Happy Father’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Three More Days

I’m counting down to New Year’s Eve! I’ve always loved the parties, festivities and socializing around this time of year. Staying healthy in the midst of flu season can be tedious, but it is doable! Also, one must expose themselves to the occasional virus now and then, if only to remind the body of how to fight them off.

Almost time to head to the store and get some last-minute items for the celebratory meal! Our version of Oysters Rockefeller is mouth-watering and noteworthy, and only a few select family members and friends are allowed to sample. Much like the Little Red Hen, we are more than generous with those who lend willing and ready helping hands during times of need. Those times are few and far between, but we duly note those who are there during those times.

This song is for those who know what friendship really is! You know who you are, new friends and old. Thank you.


2017 Is Drawing To A Close

2017 is nearly over; 2018 will be upon us soon.

How were your holidays? Mine have been fantastic. Every year, I celebrate my birthday for a full week starting on 17 March. Each December I celebrate from the Solstice through to New Year’s Day, because 11 years ago I received one of the best gifts ever: the gift of my family.

Now that the end-of-year visits are over it’s back to some heavy gaming! I need to earn a few more things before the latest event is over.


Thursday Thoughts: Thunderstorms & “Thanks-for-taking” Day!

Wow – what a busy week it’s been! This is why I try not to schedule too many things, because Murphy’s Law and the many variations thereof invariably interfere. For example – when is the last time that you heard of a child being born on schedule? I mean, a kid born exactly on their due-date, without the birth being induced? I know of none, personally, and I know a lot of women who have kids – hell, I’m one of them! I only have one, though…I quit while I was ahead, LOL!

Anyway, I’m technically a great-aunt, now! One of my husband’s nephews got married a couple of years ago, and he and his wife brought a baby boy into the world a week ago, so we went to welcome the newest member of the family over the weekend and returned on Monday. The good thing about the timing; it made it easier to beg off any invitations to ‘holiday’ dinners, so I won’t be forced to choke down someone else’s dry turkey or disgusting sweet-potato pie! I’m not a fan of either, but that’s another topic, ROFL

The weather has been insane around here all week – high winds, torrential rains, and more thunderstorms! I tend to associate thunderstorms with Midsummer weather, not in late autumn / post-Samhain, literally a month before the winter Solstice / Yuletide. As I type this, the rain has eased up for the first time since Tuesday afternoon, and there a thick blanket of clouds is hiding the sun. The thunderstorm on Tuesday night didn’t wake me up at all, but the one last night was intense! Bright flashes of lightning lip up the room, even with the blinds drawn. I could even see some of the flashes with my eyes closed, and the thunder seemed endless; some peals even rattled the windows…and I loved every minute of it! The storm raged for a little over an hour, I think – heavy rain, lots of hail, and wild winds. Lots of unstable atmospheric conditions this season…and winter is still a month away.

Speaking of unstable things, the racist trolls have decided to come out of the closet since the electoral-college selection of the Drumpf, whether they live in the U.S. or not! I can’t and won’t pretend to be surprised over it – the psychotic and sociopathic cowards now feel empowered to spread their hate anywhere and everywhere they wish, spewing their mental and verbal diarrhea in an almost obsessive fashion. In light of that, I placed some links in this post that might be of assistance to those of us who find ourselves under attack, overtly or covertly, by the nazis that frequent the interwebs. I still think that the best way to deal with them is to take screen-shots of their hate and abuse, and report it whenever and wherever possible. Responding to them directly is an exercise in futility and validates their pathetic existence. I refuse to engage them or feed them, personally; it is a waste of time and energy from what I see. Sometimes I let them hang themselves with their own words – letting them shoot themselves in both feet is a lot of fun, since they can’t seem to help themselves. I don’t ban them, but I don’t bother engaging them in conversations, either.

With that, how about a bit of music? Please, enjoy these selected songs. On a final note, find something to be thankful for EVERY DAY, not just one shameful day of the year! I call this day “thanks-for-taking-day” for a reason, and explained this some time ago. If you know why, great – it shows that you’ve been paying attention. If you don’t, oh well…c’est la vie!

