Fan or not a fan of Country Music??

Which are you? A Fan, or not a Fan?? Country music is not the music I listen to the most, but there are times when I am in the mood and that happens to be today, which is the reason for this post 🙂 Pandora is playing “Angel of the Morning” right now. I enjoy what they call Country Gold now, guess I am getting old. When I get in the Country mood I go back to the old country singers, not to say that I don’t like any of the new singers now. I think its more that I have memories of listening to Country Countdown with my best friend when we were the ripe old age of 11 and 12 🙂

I think memories play a large part in the music you enjoy. I remember sitting in my friend’s bedroom listening to the Country Countdown  as we tried to keep her little sister out, cause we were telling secrets. Sharing our life’s dreams in between the songs, “The Yellow Rose of Texas”, “Lucille”, “Coward of the County”, and “Nobody”.

. I remember traveling with my family on vacation and listening to my sister sing, “I never promised you a rose garden” and the Kitty Wells song, “How far is Heaven?” My parents had 2 records of the Grand Ole Opry songs. I remember playing those records a lot as I sat in the family room listening to Minnie Pearl, who can forget her? 🙂 I was intrigued with the song, “The Carroll County Accident” and felt the sadness of the “End of the World” song. Ironically enough I listened to the End of the World song every day for a straight week before my brother died. Did my spirit sense something coming, I don’t know, but I know I have never forgotten the song. When my friend and I roomed together in the dorm, we would sing loudly and laugh to the song, ,”Tear in my Beer”. WE didn’t drink beer, and the song was supposed to be a sad song, but it just made us laugh. Now the song, “He stopped loving her today” was a sad song. “Addicted” was a sad song, for the poor girl couldn’t get the guy out of her mind! And yes we had times of identifying with that song. We did have fun singing  the song with the chorus, “What part of NO don’t you understand??” thinking of the guys that just didn’t get it and the “You got 5 minutes…” song.

My husband is less of a Country fan than me, but he still included some Country songs on the 9 Love song tapes he made for me. Yes cassette tapes! A thing of the past! How can you not like “Amazed” song by Lonestar, “When you say nothing at all”, “From this Moment” and “I love the way she loves me.” Once again its the memories. Oh and can’t forget this song. This  was not put on the love songs tape, but my hubby dedicates it to me of course. Alan Jackson’s “Little Bitty” song. I think I have mentioned that I am under 5 ft tall 🙂  OH Pandora is playing, “I Swear” by John Michael Montgomery. Yes, that song did make it on my tapes! Last but definitely not least is the , “I Hope you Dance” song for my 2 beautiful daughters! Hope you enjoyed my little walk through Country Music Memories,  whether you are a fan or not 🙂 And if you haven’t heard of some of these songs go to YouTube and look them up. You never know, you may like them.  No longer do we have to sit by the radio with our cassette tape in, ready to record when our favorite song would come on. I know I am not the only one that did that, fess up!

As I have said, music makes memories come back to you and for that reason I had to add this post script. After posting this I had to smile as 2 memories came back to me. I remembered the song, “She’s crazy for leaving”, and how I put my own words into the song one day as I was coming home and heard it on the radio.  I thought back to the Lorrie Morgan song, “What part of NO don’t you understand”, and I had made up lyrics to that also. What are the lyrics you say? Well, who knows maybe that will be for another post 🙂

Tuesday’s Thoughts

I have always been inspired by the Diary of Anne Frank so today I bring you quotes from her! Hope they help to bring inspiration to your day and if you never read her book yet, don’t hesitate, GO DO IT TODAY!!

“No one has ever become poor by giving!” (so true!)

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy!” ( after all the horrors of war that Anne saw, for her to be able to say this, really shows her spirit!)

“How wonderful it is that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world!” ( so what are you waiting for? )

“I can shake off everything as I write, my sorrows disappear and my courage is reborn!” ( so glad that Anne had her journal as a outlet, it helped her and it brought inspiration to so many!)

“The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hearts” ( we have a responsibility!)

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart!” ( Doesn’t that just make you go Wow! and challenge you to not grow bitter at that person who offended you yesterday!)

Really????

