I am a wife, mother, and a homemaker. I love my family. I am a pro-life, conservative catholic. I have 1 dog our Rosie. I have been married to my best friend Michael for 42 years this year...Wow!!! It's been an amazing 42 years !! Looking forward to the next 40!!
1. Do you have a lot of friends or do you know a lot of people ?
Not really I have a couple really great friends and I think that’s so much better than having many friends…Less drama and the relationships are so much better and closer.
2. If you are at a party and know very few of the guests, do you mingle and introduce yourself, sit on the sidelines and people watch, or discreetly leave?
I’m more of a mingler. Party’s are suppose to be fun and sitting on the sidelines is just not much fun. I can go to the mall and people watch. Interacting is much more fun and interesting !!!!
3. What is the best job you have ever had?
That would be at the Railroad. The pay was great for a young kid 19/22. Union wages and great insurance, Railroad Retirement (had to go on disability b/c of a car accident and I was paid for 6 months) and I just loved, loved, loved my boss. He was more like a father to me than my own father.
4. Can you swim?
Not really but I wouldn’tdrownif I was in water. I probably don’t look like a great swimmer and I really don’t do the rotary breathing thing. I tried but I’m not so great at the athletic stuff…I can do the crawl and doggie paddling and float on my back, but as far as the butterfly and competitive type swimming not so much…
Gratitude: Things may not always turn out the way we’d hoped, but sometimes they turn out better.Life is great with our Rosie !!!!
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 blessingand 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.
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.
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…
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/Countryand 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…
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 IllinoisCentral Gulf.
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 !!!!
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.
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 …
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 yeah
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
Todays prompt is a love song for humankind…I nominate, “We Are the World” and there are just too many stars to give it to just one. I really think that’s what I really love about this song. A whole lot of ego in one room, but I think that’s what makes it fun to watch. All of the stars bringing their own drama to their line . Each one trying to out sing the one before them. 😉 It’s interesting though, enjoy…
Happy Valentine’s everyone. I hopeeveryone is celebrating, “Love” today. My Forever took me out for a Valentine’s Day Lunch today at a swanky restaurant in Oak Brook. It was lovely and I’m loved, what is better than that.
I’m posting one of the song’s that I fell in love with my forever. Whenever it comes on the radio when we are out and about, he has to sing it. I just melt. I love you husband <3 …
Today’s prompt is , a love song about “Forgiveness”I think I will be staying with my prompt from yesterday but move it a bit further down the road. Yesterday’s prompt was about Unconditional Love, and I used a song from the musical, “Les Miserable.”
Today I’m going to pull anotherfrom the same musical only it’s about forgiveness. The song is, “I Dreamed a Dream.” You should watch the whole youtube that I am posting, very cool having the casts from other shows of Les Miserables.
Les Miserables, The Miserable, The PoorOnes, The Victims…
I’m sure I will see this musical again. Very powerful for people from all walks of life. It’s absolutely breathtaking. The husband has read the book/Les Miserable by Victor Hugo, and I think I’m going to have to put that one on my bucket list !!!! It’s a long one as is the musical. Totally worth it …
The prompt for todaysis “Unconditional Love Song“… between a father and his daughter. Great prompt Mr. Jim !!!! I found this one from one of my favorite‘s, “Les Miserables…” I’ve seen the musical live at least half a dozen times and I did enjoy movie theater version of it with Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman. This song was probably one of the top 3 for me…