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Teh Babeh’s Birthday Bash February 24, 2011

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Looky what I got today!! My Amarylis in bloom, 10th year running.

My older daughter, her husband, Mother-in-Law and their 2-year old daughter came up this weekend, and we celebrated Baby Rhonda’s second birthday. She takes center stage in the middle of the dining room table as she opens one of her presents:

I received sad news yesterday, from a dear knitting buddy; her father has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

I had to go through the pain and suffering with my own dad, back in 2000. While I go about my day-to-day activities and try live a normal, productive life, I thought I had put it all away, all the pain, anguish, feeling of helplessness to do anything, yet this brought it all back out in plain view again. I feel helpless to do anything but be a good listener, and hope I can help her through this; she will be going through some very stressful days ahead. When I got up and began my morning ritual, I could think of nothing else. There is so much that goes through a person’s mind, when they have to come to terms with the reality of our mortality. Time stands still for just a moment, long enough for us to believe in wishing on a star, just this once, to ask for a miracle that will give us a little more time together, with those we love.

I’ve learned through the loss of a loved-one, that the time we do have here on Mother Earth is a gift and we are obligated to share it with everyone around us, because one day, we’ll be just a memory to someone else, and what we leave behind will be our legacy for shaping their futures. You choose your own path in life, and every step you take creates a ripple that flows out from your center, to everyone around you. How firmly you walk determines how far that ripple will reach others.

Sam and Laurena Ranelli
My Dad, in Garage World, listening to the S.F. Giants on his transistor radio
Me and Mom, two giddy girls, peas in a pod

I am determined that what I leave behind will not be measured by tangible things, because I am not a piece of furniture. I am soul and spirit, and I will continue to be, even after my body dies, when I will become like a ripple on the surface of still waters for someone else.

Book Reviews and other up-coming reading
I can’t wait to read Troy Taylor‘s next book coming out soon: Suicide and Spirits, the first book ever written with cooperation from Lemp family descendants and features previously untold stories about the family, as well as rare photographs, detailing life among the tragic, St. Louis elite! Learn of the myths and misconceptions that have plagued the Lemp story as the real story as revealed in a way that only Troy Taylor can tell it!


Available to Order Starting February 25!

I once spoke with a relative who was living in Hannah House Indianapolis during a visit, back in the 90’s. The part of the whole Haunted House tour that really wigged me out was the basement, where the fire took the lives of several refugee slaves. I still get a chill when I recall that. Someone may have written a book about that; note to Self: Look up Indianapolis legends and tales of spirits.

I’m reading Death in a Prairie House, by William R. Drennan, the story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin murders, right now; it’s pretty good, so far. I’m getting into the historical stuff that precedes the murders-I hear the second half is morbidly grotesque, when they get into the details of the murders. But I can sorta see how the Locals would have contempt for a person like that, back then….bringing his paramour to live in such a fine house as he had built for her, Taliesin, with a family back home and all…

Time to rejoin the living-DH is hollering for me to bring up a Coke when I get done blogging my life’s story~ 😛

Birthday Bash for Babeh February 18, 2011

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and now the snow is over, but wait! there’s more to come on Monday.

DD35, Hubs, MIL and Baby are on their way to spend the weekend with us, HURRAY! DD20 and I went birthday shopping yesterday, in preparations for the big #2 Birthday Bash tomorrow. I was up at 7am this morning, ready to clean the house from top to bottom, while DH was out running errands with the neighbor. I finished cleaning the upstairs at 11:20, then decided to color my hair before jumping in the shower. I love the new color, L’Oréal 5AR Medium Chestnut Brown; it turned out purrrrrrrr-fect!

I’ve finished Baby Mommy’s Kitty Hat, just in time for their planned visit; prepare for a SQUEE moment:

Knit Picks pattern: Meow! Cat Hat by Adrienne Enriquez.

I’ll be off and on all weekend; catch you all on the flip-side, Monday!

