Joy, Smiles, and Blessings

Yep…..it was a weekend of joys and blessings and lots of smiles!

Saturday night, I attended an Easter Cantata put on by several churches in the area – 60 people from 17 churches performed in “Come Walk With Me”, telling the story of Jesus from Palm Sunday through the Last Supper, his death, and his resurrection. It was very well done – I hope it becomes an annual tradition. I didn’t get any photos, but click here for the link from the coverage on The Orleans Hub.

Sunday morning, we kicked off Holy Week at our church with an amazing Palm Sunday Service. Our Pastor Aleka is truly a blessing for us!

Then, Sunday afternoon I attended an Old Time Fiddle Concert at the Cobblestone Church on the Ridge in Childs. WOW!!! I almost didn’t go because it was a rainy, cold day and I thought I would be happier wrapped up in my blanket on the couch watching Hallmark movies! hahaha But, I had my usual Sunday lunch with a friend after church and she convinced me to go by telling me I’d be sorry if I didn’t! So, I did……and I am soooooo glad I did!!! The group call themselves Elderberry Jam – they are musicians who get together to play music they love in jam sessions and occasionally get together for events like this. They are part of a larger group called Fiddlers of the Genesee. They were WONDERFUL! They played 25 songs over an hour and a half – including waltzes, rags, polkas, and bluegrass….traditional songs from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, the US and more dating from the mid 1700’s thru the 1990’s. The standing room only crowd was bouncing, tapping our feet, and smiling to tunes like Aunt Mary’s Canadian Jig, Whiskey Before Breakfast, East Tennessee Blues, Lover’s Waltz, Pig Ankle Rag, and Turkey in the Straw……and, my favorite of the afternoon: Tennessee Waltz – I LOVE that song and it didn’t fail to bring the usual tear to my eye to hear it (I used to dance to it with my Dad, so it is even more beautiful and sentimental to me than it used to be). They promised to return for another concert maybe later in the spring – I can’t wait!!!

And, finally……for this post, anyway……One morning this weekend – not sure if it was Friday or Saturday – I spotted my first blue bird in my yard! They were checking out the cobblestone bird house in my bird and butterfly friendly island garden in the back yard. I had a blue bird family in that house summer before last and it was fun to watch them come and go throughout the season. Then, last year a family of brown birds took it over and something attacked them and tore out their nest and left feathers all over the ground — I was so upset!!! But – it is a new year, so I am hopeful whoever ends up being this year’s renters find the home to be a safe haven for their family! Alas, I think it will be the brown birds (not sure what they are) will be my renters — just after the blue birds checked it out, the brown birds swooped in and I know that they like to steal blue bird’s homes and they won’t come back after that…..I’ll keep an eye on it to see what happens!

Mrs. Blue Bird checking out the house!

Hard to see, but she’s on the branch in the center of the photo surrounded by buds on my pear tree!

Mr. Blue Bird keeping an eye out near by

The potential home thief……..

And……a feeding frenzy over the tray of meal worms! LOL

So……hopefully, my post brought you some joy, smiles, and blessings, as well…….

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