Monday, April 21, 2014

Music Makes Our World Go Round

Are your memories triggered by anything special?

Music, perhaps?

I love music.  My mom instilled a love of music in all of us.  She couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, but she loved music, and made sure we did, as well.

So many milestones are marked with music…

I’m glad both ThatManILove and I passed our love of music on to our sons. 

Elder Son will send me a text, like this one….and it will trigger a memory of us, driving down the road and singing.

Name that tune.  His memory for lyrics slay me.  He's amazing.

I won’t ever forget our music-infused road miles.  I treasure those moments.

As a blended family, we've enjoyed some cool music moments as adults - like traveling to Lenox, MA for a James Taylor concert.  Traveling to Phoenix, AZ, for a Travis Tritt/Marty Stuart acoustic concert at the Centennial Theatre.

Beautiful times with our young men.

I wouldn't ever trade for those times, and I'll treasure them forever.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Week - Life at a Heart Level

This week has been consumed with conferences and grandkids!

Love the conferences…they’re always fun and educational.

But the grandkids?




Walks to the park.

Playing with toys.

Did I say beautiful?

I am so very thankful.

Fun stuff, this.  Thank you, Jesus, for all You have done for us.

He is Risen, indeed.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Keeping It Light, Keeping It Right

One of my faithful Facebook followers left me a message the other day, and told me:   “I hope you never lose your sense of humor. Remember it when those golf outings etc start!”

Well, my friend, those tournaments have begun.

And I hear you, brother.  I’m taking your advice to heart, and trying to maintain my sense of humor during the entry and sponsorship portion of this tournament.  

This particular golf tournament is a biggie.  Over 500 players, 2 days, 2 courses, and it  almost filled up in a 24 hour period.  It funds 26 college scholarships per year.  The major whining will soon begin, possibly even today, from the people who were not lucky enough to get into the tournament.

And I am going to try my hardest to keep my sense of humor.

It’s a great tournament, for a great cause, and it’s a lot of fun.  The hardest part is getting the teams in, the sponsorship noted, and getting all the players, contact information, and handicaps down.

We have a great committee with lots of hard workers that are also fun people, and they all make me laugh and, hopefully, vice-versa.

Community service?  Is a good thing.

And when it helps young people?  Even more so.

So this post is multi-faceted.  A reminder, to myself, to keep my sense of humor - because if it isn’t fun, why do it? 

And also, a reminder of why I do help others.  And I cannot lose sight of that goal.

Because helping others succeed in life?  Is a good thing.  A very, very good thing.

So, step up to the tee!  It's time!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I Need Rehab...Maybe...I Guess

I guess that the little email robots and blog minions thought when I said I had a lack of sleep problem and showed all those sizes of cups, that I really meant I had a drinking problem.

So, they sent me this email ad.  

I am a little bit addicted to Tazo Chai Tea.  Yeah.
Like Venti 7 pump chai, extra hot.
Or Venti 7 pump chai frap, no whip.

And essential oils.  Flat out hooked.

Does that count?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sleep, Be My Friend Tonight

Sleep?  Is pretty dang important.

Lately, I've been doing better at it.

I have had nights where my eyes never closed.  And I would pay for that the next morning.  And I wasn't out partying.

Just stressed.  Or I couldn't get my mind to shut down.

I'm not a big caffeine  drinker, that's not it.  Nor am I scared of the dark.  I would go to sleep for an hour, then, voila!  Wide. Awake.

But since I've started wearing the sleep salve I make from essential oils?  

Zzzzzzzzzzzz.  (Thank you, Camp Wander!!)

I love this stuff.  It helps me relax, I love the smell, and I actually am able to get to sleep, and stay asleep.

And I'm finding I operate so much better with sleep.

ThatManILove likes me better, too.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Funny Stuff, Feelings

I saw this t-shirt, and it cracked me up.

It is so what I would say…in my recent past.

Before I learned to live life at a heart level, I would cover up feelings with humor.  You might or might not get to see what is really going on with me, what's really happening.

I have changed.  And it's a good thing.

In the past year, I've learned to let it be.  That it's okay to be real, to let people see who I am.  It's okay to have feelings. To let people know when they've crossed a boundary.

To not give away all of myself.  

To take time for myself.

