Good Monday Morning

I know,  I missed Song Lyric Sunday…I did find a song, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  If you know what I mean.  I have been totally out of sync since the road trip.  I’m trying to get back on track.  Here’s my music for today…Probably one of my favorite Christmas Song’s ❤  It’s good to start out the day with a song ❤

Christmas always throws me a curve and I get all nervous about getting it all done.  We were going to go to the Winter Classic (Hockey/Blackhawks vs. the Bruins) at Notre Dame in South Bend but I don’t think that is going to happen. Our Mz. Bella is still on the mend and I don’t want to board her again.  I don’t know what happened, but I’m not taking a chance with her. Also I’m pretty sure the weather would not be good south of Lake Michigan. Not going to risk it.  The guys will be home and we’ll just watch it from home where it’s nice and warm…Besides the Blackhawk’s are having some issues and I really don’t want to spend all that money to freeze and watch them lose.

I did get our Christmas picture done, now I just have to get the card done which I will do this week. The pictures turned out really nice so it was worth all the effort.  So much easier with just the two of us instead of seven…The stories of our Christmas pictures, well let’s just say it wasn’t pretty.  One year Connie decided it would be a great day to shave off his eyebrows.  He was only in 2nd grade, like 7 years old.  I wasn’t laughing, and yes we still had the picture taken.

Winter Classic, 2019

Well it’s Monday and I have soooo much to get done this week to get on track for Christmas. I’m going to get my planner set up for Christmas.  I know I’m about a week late.  I’ll post some pictures and let you know how the road trip went.  It was perfect plus we had a really great surprise too.  I’ll let you know about it.  Have a great week blogger’s and I’m so glad we got rid of all that snow !!!

Song Lyric Sunday/Last

 

Good Sunday evening bloggers…!!!!  Been off for about a little over 2 weeks.  Road trip Y A Y and then when we got home, blizzard/Boo Hiss and my beautiful Mz. Bella (Our dog, The Chicago Brownie) had a couple issues that I had to deal with and I am still dealing with. Let’s just say Petsmart sucks (for lack of a better word) and right behind them is the VCA animal hospitals.  They are all in cahoots (is that how that is spelled ??)  I’m am so done with both of them.  I have already found a new vet.  A real one that is not such a money grabbing organization.  She’s still recovering and hopefully will be back to her old self again soon.  Her back leg was injured and she has a UTI infection and is on anti-biotics.   I left our perfectly healthy dog, Mz. Bella and when we picked her up she was in pretty bad shape !!!  Be careful who you leave your animal’s with.  I would not, I repeat would not leave them with any Petsmart!!!  Or a VCA Animal Hospital.    

Well let’s get on with, “Song Lyric Sunday.”  I have chosen, “The Last Mango in Paris,” by Jimmy Buffet who just happens to be one of the husband’s favorite.   


The Last Mango in Paris...Jimmy Buffet

I went down to Captain Tony's
To get out of the heat
Then I heard a voice call out to me
"Son come have a seat"
I had to search my memory
As I looked into those eyes
Our lives change like the weather
But a legend never dies

He said I ate the last mango in Paris
Took the last plane out of Saigon
Took the first fast boat to China
And Jimmy there's still so much to be done

I had a third world girl in Buzios
With a pistol in each hand
She always kept me covered
As we moved from land to land

I had a damn good run on Wall Street
With my high fashion model wife
I woke up dry beneath the African sky
Just me and my Swiss Army knife

I ate the last mango in Paris
Took the last plane out of Saigon
Took the first fast boat to China
And Jimmy there's still so much to be done

We shot the breeze for hours
As the sun fell from the skies
And like the sun he disappeared
Before my very eyes

It was somewhere past dark-thirty
And I went back to the head
I read upon the dingy wall
The words the old man said

I ate the last mango in Paris
Took the last plane out of Saigon
Took the first fast boat to China
And Jimmy there's still so much to be done

I ate the last mango in Paris
Took the last plane out of Saigon
Took the first fast boat to China
And Jimmy there's still so much to be done

That's why we wander and follow La Vie Dansante

Enjoy the Video and don’t forget to check out this link… She’s the one who started this challenge…Song Lyric Sunday

https://helenswordsoflife.com

So enjoy the small slice of what’s left of the weekend. I’m going to be posting next week about all the fun we had on our road trip.  It was really the best.  Blessings on your week Blogger’s ❤  Love ya’ll  ❤  Yes that’s me and I survived the road trip !!!  

