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Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/22/21 01:17:54PM
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Indoor House Plants


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@Strumelia dared to say "I think dogs are dumber and will eat quantities of poison stuff.  (sorry, couldn't resist! lololol!)  "  Spoken like a true cat person as it reflects the opinion cats so often show.  Yeah, you better fit that emoji & duck!

(Tempted to add an emoji, but it would be a shame to start another Cat & Dog war.)

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/19/21 11:26:46AM
184 posts

Virtual Festivals--what's your experience, or your thoughts?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

The time difference can be a help or hindrance.  An online time converter is worth checking before deciding on workshops or concerts.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/19/21 10:59:10AM
184 posts

Indoor House Plants


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Knowing how cats love to nibble plants, this is worth checking: Poisonous Plants to Dogs and Cats .  (Can't have cats anymore, but am grateful my allergies don't prevent me from visiting and enjoying them.)

I'd love to know the thoughts of the husky in the final photo as he's looking at a plant.  My own "malamutt" (husky/malamute) prowls for anything possibly edible when he comes in, but fortunately has never been interested in plants.  He's more likely to eat something on the trail.  He stops when I shout out, but catching him before going after something can be hard.  These types of dogs tend to POUNCE!

This almost fits the "Show Us Your Pets" forum, but figure it's worth checking before acquiring or choosing the spot for your houseplants.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/16/21 12:39:23PM
184 posts

FOTMD needs your support


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I don't qualify for the category of "new" folks & also not for me are either monthly nor being "extremely generous and appreciated! "

That said, I'm proud to continue bearing that "Patron" label.  I appreciate this site, both for its information & contacts.  I've been recommending it whenever possible to anybody interested in Mountain Dulcimers, whether a beginner or beyond.  Whether for myself or beginners this is a wonderful resource.  It shouldn't be something you pay for, Strumelia.  All you do as our very active administrator should be the most we expect of you.

I've been an administrator on a network similar to this, but for professional storytellers.  Lack of income eventually made its owner realize it was more than he cared to continue.  I would hate for that to happen here.  We've seen other major sources of dulcimer networking disappear.  I would hope I'm far from alone in my support!

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/11/21 10:31:15AM
184 posts

Indoor House Plants


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I remember sitting at a light in California's Silicon Valley and wondering what were those bushes of flowering plants.  They were geraniums!!!  Ever since I find our northern pots of geraniums too puny.

(My mom was one of those who loved to identify plants and birds.  Years later, as a children's librarian I re-discovered When the Root Children Wake Up.  Audrey Wood wrote this classic in 1941.  Nowadays there are new illustrations, but either way it's a great way to introduce children to knowing plants.)

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/09/21 01:29:02PM
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Quick Dumb Question:  It sounds like spraying might fit this plant giving it a daily mist.  Does that make sense.  This plant is very tiny in a tiny plastic pot sitting in the scooped out area of the previous plant's dirt.  I see the tiniest of roots trying to stick out of one hole.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/08/21 06:04:56PM
184 posts

Indoor House Plants


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It is indeed cute.  I, too, had a planter I bought a while back & knew it was over-crowded.  The hardier ones have started taking over the spaces left by the ones never meant to be bunched in there.  I guess it all comes down to learning what works and what doesn't.  I need to double check the drainage on my Croton.  For now it's in its tiny original pot inside the bigger pot.  Made copies of the 2 pages about what it needs & how to troubleshoot it.

I also read about that Kalanchoe (which has a ton of common names!) &, unless I had tried to start cuttings, it lasted about the normal lifespan. 

Maybe I'll stop saying "Plants quake in fear when they see me coming."

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/07/21 02:46:56PM
184 posts

Indoor House Plants


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UPDATE: The "non-astilbe" was a Kalanchoe or "Widow's Thrill."  It looks like at times I may have over-watered it.  Was tempted seeing the cheery yellow blooms, but once the one I had stopped blooming roughly 2 years ago it never did again.  Went with a very tiny but colorful Croton.  Maybe I'll even talk to it.  It certainly will get more attention by the kitchen sink.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/07/21 11:40:42AM
184 posts

Indoor House Plants


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The non-astilbe is now gone.  In its final days there wasn't enough left to identify unfortunately.  I could swear I went online for that ages ago, but putting in the name of Astilbe the other day sure wasn't the little yellow flowers I saw initially.  I can try to prowl again, but looking for it at the greenhouse may be easier.  Two years after reading about plant life makes me think I may have had a plant with just that lifespan.

