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In Ohio, you don’t have to wait until November 6 to vote.  The early voting period lasts at least a few weeks.  We went yesterday.  Like everybody else, we are looking forward to not hearing about the election anymore.  🙂

I heard a statistic that there is a 52.5% chance that Ohio will provide the decisive electoral vote. And the relative likelihood that an individual voter would determine the Electoral College winner? 12.5% in Ohio.


Early One Morning

Early one glorious morning of sleep, my hubby and I were awakened with a huge nerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrairrrrrrrr.


And then it happened again: nerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrairrrrrrrr.

What is that?

*gasp*  It’s a bird….

nerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrairrrrrrrr. It’s a plane?

nerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrairrrrrrrr. Why yes, it’s MR. CROPDUSTER!

Well, I got the loud little bugger on camera….now what am I doing out here on the balcony?  I’m think it’s time to go back to bed.

My Grand Keyboard

Just thought I’d share with you my wonderful new grand keyboard.

I found it on Craigslist for $350.  The guy selling it was from Traverse City, but was willing to meet us in Cadillac.  We hauled the 65-pound thing into Burger King (you should have seen the faces of the employees behind the counter), plugged it in, and I tested out all the keys and the foot pedal.  That’s the first — and probably the last — time I’ve played piano in a fast food restaurant.

Classes started up on Monday.  We are getting into the groove of things.  I’m glad to have this keyboard so I can practice my accompanying repertoire at home in the evenings.  I try to practice my solo repertoire only on the grand pianos on campus.  Better for my technique, you know.

Notice the wonderful set-up in the photo.  Yes, that is the dining room table.  Eventually, I’ll get a stand for it (probably on Craigslist again) and I wouldn’t mind a new pedal eventually too (this one is practically worthless).  But hey, we consider ourselves pretty fortunate: There aren’t many people who can say they have dinner with their keyboard every evening.


Here’s a slideshow for you to enjoy, full of fun, old pictures of when Paul and I were little.  You know, the kind of pictures where we’re sitting in high chairs after dinner — and half of dinner is still on our faces.  The good kind of pictures!  

Commencement is tomorrow!  We are looking forward to wearing those beautiful blue robes with the funny hats.  🙂  

Student Composition Recital

On Friday, April 3, a Student Composition Recital was held at my college.  Two of my pieces were performed!  

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Here’s my horn solo with French horn accompaniment…

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And here’s my ensemble piece, featuring flute, clarinet, horn, violin, cello, and piano.  

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My hubby managed to surprise me with roses as usual…  :]  They’re beautiful!

Around home

Sometimes, the ordinary things you find around home can be quite entertaining to photograph.  

From Flowers

From Flowers

Mom’s african violets appear to be doing well.  

From Random Pics 2009

From Random Pics 2009

Who’s winning in the Monopoly game??  

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Sad.  The coffee’s all gone.  

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The bell of a French horn.  

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A necklace collection.  

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A homemade sanddollar wall-hanging.