We sang today at the Buffalo Bill Museum and then sat with Santa for a photo. The group has changed a bit from last year.
We are still doing fun songs and having a great time singing.
I heard a new term tonight, "aggressively friendly". It seems our local hospital is taking the Disney approach to quality health care and going out of their way to be friendly.
I have been visiting friends in the hospital the last few days and have noticed that the staff seem on the alert for ways to make you comfortable.
The Disney institute is spreading the magic with seminars and showing the health and hospitality industry how to be more hospitable, "Be our guest! Be our guest! Put our service to the test." Their 4 elements of good service would improve nearly any organization.
Quoting an interview on Line Zine " One example is our program called Take Five in which cast members take five minutes out of their day to proactively do something special for a guest. We call it being aggressively friendly. Our cast members look for opportunities for magic moments—those little things that happen for guests that are utter surprises. For example, a housekeeper in one of our resort hotels discovered that a guest was not feeling well so she took the time to get chicken soup from a resort restaurant and bring it back to the guest.
As Mickey would say, "That sure is swell!"
My car and sunglasses have been restored to their rightful place, they came back with a whopping bill for replaced seals and a timing belt.
I am 8 lessons into a 12 lesson writing for children class, hoping to learn how to publish a manuscript.
Johnny blogged about our Labor Day drive. We hiked along the Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone River. There is a place where the river has sculpted the granite into sleek curves. Our friend is peering into a round hole that tunnels all the way through the rock.
The hole reminds me of looking into someone's ear!
There is a wonderfully serene waterfall above the rocks. It is a small waterfall that you can step across at the top. In the bushes above the cascade there are delicate spider webs.
This month at work, I am covering workout equipment from the local college and exam tables from the hospital.
Last week I called up an old skill and helped a friend pack all of her dishes, crystal, and glassware. Today we moved it and carried several boxes up 13 stairs. Whew!!
My latest cylinder concoction is South of the Border Beans.
I have only made this in large batches, starting with
10 cans of Pinto beans. Drain some of the cans so that liquid just covers the beans in a slow cooker.
Cut up and fry a pound of bacon, add to the beans.
Stir in a 12 oz. can of pickled, sliced jalepeňos and simmer till flavors are blended, add water if it begins to dry. I like to stir in a can of refried beans to thicken it up.
This is a cool toy. Simple, fast, easy to operate, and requires no batteries and it is inexpensive. My co-worker's grandson brought one out to the shop one day and I was hooked. The wheel twists onto the handle, the rip cord launcher pokes through the handle. Pull the launcher the wheel flies off. That's it. Go get it-- repeat. Of course you are not to aim at people or animals, always use it outside, and small pieces could cause choking.
The one I bought looks just like this picture, we had fun with it while the grandsons were here. We played with it in the house and at the park where I aimed it toward squirrel, but no one choked on anything.
The squirrel was fascinated by the wheel. It landed about 4 feet from him. He went over to it and looked down at it then stood there checking it out for a little while.
Each of us represented our own creature donning an appropriate costume. Previous animals repeated their sounds with the introduction of each new noise. By the time we presented the dyslexic sheep, the audience was standing and overwhelmed with laughter. We finished to a roaring standing ovation.
We have a concert in the park coming up next month. We will sing it again.
I have been sewing this little poodle on black felt skirts. That is part of the Pink Ladies' costume for our show on Saturday.
The entire chorus will be doing an Elvis medley and a McGuire Sisters medley and several other songs.
Now is the time for this delicious repast because St. Patrick's day is when you can buy corned beef in my community. I bought mine late in the day so was not able to pick the quality I usually do. I buy the meat sealed in plastic with a packet of cooking spices. I look for a piece of meat that has a nice even thin slab of fat running through it. There is always fat, it is part of the flavor. The ones I found were unevenly shaped and the fat sort of meandered around everywhere. I still took 2 home and gave them 50 minutes in the pressure cooker. I always trim the fat off before serving.
This is wonderful accompanied by dill pickles and potato chips.
My family enjoys sauerkraut on other sandwiches too. One of my sons dubbed the turkey with sauerkraut the Simeon sandwich. It is about as good as the turkey cranberry sandwich, but that is another post.
Last Saturday I rode to Cody with Sylvia (top left) for rehearsal and a photo shoot. We had a great time with a photographer in his studio. We took promo pictures with the car that I made.
Sylvia and I talked about her upcoming hospital stay, on Tuesday she was having open heart surgery to repair a valve.
On Wednesday, we found out that Sylvia did not survive the surgery. I am sad, the chorus will miss her, she has been a baritone for several years.
Her family has asked us to sing at her funeral Saturday morning.
Sylvia I. Musso April 24 1942-March 7 2006