Thankful Thursday…

Today I am thankful for so much I could not fit it into one post, so I’ll concentrate on what I think is at the top of my list.

My greatest blessing is M E !!!! I know that it may sound a bit narcissistic (that spelling of this word was computer generated) and I don’t care b/c that’s a hard word to spell. I’m a good speller too, “Thank you Sister Madonna 🙂

Okay why am I my greatest blessing ?? I’ll tell you why…Because it’s the same as love. You can’t possibly love someone it you don’t love yourself first. So you really don’t understand blessing’s or being grateful if you don’t think you/yourself are a blessing and you are grateful for the life you have been given.

I’m really a very special person. If I love you, I’m all in. You can trust me with everything. That is special. Day or night I’ll be there for you. Basically I’d give you a kidney if you needed it.

I’m a great person to call when you have a problem. My life experiences are such that I have been through so many different issues, I have many answer’s to problems. If I can’t be of any help to an issue, I’ll pray and I’m pretty good at that. I have a special love of the rosary and I believe that will get you through any problem or situation that is out of your hands. If it still doesn’t happen, I’ll just use my 1st thing to do in a crisis, GIVE IT TO GOD !!!

I’m not saying I’m perfect but I’m pretty good. I love myself, my family, my life, my husband who is the love of my life. Most important I love God b/c all I have has come from Him. My mom is also a very special person as she made sure I had religion in my life and set a great example for me to follow. Thank you mom because w/o you I wouldn’t have had such a great life. You too husband, no one (except mom) has loved me as much as you have.

You’re still the one !!!

You’re still the one !!!

Happy Heavenly Birthday Sean Patrick

Happy Birthday Sean Patrick.  Today would’ve been your 39th birthday.   I remember our  short time together every year.   I know you see your family down here and are looking after us all.   We will all be together again someday, and I will get to hold you and tell you how much you taught me from our short time together.  After you were born, you changed our world forever.  You were here on this earth for only a short time but you were here for exactly how long you were suppose to be.  God took you with him and now you are perfect. 

Sean Patrick, March 21, 1984…He didn’t know how short his life was.  He only knew he lived a perfect life because all he knew was that he was loved by his mom & dad. Blessings today on your heavenly birthday … You will never be forgotten because your birthday changed the world forever.  It changed our world for good.  Your family will always love you.  

I remember the day after we lost you and waking up.  It was over and I felt very empty.  I got out of bed and I remember going and looking out the window down at all the people.  I was so sad.  Everyone was just walking so fast, going no where I thought.  Really what was so important.  I wanted the world to stop because my world had.  I wanted to cry and yell at everyone.  Why is life still going on?  Everything looked so normal, but it wasn’t for me.  Life can be so cruel sometime.  I was 24 years old but my innocence was gone.  When your baby dies a part of your soul goes with him, yet part of him stays with you.  I would never again be that young mother who walked into the hospital that Sunday night.

Well it was time to move on now.  I remember wanting to go home and be with my baby Michael Jr. and your dad.  The hospital chaplain came into my room and said that they would take care of you and I did not have to worry about it, but I said I did.  You were our baby and we would take care of the arrangements.  Michael told me not to worry about anything and that he would handle the funeral arrangements.  The same priest who married us come out to the gravesite.   It was a cold, gray rainy March day.  We buried you with your Grandpapa Frain.  I didn’t have a lot of people there because I was too sad.  It is hard to see a small little box that you know your baby was in.  It was hard burying you and letting go.  Saying goodbye was very hard.

The Family, 1994

I became an awesome mom that day. I learned not to take anything for granted ever. I learned about unconditional love, really. My faith in God grew strong and I learned how to accept his will. Maybe not agree with it, but accept it and know that someday I would understand it all. I learned how fragile life is and to appreciate all that I have. I went on to have 3 more children. I just gave my life to God, and let him handle it. It worked out exactly how it was suppose too.   Blessings to all my family, we have an angel watching over all of us…

Hello Song Lyric Sunday …

A beautiful spring Sunday afternoon, albeit still a bit chilly for my world. March is a wonky month in Chicago, but this week it looks like it has chosen to be spring and a maybe bit warmer.

Today’s prompt is Bluegrass/Country and I’ll probably throw a couple of song’s in today. My first one is from The Charlie Daniels band, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” We saw them perform this twice, once in Chicago and the other time was at summer fair…

Song Lyric Sunday/The Devil Went Down to Georgia..

