Wordless Wednesday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 24 – These City Streets

Love Is In Da Blog hosted by Bee at Just Fooling Around with Bee and Wordless Wednesday. Pictures by my son, Jaxon.




Teaser Tuesday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 23 – Naamah’s Kiss

As promised, I am offering a quote from the final Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey – Naamah’s Kiss (Book #1), Naamah’s Curse (Book #2) and Naamah’s Blessing (Book #3) – which follows Moirin who is a direct descendant of a character in the first six books.  For not having any of the original characters in it, I almost liked this trilogy better than the first two.

There’s something about the magic and the place Moirin is from that spoke to me.  I also enjoyed the mysticism and ideology in these three books.  There is a Master, Training and so much travel.  Oh, and did I mention dragons?

It is definitely a series worth reading.

Once again, I am without the actual books, so I chose a quote from Goodreads.  I know this one is more than two sentences, but I believe it’s worth it.  I hope you enjoy!

“What you are witnessing is the face of war a great ruler seldom sees, my lady,” Master Lo Feng said to her. Her veiled face turned his way, listening. “No matter how righteous the cause, no matter who wins, the commonfolk suffer. Without plenty, the wealthy lack compassion for the poor, hoarding without sharing. Without law, the strong bully the weak, stealing by force. People will go hungry. Some will starve. Men and women will be forced to choose between feeding their parents and their children.”

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling Around with Bee. Today’s prompt was open. We are also combining the post with Teaser Tuesday hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm.


Mindful Monday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 22 – Mindful Exercise

As I’ve mentioned, I started going to a gym in October of last year and they offer classes with my membership.  The only class I was truly interested in when I started was Yoga, but the only one I could go to was on Monday evenings at 7.  I went for about three or four weeks, but as luck would have it, they discontinued the class because they didn’t have enough people.

I went a few months in a bitter state but finally decided to look into some of the other classes they offered.  I really found that I didn’t like Zumba, so I took a chance and tried a class called Body Combat.  It’s basically fighting with music – punching, kicking, jabbing… it’s fun as hell, but I haven’t done much cardio in the past year and it’s a rough class.

I started following the instructor on Facebook and went a few weeks, then I had three weeks in a row where I missed the class.  Last week I received a message from the instructor asking me if I was okay.  I didn’t think I had gone to the class enough to have the instructor even notice me, but she did.  And I realized that it is easier to keep doing something as strenuous as this class when you have someone who either does it with you, or at least someone who motivates you to keep going (Thanks Marlo!).

I finally ended up going tonight despite a headache and feeling very off.  The one thing I realized afterwards is that I didn’t notice my headache while I was busy moving and following the instructor.  The only time I noticed it was when I actually thought about it.  Isn’t it amazing what our minds can do when we just let go?  It makes me wonder how much we, as a society, actually need all the medication we take (but that’s a subject for another day).

I love exercise!  How about you?

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling Around With Bee. Our prompt today was “A mindful exercise”. We are also combining today’s post with Mindful Monday hosted by Colleen at Silver Threading.


Song Lyric Sunday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 21 – It’s Quiet Uptown from Hamilton

My daughter sent me a text on Monday in all caps (which means she is WAY excited) letting me know that Hamilton was on the Grammy’s.  Unfortunately, I was watching The Walking Dead and couldn’t switch it.  Hamilton is a show she would like to work on, and I don’t blame her.  The only other Broadway musical I was this obsessed with was Phantom of  the Opera.  Hamilton ended up winning a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.

If you haven’t heard of Hamilton, I covered it a bit in this post when I first started listening to it.  I honestly can’t get enough of the music and the story.  It’s on my wish list for a show I want to see on Broadway.

I couldn’t resist throwing up one of the songs from Hamilton for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday.  I picked this one because it is a different kind of love song.  I believe it has some hard truths in it.  Love isn’t always about sunshine and happiness.  Many times it’s about remembering why you fell in love to begin with in order to not just walk away.  It talks about one of the worst things I believe can happen in a marriage, to lose a child, and I believe it ends many relationships.  But this song is all about forgiveness and trying to live with “the unimaginable.”

One of my most favorite lines: “There are moments that the words don’t reach.  There is a grace too powerful to name.  We push away what we can never understand.  We push away the unimaginable.”

Be prepared to cry.  I still can’t listen to it without breaking down.

Please feel free to read the rules below for Song Lyric Sunday and join in with one of your own.  Thank you to everyone who started following the prompt.  I’m enjoying all the new music and connecting with new bloggers.  Thank you for making it so much fun!

It’s Quiet Uptown from the musical Hamilton
Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lyrics found at Genius.com

There are moments that the words don’t reach
There is suffering too terrible to name
You hold your child as tight as you can
And push away the unimaginable
The moments when you’re in so deep
It feels easier to just swim down

The Hamiltons move uptown
And learn to live with the unimaginable

I spend hours in the garden
I walk alone to the store
And it’s quiet uptown
I never liked the quiet before
I take the children to church on Sunday
A sign of the cross at the door
And I pray
That never used to happen before

Angelica and Women:
If you see him in the street, walking by
Himself, talking to himself, have pity

Philip, you would like it uptown
It’s quiet uptown

Angelica and Women:
He is working through the unimaginable

All Men (except Hamilton):
His hair has gone grey. He passes every day
They say he walks the length of the city

You knock me out, I fall apart

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
Can you imagine?

