Giving Thanks, Day 6

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Day 6: It’s always a great day to be thankful for indoor plumbing and running water. In some places, all somebody does all day is haul water back and forth from the well to their house–can’t get an education or anything else–all for want of plumbing. So I try not to take it for granted.

~Per a recent invitation given by the president of my church, I’ll be posting once a day for the next seven days regarding something I’m feeling grateful for. Feel free to join in and feel more peace in your life! #GiveThanks

Giving Thanks, Day 5

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(Wow, day 5 already!) Today I’m grateful my cat Pixel enjoys my piano playing. Seriously. I sat down today and within a song or two he sauntered in from sunbathing and began relaxing on his cardboard. I looked over my shoulder at him at one point and found he was watching me. I felt like he was saying, “Nice job, Beta Monkey. Keep it up.”

~Per a recent invitation given by the president of my church, I’ll be posting once a day for the next seven days regarding something I’m feeling grateful for. Feel free to join in and feel more peace in your life! #GiveThanks

Giving Thanks, Days 3-4/7

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Day 3: I am thankful for naps. Because I haven’t been sleeping well at night lately. I took a nap Sunday afternoon.

At one point I drooled, so you know it was a good nap.

Day 4: Today I’m grateful for fitness YouTubers. Doing workouts with JessicaSmithTV or The Yoga Ranger Studio or Jenny Ford helps sedentary writer-artist indoor person me feel social(!), get stronger, and stretch out some awful crampy shoulders and hips. I could never be a gym person, but thanks to the content these folks (and others) put out, my fitness is enhanced enough that I can continue eating cheese (which is the whole point of exercise…right?).

~Per a recent invitation given by the president of my church, I’ll be posting once a day for the next seven days regarding something I’m feeling grateful for. Feel free to join in and feel more peace in your life! #GiveThanks

Giving Thanks, Day 2/7

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Today I’m grateful for unexpected friendships. Earlier this year, a former coworker of my husband got back in touch with him. Since then, hubby and I have been doing activities with her and her husband every few weekends, and it’s been a lot of fun! I’m very glad she reached out.

~Per a recent invitation given by the president of my church, I’ll be posting once a day for the next seven days regarding something I’m feeling grateful for. Feel free to join in and feel more peace in your life! #GiveThanks

Giving Thanks, Day 1/7

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Today I’m grateful for the phlebotomist who stuck me today. I’m Rather Smoll and finding veins can be very tricky on me, but the folks at the lab where I regularly go always get ‘er done with minimal fuss and discomfort to me (who is all too often anxious about the whole procedure).

~Per a recent invitation given by the president of my church, I’ll be posting once a day for the next seven days regarding something I’m feeling grateful for. Feel free to join in and feel more peace in your life! #GiveThanks

Free Christmas Sheet Music – “I Wonder As I Wander” – A melancholy Philip Glass-inspired arrangement for Piano and Soprano Voice

Music Composition

Cover for I WONDER AS I WANDER, a girl in the snowy woods

I needed a song for a Christmas performance in 2019. I’ve always liked “I Wonder As I Wander” (so haunting!) but 1) didn’t find an arrangement I liked online and 2) I found the song’s original second and third verses to be…lackluster (to be polite).

So after finding some public domain replacement lyrics (and a singer), I came up with this. If you like dramatic, minor-key music, you’ll love this song. This arrangement takes otherwise cheerful songs  Away in a Manger and My Jesus, I Love Thee and and gives them a VERY DRAMATIC TURN.

If I had to describe the arrangement musically, it starts off like Beauty and the Beast, adds a squeeze of Hollow Knight in the middle, then goes full-on Philip Glass for the ending.

I wrote it to be manageable for the pianist–intermediate level at the most. Even if it looks intimidating, give the third verse a try.

Pattern Animals – Spring Rabbit and Hummingbird

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Rabbit drawn in marker, filled with crazy patterns and colors Wish I Hummingbird drawn in marker, filled with crazy patterns and colorsWish I hadn’t patterned over  in so much of the hummy’s belly…but it’s still fun.

How I make these: swatch markers and pick 2 or 3 light and 1 dark. Draw silhouette lightly in pencil. Fill in silhouette with random colors. Outline silhouette in darkest color, then fill with random patterns. Done while watching COUNTING CARS, which I love.