Saturday night at the local bar after meditating for 48 hours

On Thursday at 12 noon, sharp, I began meditating for 48 long hours.  OK, it wasn’t continuous meditating.  But it did involve turning off the Internet, email, Facebook, WordPress, the News, books, movies, magazines and other fine amusements.

Off went connection to the Larger World.  On went connection to the Inner World.  I sat for hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after long hour (did I mention how long the hours can seem when you’re simply sitting?) connecting with what is larger than our everyday affairs.

In honor of the Solstice, The End of the Mayan Calendar, and the Beginning of a New Time.  It wasn’t easy, my friends.  If you’ve ever retreated in this manner, you know.  It isn’t Easy.  Your inner self rebels.  It wants to reach for distraction after distraction.  It doesn’t care which distraction.  It just wants to fill the emptiness it perceives as annihilating.

It can be agonizing to sit, sit, sit, being present with only what arises.

Noon on Saturday found your blogger finishing her 48-hour commitment and finally checking in to this computerized world and shopping for Christmas goodies at the local store.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday evening she found herself utterly restless and begged her husband, “Can we go to da Finn’s?”

Huron Bay Tavern (aka Billy the Finn's)

The Finn’s, my dear reader, is a local bar.  The previous bar–known as the Huron Bay Tavern or Billy da Finns– became so rotten they had to tear it down (many gathered with tears in their eyes) and now new owners built a brand-new establishment complete with, yes, we love it sometimes when the wife doesn’t want to cook–food.

I desired a fish burger with french fries, please.  And, oh yes, a Chardonnay because it’s been a long 48 hours, please.

My husband didn’t really want to go.

“Please,” I begged, “I need it.”

He rolled his eyes.

He’s a good husband.

We drove around the bay, maybe five miles away.  I so wanted that fish burger.

We walked in.

Green and red and blue lights pulsated.  Loud music reverberated.  It was karaoke night at the Finn’s, what do you know!

OK, maybe the lights didn't look exactly like this, but you get the picture, right?

OK, maybe the lights didn’t look exactly like this, but you get the picture, right?

Immediately upon entering, the karaoke singer met us and tossed red and green Christmas beads–reminiscent of Mardi Gras– around my neck.

Barry immediately steered us toward the far corner bar, away from the loud music.

We ordered drinks.  Within five minutes one of my township buddies appeared at the bar, buying us our glass of wine and beer. Ho, ho, ho and Merry Christmas!

Within six minutes the former owner of the Finn’s gave me a Christmas gift–a small dancing penguin with red cap and red scarf.  (Last time we went to the Finn’s for a fish burger he gave me a poinsettia, but I left it on a distant table, as it wasn’t clear that is was really for me.)

My new penguin friend.

My new penguin friend.

It was country music karaoke night, it was, this fine pre-Christmas Saturday eve.

“I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill” crooned one of the former local superintendent’s cousins into the microphone.  Gosh, he could sing good, too.

We finished our fish burger and french fries.

I thought it was time to go home, but no, my loving husband refused to leave.  (Hey, who didn’t want to come in the first place?)

“I can’t leave,” said Barry.  “This is too good.  This is hilarious.”

(We’re not really regular bar attendees and we don’t usually listen to country music, but we swirled on our bar stools, mesmerized by this northwoods local culture, fascinated by it all.)

I began to pen words to the songs in my notebook, because, just because, this was too good not to share with my blogging world. This so often happens.  One of those “perfect” moments arises, and how could I not share it with you?  How could this disappear without a trace, unwritten, unsung?

Guess it was time for the blogging break to end because, gosh darn, you had to smell the fish frying back in the kitchen, watch the screen with its flashing bopping words begging sing-a-long, and sip a glass of wine.  Just one glass, though, because we don’t want to get too celebratory.  (OK, you can have two.  I’ll drive home and avoid hitting deer.)

“You don’t have to call me Waylon Jennings.  You don’t have to call me Merle Haggard.”

