01 January 2010

A need for creativity....

I have three days off from work and I hope to relax and enjoy it!

I realized today that it's been a while since I've played my guitar, so I just went up to my little loft room and got out the guitar, which I keep in the case with a humidifying device so it won't dry out in the dry winter air. I played through some songs and really enjoyed singing along. Hubby's gone for a few hours so I can let 'er rip! (He loves to listen to me sing, but I get inhibited knowing I have a one person audience! It doesn't bother me to sing at church, but one-on-one is a little different.) After the guitar session I dusted off my tinwhistles and played through "Morrisons" a couple of times. It felt good to play a little music. I decided to skip the fiddle.

I think I'm spending too much free time on Facebook, which is using up time I should be using for time in the Word or reading or doing some creative things that I really need to fill a certain spot in my soul. Know what I mean? I will probably keep checking in on FB just in case one of my kiddos says something interesting, but I could really skip a lot of what goes on there. Blogging, on the other hand, IS a creative pursuit, which I hope to continue!

I have a little magazine rack next to my favorite chair in the living room. I've crammed it full of things that I'm reading and occupations that I'd like to take some time for, such as drawing. I also have a basket of flannel shirts under the rack waiting to be cut up into quilt squares. I actually got some of them cut up, but will do the rest as I feel like it. I have several books that I'm reading and a notebook with notes for that young person's novel I have in my brain. Lots to do, but only small bits of time when I feel like I can really withdraw into my own little creative world. Some types of creativity require a lot of time just for brainstorming, which requires quiet and aloneness for me. As my hubby can attest, when I'm zoned in on a book or movie, he may as well not be there! LOL! SO, I try to do these things when he's gone, so he doesn't feel neglected.

I'm planning to spend some time fixing up some sheet music for a song I like. I need to get it on paper with space to draw the chord charts between the lines because the chords are some that are unfamiliar to me and I want to be able to see them quickly. There's also a Leeland song that I need to listen to a few more times to get the hang of it. So, I'm hoping to have time to work on those. I need to be singing if nothing else, because I feel that's a talent the Lord gave me, where someone else can do the guitar or piano playing better than I. I'm just learning to be sort of passable on the guitar.

I want to finish up a book called "The Liturgical Year" so I can get the review done for Thomas Nelson. It's pretty good, but I may have difficulty coming up with 200 words to say about it! I guess I could just go rambling on like I do here! =0)

I also need to find a new background for my blog. I've looked around a bit, but haven't found anything that works well when I actually apply it. Most have overwhelming borders that distract from the blog. I'll keep trying though. I'm spoiled now and don't want just a plain colored background!

Happy New Year to all!

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