Concert Series - Walter Trout

Saturday was our yearly celebration of my best friend's birthday. Most years we hit up the Blues Festival at the Fraze Pavilion and this year was no exception. Although, we don't make it every year, it's always a great time when we do. You can see us from last year here. Usually it's just me and her so we can catch up but this year a friend from out of town was visiting her cousin so they joined us. Needless to say rather than catch up time it was party time. Even though the festival is all day we went later on in the day to avoid the heat and because the headliner was who we wanted to see the most. Mr. Walter Trout was amazing! If you love a great blues guitarist I highly recommend giving him a listen. 



Walter said he had cracked ribs so he could not bend over to hug Jennifer but she had a death grip on him anyways! What a nice guy he was!

As you can see...tanks, shorts and sandals were the wear of the day. I had a toenail ripped off by a bathroom door wearing sandals to a concert once so I usually stick to my tennies unless I've just painted my nails but even then I think twice. I also broke my pinky toe on my coffee table after I came home from a show once. Maybe I just need to watch where I'm going! lol After the show we stopped by another hot spot and ran into another dear friend. It was a great day! And in the words of the late great Jake as many blues albums as you can :o)

Happy Birthday out to my beautiful granddaughter today!!

And we wonder why they say here comes trouble when they see us coming!

Video: Walter Trout - Reason I'm Gone

My photos of Stephen King's house....

In light of the premiere of the new Stephen King mini series, Under The Dome, tonight I thought I would post my pictures of his house an internet friend took for me. A few years ago I was contacted by a lady through my my eBay store. She wanted me to make a Tinkerbell hat for her daughter. I told her I could get an applique and sew it to a hat of the same colors but that was the best I could do. She thought that idea would work so I put together something for her. It was really cute! After she received it she was so thrilled with it she wrote me to thank me. As it turned out we got to talking and she told me her daughter was going through chemo and that she hadn't taken the hat off. She said she was tickled pink! I decided to make her a few more hats in different colors and send to her as a surprise and a gift. 

At one point in our conversations it came up that she lived in Maine. I told her I was a huge fan of Stephen King's and I would love to visit Maine but figured I'd never make it out alive if I went. That some horrible thing would happen! She said she didn't live too far from him and that he did creep out the town at times. We had some laughs at his expense and became internet friends. A couple of days after she received the extra hats I received the sweetest thank you email from her with these pictures attached. How cool is that? She said she managed to make it out alive!        

Stephen King - Under The Dome

I am so excited about the new mini-series coming up based on Stephen King's book "Under the Dome". The book was released in November of 2009 but I didn't get around to reading it until the next fall at the same time as the story is set. I usually read all of Stephen's novels but I can't keep up with him. I read it and loved it so I even dreamed about it. Stephen's stories always pull me in like I am a part of the story somehow. They are so real, yet so unreal at the same time. I guess that's what I love about them! I must say that I don't like everything he writes, though. He even gets too creepy for me sometimes! Anyway, when I saw they were finally making a movie about the story I decided to read the book again. After seeing promos that appeared to be different than the book I wanted to refresh my memory. I loved it as much the second go round as the first! It's about a small town in Maine that has an impregnable dome drop over it and all that you can imagine could happen, does. I'm sure a lot of gory details will be left out but nevertheless I am sure it's gonna be awesome! 

The mini series starts on June 24 on CBS and runs once a week for 13 weeks. Be sure and set your DVR. You can read up on it here at CBS.  If you want to read about the book you can here on Stephen's official site. You can see a video of Stephen reading the first chapter of the book and the video promo for the book here on my former blog. Come Monday we'll all be happy we are outside of the Dome! I can't wait for this one!!!!

The lilies are in bloom

I just love lilies! When we first moved into our house I realized these were all over the place. Of course, lots were in places I didn't need them. My granddaughter and I dug up a bunch and planted a flower row around a wooded area we wanted to keep as a wooded area. It took forever but after some hard work we had a nice little row. They have spread quite a bit and this year they are really popping! All our hard work has paid off. Lilies are easy to grow and there are lots of different kinds and colors. In looking for a link for you to read all about them I came upon the North America Lily Society. Who knew they were so popular that they have a society all their own. Everything you want to know about lilies you can find there or you can join up. I'm sure a membership card would be pretty impressive! lol  

I have been working on some ideas for a new blog layout and after getting my thoughts together I have someone working on it for me. I'm very excited! I hope to have a beautiful new design soon and lots of new posts to come!

Camera Wi-Fi explained...well a little bit anyway!

On Saturday I was walking by a window in my kitchen when I caught something red out of the corner of my eye and I thought, what is that, a small dog with a red collar?. I peeked out the blinds and to my surprise there sat Woody, that red-headed woodpecker I've been trying to get a picture of for four years now. He was pecking at a tree stump of a dead tree which had just been cut down across the street. He is very sly, even if he's on a tree out back whenever I grab my camera he moves to the other side of the tree just outta sight but still pecking away. Then if I move closer he flies away. It's been infuriating! I went to grab my phone and it occurred to me that I would never get a good zoomed in picture with my iPhone so I went looking for my new camera. I mean, what did it matter, he was likely to be long gone before I got back anyway. Surprise again, there he was. He even appeared to be posing for me :o) I was so excited! Finally a good picture!

Now normally to upload pictures I would have had to fire up my computer which is so slow (due to where I live) that it can be a chore. Then to transfer images from my camera to my phone I email them to myself and save them to my camera roll from my email. A lot of work for a couple of pictures but even with fancy camera apps for my iPhone I'm still not overly impressed with the photos it takes all the time. Besides the camera always uses a lot of juice so I try to keep a camera in my purse too. With my old  point and shoot camera finally giving up I had to have another. One with a little ooomph too! I haven't had much of a chance to take pictures just for the sake of taking pictures here lately so I hadn't taken many with my new Canon Powershot S110 let alone figured out anything much about it. I knew it had a Wi-Fi setting but I figured it would once again play into a slow internet connection and not be of much use to me. You never know until you try, though. I wanted to post that picture of Woody on Instagram and I wanted to do it right then. The camera supposedly had Wi-Fi so why not try it out. So I pulled out the manual and all it said was to connect the camera to your device and/or check the cd for more information. I thought, well here we go...going to have to fire up that computer after all and spend two hours figuring it out. As it turned out I didn't need to fire up the computer or the home internet to hook it up to my phone. Your phone will set up a separate network for the camera. Just remember when connecting to the app to choose the camera network on your phone first or it won't connect. I downloaded the Canon CameraWindow app and after some tinkering I had it ready to transfer images. I was actually flabbergasted that it worked so well! I'm sold! This is the way to take photos if you like to post online. You can also send images to your computer but I haven't gotten that far. I am way too excited about just being able to send them to my phone for now. If you are in the market for a new camera, get one with Wi-Fi capability. I love it and I guarantee you will too! ♥ 

                      Video - The Band Perry - Done (Official)