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Daydreamer

03 Daydream Believer

The Monkees

What kind of girl would I be if I didn’t honor Davy Jones! A little bit of my yesteryears creeps in my memory. Of course Suze and me loved The Monkees! We sang their songs and decorated our room with their pictures. AND, as any little sister would do (sorry Suze, I always mention that she is older than me), I would love what Suze loved! So, when she said  “Let’s tape Micky Dolenz pic up on our bedroom door”…who was little me to disagree!  Hahaha! Actually, I don’t remember who I thought was “cuter” him or Davy, I just knew I loved all of them too! So, I thought I would share a favorite song of ours that we enjoyed!  And a daydreamer I guess I will always be. Whether it was yesterday, or even today, I still admit, I am a daydreamer!

So, speaking of daydreaming, this blog will be all about things I dream about! I think dreams are healthy. Dreams help us escape from the day to day dreariness that we all must endure! And, although I don’t have enough pages for all the dreams that I have, I will write about one dream that none of us can change in any way!  I dream about TIME! Yes TIME! There is nothing we could do about the time we have….we can’t add more time to our day, add more time to our lives, take any bad times away, or even change the times we have made a mistake or two! No time tunnel here, although that would sure be fun! Enjoy this oldie 2-12 The Time Has Come Today Am I aging myself? Well, it wouldn’t be the first time today I heard that! Does this sound familiar all the “M’s” in the office!

 

Yellowstone

14 Born To Be Wild And, another thing spring weather tends to do to me, is make me dream of a road trip! The destination is not as important and the ride, the adventure, the escape from reality! It’s hard to pick a favorite vacation, we have had so many lovely ones….but I do have a couple of favorites! I LOVED traveling to Yellowstone National Park! AND, I also loved our first real motorcycle adventure…traveling on Blue Ridge Parkway, through the Great Smoky Mountains. Nothing ever compared to the freedom I felt on that vacation! Sony Discman in pocket (pre iPod days), trailer in the back, holding on to the big guy without a care in the world! Besides the sites and the carefree days we had, it was great because I didn’t have to even look at the map for him….I’m not a map person, in fact I think I hate it! Total freedom! Oh, forgive me, I was just daydreaming for a moment there!

Mike - Smoky Mountains March 12, 1996

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Sing You Back To Me

Spring crocus

01 A Beautiful Morning Click to play the song.

The bright sun was pouring through my window this morning. The birds were chirping. Sometimes nature cooperates on the days when you need it the most! I lay there not wanting to move and soak up all those bits of goodness and warmth. It made me think of my old gardens and the pleasure they brought me. The early spring crocus were always the first glimpse of spring! How I loved to see the flowers pop up just miraculously on their own. So, a morning such as today reminds me to be thankful for vision, health, and mobility….all the things that perhaps not all of us have or can do easily!

I’ve had this song on repeat in my car, (Sing You Back To Me – Trisha Yearwood) as if wishing these thoughts would make it all better. Crazy I know, but then again, who ever wishes for things that can really happen, that’s the beauty of a wish….it’s your dreams. When I wish, I wish BIG…everyone should, don’t you think! It’s a moment of escape from reality, a moment of hope, a moment when you think the impossible and dream that it might just happen. So, as I play this song (I’m not able to upload, it but will share it on FB, you should listen, it’s just really beautiful!), over and over I might add, driving on the way to work and back home, thinking about things and wishing. I’ve been blue. And I need to better cope with things.

Spring Hibiscus

Aging isn’t always an easy thing. Everyone has challenges I know, but sometimes others have way more than the rest! I always wonder, why this needs to happen. Why should anyone be subjected to such pains and sorrows that often old people have to live with. I know that it is part of life, but, it is one of the most heart wrenching things to experience seeing the ones you love suffering so.

I know these thoughts aren’t really anything new, and perhaps this post is merely for my personal benefit, a way to help me cope, which by the way, isn’t coming too easily. Everyday I need to pick myself up and brush myself off and find the courage to feel better, be grateful for all that I am blessed with and carry on. After all, I know, that if I don’t take care of myself, I certainly can’t be there for anyone else. And, that’s important right now. When others really need help, we all need to be there for them. I so wish I could do more!

Pink Magnolia Bud

All these flowers, well I hope they bring you a bit of happiness, I’m sure all of us, for our own personal reasons could use a bit of EXTRA happiness in our daily lives!

So, this post has been a moment of personal healing and a bit of inspiration that I want to send to all of you! A day of sunshine and warmth, and a bit of love sent out to all of you with the hope of a good day ahead!

Pansies

All these flowers are from my gardens over the years! I think the garden would be so healing right now…don’t you? So, enjoy these photos…and listen to the music….just a nice way to start the day!

