Irish reel step

New reel step from Addi’s class.  Need to practice bicycles (like leap 2 3s in attitude) and heel clicks

Whip 2 3, fly — 2 3

Skip 2 3 bicycle 2 3

Slideback 2 3 change 2 3

Leap 2 3 heelclick 2 3

Someone's humoring my gelato photography

Someone’s humoring my gelato photography

Irish Dance class notes

Scottish blue bells in the garden

Scottish blue bells in the garden

Woohoo!  I actually started Hard shoes today.  Just tips and 2  basic reel steps, but that’s plenty to start with since balance is an issue.  Sarah gave me a pair of her hard shoes until I can get my own.  ..Hopefully in September in New York since there’s an Irish shoe cobbler there. =)

New soft shoe reel step:

Whip-2-3-turn-2-3 (lead foot in back)




Point-hop back

Hm, for an Irish dance post, these are Scottish icons

Alistair being cute, the stinker

Alistair being cute, the stinker

I do my little turn on the catwalk

See?  Cat walk.

See? Cat walk.

I guess it’s time for some cat spam, seeing as our kittens have been with us for three months.  Morrigan is the our tuxedo girl and she’s the brave, slippery, “I really want to be picked up but will never admit it” kitty. The tabby boy is Alistair and he is a love bug. He’ll start meowing and batting at your leg, but all he wants is to be picked up and draped on your shoulder. He is high energy though and we think he’s part Egyptian mau since he chirps and ‘mrrp’s as he runs around. They actually like going outside with harnesses, but that’s more to do with being outside. They tolerate the harnesses because it’s their passport to the outdoors. It was pretty funny when we first put them on since the cats looked like they forgot how their legs worked and stiffly fell over. Legs worked just fine when they got outside.

Sewing and knitting with them has been a bit challenging since they like to “help out:”  Sitting on my fabric, chasing the pen across the painter’s plastic as I try to trace a pattern, batting at fabric while I’m trying to iron, crawling behind my sewing machine while I’m there… and let’s not get into knitting.


But I’m still getting stuff finished, like this “Northern Line” sweater by Alex Tinsley for RetroLemon’s stripey sweater KAL.  And my Tania culottes (red not-skirt) that I sewed for Irish dance class.
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Dear Alice,


I want all of your outfits.


(I love both Mia Wasikowska and the coat she is wearing.  Not sure what to think about the upcoming “Alice Through the Looking Glass” movie, but they might get to one of my favorite evolutionary concepts: The Red Queen)