Sharing—Is It Really A Good Thing?

 Melodic Musing of the Moment:
“Rock & Roll All Night” by Kiss

Missing the blogosphere,  I’ve spent the better part of the evening reading through blogs.  Some old, some new, some renamed, & some are gone that I once knew.  It makes me rather nostalgic.  I get that way sometimes…

“Memories…”  AHEM!  Sorry, I got a little lost there for a moment.

 Ah, the wonders of the mind.  I sure don’t want to get lost in my thoughts.  I never know what I’ll find there.  I don’t know if I’d make it back alive.  Or would I find it a place I would never want to leave?  Hmm…

SNAP OUT OF IT!

Well, I guess I have been spending way too much time away from here.  I have been listening to ’70’s music quite a lot lately.  And even without burning the incense (I do have some. Real incense. That was NOT a metaphor for something else) I’m really enjoying it, man.  Or should I say I’m diggin’ it.

Ok, I was born in 1967, so I do feel a special connection with the hippie thing.  I’ve never been one to follow the crowd or wear the latest fashions.  But, I haven’t burned any of my bras either (as much as I’d like to. I hate them!)

But, being born then, I was a teen in the ’80’s.  And, I LOVED it!  For a little while, I did the Madonna thing with the lace half gloves & all.  But when I got to high school, all bets were off!  It was heavy metal, big hair, spandex & tight leather pants heaven.  Guys with long hair & tight jeans…MMMMMM.  I so miss that!

Gilby Clarke(fanpix.net)

Jani Lane(from internet)

The bands:  Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison, Warrant (R.I.P. Jani Lane) & so many more.   In our senior class of 1985…….Whew,  I almost went all cheerleader on you there for a minute, but I stopped myself.  Ok?  (looking around)  The moment has passed, you’re safe for now.  As I was saying, we had mock elections for our yearbook & I was elected Class Rock-n-Roller!!!!!  Screw Valedictorian…I ROCK!!!   (Grade-wise, I did come in 10th of a class of 85 students, so I didn’t get killed by my parents)

As for music from the ’90’s till now…I’ve liked some stuff & some I can live without.  (like that damn speaker-thumping, window-rattling, nerve-wracking hip-hop that these kids blare nowadays-even as I speak/type at 3:30 am)  ARGH!!!!!  I tell you these kids have no respect!  (Do I sound old? Cranky?  Like the 2 unmarried sisters that lived together a couple of doors down from me & screamed everytime you so much as touched their grass?  No?  Good!)

So, if you check out my Spotify, you might be very shocked at what you find there.  Then again, knowing me, maybe not.

Babushka’s Rock!

Collette

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I Resolve-NOT

Melodic Muse of the Moment:
Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees

From the Gospel Music Channel

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope your holidays were memorable & that Santa brought you more than coal in your stocking.

My holidays were fairly quiet & uneventful.  Christmas eve was spent at my sister’s, eating our traditional Polish meal.  The first part is always meatless; consisting of fish, pierogi, kapusta (our special sauerkraut with Polish mushrooms & lima beans), warm prunes & apricots, & sledzie (herring).  We also break oplatek (thin wafer) before the meal to wish everyone health & happiness in the coming year.

After a dessert of cheesecake, we open gifts.  Usually, koledy (Polish Christmas carols) are sung & those who go to Midnight Mass leave for church.  Our Midnight Mass is at 10 pm because of the area it’s in. Plus, we have a lot of older parishioners.

Our Homemade Kielbasa

While the others are at mass, we cook the meat-full part of the meal.  Ham & kielbasa, both smoked & our homemade fresh, are put in the oven in anticipation of the church-goers return.
As the delicious smell of juicy pork wafts through the house, the church-goers arrive & we are ready to eat.  The meats are served & we dig in.  Eaten by itself or between two pieces of fresh rye or pumpernickel bread, the feast is almost heavenly.  And the horseradish is so fresh that it clears the stuffiest of noses. 

When everyone has had their fill, it’s time to start packing up to go home & get some much needed rest.
This year was a little different, however.  No one was coming back after church.  My aunt & uncle & cousins were just going home.  So, we packed up our doggie bags & were headed home earlier than usual.

Smoked Kielbasa & Ham

Christmas day is spent at my hubby’s mom’s home.  We eat turkey, ham & kielbasa, green bean casserole (my favorite), sweet potatoes, corn & rutabaga.  And I can’t forget the cookies…So many cookies…

After we eat, my hubby plays Santa & passes out all the gifts.  The house is packed with people & gifts!  And cookies…So many cookies…

When all the gifts are given out & opened, everyone is exhausted & ready to go home.  But you know we can’t leave unless we take…Cookies…oh, so many cookies…

For New Year’s Eve, my hubby & I just went to a local bar & rang in the new year with my dad & a few regulars from the bar.  We dropped my dad off at home since he only lives a couple of blocks away from me & were home before 1 am. On New Year’s day, we stayed home and enjoyed some much needed relaxation.

I make no resolutions this year for two reasons:
1) I never can keep them
And
2) I just want to have a great year of Happy, Healthy, & (hopefully) Wealthy with my family & friends.

My wish to you is the same;  May 2013 give you all the Happy, Healthy & Wealthy you need.

