Tender Years is written by John Cafferty
Patiently waiting for the monsoons to fire up. Day in, day out of this kind of heat in Phoenix. No real relief in sight! The air quality is so bad here right now as well. Yuck! Why do we live here again? Phoenix AZ is freaking HOT in the summer! My poor grass in the backyard is dead. We didn’t reseed / overseed with summer grass this year. We will try to establish once again, the backyard lawn in October.
Meanwhile, daughter Britt asked me to participate in a fitness class at her gym. I was able to keep up with the instructor but oh boy am I paying in soreness. I detest being this sore and stiff. I miss power walking already. Last week I was cranking out 3.5 miles at a stint, tackling a huge hill within that. Ugh… This week the heat has been so intense that the community pools are like bath water. Not to mention that the warmer they are, the more likely they are to host Cripto and other pool related illness. Living in the Sonoran desert during the long summers has it’s challenges! As prohibitive as winters are back east although you don’t have to shovel the heat.
Father’s Day and my Mother in-laws Birthday are both in this week. I decided to bake a few things for them. I made Craisin/ Orange loaf, Lemon Pound Cake and Boysenberry Cinnamom Strudel.
I got my baking done by 10:00 am. before the intense heat kicked in. I shipped my goodies in a plastic shoe box that I bought for a dollar from my grocery store. I added a lot of light weight tissue paper to cushion my baked goods. I do so hope that it arrives in good shape!
All Of Me- is written by John Legend whom I can’t stand. He is way too in your face politically, to a fault. He will hit you over the head with his political agendas. Yuck, bluck and WTF…that’s what I have to say about that! I’m not even politically interested and have no real affiliation or interest in politics but he sure turned me off…
Here is what I feel about all of this political crap and the fallout! I wrote this poem regarding the political upheaval that is still ongoing with both parties! The great divide…
Clamor Conspire And Congregate-
Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the most desperate of them all? “They” clamor, conspire and congregate. To what ends will they try to seal their fate? Divisive, cunning and thoroughly wrought- they truly think that success can be bought!
For the price of one’s soul, is usually the toll. Oblivious, obstinate and utterly clueless, they wander the earth, become complacent and ruthless. Until one day they realize the void, become angry, and overly annoyed- For the impact of their strife to prosper, catches up with them and they count their losses. Greater are those, than monetary gain. Vanity and lack of humanity fan the flame…
When the ash settles around them and they return to status quo – they realize the err of their ways and, they secretly want “you” to know-
“They”, wouldn’t change a thing…
I guess I’ve had my rant for the day thanks for putting up with my heated post!
Father’s Day is a mixed bag for me. I vacillate between missing my Dad privately and immensely, to busting my butt to make sure it’s nice for my husband. Honestly a busy day from the minute my feet hit the floor when I get out of bed. I have to say that I was so happy with the way the day progressed! I even got a chance to hang out with my oldest daughter and her husband to be. That, was a nice impromptu surprise. My husband bought a 36 in grill that he had been eyeballing for awhile. The price was right and he picked it up for a great deal. We are thrilled to own this beautiful outdoor cooking tool! This pic was of our first grilling experience. Father’s Day he decided he wanted to make street tacos for dinner. Mind you it was 115 degrees outside! Anyway, we adults drove to the nearest Food City for carne asada meat, homemade salsa and all of the trimmings. I have to admit that dinner was delicious!
Father’s Day Dinner!
Earlier I made brunch for all of us… French Toast with homemade whipped cream and strawberries. I spent a great deal in my kitchen yesterday with food prep but mostly cleaning up! Dishes and organizing took time… I’m always either loading or unloading the dishwasher… I do my fair share of hand washing dishes as well… Hence my dishpan hands…
Daughter Zoe had put together a beautiful slideshow presentation of some of our family excursions and events. This really touched us both! It was awesome and such a great way to celebrate her Dad. We have dubbed her the, “family historian”. Last year we asked that she take pics at all of our get togethers as we are too busy hosting.
