AtoZ 2020 April Blogging Challenge…

Good afternoon AtoZ Blogger’s.  It’s a beautius day here, although they did just put us under a severe thunderstorm watch for tonight, whatever.  I have so much to do with my planning area and I’m not even going to show you the mess that I have made with all of my planner supplies…Who knew I had so many, OMG !!!

Today’s letter is f2020 so I’m going to show you pictures of my planner before I have my planning sesh’s b/c it’s going to be awhile before I have one of those, because my area is just a total disaster !!!  

Here are some pictures of Mz. Serena, my Daily Planner.  I bought her from (F)ranklin Covey and her real name is, “La Vie En Rose.”

 

I’ll show some pretty pics of some of my previous layouts i.e. before my planning area imploded 😉 .

 

I’m glad I got this done for today.  I guess I have been somewhat productive.  Blessings to my Blogging family ❤ .

Nomination for the Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi, I’m Scarlet.  I’m a wife, mother of 5, (fact: I had 5 children, 4 boys and a daughter.  If I didn’t give you life, you would’ve never been born and hence you would not have had a life.)  Somehow that always gets lost in the story.  You left…..PERIOD !!!!   grandmama of 6 ( somethings you just can’t change by distance or exstrangements, it’s all about the DNA 😉 ), daughter, sister, friend and neighbor…

Yes I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Award and thank you Mz. Aloysius5 for the nomination.  I love the blog challenges and it’s been awhile since I’ve done one.  So thank you the nomination ❤ …

1)   What do you do for work, and what would you rather be doing, if you were given the opportunity?

I am a SAHM (stay at home mom) & wife b/c all of my 5 kiddo’s have flown the nest.  I think I would love to be a writer for a magazine or a chef, two of my passions…Writing and Cooking.

2)   Do you read constantly or sporadically, and what is your favourite genre?

I read sporadically but when I do it’s biographies/autobiographies or inspirational books.

3)   Boring, I know, but what is your favourite television show, and why?

     That would have to be Grey’s Anatomy.  I started watching it w/the daughter and it was just one of our things…Now she’s the Nurse ❤ .  I’ve always loved medical shows.  Mom was a nurse, my sister was a nurse and now my daughter.  Surrounded by medical.

4)   If you could be anywhere in the world rather than where you are, where would that be and why?

Maine b/c I love, love, love the blueberries and the Atlantic Ocean ❤ .

5)   What is the most annoying thing about people you dislike?

     People who always think they are right and don’t even think there might be two sides to every story…Oh and people who lie !!!  I really hate that.

6)   How many people can you count on as ‘real’ friends, if your situation turned to the worst-case scenario?

I’m thinking 4 maybe 5 !!  Which I think is a pretty good number !!!

7)   If you are young, where would you like to be in, say, 30 years time, and if you are older, what is one thing you would have done differently?

      I’m really very happy with where I am.  I don’t think I would change anything.  I’ve lived my life exactly how I’ve wanted too.  My life was never perfect, I just made it work 😉 .

8)   Do you prefer to travel by car, bus, train, or aeroplane, and why?

Probably car b/c you get to enjoy more of the journey.  Road Trips !!!  I do love to fly though.  It has always fascinated me how they get those things in the air and I love the feeling of being in the air…It’ also reminds me of how little I really control it life ❤ .

9)   If you could retire tomorrow, where would that be, and why?

     Again Maine, because of the blueberries, the Atlantic Ocean and I forgot the Lobster Macaroni is to die for 😉 .

10)   Is having having wealth or health more important to you?

     That’s a no brainer and it’s health.  I was in the hospital once from a car accident.  Traumatic Brain injury (coma) .  Couldn’t walk, left side paralyzed, couldn’t see very good.  I totally recovered everything except for my pinky and ring finger on my left hand.  I was only 21 when the accident happened.  A lesson learned very early in life.  Not taking anything for granted and not stressing about the the small stuff, it’s all small stuff ❤ .

11)   and the doozie for the last question, if you have a current partner, do you think this is the ‘one’ or do you think the ‘one’ might still be out there?

     Oh I’ve already found the one.  I knew he was the one the first time I met him.  I was 16 years old and he was a college boy.  That was 44 years ago.  We’ll be married 41 years this year.  Y A Y  

I am nominating Mr. John, Mr. Jim, Mz. Ghostmmnc, Mz. Janetsmiles, Mz. Linda, Mz. Lucy, Mz. Dee, Mz. Virginia, Mz. BCP, Mr. Mark, Mz. Cowcorn

Here are the rules for the Sunshine Award

THE RULES

* Introduce yourself

* Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their site –> https://aloysius5.com/

* Provide a link to a favourite article on your blog

https://elan-creations.me/2020/02/26/an-important-lesson-2/

* Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you

* List all rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your blog post.

