Merle ’17

We enjoyed the 30th Merlefest last weekend in Wilkesboro, NC.  Lots of fantastic music and while it rained THursday evening the rest of the weekend had gorgeous weather.  I added some photos to Instagram however I took a lot of  photos I with my DSLR camera and cant get those photos to load to my iPhone or iPad to load to other apps.  I am posting the better photos here.  IMG_3924

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Maura O’Connell and Declan O’RourkeDSC_0288DSC_0290DSC_0292Declan O’RourkeDSC_0294

James Taylor “In my mind I’m going to Carolina”DSC_0297DSC_0299Maura O’ConnellDSC_0300Jerry DouglasDSC_0307DSC_0314DSC_0315DSC_0317

Steep Canyon Rangers DSC_0318DSC_0320DSC_0324DSC_0326DSC_0332Sam Bush with Leftover SalmonDSC_0336DSC_0341

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Shawn Camp and Jerry DouglasDSC_0346DSC_0347DSC_0351

Merlefest Reunion Jam with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Bryon Sutton, and Mark Schatz.DSC_0353DSC_0354DSC_0375DSC_0378

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Peter Rowan joining DTB

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Summer Lineup

Grateful Dead and their reunion tour in California and Chicago in late June and over the fourth of July weekend garnered tons of attention.  We watched the July fourth Chicago show via pay-per-view, I enjoyed the show though not as much as hubby and missed some of it as I was outside shooting off fireworks.  I don’t consider myself a deadhead, having been to 2 shows in early 90s both at RFK.  Not the best shows I have ever been to, and after the second one I swore off any more GD shows with hubby. Even after Jerry passed away, I skipped opportunities to see the Other Ones or the Dead.  I did go to see Phil Lesh and friends in 2010 and enjoyed the show.  We know folks who made the trek to Chicago and heard good reports back on the experience.  Here are a couple of reviews, the first one – NY Times review is more mainstream though I enjoyed this next one, Alex Bleeker’s Dead shows review, as it is from a deadhead.  We have joked that we can buy the entire string of shows on DVD.

Since we are still trying to buy the beach condo, we haven’t seen a lot of shows.  We have tickets to see ZZ Top at Wolf Trap in August.  If we can, will go to the Hot August Music Festival in Cockeysville, MD.  Love the line up for this one with Railroad Earth, Shaky Graves, Infamous Stringdusters in the lineup and Cabinet, who I haven’t seen in person yet but have heard they are great.

Also on our must see list in September are Los Lobos at the Hamilton and Sturgill Simpson at the Lincoln Theater.

Christmas Jam

Los Lobos @Christmas Jam

I would love to go to LOCKN Festival however the cost is a bit excessive.  A friend purchased the VIP package for 2 and a “glamping” package and now can’t attend, given the beach condo purchase don’t want to commit that much money.  So will miss out on Tedeschi Trucks Band, Govt Mule, Little Feat, NMA, Phil Lesh and friends, String Cheese Incident, Robert Plant and Steve Earle.  Have heard from friends who attended in the past that it is a crowded scene though worth it.

Switching subjects, I did get my Nikon 3100 repaired.  I can take photos however the flash still does not work.  So thrilled that it is working again and lesson learned on taking care of it!  Will invest in a water proof bag.

Enjoying some beach time as we await closing on the condo, the fiasco continues though we are on to Plan D or E, I have lost track.  Once we close will have a post on how not to buy real estate.

Music Catsup

So sad to hear about BB King, have enjoyed taking in his shows many times.  Read this article from Oxford American on his passing, Better Not Look Down-BB King.  Always found it interesting that BB either played the guitar or sang but didn’t do both at once.  Says a lot for NOT multi-tasking, doing one thing excellently!

We enjoyed Merlefest this year, though the first day of the festival was not my best day.  First, left the tickets at home, remembered them about 40 miles into the trip, suffered through a VERY unhappy spouse on the long ride back home to get them.  Not sure that I was totally, 100% responsible for forgetting them…

Hot Rise

Hot Rise

Knuckleheads

Knuckleheads

Then, as I posted earlier, had my Nikon 3100 with me Thursday evening to take pix of Hot Rise and my drink cup leaked all over the camera, causing it to not work.  Nikon fixed the camera however all the remaining photos of the weekend come from the iPhone.  My first time seeing Hot Rise!   And ended Thursday evening in the dance tent with Donna the Buffalo.

