The Positive Thread...

John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
3 months ago
257 posts

It's nice to know my 8-foot-tall Uncle Eddie hasn't been forgotten!  Though he has been "upstaged" somewhat by the 9-foot-tall Mawhee dulcimore built by my talented buddy Dulcimore Dan!  Maybe someday we can stage a boxing event between the giants?

Patty from Virginia
Patty from Virginia
@patty-from-virginia
3 months ago
233 posts

Ken Longfield, it's good to see you posting here. I hope you are doing well.

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 months ago
783 posts

[quote="Dusty Turtle"]

[quote="Strumelia"] Woops!  I see Ken beat me to a response. I guess his coffee is better than mine. coffee

[/quote]

No, Dusty, it's just that I'm on the East coast and three hours ahead of you. Still waiting for my issue to arrive, but with all the bad weather we've been having our mail has been delayed.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
1,441 posts

Strumelia: Dusty that's great! That huge black dulcimer is a sort of Thomas model, isn't it?


Perhaps the black stain makes it resemble the Thomas dulcimers, but according to the article, @Dan's 9-foot dulcimer is "partially patterned on John Mawhee's dulcimore."  One obvious modern element is the machine tuners, since wooden pegs would never be able to handle the tension of such long strings.  


Woops!  I see Ken beat me to a response. I guess his coffee is better than mine. coffee




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 02/17/21 11:16:24AM
Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 months ago
783 posts

The big Thomas dulcimer, Uncle Eddie, was made by John Knopf. Dan's is a teardrop model patterned after a Mawhee dulcimer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 02/17/21 12:18:23PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
1,969 posts

Dusty that's great! That huge black dulcimer is a sort of Thomas model, isn't it?




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
1,441 posts

Great article in the February 2021 issue of Dulcimer Players News by @david-bennett about @dan's 9-foot long dulcimer.  Nice work, guys!  Everyone should give it a read.




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Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 months ago
783 posts

Congratulations! Enjoy your dulcimer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Don Grundy
Don Grundy
@don-grundy
3 months ago
175 posts

We all hope you will learn to love the dulcimer and dig in to all this simple instrument is capable of accomplishing.

Enjoy the journey.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
1,969 posts

I hope you like your new dulcimer when it arrives!




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Venni aka Adrianne
Venni aka Adrianne
@venni
3 months ago
23 posts

I'm going to finally get a real Dulcimer next week.

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 months ago
1,182 posts

We are snug in the house and prepared for a major snowstorm heading into the region.  

Take care, all, and wherever you are, be safe!

Venni aka Adrianne
Venni aka Adrianne
@venni
3 months ago
23 posts

Today I finally finished a 2 month long puzzle.

Don Grundy
Don Grundy
@don-grundy
3 months ago
175 posts

Yes, I bought my 17 and 16 year old granddaughters a Joan Baez CD.

They don’t have a CD player.  They stream their CW music.

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 months ago
783 posts

Dusty, I am glad to hear of your daughter's discovery of Joni Mitchell. I remember all our car trips when my children asked, "Do we have to listen to dad's music?" There is a certain pride that comes with their discovery that what we listened to and were influenced by wasn't all bad. On the flip side, I have found some of "their" music to be inspirational as well.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
1,441 posts

My heart as well.  I think sheltering at home has decreased the influence of her peers relative to her parents and opened a little doorway for me to sneak Joni in there.  And I gained a little stature in her eyes when I told her the woman who made Joni's dulcimer and I attend each other's online dulcimer gatherings.




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 02/12/21 07:28:07PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
1,969 posts

It does my heart good to hear that Dusty. Get her access to Joni's album Ladies of the Canyon as well. Arguably as good as the Blue album. Joni is a national treasure.




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
1,441 posts

I heard my teenage daughter listening to a female pop singer with a really melodic voice, and I said, "If you like this, you'll really love Joni Mitchell."  We listened to "Chelsea Morning" together, and then I told her to check out the Blue album. A few days later she told me with a smile on her face that she loves it!




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dulcinina
@dulcinina
3 months ago
89 posts

Glad you're home, Ken.  Home is sometimes the best medicine.  Nina

Cynthia Wigington
Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington
3 months ago
74 posts

Ken I'm so grateful to hear that you are home and recovering. You were missed here and, I know, got many dulcimer prayers...and a few more from the ukulele players. I read your note on here as it gently snows in Vermont.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
3 months ago
184 posts

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?

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 months ago
1,182 posts

So good to hear from you, Ken L-- I admit, I was concerned by what felt like a long absence.  I pray for continued healing for you.  

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
3 months ago
421 posts

Great news, Ken!  So glad your heart is healing and you're able to return home.




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Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
3 months ago
1,822 posts

Welcome home, old friend!