* Nominate 11 new bloggers and their blogs. Leave a comment on their blog to let them know they received the reward and ask your nominees 11 questions.

Oh, yes, and the 11 questions are:

1)   What do you do for work, and what would you rather be doing, if you were given the opportunity?

2)   Do you read constantly or sporadically, and what is your favourite genre

3)   Boring, I know, but what is your favourite television show, and why?

4)   If you could be anywhere in the world rather than where you are, where would that be and why?

5)   What is the most annoying thing about people you dislike?

6)   How many people can you count on as ‘real’ friends, if your situation turned to the worst-case scenario?

7)   If you are young, where would you like to be in, say, 30 years time, and if you are older, what is one thing you would have done differently?

8)   Do you prefer to travel by car, bus, train, or aeroplane, and why?

9)   If you could retire tomorrow, where would that be, and why?

10)   Is having having wealth or health more important to you?

11)   and the doozie for the last question, if you have a current partner, do you think this is the ‘one’ or do you think the ‘one’ might still be out there?

So I think I’ve figured out how to streamline and do this challenge… ❤  Blessings ❤

 

 

 

Happy Song Lyric Sunday…

I’m still late, I’m late for a very important day…Happy Song Lyric Sunday.  The prompts for today are, “Birthday/Cake/Gift/Party/Surprise.”  Again I have to give a shout out to Mr. Jim for another great choice for today’s music.

 I thought I would use birthday but then when I saw cake, I remembered one of my favorite song’s from the disco 70’s era.  MacArthur Park was played over and over again at the disco’s and the dancing, well it was just so much fun !!!!  Who couldn’t use some memories that include dancing and fun ;)

When I told the husband what song I was doing he said he loved that song and then he went on to say Richard Harris made it famous.  Well a discussion ensued and I told him that the one by Donna Summer was so much better.  Of course I had to go listen for myself, well and you be the judge….

 

Richard Harris MacArthur Park

Spring was never waiting for us, dear
It ran one step ahead
As we followed in the dance
MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don’t think that I can take it
‘Cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again
Oh, no
I recall the yellow cotton dress
Foaming like a wave
On the ground around your knees
The birds, like tender babies in your hands
And the old men playing checkers by the trees
MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don’t think that I can take it
‘Cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again
Oh, no
MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left my cake out in the rain
And I don’t think that I can take it
‘Cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again
Oh, no, oh
I’m going with Donna even though I like the Richard Harris version too ❤ .  Let me know which one you like…Let’s have a great week, it is Monday tomorrow isn’t it ???  😉 .  The ending of the Richard Harris version was kind of cool !!!  I may have to listen again…

 

Blogging from AtoZ April Challenge/Letter “D”

I’m late, I’m late for a very important date…Alice in Wonderland

Good Saturday afternoon AtoZer’s. The Challenge letter for today is

I thought I would do (D)ate but I realized I could also add (D)ay to the post b/c right now in the world it really doesn’t matter what the (D)ay or (D)ate is b/c they seem to be running right into each other.  I’m not late for anything.  Time just doesn’t seem that important anymore.  

I though about, “jailing it,” but that doesn’t seem very productive or very positive and I think we all need to stay positive and be some what cognitive of our productivity.  It would be very easy to just fall into a rabbit hole of some kind, so I think we should all be very aware of our lives and what we are doing with all of our time.  We will get through this and will be wiser for it.  

I’m writing alot more than I have in the past.  I have dug back into my Common Place Book.  There is always something written down in there that I can use for my day.  I keep coming back to a couple of sayings I written down.  Kind of like that song that keeps playing over and over in your head.  The first one is…”Whatever is good for your soul, do that ❤ .”  The next one I think of first thing every morning…”Your first thought in the morning should be, Thank You ❤ .”

I might jail it a little bit though,(only for archiving’s sake) and it will be a really pretty calendar when I get through with it.  Happy Weekend Blogger’s and remember to keep the faith 😉  This too shall pass ❤ .  Here is my layout  for today ❤

 

Blogging from AtoZ April Challenge/ Letter “C”

Good Friday afternoon AtoZ Blogger’s.  Y A Y its’ Friday !! (I think…Not quite sure anymore 😉 )  Today’s letter is (C)…I  will start from there.

A Tale of Two (C)ities  Charles Dickens….

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

This challenge is turning out exactly like I thought it was going to go considering all of the distractions and anxiety outside my front door, and the world.  Try as I may, I’m an obsessor (is that even a word ???  Did I spell it right ???)  I’ll check later, I digress back to my letter (C).

