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

Fashion Post: Denim Skirt with a Touch of Mosaics

Today, the day before Thanksgiving, will be a workday, and then after work a busy running around doing errands to prepare for tomorrow. Today’s clothes are casual. Skirt: H&M. Gray T: Old Navy. Cream tank: Xhilaration. Boots: Breckelle’s.

casual denim skirt outfit
casual denim skirt outfit
potted rosemary
potted rosemary
shallow mosaic birdbath
shallow mosaic birdbath
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Love this page torn from a gardening magazine. On the to-do list.

I have been working with mosaics again; just a little bit. My first attempt at getting back into it resulted in a shallow birdbath. It’s pretty but rough. It holds not enough water, so I soon will build up the sides a bit more. There is a lot of clay in the soil here, so it was very hard to dig out a place in the ground for a mold. I will have to do better next time!

Enjoy this day!

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She is actually dressed in clothes I would wear now. #tights #boots #laceupboots This old photo sold recently. Love. I am sure these two darlings will #inspire the #artist who took them home. #Sidetracked #hillsboroughnc #vintagephoto #vintagephotography (at Durham, North Carolina)

Coffee and Chocolate

In case you Peeps are wondering about my morning coffee.

It is a very difficult job, but someone has to work on this bag of Ghiradelli chocolates! I volunteered, knocking everyone else away, shielding them from the danger ahead. There are only a few left in the bag, so I think I have everything under control.

Whew.

The shop was so pretty on Saturday, prepared for Valentine’s Day. It was a good day! And speaking of Valentine’s Day, my dear sweet friend Jason bought me a baby guitar for the shop for Valentine’s Day. It is small enough to carry into the shop and not take up too much space. “Baby” guitar gives the impression of a child’s instrument, but many companies now are making baby and mini guitars that have great tone and are perfect for travel for adults.

I tried out a Martin,a Yahama, and a Taylor. It came down to the Taylor and the Yahama. The Martin was set up to play with an amp, and I did not need that. Also, I was not sure how I felt about the thickness of the neck of the Martin. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised with the tone of the Yahama, and the price was perfect, as far as I was concerned! Not that I think Yamaha is bad by any means. It is just that Jason has a baby Taylor himself, and I already knew how great it sounded, so I had already set the Taylor on a pedestal in my mind, I guess.

I love this little vintage tray. Made in Italy. Currently in the shop.

And these old fabric flowers. Ahhhhh.

Now, some things that have inspired me this morning.

Beautiful altered couture.

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A perfectly perfect greenhouse screen door.

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Be still my heart! Heart-stopping boots.

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With that, enjoy this day!

Lynn