Day 116 – Back Home and Broke – well Maybe!

This morning was a very early one. Alarm went off before 5:45 and then the hotel wake up call came shortly after. We reorganized and headed off to the airport which in Shannon means walking across the parking lot.   It was very smooth going getting through security and then customs.  Some one I know, as usual, complained about taking off shoes especially when the woman in the wheel chair did not have to take hers off.  That is right of course if one were being logical. If we are talking safety then why wouldn’t the person in the wheel chair have to take off theirs as well.  I wonder if she had not been a little old Irish lady but a middle eastern person would they have made that other person take the shoes off for screening???

Anyway, it all went smoothly and they accepted our declaration of our purchases.  Good thing we did not have to list everything we had purchased and mailed home as well.  The plane left on time and United did a good job except for the food.  We had a morning flight so it was weird getting a chicken meal as our first meal on board.  And it tasted terrible. But the TV on the seat in front of me provided me with two decent movies.  I had time for two little rests and we got sandwiches shortly before landing.

In Newark it also went smoothly.  Got off in Terminal C and took a shuttle bus to Terminal A and went to our gate and waited for the plane which was late arriving.  We left almost 40 minutes late but arrived only 15 minutes late so they made up a bunch of time.  Dan was waiting for us at the exit so it was very nice to see him again.  The bags arrived shortly and we were off for home.  A little bit of snow on the ground and the house was all clean and fresh. I do believe someone came over and did some dusting and mopped the floors since there is no dust anywhere.  I am so grateful..

We chatted with Dan for a long while, got a pizza since our time is all messed up.  At the moment it is 7 pm which would be midnight Irish time. No wonder I am beat.  Both my suitcases are unpacked, almost everything put away and tomorrow I will start sorting the various bags I mailed home.  Thank goodness we did all the laundry before we left so I have no dirty cloths.

Skyping with the totally wired little girls was fun this evening. They had just returned home from a day with their friends and their nanny.  I think they said they went some where but they also made Christmas ornaments which they brought home with them.  They just might be a little excited about Christmas and their special visitors –  Denis had a chat with Norah and a short one with Tim so we now know about dinner plans for tomorrow night.

I took some pictures today from the plane and airport. Dan was not expecting me to take his picture so he was not thrilled but was a good sport.  The green  and rainy ones are Ireland and the more populated, brown grass ones are NY State. And the one with snow is our front yard.  Yes, we are home.  Still not sure how I feel about it but I guess it is the beginning of another adventure.  Emails about three meetings already and one outing with the Red Hats to learn about hypnotism. So January won’t be boring.

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Day 115 – no days and counting or was that crying?????

So here we sit at Shannon Airport in the Radison Inn waiting for 6am to go across to the airport to check in.  It was a good and a sad day.  Our first outting was to the Claddagh Church for Mass at 10 am. Then to Arabica for Breakfast. French toast was very good. One little girl wanted to say hi to Santa. She was quite shy but really thought she was seeing the real guy.

We went back and tried to finish packing, clean up the kitchen and get ready to leave.  We thought once we were ready we might go out for a walk, but then what happened…. The rains came.  We did go up to Meteor after a very frustrating phone call to them by Denis.  He ended up finding out he has to call in the morning or tuesday to cancel his phone service so they won’t be charging him automatically.   Mine was fine since it is a monthly one and you have to go on line and use your credit card to add minutes. It will just die off and then the next person can use it.

We had some cheese and crackers – nothing in the house to drink but water. I had thrown everything out. We heard a knock on the door and lo and behold it was a happy surprise – Irene had come on her way to lunch to say good bye again.  I hope they come to visit us some time. I know we will be back to see them.

Frank Fahey called and confirmed he would be picking us up so we were ready by 3:15. He came at 3:30 as arranged and we headed out.  We went first to near Gort to see the Castle that WB Yeats had renovated for his wife George. It is fabulous and in a lovely location.  Then he took us to an ancient monastic site which is so great. There is a huge leaning tower there, an active cemetery and lots of additional buildings. Looks like a smaller version of Clonmachnoise.  Was happy to see it. I asked him if they would consider doing a tour around easter County Galway which would include Athenry.  He had a list of places that could go on such a tour and he said they would name it after me.  We had a drink at the hotel and then said farewell to Frank.

After getting rid of our coats we went down to dinner and are now in our room watching TV and contemplating sleep even thought it is only 7:30.  So tired and know tomorrow will be a very long day.

