Music As A Hobby

Many people asked me why I am interested in learning a new instrument and I tell them all the time that music is actually very good for one’s health besides being a hobby.  I think my new found love has made me a lot calmer and has given me a sense of serenity when I learn how to play a piece.  So I look for all my prs at guitarcenter.com  as they have one of the best selections as well as being the manufacturer of Paul Reeds, they are very affordable.

Karaoke Sessions

Yes , Missy Moo has anxiety as well and because of bullies at her current school , we have gotten her to take up karaoke sessions with her best friend on the weekends to help with cooping with her anxiety.   She wanted a good microphone with her best friend and not just for her but also for her best friend because she don’t want her best friend to feel bad that hers is better.  So we went online looking for some  microphones for karaoke and singing sessions if you are looking for some  dynamic microphone, check it out at MusiciansFriend.com .

Thus far , we find that keeping Missy Moo busy and surrounded by friends is important , so every now and then when she is skyping her school friends , I would enlist their help to keep Missy Moo company in school ,so that she is not alone and cannot be bullied by those girls.  I get really , really upset when she comes home crying.

Shopping Therapy For Christmas

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For some people, meditation is all they need to get them going for the day, as for me shopping therapy is what motivates me to work harder.  And with Christmas round the corner, the more reason to do some shopping therapy .  One can buy a  warwick star bass  online for the spouse and that makes me really happy because I don’t have to worry about his Christmas present anymore.   I like how the star bass has the vintage look and it’s a 4 string instrument the the spouse is interested in, I also get to check out real reviews online before purchasing it of course.    More shopping can be done and I get all my Christmas list crossed off with online shopping.  That makes a very smart shopper, and no stress at all.  Just click, pay and wait for items to be delivered.

Plenty Of Music

There has been plenty of music at home of late and to say that it is not noisy would be a lie because the Missy Moo just bought a new  monotron  to play around with.   I’m just glad that my basement is sound proof that way she doesn’t disturb the neighbors when she is playing with her guitars , plus now that she is 12 , she invites her friends over for fun.  So you know if more than 1 kid around the music room, it can get quite wild.  But I’m not stress about it because she gets to be creative with the musical instruments that she loves.

Good Music Good Health

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Our yearly neighborhood garden concert makes me so happy every year but this year, we have many of our neighborhood boys come back from college for the summer to play.  With their  neon guitar  they played so well and impressed us all with not only how well they sounded but how effortlessly, they put the concert together.

We also had a little picnic/bbq that went out the entire afternoon and the entire neighborhood was involved in putting everything together.  I am hoping that the weather will still be good in the fall to have another one.  I’ve enjoyed it tremendously and so have many of our neighbors.

Jazz Concerts For The Summer

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Before moving to Canada, I used to do a lot more , from going to concerts to listening to Jazz music in Jazz bars and of course,  a lot of plays I would go to.  I love Jazz a lot when I was younger,  they make me feel alive and I especially like slow Jazz in our local pub , I even got to check out some of their electric guitars the bands were using like the  bc rich mockingbird  .  The love the fact that I go to the jazz bar so often that the musicians knows my name and me theirs.  But alas, those were during my younger days.

So this summer , the spouse has some jazz concert lined up for us to go to when we are in the city and Moncton as well as Toronto.  I’m pretty excited and looking forward to our long awaited summer break.

Music With Quiet Time

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Ever since the start of the year, I’ve been taking time off for quiet time for myself everyday.  It may not be long, sometimes only 15 mins but it can last as long as an hour.  For my quiet time, I like to relax and listen to music and sometimes, I play with my spouse’s instrument in his man’s cave in the basement.  I find it so therapeutic that I’m able to make time for myself and relax.  The spouse bought some snapjack  to make it easier for me to play around with his many instruments at the basement and I find it really easy to use and I was able to switch instruments without the loud buzzing and shreaking noises.  For those like myself, who is constantly working and doing things for the family and home, try having some quiet time everyday, you will definitely find that it helps with relaxing , definitely good for health.

