I confess. I've been neglecting this blog for the last week. My apologies to all who have checked in and not seen much activity here at WPR. For the most part, it's back to normal after I've had to take care of various other matters in my full and busy life.
I'd like to give a little update on what I've been up to lately.
First off, on the knitting front, I wanted to do something other than a scarf or a hat. Since my bed could always use another pillow (I LOVE pillows), I decided to knit a throw-pillow cover like any man who is confident in his masculinity would do.
Anyway, it actually turned out pretty good as you can see in the above photo and here:
To think, it all started from two massive globs of yarn . . .
My Mom thinks I need to make another one to make a set, but this first one took a fair amount of time. At least now, I know how to make one. It wasn't that hard after all.
A few weeks ago, I went with my sister and her little Asian/Samoan armada of kids to see the movie How To Train Your Dragon.
Have you seen this movie yet? OMG! It is awesome and all-out fun. I'd put it in the same league as Up and Wall-e. Not only is it incredibly engaging, but it has a strong emotional core within the story. In between the phenomenal visuals, funny dialogue, and the cutest dragon in the history of film-making, there is a tender father and son relationship in the balance. This is quality film-animation at it's finest.
Go see it! Like, NOW!!!
Speaking of the cutest dragon in the history of film-making, his name is "Toothless", and here is a better look at this ridonkulously adorable little dragon:
A couple of weeks ago, I got to host a private concert at a private location in downtown Nashville before a small but captive audience. I knew beforehand that I would be performing on a grand piano, but I didn't know what kind of grand it was. When I sat down to set up my mic, I happened to see the words "Steinway and Sons" emblazoned just above the keys. My heart skipped several beats. Steinway is among the finest brands of pianos in the world. This is the first time I got to perform on one for a show.
It was heavenly and easily one of the best performances I've done in a while. Nothing against my sweet keyboard, but there really is nothing like the real thing.
I managed to take a photo while I was there. Isn't she lovely?
Speaking of shows, I announced my next Nashville, TN show a couple of days ago on my website. Mark your calendars, folks. I hit the stage on June 27 at the Exit/In! Pre-sale tickets are now available! Just go HERE to purchase. I'll also be giving away free tickets in the next few weeks!
So, that's a quick update for now. I'm gonna have some fun and informative posts over the next week.
Cheers to you and thanks for stopping by!
Finally, I finished my first scarf yesterday!!!!! I completed all the actual knitting on Monday, sewed in the loose strings on Tuesday, and added the fringes on Wednesday!!! Voila (!) . . . . . Measuring in at just over 5 feet long, this took me two weeks to finish while working on it only when I had the time. Here's another look at it folded up . . . I feel so accomplished!!! I've already started on my next scarf. It's a small one for the daughter of a friend of mine. After that, I'll do a couple more scarves, maybe a pair of socks, and somehow, a brand new throw for my bed. Yup, there's no denying it. I am now a knitter. God help us all!! I also wanted to make a little announcement that I have another show now lined up on May 1st back here in the Nashville area. It will be at a venue called Richard's Cafe in Whites Creek, TN. It is just a few minutes north of downtown Nashville, and I'll be doing a full hour's set. I've been graciously given the early show at 6 PM for their Friday night dinner crowd. This is my first show at this long-standing venue, and I'm really looking forward to playing there. This is it for now. More to come (and more knitting to come) SOON!!!! -g
After spending three weeks of hiking (135km in total) in the spectacular Patagonian landscape, traveling when my body said eat and eating when my body said sleep, getting up early daily to lurch from one must-see destination to another, and then spending over 17 hours sitting next to a guy on the plane half my size but seemingly requiring twice the space - I was a bit crispy by the time I got home. My wife was traveling elsewhere, so no one was here to greet me, but a friend did pick me up at the airport (past midnight) to provide door-to-door service on a wet slushy night in Toronto.
Coming home after a big trip has always been a bit tenuous for me. I'm happy at home and happy to be home, but I struggle with the instant nostalgia of where I've been. The contrast of leaving sunny and hot Buenos Aires and arriving in damp grey Toronto wasn't helping. My friend told me about the freezing rain in the forecast. Nice.
With my lower lip protruding, I headed to bed. My own bed. Not a lumpy bed that isn't long enough for my frame, in a crappy and noisy hostel. My own bed, my own pillow, in my own (quiet) neighbourhood. Needless-to-say, I fell into slumber pretty quickly.
And then it began. CRACK. At 4am it started. Trees and tree limbs were starting to fall. I got up to take a look but couldn't see anything. Despite being woken up a number of times, I decided to stay in bed until I could at least see what was going on. I did manage to sleep in but decided to get up when I heard knocking at the door. A group of neighbours were walking around clearing branches from driveways and checking in on people. This, my friends, is community. This is Eden Mills. In future blogs you'll get to know this place more, and why after a spectacular three weeks AWAY, coming home - even to an empty house - is good too.