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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Labor Day Weekend in 757, @The Rileys

Good Sunday, everyone! It's a day before Labor Day in the US of A! Thank God, we're alive and well...and blogging again! Yes!

So, what's up, my dear folks and friends, here and there, everywhere? Any interesting story to share us all? Well, I got one.

Daughter Tintin and I drove to 757 from D-ville Saturday afternoon and we arrived home safely after three-and-a half hours on the road. (It was a beautiful, bright and warm day Saturday that I took a 54-second video using my smart phone, when we're about to make an exit on 9B.) My wife Freny was, of course, glad to see/meet us once we parked at our drive way.

After unloading our stuff, I immediately went upstairs and changed clothes. Then, we ate early supper which Freny prepared. After about an hour, I decided to take a nap. So I went back upstairs to our room and changed clothes to sleep wear/PJ. I thought I could fall asleep but it just took me over an hour to feel kinda sleepy. Anyway, I remained in bed for another hour or two. Afterwards, I rose up, logged on to my laptop and visited one of the realty estate companies. I don't know why but I did watch virtual tour of a number of houses in their listing, until I got tired and my eyes were heavy. The rest is history.

Today, Sunday, Tintin, Freny and I participated Mass at St. Paul's Catholic Church in downtown Portsmouth where, before the Mass started, we came to know a young couple, Tony and Monique, who, that time, were filling out the registration forms because of their desire to become a part of St. Paul's Catholic community. Freny and I, at that time, were greeting parishioners coming in to church for the 9:30 Mass, part of our volunteer work in the church, in addition to being volunteer EMHC (Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.) Btw, Rev. Fr. David, our pastor, celebrated the Mass with us. He re-echoed what the Gospel readings today by speaking about humility as one of the traits we, Christians, should always carry with us in our every day to day existence and dealing with our fellow human beings. Our friends Mike and Myrna were in attendance at the 9:30 Mass, and I wasn't sure if I heard it right that Myrna's inviting us to their house for lunch after church.  

As you may know, daughter Tintin's with us this weekend in 757. That means, she has a commitment at that church in Norfolk as a paid pianist. So, when the clock stroke 10:30 a.m, and the Holy Communion was over, we had no choice but to leave St. Paul's for Norfolk. Glad and thankful that the downtown tunnel this morning was smooth-sailing as far as traffic is concerned. We arrived in Norfolk in time for the 11:00 church worship service. As always, we were welcomed by the congregation, which is mostly composed of older men and women, with a few younger ones. Pastor Dan's sermon, dealing about Christianity, is always inspirational and enlightening.

So, after the church, we stopped by at stores to buy something (pizza and cake) and then we found our way to the Riley's where we had fun, food and fellowship. Thank you, Mike and Myrna, for your warm hospitality. May God bless you and your family always! I must emphasize here that we love and always enjoy Myrna's cooking. She's such an excellent cook! (Fyi, Myrna used to work in hospitals as a registered nurse. Both she and her husband Mike have been enjoying their retirement.)

Here are some of the photos I've taken while we're @The Rileys...

Copyright photos 2013 by Chris A. Quilpa

Well, this is all for now. Thank you, my dear folks and friends, near of far, for visiting my blog. Until next time around. Take care and have a peaceful day/weekend, everyone. Happy Labor Day, to all of us! Thank you, all workers our there for what you do for all of us. May God bless US and keep US safe from harm always!-chris a. quilpa, 01 September 2013

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