Will write some tomorrow about our return and our feelings about being back home.  It has to happen so I guess that withdrawl will be normal.  We were laughing over dinner about where we could go for a drink.  No place compares to any place in Galway. Never did go out to drink so I guess that phase of life is over for a while.

My camera battery seems to have died after 5 months on the job. I realize I took a ton of pictures so the question will be if I have to store it in my big bag since all electronics have to be in working order to go on carry on. Hope no one steels it.

Wish I had some pictures from today but sadly the camera was not working. Frank is going to send me some pictures he took and I will add them later.

Be well all and see you on the other side of the pond. And I am still waiting for additional comments about whether to continue to blog or not?

Day 114 – One day and counting – tears and sadness and fond goodbyes

Denis was up and out by 4:45 am to go to see the students off.  There were lots of tears and no one wanted to get on the bus. They each sat alone on the bus probably to hide their tears and to go back to sleep on the ride to Dublin.  A few of them were not leaving with the rest and some of their Irish roommates came to see them off. Very nice at that hour of the morning although it could be that none of them had been to bed yet.  Denis returned and went back to sleep.

Arabica for breakfast was our first stop of the day.. Denis wanted to eat a full Irish Breakfast before we left.  It was way more than he would normally eat and he could not finish it all.  Looked good but was way too much for me.  Even the bowl of granola and yougurt was too much for me.  But it was nice to be there and we will probably be there again tomorrow.

We got up to another day of packing, sorting and going to the post office to mail what we thought were just too heavy to put in the suitcases.  The books we bought for ourselves are going via ship so we won’t see them for several weeks. The other items will be at the house in about 7 days.  Wow, what a life.. We also went to the Farmers Market to replace Eleana’s gift and get it right this time. Spelt her name wrong the first time. We were not shopping for food and the temptation to purchase other items was so strong.  We enjoyed that walk and felt better once we had sent off that box of books.

I set up a date to meet Irene for coffee at 2 pm.  Denis went off to the post office again with one more package and then he met us at Arabica.  It was a lovely visit and I am so sad to be losing this new friend.  Irene is so warm and friendly and has helped me so much during our stay.  She is a Kerry girl and so proud of it.  Her sister also came along and we got to meet her as well.  I gave Irene some little gifts and she answered our final questions – things like where to put the keys to the apt, where to store the items we are leaving for the next professor etc.

We then took a walk out on the Promenade, will try to go again tomorrow but if it is raining too much at least we walked a bit there today.  Denis plans to run the distance and kick the wall tomorrow – that is running all the way to Salt Hill and there is a wall there that they say they kicked which signifies that they did it.  We walked back up Shop Street. There are so many people there this weekend shopping. Wall to wall people.  We stopped in a couple of shops and said farewell to some of the folks we have gotten to know a bit.

At 6 we are going to the Spanish Arch for dinner so will finish this when we return.  Just wanted to start now.

We went to the Spanish Arch for dinner. Fish and Chips for our last meal in Galway.  It was very good and we had a lovely dessert which was called something else but certainly tasted like “Death by Chocolate’. It was sooooo good.  We stayed an hour longer to listen to the music and talked about what we liked about our stay here.  One thing for sure was that the time we spent together in evenings was actually more like dating. We shared wonderful walks along the water, and in town and stopping to shop or to have a drink in a pub.  As we left the Spanish Arch we got hugs goodbye which was nice.  We have enjoyed listening to Feedback and are bringing back their cd.

The Irish people have been so kind and welcoming to us and it has been nice as we walked around the town having people say goodbye and wishing us well..  They remember when we were leaving and have been so good to us and helpful all the time.

Well, going to try and post some pictures of Galway I took today of some of our favorite places and sites.

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Day 113 – Two days and counting – but what a fun day today

Woke up feeling much rested this morning.  It was sunny and it felt like a day to get things done.  First on the list was going on the bus to Spiddal to the Craft Village which we both really like and there was something there I wanted to buy for the guys.  We had about an hour and a half so we both worked on some projects- I did some more packing and tried to figure out what we need to mail home that is not a gift for someone.  I may end up mailing home pjs and sandals just to make room in the suit case. OH well, we have bought so much and even with sending at least five packages home we still have so much extra.  should have been sending things home from day one but who knew right?

