Thankful Thursday…

I always like to think about all I have to be thankful for. Being grateful and thankful are the key to being happy. I have experienced many things in my life that were a challenge and if you’ve followed my blog you know many of them. I must admit though I am grateful for those experiences because they taught me much about life and myself.

All of them made me a stronger and better version of myself and for that I’m truly thankful for. I came out on the other side of it all a little wiser and learned that when life happens you just have to hold on a little tighter and realize you are not in control. There is something bigger than you and has a plan for your life. I have learned that you have to trust in that plan and believe it all happens for our good. I pray a lot and that has gotten me through all of it b/c sometimes that’s all you can do. The higher power is in control and I believe in God and his plan for me to get back to him.

When we were young <3 … 1990’s

After having my children and experience the gift of being a mom and seeing my children being born that is when I knew there was a God b/c only something that grand could create something so perfect. He took one from me, a son Sean Patrick, but that was all part of his plan. I didn’t understand it at the time and I don’t really understand it still. One thing I do know though is it was part of his plan for me and I have an angel in heaven. It made me a better mother and for that I’m grateful for. We will meet again <3 . I am have been blessed with 5 children and for that I will always be thankful for. Blessings Blogger’s and remember to say thank you at the end of the day and thank you when you are given a new day. Happy, Happy 2022 <3 .

January Blogging Challenge/Widget So I thought I throw in my #jusjojan challenge for todayThe prompt for today is “Anticipation” and again I usually will do the first thing that come to mind. Today that would be a song by Carly Simon. https://youtu.be/PDJ_Mz8ftqI

Tuesday…#jusjojan

#jusjojan

Today’s prompt for Monday (Albeit a day late) is Abundance … abundance/noun…1. A very large quantity of something: She has an abundance of planner supplies 😉 Ya think, yeah I do !!!! The state of having a copious quantity of something: plentifulness:

Middle English: from Latin abundantia, from abundant-overflowing, the verb abundance (see abound).

I also have an abundance of joy and happiness in my life which I would not trade for anything. I am part of a family, I have a husband who loves me to the moon/42 years married, 45 years together, 5 Children, 6 grandchildren w/one the way…Y A Y we broke the tie 3 girls/3 boys and baby girl frain #7 on the way, in May !!!!

Missy & Connor & Baby Girl Frain
Such a sweet couple

In a world that has been very wonky for a very long time, I count my blessings every day and I say thank you for all that I have…It makes for a very happy life. Blessings dear blogger’s, I hope than you have an”Abundance”of happiness in your corner of the world wherever that may be. Happy, Happy 2022 <3

Still working on my word of the year !!!

Two for Tuesday

When I was looking into my media for my, “Two for Tuesday” post, I came across some other pics that I thought would be fun for some more media for today’s post. Remember, this is My Happy Place and I get to make the rules !!!

Happy Tuesday Blogger’s…Enjoy My Life <3

Everything is better out at the Ballpark …

What a great way to start the weekend <3 Our Matthew came home and took us the the ball park…Guaranteed Rate Field aka Comiskey Park …Y A Y our own Chicago White Sox who hopefully will go all the way. Meaning they will win the World Series. Their season has been great. I believe they have been in 1st place pretty much all year. This was our second game this season. The guys out in Richmond, bought their dad tickets for Father’s Day, that was the first game we went too.

It was a perfect night for baseball 70’s and clear…Great seats, 100 level !!! Everything was pretty much normal. We didn’t have to mask up…Y A Y !!!! Everyone was just outside having a great night watching a baseball game…Life as normal 😉 …

We had a great time and I just love my guys…Family is all there is and I couldn’t be prouder than to be their mom…We are loved <3 … Happy Saturday oh and by the by they won so double Y A Y, Y A Y….

Inspiration #118/Hallelujah

Just going through the Reader and came across this prompt from Mr. Jim . When I got up this morning, I’m always thankful for another day, I took the husband to the train…I do wish they would get that bus running again. He use to take it b/c it stopped right in front of the house and I could sleep in. I do like doing whatever and sleeping in, but I don’t mind that much driving him to the train because I get to be with my guy. He always looks so handsome when he’s off to work and he gives me such a nice kiss. Okay, I digress and let’s get back to the prompt, “Inspiration”.

This morning for some reason he just started singing one of our favorite songs, “Hallelujah.” This song truly is a song that embodies the word inspiration. He loves it as do I <3 . When we sing it, I always sing harmony and he does the melody. We are pretty geeky, but who cares 😉 . We are just happy to get all the song lyrics right, this one we know by heart <3 .

Hallelujah

The story behind this song is truly inspirational … They even wrote a book about this song and story behind it. The talent comes from Mr. Leonard Cohen..

My husband, the artist, sketched this out for me. He put this on my desk, where I sit every morning and said to me, “Write !!! You have stories to tell that people would love to read <3 ” It still sitting there, looking back at me. I still need to write. I do have stories to tell. So many, I really need to just write!!

