Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
My early morning ritual has included building a fire in the wood-stove. One good fire in the morning warms up the house for the day.
A warm fire, some Christmas lights, some Christmas tunes, and it's all nice and cozy inside.
(Kathy, the green candle next to my woodland Santa is battery operated. As another side note, I have both real candles and battery operated candles (on a timer) that I thoroughly enjoy.)
I ordered something special for the top of the stove from Plow and Hearth. It's a cast-iron pot for water, but the top is really cool. If the water gets steaming, the steam is supposed to escape through the holes of the fire pit. I haven't found that it works all that well...yet. As long as moisture gets back into the air in someway, it's all good.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
This uke was a Christmas present last year, and I have really enjoyed playing it; I should spend more time with it, truthfully. But I could say that about all my instruments!
One of my ukulele students, a 10 year old boy, is quickly learning to pick/play melodies in his lesson book, and he's getting pretty good. He picks the melody, and I accompany him with chords. We're working on preparing 3 or 4 pieces we can perform at Open Mic in January. He's really excited about this prospect.
Monday, December 21, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
What a treat to get out some of my favorite Christmas decorations and to begin enjoying them anew this season. I've been enjoying a few lights, some burning candles, some Christmas CD's, and some fine decorations sitting about. I think I could enjoy them year round!
I just watched the movie, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (I think I got the title right); it was a sweet movie, and I enjoyed it. My family says I'd like the movie "Brooklyn." Have you seen it? And what about the new "Star Wars" movie...anybody already have plans for going?
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
I know my guy at the music store is going to be scratching his head again...after what will now be an eighth string replacement. The solution may be to take out the pick-up mic, even though that doesn't' seem to be the problem. However, we will have to try something, so I guess I'll suggest it.
Monday, December 14, 2015
I have enjoyed these past sunny days, as they have helped melt my snow-packed/icy driveway and have made getting out of the yard a lot easier. It's been unusually warm, actually, for a few days, and it is about to come to an end with a new cold front and snow storm moving in today.
Yesterday, I attended (with a couple other gals) the "Art in the Afternoon" event in Lander; I really think it's the finest art/craft show of the season. After shopping and visiting with folks we ran into for a couple of hours, we had lunch and drove back to Riverton. We arrived in plenty of time to also attend the "Festival of Carols" at the college. Beautiful music. If I could have chosen the music, however, I would have preferred hearing the choral performers sing at least a few familiar carols. Truthfully, that's why I attended; I wanted to hear beautiful renditions (in a live performance) of familiar and well loved Christmas carols. I hate to say it, but I was disappointed.
Nevertheless, it was a fine day, and I even got home in time to see the last half of the Bronco game. Hmmm. I thought that another win for the Broncos was in the cards....not so much! I don't know what was going on with the receivers, but they couldn't catch passes! All those fumbles kept us scoreless for the last half of the game. I guess we'll see what happens next week!
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
I finished the first Blue Water Cowl, although I haven't blocked it as yet. I got right to casting on a second Blue Water Cowl, but this time I used the smallest size 6 needles (4.0mm), and I've noticed a difference...but it's not huge. At first I thought the difference was going to be significant, but now that I've knit a few inches, I'm predicting that the difference is going to be minimal.
It seems like the progress is slow...even though I'm working on it steadily. I've been working with size 2 needles on socks...so I think I might have thought that working on 6's would actually be more like working with size 10! Oh well, slow and steady...
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
I love the way the snow and wind creates white sculptures on the branches. It's a wintry image that makes me smile.