Well spring seems to finally be on its way, at least we all hope so. I've been collecting maple sap and boiling it down on my wood cook stove. Though with the extreme cold we've continued to have, I'm still not getting a lot. That's okay, I'll take what I get. This spring, like some others in recent years has been mixed emotionally. I am tapping the trees and watching for signs of spring for the last time in this house. It's time for me to make a big move back into the city. As always, I will have a big yard and gardens, but I will miss this farmhouse.
I am also branching out on my own musically and starting to book solo gigs. It is such a different kind of gig with no one else to rely on or connect with musically. However, so far I like it. I've come a long way in my ability to be a performer rather than only a musician, and I'm enjoying telling my stories. My music is changing again, too. I just wrote a new song that is going back to my rock & roll roots a bit. I am thankful to my grandson who had the guitar at my daughter's house tuned to DADGAD. I never would have sought out that tuning, and almost re-tuned to standard tuning. Feeling a little lazy, I decided to fool around with it and ended up with a good song.
I've also been appreciating good friends lately. Lots of friends have surrounded me during yet another life crisis, and many of them have also been helping me sort, purge and pack as I get ready for this next move. I know that all of the uncomfortable things in life always lead to something good, and I keep trying to learn my lessons along the way. I am very lucky and will continue to accept whatever comes my way, hopefully with grace. But please wish me luck!