A Song A Day: Feb 16th – The Flowing River of Life (via My 2011 Music Diary) February 15, 2011

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followup to tonight’s post, because it was so totally on track with where I was going~

A Song A Day: Feb 16th - The Flowing River of Life “Don’t care what people say, follow just your own way, don’t give up. If you want then laugh. If you must then cry. Be yourself don’t hide. Just believe in destiny” That was an extract from the lyrics of my very first song posted on this blog, Return To Innocence by Enigma. I still look at that song as being deeply moving and inspirational. Why should we have to hide away when we really don’t want too? Why should we hide our true feelings and tru … Read More

via My 2011 Music Diary

What would you tell yourself 10 years ago? February 15, 2011

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Here’s today’s topic, brought to you by Plinky.com:

If you could go back in time and have a 5 minute conversation with yourself ten years ago, what would you say?
I would be looking back on a night like any other night, only this one took place in 2001. Tonight,  I am working for Homelife Furniture, loving my job,  dressed for success as a newly divorced mother with two children who need me. I’m out in the workforce, being productive. I am a Total Woman.  For once in my life, everything feels right. I have a wonderful man who I plan to spend the rest of my life with,  a job I love, a home that I can call my own. I am an Independent,  Successful Woman, who is lucky enough to have a supporting partner to share in my success, not hold his own success over me like a prize-fighter’s Victory Belt.

Do I know where I will be, where we will be in 10 years? It doesn’t matter, because the only thing that matters is that we are together, and we’re doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing-working to rebuild our broken dreams,  our shattered lives, and our empty wallets. Without each other, nothing else matters. Not how much money we can bring in together, or how the bills will be paid, or if one of our ex-spouses will revisit our worst nightmares when we’re not looking.

I did the right thing, and in 10 years, the pain of a failed first marriage may lessen, but it will never go away. It is not supoose to “go away”, it’s a reminder of what I need to do to make things right in my world, in this one lifetime I am given.

I had no idea, nor did any of us, that events later that year, on September 11, 2001,  would change us all, forever.

As I am writing, a Dear Friend half a world away, sent me this lovely quote in an email:

“May today there be peace within.  May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.  May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.  May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.  May you be content with yourself just the way you are.  Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.  It is there for each and every one of us.”

Thank to my wonderful Friend L., who is always being there for me, always knowing just when to connect with me, even from such a great distance.  Truly, there is no distance between us, for we are Soul Sisters, and for that, I am blessed.

5 minutes?Are you kidding me? I could never say what I want in just 5 minutes, everyone who knows me, knows this for a fact!
Blessed be, Dear Readers, and good night!

QUIT YER BELLY-ACHIN’! February 12, 2011

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Babe Ruth played the majority of his career in...

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Take me out to the ball game,
take me out with the crowds.

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks,
I  don’t care if I ever get back.
Let’s root, root, root for the home team,
if they don’t win, it’s a shame.
For it’s ONE! TWO! THREE strikes, yer OUT!
At the old ball game.

As I sit here, looking out of the office window at the lowering half-moon as it sinks behind the trees, a documentary about baseball is playing on the TV. It reminds me of  summer days and going to see the San Francisco Giants play at Candlestick Park. Mom and Dad went down to at least 4 games a season, so the game was ingrained in my genetics.  Vendors yelled, “HOT DOGS, GETCHER HOT DOGS HERE!” and “COLD BEER, HERE!” I always got a cotton candy, despite the heat, and a stadium-style Oscar Mayer hot dog on a steamed bun, lots of mustard. Of course, I always manage to get mustard on me, and still do, to this day~some things never change:  white shirts with mustard and catsup stains, and Baseball.

The day Babe Ruth fell ill to a mysterious stomach ailment, it was later recorded as  “The Bellyache Heard Around The World.” And now we know the rest of the story 🙂

Hats off to the Blizzard of 2011! February 9, 2011

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Last week’s storm was one for the books – we got a total of 18 inches. I finally got a cell phone pic downloaded.

This was taken from our bedroom window. The curtain partially detached itself from the gutter today. Luckily, DD20 wasn’t standing or parked under it.

Last night, I finished Baby Rhonda’s #2 birthday pressie: The Froggy Hat!

DH got such a big kick out of it, he played with taking pics of it for the rest of the evening!

The Froggy Hat is my adaptation of Meow! by Adrienne Enriquez

I’m hoping teh Frog fits;  I will get Baby Mommy to send a pic of the hat in action soon!