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…I have to be honest, I never read the book.  I’m just married to a man who is a library and a scholar and knows everything about everything !!!  I remember when we first started dating (100 years ago 😉 ) he always had a book and was always reading.  A college boy (Northwestern University, The Harvard of the Midwest) at least that was his mother always said.  Sorry back to my letter (C).

Yesterday’s post I put up a picture of my beautius planner, Mz. Serena.  Then I got a comment on how very organized my schedule appeared. She also said she had to stay to a strict/tight schedule or chaos would rule her life…I told her to come back today and I would show her my reality these days.  They say a picture is worth 1000 words.  I let it do the talking for me 😉 .  This is how my planning area has imploded since the husband has been here, “Working from home…”

I also put up a picture of Mz. Serena..Isn’t she beautius and so organized…

 This is what Mz. Serena looked like before I did my layout…

 

 

 

 

 

Stay with me now.  Remember my title for this post has a purpose. The top pictures are pictures of my, “Dining Room,” i.e. planning area.  Now I know what you are all thinking, but in my defense we are in uncharted territory in the country and now with my husband home every single day !!! I just gave up…  Here is where a tale of the two cities come in.  The above pictures are of my dining room aka planner area which is right next to my living room.  These tell a completely different story.

 

 

 

 

These areas are literally in the same space and are divided by what use to be my desk until the husband stole it 😦 

There you have it, “A Tale of Two Cities ❤ ”  

    It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done.  It is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known 😉 .

Happy Spring, Hello Weekend    Blessings AtoZer’s ❤

PS…I’m going to get it all back to normal as part of my Spring Cleaning (if that is ever going to happen 😉 )  It’s so much easier to create in a space that is calm…I’ll do before/after pics, day by day with the AtoZ Challenge.  It will be beautiful when I’m done ❤ . 

 

 

 

 

AtoZ April Blogging Challenge…

Hello my fellow AtoZ Blogger’s…It’s Day 2 of the Challenge so I guess that would mean it’s the letter “B”.  I’m going to stay with Julia Carmeron’s, “The Artist Way…It’s Never Too Late to (B)egin Again.  

She starts out with 4 Basic Tools…

1. MORNING PAGES/Three daily pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing to be done first thing in the morning, “for your eyes only.”

2. MEMOIR/A weekly, guided process of triggering memories and revisiting your life in several-year increments.

3. ARTIST DATES/A once-weekly, solo expedition to explore something fun, and

4. WALKING/A twenty-minute solo walk, twice weekly, without a dog, friend or cell phone…

This is my starting point for being creative.  My Planner, Mz. Serena, is my life, no literally she’s everything to me, #2 would be my, “Bag of Tricks.”  I’ll save that for another post 😉 .  Here is today’s layout, i.e. my daily plan for the day…

This is where I (B)egin for today with the AtoZ Challenge.  I promise I’ll try to do better tomorrow.  My world is so wonky (my new favorite word 😉 ) these days.  My daughter is a nurse so I’m worried about her.  My Connie told me he was told to quarantine for 14 days as he might of been exposed at work.  The husband got an email from his job that someone there has been hospitalized so everything is closed there.  A lot going on right now and I’m already sick of washing my hands 😉 …Blessings AtoZ blogger’s.  Stay safe.  I’ll leave with a bit of the wisdom from my book I’m using….

Question:  Do you know how old I will be by the time I learn to play the piano?

Answer:  The same age you’ll be if you don’t 😉  

And finally, “A year from now you will wish you had started today.”  Karen Lamb  ❤ .

 

 

 

Good Thursday Morning Blogger’s

I’m thinking I’ll just start to write and get my blogging brain warmed up.  The world is so wonky everyday, I have trouble getting my head wrapped around a plan for my day.  I’m just going to start out with a prayer and some music…This song really makes me smile and gets the blood flowing.

While I’m living through this Pandemic, I’m trying to see what God wants me turn learn about this situation.  What good will come of this.  In every bad situation, I turn back to God and my religion.  Sometimes I get mad, other times I cry because it hurts so bad.  A priest once told me, “Don’t worry if you yell at God and blame him, He can take it.”  I also say, “Thank You,” for this cross.  I think about my mom and my grandmama and how religion was so important in their lives.  Making me go to church every Sunday, going to a Catholic school and having to wear uniforms.  All the rules, yadayadayada…

 Today I really can’t thank them enough for giving me my faith !!!!  When I had my car accident and was in a coma, I remember Jesus sitting on the edge of my bed.  He was stroking my forehead and telling me to just rest and get better because I still had a life to live.  His plan for me wasn’t over yet.  When I told the husband that story of course he just gave me a 😉 because he thought it was my head injury or all the drugs they were giving me.  I know that someday when I look back at my life, that is going to be in it and Jesus was really there right beside me.

Everything is going to be okay ❤ .