It’s helpful too, that I have a hobby that is so healing to me! In my free time I do escape to my jewelry bench. This hobby is done strictly for my pleasure. I don’t need to support myself with the income that I receive for the sales of my jewelry, so it is even more enjoyable as I work only when I am inspired….and pour into my creations! These are times filled with wonderfulness! I meticulously create something that I envision being loved by someone! That’s really fun! So, it’s fun for me and it’s fun for others too! I am so HAPPY with my LindaGeez and LindaGeezToo Etsy shop! It has been a pleasure and I am happy that others seem to love it as well. My sales are great and I am quite grateful that I receive wonderful feedback!  Stop by and see me! Send me a comment or a convo to me in my shop! I would love to hear from you! This is what keeps me going!

Love and Peace!

Linda

 

Spring Crab Apple Buds

listen to the pretty music!

12 Shower The People

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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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Woodstock Farmers Market

Picked fresh this morning!

Ok, so I think I’ve turned Mike into a foodie too! His last words to me this morning before he left for work were, “Well, maybe if you’re up early enough you can go get some corn at the Farmers Market.”  It was one of those days, I wanted to start the day with cleaning and other things, but I thought, well, I better get the Farmers Market in before the corn is all gone!

So, I’m really a country girl! I’ve never lived in a big city, nor do I ever have a desire to! If I didn’t have to work for a living, I’d be living out in the middle of nowhere on a big farm! (Louise, remember we wanted an herb farm in the 80’s, man, should have done it!) But, since Mike and I are like most of the world, we have to live somewhat close to our jobs! We chose to move to a small town, McHenry, to raise our children in the 80’s….escaping Schaumburg which was once the small town we grew up in, as it was filled with commercial businesses and shopping malls. Well here we are 30 years later and have moved around within this beautiful county that has become our hometown! But I must say, Woodstock has become my favorite home town!!! It has a wonderful town square. Everyone here knows “the Square”! There is a pretty gazebo in the center, and park benches, statues honoring the soldiers ( Jaden used to think the Civil War happened right there in the Square, he loves the Square), nice restaurants, The Opera House, paved brick roads, people walking their dogs…..ah, I just love it, a great community! AND, that is where the Farmers market is held a couple days a week…on the brick road in Woodstock Square!

So, I always ask the farmers what their favorite is! They are all wonderful people! Today, I bought great colorful heirloom tomatoes, some wonderfully sweet grapes, potato cheddar chive bread, pumpkin break and of course what I went for the corn! Well, today, it’s going to be hard to pick a favorite, as they are all great! The potato cheddar chive bread….well the farmer recommended a crisp melted Grilled Cheese sandwish, oh wow! And the tomatoes, I can’t wait to make my Tortellini Pesto salad with tomatoes, black olives,  fresh mozzarella  and pesto…a great accompaniment to any grilled meal!  The pumpkin bread, a yummy thing to pack for breakfast or for an afternoon snack! AND THE CORN!

This corn is unlike any other I’ve every tasted, it’s called Mirai Sweet Corn. (http://www.twingardenfarms.com/) The first time we went to purchase the corn, we wondered, how great could this corn be! So, the young girl offered us a taste! Here I am nibbling off the raw corn in the middle of the farmers market! Well, it was tender and sweet and I was certainly impressed! So we packed a bag with a half dozen and went off on our way! So today, I splurged and bought a whole dozen! We have a lot of corn eatin’ to do! Somehow, I think this doesn’t qualify for my lo-cal diet, but I might have to cut something else out!

So, now that I’ve got my veggies it’s time to go shopping for the rest of the yummies! Maybe a great grilled chicken made into a fresh salad with heirloom tomatoes, grapes, walnuts and some great blue cheese dressing! Maybe lunch will be grilled cheese on the Potato Cheddar Chive Bread! And maybe a steak with sauteed mushrooms and onions along with fresh Mirai Corn. OK I have to stop thinking about food!

So, today after grocery shopping, I’ll be doing chores and figuring out my dinners! And tonight when all the chores and cooking is done….maybe I can get into my jewelry making! I have a necklace to make for someone at my day job and I’m in the mood to do some new creations! Most likely I won’t finish this weekend, as sometimes the projects take a while to finish! But I’ll sure enjoy myself along the way!

So, when your chores are done, and you’re playing on the web, check out my Etsy shop with my Organic Natural Gemstone jewelry that I make! I love what I do, and I think you will to!   So, enjoy the weekend and as always, Love and Peace to you all!

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My Farmers Market Dinner!

Ok, so here’s what I did with all those fresh ingredients I bought this morning….and a few more! Fresh Romaine lettuce, hard boiled eggs, fresh ripe blueberries, ultra sweet grapes, cucumbers, colorful vine ripened heirloom tomatoes, fresh made croutons from Tuscan Herb bread, pecan bits,  juicy grilled chicken tenders and chunky Blue Cheese dressing! AND, sweet corn on the side! It was absolutely delicious!

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