A Busy Day

time for bed, but I wanted to post a quick note.  We had a good day. We were up early & out.  We ran errands, but then on to fun.

We went to a small music festival in Nelson Il, called the “Who Else” fest. A great site, with a nice stage, good people, & a lot of fun music.

We had to leave for a party, so we played early.

This is us in the middle of our set.. Jan & Mike played too. I”ll post them tomorrow.

Found the tent

we are getting ready for our camping trip to the Willow Folk Festival, in Northern Illinois on Friday. It’ll be a great weekend of music, friends, fires, and fun.
We found the tent, the shady thing, the inflatable mattress, and the chairs for sitting while jamming.  We grilled the food tonight, ‘cuz we found that it’s easier to cook & freeze it now, rather than cook from scratch there. Go figure.
      New strings on the guitars tomorrow, so they can stretch out before Friday evening, & then, load up the car.  It’ll fit, it’ll fit, it’ll fit.   Good thing we have a Vue to pile it all in. Last year, we had a storm around 2am on Sunday. A nasty assed storm that pretzeled several tents, shade things, and general mayhem. We were home by 4am. No sense setting it all back up.  Hopefully, nothing like that this year.

Can’t wait!!!!!

There’ll be photos & videos later..

Independence day

we’re celebrating our independence today.  It’s a metaphor, of sorts, since we are dependent on other countries for oil, which makes us a second rate county with no power.
But that’s another post.
Today we are enjoying summers pleasures of sun, food, friends, fun, and life in general in the usa. 
The company I work for is directly across the river in town from the launch site for the fireworks.   Can’t have a better seat.  We bring a dish to pass, guitars, friends, and an anticipation for the later festivities.  Things blow up directly over us, in wonderful colors and sounds. 
A good way to celebrate and start a vacation.

Another Pleasanton Valley Sunday. . .


it’s been a great weekend, ‘cept for the weather. . . Brrrrrrr. A new low temp on Sat. morning, but it’s been sunny and dry. Went to the farmers market in the north end, and though it’s much smaller than the Madison Wi. farmers market, it was full of fresh produce and baked goods. . . mmmm mmm. Nothing like fresh produce. Well, then otherwise, it would be fresh produce. . . duh. . . Anyway, we went the next step in our quest for better health, we joined a local health club. Nice place, and, they have spin classes. No, that’s not a class for politicians staff members to twist a visit to the mens room into something positive, it’s a stationary bike class that is supposed to be the bee’s knees. . . that’s way cool for all of you under 60.

Saturday evening, we had our friends Shirley, from Pleasanton Ca., an almost Pleasantville kinda town, over for dinner, along with Jeff and Nancy. Hadn’t been together for a while, and it was nice. Grilled out, and talked late into the night. We have a wonderful group of really intelligent, interesting people as friends. Life would be so boring without them.

Today, we are headed out, after coffee, lots of coffee, to Woodstock to the Harvesfest. Our friends Jan and Mark, without Mike today, are playing sometime there. It’s a kind of mini folk festival/ autumnal celebration, or so I’m told. Our first time there. There will be pics later @ Flickr.

Well, we’re off, so, go do something adventurous. . .