Wordless Wednesday

“Wordless Wednesday” is a visual blogosphere phenomenon. It is a simple blog post featuring an image which conveys a message that speaks for itself without using words. I’m linking this post to Wordless Wednesday. You may go there and find many more links for other bloggers who are participating in the meme.

If you’d like to leave a comment, please click on the title of this post and it will take to you an individual entry page where you may do so. Here is my submission for this week:

Meeting on the Turret Stairs

Frederic William Burton

1864

I hope you enjoy this lovely artwork. More again soon, my friends.

XoOXoOXoXo

Christine

Unconscious Mutterings

Unconscious Mutterings is a simple game of free-association. Want to play, too? Go here for the details!

Here we go. The game master says… and I think… ?

  1. Podcast :: Listen
  2. Literally :: Actually
  3. Scratch :: Itch
  4. Voltage :: Shock
  5. Intense :: Passionate
  6. Chapped :: Lips
  7. Attention :: Focus
  8. Morning :: Glory
  9. Exhaustion :: Fatigue
  10. Mentor :: Guide

I often get images as a first response to the given words. The painting below sprang to mind with the answer “Morning :: Glory”.

Blue Morning Glories

Georgia O’Keefe

1938

Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s one of my favorite paintings by O’Keefe. The blue is so crisp and pure and plays wonderfully off the yellow center of the flower. Simply beautiful!

I hope your day is simply beautiful, too.

XoXOXoxoxXo

Christine

TGIF Tunes!

Welcome! It’s Friday and you know what that means: it’s time for TGIF Tunes! And you know how the game is played: I ask myself a question and then I answer it by posting several of my favorite songs. If you click on a song title it will play for you. Remember, you are always welcome to play along in the comments section and leave some titles of *your* favorite songs!

Are ya ready? Here we go…

Name a song that needs to be played LOUD.

1. Led Zeppelin — Rock and Roll

2. Eric Clapton — Crossroads (Live)

3. Beyonce — Irreplaceable

4. Gin Blossoms — Found Out About You

5. The Doors — L.A. Woman

All of these songs ROCK — turn it up and see for yourself!

Enjoy the tunes. More again soon, my friends…

XoOXOOXoOx

Christine

Dancing in Heaven

George & Barbara Bush

I’ve been watching the coverage of the life and death of George H. W. Bush and it’s been very interesting. But I must say, of all that is being discussed and all that is being shown of his life, this simple image that has been circulating the web is my favorite. It portrays what matters most.

No matter the heights a person rises to on this earthly realm, death equalizes us all. Suddenly we are transformed, now fully a spirit, and all we really want is to experience the happiness, joy, and completeness of going Home — of being reunited with our loved ones.

We want to experience the certainty of knowing that all Love returns to Love. And know, in fact, that Love is all there is.

I believe that is what our former President is experiencing now and it makes me smile.

Dance eternally among the stars, George and Barbara.

XoxoOXOXOx ~

Christine

Unconscious Mutterings

Unconscious Mutterings is a simple game of free-association. Want to play, too? Go here for the details!

Here we go. The game master says… and I think… ?

  1. Notification :: Alert
  2. Promise :: Oath
  3. Tailor :: Suit
  4. Laughter :: Joy
  5. Sneeze :: Sinus
  6. Forgotten :: Abandoned
  7. Job :: Work
  8. Shift :: Move
  9. Criticism :: Critique
  10. Holiday :: Vacation

Speaking of sneezing and sinuses, I think I caught some kind of crud while I was out and about last week. I can’t stop blowing my nose and I have an itchy throat. This is causing the cats to stare at me like I’m very uncouth and offending their delicate senses — and Jerry is avoiding getting close to me because he doesn’t want to catch the plague. No goodnight kiss for me tonight! *sigh*

I hope you all are staying healthy. More again soon, friends.

XoxoXOOxox~

Christine

TGIF Tunes!

Well, here we are again — it’s time for TGIF Tunes! You know how the game is played: I ask myself a question and then I answer it by posting several of my favorite songs. If you click on a song title it will play for you. You are always welcome to play along in the comments section and leave some titles of *your* favorite songs!

This week’s question is a little different. Here we go:

Name a song that reminds you of a person or time you’d rather forget about.

