Glad you made it home safe, Johanna! That is a LONG trip!
We've been hanging out near Boston since last night. We're staying in a lovely spa that was built by Wang back in the day for employees who were traveling... much nicer than the kind of digs I'm used to, but I got a great deal on it.
They have a phenomenal restaurant. Last night, I had the best meal I've ever eaten, a lobster dish with artichoke hearts and polenta, which I don't usually like, but this was excellent. Remember that thread from a while back about what we'd want if we could only have one more real meal ever? I want THAT.
And this morning, I was reflecting on how truly blessed I am...I have an abundance of good friends, a job I love, I get to travel and see new things regularly...I could not ask for a better life.
Good Wednesday/Hump Day (love that camel commercial). Started out overcast, rain rolled in from the gulf and now the sun is trying to break through. 90's for today.
Prayers for Lepplady. A quick heal after surgery. Giving hands and body a rest after yesterdays siding cleaning. Might do some crafting.
Iced herbal tea in hand and off to bean bag central. All are welcome to join.
Good Morning/Afternoon everyone! (Depending on where ya are!)
We got home from our camping trip on Monday afternoon. We were planning on staying until Tuesday, but the kids were pretty worn out and starting to get owly. They played hard, swam in a creek, and roasted hot dogs and s'mores. Hubby had pretty good luck fishing, other than his fly pole shattered on him, first time he's taken it out. He's had it for 3 years, but this was the first chance he had to try it out, and it broke! (He took it last year, but was playing with it before we left and forgot to put one of the pieces back in the bag! He's used to 3 pieces, and this one was 4. So this year was the first time he got to try it out. Big bummer.)
Stayed in Crazy Woman Canyon this time. Beautiful! Our campsite was right across from Crazy Woman Creek. I spent a lot of time on the creek bank with my kindle while everyone else was fishing. Nights were chilly but not uncomfortable. All in all was a nice time.
Getting everything back in order this morning, was too tired yesterday and had to go out to get groceries. That pretty much did me in.
I'm off to wash our campfire smelling clothes...some of Ty's are going to need a healthy dose of stain fighter... just what happens when little boys, sunscreen, bug spray and dirt get together!
Have a wonderful Wednesday! Keeping Lepplady in thoughts and prayers today.
Happy Wednesday to all!! It's been sunny and warmth today. But I've just walk around and dream about the
fun we had. I miss all great things we had in US. I have been so useless today. I'm trying to shape up tomorrow.
All pictures have been showed and my parents liked what we showed. Tomorrow my friend come over at my place and I show
her same pictures. Hope all is feeling well or getting better soon. Healing vibes If-so-girl.
Take good care and stay safe everyone. I try to adjust to our time. Jetlag, jetlag always a issue when we return home.
"A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.
A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.
A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.
The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.
In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.
Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?
One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?"