Write Anything Wednesday

I have wasted all morning on the computer, so I might as well post something. I’m thinking I’m going to get my summer on with some road trip music first !!! I’ll start out with something for Connor ❤ this one’s for you !!!

Thunderstruck/The Chicago Blackhawks !!!

The next song I’m going to choose for my summer road trip is from Jackson Brown . Let’s go back to Rock n’ Roll and the 70’s Y A Y ❤ !!!! This one’s for me !!!

ROCK N ROLL ❤

I was looking for some pictures from the past Memorial Day’s and I came across all of the baby picture’s from all of us girl’s (the 4 sister’s)…I’ll share it with you, along with the Grandmama/Great Grandmama (my Mom)

Nieces & Nephews/Son’s & Daughter’s 1 Angel ❤
Grandmama ❤

Isn’t my mom so pretty ❤ I love you Mom … It’s important to be a part of something so special ❤ , a family … Thank you mom for being you ❤ To the moon ❤ .

Happy Tuesday

Let’s get some music going, pre-memorial day weekend…Y A Y for the summer…This one’s for you Connie ❤ Still remembering you dancing w/Joffrey in Chicago to this song 😉 . Never, never forget the good times

Me & Connie

Happy Tuesday blogger’s…I have been meaning to jump on and write a blog but have just been so busy, busy, busy. I can’t believe I have all my flower’s planted, I made a wildflower butterfly/hummingbird garden out back and it’s not even memorial day. Y A Y for me and the husband !!!! I’ll be spending a lot of time out back here, very peaceful ❤ . We also bought a brand new, spanking charbroil grill this year, double Y A Y…It’s been a while since I’ve had one of those and I am so excited. I’ve already used it twice and we have only had it 2 days 😉 .

This is my Butterfly/Hummingbird/Wildflower garden…Isn’t is just beautius !!!! I still need to get a bird house and a humming bird feeder in there. I just love it though.

Here is the front of our home. This is where my roses are. I planted them a couple of years ago and they are just doing fantastic even though the bunnies destroyed they over the winter months…

Finally a look at our new Car-broil grill…It’s really beautiful and I am so excited to put it to use. Absolutely one of may favorite things to do…BBQ in the summer !!! Happy Summer to all. It’s going to be great ❤ . I hope yours will too ❤ .

Happy Tuesday…

I can’t believe I haven’t posted since last week. Just big blogging goal’s, I was even working on my editorial calendar (which is still a work in progress 😉 ) . It’s just gotten very busy around here all of the sudden like and I really haven’t had the time to blog. I’m busy with my spring cleaning, and I was so hoping I would have it all done by Memorial Day but that sure doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

My Spring Cleaning has really turned into a new thing. Instead of cleaning, (which I’m not that fond of anymore, been there, done that) it’s turned into Spring Buying 😉 and Spring throwing away 🙂 … Shhh let’s keep the husband out of that. Let’s just say that my Target trips are my new workout 😉 . Don’t laugh, it’s a lot of working walking and buying and carrying it to the car, unloading, yadayadayada !!! But the house is really coming together. It’s fresh and new. I’ve been taking before and after pics and I’ll try posting them when I’m all done.

My absolutely fav of all are the new shelves in the kitchen…

My new shelves ❤

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to come up with this idea. I just love, love, love my kitchen. What motivated me was the spring cleaning thing and the new book I was reading this month…I have really been on a reading kick this year. I have already read 4 books this year. Which is a really great thing. The first book I read, our Connor and his wife Missy bought me this one, “Where the Crawdads Sing.”

Connor &Missy ❤

Aren’t they just such an adorable couple…Love them to the moon ❤ One of my favorite pics of them on their Wedding Day ❤ .

Then I went on with the next 3. I’m thinking the Cookbook Club spurred me on to get the shelf thing going in my kitchen. One thing led to another and I’m back doing something I absolutely love, love, love to do…Cooking and Baking, who knew.

The daughter came over on Mother’s Day and she just had to do the same thing, so me and her dad were over at her house last weekend. Got to do another run to Target and the husband was busy assembling them at her house. She’s having the same fun I’m having b/c of course I had to get her the Instapot for her Mother’s Day gift to go on the shelves, right 😉 … Here how her shelves are progressing ❤ Absolutely loving this !!!

Happy Mother’s Day to Me!!!

