Morning Meditation: Early Morning Meeting

A flock of egrets meet this Sunday morning:

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Fruit of the Palms

These past several days (seems more like a week, really), the rain has fallen in deluges, with barely a patch of blue sky seen. Yesterday was the first full day without any rain! Although we needed it, too much put an end to one of my pots of red firecracker flowers (Salvia splendens). I’ll need to remove them, but I probably won’t replace them since the other flowers that were with them (dianthus and verbena) didn’t die off. As far as the rest of the gardens go, everything is flourishing, and with a few days of dry, hot weather, everybody should be happy.

What I noticed in my sugar palm garden are the fruits they are producing. Each is about the size of a dime, and are located in the center of each palm. Aren’t they a nifty shade of orange?

One of the fruit clusters in one of my sugar palms.

From what I read, these little orange fruits are edible, but I’m leaving them to the birds to feast. I’d rather see the mockingbirds and others that visit enjoy a treat.

My little town is already setting up American flags and other patriotic symbols on lawns and in the downtown area. Looks like Memorial Day is going to be remembered as for what it represents, not just barbecues and store sales.

Hope you have a good weekend; see you back here on Sunday.

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

Dorsey, Du Barry, and Delights

The One and Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Walking Onstage.

With the still-rainy weekend and a pair of tickets to a concert, our weekend turned out grand. The “One and Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra” provided a fabulous music trip back into time, where music was hot, moving, and timeless.

When my beau and I walked into the venue, I was nearly slapped in the olfactory receptor (my nose) by the pungent mix of colognes and perfumes.  The mix of strong scents was something.  We met an older man who engaged us in conversation about music and playing various musical instruments.  It was enjoyable to get acquainted and learn about another person’s thoughts and life.  But, alas! soon the doors to the hall opened, we separated, and made our way to our seats.  Yay!

Obviously, Dorsey and his original musicians are long gone, but the orchestra still lives on. For ninety minutes, we were treated to the experience of what Big Bands sounded like in person, including the interaction between the band leader, musicians, and audience. Unfortunately, there was no dancing like you might see in a movie, with the large wooden dance floor and those tiny tables draped with linen tablecloths and topped with a table lamp and couples having drinks and a smoke and a whirl on the floor. This venue we attended was in a hall with a stage, and it was memorable nonetheless.

I couldn’t help but think how my parents, aunts, and uncles experienced such live entertainment back when the Big Bands were in style. They would spend Saturday nights at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, for example, and thinking about it made me think about how long ago that was. It was such a different world. And here I go, getting nostalgic—

The band played many of the Tommy Dorsey hits, such as “Opus One”, “Marie”, “Song of India, “I’ll Never Smile Again”, and more. Some of Frank Sinatra’s songs that he sung with Dorsey’s band were sung, too. You can read more about the current band HERE and the singer HERE.

Dorsey and his orchestra were featured in several contemporary movies, one of which was “Du Barry Was a Lady” (1943) with Lucille Ball, Red Skelton, Zero Mostel, and Virginia O’Brien. When my beau and I returned home after the concert, we dug out our copy and watched it. While the story was cute, the music played was fabulous. It was worth watching again.

I was a little surprised that at the concert, the band didn’t play any particularly patriotic melody, seeing it was Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

Up at the Stage. Look! Ludwig Drums!

Nevertheless, it was a fun evening, and the music and the movie rounded out an otherwise rainy weekend.

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

Morning Meditation: Big Band

The stage is quiet, and set to welcome the musicians who carry on the excellent music of the big bands.  More about this in Monday’s blog.

A Wedding, The Weather, and Whatnot

 

Do you plan on catching Harry and Meggie’s wedding Saturday? I read that most British subjects don’t care about it, but who knows if that information is true? All I know is what you tell me, and as far as I’m concerned, I didn’t get an invitation (shocking!), but I will check out her gown later in the day on the Internet. I’m curious if it will be ivory, white, or pink, street length or floor length, and who will be the drama queen in church?

This whole week found us deluged with thunderstorms and a lot of rain. Today is the same. It’s good for the grass and for the gardens, but we couldn’t cut the grass. The plants, however, are benefitting greatly! I spotted a white heron walking on one of our garden walls yesterday. I expect a duck to float by any hour now; that’s how much rain we had so far!

I did a little writing on my next book, but between other chores, taking the pups to the vet, and other daily whatnots, writing took a back seat. C’est la vie.

Not only has my writing slowed up a bit, reading has, too. This year, my focus is on short stories and I have a plethora of World War II books from my dad that are on my “to read” list. That will be interesting poolside.

Later today, my beau and I have an indoor event to attend, which kind of breaks up the day and the week, too. Monday, I will write about another grand event a la World War II era which we are attending.

I have a couple of letters to write and a thank you letter. I’m antsy for clear weather and more outdoor activities.

And if you’re attending the “royal” wedding tomorrow, tell Harry and Meggie I said, “Hi.”

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

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