“I’m pretty good at drinking beer.  I ain’t out to climb high line poles.”

Lights flashed.  Local folks clutched microphones and swayed as they crooned.  My little penguin bounced on the bar. It’s Christmas weekend in the North Woods.

“Barry, can I have some of that free buttery salty popcorn as long as we’re staying?”

Yep, folks, it’s Christmas weekend in the North Woods.  What are you doing?

P.S.  No, John Kuttenberg, Barry and I did NOT sing.  (At least not until later when I started writing it down.  *smile*)

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92 Responses to Saturday night at the local bar after meditating for 48 hours

  1. Jeff Stroud says:

    Hey Sounds like fun time, even the earlier mediation part!

    • Kathy says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Jeff. It felt important to share that meditation and a local tavern really do not have to be viewed as separate. We can find Presence wherever we are. Merry Christmas to you!

  2. bonnie says:

    You have so much fun. I love to hear about it. It makes me smile, as I picture the bar, and hear “Blueberry Hill’, and see your little penguin dancing.

    • Kathy says:

      I am glad you enjoyed our little outing the other night, Bonnie. The penguin still dances when you give him a little nudge. He’s dancing under our ceramic Christmas tree. Happy holy days to you!

  3. Sara says:

    I don’t know if I could get into all the meditating, but the bar part sounds like big fun. I’m glad you’re celebrating the season just how you want!

    • Kathy says:

      Dear Sara, wishing YOU the best this season. May you have great times of joy and happiness as we celebrate at this time. Glad you came by to enjoy the fun here.

  4. Karen says:

    The Finns sounds about as opposite from meditation as you can get. I agree with Bonnie…I can just picture the penguin dancing to the karaoke music.

    • Kathy says:

      Karen, it does seem at first glance that the Finns and meditation are opposite, doesn’t it? But what I think I’m learning is that both can be about simply being aware and present. Only our minds try to separate them into opposites. The penguin must agree. He still dances when you touch him. Merry Christmas!

  5. Karma says:

    How am I spending my Christmas weekend? Hmmmm… maybe I’ll write a blog post about it! I do have a story to tell, though dear hubby hasn’t been terribly amused by events of this weekend. Your weekend sounds like much more fun!

  6. lisaspiral says:

    The sit sounds like it was restorative and the party and the bar sounds like good fun. I love the new penguin. Hope the Santa’s and Snowmen don’t terrorize him too badly. Merry Christmas!

    • Kathy says:

      Lisa, the Santas and Snowmen keep eyeing the dancing penguin from across the room. They’re not too sure. We have to keep an eye on things. You never know what the little guys are plotting! Happy Holy-days to you, my friend!

  7. debyemm says:

    Sometimes I envy your ability to have these long contemplative periods. I find reading about this last one an interesting contrast. I was perhaps even more connected than usual via the web but contributing towards a global shift and even though I’ve been preparing for this for a long time, the intensity of the energy on my evening hike in the forest on Fri, Dec 21st and the exhilaration of the “birth” moment yesterday were of a quality that I shall never forget. So happy I’ve survived to see it.

    I geo-located as part of the Gaiafield Project; and I saw my heart glowing solitarily in the center of the US, with lots of coverage on the east and west coast, or up there in the Great Lakes region, and south of me in Mexico. If I ever doubted the spiritual importance of where I’ve been placed centrally in the US, this certainly brought that home to me in a visual way.

    On Sat, I was part of the noon PST moment at Agape; and among the 8 who represented the “welcoming” committee on stage with Barbara Marx Hubbard and Stephen Dinan, were 3 I’ve met in person (Rev Michael Beckwith, Neale Donald Walsch and Jack Canfield); and so, I felt I was among peers and friends. So, I spent 4 hours (off and on) amidst my real life, live-streaming with the gala in LA.

