Cutting the chords

Hello world! How are you today? Summer has arrived in the Coachella Valley. I know that today is May 26, 2021 and summer does not officially start till June 20 but not here in the desert. We like to be ahead of the seasons. Yesterday, it wasn’t too bad, I think it only got to 102 degrees, sweater weather around here. Yes, that was sarcasm. Did any of you see the lunar eclipse last night? You didn’t. either? Darn, those same clouds that were blocking my view, must have blocked your view as well. There will be another chance to view a lunar eclipse this year in November. Hoping for clear skies that night. When I was young, my sisters would have their high school friends over and we would sit in the back yard with the lights off looking for meteors. Our Mom used to make goodies for us to eat and drink. Some nights, they were out in the back, talking, drinking hot chocolate or beer till the sun came up. I remember getting excited hearing that there was going to be celestial events as this meant we would all get to hang out in the back yard at night. I remember trying to share those same activities with my kids and not having luck as we lived in the city that was full of lights. Anyhow, I hope my kids and their kids get excited about events like those. You can be rich or poor and mother nature doesn’t discriminate when she puts on a show, you just have to keep your eyes and mind open.

I am still working on the photos from the last shoot and trying to plan out the next one with the puggies. Every time, I look at them I giggle. Their happy little faces beg you to smile, they sure were a good dose of the good stuff.

In a previous post I have mentioned my “schedule”. I was having trouble staying on task, so I created a schedule to sort of stick to, so far it has been working. I have made progress in learning guitar. It is definitely easier to find the right finger placement, even with my eyes closed. Moving from chord to chord is still a chore but I am practicing everyday and it feels more comfortable. I have tried to add singing while I play and that is going to take some time. It is almost as if I get tripped up and the words that I can sing along with with out playing become to like tongue twisters when I add my moving hands. I must and will keep practicing as I do know that practice is the key to getting better at anything.

The F-this chord… (Hubby version of F)

Next week, I am going to devote time to learning the bass. I plan on signing up for online bass classes as I found one for a person like me, that has no experience and needs lots of help!

had to try and fix my appearance….HA HA HA!!!

I know it doesn’t seem like much to you people that already know how to play. To me, this is a major accomplishment. I know that it will help with my focus when out photographing live music. One thing is I now have a deeper appreciation of all the performers I have witnessed playing live and giving it their all. It also makes me want to learn more about some of the performers I have photographed. Like why did they choose the genre of music they are playing? Did they do it to impress a girl or guy? Did they take music class in elementary school or did they learn on their own. Did they take music so they didn’t have to take Fine Art or a foreign language in high school? What is their after practice or a show meal go to or drink? You see, I like to capture photos but I am also interested in their stories as I know that they all have one. To me, I think some of their stories tumble out in their playing and you can see, hear and feel the emotions. I have been using Hubby as my test subject. I am so glad he likes to tell some of the stories from back in the day when he first started playing and even a few that made me thank God that he survived those punk rock years. I guess these are the stories I want to hear about when I see performers. What would you want to know or learn about people, performer or not? Now to work on my audio skills as I do want to interview people and good audio is key.

All those little tomatoes are from my garden.

Back to my schedule… I also have included a morning of cooking. This week I made green tomato salsa out of the tomatoes from the back yard and a marinade from a can of cannabis soda. I love the smell of roasting tomatoes and peppers. Roasting them makes them soft and the skins easy to peel.

That basket has seen many miles and roasted many chiles. Time for a new one!

My kids, mainly my youngest son, is always asking me for my salsa recipe. The thing is, I don’t have a salsa recipe that I follow. I am doing it from memory. I used to sit in the kitchen and act like I wasn’t paying attention. My Mom would roast tomatoes and peppers on the stove. After she peeled them, she put them in a food processor. She then added cilantro, white or brown onions – diced thickly, green onions, cumin, vinegar, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper. She added spices until she got the right taste. I remember her sampling it and then adding more ingredients. Somehow, it always came out the same. Delicious!!!!

I added lime juice to this as well and it brightened the sourness of the tomatoes.

So, I guess there it is, my kids, what is in my salsa. Really, you will and should make it your own! Sometimes, for fun, and if I have random vegetables or fruit, I add other things like pineapple or mangoes, avocados or cucumbers. Sometimes, instead of salt, I use Tajin. As always, I just “Have fun with it!” Words to live by from Chef Sue Bruen, my mentor and teacher in the kitchen at the Brass Elephant.