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Celebrating Family…With Music!!!

My baby sister got married! WOOT WOOT WOOT – so, this post is for her and my new bother-in-law!


Displays of Patriotism on Patriot Day…2016

Midweek Music: 24 August 2016!

I’m straightening the house and getting ready for family visiting tomorrow, and I finally located my document files – I can finally continue with the various short stories that I’ve posted here!

Yesterday was my youngest sister’s birthday; two friends of mine had birthdays last week, on the day of the Full Moon, and my mother’s birthday is coming up in about three weeks…so, here are some celebratory songs for all to enjoy! I shall return…

What A Weekend!!!

It was a blast…I had an excellent time! It was nice to hang out with family for a bit; especially when everyone’s unscheduled time flowed together perfectly. We got into the Seattle / Tacoma area on Friday afternoon; met up with my son for pizza before he headed off to work, then checked into the hotel for the night. Sent texts to family members and made phone calls, letting them know that I was in town for a Saturday concert. Spent some time with my mom and one of my sisters before the concert, then went and blasted our ears out for a few hours – Black Sabbath with Ozzy Osbourne! The opening band was called Rival Sons and they weren’t too bad. They were your average 70’s / 80’s-style 5-person rock band, including a long-bearded gent on a keyboard, and the lead singer did his bit with a tambourine – good music, and certainly better than most of the headliners that are called musicians these days!

Sunday, we spent with my dad and watched the Super Bowl. I will give the Denver Broncos their due justice – that defensive line was virtually unstoppable. They manhandled poor Cam Newton like a rag doll, and I think his confidence was shattered with the first sack. No, Peyton Manning didn’t have to do a damned thing – it was all the defense. Cam looked like a very sore loser at the end, and Peyton’s shameless shilling for Buttwiper beer and his making out with ‘Papa John’ wasn’t any better. Cam needs to know that he who croweth the loudest sometimes has to eat a bit of crow. Suck it up and give credit where credit is due, okay? Better luck next year.

Monday, we met my brother for lunch, then he followed us back to my mom’s place. Both of my sisters met up with us, and my one sister brought her kids, my nephews and niece. They showed off report cards and their recorder-playing skills…it was relaxing and mellow. Being around family is nice – when you get along, that is! I can’t say the same for my adoptive family, LOL – I have to love them from a distance!

I’m off to the store to stock up on food, and I’ll catch up on reading blogs over the next few days. I need to get some posts ready for the weekend! Also, I wanted to note the passing of Maurice White, the founder and original lead singer of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. From ABC News:

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like “September,” ”Shining Star” and “Boogie Wonderland,” died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said.

White, who was 74, suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and had retreated from the public even as the band he founded kept performing.

“My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep,” Verdine White, also a member of the band, told The Associated Press on Thursday. “While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

Earth, Wind & Fire, a nine-piece band centered featuring the two White brothers, singer Philip Bailey and the distinctive horn section, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. The band’s most successful period started with the 1975 album “That’s The Way of The World” and continued through the rest of the decade. Other hits included “Serpentine Fire,” ”That’s the Way of the World” and a cover of the Beatles’ “Got to Get You Into My Life.”

Chris Rock tweeted his condolences Thursday with a photo of White and the lyrics, “You can’t hide love.” Nile Rogers called White “one of the most amazing innovators of all time” on the social media platform, while Diane Warren said “this world just got a lot less soulful.”

White publicly revealed he had Parkinson’s at the time of the band’s Hall of Fame induction, but he had shown symptoms of the neurological disease back in the 1980s. He stopped touring with the band in 1995 because of weariness from the road combined with his health problems.”

Maurice White: 19 December 1941 – 4 February 2016

One final note…there was a New Moon on Monday…which is a rarity! Enjoy this song in honour of it, and two select songs by Earth, Wind, & Fire.

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