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Whistle While you Work

spring

The other evening I attended one of the most outstanding performances at a local theatre. The Port Theatre in Nanaimo had presented Joelle Rabu together with the Vancouver Island Symphony performing a dramatic recreation of Edith Piaf’s last performance, titled Tonight … Piaf. Being a fan of Edith Piaf’s songs, I knew this would be something I wouldn’t miss out on. In reality, I can safely say her performance, both in song and dramatic recreation, was the most soul stirring I have experienced in my entire life. I would also venture to say that in my view she’s a more powerful singer than Piaf. The other thing worthy of mention is value for ticket price. I was rather pleased that my ticket cost $44, I was only 8 rows back right in front, and better than that Joelle Rabu performed a solid 2 hours!  If you ever get a chance to attend Tonight … Piaf (it has been performed around the world with limited showings), rush out and get your tickets. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Honestly, if she was performing again the following day I would have bought another ticket to watch the show all over again.

Salish Sea / Georgia Strait, Qualicum Beach, BC

My son was here for a visit last week — it goes without saying, that has also been a huge highlight for me. I love his laughter and great sense of humour. I’m a proud mom.

pink tulip magnolia || www.dianeschuller.com

Knitting. I’m sure pleased that I switched from the English style of knitting to Continental. It’s a bit quicker because there is more efficiency in movement and it’s not aggravating my shoulder as the English style had. I don’t spend much time visiting other blogs, but when I do, there are a couple dedicated to knitting I love to check in on. Believe it or not, because I wrote a comment in one of them, I actually WON something. I won a book by a writer I already know (and visit her blog too), Shawna Lemay. Those who visit here often know that I have mentioned Shawna before or provided a link to her blog, Calm Things. Lucky me.

Bulky Cable Throw || dianeschuller.com

Saroyan || www.dianeschuller.com Here’s a wee tip for the knitters. If you end up having to seam a large project, especially if using bulky or super bulky  yarn, as I did with the cable throw above, I discovered a great variation of the mattress stitch. The resulting seam is much better looking, far less ‘bulky’ and really looks nice. It’s the “Faster, Flatter Mattress Stitch“.

Also, there’s a new pattern just released by Rachel Henry called the Nahant. When I saw a friend knitting one up and how unique it looks, I knew immediately I wanted to make one as well. I’m making mine with some lovely rich blue Madeline Tosh Merino Light. So mine will be narrower than others but it’s nice to have something warm around the neck that isn’t necessarily all bulky.

Nahant in Mad Tosh Merino Light

Salish Sea, French Creek BC near Parksville

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. ~Ruth Stout

I was thinking of something the other day when I was roaming my garden. When was the last time you heard someone whistle? I mean whistle a tune. Or whistle a bird trill? Men, especially, used to do that with great frequency but I can’t recall the last time I heard anyone whistle in that way. It must be years. Are people not as happy? Has the art of whistling lost its way?

If the pressure is getting to you, whistle. In a barely audible way. It’s the best way I know of to let go of tension. Music gets your mind off the situation, and the act of whistling melts the tension out of your body. –Fuzzy Zoeller

And now, if you haven’t seen this yet, here’s a cop from Dover Delaware who got caught on his in-car camera singing a little ditty and, well … watch it and see. Enjoy!

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Jessie - March 24, 2015 - 8:48 pm

My husband will whistle a bit on occasion and I do too.
His whistling is lovely – mine is not. But I keep doing it because my attempts to whistle the music in my head is preferable to attempting to sing. Because my singing… well lets just say myself and everyone around me prefers my out of tune whistling… 🙂 A musical ear is not something I was blessed with!

steph - March 25, 2015 - 9:46 am

your photographs are breathtaking….as always! thanks for sharing. (and that video was a hoot!)

Lionel Daneault - March 27, 2015 - 11:38 am

Glad you enjoyed Joelle Rabu’s concert. I’ve known Joelle for over 30 years. She is a remarkable woman.
Do you and John have a turntable or a cassette player?
I have something to share with you.

Toffeeapple - March 27, 2015 - 12:23 pm

Found you again! How good to see you, I have no idea how I lost your blog but found you via a comment you made on Celia’s post.

Gabriele - March 27, 2015 - 6:29 pm

I loved the Delaware cop. Shake it off!

Lisa Gordon - March 29, 2015 - 3:02 pm

Hmmm, I honestly cannot remember the last time I heard someone whistle.
Kind of sad really. Maybe disappearing just like a hand-written letter(?). I hope not.

I always love to see your knitting, Diane. Your work is just beautiful, and you are truly an inspiration.

I wish you a wonderful week ahead, and a very Happy Easter, my friend. xo.

susan - April 2, 2015 - 6:00 pm

you know, I haven’t thought about whistling or lack of it, in a very long while but my dad used to whistle all the time. kind of a lost art these days? sad.

how nice that you got to spend some time with your son! sounds like he’s a fun guy to be around.

and your knitting is looking beautiful as always.
hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend, my friend!

Candace - April 10, 2015 - 6:12 pm

You have so many interests and talents, amazing.