Thursday, March 15, 2018

O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never

Hello, my friends!  Do you ever look at your blog and notice what people type to get to your blog?  Today, mine said, "Georgia guys sing 'O Sole Mio' ".  Now, I don't know who they could be but it made me type that in, and I found these young men from a 2011 episode of American Idol.  Il Volo (the flight in Italian) is a trio of male singers: Piero Barone, Ignazio Boshetto and Gianluca Ginoble.
 Since then, they have become quite famous and their albums have gone platinum!  Good thing someone typed that into a search engine, otherwise I might never have heard of them!

(Can't help but think of Joan, my mother-in-law who just passed away. She would have loved this young men, calling them "gorgeous", I am sure.)

For anyone who is a regular reader of my blog and you have paid extra careful attention...I have mentioned the song "O Sole Mio" before... it is the very same tune as the Elvis Presley song, "It's Now or Never"!  It is, I promise!


Sunday, March 11, 2018

In Honor of Joan On Mothering Sunday-From A Favorite Yankee Doodle Dandy

Richard's mother died last week.  I have written about my mother-in-law before.  Joan just had her 90th birthday in December, if you remember that post.  In England today, it is their Mother's Day but it is called Mothering Sunday there.   In memory of Joan, I have some photos...

                                                          With her sister, Doreen
With her son, Richard 
With a "cheeky" gnome from her friend and neighbor which she LOVED to pose with!

                                        With her GORGEOUS Christopher, her grandson.

Joan on a bluebell walk, look at that crown of lovely white hair lit by the sun!
Joan with her "rock" Peter on their 40th Wedding Anniversary

In memory of my mother-in-law, an English rose if there ever was one!

Of course, I must have a song on here for Joan's memory.  I was thinking of Vera Lynn singing "White Cliffs of Dover" or "We'll Meet Again" but they make me cry so instead, I am thinking more of Jimmy Cagney.
I am hoping that I was Joan's favorite YANKEE DOODLE DANDY! (Along with her gorgeous grandson, of course!)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Doubt- Art For Lent At Southwark Cathedral

There is an amazing work of art on display at Southwark Cathedral just now in London.  It is called "Doubt" and you may see it just here.  The British artist, Susie MacMurray, was inspired to do this piece after a conversation that she had with a soldier who had served in Afghanistan. He told her that the whole time he was in the war zone, he felt as if there was a dark weight hovering behind his neck. It made the artist think of the 40 days and 40 nights of Lent.  

If you are able to view it, I think that you will be like me and will  want to blow away that giant, hovering black cloud.

Of course, it reminds me of one of the many songs that I have shared with you recently... "strong winds of promise that will blow away the doubt and fear".  That is one of the lyrics from the Elvis Presley song that I gave you, "If I Can Dream". 

When I saw this piece on the Southwark Cathedral website, they had a prayer to go with it.  I am sharing it with you here.
  God of mystery, when the cloud descends, when you seem unknown, when doubts assail me and darkness surrounds me, lift the mist, break into the darkness and let your light shine in me and through 
me. Amen

Photo of Southwark Cathedral by Richard from October 2014.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Make A Difference

Did you see on the news of the thousands of starfish and other sea creatures that washed up on the shores of England after the recent cold weather this past weekend?  You may read about it just here.
If you noticed, the woman is quoted as saying, "We tried to help as many as we could, picking them up one by one and tossing them into the sea."  This so much reminded me of a story that I have told you before...

Thousands of starfish wash up on a beach and a woman is seen to be picking each one up and tossing it back into the water.  A man comes along and says, "What are you doing? There are thousands here, what difference do you think you can make?"
She picked one up and threw it into the sea and said, " Made a difference to that one!"

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

My Thoughts Are Scattered (Smothered and Covered)

My head has been all over the place lately.  So, I have a few quotes and thoughts  for you...these are just bits that I have written down, that I liked and wanted to share.

"No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever."   Francois Mauriac

"There are times when encouragement means such a lot. And a word is enough to convey it."   Grace Stricker Dawson

"Fix your thoughts on what is true and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others."  Phil: 4:8 TLB

  Now, here are some bits of news that I found interesting....