And Cookies…Oh…So…Many…Cookies

Happily Waving My Babushka,

Collette

P.S.  Sorry for no pictures of cookies, but they were taunting me so I had to eat them 😉

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Merry Christmas from My Home to Yours

Musical Musing for Today:  Silent Night (Cicha Noc)
I picked this today because it was my Babcia’s favorite
Christmas song. Polish translation above.

I just wanted to write this short note to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  God has blessed me with two wonderful families to spend it with.  I would like to share my love & blessings with you on this day.  (I won’t even charge the usual rental rate for my family…lol)

May you be blessed & loved today and all through the year!

Merry Babushkas,
Collette

2012 Yule Log from my tv

The Wonderful World of Genetics

*Melodic Muse of the Day*
“Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw

HELLO!  And welcome back to the asylum.  (heehee)

As usual, I have been a busy bee.  I always said, when I’m not working, I seem to have more to do.  Yes, I have more stuff to do & No, I am not working.  Not in the normal (gasp, can’t believe I used that word) sense, that is.  So, have a seat, put your feet up, & lend me your ears (ok, your eyes, but who’s keeping track 😉

So, where to start…Hmmm.  We’ll start with “Why I’m not working”.

I’ve had arthritis since I was about 30, so when I started getting bad pains from my back down my right hip & thigh, that’s what I thought it was until it started getting progressively worse.  The pain began about the end of December 2011 & continued to worsen.  By my last day of work for the school year, I had been in severe pain & limping around for months.  I had an MRI done in May that showed four bulging discs, some narrowing of the spine, at least one pinched nerve, & quite a bit of arthritis.  It also showed some disc degeneration.  I guess that would explain the pain I’ve been having, right?

Needless to say, I’ve been to my doctor, a back specialist, a neurosurgeon, & our pain clinic.  The back specialist basically gravitated right toward surgery.  I figured that would be the last resort.  So, I’ve been going to the pain clinic, have gotten 12 shots in my back since July, & am having radio frequency
thermal coagulation on December 21st.  That just means they are burning the nerves in my back that have been giving me the problems.  I’m sure I’ll eventually have to have surgery.  My neurosurgeon, though, decided to send me for an MRI on my neck first because it seems I may have problems there, as well.  He said the neck should be fixed first as the nerves go to the arms & legs, whereas the nerves in the back just go to the legs.  And no, they can’t both be done at once because rehab would be impossible.  Wonderful, huh?

So, that’s pretty much the story of my year so far.  Except for the fact that I did have to have a biopsy on my left breast because of something not looking quite right.  It was, thank goodness, benign, but it was a bit scary.  Both of my grandmothers had breast cancer, so I definitely have to be watchful.  I have been getting yearly mammograms for quite a few years already.  That is one thing I make sure to have done even if I don’t take the best care of myself.  It is a pain, literally, but a very important test to have.  That’s my PSA for today!

I have been keeping busy, however.  Unfortunately, I do not have an income now, so I’ve been trying to find ways to work from home on my computer.  I used to do PartyLite shows, but that’s a no-go because of all the lifting & carrying products.  If only they would drop-ship their orders, I would love to get back into that.  I love their candles, accessories & etc.  Of course, they are very heavy into the “home party” aspect part of the business.  They do have “book parties” but the product goes to the hostess’ home,  to be delivered by her.  So, if I’m the one having the “party”, I get the products to sort & deliver. (sigh)

A lot of work-at-home businesses charge a fee to get started & I refuse to pay to work for someone.  I’ve been doing a few pay-per-click sites, but the money is very slow to add up.  I am signed up with an internet marketing site, but people don’t want to bother trying to recruit others or sell anything.  I don’t blame them as I don’t care for it myself, but it is free sign-up & tons of training info.  You get access to a “store” & can sell your own stuff there for very little.  I’ve been with the company almost a year & know if I do put some time & effort into it, it will work.  But right now I just don’t have the motivation for it.  I am hoping that I can get a few ads on my blog & make a little that way.

Whatever I do, I want to enjoy doing it.  It’s time for me to be happy with what I do in my life.

Peace, Love, and Babushkas,
Collette

My cane-that I barely ever use

Gobble Gobble

Hey everybody!  I am in the process of writing a post, but keep getting sidetracked. (So, what’s new, right?)    But, I did want to wish everyone a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving.
I give thanks for family & friends, life & love, and being sober 11 years today.  I couldn’t have done it without you guys!  You never know where you can get strength from & I have found it here many times.
Thanks to all of you, whether this is your first time here or if you’ve been here many times.  I appreciate you!

Love & Green Bean Casserole,
Waving my Babushka high,

Collette

Live Well. Be Well.

Hello My Friends!

I didn’t even realize that it’s been over two months since I last posted.  Time just goes by way too fast!

I haven’t been really busy, just a lot going on, but I’ll get to that another day.  I saw something a few minutes ago and had to share it with you.

I don’t know how many of you have read the book “The Secret” or have seen the movie.  I, myself, have not done either; although I do intend to read the book one day soon.  Here is an excerpt from the book called “The Optimist’s Creed”.  It is very empowering, so I had to share it!  Love to all of you!  Collette



To be strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person I meet

To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them

To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true

To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future

To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet

To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble

To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds

To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me

Christian D. Larson


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