Song Lyric Sunday/Vincent by Don McLean

What a great theme for today’s, “Song Lyric Sunday!!”  LISTEN…  I didn’t even have to ask the husband.  I love this song. I loved this song before I even met the husband, but after we became us and I found out how freaking smart and talented he was, this song took on an entirely new meaning for me.  At first I just liked the song, but then he told me all about Vincent Van Gough and I learned so much about the husband as an artist.  Of course I learned about Van Gough too, and what a tortured life he lived.  So I just asked him again why he was led such a tortured life (because I didn’t remember) and he said, “Because we all live a tortured life.”  He is such an artist and an intellect and that is just the Irishman that he is.  I love you because you are my everything and forever ❤   Okay here is my song for this Sunday, enjoy.  It means a lot …

Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)
Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land
Now I understand what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now
Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue
Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand
Now I understand what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now
For they could not love you
But still your love was true
And when no hope was left inside
On that starry, starry night
You took your life as lovers often do
But I could have told you, Vincent
This world was never meant
For one as beautiful as you
Starry, starry night
Portraits hung in empty halls
Frameless heads on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the world and can’t forget
Like the strangers that you’ve met
The ragged men in ragged clothes
A silver thorn, a bloody rose
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow
Now I think I know what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they’re not listening still
Perhaps they never will
Don’t forget the husband is an amazing artist…I’ll just put up a couple of his Masterpiece’s…I know I should have the featured image as, “Song Lyric Sunday,” but I thought he deserved some props too ❤ Blessing this week, safe travels if you are on the road and Happy Thanksgiving to all…Remember if you are lucky enough to be born in this amazing country, then you are lucky enough ❤   

Thankful Thursday

Yes these are the stairs !!! Rumor has it they are the ones from my favorite movie of all time, “Gone With the Wind !! ) ❤

We need some music this morning and this one always gets my blood pumping !!!

I’m going to write my, “Thankful ❤ ” blog today as I will be on my Road Trip next week…I’ll try to put up some post’s next week with cool pictures (I know everyone just loves those 🙂 ) We are going to be out East for the Thanksgiving week. I really love road trips.  I think the journey is the best part of the vacation.  It’s a constant changing picture of everything weather, geography, cuisine… It’s also a comfortable feeling when the place you are going feels like your second home.  Being with family and friends who you don’t see every day, the ocean (which the husband has to go see no matter what).  He loves the Atlantic and I’m pretty sure we will live by it some day.  I have been to Virginia Beach so many times, I have become really good friends with the lady who owns and operates the, “Life is Good,” store.  I go out there #1 because the husband has to see the ocean and #2 I have to go buy some new Life is Good clothing.  It’s just a given when we go see the guys in Richmond, Virginia Beach is out second stop.

The Carpenter Theatre

This is the theater where my guys dance.  I’m sure they are in full, “Nutcracker Mode,” by now.  I can already hear the music, OMG !!

I can’t believe I’m not even there yet and I’m already putting up pictures…Okay this will be my Pre Thankful Thursday blog post.  I’m really looking forward to going there for the donuts.  I dream about these donuts all year long.  We took a picture of Connie at one of my favorite donut bakeries in Richmond.

Connor/Sugar Shack

 The other one is, “Duck Donuts.”  I will definitely be in Donut Heaven…

Me & Duck Donuts
Me & the Husband at Duck Donuts
Me, Husband & Connor at Duck Donuts
Me, Husband & Matthew at Duck Donuts

So you’ve seen a couple of the places and things I will be doing.  No theater this trip but I’ve seen them dance the Nutcracker a gazillion times.   I’m looking forward to February and seeing Cinderella.  We will probably fly then.

 

 

Happy Sunday/Wasted Time

Then it must be Song Lyric Sunday…Y A Y   The theme for this week is “Waste.”  I have a great one for this from one of my favorite groups, The Eagles.  My Song is, “Wasted Time.”

 

Wasted Time
Well baby, there you stand
With your little head, down in your hand
Oh, my God, you can’t believe it’s happening again
Your baby’s gone, and you’re all alone
And it looks like the end
And you’re back out on the street
And you’re tryin’ to remember
How do you start it over
You don’t know if you can
You don’t care much for a stranger’s touch
But you can’t hold your man
You never thought you’d be alone
This far down the line
And I know what’s been on your mind
You’re afraid it’s all been wasted time
The autumn leaves have got you thinking
About the first time that you fell
You didn’t love the boy too much, no, no
You just loved the boy to well, farewell
So you live day to day
And you dream about tomorrow, oh
And the hours go by like minutes
And the shadows come to stay
So you take a little something
To make them go away
I could have done so many things, baby
If I could only stop my mind
From wonderin’ what I left behind
And from worrying ’bout this wasted time
Ooh, another love has come and gone
Ooh, and the years keep rushing on
I remember what you told me before you went out on your own
Sometimes to keep it together, we got to leave it alone
So you can get on with your search, baby
And I can get on with mine
And maybe someday we will find
That it wasn’t really wasted time
Mmm, hmm mm
Oh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, mmm mmm
Songwriters: Glenn Frey / Don Henley / Jim Norman
This is going to be a very busy week for me.  ROAD TRIP next week…Can’t hardly wait. I’m just hoping for good weather. I hope you enjoyed my song for this week…