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “S/he Said.” So for this post we were encouraged to ask our friends what was on their minds and write something around that. I did it, they responded, and here you go. Names are changed to protect privacy 🙂

Elizabeth was going nuts! How on earth was everything gong to get done this week, dance recitals, sport practices and 1 child was feeling sick. Oh Calgon take me away was her thought!

Violet was sitting on her porch swing resting and enjoying the beautiful Spring evening. She saw the bungee cord laying in the yard and was contemplating if she really was doing the right thing. Was she crazy for agreeing to go with her friend Larissa tomorrow to go bungee jumping?? Had she lost her mind? But hey life was for adventure, right!

What on earth, why is the neighbor’s goat in her yard again! It is a nice goat, and usually doesn’t bother anything, but it sure likes to wander around. Wait a minute that’s not grass that it is chewing on. OH NO, that is her bungee cord!! She jumped off her swing and ran into the yard just in time to see the last little bit of the cord disappear into its mouth. How oh how was she going to explain this one to her dear neighbor??? But  maybe its a sign. Maybe she should be reconsidering going on that bungee jump. Who says that you can’t learn things from a old goat? “Hey, who are you calling a old goat?” Larry asked her as he walked out onto the porch. Oops, she didn’t realize she had been talking out loud! Violet laughed and took Larry’s hand as she said, “I am calling the goat a old goat and you will never believe what I am about to tell you, but first we need to make a visit to our neighbor!”

So was that exactly how things happened,wellll…..writers can embellish right 🙂 BUT the question is did the goat really eat the bungee cord???

Monday’s Snapshot Memories!

WELCOME to the CIRCUS!! Life can be a circus at times it feels, so I dug up some old pictures from when we were at the circus years ago. Like the circus, life can take you to death defying heights where you are swinging and not sure if you can hang on. It can also give you the moments like the elephants of where you lean on each other to stay standing. And like the dogs you can feel like sometimes you are jumping through too many hoops! But amidst all that, life can bring you beauty like the horses  and you soak in the beauty and you keep prancing on! Have a great Monday my friends! 005 004 LA-15 LA-06 LA-09

Friday’s 6 word Story!

Faith, family, friends = a great lifeboat!

Wasn’t sure whether to put on the pictures or not but when I saw this picture I decided to. This symbolizes the waves in life. No, I don’t have pictures of 30 foot waves, but you can see the foam growing from the fast motion. Life can hit us at times with what feels like 30 foot waves and like we are being drug along in the wavy foam of the sea. WE can be standing in the boat wondering if we are going to fall in or be carried through and with the help of faith, family and friends, that become our boat we can be carried through!

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Tuesday’s Thoughts!

“Being a mother is learning about strength that you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears that you didn’t know existed!”  Linda Wooten  ( But I still wouldn’t trade being a Mom for anything!)

“She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them!” Beau Toplin

“It’s Okay to be a glowstick; sometimes we need to break before we can shine!” ( Love this!, for we do glowsticks with our toddlers at work a lot, and yes they need to break before the glorious shine comes through 🙂 )

“Don’t become lost in your pain, Know that someday your pain will become your cure!” Rumi

“There will come a day when you realize that turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize that there is so much more to the book the than the page you were stuck on.” Zyan Malik

If you are struggling with anything right now, I hope these quotes have helped give courage. Help you to start the process of turning the pages, it is a painful process but just think of the shine that will come! Have a Blessed day my friends!!

When Love speaks at night….

The moonlight from your window shines on your sweet face.

The night is still, but I can hear the voices in my head.

I hear when you were only 2, saying “Mommy, I love you!”

I hear when you were 8, saying, “Mommy, I love you soooo much!”, as your arms wrapped themselves tightly around my neck.

“I love you to the moon and back!”, was something we often said, and you at times wouldn’t miss a beat as you said, “I love you to the solar system and back!”

Oh the night is still and my heart is throbbing with a LOVE so big for you.

I am so blessed to be your Mom and know that I love you to the solar systerm and beyond!Iceland-4

Friday’s 6 word story!

Little things can make a difference!

The spontaneous hug, the warm smile. The way your eyes speak to the heart when our eyes meet without saying a word. The joyful laughter, the thoughtful text or email. Doesn’t take something big to warm my heart and bring some cheer. Its the little things that I hold dear!