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Praise for the Morning!

11 Morning Has Broken  Enjoy this song!

So I started my day of leisure with a cup of coffee and a yummy healthy breakfast! Oh boy, do I wish I could do this every morning! See today was the last day of my vacation from my day job!  My first day off started with a bad storm that left many of our towns without electricity!  Thank goodness we were blessed enough to just be without power for a bit and nothing more serious than that in our house! I am thankful!

So, it was too short, very sweet, and I must say, I could get used to this! “My Girl”, Savannah was happy to be lounging outside, soaking up the sun! And then when it got too much, well, she just moved over to the shady part of the yard! When I call her to go in, she starts her stalling tactics. She then starts walking around pretending she needs to take care of business! She of course wins everytime!

And today my Rose of Sharon bloomed! It’s a magnificent flower, it reminds me of a Hibiscus which I really love also!  So, I thought that I would share with you some of my flowers in todays garden!

Pretty Coleus

Pretty Yellow Begonias

Pretty Orange Begonias

Beautiful St. Johns Wort

Pretty flowering basket

Pretty Birdhouse

Gorgeous Rose of Sharon

I couldn’t help myself! I could have carried on all day long taking beautiful shots! But, I had to get back to reality! boohoo

But, I have also been making some beautiful jewelry! All the jewelry is filled with garden colors! My flowers inspire me so much! So, when you have some time to sit and browse, please stop by and visit my little jewelry shop and other shops too!

Love and Peace…Linda

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No, ah ah, not that!

03 I Could Not Ask for More Click to enjoy the music!  It’s really nice to hear the beautiful music with this blog.

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01 Something In The Way She Moves Click to Download and listen! (or open another window so you can hear the music while reading the blog. I love the music!)

Hair: natural long and black, parted in the middle, no bangs, Herbal Essence my favorite shampoo. Skin: honey golden brown from the sun, touched up with a bit of Cover Girl blush. Lips: shiny lip gloss most likely, Bonnie Bell.  Eyes: dark brown, blue Maybelline eye shadow and mascara. Ears: Pierced, huge gold hoop earrings. Handmade Blouse: Hot pink flower power wrap blouse with flaired short sleeves, gathered at the waist with a sash fabric belt tied in a simple bow. Pants: Purple brushed denim super wide pant legs with  big cuffs. Shoes: 5 inch wedge heels, open toed purple suede shoe with rainbow suede sunburst and a big yellow suede flower in the center. Purse: Handmade tan suede with fringe. Favorite Musicians: James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Elton John, Janis Joplin, Edgar Winter Group, The Beatles, Melanie, Simon & Garfunkel. Hobbies: Music, sewing, embroidering, collecting pennies. School Activities: Pom Pons, hall monitor. Job: Part-time cashier at True Value Hardware. Student @ Schaumburg, High School. Family: Big Italian-Irish family, 5 kids, TONS of aunts, uncles and cousins.  Family loves to cook and eat and all talk at the same time! Date: Summer of 1973.

01 Black Dog Click to download music an enjoy!

Hair: Long light brown straight hair, parted on the side. Eyes: pretty blue, deep set. Face: no facial hair, mischievous crooked smile. Tall and thin and walked with a limp. Clothes: brown denim jeans, tan striped short sleeve shirt, big bold colorful Hawaiian tie, brown shoes.  Favorite Musicians: Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, American Graffiti, Booker T and the MG’s, Jim Croce. Hobbies: Fast Cars, Motorcycles, Hot Rods, Music, Mischief. School Activities: Ditching. Job: Full-Time job – school program – True Value Hardware.  Student @ Conant High School. Family: Swedish Family, 3 kids, 1 Aunt and Uncle and a couple of cousins. Date: Summer of 1973.

It was the Summer of 1973, it was my first real job besides babysitting. I was pretty excited but nervous. The good thing, I had some girlfriends who worked there and it was close to home and school!

