It's hard to believe how many months have gone by since I last wrote a post. I've been busier than ever before, immersing myself in music. Just this summer, I've been to two music festivals, with another coming up, and went for half a week to Summersongs, a camp for songwriters and performers. It was so inspiring, I have a new song in the works already. My favorite festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, was right after my stay at camp. Every year for many years, I've run the Activities for Kids tent and have tons of fun with the kids and my staff. I even taught Music Together demo classes there each morning for the first time this year. I also connected with friends I only see once a year. Unfortunately, the festival is in dire need of more volunteers and was shorthanded this year, making the crew chiefs' jobs much harder. However, in spite of the volunteer shortage, I had a fabulous time and am already looking forward to next year.
Now, it's nearing the end of summer already. My garden has had a banner year, producing more than enough food for us, so I've been able to share the wealth, and I do love to feed people. We still have tons of beans, eggplants, peppers and squash coming in, not to mention tomatoes, and of course, zucchini. My flowers had a rough time this year with all the little critters eating their tender leaves and bulbs. But, some of them have survived in spite of it all and are sharing their beauty in and out of the house. I'm also nearing the end of my summer semester of Heldeberg Music Together and am prepping for the fall. I love my day job of singing and dancing with very young children and their grownups. I never imagined I would be doing this work, but couldn't ask for anything better.
Musically, there are now two music videos in the works. I'm also planning a children's CD since I seem to be getting a lot of those gigs lately. I'm even negotiating a monthly children's show at a local ice cream shop. I've done two of those, and they're going so well, I've been asked to do a regular spot. Now, to find the time for even more added fun. As a child, I was sure I didn't want kids of my own. Now look at me. I not only am a mom and grandma, I seem to be one of the superstar for kids in my area. It seems as though everywhere I go, I hear a little voice calling out to me. I'm not complaining at all. I love it, it just was unexpected. And, I especially love the many smiles and hugs I get. Who could ask for more?