My highlights were North MS Allstars with Jim Lauderdale.  Earls Of Leicester kicked it, highlight was Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas doing a Tut Taylor/John Hartford tribute of Steam powered aereoplane!

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And Sam Bush Friday night closed with electronic version of Laps in 7. The Waybacks album hour was Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA.  Saturday was a rainy wet day, and we bagged it early.

Finally here is link to review of Dear Jerry Tribute All-Star Cast honors Jerry.  Not sure if we will take in another tribute concert anytime soon.  The traffic at Merriweather was horrific, parked about 1.5 miles from venue, don’t mind the walking just sitting in traffic for so long.  The venue was rocking with people!  We had a good vantage viewing point for the screen but not the stage.  And long waits between artists, so long that 2 bands, RRE and Greensky Bluegrass got bumped from the show.   The show was great and we can enjoy again when out on DVD!

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Gardening patience

Summer keeps teasing us, one day I think she is upon us and the next day, here comes a cool, rainy, springy day. The rain helps the yard and garden, we had a mini-drought going on up until last weekend.  In my plot at the community garden, snap peas did not like the hot weather, and the radishes bolted-forming seed heads and not the radish. Practicing patience is not my long suit, I have resisted tearing them up and planting something else.

snap peas

snap peas

radishes, mesclun, onions, cherokee purple tomato

radishes, mesclun, onions, cherokee purple tomato

I pick lettuce, kale, arugula about every other day. Planted tomatillos, tomatoes, eggplants, and lots of peppers-anchos, habaneros, jalapeño, green bell, and hot.  The garlic should be ready to pull in another couple of weeks.  Had to buy garlic for the first time since last June as I finally used up the last bulb.

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And to add excitement to my gardening routine, this little guy surprised me on the way to the compost pile.  I think its a ribbon snake, about 2 ft in length.  I spotted him right after a gullywasher of a rainstorm and Mr. Slithers was enjoying a bit of the sunshine peaking through.  IMG_2399

Catching Up

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So I think my blog’s title was/is a bit ambitious.  Daystreaming? implies something more periodic than once every few weeks.  So I’m thinking about changing the blog’s name or not, blogging in a more disciplined manner or not, will have to figure it out or not.

And those thoughts right there sum up my current state.  Two+ months post retirement and no single crystal clear motivation has emerged-YET!  I laugh at myself because I have cleaned, de-cluttered and organized most of the house and yard and have more on my to-do list.

Since my last post, I have been to Merlefest and niece’s wedding weekend in Atlanta. I will post more from Merle separately, I don’t have my usual supply of photos as I got my Nikon 3100 wet the first night at the show and it quit working.  Did you know you can send it off to Nikon and they will repair if possible?  So I did that and after $225, my camera is due to arrive before the weekend back in working order.

Tonight is the Dear Jerry tribute at Merriweather Post Pavilion which looks like it will be cool weather with lots of rules: no lawn chairs, no coolers, no grills in the parking lot, only one sealed water bottle or one empty reusable water bottle, no picnic baskets, food can only be brought in clear, plastic containers… so much for tailgating or having a picnic dinner on the blanket on the lawn.  It appears these rules serve to ensure you will buy ALL your food and beverages from vendors inside the venue.  Will definitely report back on the show.  Here is an update on the show’s lineup Dear Jerry Concert details.

Back at ya soon-or not!

Foxy Lady?

So I finally caught a fox on camera!  And I had the zoom lens on this time too.  I took these a couple of days ago around 9 am.  Same view today has no snow, as it has all melted thank goodness.  I think this little fox is a lady.  As about 20 minutes later another fox trotted down the hill and I think it was bigger.DSC_0059The fox really stands out against the snow.

DSC_0060I like this last one the best.  She kept a pretty brisk pace up the hill.
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