We got the 11:20 bus to Spiddal. It was a lovely ride along the coast and I saw people swimming in Salthill, beautiful horses along the way, and green grass every where. Ah Ireland, what a gorgeous place.  We got off in town and walked back to the Craft Village.  There are about six to seven shops open at this time of year and the coffee shop.  We went into the jewelry place first, the fellow remembered me from when Rich and Laura and I were there.  There was something I thought we should buy but Denis was not up for it. He is concerned about the packing and how we are going to get things home.

Anyway, we went to various shops and got the things plus some extras items.  The coffee shop was so crowded, the schools let out at noon for the holidays so there were teachers taking up all the tables for their farewell holiday lunch.  So we walked into the town and went into the pub. Unfortunately another schools teachers were in there. We got a table but getting lunch took quite awhile so it was not a relaxed lunch. We wanted to catch the 2:10 bus so were rushed.  It would have been a very nice lunch otherwise.  I quite enjoyed the sandwich but took much longer to get it served to me than for me to eat it.

We walked to where the bus comes and there were quite a few people waiting and more came along.  Below the bridge where it had been a slow moving rambling creek in October there was now a flooded woodland. The water was every where and fast moving.  One area looked like a fairyland with moss and creek and dead trees hanging over. It was quite lovely.

We got back and went back to the apt expecting to go on line to see the grandgirls holiday program at school. Then after all the rushing we found out that they were not live streaming it so we could not see anything.  Ian did send a picture later of Asta not singing but having a good time with her class.  She is such a little imp.

I decided the timing was perfect for me to return my bike to the rental place. So off I went walking with the bike up to the shop. It is about a mile away so it was a good healthy hike.  I remember the first time I walked up that way I got so lost. Now I knew exactly where to go so that in itself was an accomplishment.  I tried to convince them to purchase my bike helmet from me but they were not interested. I am going to try another shop tomorrow where I bought it.  If not I will offer it to them if they promise to give it to some one who needs it, or maybe they can tell me where to donate it. I got my 100 euros back from the deposit on the bike lock so that was good. Then I walked back to the apt and stopped and got myself a hot chocolate at Arabica and boy was that ever good. I think I will have to get another tomorrow. Good thing I did not know about how good they would be before this.

Frank called and wanted to verify when we wanted to go to Shannon as he is determined to drive us down there in thanks for my calling him about our issues with the program.  I love their tours and want to see them be successful.  Tomorrow I will try and find out if I can get our money back from the bus tickets. IF not we will just write it off.

I cooked dinner which was not very good.  We are winding down and using up anything I can find in the cabinets.  Tomorrow night we are going to the Spanish Arch for dinner at 6 pm since Feedback will be playing then and we enjoy their music.

Knitted and watched Tv this evening. Have not done just that in a long while.

Have a question for you all.  If I were to continue to write would anyone still read it – just leave a comment as I want to get some feedback.  What is good about this? Would people be interested if I blogged about family history or day to day life of a retired person?  This diary has been very helpful to me as I know that I have no idea what I was doing back in September since the days have been so full.  So personally I find this a good thing for me and also I have to think about writing style etc. So any comments would be welcome. Especially the new folks who just started following recently who don’t know me at all.

HEre are some pictures from today of Spiddal and the coast and of my favorite Heron who was sitting on the wall where Sheila and I first saw him/her.

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Day 112 -Sarah on her way home, three days and counting

Wow, what a day. Up at 6:30 to walk Sarah to the bus and get her off.  Then when we arrived at the bus station there was a student there from Boston U who stopped Denis since she saw his jacket with the Union on it.  Her sister had graduated in Poli Sci last year.  They had a little chat, the bus pulled up and we got Sarah on and off she went.  Messaged during the day and she was boarding on schedule in Shannon and on her way home.  Sad to have her go. We had fun together and I think she enjoyed  her vacation and for sure will be back in Ireland sooner than later.

I went home and back to bed. LIstened to WAMC from yesterday. I love that I can hear the Roundtable every day… I slept on and off for a bit.  Gerald came and took the chairs back next door that we had borrowed last night. What a great party! The kids stayed much longer than we expected but I think they knew this was the last time they would be together and were really feeling the loss. I know I am hating the idea of leaving!

The weather was awful. Rained all day and we got soaked this morning. Real Irish winter weather. I was surprised that the pants were soaked through so had to change.  Did a laundry and cleaned up the final dishes from last night.  Finished Mary Eileen’s latest historical novel and took another nap. Also got some knitting done.

