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Thursday:) Going Back Home & Back In The Saddle

3 Jan

“When coming back, we may notice we have changed because others haven’t.”

― lauren klarfeld

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Yikes! The alarm went off at 4:15 am, but I was already awake. I had a 7:30 flight from Chicago to Dallas. Time to go home after a month visiting with family and friends. I sure will miss everyone, especially the grandchildren. My sister was kind enough to endure the early morning adventure to drive me. Would you believe the roads were already busy at 5:15 and the airport was jammed at 6? Yep!

The line through security was long and winding. By the time I got to the bins to take off my shoes, coat, etc., I was tired from all that standing. What a nice surprise, when I grabbed the big gray plastic bin and found a lucky penny right on the floor below my feet. I went through the scanning machine thingy, and waited for my bins to roll down. When I got my final items, there was another lucky penny under my bin. What are the chances? I think this one was a foreign coin. I knew that the two lucky coins would make for good travels. I was right.

The flight was packed and they were offering vouchers to give up your seat. “Nope!” They did offer to check carry on bags for free because it was full, so I took advantage of bag check because I was the last group, 9, to board, and usually no room left for overhead bags.

Our flight had about twenty or more young military men and women. I made sure to shake each hand and thank them for their service.

When I got to my seat, 27E, a middle seat, there was a couple sitting in D and E, window and middle. They asked if I wouldn’t mind taking the aisle seat so they could sit together. Awesome! Those seats are primo and more expensive. This very nice couple, Marsha and Michael, were traveling on to Guatemala later on a mission trip with CERT. Christian Emergency Relief Team. He a doctor and she a nurse. Marsha asked if I wouldn’t mind praying for their mission trip. Of course.

Perfectly smooth flight. I watched the movie, “A Dogs Life,” to pass the time. Our flight arrived a little early, and my checked bag was there in the carousel. I said farewell and safe journeys to the nice couple.

On my way out to meet Lynne at the curb, I passed right by the airport chapel. Another sign. I popped in to say a prayer for Marsha and Michael, and for family and friends, of course. No one was there for a few minutes, then a young man came in and spread his prayer rug on the floor. I thought, how nice that people of different faiths could say their prayers together.

Lynne pulled up to the curb around 10:30 just as I walked out. Perfect timing. It was nice to catch up on the ride home. Then, we stopped at Panera for lunch. Karen surprised me and joined us a few minutes later. We ended up talking and catching up for over two hours.

When I arrived home, it was so nice to get my key out and step into my home that I haven’t seen in a month. A perfect day so far. I put down my purse and bag inside the door then heard, “chirp, chirp, chirp. Low battery.” Darn, one of the upstairs smoke detectors was chirping. I didn’t even take off my jacket, went up, pulled the ladder out of the walk in attic, and attempted to change the battery. It took several attempts and one blaring rendition of, “Warning! Fire! Warning! Fire!,” before I got the battery replaced properly.

I was going to take a walk, but decided to call my sister instead, then relax a little before a shower and getting ready for karaoke. I was looking forward to seeing my old friends at Delaney’s, and singing and dancing and laughing. It was the perfect end to a perfect day. I had a blast.

https://youtu.be/zCIdbVOatLo

Miss Loretta and I sang “My Guy” to our guy and good friend, Doug. Great day, great friends, great to be home.

Theme Song Thursday:) Karaoke @Delaney’s

6 Sep

“If you’ve got nothing to dance about, find a reason to sing.”

― Melody Carstairs

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Another fun evening with old friends and new friends at Delaney’s Irish Pub. Thursday is karaoke night, and after last week’s last minute cancellation, we weren’t sure if they would cancel again. Especially since it was the big Bears vs. Packers football game at the same time. But alas, karaoke was a go, and our buddy, KJ Justin, was back behind the scenes arranging the songs, and singing a few songs himself.

We had a great mix of great singers and fun songs. It’s hysterical when we all get up to dance. The old and the young, laughing, singing, and dancing. A very fun night.

I sang “You’re So Vain” again. I did a much better job today than I did last week. But, I won’t punish you with my rendition. Here’s Carly Simon to do it right…

If you can’t sing, then dance. If you can’t dance either, do both. Just have fun. Who cares?

Theme Song Thursday:) Karaoke or No Karaoke

30 Aug

I’m a huge karaoke person even though I have the worst singing voice. When you love doing something, who cares?

Hoda Kotb

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Today is karaoke Thursday. We all showed up at Delaney’s Irish Pub, just like we do every Thursday night. Sherri Murphy said she was going to join us tonight and offered to pick me up so I could have a glass of wine. I don’t drink and drive. I was pretty excited because I love when Sherri joins us. She’s a happy fun singer.

We arrived before 7, only to find Paul, out KJ was setting up in the back of the room. He said there was a group watching the Texas A&M game, so we’d be on the other side. A few minutes later, Paul was told that karaoke would be canceled because the room was reserved for the A&M group. Well, we had already ordered food and drinks and were pretty annoyed. We’ve been coming every Thursday since January. They cancelled karaoke last minute for a football game. They could have let us know last week.

