Peacocks in the distance

A fascinating peacock

The peacock has a unique call.

https://youtu.be/nPoyZcEj0y4

As a child growing up in the inner city there was a zoo nearby at Riverdale Park in Toronto, Canada.

Today they have a working farm there.

Peacock feathers were such treasures when we were kids.

Occasionally we would find one on the ground and bring it home.

It was always fun to see and hear the peacocks.

An old-fashioned dream

An after-supper walk

We still play Pokemon Go.

At night my husband and I go for walks together.

We talk and we play Pokemon Go on our smartphones.

I can’t tell you how happy I am living in a residential neighborhood.

After growing up in the inner city, living in an apartment building, I love the contrast of just walking out the front door and up the tree-lined street.

It’s an old-fashioned dream come true.

Better than Winter

Looking out my kitchen window

It was a long-time coming, but it looks like Spring has finally sprung!

To celebrate the joys of warmer weather, I brought home a stunningly beautiful Hydrangea plant.

A flowering Hydrangea plant
Beautuful Hydrangea 😍

They say being here in Minnesota is like living 6 months in Eden, and 6 months on Mars!

Well then, hypothetically-speaking, it looks like being here in May through October will be better than Winter!

The fountain is up and running now!

Head-shot day

We change through the years.

High school dropout

Yes I quit school at 16. Mental depression and ADHD. I did not fit in.

Singer-songwriter

On to University after getting my GED, I graduated and began teaching and performing.

I was in my forties by the time I graduated college. Being a non-traditional student was hard.

In the nineties, I was mistreated and rudely shunned by most of the other students. Some bullied me, and called me a “re-tread.”

The professors were a bit kinder.

Happily, I was a college radio broadcaster and wrote for the campus newspaper.

I lived off campus, and that helped.

Keeping busy kept me happy.

College graduate in May 2003

By 43, I started my own music teaching business. My college degree was in Music Education.

My music teaching business ran from 2004 until the pandemic in 2020.

Me now

Now I am just getting back to writing songs and stories and recovering from the fallout of the pandemic. My duo, Molly and Sonny Boy have some upcoming gigs, and more original songs to record

Enjoy this song we recorded before the pandemic.

https://youtu.be/AVFYEzeWRmU

I still work in radio and audio production. Each Sunday at 4:08pm Central on AM 860/97.3 FM and at http://KNUJ.net I produce and broadcast a show called, “Music from Germany.”

Germanic roots

Music from Germany – May 1

Morning Potatoes

Pan-fried Potatoes and more!

I own the popular Aroma steamer. I like to steam a big batch of chopped Golden Yukon potatoes and then fry them in a cast-iron pan with a medley of vegetables and soy bacon.

French roast drip coffee is the best!

Homemade is hard, but it is the price you pay for tasty food that will most likely be eaten quickly! 😋

A Tantalizing World

Fresh delicious Apple Pie

Everywhere we look, people look for happiness.

They seek it online and in person. They are full of dissatisfaction.

They can’t get very much done because they are distracted.

Life is meant to be fun.

Life is meant to be enjoyed.

Here is a story I never heard of before, but it is the origin of the word tantalize.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tantalus

If you ever feel like you are missing out on all the fun, you are not alone.

Most people feel that way and that’s why many seek temptations and escape from the drudge of work.

Nevertheless, if you want to be a better person, the key is to plan your work and work your plan. The joys are hidden behind and in between your efforts in the daily service of others.

Yet, you need to also take time for yourself and live with balance and gratitude.

Dwarf Lilac trees

Old dwarf lilac treess trimmed

Today we had our dwarf lilacs trees trimmed and more.

The men came early this morning to fix our overgrown trees.

They worked quickly and efficiently.

A truck filled with branches from our little trees

I am thankful for the local landscaping company, Rivercreek Nursery, for their hard teamwork.

Due to the cold weather this Spring, they are 3 weeks behind. Let’s hope they can catch-up on their projects.

The sun is out and today is a beautiful day! Let’s hope it that better days are on the way!🌞

Avian Flu Precautions

Squirrels love bird seed too

Today I do not have to go to work.

It’s my day off.

Nevertheless, a woman’s work is never done.

There are always things to do here at home.

According to the news, we are supposed to take down our bird feeders and empty the bird baths for a month.

There is an outbreak of Avian Flu in Minnesota.

So, as much as I would like to stay in bed on my day off, need to get up to safeguard the health of the wild birds , by removing the bird feeders from the backyard this morning, and emptying the bird bath.

I pray that the many variety of wild birds out there will be okay, and won’t be too disappointed with the loss of their regular refreshments.

I know that the chipmunks, rabbits, and squirrels won’t be too happy either with the absence of their free birdseed food.

Online or in-person?

It’s a cold and windy world outside today

There is so much you can do nowadays online.

You can do your banking and shopping and never have to see a soul.

Yesterday I went to the bank in person.

It was sort of a stinky experience at first.

There was no end to the waiting or so it seemed.

There were only 2 bank tellers available: one was dealing with the drive-through customers and the other at the desk, was dealing with a gentleman who had a lot of problems.

I tried going over by the drive-through window inside the bank, but I was told that it would be awhile.

I went back over to where the teller was with the gentleman, but it seemed somebody had walked in the bank, and now she got ahead of me, so I had to wait some more.

In my mind I was thinking of the day when brick and mortar banks would be no more.

Yet there was something nostalgic about being in a real live bank.  That’s where the money is, and that’s where my childhood memories lay. I remember my first bank book. I felt so proud.

Eventually I was able to talk to the main teller and withdraw some cash.

She did not apologize for my long wait which surprised me. Perhaps she didn’t even notice me there, or really didn’t care.

Anyways, I spoke with her and made a few jokes about how cash makes one more frugal than when using plastic.

Next I went to the grocery store and had to wait in line again, for a long time.

It seems I chose the wrong check out line again.

There was a man writing a check and he was taking his sweet time.

It seemed like he was doing it in slow motion.

There were 2 other people ahead of me in line as well.

When I finally got to the cashier, the woman was rough handling my tonic waters and throwing them into the bags carelessly. I told her they might explode if she does that.

I should not have said anything because she just basically ignored me and roughly threw the other things into the sacks as well.

So the jury is out. Online or in-person?

If you enjoy experiencing people then get out there in person.

If you prefer efficiency, perhaps just doing it online is much easier.