Final Few February Haiku

This post marks the end of my February Haiku (part of my Joy 365 project).  This was more difficult than the January photos.  I am already behind on March!  I’m not sure what I will be doing with March yet.  Stay tuned, and as always, thank you for reading and following The Tromp Queen!

25 Tues — First rehearsal with area HS students preparing for upcoming district solo/ensemble contests.

image by TTQ
image by TTQ

Singers prepare songs.
First run-through:  a little shy.
Music minds the gaps.

26 Wed — Meet with photographer at Milwaukie’s Art Museum lobby to take head shots for my new job as MCC accompanist.

image by TTQ, CC license -- at Milwaukee Art Museum
image by TTQ, CC license — at Milwaukee Art Museum

Hair, make-up, jewelry:
Head shots at Art Museum.
Carved marble profile?

27 Thurs — Driving across the state from east to west. Going through Pville en route to quilt retreat.

Driving Driftless roads
Passing bluish-white meadows
Trees and cows dot hills.

Tears rush to fill eyes.
I don’t live here anymore.
“Home” is elsewhere now.

28 Fri 

image by lynn Dombrowski attribution, sharealike CC license via Flickr
image by lynn Dombrowski attribution, sharealike CC license via Flickr

Favorite coffee shop:
Time to chat with my dear friend.
Joyful day begins.

quilt and photo by qurikyjazz aka Jill CC license
quilt and photo by qurikyjazz aka Jill CC license

Next stop: Quilt Retreat.
Bound with stories, tools, advice,
Hugs, laughter, sorrows.

Connections endure:
Souls and voices — we still hear.
Fabric soothes us all.

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February Haiku Project Continued: 19 to 24

February Haiku Project Continued:  19 to 24

image by Conrad Kuiper via Flickr CC
image by Conrad Kuiper via Flickr CC

Stark shadows on snow.
Branches cast graphic shapes:
Nature’s modern art

Fragile bunny tracks
Trail the length of my sidewalk.
Snow too deep for hops?

image by Nedra via Flickr CC
image by Nedra via Flickr CC
image by The Tromp Queen, all rights protected (please don't copy)
image by The Tromp Queen, all rights protected (please don’t copy)

Anything better
than a roomful of girl teens
laughing and talking?

(Answer:  No! life is good)

 

image by Bob Haines GSFC Photo Club via Flickr CC, stained glass Library of Congress in DC
image by Bob Haines GSFC Photo Club via Flickr CC, stained glass Library of Congress in DC

Late afternoon sun —
Long winter shadows on snow —
Golden light shimmers

Ebony sketches
As ink on pastel batiks —
Twigs, branches, sky glow.

(I wrote this thinking about tree branches silhouetted against the sunset, but this stained glass window captures the look, color, texture, and the feeling so I’m going with the “non-literal” illustration this time.)

Haiku-ing continues! (MORE) snow, (MORE) food, (MORE) paperwork

Feb. 17 Mon

image by Mr. Jay Yohe via Flickr CC
image by Mr. Jay Yohe via Flickr CC

Snow!  Snow!  More snow! Bah!
Banks and piles line walks and roads.
White stuff everywhere.

Ham and fifteen bean
stew and Trader Joe’s cornbread.
That’s what’s for dinner.

Feb. 18 Tues

College apps and forms:
Worried something fell through cracks.
Is the end in sight?

tax forms:  image by 427 via Flickr CC
tax forms: image by 427 via Flickr CC

February Haiku Challenge: Sleeping in, Eating out, Eating in (and SNOW everywhere all the time!)

Feb 12

Sleep in:  late school start.
Why are we still behind time?
Some things never change.

image by Dauvit Alexander via Flickr CC
image by Dauvit Alexander via Flickr CC

Feb 13

Snowy drive ‘cross town
slip, sliding our way to YUM
Viet, Thai, Lao lunch

Vietnamese Beef Salad, Mekong Cafe LLC Milwaukee Lunch Buffet — Awesomely delicious!

Feb 14

Making what I want —
Not waiting, hungry to sit.
Valentines at home!

