The saga of bathroom door continued. The paint was secured
and with great anticipation and the matching color was identified
as Tavern Table Blue. Odd, I thought; the door match is really green. OK... it did look pretty close to matching. I excitedly and hurriedly popped the lid and with brush in hand started stroking. I sure hoped it dried green 'cause it looked really blue. Maybe it would change as it darkened.....it did....it got darker blue. I proceeded anyway...what the heck...at least I would have a painted door. I went back to the paint supplier....he was apologetic as his helper and accidentally made up and delivered "Town House Blue". By the end of the week the cosmos was in order and the door was re-painted and lo and behold it is now actually green.
Marilyn Gives the Prophet a Pat on the Back
While Brigham Sees the Way West
Marilyn continues to work on the cleaning of the statues in preparation for the winter season and to keep them looking 1st Class. The statue of Brigham and Joseph stands at the end of Parley Street where the Saints "departed Nauvoo on a very cold February morning, in search of a place where we could plow our fields as we saw fit, worship as we want, and live our lives as we've a mind to" (One of the "Editors" lines for Rendezvous.) I hope it didn't spoil the plot for anyone. She will continue on with this as long as the weather holds. She has been blessed with an opportunity that suits her skills and mindset. It's sad to know that sooooooooooo maaaaaaaaaaaany harmless spiders and bugs will meet their demise at her hand. RIP spiders...we won't miss you.
Welcome to Nauvoo........
it is enough. We became the proud guests of honor when the cast of Sarah Granger threw one for us after our first temple night and visit to the Nauvoo Temple. The temple was in and of itself breathtaking and amazing. Understanding the efforts and sacrifice that made this temple possible is a humbling experience. I was honored to be here and feel of it's warmth and special feeling. Thereafter, we went to a cast party social that was filled with fun and also a special musical night with dulcimer music from Sister Spradlin. She had been playing for 4 months and is a very special and accomplished musician. Her husband, when introducing her, listed her many talents that she had but was only the master of one in his mind....she was the best kisser he had ever met. It reminded me of our courtship and that "special" first kiss. I did miss hearing Susan Easton Black talk about Nauvoo and the Exodus at the Visitors Center. She has a wealth of information on the early history of the church and is taking time to tell us of the Nauvoo and beyond years.
And we get to clean them.......
BoooooTiful Nauvoo is the annual Halloween celebration for the town of Nauvoo. On Halloween night a five block length of Main Street is transformed into a celebration of carved pumpkins sitting on hay bales that line the sidewalks. The town grows from 1100 to Thousands and people come from miles around to view or participate in the festivities and parade. What does that mean for the missionaries....not much we just sit around donating, organizing, and distributing 1100 bags of candy and thousands of bags of kettle corn. It is a non-stop 2 day effort to get all of this ready. And then
there is the matter of cleaning and carving, along with the towns folk, 500 pumpkins to line the streets with. So we cleaned and cleaned during our time and filled several five gallon pails with the innards.
It Seemed to Fit so................
I Jumped on Board to Build the "Crazy Wagon"
It seemed like a good idea at the time when I signed up. Like anything else it turned out to be a major project with abundant preparation and female supervision. We decorated the horse trailer in no time flat and had it ready to roll. I became the electrical engineer which required great expertise in stringing battery operated LED lights around the canopy. They all worked great until the last one was done and then a couple of them failed. Fretted over it for seconds, decided to get new batteries,
and we were back in business. Marilyn worked with the women to put up the many layers of decorations to make the float look light a "million". Elder Lindeburg posed in the picture with a pumpkin thinking we couldn't tell the difference. The next day it was on to the big parade.
|Boo....Tiful Navoo Parade Crazy Wagon (and People)|
Adding to the mystique were two performers who were on the balcony of the Zions Mercantile Store as they serenaded the crowd with beautiful renditions from the Phantom of the Opera.