Back in the groove!

I’ve had a block about getting down to writing – anything!.

I have been doing, but not commenting on the doing, whether that be chocolates, herbal related things, making, dyeing…etc.

I think I’ve been overdoing things – just a tad 🙂

I discovered FutureLearn, a free online course programme that gives you tasters of multitudes of different courses – so far I’ve done a course on Orion, which covered the birth and death of stars, a course on moons of our solar system, I’m on 2 currently – one on medical humanities, another on the anatomy of the human abdomen. See their courses they have on offer;

This is addition to (still) moving kitchens, doing an online art course (Lifebook 2015), Emmett technique course,  and beginners beekeeping.

I’ve textile courses (for the workshops and classes check them out – Big cat textiles in the offing, a dissection 3 day course, another Futurelearn one on Hadrian’s wall, reflexology workshops I’m taking part in, and the teaching that I do for Scottish massage schools. And the clients, and the animals,….

So, okay, I’ve not been doing much facebook until recently, and I’ve not been blogging, but I think I’m keeping the balls in the air pretty well overall considering, well, considering I’m obviously a bit insane at the best of times! 😉

So on that note, I better get back to talking about things. I have a list ( when do I not – I live off of lists!) of things I want to mention and talk about, but I’m going to start small as I’m out of practice and some things I want to really look into (cocoa beans, herbs, additives etc).

Today’s ramble is about music. I’ve discovered, or rather, re discovered something weird about myself.  Someone once told me that they thought I have auditory dyslexia. Basically, this is another label to describe what I thought was normal, but not quite so much…. I have trouble hearing things – not on a decibel or frequency thing, but words get jumbled in my head, and as a result I constantly mishear things. Also called ‘Clumsy dyslexia’, and oh boy, do I tick that box – I’m an accident waiting to happen most of the time!

It physically and mentally tires me out when I have to listen to words. I cannot abide one noise over another – it almost puts me in a frenzy, almost a panic. What this means in practice is that when I’m making in the kitchen, I do like music, but no words.  Perhaps this is one reason I’m drawn to classical music these days.

The other thing  I like listening to is music in a language I don’t know, as I know I don’t understand the words, so there’s no point trying to make the effort. I can switch that part of my brain off and focus on the making. I listen to the same piece over and over. Every time I make anything in the kitchen, I play it, as it helps put me ‘in the zone’.

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I reckon it’s cross between an active meditation, and a Pavlovian response. 🙂

I’m not going to give this up, or Bach, or Spanish guitar, or cello pieces, but I think I’d like some more foreign, or world, or classical music.

By the way, bit of a NB here; I don’t do downloads as I’m not very tech savvy, and bizarre as it sounds, I know when to top up temperers, and how long to do things by where I am on a CD. I don’t want to fiddle with electronics with hands covered in chocolate. I like my CD player. I don’t like wearing headphones or ear pieces as I want to hear the tones and sounds of the machines and what I’m doing. I know if things are working right by their sounds, and the surrounding noises while I’m working put me in context.  I’m real, I exist in the real world. I want to be part of that, not shut off from it. So  the music I play should be CD-able, and not exist just in download format – either that or I need a teenage intern to make up play lists for me! 🙂

Have you any thoughts?

What works for you that you like, preferably instrumental or foreign language please… All suggestions welcome.