellow church members. They and their children have had a huge influence on our church over the years.
On the hearing aid front, one appears to have been defective so we returned it and picked up a replacement on Friday. I’m still pretty iffy about the benefit vs. cost issue. I have an appointment Friday to make a final decision.
Not many days left until we leave for Arizona. Youngest granddaughter Jadelyn turns 13 this week!! Grandson Ben is in the Sedgwick High School production of “Oklahoma!” and Jadelyn is helping behind the scenes, following in oldest sister Jordan’s theatrical footsteps. We plan to attend the Friday night presentation of the musical and then the current plan is for us to leave Saturday the 11th, the day after our last known obligation/family event for the fall. The weather is pushing us out, as forecast highs this week are in the 40s. That’s not bad for a night time temperature, but it feels cold to us as a daytime high!