The New Year Both Ends and Begins

I hope this New Year’s Day finds everyone healthy and happy. With a little luck, maybe you were able to parlay yesterday plus today off from work, and now you have the bonus of two more days off due to the weekend. Four days off in a row is something that doesn’t come along often for most working people.

For many, the New Year begins 2016 with hope and promise and probably a resolution or two. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Not to sound like a snob, but I don’t feel the need to wait for just one day to try to improve myself. If someone brings a shortcoming to my attention or I have a moment of realization, then I will start right then and there to improve myself – not wait for a calendar date to make changes.

For others, New Year’s means the end of an exhausting 2 months of extra work and long hours due to Christmas shoppers and holiday parties. My father was a musician, which meant from the first weekend in November all through Christmas and up to New Year’s he was with his band playing music. New Year’s meant the time to rest and recover from such a hectic time.

Whatever New Year’s means to you, I hope it is a good thing and that 2016 brings many good things to you.

Electric or Acoustic

I can remember when I was a pre-teen, I wanted to learn how to play the guitar. I had taken piano lessons for many years, and I felt that made me a “nerd.” I was certain that if I learned how to play a guitar, I would instantly become one of the popular kids in school! Well, my parents did purchase an inexpensive acoustic guitar for me one year, as a gift. I don’t remember if it was for my birthday, or Christmas, but I will say that I took lessons for a few weeks, but could not take the pain involved in pressing my fingers down on the strings!

Anyone who can take that kind of punishment has my admiration, that is for sure! A few years ago, I gave my old, acoustic guitar to one of my friend’s kids. He did really well with the guitar, and I’ve heard that his parents are planning to buy a new electric guitar for him for Christmas! I haven’t heard him play at all yet, but I am hoping to go to their house sometimes soon and ask for a short performance! I am glad that my old guitar has proven to be a stepping-stone to bigger and better musical accomplishments.

Happy Thanksgiving

Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful day of feasting and thankfulness. Maybe a parade in the morning and some football in the afternoon would be nice, too. Or get up extremely early and go deer hunting. Whichever way you choose to take advantage of the holiday, I hope it works out well for you and that you enjoy your day.

Library cards

I love to read. When I was younger my teachers were so upset with me for reading so much that they used to send notes home to my parents complaining that I read too much  My parents used to buy me a lot of books from the school’s Scholastic Book Orders, but eventually our bookcases overflowed with books that were only read once. So they finally wised up and got me a library card to the public library. I love going to the library and picking out a couple of books that interest me, bringing them home to read, and then returning them to the library when I’m done. The library is right in town so it is not inconvenient for me to go there. Library cards are one of the best “freebie” bargains there are!