“Linda, meet the Big Kahuna”….aka, Mike, the mischievous crooked smile guy!

I love fancy glasses with fancy drinks that most likely will make me laughing crazy silly,  loud music, gemstones – big, small, doesn’t matter, hippie art and peace signs, slot machines, hot tea in pretty cups, rock shops, peace, anything Apple – computers, iPod, iPad, iPhone, yoga & meditation, crystal, pretty artwork, James Taylor, motorcycles, road trips, Natural Health magazine, flowers, pretty fluffy pillows, iBook, Killians, soft blankets, Himalayan salt lamps, The Beatles Love –  Cirque Du Soleil, lily ponds,  long hair on men, turtlenecks, the mountains, fancy china, embroidering, concerts, tools, silk envelopes, hot bubble baths, eye brow rings, dream catchers, good wine, little streams and ponds, essential oils, Red Rocks Amphitheater, fine stationary, smiley faces, leather jackets with fringe, cute little restaurants, going out to dinner, lifting weights, Godiva Chocolate – well, actually, I haven’t met a chocolate I didn’t like, glass tables, muscles, vacations,  Colorado, flower stickers, Nikon cameras, gel pens,magnolias,  the ocean, candles, music,  pine trees, guitars, Montana, cooking, old denim blue jeans and shirts…..and long walks on the beach – I just had to do that!

Mike loves old clocks, old radios, wrist watches, the history channel, salt water fish, coins, dirty jokes, Red Rocks Amphitheater, machines, watching TV and movies, vacations, beer, tucking in his shirt, flannel lined jeans,  rolling up his sleeves, laughing – better yet, laughing at his own jokes, making fun of Linda, gummy bears and dots,  point and shoot cameras, talk radio, his leather chair and ottoman, surfing & surfing & surfing the web on his MacBook, war shows, The Beatles Love  – Cirque Du Soleil, Bomber Girls Airplane Nose Art, American Graffiti, hot rods, racing, motorcyles, Quentin Tarantino movies, coffee, dove bars, M&M’s – the whole bag, collecting baseballs, The Blackhawks, Fergie (yeah, that one), consumer reports, Neil Diamond, maps, good food, airplanes, trains, sleeper trains, concerts, his mad bomber hat, chess, model airplanes, corn on the cob, sport team neon signs, rock shops, bamboo plants, Deep Purple, Marilyn Merlot, a clean garage, white socks, fly fishing, 1956 Chevy, lighthouses, Lou Malnati’s pizza, corduroy jackets, pocket watches, the east coast…no long walks on the beach!

23 I’ll Never Find Another You (click to download and enjoy this lovely song – it’s just perfect)

Spring 1977 Mike with our new puppy Rascal. (click to enlarge)

So, that’s a little about Mike, but you know Mike. He’s the Tool Guru, the guy I always talk about in my blogs! The guy I hang around with most all the time, yep, the big Kahuna!  Who would have thought that all these years later we would still be hanging out together!  Mike is the only thing I haven’t gotten sick of after all these years! tee hee hee! No, seriously, I get bored easy! We’ve never lived in a house more than 12 years, I’ve never kept a car over 7 years, and I’ve had lots of jobs, the longest, 11 years and counting, to name a few things! All the big important things in life, I’ve always changed a lot! Things just need to change! Now, that’s not to say that the road wasn’t always smooth, ok, maybe a pinch rocky, ok, well, maybe a lot rocky, ok well maybe big ass craters in the road, ok maybe major detours! I guess if you plan on spending a lifetime with someone, shit happens! See, we are a true yin & yang…so it is correct, opposites do attract! But he’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. He is my constant, my influencer, my partner, the person that really cares about me, my…ok, here I go….my soul mate! Yep!

This is the part you need need music to! 2-16 Still the One (Re-recorded Version) click to listen!

A Wedding, Our First Christmas, A Wedding, Guests at a Wedding

 

In case you didn't get this, it's our initials!

