Living Near Fort Boonesborough

When I first relocated to Winchester Kentucky I had no clue that it was so close to the Richmond home of Daniel and Rebecca Boone.  I used to watch reruns of Daniel Boone with my Grandparents and loved that show.

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Snowbound in Michigan

Last month I spent 23 days visiting with my four grandchildren, Raevyndaun, Vykktoria, Vladmier, and Valerie. We spent time reading together and they helped me with a few reviews. We shared snapchat hours and made a lot of silly faces and glamorous photos with the SnapChat filters. We also admired the snow.

There was plenty of snow to admire too. It stayed snow covered the entire visit and I loved it. Sure, there was the occasional worry that I was going to slip down the stairs, but I held on to the banister of the porch tightly.

My daughter lives in a small rural area called Rock. My grandson’s class is only 7 students.  I feel like he is getting more hands-on teaching than the ones in the bigger classes so it was quite fun to see him so enthused about his class and his school.  We attended the lower grades Christmas production, and it was adorable. k-6 took turns lining up and performing. Of course, I had 3 of the sweetest and most talented waving from the stage to me madly. Yes, I was madly waving back to them!  Valerie the baby watched the production from the bleachers.  She is only 1 after all.

But you are here to find out about the snow.  There was snow, but the snowstorm came this last week. Doubling what had fallen while I was there. So I will share the pictures with you from this week.

As you can see the height of the snow on the banister on the deck. That cup was my Christmas gift from Raevyndaun, now she will have to bring it to me on the next trip down. I might have left one or two items in Michigan, including that cup and my coat.

This is the view as you look across the yard and to the right. The pristine snow that will no doubt be staying around until the spring thaw in May. I really enjoyed the view from the house with the snowy treeline.  It was calming, muffled, and beautiful.  While I watched the snow fall holding my cup of coffee, I truly knew what it was to relax. It was very calming.

 

This is the view as you drive up their drive to the main road. The beauty was captured by my son in law, and he did a wonderful job of finding the beauty for me to bring home wth me.

I am back in Kentucky now and we had a week of snowy weather here too.  It was like I brought Michigan home with me.

In case you have never met Casey this was us on Christmas day. A Mama and her Baby.

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First Writers Group Meeting Was Today!

A few days back I mentioned that I had asked my local library on Facebook if they knew of any writers groups in the small town where I live. John answered my inquiry and told me there were several, one met every Friday at the library. He said I was welcome to join. So today, being Friday, at ten o’clock, I found myself in the conference room with five printed pages of my work in progress. That is the price of admission, you see, reading aloud five pages of your WIP.

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Evening of Live Music: Featuring Boone Alley Band

Tonight I was invited to an evening of live music with the Drummer and his wife.  We arrived at Waterfront Grille and Gathering in Winchester, Kentucky around 7:00 and watched the band set up and get ready for the show.

 

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The band was scheduled to play at 8:00 so they arrived in time to set up the equipment and get the sound equipment perfected.  Many mic checks late they were ready to start the show.

 

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The band finished setting up and the show started at about  8:15. There were some soundboard issues and one massive feedback that almost made us clear out. They brought over the professional sound board guy and corrected that problem before show time.  It was fine!  They got on with the show after that and the mic’s and the sound was utter perfection.

The first song they sang was the classic Bonnie Tyler song It’s a Heartache and it was wonderful.  The lead female singer, Gwen Neal Spencer really did it justice.  Then they moved on to a Stevie Nicks song which was sung by Treva Payne, who is the keyboard player and singer. Here is a portion of that song.

 

Then they got into some  Eddie Money, John Cougar Mellencamp and then they sang some Tracey Chapman. Some of these songs were sung by Dale Spencer and he did a great job. He has a sweet voice that is perfect for those Eddie Money and John Mellencamp songs. When they sang Shaky Ground it was so bluesy and so delicious.   It was such a mix, I loved it all.

One of the best moments was when Gwen sang, Blue Moon of Kentucky. If I ever missed a perfect video, that would have been it.  She held those notes and unbelievable amount of time. It gave me chills.

 

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Then after the first  break they did a few requests and a few country songs.  Here is a bit of one of the songs they sang.  I did not video the entire song.  Just enough to get the feel for the singers vibe and talent. I am not the best videographer.

 

 

After this song, Gwen sang Girl Crush and oh my goodness, she killed it.  This girl has some pipes!  A video of A Girl Crush that I did not take is on their  Boone Alley Band Facebook page . Check it out, it is great.

The last song I heard them play before the second break was Exile’s Kiss you All Over and they sang it so phenomenally. Since we had to get up

 

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Best part is, I have been invited back to a girls night at their next show the 22 or 23rd of July.  I am so there!  Girl’s night out are amazing. Thanks for asking me Amy and Phil! I had a blast with my Diet Coke and burger.

The band members playing tonight Randy Reed, Dale Spencer, Phillip Marmo,  Gwen Neal Spencer, Marty Muse, andTreva Payne. So if you are ever in Kentucky and see them playing, pull up a chair, they are going to give you an unbelievable show.