Valentine's Day roses
image by Philip (outdoorPDK) via Flickr CC

(See my food blog soon for tonight’s recipes!  Aunt Helen’s Ham Loaf, veggies stir-fry, Martha Stewart’s Molten Lava Cakes — The Heat is ON!)

Happiness Haiku: Lunch-less, GPS-less, Passport Dream, Scale Scare

Hodge-podge of haiku from these last couple of days:

February 10

Forgot to eat lunch!
That NEVER happens to me.
Not sure what to think…

image by vissago via Flickr CC
image by vissago via Flickr CC

New job paperwork.
Passport in my purse sparks dream:
Palm trees, sun, sand, sea.

image by NapaneeGirl (Liz)  via Flickr CC
image by NapaneeGirl (Liz) via Flickr CC

February 11

Eyes open. Shoes off.
Step up onto Doctor’s scales.
Reality time.

image by Scott Dierdorf via Flickr CC
image by Scott Dierdorf via Flickr CC

Feeling free driving
GPS-less there and back —
City becomes “mine.”

image by Lynn Kelly Author via Flickr CC
image by Lynn Kelly Author via Flickr CC

Weekend Happiness Haiku(s)

I’m not sure if Haiku is the same singular and plural or not.  I’ll have to check that out.  I’m lumping two days together in this post.

Saturday was a lazy day.  Sunday we visited a large contemporary church and then attended a Music of Munchkin’s concert at our local HS.

Our daughter is in the HS orchestra and this event is both outreach and fundraiser for them.  Elementary and younger students come early to the concert and get to try playing all the different types of string instruments, make crafts, and have their face painted.

Then the orchestra plays a 30 minutes concert complete with skits and a car chase!  The theme was The Great Mouse Detectives.  Believe it or not, the plot started with a couple of thieves stealing a Stradivarius!  Several detectives (twists on famous movie and TV characters) worked on the case.

The orchestra played many of the detective’s theme songs — Pink Panther, James Bond, Maxwell Smart, Mission Impossible, Scooby Do and more!  It was great fun, and the young ones were thrilled.  The older students put on a great show. At one point the little guy sitting in the row in front of me was bouncing up and down — turned to his Dad and said, “I LOVE this!”

The “Strad” was found, and the car chase consisted of the actors and children running up and down the aisles of the auditorium with cardboard steering wheels.

Saturday, February 8

Slug mode.  Time slips by.
One of “those” days:  nothing’s done.
Inertia enshrouds.

Sleep, laundry, dishes,
Blogging, cooking, phone calls, read.
Watch the Olympics!

Sunday, February 9

7190209497_6acc33ceb1_bSunlight streams in
Illuminating stained glass.
Strong voices sing Praise!

Music for Munchkins.
Young ones whiskered and mouse-eared —
Jazzed on Orchestra!

Music for Munchkins event. Image by The Tromp Queen CC

February 7: Bagel Break Haiku and Violin Lesson Tanka

image by The Facey Family via Flickr CC
image by The Facey Family via Flickr CC

Me:
Bagel and a schmear
mid-afternoon coffee break
email and Facebook

Einstein Bagels
Hazelnut and Vanilla
I really need this!

Sarah:
Violin lesson.
Suzuki book four or five.
New teacher Yuka!
Three new bows.  Try them out.  Choose.
Bach double, etudes and scales.

Just for fun:  check out the definitions of the word “schmear” at Urban Dictionary.

February 6 Haiku: Ode to Olympic Figure Skating

Rachmaninoff’s angst:
Skaters spin, glide, leap with grace.
Music weds movement.

Canada’s Eric Radford and Canada’s Meagan Duhamel perform during the Figure Skating Pairs Team Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

(TTQ note:  These skaters did not skate to Rachmaninoff.  Patrick Chan did, though:  Elegy in E-flat minor and it was gorgeous.  That piece just leaped to the top of my “learn this music” list.)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: Australian arial skiier Dave Morris poses on the Olympic Rings in the Athletes Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA – FEBRUARY 06: Australian arial skiier Dave Morris poses on the Olympic Rings in the Athletes Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

February 4: Happiness Haiku

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image via Flickr CC by nexus6

Girls’ choir spins pure tones
Words of comfort, peace and grace:
No tears in heaven.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
and there will be no more death
or sorrow or crying or pain.
All these things are gone forever.
Rev. 21:4
(New Living Translation)

I got a call on Sunday from the Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Children’s Choirs.  Suddenly, they were in need of a replacement (permanent!) pianist.  Thanks to a friend and fellow accompanist, I was recommended and asked to play.

I went to the first rehearsal this evening.  The group of young 3rd to 5th grade girls meets once a week in an absolutely fabulous downtown Youth Arts center.

The room was filled with red t-shirts, snazzy boots and wiggly, smiling girls.  When they sang it was angelic and the room was transformed into a huge gothic cathedral!

The first song they sang with piano accompaniment was a setting of Rev. 21:4.  My heart lurched when I opened the music. Tears sprang into my eyes as I quickly scanned the piece. This verse was one that I held onto two years on this very day — the day my Dad died — the day he fell asleep on the couch in Indiana and woke up in heaven!

He had been sick for so long and had been so miserable. It was a great comfort to me to read these words and to keep them in my mind and heart that week — through the funeral planning, all the visitation hours, through the sorrow, laughter and tears.

So as I sat there in that room with all the that young vibrant musical energy, I was filled with gratitude and joy.

God brought me through. I believe I was sitting in the exact place I was meant to be at that moment.
Thanks be to God!

February 3: Haiku

Two below.  Image by thebristolkid via Flickr cc
Two below. Image by thebristolkid via Flickr cc

Two below zero
Early morning deep freeze–
Groundhog Phil saw what?
Shadow?  No shadow?  Who knows?
Seems like Narnia to me.

This is technically not a “happiness” haiku today!  hah!  More like a weather commentary, I guess.

The form is 57577: a Tanka.

From ehow:  A traditional poetic form of Japanese origin, the Tanka consists of a single five-line stanza, with no rhyme scheme and a defined syllabic verse pattern of 5-7-5-7-7.

February 2 Haiku: Folk Art and Pink Ice

Quick trip to peruse
Folk Art special exhibit
Quilts, carvings, uniques

Lunging bird building
glimpse of pink reflected light
wings glide smoothly closed

Evening sky’s palette
creates pretty pink Lake ice
Mind’s eye:  capture.  click.

Lake Michigan pastel sunset, pink ice image by TTQ cc
Lake Michigan pastel sunset, pink ice image by TTQ cc

We went to the Milwaukee Museum of Art this afternoon for a brief but very enjoyable visit. We saw the new Uncommon Folk exhibit.

As we were leaving, I looked back at the beautiful museum building. The evening sun was being reflected on the lovely wings. I tried to capture a quick photograph, but as always, light is nearly impossible to reproduce.

image by TTQ cc; Milwaukee Art Museum at twilight
image by TTQ cc; Milwaukee Art Museum at twilight

We drove north along the frozen shore of Lake Michigan. The sky was an Impressionist’s dream of pale violets, pinks, blues, peaches, and tinted white. The frozen ice reflected the pink light most of all. Here and there bare black branches of trees cast stark silhouettes against the pastel beauty. A few chunks of ice sparkled on the icy surface, like gems strewn about. There was no opportunity to stop safely for a photo, so the image will stay in my mind and as clumsily conveyed in my words here and haiku above.

February Joys: 1

My goal this month is
to write at least one “Happi-
ness Haiku” each day.

image via Flickr CC by crazybobbles
image via Flickr CC by crazybobbles

Feb 1:
Cool, vintage storefront
Korinthian’s Violins
worth the snowy drive

Bejeweled violin
on display in the window,
pressed-tin ceiling painted white

Estate sale fiddle,
Green-light for creative craft.
Let it go!  Have fun.

Frozen flotsam flakes
at times falling as if poured,
then, every which way.

image by muscapix, via Flickr CC license
image by muscapix, via Flickr CC license

I visited a wonderful violin shop today.  I met the very interesting proprietor, Korinthia.  She is a violin maker and mother of three.  We chatted a bit while she looked at my daughter’s two violin bows and at the violin I found at an estate sale.  The verdict on all three was — not good enough to repair.

