I didn't shop on Black Friday, the family was all here and it was too nice just being with everyone, and then I didn't order anything on-line on Cyber Monday ( I rarely, if ever, shop that way. I'm a local shopper) though I did string a few lights in the windows to brighten the dark days. I will make a donation today on Giving Tuesday. My husband and I were talking last night about the idea of Giving Tuesday, and how in Haines anyway, it is almost redundant-- I mean, we all give, a lot, all the time, of both time and money.
Saturday night friends arrived with a niece who drove to Haines for the holiday and two of her friends and sort of co-workers, if that's what troops are, from Anchorage. They were two young women and a young man-- a blond Californian, a Malaysian immigrant by way of Texas, and a Kentucky farm boy-- all Captains in the Army, all recently returned from Afghanistan. We played a dice game called Busto, and laughed and didn't talk about war, and what they knew that I hope I never do.
"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." --St. Paul
I used to dread the big holiday columns for newspapers and magazines-- Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter-- I was always better with the lesser days, the days when the whole world wasn’t writing about the same subject, which is why I still miss my weekly Anchorage Daily News column and even the monthly Woman’s Day column I wrote for two years. Columns are my favorite genre. Bloggers and guest columnists now fill in that slice-of-life gap in those publications, and in many. They are a good deal for a publisher, as they usually write for free.
Sitka challenger Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins got 32 more votes than Haines incumbent Bill Thomas, which means he is the winner for the Alaska house district 34 seat. For now. Last week both candidates said with it this close they'd ask for recounts. I hope Bill doesn't, as it seems that the good folks at elections have been careful. 32 votes is not 2, or even 7, or 16. 32 is a classroom with too many kids in it. 32 is a Varsity, JV, and Freshman squad basketball team. In Haines, and even in bigger Sitka, 32 is a crowd.
First, they are counting the last votes in the Thomas, Kreiss-Tomkins election this morning. I'll let you know what happens. Also-- today the ferry arrives at 11:30(there's one tomorrow too), school is out at 2, the bank is serving pumpkin pie, tonight at 7 the Presbyterians host a community Thanksgiving church service, tomorrow at 8:30 is a special, all invited to give it a whirl yoga session at the school followed by the Turkey Trot at 9:45. Community dinners begin at noon at the Port Chilkoot Bible Church and the Assembly of God.
I was in the shower the other day when I heard that song that ponders what if God were one of us? On the radio. If you could ask God just one question, what would be? I started to answer, and then changed my mind. Really, just one? I've been thinking about this for two days and I still can't come up with just one question. I have requests. Comments, even, but one question that I would want to hear God's answer to? That's a little risky.
That was quick. The votes are counted and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins is now ahead of Rep. Bill Thomas in the District 34 house race by 28 votes. The word is that there are --maybe-- 26 more ballots due to be counted Weds. Tune in to KHNS tonight for the details.
The fire's lit. We've been fed. You've had your coffee. So let's walk, okay? I can hear them talking, I swear. "Just a minute, let me make some oatmeal and veggie scraps for the hens. It's freezing out there." (Have you listened to the weather forecast?) I'm glad Chip's coming home soon, since my life has become a Booth cartoon. Phoebe is not in the picture, as she does not care for walks and she has dragged Madi and Pearl's bones under the table where she is guarding them with wicked growls.