Look at where we are
Look at where we started
I know I don’t deserve you, Eliza
But hear me out. That would be enough

If I could spare his life
If I could trade his life for mine
He’d be standing here right now
And you would smile, and that would be enough
I don’t pretend to know
The challenges we’re facing
I know there’s no replacing what we’ve lost
And you need time
But I’m not afraid
I know who I married
Just let me stay here by your side
That would be enough

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
If you see him in the street, walking by her
Side, talking by her side, have pity

Eliza, do you like it uptown? It’s quiet uptown

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
He is trying to do the unimaginable
See them walking in the park, long after dark
Taking in the sights of the city

Look around, look around, Eliza

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
They are trying to do the unimaginable

There are moments that the words don’t reach
There is a grace too powerful to name
We push away what we can never understand
We push away the unimaginable
They are standing in the garden
Alexander by Eliza’s side
She takes his hand

It’s quiet uptown

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
Forgiveness. Can you imagine?
Forgiveness. Can you imagine?
If you see him in the street, walking by her
Side, talking by her side, have pity
They are going through the unimaginable

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  • I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

Today’s Song Lyric Sunday is combined with Love Is In Da Blog hosted by Just Fooling Around with Bee, even though I’m not following the prompt today because I felt so strongly about this particular song. 🙂


SoCS and #LoIsInDaBl Day 20 – Embracing Each Moment

Isn’t is crazy how time works?  A month no longer seems like the month it used to be when I was younger.  I have no idea where January went, and February is almost over.  It reminds me more and more to embrace each moment because they are so fleeting.

I was upset once about something that happened at work.  My boss at the time was a huge ass, but he did say something that has stuck with me.  He asked me to write down what I was upset about and stick it under my keyboard and leave it for a few months.  After a few months (if I even remembered it was there) I was supposed to take it out and read it.  I think the whole idea was to show me that in a few months, it wouldn’t even matter.

I’m pretty sure a few months after he told me that, I had given my notice and was working somewhere else, so did it matter?  Probably not.  But it doesn’t take away what is happening in the moment.  I think it only offers to help you deal with it in a more level-headed way.  I don’t know.  Maybe not though.

I’m thinking that if I had one thing I would tell my kids, though, it would be to embrace each moment of their life.  Don’t get so caught up in the tragic moments because they will pass.  It might seem like doomsday at the time, but the darkness has highs and lows, just like the light.

I wish I had embraced more of life when my children were younger.  I only hope that I am better now; that I am showing them how amazing life can be; how fulfilling it is even though we face demons along the way.

In true SoCS style, I am thinking what a beautiful day it is outside (even though a little chilly still) and I am going to make the most of it and go for my first run of the year outside.  I’ve been wanting to do it for the last two days, but by the time I get home from work, it is a bit too dark, and too darn cold.  I love running outside, but braving the elements isn’t something I’m willing to do anymore.  I just can’t!

Happy Saturday everyone!

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G. Hill and Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling around with Bee. Linda’s prompt today was to use a contraction at the beginning and the end of your post which I managed to do if you don’t count my well wishes at the end.  Bee’s prompt was “love letter” which I think I managed to sneak in with a pseudo love letter to my children.



#LoIsInDaBl Day 19 – A Little Blog Lovin’

This is my first time taking part in blog love for Love Is In Da Blog.  I’ve been doing Friday Fictioneers instead; but today has been rough and the last thing I want to do is try and write even 100 words of fiction.  So, I decided to keep it short and simple and spread the love.

The person I chose was a no-brainer for me.  I know she is already well known, but I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by to thank her publicly for all she’s done for me.  She literally sent me an email over the weekend to help me with settings on my blog.  Who does that?  Especially someone I know is too busy to be doing things like that.

I consider her a mentor, a friend and a pretty amazing lady all the way around.  The person I am talking about is Linda G. Hill.  You can find her at two different blogs, Life In Progress and Inspiration In Progress.

She has some of my favorite blog prompts – Stream of Consciousness Saturday and One-Liner Wednesday.  She has also allowed little old me to help her out while she was on vacation a few times.

I’m forever grateful I happened across her blog one lazy Saturday morning a few years ago.  If you don’t already follow her blogs, I suggest you click on those links up there and start.  You might end up with a full blogging plate after your visit, but I promise you, it is entirely worth it!

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling around with Bee. Today’s prompt was to show everyone a blog or post we love.


#LoIsInDaBl Day 18 – Oh, Scotland

I hear your name and smile
Feeling memories
Of a place I’ve never been
Longing to surface
Have I walked in your glens
Stood amongst your stones
Gazing at the pale blue sky
Magic swirling around me?
If I was ever there
The memories are guarded
Lost to other lifetimes
Of wandering
But sometimes I feel as though
You’re an old friend
Waiting to embrace me once again
Oh, Scotland
How I long to return
In this lifetime
For the very first time

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling around with Bee.  Today’s prompt was “countries we love”.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about for today’s post, but I knew for sure which place I was going to write about.  It seemed fitting that my thoughts escaped through poetry.  I hope you enjoy!