32 thoughts on “Rants! and Raves! 6-23-18

  1. πŸ™‚ I survived the 5 days in a row.
    😦 I got called in to work this morning. πŸ™‚ It’s all overtime.
    πŸ™‚ Cabritos are butchered.
    πŸ™‚ Miguel almost has the whizbang chicken plucker completed.
    πŸ™‚ 2nd milk cow calved.
    πŸ™‚ My son is a sweetheart.

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  2. πŸ˜€ Happy to see Miss Bosley

    😣She has gained two pounds since the vet last saw her (15 lbs. now). She needs to diet with Art and me.

    πŸ˜€We had good travels and lots of good food.

    😣Now we have more weight to lose.

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  3. πŸ™‚ School groups are done

    😦 Worst week of school groups I’ve ever experienced in three years

    πŸ™‚ Saw a bear trot across the road on my way to work yesterday. Then a duck with teeny tiny ducklings on the edge of the pavement.

    πŸ™‚ On the way home I saw a deer with her little fawn (just like NancyJill saw). They panicked a bit when I came over the hill, but both made it safely into the trees. So wonderful!

    πŸ™‚ A bit of a breather the next few days with no guests on site. Time to wrap up all prep for Kids Camp (no, they aren’t goats)

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  4. Baby animal season. Of course, that means more coyote pups coming our way. …

    πŸ™‚ Saturday; it’s been a long, busy week

    πŸ™‚ Painting has launched. Yay.

    😦 Lots of noise with workers working on the house again. But this should be the last of the BIG jobs. (Though I’m thinking now I do need a new gate on the south side of the house, the wooden one there — it’s set back and leads to backyard — has long been warped and stuck, it no longer opens. Would probably be good to have a functioning gate on that side of the house, right?

    😦 Work continues to be a challenge. We had corporate guys from the hedge fund board visiting our papers this week, but they offered little to make us any more hopeful. They kept insisting we’ve “stabilized” (which is what we heard 3 years ago and we’ve been in free fall ever since). The point from our perspective is even if that is true, it’s simply too late. The damage has been done.

    😦 I was all alone yesterday working in our newsroom all day. It’s finally come to this, I thought. I really will be turning out the lights for the last time one of these days — shades of the MTM final episode, only there will be no final group hug as there is no ‘group’ left.

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  5. Mumsee, camper need surgery to set the leg – I’m sure stabilization with pins etc were needed. I haven’t heard anything further but am praying for a good outcome.

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  6. πŸ™‚ I am done wandering in a winter wilderness!

    OK, what I mean is that I have finally finished a solo piano composition I had entitled “Winter Wilderness” a long time ago. I think I started working on it the winter of 2016-2017, and it’s been s-l-o-w-g-o-i-n-g for at least the last year and a half. Inspiration struck and then faded almost immediately after beginning.

    It would seem I couldn’t get myself out of that wilderness, that desolate dry spell. For the longest time, the music — 27 measures worth — sat in my manuscript book, waiting for the creative spark to reignite.

    I’d occasionally play the fragment and improvise some new segments to add to it, but nothing really seemed to work.

    Most of the time, the unfinished manuscript would lie dormant.

    Enter a library book I am reading (and enjoying), about several of today’s top concert pianists. At least three of them that I’ve read about so far also compose music. They say it helps a performer to dig even deeper intellectually into a performance piece when one has had experience committing one’s own musical imaginings to paper.

    I’ve found that to be true. But my creative inspiration has been lacking lately. However, reading that book has renewed my ambition to return to my manuscript, and last night I added six new measures to it. I was pumped! πŸ˜‰

    This morning, twelve more measures immediately came to me. I wrote them down, then let the opening theme’s first nine bars come back, with slight variations in keyboard range (I dropped the left hand part one octave to the bottom of the piano in three of those nine measures) and deepened the dynamic level, as well.

    The last of those essentially repeated nine measures segued with an allargando (a large slowing down and getting louder) to the final four bars, which I also wrote this morning.

    My piece is in A Minor, but I added a picardy third (Roscuro will know what that means πŸ˜‰ ) to end in A Major (a happy sound), but with a hint of mystery as the pedaled A Major chord fades away, and a little A A G# E in the upper range of the piano, hinting at patterns I’d established in the minor sections of the piece, comes in pianissimo (very soft) as the bass dies away.

