A Busy Goose is a Happy Goose

Please excuse Mother Goose for the lapse in her writing and story-telling! I’ve been so busy having adventures and attending events that I haven’t taken the time to write about them. So here I am…

Mr. Mother Goose called me a bon vivant a couple of days ago. (Of course, because I am a goose, I had to look it up in the dictionary to see if it was a compliment.) Now that I know the definition, I flap with pleasure to agree with him. Merriam-Webster folks say this about that: a person having cultivated, refined, and sociable tastes especially with respect to food and drink. The literal French means “good liver”. So, of course, that would be me!

I would like to add that I am also very socially busy these days. Winter is coming to its end here in Oak Park, and the geese are coming out of hibernation in our village. We are getting out and about. Or if you are “up north”, you would say that you are getting oot in a boat. But so far this spring, Mother Goose has not gotten into any boats…

Friday afternoon, I did meet up with the Blue Star Family Platoon. We are impassioned with supporting military families and providing them with Blue Star Banners to show their pride in their soldiers and sailors and airmen. I would go so far as to say that we are zealous for our cause! Do not be surprised to see Mother Goose on the news, waving her banner and honking into the camera about how important it is to find these invisible military families and let them know that we love them!

Friday evening, my passion for all things American continued as I attended the opening night of “Act of Valor” with Mr. Goose and son, Benjamin. Friends, dear and gentle readers, this movie is so great! If you wonder what it’s like to be a U.S. Navy Seal, pleeeez go and see this movie. There are no stuntmen, no CGI — this is for real action starring real active duty Navy Seals. AMAZING! Be sure you have a kleenex in your purse or pocket…

On Saturday afternoon, Mr. Mother Goose and I decided to head out to a local swap meet. Mother Goose has never attended a swap meet and wasn’t sure of the proper attire — I finally settled for jeans and a shirt, light jacket and gym shoes, with just a little make-up. I brushed my hair and smoothed my feathers. As we were driving along to the swap meet, we spotted some colorful flags near a home and many cars parked on the usually quiety neighborhood street. The sign out front told the whole story. Hence we were distracted from attending the swap meet, but enjoyed ourselves immensely at the Estate Sale.

Mother Goose found a bit of Blue Willow china, but the find of the day was this sweet pink retro suit in the style of Jackie O. It’s so pretty, but sadly way too small for Mother Goose — I could not zip it up. But if it was just a size larger, I’d wear it everywhere, especially to my bon vivant parties. It’s hand-tailored, rough silk, and the brocade is hand stitched. Such a treasure!

Cute, but way too tiny.

On Saturday evening, we attended a concert at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park. We were pleased as punch to listen to the beautiful sounds of the Metropolis Quartet, an oboe and strings combo pack. What an unforgettable evening it was as they soothed us and entertained us and inspired us musically. A wonderful time was had by all of us in the family Goose.

Unity Temple sounds as good as it looks...

And on Sunday afternoon, we met with local photographer Eric Kleinberg to obtain my birthday gift from Mr. Goose — an original photographic print of a storm over the city which I have aptly named “Tumultuous”. Eric is a truly talented photographer — well, actually he wears many hats — but he captures incredible shots of food and people. This is only my first Eric Kleinberg — there will be many more hanging on my wall before too long.

My First Eric Kleinberg

And now, you are most certainly wondering about the Oscar party which I probably attended last evening… Mother Goose is content to tell you that I did not attend a party, nor did I watch the Academy Awards on TV. I did cook up a nice chicken dinner for my family, and we dined sumptuously. I also emptied the bottle of Santa Margherita. Because afterall, Mother Goose is so bon vivant.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bunn
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 11:42:16

    Oohh Mother Goose you are truly amazing!
    I sure missed your writings while you were out adventuring! But now I’m reading about them!
    I’m so glad you had the time to sit your feathery behind down and tell us a story!
    I love you Mother Goose!


  2. Dianna
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 13:17:56

    There’s a little gourmet wine shop named Bon Vivant in our town – now I know what it means!
    You have been a very busy goose lately! So glad you had time to write about your adventures.


  3. Three Well Beings
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 01:41:42

    You did have some wonderful adventures! I think all bon vivantes must have a lot of curiosity paired with adventurous spirits! and thank you for the movie review. I’m sure it is excellent. Debra


    • Natalie
      Feb 29, 2012 @ 06:07:48

      Oh Debra, what a lovely pairing you’ve delivered to my heart! Thank you so much! And I completely forgot to mention that I went to a second movie, The Secret World of Arrietty, with my sweet young AnnaRose on Sunday afternoon. It was a wonderfully quiet and heart-warming piece of animation from Disney studios in Japan. Very precious indeed.


  4. yearstricken
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 20:37:16

    You certainly do get around. Sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing.


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