    As to what we are doing for Christmas Eve ? – we’ll have Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas and other Tex-Mex food for Christmas Eve (my El Paso family tradition). I’ll miss the luminarios (brown paper bags strung like Christmas lights, lit by votive candles) and midnight mass of my childhood. Then, sometime in the middle of the night, my husband and I will do the Santa routine, for maybe the last time (the boys are 11 and 8 but are homeschooled; and so, their peers have not ruined the fun of Santa’s magic yet – as we sneak the hidden gifts up from the basement, to put in our one large room in this one-room of an old farmhouse that we call home – bedroom, entertainment center, kid’s play room, business office – can you imagine ?, the Christmas Tree is only 5 feet away from the sleeping youngest one, and his big brother is on the farther side of him).

    On Christmas Day, we’ll open gifts, then we have a change of routine. We’ll have to get our live tree un-decorated (we only minimally decorated it this year for this very reason; normally, it would stay up until mid-Jan), for we have to plant it in the ground, before we leave to finally see my family in TX & NM – it’s been 3 very long years; and my parents are, especially my dad is, declining rapidly. It will be bittersweet. I’ll also see my 2 sisters, and my daughter and 2 grandchildren – all of whom I also haven’t seen in 3 years. We were supposed to go last year; but the bottoms of this awful, horrid, long economic contraction were hitting us so hard, that we simply couldn’t afford to and had to cancel our plans the day before we were intending to leave. The abundance angels blessed us this year with “enough” to finally go.

    Wishing you the warmth of the season (we are coming close to you as well – we are going to do a family history moment by visiting Mt Rushmore during our travels but I’ll save “that” story another time). Love you deeply & dearly, Kathy, for anchoring the Northwoods during this most significant of Solstices.

    • Kathy says:

      Deb, thank you so much for sharing so much here. I felt like it was a sweet glimpse into your heart and life now at the holiday season. Smiled to hear how you spent the sacred hours around Solstice and how you always ground your love deeply into the earth. Interesting how some of us are called toward contemplation and others toward engagement. The eternal balance of it all…

      As for those chicken enchiladas, they sound exquisite! Would love to sample some of your Christmas food. How extra-special that this might be the last Santa year…and that you’re able to return home to loved ones. Wishing you safe travels and all the best in 2013! Thank you for your continual Presence. It is a gift indeed.

  8. Ah, my computer froze in place while I was reading this, so I had time to imagine that the grande finale would be you with your chardonnay doing a spectacular rendition of “Santa, Baby”…Merriest of holidays to you and your family, Kathy!

    • Kathy says:

      Darn frozen computers, Cindy! That was quite the fantasy you had about me singing, lol. #1 I can’t sing and my husband would have probably left the bar if those shenanigans started. #2 I’m really quite shy in person. Well, kind of shy. A little bit shy. Would you sing? Merry Christmas to you!

      • I kind of knew that you wouldn’t really be up there singing, which made it kind of a grin-worthy image.
        NO! I would not sing! I, too, am very shy (people laugh out loud when I say this, but I was a shy child, and though I’ve worked hard to overcome it, I still FEEL shy, always, inside), and – though I love to sing when it’s just me, the dogs and Mother Nature – I have a terrible singing voice. Best wishes!

        • Kathy says:

          Oh good, Cindy, we’d be shy together. I was so shy in 7th grade that I hardly said “boo” to anyone. Yep, the inner shy one doesn’t really ever go away, does she?

  9. A fish burger, french fries, and a Chardonnay — Kathy, I just love you!

    • Kathy says:

      Awww Laurie, so often I am just tickled to death (I mean life) by the things you write! Wishing you and Len and your family the Merriest of Merry Christmases. May you be blessed abundantly in 2013.

      • Kathy – Thank you so much for the beautiful holiday wishes. I hope that you and yours had a lovely time.

        Today our numbers have shrunk from 16 guests to 3. We’ll take them to the airport in the morning so they can head back to their destinations.

  10. Great fun! I shall try to find a local bar in the Valley and see what they are doing. This has inspired me since I will be by myself starting yesterday until Thursday when Grandson comes back for his last 10 days.

