Sunday, July 27, 2014

Events of the week

It is Sunday once again. This past week we made a trip to Springfield. We left on Wednesday and came back on Friday.

We were busy the entire time in Springfield. Neither my mother nor sister drive. Only my dad drives, but with macular degeneration coming on, he does not get out very often. We made trips to K-Mart and the library. Dad treated us to a dinner at Rib Crib one evening.

Today at church, one member told us about her grandson, 31 years old, who had a sudden illness. He was sick for two days and then died. The subject of today's talk was Woody Guthrie. We sang this "This Land is Your Land." The talk was given by Joy Avery.

On Saturday, we had our monthly Food and Fellowship gathering at La Hacienda on S. Peoria. Due to road construction, access to businesses along that stretch of road has been hampered. The road was opened up just this week. I hope we benefitted La Hacienda by eating there. We usually have 8 to 10 people attend our Food and Fellowship gatherings.

After the F&F gathering, we went by the church. A Democratic group had rented the building for an ice cream social. We stopped by for a half hour.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Favorite web sites for free piano sheet music

I have saved hundreds of dollars over the years by downloading free sheet music rather than buying it at a music store. There are two sites which are my favorite: and

Most of the music at Scorser is dated, but that's fine. I prefer the older pieces -- Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, Schumann, Schubert, Debussy, Ravel, all the classical composers. Scores can be downloaded for piano, as well as ensembles of various instruments.

The other site, free-scores (be sure to include the hyphen), has a lot of classical composers as well as modern composers who are hoping to make a name for themselves. First you will see a selection of instruments. I click on "piano." Then you will see various types of music: ragtime, new age, waltzes. Click on the type of music you are interested in. The score will appear on your screen and then you can print it. You can also hear much of the music before you print, if you desire. Even links to some YouTube videos are available.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Back from another Springfield trip

We got back home today from another trip to Springfield. We drove there on Wednesday and came back today. My granddaughter, Ayla, came along with us on this trip. We stayed at the Medical Mile Arbor, near Cox South (National Avenue) and the James River Freeway. We were able to assist Mother and Dad on some errands in the neighborhood. We took Dad to get a haircut. We took my sister Paula to the library on S. Campbell. Today we took my parents to doctors appointments on National Ave.

Today Dad took us to the Rib Crib on Campbell Ave. It is in a new location. The former location on Sunshine has closed. The new Rib Crib is not far from the old one. It is across Campbell from Maschino Hardware. It shares a parking lot with Price Cutter grocery. I ate ribs, and they were very good. The potato salad, baked beans, and corn on the cob were also excellent.

I had to miss Poetry Group tonight as we were on the road at that time, but I'm sure they got along without me.

Friday, July 04, 2014


Here I am walking at the Salvation Army gymnasium, which is located about a mile from my house.  I usually walk for a hour three or four times a week.  So far this year, I have walked 221 miles.