Leonard Cohen <3/Elan Creations <3

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

I just don’t want to write about them on-line, I’m from a different generation 😉 . I write in an 80 page, composition notebook til it’s done and then I get another 80 page notebook and start to fill that one up. I guess I don’t want to be around when people read my story. I’m not ashamed of what I wrote, it’s just my story. That’s what writer’s do, they write. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes not so much but I’m the writer so I get to tell the story 😉 . Actually I hope they like it, get inspired from my tales, laugh about my life, and say yes that is definitely my mom <3 . I hope they can feel my presence when they read about my travels through my life. When I read letters from my mom in her handwriting, I know it’s my mom and feel her because I know that’s her handwriting. That’s probably why I write it down, you can see and feel someone through their handwriting…

I’ll close it out for now b/c I have to go cook dinner. It’s breakfast for dinner tonight <3 and it’s time to go…Blessings blogger’s, I’ll leave with one question. “What inspires you?” Blessings and it’s almost Friday… Y A Y <3

Monday’s Masterpiece

Good Monday morning <3 Hoping everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July…The Artist and me had a wonderful weekend…Road Trip out to our fav places from back in the day 😉

Then on Sunday the 4th was a chill kind of day w/the Artist painting and me planning…Love, love, love to plan. Today will just be a reset kind of day where we keep wondering what day it is 😉 Does that happen to anyone else on these 3 day weekends ???

The other painting he just started yesterday, but I’m thinking it’s going to be a fav of mine !!! Don’t forget you can visit our Handmade by Amazon site and purchase any of his amazing artwork…Just follow the link <3

The weekend started out really great with me and the granddaughter getting our hair done, Chic Filet for lunch and then of course Starbucks to top off the fun day…

So much fun at the salon…Shout out to our forever beauty stylist…Mz. Lisa <3 Thank you so much for making us beautiful again <3 . Oh and I can’t forget the flower’s my wonderful husband bought for me <3 .

Back to business this week, a lot of irons in the fire. Starting a major remodel on the home but then by the end of this year it will all be done. I will update with pics of our beautius home. Let’s enjoy the rest of the summer. Busy, busy month w/birthday’s, anniversary (42nd <3 ) and vacation to New Smyrna Beach, Florida Y A Y !!!! Blessings Blogger’s on your Monday <3 … 😉

Happy Father’s Day…

It’s write anything Wednesday and I just realized it’s June 30th, OMG. This is the day me and the husband always say, “Summer’s over Mr. Nightlinger,” and this year is no different. He said that to me as he was getting out of the car this morning on his way to work in Chicago 😉 . It’s from a John Wayne movie we both love to watch, from back in the day.

I guess I really haven’t been blogging lately b/c I just am not really focused. It’s kind of like I just don’t have much to say other that I’m feeling really, I guess the word is “Wonky” from how our summer is moving along. It started out as most of things do like any other summer. The weather was warm, it’s baseball again Y A Y, I have all kind of plans and I’m feeling really positive, just happy I have made it through another Chicago Winter. Oh yeah and happy for some kind of normalcy again i.e. the Vid is under control and I can see so many smiles and people are getting back to the chit/chat again. Another huge Y A Y for that 🙂 !!! Except for the fact that now they are once again trying to control us by some kind of variant …oooh we all should be scared and put our masks back on.

No Way … Not Now, Not Ever Again !!!

Unless of course I become a Doctor and need to when I operate on someone, which I’m pretty sure will never happen. Me and the husband had the Vid before it was the Vid (that’s what the daughter/covid nurse) calls it, and we are both totally vaccinated … So no way am I going there, some stupid lockdown. Sorry I digress, I just get so mad at the control that the government thinks they have over our lives. They steal our money by taxing us to death and then try and convince us it’s for infrastructure. What is it that they say, “Good intentions are paved on the road to Hell.” Or something like that.

Visit to the ER w/the Vid (before they called it the Vid)
Our Lizzie an RN

I’m taking my cues from people who know up close and personal the risks, and that would be my daughter who I have been hugging since before they locked us down. My mother who is a retired Infection Control Nurse for over 40 years and my oldest sister who is also an RN…

We just had a great time as a family being together and celebrating life, love and being a family <3 … Something that for some reason has been labeled a dangerous situation to your life…OMG really, it’s not going to go on in my world ever again. Life is dangerous. Move on, get over it !!! I love my family and I’m going to spend every moment I can with them !!!! Which brings me to the point of this post, “Father’s Day.” Yes, Father’s Day. It was a fun day even though family was not able to spend it with dad…The kiddos got us baseball tickets to our beloved White Sox. What a great gift !!! That’s where me and my husband, their dad, had our first date, 45 years ago. A nighttime, Fireworks game at the old Comiskey Park vs. the Milwaukee Brewer’s who were still in the American League. I even remember the date, July 16, 1976…

