December 5, 2013
When Joshua came over last weeekend, he brought his son Christian with him. While Joshua and I were outside splitting and stacking wood, Christian spent much of his time inside, practicing his clarinet for the Christmas concert that he is going to be performing in later this month. Joshua and his wife are so proud of how good Christian has become, and of how faithful Christian is with his practicing that they are planning to buy professional clarinet at musicians friend for Christian as a Christmas present this year. I hope that Christian keeps on practicing if they are going to invest that kind of money in a new instrument for him!
December 4, 2013
Do you have people in your life who are always whining and complaining about their problems and refuse to take responsibility for any of them? Seems as if I have a lot of them! I’ve been listening to a lot of motivational CDs, and reading a lot of motivational books lately and they all advise the listener/reader to remove themselves from the company of people like that. I think that is good advice, but it is hard to do that when some of them are financially dependent on you!
I think that someone could make some serious money by giving advice to people who are unable to remove themselves from that kind of situation how to deal with those kinds of people without simply leaving them behind. I know that it is emotionally draining to be around those kind of people, and negativity breeds negativity. Do any of you know of a good book that deals with that subject?
December 3, 2013
When Joshua was telling me that an anonymous donor bought all new bugles for the high school band department, I was amazed. There just aren’t very many people in this area that would do something so generous. There are a lot of kids in town that would love to take band class, but can’t afford to buy or rent the instruments. Having instruments available to lend out is a great way to encourage students to take band class!
November 30, 2013
Today I downloaded music from Amazon for the first time. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but I have so much music on CDs that I consider my collection, that I have continued buying CDs – even when I only want just one song. Also, I am not very happy with the idea of not having the music on something tangible that I can hold in my hands. When you download the song it is just some digital collection of zeros and ones on your computer hard drive. If the computer gets a virus or breaks, I can’t be sure that I will be able to get my music files off the drive and put onto something else. That would be a waste of money.
music (free clip art)
But then I realized that I can buy a song for either 99 cents or $1.19 for almost any kind of music. Why am I spending $14 – $18 dollars on a CD for a dozen songs I don’t really want? It makes a lot more sense to buy just want you want and not waste money on extra songs that you will only listen to once.
Well, it was fast and easy and I had no problem downloading the sampler at all. That was really cool. I think I’m ready to start buying online and forget about driving to the store for my music. My collection will now be digital instead of stored in jewel cases on a shelf. And, it’s better for the environment.
November 24, 2013
Up here in New England, there are a lot of people that enjoy the winter sports of skating, skiing, snow-boarding, snow-mobiling, and snow-shoeing. A lot of us can enjoy these things just by walking out the front or back door of our house! Storing all of the equipment, however, can be a real challenge! That’s why I like to install clever storage systems like a snowboard rack wall for snow-boards, and I like to hang my skis over the garage rafters. That helps to free up a lot of floor space, and helps to keep them from being tripped over and falling over. Keeps the dogs and cats from destroying them too!