In other very exciting news, I recently purchased a new Deering Goodtime Banjo. This past year I have been getting together with a close friend and singing with her as she plays the guitar or banjo. And I have found myself wishing I could play the banjo myself and have a string instrument to play as I sing. I played the flute in highschool so I have some experience with music, but have never really thought of myself as a musician or with musical talent. String instruments have always seemed challenging and somewhat foreboding. For the past year I have found myself drawn to songs played with the banjo, and have become somewhat obsessed with the idea of being able to play my favorite songs.
I tend to rush around too much during my day. One of my challenges is to slow down and be in the present with my children. To stop and actually focus on them and what they are saying. To enjoy each moment of our day and not feel rushed to clean or cook or get out of the house. I have been thinking that having and instrument to play might help me settle down throughout the day and center myself in the universe. And it has been working. Taking a ten minute break from the day and playing just a few songs soothes my soul and puts things in perspective. I'm able to put the banjo away with a lighter heart and go back to the kitchen or the kids feeling satisfied and content with my world. I've been picking it up often at meal times when I am done eating and am trying to stay seated with the kids so that they will finish their meals. So I pick up the banjo and say "Here, let me serenade you while you eat."
I have to share my favorite band of the last year with you; Rising Appalachia. I love them so much. I want to be them when I grow up :) I have been listening to their music almost daily since last fall and somehow have yet to need a break from them. So I'm going to try something I've never done and share some You Tube video links and I'm hoping that some of you will enjoy their music as much as I do.
And the following is one of the songs I can't listen to without hoping that some day I can play it myself and for some reason I couldn't get the You Tube link to work so here I've just attempted to post the link myself. This following link is of the band playing, whereas the first was a song and the second a music video. I should have posted this one first in my order of which you should take the time to watch, if you are going to click on one. (Smile - hope you enjoy!)
I want to hear from everyone whom I've converted into a Rising Appalachia fan!
Posts to come: I've plans to share this summer's milking/farm chore routine which has been the least stressful making this our most laid back summer yet. I also want to share my home-school plans with you. Right now I am over-my-head deep in planning and am spending many of my waking moments, (when I'm not attempting to play the banjo, but while milking or harvesting) thinking about our school daily routine and how we are going to find the balance with a Kindergartner and a Second grader this year. And of course I'm going to share a garden post with you soon, along with pictures so you can see my bigger than a basketball pumpkin which I'm so proud of, as well as the rest of the garden. Wishing you all a great night.