So, we finished our food and drinks, and most everyone else went home. Sherri and I googled and called some other places that might have karaoke. We found The Revel in Frisco. Now, the cool part is they had a live rock band for back up instead of recorded music. Sherri and I went over there. Neither of us had ever sand with a live band before, and we were both nervous.

Sherri was awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps16Z9T3hpk

My first song was SO atrocious and off key. Yikes. I tried another one later, then gave up.

I guess my rock star days and going on the road ain’t happening any time soon. I’m not quitting my day job. Wait! I don’t have a day job. But, it was fun night. Thanks Sherri Murphy.

Sing-a-long Saturday:) My Son Sings to His Bride and Some Awesome Karaoke Singers at Delaney’s

13 Jul

“Sing like nobody’s listening and dance like nobody’s watching, because most likely they’re not. They’re on their cell phone.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.”

~Lou Rawls

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Today is my eldest son’s birthday. I texted him with a “Happy birthday” this morning. I remember the day he was born like it was yesterday. Where does the time go? Now, he’s married with two children of his own. I like to think that he takes after his mother, well, I know he does. He has a kind and generous heart, loves people, and has many friends. He loves music and loves to sing. And, he’s directionally impaired and gets lost a lot like me. (I’m sorry about that part.)

After we talked and did FaceTime with the family, I was looking at old videos of their wedding. Their anniversary was two days ago. The video portion was blurry, but I wanted to share a couple of songs of my son singing to his bride four years ago. He has a great voice and plays a mean guitar. He didn’t get that from me or the other side. That’s a gift from God.

Happy birthday Mijo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r8c6cKIVrg

Then another song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wap_KwActO8

With all these songs in my heart, I thought I’d share some songs from some really awesome singers at Karaoke night last Thursday at Delaney’s Irish Pub in McKinney. Such a fun night with friends.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4jIgdSO364

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRNRgWaUHP4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-_HHG2uvPk

Sing like nobody’s listening and dance like nobody’s watching, because most likely they’re not.

Happy Saturday my friends.

Theme Song Thursday:) At Last

21 Jun

“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”

― Edward Bulwer Lytton

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I always look forward to Thursday night. It’s karaoke night at Delaney’s Irish Pub. We had a small group of regulars tonight because quite a few people were traveling this week. But, we also had some new folks join us. One lady, in particular, said that she was just visiting with friends and never sang karaoke before. Oh my goodness, Johnnie has an amazing voice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikXCaIGwxvg

Our fearless leader and DJ tonight, Justin, sang a few songs. One of our favorites is “A Boy Named Sue.” It’s a tough one to sing, but he does a great job. I didn’t get a chance to record it. Maybe next time.

I sang a duet with Miss Loretta, “Unforgettable.” We hadn’t practiced it, so I was pretty bad. She has a lovely voice. Then later, I sang “Walk on By.” That was pretty high for me so I squealed and squeaked a little here and there. I always say, “I sing loud and proud and off key, but I love to sing.” (Thank goodness for friends who applaud and don’t boo.) I don’t plan on quitting my day job and going on the road. Wait…I don’t have a day job. Lucky thing,

Still with a song in my heart and on my mind, I came home and was singing a few more songs with YouTube. I liked this one.

Yep, not gonna quit my day job quite yet,..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoB1I5QBD-c

Theme Song Thursday:) The Cookie Lady Can…

31 May

The Cookie Lady makes everything she bakes, satisfying and delicious…”

~ Me

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Another fun night at karaoke. Miss Loretta and I sang a special tribute to Miss Pat, THE COOKIE LADY. Miss Pat bakes hundreds of cookies every week. I’m talking HUNDREDS. She bakes them for her daughter’s hair salon, for all her friends and family and takes them to just about everyone she knows and everywhere she goes. And after karaoke, what ever is left over from the five plates full of cookies, I get to drop them off the next morning for my firemen.

“The Cookie Lady can ’cause she mixes it with love and makes the world taste good.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5yUSdmz63Q

Thanks for all the cookies, Miss Pat. We love you.

Friday:) Fun, Friends, and a Few Firemen

27 Apr

“It only takes a few friends, a few smiles, and a lot of love to make the world go round.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Last night was our regular get together for karaoke at Delaney’s Irish Pub. Miss Loretta had suggested that we do a little song routine for a friend. Last month we paid a tribute to Jerry, singing, with “The Way You Wear Your Hat.” Last night, we thoroughly embarrassed Doug, by sitting him in a chair and singing our version of “My Guy” to him. Our rendition was “Our Guy.” Everyone had fun, no one more so than our friend Doug.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RddF7PjPMEQ

Miss Pat, our resident “Cookie Lady” always shows up with a few plates of her yummy homemade cookies. The left over cookies usually find their way over to my friendly firemen at Station 9. Thank you Miss Pat.