Sunday, February 22, 2009

Celtic Woman

Celtic Woman!!!!

D & I went to hear Celtic woman at the Murat Theater. What a fantastic concert! It was all I hoped! Enjoy some of the music we experienced (gleaned from youtube)

only one photo is mine. It's a forbidden one of the stage. We had great seats about 12 rows back- center. The two rows in front of us were not sold, so we moved up!

I couldn't contain my excitement so during intermission, I made a quick call - (sometimes you just gotta) I forgot to turn my phone back off and sure enough, it rang. about 3 times before D could grab it and shut it off. Oh My! Sorry to hang up on ya Laura!

It was a snowy and cold and on the walk back to the car, big fluffy snowflakes were falling. It was like a fairy dream. Next time though, we both agreed we would make use of the valet parking.


Eagles next month!! woo hoo!

Thursday, February 19, 2009


“…so, you just packed up everything and just moved ? No jobs waiting ? And you didn’t know a single person?”

The young man looked intently at the woman he had known all his life and wondered how it could be that he knew so little about her.

“Just like a pioneer woman, huh?“

Oh, don’t you remember *Sweet Besty from Pike who crossed the wide prairie with her husband Ike. ..?”

He sang and grinned at his reference to the old folk song and studied her face for any recognition that she had actually heard him speaking.

Without changing the cadence of her rocking or opening her eyes to look at him, the old lady smiled.

“Yes, we packed everything we owned, which wasn’t that much as I recall-it fit nicely in a small U-haul trailer- and we moved. It’s true we had no job prospects but I did know someone -a lady I met just once-we had exchanged phone numbers.”

She stopped rocking, opened her eyes and looked at him, her own brown eyes meeting his blue matter-a-factly and directly.

When you speak to someone, look them straight in the eye and when you shake someone’s hand, be firm in your grip. That inspires confidence.

He marveled and shook his head. So many thoughts, just like this one -things she’d told him when he was a lad seemed to pop in his brain a lot lately.

“Sweet Betsy, she continued still gazing directly into his eyes, never married that scoundrel, Ike. Well, not until much later.”

The old lady grinned and sang all ten verses including each and every chorus. Then she added a few verses of her own making just for good measure.

He used to absolutely hate it when she sang. She always changed the song around and added her own words and rhyme. Sometimes, it was hilariously funny but more often he had found it embarrassing and obnoxious.

The song he hated most of all was the morning song. He never knew the actual name of it but he remembered the words. And that was another odd thing. He found himself humming it in the shower just the other day. He not only hummed it but he sang it with his voice growing louder with each repeat just as his Mom had done so many long years ago.

Ri-se and shine and give God the glo-ry glo-ry…Ri-se and shine…

Funny, he didn't ,mind one bit her singing now. In fact, he wished she would sing more-much much more.

C copyright February, 2009 by DJL

*The tune is based on an early 19th century British song Villikins and His Dinah. It is also a variant of the Scottish melody Lord Randall.

Monday, February 16, 2009

They KNOW what you are Thinking!

... conversation overheard by deer between two hunters whispering in the woods

"...can you see him?"

"no, can you?"

"No, not yet but I bet he has a huge rack, probably 10-12 points. I bet he is a big BIG BUCK!"

"shhhh, you idiot. Never use CAPS and exclamation points while in the woods.
These are wild and witty creatures. they can even hear you think."

"They know what I am thinking? For real?"

"Yeah, they can. And you better be thinking the right stuff."

INSET SILENCE of about 45 seconds.

no wait.. scratch that.

insert silence of about 10 seconds.

"so, are you thinking what I am thinking?"

"I dunno. What are you thinking?"

" I am thinking, it's freaking cold out here. And all the sensible bucks are laying low snickering under their breaths. Let's go back to the truck."

"Is that what you were thinking?"

"NO, I was thinking about bears."

"Bears? I'm not hunting bears with a bow. Forget that."

"No. I wasn't thinking about hunting bears. I was thinking about if bears "do it" in the woods and they do, they have to , right? Well, where do they "do it? the same place every time? or do they just "do it" where ever they happen to be whenthe call hits them? And that "charmin" bear on TV. How did they teach that bear to wipe his bum like that?"

That's what I was thinking."


Chained, Charmed & Delighted

My Hare charm arrived late in the afternoon by Federal Express! It is exactly like the one that was lost. It is perfect! Now, I keep thinking I will find the one I lost. When you get a replacement of something, the lost one usually turns up. I bet there is some kind of law or rule about that! "Finders Keepers-Loosers Weepers Law" ?

D. did himself proud for Valentine's Day! (He always does) Christmas gifts, cards, etc. we sometimes let pass. Birthdays too but never Valentine's Day!

Here are my beautiful Purple roses!

I don' thave a pic of the chocolates-Yeah D got that too!

We ate it all in secret and did not share!

To add to a simply wonderful day, D said he would watch a "Chick flick" with me! You see, I love movies but D is not a movie fan. He enjoys instead, programs featuring hunters that whisper back and forth between themselves.

I was excited! I wondered what movie he would choose! Princess Bride? Mr. Wonderful? Must Love Dogs?
When Harry Met Sally? Pretty Woman? Romeo & Juliet? What? I was getting very excited.

D's pick for a chick flick was......

Wait for it.............




C H I C K E N R U N !!

A true Chick Flick!

I DO LOVE this movie!

Happy Val & Tiny Day Everyone!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

"Chained" but not "Charmed"

How NOT to run a business!!!!!!!

My Valentine gift arrived this morning by UPS.

I was excited!
I knew what it was!! or I thought I did!

I happily opened the small gift box and..and..and...

It contained only a chain.....

No "Hare" charm..just a chain

You see D. Gave me a beautiful rabbit charm- a hare-not a b Bunny- a Hare.. there is a differfence. It was my favorite piece of jewelry and I wore it all the time

The chain got caught somehow in the dishwasher...yeah I know but it happened. When I leaned over and stood up, it broke. I laid the broken necklace and the Hare charm on the table .....somehow it became lost... I thought for a while that D. had taken it to get it fixed and was secretly pleased for many days but then I asked.

No, he didn't have it-it wasn't being fixed-it was gone! LOST- and in all my searching-I never found it again.

Today's gift was a replacement Hare charm and chain.

Only the chain was listed on the shipping list BUT on the cash register recipt, bothe chain and charm were listed. No NOTE- no notheing.. NO Hare Charm!

When D. called before he finished his sentence, the lady at the Jewerly store said, "We don't stock those, they come from a separate manafacture." She was well versed in this it seemed. She also mentioned the return policy (which we will be making use of) The chain is too small. :(

HOW NICE! no mention of this small fact on the web site or on the shipping paper work AND no mention of who the "separate manafacture" was.

How much easier it would have been if someone had added a notation-something-


"Here is your chain. The Hare charm you ordered from us is coming from a different place and will be mailed in a differentnt package by THEM. We don't really have those in stock. Yes, I know they are pictured together BUT we ain't got them in our stock. HAVE A NICE DAY!

So maybe or maybe not.. only the shadow knows if I will get my Hare Charm for Valentine's Day. It was wonderful being able to track the chain's progress.. when it was mailed.. where it was at any given time....he charm, however is on it's own.

I have noticed as I have grown older I have NO patience with:

* things that don't work the way they are supposed to
* people who don't do what they say
* and companies who run their business like idiots!

I KNOW this a small thing but it is a small thing I should not have had to deal with.

-nuff said!

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