Needlenerds meet next week

Our monthly evening meeting is this Monday, September 9th at 7:00 pm and our daytime meeting is Thursday, September 12th at 2:00 pm. Both meetings will be held at the Panera Bread restaurant on Chapel Hill Road.

Please note: We will be meeting at Panera Bread from now on…unfortunately the Coffee Fever Roasters coffeehouse closed down on August 12th. See this announcement from Rick & Gayla:

the Douglas County Chamber Singers

Right after Labor Day the Douglas County Chamber Singers started preparing for our 2018/2019 concert season.

Our first concert of the season is the “Messiah.” If you’ve ever sung any of the Messiah, I think you’ll enjoy the opportunity to sing along with us. Please come!

“Messiah Concert”
Sunday, November 18, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Douglasville First United Methodist Church
6167 Prestley Mill Road

The Chamber Singers is dedicating this concert to the “Glory of God” and to the Douglasville First United Methodist Church in appreciation of its support over all the years. I think the Methodist Church has one of the most beautiful sanctuaries in the county, with its lovely stained glass windows and high arching wooden beams. It is inspiring to sing there, and I’m thankful for their kindness in letting us use their sanctuary.

We will be joined by Trey Clegg, a superb Atlanta organist, who will accompany us on the magnificent pipe organ at the church – you can see the organ pipes behind us in the picture above. Thisis the only remaining pipe organ in Douglas County.

The Methodist Church is currently gathering funds to rebuild the organ console, so the Chamber Singers will donate all donations received at the Messiah Concert directly to the DFUMC Organ Fund. I hope you’ll come to enjoy the music and to support this worthy organ rebuild project.

Other Upcoming DCCS Concerts

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend!

  • Christmas Concert, Friday, December 7, at 8:00 pm
  • Spring Concert, Friday, March 22, at 8:00 pm

Come Learn to Tat at Our Free Workshop

Sandra E., a NeedleNerd who is a proficient and accomplished tatter, has agreed to conduct a tatting workshop:

When: Saturday, June 16th, at 2:00 pm
Where: Coffee Fever Roasters, 7475 Douglas Boulevard, Douglasville, GA.

Sandra shared these PDF files for you to download and review before the workshop:

If you’d like to learn how to tat, please come to the workshop and be sure to bring a tatting shuttle (Sandra recommends Clover shuttles) and some size 20 thread (Sandra recommends Lisbeth no. 20) (see photos below). You can find these things at JoAnns, Michaels or Hobby Lobby or online.

If you think you can make it, please post a comment and let us know to expect you!

A Quick Update on Bert

Bert is doing very well and so far he remains cancer free.

I’m still blending his food up to a pea soup texture and I’ve started him on cans of kitten food to help him gain back some of the weight he lost. He really loves the kitten smoothies I blend for him every day and I think he’s already gained a little weight back.

Click here to see the latest update on Bert –>

“The Road” by Cormac McCarthy

I am now reading the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Cormac McCarthy.

Here are some links about this book that you might find of interest:

Mothers Day

This Sunday is Mothers Day and for the last 30 years, I have been without my mother.  For several years after my Mother died, I could barely go near a card store in the month before Mothers Day.  If I walked by the card section of a store, my throat would start to close up, my heart would start beating hard as I felt my eyes welling up with tears.  I would often have to run out of the store, experiencing some kind of panic attack.

Now, I just avoid card stores and the card aisles of stores most of the time, but the other day, while at Walmart, I cut through the card aisle to get across to the grocery section of the store. I wasn’t thinking about Mothers Day, and there they were….rows of Mothers Day cards.  I felt a tug at my heart and an overwhelming flood of grief. Yes, it’s been 30 years, but I’ve never stopped missing her, and I hope I never do, for if I stopped feeling that grief, then I will feel like I have lost her forever.

A few years ago, I participated in a writers’ workshop.  Every day, I would receive an email that laid out the topic of the day’s writing.  One of the assignments was to write about a day in time I would like to return to and I wrote an essay about my last trip to Jekyll Island with my Mother.  The details of the essay are correct.  I was pleased with how the essay turned out and I’d like to share it with you in memory of my Mom this Mothers Day.  You can read it here (entitled, “A Room With a View”).