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Music Monday: Ricky Kendall

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a music Monday. But there’s no way I can’t not do one for this guy, who I’m SO EXCITED will be playing at The Emerald Thread on August 7th for our 1st Birthday Celebrash.

So as I’ve grown more and more pregnant, I’ve been limited on how I tend to my commitments. My friend Rachel Grubb, a resident musician and volunteer for The Emerald Thread, is holding down the fort and getting ish done for our gatherings. She is the one that recommended Ricky Kendall play for our August gathering, and booked him for the event. I typically don’t listen to any of the musicians before they play for us, either because they don’t have anything hard/virtual to send me, or because I’d really just rather it be a surprise.

I finally gave Ricky a listen last week, and I was pretty blown away. I listened to his song “Family Tree” first, and of course it got right to the center of me. This guy knows how to write a song.

Ricky is a musician-in-residence for UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine, offering musical therapy to patients. The video below with Jamal is one of the guy’s he’s worked with (it got me in the feels big time). You definitely need to read more about what he does with Shands and their patients here.

Check out his website as well! If you’re in Central North Florida around August 7th, come on over to the Downtown Arts Center in Lake City and catch a free performance by Ricky and some other musicians. I promise, you won’t leave disappointed.

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Thomas Wynn Wednesday: Turn it Into Gold

So my friend Eb gets to play guitar/banjo for the Jailbirds this Friday night at the High Dive in Gainesville, and they are opening for Thomas Wynn and the Believers. I didn’t get to experience this band until last week when Eb showed me some videos. I mean, I was sold before the first song was over.

Watch this video. Enjoy. Research them and discover their story. If you are in North or Central Florida, join Daniel and I this Friday night in watching them live. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

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Trinkets and Treasures.

I had a wonderful anniversary celebration weekend with Daniel. St. Augustine is always so much fun, and we really got to explore a good part of it this time. We must have walked at least 10 miles total over the past few days, enjoying the sites and sounds of old buildings, cobblestone streets and mandolin players. We climbed the lighthouse (which is a great feat for me because of my fear of heights) and visited the Castillo de San Marcos.  It was a good thing we walked so much, because I about ate my weight in delicious food. There happened to be a Celtic Festival going on, so there were kilts and bagpipes everywhere. We stayed at the Cedar House Inn, and I cannot brag enough about it. It was the perfect blend of sophisticated and down to earth. We did not expect such fantastic hospitality, and later on found out that the Cedar House is in the Top 15 most romantic places in the United States. Our breakfasts were nothing short of dazzling and delectable. My favorite was the puff pastry Belgium waffle deck, drizzled with syrup and walnuts. Cyndi, our host, was the sweetest lady and made sure we were having the best time.

We picked up a few souvenirs on each little adventure, many of them being food items (sorry… we’ve already devoured them). But here are a few of the things I bought while on our trip.

In the shops of historic downtown, there is this tiny, hole-in-the-wall bead shop that has the best things. I got this precious sterling silver ring with an amethyst, my birthstone, in it.

These were the first beads I saw when I walked into that bead shop and I had to have them! I don’t know why I didn’t pick up some more, there were all kinds of colors.

I found this Kalimba in the Earthbound Trading Co. shop. When you pluck the metal tongs, it makes a really earthy, tribal sound. I’m sure I will find a use for it in a song or two.

This map of Florida was one of the earliest and most influential maps of the American southeast that was ever published. Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues engraved it in the 1500’s. Although beautiful work, he was a little off. But it seemed he got the “idea” of the shape of Florida. I am excited to put this up somewhere in our house.

I picked up some teas from the Old City Remedies located in the Old Drug Store. Yerba Mate is said to be the perfect balance between coffee and green tea. It is a great energizer, aides in weight loss and is very nutritional. Once cup gives you 250% percent of your daily antioxidants. It isn’t heavy on the oils, so it won’t give you that yucky-acid stomach or the jitters like coffee does. The other tea, Blueberry Bingo, is a mixture of hibiscus, elderberries, blueberries, apples, cornflower and black tea. The store assistant recommended this to boost the immune system, because I’ve been fighting a cold for days. It also smells delightful. Just this tiny bag makes my whole kitchen smell great, even when it is sealed and in the cabinet.

The weekend with my husband was a much needed break. The past two years have been quite eventful, to say the least. At the end of the day, it was a blessing to get to escape with Daniel and I am so grateful.