It was the best Mother’s Day ever !!! I’m not blogging til this morning b/c just been so busy. A really great kind of busy. Yes it was Mother’s Day weekend and I wasn’t sure how it was going to go as my kiddos are all over the the place i.e. East Coast, Midwest yadayadayada. Also the daughter is a nurse so I kind of figured she would probably have to work. So I told the husband let’s celebrate it on Saturday and all I really wanted was to go out south (where we use to live, south side of Chicago and visit our old stomping grounds). We could pick up some Aurelios Pizza (the Original one that started it all) and Krispy Kreme’s, probably the only one that’s left out here.

I just really need to put this Garth Brooks in here. I absolutely love it ♥️. It’s just the best song ever about mom’s ♥️ .

So out south we went and the weather was really crappy. Cold & windy, rainy and cloudy but I didn’t care. It’s all about the food. So off we went and I got a yummy Aurelio’s Pizza and 2 dozen Krispy Kreme’s. Needless to say they were gone by the time we got home. Well not the 2 dozen doughnuts, but the pizza was 😉 and the husband had a meatball sandwich. Those are just the empty boxes 😉😋

Then on Sunday Mother’s Day I was just going to chill and play with my planner stuff when the doorbell rings and it’s our Matthew, yes our #3 son all the way from Virginia. I was beyond happy as I haven’t seen him in a long time b/c of this whole pandemic thing, blah, blah, blah. He drove all the way here from Richmond, Virginia to just spend the day w/his mom. What a great son 🌹🌹

Our Matthew

That was just the best surprise ever and I gave him a big hug and kiss and nothing ever felt so good as seeing and holding my son…What a great Mother’s Day ♥️. Thank you so much Matthew for choosing me as your mom ♥️ .

Matthew was able to hang around on Monday b/c he really wanted to see the sister too and all of his nieces and catch up with Cordell. So me and Matthew ran out to our favorite Sub place and picked up a bunch of subs and we all spent the afternoon together just having a ball. The grand babies just love my bed and so they were busy in grandmama’s room messing the whole thing up. Love all the giggles 🥰🥰

She’s an RN
She’s a Beauty

Just for a reference point with my beauties bed…This is how it looked before grandbabies got to it . The little one Mariah just loves, loves loves snuggling in it ♥️♥️

Before… Mariah 😉😉
Love it ♥️♥️

After the afternoon pizza party with everyone, Matthew had to hit the road. He left around 5:30pm back to Virginia which made me worry b/c I don’t like the whole driving thing cross country at night. He hugged me and told me everything would be fine and he’d stop for the night when he got tired and finish his journey home today. I got a text from him about 12:30 am telling me he was in Pittsburg and would be stopping for the night. I slept better knowing he was off the road ♥️♥️ It’s a mom thing.

After he left me and my girl’s went shopping to get a vase for the beautiful flowers b/c I’ve been spring cleaning and must have stored all my vases somewhere but we found a very pretty one and as per usual me and the daughter share a brain and we picked out the same vase 🥰 Then a quick trip to Starbucks for the girls and I dropped them home. She also brought me my absolutely favorite gift of all a new cup…I always need a new cup and this was just beautius. Loving the Hand Sanitizer from the Nurse 🤗🤗

Happy Mother’s Day

Arrived back home last night around 8pm and our home was filled with flower’s, Happy Mother’s Day cards, and most importantly so much family love ♥️. Pretty sure Matthew will make it home safely and all is so right in my Mom world ♥️. Thank you so much kiddos for choosing me as your Mom. It is such an honor and I love you all ♥️♥️ …

Happy Mother’s Day

Share your world

Would you rather be a super nice person and be depressed all your life, or be happy and a total *sshole?  (Credit goes to Cyranny for this question, aired on one of her “Cyranny’s Quickies” posts.) Well I’m not sure it has to be either or, but I think for most of my life I was the nice person and that was my problem. When I turned into the blankety, blank I enjoyed being happy and realized that life is short … eat the cake 😉 .

Have you ever made someone cry? Probably, but not on purpose.

Are you a dreamer or a go-getter? I’m more of dreamer. It’s more fun to dream, being a go-getter brings stress. There is more joy in dreams ❤ .

If you were in a band, what instrument would you play? Well that’s an easy one for anyone who knows me, the piano of course…

Gratitude Meme

GRATITUDE SECTION

Do you feel gratitude is necessary?  Gratitude is how I get through my day. Being thankful can cure anything. My gratitude journal sits right beside my bed on my nightstand.

