Fun rhythm sticks for kids

When Shellie and I were talking about what we could get to entertain the kids that wasn’t involving video games, or electronic devices, we started to think of inexpensive musical instruments, like kazoos and rhythm sticks. I can remember as a kid playing with wooden spoons and my mother’s pots and pans, and having a great time! Well, that’s fine for a kid that’s a toddler, but for a few pre-schoolers, I think kazoos and rhythm sticks will do the trick just fine, don’t you agree?

No Fourth of July Fireworks

This year the place close to me is not having a free fireworks show. The amusement park always used to shoot off fireworks 3 or 4 times each summer. But the place got sold last year and I guess the new owners don’t want to spend the money on it. Guess I’ll just watch them on TV instead.

Father’s Day Picnic

Back yard cook-out (free clip art)

Back yard cook-out (free clip art)

Today was the big Father’s Day barbeque at our house.I’m just now finishing up the cleanup and getting ready for the late night news to wind down our busy day.

We had all the kids and several friends and neighbors over for a backyard cookout. Some of them brought their guitars with them and we had a great time singing along with great family classics. The kids had a blast singing and dancing, and I think the adults did, too.

I grilled some great ribs and hot dogs, and everyone brought a covered dish. We ended up with quite a spread of food. Thank goodness we didn’t get any rain and it wasn’t too hot, either. All in all, a really nice gathering of family and friends.

Mixed reviews can be confusing

Have you ever bothered to read product reviews on a business’s website about a product that the company is selling? Sometimes the reviews can be really confusing, and sometimes I wonder if the reviews are genuine. For example, I was reading the product reviews on california cable, made by Fender, and some of the reviews are very good, and are well written. You can tell that the person who wrote the review at least has good writing skills. Yet there are several reviews that are poorly written by someone who has terrible writing skills, and you have to wonder whether any of them are honest reviews or if the bad reviews are being written by trolls.

Weekend Washout

This weekend is Mother’s Day weekend. Not only do we celebrate the holiday to honor mothers, we have several big outdoor activities locally. For years we would host the Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament at the Hermitage Golf Course the week before and including Mother’s Day. That finally ended a few years ago.

Then we have the annual Steeplechase on Mother’s Day weekend. A huge charity event and Nashville’s version of the Kentucky Derby, with women getting dressed up with fancy hats and having catered picnics on the race grounds. We also have the Tennessee Ren Fest and the annual Air Show in Lavergne. All of these huge outdoor event depend on good weather for attendance and a financial success. And every year it rains on Mother’s Day weekend. Without fail.