If you wonder where I have been, I do as well! I took some time off to sort out some things in my head. I have been taking inventory of my newly acquired funk /slump. I am sure honestly that it stems from the heat lol. It is HOT and has been since May and it gets old day in day out. We have had next to no monsoon action at all this summer to break up the constant heat. I know, I have some nerve to complain considering what has been going on in Texas! It does however become depressing to try to motivate and navigate in the oppresive heat here. I find myself going into stores just to get a glimpse of fall decor. Taking in the beautiful colors and design reminds me that cooler temps are coming! We don’t really have fall here. It is in the triple digits until almost November. Then, it just gets cold and we are into winter for about a month or so. Usually by January, we have some nice days!
I have been busy with domestic chores. I have been doing projects and organizing around here. The picture of my cat watching me prepare my chicken was so funny to me. She watched me from across my little island, on a bar stool. She was highly interested in watching me dress this bird. I couldn’t resist snapping a pic it was so cute! I could tell she wanted my bird! Clarice is notorious for photo bombing my pics from around the house. I adore this charming creature! My little dog as well!
I bought some LED puck lights that come with a remote. My kitchen cabinet lighting had gone out. These are the stick on white puck lights. I found them at Costco and decided to see if they would dress up my drab little cabinet. Actually, I have put my seasonal Temp-tation pretties in their so that alone, dressed up my cabinet. Kind of fun to be able to control the color of each shelf! Don’t mind the cooler that lives in my kitchen full of ice cold bottles of water… Ugly and rather redneck to have a cooler sitting in your kitchen. It has been nice to have icy cold drinks this summer!
After reorganizing and the many cleaning projects I have done lately, I finally got around to coloring this picture frame. My friend had given me this picture and frame from “Adoption Day” last year. In October it will be a year since I adopted my Granddaughter. Anyway, I enjoyed coloring this frame. Amelia helped by picking colors and encouraged me to finish this little project. I haven’t colored in years, I forgot how wonderful coloring is!
I actually purchased a couple of really pretty jigsaw puzzles a few months ago. I may get one of them out and going on my coffee table next. Sometimes, it’s the little things that remind us to find relaxation and joy. I think that I may be addicted to trying to accomplish. It doesn’t seem to matter so much what it is that I have set my sights on, accomplishment or the feeling there of, seems to be the end goal. If only monetary gain was in the equation somewhere. My whole life has been about giving of my time and energy for free in taking care of those around me. That is the caregiver role in which I have navigated from since I was a teenager…To step out of that would be foreign, but rather welcomed.
Rather than bore you with a link to my music I will leave you with this last thought and my hearts desire. Check out my channels if you like. If you don’t well, that’s okay too. This is however, the point to most of my being of late. It just means something to me to play music! It has done a world of good for me these past few years. I have grown so much in every way, so it’s personally changed me for the greater good as a person. Putting yourself out there and risking a little forces you to become more confident and stronger somehow. Kind of like, Toastmasters! Good comes from some risk taking like public speaking, Karaoke or this… It hasn’t been wasted time for me to put together my channels! I think it has empowered me to just in executing and realizing my dream. Fake it till you make it comes to mind! It has proven to be just a hobby that I take pride and joy from doing. It has not however impacted my life in terms of actually accomplishing anything. No monetary gain or promise for something more. I did however enjoy my small recent musical boon… Maybe you will glean some insight into my journey.
My husband is not a fan of my music. He comes right out and tells me that he doesn’t like my music. He doesn’t think it’s good, he doesn’t get it and wonders why I choose to play the covers that I play. He doesn’t get my music at all and says and does everything he can to discourage me in that endeavor. He will minimize me in this every time I ever speak of it to him. I never play when he is around. No joy comes from trying to share any of it with him…. so mostly I don’t try.
Anyway, this story is still amazing to me when I think about the irony and it surely must be of a higher power. It was such an amazing, baffling and wonderful experience…
I noticed in reviewing my YouTube and SoundCloud stats that my originals were getting some views/plays. When you are a musical creator, nothing is more satisfying than seeing something that you wrote, an original getting plays! It is so hard to get anyone to listen to unknown artist orginals! It occured to me, that I had never shared with my husband any of my original music. I thought since I was actually getting some plays, maybe I would try to share this with my husband.
I struck up a conversation with him about this and I asked him to listen to my SoundCloud track “Face to Face”. I handed him the headphones and my iPad. He listened to my track expressionless all the way through. When the song was finished he took the headphones off and began handing me the iPad. He said, ” yeah and ?…” Not surprised by his lack of support, I reached my hand out to retrieve my tablet. In that very moment, my iPad dinged with a email. I looked down as the device left his hand and I saw that the email was from Warner Bros. Records! It was an email from the VP of Warner Bros. Records telling me that someone from their team ran across my music. They invited me to submit my music for consideration to their label! The timing and the opportunity were surreal. I just stood there stunned and shaking my head in disbelief. OMG, that moment I won’t forget! I quickly knew that the gift in the opportunity was probably in the email invite itself. I can’t express the joy and the sense of accomplishment that boon was to my spirit!