Monday, April 16, 2012

Sounds of Spring

Yesterday morning I stepped out of the house after milk chores and heard a very familiar sound ... The grebe family has returned to the lake.  If you click HERE you can see one and hear what they sound like.  To the right of the photo is a spot that says, "listen", and click on the arrow.  

When we first moved up here I heard a grebe for the first time, and thought something was dying!

Another day I heard another very familiar and very welcome sound.   Click HERE and see what it was.  Every summer we have a family of these creatures on the lake as well.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sharing Special Music at the Nursing Home

Last Sunday our family was asked to share music at the Good Samaritan nursing home in Bottineau.  It was a good time to do it, before the farm jumps into full swing.  At times it can be pretty difficult to find time for everyone to practice together.

During one practice session I was surprised to hear my mountain dulcimer being played.  This dulcimer was made with tender loving care by Jim's Dad, who lives in New Hampshire.  Grandpa and Grammy B brought it over years ago on one of their trips to visit us in Fargo.  I was supposed to learn how to play it, but all the hustle and bustle of finding a place in the country and moving caused me to neglect this beautiful instrument.

I was amazed that it was so easy for Jonathan to play it.  He told me once you learn one instrument it was easy to pick up another one.  Well, he has added the mountain dulcimer to his list which consists of the banjo, guitar, mandolin and of course, the harmonica.

And now, for your listening pleasure ...

Thanks so much, GpB, for making us such a beautiful instrument.

Oh, and here's one more: