After attending the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show on Saturday, 2 March 2013, I came home eager to break some ground and plant some stuff. Alas, the snow (more the wind chill factor than the snow) changed my mind once I got back home. So I stared longingly at my seed starts (peppers, tomatoes and some herbs) looking for signs of life. Nyet! Nothing! Not a peep. Sigh…
Eager to shake the winter blues my darling and I braved the frigid night air and icy roads and tore out for the Breaking Up Winter shindig with The Gallinippers out in the cedar forest. What a night! The warmup band was tearing it up when we arrived about 7:45. They were good. Then The Gallinippers took the stage and THEY WERE ON FIRE! Not only that, they set fire to almost everyone in the room when Te Claw joined them and started calling. He WAS A HOOT and had that whole floor scuffed up in about two minutes. This was my first time to witness Te Claw’s magic but I hope it’s not my last. He was fantastic! Hearing him call and watching him dance was worth the freezing trek across the frozen tundra! And the dancers he called were a blast to watch. Some were excellent dancers, and some were just dancers but they were all having a good time and for about two and a half hours no one there thought about how cold it was outside or how their seeds had not germinated. UNTIL, that is, I ran into this fellow:
The Barefoot Farmer Jeff Poppen was there and just so you know, he dances barefoot too. He came in shoeless and left shoeless… in the snow. I think I’m catching a cold just talking about it.
Of the two places I visited this day, the garden show or the square dance in Cedar Forest, how many of you would bet on my seeing Jeff at the dance? Me neither. But it was a joy to meet him. He is just as genial and generous in person as he is on TV. And he can dance!
What a day… the lawn and garden show then Margarita House for lunch and liquid with Ma and Angela, then THE GALLINIPERS (it does not get any better than The Gallinippers!), Te Claw at the mic, meeting Jeff Poppen, and time spent in Cedars of Lebanon State Park! I can’t think of a better way to break up winter.
On the radio, my interests include operating in contests, chasing DX on HF, using weak signal modes or chasing grids on VHF. When the weather is good, I also like operating QRP portable, occasionally using our club call W4DIT (Cedar Forest QRP Group).