Repotting?!?  YIKES!

Your bonsai sounds great but beyond me if I have any pity on that sort of house plant.

Just looked again at the email from the local greenhouse.  The 25 % off ends after today.  Even with further reductions I expect the selection really dwindles.  Today is take my Malamutt to the Dog Park day, too.  <sigh!>  We'll see if I manage both.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/06/21 04:45:02PM
184 posts

Indoor House Plants


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Mandevilla is indeed an outdoor plant.  Each year I have 2 at the entrance to our house and 1 in the sun room (which is unheated, so normally the plant dies off.)  This year I brought the sun room plant in and have it by the sliding glass door to the sun room with a light (can't be sure if it's a grow light or an aquarium light as it's quite old from sitting in our basement) suspended from the curtain rod over the sliding glass door.  I keep the curtains open and it lit until 8 p.m. & have been learning to judge watering by the leaves.  Some of those leaves got slightly freezer burnt when our temperatures went around zero.  I also had been rotating it whenever I watered, but stopped that a month or so ago.  Even under ideal summer conditions it's a plant that does a regular job of dropping off leaves no longer functioning.  I've learned to help that along so those don't block the light of the active leaves.  Today I notice some of the vine-y stems I might have cut off, but just wasn't sure, have tiny sprouts!  I really am getting hopeful I'll have this plant able to get back to the sun room and blooming again.  When I brought it inside there still were blooms, but I was hopeful this was just a time for it to recuperate and lay low.  The local plant expert said it needed lots of light and water.

All in all it may call me a liar for my claims of how awful I am with plants.

The astilbe was a tiny blooming plant given 2 summers ago when my husband was in the hospital.  It had cheery little blooms and it took it a while, but it's now definitely gone. 

I've been looking at a few library books on houseplants, no astilbe.  Just put the name in and searched.  WELL!  That's not the plant I had.  Dunno what it was at this point.  One thing I noticed is some plants' lifespan and maybe I should tell myself this one matched.  Still I know I was pretty awful with it.

Have been paying particular attention to plants matching my non-astilbe's conditions.  Don't want anything too big as it must share the counter space.  Your snake plant gets lots of recommendations for the very reasons you mention.  If I could just let myself enjoy it for its leaves and ignore its name <YECH!> Something reminded me to look further.  It's also called Mother-in-Law's Tongue, so I might consider it.  The book says it's often described as indestructible.  Don't think I want the full-sized version in that location, but there are dwarf forms half the normal size -- if I can get them.

To show you the level of my confidence with plants, I have read about  two or possibly three plants that might work in the place of the non-atilbe.  The book giving specifications is The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual; Essential Know-How for Keeping (Not Killing!) More Than 160 Indoor Plants.  Looking at the plants, I've had (& eventually killed) I'm considering a Croton (also called Joseph's Coat) but maybe in this window where I see it more often it will do better.  I know I really like its brightly colored leaves & so it would be a plus.  I wouldn't even mind re-potting it in future years (the book is aggravatingly big on that!).  Two green plants are a jade plant (did I ever have one?) or an aloe which I know I had at one time, also the aloe seems to need more light, so maybe better skipped.

I know I'm not hopeless.  About 3 years ago a co-worker had a humongous spider plant she needed to give away.  I took it with the agreement she'd never inquire after it.  Some of it has gone, but still have some doing quite well even with a baby spider.  It's in a room where I catch it when some leaves shout out for water.  Similarly there's another room where I water when the spider plant gets watered.  Some things survive there, too.  Right now the Mandevilla gives me hope I'm not a serial plant killer/torturer.  I don't dare get cocky about that, but remember the plant expert I asked originally about it sounded like it was very unlikely it would survive through the winter.

The local supplier of all things green and growing has 25% off right now on houseplants.  Just want something fairly indestructible and able to fit the little pot and spot where the non-astilbe sat.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/04/21 11:35:13AM
184 posts

Indoor House Plants


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I went to this discussion hoping for HELP!  Are there members able to make suggestions to somebody I'm sure makes plants quake with fear?  Right now I'm wondering what might replace an Astilbe that has finally almost surrendered to my "care."  It took 2 1/2 years, but this plant on my kitchen counter gets some light, but not enough to be truly sunny.  My watering tendencies also are sporadic.  The one good thing is I use water from cleaning my aquarium.

