Now I have the City’s permission to build a life-saving structure on my property. I had an email from the contractor who said they had been trying to fax the needed paperwork but the City’s fax machine wasn’t cooperating. She called the developmental services dept, and “talked with someone who was not very nice,” (surprise!), who would only clarify that yes she was dialing the right number.
Something must have worked because the code technician called me yesterday and said I was good to go at the price of $53.50, so I gave them my debit card number and that was that.
I guess I should have asked if they are going to mail me some paper or something. In 2005, I had a real sheet of paper, inscribed with the appropriate bureaucratic incantantations, certifying that I had placated the appropriate powers and paid my dues. I was required “by law” to post it where it could be seen from the street. So I made a copy and posted the copy on a stake in the middle of a garden bed. If the paper was that valuable, I didn’t want some heathen running off with the original like someone did with my rosemary bush a while back. Who knows what would happen. Maybe the same people who come and take you away if you tear that tag off your pillow would have swooped down and done something nefarious to me and my household.
So it is all over except for the actual installation, Deo gratias. And truthfully it was much less of a hassle than last time, so I’m glad they’re learning a few things.
Now I have will have room for 14 adults standing. Or some combination of adults, kids, dogs, cats, and whatever other critter might be brought. It will also eventually have some jugs of wine and beer that will be aging down there, and the occasional basket of apples and some winter squash. So if we do have to dive into the ‘fraidy hole’ as they are sometimes known around these parts, we may have to pass some time passing the bottle. Yes, I will also have a bucket filled with leaves in case our stay is prolonged.
Tomorrow is the delivery day of the Oklahoma Food Cooperative and so I will be helping with the grand sorting that goes on at our operations center in the Old Farmers Market District.
Then after a few hours at work — which will involve rehearsing with a cantor for a wedding, working through the readings and liturgies for the summer and picking music and taking care of some miscellaneous musical odds and ends I will be off to the house of my friend the Reverend Deacon Aaron Taylor (of St Benedict’s Russian Orthodox Church here in central Oklahoma) for some, well, probably it will involve discussions and booze. Fortunately he lives close enough to me that I can walk, lol, There and Back Again, hopefully with no adventures in between. Well, meeting up with some hobbits would be fine, but the orcs can stay away.
The process of selecting music is an on-going project for my music ministry that never ends, because as soon as I am through with summer and fall ordinary time, well, here comes Advent and Christmas and then winter ordinary time, Lent, Easter. . . plus assorted and miscellaneous holy days, weddings, funerals, and etc. Yes, I have 14 years of records of what I have chosen previously, but each year is a brand new opportunity to read the readings and see what speaks to the present time. Sometimes I pick the same hymns. Often I don’t. At times I look at what I picked in the past, and wonder, “What was I thinking of?” Well, usually I have some methods to the madness of my musical selection process, but I don’t always remember what it is several years later. IN ANY EVENT. . . The priests and deacons have their homilies, but I pick the hymns and anyone who thinks I don’t, at every liturgy that I plan, preach a sermon with my hymn selections hasn’t paid any attention to their texts.
PS. Mark your calendars for BLESS THIS HOUSE — a musical offering for the 30th anniversary of the Dedication of Epiphany Church, Sunday, July 6th, 6 PM, potluck at 5 PM. Featuring the choirs and musicians of the Church of the Epiphany. And the only time you will ever get to sing We Three Kings in July.