Live and Outside at The Riptide

I am confused about what day it is today, because I’ve become used to listening to Charlie play on Sunday afternoons. This week, he played, live, from the back of a pickup truck in front of the Riptide. The rest of the Treacherous French still weren’t there, but it was still fun.

Food and drinks were served at the door and tips were accepted all around. For the most part, everyone wore masks and most stayed at a distance. Unfortunately most people were standing in the street and parking spaces, but it wasn’t a very busy street. A few had folding chairs and settled in for the couple of hours.

It was nice to get out for a little while. The entertainment was great. The website here doesn’t seem to like my videos, so I can’t post them. Trust me, it was a good show.

New Masks

I’ve been a Tinkerbell fan for years. My cousin sews a lot, and she offered to make some masks. My mom found this fabric for her and she made custom made masks, just for me! I am extremely careful and wash my masks when I get into the house, so I need several masks in the rotation. These helped, especially since they were fun.

Quarantine Barbie

Quarantine Barbie

The above linked article tells about blogger Tanya Ruiz, http://ronandtonyaruiz.com/, and the Barbie sets she designs.

She started out giving talks about body image and about how Barbie gives children a warped image of what’s normal.

When her grandchildren found the box of items from her talks, she went on a quest with the grandchildren to find Barbie dolls that look like each member of the family.

She started making custom Barbie sets. Many of them are shown on her blog and on her Instagram page. They are funny and very creative. She did a beautiful job of capturing the way life really is, and not just the way it is in Barbie’s world.

@grandmagetsreal is where you can follow her on Instagram.

Local Live Music While Everything is Closed

When all the business closed down, all of the live performances in bars and restaurants stopped. This had been my main reason, other than the library, to leave the house. It was disappointing, but understandable, when these places temporarily closed.

Friends of mine have a band, The Treacherous French (http://thetreacherousfrench.com/) . The lead singer, Charlie, has been doing live performances from his home, through Facebook Live, on Sunday afternoons.

It’s been fun to watch. Charlie takes requests from those of us who are watching. If he knows it, he’ll play it. If he doesn’t, he’ll look into learning it. Sometimes we are kinder with our requests than other times.

It’s worth liking The Treacherous French page on Facebook so that you can take a peek at what’s happening on Sunday afternoons. It’s a nice way to relax and just listen. It’s not quite the same as being there live and in person, but it’s still fun.

Below are links to the band’s albums. Check them out when you have time, please.

Snapshots on iTunes

CD on Amazon

Download on Amazon

Also, on Monday nights, there’s an open mic through The Riptide. It’s hosted on the page, Riptide Monday Night Open Mic. Like the page and you’ll get notifications when it’s on. Because it’s on a work night, and later in the day, I don’t usually get to finish it. It’s fun to watch and the artists get an audience.

Local businesses will be back. Live music will be back. Let’s support what we can from home while we wait. I’ll be back to my regular adventures then. Until then, I will continue my mini adventures from home and quick errands.

One positive thing

It’s so easy to be grumbly these days. I’ve been trying to say something positive daily.

Last week, I told a friend that I realized that no one can see if you forgot to tweeze that stray chin hair if you wear a mask. This is the same idea as wearing tights or long pants if you haven’t shaved your legs.

I mentioned this to someone else today. Her response was that she’s saving a ton of money on makeup, since she only has to do from the top of the mask to the hairline. Perfect! See? Something positive!

Squirrel Ninja Warrior

Squirrel Ninja Warrior

The above linked article is a YouTube video that entertained me to no end. It was a long video, but I laughed during most of it. No squirrels were injured in the filming, from what I understand.

This video is what happens when someone with carpentry skills has way too much time on his hands. He did a lot of research. There is a lot of squirrel info and info on how he built it.

I did particularly enjoy the photo shoot area, and Phat Gus. Squirrels are smart creatures. We don’t give them enough credit, I think.