Must Be May – 2019 – Song Lyric Sunday

Jim gives us the prompt of Dawn/Noon/Dusk/Midnight/Nocturnal/Diurnal for our songs today. 

I think this one by Barbra Streisand is very pretty.  It is from the second album she did with Barry Gibb called Guilty Pleasures. 

Golden Dawn
One golden dawn
One summer night
With nothing left to say
We let the dream begin
It was carried on the wind
And it wandered away
One golden sky
One spark of light
Forever will remain
And the song of the storm
Brought us close, kept us warm
All alone making love
In the rain
Gone is the world outside
Home on the turning tide
True love will find the sun
And know the reason why
You make me hunger for
You whispered, “Mi amor”
Over the ocean’s roar
And the night will become
Our golden dawn
Two hearts as one
No tears to cry
With you I have it all
If love can never die
I’m not afraid to fly
But how far must I fall
One silver song
One lullaby
For all the love we make
It’s the look in your eyes
It’s the moon on the rise
It’s the sound of the heart
That you break
Gone is the dark of night
Call on the early glow
Send down the birds of love
That circle us below
And still I will hunger for
You whispering, “Mi amor”
Over the ocean’s roar
And your arms reach for me
And the shine on the sea
And the night will become
Our golden dawn
Songwriters: Ashley Gibb / Ashley R. Gibb / Barry Gibb / Barry Alan Gibb / Stephen Gibb / Stephen T.C. Gibb
Golden Dawn lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group

Thanks to Jim for continuing this fun hop, started by Helen Vahdati.  Hope she is well. 

Happy Sunday all.

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Must Be May – 2019 – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Let’s Roam

Quite unexpectedly the other day I got an email from a representative of “Let’s Roam.”  I had not heard that name before but the message said that since I had previously requested to be an affiliate, they were offering me the opportunity to join them now.  Upon researching, I found out that “Let’s Roam” is the new name for “Big City Hunts.” 

Indeed, I had requested to be an affiliate of “Big City Hunts” a couple of years ago after my husband and I had such a good time on the Reno Hunt we accomplished.  I had never heard back from them so I forgot about it.  Apparently, they’ve been undergoing some changes and now they are “Let’s Roam.”  Their Mission Statement is to “focus on connection through exploration, creating new ways for people to see the world, create memorable experiences and meet new people.  Our mission is to reimagine the way people explore and connect.”  I like that mission!

Of course I said that I would definitely like to participate and I sent the link to the blog post I had written about our Reno experience.  I was excited to get the response back from them stating that I could be an affiliate!

“Let’s Roam” is a treasure hunt experience leading you, through an app on your phone, around your chosen city with a series of hints and clues from point to point.  There are trivia questions and you really need to take a look at your surroundings to get the answer which leads you to your next spot.  Picture taking is a part of the fun as well and you earn points for solving the riddles.  You can choose to “role” play by being the “Photographer,” “Braniac,” or “Explorer” or you can just be tourists as my husband and I did.  There are no tour guides, reservations or time constraints, you can move along at your own pace. 

There are currently over 350 different cities in the program over four continents!  There are programs for large groups and corporate events to help with team building and there are also hunts for special occasions like birthdays, bachelor/ette parties and date night!  It is a great way to introduce the kids to new places as well.  In fact, one of the long-term plans of the company is to “launch a non-profit that helps children get out and explore the world.”   The tickets are reasonably priced and once you purchase, they are good for two years.  They make great gifts too.

This is one of the spots we were taken to when we went on our scavenger hunt. 

Since “Believe” happened to be my “Word of the Year” it was especially moving for me.  

There were even some things that we found that were not part of the hunt, but we probably wouldn’t have noticed them if we hadn’t been looking more closely at our surroundings. 


Obviously the fact that I am an affiliate means that I would get some compensation for anyone who books a “Let’s Roam” trip using my link but I really believe that the experience will be a great one.  If you decide to go on a Scavenger Hunt, I’d love to hear about it. 

Also, I am developing a mini-album to go along with the hunt that will be available in my Etsy shop.  If you want to have your pictures put in an album to commemorate the experience, I’ll be happy to work with you on one.  There may even be a special discount!  Just send me a message with your details.   

Technically this was not a true “Stream of Consciousness Saturday” post because I didn’t really just let my mind wander but I did start the post with an adverb, which was the prompt from Linda for today.  Have a terrific Saturday all.   

