Adventures in the world of Traditional Jazz and Ragtime.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

2013 Youth Jazz Camps

This just in (to Facebook) from Bill Dendle:

"Hey Jazz Campers! It's time to sign up for camp. We have lots of room at the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Camp (July 7-14), the Sacramento Adult Jazz Camp (July 28- August 2), and the Sacramento Youth Jazz Camp (August 5-11). Message me [on Facebook] and I'll send you an application, or go to the website: or"

The American Rag has a long relationship with the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Camp and we generally donate scholarship money to them each year. We have visited the classrooms and attended performances at the camp itself and at the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee. It's wonderful to watch the students bloom as they gain confidence.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Playing Catch-up

This is how I get so far behind in photo-a-day things that I can't catch up. I forget, day after day, until it's impossible. It's only three days this time, so I'm catching up and will try to be better.

December 5: Someone I Love

Yes, there are people that I love. Lots of them, topped by my fabulous family. But I couldn't pick just one, so for this day I chose Miss Peaches Elizabeth Jones. She is, without a doubt, the most blond dog I've ever had ... except when it comes to food. She knows where it is and what time she should get it. Ask her to "sit," however, and you get a vacant look that tells you there's nothing between her ears. And we love her to pieces! In case you're wondering, she's Pekingese, 8 years old, not at all obedient, and this was actually taken last summer when she had her short haircut. It has grown back (it's about 4" long) and she's a fluff-ball now.

December 6: Burst of Red

Photo taken into the sun. Don't say you couldn't tell ... I can see the evidence. This is in a corner of the back yard, to the right of the waterfall that goes into the koi pond. I can see it from the kitchen and have been admiring this burst of red for several days.

December 7: The View From Here

Since I was already by the pond, I just turned to the right and snapped a photo of the view from there. The fish semi-hibernate in the winter, so they're all hiding on the other side. We had big plans for the picnic spot, it's so pretty there. Unfortunately, it's also too windy, so we've used it maybe once in ten years. And the umbrella has never been up. Again, too windy.

So, there you go. Three days in December. Tomorrow's theme is "Shopping," and we probably will be, so hopefully I can stay on track.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Shadow Play

Day 4: Shadow Play. Didn't turn out the way I wanted it to. Guess I waited until it was too dark and the camera didn't want to focus. What I was after was my shadow with my hand up, making a shadow animal. Know what I mean? For what it's worth, here it is. There are shadows and I was playing.

In Other News

I finished quilting the round table topper today and got the second one pinned and ready to baste. Tomorrow. Maybe. The owner of this batch is sending more back fabric for two of her quilts. While I wait for it to get here I have a quilt from someone else that I picked up yesterday.

Only four rows have been done today (so far) on "Crosswords at the Coffee Shop." Some days there's just too much tired in the air.

Monday, December 3, 2012

December Pic-a-Day

Day 3: What you're reading:

Knitting catalog, L.L.Bean catalog, Crosswords at the Coffee Shop pattern, and on the Kindle, "Buddha in the Attic," which is about Japanese mail-order brides starting in the 1930s. Strange but interesting. Also reading a Tess Gerritsen medical mystery on the other Kindle. That one is waiting for me on the treadmill. Reading while I walk makes the time go much faster.

In Other News

I'm doing some custom quilting on a small, round table topper. I can't get the whole thing in the photo because it's rolled down to work on the top outside pieces. The center has two designs. The outside pieces are also getting individual patterns of pumpkins and leaves.

The first pattern set (24 rows) is done on the "Crosswords at the Coffee Shop" shawl. This is a knit-a-long in the Friends of KnitPurlGurl group on Ravelry in memory of the designer (KnitPurlGurl, Karrie Steinmetz) who died suddenly and unexpectedly at age 38 on November 26. I'm using Malabrigo Rios in the Azules colorway.

Other than delivering two finished quilts to Cozy Quiltin' for their owners to pick up, that's all the excitement for today. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Does Santa know ...

... if you cheat in a Photo-a-Day thing? Because I have to cheat today. I intended to take a photo of an elf when I went to Walgreens this morning, but there were too many people (all with some kind of problem) in line and I forgot. So, instead of that, I'm posting a poster for the movie "Elf" that I found online.

If there are lumps of coal in my stocking, we'll all know why.

In the knitting world, I have three projects in progress ... a sweater that will probably never be finished, a pair of socks that will be finished (eventually), and the "Crosswords at the Coffee Shop" shawl in memory of the designer, Karrie Steinmetz, aka KnitPurlGurl. For those of you not in the knitting world, Karrie was 38 years old, happy, positive, a good friend, and one of the really good knitwear designers. She died suddenly on November 28, apparently from a seizure, leaving a husband, children, and many broken-hearted knitters.

In the spinning world, nothing is happening. There has been a ton of quilting work lately, so I haven't had time to get to the wheel, or even a drop spindle.

Now, if you'll excuse me, the Rams are playing the 49ers today, and it's televised. I only get to see the Rams once or twice per season since Kurt Warner retired, so I'll get back to knitting and watch the game.