Work Safety In Auto Shop

Work safety has always been our main concern in our small town with so many small business and if you are working in an auto shop, I think work safety is even more important.  I love our auto shop very much, not only are they honest people but they really take care of their workers and since they are expanding, they showed us some  auto lift comparison  to be brought in for their garage expansion as well.

I didn’t know there were so many kind of car lifts till I was sitting in the waiting room waiting for my car to be fixed.  I guess if you are spending so much money, you want to make sure you get the best and have choices.   I  read about the alignment car lifts that the auto shop is planning to get as well as the portable car lifts in case they have too many cars in the repair shop for work to be done.

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And for work safety reasons, they are choosing the best car lifts that they can find as per the owner of the auto shop.  I’m really happy that they are expanding and more happy that they are taking care of the work safety for their employees.

Teak Furniture For Bathroom

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I’m pretty sure by now, you all know that I have pain in my knees and sometimes standing up too long can be a really tiring and painful experience.  Most times they are alright but when I need to wash my hair and then shower, that can really hurt, as it can sometimes take as long as half and hour.    So Mr Moo decided that I need a bathroom bench when I’m taking these long showers but I didn’t want those plastic ones as they can get quite slippery and unsafe.

We did a little research and decided to check out  Home and Patio Décor Furniture – Teak  to see if they have something similar that we can buy as we’ve had teak patio furniture at our cottage for the longest time.  I grew up  using teak furniture in our garden, and even though they are a wee bit more expensive, I really think that they are worth every penny.  Why?  my grandma used to say, you pay for what you get, not only does teak furniture have the retro look and feel, it last forever.  The secret lies within the weather-resistant properties that are in teak, it’s natural oil and rubber protects any furniture made of teak wood.  Our patio/garden furniture are left outside all year round and we never have to worry about them.

If you look at the infrared sauna machine  in your health club, the benches used are also made of teak wood, they are of  low maintenance and high quality and never mold nor rot.  Therefore, my insistence on teak furniture is for a long term investment as well as good craftsmanship and the spouse cannot argue with that.

Hobby Time

 While on holiday during the summer, I took up a new hobby to help me relax if you didn’t know that by now.  And this new hobby has been doing me a lot of good.  I took up a new musical instrument and thanks to  musician friend  I was able to get a really good guitar at a reasonable price and found myself turning to youtube and learning how to play it all over again.

I used to tell myself that I have no time to have any hobby but if everyone makes time for themselves even if it was only half an hour a day it can do your health a lot of good.  I find that playing an instrument not only brings me a sense of accomplishment, it also relaxes me.  While some people take up crocheting or knitting, I took up music instead and I’m loving it.

Retail Therapy 101

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If you ladies haven’t heard of shopping therapy, you don’t know what you are missing.   When I feel stressed or when I am feeling down, or just feel like shopping to lighten that bad mood of yours, I go shopping and buy stuff that I find will do me good.  Make up is currently my favorite while others may like to buy shoes or handbags.  I don’t know about guys and shopping but I’ve seen the spouse shopping for  m-audio fast track pro  and getting all frustrated because he can’t find them in our local shop, so his shopping therapy is to go online and source for them.  I think for guys they are quite different from us.  We like to hold the stuff in our hands and try them out , where as guys, they know exactly what they need and do their research and read reviews about them and have no problems buying them online.  So whatever floats your boat, online or offline, if retail therapy is able to help – why not?

Insuring Your Health

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A long time customer of ours came by the other day to ask if we would support a benefit for his brother in law who just got diagnosed with liver cancer.  Of course, shortly after he came over to ask for the donation, the brother-in -law passed away.  And of course, there are bills to be paid even after a person dies but with no health insurance, they couldn’t really take care of the funeral expenses as well.  Unlike people from the States , they all know to get health insurance as soon as they can from  health insurance agency in nc  but here in Canada, folks thinks that health care is free but so not true.

