What a week! It has been a whirlwind of activity around our house. Everyone in the family stepped up to make the house presentable for Grandma and Tim, Jim’s brother. I must say it is awfully nice to have the entire house clean at one time, rather than attacking the neediest room each week. The main focus of their visit was to see Pippin, but I’ll save those stories for later.
After the house started to shine, I did manage to squeeze in more needle felting. I’m very excited about the felted tiles I’m creating featuring vegetables and fruit. Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are healthy to eat, but mine are especially high in fiber. Ha ha ha! This week I focused on peas. When I was sitting outside the room where the boys were having their voice lesson I was positioned underneath a large commissioned piece that featured pea vines on a trellis, which made for a wonderful creative connection. I worked, listened to singing and looked up at my artistic history. When I thought about the fancy wine we planned to drink with Tim, I got to thinking about grapes so I had to make a few of those to feature on tiles. And of course you can never have enough tomatoes, so I made more thick slices that show off the delicate seeds and internal structure.
Saturday night featured the opening performance of Pippin! It was fabulous to share the event with my family around me in the center of the sixth row—best seats in the house! I just got to take it all in. The kids were amazing! They sang and performed their hearts out and the audience loved it. The costumes really pulled it all together—I must say I’m really proud of my designs, and I’m incredibly grateful to all the people who transformed them into costumes, especially Nancy Riggert. It was fun to see some of the parents who contributed to the costuming after the show, and they got to see how their efforts fit into the big picture. They were in awe of the entire performance. I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish as a group. I’m grateful to Gwen Witten and Chris Miller for giving me this opportunity. It’s just the biggest canvas I’ve ever worked on, and it’s so much fun to see it all come together.
Next, a little parental gloating is in order. Tommie and Jacob were fabulous! The transformation that Tommie undergoes when he is onstage is phenomenal, to the point that people don’t recognize him. He does appear different visually underneath grey hair and behind a beard, but his body movements, gesturing and voice characteristics are completely fabricated and distinct from his day-to-day persona. And, if you want to see them live - the next performance is this Saturday Oct 22, 7pm - and here is the link to the tickets!
I wish my grandfather, a bass in the Czech opera, could have seen him in action. Jacob shone too—he was a glowing, performing ball of energy. He embraces the stage, but his stage persona is a caricature of how we see him at home. He was a confident magician, a dynamic circus performer, and always in command of his art. My little pumpkins!
We had a wonderful visit with Grandma and Tim. We shared lots of stories and laughs over meals and a trip to the Farmer’s market on Saturday morning. We found hot chocolate and coffee for everyone—including me! Marina made me a special, off the menu, decaffeinated coffee that made me very happy. At the market we sampled a variety of dainties for breakfast and found enough vegetables for the week. The biggest news from the gastronomic adventures was that there was pie. It was an amazing blueberry/strawberry creation using fruit from our trip to Andrews Produce on Topsail Island back in May. It came after the almond encrusted walleyes the crew caught in July and a nice bottle of wine, so we had an excellent meal. And I got pie for breakfast over the next few days! Today I finished the last slice, though. I’m beginning the next countdown to the next pie—I wonder what and when it will be?
Until next week