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Must Be May – 2019 – Mother’s Day is over.

Mother’s Day is over and if you read my last post you’ll know how mine went.  Now to concentrate on Father’s Day.  I’ve added some new things to the Etsy site and thought I’d share here too.

Here’s a card for the boxing fan:

 One for the golfer:

 and one for the motorcycle enthusiast:

They all come with matching envelopes of course.

The big one is a Tool Themed Mini-Album. 

Instead of ribbons and bows, this one is held together with rings and little metal embellishments.  

Inside is room for pictures and writing notes. 

There are pockets to stick in a gift card to his favorite hardware store!

Here’s the back.  It is sturdy enough to stand on its own on the mantle or desk.  

Similar to the T-shirt one I showed during the A to Z Challenge, U for Unique.

That’s what I’ve been doing when I can tear myself away from the new dog!  How about you?  What have you been up to since the A to Z?   

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Must Be May – 2019 – The Mother’s Day Adventure

I’ve said many times that I am not a pet person.  When the kids were little they clamored for a dog.  My standard statement was “When you can care for your inanimate objects (toys, keeping their rooms clean, chores, etc.) then you can get a dog.  Fortunately for me that worked.  Even though my husband had owned animals in the past, he respected my wishes and we never had pets until about 10 years ago when he brought home a stray cat that had befriended him at work.  That was “Whisper” and I tolerated her because she really didn’t need much attention.  She mostly ignored me and while I did feed her, I didn’t go out of my way much to interact.  She was around for about 5 years or so and then got sick and we had to put her down. 

Not long after came Tiger (although my husband called her “Puppy” because she followed him around like a dog would).  She was also not a lot of trouble because she was an indoor/outdoor cat so we had no litter in the house and she pretty much came in to eat and sleep and then roam outside during the day.  Again, I hardly had much interaction with her except for the times that my husband was away.  Then she would come and sleep on the end of the bed at night.  Last week we had to put her down too after a mysterious illness/injury.  Suddenly she couldn’t walk and her tail wasn’t moving.  When she started losing control of her bladder there weren’t many options. 

I didn’t think that it would matter to me and yet I found myself looking for her on our bed or in her favorite spots in the house and I realized that there was something missing.  I also realized that all the objections I had to having a pet were no longer valid since the kids were adults and obviously handling their own lives.  I didn’t want another cat though.  I thought that a dog would fit with our lifestyle now and may even help me lose a few pounds if I had to go walk it so for Mother’s Day I decided that I wanted the family to go find a dog.  My husband was still a little reserved but told me that if that is what I wanted, go ahead, he’d wait at home.  Our son wanted me to pick a big dog but I knew I couldn’t handle a large, slobbery animal and I didn’t want a Pitbull or anything like that. 

The people at the Peninsula Humane Society were so very helpful and let us sit with a couple of dogs to see which one would fit our family.  We sat in a room and had the dogs brought to us.  We liked the first one right away but saw both of them just to be sure.  May I present Benedict Hunter Miles (Benedict for Benedict Cumberbatch because I love his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and Hunter for the baseball player Hunter Pence because he is one of our favorite players).

This is a picture my family thought they would NEVER see!

He is a Terrier mix of some sort and is about 3 years old.  He is so friendly and calm (although maybe the fact that he was neutered just 3 days ago makes a difference in that regard).  He came right to us and although the Humane Society had named him Shorty, when we started calling him Benny he reacted right away.  Now he has just about taken over our living room but we are getting used to each other pretty quickly. 

So there you have my Mother’s Day Adventure.  Hope you had a great one too!  

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Must Be May – 2019 – Reading Challenge Update

It seems I haven’t done a post about the 2019 Reading Challenge since January and I’ve read quite a few books already, considering I usually only read at night before falling asleep.  Here’s what’s been accomplished so far:

All of the books listed in that January post have been read.

Not Dead Yet by Phil Collins –  This was an interesting read about Phil Collins.  Of course I knew about him but I didn’t realize how much work he actually did.  I also didn’t know much about Genesis with Peter Gabriel in the band and reading about it here prompted me to visit YouTube to check it out.  He (Peter) was definitely different!  Having seen Phil Collins last year with his son playing the drums, the title of the book is very appropriate.  He has slowed considerably but he is truly Not Dead Yet.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares –  Cute story.  I have not seen the movie and maybe I will check it out.  I have the sequel on my shelf.