To take care…of me.

And I'm getting better at the being real, every day.

And sometimes, I'm funny.  And it's the real me.

I like myself so much better.  I have goals.  I have a life plan.  And I've accomplished much.

You can do the same, for yourself. 

Thanks, Pathways, for all you do for people…and me.  

Friday, April 4, 2014

Well Planned Gifts Never Go Astray

I love a thoughtful gift.

I'm a giver.  I try hard to help people out and to match the gift to the recipient.  It's not always easy to do, but I try.

The favor was returned, in spades, this past weekend.

Out of the blue, one of my bestie friends and her daughter, also a bestie friend, gave me this.

AND they gave me this.

Both pieces match me to a tee.  

My son is a roper.  I love roping bling.

And as to the Crazy?  Well, you already know.

Spot on, Suzan and Becky.

Spot on.  I LOVE the necklace and the bracelet.

I've already worn both pieces.

Now, nod for your steer and let's get outa here.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Funky Art - Piggy Style

It must be pig week.

I found this little gem on the top of a cabinet in my friend Becky's house.

I love it.

She has a crown. She's a princess pig.  And beautiful.

A colorful, eye-catching pig…one with wings.

Just to remind us all that "When Pigs Fly" is a doable thing.

Because, people, anything is possible.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Choot Like A Girl

I love small town truck stops.

You never know what you're going to see there.

I saw this t-shirt, and it made me smile.

Heck, it made me wanna go shoot my shotgun.  I'm a little behind this year, anyway.

Love the smell of shotgun smoke!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I Saw A Feral Hog In Ben Wheeler, Texas

It was a crazy week last week for ThatJanieGirl.

I traveled to East Texas for the funeral of a cousin.

And I saw a lot of funny things.

I’m tired, but I have enjoyed tripping through small towns, and seeing lots of cool things.

Small towns are quirky.  They have their own type of charm, and their own type of crazy.  And I love them.

This sight, in Ben Wheeler, Texas, warranted a turn-around yesterday when en route to the airport.

And, of course, a picture. 

Of a bus.  Dressed up to look like a hog.

And then, of course, I had to check it all out.  This morning’s research reveals that Ben Wheeler, Texas, is the home of the following events:

The Fall Feral Hog Festival (October 25, 2014)
The World Championship Wild Hog Cookoff (October 24, 2014)

The Far Out Art Fest and June Bug Music Festival (June 21-22, 2014)


The Fall Feral Hog Follies (October 25, 2014)

The town is also home to Moore’s Store, voted Best Live Music Venue by the County Line Magazine Readers!

In doing a little research, I found that most of this town’s revitalization was spurred on by a man named Brooks Gremmels.  What a way to transform a small town of 1000 people!  It is nothing less than amazing.

Mr. Gremmels has passed (read a cool story about him here) earlier this year, but this little town continues to grow and thrive.

It’s just quirky and eclectic enough that it’s going to warrant a “Further Investigation” trip by ThatManILove and I…so stay tuned.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Thank You, Amazon. I Accept.

Have y'all heard the statement, "Clueless, but I don't care?"


That's because I probably just made it up.  

Because I got this.  

And I'm happy, happy, happy.

And all I gotta do is spend money to make it work.  

That, people, I can do.  Poof!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Out of Season, Out of Time

I ran into TJ Maxx yesterday to see what fares they had to offer.

I hardly ever go physically shopping, I’m an online shopper, mostly.  But, I had snagged this awesome rug there, and wanted another for the next remodel room in progress.

I found one, too!  But I didn’t buy it - I want ThatManILove to look at it.

I did snag some cute tops.

But the killer?  I was in the checkout, and looked up and saw this, this, vile thing.

This, people, is not.even.right.

Ribbon candy is for Christmas.  That way you only have to tie your hands down one season a year, so you won’t reach for it.

Ribbon candy is probably my favorite candy ever.

I bet I’ve not had any ribbon candy in years.  This candy was beautiful, y’all.  I can’t even tell you the craving it flung upon me.

You’ll be glad to know I didn’t buy it...but I dang sure wanted it.  It was even in beautiful Easter-y colors.

Impulse buying at it’s finest...whoever figured out how to put this stuff at the checkout counter is a freaking genius.  

And I hate them.