“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!


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  • 1

    On 1 June 2015 at 10:26 am

    Lynn said, 

    You mean Jim was just sitting there with a partial pedicure while you were putting together this post? :) He very lucky to have personal pedicurist.

    It’s been amazing for me to watch Kelly grow up – I love seeing these photos. And so neat that you can measure that growth by hem lengths!

    I’m not seeing a lot of dancing at that dance, but looks like a fun time anyway.

    Have fun on you vacay, Jannie Muffin!


  • 2

    On 2 June 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Daisy said, 

    Wonderful photos, Jannie. Kelly sure is growing. Wow! You must be so proud of her and all of her accomplishments. Loved your poem too. xoxo

  • 3

    On 3 June 2015 at 10:32 am

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    Love your poem, I bet you are part of that song!
    Sounds like Kelly has done much growing inside n out- High School begins! How exciting. Her fun is only beginning! Great that you get to be so proud of her. Yes, blogland has slowed way down in time for Sunner.

    Glad you are having no flood problems there to report, as so many in your state are experiencing Mother Nature’s fury recently. Have a great Vaca!

  • 4

    On 4 June 2015 at 10:19 am

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie .. you’re now vacationing … lucky you and I hope the three of you are having much fun …

    Kelly is certainly growing in more ways than height … clever girl and I’m so pleased for you both – such great news. Lovely photos and seeing all the kids together and now and then .. sweet delights …

    I did see that you had some damage from the storm .. but just excess water that seeped into the house .. hope it was all right to leave when you went on holiday … and the mopping up and drying out wasn’t too much of a pain …

    Good to see you and thanks for the email update .. big hugs and cheers Hilary

  • 5

    On 6 June 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Lynnie, it generally takes me 3 days for our home-pedis & manis, as I first push back the cuticles over 2 to 3 sessions, spaced about 1 day apart, then shape and buff, etc. Jim’s toes are especially challenging lately because he’s been tiling our bathroom in flipflops. Getting the Thinset blob residue off is a job. :) In the pix, yes the kids were actually all pretty-much dancing, tho it looks like they were just standing and chatting. :) And GOOD music that night!! Ahhhh, our just-finished wonderful vacay, amazing! And guess what? We had no Internet there — for the whole 6 days. Nice break!

    Daisy, she really really is growing yes! And fyi… that’s her new camera around her neck in the card aisle pic. She bought it with her saved up birthday, Christmas and chore $$. Even had me return the art supplies I bought her for Christmas at Michael’s so she could put that $$ towards the cam. What a gal!

    Snaggle, YOU are part of the song of my life, a friendship harmony I am blessed with. I like how you put that, growing inside and out, indeed. I KNOW on the flooding, right?! We received only about 30 soaking towels worth in our house, while just 45 minutes away 400 houses were swept away by the river.

    Hilary!!! Just got back from vacay 3 hours ago! This comment is actually my first time on the Net since Monday morning, June 1st! :) What a sweet vacation. And no more flooding in our house while we were gone!! And now….. I’m off to Google some pix to print out in color and affix to Kelly’s dresser with decoupage. Or… just had a brainwave… check out decals on eBay first!!!! And then, or simultaneously eat some cherries. Also have to check the “best-by” date on the buttermilk. Hope it’s not gone past, as we have a wonderful Texas brownie recipe to hopefully make tonight. :)





  • 6

    On 8 June 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    You have so much to be proud of with that girl. As to the size, isn’t that pretty common in gymnasts?

    I love the line about the music coming after the children because it’s such a shift from the first imagery. Nicely done.

  • 7

    On 11 June 2015 at 11:09 am

    Jannie said, 

    Yes, Alice, most Olympic female gymnasts are 5’2″ and under! And the one featured in this post now has her Level 8 uneven bars routine!!!!! And picking up other new skills, as our athletes do at our gym in summer. She made 14 Tsuks (Tsukahara) the other day!!!! That’s a vault move.

  • 8

    On 11 June 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Dr. J said, 

    Just came by to see what was up. Loved the photos and your comments!

  • 9

    On 13 June 2015 at 10:35 am

    Jannie said, 

    Hey Dr. J, facial surgeon in Florida. Aloha! And how about a “whited-out” Fiesta Texas photo of my daughter and her best school friends, didn’t realize I had to adjust the ISO on her new camera to much lower when out in bright light…

    Okay, been a while since I coded a photo into a comment, let’s see if I have this correct…


    Alrighty then. Take care!


  • 10

    On 13 June 2015 at 10:35 am

    Jannie said, 

    Nope. :) Back to Plan B on the photo insertion… :)

  • 11

    On 13 June 2015 at 10:38 am

    Jannie said, 

    Okay, THIS could be it……… drum roll….

    a whited-out photo, but if you tilt the computer screen (at least on my computer,) the subjects come into “focus” a bit, could probably be enhanced a lot with some computer program! I’m between Corel Paint Pros at the moment, else I’d try to enhance it now.



