Thursday, July 19, 2018

Music and Memory...

Evening has come and it's still above 100 degrees, so I'm sitting in my air conditioned family room listening to YouTube videos. Darius Rucker and Adele singing Need You Now, Allison Krauss and Jerry Douglas performing a tribute to James Taylor with Carolina in My Mind, Emeli Sande singing Breathing Underwater, Cece Winans with Blessed Assurance...

It brings to mind how much music has shaped my life. There are songs that bring me to tears, some that make my heart laugh, those that make me want to dance, and songs that make my heart rejoice and worship.

Just the beginning chords of a song can transport me back to a particular moment in time. Music wields a unique power to stir emotion and memory. It touches the soul like nothing else does.

And with that, I'll sign off for now. Wishing you a good night...

© 19JUL2018 ajjahner

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Snapshots of My Summer...

This is a brief recap of my summer so far...

We went from a beautiful, unseasonably cool summer to Holy Cow it's Hot!!! We've been hitting the 100's. Too warm for this gal! I'm dreaming of cool ocean breezes and looking forward to early autumn when the temps drop. I have also been daydreaming about Christmas, thanks to Hallmark Channel and their Christmas in July movies.

I've gotten out of the house a few times, visiting with my sister, some cousins and friends. My tendency is to live a bit like a hermit most of the time, so having multiple outings is a big deal for me. It was a lot of fun! I need to push myself to get out a little more often.

The repairs on Old Blue, my husband's 52 Chevy, are moving right along. After a long and exhaustive search, a replacement door was found. Installing it involved he and a friend sanding, priming, torquing the door frame back into alignment, and ordering new glass for the window. She is well on her way to being ready for a new paint job, but until that can be done, at least Blue is drivable again. At this time, still no compensation from the uninsured driver who wounded her, but what goes around...

On the health front, I'd received very positive news from my last MRI scans. No significant progression of my MS. I'm so thankful. I recently had an outpatient surgery on two arthritic fingers, that went well. Still healing from it, but I can type again! Hurrah!

I'm currently reading Whitethorn Woods, by Maeve Binchy, and enjoying it a lot. She had a gift for creating memorable, believable characters. I've also been catching up on some British TV Series and Netflix Originals. I noticed this morning that Season Two of Anne of Green Gables has been added to Netflix, so I'll be starting it soon. I do recommend you read the books first, of course.

My new Morning Joe mug!
Yes, it's sitting on our Anniversary gift, a book we both want to read.
Another passion of mine is following the news, and Morning Joe is one of my favorite news programs. I like the different people they bring on and enjoy hearing them discuss current events. There's also some laughter to diffuse some of the more serious topics. Yesterday my oldest son handed me a package. Surprise! He had bought me the Morning Joe coffee mug! I love it! This morning, while I watched my recording of the program, I sipped coffee from my special mug. It's the little things that brighten my days the most. Small gestures of love and kindness.

With that, I'll say farewell for now. Love and Blessings, my friends!

© 11JUL2018 ajjahner

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Books and Other Stuff...

This spring has been a busy one for me. A few bumps in the road like my husband's 52 Chevy getting hit by an uninsured driver, and it's in sad shape. It needs a replacement door on the driver's side, but they are hard to find these days, so the hunt is on.

I've been doing a lot more reading. My current book is Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir by Richard M. Cohen, about his journey with Multiple Sclerosis. It's interesting to learn how someone else, with symptoms much like mine, dealt with all the changes in his life. My next selection will be something lighter like Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy or A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny.

Maeve Binchy is an old favorite. After her death, I purposely set her final book, A Week in Winter, aside to enjoy at a later time. I knew there wouldn't be another, so I saved it for a special treat. I finished it in 2016. I used to get her books from the Public Library, read everything they had, and thought that was it. Imagine my delight to discover a couple of her books I hadn't read before!

Louise Penny is a new discovery. A couple friends had mentioned how much they enjoyed her books, so I read the first book in the Inspector Gamache series, Still Life, and I really enjoyed it. A nice cozy mystery. I'm looking forward to the second book in the series.

Other than reading, I've been working on small projects, researching ancestors, spending time with family. and the usual day to day things. The cooler weather has been so nice, but as we plunge into summer the temps are predicted to get hot! I'll be the gal sitting inside with the AC cranked up. Heat's not good for me. Perhaps a getaway to a lake or the ocean will be in the plans!