". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Catching Up

I have been too busy the last few days to keep up what has become an almost daily blogging habit. Yesterday I was at the piano for about seven hours, accompanying rehearsals and concerts at a local junior high school. I had some unpleasant lower back pain by the end of the day. That aging thing again. It feels a little better this morning. But there's not much relief in sight. Over the next few weeks I will be be spending many an hour at the piano practicing music, attending rehearsals, and participating in area Solo & Ensemble competitions. Good for my brain and my fingers; rough on the back. Time to stock up on the ibuprofen.

My Lutheran homeschooling mommy weekend was a blast! I traveled with two other Illinois gals to Fort Wayne, Indiana (home of one of our two LCMS seminaries), where we met up with six (!) kindred spirits. Thanks to Rebellious Pastor's Wife (and her hubby) for hosting us and to Pam, Lori, Beth, Jane, and Melynda for coming to hang out on Saturday night. You've heard of Real Men--those guys that can cook a gourmet meal one minute and dig a ditch the next? Well, here are some Real Women. In no time at all they can go from cuddling a baby . . .

Jane & Melynda

Jenny, Melody & Lori

. . . to using brute strength to open a stubborn bottle of wine. ("There's gotta be a way to get this thing open!")

Melynda, Melody, Jane & Pam

I think it was Pam who finally succeeded:

Here's a little more about the weekend and another picture from Elephant's Child. Click on over. It's something only EC could come up with, and it's not to be missed.

Phone calls, homeschooling, piano practicing, housecleaning, errand-running, editing, and laundry await (laundry always awaits). Must get busy so I can watch Lost with a clear conscience tonight! (Or at least without all kinds of things competing for attention.) See you next time!


Beth said...

I love the pictures! What a fun evening we had! Must. open. wine.

Elephantschild said...

Yay - you got more pics than I did. Sure glad none of the ladies went flying when those bottles finally popped open!

Cheryl said...

Beth, I just wish I had gotten a picture of you! And Lora! Somehow I missed you both!

Melody said...

E.C, I'm sure I coulda opened it myself (ha ha) if I hadn't BEEN worried about flying backwards!

Jane said...

Does it mean something that I'm in *all* the wine-opening pictures. :)

It was wonderful to finally meet you!