The consequences of not getting all your ducks in a row, and what do thin people eat?

I haven’t mentioned the musical showcase we’ve been working on for a while, because I haven’t known exactly what’s happening. Anyway, I can now report that owing to the fact that our organiser didn’t get all his ducks in a row before getting everyone all excited about it, the show isn’t going to happen. So, after my spending hours sorting out and purchasing the sheet music on line, plus getting the correct lyrics for the songs, not to mention a few sleepless nights and all the time spent practising at home and attending rehearsals, the show won’t go on. This is because the weekend when we were going to do the performance, coincides with midterm break, and it’s going to be too busy here at the club, as many members have their families coming down to stay. This is the weekend before I have to return to South Africa, because of our visa restrictions, so we couldn’t have it at a later date. After having a meeting with the club committee, the organiser called me to say, “You can stop practising now, because the show is off.” His phone call caught me literally mid song, whilst I was driving hubby mad, pounding out South Pacific’s ‘There is Nothin’ Like a Dame’ andΒ  Fiddler on the Roof’s ‘Tradition’.


I was somewhat dumbstruck, and didn’t quite know what to say. We had a two hour rehearsal scheduled for the following day at my house. He asked me not to say anything to the others, as he would make the announcement then. They all arrived, ready to sing their hearts out, and we sat around waiting for our leader to arrive. They kept asking me which song we were going to start with, and I didn’t know what to say to them. He brought his wife with him for moral support, and as you can imagine, all the blame was laid at the Board of Directors’ door. Of course everyone was hugely disappointed, and one guy said he’d just managed to memorise the whole of the soliloquy for ‘Tradition’. Quite an effort on his part, as he is 90-years-old. So that’s that, I guess. I have to admit that I slept much better that night, and now I am so over it, that I wouldn’t be interested if they approach me again next year, which is quite likely. I’m back to just playing for my own enjoyment, and very relaxing it is too. We have less than a month here, before we leave, so I’m going to enjoy every minute.

Last night, we went with friends to the club for dinner. Just as our meal was being served, a guy I’ve often seen at gym, came over and said, “I’ve just come to see what thin people eat.” He was quite amazed.

For starters,Β  hubby’s choice was delicious French onion soup with loads of melted cheddar on top.


For myself, deep fried Calamari,


followed by a Salmon Burger, although I didn’t eat half the bun.


I forgot to take a pic of my chocolate and vanilla frozen yoghurt, but it was yummy, and we did share it.

Today it’s pouring with rain, so as the saying goes, its “Lovely weather for ducks.”


Hope your Thursday has been as laid-back as mine.

89 comments on “The consequences of not getting all your ducks in a row, and what do thin people eat?

  1. The show is off ???? Sorry about the news … beautiful piano you have and beautiful hands too.
    Food more food … no, French people are not over-weight and they eat totally wrong to what all experts say. Just re-posted an old post of mine regarding this.
    I have a story about ducks and weather … maybe I should tell it. *smile

    • Thanks so much, Viveka. Yes, the show is off, and to be honest, I am very relieved. πŸ™‚ It was getting quite stressful, and taking up far too much of my time. A story about ducks and weather sounds fascinating. πŸ™‚

      • Sylvia, I’m glad that you are relieved over the whole thing. Great news.
        When I’m in the right mood for the story … I will write it down. Not that fascinating – happened on McDonalds in Dover, between me and one of the employees.

  2. I am so not surprised! I AM happy for you. It is horrible to work so hard, and have it collapse. I had a similar experience once with a play. I had been assigned the part of the villain woman in a church play, a part I didn’t want, and I didn’t want to be in the play anyway. The second week in the director went to Arizona to visit her family for two weeks, leaving me in charge. I had never been in a play in my life, and I was furious. I’m afraid I totally sabotaged the play.

    • Yes, it could have worked out if it had been properly planned from the start. I’m over it now. πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t say that I’m thin, Madhu. I weighed much less when I was younger, but I’ve always been slim. πŸ˜•

  3. Bummer! But I guess the good thing is it relieved you from stress somewhat.

    You have good discipline to taking pictures of the foods before eating. The fun stops when the food arrives for me πŸ™‚

  4. You thin people know how to turn lemons into lemonade. This whole stressful dilemma has been going on much too long. Relax and have fun this month. Our rain persists, too and the ducks love it.

  5. You handled it very well, but it would have upset me greatly to have the show cancelled after all that work. I also know that the upset would have propelled me straight to the nearest ice cream parlour so that I could cool my rage by wolfing down sweet cold calories in huge gulps.
    End result? A pile of music I didn’t want, plus a pile of extra pounds and a bad attitude. Not a good combination. You seem to be able to rise above it.
    Lesson learned? Remaining calm results in a trim figure. How did you DO that?
    The photo of you at the piano could have been improved by a bit of audio please — it has been a long time since I’ve heard you play. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Connie. I gave the music back, or rather, I ‘sold’ it to the organiser person, as I didn’t see why I should pay the $50 it had cost; after all, it wasn’t my idea, and I didn’t choose the songs. πŸ˜€

  6. I am sorry to hear this disappointment too dear AD. But I am so glad to hear you on my blog because I thought that you were absent from the blogging world, because nothing I had received by e-mail notification about your post. I have just noticed this. Sorry for this. What’s going on with WP in these days I don’t know. Thank you dear AD, have a nice and enjoyable day, love, nia

  7. That news must have been so disappointing for those who invested so many hours to prepare for the show. At least you now have your free time back to do with what you will. We are heading into our third straight day of rain here in Clearwater, which I am told is very unusual for FL. Yes, it is fine weather for ducks! πŸ™‚

  8. Sorry to hear that the show is off after all the hard work that you’ve put in. I would have been extremely annoyed.
    And I’m glad there was no picture of dessert πŸ˜‰

  9. Well, I would have been really racked off I tell you. Not just for you pounding out on the piano all the time, but for everyone who was putting in the effort. It’s a classic – what to avoid when arranging anything, half term,religious holidays (the one I have to watch out for in gib), anything in competition on the same date, I mean talk about not being able to arrange anything in a brewery, let alone ducks in a row.

    No-one’s ever asked me what thin people eat. It was usually pretty filling, lots of steak or fish, or seafood or or or. Now I get ‘what do vegetarians eat’ which is very very boring especially after twenty something years. We do eat salad out though, when we eat out which is extremely rare. Enjoy your last few weeks.

  10. Glad you can sleep easy now Sylvia … as you say what a let down for the older folks learning all those songs and presumably looking forward to it all immensely .
    You made me feel hungry looking at dinner πŸ˜‰ even if ’tis breakfast time here !

  11. I think from your posts you weren’t actually enamored by this show you have spent so much time rehearsing for… obvious by your ability to get a good nights sleep… loved the photos, although the share of your meal did nothing to help with my hunger whilst I wait for breakfast… and now I’m not sure I’m going to enjoy the rice crispys… that sure looked delicious, and thanks for not sharing the frozen yoghurt, it might just have caused a ruckus with me eating ice cream and chocolate sauce for breakfast… lol

  12. I do love your joyful attitude!!!

    β€œThe life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.” J.M. Barrie, The Little Minister

  13. Sorry you shows off after you’ve put in so much effort Sylvia. It certainly gives you an out if they do approach you again next year. I’ve always found my piano playing to be very relaxing if I’m playing for myself and the complete opposite if I’m playing for other people so I don’t, play for other people that is.. πŸ™‚
    Dinner looked delicious!!

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