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Pleasure is good

The sun leaned on me like a dog against its master’s leg. I’d been practicing for over an hour yet it seemed like only minutes. Like a kid who’s being called home for dinner, I knew I had to leave the piano. But I could have played on until the sun slunk away. And so, the day took over.

piano keyboard © www.dianeschuller.com

Hello my lovelies.

I’m learning to play Giacomo Puccini’s Musetta’s Waltz, from La Boheme, and it stirs my soul. What pleasure to be able to play something so elegant and moving. Soon I hope to fill my piano room with this beautiful music without a single flaw.

Guess who is sporting a new ‘do’? Yup, I totally changed my hairstyle plus switched hair stylists at the salon I have been using. It was a good move (although awkward) and the confidence I feel with the new ‘do’ moves me resolutely yet calmly through the days.

Knitting is going along well, finally. During December I had a bit of a knitting slump in that I frogged 3 projects in a row. What’s frogging you ask? That’s when you knit something, or partially knit something, and then completely unravel it. Then project 4 is exactly at the half way mark but I broke one of my ‘rules’: I put it on snooze and started yet another project. Good news, because my knitting mojo has re-emerged. I’m moving right along with the shawl that is on my needles — a pretty little number the designer calls Wapiti. I bought the pattern a year ago and am loving it so far.

knitting a Wapiti shawl

So, did I entice anyone to take on the letter (or postcard) writing challenge? Let me know if you did! I wrote one letter and a postcard so far.

Today I’m thinking about how pleasure is good.

Until next Monday, I wish for you dear reader/friend/neighbour: the ring of laughter, the exotic aroma of tea, the squish of a favourite sweater or blanket, an adventure through a well written book, or whatever pleasure suits you most.

mini waterfall ©Diane M Schuller

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Ms S - January 11, 2016 - 6:18 pm

Lovely pleasures indeed! My husband is learning piano now as well, and between him and our son practicing, I feel a little spoiled for music in the house.
Btw, I love your writing.


Toffeeapple - January 12, 2016 - 9:51 am

Your knitting always makes me want to knit, which I have been doing but only tiny baby clothes; I want to continue with the cardigan I started last year, wish me luck!

Candace - January 13, 2016 - 1:29 pm

I wrote notes in all my Christmas cards 🙂 and I try to send postcards to a few people every year with something written on them…I did used to write letters all the time, too, when I was young and they are fun to receive.

Jennifer - January 16, 2016 - 7:24 pm

It is too easy to rush headlong through our days. It’s so much better for the body and the mind to take a moment to pause and appreciate all the little moments of pleasure in a day.

Annie - January 17, 2016 - 1:08 pm

How wonderful to be able to play the piano. Making music, connecting through words and knitting … they all sound like soul work 🙂

Susan Clark - January 18, 2016 - 9:25 am

Music is such a gift-for creator and listener. I sent a substantial and newsy letter to the daughter of our previous next door neighbour. We watched her grow from childhood into womanhood and now young wife. She is a creative person and tucked some charming handmade gift tags into her Christmas card to us. I think she might appreciate an old fashioned, hand written letter.

Gabriele - January 27, 2016 - 8:11 am

I can hear you play Musetta’s waltz. It is sublime. All the longing and even suffering that Musetta feels is expressed in those notes moving ever upward.