Getting Used to Playing Live

One fun thing about all the rain we have had?  I have the best rain boots ever!

I love my sugar skull boots! And everyone else seems to as well. Everywhere I went yesterday, people stopped me to comment on my boots. They kept my feet warm and dry.

On the other hand, I am so ready for the sun, and very ready to check on my veggie garden. I can tell the plants are getting taller, but I want to get close and see if there is any fruit forming on the tomatoes!  I just have not gone out there in all the rain we have had.

As far as the music in my life (and the music man), our gig over the weekend went very well. It’s such an honor to be asked by a dear friend to help her raise money for breast cancer research. The money goes to the Susan G. Komen foundation. I know, I know, I’ve heard the good and the bad about Komen, but they have helped our dear friend! She is in her seventh year of living with stage IV breast cancer!

We played several songs: The Road is My Middle Name by Bonnie Raitt; Billy Burnette’s Wrong One Right; an instrumental by Jerry Reed, The Claw; an old song called Dim Lights, Thick Smoke; and more.

Playing live is something I am still getting used to. There is so much involved in performing! I think back to all the times I have seen people play and never once realized the work that went into it all before and after the actual tiny amount of time they were on stage. They had to buy and keep up equipment, learn the songs, rehearse them, book the gig, carry their equipment to the gig and set it up, break everything down afterwards, carry it all home, and then they had to unpack it, clean it up and put it away. And most musicians make very little money. I sure tip musicians better now that I realize all of that!

I am learning how to set up my amp, deal with chords, be quiet when my mic and amp are on but we are not playing yet, and so much more! It is also a challenge to learn to play and sing but also engage the audience. I don’t want to just look at a music stand or the floor the whole time! Wow. There is just a lot to it!  And then there is the whole argument about why a music stand or iPad should be on stage anyway!

Did someone ask about Vlad? Well, if you didn’t, you should have. We found out that while we were busy with the gig, he hitched a ride with some of the Meowfia in the neighborhood and went to the beach. Muppet from next door sent this over to us when we got back.

I hope everyone is having a great week.
Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Guitar Progress Video: Wrong One Right

This afternoon I did some practicing for an upcoming gig, so I figured I’d pull out the camera and get an updated progress video.  This is a Billy Burnette song that I first heard after Jason gave me one of Billy Burnette’s CDs.  I have soooo far to go in my playing!  Ugh.  I wish I could hit the 10,000-hour mark in a day, but alas it does not work that way. I’ll just keep practicing.

I am loving my Guild guitar, but it is a big guitar, a D-55 dreadnought. My right elbow has been hurting a bit, and I am actually wondering if it’s the size of the guitar. I guess time will tell. I would be extremely sad, except if it does not work out, well, it means more guitar shopping. 🙂 Of course, the elbow pain could also be from my desk job and using a mouse eight hours a day!

2005 Guild D55 dreadnought

Early this morning, I met my oldest son, Daniel, for a big hug. He is going deep sea fishing over the weekend. I don’t care how big he is, he is Pooh Bear to me! We looked into the sun, #nomakeup #nofilter for a selfie! I love this child. In fact, I love all my children so much. It cannot be put into words, as all you mothers know. Daniel brought me flowers on Monday for Mother’s Day and they are all open today! So beautiful!

First thing in the morning, looking into the sun. No makeup, no filter, no coffee. Got a hug from my boy before he headed off to deep sea fish.
Lilies from my oldest son, Daniel, for Mother’s Day.

I am off, running into the weekend, with so much to do. As usual, I’ll open the shop. We are practicing for an upcoming gig. I would love to get a minute or two in the garden! We shall see. Have a good weekend, everyone!

Enjoy this day.
Lynn

North Carolina Sunrise

Another week has flown! I find myself not having posted for 8 days!

This morning, Jason captured a beautiful North Carolina sunrise with our DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter. That is an affiliate link.  I love Amazon, by the way.  I have Amazon Prime.  The photos are stunning!

Call me a Carolina girl!

So what else has been happening over the last week? I have continued to work on a sweet, tiny sanctuary of a garden in “Lynnwood.” Let me preface my garden photos with this video. This will undoubtedly illustrate for you just how familiar the deer are with folks around here. No fear. Eating everything from native plants to cultivated plants labeled “deer proof.” Deer proof. Yeah, right.

