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Catching up!


Actually, it has been quite a while since I updated my website blog. I am more visible on Facebook, and you can view my page here!

So, let’s see what I need to share…


January 2023 – Luke the beagle is adapting very well since his adoption on December 30th. He is a good boy and has his own personality. I give him a massage and sing to him every night.

2023 was a year of loss. My ex-husband Vince passed away on April 7, and a childhood friend, Helen, on September 9. A bit of a wake-up call to enjoy each day.

September 14-16, 2023 – Went to Lexington, KY. Michael Johnathon had an art show on Friday, September 15, late afternoon in Paris, Kentucky, showing his beautiful original paintings. Then I headed to the Lyric Theater for the Garrison Keillor show and bought a couple of his books for a friend in Chicago.

October 19-21, 2023 – Loretta Sawyer Acoustic Arts presented the Uncorked showcase at the FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest Conference). Always a great time, and I always have a Free Pizza Friday social to start the room on Friday night. It was in Naperville/Lisle, Illinois, and close to home.

November 14, 2023 – I saw The Eagles at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. Though I try to veer away from large venues for concerts, this one was easily accessible, and my hotel was right down the same road. Lexington has been like a second home to me for the past 25 years. The Doobie Brothers opened. One of the best larger shows I have seen in a long time. And to be under the same roof as Don Henley after all these years was a treat. Felt things were coming full circle. Bought two t-shirts.

November 17, 2023 – Singer, songwriter, and friend Dennis Warner from Minnesota played at Wesley’s in LaGrange, IL.

November/December 2023 – Mark Dvorak had some vehicle issues, so I drove him to Rockford, IL, Algonquin, IL, and Milwaukee, WI, for shows. It was fun to do the day trips on the road.


February 10, 2024 – I saw Rod Stewart at the Hard Rock Casino in Gary, Indiana. I heard he was doing a stint in Vegas, and I actually thought about going there. Glad I didn’t spend the money for that. I stayed at the Quality Inn in Hammond just down the road and next to the Gentlemen’s Club. The venue was small, 1200-1600. Rod’s show was Vegas: six girls in sequins, several wardrobe changes, and three male band members who all talented and knew how to carry him through the performance. He gave his three female singers each a chance to do a song while he went off stage. At the end, he did a song and then left the stage never to return. No encore, no good night. A couple of times through his performance, he did thank the audience. The concert was 1 hour 20 minutes straight through. I bought a t-shirt and wore it during the concert.

April 6, 2024 – Don McLean at Rivers Casino in Rosemont, IL. This venue seated about 800. I had a second-row middle seat. The ticket was about $80, including taxes and fees. Couldn’t believe I was seeing him at that price and so close to home. What a great show, Don played straight through for about 90 minutes. His band members were Nashville-based, and some have been with him for 30+ years. They accompanied him and did not overpower him. Don didn’t have a merch table, so I went online and bought a t-shirt for $10.

Up next: a recap of a 12 Day, 7 state music tour in May 2024. Stay tuned!