WE had a simple supper and went to our last Bodhran lesson.  It was fun but I felt very sad. I love that group  and we have had a good time, lots of laughs and learned something we would not have ever thought of learning at home.  It helped us get in touch with a little piece of Irish culture.  Cannot wait to continue when we get home. I am sure I can find lessons at a HIbernians there somewhere.

Afterwards we did a bit of shopping and stopped at the Spanish Arch for a drink. The fellows in the band spoke to us about how great Sarah was.  She really had fun singing with them and they hope she comes back again. We will probably go to dinner there on Saturday evening since they will be playing from 6 pm on.

Got a call today from Frank at the tour place to discuss my concerns. We had a very good chat and he asked if he could transport us to the airport to thank me for helping him out and referring so many folks to them.  I really like their tours and would recommend them to anyone coming to Galway. I have to find out if I can cancel our bus tickets.

Have some pictures of our good bye drink at Tig Coili with Sarah last night.

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Day 111 – Cha d’dhùin doras nach d’fhosgail doras

Got up later than planned, Sarah had decided not to go to the Aran Isles which turned out to be a very good decision.  She got up and left about 10 to “breathe in” Galway on her last day of her big trip.  Smart woman.  She did not take her camera but has her phone that will help her if she sees something in this rain to photograph.

I stayed in bed until my 70 year old bones felt like getting up.  I heard that Gerald and the guy he hired were upstairs fixing the table which broke but I did not hear them leave so I assume I was sleeping again.  HA!!!;  But I knew there was work to be done so I got myself up.  Twenty or so students are coming to dinner tonight so I thought a little cleaning might be required and furniture rearranging.  So the place is vacuumed, more ice made, bathrooms cleaned etc. Packing also got some attention. Not sure where everything will go in my suitcases even with the five bags I mailed home.  But will work on it a little bit tomorrow. I have souvenir type things I want to bring home for my scrapbook so might spent 10 euro and mail them home. There are things I don’t want not to be home when I get there to take to the girls – I finally found some Irish dolls for little girls. They are soft but the outfits are kind of Irish and they can play with them and if they ruin them it won’t matter since they were not hugely expensive.  The books are going to take up weight and I want to put them into my carryon so am trying to put all clothes etc in the other bag..

Denis came home and then went out shopping for a bit more for this evening.  I am going to read for a bit and then will finish this before I go to bed.  Later guys.

Well it is now midnight. What an interesting evening. The kids came at 6 pm. and were very chatty and noisy really. Unlike the last time when they seemed to be so formal etc.  I think it is the end of the term and they are all sad about breaking up such a good group.  Denis ordered Pizza and the students brought salad, drinks, desserts etc.  It all worked out just fine. It has really been a successful time for all of them and they are nice people. We chatted about their service learning projects and some of their courses, plans for the future etc.  I would love to be able to hear about them in 10 years time to see what they are all doing. Such bright accomplished young folks.  Sarah seemed to have a good time chatting with them as well.

AFter then left Denis, SArah and I went to Tig Coili for a farewell drink, well two actually.  I think Sarah had a good time here and accomplished a lot on her wish list and learned that she wants to come back and see more. I think she would like to find a way to come here to work.  It gets to you in a very short time that this is a special place.

So tomorrow we all are getting up at 6:30 and going to see Sarah off on the bus to Shannon.  Then I will come back and go to bed and Denis will go to work. His last day, cleaning out the office and handing in his keys etc. Sad day.

Here are some pictures. One is of one of the Bog Bodies from the National Museum and then some of the party this evening.

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Day 110 – Bog Bodies, rain and a great meal

Today was Sarah and My last day in Dublin. I think we were able to see and do a lot. we were very tired when we returned from the theatre and neither of us had an easy time falling asleep.  As a result the plan to get up and be out by nine was squashed as neither of us woke up.  So about ten we started to back up and get ready to check out at eleven.  we were truly dragging.

