Learning to play the acoustic guitar

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When my dad passed away a few months ago, my sister inherited one of his prized possessions, his Taylor guitar. It only made sense that she kept it though since he had taught her to play. They had even spent many nights strumming away to classic rock hits until the early morning hours. So, although I didn’t exactly get those irreplaceable experiences she had with my dad, or the guitar that he held and played, and loved, I could buy one that looked just like his. I would buy it and learn how to play it as a tribute to my wonderful dad.

So I bought the guitar, spending $800 on the whole deal, not knowing a single thing about how to play it. But I sure do love this guitar. This beauty is art in itself. My dad had great taste in guitars, thats for sure! Now I must learn how to play, to show this baby off. Its very overwhelming at first with the frets, and the chords, and the tuning, and the strumming, and reading the music, etc.! In fact, I’m still overwhelmed, but I know I can learn how to play it with a little patience, and a lot of practice. My sister came over to show me a few things and she brought dad’s guitar with her. So there we were, her showing me the ropes on dad’s guitar and me trying things out on mine. We were sure he was up in heaven smiling down, wishing he was there with us. We knew he had to be proud at that moment while my sister tried to teach me the very things he had taught her. I only wish I would have taken an interest sooner so I too could have spent nights playing with my dad. But as he would say: “wish in one hand, shit in the other, see which one fills up faster”, whatever that meant. He always had all these goofy sayings. God, I miss him!

I found a ton of guitar lessons and things related on YouTube. This has been very helpful! I hadn’t really put in much practice time so I got to thinking that if I set up guitar lessons with a local musician it would give me some structure. When the day of the first lesson came, I backed out telling myself I didn’t need to pay $20 for a half hour lesson when I could just set up a lesson with myself instead. So I did; I looked over the things my sister had shown me, some chords my mom copied for me, and some YouTube videos. In searching for the easiest songs to start on, I found a blog by Guitar Noise listing the top 10 easiest songs to learn on the guitar. So, I started with the first one, A horse With No Name, by America. I’ve heard this song before, but what a great song it is! I found YouTube videos showing you how to play this particular song. This is very helpful since you need to learn the strumming, as well as the chords. So I practiced about an hour or two with a bit of productivity. It almost sort of sounded like a song, that song. Ha! I have a long way to go, but I know I can do this! I have unwavering motivation shining down on me from heaven. Thanks dad, I love you!

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Last Night’s Dinner

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Classic Patty Melt and Crispy Baked Fries

If your anything like me, Pinterest is your go to spot for dinner ideas and fabulous recipes. I made this classic patty melt last night and it was delish! A burger topped with carmelized onions, swiss cheese, and homeade thousand island dressing on buttered, grilled bread, yes please! I used sourdough bread instead of the rye it called for since I don’t care for rye bread. Also, I had to triple the recipe for the homemade thousand island dressing since the original didn’t make much. I’ve never made thousand island dressing at home before, but it was quite yummy! I wouldn’t try to use the store bought dressing as a substitute as I’m certain the homemade is much better. Everyone absolutely loved the patty melts! I decided to go with baked fries to save some calories and fat. So I found this recipe on Pinterest as well. I cut the potatoes into smaller chunks though so they would cook faster. The crispy baked fries recipe also got rave reviews in my house. Both were winners , and I’ll definitely be making both recipes again! 😋

Hello world!

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Hello! This is my very first blog post and I’m very excited about becoming a blogger! I am still trying to get my page all setup which seems to be a challenge in itself for me, especially since I have no experience in web design! Anyway if anyone has some advice on setting up your WordPress page, it would be greatly appreciated! It seems like its one of these things that you have to keep playing with and it can eventually be figured out. I hope!:) I decided to start this blog because I’ve recently got into writing more and I thought this would be a great outlet to share my thoughts. I also thought it would be fun to share my artistic creations (sketches, paintings, writings, recipes, etc.), experiences, ideas, advice, book, music or movie critiques and whatever else I can offer those who are willing to read my happy little blog. I’ve recently had what you might call an awakening, or maybe a mid-life crisis, I’m not sure which. Last summer, I was still in search of an entry level accounting job. I had been trying to land a job for probably a year since receiving a bachelor’s degree in accounting, this piece of paper I worked so hard for, that I thought guaranteed me a good paying job for the rest of my life. I was reading a book called “The Confident Woman” by Joyce Meyer thinking this book would help me become more confident in the sense of interviewing and believing in myself when it came to getting this accounting job. The funny thing is it sort of did the opposite. It drove me away from the accounting job actually. It made me realize that the reason I wasn’t confident about accounting is because it became clear to me in reading the book that this was not God’s plan for me. I’m not a super religious person but it all made sense, the things that Joyce said. I don’t have the book in front of me to quote her, but she said something like: We are all handpicked by God for a purpose on this Earth; God has given us all unique talents and personalities for a reason. Even if it takes trial and error, we should work hard to find our calling. And when we find our calling, the work we do will make us happy because we will be utilizing our God given talents, and this will be what we are meant to do. Well some people might think its a heap of bullshit, but to me it made perfect sense because I knew I wasn’t meant to sit in an office with a 9-5 job crunching numbers. I knew it had to be more creative than that. It became painstakingly clear to me that I had racked up $50,000 worth of student loans for the wrong career! Thanks Joyce. But anyway, I am now on a quest to make my life about doing the things I love to do, and maybe, hopefully one day make some money doing them. So now I am getting back into drawing, oil and acrylic painting, writing, reading, and I am trying to learn to play the acoustic guitar. I have just recently experienced the greatest heartache of my life, I’ve just lost my dad. Because of him, I quit smoking four months ago, I bought a Taylor guitar just like his ( my sister got his guitar; they used to play together) and am determined to learn how to play, and I am more aware now than ever before that life is too short to waste time on things that don’t make you happy!