The Nutcracker by Alexandre Dumas – I don’t know what I was expecting with this but it didn’t do much for me really.  I’ve never seen the ballet performance so maybe that would have helped. 

Make Take Murder by Joanna Campbell Slan – Scrapbooking and murder mystery in one!  Can’t go wrong with that formula.  I’ll be looking for more of hers to read for sure.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Classic.  I think I need to watch the movie.  I’ve never seen the whole thing. 

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt – I just finished this one and I don’t know why but I thought it had something to do with the Holocaust.  Nothing at all to do with that but still a story of a poor Irish family going through some real hardships.  The way Mr. McCourt told the story though actually made me laugh out loud, which hasn’t happened in a long time.

Flower Power Trip: Cozy YA Mystery (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 3) by [Cudney, James J.]

I’ve just started the third book in the Braxton Campus Mystery Series, Flower Power Trip by James J. Cudney.  I’ve read the first two and they were terrific.  I expect this one to be just as good.  You can get it for .99 cents on Kindle from now until May 14th.  You won’t be disappointed.

Also read this year so far were:

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Still Alice by Lisa Genova – I saw the movie and the book was just as good.  Scary real.

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir – There were some differences between the book and the movie but I enjoyed it.  I found myself picturing Matt Damon throughout the read.

The Hating Game by Sally  ThorneThe Hating Game by Sally Thorne – My daughter introduced me to this book because I was looking for something to fit the PopSugar category of “a book with a wedding.”  Interestingly, this book has a few steamy romantic scenes and as a mom it was a bit weird knowing my daughter read these, even though she is 22 now!

The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene – I re-read this to fill my “book being made into a movie in 2019” but it doesn’t really take much for me to read a Nancy Drew story.  She was my first introduction to the mystery story genre and I’ll always love her.  I didn’t realize until recently that there really is no Carolyn Keene and that there were actually several different people who wrote Nancy Drew Mysteries.

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore 
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore – This was not exactly a “tell-all” in the normal sense of biographical novels.  I was mildly disappointed.

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-SundbergThe Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg – The premise of this sounded really funny – old people who feel that prisoners get treated better in jail than they did in their nursing home so they hatch a plan to get arrested so that they can go to jail.  It wasn’t quite as funny as I thought but I could see how someone could take this and make it into a great movie…think Helen Mirren, Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman, etc.

Choked Up by Janey Mack – I didn’t really care for this mystery writer’s style.  The story was okay but I had trouble reading it.  Can’t explain it, just wasn’t the greatest.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – This was another one that was hard for me to read.  I think it had to do with the fact that the copy I read was annotated so there were a lot of numbers and symbols next to the words so that you could look up in the back what the references were.  If I did that it would have taken months to read.  I think I got the gist of the story without them.

My daughter and I have been to two of the local library’s book sales where you can fill a bag of books for $7.  I’ve managed to pick up quite a few gems there that are now filling my shelves!  My next project is to go through and list all the books I have to read.  It will make searching for something to fill the categories on the PopSugar Challenge a lot easier.

How about you?  Keeping up with your reading challenges?  Have some ideas for me?  I was a little surprised that I didn’t find more books during the A to Z to add to my list but maybe I wasn’t reading the right bloggers.  I’ll have to go back and check that out on the A to Z Road Trip which starts on May 20th. 

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Must Be May – 2019 – Stream of Consciousness Saturday

Linda gives us the prompt of “strain” for this week and I wonder how she knew we were going through a bit of a “strain” in this household?  We had to put our kitty down on Tuesday after an unexplained injury (she’s an indoor-outdoor cat) and everyone is missing her presence.  The $500+ vet bill is going to put a “strain” on our finances this month too. 

This is the second time we’ve had to let go of a cat and it doesn’t get any easier.  My husband says no more pets but the kids (adult) are clamoring for a dog.  We’ll see.  


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A to Z Challenge – 2019 – 10th Anniversary Reflection

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Blogging through the month of April with the 10th Anniversary A to Z Challenge has been such fun.  Even though I only had a brief idea of what I was going to blog about and having just moved all my craft supplies from inside our house to a new studio that we had built in the backyard, I managed to finish on time and I am pretty happy with the way the posts came out.  I had some fun creating things along the way and even made my first YouTube Vlog! 

I wrote about my cards and mini-albums and paper crafting in general, a subject that is a passion for me.  In case you missed any of the posts, here are links to them.

