Saturday, December 31, 2005

The family at Christmas

Poppy eating the left-over fruit salad.
This is my mom & dad. Married all these years and still look relatively
happy to be around each other!
These are "the boys" giving Grampy extra antlers.
Here is the new baby of the year. Can't believe he was so easy going... between the antlers and Dan, there was plenty to fuss about!
And this is the baby girl of the family.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Dan's building a house

This is the house Dan is building on Mill Street in Austin, TX.
This is the dowstairs room that I would use as a bedroom because the bathroom is right there on the right. A queen size bed fits centered under the windows with space on both sides for nightstands.
This is the living room back door view. The stairs to the right are over the doorway into the "bedroom".
This is the front door. The kitchen will be to the left of the door. I am standing in the large open living room/dining room.
And this is the 12X14 loft. Big well-lit room.... originally called the bedroom, but he who moves in can choose what they like.

Cool, huh?!?!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

A Wonderful Day

It really started yesterday evening when I got a phone call from a woman looking for a massage therapist to come to the office to surprise her boss. We decided on this morning.... I managed to sneak in with my chair past the boss's office and set up in their small conference room. When the staff brought him into the room, he was thrilled! It was such a joy. The whole office was so friendly and obviously caring of one another.
Also last night, Ceridwyn let me know I'm going to be visiting her office to give a day of massage. I'm so excited. She is still deciding which day next week.
Of course today started with the surprise for the boss. Then I needed to run a couple of errands. On my way to the library I saw a group of about 20 Monk or Green Parakeets on the ground between the road and a parking lot next to a similar size group of pigeons. I quickly pulled into that parking lot to take a longer look. What a treat.
Then, Dan came home with the gift his boss gave him.... A PEACH PIE from central market. They are absolutely the BEST pies!!!! We ate it for dinner.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Website rejects

I don't know.... Dan didn't think these looked professional enough for the website. What do you think? At least I have a sense of humor!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Great show!

Michelle, Al and I as Istanpitta had a fabulous time in Silsbee, Texas Friday night. I had a wonderful time singing some of our more holiday repertoire in a church with angelic accoustics for singers. The audience was so wonderful and the food for the reception was unheard of -- oh, yummy! What a great way to start the month.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

last post of the month

ok.... I've got a job interview and it sounds perfect! so cross your fingers, say a little prayer, send good thoughts.... It's at a law office doing pretty much exactly what I did that summer after high school graduation, only the pay is better.
I volunteered more massage today. I did use alot of what I learned in class this weekend and everyone seemed very pleased.
Next month I start rehearsals with Texas Early Music Project for the Play of Daniel. I got my music yesterday. The memory work will be a challenge but do-able.
That's all for now.... mainly wanted to express my happiness about a job interview. Time to write a Christmas letter.

Thursday, November 24, 2005


I think today does deserve a space on my blog. I am very thankful for so many things in my life. I try very hard to keep these things in perspective and rejoice in even the small beauties of life.
Small.... ordinary things.... Bird watching has given me a great gift. Often I will catch a glimpse of some special bird which I know probably has not been noticed by any other human in the area. For example, while at the Texas Renaissance Festival, Al (fellow bird watcher and director of the music ensemble, Istanpitta) and I would lean off stage occasionally to see a tiny bird flittering in a tree nearby -- Everyone else too busy shopping and eating and making noise to stop and notice something small and alive. Another, and my favorite example, was while Dan and I were in Scotland. We were walking down a street through a tiny village toward a river. On our way we crossed over a ditch (manmade concrete mud and uck... not much else).... when I looked again and saw a grey wagtail. Only one black, white, and yellow bird dancing around in an otherwise very ugly picture. I am so thankful I was introduced to birding. I am so thankful for the tiny gifts it brings to my eyes on so many occasions.

Big things.... I am most thankful for the past decisions I have made to bring me where I am. Some decisions were difficult, some decisions brought with them sadness, some decisions were purely selfish..... My decision to get divorced and move to Houston was all of the above. But that decision has brought me so much. I have made friends and music is fully in my life again. I would not be in the musical position I am if I had not decided I needed a break from Austin. Now, I'm very glad I am back. I am sure that being in Austin will bring me more great opportunities without loosing out on connections I have gained.

Another big thing is family.... I know everybody says that, but this might sound a little different. I was talking with a woman about some of the hurricane Katrina victim stuff. So many people have been placed far away from their homes. Here in Austin there are apartment complexes which have leased to victims for 6 months free rent (not sure if that's governement funded.... doesn't matter.... not the point of this).... well, what happens after that? One person piped up, "guess they have to get a job".... well, one would think 6 months would be time enough. But there are lots of people in the same situation trying for the same realm of crummy low wage jobs.... some of these displaced people don't have a car, but have been placed in apartments away from bus routes..... Sometimes a person like me has to remind myself that not everyone has family members with solid incomes and homes big enough to shelter more people if necessary.... family members with computers to write resumes and family members who can drive, pay for plane tickets, get in the car and come get you even if you live 10 hours away (my dad did that once for me). While losing everything you own in a hurricane is hard for us to fathom, for me, imagining a life without the family I have is even more unfathomable (is that a word?) I am so THANKFUL that if something took every single thing I have away from me, I would not go hungry, I would not have to sleep in a stadium (or not for long), I would not even have to be placed in some apartment in some town and expected to get a job or else. I am thankful for this which I have had no control over, the family I was born to.

Guess that's all for now. Love, Peace, and THANKS to all!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Ceridwyn and I had dinner this evening and she gave me this fabulous idea.... or rather she told me about her fabulous idea and I proceeded to rush home to steal said idea! I kinda wanted to have a guest-book and/or journal on my website, but I wanted to be able to write anytime I wanted without hassling Becca (my website chick) .... and so, here it is.... a journally, guest-book kinda thing that anybody can check out and respond to if they feel like it. Potential clients can see what others think of me... and what I think of myself.

If you've stumbled on this blog by chance, my site is
I am an eclectic entrepreneur based in Austin, Texas. I sing.... everything from singing telegrams to medieval music at ren fairs to formal and sacred music for weddings, etc. I am also a mobile Registered Massage Therapist specializing in relaxation massage for the entire office or individial at home. And I walk dogs.

Feel free to kindly post some thoughts, even a strand of conversation.
Peace to all who enter here. (Saw that on a doormat, but seems to be appropriate here.)