    I love being alone! However, the penguin looks like a fun partner to have.

    • Kathy says:

      OK, Linda, have you found your bar yet? I hope you are enjoying your solitude big time–you deserve some precious time off. Being alone can be a wonderful gift. However, being with a penguin is fun, too. *grin* Happy Holy days to you!

  11. Watching other people can be the best thing for your return to the real world in a jumping and jiving bar and grill. A complete turn around. Doesn’t that shock your system a bit? You did not say if you were energized or not after 48 hours of meditation..

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Yvonne! Hmmm, no, I wouldn’t say I was energized after those 48 hours of meditation. It was kind of difficult this time. Quite challenging, actually. OK, darn right hard. Usually any positive effects are felt during the upcoming weeks and months after a retreat like this. The energizing part was the bar and the penguin. Smile. Hope you have a very very Merry Christmas!

      • Gee after all of the meditation info I don’t know if I could do that or not. I must find out more- I was thinking that maybe that might help me in some way.

        So I really hope that you begin to feel the energy slowly but surely.

        I can imagine that the bar was just what the doctor ordered after you were drained during meditation. But I am still trying to figure out what the penguin did for you, even though it was a replica. (Just kidding here) Merry Christmas and take care.

        Regards,
        Yvonne

        . I am going to send the name of your blog to a canadian blogging friend who could use a boost to his blog and also your name to another guy in Hong Kong who I have supported along the way. They are both very nice guys who take great pics.

        One is Just Rod and the other is “It’s all down hill from here.” Andrew Hardacre) you could drop in and look at their photos.Rod is the anglican priest and the other guy is retired and he and his Mrs are curently on their way to anartica. I know that you are just the person who can carry some weight and get them some supporters. Look at my list of subscribers if you lose their names. Erase last 2 paragraphs after you read. Ok? I hope this is not an imposition.

        • Kathy says:

          Please do invite your friends to come by and read this blog–and to comment. That’s how I go read other blogs, by following the commenters back to their cyber hearths. It is really hard for me to read the 40-50 blogs weekly of commenters–and I fail at it regularly, but do try–, but if they stop here be sure I will visit them back. (But don’t know about getting them some supporters. Tell them their biggest chance of getting supporters is to comment, comment, comment on many other posts on a regular basis. So many people want to blog but don’t realize how much work it is reciprocating.) I love how big and caring your heart is, Yvonne. Merry Christmas!

  12. Sounds like you ran the gamut from the sublime to the ultimate. How wonderful to have so many friends in your town who love you! And your husband sounds much like mine who will also do his best to please my whims and is perfectly willing to get into the spirit rather than brood. Good men–Barry and Jack. We are about to take off for a drive to Santa Fe – our mini-vacation spot only an hour away. Stay tuned for pictures and a blog. Have the merriest of Christmases Kathy!

    • Kathy says:

      Patty, that was for sure about the sublime to ultimate! I was trying to portray that–perhaps–they aren’t as separate as our minds would like us to think. Not sure how many people *love* me around here, but it’s good to live in a small town and feel appreciated. Glad to hear that your Jack is a good man who appreciates your whims, too. Enjoy your time in Santa Fe! I will (hopefully) be blog-hopping soon. Merry Christmas!

  13. Janet says:

    A fun night. And a fun song (Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer) that Billy Currington sings (I’m a fan). 🙂 I’ll be hangin’ with the family this Christmas holiday.

    • Kathy says:

      Janet, I swear YOU could sing along at the Finn’s karaoke bar, gosh you’d be so good. (I had no idea the name of that song.) Have a great time hanging with family!

  14. OM says:

    New format for display of blog? i like it!
    Your Santas needed a penguin, did they not?
    You might THINK that long meditation period was “voluntary” but I suspect not. Mine wasn’t. I’ve been meditating more than doing anything else for a bunch of days now, and today ends 4 days of exactly that kind of “coming out” into restaurant dinners with friends, local Christmas-light expeditions with friends, a birthday party, ushering at a local play performance, etc.
    Yep, Happy New 26K Years!!!!!
    So much love to you, thank you as usual for enabling us to find the parallels in our lives!

