Happy New Year 2017! Looked out the window today .. it snowed last night!! Brrrr …
Then I look out at the back yard and see some birds are pecking away at the thistle seed and the bits of suet remaining in their containers.
The darned squirrel(s) have been feasting on the sunflower seeds that I place in the new wooden open feeder .. I plan to purchase a squirrel baffle this week to stop that practice!
Speaking of practice .. I’ve pondered which spelling to use, just searched and found this explanation: “practice is the noun, and practise is the verb” .. ok, that makes sense.
I’ve been practising my fiddle music and have been hitting a few hurdles. Searching online I find many theories as to why this happens. And in my lesson yesterday, I played the beginning section of a song quite well (according to my teacher) and then I floundered for the second half.
The reason? Well, he was right when he noticed that my 2nd and 3rd fingers were over the A, and my inner critic was saying .. 3rd, no, 2nd, no, 3rd and it all went downhill from there.
Frustation, yes. Overcome this? Yes. And the satisfaction that I will feel when this happens? Great joy and incentive to learn more.
So now is the time to practice, practice and practice some more .. and this I will do. The more I practice, the more enjoyable the music is to me. The songs begin to seem like friends to me, the kind I’d like to know better.
Here .. I’ll share a photo from many years ago .. my pen pal in France sent this to me yesterday. What a gift. I used to take my Muscovy Drake, Huggers, my dogs and cat .. to the SPCA Santa photos. I was thinking about one of these photos and wasn’t sure where to start looking and decided to put this off for one of those thousands of “to do” things in the New Year.
Well .. the photo that he sent gave me such joy .. I’d forgotten how sweet my pets were. JaneE Kat is still with us, although my Huggers and Muffy had since made their way to the Rainbow Bridge where they frolic with Sam, Sadie and Little Guy.
I loved dressing Huggers up with my red and silver Egyptian scarf, edged with silver bugle beads … he looked quite handsome. Plus the generous bows that I made for Muffy and JaneE .. very festive.
How many years ago? Does it matter? I was younger and thinner (weren’t we all) and I used to be a bit more stylish in my dress. There is that inner critic! Begone you! Happy memories and I am grateful for these. And my little violin is there .. happy now that I am really learning how to play it finally!!
If you are reading this, Thierry, thank you .. so much!
Anyway, yesterday at my lesson, I was learning the finer points of bow placement, music timing and feel that I’m making hard won progress, yea!
So we are just getting over really bad winter colds so we are into day 2 of Pyjama Day and binge watching Funny TV shows .. right now it is Fawlty Towers. It is good to laugh.
Anyway, I must put on my winter outerclothes and go outside to fill up the birdfeeders and put fresh water into the bird baths.
Then .. I plan to brew another mug of Yorkshire Tea and practice for a bit .. the first in the New Year.