Also in my defense, it looks like I kept the Mandevilla from the sunroom alive in the house.  I usually just buy 3, 2 for the entrance & 1 to be a real plant in that sunroom.  The local garden store didn't think I could do it.  Right now it's far from luxuriant, but hope to see it bounce back in warmer weather.

While I feel like I torture plants, I guess I'm not as hopeless as I claim, but at the other end of the spectrum from all posting here so far.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/03/21 06:42:23PM
184 posts

The Positive Thread...


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clap YAAAY!  Since your dulcimer probably isn't heavier than 8 pounds, you can keep picking it up as it's obviously helped you so far, Ken!  If you have a bass or otherwise heavier instrument, let it be your incentive for playing again in May.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
02/20/21 12:17:17PM
184 posts

Where have all the beginners gone, long time passing?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I agree that, when other multi-instrument festivals exist, there should be dulcimer workshops for beginners, possibly linked with an opportunity to loan the "cardboard dulcimers."  (I remember attending a festival where that offer was made.  I also remember thinking it was one instrument I wouldn't be trying!) 

Beyond that, possibly dulcimer festivals would offer at least one FREE beginner workshop.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
02/08/21 11:00:46AM
184 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hmmm.  At the risk of becoming sectarian, maybe we need a group of " 'Luterans' Beyond the Lute"  winker

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
02/08/21 10:58:03AM
184 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Glad to have you back, Ken, but here's a thought.  Whatever you were watching when your heartbeat returned to normal needs to become a method to calm down your heart when it races.  Do you have some way to monitor your heartbeat?

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
12/12/20 12:32:03PM
184 posts

Groups - Quiet or am I missing the obvious?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Thanks for the clarification, @Dusty-Turtle .  Yes, waves of activity I figured.  As for where posted, does this mean even Group posts appear on the Home page.  Hope so, &, yes, @mick-mclaughlin"> @mick-mclaughlin it's one of the great things about having the way to scroll back (72 ! "pages").  I know I ought to go through it for times I've had to be away or when time permits to "discover a bit that I missed the last time."

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
12/12/20 10:27:18AM
184 posts

Groups - Quiet or am I missing the obvious?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

I prowl the Home page, often without logging in.  I know we all go through topics at times, but haven't spotted any Group discussions.  It would take a lot of time to look at each Group of possible interest.  I love the way the Home page lets us easily look back -- especially when having to be away for a while -- but wonder if I'm missing the obvious when it comes to Groups as opposed to the Forums?

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
11/26/20 09:58:39PM
184 posts

What's fer dinner?


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Haven't had time to be here since my Roadie finally came home from Rehab.  One week in hospital & month & a half to get him slightly mobile.  Home nursing & therapists at least took today off!  Facebook Messenger call was as close as we visited family.  Found a Banquet Turkey & Gravy frozen pan (not as good as remembered, but it worked), Mashed Potatoes for both of us, Corn for Tom, Sweet Potatoes for me, & I also had a new dressing recipe that was great.  Forgot to open the cranberries!  Much later we tried a new recipe for Easy Peach Cobbler (very rich!)  Not bad for somebody who likes to claim I treat my family like gods...burnt offerings!  Actually my daughter on the call started itemizing all the great meals I used to make.  None of them work for Tom's taste buds.  I guess I could say I'm thankful for microwaves.  To explain nowadays, he's more than once said "Ooo, go brush your teeth, you taste like vegetables!"  He lost 30 pounds on what he could stand in the hospital & Rehab. 

That's my Thanksgiving story & I'm sticking to it.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
10/18/20 10:34:55AM
184 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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I've been letting my hair grow (it's actually easier when long in the summer), but now that it's time to do like @susie"> @Susie and go back to shoulder-length.  Similarly my husband asks me to trim his.  The only problem (at least on that front) is my Roadie was in the hospital for a week and this week was his first (of how many, oh Lord!) week in Rehab.  I'm told no visitation for 2 weeks then a short visit in the facility entryway.  Not even window visits are possible as his faces an area closed due to construction.  <SIGH!>  It feels very much like sending your kid away to camp or college.  Thank heavens we can phone each other!  At least it lets me know when he does or doesn't get what I drop off for him.  (That includes a cordless razor.  He normally used a blade but started using my elderly lady's corded razor in the hospital.)