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 11/11/18

I don’t know where I came up with, “Waste,” as today’s theme.  When visiting other’s Song Lyric Sunday the theme was, “Soul.”  Well it seems a bit late to change it. I don’t know where I came up with waste 😉

This Weekend’s/Monday’s Masterpiece

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I’ll be working indoor’s this weekend as the painter finishes his Monday’ Masterpiece.  This is really beautiful ❤  

#Listersgottalist

Good morning blogger’s…Another day of listing, lister’s gotta list.  This has really become part of my day.  It has been my planning journey.  It really has been a quite long journey, it has evolved and it has grown into something wonderful.  Today’s prompt is, “Places I’d visit for the food.”  Here is my layout for the day…

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https://www.theresetgirl.com/reset-library/

#listersgottalist

Good Wednesday Morning blogger’s.  So excited to share one of my passions with all of you.  I am a planner girl.  That is I try to have a plan for everyday.  My #1 Mantra for just about everything I do is, “Write it Down, Make it Happen.”  That is actually a book that I read over and over again, written by Henriette Anne Klauser,  She has other books too that I read, but that is the one that really  hits home for me.

As a homemaker and stay at home mom, (even though all the kids have all flown the nest, Y A Y ) I still run a home.  I also still have to have a support system because everyone needs a support system because that is just how life goes… My #1 piece of my support system is my planner.  There are 2 girls/ladies who I follow that have helped me beyond words with becoming a planner girl.  Those girls are Cori & Cristy.  I’m going to put up their link.  I’m not trying to sell their product, I just want to show you what I’m talking about.  They are amazing, and I love the journey I’m on because of them… 

https://www.theresetgirl.com

https://theplannersociety.com

I’m going to be starting a fresh new planner for 2019.  I also am doing for the first time Cori’s #listersgottalist and I am having so much fun with that.  You should definitely check out their sites.  Very cool stuff…I’m going to post some of my Pics on the #listersgottslist challenge.  Let me know what you think, Blessings on your day ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoy what I’ve created.  It literally changes my day and gives me hope in so many ways ❤   

Oh and I’m a musical theater coo coo bird so I always include a song with my blog’s.  My family is all about that, professional ballet dancer’s & musicians (or he use to be). Enjoy this is one of my favorites from the Musical, (“Wicked ❤ )

Song Lyric Sunday/Takes

I know it’s Monday and this is a day late, but better late than never.  These weekends go by so quickly and I was out all day, both days.  Then last night I remembered Song Lyric Sunday.  This theme was pretty easy for me when it comes to songs & music.  I picked out one from a group from back in the day.  They were one of my fav’s !!  ABBA and my song for this Song Lyric Sunday…..drum roll please……..”The Winner Takes it All.”  Enjoy ❤

The Winner Takes It All
I don’t want to talk
About the things we’ve gone through
Though it’s hurting me
Now it’s history
I’ve played all my cards
And that’s what you’ve done too
Nothing more to say
No more ace to play
The winner takes it all
The loser standing small
Beside the victory
That’s her destiny
I was in your arms
Thinking I belonged there
I figured it made sense
Building me a fence
Building me a home
Thinking I’d be strong there
But I was a fool
Playing by the rules
The gods may throw a dice
Their minds as cold as ice
And someone way down here
Loses someone dear
The winner takes it all
The loser has to fall
It’s simple and it’s plain
Why should I complain
But tell me does she kiss
Like I used to kiss you?
Does it feel the same
When she calls your name?
Somewhere deep inside
You must know I miss you
But what can I say
Rules must be obeyed
The judges will decide
The likes of me abide
Spectators of the show
Always staying low
The game is on again
A lover or a friend
A big thing or a small
The winner takes it all
I don’t want to talk
If it makes you feel sad
And I understand
You’ve come to shake my hand
I apologize
If it makes you feel bad
Seeing me so tense
No self-confidence
But you see
The winner takes it all
The winner takes it all
So the winner takes it all
And the the loser has to fall
Throw a dice, cold as ice
Way down here, someone dear
Takes it all, has to fall
It seems plain to me
Songwriters: Benny Goran Bror Andersson / Bjoern K Ulvaeus
I didn’t see the movie Mama Mia, but I really should because I was huge fan of ABBA back in the day.  Have a great week blogger’s, Blessings ❤