We ate at the little cafe down on Fishamble Street and then walked all the way to the wrong museum. … Went to the natural history first and when we saw all the stuffed birds and other animals we knew we were in the wrong place…  we managed to walk back around the long block to the Acheology and History museum and found the display on the Hill of Tara which was just wonderful and the Bog Bodies.  they were fantastic to see.  We spend about and hour there and we were both done with museums.  we walked over and caught the Hop on Hop Off bus over to where we were staying and stopped for a little lunch, potato leak soup,yummmm.  And then walked across and got Sarah some strong coffee and a snack and proceeded to go to the hotel to claim our baggage.  they just gave us the key to the storage room and told us we could get our own out.  I love the trust level of people.  heart warming really..

then as we were ready to leave the rain had started so we hustled down to the Citylink office and waited inside until the bus was coming.  we both slept most of the way back to Galway.  When we arrived it was windy and rainy so by the time we got to the apt we were soaked, at least the front of us.

after saying hi to Denis and showing him some of our purchases we changed to go out to dinner.  We met Thomas and his wife Marion at the Dail and had a wonderful meal and conversation.   Was somhappynthat I got to meet Marin and to see Thomas once more before we left.  he is such a good person and the university is lucky to have him working on this project.  so after a good meal, and great conversation we came back and we are all very tired,

the computer is not working well so I will upload pictures later.

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day 109 – We split up for most of the day but theatrical night

Sarah went off to see Newgrange and the Hill of Tara today.  so what was I to do by myself. we both had very good days.  I saw her off on the tour bus and the. Headed for Dublin Castle, did the tour there and wow, what a fantastic place.  there were rooms I swear we’re bigger than my house twice over.  I have pictures but cannot show you until tomorrow night.  the. I walked next door to the Town Hall to see their exhibit.  it was very interesting and they had lots of little films you could sit and watch. so I learned a lot about the history of the City.   I also had lunch there.

The. I took out the map and decided to walk to St Stevens Greento their Christmas Fair.   it was a nice walk over there and nothing seems too far away.  I was not I pressed with the Christmas Fair. Some of the same booths as in Galway. but across the street I saw the DublinCity Museum and went over there to take a look. I went through it, they have quite a collection of regular type items from homes in Dublin that people have donated.  and they have an entire room dedicated to U-2,  Their history etc. the old pictures were fun to see and to read about their beginnings and ups and downs.

As I left there I saw the Hop on Hop Off bus and went over and got out tickets and got on and went to St Patrick’s Cathedral.  it is one of those buildings that kept changing from Catholic to Protestant and back again depending on who was running things in England.  it is the oldest Church in Dublin. I got there just as a tour was starting and the woman giving it was so cute and funny,  We learned a lot and they are doing much there to commemorate those who died from Ireland in WWI and also I learned that .st, Patrick’s color is blue not green. Did you know that? I certainly thought he was in green etc but she said no. he wore blue robes and that is his official representative color.   I also learned than Jonathan Swift who is buried there next to his true love is buried standing up as is she because he was afraid that floods from the river would separate their caskets if they were buried the normal way.  ain’t love grand!!!  !

After the tour I walked back to the hotel to rest my feet and try to nap until Sarah returned.  she came back about 4:30 so we both rested a bit and then headed out at 5:30 to get dinner before the show.  we found a very old pub that served food and had a bit to eat and the. Walked over to the Abbey theatre to see ” She Stoops To Conquer”  It was great.  I thought the Abbey would be like Proctors Theater in Schenectady but itis not. it seemed quite modern. the show was terrific and we laughed and laughed, The cast was so good and I would encourage anyone in Ireland to get over to see it while you can.

We walked back to the hotel and ate a cookie and are trying to get things done so we can get some sleep. we figure we have about six hours to see more things tomorrow so are thinking we will get started as early as we can.

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day 108 – Sarah and Auntie Take on Dublin

No pictures today because I only have the iPad. I will bring it with me tomorrow and take some pictures with it.  we got up and made it for the 10:15 express bus to Dublin City. we both slept on the way over. there were a bunch of guys on the bus who must have had a grand weekend in Galway… the were full of chatter and laughter all the way there..

We got into the city, no rain coming down then.  first stop was for a coffee to go from a nice shop that sold lots of good looking chocolate things…  we walked over the bridge and down the Quays to Fishamble Street and up to the Harding Hotel.  we checked in and dumped our stuff and made up,our minds about a few things.  Sarah is going on a tour to Newgrange tomorrow and I am going to stay here and see some of the places I missed the first time. then we headed out to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells.  it was a nice walk down there and of course on the way we passed lots of historic buildings.  there was no line to get into the Book of Kells display.  it is so well done. I think we both really enjoyed it and then went up the stairs to see the library which is so big. it was gorgeous.

then we decided to head over to the Guinness tour.  I came up with the bug idea to take the hop on hop off bus, activating our passes even though it was late in the day.  first we waited at the wrong stop, oh well and then when we got the right one the fellow suggested stongly that we wait until tomorrow since it was late in the day.  I told him I really just wanted to activate it so we could get to Guinness. he was so cute, He said just stay on and take the die up there but then use the passes tomorrow and Tuesday.  I love the Irish, I was not surprised at all with his kind response. Typical of all the irish folks I have met.