    • Kathy says:

      OM, yep, new format for the blog–for awhile anyway! And, yes, the Santas and Snowmen might have needed that penguin but they’re being strangely cold toward him. Who knows why? The penguin is dancing under the ceramic tree and the S&S are ignoring him. I might need mediate soon. Or perhaps Kiah will when she comes home.

      Changing the subject a tad, I love when you appear here with your special OM presence and my heart sings! Thank you, thank you, and a Merry, Merry to you. Laughing at the divine parallels which wink at one another! Love, Kathy

  15. sybil says:

    from the sublime to the ridiculous ! what fun you are Kathy !

    Quiet Christmas here. Trying to ignore it. Got overly large turkey for daughter and I, so we’ll have leftovers for the rest of the week. Tired of just doing a chicken for the two of us.

    Then watching the Dr. Who Christmas Special.

    Merry Christmas kiddo !

    • Kathy says:

      Oh Sybil I could hug you! (Consider yourself hugged. If you don’t feel hugged, go find that stick Kathy. She’ll hug you. Except if she’s in Amy-Lynn’s closet, and if that’s the case, I dunno.) Thinking about quiet Christmases. It’s reallllly quiet here today. And tomorrow. Until our wee one, who isn’t so wee, gets here. Then we’ll just celebrate cuz she’s home again. P.S. What is the Dr. Who Christmas Special? Anything like the Grinch that Stole Christmas?

  16. Carol says:

    A perfect pre-Christmas evening!

    • Kathy says:

      My goodness, Carol, it was. I like the way spirituality can exist in bars. And bars can exist in spirituality…maybe…I think. Perhaps? Wishing you the merriest of merry Christmases!

  17. emaclean says:

    Makes me wish I were there!

  18. Lori DiNardi says:

    Oh my, I so relate to the silent-retreat thing. I try to do a brief meditation each morning, and I can’t even do that without my ego rebelling. Then I get mad at my ego for interrupting my inner world. Heh, I do a great job finding peace, don’t I? I even get mad at myself for interrupting. Such peace. Hee, hee. At least I can laugh at myself. I got a smile from your fun night out at Finn’s. Or is it ‘da Finn’s?” Wish I could’ve joined you. Merry Christmas Miss Kathy.

    • Kathy says:

      Lori, I SO get it! Gosh, how I get it. It is soooo freaking hard! This was a VERY challenging meditation. It wasn’t pretty. My ego rebelled left and right. Sometimes fasts & retreats have been like that–most times. I’ve fasted for four days and four nights and it was painful. Yet the results are seen for months and years afterwards…just not immediately.

      For your information: the Finnish folk call it “da Finns”. The non-locals call it The Finns. I would have loved to meet you there, Miss Lori. Hope you & yours have a wonderful Christmas! Love, Kathy

  19. John Kuttenberg says:

    You know how jealous I am 🙂 What a wonderful night! I always wanted to be there for a karaoke night. You have the best situation of anyone I know, you are connected with your inner self, you have wonderful friends in the community and you have friends from all over the world who visit you in the cyber world. Our big event this year was our long weekend in Williamsburg. We went to a concert in the governor’s palace and like you, I wanted to take a bit of the evening with me so I hit the record button on my cell phone and put it in my top pocket. I probably violated several federal laws, but I got the entire concert recorded and it sounds pretty darn good. We will be leaving for da UP right after our son’s birthday breakfast on the 26th. Maybe we could do some Mexican in Hancock.

    • Kathy says:

      John Kuttenberg, you are one of the few people on the planet with whom I’ve spend an evening at the Finns. Wish you could have been there with us the other night. It was a HOOT! Glad to hear you and Jenny enjoyed your long weekend in Williamsburg. What a lovely holiday treat! Let me know when you’re around. If I can breach (broach?) the fence, you’ll get your magazine. tee hee.

