Sunday, January 30, 2011

Looking Back Sunday - Tao Drummers

I never got around to telling you about one of the shows that we saw at the Mt. Baker Theater last year.

TAO: The Martial Art of Drumming

This is inside the theater - It was first opened in 1927 and refurbished in 1996. For many years it was a movie theater but for the past 20 years they have brought in shows ranging from Chinese acrobats to internationally know performers such as Joan Baez. Ladysmith Black Mambaza, Arlo Gutherie, Natalie McMasters, to Broadway Shows. It is also the home of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra.

It is a jewel to have in our community.

This is the second time we have seen Japanese drummers there.

The drumming on the BIG drums takes your breath away!

Over the past 20 years we've gone to see between 6-10 performers every year.

The shows from this year didn't pique our interest very much (besides not fitting into the budget very well) - hopefully the line-up next year will be better.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

One of the things I've been working on -

I do love making yarn and I enjoy crocheting things for people. But when it comes to making items for new babies, wool or other exotic fiber just isn't the most practical thing you can use.

A couple of weeks ago I was stash busting, (actually I was hunting for places to put more stash) - and came upon three skeins of this Red Heart Acrylic yarn - it is such a pretty color way - and I remembered that The Shepherd's old boss's daughter had recently had a baby. Ta da - I'll make the Merry-Go-Round blanket for her - Didn't it turn out pretty? It is about 4 feet across and I used up all three skeins of yarn (yippee!) And she can just throw it in the washer & dryer - worry free!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

You've asked about Sinda

My snoopervisor is still hanging in there - some days are better than others - about every 10 days I shove her in the PTU (that is - Prisoner Transport Unit) and we take a drive into town to get her Sub-q infusion.

She's still eating, tho not very much, so she's getting very skinny - but frequent trips to Pet-Co have provided some new tasty foods that she likes -

And she's drinking water - and everything is "coming out ok on the other end" so to speak - so, we're just going day to day at the present time.

She and I have had a couple of "end of life" discussions - (she continues to tell me it's not time yet) - but, unlike my friend's mother who said she was "ready to meet her maker" and checked herself into hospice, I have not been able discern how to make that call for her . I guess it's going to have to be a "quality of Life" issue -- -you know what I mean ...

I have made a small blanket from my handspun yarn as a "shroud" to wrap her in - and The Shepherd and I have talked about where to bury her (he is the undertaker of our "Pet Cemetery")

At almost 22 years old, she's older than some of my co-workers. She's had a pretty good run and I just treasure each day with her.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I've got a lot of catchin' up to do...

Well, it seems like time has just flown by - I can't believe that the last post I did was before the end of the year!

I have done a bunch of posts "in my mind" - ha - unfortunately they didn't get transferred to my computer -

The first one was "Now you see it , Now you don't" - that was for the snow that fell on my birthday -The temperature dropped and about 6 inches fell the night before - On my Birthday morning, The Shepherd got up at the crack of 0 dark thirty as normal -but with 40 degree temperatures, the snow was going to go fast. He did however shovel a path to my car for me and I headed in to work - The pictures are of the lovely bouquet that he sent to me (from my favorite florist) for my b'day - by the time I remembered to bring my camera to work, they were almost a week old, but still look pretty good. I think the use of the winter cabbage as a "big white rose" is really cool - it most be a new "style" because since I have seen a couple of other arrangements using them.

Anyhow - back to the snow - I was supposed to go to lunch with some friends, but because of the snow their kids were out of school and they couldn't get off - so I called Domino's and ordered in a couple of pizzas and some cinnamon stix. I was busy with payroll, so it really worked out for the best - and I had the left over pizza to share with my co-workers (in our office, if it's your birthday, you bring the treats...- left over pizza qualified as far as I was concerned...and they didn't say no to it)

During the day, the temp kept going up - probably ended up at about 46-7 degrees for the day, and the snow? It was all gone by the time I went home.

And I'm sure the inquiring minds out there want to know...I'm "almost 60".