Cataraqui Reflections

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year!

Hello out there in the blog universe. I am very happy to let go of the Year of the Horse and embrace what is to come in this, the Year of the Sheep, or the Ram.

I like to think of it as the Year of the Ewe, as in You, meaning Me. Did you follow that?

I am a rabbit in the Chinese horoscope. According to Theodora Lau, who wrote The Handbook Of Chinese Horoscopes, I am to have an excellent year with many wonderful achievements. I will have to pay strict attention to details, however, as I might get into some difficulty.

Other than that, there will be no large problems at home or work. In this case, I guess my work is my music.

Speaking of the music, I cannot believe how prolific I have become. I am learning songs at an incredible rate and meshing them with my gear and it is sounding wonderful, if I do say so myself. At last count, I have 47 videos on You Tube, all but three of them are recordings of songs. I have a direct link right on the top of this page anytime you would like to go and have a listen.

I got my shot to audition at the Trenton Legion 110 on Monday, 16 February 2015 and received a positive review.

I was up in Havelock Ontario for their open mic on Wednesday afternoons.

There are usually at least 25 participants and we all get a chance to do our thing. This week was particularly rewarding as those who come often are starting to get used to each other, and the sound was tighter than normal. It was a good afternoon of music.

January was actually a very pleasant month for winter. It wasn't until February began that the snow arrived and has been dumping storms full of the fluffy white stuff ever since. The dogs think that's a pretty good thing.

Oh, the joy that radiates off those dogs.

The birds have been happy to find seeds that I leave out on the snow. They are shy birds, and they will wait in the safety of the cedars until such time they deem it safe to pop out and get something to eat.

I have been going outside just before daylight to put down the bird seed as the doves like to arrive at that time. Well, of course there would come a day when I slept in and didn't get up until daylight had arrived. These doves look pretty grumpy as they wait for me to get out there and feed them.

I get such pleasure from watching them that I don't mind pulling on boots, coat, hat and gloves to go outside in sub-zero temperatures to put out their food.

Which reminds me, I had better get out there with some more bird seed. Check back again for my next post!