John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
3 months ago
257 posts

HOORAY!  Our Ken L. is back!

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 months ago
783 posts

Thanks for the welcome back. I had thought of taking my MacBookPro with me, but decided not to do so. I tried to use my iPhone, but frankly the text was too small even after enlarging a little and I had a difficult time concentrating anyway.

Gradually I will be back in to the swing of things. There is still a lot of healing to do.

Ken
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 02/07/21 09:05:58PM
Leny-Sue
Leny-Sue
@leny-sue
3 months ago
11 posts

Ken, it's good to see you back here! Thankful things are going well for you. You've been in my thoughts and prayers.

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
1,441 posts

So glad to hear from you, Ken.  You just need to tell the docs that it's not "an irregular beat."  You're a musician; it's called "syncopation."




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As a musician, you have to keep one foot back in the past and one foot forward into the future.
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updated by @dusty-turtle: 02/07/21 08:30:44PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
1,969 posts

Ken, so happy to see your post and know you are 'fixed' and back home again for recovery. We missed you and we worried! hi5   Yaaaaay Ken is back.  heartbeat




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Don Grundy
Don Grundy
@don-grundy
3 months ago
175 posts

Ken, glad all is better.  A bit of daily dulcimer is the best medicine.

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 months ago
783 posts

After 10 days in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA, I am finally home. The mitral valve repair went well and my pain was well managed. I could have come home three days after the surgery, but my heart began an irregular beat. The cardiologists worked to nudge the heart into normal rhythm and three times was within a couple hours of discharge when the irregular rhythm began anew. The problem was that often the beats dropped to less than 40 bpm and the doctors felt that was too dangerous condition under which to send me home. Today after about 22 hours of a racing heart (115-125 bpm) they gave me the option of returning home. Since this was my tenth day in the hospital I was ready to go. As I waited for discharge, I sat and watch TV. One of the nurses rushed in to my room and announced that I was back in normal rhythm. I looked up at the monitor and I was! There still may be irregularities as my heart heals, but everything is looking positive.

Thank you to all who offered prayers, kind thoughts, sent cards, and telephone well wishes. I am deeply grateful for the dulcimer community; especially all of you.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
1,969 posts

We got a nice gift card to our local pizza place today, from a friend that Brian helped with computer issues.  And they deliver!   pizza




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Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
3 months ago
421 posts

I found a 25.00 gift card from back in 2007 while cleaning and decluttering today--and it hadn't expired!




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"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Henry Van Dyke
Venni aka Adrianne
Venni aka Adrianne
@venni
3 months ago
23 posts

Robin Thompson:

@adrianne It is nice to get to make connections such as yours with friends any time yet it feels especially important during pandemic.  And welcome to FOTMD!  

Thank you very much.

~Adrianne

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 months ago
1,182 posts

@adrianne It is nice to get to make connections such as yours with friends any time yet it feels especially important during pandemic.  And welcome to FOTMD!  

Venni aka Adrianne
Venni aka Adrianne
@venni
3 months ago
23 posts

I got to email my friend I haven't talked to in a while today :)

~Adrianne

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
5 months ago
1,969 posts

How Jimmy Stewart's WWII experiences shaped It's a Wonderful Life... and how this affects us today.

Zu Zu's petals... heart

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/19/entertainment/its-a-wonderful-jimmy-stewart-world-war-ii-service/index.html




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Susie
Susie
@susie
6 months ago
430 posts

Ken Longfield:

I finally had a successful transesophageal echocardiogram yesterday. Next step is cathertrization and then on to open heart surgery. Moving along.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken, wishing you the very best and a quick recovery. Take care.

Nathina
Nathina
@nathina
6 months ago
185 posts

Good luck.

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
6 months ago
783 posts

Thanks, Jan. I will watch it if given that chance. I watched my initial echo cardiogram and the technician was very good at pointing out different parts of the heart and what was going on.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
6 months ago
421 posts

Ken, I hope all goes well and that you have no trouble with the catheterization.  Mine was painless, and once I understood that I could watch it on the screen if I wanted to, I opened my eyes.  It was very interesting, so I thought you might want the heads up so you could watch yours, too.




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
1,969 posts

Sending positive karma your way, Ken Longfield! bighug




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
6 months ago
1,441 posts

That's a lot to be going through, @ken-longfield. I hope everything goes swimmingly.




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Dusty T., Northern California
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As a musician, you have to keep one foot back in the past and one foot forward into the future.
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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
6 months ago
1,182 posts

@ken-longfield I pray all can proceed with great success!  

@dusty-turtle Thank goodness for the rain in NoCalifornia! 