    Praising God for His provision, not only in giving me that inspiration, but also providing it to 3rd Arrow. After I’d composed those six new measures last night, and played the music thus far, daughter was inspired to take out her writing journal and pen what the music made her think of — the images and colors the sounds evoked.

    Her writing is beautiful, and I’d share what she wrote if she isn’t going to publish her writings some day, but I hope that she does, as she’s quite imaginative, and I hope she does try to get published some day. So I’ll leave it off the internet for now. πŸ˜‰

    Anyway, though, after I put away my manuscript book last night, she told me that that is the first time she’s written in her journal since she got her job last year.

    The Lord brought her out of her writing dry spell, as well, something I didn’t realize she was experiencing.

    Praise God for His workings in all of our lives. Soli Deo Gloria.

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  7. New sidekick worker has some interesting notions — that the Santa Rosa fire was set by U.S. government high-tech weaponry as a warning to North Korea; and how the Bible has been completely changed and pastors are leading everyone astray; and he said something about how we’re all living in the Beast via technology as I was texting the gardener.

    Kind of odd stuff, right? I nod and try to escape back inside to the sanity of 2 dogs and a cat.

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  8. 6, did I ever tell you that the piece you composed from the inspiration of my mountains photos gave me the exact feeling of being in those mountains when I played it? I hope some day you perform your compositions.

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  9. Thank you, Kare; yes, you did mention that to me. I’m humbled that the music had that effect. That is all God’s blessed working.

    I performed the piece I sent you at one of the local piano concerts in which I’ve played. My duet partner and I are going to do a recital next year, and she said she thinks I should do another of my original compositions at that performance.

    Now I have a new one I can use. πŸ™‚

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  10. OK, wolf and lamb vs. lion and lamb in Isaiah ? — something sidekick worker was going on about to prove that the Bible was changed, CHANGED! Looks like wolf in my Bible, but maybe old KJV had it as lion.

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  11. πŸ™‚ This week has brought huge progress on the home front!

    😦 Martha Stewart hasn’t called yet, and probably won’t be calling anytime soon. πŸ™‚

    A week ago, my husband was working hard to finish painting his studio, since the loveseat sleeper sofa was being delivered Tuesday and he didn’t want the pressure of waiting till Monday. That left Monday for touch-up work. Later he managed to reinstall the folding closet doors, which took some doing but saved us from having to buy new ones.

    Our younger daughter came for Father’s Day, so we were with her for church and for lunch afterward, and she got to see the progress that had been made so far. (She helped us move in, so she knew how many boxes this place was jammed with.)

    We got the loveseat delivered Tuesday, and then we painted the hall, moved a big bookcase into it, and I filled it with my children’s books (more than 300 of them) plus a few stuffed animals (puppets).

    We got the Ikea storage units delivered Thursday, and my husband spent a lot of time getting mine together. It is now in place and I have been filling it with my craft stuff. (I mostly make homemade cards.) He also put together an Ikea table for my craft area so that I have a place to work on crafts without having to put it all away so we can have dinner. It’s a small table, but it has a leaf, so I have ability to expand when needed.

    The second new toilet just got installed by a friend from church. We still are waiting on installation of the vanity and sink in our master bath, but we have one fully functional bath (albeit with peeling wallpaper) and a toilet and shower in the other (with painting in process).

    πŸ™‚ Each week has brought us visibly closer to completion, but this week has made huge strides toward completion in several different rooms (including the living room, just by virtue of getting many boxes out of it).

    πŸ™‚ We have a recycling center just about a mile down the road, which is super convenient for taking one or two loads of cardboard a day.

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  12. Six Arrows, I would love to hear you play the piece! I’m not very intelligent musically (I can more or less read music, don’t play an instrument, and don’t really have an ear for it), and I rarely click on the music videos posted here. But I love a good classical concert and would definitely watch a Youtube video of you performing something you wrote!

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  13. Thanks for all the votes of confidence in my writing and playing. πŸ™‚ I’ll let you know if I get some of my compositions recorded and onto YouTube or something.

    I just recalled that my friend who organizes the local piano concerts recorded me practicing at the performance venue last December. The three pieces I played were Christmas songs arranged by other composers, but I’ve got the video on my computer, and could maybe figure out how to email it to any of you who want to hear me play Christmas music in June. πŸ˜›

    Or give me six months to figure out the technology, and you’ll get it during the right season. πŸ™‚

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