So We got up to the Guinness Factory and took the tour. it was so interesting and I learned a lot and I also drank some Guinness.  the view from the top was fabulous.  I did not buy and thing in the gift shop because as you know I don’t believe in advertising for any booze companies.  if you don’t know that it is because I worked in the substance abuse prevention field and I am not anti drinking but don’t like doing commercials for them since so much is aimed at kids.  end of sermon….   it was a good tour and I really did enjoy it.

Then we started walking back towards the hotel. then we saw the sign for the oldest pub in Dublin, Brazen Head, We had a good meal there, I Had good fish n chips, and Sarah had a pasta dish.  We had a great conversation. I love how grown up she is and has such a good perspective on life.  her mom can be very proud of her.

We walked back to the hotel getting here around nine. I was ready to crash. we just finished watching the final show of the British X factor show.  Some guy named Ben won and as usual the last ones were all very good.  Now that I am done with the blog, I suspect I will be asleep sooner than later.

Will add pictures when I get back to Galway..

 

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Day 107 – Such a day….. or why nothing works! But we still had fun… and you never know who you will meet!

Well, waking up to still having no internet was like going into full blown withdrawl. I am really hooked on my network.  So what to do. Sarah who went to bed very early in the morning was finally up before noon, I woke her at 10:30 thinking she had gotten in at one time when in truth it was much later.  But being a trooper she got up. We called Gerald about the internet being out and he said he would be down to work on it.

We went to the farmers market and met up with five Union/HWS students.  They are such lovely young people, how lucky are we to have them with us. We got some of the wonderful yummy  donuts and a few little gift items. Denis got his bagel and I got some muffins for tomorrow on the bus to Dublin.

We went back. Sarah went to the coffee shop to write and we went up to see about the internet.  We finally were able to connect to the net in the apt next door and turns out our internet machine was blown. So no wonder it has not been working very well.  Once that was fixed and we had a bit of a visit with Irene and then Gerald and Sarah returned. First she went out and took pictures of the Farmers Market and then the three of us went to Charlie Byrnes wonderful Book Store and then to the Christmas Market.  We finally had some of the little Belgian pancakes with lemon and sugar. They were yummy, like the donuts this morning, bad for one but so good to eat.

We had trouble deciding about dinner, one place we wanted to eat in had a 40 minute wait so we decided to get a pizza and go back to the apt. So Denis went to get a pizza and Sarah and I went to get a bottle of wine to go with the dinner.  Sarah was hoping to do out with a new friend but that fizzled out.  We went to a concert at St. Nicholas Church and she stayed at the apt to take a nap. The group singing was the Cois Chadaigh. They were wonderful. They sang some lovely music from Spain, Ireland, Scotland, England etc. All Christmas themed music but not the normal Christmas Carols.  The concert was a fund raiser for a homeless aid organization called Galway Simon.

Now here was the interesting part, aside from the very good music, acoustics and setting.  At the start this woman asked everyone to shake hands with the person sitting next to them that they did not know – I turned to the fellow sitting next to me and he said his name was John and I said I was Margaret Brennan, He laughed and said well guess what? I am John Brennan. I got Denis’ attention and introduced them.  Then John says he has an Uncle Denis who lived in Albany NY.  Just then the concert started and he said he would tell us more afterwards.  Well for those of you who know the Albany Diocese, you might know about the story of Denis Brennan. Turns out that he was the uncle of this fellow and we knew the story of Denis’ going from Denis to Denise. It was quite the coincident.

Anyway, great evening for sure.  Ah the adventures of life. wonder what life will be like in three weeks when we are back home with Denis getting ready to start teaching and me getting the house back together and figuring out the next stage of my life.  Back to Tai Chi, Chair Yoga, no more Trad music, Jamison and Ginger, walks by the Bay, oh my dear, what is life going to be like…. bah… hate to think about it so will stop doing it now.

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