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Well, I'm posting again :) (the Cap'n will be happy ;) )

I'm bored.

Although the banter of late on here has been fun, no doubt about that :)

I'm waiting on a particular email . . . that isn't here yet.

I'm wanting the new Marigold's challenge stories to get posted . . . they aren't yet. ( I want to get warm fuzzies for my stories :) )

I'm wishing some of the writers whose stories I'm reading would post new chapters . . . no one has yet.

A week or so ago everything was fast and furious and I was having trouble keeping up. Now I'm sitting about at my computer wondering what to do. Mind you, I have things to be doing. I've got more photos to play with than I care to think about. But instead of finding useful things to do, I'm dawdling about. Because I want those above listed thingies to happen. I'm a stubborn wee wench.

Fencing is going well. John just might make a sabre fencer of me :) I really do need to start practicing at home. We are supposed to be looking into putting together the lightest weight sabre we can for me. :) Drat my achey right shoulder and achey thumb.

My rewrite of one of my early fanfic stories is going well :)

Alainn Teaghue (my fiddle) and I are doing better all the time. I've got an ever increasing repertoire and am getting much better at jaming with Bruce and his banjo. I still don't regard myself as a fiddler though. Getting closer but not quite there. Still mess up to often and especially when playing in front of anyone. I have to learn "Cripple Creek", "Jack of Diamonds", "Bile 'Em Cabbage Down" (playing on two strings) and one other song, that I haven't started yet, well enough to suit myself and Bruce - then I get to take Alainn to the violin shop in St. Louis for a proper checkup and to see if I need a different type of strings, rosin and other such goodies to help Alainn and I sound the best he and I can sound. All that allowing for the fact that I'm a beginner and he's a beginner quality fiddle. I'm not too bad on "Cripple Creek", ok on "Jack", rough on the double string "Cabbage", and as I said haven't started the 4th song. These are all on two different instructional DVDs I got for Christmas. But other than that I'm playing "Amazing Grace", "Auld Lang Syne", "There Is A Time", "Gentle Fair Elly" (playing along with a CD), "Will The Circle Be Unbroken", "New River Train", and starting to rough out "Into The West" (along with Annie Lennox on the ROTK CD).

That's about it.
:D :D


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Feb. 4th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
Damn - you're doing well!

Okay, so still getting confused with names and faces... you did the calligraphy for Billy.. and you were at the Pittsburgh concert... AND you went to the Nickel Creek concert? Sorry, still confused as to whether I'm combining 2 different people or not.

I really should try fiddling again! And you remind me... I better get my fiddle fixed up - the bridge is a mess. Thanks!
Feb. 4th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Ros :)
Mind you, everything is fairly easy level, but I'm using pull-offs on several songs and "Jack Of Diamonds" uses slides. I'm really needing to work on the double strings, right now I'm awfully heavy handed and sound like I'm trying to saw the poor fiddle in two!

I totally understand your confusion with me as I suddenly popped into your life in a rather abrupt manner :) I was at the Pittsburgh concert but did not meet you there as I went to Friday's performance and you were at Saturday's. I'm the one who did the calligraphy for Billy. I'm the one who appeared out of nowhere on your LJ in answer to your quest to find someone to go to the Nickel Creek concert (which was an absolute blast :D :D).

Yes :) you should pull out your fiddle and rosin up the bow :) You played Aliann Teaghue a wee bit while I was at your home for the LOTR Exhibit and the NC concert, and you were wonderful :)
Feb. 4th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
Okay, so you are the same person - whew! *G* "Pearl Took" is not the most unusual of LOTR names, so I was wondering.

"pull-offs"? You're well ahead of me already! *L*!
Feb. 7th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
Oh dear! I just realized that I'm using guitar/banjo terms instead of fiddle/violin terms :-o

I think "pull-offs" and "hammer-ons" with non-bowed instruments come out to be "slurs" with bowed instruments. Changing the note by raising or lowering a finger without bowing the new note seperately, or in the case of the non-bowed instruments, without picking the string again. So it is something I know you do :) :)
Feb. 7th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
Not that many... I probably do more slurs. *S*
Feb. 4th, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
Sounds as if you are doing extremely well on all counts. So you've moved on to Sabre, have you? I am very impressed! (Still trying to slow down my avatar LOL)
Feb. 4th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you, GW :)

Yes, on to sabre. John hates fencing foil. He will ifhe absolutly *has* to, and he's very good, but he doesn't like it. he keeps nagging us all to move on to "real" weapons. His main weapon is epee - most like real sword fighting and has the least amout of rules. But, for me, the epee is too heavy. So I'm trying sabre :) I now usually do foil left-handed and then sabre right-handed.