A is for A+
B is for Backpack
C is for Castle
D is for Duckie
E is for Easel 
F is for Feathers
G is for Gift Card Holders
H is for Honey Do
I is for Ideas
J is for Jar
K is for Kits
L is for Love
M is for Mini Albums
N is for Name Game
O is for Overlays and Owls
P is for Promotion
Q is for Quotes
R is for Repurpose, Recycle
S is for Special Orders
T is for Tools
U is for Unique
V is for Village
W is for Winging It
X is for Expo
Y is for YouTube
Z is for Zutter Bind It All

J. Lenni Dorner gave us a list of 10 questions since this is the 10th Anniversary…

  1. What did you love about the challenge this year?All of it.  
  2. What would you change about it? Nothing that I can think of. 
  3. What was the best moment for you during this year’s challenge?  — Coming up with the topic of eXpo for “X” and Zutter instead of Zebra for “Z”.    
  4. What is the best comment your blog got during the challenge, and who left the comment?I was surprised by the great reception my craft work got from everyone.  I can’t pick one specific comment.  
  5. Will you do the challenge again?  Absolutely!  Can’t wait.  Thinking of new ideas now.
  6. Was it well organized and were the hosts helpful? (Did you fill out the after survey?) Very well organized as always and yes, I did fill out the survey.  I have the survivor badge to prove it!
  7. How did you and your blog grow, change, or improve as a result of this challenge? Did you find new blogs out there to enjoy? I did find several new blogs (see below) and I stretched myself to make a YouTube video which turned out better and easier than I expected so I’ll bet I make more 🙂
  8. Were you on the Master List? (If you did the challenge last year, was it better this time without the daily lists?) I was on the Master List.  I don’t think it made much difference to me.  I posted on the main page and on the Facebook page almost every day.  
  9. Any suggestions for our future? — I can’t think of any right now but I’ll let you know if I do. 
  10. Any notes to the co-host team? A word of thanks to Jeremy for all his hard work on the graphics? A picture with your A to Z shirt, if you ordered one?See below for my co-host team thanks.  I’ve seen the T-shirts and I may get one, just trying to decide which one.  I have a mug from my first year and use it all the time.  

One of the great things about the A to Z is finding new people who are out there blogging away too.  Over the past three years I have continued to follow a number of people that I met through the A to Z.  Among the most interesting bloggers I came across this year were (in no particular order):

Gigglingfattie at  The name of her site intrigued me from the start because, hello, fat girl here.  She chose to write 500 word stories based on the pictures in a children’s A to Z carpet.  Her stories were so cute.

David Kravetz at  David wrote about the alphabet using signs he came across while traveling America.  There are some very funny signs there and places I’ve never heard of.

Tamara at had a most informative series about the Justice System and used some true life stories to illustrate her words.

Mary at gave us songs with a word that represented the letter of the day and asked us to think of more.

Donna at told her stories using random words and pictures. 

Eschudel at used a picture story-day in the life theme and I thought it worked really well.

Crackerberries at used whatever came to mind for the letters.  Did a great job too.

Shelley at is a blogger I’ve started following this year and she tried the A to Z for the first time.  She caught on really quickly and had a great first year!

Dena at gave us a quiz a day using pictures and questions with the letter of the day.  Very fun.

I’ve seen Cherdo at before with her music posts but have not been a follower.  She showed us different aspects of our lives that may/or may not mean that we are geezers.  I’m pretty sure I passed just about every test for inclusion in that category.

I made a copy for myself of the sign-up spreadsheet and I will be working my way around to find some more blogs that I missed during the next few months.  There’s never enough time to keep up with all 600+

It definitely helped me to do a draft page with each letter of the alphabet and the graphic (designed by the talented Jeremy Hawkins) that corresponds with it.  Then when I was doing research I had a place to put pictures I came across that I wanted to use and could add some links (like the link to the main A to Z page) and that saved time on the posts that were due that day.  Then even if I wasn’t quite sure how the post was going to end up, I at least had a starting off point.  I didn’t make a million dollars selling things in my Etsy shop but I know my views and visits to the site increased (wait, maybe that was because I was going there to link my items? – LOL).  At any rate, once again it was a very fun experience to be part of the A to Z family. 

A huge thank you to our founder Arlee BirdJohn Holton, J.Lennie Dorner and the rest of the A to Z team.  I know there must be a lot of behind the scenes work that we are not even aware of and they certainly deserve a standing ovation.  Now it’s time to start thinking about next year’s topic! 

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