These are next on my list of to-do’s, for Easter:

Marshmallow Bunnies Socks by Debra Baker

Marshmallow Bunnies Socks by Debra Baker

I wanted to join the #silentwriters on Twitter last night, but DH had other plans, which included pestering the carp out of me.

I was hoping to have an hour of  uninterrupted silence with which to blog. It wasn’t going to happen, and this was the end-result of my evening. And nope, I did not get to blog.

Looks like a Frazzle-tini is in order!

Hats Off to The Blizzard of 2011! February 9, 2011

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This storm was one for the books- we got a total of 18 inches. I finally got a cell phone pic downloaded.


This was taken from our bedroom window. The curtain partially detached itself from the gutter today. Luckily, DD20 wasn’t standing or parked under it.

Last night, I finished Baby Rhonda’s #2 birthday pressie: The Froggy Hat!

DH got such a big kick out of it, he played with taking pics of it for the rest of the evening!

The Froggy Hat is my adaptation of Meow! by Adrienne Enriquez

I’m hoping teh Frog fits;  I will get Baby Mommy to send a pic of the hat in action soon!

RIPPLES IN THE SNOW: Baby Granny Stripes Blanket February 4, 2011

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Caron International | Free Simply Soft® Project | Baby Granny Stripes Blanket

As some of you may know, outside of my current knitting craze, I’m a HUGE crochet fanatic, with mostly doilies in my Portfolio. If you are a member of Ravelry, you’ve likely seen some of the many doilies I’ve made over the years, and there are even a couple blankets I’ve posted.

I haven’t put everything in Ravelry yet, but I have been known to make quite a few Ripple afghans in my day. My mother was big fan of the Ripple pattern, and together, she and I have probably made over 100 afghans, in every possible 4-color combination, for family and friends.

So, when I saw this baby ripple, I had to grab the link, so I can come back to it later. I love the soft color palette, and the ease of construction. Makes me want to pick up my crochet hook again, and start one. They go so fast, one can easily be done in about 2 weeks, give or take. So, if I get bored or need a change in routine, I am thinking this one is right up there on my list!

We were coming back from town this morning, and decided to take the scenic route back along Hwy H. The snow had blown over the road during the blizzard, and literally covered the road in the wide open spaces between ridges,  wrapping itself up around the fence posts to form some very beautiful patterns.  Some of the snow drifts resembled icing on a cake, spilling over the top and draping down in lovely swirls and patterns.
It was one of those days, I wished I’d had my camera with me…

Silent Write-In | Dyed in The Wool February 1, 2011

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Tonight’s exercise:

Set a timer for five minutes and freewrite—writing anything that comes to mind without stopping until the timer goes off. Then circle every third word or phrase of what you’ve written. Use these circled words as the starting point for a poem.

It was a dark, stormy night.

The wind howled around the corners of the house, like a banshee thirsty for a bloody mary, on the rocks.

As I listen to the low groans and rumblings of tree limbs rubbing together in protest at the relentless storm that passes through their boughs, I find myself playing with a lock of hair, twisting and wrapping it around a finger, like a crochet hook caressing wispy strands of virgin wool (ooo that sounds kinky!)
I have a few months to play around with this shortened do I call my “new look”, and see if I can get it up off the shoulders again. I was so loving my 5-prong chignon fork, it’s always been a life-saver for a quick up-do. Even with these shortened layers, I can still wrap and twist (sounds like a knit stitch W&T) and still get it to stay up. And hey, if some of it spills out and makes me look more like Michelle Pfeiffer, so be it! At 53, I’ve learned to NEVER SAY DIE (but yeah, dye is ok, for covering the grey) 😉

a night owl howled ’round the corners of the house

banshee mary rocks  her boat like a quite church mouse

listen, low rumblings, entwined limbs in the  dark passes

boughs  mirror myself, lock wrapping finger in a hook

strands of wool wet and kinky few play this call-

look! I caress it, bare shoulders so  pale. my fork, you have been savoring these sushI wraps

sounds knit into my being and chuck it up, day spills over into the night

makes sense more so now,  I’ve never been so dyed in the wool  for grey twilight.

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Freaking random! I’m going to read this tomorrow and go, “WTF did I just write?!”

TBC~