Monthly Archives: April 2021

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 13, Issue 11 – April 18, 2021

Greetings, my Thrifty Sisters, and happy April! Wowie, what a month it has been! Spring is springing in my neighborhood, along with the rest of the spring chaos that comes as we all sprint towards to the end of the school year and begin to gear up for whatever comes next in our lives. Whew, it’s exhausting!

One of the activities that I am whole heartedly embracing is the opportunity to get back out in the communities and re-learn how to adjudicate spring solo and ensemble contests in a socially responsible and safe manner. SO much hand sanitizer and struggling to maintain a 6-foot distance while trying to project through my mask the subtle nuances of finer musical performance and playing techniques. Try explaining mouth embouchure to a 6th grader without taking your mask off! It has become a fun challenge.

But an even bigger eye opener has been observing the tenacity of our young people. While I am brought in as an “expert” in the field of music, I always walk away feeling that I learned more from them, then what they may have learned from me. And I have an even larger appreciation of what exactly we have been asking of them, and all our society, over the past year. It is a flat-out miracle that one could get their student into nice clothes, bring them to school (for yet, one more spring activity!), and have some stranger put on their (what I fondly call) “judge-y pants” and make comments about their musical performance. And, an even bigger miracle is to have said student walk out of that high pressure situation and feel good about themselves.

There is hope out there, my Thrifty Sisters. There is hope. Every one of us faces daily contests, while we figure out how to move forward after what the past year has dished out. May I suggest that we take a cue from our young ones. Put on our nice clothes, face our fears, do our best, and hope that we come out on the other side with a feeling of accomplishment for our efforts.

Well, that’s a pretty heavy reflection on what I have learned from our younger generation. With gardening season right around the corner, who knows what sort of life lessons I am going to ponder from my garden view this season! Last year I contemplated creating paths and not giving up hope on those random mystery plants that provided beautiful fruits. I can not wait to see what this year’s gardening delights are going to teach me.

Before I sign off for the day, I would like to remind you all that Earth Day is coming up! This coming Thursday is the official celebration, but why not get the party going now, and let it run all year long. Here is link about how to get kids of all ages involved and interested. While it is geared towards holding a school wide event, and let’s be honest, we missed the committee boat for 2021, there is no reason one could not scale this down to your own home or neighborhood. With so many fun ideas and concepts, this would be a great list for family activities throughout the year:

With all of the changes to large group safety, here is a great link to several online Earth Day activities: There are some really creative ways to bring many likeminded people together, without the large crowds.  

And, of course, I’m not going to leave you without some fun recipes to try out, or to spark your creative chef minds! Did you know that April 24 is National Pigs in a Blanket Day? Ha – I didn’t either!! But here is a link to your classic cocktail faves, as well as some creative meal options that are inspired by Pigs in a Blanket:

And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you have a lovely April. It’s not too late to get your seeds sprouting – I just added another seedling tray to the top of the fridge last week. Apparently the 12 tomato and 9 pepper sprouts were just not enough for my spring plant needs! Continue to have hope that all is going to be well and do take a cue from our young ones. Enjoy planning your Earth Day activities and participating in any of the online events, and Happy Pigs in a Blanket Day, all while we keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!

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