I'm looking forward to seeing the slower avatar :) :) :)
Feb. 4th, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC)
The Captain is very happy.

Sabre is great fun, but I have noted that some of the guys have a bit of difficulty easing their blows when bouting against the ladies. Lady Laura gets plenty of bruises from foil even. She and I are in epee class now and I can't wait until we can begin bouting in it.

Sounds like you are doing a great job w/ Alainn Teaghue (excellent name - does it have a significance of which I be unaware?)

Pearl, I know that you know Lady MW very well, but do you know iseethestars (Lady C) and/or queeniemagidala (Lady M)? They are tres bon amis of LMW and while I am just beginning to have the pleasure of befriending LM, I have done everything short of shanghaiing Lady C's parents and selling them on the black market in my quest to adopt her. LL and I decided that we could do w/o rug-rats, but now that I am a wee bit more mature (ha!), I seem to have found this gaping hole in my program and about 3 years ago I stumbled across a great 20 year old surrogate son, who really didn't want or need a second Dad but things worked out well and he and I are great friends. He will be getting married this year to a wonderful young lady. I got to take that lovely couple to Red Lobster f/ lunch yesterday and we had a roaring time.

Opps! So sorry to have gotten so long. Best.
Feb. 4th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
Hi Cap'n!

Yes, it is hard sometimes for the guys to remember their own strength. That and I'm such a foilist (is there such a word?) - I appologise if I hit someone too hard. Even with foil. A year or so ago, John did a beat fencing foil with me and, in part because I was using a pistol grip, bent my index finger way over the tops of my other fingers. I was about two months recovering from that one.

Alainn Teaghue. I decided I should name my fiddle so I got Lady MW to look up Gaelic for something like a storyteller or bard. The reason for that is, there is an old Bill Monroe song called "Uncle Pen" that he wrote about his Uncle Pen who was a fiddler. The chorus has a line in it that expresses how I want to play.

Late in the ev'nin' about sundown
High on the hill and above the town
Uncle Pen played the fiddle, Lordy, how it'd ring
You could hear it talk, you could hear it sing.

I want my fiddle and I to talk and sing, so . . . a storyteller or a bard. She looked at names first and found "Teaghue" - Irish Gaelic meaning "bard" Most cool, but I felt he needed more, it didn't sound finished. So I looked for a Scottish Gaelic word for either storyteller or bard. What I found though was "alainn" - Scottish Gaelic meaning "beautiful". I knew that was the right name - Alainn Teaghue = Beautiful Bard.

Now all we have to do is learn how to talk and sing together :)

Ah yes, that is an ofttimes difficult decision to make. When Lord Bruce and I got married we didn't want any wee ones either, but also did discuss that if we changed our minds we would have at least 2, as we both knew only children who had not liked being an only child. Well . . . we had Sir Justin the Just - valiant soldier but a fool with his money; and Lady Sarah the Sweet and Fair - dear daughter but weird lifestyle. (*very* fair, her license plate is "Tanless 1") I'm glad you are finding ways to adopt grown children :) they often need the attention and care of a parent aged person who isn't their parent :) Well done!
Feb. 4th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
My Dear Wee Sandy Friend.

Look, dahling, you are popular! But then I have always known that. ;) It is a shame that your lovely smile can not be seen here in type.

I am so proud of the part I played in naming Alain Teaghue. He is a lovely intstrument. I remember getting weepy over hearing (recorded performance) the two of you perform "Gentle Fair Elly". I can hardly wait until you may visit again with dear Alain Taghue. It gives me warm fuzzies to hear you in your room playing.

Feb. 4th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
Hehehehe thank you!

Yes, he and I will have to serenade you :) :) I'm glad you get warm fuzzies from hearing us.
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