My gift to my husband was also picture related. I thought maybe he could use new pics for his desk at work. Walgreens had an awesome 50% off coupon online for these wooden plaque type of pictures. I choose my three favorite family pics from our recent trip to California. The plaques turned out prettier than I could have imagined! So pretty that I dreaded parting with them! My husband suggested that we put them on the piano. I found a perfect space for them lol. I suppose they will never see the office. Yay!
My husband went to the grocery store for propane and ice, and came back with this little blow up pool… I thought this gesture was sooo sweet! The kids had a great time in it! Perfect for the heat we are anticipating 120+ degree temps are possible this week! Look at my poor dead grass! We didn’t overseed for summer this year… too much going on. We will reseed in September or October. Desert Living is about adapting to the heat!
After a busy day of cooking and running around in the heat I was glad he found a shallow retreat! I actually did too! A 15 min. submerge made all of the difference! A nice cool off was the recharge we needed…
Hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day as well. This one for us will go down in the record books as one of the best! It was truly just special. Sometimes, it really is the little things…
I Believe In Love-written by Elton John (Cover)
Trying to figure out what my next musical project will be as I have taken some time off to settle into summer… I keep getting sidetracked with real life lol. Domestic bliss… I am in the process of setting up my Music Page on Facebook. Yet another personal scrapbook that embodies a mass of work with little return or gratification. Gone are the days of thinking that if I post it, “they” will watch/ listen. Social media baffles me. How anyone can use it to get anywhere without buying followers and subscribers, is beyond me… God help all of us wanna be anythings out there who don’t have money to throw at exposure.
My daughter Zoe just returned from a week long stay at Massanutten Resort in Virginia. Her bestie and family invited her on an all expense paid trip. It was her first time flying and as I had predicted, she loved it! She will surely have the traveling bug now. She had a great time but was ready to come and get back to her friends. It was her first time being gone a whole week. I missed her!
She brought back souvenirs for all of us which, impressed me. Very thoughtful gifts, here is mine…
She was gone for my birthday so when we were talking, she remembered that she had bought me a gift before she left for her trip. She presented this to me. Being a teenager, I found humor in that she, gave me this!
I was very touched by this gesture. A while back, I had shared with her that Erma Bombeck was my favorite author. I was stunned that she remembered the conversation as it was just small talk just the two of us, over tea and cookies at home. She told me that she searched Barnes And Noble for a specific title of Erma’s that I spoke of, “The Grass Is Always Greener Over The Septic Tank”. She was only able to find this treasure in Erma’s collection of hilarious works. I thought this was so very special!
I loved Erma’s books because they were funny but so true! She wrote them from her Mom/ Housewife perspective about everyday life and living. So relatable to anyone who is a Mom/ Housewife! The more of her books that I read, I find her to have been a philosopher in her own right. She had amazing insight and could lay life and living out for you. Her wise owl perceptions of any given “life” situation she could convey with honesty, humility and humor. What a treasure she was. What a legacy she leaves behind! As I said, philosopher in her own right.
Although she has been gone for awhile, her books remind me to find humor in those similar situations in which I find myself regarding homemaking. She actually lived in Phoenix. I wonder if I have truly ever walked on ground that she used to walk on? I live in the suburbs, a town called Ahwatukee, specifically Mountain Park Ranch area…
Anyway, I will leave you with this, my own attempt a little bit of housewife humor…
Casual Conversations is written by Rick Davies
Have a terrific weekend. If at all possible, take some time to laugh!
This is my attempt at portraying my mundane, housewife exsistence with a little humor. This is the life of a housewife in a nutshell. … The music is all me. I however give credit to the wonderful Rick Davies of Supertramp, for the original to my cover. Casual Conversations has always been a favorite song of mine. So relatable!
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Here I sit on this the first day of my 55th year contemplating. Birthdays are for reflection. A marker of time and an opportunity for reflection. A good time to take quiet refuge in a bathtub full of bubbles and think about where you want to put yourself. Looking back in time serves purpose only to clarify what yet you want to do with the time you have. Regret is counterproductive this, I tell myself.