  20. lucindalines says:

    This was great. Glad you are back on the web and hope you have a Merry Christmas.

  21. Stacy says:

    My Saturday was not quite that exciting – just stayed home and meditated for – oh – about 20 minutes on the porch, then made a gingerbread house with my daughter.

    Merry Christmas, Kathy! ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Ha ha, Stacy, sounds like my day, except that I couldn’t even meditate for 20 minutes and my daughter won’t be here until tomorrow. How I love that you are living close to your daughter! Do you eat your gingerbread house, btw? Merry Christmas to you!

      • Stacy says:

        We pick at the gingerbread house, but it’s certainly not my favorite Christmas confection. I like anise drop cookies the best!

        Have a wonderful day tomorrow! ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Sometimes, Lisa, I wonder if I can write a story that makes it more fun than an innocent bystander might think? Tried really hard to describe the Presence of it, the way it felt. It was fun–but I think it was especially fun because it came out of such a void. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and many delightful words in 2013!

  22. Joanne says:

    It does sound like great fun Kathy, and wasn’t Barry funny, wanting to stay after not wanting to go?!! I thought you were going to tell us all that the meditation started out restlessly, but after a time you completely zoned in on the moment and had some huge revelations…was the fish burger and fries the revelation? (hee hee…) Merry Christmas, lovely, spiritual and crazy Kathy. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Hey, Ms. Joanne, wasn’t that funny? I mean HE didn’t want to go in the first place! (You want to know a secret? I think that “real life”–which includes places like da Finns–IS the revelation! It’s just that our minds think it’s bigger than that. Silly minds!) As to crazy…who ya calling crazy? I am a normal upstanding citizen. Everybody thinks this way, right?

  23. jeff v says:

    Makes me wish I was there. We sometimes “dine” at the Finns when we’re at our camp, especially if the Tigers are on since we don’t have t.v. at our place. It’s always a good time! hoping to get up there sometime soon to do a little meditating myself. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • Kathy says:

      Jeff, have you been there on karaoke night? It’s a hoot! (And, yes, I noticed sports on TV while we were there…) Hope you can get up here soon. We have a little bit of snow and it’s a beautiful white Christmas… Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  24. Dawn says:

    Sounds like fun. We went to see Lincoln last night and had supper at a noisy sports bar prior to. Was fun, we never do that. Movie was great too. Christmas I am cooking a ham for just the two of us, and mostly we are going to nap.

    • Kathy says:

      Dawn, isn’t it fun to do things we’re not used to doing? Glad you had fun! Enjoy a quiet Christmas…thank you for all the blessings you share with others. Merry Christmas.

  25. the meditating part–not so much–the pub part–I will join you – love your humour

  26. dorannrule says:

    That’s exactly what you need after 48 hours of introspective meditation – hilarity! What a wonderful spot that is to celebrate Christmas in the northwoods. What fun you two are! Thanks for sharing your night out – your fish burger, your penguin gift and all the hilarity there in on one funny spot. Merry Christmas!

    • Kathy says:

      It was exactly what the doctor ordered, doranrule! We did have a fun night there at the tavern. Unexpected little pleasures in life, eh? Hope you are enjoying your Christmas!

  27. Christine says:

    Sounds like a lot of unexpected fun was had. Merry Christmas, Kathy. Keep on spreading the joy.

    • Kathy says:

      Christine, how lovely to see you here. Your ukulele playing might have fit in very well at the Finns the other night. 🙂 Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas, my friend.

  28. What a lovely post, Kathy, I was smiling all along… How different days can be and how wonderful to be able to enjoy all of them. That is precious about life, isn’t it ? Adapting oneself to the present moment and living it fully. Thank you Kathy, have a beautiful Christmas Day. Wishing you and yours all the best.