The Devil Went Down to Georgia

The devil went down to Georgia, he was lookin’ for a soul to steal
He was in a bind ’cause he was way behind
And he was willin’ to make a deal

When he came across this young man sawin’ on a fiddle and playin’ it hot
And the devil jumped up on a hickory stump
And said, “boy, let me tell you what”

“I guess you didn’t know it but I’m a fiddle player too
And if you’d care to take a dare, I’ll make a bet with you
Now you play a pretty good fiddle, boy
But give the devil his due
I’ll bet a fiddle of gold against your soul
‘Cause I think I’m better than you”

The boy said, “my name’s Johnny and it might be a sin
But I’ll take your bet, you’re gonna regret
‘Cause I’m the best there’s ever been”

Johnny, rosin up your bow and play your fiddle hard
‘Cause Hell’s broke loose in Georgia, and the devil deals the cards
And if you win, you get this shiny fiddle made of gold
But if you lose, the devil gets your soul

The devil opened up his case and he said, “I’ll start this show”
And fire flew from his fingertips as he rosined up his bow
And he pulled the bow across the strings
And it made a evil hiss
Then a band of demons joined in
And it sounded something like this

When the devil finished, Johnny said, “well, you’re pretty good, ol’ son
But sit down in that chair right there
And let me show you how it’s done”

“Fire on the Mountain” run boys, run
The devil’s in the House of the Rising Sun
Chicken in a bread pan pickin’ out dough
Granny, does your dog bite? No, child, no

The devil bowed his head because he knew that he’d been beat
And he laid that golden fiddle on the ground at Johnny’s feet
Johnny said, “Devil, just come on back if you ever wanna try again
I done told you once you son of a bitch, I’m the best that’s ever been”

He played “Fire on the Mountain” run boys, run
The devil’s in the House of the Rising Sun
The chicken in a bread pan pickin’ out dough
Granny, will your dog bite? No child, no

Another Country/Bluegrass song I found comes from a group I just now discovered thanks to the husband. I’m really shocked I never knew about these guys as a group til now but that doesn’t surprise me as the husband introduces me to a lot of different genre’s on the Music Scene…He’s older than me 😉 and has time for these kind of interests.

The second song I’m choosing for today is again from the Highwaymen and it is, “The City of New Orleans.” This song was written by Steve Goodman, another Chicago Native… This song also has a more personal meaning for me as my 1st job was working for the Illinois Central (Gulf) Railroad in Chicago. My dad got me the job as he was the comptroller for ICG. When he started out he was just a union worker down in Southern Illinois. There’s so much history that comes from the Railroad. This song for example mentions the Illinois Central which was its name until they merged with something w/Gulf in the name. Hence was born the Illinois Central Gulf.

City of New Orleans

City of New Orleans

Riding on the City of New Orleans
Illinois Central, Monday morning rail
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
Three conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail
All along the southbound odyssey
The train pulls out at Kankakee
Rolls along past houses, farms and fields
Passin’ trains that have no name
Freight yards full of old black men
And the graveyards of the rusted automobiles

Good morning America, how are you?
Say, don’t you know me? I’m your native son
I’m the train they call the City of New Orleans
I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done

Dealin’ card games with the old men in the club car
Penny a point ain’t no one keepin’ score
Pass the paper bag that holds the bottle
Feel the wheels rumblin’ ‘neath the floor
And the sons of pullman porters
And the sons of engineers
Ride their father’s magic carpets made of steel
Mothers with their babes asleep
Are rockin’ to the gentle beat
And the rhythm of the rails is all they feel

Good morning America, how are you?
Say, don’t you know me? I’m your native son
I’m the train they call the City of New Orleans
I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done

Nighttime on the City of New Orleans
Changing cars in Memphis, Tennessee
Half way home, we’ll be there by morning
Through the Mississippi darkness
Rolling down to the sea
But all the towns and people seem
To fade into a bad dream
And the steel rail still ain’t heard the news
The conductor sings his songs again
The passengers will please refrain
This train got the disappearing railroad blues

Good night, America, how are you?
Say, don’t you know me? I’m your native son
I’m the train they call the City of New Orleans
I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done

I worked the in the Electrical Engineering/Commuter Division, Randolph Street Station in Chicago, before I left the workforce for Homemaking and Motherhood. It was a great union paying job and I have many good memories from that past life…

I hope you will enjoy all of the music from today…Blessings to all on a great new week and Happy Spring !!!!

