Monday, March 19, 2012

St. Patrick's Day and stuff

With the first quarter of 2012 almost over, and only one 2012 post so far, there is entirely too much news for one post.  I will give it a shot anyway.

January 6.  My fabulous incredible van of awesomeness was totaled. It was a rough journey dealing with the insurance, but in the end, I got a fair settlement and I have moved on to a different phase of my traveling life.

January 25.  Registered my 2006 VW Jetta TDI.  It is a most fabulous traveling machine getting 45 MPG and capable of towing a small trailer should I choose to go in that direction.

Feb 10-11.  House concerts in Austin and in Houston with the amazing harmonizing vocals of Cayla Cardiff.  Thank you so much to Cindy & Brian and to Ros & Paul.  Two very good and successful shows!

Feb 18-19.  Sean-nos Northwest workshop in Portland, OR.  This was in.cred.i.ble.  My teachers were brilliant.  I may write an entire post on this workshop at some point.  The experience was really wonderful.  Portland was also a fantastic experience.  My whole trip was a week long, so I had time to hike in the city, visit waterfalls and learn at the workshop.

Feb 22.  My new-to-me Jetta gets rear ended.  Yup.  It wasn't bad, but did a wee bit of damage.  If I had known that they were going to take my car for TWO WEEKS, I would have just lived with the dent in the bumper.  The mechanics had my car in their possession longer than I had.

3 weekends of Sherwood Forest Faire.  A lovely growing festival with a good heart.  The weather was fantastic for 2.5 of those weekends.  That's pretty good for February!

St. Patrick's Day at one of my very favorite pubs in the whole world.  I took a Joachim Zwick, fiddler from Houston, with me to MacFarlane's in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  We played off and on all day long. If you ever have a reason to be in Lake Charles (It's a lovely city, actually), stop by this pub.  The food is outstanding -- I am NOT kidding.  This is truly one of my favorite restaurants.

And this weekend I have a house concert in Dallas and one in Austin.  And the next weekend I'll be in San Antonio for the Highland Games there.  They are even going to let me teach some Irish songs - woohoo!