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Slow Motion Land


I haven't written because I don't know what to write.

I wash dishes and do laundry. I go exercise two or three afternoons a week for an hour. I maybe practice my fiddle. I try to work on my writing everyday. I go watch Sarah and Michael's boys one night a week, which starting this week will be a late night every Wednesday, so I will be going over there on Tuesday evenings as well to spend time with Sarah as she isn't home until 9pm on Wed. I try to read but it often doesn't hold my interest. I'm restless, but not acomplishing much of anything.

That said, I somehow seem to run out of time to do things. It is totally stupid. All of you are busier than I am and all of you get more done than I do. I try to work faster, but then things get sloppy and poorly done, ending up taking more time anyway because of having to correct mistakes.

I went to a fiddle workshop on Jan. 29th put on by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.  In the early 1980s he wrote a fiddle tune called "Ashokan Farewell" (pronounced: ash-oaken).  It was later used by Ken Burns in his documentary "The Civil War" and the song became famous.  We all got to jam with them and even got to play "Ashokan Farewell" with them. It was really cool! Then Hubby and I went to hear them in concert Jan 31st with a reinactor regimental brass band. Also very cool!  Here is the tune played by Jay and Molly.

I hope you all are well. I'll try to read my friends page this week to catch up a bit.

Pearl, the waster of time and effort


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Feb. 2nd, 2009 10:38 am (UTC)
Believe me, if you saw my house, you'd wonder what I do with my time. even when I skip church on Sunday not much gets done, or that's how it feels to me.

We're also getting cabin fever I think. The Tween said this morning that she is sick of winter. Of course, having a drawn-out illness hasn't helped her this winter at all. She's stuck at home again today and I know she's bored out of her mind.

You should see that Christmas present in you mail this week. I FINALLY got it over to my dad's house this weekend and he said he'd drop it off at the post office today. Talk about procrastination.:)

I still don't have my e-mail back up and running. With any luck, I'll get to that this week or next weekend.

Trust me, you're not the only one doing a lot and seeing nothing get done.:)

Take care.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)

Thank you Garnet :) I think the cabin fever is a good point. I'm sorry to hear The Tween has been sick a lot this winter. Give her a hug from me and tell her I hope she is totally better really soon.

I'll keep an eye out for the gift and let you know, somehow, when it arrives.

Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Pearl, you do a huge amount of stuff, including looking after your family and making sure you continue to enjoy your creative side. Give yourself credit and value! Heck, I'm a single person with no kids or pets, and I *still* can't get everything done that I need to. Such is life!
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you, m'dear. Giving myself credit is something I need to get better at. I think many of us need to work on that.

Feb. 2nd, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)

That is so cool! I happen to be familure with that music, as in I have heard it before. Not sure where since I have not seen that Ken Burns film. Very cool that you got to go work with the guy that wrote it.

I should send you an email. I should look to chat with you sometime soon.

Love you!
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Your icon gave me the biggest smile and chuckle! I love it!!

Yes, the workshop was a major highlight. They were both just wonderful, down to earth folks. They walked in and asked if we wanted to learn a couple of songs, just jam, or "we sure hope you don't just want us to talk". They wanted to play music with us. It was such fun.

Either email or chat would be most welcome :)

Feb. 2nd, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
I'm in exactly the same situation. I think a good part of it is low-level depression. Some of it is exhaustion from baby-sitting a toddler 4-5 mornings a week, a job I don't mind at all, but which takes way more out of me in terms of physical and mental energy than I would have thought possible. It's winter; the light is low...

There's a reason ancient people built bonfires to remind themselves that spring was coming!
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
You're right with the low-level depression. That is definitely part of it - and winter. Although I like the snow and the cold, but it does get dreary.

Oh my! Babysitting a toddler! That is exhausting.

Maybe I should have a bonfire? :D

Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Sweetie, you do a lot more than you think you do! Most of us are in the same boat of not getting everything done that needs to be done--I know I am! Good heavens, when I think how long it's been since I updated a certain fic...

The first thing to do is stop beating yourseslf up over these things. I don't know if you are familiar with FLYlady, but one of her mottoes is "You are not behind, just start from where you are."

And you got to work with Jay Ungar? Ashoken Farewell is one of my favorites. It's so lovely and haunting, and I was so surprised when I learned it was a modern composition and not an old, old song of the era!

Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my friend. I like that; "You are not behind, just start from where you are." I will try to remember that one.

Yes, it blew me away too that I've jammed with Jay Ungar :) It continues to amaze me how many of the well known old-time and bluegrass musicians really enjoy jamming with the rest of us. They were so much fun.

Jay had been studying and playing old Scottish Airs when the melody for "Ashokan Farewell" came to him, and it shows in the tune. Most everyone thinks it is an 1800s or older melody when they hear it.

Feb. 2nd, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
I wwwweeennntttt ttttoooo ttttthhhheeee ddddeeennntttiiisssttt tttooodddaaayyy.

You did say slow motion.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
You, my friend, are good. Very good!


Hugs to you!
Feb. 3rd, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
Feb. 2nd, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
Everyone works at their own pace. I blame my laziness on the dark & cold!

It'll be better when we get sun & warm again.

Feb. 3rd, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
I just wish my pace was quicker, LOL. It is getting to be time for spring to show up ;-)

Hugs back,
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