Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Around the Yard

Since we are pretty much confined to our houses and yards these days, I'm trying harder than ever to find the beauty right next to me. It's in the's in the raindrops, it's in the decaying leaves and new's there if you look for it.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Staying Home

My heart is breaking for the countries and families that are in the middle of this COVID 19 battle. Although we are staying home, it does not seem real to us as our entire county has only one reported case so far. 

There are so many things I am grateful for - one being that our family culture hasn't changed much. We had  already chosen to educate our children at home - my husband had already chosen to be at work less and to be home more - we had already chosen to move to a home that we wanted to spend time in together....

We miss our friends and want to go visit family, but we are making the most of a terrible situation. Last Sunday we roasted a whole chicken over the fire - threw some veggies in at the end - it was delicious!

My youngest daughter created this little pulley system between her bedroom window and the kitchen window. I think she's hoping I send some chocolate her way.

We took last week off school (spring break), and I used the extra time to do a project I've been putting off. In January 2019 I heard about the art of kintsugi - repairing broken pottery with gold. The context in which I heard it was also talking about grace - which happened to be the word I had chosen for my year. I was intrigued and thought it would be a fun project to try - I just needed some broken pottery.

A whole year went by and I pretty much forgot about it. But in the early days of January 2020 I broke my favorite piece of pottery while putting dishes away. I remembered the kintsugi project idea and bought the necessary items to do it. And then it sat waiting to be done. This week, I did it!

It's not perfect, but it's fixed....and it will be a visual reminder of this time at home. And maybe one day it will be a family heirloom from the time of COVID 19.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

White River Falls

Another beautiful day (last week)...another beautiful hike. We wanted to get away from crowds so we headed an hour southeast to White River Falls state park. We have been here before, but it was years ago (7 years ago I think...) The hike itself isn't all that great or long...but the falls are beautiful, and the farther you walk, the more you see. I'm so glad we went when we did, because starting today all Oregon State Parks are closed through May 8.

From the viewpoint at the parking lot you can see this...

As you walk down a little ways, you get this view...

As you descend even further, you go past this abandoned hydraulic plant.

Finally you get to the lower falls...

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Family Hike

Well thanks to COVID 19, our St. Patrick's Day did not include playing our two gigs that we've been looking forward to for a long time. Instead, we took advantage of the sunshine and time off work and school and hit the trail. We live in an area with access to many different kinds of hiking trails, and this time we chose to cross the river and go to an area in Washington. We've been there many times over the years, but there are so many different loops that you can have a lot of variety even if you return regularly.

Some of the smaller, more delicate wildflowers were blooming and it was beautiful.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

We are supposed to be playing two separate gigs today, but instead we'll probably go for a hike and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. We've been setting aside all our gig money from the past year to help fund a trip to Ireland in all plans are on hold.

Here's an Irish blessing for you...

May the road rise to meet you
 may the wind be always at your back
may the sun shine warm upon your face
may the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again, 
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

And here's a little tune I recorded...for more, head on over to @fiddlejill on instagram

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Things Change

One day I'm out running and picking daffodils....

The next day I wake up to a winter wonderland...

It's amazing how quickly things can change! 
And that's how it feels around the world right now. 
Stay safe - stay home.
Social distancing = family closeness for us

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Musically Speaking

In late January I hit 500 consecutive days of playing my violin. And then I took a well-deserved break. As soon as I got back from my weekend trip, I resumed daily practice. 

The end of February and beginning of March was another concert weekend with my community orchestra. The program was fairly demanding (Bruckner and Brahms), and most of my practice efforts went into preparing for that. 

That concert has come and gone and now my focus is on St. Patrick's Day gigs, of which we have several. Because St. Patrick's Day falls on a weekday, we also have gigs the weekend before!

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