Nightstand

I never go to sleep w/o that simple, two word prayer every night, “Thank You.” It always makes for a happier morning. Blessings Blogger’s on your week

AtoZ Challenge Letter

Happy Tuesday AtoZer’s…Hope your week is going good. The weather is absolutely gorgeous with sun and temps in the 80’s. Believe you me that is a rarity for April in the Midwest i.e. Chicago. We could still be having snow, not kidding.

I thought this might be challenging to find a painting that I could use that the Artist did for the letter “E” but then he said just use Elvis. Of course, one of his favorite performer’s and naturally he has a few different images of The King 😉

Maybe we could do a little music with today’s post (One of my favorite songs by the King) and now I get how the Artist could do so many different looks with his painting’s. He sure was a handsome guy ❤

Elvis/Promised Land

Elvis/The King
Elvis/The Early Years
Elvis/Las Vegas

All of the Artist’s paintings can be purchased on the above link. Have a great rest of your Tuesday, thanks for stopping by. Blessings ❤ .

Hello Monday AtoZ Blogger’s

Today’s letter for the AtoZ Challenge is

My 3 choices today are Dance, Door and Death….

The first painting he did around this past Christmas. It is a painting of our son Matthew who had an amazing Dance career.

Matthew our 3rd son/The Ballet Dancer

For my next choice is a painting he did of a door. It’s a sweet door of cottage somewhere…

The Cottage Door

My final choice for today’s letter is a painting he worked on during the lockdown and all this Covid Pandemic … It really says it all…

Death/Pandemic

These are my choice for today. I hope you are enjoying all of his amazing artwork. Remember we have a site where all of this artwork can be purchased. Just use the link below to go to his Amazon site. Blessings AtoZ Bloggers’s ❤ . I hope your Easter was great. Happy Monday, Happy Week ❤ .

Happy Song Lyric Sunday

Happy Easter Sunday too !! It is a beautius day out here in the Midwest. I thought this would be a good song for Song Lyric Sunday…Mr. Jim’s prompt for today is

Blossom/Cherry/Flower

This is a blast from the past with two of my favorite performer’s, “Neil Diamond & Barbara Striesand singing You Don’t Bring Me Flower’s.”

You don’t bring me flowers

You don’t bring me flowers
You don’t sing me love songs
You hardly talk to me anymore
When I come through the door at the end of the day

I remember when
You couldn’t wait to love me
Used to hate to leave me
Now after lovin’ me late at night

When it’s good for you, babe
And you’re feeling alright

Well, you just roll over
And you turn out the light
And you don’t bring me flowers anymore

It used to be so natural (Used to be)
To talk about forever
But used-to-be’s don’t count anymore
They just lay on the floor ’til we sweep them away

And baby, I remember
All the things you taught me

I learned how to laugh
And I learned how to cry

Well I learned how to love
And I learned how to lie

So you’d think I could learn
How to tell you goodbye

You don’t bring me flowers anymore

Well, you’d think I could learn
How to tell you goodbye

You don’t sing to me

And you don’t sing me love songs

You don’t bring me flowers anymore

AtoZ Challenge/Letter

The Artist does really well when it comes to sketching & painting real people. Everyone he has ever recreated in his artwork, he brings that person alive with feeling albeit in a very subtle way…The 1st person is Winston (C)hurchill, a graphite sketch as his medium and the 2nd painting is an oil …

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill/Oil Painting

These next two sketches are using a graphite medium and they are (C)owboy’s i.e. John Wayne…

The Shootist/John Bernard Books

True Grit/Rooster Cogburn

My final choice for today is a sketch he did in graphite for me personally and put it right in front on my desk where I would see it first thing every morning. It is a graphite sketch of Leonard Cohen who wrote and recorded the song, “Hallelujah.” He was a tortured artist who worked very hard to get this piece of music done. It has a fascinating back story. I hope you’ll take a minute and read about it. I promise you it will give a whole new meaning to this song and the person who wrote it !!!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallelujah_(Leonard_Cohen_song)

Leonard Cohen/Hallelujah

This is one of my all time favorite songs !!!

I thought I would do a couple more of the Artist for the letter

Paintings b/c he just has so many very cool ones. It’s hard to choose…

Civil War
Connor/Connie 4th Son ❤

He really is an amazing artist !!! You can check out more on our Amazon Handmade Acct, linked below…Happy Easter Saturday.

https://www.amazon.com/handmade/Elan-Creations