Saturday, March 31, 2012

Easter Harp

At last I have found it - my harp piece for Easter Sunday! I had my Holy Thursday and Good Friday pieces figured out, but was stumped as to what to play for Easter Sunday. I wanted it to be pretty and happy, not necessarily flashy. My teacher had given me a book to try out a couple of weeks ago. I had penciled in some notes on the ones I liked. This one got the review of "gorgeous". So while searching through stacks of music (still stacks of music, as I have not yet done my organizing of it) for something to play, (rather frantically I must admit as time is of the essence here), I came across this book again. I saw my review at the top of the page, tried it out, and remembered why I gave it that review. Perfect! Even the name is appropriate. I have one week to learn it well and get it to performance level. But it is so pretty I won't mind hearing it over and over again every day as I practice it during Holy Week.

To the harpists out there: the book is The Dawning of The Day, arrangements by Laurie Rasmussen, published by Lorelei Music (may be out of print).

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Kite Flying

We have been having amazing weather in the Chicago area. We actually have spring. So what better to do than fly a kite on a breezy day?!

First we tried a large airplane kite, but a kite this size needs a stronger wind.

So we tried the smaller frog kite next. Here it is beginning to fly.


Tyler watching Da.

Now it's his turn to try it.


Send it soaring!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Trip to the Zoo and Conservatory

In February, on a surprisingly warmish Chicago day, we took Tyler to the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory. Here are the highlights:

Lazy Lion

Bird up close

Creepy Critter

Cute Critter

Longhaired Critter

Beautiful Sight - inspires us for spring gardening!

Jasmine - the smell was intoxicating

Celeste and Paul

Tyler and "Da"

Nana and Tyler

I am a Student Again!

Part of why I have been scarce lately is that, besides having been sick for so long this winter, I am also taking online courses to complete my BSN in nursing. My hospital is in partnership with a college that offers this. There was a discounted rate per credit hour and hospital tuition reimbursement. Completing my BSN was something I have thought about for a long time. So I jumped in! So far so good. I have completed one class, and am in the midst of another. I have to take Statistics next. Worrisome since math is not my strong suit. But I have a built in tutor here at home - Paul!