Friday, August 18, 2017

Corn, Corn, and more Corn

We have processed about 6 dozen ears of corn this summer! I took some pictures while I was cooking it, and they turned out pretty well for being in a steamy kitchen with poor lighting! 

That little bead of water is perfectly in focus! 
Juicy plump kernels! 
All that yummy corn! 

Do you like sweet corn? My family certainly does! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Music Wednesday

Hello y'all! I hope your week is going fabulously! I'm feeling under the weather today, but as it's rainy and dripping outside, I think it's a good day to curl up with tea.

What I've been listening to: This time I have a few to share with you, a recent discovery and an older favorite! The newer selection is by a composer I had not heard much of util this week, when I explored his works a little bit more! I think Louis Spohr's violin concerto number 11 is a good summary of his style. He is close to Beethoven, but still has a similar feel to Mozart. 
The second selection is an oldy but a goody. Vivaldi's La Serenissima has a good range of Vivaldi's works, and I often go back to this album. It's just so comfortable to listen to. Some of those recordings have mistakes, or tempo problems I'm sure only a musician would notice, but it does distract one from the music! This album probably does have mistakes somewhere, I just haven't heard them yet! 

What I have been playing: Bach. Oh, and Bach. And some more Bach, as always! 😉 Also, since I am officially teaching my first student this fall, working on knowing how to teach. It's tricky, knowing what to say so it makes sense to a six-year-old. 

What have you been up to that's music related? 

Monday, August 14, 2017

A Junior

I love the detail in this picture so much! 

Whoops, I almost forgot to post today! You'll have to forgive me for the late post! Well, I guess you don't have to, but..... 😉

My Junior year of High School starts a week from today, and I'm hoping to be able to keep up with school and the blog, but I may go down to two posts a week, keeping Music Wednesdays and the Friday posts. I'll try to think of more of a theme for the Friday posts as well. They're mostly photography, I think. However, I feel the urge to keep going with the photography posts! 

With school starting I may have something interesting to write about, or share my papers here, or something. I'll have to see what the schedule holds! It may get quieter around here, but I hope the heart of the blog never stops beating! :) 

Thanks to my readers for a great summer! 

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Sign of Autumn

Autumn is coming and that means gorgeous colors, chilly mornings, sweaters, tea, and photos. I love Autumn best of all the seasons, and I love taking portraits in the fall. If you know anyone who might be interested in a photo shoot please do send them my way! I never charge more than a coffee and afternoon or evening (evening is best) with you! :) I always send you a sneak peak or two, just to get you excited while I'm busy editing the others. 

A review from a happy friend: "....Capturing well my personality & smile! Although it was hard to choose just one as my favorite.....)

Okay, my marketing spiel is over now. :) Thanks for bearing with me!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Music Wednesday

(A pink flower family that grows in or near water. We thought it was Persicaria, but it might not be.)
Hello friends! As you can imagine, I've been listening to a lot of music recently, being at camp and all. One of the most popular composers at camp was Leopold Mozart. The staff picked many of his trios for us to play, and one thing we all noticed was that there are very few recordings of L.M's works. His style is closer to Bach's than his son's, naturally, but in my mind that would only be more attractive to listeners. Oh I am rambling aren't I?

What I've been listening to: Viola da Gamba One of the staff members at camp brought three Viola da Gambas with him, a real treat! They were so fun to play, and if I hadn't gotten sick on Thursday, I would have performed on one in the final concert. Oh well. Another trio did perform with them though! 

What I've been playing: Still working on Canon in D, and some Bach preludes. For piano, some Bach as well. 

What have you been listening to?

Monday, August 7, 2017

Bonfire fun

Friday night we had our Pastor and his family over. We enjoyed a bonfire, marshmallows, and good conversations. I took some neat fire pictures, but mostly I was running around with kids, and searching for headlamp batteries in the grass . . . Boys know how to break things, don't they?! 😉 Anyway, let's get on to the pictures, shall we?

It was such a gorgeous evening. . . 
That shade of green is the best!
The glow is coming!
It's here! 
Oh, and there's a fire.... I think the landscapes derailed this post a little!
So warm and cozy!
I had a little fun with editing this one. . .
I love this one! It's so perfectly fire -ish.

Would you like to see more photography posts in the future? 

Friday, August 4, 2017

SMSF Part 3!

