"I've been letting my mind wonder at night. My thoughts should have a curfew." Am Kidd

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Make your own kind of music

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But you've gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song.
Make your own kind of music even if nobody
else sings along...
(The Mamas and the Papas)

And so, on these final days of Winter as I try to hold in check my impatient heart and tell myself not to keep looking for the first signs of Spring, I grow restless. Cabin fever sets in.  I don't really feel like shopping (gasp!) so I go for a ride. 

Driving aimlessly I turn on the radio. One by one I flip through the stations but its no good. I can't find one to please me. I drive in silence for a while when suddenly I remember something my father said back in the days when I entered the tumultuous teenage years and he became middle aged: "You know you are getting older when you no longer like the songs on the radio."  Deja vu...

Growing older is tricky. You go about doing your thing when suddenly: BAM! "Maturity" jumps out of nowhere. The thing is, IT had always been there, a silent ghost, an invisible companion that's been by your side from the day you were born. IT waits patiently until IT decides is time to come out. Shy at first, IT plays hide and seek. You catch a glimpse here and there but is only a matter of time. IT will grow more confident. IT will let you know its here to stay...

I wait for Spring with great anticipation. I have been busy teaching myself how to crochet and I have fallen in love with Granny Squares. Here are my humble first attempts...

 I am looking forward going back to my Purple Caravan.

I ignore the radio and play the music of my generation. Just like a Mantra, the familiar words and sounds manage to still bring a spark of magic to make my heart jump and skip a beat. 

Time marches on.  I know IT is hiding nearby but I'm not worried. I dance and sing. I play my Blue Tambourine.

The music is loud, Abby joins the celebration. 

She barks and I laugh. IT doesn't stand a chance ;0)

 Wishing you all a weekend filled with magic. Rock on!


  1. Oh bless her, she is so funny! I know what you mean, I was a teenager in the 70's and like to listen to "Smooth 70's" radio station.
    I always enjoy seeing photos of your purple caravan, it has a beautiful atmosphere.

  2. Hello beautiful friend..what a super lovely post..I loved you sharing about hearing your dad's words..so true..ha ha I haven't listened to the radio in forever!Love your tambourine and Abby is so sweet!Yay..your crochet granny squares are gorgeous and magical..how fun..I have always wanted to learn too..lovely!
    I ahve missed yoru space..and wowness..I LOVE the purple caravan photos..so gorgeous...such an enchanting dreamy realm..I wish you many new memories there this year!

  3. Alina,
    This post put a smile on my face today. Spring will be there soon. And you are learning to crochet - that's great! I learned when I was a young girl, but haven't tried it since. Abby looks like she is having fun dancing to the music while you play your tambourine. We are so connected, my friend. I love the Mamas and the Papas. One of my favorite songs they sing is Dream a little dream of me. Oh, and how I love seeing pictures of the purple caravan. Have a nice weekend, and keep writing. You are such an eloquent writer.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  4. Ah yes, "maturity".

    That's what happens when an investment reaches the end of its term, isn't it....?
    Reckon ITs quite a long way off for me too...

  5. Dear Alina,
    What a beautiful and thought provoking post. I love the images you've shared.
    Maturity is something that I have embraced and will continue to do so. There is something quite wonderful about the wisdom one gains through the years. Like you, I play the music that makes my soul dance. I love all the old tunes from the 20's into the early 80's. Classical soothes me.
    I love your granny squares. Crocheting is a wonderful, relaxing pastime for me as well. No doubt you will create many a lovely item for your beautiful purple caravan.
    Abby is absolutely adorable!
    Thank you for stopping by Harmonie House. You cannot imagine how happy I was to see you again! Be well and blissful my friend. xo

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  7. I love that song! Lovely crochet too!


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