Springing around Springfield

Last weekend had me springing around the Springfield area where on my agenda was Mission U (the UMW’s mission study weekend for 2014, with the courses of study addressing people with disabilities and the nomadic European Roma peoples), Riverton UMC for Sunday services, Woodside UMC for lunch and an ice cream and cake/pie gathering at Bushnell UMC.

Along with these visits included spending the night with two of my good friends in their homes.  The first 2 evenings were with Rosemarie Stoelting (a former Marshall resident now in Springfield) and after Bushnell’s presentation, returning to Virginia McCausland’s home in Lewistown where I stayed a month ago.  Both my hostesses always provide entertaining conversation and excellent accommodations.

Rosemarie included, in her many stories, a piece of information that her daughter had specifically told her not to pass on to overnight guests.

“What would that be?” you ask.

The fact that grand-dad had passed away in the bed I was sleeping in.   (Glad I’m not superstitious!)

In Virginia’s home, we had no dead relatives floating about to haunt me as I slumbered.  I stayed in the upstairs remodeled attic where, many years ago, her 2 daughters had their bedrooms.  These are currently nicknamed the Ivy room and the Midnight room.   As the names imply, one room’s theme of ivy has it completely decorated in ivy designs, from the curtains to the wallpaper, sheets, bathroom towels and even dresser doilies.  The other is a deep, dark blue with moon-and-star wallpaper and bedding.  Both have their individual charm but when it comes to preference, I always choose the ivy room.

“Don’t you want to try something different this visit?” Virginia asked me a month ago after my 3 years’ absence from her home.  “Maybe the Midnight room?  It’s all ready for a guest.”

I could tell Virginia was hopeful that maybe for once, the Midnight room would gain my favor and I’d try something a little different this time around.

“Nope,” I said resolutely. “I’ve been looking forward to that ivy room for 3 years.  I’m not about to wait another 3 years before I enjoy it again.”

Virginia laughed.

“Well, you know where it is.  Go upstairs and settle in.”

I knew I’d  be disappointed if I didn’t get to bask in that light and airy decore once again.  Guess I am definitely a creature of habit.

Today I’m heading out for my last long trip on the schedule, a 3 1/2 hour drive to Pittsfield.  I’ll be returning tomorrow to end my schedule with the last talks closer to my hometown.  Those pictures will follow next week.

In the meantime, let me catch you up with last week’s visuals, seen below.

Ping an (Peace!), everyone, and have a great weekend.

At Mission U, Janine and her caregiver pose for pictures with me after my presentation for those in the weekend session.  (Springfield Northfield Inn conference center)

At Mission U, Janine and her caregiver pose for pictures with me after my presentation for those in the weekend session. (Springfield Northfield Inn conference center)

Rosemarie came to hear me talk.  We're all cleaned up (unlike our schlepping around her house look of a few hours before)  so might as well take advantage of our dress-up wardrobe at Mission U.

Rosemarie came to hear me talk. We’re all cleaned up (unlike our schlepping around her house look of a few hours before) so might as well take advantage of our dress-up wardrobe at Mission U.

Riverton UMC with Rev. Dixon and members, before services

Riverton UMC with Rev. Dixon and members, before services

 

Afterward Sunday worship, we enjoyed fellowship with coffee, punch, and desserts

Afterward Sunday worship, we enjoyed fellowship with coffee, punch, and desserts

All visitors are welcomed to Riverton with a coffee mug.  Here I am with my gift.  Thank you so much!

All visitors are welcomed to Riverton with a coffee mug. Here I am with my gift. Thank you so much!

Luncheon at Woodside UMC, with Pastor Linda in yellow jacket.

Luncheon at Woodside UMC, with Pastor Linda in yellow jacket.

A great turn-out at Bushnell UMC.

A great turn-out at Bushnell UMC.

Me and Virginia (90) my second visit this summer.

Me and Virginia (90) during my second visit this summer.  We are giving the Asian obligatory picture-taking stance:  the peace fingers

Here I am!  The Ivy room, my favorite itineration landing spot.

Here I am! The Ivy room, my favorite itineration landing spot.

About connieinchina

I have been in the Asia region for 18 years as an English language teacher. 13 of those have been spent with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese NGO that works in all areas of development for the Chinese people. Amity teachers are placed at small colleges throughout China as instructors of English language majors in the education field. In other words, my students will one day be English teachers themselves in their small villages or towns once they graduate. Currently, this is my second year in Guangxi Province at the 3-year college, Guangxi Normal University for Nationalities. The college is located in smalltown longzhou, 1 hour from the Vietnam border.
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One Response to Springing around Springfield

  1. Kate Lindsay says:

    Connie, you have such a wonderful support group among your church families. Have again enjoyed your report of activities and friendships along the way. Kate

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