    • Kathy says:

      Isa, thank you, I am so glad to see you on this Christmas morn and know that you understand about adapting to the present moment and living it to the fullest. Yes–that is exactly it–whether it’s sitting by the fire meditating or sipping a glass of wine. Life is precious and we must meet it as it arises. Christmas blessings to you and your family!

  29. Brenda Hardie says:

    Kathy, I do think your time in meditation was a requirement in order for you to actually be in “the place–or state of heart and mind” to thoroughly enjoy your night at Finn’s. Life is funny that way…calling us to “empty” before we can filled with new and different experiences. And by the way, a fish burger, french fries and chardonnay..yummm 🙂 And I cannot think of a more wonderful way to spend a pre-Christmas evening than in an authentic northwoods bar ♥ Simple times, good friends, even familiar acquaintances, the homecooked smells of yummy food, enjoyable entertainment, the warmth of a glass of wine and the Christmas Spirit ♥ Pure delight. Merry Christmas Dear Friend of the North!

    • Kathy says:

      Hi, Brenda, gosh it’s so hard to keep up here in the blogging world with Kiah at home! Thanks again for your lovely email. I really enjoyed it. It was a lovely pre-Christmas moment in our northwoods bar, wasn’t it? Very delightful…hard to believe it was only a week ago or so! And, yes, it feels like meditation opens us up to more deeply experience the “ordinary” until perhaps they even become “one”. Love, Kathy

  30. Connie T says:

    Fish burger sounds good. Great penguin gift.

  31. How fun! Perfect distraction from the overwhelming-ness of holiday things–or meditation!

  32. Heather says:

    Sounds like a lovely and lively distraction from your meditation 🙂 I’m glad you’re enjoying your holidays. One of my beloved family members seems to have passed on some nasty bronchitis. I say this is no time to have a fever, when there are young ones I want to play with, but the growing monsters in my lungs insist otherwise. Happy fish burgers to you though!

    • Kathy says:

      Oh, Heather, I am SO sorry that you are feeling sick! (And you’re “on the road” visiting loved ones, too, aren’t you?) Poor Barry is coughing up a storm but he *only* has a virus, poor thing. And Kiah’s sniffling. And my mom’s been sick. I’ve been on the edge, but seem to have fought it off. Get well soon!! Fishburger love…

  33. Cute penguin! Glad you decided to end your meditation and share the fun with us! 🙂

  34. Letting go of preconceived notions and just having fun sometimes is necessary! Loved the slice of local life painted in this post. 48 hours without a glass of wine IS a long time 🙂 ~ Kat

  35. Marianne says:

    Sounds like a really fun time, Kathy!! We need that every now and then. 🙂

  36. AnnieR says:

    That sounds like quite an evening! We have friends with a place on Mullet Lake and once, during a winter visit, we took a trip to the local bar. It was pretty similar to what you described but without the beads and the penguin. We’re not country music fans either but we danced all night and had a blast meeting the rest of the patrons.

    • Kathy says:

      Annie, you might want to try to visit your Mullet Lake bar right before Christmas–and on karaoke night. You might get the beads and the penguin! (Your night sounds fun.)

  37. Robin says:

    Sounds like a really fun way to reconnect after a 48 hours of being disconnected. Hmmm… or is that disconnect after 48 hours of being connected? Either way, it sounds like lots of fun. And I love that penguin. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      I’m not sure which was connected and which was disconnected, Robin. LOL! Either way, it was fun. And the penguin is still sitting merrily next to the Santas and Snowmen and bounces when you prod him. 🙂

  38. Colleen says:

    Kathy, I just love this! And you 🙂
    Our greetings are belated but come from our hearts. I’m glad you had a lovely Christmas. And Happy New Year to you and Barry!

    • Kathy says:

      Colleen, I love it that you love these stories of Presence. Happy, happy! And always happy, happier, happiest when you pause by here to read and share your energy. Happiest of New Years to YOU, too!

  39. Reggie says:

    What a fabulous juxtaposition – 48 hours of seeeeerious meditation, followed by a hilarious karaoke night! Only in Kathy’s world! 😉

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