Saturday, May 20, 2006

2006 Larimore Piano Recital

“Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together”~ Anais Nin

A proud mother post again? Yes. Joe finished his last day of seventh grade on Friday. He finished this year with a 4.0 average. I am so impressed and proud. *big smile.

Joe had his last piano recital for the year today. He performed Easy Winners, Gypsy Folk Dance, and Turkish March. He played beautifully. After the recital there was an Awards Ceremony. He received Certificates of Musical Merits for the following, playing in Scott’s Music Competition in April, playing Turkish March for the Music Teachers National Association meeting for Mozart’s 250th Birthday in January, playing in the General Recital for the Greater Grand Forks Music Teachers Association in May, and a Certificate of Musical Merit issued to Joe for Piano. He also received a Practice Club Award for the 180 Minute Club and a Certificate of Recognition from Scott’s Piano.

This is a picutre of Joe with his piano teacher, Linda. Her love of teaching and music has been an asset to our lives. Thank you Linda!

Tomorrow Joe will be playing his trumpet for the Senior High Graduation Ceremony here in Northwood and then in Hatton.

I am impressed. I am proud. WOW!

“Music is what feelings sound like”~ Author Unknown

Adriano Calentano
My girlfriend from across the pond has been sending me the most beautiful music. *swoons Thank you so much! I could list 30 new songs that I just love! This is one of my favorites:
“Io non so parlar d'amore l'emozione non ha voce E mi manca un po il respirose ci sei c'e troppa luce” ~Adriano Celentano - L'emozione non ha voce

Friday, May 19, 2006

What Animal Were You?

I was an Eagle

You are able to rise above the details of life and see the big picture.

A spiritual being, you tend to go beyond material concerns.

Click on the link below to find out what kind you were.

What Animal Were You In a Past Life?

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Some Plane Stuff

"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Military Cliché’s

There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, BUT THERE ARE NO OLD, BOLD PILOTS. -- Harry J. Task, Maj. USAF (ret.)

When you are out of airspeed, altitude and ideas . . . EJECT! EJECT! EJECT!

Takeoffs are optional, landings are mandatory. -- James McLaughlin

Always remember: the aircraft you are flying is most probably built by the lowest bidder.

"It's the most exciting thing you have ever done with your pants on!" -- Flight of the Intruder, Stephen Coonts

"The nicest VFR is just as dangerous as the worst IFR."

There are four ways to fly: the right way, the wrong way, the company way and the captain's way. Only one counts.

Flying is like sex - I've never had all I wanted but occasionally I've had all I could stand. -- Stephen Coonts in Cannibal Queen

Pilot Cliché’s

Aviate, Navigate, Communicate.

Truly superior pilots are those who use their superior judgment to avoid those situations where they might have to use their superior skills.

Rule one: No matter what else happens, fly the airplane.

Flying is hours of boredom, punctuated by moments of stark terror.

It's better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here.

An airplane will probably fly a little bit over gross but it sure won't fly without fuel.

Believe your instruments.

Think ahead of your airplane.

I'd rather be lucky than good.

The propeller is just a big fan in the front of the plane to keep the pilot cool. Want proof? Make it stop; then watch the pilot break out into a sweat.

Without fuel, pilots become pedestrians.

Regards engine power: Lots is good, more is better, and too much is just enough.

If you're ever faced with a forced landing at night, turn on the landing lights to see the landing area. If you don't like what you see, turn 'em back off.

A check ride ought to be like a skirt, short enough to be interesting but still be long enough to cover everything.

Standard checklist philosophy requires that pilots read to each other the actions they perform every flight, and recite from memory those they need every three years.

Experience is the knowledge that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

Speed is life, altitude is life insurance.

No one has ever collided with the sky.

Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.

Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man.... Landing is the first!

Passenger Cliché

Passengers prefer old captains and young stewardesses.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The Sugarfused Challenge

Clumsy? Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop away. ~ Author Unknown

This weeks challenge from Sugarfused was to fill in the blanks.

Fill in the blanks…

1. If I could change ONE thing from this past weekend: I would have attended Sunday Church Service.

2. One of my favorite recipes includes: blue crab, which I have not seen in three years, egg, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, dry mustard, salt and pepper.

3. If things don’t go as originally planned I tend to: find the humor.

4. My daily routine is: very chaotic.

5. The one television show I will probably miss, since the season is coming to an end, is: I have not watched television in over 3 years.

6. I have a calendar hanging/sitting on my: hanging on a wall, on my computer desktop, and in my at a glance planner.

7. I’m really anal about: washing dishes and doing laundry.

Joe Playing trumpet last night for the Spring Concert!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Your Birth Date

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.~Abraham Lincoln

Find out what your birth date means. Click on the link below:

My Birthdate: November 18

You are a cohesive force - able to bring many people together for a common cause.You tend to excel in work situations, but you also facilitate a lot of social gatherings too.Beyond being a good leader, you are good at inspiring others.You also keep your powerful emotions in check - you know when to emote and when to repress.

