Father’s Day 2015

An Awesome Dad | Posted by Jannie on 29 June 2015 @ 6:57 PM (17) Comments

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Yay, I finally have photoshop again, to make collages and such!!

Happy Father’s Day, 8 days “late.” And guess what?! I’m even gonna let you see 3 of these, bigger…

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~~ Jannie

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P.S. Sara — I know you took June off from blogging, so letting you know my previous post has a poem. I know how you LOVE poems.

xoxooxoxoxxoxo again.

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“At First” — a poem with photos, plus some rambling about The Pea of late.

Just Good Stuff, Poetry, The Pea | Posted by Jannie on 31 May 2015 @ 4:05 PM (24) Comments

Choirgirls

Beautiful

at first
the stars’
hearts
started
beating

and
the moon
flicked on
the lights
above the
ocean’s
dance hall
floor.

then
music
began
wriggling
from the
cracks in
the cooled
lava and
raining

from
morning’s
suitcase

to root
in pebbles
and ash.

quite a lot
more stuff
happened,

until
finally

children
sprouted
from the
sunshine
to sing.

now…
some say
it was really
the children
who arrived
first, followed
by the music

and that
may well be.

all i know
is i’m here
to enjoy
the song.

~~ END OF POEM, with photos from school choir competition a couple Fridays ago in San Antonio.

I had a blast helping chaperone a 4-bus trip of 200 choir boys and girls. Spent the rest of the day at Six Flags. Left school at 6:00 a.m. , returned at 8:00 p.m.

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Kelly is pretty-much always the shortest one. But she’s growing great, I had to let her choir gown hem down all the way for that performance!

Here they were in the warm-up room before they went on stage…

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They won first place.

And it’s kinda cool that the girl with the side braid in the top 2 photos was the 3-year-old in the yellow dress ten years ago. (Kelly in white lace, with robins’ egg blue ballet leotard beneath.)

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Braid girl, Kelly and the choirgirls with the green satin sashes will begin high school this fall — 9th grade.

(The choirgirls with the black satin sashes have just finished 7th grade, going into 8th. Kelly would actually only be going into 8th too this fall, but the way her Montessori schoolin’ went in elementary, she had “Skipped” a year when she integrated into Public school in 5th. (That’s Grade Five to us Canadians, right Talon?) :) :) :)

Kelly’s last day of Middle School was this past Friday!!!! And a week before that I got to enjoy the last few songs at her high school’s Incoming Frosh dance when I arrived to pick her up.

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Kelly does wow the general school populace with her gymnastics.

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Caught mid-aerial. She’s getting really good at those, steady on her feet.

But back to things choir…

Here was one I took with a much lesser camera at her Christmas 2014 concert…

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See how high up Kelly’s hem was then?!!! She’d grown so much, I didn’t realize until I saw her on stage that night.

And a photo taken at a high school graduation party yesterday…

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The gym mate Kelly is sitting atop is going off to college at U of Wisconsin this fall, where she will continue gymnastics.

ONE more photo!

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Kelly picking out her friend’s graduation card on the way to the party yesterday. That skirt was well below her knees when she wore it last fall. Growing, for sure!

Now my lovelies, I could include at least 50 more recent awesome photos here. And I could tell you how Kelly was the only student in all 3 of her school’s 8th grade classes to make 100% on a recent major algebra test, advanced algebra — 9th grade level!!! And remember — that’s a 7th Grade aged brain we’re talking about!!! :)

But….. I really must end this post now, to get back to laundry and packing. Then vacuum my car. And finish giving Jim his pedicure. Going away on vacay tomorrow!!

Take care y’all!

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“Everybody’s Buttocks Are Beautiful” song lyric

Funsterment, Poetry, Songwriting | Posted by Jannie on 29 March 2015 @ 12:46 PM (30) Comments

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Verse 1
my buttocks are looking oh so flabby today
i overheard her say
at the coffee shop yesterday
she was lamenting to her friend
that she’d gained weight in her rear end
she feared her gluteous maximus
was losing it attractiveness
so i leaned over to her table
and said excuse me lady, don’t you know…

Chorus
everybody’s buttocks are beautiful
no matter the shape or size
everybody’s buttocks are beautiful
in God’s eyes

Verse 2
she replied from her pie, skinny ma’am please get real
you don’t know how i feel
you probably got buns of steel
i said, oh no — quite to the contraire
i’ve not been exercising my derriere
my fanny is a little flat
but i don’t worry ’bout that
i know what really matters
is the beauty here in my heart, and…

Chorus
everybody’s buttocks are beautiful
no matter the shape or size
everybody’s buttocks are beautiful
in God’s eyes

Bridge
then her friend said, i agree
your butt is a beautiful sight to see
a glorious gift from God above
made of grace ‘n made of love

if it’s big, medium, little
hard as rock or gotta lotta jiggle
your heinie’s fine as fine can be
so shake your booty down with me…

then we all got up
and danced, and sang

Chorus
everybody’s buttocks are beautiful
no matter the shape or size
everybody’s buttocks are beautiful
in God’s eyes

Repeat Chorus

~~ (rear) end of lyric.

An offering for my next Open Mike.

O.M.s are a hoot!! Usually you play 3 tunes, but sometimes a couple more if not a lot of performers show up.

