Upgraded Kitchen

The contractors finished Saturday on the upgrades to our kitchen.  We had a vent fan installed over the stove to stop the smoke filling the house when Ann is cooking certain smokey foods, and we had a dishwasher installed so we can get the dishes surgically clean for a while and give Ann a break from so much hand washing of dishes!  Here are before and after pictures of the work:


My Solo at Mt. Zion

This January will mark the beginning of my 3rd year with the choir at Mt. Zion UMC.  Marcy Middlestadt (Choir Director) paid me back for the work I did with the kids in the musical they performed back in March by giving me a solo during the 8:30 service.  The choir does not sing at the 8:30, so having a solo to sing during the Communion means I'm the only music except the Woody Washam on the organ and/or someone playing a duet with him on the piano.  I sang "Be Thou My Vision" today, and everyone said it was wonderful.  For my part, I was appalled that I never looked up from the music, the technician didn't give me nearly enough microphone to be heard over the piano, and I almost cracked on the high parts.  As I said, though, everyone else either loved it or thought it was wonderful.  You'll have to decide:


Emily and Ryan go to College!

We went to Appalachian State University the first weekend Ryan got there.  His first class wasn't even until Tuesday, but we went to welcome him to my old temporary alma mater.  It turns out he's in the exact same room that I was in; not just the same dorm, but the exact same room.  Here's a picture of Ryan and me before we took him out to lunch:

The next weekend, Ann picked Emily up from UNC-G on Friday, and we drove her back to UNC-G on Sunday.  Here's the picture we got right before we left her back at her dormitory:

If you look closely enough, you can see the stud she got pierced onto her nose.  Que sera sera.


Electric Lawnmower Trims the Competition!

When my Little Red Corvette (lawnmower) lost a back wheel back in late May, I was not sure how to replace it.  I looked for used lawnmowers online with no success.  I found a used one for sale at the Husqvarna, but they never called me back about it.  I even priced new ones at the various home stores.  A small one with a bag (I wanted a bag because I was tired of leaving piles of grass hay all over the yard) was over $200; small compensation for a lawnmower I'd paid $50 for 10 years ago and had given me faithful service with occasional tuneups and oil changes.

Then my brother Scott told me about an electronic mower he'd just purchased and how satisfied he was with it.  I checked at the local Lowes and, sure enough, they had a fancy electric mower for less than $200.  I was hooked and so I bought it back in June.

Needless to say, I'm quite enamored now with my lawn beast.  It has lots of features which my old one didn't and, except for having to throw the cord around occasionally to keep from running over it, it works better than any lawnmower I've had before.

Behold!  My lawnmower and I, and the yard after a good electric mowing:


Roy Parker receives the North Carolina Award

This is the video which was created when Dad accepted the North Carolina Award in 2006.  Make sure to see it to the end when the applause begins and Dad rises in happy acknowledgement.



Emily's last dance recital for Jamie Masters School of Dance was Saturday, May 25.  She had to hurry, though, because her senior prom was the same evening.  After her performance(s), she came out from backstage in her prom dress.   I was very lucky to get a picture:


I wasn't attempting to restart my acting career, but if I had been, I don't think the performance I did at my church on April 28 would be the one I want to point to as my rebirth on stage.  My choir director asked me to be the one adult character in a musical she was directing for several of the church school classes.  I was to be Mr. Adams, the playground manager at the new community park called Eden Park.  I posted my two rules, "Be kind to each other," and "Don't eat Mr. Adams' apples," and before you know it a smarmy kid talked himself and two of the kids into eating them anyway.  At any rate, things didn't always go quite as planned, as may be evident from some of these clips that Ann managed so snag.  Keep in mind, though, that I had only rehearsed the play twice, and only once through without stopping.  At any rate, "enjoy"!

Unfortunately for this blog, my last two videos, including the famous song I sing, are too big to upload here.  Check my Facebook page for these two gems!