Summer plans

May term is over (it went by so fast!) and summer is really here. I will be working with Wellspring Interfaith this summer as the music director for their six week summer children and youth camp. Basically, I will be meeting with each group of kids once a week and working on some kind of musical something that they can present to their parents at a family picnic in July. I've never done anything like this before, so I'm definitely going to be stretched. Right now, I'm brainstorming, trying to think of different musical things each age group could do.
I may also be teaching some music camps of my own during the last two weeks of July. That will just depend on the feedback I get from my ads.



Marty is home from the hospital.
Mary Alice left early this morning to fly home.
Life should be returning to the "as-normal-as-it-gets-around-here" state on Wall St.
Pam are you the next house guest?



Happy Birthday Isaac!
Happy Birthday Chloe!


Fire in Santa Barbara

Hi All!

As you may or may not know, there is a fire burning in Santa Barbara - again. We are currently in an Evacuation Warning area but not in a Mandatory Evacuation area. Basically, we need to be prepared to leave if necessary and need to be paying attention in case things were to change, which they can do quickly.

I have attached some photos I took yesterday afternoon. Basically, we had an inc
redibly hot but beautiful day yesterday and no visible smoke, giving the impression that maybe the fire was under control. Then in the afternoon the winds picked up. The photos were taken and show what happened once the wind picked up.

Although it does look close (you can see the roof of our house in one), it is probably not as close as you think. Again, those photos are smoke and not fire and you are looking up at a hill and the wind is blowing. The fires are actually in canyons up closer to the side of the mountain. The problem is that it is really hot during the day (like 99 in these areas not counting the fire temps - it is currently 6am and it is already 74F) w/ no humidity. Then the wind picks up in the afternoon (around 3pm-ish and wind gusts are expected to get to 50-60mph which is less than yesterday) and the embers get blown about and the fire picks up.

Smoke starts to pick up

Smoke expands

Smoke haze over the sun



Here are a few of the Wall St visitors from this spring. Unfortunately, I lost my capability to edit my photos when my computer crashed. I didn't realize it until this morning when I wanted to actually do some editing! So you get the unedited version for today.
Remember to send me summer photos after you visit Wall St for my little project.
If those of you who are planning to come visit want to post here, that would be interesting information for the rest of us.
Things are greening up here on the farm. We have been planting trees, fixing tractor tires and cultivator shovels, and waiting for the ground to dry off so we can really start getting our hands dirty. I love spring!

Potowatami Playground & Museum of Science & Industry; Chicago, IL March '09

Tyler, Aaron, Mikhaela,Isaac & Kathleen

Benjamin & Chloe

Butterflies landing on shadows?


Starting choir tour this morning. Our concert is in Goshen today. The real traveling begins tomorrow morning when we leave for Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Illinois.

Today is also the last of the four performances for Marion High School's musical that I've been playing for. It was fun, and the music was catchy ... so catchy in fact, that I fall asleep with it running through my mind every night.