Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Okay, maybe take the Christmas lights down too. They aren't plugged in or anything like that. It gets cold here fast and they go up before Thanksgiving anyway and this year I got busy and forgot to get them down in the spring. Maybe they will still work when I plug them in, in a few months. Here to crossing my fingers.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
The four winners of the Mower County Fair talent competition will be competing at the Minnesota State Fair starting this Friday.
Each of the winners placed first in the talent show’s three categories. Shane Desilva won for the preteen division, Gunnar Peters won for the teen division and the duet of Dylan Kaercher and Brett Canny won for the open division. Desilva and Peters will perform on the Aug. 28 while Kaercher and Canny will perform on Sept. 1.
Peters, 17, won his division by performing “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw. He has performed in the county talent show four times and received second place twice, including once when he was two years old.
“I had entered several times, so it felt really great when I won,” Peters said.
He will be a senior at Austin High School this school year, where he participates in choir, band and the quiz competition Knowledgeable. He also participates in plays at Riverland Community College and the high school. He said he plans to attend Brigham Young University, where both is parents attended.
He said he was not nervous about performing at the state fair because he has more time to prepare for it than he had for the county fair.
The duet team of Kaercher and Canny won with their performance of “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” They were both talented musicians before they teamed up for the county fair.
Canny, 14, is returning to the state fair for his second year of performance. Last year, he won in the teen division of the county talent show as part of a piano duet with Andrew Wester. This year he performed on a guitar in the open division. He participated in the open division because county talent show participants are not allowed to compete in the same category they won the year prior.
He routinely performs at the Village Cooperative in Austin and the Charter House in Austin. He is in both the jazz and pop bands at the high school, as well as his own band, So Much For Sleep. He will be performing an additional performance for at the state fair on Aug. 29 for the 4-H musical performance competition.
His mother Tammy, who homeschools him, said he first learned to perform when she began teaching him piano at age five. She said he is always so eager to perform and that he never needs to be reminded to practice.
Canny said he used to be nervous performing in front people, but now he feels experienced enough to not worry. He said he wasn’t nervous about performing at the state fair, despite the larger crowd.
“I think it’s harder to play at the Austin fair then at the state fair. At the Austin fair, you know a lot of people there and want to impress them,” Canny said.
He said he is not only interested in a future in musical performance, but also one in musical recording.
Canny was introduced to Kaercher because both of their younger brothers played baseball together. They only practiced together a week before the performed at the talent show.
Kaercher, 17, is part of a large musical family. Both his parents are musical performers and his great grandfather is Ollie Hanson, who was notable for his many years winning the county fair fiddle contest. Kaercher first started his life with music when his received a violin from his grandfather at the age of two. He said he has been a performer ever since.
He is also active in extracurricular activities such as performing in concert orchestra, concert choir and working as the president of the high school drama club. He has performed all positions in his role as president, including director and choreographer. He has worked with both the Riverland theater department and the high school drama department.
Kaercher also works his own singing telegram business as a side job. He started the business in 2008 and runs it entirely by himself. He said he usually receives jobs when people spread his service by word-of-mouth.
Kaercher said he was a little nervous to be performing at the state fair, but he feels his performance at the Owatonna county fair helped prepare him.
He said his abilities in music and theater to due to the people who taught him.
“I attribute a lot of my ability to Brian Johnson, Jerry Girton and Aaron Schoun,” Kaercher said.
Kaercher said he usually sings solo with a recorded track and that his work with Canny is his first time with an accompanist.
The duet’s success at the county fair has lined them up several new performances, including a performance at a nursing home in September and a New Year’s Eve performance at Canny’s church.
Desilva won by performing classical music while blindfolded. He named his performance Medley of the Blind Piano Man.
County Fair Talent Contest receives participants from county fairs throughout Minnesota. The county fairs send the winners of their amateur talent contests to the State Fair competition. Semifinals are held the first nine evenings of the State Fair on the Family Fair Stage in Baldwin Park. The first and second place finals winners in each division become finalists for the Sept. 5 talent competition on the Grandstand.
PS Gunnar was 8 not 2 at his first talent comp. The reporter error.
Friday, August 27, 2010
David is on a diet of no sugar for his blood work. So we had these for dinner and nothing for dessert. We made 24 of these and they are so good. Family and friends came over to help us celebrate and the weather wasn't as humid as it had been, so sitting outside was nice. I sat this one out letting the kids fetch and carry when needed. It was nice to sit and talk and enjoy the end of summer.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
These guys were looking at us and I swear I could see their thoughts. They want us out of their house before the snow flies. Well forget it, this is my house guys. I shot these out the window. Cenny was watching TV and they kept peeking up into the window, rubbing their noses on the glass. Bold little pain in the butts. Rodents with fluffy tails, silly personailities and they are nothing more.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Gunnar passed his permit test and now has 6 months before he can take his drivers test. He can drive with an adult with a license now. Stay off the roads. You should call before going out to be sure Gunnar is safe at home.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Peters family 2004
Peters Family 2003
Sue, Suzanne and David
Cenneidigh and David blowing bubbles 2002 July 4th, she is two.
Suzanne and David
David in April 2002 at his Masters graduation. Gunnar 8, Qatar 5, Zeke 3, Cenny 1, and JT 1 month maybe.
Frank and David in 1987
Frank and David in Turkey
David and Suzanne
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
More of a kids book, an interesting story about being almost 12 and needing a mom. Swedish author.
Her first and I loved it. Great story, good flow, lots of Minnesota things going on in this one. Would recommend to anyone, a good mystery. Quite clean. Another Minnesota author.
Her second and I liked this one. Same characters from the first and still an interesting mystery about the death of a groom, who was a no show at his wedding. Face blindness? WOW. Interesting, David has her next one on order at the library. I think we are number 75 or so on the list. Riley is funny and not above doing whatever it takes to get the story. Read these, she came to the library here and I forgot to go. Now I wish I had.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Better get this boy a hair cut soon. Great job Zeke with the piano.
Great job Gunnar. 1st place in the teen division and now off to the State Fair. This is from the Post Bulletin.
In the teen division first place winner Gunnar Peters, 17, sang the Tim McGraw song, "Live Like You Were Dying." Peters said although he doesn't always listen to country music, he thought there was a good story in this song.