LoiS(cissors not getting used are only part of this)

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
09/11/20 03:50:31PM
184 posts

Virtual Dulcimer Festival Site


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

I'm still eager to know of festivals/workshops for other instruments, but if you're interested in creating one this might help.  The Story Crossroads blog from Aug. 17, 2020 to Aug. 25 presents a five-part series on "How to Set Up Virtual Events."  In blog format, since the most recent appears first, it's best to go all the way back to the first part, working through what you need up to the end.  It's written for storytelling events, but is intended to fit other performing arts and virtual events.

Hope it helps replace some events.  It gives an interesting choice of times if you want to go global. 

My only regret is my other type of event is theater and "You know what you call recorded plays . . . movies."

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
09/09/20 12:35:49PM
184 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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I'm a Talking Book on the road if my husband is driving.  Thanks, @Jan-Potts, for your noting in this day of eBooks how it helps (now if I can just stop accidentally moving the pages if using a non-paper book!). 

I also have decided to post your quote from Van Dyke by my music.  That man had so many appropriate quotes there are even sites listing them.

This from him is on the family art gallery/communication wall (the refrigerator): Seize the Day - Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.

In this "Drifting Thread" I'd say it also gives us the chance to understand the history of punctuation (thanks, @dusty-turtle) and choose what we prefer, whether for our own history and age or pointing to the research of what works.

Yes, I'm a 2-spacer.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
09/06/20 06:30:19PM
184 posts

Virtual Dulcimer Festival Site


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Hope for more as their registration is only until Monday 3 p.m. CDT.  I sent as URGENT FWD to our president & suggested folks prowl online for networking site of their favorite instrument.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
09/06/20 06:15:25PM
184 posts

Virtual Dulcimer Festival Site


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Thanks, Dusty!  I know you cover a variety of instruments.  I'll send that & welcome any others.  To paraphrase a popular saying, "A musician is a terrible thing to waste!"

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
09/06/20 05:42:06PM
184 posts

Virtual Dulcimer Festival Site


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Quick Dumb Question: Is there a site for online music festivals beyond exclusively dulcimers?  Last night our local folklore society had our 1st gathering since shutting down in March.  Thank heavens for Zoom even if not the same as our usual meeting.  In talking, before we took turns playing & singing, there was regret over closed festivals.  I mentioned attending online & was asked to share a listing of festivals.  I know some of the listings at dpnews go beyond dulcimers.  I'll gladly share it, but most of our members play guitar, uke, or banjo, so I'm hoping some of our instrumental generalists can name additional sites.

THANKS!  (I'm that sure they exist.)

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/15/20 03:53:53PM
184 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

winker See how infectious the folk instrument world can be?!?

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/15/20 02:28:37PM
184 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi Shelley!

Like you, my introduction to folk music was guitar & I still sometimes go that way, but really am delighted to have found the MD.  Since you're currently pretty much stuck indoors, you'll find lots to learn through prowling FOTMD.  Be warned though, you show traces of the disease I have . . . developing a musical petting zoo.  Even being stuck inside can't protect you.  I blame my infection all the way back to Girl Scout days when I earned the Dabbler badge.  For those with a specialized form of the disease, it's Dulcimer Acquisition Disease to match the common tuning of DAd.  My husband has been fighting his own form of this with banjos.  It's not fatal and is fun whether you succumb to it or not.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/02/20 06:00:43PM
184 posts

Virtual Dulcimer Festival Site


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Dulcimer Player News https://www.dpnews.com/festival-directory lists festivals and with everything having to go online it's worth prowling to get some of those workshops you might have been unable to take because they were already taken at Quarantune or Quarantune 2.0.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
07/14/20 10:45:47PM
184 posts

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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I call my husky/malamute my Trail Buddy and try to get out with him for about an hour every other day.  Recent hot weather has forced me to try doing that in the morning.  (I'm NOT an a.m. person and tend to muddle along until finally alert.)  I've tried night hikes, but he's just not as happy with paved walking, our local parks shut down at sunset, and flashlight hikes in fields and woods can be tricky.  <sigh!> 

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
06/27/20 04:32:46PM
184 posts

A bit of "our" humor


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Just saw this on Facebook from @ClassicFM:

My goldfish are named Major, Minor, Dorian, Lydian, and Diminished.  The only way I can tell them apart is by their scales.

To which I added that on the Mountain Dulcimer we also have Ionian and Mixolydian.