He’s the one that I smoked an L&M cigarettes with, that I drank Boones Farm Apple Wine with, the one who carved our initials in the wooden beams in the True Value attic, the one I went to Sante Fe Speedway with, the Cubs games, the Zoo, to concerts (Jackson Five, Elton

John, Queen, Heart, John Cougar/Mellencamp, Deep Purple, Billy Joel, The Allman Brothers…), movies, snowmobiling, motorcycling, road trips, camping, National Parks, gemshows…I can go on and on! (Not dancing though, by the sound of this, you can tell, he’s not a dancing kind of guy! Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Staying Alive)

A day at the races! Cubs tickets!

He’s a great dad, a loyal friend, an awesome worker, a great brother, son and brother in-law, and the best PaPa there ever was! He’s not fake, just a regular real person.

1977 Bk Row: Ronny, Mike, Me, Suzy Frt Row: Mar, Annette, Bobby

12 City Of New Orleans Enjoy this music by Arlo Guthrie ! This is the train we took to go to New Orleans!

 

2004 tourists in New Orleans - Boy did we have fun!

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My Favorite Little Girl!

I Love My DogAnimal Assisted Therapy(Click to download and enjoy the music while you read my blog! Cat Stevens/Yusuf one of my favorite artists!)

We live right next to Hooved Animal Human Society. It’s a non profit organization that rehabilitates abused and rescued horses. So, they had a fund raiser one day and we decided it would be a fun thing to bring Jaden to! Jaden is our WONDERFUL little grandson! So, he loved it and we had a great time. So, we had one more place to look….let’s go in the barn and see what’s going on! In we walked and we see Collie Rescue!

I couldn’t believe my eyes, I saw the most beautiful collie ever! The year before we camped next to a couple who had two beautiful tri-color collies, and before that, it had been years since I saw one. Growing up, the farmer next to our family had a collie for a pet, and of course there were Lassie memories. Well, I fell in love with that beautiful collie! We had been talking about getting a dog, and what nicer way than one that needs a home! So, we filled out adoption papers and went home to see if they would indeed have one for us!

So we went home and talked a bit about bringing a dog into our family again. Mike of course tried to reason with me, although it was his initial thought that I needed a dog to keep me company when the nights were lonely and I was alone! He made sure to remind me it was all the things I didn’t want, a big dog and hair to name a couple of thoughts! Of course I immediately dismissed the practical side of those reasons and immediately justified it with the comment, but it’s Lassie!

Well, a short time after that, we were visiting the foster home that Savannah was staying at until she had a permanent home to go to. She was super quiet and of course just beautiful and we thought she liked us! The next step, we had to pass a home inspection and her foster parents had to approve of our home and her environment she’d be living in! So, a couple weeks later, in came Savannah to visit. We were all ready for her, new dishes and beds and so curious to see how she would be! Our shy little girl liked her new home! We couldn’t officially adopt her for one month, just to make sure she was a good fit in our family!

Instantly I knew I was blessed with a little angel dog! She followed me everywhere! Sat by my side, slept on my side of the bed and oh, she gave me so much love! I told Mike that I felt like an angel brought her to me, I couldn’t believe how sweet she was. I knew she could make anyone feel better!

Mike came home one day with a clip out of the newspaper. A hospital about an hour from our home wanted to bring a new type of therapy to their hospital…an Animal Assisted Therapy program. The Team would be the animal and their trainer. The team would go room to room to visit the patients. So, immediately I knew that Savannah was the right candidate!

The inspection and qualifications of the team were pretty tough! To be awarded this position in the hospital required strict training and certification. The first group had over 45 applicants, and out of all those interested, 14 of us were approved and awarded this honorable position.

The program is a success and now dogs visit patients on every floor. I immensely enjoyed the time that Savannah and I were a team there!

There are many books available on the subject! I couldn’t get my hands on enough reading material! A nice subject to read about!

I wish that  you could visit with my girl in person! We just love her!

Love and Peace

Linda

 

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