Happy Thanksgiving

Amongst the papers, grant writing and comprehensive exams now is the “official”  time for thanks. This year my family will be joining us in Murray for Thanksgiving.  I am truly grateful for them coming to visit.  Now to the cleaning, while my husband does the cooking. Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving! May you all count your blessings.

Freedom from Want - Norman Rockwell


Prairie Home Companion – LIVE in Murray, KY!

Garrison Keillor and his crew Prairie Home Companion graced our presence yesterday in the little metropolis of Murray, Kentucky. My husband and I took the opportunity to see the live broadcast of the NPR show. The CSFB center, our basketball arena, was packed with people and families of all ages. We were a little worried when we  made it to the entrance that we wouldn’t make it in, there was a huge line of people waiting. Finally we made it through security and the next two hours were filled with delightful blue-grass-music (celebrating Kentuckian Bill Monroe’s music), skits (my favorite Guy Noir Private – Eye), along words from their infamous sponsors: Guy Shoe’s, Catup, Buttermilk biscuits and Duct tape.

Prairie Home Companion was a radio show my family frequently listened to on long car rides. Keillor’s voice is one of comfort, a soothing, lively Grandfather voice telling good wholesome tales. I especially liked how this broadcast embellished upon life in Murray.  Local restaurants and ideologies were mentioned along with local lore of pickup trucks, shotguns  & coon dogs. The sound effects man truly was a highlight of the evening- who knew one man could produce so many sounds?

Overall a very fun show! Below are a few links to their website and podcasts.

A link to the Murray Show

Prairie Home Companion Website

Project: Banner

I have taken on the responsibility of making banners for my church, after they seemed to have liked the first one  I made.  This time  I am making a banner for a baby boy so I decided to change up a few colors and designs from the previous baptismal banner I made (see post). I first started with a digital sketch of sorts, purchased materials and then the banner making commenced! I changed quite a bit from my original design, but that happens when you can’t find a certain color of material or fringe. Below is a  photograph of the finished banner. Enjoy!

Finished banner