When I take stock of my life so far, what I find is that I wish I would have made myself more important. I wish that I had taken the time to pursue my own ambitions in music and in life! I wish that I would have made the time to perfect my own desire to accomplish. I still have desire and ability but I’m lacking in the confidence to try. I feel it out in my head and with those closest to me. Every now and again I teasingly throw it out there… I laughingly say things like, “I’m still trying to be a rock star”. I get the same look from all of them…The you are ridiculous and such a joke look. The “get real” with yourself look. I test the waters with small half joking comments and then I’m always confronted with that look… I then justify my ambitions and musical attempts by saying things like, “I post my music because it reminds me that I’m a person in my own right. Otherwise, I would get swallowed up just being a housewife.” They all seem to get that! I get it too… it’s only half of the truth though. If I’m honest with myself, I upload my music to SoundCloud and YouTube to live out my deep desire to be something! If I can’t really be a great famous musician, I’m going to try like hell to give it all I’ve got. It is the one part of myself that I’m not ready to let go of! I didn’t get to do “it”, whatever that really is…I’m still searching for some kind of validation through my music. I get some nice comments on YouTube. The people closest to me though all get that “look”,regarding my music…
This is what my inner spirit came up with so far, to contribute to the sea of originals in music.
Something More Than Nothing- https://youtu.be/8ZRbD9le9H0
Lost In The Game-https://youtu.be/vatoP32_kAk
Composing with full orchestra sound has been so fun! Adding depth and dimension to these originals…
Face To Face-
It pains me to see the same look on the faces of people that are closest to me. Embarrassment quite possibly. It is an affront to my inner spirit and most vulnerable self. I take note of “the look”, whenever I encounter it. I keep telling myself that because everyone gives me that look , I should just except the reality that I’m not very good, not going anywhere and give up on the dream…
Something inside of me just won’t let it go though and I keep picking myself up and hoping that the next thing that I produce/create will be better and I can still??? … achieve greatness? At 55, I still want more for and from myself. I’m still trying to prove to myself, something…
-DARE TO ACHIEVE-
*Not only for the young! *Fake it till you make it!* Live out your dreams if only in your mind!* Never ever give up! *Overcome the negative noise from the gallery and for God sakes, that “look”! *Ignore the stereotype and the naysayers! *Prove everything to yourself, not to any one! *Compete only with yourself to be better than your last effort! *Enjoy the gift, even if you are your only fan! *Between me and my maker…
How’s that for a personal pep talk with myself on this, the first day of my 55th year here on this planet.
I will finish this post with this latest effort. A cover that I’ve only recently come to know. If you are a big fan of Roger Hodgson you probably know of this song. It isn’t a mega hit song but it is big on spirit and innate charm. A song that is probably very near and dear to the songwriter and his life experience and thoughts. Roger is so good at conveying his inner spirit! That, is what truly makes him such a gifted songwriter. His lyrics and unique chord progressions cut right through to my heart strings. This little known song sucked me into wanting to cover it. To cover a song is to truly come to know it. To put yourself there in it. Like admiring any kind of art in detail.
If I could ever speak to Roger Hodgson’s camp, who seem to detest my cover attempts, I would remind him/ them this..
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”! I seek to really know the music of which I cover. My whole appreciation and inturpretation of the intimate nuance is what I get and, wish to impart covering a song. Very personal to me even if I didn’t write it! I cover many songs and artists.
* Please visit and subscribe to my YouTube and SoundCloud channels. What a terrific birthday that would be, support, is a wonderful gift!
I will finish this post with this latest cover on my SoundCloud channel.
Two Of Us- written by Roger Hodgson
Here is my birthday wish…
* It is my great fantasy to have this, my interpretation of Roger’s original echoed back to him. Hopefully recieved favorably by him and his camp. Not for it’s greatness, (it’s not great), but, for the spirit in which it is intended, my great adoration for his works!
I wish only to bring a smile via my cover attempt!
How’s that for a birthday wish?!!!!
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