Fiddle-de-dee! Back in the No Comfort Zone Again!

I had a blast yesterday but I had to ‘put myself out there’… Let me explain.

For the second year in a row I coordinated a Fiddle Fest. I hired judges, created the flyers,designed and ordered trophies, hired an emcee, bought the snacks, trained volunteers, greeted the public, answered questions, took photos, tallied score sheets, and (best of all) handed out trophies.

I have a list of suggestions about how we can make it better for next year. Comments from volunteers, participants, judges and the public have all been recorded.

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The “No Comfort Zone” aspect of this was – pretty much everything. It’s like throwing a party and nobody comes. But HAJUALLIA… people came.  Fiddlers, families, judges, reporters, and the public came. They smiled and clapped and threw support my way as well.

I stood in awe and watched as 4 and 5-year-old children stood on the stage and performed. They were in their ‘zone’ whereas I don’t play a fiddle or any instrument. It was humbling to watch.

I think we all put ourselves in situations where we say “YES” and then wonder “what was I thinking?” and yet, this is year two so that can’t be my excuse.

I had fun, I was in constant motion, I was happy to be part of it and when the day was over … the adrenaline was used up. Off for a delightful dinner where I could let the shoulders down and enjoy some good food and engaging conversation!

What next you wonder? Ha! You’ll have to wait and see…

Click and listen to these amazing fiddlers … 

Weld County Fiddler Fest Fiddlers:  Cody Stadelmaier & Trish Osthoff  play Swedish Rhaposody

Swedish Rhaposody – Fiddle Tune A Day – Day 188 (

Movie Theater Shootings in Colorado

One of the safest venues in the average American family life has been tainted with a hideous shooting early this morning in Aurora Colorado.

Families with young children and babies, packs of teenagers, adults, and singles alike joined by a love of Batman movies ended up in a hostile environment as a shooter entered through the Exit door and slowly and methodically began shooting.

Under the cover of darkness, in a room with loud noise a young man threw cans of tear gas and then proceeded to shoot and wound over 70 people. So far, fifteen people are reported dead. Many are critically wounded.

The tales of heroism are beginning but so are nights filled with sounds, nightmares and tears.

There is a deep sadness in the eyes of my friends and neighbors. People are more eager to reach out and hug, touch and connect.

All we can do is give love to those closest to us.

Sincerely — MargeKatherine

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

Ice cream, unlimited possibilities, and so much more comes with each lick!

Click image for full effect!Ice cream in Ireland

No Comfort Zone Challenge: 7 month update

In January 2012, I suggested a challenge to get me out of my comfort zone. This NO Comfort Zone Challenge was there to make me take the next step, drive down a different road, order off a different menu,  read different magazines and on and on.

Click image to see me flyfishing in Boulder County

Some other ventures…

  • New music: Chris Issac / Marcia Ball
  • New roles (Editor)
  • New hobby (fly fishing)
  • New appreciation for clear skies and cool nights
  • New book titles: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson/ The Startup of You by Reid Hoffman

What comes next? More, more, more!

Check out what Quillfyre has been up to as she updates us on her No Comfort Zone Challenges.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

Watching the movement of the flowing creek is mesmerizing and the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Eldora, Colorado!

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I’m Farming and I Grow It: Check it out!

There is a spoof on youtube on the song I’m sexy and I know it. This spoof shows us the activities of Kansas State University student Greg Peterson and his brothers who till the land, feed the animals and embrace this world. It’s fun and short and a sweet tribute to farmers. I hope you check it out!

Great People Shine Their Light

Buck Rogers said, “There are countless ways of attaining greatness, but any road to reaching one’s maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity.”
We all know people of greatness and want to be near them.

Sunrise in Colorado
Sunrise in Colorado

They are the leaders in our lives, filled with high energy, kindness and focus. They are the people who make you feel better when you walk away from them. They are neighbors, vendors and people who sneak in with a brief hello and quickly out again before you realize how much you needed that visit.

  • Great people are not martyrs. Instead they turn the negative into strengths and grow from the lesson.
  • Great people learn from others.
  • Great people reach out with a helping hand.
  • Great people do simple things that make a difference at the end of the day.
  • Great people listen.
  • Really great people write blogs. (I had to add that one!)

We all have greatness in us.
Let’s honor the gifts we give to others, send out appreciation for the gifts we received and let the Universe keep the momentum going.
Sending love and light to all the great ones in my world!
Hugs and smiles — MargeKatherine

“As we let our own Light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. ” by Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of GOD.
Your playing small does not serve the World.
There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel unsure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of GOD that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
As we let our own Light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
by Marianne Williamson