(Anna, me, and Anni)
    Here we are already, wrapping up the camp posts?!?!?! I hope you enjoyed hearing about my adventures. I certainly enjoyed writing about them. :)
  Friday was off to a poor start for me, for my fever had returned. I toughed it out, though, as I didn't want to go back to the dorms a second time, and I was needed for the concert at the library in the afternoon. My teacher said he would play my part for me if I could not go, which terrified my chamber colleagues. :) I rather wished I could have had both, to go and to hear him play my part. The concert went well, there were many spectators, a few mistakes, and overall fun. The video and recording can be found on the SMSF facebook page, in case you missed the concert. Friday evening was our game night, and it was pretty awesome. The counselors had arranged a surprise relay for us, with two teams and a complicated course. The best part was that my team won! :) After that we went inside to the "kitchen" and had pizza and pop. I had a little, and then I went to bed.

   Saturday was the final day, and we were all pretty gloomy about it. We challenged ourselves and counted off in 17 seconds!!! All 27 of us! We packed up before the concert, had the concert, which went well, then had a brief reception, said goodbyes, checked out, and left. Leaving is the worst part. We all became such good friends that it was hard to just up and leave.

Overall the Festival was amazing! I definitely recommend going.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SMSF Part 2!

All of us again! 
Hopefully you find these posts interesting! It's fun writing about it all.
Picking up in Wednesday . . . We had an evening concert which went quite well, despite the heat. This year there were too many of us to fit in the band shell, so we were on the grass in front of it this time. Our concert started with two patriotic pieces, and then settled down to business with Haydn, movie music from Pirates of the Caribbean, and the St Paul Suite. The Meadowlark Quartet also performed. Wednesday was a fun day, but was also very long, because we had a concert tacked onto the end of our day.
Thursday morning we were all pretty tired, but we drank coffee and tried to stay awake for the masterclass with Korey Konkol. It was really good (the coffee and the masterclass). After the masterclass I was not feeling well, and I had a fever. Adrianna (one of the counselors) took me back to the dorms where I just hung out, drew the Smiley Face Family Picture, and drank tons of water. I couldn't even listen to music! In the evening I was feeling well enough to go to the Meadowlark concert, put on for the students. The quartet just blows me away every time I hear them. So my Thursday was a little thrown off, and I lost practice time and such.

On another note (HA), the SMSF now has their own Facebook page, and have been posting pictures and things! Southwest Minnesota String Festival Facebook page

Till Friday!!!! Have you been enjoying these posts?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Southwest Minnesota String Festival Part 1

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(All 27 students! Spot me?)
I'm back!!!! I decided to split my tales and adventures into three posts.
Part 1: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
Sunday after our noon meal my mother took me down to the Festival, and I was one of the very first students to arrive. I was told as I checked in that I had the most popular name this year --- there were three students named Olivia and one named Liv! I started preparing for chaos then! :) I also found out who my roommate was, which was quite exciting, as we both were hoping to room together. After everyone got there and settled, we played two get-to-know-you games before supper. The first was this: We stood in a big circle, and said our name and the names of the people who went before us. The last person had to say all 29 (including counselors) names! The next game was a lot of fun: again we stood in a circle, then took off our shoes, and one person took their shoes away so one person had no shoes. That person stood in the middle and said something that he or she had done, owned, or something along those lines. Then if we had done (or owned... etc) that thing we ran to a different pair of shoes. Naturally, since one person had removed their shoes from the group, someone ended up in the middle again. Eventually we had to ban questions related to farms and music, the music being the hardest to avoid! We were there for music, obviously we all had it in common! :)

Monday was the day when we really all got to know each other, what our particular music instruments and skills were, find out who all was in our chamber music group, rehearse for the first time, have lessons.... all that wonderful stuff! Monday was fairly uneventful, overall, but extremely fun as well. We had orchestra rehearsal and everyone was a little overwhelmed by how many of us there were! Our practice area was pretty full!

Tuesday we were all pretty comfortable around each other, practicing harder, trying to make sense of the chamber music, not spending as much time together because of it, and crashing at night. It was officially busy!

To be continued on Wednesday!!!! :) Do you have any questions so far?

Friday, July 28, 2017

Psalm 135

For I know that the Lord is great,
    and that our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,
    in heaven and on earth,
    in the seas and all deeps.
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
    who makes lightnings for the rain
    and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
~Psalm 135, vs 5-7