*I am a frustrated musician- I fiddle, but not well. I don't know if it's because I'm left-handed and can't bow as quickly as I'd like, or if I demand perfection out of every note I play; but whatever the case, it seems that no matter how much I practice, the results are marginal. Infuriating!
*I am a dreamer and a schemer. Especially after midnight. I like to lay in bed and think about stuff-no distractions-no interruptions. And once I've hatched an idea in my little head; I'll ruminate over it all night long. My craziest, most far-fetched ideas come to me in the wee hours of the morning; by daybreak I'm usually too mentally exhausted to actually pursue them.
Sooo, last Tuesday I practiced my fiddle with the usual results. Around midnight I was still brooding about it. Then it hit me like a lightening bolt... Switch instruments! Learn to play the hammered dulcimer. (I'd actually had 2 musician friends suggest this when I've complained about my fiddling. They tell me that the dulcimer is very easy to play; and would fit my personality perfectly.)
By 2 a.m. my mind's eye had me all dressed up in a hazy, flowing, Celtic gown, hammering blissfully on my dulcimer!
In a moment of clarity I said to God..."Lord, what do you think? Should I pursue this?"
A Voice inside said, "She considers a field..."
I know that verse. It's from Proverbs 31...the description of a noble woman. In the amplified Bible, the 16th verse says this:
She considers a new field before she buys or accepts it; expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties; and with her savings of time and strength she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.
As Scooby-Doo would say, "Ruu-Roo!" So the noble woman considers a new field or endeavor. She carefully analyzes just how much time and energy she will have to give to this new project before she commits to it. And if I'm reading it correctly, it infers that even if someone were to offer her a new field for free-she won't accept it if it means neglecting her present duties. Oh my, my, my, my! GIRLFRIENDS, HEAR THIS!!!
IT'S OK TO SAY NO TO GOOD IDEAS IF IT'S GOING TO BANKRUPT YOU FOR TIME!
Here's the next great truth from this passage: When considering the field; think about what kind of fruit you're gonna get from it. Don't waste your time planting seeds in lousy ground. I have a stand of fir trees in the back yard. The soil beneath them is dry and acidic. I know better than to try and plant my cherry tomatoes under them. (Two years ago I tried planting pumpkins out there...what a bust!) Get the idea? Honestly evaluate your skills, talents, and interests. Even if you have the time to pursue something...realistically, how's it gonna turn out? If you hate numbers; don't apply for that bank teller job. If you have 2 left feet and suffer from severe stage fright-maybe contra-dancing just isn't your bag-even if your bff insists that you'll love it.
Not to say that you shouldn't try new things and challenge yourself...that's a good thing. Just keep some perspective. There's a big difference between trying something new an making a big commitment of time and money.
Getting back to the dulcimer story; I took an inventory of unfinished projects.
- green knitted afghan- barely started
- granny square afghan- 1/3 done
- sewing projects: curtains, dress, and fabric for about 7 garments-abandoned for 2 years
- Etsy shop- I have about 100 unlisted items
- Back yard: need to jack-hammer the old cement out and make a new brick patio; catch up on weeding, and figure out what to do under those fir trees; and then there's the fall veggie garden.
- Dog training: The only way to get Koda over her dog-agression issues is to practice walking with her every day.
- Our office is beginning to look like the Salvation Army Thrift Store. I have to clear it out somehow.
- Kitchen remodel...sometime in winter.
Thanks Lord; for the wake-up call!
DEBORA'S CRAZY-GOOD CHICKEN SALAD FOR TWO
3 chicken breast tenders, cooked
1 crisp apple
a few spoonfuls of mayo (or plain yogurt)
a handful of sunflower seeds
a fresh piece of leaf lettuce or romain
Salt and pepper to taste
Dice the chicken. Core and cut up the apple into small chunks.
Stir chicken and apple together. Add mayo and mix thoroughly.
Place lettuce on a pretty plate and put the chicken mixture on top.
Sprinkle with sunflower seeds.
Note: You can substitute pineapple, grapes, or tangerines for the apple. If you don't have sunflower seeds, top with crunchy almonds or walnuts.