Monday, March 23, 2020

Songs Help Heal in Troubled Times

 I have crafted a bit, to calm my nerves.  Bought this panel from 
Missouri Star Quilt Company. and used an old canvas to mount it.  
Brought out the electric staple gun, a little bit of sewing and up it went. 

The blue ball jars are a favorite of mine,
 and who doesn't need cheerful in these very serious times?

 I also stamped this and made the pillow.  
A ad keeps coming up in my feed for a $70 pillowcase, 
yes not even the pillow form is included.  
It is embroidered on denim. 
Mine was stamped with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint 
on an old pair of jeans I cut up.  

The back is a lovely piece of linen from my pal Carmella. 
 Seriously, this is just distraction for the ever present 
and overwhelming reality of the 
deadly virus we are all faced with.

 This morning I woke up to the most beautiful 
snow covered landscape.  It was a perfect snowfall.
The roads stayed clear, the walks need no shoveling.  
Magical really, when we need some magic.

 All week and weekend I have been home, like so many of you, 
staying home to help stop the spread of the virus.  
I have spent my time being lonely.  
The first real time I've been away from my kids and granddaughters. 
Phone calls and Face Time help. 
 I've missed being there for the girls first steps, 
and they can't really understand why grandma can't pick them up. 
I have everything I could possibly need, except a hug.  
I really need a hug.
 Everyone is safely at home except
 my son Jonathan who works in a vital 
City of Chicago building.  

 I've been watching so many music artists perform from their homes.

 It has been amazing to hear the unvarnished performances, 
hearing the bare bones talents that make 
many of these performers super stars.  
Alone at night I watched John Legend, Chris Martin from Coldplay, 
Andrea Bocelli, James Taylor with his family, 
and last night Mary Chapin Carpenter.  
She sang a song she recorded with James Taylor.  
I was on my iTunes account and I purchased the song, before the next video started.  
What a comfort music is to me.

 I took these photos on an early morning walk today.

                                                      It's called Soul Companion

All of our dreams are laid out and measured
Arrows and pins and a rainbow of threads
Like hope on a string, sewn into the linings
For the courage to face the unknown ahead.

My soul companion
Out in the world somewhere
My soul companion
I'll meet you there

I'm packing my compass, trusted and tested
My dog-eared maps to study and fold
Into a pocket, I'm traveling light now
All that we have is all that we hold.

My soul companion
In my heart you are
My soul companion 
Just like a star

 There are no boarders, there are no boundaries
There are no fences up around me
But I get quiet and I get lonely
Just like everyone

These are the old roads, these are the stations
I look for my ride, you wait for your train
These are the chances, a life's incantations
These are places that don't know our names

My soul companion
Love finds it's own way in
My soul companion
Now let us begin
My soul companion
Out in the world somewhere 
My soul companion
I'll meet you there. 

Song by Mary Chapin Carpenter

If I ever needed my Soul Companion, it is now.
 My soul companion
In my heart you are
My soul companion 
Just like a star.

Thank you for stopping by.
Sending a virtual hug to all my dear readers.
Enjoy this beautiful day, and be safe.
Love, Penny


Eileen in Fla. said...

I love your musical taste. I'm glad you & fam are safe and healthy but sorry you have to be apart during such a trying time. Keep the faith--you are loved.

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Suzan C said...

Hugs from Starved Rock country