She told me her family was planning a road-trip vacation to Florida in the near future. Their mission is to collect as many Mold-a-Rama figures as they can on this trip.  How cool is that??

We borrowed three bows on loan from the shop so my daughter can try them out at home.  I can’t wait to go back to hear about the Mold-a-Rama road trip.

Interior of Korinthian Violins

Read K’s thoughts about the recent Milwaukee Strad theft here: Stealing Beauty from Us All.

I was going to post all the Haiku at the end of the month, but I just decided to post them as I am able.  Some may come every day, some may come in spurts. I’ve got to keep the creativity flowing and don’t want to be bogged down by rules (even if I am making the rules myself!)

Quilt Show Haiku

lots of quilting.
lots of quilting. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I attended the International Quilt Festival in Chicago today.  Vendors from all over the world come to sell their quilt related items.  Quilters from all over the world send photographs of their quilts then the very best are exhibited at the show.

I enjoy going to quilt shows for several reasons.  The first and biggest reason is to spend a fun day with quilting friends.  We all pile into a bus at some insanely early morning hour and travel together to the big arena or venue.  We laugh and talk and laugh some more.  We disembark, shop, look, buy, eat, (repeat until time to go back home on the bus).  Then we talk and laugh and show each other what we bought on the trip home (and usually eat some more, too!)

Another reason is to shop the quilt show vendors.  Yes, we have the internet and ordering from practically anywhere in the world has become very commonplace.  But for quilters — we prefer to see and touch the fabric to make the best choices.  The best way to do this is, of course, is at your local quilt shop — but the second best place is at a quilt show where you can shop from hundreds of different stores all in one day.  Today we shopped stores with wares from India, Colombia, Ghana, Laos, and more countries than I can remember and from stores representing many of the 50 United States.

The third most important reason (and the order of these reasons is different for each quilter) — is to see the quilts.  It is inspiring to look closely at the stitching, the threads, the fabrics and to study the different techniques that are used.  We are awed by amazing workmanship and detail, among other things.

Quilters are a jolly bunch for the most part.  It is not uncommon to strike up very meaningful conversations with people either as you look at the quilt show or as you shop the vendors.  Offering advice, encouragement and/or commiseration is common and almost universally expected.

As I sat down to write this evening, the idea to write haiku about today popped into my head.  I decided to bravely give it a try.  Please let me know if you like them!

by artist Cat Larrea, on display at Quilt Festival Chicago Studio Art Quilt Associates' "Deux" exhibit. via IQF fb page
by artist Cat Larrea, on display at Quilt Festival Chicago Studio Art Quilt Associates’ “Deux” exhibit. via IQF fb page

fabric lovers merge
inspiration strikes quickly
finishing falters

Color galaxy

colors converging
eyes focus: rapt attention
image transfer zone

Silk Fabrics
Silk Fabrics (Photo credit: Kelly McCarthy)

softness sliding so
slinky silky shimmering
slipping through fingers

If Leaves Could Choose by Priscilla Kibbee from the Deux exhibit.  via IQF fb page
If Leaves Could Choose by Priscilla Kibbee from the Deux exhibit. via IQF fb page

like-minded spirits
find solace and joy as new
friendship begins now

Pixelated Color Wheel by Kati Spencer. Part of The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at #quiltfestival from IQF fb page
Pixelated Color Wheel by Kati Spencer. Part of The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at #quiltfestival from IQF fb page

color speaks to souls
inner space expands to meet
creator within

4X5 Modern Quilt Bee, Hive 6
4X5 Modern Quilt Bee, Hive 6 (Photo credit: mollyjolly)

design, texture, space
line, color, style and movement
pleasing to the eye

Math Homework II by Serena Brooks. Part of the special exhibit "SAQA: Deux" on display at Quilt Festival Chicago via IQF fb page
Math Homework II by Serena Brooks. Part of the special exhibit “SAQA: Deux” on display at Quilt Festival Chicago via IQF fb page