Archive for November, 2017

Today’s Concert at the Carnegie

There’s still much to do and it is nearly 5:00 a.m. and I have some things that I can do BEFORE I go back to the Carnegie.  Yesterday after the second coat of primer, I put on some paint and today I’ll take off the blue tape that protected the woodwork. I hope no paint seeped through.  You can see the difference that the primer made from what I pictured in the post before this. That’s only after the first coat.  I found eggshell white to paint over that.  Remarkable difference that I should take a photo of today to post tomorrow.

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My Dad will be singing in the men’s chorus and he is really enjoying the practices.  At 87 years of age, he still can read the music and sing.  That is so good that he has that as an outlet since he is not working any more.  My mom used to say about him, “He works hard at working hard.”  I guess he grew up that way on the farm where all three of his older sisters worked in order to save the farm.  He had an older brother who was about 16-17 years older than him.  I have had some negatives of him digitized and here is one sampling of that.

Alta and Glen @ 1933

I’ll end with a sunrise shot that I got about a week ago. If anything is the same about living in the house that my grandparents built up, it is the beauty of the horizon in the morning or evening with glorious colors. They would have seen the same things I witness with our expansive flat lands.  I caught this one from our second story window.  I’ll have photos of our concert tonight in tomorrow’s post.

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Working as a “volunteer” all day

Carnegie Nov. 28 concertTypical Saturday and I spent most of it inside our Carnegie building getting it prepared for the next fundraising concert on Nov. 28th.  Time is of essence as there is MUCH to do to prepare both levels as opposed to just one! Now we will have our guests come in the back entrance and then take the internal stairs.  Usually, we have had everyone approach from the large west entrance.  But now we will be able to have the choirs risers right up against the doors as people would normally enter.  Instead of having to make sure that the stairs are snow and ice free we will have all people go around to the back.

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THAT MEANS to have the back area that has been typically used as a place to put junk and get that to look nice for people to see and get in the Christmas mood of things. We will have Christmas caroling to begin with and then at 7:30 will be one of the choruses, either men’s or women’s.  We will also have the string orchestra (with me playing violin) and the university’s pop chorus.  It should be a very nice fundraiser.

HOWEVER, in the meantime, I have primed the walls that lead to the bathroom and up the stairs and there was a LOT of moving of heavy tables and doors and other things. It was a 2 or 3 person job in some cases.  I’ll go back tomorrow to keep working on things before we have a full crew coming to help next Sunday.

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I should have taken a BEFORE photo of this because it really looked bad before this.  There were wooden tulips and cobwebs and it looked frightful!   I will show more photos later.

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Sunrise to Sunset

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYesterday I could have taken photos of the winter sunset after a gloomy and cloudy day. I had already taken quite a few photos of the amazing sunrise.  Bookends of glory within between of somber moods of cold.  My sister and brother came up to see about working at the shop, helping my dad de-clutter his massive inventory.  They both stayed over night at our place last night.  What was remarkable after they ate a late night meal, was that my sister was trying to help me make the bed for my brother. What happened next started a series of things that wasn’t meant to be!

She reached to the one far corner to tuck in the sheet and boom, the big double bed caved in.  Inexplicably Ken slept through that noise.  My brother was finishing his meal downstairs and he heard the crash just above him. Soon he came up to see what our dilemma was.  We finally took the mattress off, the bed frame apart except one of the pieces because it was stuck.  My brother tried to bang it apart without being too loud, that didn’t work.  Finally the three of us (50% of us siblings in one room) decided that the mattress could go on the floor and my brother could sleep that way.  He did.

Today, my husband who had slept through ALL of the commotion was able to bang out the frame and we put the bed back together. To make extra sure that this over 100 year old bed would NOT fall apart again, he torque screwed the horizontal planks in with four screws.  This old bed and dresser has been in our family for over a century. I hope that others now can sleep in it without any more drama.

So, back to the sunrise. It was a glorious beginning of a day. Today it all ended well.  Sadly our football team we were rooting for in the 30 degree F. temp lost again. 62 – 20.  That is the end of their season where they have lost all ten games, it has to be a real downer for the team players, some of them are my former students.

Anyway, the sun will come up…tomorrow.

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Week has gone

firering

I’ve been challenged to show 7 photos in 7 days that are black and white with no people and no explanation but something I have been doing.  Then I challenge one person each day.  This time I challenged my brother in law who is a good photographer.  Actually, this fire ring was from their place several years ago.  I have been doing LOTS of burning lately of things, textbooks, old papers, correspondence, you name it.  While I can take wheelbarrows full of stuff, I have been doing that. Now it has snowed which makes it a bit more difficult to do.

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The snow lately has been very pretty and I may do a black and white of that since it already looks B&W with the contrast of trees and white snow.  If we get more snow, I’ll be able to cross-country ski which I look forward to doing.

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Enjoy the warmth while you can, it was -5 F this morning when we got up, it will get colder before long.  Happy Day lights savings time!  I saw northern lights tonight for the first time in a LONG time.  It has maybe been about 15 years since I last saw them. I’m in a car when I see them, our trees to the north make it difficult to see northern lights.

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