Thursday, February 10, 2011


Why does this animal think I am her mother?

Why does she feel the need to stand on the keyboard so I cannot type, but she sends emails saying 9999999999999999999 in the subject line?

Why do cats feel that if they are not the center of attention it is their God given right to become so??

Why is it very difficult to stay annoyed at her?

sigh - I guess I am a sucker for a loud purr...

Is is Friday yet?

  Busy week.  My husband is producing and directing a  reading/workshop of a new play by Eric Gansworth.  Eric is writing it for the Public Theatre in NYC, but we were given permission to do a first read!  To top it off,  my husband managed to get Joanne Shenandoah to read one of the roles. She is a Native American singer, actress, and performer who has been honored with a Grammy award as well as several Nammy awards.  She seems really nice.  I was listening to her music earlier today, and realized there is a huge amount of Native American music recorded, yet I never knew it. The reading is tonight, so hopefully, by Saturday things will calm down.
   We had the first full production meeting for our Spring show, BIG LOVE, and that will be challenging.  The playwright has written in the deaths of 49 bridegrooms, someone throwing saw blades around the stage and MANY dishes breaking - can you say "messy" ???
   Now, I love winter, but things might be a little easier around here if the cold that is gripping us would let up so I can get some of the ice off the driveway from last weekend.  I ordered my seeds for the vegetable garden, so I am at least optimistic that Spring will come!  The cucumber trellis arrived the other day.  Every little step towards garden time is a good one.  In the mean time, I need to get my ice skates out - in some places the pond ice is a good 10 inches thick, and the park's skating rinks must certainly be open for business.
    Stay warm.  Bake bread.  Make stew. Cuddle. 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Great weekend

   I spend this past weekend at our Girl Scout camp with my Cadette/Senior troop.  The  whole idea was for us to get together and have a relaxed weekend.  There were things we wanted to do, but nothing we HAD to do. It was an intentional break in the stress and pull of their hectic schedules.
    Friday evening we met, and the seven of us crammed into my van along with all our winter gear! We went snowshoeing on Saturday with rain pouring down!  We wouldn't have gotten far without the snowshoes as the snow was still knee deep in the camp. We used the old fashioned type of snow shoe which look like tennis rackets. It was a lot of fun!  I felt like Nanuck of the North heading home to the igloo.
     We had spa night - all the girls and leaders put on coloured  face masks, cucumbers on our eyes, did our nails, etc.  The girls entertained the leaders with another installment of the comedy variety show they create every trip called Comedy Block.  It was very good, if a bit violent! There were crafts and cooking, home made ice cream and, of course, s'mores!
   Sunday morning was icy as all the Saturday rain froze.  Scraping the car was a half hour task.  Two of the girls really wanted to climb the mountain to the old Fire Tower before we left.  I went along, and it was wonderful. We had the mountain all to ourselves. The trees were frosted with the early morning snow.  We wore no snowshoes this time, so of course, breaking the path was very tiring.  We switched off every 50 yards or so.  We made it about half way up the mountain and then turned around.
    Then last night was the Super Bowl, which I must admit, I watched only half heartedly, as I really had no horse in that race.
   Spending time with my troop was really great. What a wonderful bunch of girls!