AtoZ Challenge Theme Reveal…

I’m not sure how many years I have done this challenge, but this is where I started out on my blog and I’ve always enjoyed AtoZ. My theme for 2023 is Queen Elizabeth and The Royals.

I have always loved Queen Elizabeth plus The Royal’s always have some kind of drama going on. I really want to learn about them too, i.e. their history. What better way to learn about HRH and the Royals, in concert with one of your other passion’s which is writing for me, and of course blogging.

When I was a young married, it all started by me staying awake and watching the young Diana Spencer marry her Prince and becoming a Princess…We all know how that turned out which wasn’t good. But that was just the beginning for me.

Here I am again digging into the Royal’s which I believe is going to be so much fun, all while learning about them. The husband bought me, “The Queen” for Christmas so that’s probably where I’m going to get a lot of my info. I’ll be reading the book that will help me out with the daily prompts. I was saving this book for vaca in a couple of weeks, but it’s a pretty long book so I’ll still have plenty of reading to do while I’m on the road 🙂 … I have already started reading and she really had an amazing life. I’m going to do my best and hope you’ll enjoy learning about the Queenie right along with me.

I’m looking forward to this challenge and I hope I make some new blogging friends. Let’s light this party !!!! Everyone have the best weekend ever !!! Blessings fellow bloggers.

Song Lyric Sunday…

Yay for music and song lyric sunday…Been off the blog for a bit, but always love the music challenges so I think I’ll jump in. You’ll have to forgive me Mr. Jim as I am feeling for a different genre. I guess it has to do with being in the cold, rainy March weather. Couldn’t be any farther from seashore weather than I am.

I’m feeling more like country and Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, and Willy & Waylon, “The Highwaymen.” Totally loving Kris, and this song <3 . What a great musician and song writer. Love Johnny Cash, less he reminds me too much of someone I don’t have any use for anymore and I’ll leave it at that. Willy and Waylon always make me feel good so for today it’s going to be them and the song I’m choosing is, “Me and Bobby Mcgee.” Kris Kristoferson wrote that you know. What an amazing talent and really a great guy to dream about…shhhhh, don’t let the husband know b/c he’s really my guy I dream about. Kris is probably looking his age now and the husband is still gorgeous and he’s all mine <3 …

The Highwaymen/Me & Bobby McGee

I just really fell in love with this song and the video…Blessings on your Sunday and your week. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do !!!

The lyrics are a bit different from this video, but I like their version better than Janis Joplin’s song lyrics…

Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waitin’ for a train
When I’s feelin’ near as faded as my jeans
Bobby thumbed a diesel down, just before it rained
And rode us all the way into New Orleans

I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana
I’s playin’ soft while Bobby sang the blues
Windshield wipers slappin’ time, I’s holdin’ Bobby’s hand in mine
We sang every song that driver knew

Freedom is just another word for nothin’ left to lose
Nothin’, don’t mean nothin’ hon’ if it ain’t free, no-no
And feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues
You know feelin’ good was good enough for me
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee

From the Kentucky coal mine to the California sun
There Bobby shared the secrets of my soul
Through all kinds of weather, through everything we done
Yeah, Bobby baby, kept me from the cold

One day up near Salinas, Lord, I let him slip away
He’s lookin’ for that home, and I hope he finds it
But, I’d trade all of my tomorrows, for one single yesterday
To be holdin’ Bobby’s body next to mine

Freedom is just another word for nothin’ left to lose
Nothin’, and that’s all that Bobby left me, yeah
But feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues
That feelin’ good was good enough for me, mmm-hmm
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee

La-da-da, la-da-da-da, la-da-da-da-da-da-da
La-da-da-da-da-da-da-da, Bobby McGee, yeah
La-da-da-da-da, la-da-da-da-da
La, la-la-la-da-da- Bobby McGee, oh yea

La-da-da, la-da-da, la, da-da, la, da-da
La-da-da, la-da-da, la-di-da
Hey now, Bobby now, now Bobby McGee, yeah
Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord, lo-da-da, na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na
Hey now, Bobby now, now Bobby McGee, yeah

Well, I wanna call him my lover, call him my man
I said, I call him my lover, did the best I can, come on
Hey now, Bobby now, hey now Bobby McGee, yeah
Lord, a Lord, a Lord, a Lord, a Lord, a Lord, a Lord, a Lord, oh
Hey-hey-hey, Bobby McGee, Lord