Woops I forgot poor old sorrowful Aeolian.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
06/22/20 10:48:24PM
184 posts

Use of thumb on low 'd' string


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

@floralin, my sympathy when you compare the 3 stringed instruments where a chord's position is fixed.  At first this (coming from a guitar background) and the variety of tunings so that a particular fret may change notes (coming from a piano background) left me, too, as you said, "but when I try to memorize dulcimer chords my brain says, 'oh no, enough is enough'."

Dusty's given you the right advice.  I would also suggest you look at the discussion on "More DAd than DAA Instruction available."  You probably thought it didn't fit your needs and skipped it, but there are some points in it and in Strumelia's blog that may prove worthwhile for your exposure as you begin your dulcimer journey.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
05/28/20 12:50:45PM
184 posts

Please tell me your very favorite love song...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi, @john-c-knopf , yes, I knew there would be a challenge to what song had the most.  There's some generic portability if you choose to go that way.  Speaking of Old Joe, I can never play it as fast as my banjo picking husband, so I don't try.  Instead I have a jig where Li'l Liza Jane meets the Old boy.  First half is her, second is him, then I quietly sneak in a whisper on the melody string giving her the last word.  It's an arrangement by  @Larry Conger and I should be practicing it.  The June meeting will be impossible at Paint Creek Folklore Society, I'm sure, but the theme was "Youth to Old Age" and that was going to be what I played.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
05/28/20 12:11:14AM
184 posts

Please tell me your very favorite love song...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I guess love songs have a lot of variety (cheeseburgers!, animal songs, cocaine?!?) , as @rob-n-lackey says,  "It all depends on what you love!"   Personally I'd choose Shady Grove.  It's claimed to have the most verses of any song so obviously I'm not alone and your can pick and choose the way you want it to go.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
05/07/20 06:59:39PM
184 posts

Is the strumhollow redundant?


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

@Irene asked "Tell me how you can play with a pick and NOT get that flappy flap flap?  It's great percussion, but I don't want percussion on all my music with the dulcimore."  @ken-hulme gave a method, but if that doesn't match the way you strum it could be hard to change habits.  Felt picks don't make sounds on songs that don't fit percussive pick noise.  

(I know, I know, it's not strumhollow related & I was treading dangerously outside this discussion's topic.)duck  

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
05/05/20 07:29:13PM
184 posts

Is the strumhollow redundant?


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

At the risk of leaving the point of the discussion, since the strum hollow seems a bit of protection from picks . . .

IRENE:

Well, now, I must say something here.   Being that I had NO ONE to teach me in Hawaii 35+ years ago, I learned from Jean Richie's books.   Then when I met some wonderful folks in Southern Oregon 20 years ago.....they played all over like you talk about here.   Weird for me....I didn't like the FLAP FLAPITY FLAP with the picks on the fret board. I really LIKE playing at the strum hole.   HOWEVER, I've also watched so many videos on this site and those that play without picks and with chording..............finger dancing all the way.....I love the sound as well.   It's that FLAP FLAPTIY FLAP....and maybe only for me.............distracts from the beautiful melodies and or chords folks use when they play.  Yes, Ken, there is a sweet sound in the middle....but I often play way up high on the fret board....so for me............I stick to playing at the strum hollow.   aloha, irene

Tend to agree, @Irene.  Picks cramp your hand and, unless I specifically want the percussion, I, too, am no fan of the FLAP FLAPITY FLAP.  As to where to play, I probably need to pay more attention.  I remember being surprised when my husband asked why I didn't use the strum hollow.  Never noticed.  Had more important things to pay attention to and now this discussion's got me noticing a bit more.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
04/21/20 01:58:28PM
184 posts

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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Ah, my Berea Roomie, @Dulcinina , back before I found my health better w/o cats we had a cat who tolerated a leash, but moving at a cat's pace won't help you much (except for your sense of humorwinker ) .  My 10 year old husky/malamute would probably go more, but I try to get out for a roughly hour-long walk every other day, weather permitting.  (I'm NOT a walk-in-the-rain Pet Mom, although sometimes the white stuff still trying to assert itself here in Michigan doesn't always stop me.  BRRRR!)  My "Beast" is nearing the age when my mals died, so I'm hoping the husky in him keeps him longer.  When I think about losing him: I know not having to arrange for care when I'm on the road would be helpful, but he's my trail buddy & I'm well aware I wouldn't be doing it w/o him.  <SIGH!>  This is starting to sound like it should move to the Show Us Your Pets, & I'm always hearing how gorgeous he is, but think when he goes I'll probably try fostering for a while, but know what that will lead to. . . a new trail buddy.

