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Things I Don’t Understand

‘‘Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.’’C. S. Lewis( 1898 – 1963 )Pexels.com

I suppose this could be a very long list.

Where is The Wisdom that comes with Age?

To start with I’m not sure I really understand the C.S. Lewis quote above. Maybe I do and I don’t know it.

In childhood could not understand, You can’t have your cake and eat it too.  I mean if you ate then you had it. Right? Okay not quite that dense but…

I don’t understand after all these years and generations we truly have not learned from the past, and we keep repeating history.

I must have read Hawking’s A Brief History of Time at least 5 times and do not understand it. I should say I tried to read it.

I don’t understand how my perfectly constructed budget on paper never quite matches the real end result.

And then there is this Cold Play song, about not understanding, that I am not sure I understand. 

Things I Don’t Understand – YouTube


How tides control the sea, and what becomes of me
How little things can slip out of your hands
How often people change, no two remain the same
Why things don’t always turn out as you planThese are things that I don’t understand
Yeah, these are things that I don’t understandI can’t, and I can’t decide
Wrong, all my wrong from right
Day, all my day for night
Dark, all my dark for light
I live, but I love this lifeHow infinite is space, and who decides your fate
Why everything will dissolve into sand
How to avoid defeat, when truth and fiction meet
Why nothing even turns out how you plannedThese are things that I don’t understand
Yeah, these are things that I don’t understandI can’t, and I can’t decide
Wrong, all my wrong from right
Day, all my day for night
Or dark, all my dark for light
I live, but I love this life

Not sure if the video came through from YouTube okay but you can hear it over there.

This is AN ACTION day for me. Lots to do getting ready for Hogmanay (you know, all that clean house stuff). The perfect budget is complete (I am a star on paper!)

It’s December 30th, 2021 here at North of 43 and it is just after midnight on New Year’s Eve day for JB so she should be in dreamland for a few hours.

May 2022 see us all gain some sort of UNDERSTANDING

*Rather than reblog from A World Apart I have again copied and pasted. Now THAT I understand. I think

Random New Year Morning Thouights

Passing Thoughts

* Under ‘Some Things Never Change’, countless millions continue to start the NEW YEAR with some sort of resolution, whether it is couched under that title or another. THIS IS CALLED HOPE. For some a serious undertaking. For others, not so much.

* The world has learned that the American process is not functioning. Congress as oversight to a dangerous president doesn’t work and has failed the country and the world. THIS IS CALLED PAINFUL TRUTHS. As suspected by many for years, the greatness of the Red White and Blue is empty rhetoric.

* To win an election properly one must have a better candidate. When people demand change, even the devil can appear a saviour. For a time. To win an election one must perceive accurately what the NEED is. Right or wrong, the country demands NEW. New thinking. New approaches. Paradigm. Step outside. Old, established, proper, will no longer do. THIS IS CALLED PROGRESS. In a dramatic way the Old Guard must be ready to step aside.

* Canada no longer appears as pristine as a snowflake. A Prime Minister and family who shame the country dressing up in Pretend and grinning like idiots for all the world to see. And that doesn’t even address the Politics of the country. THIS IS CALLED LAUGHING STOCK.

* The Western World and all first world countries have been faced with refugees and this will only grow. Developed nations having lived dramatically different lives than those in third world countries will find their world changing quickly. THIS IS CALLED REALITY ADJUSTMENT.

* More good deeds will be done. More trickery attempted. FAITH will win out. Without it all is lost. Faith in something. You choose. Faith in God. Faith in Human. Faith in Self. Faith in other. THIS IS CALLED LIFE.


Damn the Resolutions Enjoy the Party!

This New Years  for some reason had an unusual peace about it, at least in my mind.  I did not look ahead, did not plan, I just took one day – no – one minute at a time and lived it.  I just was.

And no I was not stoned or under any influence, or zipped or zapped on enthusiastic thoughts, I just was.  I am wondering why such a simple thing is so difficult to explain.  You will just have to take my word for it.  Every thing seemed as it should be.

Dec. 29th we, my brothers and sisters had our annual Brothers and Sisters dinner at S &D’s house.  You may recall last year this same brother in law created raucous laughter and joy that lasted the whole year when he tried to compliment my sister, his wife of 46 or so years on the new recipe she used for the lasagna, by saying how moist it was and that for 35 years he had always found the lasagna dry and how perfect this one was – at which time she yelled ‘WHAT DO YOU MEAN THAT FOR 35 YEARS YOU HAVE BEEN EATING DRY LASAGNA?’

That line lasted for the year and when we arrived by BIL said he wondered what he would say this  year at which point one of my brothers said it was his turn.  Mind you his line which I shall not repeat here did not bring roiling laughter mostly because his wife did not find it as funny.  It was a fabulous evening and my BIL and Sis are great hosts.

Normally if there is not a house party somewhere I don’t usually go out and my sis J and I will spend a quiet eve.  This year my other bro and SIL got last minute tickets to my fave place The Commercial Tavern in Maryhill.  I’ve posted on some of the past concerts that took place in this very old, very quaint country bar.  J & I succeeded then in getting what probably were the last 2 tickets available.

We did rest up during the day because sundown comes relatively early for us and on this night we were ‘going to be like big people and stay up late’

Like our Brothers and Sisters dinner the evening was delightful, effortless and perfect.

The Commercial Tavern as you may know is owned by Paul Weber.  He and his family are incredibly talented especially his sister Sue for whom I feel a particular attachment.  Not for any definable reason, just one of those things that happen occassionally when you meet someone.  A very spontaneous reaction.

Paul Weber The Commercial Tavern
Paul Weber The Commercial Tavern

Paul Weber and Steve Richtaritsch (Black Forest Band)
Paul Weber and Steve Richtaritsch (Black Forest Band)









And don’t believe for one moment that sax in country music isn’t sexy.  Steve Richtaritsch who manages and plays in Black Forest Band is the best.  Steve said that many years before when he first met Paul he suggested they play together and Paul hesitated wondering how a sax could ever fit in with country.  Well fit in it did.

Sue and Hubby getting ready to rock 'Red Solo Cup'

Sue and Hubby getting ready to rock ‘Red Solo Cup’


Paul’s sister Sue has long been one of my favorite voices as well as people.  She did an amazing job and everyone joined in.  Sue’s voice has that Loretta Lynn kind of timbre to it that wraps its arms around you and draws you right in making you feel all delicious and warm.







Then another member of the family, Uncle Jim who has been singing forever warmed the hearts and soles, (that’s soles of your feet) as we clapped and pounded our feet in time.  Uncle Jim stops by now and again to brighten our lives and I am sure glad he did this time to see in 2013!



Uncle Jim
Uncle Jim









Then the best kind of treat ever – Pam Miller who if you have not heard before I hope you will make time to now.  This lady (if I call her a young lady it may label me as the opposite.)  This young lady brought everyone to their feet.  She is amazing.  In addition to being talented she is fun, tolerant (I sat near by so she spent the evening listening to my rendition of every song played), and a joy to behold!

Me and Pam Miller Talent Beauty and Charm - and she was pretty good too!
Me and Pam Miller Talent Beauty and Charm – and she was pretty good too!

All of these people, and more played us into the new year, sweetly, smoothly, charmingly, effortlessly.  It was the best New Years I have ever had.

If you get a chance to come visit that would be wonderful, in the mean time you can find out all about Paul and The Commercial here.  By the way I love this fun site!