Guitar lessons were too boring for me when I was a kid

When I was a young teenager, my parents gave me an acoustic guitar for a birthday gift. I was sure I wanted to learn to play the guitar! And they signed me up for music classes. Unfortunately, the music teacher didn’t seem to appreciate the fact that young teenagers don’t want to spend hours and hours every day learning ONLY to read music and play the “mary had a little lamb” types of songs. Young teenagers ALSO want to learn a few “quick and dirty” songs that they can play fairly quickly. And no one had explained how much it would hurt my fingers to put pressure on the guitar strings when pressing them down on the frets!

So I abandoned the classes fairly quickly – they were boring and my fingers hurt. I wanted no More painful, boring hours of practice alone in my room playing songs I hated! Sometimes people ask me if I wish I had kept at it, and when I hear gifted musicians play, I do find myself wishing I could play that well, too. But, my tolerance level for pain was too low, so the answer to that question is “no.” I’m not a big fan of pain!

Spring ahead already?

I must be suffering from serious brain cramps. This morning I heard the news people on the Today Show talking about how Daylight Savings Time is going to start this Sunday, March 8th. For some reason I thought I was hearing things! Daylight savings time already? For some reason I was thinking that did not start this early in the year, that it was some time in April. Seems to me I remember several years ago “they” decided to slowly extend the amount of time that “is” daylight savings time, by starting it earlier and ending it later, but boy, did this creep up on me, or what? So I thought I was hearing things, and went to look at the calendar hanging on the wall. Sure enough, it is true, this Sunday it is!

I decided to go online and see when it started last year and found that it was early March then, too. And the year before that, and before that, and before that, and before that…… Now I am really concerned about my sanity! I guess some of my brain cells that stored that memory have died of old age, or neglect, one or the other! When did my life get so hectic that facts like these get shoved aside and forgotten?

Get Along Little Doggie

I love the gags that can be played around the little dachshund dog. Like the meme that goes around Facebook every now and then, of a dachshund puppy in a hot dog roll, like the photo below:

Dacshund hot dog (free clip art)

Dacshund hot dog (free clip art)

And the joke about why did the cowboy adopt a dachsund?

Why did the cowboy (free clip art)

Why did the cowboy (free clip art)

I like looking at pet halloween costumes online and in stores, and I’m always amused by how cute they are, and find myself wishing that my own pets would tolerate wearing something like that. My experience, however, has been that my pets do their best to remove whatever article of clothing I try to put on them! So I’m afraid that for me, it would be an exercise in frustration, and a waste of money to buy the costume for my pets.

Valentine, Oh Valentine

Cupid (free clip art)

Cupid (free clip art)

I love romance! How glorious that we have a holiday dedicated to sweethearts and lovers all over the world!

Ever since I was in high school, Valentine’s Day has been a wonderful day of flowers, chocolates and special dinners with candles, flirting and memorable nights. I love Valentine’s Day!

Mr. Groundhog Predicts an Early Spring

Groundhog day (free clip art)

Groundhog day (free clip art)

Nashville’s sky was covered with snow heavy winter clouds this morning, so there was no way a groundhog could have seen his shadow.

I know that the groundhog in Pennsylvania supposedly saw his shadow up there, but let’s be honest. Pennsylvania weather is nothing like Nashville weather. I bet on any given day the temperatures here are at least 6 – 8 degrees warmer than anywhere in Pennsylvania. We’ll have spring before Pennsylvania every year and this year I bet we have spring weeks before the northern states.