Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bucket Lists, Resolutions and Traditions

When you pass a certain age the fact your life is finite begins to take on an all encompassing importance. It's not something which occurs on a certain day, but gradually you begin to realize you're running out of time. You form mental bucket lists; lists of what you want to do before you die. These thoughts enter my mind more and more like clockwork, tick, tick, tick. Time is running out. I want to, I should, I need to, I planned on, I promised, and so on.

There comes a time when lists become worthless. What's the sense of making a list if I never cross the item off the list. Best just to do it before I think about it or I have too much on my list and never get to it. One of the things on my bucket list is to learn to play an instrument, to become more involved with music in an active way. I am drawn to percussion instruments and singing. What about you, what's on your bucket list, your list of things you plan to do or want to do?

How long ago did I mention getting a tongue drum? Look back and see, it was almost two and a half years ago. Do I have the tongue drum yet? No I don't. Admittedly, cost was a factor at the time. I have a small amount (meager if truth be told) of disposable money right now. I plan on making things happen musically speaking.

Before Christmas I saw a tubephone in an antique store. Instead of hesitating and thinking about it, I bought it. It's a child's instrument from the 1920s but actually produces a melodious tone. The tubephone is similar to a xylophone. I had a xylophone when I was a child and I remember that I loved that toy. Hum, what's old becomes new again. Anyway, I learned the Young Harris College nearby has an extensive music department. I hope to connect with someone who can help me in my musical pursuits.

For New Year's Day I decided to cook some black eyed peas. I heard they're supposed to bring prosperity for the New Year. So why not try them, they might help me accomplish my bucket list. Ha. What traditions do you observed for New Year's Eve or Day? Happy New Year to you all. Oh and don't forget to say White Rabbit tomorrow. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. I have also said I'd like to spend more time learning to play the guitar, not just plunk a few songs out, but really play it better. Ditto the mandolin my son gave me for Christmas a few years ago. How fun to find an instrument in an antique store. It sounds like fun. anything that makes music is a good idea, I think .

    Wishing you a wonderful 2014.

  2. I hear what you say about the slipping away of time, but I think the whole concept of the bucket list started with that movie a few years ago, don't you think? I don't recall the term before that. No matter it seems likes it's here to stay.

  3. I agree with Michael, what did people do before that movie? Well, probably some of them did have a wish list. Anyway, have a great musical year 2014. And may you enjoy whatever creativity you decide to pursue...I'll be checking it out here! Barb

  4. Tubaphone looks like a fun instrument...enjoy the learning.
    A very Happy New Year to you and Gary!

  5. And beside White Rabbit, take a look at the new year with the new moon.

    Happy New Year, Linda.

  6. Have a happy, productive, creative and musical New Year.

  7. Happy New Year and White Rabbit day to you and Gary.

  8. Whatever you decide to do, do it with cheer and happiness. Life is too short to be miserable. Happy New Year, Linda. Aloha from Hawaii.

  9. I read somewhere that in Spain, it's traditional to eat 12 grapes on the first to bring 12 month of good luck. That's a lot easier than eating black-eyed peas!

  10. The antique tubephone is adorable. When you tire of playing it you can display it. I keep wanting to rug hook..I even took a class to learn how and have all the stuff to do it....this will be the year I start.!!!!!!I do not follow any traditions...My friend Sue bangs pot lids together on her front porch at midnight...I have no idea why LOL

  11. Happy New Year!
    We had black eyed peas, but this year Jeff made them into a soup. I like that much better then how we have had them in the past.
    I haven't thought much about a bucket list. Right now my goals are more short term.

  12. Happy New year! I hope 2014 is wonderful!

  13. Happy New Year Linda. My son joined a Salsa band (he lives in Ireland) and has a wow of a time drumming in parades and at festivals. Good luck with your choice of instrument.

  14. Hi Teresa, thanks, I wonder if you can find a group that gets together and plays and pick up some tips from them on how to play? Music is definitely important.

    Hi Michael, thanks, I wonder about the bucket part sounds like an older word than a few years ago might be interesting to learn about it. Time is definitely slipping by for sure.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, I think the list about what you want to do comes with age and probably came before the movie.

    Hi Suzi, thanks, the more music the merrier I say. Happy new year to you.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, oh new moon in the new year poetic for sure.

    Hi Elephant's child thanks, I hope I can live up to all those aspirations.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, same to you and your hubby may the new year bring much goodness your way.

    Hi Gigi, thanks, happy new year to you, I need to remember not to be miserable sometimes.

    Hi Charlene, thanks, happy new year to you as well.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, I never heard of the grapes but I am sure they can find them in Spain, I do love the black eyed peas though and they turned out great.

    Hi Dee, thanks, I think the pot lid banging is much better than the fireworks I always worry about the birds, we should make a pact together about doing what we planned on doing but haven't done as yet like your hooked rug. Let's get going Ha.


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