A couple of days ago, I received notification from another blogger who has been following the progress of the 365 Guitars – Sounds Like Orange – they like what they are seeing and have nominated this blog for a Sunshine Blog Award. I’m a neophyte blogger to the point that I’m not really sure what that is, but it is very, very warm and fuzzy to be nominated…And, if elected I will…well, there are a series of responsibilities that come with this, as they should.
3. Nominate 5 – 10 other wonderful bloggers (Check!)
4. Let the other nominees know they are nominated and include links to their blog (Check! I think!)
5. Link the person who nominated you (Check!)
It all seems easy enough, doesn’t it? And yet…there are ten questions about myself to compose and answer…
1. What is your favorite quote?
in 1952 Alistair Cooke, a British journalist wrote a book called “One Man’s America” about his trip through the States. I read the book at least 40 years ago, so I don’t remember much from it except that it was upbeat and gave me the quote that has guided my life ever since. It hangs on my wall and I read it every day.
“In the best of times out days are numbered anyway. And so it would be a crime against nature for any generation to take the world crisis so solemnly that it put of enjoying those things for which we were presumably designed in the first place…the opportunity to do good work, to fall in love, to enjoy friends, to hit a ball, and to bounce a baby.”
2. Good grief! How old are you anyway?
3. What do you do besides make up guitars and blog them?
I play one, I sing, I write songs – sort of an early form of blogging, really. I also paint – a lot. Abstracts mostly because that’s what makes me happy. Color. Lots of color. I travel when I can. I tend to my household; my husband, my dogs, cats, and peacocks. I live a vast and wonderful life for which I am grateful every minute of every day. Oh – and I have a business…I’m an interior designer every once in awhile 🙂
4. What book makes you giggle every time you think of it?
5. What is most often on your “to do” list?
I journal everyday, and a part of that is my “to do” list. The things that always, always go on the list are: Be grateful. Be generous. Be kind. Be respectful. Be loyal. Be honest. Be creative. Be loving. Be joyous. Be hopeful. Clean the cat box.
6. What was your most recent favorite book?
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough – it was informative and inspiring all at once. Of course, it makes me want to live for awhile in Paris, but so does getting up in the morning.
7. Posh or plain?
I like both extremes. Most of the time I live in clothes that are covered, in varying degrees, with paints of all colors. It feels good, every once in awhile, to put on big girl shoes and go out on the town. It could be another question, really, about city or country, but that would be sort of cheating – I live in the country and from time to time, just have to go “do” city. Ooh, having said that, I feel some city coming on…
8. What is your best intellectual attribute?
I’m curious. That being said, I’m also pretty much willing to try new things, and even some things that scare me. I push myself to get beyond the kind of stage fright that comes with new things – it is a whole lot better to not do something because I have tried it and don’t like it than not to do something because it sounds scary.
9. What about you needs the most improvement?
I’m so lazy. With concentrated effort I could be more successful, more notorious, more…more. But I’m a kind of proof that art doesn’t have to come from agony… I mean, there are days when I’d like to have enough angst or ambition or whatever to get my web page done, but…oh look! It’s Haley’s Comet!
10. Do you really think you will be able to do 365 Guitars?
To tell you the truth, I only do one guitar. That I am able to do one guitar everyday is a kind of little gift – doing battle against my lazy nature and embracing my fear of the unknown. I’m loving the run 🙂