I painted my room black when I was 14
I grew up in a family where one could paint their room ANY COLOR !! I had pink rooms and gold ceilings and grey floors and grey enamel walls and turquoise and red..I painted my room black once.. I thought it was so neat... They still tell that story, more like the story of painting over it.Dark colors are tough to cover up..Fresia room was so lovingly painted pink when she was a little baby girl. Pink with cherry trim. She is now a teen and decided to paint it . I think she even suggested black.. HA !!I think I said , " no". She went with a gray , "seal gray". I made her cool black and white paisely curtains. She wants to decorate the walls with record albums..I love this kid ! what a keeper ! I love the way she has her dreams and goes after them in her sweet organized youthful way..
We have a pretty nice lot. When we first got the place we got a great deal on Hibiscus . We planted 28 along the fence line. The years went by and the Morning Glories, Brazilian Peppers and other murderous plants strangled our Hibiscus.. Marshall began his fence maybe 5 years ago..This winter he has tasted victory ! The fence , all 25 sections, is done !!It is so nice to have a little bit of heaven all to ourselves !
The water..I found this little story ,which is true, in my " folder "
Rigging is up
A story about ten dogs
it's a jungle out there
on the way home the Scythian gets " a little work done "
The Scythian will be spending her winter break getting some structural body work done .
those 38 weeks flew by, ..closing day was cool weather . I felt amazing strong and thin . We had been packing and putting a lot of stuff in the pick up and cookhouse had been bumming me out . I was into making pancakes for Fresia, Marshall and anyone who deserved them . I guess I was on the pancake diet . Wow I am a blithering idiot.. Back to closing day , Marshall sounded so great . All the trumpet parts he wrote himself.. he was unamplified but played sweeet and loud ! how nice.. just like the good old days. I am doing trapeze and get to have a look behind me and see/hear him blowing his horn. Fresia was so jazzed about closing day. Mostly she was expecting to have some big emotion. We talked about " how she felt " , she said she didn't feel happy or sad., just strange that she couldn't do " it " tomorrow..I think she was proud , she only missed part of 1 show, when she got whacked in the eyes with a scarf . Marshall , Mike drummer, clown Ryan and Raul were the only people that did not miss a show .
Carolyn's pillow explodes at laundromat
adorable member of the Camelid family
what is wrong with this photo
the Raptor is always level , today the Raptor sunk in the mud , got stuck and could not get level..how different
24 shows left !
I am so loving every show . When it is not showtime you realize that performing is like watching sand sift between your fingers..all of a sudden there is no more
everyone needs a dog
the weather has turned
hot chocolate and pancakes and hot tea and electric heaters and sweaters and layers and long sleeves..we have packed up our flippy floppies.
My pumps are on borrowed time..I have newer ones but they are not so comfy..I can really move in these babies . Yesterday my heel got stuck in the mud AND it wasn't the first time either !! When I was filling in for someone on this very show in '09 or '10, my heel got stuck in the mud..Both times my heel was rescued by Johhny Moss .These pumps have been rolled over and cracked into pieces by some heavy bear props, they have been rebuilt twice.. I am always looking for good pumps.I make my entrance into the circus ring in these pumps, yesterday without a heel was pretty entertaining for those involved..it was kind of cool because it keep me laughing and I didn't thing about the cool air I was performing in..
Dogs on the run
What does this mean ?
Oscar in his element
If I could have pulled into the parking lot and read the plaque I would have , it was more than a u-turn into the parking lot. This bridge is on highway 12 west of 131 in southern Michigan .
Don't fence me in
There is nothing that gives us all a good laugh like a wardrobe malfunction .Yesterday while I was dancing in the camel dance my snap broke and my dress began to fall off my body . I casually grabbed it an danced out of the tent ! I came inches away from exposing my bosoms !! We were sponsored by a church school also !! So much for being rated G. I told the clowns not to bother performing beause I was impossible to follow, all in good fun ! showbidness, tadaaaaaa
A massive amount of f-bombs
We are in showbidness..act like it
Snippets from KI , Thank you Neil and wife !!
On the way to the next town
moving the puzzle
John Moss and family left for 10 days to say good bye and bury his mom .John Moss spoils us all, he makes sure the fan is on me perfectly when I perform trapeze , he goes out of his way to avoid conflict. He is very sensitive to our neurosis . He is very organized. On a show like this there are many elements to consider, the weather, storms, terrain. There are also the other people on the show who are doing their own dance in the time frame . He considers us all.He has an elegant presence. There is also his oldest son Johnny , Johnny is the man backstage ! keeps us mudfree in the mud and dry in the rain..everyone is missing Johnnies quiet perfection . I was almost the ringmaster for this period.. I was freaking out..this show is big and ..unless I have my 20 minutes to get into trapeze mode..scary for me.Very lucky for the show John Kennedy Kane was available . A talented, witty ,booming presence . John Kane aka Eggrole has a comedic 1 man show called " my life in the basement " . We laughed and cried..so funny sometimes sad . It is very brave when someone can expose their soul ! great theater and life story . Some nyc director saw his play and thought he would be brilliant as the ringmaster for Big Apple Circus ..timing is everything. He starts rehearsal in 2 weeks . Marshall and Eggroll met on the Clyde Beatty Cole Brothers Circus in 1978 or 1979 in "the day" of lots of musicians and lots of clowns and lots of showgirls . They both had crushes on the beautiful Dawnita .He has infused us, enlightened us and just doing his job packed some people. It has been a week of memory lane and the beginning of RED ASS DAYS. August is looming, the evil bitch of the circus . Why do people have RED ASSES ? something happens and irks someone so badly that they feel like they have hot coals packed up their asses, hence RED ASS DAYS . We will miss you Eggy and welcome back the Moss Family !
a 4 part series on the Kelly Miller Circus by Lane Talbert
now that I have learned hot to embed videos I can correctly share Lane's storytelling and video interviews. Steve and Ryan
telling tales ! fun with Lane Talbert
I am enthusiastic..
Missing a piece of the puzzle
Becky , why are you so broke ?
Today it was the sensor , pigtail exhaust assembly .. Made weird smoke BUT most important , Black Beauty couldn't shift very well ... I am so glad there is not Debtors prison , because I would live there . On the bright side I found a Ford dealer that fixed it today by 4.15 !! I only missed the camel dance !
Fresia the circus girl
Bob Cooley and team
Margy and me
Shipmate Ruby called for duty
How lucky am I to have family and treasure chests full of memories .
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