Morning all:

A bit of a first. Number one, it is somewhat later than usual for these things with the blame placed solely on the weather – it is perfect. Blue skies and 57 degrees; translate that to “perfect sleeping weather”. Therefore it was so very easy to grab a few extra winks and sleep in a bit. So coffee in hand, still wearing my summertime Saturday shorts, but now also with a light sweatshirt, let me start rambling.

This is the time of year where on the Pastoor side of the family there are grouped a number of birthdays. One of those would have been 92 on the first of the month and that is our ‘Omi’. This week we were reviewing some old cassettes and ran across one where she could be heard. Within ten seconds she managed to get her little ‘dig’ in to let people know she was in charge; it was so typical and in my minds eye I could see Jeanne start to get red from the neck up. You had to love her for managing to raise, survive and even thrive as a widowed single parent for nearly 50 years. Especially raising a cast of characters such as her crew of four. Maybe this early season change also means that it is a good time to do a little reflecting.

Tonight I will more than likely head out on a solo venture. I have made the offer to both Marcia and Adrianne, even going so far as to offer that it become a ladies-night-out and have Marcia, Cathy, and Adrianne enjoy themselves. Alas, it will be me, but a great time lies in store. What is this event? A benefit concert with about seven performers doing some solo stuff without their normal bands backing them then jamming as they get together. This will be a combination of Blues, Bluegrass, and Folk. Headlining are a couple of ladies about to break through into the national music scene, Karin Bergquist of Over The Rhine, Katie Laur of The Katie Laur Band, but also including singer/songwriters such as Ma Crow, Janet Pressley, and Kim Taylor, and Maurice Mattei. Aren’t you jealous?

Nothing that much new on the family side. Kirstin sent over a couple of great pictures of little Derek eating grapes with his baby-safe muncher. You know what this will lead to, next thing you know he’ll be drinking the ’juice of the grape’ – get my drift? Marin is growing and I got to hold him through most of a dinner we had still celebrating Adrianne’s birthday. Mentioning Adrianne, she had a long phone conversation with the Peace Corps and over the next week will have to give her answer as to which region she wants to select for placement from the ones they discussed. Decisions, decisions huh.

Now, time to get started on the day, but first another cup of coffee. Have a great week.

Cheers,

Dirk

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