Did any of you see the story about the hamburger flipping robot?  It made me think...I wondered if anyone thought to make a sign to go on the robot's back that would say, "Don't hate me 'cause I'm not human!"  Hey, just wondering!

Okay, what about the story of the couple who found a bottle washed up on the beach in Australia and there was a message in the bottle and it was from...wait for it...1886!  It is believed to be the world's oldest message in a bottle.  (Are any of you singing the song by Sting?  Quick, let's get out of here before Sting brings out his lute!  Ha, ha...I think I stole that from Ab FAB!)

Let's other news, there was a cheese festival in Brighton in England, and they ran out of cheese! Oh please, Louise, no cheese!
I am not making this stuff is all on the BBC!

In case anyone is wondering about the title of this post...when you order hash browns at The Waffle House, if you ask for them to be scattered, smothered and just means that the potatoes are spread on the grill, smothered in onions and covered in cheese.  Because, I mean...why not?

It won't be long until we see blooms like this again. This was from a few years ago.  Presto! I am two years younger!   I love it!

Take care everyone! And if you find that your thoughts are scattered, just smother them with onions and cover them with cheese!

And for the music for today...I think ELVIS and again, why not?

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Funny How Time Slips Away

Hello, my friends! Hope you are all doing well. So glad that March is here now. I was sick for the whole month of February! Honestly, the entire month.  I have never been to a doctor twice in the same month but that was Feb. for you. I dislike it so much I intend to abbreviate it from now on, it does not deserve to be spelled out! 

Did you see the snow in the UK just now? I hope my friends in Scotland are okay. It looks so cold...

Our spring is coming on quickly, our cherry trees don't look yet like the photo below but it won't be long now! (Those aren't in MY yard, I wish they were! We have exactly three cherry trees but they are quite large and the blossoms are gorgeous.)

In my illness...I might have had "flu brain". I hope that you will forgive me for any strange comments that I might have left on your are thinking, why they are just as odd as they have ever been!

The Academy of Country Music Awards were announced today. 
"Funny How Time Slips Away" by Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson is nominated for "Vocal Event of the Year".

Sadly, Glen Campbell died last year but his last album was "Adios" and this song with Willie Nelson was on that album.  (The songs were recorded in 2012 and 2013 but the album release date was June 2017, just two months before Glen Campbell's death.

I have always loved Glen Campbell's voice and his superb guitar playing, and to have Willie singing with him...a song that Willie wrote himself!  I think it is truly special.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Willie Nelson "And Then I Wrote"

Thinking and praying for many just now.  One of them is Willie Nelson who I understand is in ill health.  I hope that you all know that he is a Songwriter.  (Not supposed to be a capital letter, I know, but I think it should be.  There should be some mark of respect for someone who gives us melody and/or lyrics.   Willie does both.)  His first album was released in 1962 and it was entitled: Willie Nelson "And Then I Wrote".  
He wrote his first song when he was only seven years old.  Willie has had a fascinating life, you may read more about him just here.

Also, I have always been amazed by Willie Nelson's talent as a singer.  If you listen to him in this recording that I have for you here when he was much younger, you can tell that his timing is perfect and his voice!  So unique, you instantly know it is Willie Nelson singing.

"Blue Skies" was written by the great songwriter, Irving Berlin in 1926 but Willie Nelson knows a good song and he had this on his 1978 album of standards "Stardust".  I always think of him singing it.  I have it here for you. 

Hoping for blue skies for you all.  

P.S.  The photo above is from the Monastery here in Conyers, GA.
The monks lived in the barn when they first came from their monastery in Kentucky in the 1940's.  (Yes, along with the cows!) This would have been w-a-y  out in the country at that time!
I have shown you photos of the church at the Monastery but this is the barn, that has now been re-purposed as a Monastic Heritage Center, they give you the history of not just this monastery but for all monasteries.  Thanks to the monks, they restored civilization in the Middle Ages. Look it up, if you don't believe me! Now, this is mentioned in this exhibit at the Monastic Heritage Center because after all they are monks and they only quietly go about telling their story in a very modest way...but hey, the truth of it is there for anyone who cares to read about it.

Willie Nelson could write a good song about this, I am sure.