Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Russian Duo concert

On Saturday night there was a concert at our local school buy a group named "The Russian Duo". I decided to host a pre-concert buffet for neighbors and friends who probably would not be otherwise attending the concert.  We had 20 people for the supper, including the director of the organization sponsoring the concert and the performers themselves, Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky.

I recorded some of their performance on my phone, but cannot figure out how to get it here.  So if you want to hear them, just go to youtube.  Oleg plays a balalaika which is a folk instrument with only three strings.  Terry plays the piano.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Personalized cards

Today I started working on a project that I have had in the back of my mind for a long time.  When I send someone a card, I want it to be personalized.  I am also thrifty (cheap?) so don't want to spend several dollars on a card. Here are a few samples of pictures I put on the front of cards.

These neighbors invited us to their annual Clam Bake/ Pot Luck.  This is the view I have of their property when it is foggy.  So I printed this scene on their thank you card.

Another was for another Clam Bake with relatively new friends.  This is a sign in their living room.

Sometimes I have go go back a year or two to find a good picture.  But it is fun. 
Part of the challenge was to find the best paper to use.  I bought some 67 # paper which seems to work well. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015


Last night G and I attended a concert of Alash.  They are Tuvan Throat Singers.  I had never heard of this type of music, but G had heard them at a Cultural Fair on the Mall in DC a couple years ago.  It was amazing.  Listen here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xia8OERlNU 

We have a local nonprofit organization, ORMACO, whose mission it is to bring experiences like this to our community.  They are workshops in local schools for children and then concerts for the public.  Our good friend's son is the founder.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Cultural activities

Since Hubby is on another MC trip (which I chose not to go on) I have had a busy week.  Wednesday went to a Script Club meeting with staff from the Cleveland Playhouse.  We read the script from "The Crucible" and discussed how they will produce it.  That is a sobering play about the Salem Witch hunts and hangings in the 1690s.  Haven't decided for sure if I will go see the play.

On Friday I drive almost an hour to see a foreign film, Gloria, which was made in Brazil.  It was about a divorced women in her 50s who is trying to get her life back together.  They had a discussion afterwards but it was 9:30 pm and I was tired and had an hour's drive home.  It had great Brazilian music which made it more enjoyable.

On the topic of music, I was listing to Bossa Nova music from Brazil and came across a jazz singer, Diana Krall.  Hubby would have been tearing out his hair, as he really does not like jazz.  I love it.  So it is great that I can listen to an hour or two on You Tube when he is not here.

One more cultural activity - Went to the Playhouse Square and saw "The Secret Garden" today.  They did it as a musical.  I'd give it an eight out of ten rating.  Great actors and singers, but they had a problem with the sound.  The music was much to loud.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Looking Out My Backdoor

Monday I was reminded of the song sung by Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Looking Out My Back Door".  "Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn."  This is what I saw out my back door:

That is a llama.  I kid you not.  It stood there for several minutes in the middle of the bean field, then walked back into the woods.  I called the Sheriff's Dept, but there was no report of a missing llama. Then I called my neighbor who flies an Ultralight.  Since he flies over all our properties, he knew which neighbor it belonged to.  Have not seen it since so I hope it found its way back home.

Gerry and I are taking a ten week class on writing our autobiography.  Our assignment this week was to make a time line of our lives, specifically showing what the teacher calls "Branches.  That is an event in your life that caused a transition in your life, positive or negative.  Re-reading  old Christmas letters for the past 45 years helped us with that. Then we each are to write a 2 page essay on one of the branches.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Shoes, brownies

As I mentioned in the previous post, I decided to go hiking.  When I arrived at the park to join the group, my shoes felt weird.  The soles came off of both of them. Don't know if it was just dry rot or the glue fatigued.  I finished the hike without the soles, but it was quite slippery on wet surfaces.  The shoes fit so well, that I am going to take them to a shoe repair shop to see if they can be repaired.  

That being said, it was a lovely hike in one of our local County Parks.  Next time I will bring my camera.  And hike alone.  You cannot stop to take pictures when with a group.

My garden is producing zucchini at this time, so I am looking for recipes to use them.  I really hate throwing extra into the compost.

The results are two loaves of zucchini bread and zucchini brownies.  Yes, brownies.  They have no eggs so are more gooey that cake like. The flavor is a bit different, but I am planning to frost them with chocolate frosting, which should cover up any unusual flavor.  Am invited to a pot luck Monday with the m/c group.  I won't tell them what is in the brownies until they taste it.  :)   Unless they read my blog.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

GOOGLE told me Happy Birthday

OK, this is just spooky! This morning when I went to the home page of my gmail, there were several cakes with candles in the GOOGLE shape. When I put the cursor over them, it said,  "Happy Birthday, Bernice".

Hubby is in Colorado riding his motorcycle in the mountains.  He called this morning and put the phone on speaker and all of his buddies sang Happy Birthday to me.  I  have had several phone calls with birthday wishes and my book club members sang to me to.  So it has been a great day.

I usually go to a Senior Stretch exercise class every Monday and Wednesday.  Today I tried a water exercise class in a pool at a motel.  I found that doing the exercises in the water was actually easier and not as challenging.  Our county park offers hiking, which I am going to try.  It may be a well rounded exercise regime in the end.  Guess I am on an exercise kick now.