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


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


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…



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…

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’
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 ❤  

Song Lyric Sunday/Lost

Happy Sunday   If it’s Sunday that means it’s time for a song !!! Y A Y ❤  Who doesn’t love to wake up with a song.  “Without a song, a day would never end.  Without a song, a man ain’t got a friend.  Without a song, the road would never bend.  Without a song.  So I’ll just keep singing a song.”  Elvis Presley ❤

As always with my song’s, the husband hits the nail on the head.  Thank you husband, this one is a good one for today.   It also just happens to be in one of my fav’s of all time, movies…TOP GUN.   You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling by the Righteous Brother’s.

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips
And there’s no tenderness like before in your fingertips
You’re trying hard not to show it
But baby, baby I know it
You lost that lovin’ feelin’
Whoa, that lovin’ feelin’
You lost that lovin’ feelin’
Now it’s gone, gone, gone, woh
Now there’s no welcome look in your eyes when I reach for you
And now you’re starting to criticize little things I do
It makes me just feel like crying
‘Cause baby, something beautiful’s dyin’
You lost that lovin’ feelin’
Whoa, that lovin’ feelin’
You lost that lovin’ feelin’
Now it’s gone, gone, gone, woh
Baby, baby, I’d get down on my knees for you
If you would only love me like you used to do, yeah
We had a love, a love, a love you don’t find everyday
So don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t let it slip away
Baby, baby, baby, baby
I beg you please, please, please, please
I need your love, need your love
I need your love, I need your love
So bring it on back, so bring it on back
Bring it on back, bring it on back
Bring back that lovin’ feelin’
Whoa, that lovin’ feelin’
Bring back that lovin’ feelin’
‘Cause it’s gone, gone, gone
And I can’t go on, woh
Bring back that lovin’ feelin’
Whoa, that lovin’ feelin’
Bring back that lovin’ feelin’
‘Cause it’s gone, gone, gone
I think I’ll watch this movie today.  It’s a good movie for Sunday afternoon.  Enjoy what is left of the today.  Blessings ❤


Happy Friday…Happy Weekend

I just love, love, love Friday and the weekend and especially payday !!! It’s all good.   I just paid myself, my usual Amazon order.  I just love ordering on Amazon !!!  Planner kit is on it’s way from Scarletlime/Planner Society Girl.  Connie’s coming home with a special surprise for his dad..(Hawk tickets, shhhh) and I get to go too !!!!  Woo Hoo !!!!  What a great guy.  Those tickets are not easy to come by and the price tag on them is hefty.  He’s a great kid and we just love him to the moon ❤  So looking forward to next week. 

I just love this song so I must post it again.  That’s my love & life, “Perfect.”

 It’s almost November and that means Road Trip Baby, Y A Y.  That means I get to use my TN (Travelor’s Notebook).  It’s going to be a great holiday season this year.  Winter Classic is right down the road, i.e. South Bend, IN at Notre Dame !!!  Yes we are going Y A Y, again.  Thanksgiving is going to be in Richmond.  Staying at the historic Jefferson Hotel.  Just beautiful.  Life is good ❤   I think I’m going to get a new pair of shoes today.  You know what they say…

Stay tuned b/c I’ll have some really exciting news IDK when, but soon. 

Everyone needs a Happy Place

Good Tuesday morning blogger’s…OMG I am so glad that’s over.  Yes exactly, “What is over?” I’m sure your asking yourself.  First let me tell you I am no stranger to medical procedure’s/hospital visits/yadayadayada….  I have had 5 children (3 naturally and 2 with an epidural)  I was in the hospital for over a month when I was in a very serious car accident/coma i.e. traumatic brain injury, and surgery once.

This morning I had a doctor’s appt. for a blood test.  The doctor wanted me to get it before my appt. next week.  I was a complete basket case.  Really, I made the husband come with me.  My appt. was at 8 am because it was a 12 hour fast.  I worried all day yesterday and was up half the night.  Well it was a no brainer.  I went in (made the husband come in the room with me) and she took the blood, done !!!!  

I will tell you though, there’s nothing like the having the love of your life staying home from work to take you because you’re scared and you need him with you.   As she was drawing the blood, I looked across the room and there he sat smiling.  He winked at me, and I was fine.  

He is my forever, he is my happy place ❤ I think I’ll date myself, but this is our song from back in the day ❤