Thursday, July 31, 2008
This is my second year as the Program Director for the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra's Summer Strings Camp. I am really excited about camp this year. I have 49 students registered, and we are expecting at least 5 more to walk in Monday morning! If everyone shows, we will have 4 over our goal! Last year, there were only 39 students.
Next week will be great! I have a staff of 8 who are all professionals from the area. The students have orchestra rehearsals, chamber ensembles, theory class, and a "special event" at the end of everyday.
So, back to life... I received a phone call telling me to check my school email. It had my schedule for the workdays which begin Aug. 18. :P
Back to reality... I have to set the alarm next week, so I can be at camp by 8:30am. At least we will have fun!
Now, here you go for your viewing pleasure...
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I have read a couple of other books this summer, but the was the launching point (no pun intended).
I loved it! My dad read this 736 page book in 2 or 3 days! The next 2 books, I actually went to the public library to find.
"Life of Pi" is a great story. It is written in two parts, and the second part is wild and a little gruesome at times. It was a good read.
The current book is great! I am only to Chapter 10, but I can see why Barbara (see above and Babsy's 101 blog) went in search of A - R.
When I finish this one, I am going to try "Twilight." Meanwhile, I am still waiting for "Brisingr" which is Cycle 3 of the Inheritance series. "Eragon" was great, and "Eldest" was excelllent! "Brisingr" will be released in September (20th, I think).
Anyhoo... We have some windows in the house! I will be posting soon!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Monday, I went to the beach with some of the family. My Aunt Sandra teaches Biology, so she loves finding any living creature. Mary was searching in the tidal pools and came across a squid. Poor little guy was going to die in the "hot tub", so she put him in a bag. (Aunt Sandra is ALWAYS prepared) :) Mary released him/her into the ocean. He had chewed through the bag so much, that it broke when she released him.
Needless to say, he (or she) did not like the plastic bag. Here is the video.
This was the most amazing thing I have ever seen! I had "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" in mind when I decided to switch to video.
Meanwhile, this little crab's home was just in front of our "post". He would creep out towards the water, squat down, and find some little tidbits.
The clouds were in and out, and while I was reading, I happen to glance up at this beautiful sight.
The rest of the week was spent shopping and hanging out. Friday, a few of us went to Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. The first, I would recommend only two roller coasters, The Hulk and Twin Dragons. Twin Dragons was great, because I was not expecting the other coaster to "run" into the other.
Universal Studios is great! First we saw "Shrek 4-D". It was VERY funny! We waited for the "Simpson's Ride" but we left the line when we figured out is was NOT a roller coaster.
The Mummy was the BEST! It is an indoor roller coaster with lots of surprises.
I was sad to leave my Mary, but I am glad to be home. :)
Side note: Aaron just won "Next Foodnetwork Star"! Woo hoo!
Friday, July 18, 2008
and here is the gable, after. The fascia is really what helps.
This is the guest bedroom you would stay in, should you ever visit us. :)
This is the front of the house. The dormer is going to provide TONS of light through the vaulted ceiling in the living room.
This is Sam. He's our framer. He's been looking out for me this week while I've been priming the beadboard.
He's awesome. He'll be back next week to finish up the other gable, and I will probably have windows and a roof!!!!
I am going out of town for the week, so I'm pretty stoked about how different the house will look when I get back.
Oh... I will be in Florida next week with the family. Matthew can't come along, but I am going to see my cousin, Mary, whom I have seen only once since my wedding (5 years ago).
See you in a week!!!!!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
His "flirting" ritual is quite amusing, as well. He makes a wide arc while making noises at each peak and a different noise traveling in between.
I am most amazed by the memory of these little birds. I did not have a feeder up for awhile, yet they have been coming to the porch to the exact spot where the feeder goes. Needless to say, I finally rememberd to buy one on a Lowe's trip.
Here is a snipet of a typical trip to the Super Sugar Water. It's only about a half cup of sugar diluted in a cup of warm water. :)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The following weekend, I finally opened one of the fine wines purchased (actually, Dad paid) at the Biltmore. If you ever come to the Asheville, NC area, I highly recommend seeing the House and the grounds. It is quite fascinating.
Later, while venturing to the "new" house, I came across these busy bees. I titled this one "Never Drink Alone." :)
The sun was getting low in the sky, and the butterfly bush was doing its job of attracting butterflies. The bees were hard at work gathering pollen from the surrounding flowers.
Work on the house is slow, but it is beginning to look like a house! There has finally been enough work done to take some pictures. Stay tuned!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
(Enjoying some Biltmore wine...)
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
So I take my awesome knife, purchase at Marshall's for $6... notice it has a non-stick surface for slicing.
Damn... I forgot I'm left-handed. Of course, I've had this knife for a couple of years, so I'm accustomed to the quirks.
So I continue to slice the squash and cover it with Self-Rising Cornmeal. This was a first, but as you can see it worked wonderfully.
All parts of the squash not used are returned to the Earth through composting. This is a great way to reduce waste and "give" back. :)
Saturday, July 5, 2008
After the nest is built the eggs are laid. About a month later, we watch both parents feed the young. Meanwhile, if we try to enjoy the porch, she/he sits in the bush next to the porch and fusses. A month after the birds hatch, they begin to test their wings. Just watching this event makes up for the two months of bird crap on the porch.
After they leave the nest... Phoebe lays another round of eggs! So we do it again for 2 more months.
Round 2 stayed in the nest a little longer than usual, so for the past 3 days I've been telling them that they were too old to stay in the nest and needed to fly away.
Here is the video from today when the last bird left the nest. I missed the actual flight, but it's still kind of cute, plus Moldy (my cat) is hilarious. (Sorry, Jen, I forgot to say "Bye" at the end :)
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Then, "X-Files:The Movie" came out. I acutally saw that here in Hendersonville with Matthew and his friends. It was pretty much, AWESOME!
I have heard a rumor that "they" are making another movie. I did/could not watch the show after David Duchovney left. It just wasn't the same, BUT he is supposed to be in the movie.
Thanks for setting me off onto the X-Files tangent, Jen!
House/roof pics coming soon~
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Man, what a difference a little box with lights makes. Anyhoo... I was going to work on updating my house pics, because I have some good ones coming, BUT I live in WNC and the weather here is a beautiful 72 degrees F. So, sorry to say that I must go sit outside and read my book and drink my beer. :) I've been cooped up in an office all day.
Be back soon...............