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The ground is nearly covered now

“Oh look! The leaves of gold and brown
Are whirling, twirling, coming down.
The wind is shaking every bough.
The ground is nearly covered now.”
by Cheri Franks-Turnbull

The rain this past weekend knocked down a great many leaves from our trees. Most of the leaves are brown with a few yellow ones. The annual plants (impatiens) that our friend Phil and his crew planted in the ground several months ago have succumbed to the cold temps and lie on the ground, all shriveled. The geraniums, in pots hanging from the porch roof, are in a little better shape. Because they are up high, they were protected from the frost that recently covered the ground. Hubby has pulled out his ice scrapers, which he has already used several times. He also put up our new turkey electric light on the rose trellis. It is the prettiest turkey light that I have ever seen. He left the candy corn lights up along the railing because they can still be used for Thanksgiving.

Mayor Tom Menino, Parks’ Commissioner Toni Pollak, and the Skating Club of Boston’s President Joseph Blount will host this year’s official opening of the Boston Common’s Frog Pond’s Skating Rink on Fri., Nov. 18, at 5:30 p.m. “Frog Pond Freddie” will be there. By the way, there is a Frog Pond Café, where you can get a hot drink.

I loved seeing the photo of Lou and Terri Pasquale in the Nov. 5/6 edition of the Patriot Ledger. Their family hosted a 60th wedding anniversary party for the couple at the Scarlet Oak Tavern in Hingham. Lou is well known because he has worked at the Phillips businesses on Morrissey Blvd. for more than 50 years. Terri is a retired executive secretary. They have two children, Donald of Braintree and Diane Parlee of Pembroke. They also have two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The Pasquales were married at St. John’s Church in Quincy on Sept. 9, 1951.

I saw, in St. Ann’s Bulletin, that the parish is having its annual trip to the Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine in Attleboro. Hubby and I made the trip quite a few years ago with St. Ann’s and loved it. This year’s trip is scheduled for Tues., Dec. 13. The cost for transportation is just $15. After Mass, you may purchase a meal at the shrine. The shrine contains 300,000 lights that are lit each evening from 5 to 9 p.m., until Jan. 1. It is a great take-in. Call the rectory (617-825-6180) for info.

I was interested to read that Irish tenor Ronan Tynan has purchased a home on Canton Ave. in Milton. According to the article in the Patriot Ledger, Ronan has hit every restaurant in town. Keep your eye out for him.

My thanks are sent to Mary Connor who told me about the death of Ann Mulroy.

I was sorry to read, in the Boston Globe, of the death of Virginia “Ginger” Farren, at age 66, on Nov. 7. I first met Ginger and her husband Jerry through their good friend Nancy Harrington and through the Pope’s Hill Association. They have lived in New Hampshire (Exeter) for quite a few years. From the info in her obituary, I assume that she died of breast cancer. I send my sympathy to her husband Jerry and to their children, Jeremiah Jr. and Shannon Bosworth.

I also send my sympathy, belatedly, to Karen Crowley and her husband Ed on the death of her father Bernard Scannell Sr. on Sept. 15. Bernard leaves his wife of 70 years, Eleanor. I send my sympathy to Eleanor and to their children Deborah Krisman, Karen, and Keith. They were also the parents of the late Bernard Jr. and Elizabeth Farnham. I also send my sympathy to Bernard’s brothers Roger Scannell and to my longtime friend John Scannell.

I was also saddened and shocked to read of the death of Kathleen “Kay “ Seaberg on Nov. 10. I saw Kay just a few weeks ago and she seemed fine. Kay was involved with the Girl Scouts and was an active member of the K Club senior group. I send my sympathy to her daughters Kathleen and Joanne Charles. She was the wife of the late Roy Seaberg. She was a lovely woman and will be missed by her many friends.

As I was greeting people before the 4 p.m. Mass on Nov. 5, I was surprise to learn, from Rosemarie Bradley, that her father Natale “Ned” Muscato had been buried that morning. I had seen Ned’s obit in the Patriot Ledger but didn’t check to see if I recognized the names of any of his children. The reason that I was surprised was that Rosemarie was at church Sat. afternoon for the anniversary Mass of the death of her father-in-law George “Spike” Bradley, both sadly on the same day. I send my sympathy to Ned’s children, Francis and his wife Maureen and to Rosemarie and her husband Henry “Hank” Bradley.

On Sat., Oct. 30, Hubby and I were at Florian Hall for the Friend S.H.I.P. Party for people with Cerebral Palsy and other diseases. The organizer for the party, Dennis Walsh, greeted us at the door. We sat with pals Eileen Collins and Marie Schallmo, who had her face painted at the event. I am pretty sure that Marty Allen had a lot to do in organizing the refreshments. I had a chance to speak with my friend Mary Madden. Kathleen Tevnan, Charlie and Susan’s daughter, was helping at the food table. I was delighted to see long-time friend Paul Barry at the time. Hubby and I chatted with Paul for quite a while because he is now teaching in the Boston Schools. Paul’s wife Grace (Hebard) was busy helping with the event. The food was wonderful, three kinds of sandwiches. There was so much food that some of the volunteers packed up the remaining sandwiches into boxes and invited everyone to take a box home. Joe “Gifted Fingers” Peters played dance music for the handicapped people to enjoy. Some were out on the dance floor in wheelchairs having a wonderful time dancing with the volunteers. The party was great fun.

I must mention several more things about the Mass in remembrance of babies who died in the womb or shortly after birth. Fr. John McCarthy, who celebrated the Mass, had family members bring up a lit votive candle, inside a small green glass holder, to the altar and place it on a white crucifix that was lying on the altar floor. Also, all those attending were given a beautiful program book and a lovely prayer card. On both the program book and the prayer card, there was a sweet drawing of a baby’s hand holding onto an adult hand. The prayer card had a meaningful poem printed on it. We will definitely keep both the program and the prayer card. Also I was pleased to sit next to Andrea Mori, who played the flute during the Remembrance Mass. I told her much I enjoyed listening to the flute, which is probably my favorite instrument. She was telling me how easy it is to play the tin whistle. Fr. John also came over to speak with Andrea. Ever since he was a child, he had wanted to play the tin whistle. Andrea might have a new student.

I know that I am a week late with this veterans’ prayer, from an old St. Ambrose bulletin, but I think it is something that needs to be written: “O Lord, today I thank You for our veterans, for their willingness to risk all so that our nation might dwell in peace and safety. May they find the honor and recognition they truly deserve. I pray that You will heal the physical, spiritual, and psychological wounds some of these veterans have suffered. Bring a lasting peace to those who mourn the loss of comrades. Help them find Your love and mercy. And we ask for blessings on all those who have served their country in the armed forces. We ask this through Your son, Jesus. Amen.”