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
6 months ago
783 posts

I finally had a successful transesophageal echocardiogram yesterday. Next step is cathertrization and then on to open heart surgery. Moving along.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
6 months ago
1,441 posts

It rained today in Northern California. First time since the spring.  The trees and grass and shrubs are relaxed and smiling.  So are the firefighters.




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Dusty T., Northern California
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As a musician, you have to keep one foot back in the past and one foot forward into the future.
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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
1,969 posts

I so heartbeat  enjoyed this article and video of an elderly Italian man serenading his hospitalized wife outside her window, with her favorite songs played on accordion...

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/11/europe/italian-hospital-serenade-scli-intl/index.html




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Don Grundy
Don Grundy
@don-grundy
8 months ago
175 posts

Tonight salmon and wild rice.  Tomorrow::  CHILI!

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
8 months ago
1,969 posts

For the past six months of being covid era homebodies, we've not eaten out at all, and in fact only even gotten takeout food once, early on. One because we are super cautious, and Two because the restaurants around here are not all that inspiring to us to spend the money. We've been used to cooking at home.

However, today i drove to buy some hardware supplies and as i drove home past Main St I noticed a local Italian place had moved from its dreary old mall location to a new place right on MainSt.  It looked pretty and inviting as I drove by ...and i smelled pizza. (!) So when i got home i looked up online and saw a whole new website had been put up for it, featuring lots of online ordering options and local delivery too.

I decided to splurge and order us some custom pizzas. Brian was really surprised but i was hungry and had a serious hankering for pizza!  I ordered us each a whole pizza with our own favorite toppings, so that we could have it for dinner two nights in a row.  I paid online with a credit card, even the tip. The pizzas arrived quickly and I had her leave them on the porch table.
It was acceptably good pizza and we very much enjoyed the rare luxury of fresh delivery from only a few blocks away. My pizza craving will now be satisfied for a good long while.  pizza




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Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
last year
1,822 posts

Lisa -- your salmon & egg tacos with salsa verde sound.  I make my own salsa verde too.  My trick is to include a whole lime -- skin, pith, seeds, everything; and juice of a lemon.  It all gets pureed anyway...  Then following my Mexican chef friends, I "fry' the sauce is a large blisteringly hot skillet, stirring madly for about 10 minutes to marry flavors and tighten up the consistency.  

I make soup weekly -- often based on one of the winter squashes -- Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti; but also eggplant, or red bell peppers.  Posole of course. And the famous Florida speciality Chez Suzanne's Creamy Romaine soup.  In the hot season I make chilled soups like white and red gaspachos, Ajo Blanco (almonds and garlic), chilled lettuce soups and several ceviches.


updated by @ken-hulme: 03/13/20 07:44:25AM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
last year
1,969 posts

My positive things today:

My husband was finally able to get his pneumonia vaccine...yay!

We had a yummy tortilla dinner by candlelight in the kitchen.

Vacuumed the whole house! ...and now (for a little while at least) it'll feel so nice to walk around the house barefoot.  bananadance

Ah, the little things in life can be so nice.




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
last year
1,441 posts

Strumelia:  Soups are like the most nutritious and comforting meal we can have.

You mean it's not hot links and whiskey?




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
last year
1,969 posts

Soups are like the most nutritious and comforting meal we can have during these stressful times.

I didn't make soup today, but we're just about to make some smoked salmon w/egg in soft tortillas, with our own home-canned tomatillo green sauce!  grin   Followed by maybe watching a movie in bed.  A little slice of humble Heaven.




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
last year
1,182 posts

I'll be over tomorrow for leftover chicken soup, Robert, and some porch picking!  :)

robert schuler
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
last year
243 posts

Robin Thompson:

There's a pot of tomato-based bean soup cooking on the stove now for lunch.  It is a sunny and warm-ish day here in our neck of the woods.  So, maybe lunch out on the front porch.  :)

I've got a pot of chicken soup on the stove. Trying to do farm chores with a pot cooking on the stove is a bit of a challenge. You know, being two places at once. Not a bad day for some porch picking too.... Robert

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
last year
1,182 posts

Hey, come on over, Dusty!  We've eaten already but there's plenty more in the soup pot.  :) 

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
last year
1,441 posts

Is that an invitation, Robin?




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Dusty T., Northern California
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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
last year
1,182 posts

There's a pot of tomato-based bean soup cooking on the stove now for lunch.  It is a sunny and warm-ish day here in our neck of the woods.  So, maybe lunch out on the front porch.  :)

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
last year
421 posts

I know we have lots of members from the  greater Nashville, TN area where the tornadoes went thru...it would be good if we could  get a word on whether folks are OK, injured, rec'd damage, etc.




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
7 years ago
1,969 posts

Tell us one positive thing in your day today!




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