  • 12

    On 29 June 2015 at 10:27 am

    Alice Audrey said, 

    I’m glad you said it was a vault move. I had no idea.

  • 13

    On 29 June 2015 at 10:30 am

    Alice Audrey said, 

    I’ll agree with Jack and Jill being quirky. :) I’ll get the rolling more smoothly again next month. If just been overwhelmed this month what with windows and all.

  • 14

    On 1 July 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Alice, glad I clarified it was vault. :) And about Jack & Jill, and about all smooth rolling blog posts, it’s all good!!! It really is. Exciting about the windows!! xooxoxoxox

  • 15

    On 4 July 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    LOL. The DIY stuff online all said it should take maybe a couple of hours. Try days! Of course, trying to do it in 100+ temperatures might have something to do with it.

    As to smooth rolling…. I’m glad it’s all good because I’m still working on this week’s Jack and Jill right now. *eyeroll at self*

  • 16

    On 6 July 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Oh Hey, Alice Audrey. When did you pop back in here?!! :) Oh, on the 4th. I was doing a little blog hopping that day too. Before the party. Wow, the heat is not here for us yet. TX global cooling? :) How many windows are you installing and how many left to go, if any?


  • 17

    On 6 July 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Oh, P.S. Don’t you be eye-rollin’ one of my Besties, now!! :)

    Do the things you like to do
    and be nice to you all the time, etc.


  • 18

    On 11 July 2015 at 6:09 am

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Seems like there’s nothing smooth about my life these days. I can eye roll if I want to. *sticks out chin*

    It was just the one window, and it’s in now. Not a pretty job, but still better than the nasty staircase it replaced. One guy even talked about law suits after looking at the stairs. It’s good to get rid of it.

    Maybe that business about the poles moving is right. It certainly feels like Texas around here lately. I may even break down and buy an air conditioner.

  • 19

    On 13 July 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Alice Audrey, :) Wow, just one window, and a TON of tools and experience gained. You could go in business. And sheesh, we had to get rid of the front stairs in Canada, t’was unsafe. I bet your window’s pretty enough! As long as it’s plumb and level, you can do a lot of “patching” with caulk and paint!! :)

    The poles moving? Are the poles moving? What were we talking about? That 13degree tilt that keeps us all breathing and such. Which reminds me of that “All In The Family” episode where Gloria hit a Pole with her car. From Poland.

    Yes, feeling blessed today for A/C, good in both car and home.


  • 20

    On 17 July 2015 at 9:54 am

    Sara said, 

    OH WOW. I would’ve read it anyway, but thank you for the note on your latest post. We are back from our trip to England, one of the reasons I took time off.

    I loved the poem. It gave me chills…in a good way. You have so much talent and it’s obvious you passed a lot of it on to Kelly, just in different ways (well, the singing is obvious)She amazes me with her gymnastics! OMG. You must be very proud.

    Anyway, back to the poem…Maybe it’s time for you to publish some of your poetry. I know you think of it more musically, but it reads beautifully as a stand alone. Your poetry reminds of one of my favorite poets, E. E. Cummings:~)

  • 21

    On 17 July 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Jannie said, 

    deere sara, i love you and i, j.f. cummings, will be back here for YOU sooner than later. oxoxoxoxo

  • 22

    On 18 July 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    I’ve heard two versions on the poles moving thing. One is that the actual axis on which we spin has drifted several feet from where it used to be. The other is that the electromagnetic field around the earth keeps flipping between the North and South Poles. You’ve seen those diagram of the electromagnetic field, right? The one that looks like a doughnut around the Earth? I don’t know how they can tell it’s flipping, but there it is.

  • 23

    On 18 July 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Ahh, dear Sara, it always feels like a party in my heart when you visit here. England — I loves me some England. Some very dear peeps i know live there. Look forward to going back there again one day. I know you passed on YOUR amazing talent and spirit to your daughters too. Yeah, I’d like to submit some poems to some place in my Homeland, not sure if they accept ones already published online. Some day I’ll put out a book, probably. But first comes my “Second CD” I plan on getting back to the recording studio on this fall. Most of the writing has now shaped up, so a-singing shall I go. Yep, I’m very proud of her. And check my Tumblr, link above (in my navigation bar.) Today, I posted a photo-edit she did — the one where she photoshopped a Tinkerbell Kelly upon her own upturned palm. You might have to scroll down to see it, depending on when you read this, and how many new posts I Tumbl on top of it between now and then.

    Alice Audrey, ah ha. It’s just amazing it all works and keeps us “alfoat” in space. I learned from the online movie “Thrive” I think it was called, that the inverted donut shape comprises much of our universe, if not the universe itself. The shape has a particular name, but I’m not sure what and I’m too tired and lazy tonight to Google it. :)
    Good night!! Lights out… Z z zz z zzz zz z.


  • 24

    On 19 July 2015 at 10:35 am

    Jannie said, 

    Alice! The Torus. Popped up right away on Google when i punched in “what’s that inverted donut of the universe called”

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