Another busy weekend here at my home, as I wrestled with all my electronics of the computer in order to move my home office to another room better suited and more comfortable than my old work area. Now that all my children are out on their own, I’ve reclaimed a spare bedroom and turned it into my new space from which I will ponder all those random thoughts and put them on the screen.
However, it is rather late now, and I’m tired of all the prep, painting, disassembling, and reassembling the computer, and of course the requisite problems of getting it all to work. Too tired to write all that much for this evening, and as midnight draws near, I’d rather unwind and get ready for bed. So how about a little Chopin? I was thinking a couple of Nocturnes ought to be nice and soothing to this weary soul.
So delightfully soothing. Sweet dreams everyone.
It’s getting late, the Dinner Party has run its course and appears to be long done, clean up crews have scrubbed and detailed the Random Thoughts home from top to bottom, and the place seems a bit quiet and empty. All the rowdy guests migrated over to Mardi Gras, and I’m happy to report all had fun with no serious problems, save for a few morning-after headaches experienced by a few of our followers.
Me? I’ll be traveling the next few days. I’ll be scarce around these parts, but tonight I think I’ll pour myself a nice elixir from the bar and toss a few coins in the Jukebox for the evening as I unwind a little before turning in for the evening. Come on and join me. Go ahead, walk over the the bar. There’s a guy in a white jacket and black bow-tie waiting to serve you. Kick off your shoes and put up your feet, or, if you are so inclined, grab your sweetheart and spend a few moments dancing cheek to cheek. I’ll start it off with a few from the Billie Holiday songbook – such a hauntingly soulful voice.
While I’m gone, feel free to throw a few coins in the ole Jukebox and dial up a song of your choice in the comment section below. Anything goes – any style, artist, and genre. I’d love to hear what you pick out. I’ll try to peek in whenever I can to get a listen. In the meantime, enjoy the company of each other and behave. Or maybe not…
This morning I was reading a blog I frequently visit, Lorna’s Voice, and noticed a post of hers titled “The Day is Done, Sunset Challenge“, which is inspired from a blog she frequents, A Lighter Shade of Grey, which contains a post titled “Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset“, which is in response to a weekly WordPress challenge on Fridays for Photos, all of which means I spend way too much time on the computer during my morning coffee break at work. But I digress…
It seems the purpose of the photo challenge is to post a picture of a sunset and perhaps write something about it.
I love sunsets. They are strikingly beautiful, and they are free. Free and beautiful, what’s not to like? The most extraordinary thing about sunsets, is their ability to be beautiful anywhere in the world. Sure there are spectacular shots of the sun waning on the horizon in tropical paradises, pristine waters, glacier-topped mountains, and other exotic locations. Yet a sunset has the ability to beautify even the most mundane place in the world. Witness the above picture, taken around sunset a few weeks ago just outside my office where I work each and every day. Nature and the heavens have a way of smiling down on the entire planet with no bias in latitude and longitude.
All you have to do is make an effort to notice. Eureka! There is a point to all this. As we rush around to the hectic pace of our everyday lives, try to become more aware of all the beauty in your everyday world lying just beneath that conscious, distracted mind. Pay attention!
Gone Fishing? Well not really, since I don’t fish all that much anymore. Just taking a little break to get away and catch up with family and friends I haven’t seen in a while, and in doing so, enjoy a nice change of scenery.
Life is delicious – have a taste each and every day. In fact, don’t just taste it. Live it! Make something good happen! That’s an order!
Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant! Let the dead Past bury its dead! Act,--act in the living Present! Heart within, and God o'erhead! Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time; Footprints, that perhaps another, Sailing o'er life's solemn main, A forlorn and shipwrecked brother, Seeing, shall take heart again. Excerpt from A Psalm of Life ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
See you all soon!
Late night again, and looking for a nice way to unwind musically. I’m in the mood for some slooooow blues. If you are too, grab a nightcap of your choice, don a set of headphones while I cue up a set of blues songs, and drift off into some relaxation, blues style.
Ah… that hit the spot.