Some Ordinary Stuff

I’ve started this post at least five times now, trying to come up with something to say. But, you know, even authors of novels can be idea-less at times.

It’s one of those calm-before-the-storm kind of weeks. A bunch of writing needs to be done before the end of the month, orchestra rehearsals resume on Monday, and…I have this vague and uncomfortable sensation that I’m forgetting something important. I’ll probably sit up in bed at three in the morning and remember it. Tomorrow night. When it’s too late to do anything about it. Continue reading

Of Blizzards and Travels

1526322_10152084803344590_1648012390_nLast week, we intrepid northerners had our first blizzard of the winter. The snow was so lovely. The storm started rolling in on Sunday evening while I was at a friend’s house. So, Lydia and I did the most logical thing possible under the circumstances—went for a walk in it. Bundled up with scarves and hats and lots of layers, out we went. Lydia’s cat, Edward, followed us all the way there and back, complaining loudly to us as he brought up the rear. Lydia would pick him up and carry him for a few minutes until he complained again and wanted to get down. Down he went until he complained some more and wanted to get picked back up. This went on for quite some time. Silly, old cat. While we were out, we had to take advantage of the all the picture-taking opportunities, which I will now share with you.

It took a long time to get home that night. Lots of snow, lots of wind and lots of ice. Thankfully, my brother was driving.  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, all of the schools in my area were closed, so I gave myself  and my music students an extended Christmas vacation which I spent by 1514994_640876972636406_2071139016_ndrinking a lot of coffee and tea  and catching up on writing assignments. I finally emerged on Thursday to get back to teaching.

And that’s when I remembered how full this coming weekend was going to be! Tomorrow, I need to be up at the crack of dawn, pack a day’s worth of clothes, my violin, my books, a bunch of The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club movies and other sundries into my car and take off for the greater Kalamazoo area for another round of presenting my book to various audiences. On Friday, I’ll be at a Homeschool Partnership class where I’ll give the kids a talk about my book, why I wrote it, etc…and show The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club.  That evening, I’ll make my way to Broadside Productions studio to record a song my dad wrote a long time ago. It’s called How Fail Thee I, My God

Lydia and Edward
Lydia and Edward

and King. Written for voice and guitar, it is simply beautiful. My goal is to record it first and then get together with the video guy, Seth Haley, who filmed The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club, and turn it into a non-corny, very low-key music video. I have plans to use that video for a larger project that I will announce at a later date.

After all that, I’m going to crash at my Aunt Karen’s house, where I will visit with my two cousins, Anthony and Johann, plus Anthony’s wife and two kids, whom I have not seen in a very long time.

Saturday morning will find me at a lady’s book club where I’ll give my talk and play a few tunes on the violin. That afternoon, I’ll head to the Otsego Public Library, where I will give the same talk I gave earlier in the day! Afterwards, I will be hoarse and go back home.

That’s all for now. I must do a bit of cooking so my brother has something to eat while I’m gone! Take care, all. And if you’re interesting in coming to the talk I’m giving at the Otsego Public Library, you can check my Facebook page event for more details.