Medication after you are discharged from the hospital isn’t free at all, and if you are a diabetic like myself, you need long term medication and if you don’t have insurance, you will be in debt.  And what about those who cannot work when they are ill, with a health insurance, some insurance company will pay you for the time you are out of work.  So many things you can look into before your health takes a turn for the worst and because of health insurance, you don’t have to be a burden to your family and friends.

Dance Exercises

Dancing can help with your health, so I was told by my family doctor and that I should take up dancing if I was up to it.   I wished that there is a dance studio in town like that   dance doctor of los angeles  .  I would be the first to register for they do private lessons as well as group lessons.   So for those who are shy like myself, i could ask for a private lessons or alternatively, get a group of girlfriends to go with me.   But would be more fun if I can get Mr Moo to go with me and take up dancing lessons together.  Like they say, a couple that dance together, stays together.

Exercising With Music

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If you are like myself and feel too shy to exercise alone in the gym, I have a trick to teach you.  Get a good headphone and plug in your ipod and bring it along with you when you are exercising.   I found a really good one  On Sale  here and when I have my music and headphones  with me I don’t feel self conscious no more.  I just pretend I’m too busy enjoying my music to care about the people around me.   So for those of you who are shy, no more excuses folks,  for not going to the gym, a headphone and an ipod is all you need to get some confidence back.

 

No Stress Events

 I don’t know what it is but everyone seems to think that I’m good at planning for just about everything.  From Chinese New Year’s dinner to birthday parties for friends and relative to just about any get – together.  But truth be told, it can get very stressful especially if the invited guests are not cooperative at all.

So when I was asked to plan for my nieces prom party at their summer cottage home, I decided to use someone like  DJ Joe Bunn  to take care of the music department for me and the rest just fell into places.  Food was catered from a local caterer and I had the kids pick up the party decoration and a huge photo booth and I’m all set for the event.

So these days when I’m asked to plan an event, I usually go for a DJ and the rest just fall into its place quickly.

New Start For The New Year

Yes, already half a month gone and still sticking to my new year resolution of cleaning up the house and having a healthier year in 2014.  So with some er Wagner  caster wheels in hand, the spouse repaired the office chair as well as the wine table that had a squeaky wheels.

 So the last of the Christmas decoration had been taken down during the weekend and massive cleaning of the house was done as well.  This weekend, we are going to change the bedsheets and I’m all ready to start my exercising again.  Had to get the house in order before starting on a healthier regime daily.  Now here’s to a healthier 2014.

 

Relaxing With Violin Music

I’ve recently been listening to violin music for relaxation and since the kid decided that she wants to take up violin lessons as well, I saw some  cremona violins at wwbw  that I can order for her online.  The novice pink violin is the one she had chosen and it isn’t expensive at all, so now to find her a violin teacher and we are ready to start some lessons.  I am wondering if it would help with my health if I too take up violin lessons?  I have to check with my doctor about that – because just listening to the string instruments makes me feel so happy and relaxed.

Christmas Shopping Makes Me Happy

 

Christmas shopping makes me very happy but who am I kidding right?  any kind of shopping makes me very happy.  I saw a  sterling silver bracelet  online and just decided to buy it to cheer myself up.  In the meantime, I also shopped for some other things for friends and family, that way there is no stress on my part.  I loved shopping online for Christmas because the presents are wrapped and delivered to my love ones and I don’t have to go rush out in the cold weather to get presents.  Perfect for me.

Stress Free Printing

Working during the Christmas rush can be quite stressful for me so  when the boss asked me to do some printing for the office, I kind of panic because I know everyone is going to be busy. Someone recommended  offset printing  to me and it’s pretty much stress free for me now because they can do just about any kind of printing I need.

Like I was told earlier, everything has a solution, just got to find the solution and people and companies that makes thing easy for me and I don’t have to feel so stress no more.

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