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'Tis the day after New Year's Day.

Hehehe, no I'm not planning on doing a countdown throughout the coming year! :)

Weird weather we're having. I awoke to the sounds of a thunderstorm this morning. A thunderstorm and rain. Rain? I mean really, rain? I feel like I should be at my friend's house in Georgia. It is 52F degrees out already and it's supposed to reach 59F today. Most weird. However, I found the sound of rain and thunder soothing to listen to as I laid in bed relaxing.

I already have a bit of an off kilter week scheduled as tomorrow I will spend most of the day in Springfield with my daughter doing window and planning shopping for her wedding. The big day will be October 31, 2007 - - which I just checked and I wonder if they realize that it's a Wednesday and they are wanting an afternoon wedding. I'll have to ask Sarah tomorrow. They want a Halloween wedding, just for the fun of it, but a weekday afternoon wedding isn't the best idea.

Rosamunde, you asked if the River Ramblers are still an active band . . . as far as we know they still are. We used to be in pretty close contact with them and aren't as much now, but they opened for Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder when they were in Springfield just this past October. I'm glad your friend liked them :) On the music front - I haven't been practicing my fiddling as much as I would like to (and should) over the holiday. While at my husband's folk's house over Christmas I did alright with jamming while Bruce and Justin played banjo and guitar. I play one note of the chord they are playing, it's the extent of my jamming abilities at this point, but I can do that much and keep up well. I also had learned "Silent Night" and "The First Noel" (by ear :) ) before we left for MI and I was able to play melody on those while they backed me up. I also did my one note back up and played the two carols with Bruce on banjo and our nephew-in-law on his folk harp. "The First Noel" was the better of the two both times. I've started learning "Cripple Creek" (beginners version) and am not too bad when playing alone, but I easily get confused when playing with someone else. Part of the problem is how easy it is to get off pitch with a fiddle. I get off pitch, can't stand how it sounds, and it throws me off on what notes I'm supposed to be playing. That's why I need to practice more :) :) It is great to play with other musicians or CDs as that is the best way to learn to stay on pitch.

A good day to all of you and thank you for dropping by :)


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Jan. 2nd, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
Hello Pearl,

I was up and playing on the pc during the storm so I really noticed it as well.

I think the holidays have negatively affected instrument practice time f/ most of us. I still have not found a violin instructor, but have been working on my classical guitar, as has Laura, my wife. She is much better than I. She has such a good ear! Our instructor said her ear is better than his and that she may be one of the rare folk blessed w/ "perfect pitch". In a music theory book that I bought there is a cd that has 40 different tones that you are supposed to match to a keyboard, or other instrument, and then write the note down to check your score. I got like 20% correct and was only one tone away on about another 30%. Laura of course got a flat 100% correct. But then she has to go and get me riled by insisting that she has no musical talent...Grrrr! If she only knew what I would give to have her natural ability...

Best to you and yours this New Year,

Jim (I live about 30 mins. NE of Kelly in the hills behind a very dead little town called Foley. It is on RT 79 not far from the Mississippi river.)
Jan. 5th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
Kelly told me you have horses! Most excellent! i used to (centuries ago) have an Appaloosa gelding. This was durning the late 60s early 70s. i would ride trails that were on state land in Michigan and pretend I was Eowyn from Lord of the Rings. I haven't ridden in ages. I started out western but switched to English for two reasons: 1) I like the look of English and 2) the saddle was lighter and easier to get up on my horse's back :)
Jan. 5th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
Hi PT1,

Yes, we have hade the big'uns since 1996. We actually, Laura went thru three before finding HER horse, Charley, but I have had Loki since May of '96 went he was two. I am the only one that has ever ridden him. We do the western thing, but ever nw and then I see Laura's eyes light up when she sees an English saddle that catches her eye :).

There is a park about 25 mins. from us that has some 28 mis. of horse trails that we really enjoy going to.

Do you have any pics of your Appy?


Jan. 6th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
Hi :)

There are two pictures of Salty Dog and me here: http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=999&gid=1610619&uid=885068 down towards the end.

That was his name when I bought him and I decided not to change it. He doesn't look very Appy - but he had the white sclera around his eyes, the striped hooves and the scruffy sparse mane and tail of an Appaloosa and I did have him registered as one. I think he was mixed with Arabian as he wasn't very tall and had the shorter back and finer build of the Arabians. He was a great horse, lots of spunk and not the least bit mean.
Jan. 7th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
Hi Pearl,

Thanks f/ the GREAT pics! I really like the one of you riding Salty. You both look really cool. AND I really like the falcon as well. In fact nearly all of the pics were very interesting.

Laura wants me to ask where you got the Rohan flag? She loves Rohan.

Best to you and Bruce,

Jan. 3rd, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
Cool! Did you know the band members personally, then, or just follow their music?

And way to go on practicing!
Jan. 5th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
Hi :)
We know them personally. Bru wrote an article about them that got put in a bluegrass magazine. It's really cool, the fiddler, Jennifer Ram, is a chemistry professor as is her husband. Her parents are both into bluegrass and her Dad is a history professor.

I'm loving playing - even if it's the dreaded practicing! LOL
Jan. 5th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
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