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For the Love of Music

Music touches the soul.  It calms the nerves, it brings and recalls tears of sorrow, tears of joy.  It releases love into the Spirit and into the air.

My soul needed a special touch, as I have been too busy with the horizontal to consider the vertical lately.  What was I to do?

I found a documentary this morning that appealed to me on YouTube.  John Philip Sousa.  I was introduced to Sousa through high school marching band, under the direction of Mr. Richard Herfort.  Band members struggled, while loved, The Thunderer, Trombones Triumphant, The Washington Post, and Stars and Stripes Forever.  I entered a wonderful trip down my own memory lane, while watching this fascinating documentary, a PBS production.  Memories of watching Ronald Demkee conduct the Allentown Band (and he was a marvelous part of this documentary), but the one that continues to choke me up, after close to 40 years ago, is my own memory of me and my husband in the audience, on a blanket, at the outdoor Mann Music Center of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Henry Mancini conducting The Stars and Stripes Forever.  Conductor Mancini went over and picked up the piccolo and played the solo.  I choke as I write, tears spring to my eyes, and I cannot speak without the catch in my throat.

This should be our theme, America.

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Growing into Soup

I’ve always been a stew person. Thick, rich and hearty.

Lately it’s been all about soup. All winter! Into spring. Now, with the cool summer upon us, I’m basking in it just a little more!

For this crockpot recipe, I threw in chicken breast (cut up), 32 oz of chicken broth, a large jar of mild salsa, and chose 3 cans of (drained) beans: garbanzo, black and kidney. A 14 oz can of diced tomatoes, normally some frozen corn but I had none, and about a teaspoon of cumin. This is simple and delightful!

Bubble bubble! This next recipe is a skinny soup! I put in 1 Tbs butter and the same of flour, grind up a small onion, add 4 cups of chicken broth and throw in the florets of a full head of cauliflower.

I don’t have the next photo, but I take the completed soup to my blender and purée it. Simple, delicious, even cold!


“You’ve Got Mail!”

Have you checked your email recently?  Mine is starting to reel out of control.  Again.  I am getting emails from those I do not seek!  I hit “unsubscribe” and they ask me to submit my email address.  You mean, you don’t know it?  Did you not just send me an email?  So I dutifully submit it so I can “unsubscribe” to something I never subscribed for in the first place.

I thought junk mail in the snail mail was incredible, this is just WORSE.  This does NOT include my SPAM folder, which whenever I open that is full of things I don’t even WANT to touch!

 


A Tribute to my Mother

I called my mother yesterday.  We took care of “business.”

Me:  “Did you try the Apple TV box I gave you?”

Mom: “Yes, I can’t remember how to do it.”  (Instruction…“oh yeah! Okay!“)  “I liked your cauliflower soup!” 

Me: “I’ll send you the recipe! Before I forget, Mom, I wanted you to know that you don’t need to send me a card or a gift.  My birthday gift from you was last weekend when I sat in front of you and you combed my hair, told me I was your little girl.  That was the best gift ever, and I will carry that in my heart.”  

Mom laughs.  “I knew that was coming!”

These are the memories I will carry in my heart about my mother.  She is a strong willed woman.  At 85, she doesn’t make any bones about what she says to anybody (comes with age, warning, we will all get there, if we can hang in there).  She is naughty and doesn’t do what her daughters want her to do.  Fed by Dad, of course!  Those two are never without the other.  A lesson we probably all could learn from!

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“You are the most beautiful girl in the world!” said Dad when he sees this picture.

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This was the most beautiful, for me.  I loved this photo of her in the kimono Dad bought in Japan, when he served in Korea.

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You are a fantastic Grandmother!

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And you are always dressed to kill.  You never go without makeup, you always present your best.

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Mom, I love you, thank you for being my mother.  I will love you forever!  Happy Mother’s Day, 2018

(P.S. Yes, this is your card!)


To Wales, with Love

My third and his first, we have made our first trip in retirement.

This stop, Wales, UK. Britain. The language was exciting, inspiring.

The lambs were adorable, they would jump and frolic, just like cartoon characters of my childhood!

The history was incredible, from Roman, to Medieval, Tudor and 18th century to today,

living the life of Matthews Street and the British Invasion revolution of innocent days when we were young.

The food and coffee houses were fantastic and the cuisine delicious!

And a little bit of wondering (just for fun, of course!)

But most of all, Wales was about people. People who connected with us on a daily basis. People we were introduced to, who welcomed us and made us feel special, but also accepted. For you I am truly grateful.

To David and Judith Rowe, we thank you from the depths within our hearts! To those you introduced us too, they made our trip a very welcome one to the country, Wales.

My heart belongs to you. I leave you to fly back to my home, but with a cushion around my heart, and my Daniel Owens book tucked in my bag, until next time.

Love, Kathleen