I love Christmas Carols. But I am so over listening to them on the radio. They only play holiday tunes on the radio - and no Christmas Carols. Heaven forbid they play any religious music. So I go onto Pandora and listen to a radio station I have created based on "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" and get all the Christmas Carols I like.
Here's a new one I just discovered. A four-part harmony of Joy to the World has always been a favorite of mine. My father was a baritone and my mother was an alto. This was one of her best songs.
Feel free to sing along with these four very talented musicians.
Joy to the world! The Lord is come Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing And heaven and nature sing And heaven, and heaven and nature sing
He rules the world with truth and grace And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness And wonders of His love And wonders of His love And wonders and wonders of His love
Since I've been knitting my Rent Collecting Shawl over and over, I've been looking at different videos and trying to figure out the best way to teach people how to knit garter stitch intarsia correctly.
Here's the video I watched that first piqued my curiosity.
What? Why is she saying in-tar-ze-uh? (Which by the way, is close, but slightly incorrect).
I have always pronounced it this way - similar to Eunny Jang. After all, she's Eunny Jang. She knows everything about knitting.
That may be true... except apparently Eunny doesn't know how to pronounce intarsia properly.
She pronounces it in-tar-zhuh.
*BUZZER SOUND* (Wrong answer - sorry Eunny!)
I never, ever imagined that the biggest lesson of all would be learning how to pronounce the word intarsia.
Intarsia does not rhyme with anything.
It does not rhyme with Marsha.
The closest thing it rhymes with is dyslexia.
So I looked it up from several references. It turns out I have never, ever heard anyone pronounce intarsia correctly. Have you?
Last night the Big Sioux River crested at 1 a.m. - earlier than expected and did NOT hit the levels that were forecasted. The crews are already working on reopening the interstate. My sister did not have to relive the actual flood nightmare of 2011.
Somewhere between the heavy snow, big thaw, thunderstorms, tornadoes, broken levee upstream and just pure bad luck, a huge part of the interestate near my sister's home is being turned into a levee and they're waiting to see if they're going to be flooded once again... this time by the Big Sioux River.
The water is expected to peak Friday at 6 p.m.
Please keep everyone in the South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska flood zones in your thoughts and prayers. But especially pray for my sister, if you don't mind.
For Throw Back Thursday, I thought I'd share a picture of the bleeding hearts in my yard. I have white bleeding hearts that decorate the front of my house.
Bleeding hearts always remind me of my childhood, especially the very early 1970s. One of my neighbors had pink bleeding hearts in the back yard and I remember how mesmerized I was with their beauty when I first discovered them as a child. Each spring I would enjoy seeing them and watching them grow - in awe of nature's ability to create a flower in the shape of a heart.
I love it when April rolls around. The snow finally melts. The yards get cleaned up. OK - I could do without the return of leaf blowers! And the early flowers start to bloom. I have a bunch of daffodils that come up the very first of April before anyone else's daffodils are blooming. I think it's because they get the protection of the stone wall.
These have been in bloom all week, and I just got around to snapping this picture. Happy Spring everyone.