Yes, @Strumelia"> @Strumelia , like you, I'm having to pick my walking areas to avoid people crowding some parks, although I'm not bothered by the way dogs just don't believe in "social distancing", while I talk to their human at a distance.  My husband's truck has an extended cab where my boy rides.  Decided to use my gas points expiring this month on the truck since that travels a bit more than my SUV these days.  The worker at the gas station saw & commented on how he's, yes, gorgeous.  It's a rare time I don't hear that.   Thank heavens a nearby golf course & the fairgrounds (yep, read your note on that!) are near and still available.  Just a bit of walking on our dirt roads leaves me wondering if we truly have that many Essential Workers & people only out 1x a week for groceries! You're still taking your life & that of your dog in your hands traveling on the road.

Whether with a Trail Buddy or earphones, may we all have the opportunity to walk as even online exercise and dance isn't helpful if it must take place in a crowded office.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
04/13/20 04:08:10PM
184 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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I've  been testing my very beginning skills of arranging with Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" when this parody I call 50 Ways to Beat Corona came my way.  It's by Marge Bailey as the Sweet Adelines are sharing humor.

Stay away from the pack, Jack
Don't visit your Gran, Stan
Wipe down the toys, Roy
To keep virus free.

Don't hop on the bus, Gus
Don't listen to Don, Ron
Don't hoard the TP, Lee
Just stay virus free

Sneeze in your sleeve, Steve
Don't touch your face, Grace
Keep back to 6 feet, Pete
Heed CDC

Use the Purell, Mel
Keep wipes in your purse, Nurse
Take care of your flock, Doc
You need PPE

This isn't Spring Break, Jake
Stay home if you're sick, Dick
As COID leaps, Peep
Just Follow the rules, Flo
And stay virus free.

A bit more about my own efforts is that the version I'm working with is clearly for guitar. SMN lets me figure out melody & chords.
It's still clunky, definitely gives me a project (in addition to the MobileSheets one mentioned elsewhere.)

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
04/11/20 12:06:22PM
184 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


OFF TOPIC discussions

@dusty-turtle

Looking forward to seeing the update on the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering!  I just went to the online description of workshops & am impressed!  That's what really grabs me in a program. 

BTW I saw some things about hammered dulcimer, now I don't care to get hammered, but have at least one friend who would probably be interested.  Could the descriptions make it clearer which are for us Mad Dulcimer players vs. THEM!?!?

You're right about it letting people join who could never make it in person.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
04/07/20 06:00:19PM
184 posts

Who Made Swan-shaped Dulcimer?


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

I'm so glad I opened a message yesterday.  I was finally able to know what had puzzled me for years.

 

Hello Lois, my name is Troy Price and I reside in Indiana. I came across you by simply searching my grandfather's name in Google. You see I was up late tonight talking with my wife about my father and him being amazing carpenters and discussing how much working with wood ran in my family. Then started to tell her about my grandfather Neville Price being very good at building musical instruments, Dulcimers in particular. As well as hammer dulcimers, violins, harps ect. While I was doing a simple Google search with his name I saw a thread on dulcimers as well as the photos of one that i believe he built that you have. It was one that you had somehow tracked back to him. Neville Price of shelbyville Indiana. That you were wondering if anyone had heard of him . I can say that beyond any doubt that you are correct. He is very likely the builder of the of that you have. I know that over his life that he had built nearly 500 Dulcimers of the variety that you have. Nearly every one original in wood work and detail. That he was a very amazing man when it came to building things of such detail from furniture, to puzzles, or a house. He was a very creative and amazing man in his craft. I'm so very happy to have seen your post and being able to enjoy his dulcimer. It looks as if it has found a wonderful home! If you have any questions feel free to ask. Thank you for your time in reading this. Have a very blessed day!

LoiS(omeday I hope to let the Price family see my beloved "Swannie!")

P.S. @greg-gunner"> @greg-gunner , you win the Cryptology prize!  Indiana players you definitely had Neville Price in your history & now I can correctly credit him.  I suspected as much since I fell in love with its tone & unique appearance at an antique store near the Indiana/Michigan border.

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