Friday, January 30, 2015

Day is done, can't get it out of my head and more quiet

- I would have never captured this image if I hadn't been listening to the last bit of the audio book I was about to return to the library.  I was sitting in the library parking lot listening and thinking how beautiful the winter branches of that tree looked against the 6pm sky.  The real story here is about taking a quiet few moments to look at simple things around me like this.

- Finally watching the film Saving Mr. Banks, the story of the making of the film Mary Poppins.  My sister Jo and I loved "Mary Poppins" when we were children and had the soundtrack.  So I found that I knew every word to some of the songs, particularly "Let's go fly a kite."  I've been singing it all this week.  Here's a link to the scene in the "Saving Mr. Banks" in which the song is pitched to PL Travers (played so well by Emma Thompson that I forgot it was her I was watching.)

- Driving home from the eye doctor with eyes so dilated I turned off the audio book and the radio and just concentrated on driving.  And then realizing I kind of liked the quiet. 

Audio books make my long commute more than bearable.  And I tend to listen to things I wouldn't normally read.  Right now I'm listening to another Lee Child book and have a Nevada Barr book waiting for after that.  Both authors stretch reality a bit, but that's what make them good mystery / thrillers, I guess.  :)  Have a good weekend!

13 comments:

Snaggle Tooth said...

Sometimes light makes the prettiest things\- I wasnt to see that movie, sounds classic. I hatre being incapacitated at the MD's. For years I drove in quiet- but music is good too-

Mystery thrillers make me hurry to the last page- can't imagine listening to them n stopping the tape at intervals-

Elephant's Child said...

That image is gorgeous. Thank you.
I am a big, big fan of quiet. To the extent that I need it to think in. Or concentrate. Or relax.

Granny Annie said...

I love audio books and have a bunch so I will send you some if you don't mind murder mysteries. I have some great Harlan Coben audio books and would not want them back. When you finish them you can donate to your library.

Sara said...

The last "Good Thing" made me laugh. Not because of your eyes being dilated:~( but the fact that you found a "good thing" even in the silence.

I think you probably see more "good things" than most people because you're looking for them.

Of all the things I get from your site, the reminder to LOOK for good things in my life is the best. So, thank you and have a great weekend:~)

OldLady Of The Hills said...

A very beautiful picture, my dear.....I think quiet can be very healing--it's a wonderful way to be in touch with all sorts of things that sound often obscures....
I rarely listen to audio books...And, I'm not sure why! I love the idea of them, but just never get around to doing anything about it.

Meghan said...

I'm an eye doc and I love how my colleagues forced you (unknowingly) to observe the peacefulness around you. 😊😊

Lynn said...

Snaggle -

Let me know if you see that movie - I loved it.

Elephant's Child -

Quiet is good - I need to remember that more often.

Granny Annie -

That would be lovely! I will definitely donate them after I listen. I listen to the murder mysteries because they keep me alert while driving. :) Thank you!

Sara -

Thank you for the validation, Sara - that makes me want to keep doing it!

Naomi -

I like regular book reading, too, but an audio book is great - especially if it's read well. Hope you are doing well. Yes - quiet is definitely healing.

Meghan -

Thanks for coming by! I thought you were going to say I shouldn't have been driving with dilated eyes (which I'll consider next time.)

Joanne said...

The.Boy and I LOVED Saving Mr. Banks!!

G. B. Miller said...

I don't think I could do audio books while driving. When I read, I have a tendency to concentrate on what I'm reading and ignore my immediate surroundings. If I listen to an audio book while driving, I would concentrate more on that than my driving.

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G. B. Miller said...

I don't think I could do audio books while driving. When I read, I have a tendency to concentrate on what I'm reading and ignore my immediate surroundings. If I listen to an audio book while driving, I would concentrate more on that than my driving.

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Sparkling Red said...

I haven't seen Saving Mr. Banks, but I love Mary Poppins. In fact, I played Mary Poppins in a camp play when I was 12. I still remember most of the words to the songs.

And now I have A Spoonful of Sugar playing in my head. :-)

Riot Kitty said...

Blake played me "You Have to F*cking Eat" (I bleeped that just for you!) when he was here. Seriously, check it out when you really need a laugh.

Lee said...

I thought I'd commented on this post, Lynn...sorry.

P.L. Travers was brought in Maryborough, a town not far north of Gympie where I grew up...before my time...a little...of course! :)