Monday, May 25, 2015

Monday Night Thoughts

A day of rest for me today...much needed I have to admit.  But I sure did miss my students at work.
Sometimes no matter how hard we push, the body says no.  I am on the mend, the antibiotics are doing their job, I just have to help things along with a wee bit of rest now and then.

Rain moved in yesterday, thankfully no really severe weather here....but a chance of storms every day this week.  I wish we could share the rain with our friends in California.  We finally got some things planted in the garden, a late crop is better than none.

I hope your workweek goes smoothly, that the traffic gods smile down on you and please remember...a little kindness goes a very long way.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, May 24, 2015


We had friends and family come over this afternoon.  Ribs and all that good stuff, kids playing in the backyard.  The rains held off until time to eat, then the monsoons hit.  That's ok, we moved everything indoors, the kids had play dough and finger paints....all was good.

We heard our song Bad Dog on Southbound Radio tonight...such a rush to hear our music on the never gets old.

It has been a weekend of mixed emotions...a year ago Friday, one of our best friends made his final transition, I still miss him.  He was a musician, an incredible one ( he played with John Denver).
I find myself wondering if he and John are sitting around playing somewhere.

I also find myself thinking of our friends who have died fighting for this country, and the ones who are still fighting, willing to lay down their lives for the USA.  I also find myself thinking of those who came back home, but the battles still rage in their heads.  Saying I am grateful seems so small, yet there are no other words that seem adequate.  It is a time of remembrance.

I think it's time to rest, I cooked for four hours today...I am a wee bit tired.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Twenty-four Hours

It's interesting how long or short twenty-four hours can be...those hours can fly so quickly, you'd swear there were only twelve and then some days those hours are so long, eternity seems like a minute.

Today has been a long has been a beautiful day, but totally did not go as I had hoped or planned.  I feel as though I have ran a marathon, maybe two.  If there had been a circus in town, I would have joined it...I have done much breathing today...

I hope your day has been a good one, may your Sunday be a peaceful one.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Bittersweet Tonight

Tonight was one of those bittersweet times...we drove up to Cullman to Berkeley Bob's, our most favorite place to play.  We weren't performing tonight, we will be there next Saturday night, but Bob and a couple of other friends, John and Mick were playing.  It was bittersweet because Bob's mom made her final transformation this week.

His mom had her own table at the coffee house, and tonight at her table there were flowers and a  candle, and pictures and cards.  It was sad to see her empty chair, but I could close my eyes and see  her smiling face.  Every time she  came to see Rick and me play, she would tell us how much she loved our music.

There were  tears shed tonight, but there was also laughter and great music and a feeling that somewhere tonight Bob's mom heard the songs and felt the love.

It was good to see so many of our friends tonight, to hug and cherish and appreciate life.
Transformation takes place on so many different levels, but there is one, the final one that we will all
experience someday.  I can't imagine a better way to be remembered than the way Bob's mom was tonight.

RIP Mrs. Keefe

Thursday, May 21, 2015


loving this quote tonight...

"Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace." - Dalai Lama

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Busy Day

It has been a rough few days, over the weekend I picked up a lung infection...but thankfully with the SmartVest and strong antibiotics today has been a better day.

Jordan spent the day with us.  A few days ago, he found my jewelry making supplies...I explained to him that at one time I had made jewelry and sold it at several stores and  different venues.  It has been awhile since I had made any, but I promised him that today I would show him how to make something for his mom.

He picked out brown leather stripping and white quartz beads, for a seven year old's first effort it was great.  Then he decided he would like a wrist band for himself.....this time, he chose some sterling beads, amber, cat's eye, and blue lapis,  he  was getting better.  By this afternoon, he had decided to make Uncle Rick a wrist band as well.  I think we know how much of this summer may be spent. We will be taking him to swim class too.

It was fun picking up the stones, feeling the smoothness of the beads and smelling the leather might just be time for me to make some things again.  I have missed the meditative quality of creating something with my hands.  It has been awhile since I have painted as well.  This summer with Jordan will probably be good for us both.  I know we will be busy.

Seeing life through a seven year old's eyes is good for the soul, he lives in the now and is excited about everything. The joy that gleams in his eyes and the love in his hugs made me feel so much better today.  I watched him pop a big juicy blueberry in his mouth and heard him exclaim, "this is the best blueberry I have ever eaten."  Today was a very good day.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


sharing a quote with you tonight...

"Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different.  
Enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes.
( which it will)
Being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way.  ( which it won't)   - James Baraz