That said, here are some garden photos.

A collapsible twig door. Lots of potted veggies and herbs.
This tiny fenced-in garden will be my haven from the deer. The centerpiece is a new clematis that is heartily trying to grow, but the deer keep eating it! A sweet friend saved my stepping stones from the old house.
With a few bricks from the old house, and a significant token from the foundation of the old house, I have formed a bed in the ground for seeds.
Knowing how perennials fill out, and how structures and pathways give bones to a garden, I know the garden will feel softer and more lush over time. For now, it’s new, and it looks new! Ugh.

I have great plans for this little garden. It gets lots of sun. I am seeing more birds, more butterflies, and I can’t wait to put in a little chair so I can sit in my Zen garden and watch the tomatoes grow! I hope the deer will not jump this fence, but my hope is to expand and heighten a few fenced-in areas to give myself some garden sanctuaries set up on the edge of Lynnwood, a pine garden with a pathway, birds, deer, frogs, and native plants.

In other gardening news…

The blooms are dreamy and perfect.
A beautiful pale pink azalea.
This orchid from Jason is going into its second year. I cannot believe I have nurtured it for this long! It survives and thrives!
A beautiful orchid from my dear Jason. The orchid will soon be two years old (to me).

I hope this week will allow me to post more about day-to-day activities, especially the garden. There’s a gig coming up. I have a lull between classes. Work and family keep me busy. I would love to hear any thoughts you might have on gardening!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Quilt tops, a River Walk, and Kitties

The weekend was a whirlwind of busy-ness.  It started with a Friday walk on the Hillsborough River Walk.  We just missed the rain, getting our steps in before the drops started falling!  Jason and I admired again the amazing man-made stickwork structure by artist Patrick Doughtery.

I was in my sweet little shop Sidetracked on Saturday.  I love meeting my customers.  I had a new customer from Raleigh who found me on line.  She and her husband stopped in and we had a nice visit. Of course, the kitties (all four of them) keep life interesting and sweet.

Jason and I did a lot of garden work over the weekend, which was evidenced by my Fitbit blowing up with steps.  I managed a quick stop by The Scrap Exchange where I saw some beautiful quilt tops.  I passed them by without purchasing, but I did take a few pictures.

The entrance to the River Walk.
“A Sight to Behold” by Patrick Dougherty
Stickwork structure that is just amazing to see!
Looking up through the top of “A Sight to Behold”
A window inside the structure.
Sedums growing in a plant box at Sidetracked.
Quilt top at The Scrap Exchange.
Quilt top at The Scrap Exchange.
Amelia resting in my guitar case.
Mars resting in my guitar case.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Lynnwood Magical Woodland Garden Grows Along with my Etsy Shop

The garden at “Lynnwood” continues to come along, little green leaf by little green leaf, and I continue to take fashion photos from The Fashion Stump. 😉 I just I wish I had more time to play outside. I am usually focused on work, it seems, and there is little time left for play. A feeling of being unbalanced lately has made me look at priorities. I hope to make more time for the garden.

Jason and I refer to his wooded yard as “Lynnwood” (no shock there!) as we turn it into a maze of magical walkways and gardens through the pines.

The Goldflame Spirea (left) is doing great! It started in the old garden, traveled by way of a cutting to my mom’s garden, and now I have some back for Lynnwood. The jasmine (right) is putting out lots of new growth! It should be spectacular next year!
Old tin can full of mint. I don’t dare let mint take off in the actual ground in this garden!
Lacy camisole. Long, lace, very lightweight sweater. Pink linen skirt. Vintage slip.

I have been busy putting items in my Etsy shop! Original paintings are going in. Hats and clothes and what-nots are going in. Altered couture. This and that. There will be more and more items as I get everything from Sidetracked transitioned to a new home. I am really looking forward to this. There is a delightful workshop space being created. It will house all of the beautiful things from Sidetracked. I cannot wait to be able to share photos!

Dancers gather around an acoustic guitar.
Lots of blue and green, and a guitar player dancing with her acoustic.

Stay tuned…

Enjoy this day!
Lynn