Friday, June 26, 2020

Flavourful Friday

It's a Flavourful Friday post of Thursday night's supper.  I had been planning on just having bacon and eggs for supper last night, when I noticed that I had asparagus that was getting a little limp in the fridge.  So I went on the internet and searched egg and asparagus recipes and found this: Bacon, Egg and Asparagus Pizza.

I used a pre-made whole grain pizza crust. I didn't have shallots so I finely chopped some onion and added some red pepper. I think next time I would add some spices to the egg mixture, maybe cayenne pepper or a mild or medium curry or toss the vegetables in balsamic vinegar as I found the pizza rather bland. I put some hot sauce on mine after it was cooked and that tasted great. 

But it was a quick easy, somewhat healthy meal, so I'll likely make it again sometime.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Behind the Scenes

So here's a little behind the scenes look at a virtual choir.  The link above is to a video explaining about the summer music festival and Choir! Choir! Choir!'s participation. Daveed also talked about another song Across the Universe we recorded as a virtual choir.  It's another Beetles song that has a chorus that goes: "Nothing's Going to Change My World".  We have already recorded that song but it has not yet been released, so I might be in another upcoming video.  It was recorded before the tragic events surrounding George Floyd.  Daveed and Nobu decided that when what we need right now is change that it might not be the right time for this song.

To be part of the virtual choir, you need to rehearse and then video yourself singing.  Daveed and Nobu put out guide tracks and instructions.  The link to the instructions are below but you don't have to read them unless you really want to. I rehearsed a couple hours total before I recorded my video submission. My set up was my cell phone on a tripod recording my video submission and a tablet paired with Bluetooth wireless headphones so I could watch, listen and sing with the guide track.  This way the only audio on my video submission is just me singing.

I sang to the Part A Guide track, there is a Part B which is higher but I found it was a little more difficult and I had problems reaching a few of the notes.  You also download the lyrics although this time they had them on screen in the guide tracks as well. Kostis Maraveyas sang the left hand side. We, the choir, sang the right hand side and everyone sang the lyrics in the middle.  

I recorded my video about a half dozen  times; every time either I messed up the words or my breathing was off.  I still wasn't really happy with my video but my voice was getting a little raspy so I just selected the best one of those I had done.  You'll see in my submission that I count in and clap; the clap, in particular,  helps them to align the tracks as the clap creates a sharp spike on the audio track.

If you watched my submission, you've heard that I'm not a great singer so it's a good thing I'm part of a larger choir. The link below is bookmarked to our video of the Choir! Choir! Choir! virtual choir.  

Finally, I've also added a zoom video with Daveed, Nobu and Kostis. Kostis says "when we're together, there is no worst singer".

Monday, June 22, 2020

With a Little Help from My Friends

Well, I posted before about singing with Choir! Choir! Choir!. Last weekend they invited you to sing with a guide track and submit your video to be part of a virtual choir.  The video was live streamed on Sunday as part of a virtual music festival held in Athens, Greece. How cool is that!

I missed the live stream but now you can watch the festival on the internet.  It includes recorded portions from previous years and virtual performances. You can watch the whole festival at the link below. Our virtual performance is at 1:30:00 after Mamma Mia and then the hosts speaking in Greek and introducing the virtual performance of With a Little Help from My Friends.

Or you can watch it here at the link below, recorded off of my TV.  Look for me, I'm in a purple shirt.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Father's Day

My Dad, he loved airplanes, babies and dogs; not necessarily in that order. Happy Father's Day, Dad!

"I love my father and I love him well. A mind filled with memories weigh me down like gold!"

Video Music - Someday Soon by Alexi Murdoch

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Beckett Remembered

Yesterday was Beckett's first birthday at the Bridge. He would have been 11 but I guess he never ages now.  He'll always be my baby boy.

I took a drive out to pick-up a picture that a friend had drawn of Beckett.  She also drew one of Teddy and Keltic. I had a few tears when I picked it up.  I've posted the original photos.  My friend said Keltic just didn't turn out in the first drawing with Beckett so that is why I got two drawings. 

Beckett and Keltic

Teddy and Keltic

10th Birthday

I was so sure when Beckett reached 10 that we would have a few more years together. I knew though that the worst thing about ten is that you have less time left than what you've already had with them. We didn't even get another year; we barely had another six months. 

Happy Birthday, Beckett Boy!
I miss you!

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Five Hundred

This is my 500th blog post!  I've been trying to think about what to write about to mark this auspicious moment but I couldn't think of one "single" thing. Well, I could write about the pandemic but I think we've all heard enough about that.

So I decided that I'll write about changes that have happened since I started this blog.

Since beginning this blog, I've lost three of my dogs. Ceilidh, my bi-black female, at only 7 years 4 months to mast cell cancer, Tucker, my second sable male to age and likely Cushings Disease and most recently Beckett, who was 10 and half, unexpectedly to hemangiosarcoma.


Ceilidh, Tucker and Beckett

I've also lost both of my parents. My Dad in May 2011 to prostate cancer and my Mum in Feb 2018 to the end stages of Parkinson's.  Funny, that they both passed so close to their next birthday. Dad passed away on 31 May and his 80th birthday would have been on 19 June. Mum passed away on 12 Feb and her 84th birthday would have been on 28 Feb.

Dad - Apr 2011

Mum at Monarch Hall (2010)
So that you don't think it's all been losses, since I started this blog all of my nieces and nephews have married and all except my oldest nephew and his wife have had families. I now have ten great nieces and nephews. The boys out number the girls - eight to two.


I've also added more dogs. Keltic, who is now 8 and, recently, Teddy, who is three.  Who knows, there may even be a puppy in the future.

I retired from the military in 2007 to take a civilian position with the Department of Defence.  That civilian position led to me becoming Canada's representative to NATO for explosives safety.  The job was quite interesting and gave me a great opportunity to travel. While in that role, I went to Brussels, Rome, Berlin, Granada, Spain and London. One of my sisters often traveled with me and on occasion another of my sisters came as well. Most times, I was able to extend my trip so as to make them into a little vacation. I retired completely in June 2019.

Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Greenwich, England

Berlin, Germany
Rome, Italy
The same two sisters, a brother-in-law and I also went on a Danube River cruise with AmaWaterways.  Once we can travel internationally again, I highly recommend a river cruise, far more intimate than an ocean cruise but I really have no way to compare as I haven't yet been on an ocean cruise.

Amacerto on the Danube
A couple years ago, I bought used travel trailer, hoping to travel more after retirement. Last summer, I did a 25 day trip down to New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. I had a trip out to Alberta planned this summer, going through the States. That trip has had to be called off but I do hope to get out and camp this year.

Summer 2019 Camping Trip
Travel was supposed to be a big life change now that I'm retired. This year in addition to the trip out West, my sister and I were going to Florence and Pisa followed by a Mediterrean cruise, those plans have all been cancelled.  Next year in 2021, we were planning a trip to Thailand and the long term plan was to go to Scotland the year afterwards.  Hopefully, the new normal after this pandemic is over won't make all those plans unobtainable.