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A few weeks ago, I went into the local dispensary to pick up stuff as Hubby was waiting for his new ID to come in the mail. The girls that worked there were the nicest. When I was checking out, one of the ladies said that my purchase qualified for a reduced price beverage. So, I said, “Okay. I’ll take one.” She showed me a couple and I picked out the blood orange and cardamom. I knew I was not going to drink it as I am not into eating or drinking cannabis. My sister had mentioned making salad dressing from cannabis imbibed olive oil, so I thought… it will work. Soda is great base for a marinade and this one was lightly sweetened. So, now that are BBQ is back in working condition, I have been eagerly looking for new things to grill. So, I thawed out a chicken breast and shrimp to marinate.

That is the chicken. The soda sure did something to make it juicy!

I used one can of soda, a quarter cup shallots, cilantro, a few good squeezes of orange juice, salt, pepper, a heavy shake of cumin, oregano and two cloves of minced garlic. I split the marinade and let the meat marinate for 30 minutes before I grilled it. I totally forgot to take any after shots of the cooked food but it was yumm-O! I also grilled butternut squash to have as a side. I love that Hubby has been helping me stick to the gallbladder diet. Usually, we eat out, 6 out of the 7 days and I can see the difference in how I am feeling by not eating so much fast food. I am thinking about getting another can of soda and making a salad dressing. I know cannabis in any form is not for some. I did not notice any head change or even the taste of cannabis, but not sure if it could affect someone that is not a user of cannabis. What say you, other people that have cooked with cannabis?

Last thing about my schedule. I had to add blogging to it. I am going to try and go no more than two days in a row with out writing, even if it is just one sentence or maybe photo. I have lots of little things that I think about adding to this blog, for my kids and then I get lost doing something else and then I go several days or weeks before I can muster the courage to hit publish.

Thank you, dear reader for visiting ss I appreciate it and you! May you have a peaceful and easy day. Hugs!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. I applaud you for trying to learn to play both guitar and bass. I cannot play a single instrument, and find learning to play any completely daunting. I too am majorly impressed by all the musicians who can play guitar, piano, drums or any other instruments so beautifully. And when you add songwriting and singing to the mix, it just boggles my mind. That’s one reason I enjoy writing about indie artists.

    Your salsa looks and sounds delicious. I’ve only made pico de gallo type salsas, using only freshly-cut tomatoes, peppers, onions, cilantro, lime juice and salt.

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  2. terrie gura says:

    Don’t you know my eyes went directly to those gorgeous charred tomatoes and peppers? My oh my, that salsa looks awesome!!!

    I love that you are taking on the challenge of learning to play instruments. That is so cool! 🙂

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    1. I thought I had overdid it on a few and didn’t remove all of the char. It gave it a little smoky flavor..ha ha! It was tasty. It didn’t make it 24 hours here in the condo 🙂

      Learning to play has been fun and is challenging my memory. Maybe one day I will be able to play a whole song.

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  3. dunelight says:

    I had done professional theater for..15 years or so when a part came up where I had to play and sing..at first I was intimidated (I can’t do this.) but then I tried and it turned out to be much easier than I thought. I think I did one other professional show where I played and sang.

    You’ll get there. It’s about the very journey. It’s much healthier for your brain than sitting and watching endless telenovellas or football. 🙂 Good for you to try!

    PS..roast peppers..yum. I planted tomatoes this week.

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    1. How exciting that must have been to get through it, playing and singing…at the same time.
      Wait, you play bass, right? My hubby plays bass and he says singing and playing can be challenging. My brain and mouth have issues even speaking sometimes. I have noticed that singing has helped improve my speech.

      You are right, I much rather be doing something than just watching TV. Gardening has been keeping me occupied and from sitting. Sitting hurts my back 😦

      Good luck with the tomatoes. My plant had plenty this year and they were all pretty good.

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  4. rkrontheroad says:

    The little tomatoes and salsa look so delicious! It must be time for lunch… I play guitar, not all that well, but because I like to sing. To me the guitar is just an accompaniment. I keep thinking I should practice picking… maybe next winter when I’m not out as much. Keep practicing!

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    1. They were tasty!
      I had always wanted to learn when I was younger to both sing and play an instrument but glad that I have time to learn now. I need to work on strumming…

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