Your strength: Emotional maturity beyond your years

Your weakness: Wearing yourself down with too many responsibilities

Your power color: Crimson red

Your power symbol: Snowflake

Your power month: September

Have a great day everyone!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Ron White in Fargo

We went to see Ron White in Fargo. Ron probably made well over a quarter million dollars for that one evening. Not really but I am sure he took home at least $20,000 for standing there and talking for 45 minutes. We spent fifty dollars in petro to drive to Fargo and see him. We spent a hundred dollars for the two tickets. We sat on metal folding chairs! We had to sit behind Hyena woman. She was louder than Ron and he had a microphone. The entire civic center heard her. Her laugh was being mocked from above us in the bleachers and behind us in our section. She wasn’t even laughing at the appropriate times to laugh. The pitch was like fingernails on a chalkboard. It started out with a long Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! raising in pitch the entire time for about 5 seconds to a higher hiihiihiihiihii! for five seconds like a hiccup, and another heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! even higher for another 5 seconds. A full fifteen second screech over and over! My voice would not go that high if I was swimming in shark infested waters screaming Help! She left three quarters of the way through Ron’s act and people clapped louder for her leaving than they did for Ron himself. Ron was good but it took a mighty effort to tune out the 300 pound Hyena heifer who barely fit in one chair. She actually sat on two chairs until the rest of her party arrived. Hyena woman was in a party of 5. One older woman who never even cracked a smile was to the left of Hyena woman, probably her mother. To the right of Hyena woman was another 300 pound heifer, then a little skinny 90 pound stick girl, whose cell phone kept ringing during the show and she was answering it and talking. On the end, isle seat, was a male who kept leaving for more beer. Did i mention I am gaining on obtaining heifer status myself? Hyena woman was directly in front of me. I felt sorry for who ever was sitting in front of her.
I have listened to Ron via audio, from way back, when he did his truck stop act. I followed his career from stand up comedy, through the blue collar tour years, up until the present time. I was never interrupted by Hyena woman. I heard some material I had heard before in his act, but a lot of it was new and he was very funny. The subject matter was from his experiences on his present tour and stories from his life past and present. Ron put on a very good show. This was his last show before heading home to his family. He was loosing his voice near the end of the act and apologized. During the act he thanked us, the paying audience, for buying his Mothers house, his house, and his wonderful new couch. We were sitting on metal folding chairs! Yes, I am aware I said that before. I wonder who the joke is on now? Well Ron, we paid, you performed, you took our money, and yes it was worth it and yes you were funny. Larry, my husband, was tense the entire time. Rigid tense like a steel beam. He said he would have been more comfortable if he was carrying a baseball bat with 9 inch spikes coming out of it to bash people with. He would have loved removing the drunk idiots and hyena woman.

The least favorite of the blue comedy tour group for me is Larry the Cable Guy. However, there were a lot of Larry fans in the audience and we heard them as we entered the civic center. There was a horde of GIT ER DONE! hoots and yells from the drunken moron groups. This confirms Jeff Foxworthy's notion that, yes, red necks can be found anywhere. Ron's connection with the red neck crowds through blue collar comedy brought them out from where they were hiding. There were swarms of hillbilly Fargonians. You do not normally notice them because they are spread out amongst the normal people.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day

If I had a single flower for
every time I think about you,
I could walk forever
in my garden.
~Attributed to Claudia Ghandi

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Craik

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

"Happy Mother's Day"
Have a wonderful day.
I love you!
Thanks for all you have done!
Thanks for all that you do!
You mean a lot to me!
I honor you.
I am thinking of you today and wishishing you happiness!
I hope your day is filled with pleasure and love not just today but always.

"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother." -- Lin Yutang

If I could give you diamonds
for each tear you cried for me.
If I could give you sapphires
for each truth you’ve helped me see.
If I could give you rubies
for the heartache that you’ve known.
If I could give you pearls
for the wisdom that you’ve shown.
Then you’ll have a treasure, mom,

that would mount up to the skies
that would almost match
the sparkle in your kind and loving eyes.
But I have no pearls, no diamonds,

As I’m sure you’re well aware
So I’ll give you gifts more precious
My devotion, love and care. ~Author Unknown
All my Love, Sara

"God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers." -- Jewish proverb

Mom, for all these years
I'm sure you've had
a heart full of hopes and dreams
and special longings of your own.
And you've always listened and shared

my dreams, my wishes, and my heartaches
as if they were the only ones in the world...
That takes a lot of love,

Mom I understand that now
and I hope you realize how much I thank you...
how much I love you...
and how much I wish you happiness.~Author Unknown
All my Love, Sara

If evolution really works, how come Mothers only have two hands?

Happy 28th Birthday Ant!

"Happy Birthday!" Within these words are lots of things I do not get to say enough. It means I love you first of all, then thanks for all that you have done. It means you mean a lot to me, and that I'm proud of you. But most of all, I guess it means that I am thinking of you on this very special day, Happy Birthday!

I am sending birthday wishes from far across the miles.
On my face if you could see my special birthday smile.
Also hugs and kisses wrapped in special prayers,
wishing for you happiness, laughter and joy beyond compare.
Wishing you warm sunshine each day when you awake.
Peace within and harmony with every step you take.
As you drift off in slumber land nestled upon the clouds
know I am thinking of you from way across the miles.

Dear Son,
Another year has come and gone, and it's your birthday once again.
It is hard to believe you are all grown up! It seems like just
yesterday you were building models and getting on the bus for school.
I hold dear and treasure all the moments we have shared,
and even through the rough times, we knew the other cared.
It is spring here and the place in the yard where you built your
town is flooded. Your toy box is still in the garage.
I hope you have the best birthday in every way.
I Love you!
I miss you!
Extra hugs!

All my Love, Mom

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