 

Song Lyric Sunday/Million Reasons

I was going to use a different song than this one, but then I watched the youtube video and I liked the lyrics and referencing the Lord and a Rosary at the end.  That pretty much sealed the deal for this Sunday.  It seems sometimes we could all use a little prayer sometimes and this weekend would be a good place to start…Blessings

Million Reasons
You’re giving me a million reasons to let you go
You’re giving me a million reasons to quit the show
You’re givin’ me a million reasons
Give me a million reasons
Givin’ me a million reasons
About a million reasons
If I had a highway, I would run for the hills
If you could find a dry way, I’d forever be still
But you’re giving me a million reasons
Give me a million reasons
Givin’ me a million reasons
About a million reasons
I bow down to pray
I try to make the worst seem better
Lord, show me the way
To cut through all his worn out leather
I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away
But baby, I just need one good one to stay
Head stuck in a cycle, I look off and I stare
It’s like that I’ve stopped breathing, but completely aware
‘Cause you’re giving me a million reasons
Give me a million reasons
Givin’ me a million reasons
About a million reasons
And if you say something that you might even mean
It’s hard to even fathom which parts I should believe
‘Cause you’re giving me a million reasons
Give me a million reasons
Givin’ me a million reasons
About a million reasons
I bow down to pray
I try to make the worst seem better
Lord, show me the way
To cut through all his worn out leather
I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away
But baby, I just need one good one to stay
Baby I’m bleedin’, bleedin’
Stay
Can’t you give me what I’m needin’, needin’
Every heartbreak makes it hard to keep the faith
But baby, I just need one good one
Good one, good one, good one, good one, good one
When I bow down to pray
I try to make the worst seem better
Lord, show me the way
To cut through all his worn out leather
I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away
But baby, I just need one good one, good one
Tell me that you’ll be the good one, good one
Baby, I just need one good one to stay

Happy Fri Y A Y

I have had a great week !!!  So sad it is coming to an end but so much to look forward to this Holiday season !!!  Connie came home on Tuesday and we literally have not stopped since he got here.  We went to the movies, Wednesday night…Free Solo.  A totally amazing movie. We had lunch at California Pizza Kitchen !!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then on Thursday (yesterday) we went to the good old hockey game.  He bought the tickets and flew home and surprised us with the tickets for the his dad’s birthday.  What a great guy.  Great seats and they won.  It was so much fun.  We had Dinner before we went to the game at PFChang’s, hence Connor with the chop stick fang’s…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We made it to the game after dinner and there’s nothing like a hockey game with family.  It’s something we all really love to do.  Here’s a youtube condensed version of the game Blackhawk’s vs. Ranger’s.  It really was an exciting game !!!!

He’ll be going home this weekend but we will be going out there for Thanksgiving.  Road Trip, baby Y A Y !!!  Just hope the weather will cooperate in the mountains, even if it doesn’t we will still be going just a bit slower…

When we were at the game last night, they were handing out posters, “Authentic Fan.”  On the back was their entire schedule for the season.  Just so happens when we go out east they will be playing in DC vs. the Capital’s (Stanley Cup Winner’s last year) so that’s where we will be.  I know I said I would never go to an away game again, but I don’t care.  I’ll behave and it’s going to be so much fun.  Then we will be spending Thanksgiving with their friends and families, so that should be fun.  Oh and we will also be staying at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.  My absolute favorite place to stay.  It is rich in history and a beautiful hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Shopping in Cary Town and OMG, I’ll be filling up with the Sugar Shack and Duck Donuts.  It’s going to be so much fun this year and the Holiday’s…I’m really looking forward to them.  Christmas, New Year’s and yes the Winter Classic.  It’s turned into a real family tradition and we are so blessed…Enjoy your weekend blogger’s ❤   

I love you

Three little words…How often do you say that.  Me and the hus say it everytime we hang up from our phone calls, when we wake up in the morning, when we go to bed at night, whenever we leave the house.   It’s like saying, “Hello or Goodbye” for us.  It’s just what we do.  We do the same with our kids.  Just three simple little words that mean so much.  I love you ❤  

It’s a great day today !!!  Looking forward to a great week.  

The Michael Frain's
The family

I just love the pic…Time goes by so fast.  Where did it go…That’s Connie up there in the middle he’s 26 now the baby and our oldest is going to be 36 in November.  I’m not older since I stopped having birthday’s around 40 years old.  Have a great week  blogger’s ❤