Oh, Have I Mentioned Recently…

…that Himself had shoulder surgery and has been home for four weeks?
…that I love being alone at least part of the day?
…that I get cranky when I don’t get alone time?
…that I know God has a plan in all of this?
…that I know that plan is for my good?
…that Himself is planning on retiring?
…that my prayer life needs to be amped up?
blessings, g
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Music to My Ears

 Back in 2006 I felt challenged to make a list of what I consider to be the best rock songs of all time. This is what I came up with:
…..my top 10 plus greatest rock songs of all time!!!  (I couldn’t keep it to ten and I reserve the right to add to the list!)  Here goes:  In no particular order…..
Barracuda – Heart – These sisters are amazing!
Heartbreaker – Pat Benatar – One of the best voices rock was ever blessed with
Round-about – Yes – So, I am a child of the 70’s.  Sue me.
Aqualung – Jethro Tull – No, J.T. is not a person but the name of a band!
Immigrant Song/Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin – Stairway is everyone’s favorite but for rocking out I had to include Immigrant Song
Mississippi Queen – Mountain
Layla – Derek & the Dominoes – Eric Clapton – nuff said
Crossroads – Cream – Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.  Need I say more?
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Old Time Rock & Roll – Bob Seeger – This might not quite qualify as “rock” but, once again, sue me.
Dream On – Aerosmith
Behind Blue Eyes/Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who – Once again, couldn’t decide which
Takin’ Care of Business – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
The Stroke – Billy Squier – Consummate rocker
Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
Glad – Traffic
Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf – Classic.
Honorable mentions:
Rebel, Rebel – David Bowie – Not sure if this is rock or freak rock but I gotta love him!
On the Dark Side – John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band from the Eddie and the Cruisers Soundtrack – Love this but not sure it is rock as I have defined it.
Future Rock Classic:
The Kill – Thirty Seconds to Mars – One of the best videos I have ever seen.  Based on the movie “The Shining.”

Knot a Not

(Family emergencies and such have kept me away these past few days so I am going to have to rerun a post rather than drop out.)

What an odd language English is.

As Isabella’s reading ability grows, she is in a constant state of pique over whoever it was who decided to invent silent letters!

“Booboo, how do you spell knot?”

“Do you mean like in, ‘I did not do that?’ or as in a tied knot?”

“A tied knot.”

“You’re not going to like it…..”

“How do you spell it?”

“K-n-o-t.”

Big sigh.

“Who spelled it that way?”

“I don’t know, Boo.  It is very strange, I know.”

So many conversations like this as she tries to comprehend what the most avid reader knows is a matter of memorization.

Heavy sigh.  (Three silent letters.)

I Am “N”

Happy Birthday!

 

 I just realized something: when we were at her cousin’s birthday party yesterday, Isabella had no problem with a large crowd of people singing Happy Birthday and clapping and making noise.
Not a big deal, you say? Oh, yes, it is! Isabella is autistic. Many autistics have a problem with loud noises.
When Bells was about four years old, we were at another cousin’s birthday party. I was in the ladies’ room when I heard the birthday song start. I hurried to get out of there and my worst fear had come to life. One of my nieces was holding a bawling, scared Isabella. Guilt came over me for wanting to be alone to take care of business while, at the same time, I was so happy to have such wonderful family who loves and takes care of my precious granddaughter when I cannot.
So, you see, the fact that I was able to take for granted that Isabella was fine yesterday is big; very, very big. I am so thankful for her growth and for the people, family, friends, therapists, teachers, who have brought her to this point.
Most of all, I am thankful for a courageous little girl, now ten years old, who has worked so hard to be able to live in a world that can be very unfriendly. I am so blessed.
gail