Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Stray Birds Find a Home for the Night



The crowds were huge (by Lexington standards) for the Community Festival today and since the kitchen shop was directly across from the music tent in Courthouse Square,  we got to listen to some terrific tunes all day while working.

And that's my segue into the subject of today's post.... music.

I've blogged about our neighbors house concerts before.  Buying land opposite their home was a perk that the realtor should have told us about!!

We'd been looking forward to Thursday's house concert featuring The Stray Birds at the Krantz' for weeks.  I'd read The Stray Birds reviews on the internet.... NPR, radio DJ's and critics etc all raving about the trio.

Sure enough, they deserved the praise!  Each voice was unique and strong on their own and when they combined their talents it was genius.  How to describe them?.... A little bluegrass?  A little folk?  A LOT of talent!
Photo by Jake Jacobsen (taken from The Stray Birds website)
When you can stroll 50 yards up the gravel road in your jeans, walk in the side door, pour a glass of wine, sign the guest book, throw some money in the gathering basket, load up a plate of munchies from the communal tables and then sit down and be treated to a spectacular evening of music, the evening is so simple that a danger is taking the beautiful music you'll hear a little for granted.

But when the group is like this one, even a non-musical person like me knows that they're out of the ordinary.   I've got every confidence that these three will be well known before long.
Photo by Monica De Vitry (taken from The Stray Birds website)
At the close of the concert, I learned that the three "Stray Birds" were going to be crashing on couches for the night.  So you know I had to make a spur of the moment offer of a place to roost for the night!

After the concert, the three "Strays" (Maya, Oliver and Charles) walked over and after a little visiting on the porch and some wine, they had a good nights sleep, hot showers and then some coffee and fruit the next morning.  The mother in me definitely came out and I was thrilled that we could put them up for the night.

Taking in strays.  Birds no less.  Never a dull moment!

Go to their website and buy their CD.  It's brilliant.  Seriously, I'm about to wear my copy out.  And I'm kicking myself that I didn't act all groupie and ask them to sign it for me!

Go ahead.... get to the website.  Now.   www.thestraybirds.com

Trust me on this one!

Friday, August 23, 2013

There's Not a Good Title for this Random Post.....

I was pretty determined that the new job wouldn't interfere with fun and friends, and even though the first month has been WAY more days per week than I'd anticipated, I've managed to go out in the evenings, attend parties, concerts and do a little adventuring around the area.  I made a conscious effort to never say "I'm too tired to ....... " 

What's gotten short shrift as a result of the job has been the blog and emails.  Now that I'm transitioning down to 3-4 days a week at the shop for the rest of the month,  I'm hopeful that I'll find time to sit at my desk and not fall asleep!  The job was originally supposed to be 1-2 days a week, so my fingers and toes are crossed that in September that it'll actually slow down to expected level. 

Joe's said more than once lately that without the blog, he can't remember what he's done.  It's a bit of an exaggeration, but I know what he means. 

I don't think that either of us will forget that Carter visited earlier this month... whether I blogged about it or not.  
But what I might forget is how delightful it was to spend time with him relaxing on the back porch while the cicadas buzzed and rain dripped off the roof or what a treat it was to have him share our dinner out to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary.  

And now it's almost midnight and Joe's been asleep for hours (smart guy!).

But I've got a blog post written!!  Or almost written....

How about a peek at the shop?

Come in if you're in town!  It's the Community Festival tomorrow on Main Street, so the place will be hopping... (I hope!)
If I'm going to be on time to open this door in the morning, I'd better get to sleep!


Sunday, August 4, 2013

What I Didn't Blog About in July

In keeping with the "journal" quality of my blog,
it's time for a bullet point summary 
of a few highlights that slipped under the blogging radar in July.


  • The best news of July was that Joe's visit to the  preventive cardiologist (yes, he had to wait months for the appointment) brought relieving news.  A heart MRI showed no signs of a heart attack or any damage during his big scare in the spring, no need for him to start taking any drugs and nothing unusual or worrisome regarding heart function.  That was quite a relief!


  • The kitchen is lacking only a few details from being finished!  The backsplash tile for the bar area was backordered at move-in time, but had come in months ago. 

The impromptu collage of Christmas cards and postcards taped to the sheetrock
finally began to bother me,
so I pestered everyone at the tile shop
 until Johnny finally came back to save the day! 

It's made in New Hampshire of recycled brick.
Perfect!
  • Mega-Music party across the road, Rotary party, Girls Night Out.... there were quite a few fun evenings in addition to bridge and watching sunsets from the porch etc!  

  • I managed to ride Cloud a sum total of twice in July.  My back has had me back at the chiropractor and I never could figure out why Cloud was limping for a few days.    

  • And finally,  I started a part time job! 

When I saw an ad looking for part-time help 
at the local kitchen/cookware shop,
I couldn't resist putting in an application.
I'm a kitchen gadget geek and love to cook
so I thought why not give it a try.
And darned if they didn't wind up hiring me!

More on the job in a later post, 
but I'm sort of all caught up now!
Now to tackle the backlog of blog reading that I want to do!