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Friday, September 15, 2017

Finished Friday - Dishclothes

I posted a few weeks ago about the dishcloths I was knitting for a swap.


I am happy to report that I finished them in plenty of time and got them mailed off with about a week to spare.  (I just haven't posted them here until now)



I was really happy with them and (not to pat myself on the back) but if I got one of these in a swap, I would be thrilled.

My road has been blocked most of the week due to Hurricane Irma causing a tree to fall, taking the power, phone and cable lines with her so I haven't gotten mail delivery.

However, the tree has been cleared so I am hoping to get mail today and that my dishcloths from the swap have arrived - more to come.....

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Ed Sheeran Concert

I last saw Ed Sheeran in concert in September 2015, when I took my friend and Godson to see him (my Godson's first concert!) - I have liked Ed Sheeran since I first heard A-Team back in 2012 

So I was already a fan before seeing him a couple of years ago in concert.  But after seeing him, I was even more a impressed and I LOVE his latest CD, Divide.

So I jumped to go see him when he came back to Atlanta on August 25th (another show was added August 26th)

I didn't know who was opening for him.  The last time, it was Christina Perri (loved her!!)

This time I had a nice surprise - James Blunt opened!  He mostly sang song from his new CD but he ended, as he put it, with the song you know..."You're Beautiful".  He was great!!  He even took time to meet and greet fans, take photos and sign autographs.  Very cool!





Then Ed Sheeran came onto stage - with no band, just a man, a guitar and a peddle.  Oh my gosh - he was incredible!!

He sang everything I wanted to - a lot from Divide (my favorite CD so far)

I don't think he realized it but every time he took a sip of water (which he did after every song), his young female fans would scream.  He said it was the loudest show so far on the tour (he said he wasn't just saying that - it REALLY was).

Here is the Set List:

Castle on the Hill
Eraser
The A Team
Don't and New Man (Mash Up) - LOVED THIS!!
Dive
Bloodstream
Happier
Galway Girl
Feeling Good / I See Fire
Tenerife Sea
Photograph
Perfect
Nancy Mulligan
Thinking Out Loud
Sing

Encore:
Shape of You
You Need Me, I Don't Need You








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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Barry Manilow Concert

A few years ago, my friend Teresa and I had tickets to go see Barry Manilow at Chastain Amphitheater.  But the day of the show - hours before the show, actually - he canceled.

No reason was given but the radio station was saying that he canceled because he didn't like the venue (outdoor, hot, small dressing room).  I don't know if all that was true but I was so disappointed and especially disappointed because we didn't know it had been canceled until we showed up at the Amphitheater and saw a sign on the gate.

We got our money back and about a year or so later, he came back to a different venue - a large arena but I decided to pass on the tickets because I was a bit miffed at the previous cancellation, plus I thought the tickets were a bit expensive.



Well..fast forward to July 27th, 2017.  A few months ago, when I heard he was coming to the Fox Theatre.  I thought this was a good venue to see him - the perfect place, actually so Teresa and I decided to give it a go.

Oh My Gosh!!!  I am so glad we went.  Everyone was given a green glow stick when they came in the door, which was pretty cool.

Let me just say that Barry Manilow is a TRUE PROFESSIONAL ENTERTAINER.  He is not a just a singer, he is an ENTERTAINER.  You can tell this man has rehearsed and has everything down to precision.  He seems to be a perfectionist when it comes to performing.





Of course we knew (and sang along) to every - single - song!!!

  • It's a Miracle
  • Daybreak
  • Somewhere in the Night
  • Can't Smile Without You
  • Bandstand Boogie
  • The Old Songs
  • Looks Like We Made It
  • This is My Town (the only song we didn't know - a new song and I loved it)
  • On Broadway
  • New York City Rhythm
  • I Am Your Child (Beautiful)
  • Even Now (which was powerful and passionate!!)
  • Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart (Judy Garland Duet who was on a screen)
  • Weekend in New England (blew me away!!)
  • Let's Hang On! (The Four Seasons Cover)
  • Somewhere Down the Road (he sat on the edge of the stage while singing this)
  • Ships (blew me away again!)
  • Could It Be Magic (along with his old self on the screen - then the Donna Summer Disco Version)
  • Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed
  • I Made It Through The Rain
  • Mandy / Could It Be Magic 
  • I Write The Songs (boy does he ever!!!)

He went off stage for a bit and it showed some clips and then he came back out with a different (white) jacket) and sang:

  • Copacabana
  • It's a Miracle (bringing it back full circle)




After he sang Even Now - which seriously brought tears to my eyes because it was so good - he got a 5 minute standing ovation - right in the middle of the show - he would have gotten a longer standing ovation except he started talking which made us calm down.  He also got a standing ovation after "Weekend in New England" and of course and amazing ovation at the end of the show.

