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Hundred More Years

Yesterday I saw a video of old photographs put together with music.  It was a video celebration made by my husband’s 2nd cousin for his Grandmother’s 100th birthday.  The last song on the video was “Hundred More Years” by Francesca Battistelli.  It stopped me in my tracks.  Such beautiful lyrics – so poignant and fitting for a celebration of a life well lived.

When I watch and listen to things like this, I am reminded how short life is – how quickly time goes by. Beauty fades – the spirit never dies. The body ages and decays – the person on the inside stays the same. Life and death. Letting go, holding on. Changing and yet staying the same. The circle of life.  We all enter life in the same way and we all die when our time is over.  We leave our mark on this world, either good or bad with our family and friends. And when we are no more – others carry on our memory.  Pictures tell only a small part of the story.  Most things happen outside the lens of a camera.   Things done in unspoken ways.  Pain, Joy, Happiness, Failure, Struggle, Change, Resignation, Aging – these are all a very real part of life.  Some live LARGE lives.  Everyone knows their name.  Some live  very quiet lives of significance – quietly doing things for others and live a life worthy of celebration.  I believe this was the case for Great Aunt Helen.

Let’s make it a good hundred years – a great memory and legacy to leave behind for others.  Serving God and others – using up all of our gifts – taking nothing with us. Let’s leave our mark – more than just photographs – may our very lives be an example of a life well lived.

Enjoy this song as you reflect on your hundred years.

God Bless

This Guy’s In Love With You

Last night while watching, “Seeking a Friend for the End” – this next song played as part of the soundtrack music.  I remembered it from long ago – somewhere in my memory but could not remember who recorded it.  And like any good student of music, past and present, I googled it!  Ah – of course!  Herb Alpert!  Just for fun I googled images of him today – let’s just say he’s changed a little in the past 50 years 🙂

Enjoy a super great blast from the past!

 

God Bless

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

My NEW Website!!

Most of you know – but maybe some of you don’t – that I’m a piano and voice teacher, who also loves to write.  I’ve been teaching professionally in my home since 1995.  It is what I LOVE to do – invest in students and help develop a love of music in each one.

I’m so happy to finally be able to offer the lessons that I teach in my home to those of you out there who are interested in lessons ONLINE.  I now have a website designed for just that purpose.  I hope you will hop over there to see my new site and watch a short video of introduction of yours truly and tell me what you think!
www.cindysmusicstudio.com
It was hilarious making not one but FOUR videos to include with a sign-up from the first page. Greg had these BRIGHT lights pointed right at me and I had trouble seeing – let alone speaking correctly – so they are quite funny for me to watch back and remember what fun we had that day – with a whiny puppy in tow!  If you sign up on the first page you will be directed to my other videos – and it’s free to do so, all you need is your email to do so. Some of the pictures and videos are not up yet – but most things are there for you to get an idea about what I do. I have room for some new online students in my schedule especially in the summer and so if you know of anyone who is an area without a teacher – direct them to my site and I will see if I can help them.
Cindy’s Music Studio

Thanks so much for taking a look!  Have an awesome day!

 

God Bless

Before Coffee

Image

My eyes are blurry

I’m having trouble focusing

and being “present”

I’m stumbling around

running into things

the world seems sleepy

dull

boring

and listless

I remember a time

when I can write

put thoughts together

prepare for my day

do things

but right now

there is no coffee

no creativity

no spunk

moving slow

taking my time

wrapping a single thought

in my brain

is so hard

But after coffee

I shall be motivated

inspired

prepared

on task

sharp

patient

wonderful

beautiful

wise

loving

gracious

energetic

and just AWESOME

Yeah, maybe I need to get me some of that coffee soon.

Have you had your coffee today?

God Bless

Products I LOVE Enough To Sell

There are certain products that I love. We all have them – those that we continue to buy, long after other newer products are introduced.

I love anything scented with lemon. Candles, perfumes and cologne that have a hint of fruit and especially orange and lemon.

