Posted by bj on Friday, April 22, 2011
It's nice to know my blog has one (demanding) fan!
Though I check in on FHO from time to time, I've got a lotta life away from the 'puter going on these days.
I'm playing some fiddle gigs, mostly nursing homes, and the reenactment festivals will be starting up soon. I managed to acquire an agent, of all things, which I find somewhat ludicrous, but it does free me from finding most of the gigs, which is wonderful, and he's worth every penny of his commission.
It's antique market and antique show season, so I've been out and about picking yard sales and church sales and other places for treasures to sell. When I set up outdoors I often bring a fiddle and sit there and play. It brings people into my booth and sometimes they buy. I've also gotten gigs that way. Much of what I do these days also brings me into Lambertville more often, which also means visits with Jane and playing music with her. We've already busked once this season, though the weather hasn't been ideal yet.
When I do spend time on the 'puter it's mostly work related. I have a few websites in progress.
It's also gardening season. Everything's in bloom early this year! Though we did have patchy frost last night in spots, I'm protected enough here that nothing got bit. It's still a bit early to put in the tomatoes though. My cherry tree is in bloom, the bleeding hearts are busting out, I've still got daffodils blooming, the periwinkle are winking all over the place, the primroses are sunny faced and the ferns are starting to unfurl. The golden raintree is gonna be late though. I love when that one blooms.
I'm spending some time with a guy who has become pretty important in my life. He's the one who buys me fiddles to fix. It's been interesting. Me, the politically active progressive not-quite-ex hippie dating a republican ex-marine antique gun dealer. I've found that the old cliche "opposites attract" is true to the max in this case. Wow.
What little time I have left is fiddle time. Luckily the physical crap that had me low all dang winter is **knock on wood!** mostly gone, so I've been trying to get my chops back. I managed to play every day through the pain, but not nearly as much as I wanted to. I've found that my right/left coordination suffers if I don't play at least an hour a day, and for quite a few periods over the winter that just wasn't possible. I'm back up to an hour a day plus a few short "fiddle breaks" during the day, but I'm also trying not to overdo, since I don't want to reinjure anything. It's all coming back together slowly.
In general, life is good.
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Friday, April 22, 2011 @10:14:54 AM
Good good. Thank you. Enjoyed the update. Yet I'd be careful about "playing through the pain." For years the motif amongst athletes and coaches has been "Work out AROUND the pain," so can you adust your bow grip or leave a certain tune alone for a while if you're still hurting? Dan Gable, the American wrestler who is a legend, trained through the pain. He's often on crutches now. Be careful. And yep isn't life full of irony? People meet people for no reason, often, and if it works don't fix it. Yet my prof used to say we hook up with others to fill in voids. Our primogenitors needed to do this stuff to survive, so why shouldn't we? For instance, if my eyes were poor yet my hearing excellent, it helped to have "somebody" around who could see well, and so on. thakns, Curt
Friday, April 22, 2011 @12:53:12 PM
Wow! Spring's quite far along there, not so much here. Glad to here things are going good, although we miss your pithy comments here.
Friday, April 22, 2011 @12:53:43 PM
I said PITHY, not pissy.
Friday, April 22, 2011 @12:56:50 PM
And here I thought you lithped . . .
Ozarkian DL Says:
Friday, April 22, 2011 @7:27:07 PM
Life is good ???.........You're holding a bouquet of four-leaf clovers.
An agent no less......turn thet word ludicrous into lucrative.
And another aGENT ( beau ) whut may be a keeper......( being a gun dealer & Rep. too, wow )....... There's NO such thing as an EX-marine BJ, ( ask em bout thet ).
Health......I'd trade ya mine anyday, LOL
Oh,...... May tha 1st on tha t-maters.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @2:59:59 PM
Yep...it is good to hear how things are up there Bj....our friend Ironworker is starting to make splashes in the OT music world down here with his newfound group...his fiddle playing is making waves.....along with his exceptionally talented band-mates.
Spring sprung early...two of our hives have swarmed ( that is a bad thing not a good one), and the wild swarm we captured is starting to settle in ( thats a good thing).... the columbine, azaleas, lillys, tulips, are in full bloom, the trees in full leaf, and the grass needing mowed more than once. The garden is already bearing leaf lettuces & spinachs. The beets, bean, onion, potatoes, pole beans, sugar beans, lima's are poking their way throught the soil. The heirloom tomater plants have adjusted and started their fast cycle of growth. The moss garden has stabilized and is ready for additional cover.
Fiddling time is short these days...but that is ok in the scheme of all things.
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @12:39:37 PM
I know quite a few Marines. If I know any "ex-marines" then they aren't talking! I was shoveling out a winter's worth of compost for my wife to put on her flower beds. The smell reminded me of those old silos on the farm when I was a kid. I'll be walking funny for a few days now. Last summer was the first time I ever played any gigs if such isn't an abuse of the term. The local Farmer's Market wants me back, though. You'll enjoy playing out and about again, I'm sure. Just watch yourself. An excess of enthusiasm won't help your recovery much. Remember my Mom's immortal words, "Get outside and blow the stink off!"
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @7:54:47 PM
I've nothing further to add, at this point, so carry on....
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Sunday, May 1, 2011 @7:21:57 PM
Monday, May 2, 2011 @2:41:17 AM
La Tabula Rossa, Curt?
Monday, May 2, 2011 @5:17:40 AM
Why do I get a feeling that's another hint from my biggest fan? ;-)
Monday, May 2, 2011 @1:39:15 PM
Wow, you have fan's...........mine is boxy and we use it in August to move hot air around.
Monday, May 2, 2011 @2:34:52 PM
ROFL!!!! Yeah, there's a lot of hot air needs to be moved around!
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