1. Bob Dylan — If You See Her Say Hello

2. Edison Lighthouse — Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)

3. Melissa Etheridge — Come To My Window

4. Buddy Holly — True Love Ways

5. Brooks & Dunn — My Maria

Don’t get me wrong now. I *love* all of these songs. But someone or something at the time makes them bittersweet to me. I bet you have a few like these lurking around in the soundtrack to your life, too. Feel free to share! It’s rather therapeutic…

XoOXoOXoXO ~

Christine

Hey, I’ve Been Busy!

Wow, almost a week has gone by since my last post. Eeeps! I can explain. You see, first there was Thanksgiving… followed by a turkey coma. Then Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. (Shop, shop, shop!)

Then Tuesday I went back for a check up with Dr. Feelgood — my new psychiatrist — and got my meds tweaked yet again. This guy is really GOOD. I am feeling better mentally than I have in years. More clarity of thought, more energy, and better sleep. All made possible through the miracles of modern medicine.

Wednesday I drove down to the Quad Cities for my first official appointment with the medical staff in the weight loss surgery process. It went very well. First I spoke with the financial advisor, then met with the nurse for an hour and a half to go over my health history. She was very thorough and I appreciate that.

Now I wait to speak with the surgeon to decide which method would be best for me: either the gastric sleeve or the Roux-En-Y surgery. I am going to push hard for the sleeve.

While I am waiting for an appointment to visit with the surgeon, I need to contact my primary care physician to schedule a mammogram and the much-dreaded colonoscopy. I doubt that I will be able to get those procedures done before the end of the year, as everyone else in Dubuque is trying to get medical stuff done by then for insurance purposes, too.

So with all of this stuff going on I let the blogging slide for a bit, but that’s okay. I’m already working on tomorrow’s entry for the weekly TGIF Tunes — I hope you’ll stop in again for that!

More again soon.

XXOOXoXOoxoX

Christine

TGIF Tunes!

Hello, kids! Thanks for stopping by for TGIF Tunes. You know how it works: I ask myself a question and then answer it by posting some of my favorites songs. If you click on the song titles below, they will play for you. And of course you are always welcome to leave comments, telling me *your* favorite answers, too!

Here we go…

Name a song that reminds you of summertime.

1. Seals and Crofts — Summer Breeze

2. Kid Rock — All Summer Long

3. War — Summer

4. Janis Joplin — Summertime

5. Eddie Cochran — Summertime Blues

I hope these summery songs warm you up a bit on this winter-y day! I’ll write again soon.

XoxoOXoXOx ~

Christine

On This Day

Today I am thinking of friends and family, near and far, and wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday. Here is a nice little prayer to recite over your Thanksgiving dinner, if you like. It’s short and sweet, yet very complete.

O Heavenly Father:
We thank You for food and remember the hungry.
We thank You for health and remember the sick.
We thank You for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank You for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
That Your gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.

I wish many blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving Day! More again soon, my friends.

XoOXOxOXox ~

Christine

Wordless Wednesday

This has got to be the most wordiest Wordless Wednesday ever — but the legend behind the painting is so good I had to include it. I’m linking this post to Wordless Wednesday. You may go there and find many more links for other bloggers who are participating in the meme.

Truth Coming Out of The Well

Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1896

According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: “It’s a marvelous day today”! The Truth looks up to the skies and sighs, for the day was really beautiful. They spend a lot of time together, ultimately arriving beside a well. The Lie tells the Truth: “The water is very nice, let’s take a bath together!” The Truth, once again suspicious, tests the water and discovers that it indeed is very nice. They undress and start bathing. Suddenly, the Lie comes out of the water, puts on the clothes of the Truth and runs away. The furious Truth comes out of the well and runs everywhere to find the Lie and to get her clothes back. The World, seeing the Truth naked, turns its gaze away, with contempt and rage.

The poor Truth returns to the well and disappears forever, hiding therein, its shame. Since then, the Lie travels around the world, dressed as the Truth, satisfying the needs of society, because, the World, in any case, harbors no wish at all to meet the naked Truth.


I hope you enjoyed both the image and the legend. Thanks for stopping by to visit!

XoxoxoOX ~

Christine