One Night with Judy Collins

 One Night with Judy CollinsLast night Yianni and I, my cousin Georgia and her husband Doug went to see and hear “Judy Blue Eyes” at a concert held at the  Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

It was a wonderful evening with a truly beautiful musical legend who took us on a personal journey with her songs and stories. Not just her near perfect soprano voice, but her classical piano and 12 string guitar proficiency make her an awe inspiring musician.

Being mostly an interpreter of songs, Judy Collins has written some very obscure and hauntingly memorable songs herself. Here she is at a concert last year at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, singing the 1st song she ever wrote with another one of my favorite singer songwriters, Shawn Colvin who joins her in a duet version of “Since You’ve Asked”.

“Take the lilies and the lace
From the days of childhood,
All the willow winding paths
Leading up and outward,
This is what I give,
This is what I ask you for
Nothing more.”

 One Night with Judy Collins


We were privileged to be able to meet her after the concert and tell how much her music has meant to us. At 75, she’s an inspiration.



 One Night with Judy Collins


I was fortunate to have her sign the DVD of her most recent concert in Ireland. The concert was a PBS broadcast aired just this past Spring on March 5th. Her autograph ended in a heart.

A night of music I won’t forget.

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Crafts: Knitting and a Daisy Wreath

It’s been a while since I’ve shared photos about a craft project. So, when I thought about it for a while, I remember that I started knitting this scarf months ago for a green winter coat purchased last winter. I need to get to work on this if I want to wear it in a couple of months! Thanks to a Facebook post I still have a link to the pattern.

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I did manage to finish this pink and green (what was I thinking?) shawl last year and it now hangs over the back of my chair at work for the odd occasion when the air conditioning decides to deliberately attack the back of my neck. No pattern for this one, just bulky yarn, garter stitch and big needles.

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I believe the last time I blogged about crafting was my post entitled: What to do with Yiayia’s doilies?  That was a Sharpie, acrylic gesso, doilies and stickers craft project and I got the idea from an art gallery in Saugatauk MI.

More recently I took a few hours on a rainy Saturday afternoon and made this White Daisy Wreath from Paper Source.

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The kit came with adhesive foam squares, but I pulled out the acrylic gesso again and used it instead. These paper flowers aren’t going anywhere but on the wreath form!

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I’m pretty happy with the outcome.

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Do you craft? What are you working on right now?

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Ocean Prime

Recently we dined at a nearby restaurant that we’ve never been to before called Ocean Prime.
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To start, I ordered the Lobster Bisque topped with a sweet corn fritter. If you like lobster bisque you will like theirs.

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John loves a good Caesar Salad. He ordered one with crisp romaine lettuce, Parmesan garlic dressing and brioche croutons. He asked for extra and they didn’t skimp on the anchovies.

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For my main course I had Alaska Halibut with lobster gnocchi, spring peas and lemon jus. It was very tasty.

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John opted for the Sea Scallops with Parmesan risotto, English peas in a citrus Vinaigrette. It was delicious.

The service was good. The room was beautifully appointed. We will definitely dine there again.  Here’s their menu.

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