2016 (so far) Photographic Highlights

Just Good Stuff, Kitchen Sink | Posted by Jannie on 27 May 2016 @ 8:04 AM (6) Comments


After another great gymnastics season in January and February, including (but not limited to) 2 more gold medals and winning “Alamo Classic” First Place team… Kelly retired from the sport. She’d been a gymnast for 10 years and was ready for something new.

In early April she tried out for her high school’s JV cheer squad, and made it!!

She is a “flyer,” LOVES it and they love her. But how could they not?!!??!!

Cheer group photo above taken just a week after tryouts.


3 weeks ago we adopted the sweetest 7-year-old terrier from the animal shelter.



His name is Muffin “Houseshadow” Funster.


Houseshadow because he follows me every step I take when I’m home.  :)


Kelly got her upper braces on a couple months ago.

Her lowers go on soon.


Jim designed and is building a spec home here in our neighborhood. It’s a spacious craftsman abode with a vaulted-ceiling open-concept kitchen/living/dining looking out onto the backyard from that long wall of windows.

The 3 little pix on the left show a progression of the back of the house.


Framing, taken New Year’s Day 2016, showing either end of the big living area. A “before” pic for sure, to one day be juxtaposed with the finished product. Stay tuned!!

I’ll show you the house’s front one day too. Lots of wood trim and shutters, olde New England style — with Jim’s own artistic flair, of course!

So happy the exterior of the house is mostly complete now — he can finish the inside all summer in the A/C!!


A cool art museum / park in Austin we had a lot of fun at a few months ago.


I decided on my favorite 15 tunes and updated my chord/lyric Songbook, getting really close now to being ready for some 1-hour shows.


So…. my dear friends, just a few of the pics from our life and times these past few months. For those of you who already saw them on FaceBook and Instagram, thanks for bearing with me!!  :)

Keep on rocking and I’ll talk to y’all soon!!


Oh, and a few photos from her final competitive gymnastics season…

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Sing To John & Yoko’s…. “And So This Is Christmas”

House Style | Posted by Jannie on 9 March 2016 @ 12:42 PM (21) Comments

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and so it was Christmas
and what did i do?
i strung up some li-ites
yes, more that just a few!

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a very merry Christmas
we had us some fun
that was some months ago
yet, life’s just begun

~~ everybody now, and so it was Christmas… la la la la la




Christmas 2015… in lieu of decorating our house with a string or 2 of lights in several rooms respectively, I installed ALL lights in the room where we spend most of our time.

The first of the photos here was actually taken last. I can tell because the beams were more filled-in with Jim’s yardsale-found antiques. I finished that “beamage” project over the holidays.

LOVE how in the 4th photo you can see the reflection of Jim’s blue file folder in the mirror opposite, and the tree’s reflection in the big painting! :)

Yep, so that was Christmas.

And now it’s spring!

Look at the spring-cleaning I did yesterday around our fireplace!!!



Took a lot of elbow grease to get the soot off, but I got there, pretty-much.


Chilly and rainy here today, yay! Might have a fire again tonight, going down into the 50s for a low, whooohoooo. Summer can wait!

Love, Jannie

Wow, and look at this new Sociable thing below! I guess when my WordPress updated, that came along too, cool!

New Blue Bikini (new song lyric by yours truly)

OPP (Other Peoples' Photography), Song Stuff, Songwriting | Posted by Jannie on 8 August 2015 @ 12:28 PM (40) Comments

The lyric has been revamped (again) :) since the below… (Edit: March 17th, 2016.)


(The lyric below reflects improvements from the original version posted here — thanks to feedback from my inspirational songwriting buddies.)

gonna laze at the pool in the shade where it’s cool
hearing ukulele music floating in the air
gonna stroll on the sand holding your hand
watching the sun wave good bye to the day
i love you so much and i’ll love you even more
when i’m walking with you on the honolulu shore, in my

new blue bikini
supercute swimming suit
wait ‘til you see me
in my new blue bikini

it fits so good in the places it should
hugging my curves like the ocean hugs the shore
it’s the color of the sky in early july
denim blue that sings to the twinkle in my eye
bought it on sale today for only ten bucks
brand new with tags, ooo — talk about luck, got a

new blue bikini
supercute swimming suit
wait ‘til you see me
in my new blue bikini

(12 awesome measures of scintillating instrumental here, maybe something even a-la-Jimmy-Buffet-esque.))

gonna catch a few rays, ‘n splash in the waves
where the dancing dolphins are laughing every day
gonna do as we please, just you and me
going on adventures that we’ve never had before
we’ve been working so hard but we’ll be playing soon
i’ll be smooching with you on our second honeymoon, in my

new blue bikini
supercute swimming suit
ooo wait ‘til you see me
in my new blue bikini


~~ end of lyric.

If you’re in Austin Tx on Tuesday, August 11th 2015, please join us at “Song Doctor” where I’ll be singing and playing guitar on this brand new song of mine, whooohoooo.

And if you’re not in Austin Tx on Tuesday, Aug. 11, where are you going to be / were you??


Waikiki sunset photo by Joel Mertens, 2010.

Father’s Day 2015

An Awesome Dad | Posted by Jannie on 29 June 2015 @ 6:57 PM (19) Comments


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…




~~ Jannie


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.

“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



at first
the stars’

the moon
flicked on
the lights
above the
dance hall

from the
cracks in
the cooled
lava and


to root
in pebbles
and ash.

quite a lot
more stuff


from the
to sing.

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.


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…


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.)


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.




Kelly does wow the general school populace with her gymnastics.


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…


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…


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!


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!