Monday, November 17, 2008

Music and Community

I went to a concert with my husband last Saturday. Over the Rhine was in Madison in a little theater downtown.

Sometimes it's just nice to have something to look forward to.

To anyone who hasn't been to a concert in a few years (we hadn't been to one since we got engaged), especially a concert in a small space by people who love their work, I highly recommend it.

One wonderful thing about live shows is the sense of emotion and power which is passed between the performers and audience. Music is one of the most personal art forms and it's wonderful to sit closely together and listen and respond. Reminds me a bit of church, in a way.

It was bitterly cold with the wind coming off both Monona and Mendota. We all stepped in. Many people stopped for a drink. We got to watch the room fill, which is fun. The way couples find seats, express their joy or frustration, how people in Wisconsin keep their coats on instead of instantly removing them (not a bad idea with the doors open so much). The couple in front of us, the husband looked like Kurt Vonnegut from the back and side. They were head-boppers, both of them, and they really enjoyed the performance. I got a kick looking for other head-boppers.

People enjoy things in such wonderfully different ways.

Which leads me (finally) to the gardening part of this post. Karin Bergquist, lead singer, made a short comment about a friend of theirs who lives further north and is a dedicated gardener. Between the weather and the short season she commented that we may want to move south.

I laughed a bit, but it made me think...would I want to leave central Wisconsin? If I got to grow longer and better? I'm not sure I would. I've been to Cincinnati in November and March. It's not much colder or snowier here, although it seems to linger here a longer. We seem to have a brown horizon for an extra month either way. And I do love the trees: myriad fir mixed with the usual deciduous. We have so many more than I've seen in Ohio and they're tall and thick everywhere you look. We have the same rolling land but we have so many more lakes, rivers, national forests, and reservations.

No, I guess I'll trade those 2 extra brown and blowy months to have a wilder horizon.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Birthday update

Thanks for those who replied to my last post. I really appreciate your prayers and good thoughts.

The birthday went well. I made 3 different desserts just to be sure there would be something he liked!

He actually ate 2 out of the 3. The custard was too hard. I couldn't even get it out of the ice cream ball! So we skipped that and had no-sugar, no-fat pudding (vanilla) pie. Luke's I made with a nut crust and the rest of us had a graham cracker crust. I also made a chocolate cupcake (with almond meal) and cream cheese frosting.

It was a fun day. We woke him up with gifts and songs and he loved blowing out his candles.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Birthdays, Fleeing Candy, and other Updates

I'm having a really hard time keeping up with this blog.

First of all, I tore down all my tomato plants, put the ties and sticks away, and have otherwise been clearing the yard (in process). The only thing I have left in the ground are a few enormous broccoli plants which are starting to bud (I really did plant them back at the beginning of May..who knows why they suddenly enjoy being alive!).

Secondly, I have been under some time constraints lately. My youngest son, who has epilepsy and is on the Ketogenic Diet, has not been eating or drinking so I've been feeding him by hand and squirting liquids in his mouth while we watch YouTube. While I am online I don't really have the hands necessary to blog.

Thirdly, the 2 days which I have been dreading for over a month have come, Halloween and L's birthday. We neatly ditched Halloween by heading off to Appleton where we went to Wild Air (slides, bouncy tents, obstacle courses), ate Mongolian stir fry, and bought books. We all had a blast and candy was neatly averted.

Today is L's birthday and I'm borrowing and ice cream ball to make some frozen custard. Hopefully birthday ice cream will be as good as birthday cake (all the ones I've made have never been quite good enough in his eyes). I'll have to let you know about that.