Chicago from Guranteed Rate Field/The new Comiskey Park

The pictures above were from a couple of years ago. We did spend last Sunday out at the Ballpark, Guaranteed Rate Field. It was a beautiful day and we got to watch a lot of baseball b/c it was sort of a double header. It was the game from Saturday that they had to pause and then it was the game the kiddos got us tickets for on Father’s Day…They split it, lost the first one and then won the second game. But it’s always a great day win or lose out at the ballpark <3 It’s our happy place…

Y A Y for our Chicago White Sox b/c I guess they are in 1st place and we had so much fun. I didn’t go to any games last year so I had forgotten how much fun it was. The weather was beautiful and we had great tickets <3 Thanks to the kiddos <3 . The only thing that was missing was them but that’s what kids do, they grow up and go live their lives which makes this mom & dad very happy. Thanks to iPhones they were there with us during the whole games…i.e. texting and facetiming.

Happy to get this post up and returning to my blog. That too is my Happy Place b/c of all of you out there in the the blogosphere … I hope everyone is having a great summer. I have all the tools I need for a happy summer, my grill being the most important. The Flower’s are all planted and I even got tomatoes going and they are looking pretty good. Happy Summer, Happy 4th of July…Blessings Blogger’s and thanks for stopping by.

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

Monday’s Masterpiece

Happy Monday fellow blogger’s. I hope everyone had a great weekend. They do go by so fast though. Mine was really busy which is a good thing and the weather was really good !!!

Monday’s Masterpiece will always be the featured picture of the blog post, unless I change it. In that case, I will let you know… 😉 Today’s Monday’s Masterpiece is one of my favorites. The Artist (Husband) painted this one for me and had it framed. It is hanging in my Kitchen and I just love it. The title of it is, “Basket of Apples”.

The Artist was painting a lot this weekend. Here are a few of the images he is currently working on…

I bought myself some flowers this weekend and that always bring a smile to my face 🙂

Pretty Weekend Flowers

One more picture to share. I found the cousin picture that I was looking for. I did a post on St. Patrick’s Day of the 1st Cousin’s picture, then I found the later one where we are older <3 There were a lot of us…

1st Cousin Picture

I am one of four sister’s…We are on the end, stage left. Sister Liz is in the green dress, I’m down in front of Sister Liz, with my hand in my mouth…Sister Kay is to the left of me and Mary the oldest Sister has her hand around Sister Kay’s shoulder. We were close in age, only 4 years separating all of us from oldest Mary, to the youngest me…Let’s just say, high school was interesting for our dad.

2nd Cousin Picture/At the Farm/Family Reunioun

It was kind of fun this weekend b/c we were all trying to figure out who was who and what year it was. Kind of a, “Where’s Waldo,” game… The years do fly by. I’m in the middle with the pig tails and red/white/blue striped shirt and the girl directly in back of me is my oldest sister Mary, and the one right next to Mary (stage right) is my older sister Liz. Another one of my sister’s is all the way on the end (stage left) I guess you might think I was a theater mom 😉 and you’d be right. Kay was all in blue with kind of a wonky look on her face. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t smiling. When the cousin’s get together, we all talk about this picture and how glad we were that Aunt Patti made us take the picture..Two more cousins were born after the picture but we never got another one taken with all the cousins.

This week looks to be warmer and wetter and then maybe even some snow… I really hate March but I’ll take the couple of warmer days. At least we are getting closer to April <3 . I’m going to be setting up my new planner which I don’t have a name for her yet. I’ll probably be posting a lot about that. Also I am working on getting our site for #Elan Creations up and running again, definitely stay tuned for that.

Have a Happy Monday and a great week !!! Blessings Blogger’s <3 …

Thankful Thursday

There’s something about Singing, Sun & Spring when you are driving in the car. This morning took the hus <3 to the train this morning and other than having to get up early it was a great way to start this beautius day !!!

After dropping him off and watching him walk away (I love watching him walk away, he’s just a very cool guy after all these years (45 years to be exact)… I leave him to go do his job in Chicago, thankful that he still has a really good job and I go to Starbuck’s to get my day going <3 I always think how very lucky and thankful I am for our life. We are both really living the dream. Healthy living in the greatest country in the world, and the winter is almost over. Once we get through March, oh how I hate March. Such a schizophrenic month, can’t decide which one it is. March can be lovely when you actually feel the sun’s warmth (usually it’s not in Chicago) or it’s snowing which it’s suppose to this weekend.

I love listening to the radio and singing when I’m driving. Hoping it’s going to be a good day, one of my favorite songs come on…Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty!!!” A great song in the car, immediately I turn it up L O U D and start singing. Yes it’s going to be a great day 😉 …

After singing that song, I started remembering songs from my past. Another song I just love, love, love is “Turn the Page” Bob Seger… The husband sings that one and I remember why I fell in love with him.

Love posting pics of the fam…Looking forward to the weekend <3 Hopefully it won’t snow too much, but like I said before it’s March in Chicago…Happy Thursday <3 It’s all about the family…I am Blessed and for that I will always be thankful for memories of being a mom <3 .

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