Month: October 2014

Open Mic Tonight!

We’re heading out tonight to play for the crowds. Wish her luck! I will try to post some footage, but there is always some sort of camera malfunction. So here is one of the songs (without the trackback) in advance. Thanks. 🙂

Update! Here is the Halloween footage. We had a great time. She was a little nervous, and the timing needs some work. But we’re so proud of her.


“Can We Keep Them?”…PLEASE!

Thing "1"
Thing “1”
Thing "2"
Thing “2”

No, actually. We can’t keep them, but that’s not going to stop the girls from asking  begging.  I don’t blame them, but I don’t want kittens either.

These little fur-balls are part of the ever-growing feral cat colony out here on the property. We are participating in “Catch/Neuter-Spay/Release” program. We’re still trying to catch Mama. She’s pretty smart and vicious. I hope we catch her soon…this is the second litter she has had since we have lived here. Those from the first litter are now grown and unfortunately there will be more.

There were originally four babies in this litter. We have caught two. One is still roaming around with Mama, and one is lost. We haven’t seen it with the others, and I’m afraid something got to the poor thing.

As for the two babies in the picture, (no names….we don’t want to get attached), they will go to the shelter. They will get their shots, spayed-neutered, and adopted out. The staff said they will have no problem finding homes for these two because they are still little.

In the meantime, here are some cute pictures of the latest cuties. Unfortunately, I’m afraid there will be more. A few nights ago, we saw another young litter playing in the street. This place is crawling with kittens.


Since You Asked….

I got a couple of questions about Lenore’s progress with the “Queen” solo. Ok..I got two inquiries. Exactly two. BUT, for those two whole readers, here is the update. She has learned more of the song and really has only a small part left to get through. Technique and timing needs to improve, but all of that will come with continual practice. She’s quite pleased in the video.

So thank you to the two people who asked! 🙂

So proud of you!
Lenore, We are SO proud of you!

Updates All Around

Lots of changes taking place out here. At 20 months, Evangeline has morphed from a blue-eyed baby who was basically a clone of her older sister, to this silver-grey eyed angel with her own look. She loves books, “Daniel Tiger”, Hobbes, and a stuffed green Oogie Boogie from “Nightmare Before Christmas”.

Goodbye Blue Eyes!
She still looks like Big Sister, but is slowly getting her own look.
She still looks like Big Sister, but is slowly getting her own look.
Budding Film Director!
Budding Film Director!

Raven just celebrated her 14th birthday! Outside of school, she spends her time taking photos and making short movies. We just learned that her movie (she directed it) was accepted to the  2014 ‘Ōiwi Film Festival. Last year, her film made it to Hawaii International Film Festival. So at age 14 she has TWO festivals under her directors cap. Well done, little bird.

Shot taken by one of the surf-moms with their phone.
Shot taken by one of the surf-moms with their phone.

Lenore has been surfing with some of her new buddies, and loving it. We went out to the West Coast last week and one of the moms got this great shot with her phone. Lenore rode that sucker all the way in. She’s getting better and can stay on a board much longer these days.

Speaking of improvement, here is the latest clip from he guitar adventures. Recently we took Lenore in for some professional lessons. Up until now, she has been self-taught from YouTube videos. While we are happy with her progress, as some point she needs some one-on-one with an actual person.

The instructor gave her lots of things to work on, including the bones to two songs. This is just the basics of the songs and will get more complicated with each lesson. So here’s a clip of her recent progress from her first private lesson. It’s “Just What I Needed”, from The Cars. The other song is “She Talks To Angels”, by The Black Crows and you can find that on her YouTube channel.

Our son Alex has recently been inducted into the National Honor Society at school. We are so proud of him. He really doesn’t like his picture on the blog so we’ll just have to settle for the good news.

Well family, that’s everything up to date. Hope you enjoy the updates. On the bottom is a small gallery of pictures of Evangeline. She is changing so fast!