Monthly Archives: January 2017

Coger el toro por los cuernos…Grab the horns by the bull…

dscn1038Je sais…the brain sometimes goes to Spanish by default…when it feels like it, to English and when I feel like it, to French!  The bull by the horns, but it made me laugh when it came out of the Je ne sais quoi neurons.  There it goes again!

I really was not feeling like going back to my guitar class.  I did not practice since our Christmas break and every time I looked at it, I felt like putting it under the bed in its case, so I won’t be feeling so guilty.  So this morning I had a long time before making up my mind about taking the horns by the bull…yeah, I know…the bull by the horns.  So there I went.  Everyone was happy to see me…I was so embarrassed, but I mustered my pretty smiley face, took my seat, took forever to take the guitar out, my books, the pen, put the case aside, took out my jacket, changed chairs and finally after all the “I feel so bad” ceremony, I sat.  Practiced two chords, the C and the G7…that’s when Mr. Instructor left the advanced group and said to them that he would be back in a while, and I thought, Yes!  he is going out!  What!  He came and sat by me and said that the C chord sounded really good.  My fingers started shaking, but within seconds I gained my composure, started playing those chords, and when I thought the waters were safe again, he added the A and A7 chords.  Thanks God those are not that difficult!

So went the class, and he went back to the more advanced group…they started playing some country music songs…I asked him if he knew “Friends in Low Places,”  sure he did, and with my limited ability to play along, there I was…”where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases my blues away…”  you know the rest.

I had a marvelous time!  Need to practice everyday, though, my luck only stretches so far.

Playing my chords and enjoying them too!

Hugs, Abrazos,

What has to happen for me to be totally happy…

Out the door to go burn some calories...

Out the door to go burn some calories…

Upon returning today from my exercise class…every Friday morning I really so don’t want to go, but once I am there dancing and lifting 2 pound weights, I am so glad I made the trip.  I feel re-energized and up in tune with the world.

So after I had my lunch today, I started pondering about our human nature, inspired by an episode in one of my soap operas…It is so amazing that we humans are always looking at our neighbor’s “greener” grass, thinking that if I get a bigger house…a fancy car…the perfect closet with designers’ clothes…the people we love dearly back into our lives…the perfect boyfriend or girlfriend…just the right job…a warmer place in the Caribbean (that’s probably my brain being activated)…the perfect body…and so many other “perfect” things.  I think we get the idea.

But…that’s not the contract we signed before arriving at this destination.  What contract are you talking about?  That’s you saying to me…then I say…Oh yes, we did sign a contract before departing the heavenly Lo La Land where everything was perfect…but we were checking all our good fortunes against the neighbor’s and voila…here we are in this perfect…yes…perfect world.

There are a few things that if I had in my life…I think I could be happier, peppier and better looking.  I have a ginormous ego.  It’s ok, I can handle it.  But…when the humble, angelic little Noury takes over, I am the happiest person on the planet.  All it takes is my tiara to be straight on top of my head and my tutu ready for the dance…the dance of life.

Life is not easy, but then I don’t remember anyone telling me that it was going to be.  Some things are definitely for sure…There’s always going to be change…nothing is permanent…and that we certainly we are going to die…and that life will go on.  As long as I remember those principles, I breathe a little bit easier.  Oh yes, the most important…I am to be grateful for all that has been, is, and will be in my life.  Everything and everyone that has touched my life has been a blessing, either as a lesson or to give more significance to my walk on this journey.

We are supposed to be facing a winter storm with some snow…I would rather be in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands…but this is where I am supposed to be right now.  I fully don’t know why…but as for me and my house…we trust that my Creator knows the reasons, and that’s more than enough for me.

The muses have been very kind today, they called from Key West and re-arranged my neurons for a few minutes.  Grateful for that.

Hugs…Abrazos,

When I leave planet earth…things left undone…

 

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I was pondering while preparing my salad just a few minutes ago…I like to leave it alone until I get really hungry and it gets to be room temperature.

Back to the pondering…I do that a lot!  While slicing the cantaloupe I thought that when I depart this world, I want to leave with nothing left undone that I have always wanted to do.  Wow!  That’s a major thing to keep on pondering on…so now I made a list…and I was surprised that there are only three things, and one that I don’t have any control whatsoever…so I am leaving that one to the goddesses of my good fortune to help me accomplish that and…maybe get some answers to some questions…

The three things on that list are all doable…some of them I am already doing…like continue to study languages…French, German, Italian and Portuguese, and the history of art per se.

The other two I am going to keep to myself, because there’s one of you that will start putting deadlines on me, and then that’s when my rebellious spirit shows up and screws things up.  I have decided that surprising myself with what I say and what I do is a new style I am adopting…hey, when you get to be my age, you are the boss.

My neurons are being so sarcastic right now that I can’t even stand them myself.  One whole year…so many hours, minutes and seconds and so little to do…

I wish you all the best attitude, happiness and great health to accomplish your dreams and fantasies.

Yeah, that one wish is kind of a fantasy that keeps me smiling when I think of it.  I am old, not out of circulation!

Hugs…Abrazos…