Thanks Chevrolet!

Just in case you haven’t already seen this commercial – I am featuring it in my blog this Holiday season.

Underneath the heartfelt, tear-jerking message, is the joy we felt hearing the music they used to bring their message home.

Thanks Chevrolet! We already knew that John Denver wrote the sound track of our lives…’s about time this is recognized by big media advertisers and the rest of the world.

Watch. Listen. Enjoy.

Happy Holidays!   

Some Sketchy Hotels!

It’s time to begin our Christmas tour!  This year, we are driving from home base in California to shows in Michigan (Dec 2) Texas (Dec 16) back to California (Dec 20) and Arizona (Dec 23).  The show in California is technically not a Christmas show – the promoter wanted to celebrate John Denver’s 80th birthday (Dec 31, 2023).  So, a lot of driving (to avoid airline fees and car rental fees) and a lot of hotels are ahead of us this month.  It got me to thinking about the higher cost of EVERYTHING! 

Dealing with high costs requires a certain amount of flexibility.  You have to lower your expectations.  You might not want to afford to stay in the usual hotels you count on (we used to stay exclusively at Comfort Inn Hotels) you might take a chance on a hotel with a lower rate.  That leads to staying in some sketchy hotels.

Jim Connor (author of “Grandma’s Feather Bed) told a story about staying in a blackfoot hotel.  You see, the hotel was not owned by Native Americans, he called it blackfoot, because that’s what your foot looks like if you walk around without socks.

The first sketchy hotel we stayed at was in 2008…it was the worst ever!  We kept looking for a chalk outline in the parking lot, and our pleas for clean towels and sheets were answered with, “We don’t have any”.  Lesson learned: no more Knight’s Inn (never, ever).

Take a good look at the picture #1.  Yes, that is the bathroom sink on the floor.  Just last year this lovely room was offered to us at a premium price.  We had to go back to the front desk twice to get a room that was not in complete disrepair.  Jim (a fixer) is constantly baffled by the incredibly bad handiwork he sees, even in good hotels!  Bad tile work, bad plumbing, bad carpentry (a ragged notch cut in a bathroom door because the toilet was in the way of the door opening – see picture #2).  Often, Jim repairs things in the room himself before he can relax.

Do you have a sketchy hotel experience?  Share it here!

A Town Called Kill Devil Hills

From sea to shining sea, life is a beach….at least it is on the edges!

Although we live on the Pacific side – seems we’ve been spending a lot of time closer to the Atlantic.  We recently visited beaches in Norfolk, Virginia and in Outer Banks, North Carolina.  Outer banks is the area where Orville and Wilbur Wright famously flew the first powered aircraft in Kitty Hawk, NC. 

Our concert was in Kill Devil Hills, NC – a very memorable show because of the enthusiastic audience (thank you, Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts!!)  – but what really got our curiosity going was the name of the city: Kill Devil Hills.

Once the concert was over, we spent some time with one of our hosts, David, who was more than happy (and probably asked often) to explain why the city had such a name.  In colonial times, ships full of molasses would frequently pass by on their way to ports further north.  The area had a treacherous coastline and shipwrecks were frequent.  Wrecked ships were quickly plundered, and barrels of molasses would be brought into the hills to make rum. Another name for rum was “Kill Devil” as it is told that the drink was strong enough to kill the devil himself.  Thus, the name Kill Devil Hills.

The beaches were lovely and the people welcoming….we hope to return soon!

No…..we didn’t try the rum!

This is the Blog

Hello my friends,

Lately, a couple of people have asked me the difference between my blog and the newsletter.  Sorry, I haven’t really thought about what the difference is, but they ARE very different!!  Both are published about the same time every month BUT………

The Blog: 

  1. Posted on our website and available all year for anybody online to look at.
  2. Announced on Facebook when it is posted online.
  3. Anne’s personal point of view
  4. Includes 1 photo
  5. Your comments on the blog are published with the blog online.

The Newsletter

  1. Sent directly to your email address and is not available anybody online.
  2. NOT announced on Facebook
  3. Still written by Anne, but is more of a band journal than personal thoughts
  4. Includes many photos of our travels and concerts
  5. Your comments (if you click ‘reply’) go directly to Anne and are not shared online.

So now you know!  If you want to sign up for the newsletter just go to our website home page  scroll down and enter your email. Voila!  You will now get the newsletter!!

We are almost up to 2500 in our newsletter family and we would LOVE for YOU to join us!

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day is almost here!

I asked google what was the significance of Labor Day because I have been observing Labor Day for many, many years without really knowing what I was commemorating.  First off, it feels like an oxymoron to celebrate a holiday called Labor Day by not working….just saying.

When I looked it up, it made sense:

Labor Day:  The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century, when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.

Okay, great!  A day off from work! Yay!  But…. I am self-employed with a job that very rarely requires me to work on a Monday.  So pretty much a regular day for me, except I can’t go to the bank or post office.

I will tell Jim (my dear husband) that he should expect to rest on Monday.  Only one problem – Jim rarely rests.  Right now he is on the roof (he decided to re-roof our house) so maybe I will tell him when he comes down from the roof.  Maybe I should hide his “list of things to do” or come up with some creative reason he should take the day off.

Or maybe I will just let him work.  Jim is happier when he is working, so if he is working he will have a happy Labor Day.  As for me, I love to live in a nice house that doesn’t leak….that gives ME a happy labor day.

Whatever YOU choose to do (or NOT do)…….. Jim and I wish you a wonderful and HAPPY LABOR DAY!