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Wow!! Wow!! Wow!!
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

W.I.P. Wednesday

I can't believe another week has past...this month is really flying by...I suppose it is because I am so busy.  Some good stuff (see last weekend) and some not so fun stuff, but I won't dwell on that.

So...as I mentioned last week, I got this crazy notion to join a Dishcloth Swap on Ravelry.  I thought I was doing great because they are due until the end of August and I already have 2 of them completed...but I went into the group and I see that most people have already sent theirs in.  What?  Of course I realize that most of the people there do not have full-time jobs, let alone full-time demanding jobs so I guess if I was home all day, I'd have all mine completed too...but it doesn't matter, I still have plenty of time to get them done.  Plus...I have completed 2 of them, which I am pretty proud of.



I think they are pretty cute so far - 3 more to go.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Weekend Re-Cap

I had a pretty busy weekend! (Warning...lots of photos ahead)

DAY 1 - FRIDAY

Friday night started off with a visit to the newly remodeled Variety Playhouse.   This place originally opened in 1940 as a movie theater and (long story made very short), it is now an intimate music venue.  I admit, the last time I was there, it was pretty run down, broken seats, sticky carpet and such but it looks FANTASTIC now!  The renovations are incredible - a beautiful venue!!

Well..back to the story.  We went to see Amy Ray.  Now I have followed Amy since 1987 - for 30 years!!!  I use to see Indigo Girls perform back when they had 20 people coming to the show and before they became big name signed artist!  I have stayed a loyal fan all these years (as has all of my friends who were also there in the beginning). 

Amy gave a fantastic show (no Indigo Girl songs - she has plenty of her own material).  Wow!  She was amazing and performed a lot of new songs, all which were great!!  Her performance of "The Rise of the Black Messiah" absolutely blew me away!! She has such passion!





Her long time friend and singing partner, Emily Saliers, was there just to watch the show but she convinced her to come on stage and sing the last 2 songs with her.


 

DAY 2 - SATURDAY

My sister and I were driving up to Adairsville, when we got a text asking to change the date to Sunday, so we changed course and headed back home, but we decided to have lunch first at Farmburger.


I went home and made two pans of baked ziti (one for friends coming in town and one for tomorrow). Then after my friends got into town, we went to the Braves - Diamondbacks game. We received free tickets when we donated blood there about a month ago.

The sunset at SunTrust Park was glorious!!






 
The best part!! The BRAVES WON!!  Great Game!!

DAY 3 - SUNDAY

Sunday was a bit more somber.  My sister and I did drive up to Adairsville but the emotions were mixed.  We were going to see a long time friend - someone we've know for over 40 years so we were happy to see him, his kids and his dad but the reason for the visit was because his mom passed away.  I'm so heartbroken - she was a wonderful lady and my heart just breaks for them.  I took them the baked ziti I made and my sister made some chicken and dumplings.  We visited for several hours.

When we were leaving to head back home (it is about an hour's drive), we decided to stop by Barnsley Gardens, which is right there in town.  It would take a LONG blog post to write all about Barnsley Gardens so for now, I will just share a few photos.  (We hope to go back in the fall, when it is a lot cooler)












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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

W.I.P. Wednesday

There is something seriously, seriously wrong with me when it comes to crafting projects.  You may recall that I have already mentioned that I have a few Works-In-Progress (WIPs) already...I have even more Works-In-Mind (WIMs as I like to call them, which are projects that I have in my queue that I want to make).

So...why is it that when I received an invitation to join a knitted dishcloth swap, I said "Sure, I'm in!!"

First of all....this is a very busy time of year for me (at work) so I really don't have time for knitting/crocheting

Secondly....I already have a few projects on my needles and hooks.

What was I thinking?  Well...I know what I was thinking.  I was part of this swap last year and I had so much fun.  I made 5 different dishcloths using the same pattern but different colors.  I had fun and learned some new skills.  Here is a photo from some of the ones I made last year.


Then I got 5 different ones back - all colors and different patterns and styles.  I loved getting them from my fellow knitters/crocheters.  Since I enjoyed that so much, I thought why not?  Right?  Life is short and knitting/crocheting relaxes me in the evenings after a hectic day...it gives me something to look forward to.

So, this year, I decided to try a pattern that has always intrigued me...the 1900 House Dishcloth.
I had to frog it and re-start a couple of times because both times I messed up my knits and purls around row 48 somewhere but...I think I have it now and I am currently on row 58 and all seems to be going well.  It is hard to see the detail in this photo so when I have all 5 finished, I will post a photo of them all.  


I suppose when they are all done, THEN I can get back to my other projects (already in progress)

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Similar Book Covers

I am currently reading the book "Wish Me Home" by Kay Bratt (which is pretty good so far).  The other day, I got an email from Amazon with Kindle book suggestions and one of them looked familiar.  I realized it looked very familiar to the cover of "Wish me Home" - then I started poking around and found 2 more books that I thought also had a similar cover.

There are probably even more that look similar to these - do you know of any?

















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