Posted with love, by Jannie

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P.S. When I started that index card months ago, 4 of those 6 songs’ lyrics were still not finished, so — yay me for my progress!  :)

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“They Took Us In” a poem of gratitude for angels

Family, Mysteries, Poetry | Posted by Jannie on 7 March 2015 @ 7:21 PM (31) Comments

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they took us in like
a doorstep basket baby,

like a hatless hitch-hiker
into a February car.

they anonymously paid our
first and last month’s rent

and keep slipping hundreds
and hamburgers under our door.

we hail from a northern
nation of funny words

and funnier traditions, like
sky painting and snow gambling,

yet, they see something
in us, something similar

to themselves — love maybe
trust, hope, loyalty, goodness

or possibly we remind them
of church supper smiles they
haven’t thought of in years.

~~ end of poem, posted for no other reason than Poetry Rocks, and so do YOU!!

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Photo #2 from an hour ago, the pets all facing in my direction to remind me it was almost dinner time.

And since I like threes, one more pic!

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Kelly with besties in Dallas last month, just before she was to accept 2 gold medals, first on bars and first on vault.

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p.s. For those of you with whom I don’t do FaceBook / Instagram, the top photo was taken Feb. 22nd, our 23rd wedding anniversary.

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I Know I’ve Been Promising You “Other” Posts, But…

Gymnastics, Just Good Stuff, Poetry, Songwriting, The Pea | Posted by Jannie on 14 February 2015 @ 6:30 PM (28) Comments

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So… I am editing this on July 18th, 2015, because I’ve done even more writing on the below tune. Herewithin quotations is the latest, and probably finished lyric (w chords.) After the quote marks represents the original post. Cheerios!

““Love Is The Answer” 94 bpm by Jannie Funster

Intro… C , Em / Am , Em / Gsus / Gsus /

VERSE ONE
Am / F / Am / Em /
i suppose i could get mad but that would feel bad, so i will keep it chill
Am / F / Am / Gsus /
i will choose to be the peace i wish i could see, yes i will
Am / Em / Am / Em /
everything is good here in the neighborhood
Am , Em / Am , Em / Gsus / Gsus /
in the thoughts i think and do and and say to me and you, i see…

FM7 / FM7 / C , CM7 / C , CM7 /
Love is the answer, Love is the dancer light on its feet, twirling sweet
FM7 / C / G / G /
Love is the answer to why are we here

VERSE TWO
Am / F / Am / Em /
you could be somebody else but please be yourself, born so you could shine
Am / F / Am / Gsus /
do the things you like to do, and be nice to you, all the time,
Am / Em / Am / Em /
with a quiet mind, seeking you will find
Am , Em / Am , Em / Gsus / Gsus /
everything’s a blessing or a lesson and in questioning you’ll see…

FM7 / FM7 / C , CM7 / C , CM7 /
Love is the answer, Love is the dancer light on its feet, twirling sweet
FM7 / C / G / G /
Love is the answer to why we are here.
Love Is The Answer, Page 2
BRIDGE…

Am / Dm7 / Em / Am /
check it out. check it out, ask me what i think it’s all about
Am / Dm7 / Em / Am / Em /
( instrumental, something with lots of notes )

VERSE THREE

Am / F / Am / Em /
let’s keep drinking up the stars and thinking with our hearts, in this gift we’re given
Am / F / Am / Gsus /
all we really need to know as people come and go, life is for livin’
Am / Em / Am / Em /
flying free and high through the beautiful sky
Am , Em / Am , Em / Gsus / Gsus /
turning, turning, turning, I believe that we are learning as we go…

FM7 / FM7 / C , CM7 / C , CM7 /
Love is the answer, Love is the dancer light on its feet, twirling sweet
FM7 / C / G / G /
Love is the answer to why we are here.

OUTRO…

FM7 / GM7 / FM7 / GM7 / FM7 / GM7 / AM7 /
love love love love love!”

I am SO EXCITED!!! that a recent lyric manifestation has evolved one of my songs to this…

“LOVE IS THE ANSWER”

1.
i suppose i could get mad but that would feel bad so i will keep it chill
i will choose to be the peace i wish i could see, yes, i will
sailing by the chart painted in my heart
in the thoughts i think and do and say to me and say to you i see…

chorus:
love is the answer
love is the dancer light on its feet
twirling sweet
love is the answer to why we are here

2.
you could be somebody else but please be yourself, born so you can shine
do the things you like to do and take care of you, all the time
flying free and high through the beautiful sky
as you keep on turning do you see that you are learning as you go…

Chorus

3.
i believe in kingdom come and doing as i’d have done, spinning as i go
i believe a holy plan too good to understand is running the show
’round and ’round and ’round, seeking i have found
everything’s a blessing or a lesson and in questioning, i see…

Chorus

~~ end of lyric.
["Final" edit :) April 4th, 2015! My 51st birthday, whooohooooo.]

Yay!!!!!!

I was never 100% happy with the lyric, and it lay fallow for over a year, until last week when the verses started magically rewriting themselves. Glad I had not done the “Final Recording.” Plus, my singing voice is so much better now!

I hope to be back in the studio in a few months to continue recording my 2nd 12 songs, whooohoooooo.

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My wonderful friends, as I post this we are in Dallas for another gymnastics meet, she competes tomorrow.

Don’t ya just LOVE her new competition leotard?!! Even more stunning than last year’s, which was a hard one to top.

And what an amazing gymnast she is! Been at it for quite a few years as you probably know.

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Hoping you will laugh / have laughed much today. And wishing you a super Valentine’s Day!

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P.S. More photos from this meet in comments!!

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