Saturday, April 13, 2013

What a week!

Rollercoaster would best describe it.

I was in Limerick at the weekend with the band, at the National Band Championships.
And still reeling from the shock: I won a prize for my playing! I was so shocked, in fact, that I didn't realise they were talking about me (they announce the winning "section", but I was the only person in that section). I just sat there waiting for someone else to collect the trophy....yes, a Trophy! First time I've ever won anything like that!

We had a night of partying, as the band won a total of 4 prizes! They really know how to party, young and old. We had so much fun! Danced and laughed the night away!
On Sunday, I got news of the death of a friend. Cathy had been ill for 5 years, with a cruel illness called MSA. It's a form of Parkinsons. She was 50 in February. She was a most beautiful, vibrant, fun-loving, kind lady, with gorgeous Irish red hair. I am so sad that we will never laugh together again.

Tomorrow night, the band is playing in the National Concert Hall.
When I began playing French Horn 7 years ago (really? how did that time go so quickly!), I put my dream up in the sky, with the stars. The dream was to one day play in our National Concert Hall.

I am so excited!
Will be back with photos, I promise! The photos in this post were taken 2 weeks ago with my iphone during a walk in the park. Even though it was cold, the flowers decided to push through with spring. The weather was better in the last couple of days, just hope it lasts.


  1. Congrats on the Trophy!
    So sorry about your friend :(

  2. Oh Mimi, what a week of highest highs and so very lows.

    Much congratulations on your win and my sincere condolences on the loss of your friend.

  3. Congratulations on winning that prize.

    I am so sorry to hear of the death of your friend.

    You're right...that's quite a rollercoaster of emotion.

  4. I am sorry for the loss of your beloved friend. Just know that she is no longer suffering brings comfort to your heart.

    Congratulations on a well deserved award. That is grand news and confirmation of your hard work paying off. I adore the flowers blooming on the rocks.

  5. Dear Mimi, congratulations on your win.;) How fantastic!
    I am so sorry to hear about your friend... Multiple sclerosis is a terrible disease... And she was SO young still. :(
    We all should praise ourselves for our good health, if we have it, and stop worrying about stupid, petty things. Life is so easy and beautiful, if we only get the privilege to live it in good health.
    Hope your concert went well - it is wonderful and rare to have your dreams come true.;)
    Have a great week ahead,

  6. I couldn't hardly read another word after the news of your award! A trophy!!! Congratulations! How I wish you lived in our area so I could come and listen to you play! So sorry about your lovely friend.