|I spent April Fools’ Day playing Bunko with the usual suspects--and thankfully, there were no fools in sight. It was my sister Wendy’s turn to host our monthly game and as always, she did a beautiful job. She served skewers of cherry tomatoes with mozzarella and basil, tiny quiches, homemade hummus, vegetables and dip, followed by fresh fruit and scrumptious chocolate cookies for dessert. I didn’t win a prize this time, but the best part is catching up with friends.
My show with Abe LaMarca took place the following evening and it was a blast! This was our second time at Nighttown together and the audience was fantastic. Abe and I were backed by his seven-piece band, with some of Cleveland’s finest players on piano, bass, drum, guitar, sax, trumpet and trombone. My husband, my sister, Wendy, her hubby, Mike, and many friends and fans were there to cheer us on. Only my mom was missing. Sadly, her bad knee kept her home that night.
We opened with Tower of Power’s ”Souled Out”, so appropriate for our sold-out show! We shared songs from Abe's CD, "Stand and Deliver", our radio single, “Rise and Shine”, some of our favorite Marvin Gaye/Tammy Terrell duets, topped by a sneak sampling from my upcoming CD, “Deeper.” It was a truly fun night!
My next show will be my own CD release concert, sometime in August. Abe will be a huge part of that, as he sings two duets with me on the album, which he is also producing in its entirety. The CD is actually nearing completion and I am so excited for you all to hear it!
Easter was spent at our house. Our first family holiday since losing my brother, Geoff, last Christmas, was a nice, small gathering of six this year. He was definitely missed and we shared memories once more...and the gourmet jelly beans he loved so well.
The following week I was a guest on Jim’s radio show “Your Weekend.” I have been an occasional co-host or guest on his radio show a number of times over the years and it’s always fun…and interesting. We taped a segment which included a visit from Vitamix Culinary Manager, Adam Wilson, who shared healthy recipes and of course, gave us every reason to believe one can’t live without one of these powerful blenders--on the market since 1949! I haven’t purchased one yet, but then Adam hasn’t given up on me either!
Mid-April, Ed and I enjoyed free tickets to a Cavs game, thanks to our friend, Andy. Unfortunately, our great team lost that night. It wasn’t a total loss, however, since we were in Club Seats, which entitled us to savor endless supplies of a whole variety of foods! It was a great party and such fun to be guests.
The following week, our old friend, Andy, (not “The Cavs Andy” mentioned above) stayed with us overnight, on his way from Washington,DC to his birthplace,Des Moines,for a school reunion. Ed and Andy met years ago at their first law firm job, here in Cleveland. They climbed The Grand Teton in Washington State as well as Mt. Whitney in California and shared many other adventures. Andy was later appointed as The General Counsel of The Army Core of Engineers by President Clinton. He is a brilliant man and incidentally, a world-renowned expert on Antarctica. He also has a tremendous personality! We had such fun with him that night.
On another positive note, my sister and I have been taking care of my mom, who celebrated her 90th birthday this month. She is still going strong. Her mind is as sharp as ever, but her hearing has declined a bit and she’s definitely slowed down by her bad knee. But come on, she’s 90!! She has moved in with us for a few weeks, while work is being done on her house. She will also spend some time with my brother’s family down south, early this summer.
We feel so blessed to still have her in our lives.
That's about it! As you can see, April came and went in small showerbursts of activity. We are finally enjoying warmer weather—how about you?