I've been working on a New Years Eve post for a week and have erased two day's drafts. They contained photos of my grandchildren and gloom about losing my 97 year old friend and neighbour of 29 years among other losses. I added then subtracted; deleted, started again, revised, added, subtracted, deleted again. Then I found this old draft that had never been published. I had been on the verge of leaving for a trip it seems four or five years ago. I had left to upload music to the server and link it to the blog but something obviously distracted me from that. Here's to a look back on New Years Eve in a non-traditional way.
Things are still the same. I am working on a CD as I write this.
"This is my last post for awhile unless I can sneak in an early one tomorrow. I'm off on a three week trip to see three sets of relatives. I've been packing all day and have only last minute things for tomorrow.
I keep packing lists. I have one filed for craft shows, one for traveling out of the country and adventuring on your own, one for camping, one for teaching stained glass courses, and one for general packing. I file them away and use them but always add specific items for each trip. The current list has teddy bears, paint brushes, and catnip pillows; three items not on the general list but necessary for this trip.
My son is picking me up at the airport and his little children will be asleep when we arrive at his house. I will have to be strongly encouraged not to wake these sweet little humans. Actually after this weekend of missing precious sleep, I know I will not wake them. I am going to preschool the next morning. I will probably be presented at show and tell as a fossil. This is with the granddaughter who said to her brother when they visited this summer, " Show K your funny face, Grandma."
I'm making my last CD, number eight. I did not leave quite enough time for so many so they may not be perfect which is my aim with eighty minute playlists. I still have till tomorrow to finish this last one so there is hope. A CD has to have the right flow and feel for the theme. When I come up with two songs for the blog I sometimes have trouble. You can imagine it is much harder to come with eighteen or so.......that work perfectly together. Also each one is for a particular person. For instance, my son likes male vocalists more than female. It's something you take into consideration. I always ask people what they did not like rather than what they did like.
Today's songs are able to have a wide range as the person to be gifted with this CD likes a wide range of music. Jazz, blues, folk, country, pop, alternative, singer/songwriter, dance and trance; this person likes it all. It's also important to take into consideration where the music is listened to. Is the person sitting in their car, their house or the beach.
Anyway, here are two cuts off this last CD that are not placed side by side: No One Knows by Asa and"
Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever. - Mark Twain
I wish you all an excellent 2013
May your New Year be filled
with health and happiness.
May your cup be never empty
and your troubles only few.
I owe you some grandchildren photos.