Saturday, February 28, 2009

Dig for New Music

I mentioned in an earlier blog that I live in an area that has one radio station. That station is an AM talk station. No music to speak of gets played, however they are great at keeping up with local news. Just not too much in the way of ear candy. In order to find new music I search, youtube, Zune and one of my favorites is a site for independent artists - IndieHeart. You can listen to songs and several you can download for free as the artists post them, wanting you to download and enjoy.

A couple of my favor ties are "A Life Profound" by Mica Lee Williams, "Dreamin' Of" by Carly and Mark, and "The River" by Chapman

Friday, February 27, 2009

Show at Sunset

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Here the show is often not in the west at sunest, but in the east. The colors reflected off the snow on Mt. Baker bring out such detail that I often forget to look west.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

I'm an Addict!

I have a true addiction to Chai Tea! I confess I drink pretty much this, water, and milk along with the occasional OJ. I'll even confess that I drink a lot of this. I love it hot or cold. Costco is my savior when it comes to my addiction as they carry it in bulk at about 1/2 the cost of the grocery store. I had to give up coca~cola a year ago, so this is my only vice and I'm thrilled to have it! It is one of those simple pleasures in life for me. The first sip always brings a smile to my face.

I'm so behind

Sometimes living in this beautiful place leaves me feeling so far behind in ways. This song is a perfect example. I heard it today for the very first time while watching a fan made video for a Jane Austen movie. (Yes I'm a dork and like movies based on Jane Austen books but that is a whole other post. ;) ) The song came out in 2003, so I'm left asking what rock have I been hiding under? How did I miss this? I'm trying very hard not to kick myself for missing out on this haunting voice. I'm reminding myself that there is one radio station in town and it is a talk AM station. Trying to keep in mind I have to dig for new music, and bug my friends to find out what they are listening to, in order to find anything new & good. Having friends all over the country has to have its benefits at some point! They let me down on this song though. Can't believe someone didn't mention it before now.

February Should Look LIke This. . .

Yes this is what it should look like outside right now. I took this almost exactly a year ago when one of the Bald Eagles was in the tall tree outside the house. It should not be snow covered outside! The snow is lovely but after weeks of dealing with it in December and then watching the flowers begin to bloom, I'm just not prepared for it. I suppose too with Lent beginning yesterday my thoughts are looking towards Easter and all the Springtime loveliness that it brings with it.
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Winter comes again!

Saturday was a very quiet day here. I was actually enjoying it and I truly hate to admit that as I spent much of it ironing. The ironing board was set up in front of the large bank of picture windows that over look the water, so at least I can take comfort in what I was enjoying was really the view. The Quail visited Saturday, as did a Bald Eagle, and then finally just before sunset the Deer. I noticed that the Primrose were in full bloom around the apple trees as well. The idea that Spring was upon the area was so enjoyable.

This photo above brings us to the present, Thursday morning, and I'm left asking where did Spring go?? Did she head to Mexico for Spring Break? Take me with you, please.
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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Books and Reading

Two things I dearly love, books and reading. I enjoy simply looking at shelves filled with books. The colors of the covers and the smell of the books make me almost giddy. Bookstores are dangerous places for me as I love to own books. When I read a book and enjoy it the world within the pages becomes real to me and visiting it again is much like returning to a favorite vacation spot. It is a chance to spend time with characters that feel more like old friends.

Lately I've been on a classics kick. Started with Shakespeare and then I moved on to Austen. Now I'm starting a new book by Andra Di Robilant called Lucia. The author is the great-great-great-great-grandson of the subject, Lucia. He tells her story based from her letters starting at the time that Venice fell to Napoleon through her becoming a widow many years later. I'm very much hoping this book becomes a favorite.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

One of my favorite 1980s movies

I caught a stomach bug earlier this last week and so much of my time was spent watching DVDs. I remember everytime I watch this movie how much I really like it.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

New Music

Erin McCarley - I'm loving her voice. I downloaded her CD just after the first of the year after hearing a clip at This is a new version of one of the songs from the CD. Enjoy.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

January brought some tough stuff

4 days after my birthday celebration my brother had a heart attack. It was a massive heart attack. My family was in church at the time except for my wonderful husband who got to come to the church and grab us out of worship so we could rush to the hospital ER. What looked like it was going to be a calm Sunday very quickly turned into a fight for my brothers life. Our small town doesn't have the ability to care for cardiac patients long term so once they had him fairly stable, my brother was loaded into an ambulance for the 2 hour drive into the city. What a tough drive that was. No idea what would be waiting for us once we got there. Praying he would be okay. By the end of the week he would be okay. My brother, Paul, had open heart bypass surgery on January 16th. The doctors were repairing damage to vessels that was apparently caused by an illness that was undetected when my brother was a child. It was a long surgery, but very successful. By the next day Paul began to feel strong again and now two weeks later except for a scar on his chest and a very sore leg he looks like himself only better.

In the days that followed the heart attack I was again reminded how wonderful my friends and family truly are as prayers and support surrounded us. It was a difficult time, but I'm grateful for the reminder not to take our loved ones or our time with them for granted.

Through it all we didn't loose our sense of humor either. As Paul was getting ready to go into surgery they put a cap over his head. It was called a bouffant cap. When I came in the room and found this out we started joking about him having a bouffant hairdo and he asked me to snap a picture as it would be the only time he would have one!

Here he is with his "bouffant" hairdo!