Wow! After a couple of very laid-back weeks, I sure made up for it today! As usual, I went to Jubilee Pickers for dulcimer rehearsal. We had a great time together, ending the session with an open stage time. We do the last Thursday of each month and it offers folks the opportunity to showcase songs they've been practicing.
After the Pickers' rehearsal, we had a gig at one of the local assisted living communities. This particular place, Catherine Place, offers us lunch in return for playing. Pretty cool, huh? I could make a sign "Will play for food!" :) Anyway, there was only 6 of us for lunch and we were served a marvelous meal of either crab cake or meat loaf with cheddar mashed potates, salad, soup, and dessert! How's that for a lunch! Three more of our group joined us around 1:15 for our performance.
What a blessing to serve others with our music. We look at our playing as recreation for ourselves, but when I watched the faces of the folks in our audience, I also knew that our music is a ministry that God can use to minister to others. Of course, I've always known that music is a gift and needs to be shared, but I got a wonderful reminder of that today. And I had the pleasure of speaking to several of the folks after our performance. I'm not sure who enjoyed our time together more - them or me! I can't wait to go back next month.
Randy was busy this morning, too. He went over to the clubhouse to attend the computer group that meets once a week. He'd talked about doing that last year and just never made it. He finally went today and enjoyed it. Said he'd be going back next week. He also put up our outside lights that hang off our awning.
After I got home from the gig, I just flopped in the recliner for about an hour. Then, J, one of our neighbors, came by to invite us to the campfire. Most evenings there is a campfire at someone's lot and it's a "come by, if you can" kind of deal. So, of course, Randy and I went over for a little while. There's nothing better than sitting around a campfire with friends. The conversations flow fast and furious and the laughter is just contagious. We could only stay for an hour or so 'cause I had to get home to get some dinner in us 'cause I was going over to the clubhouse to help Ruth with Bingo.
Bingo is held every Thursday night and usually Ron & Ruth run it. But, Ron now has a conflict on Thursdays, so I told Ruth I'd help her. I had fun calling the numbers and getting to know some more folks in the park. It lasted about an hour and a half, so I was home around 8:40 this evening.
Whew! I told you it was a full day! But, it was a great day. Beautiful weather - it's warming up! And a great mixture of fun. Tomorrow I'm going out with a couple of the women to get mani/pedis! YAY!!
Hope you're having a good week. Until the next time . . .