Years ago I discovered a lemon body cream that smells so yummy, when I put it on my face each night – I want to wrap myself up in it and eat it too! The brand is:               C.O. Bigelow – and the lemon cream I love can be found here: Lemon Collection

C.O.Bigelow also makes yummy peppermint lip gloss 

I am in love with it.  They use real peppermint extract and tastes yummy too and it even freshens breath!

These two products that I use and LOVE are enough to make me want to go into direct sales again and SELL THEM – and rarely do I say that about anything.  I have done direct sales in my past life, used and loved products I sold – but there is nothing like the long-lasting relationship I have with these!

C.O. Bigelow has many other products and can be purchased online here:  C.O. Bigelow or any Bath and Body Works store – where I first discovered them.

I receive nothing from the company for talking about these products today (although it would be really cool) – I just LOVE them enough to pass it along.  Hope you will discover them too!

Enjoy and God Bless

Finding Better Things To Do

Yesterday in keeping with my article theme of “Finding My Sense of Humor” – I will recount our yesterday’s activities in full.

The “plan” was to go with Greg to Snoqualmie Ridge to help him set up a table for a wedding venue event hosted at the hotel for the next day.  Then we were going to take advantage of the sunshine and find a nice little trail – and go for a long hike.

I’ve lost about 25 pounds since last August – and I’ve been having trouble losing that last 15.  I’ve been just stuck – no matter what I do.  Granted – it’s winter, colder weather – not enough nice days to do a 2 mile walk (like we used to everyday)  But that’s no excuse as we DO have an elliptical machine.  It’s just that I really hate it.  No I mean REALLY HATE it.  I still use it – but I prefer getting out and walking.

So when the weather is nice (no rain, ice or freezing temperature and wind) then it’s a perfect day to go walking.

So we finished up at the hotel and Greg drove to a spot where they have these cool old trains and a cute little museum in the town of Snoqualmie and we parked the car and started walking toward the little trail.

Did I mention there were cute old trains?

Yeah – well we found some.  And I will blame Greg for distracting us from our “plan” – because he just had to climb on all of them – and I being the photographer that I am (or try to be) just HAD to take pictures.  It was a must.  I would be negligent if I didn’t take them.

After exploring those for a while we decided that we really SHOULD go for our walk.  We went to cross the street and right in front of us was a candy shop – with homemade fudge and salt water taffy.  I told Greg we really HAD to go in.  He said, “what about our walk”?  I told him I was cold and really needed to go in there to warm up – and look at the candy 🙂  So we went in – and came away with only one milk chocolate turtle, one milk chocolate peanut butter cup, one large piece of a toffee nut bar and several pieces of salt water taffy.

As we left the store we saw this cool sign:

We chuckled because our church name is “LifePoint” and I had to stop and text this picture to our pastor, Stephen – who I knew would enjoy it just as much as we did – (and he did – so it was worth it!)

By then I had run out of excuses for taking the walk – but we were in a town higher in elevation than I was used to – even though it was sunny and clear – and suddenly it was freakishly COLD.  I had my mittens on – but no hat or warm socks and my ears and toes were freezing.  I told Greg I couldn’t possibly walk with it SO cold.

We crossed the street and decided to look around in the old train museum and eventually came to the little gift shop – where an elderly man dressed like a train conductor was behind the counter.  He was cheerful and full of ‘one-liners’ and puns about all sorts of subjects and had us laughing and feeling very good that we did NOT take our walk after all.

Life is short.  Sometimes – there are just better things to do.

When was the last time you had a ‘plan’ and life took another turn?

God Bless

Day 7 – The Christmas Box

I can’t say enough good things about this movie.  Richard Thomas is adorable and the legendary Maureen O’Hara (from the original version of “Miracle on 34th Street“) is enchanting and a class act for sure.  This movie about a Ski shop owner and his family who move in to help an elderly woman – follows a story line from Thanksgiving to Christmas and will have you laughing and crying.

This is a movie that we have owned for many years – in fact we still have it on its orignal format of VHS – like “Home for the Holiday’s” and the “Home Alone” series – that’s how long we’ve had these!

Enjoy and God Bless!

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