Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Spring into Summer

 


The clouds that gather around this time in the upper valley are quite majestic. 


I sat on the back deck, watching them come from the northwest.


Sunday, May 8, 2022

Shore Leave

 


I found myself in Fort Meyers, Florida for the first time last month. Having never seen the Gulf of Mexico before. My girlfriend's father had recently passed, and we were there for both a small memorial service, and to bring his belongings back home to Massachusetts.


Her family was very gracious, and I enjoy their company. They made me feel very comfortable and welcome. The following day, we loaded some furniture and music gear into a moving van and drove back home. Stopping first in Saint Augustine.





After that, it was all business. A very long drive from Fayetteville, NC to home took over 15 hours. I knew it was going to be a rough go of it, but in the end it wasn't so bad. Plus it was in honor of someone I wish I had met, but COBVID put a lot of restrictions on where we could go and see. His musical instruments are with us now, and part of him remains. I look forward to returning in the winter next year.


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

What's He Building Out There?

"We have a right to know" - Tom Waits



Putting together things for my girlfriend's kids over the weekend. I paid close attention the the details, which is why it took three days. Got a sunburn when it was in the 70s, then it started snowing. Easter in New England. 


One of the things that goes with being an adult I guess. It was a good investment of time and energy. Plus the kids dig it.


These two did nothing to help, however.


 

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Spring in my Step

 Even though it snowed again yesterday, and it was cold and very windy. Daylight savings has arrived, and Spring is a little over a week away. 


Two shows this weekend, and a few events around Saint Patrick's Day I will try to attend, but with April around the corner, and a brief period of time for a short vacation after Easter, I am thinking of warmer temperatures, and outdoor adventures. 


The road ahead looks a little more certain than the past two Springs, and this Summer is already filling up with shows. Trying to stay in the moment, but I can't help looking forward.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Picking Up The Pieces

 For nearly two years, life has been put on hold in so many ways. Frozen.

My yearly income was reduced to less than 1/4 of what I'm used to making, and although I sold my house, and what little I made from the sale only managed to last me so long. Last summer work managed to pick up a little, but it did little to make up for losing almost all of 2020 and half of 2021. 

Finally, it appears I'm back to working a normal schedule again. Spring is just about here, and warm weather will bring outdoor shows, and work during the weekdays too. 



Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Warming Up To The Idea

 We recently had a few days in the 50's, and I took full advantage by going for some extended walks.



A huge gathering of Canada Geese were hanging out in the cornfields making all kinds of noise.


With less than 30 days until Spring, I'm really looking forward to the end of Winter. Of course, we have the threat of a new snowstorm on the way this weekend, so we aren't done yet. Still on days like this, I can feel the warming begin to slowly take place.


 






Monday, February 14, 2022

Bringing It Back

 Northampton is where I lived for 20 years, and even though I moved away a couple of years ago, the town still is part of my inner being. I briefly felt at home here, and still spend most of my free time shopping, dining, and occasionally seeing or playing a show.


COVID cut back on lots of music plans, but when Valentine's Day came rolling around, I got the idea to book a room at the historic Hotel Northampton. I didn't hold back, either. I reserved one of the nicest rooms I could get for my girlfriend and I.


Two private balconies, providing us with a view of Coolidge Park and downtown on one side.





and a smaller balcony on the other side, which I had not expected.


It just so happened that the Super Bowl was on TV, and although my girlfriend isn't much into sports, she does enjoy the halftime show, as do I. Throw in a bubble bath in a Jacuzzi tub, and we had the makings of a good ol' Staycation.


It was chilly on both days, which was a perfect excuse to stay inside this very nice historic hotel, and keep cozy.