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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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!!

She Won!!!!!!!!!!!

Gymnastics, Just Good Stuff, The Pea | Posted by Jannie on 12 January 2015 @ 3:20 PM 22 Comments

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Announcing the Level 7 All-Around Champion at our first meet of the season.

Total score 36.4 (out of 40) with FIRST on uneven bars, and tied for FIRST on balance beam.

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THREE gold medals around her cute little neck.

Whooohooooo.

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On my phone with her dad after her big win.

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edit: apologies for the further-out photos being a bit fuzzy, but wait until Kelly gets the new camera she’s been saving up for!! We gonna be zooming in BIG TIME with precision. I hope anyway — for a $500 camera! :) :)

And….. here were the Dec. Jan. Friends Of The Month…









All Else Aside, How ‘Bout Twenty-Three Photos From The Past Thirty Days Taken With Kelly’s Old iPhone 4S, As I Need To Order A “Micro-Switch” Off Ebay For My Kodak EasyShare Z981 Which Is On The Blink Again But Really Is A Great Little Camera When It Actually Works.

Friends, Gymnastics, Just Good Stuff, Photography, The Pea | Posted by Jannie on 8 October 2014 @ 12:07 AM 19 Comments

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This past Saturday and Sunday our awesome gymnastics club hosted a meet for 575 athletes.

It rocked!

And I got to do iPad score entry for all 5 sessions!!!

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For our “Wizard of Oz” theme I designed and painted that 7′ x 7′ 5″ mural. Started it Monday and finished Friday, painting sometimes long into the night, mostly because I had no idea what I was doing :) but I think it ended up fine!

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Part of me wants to now cover the hills completely in poppies.

But most of me just wants a long long nap. :)

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A late night Toe Selfie — my right big toe tapped the button.

(Yes, my left hand was covered in green paint. Parts of me still are. And may be for a long time.) :)

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Sponged on and swirled the sky first.

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Many awesome parents, coaches and gymnasts lend their time and talents to pull off this annual event.

(Sorry about the yellow brick road tape residue. My partial bad. Never again tape on the floor, I super-promise.)

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Other artistes helped decorate too…

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In Other Gym News… a couple weeks ago Kelly made major progress on the uneven bars!

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Took that through the left gym door window at the end of practice. She was beaming.

Yay, Kelly! So proud of you for trusting yourself and your coach to fly away, perchance to land on your feet each time!!

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In More Other News… I’ve begun home-schooling her in French.

I told you I am a certified French teacher, right?! I actually taught kids Kelly’s age 25 years ago in Nova Scotia!

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Bought a good used curriculum for pennies on the dollar, off eBay and Amazon.com.

We will probably home-school Kelly entirely starting next year, so she can focus even more on gymnastics while allowing her a continued schoolin’ / sleep / Instagram / family / friend time balance.

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This year “we” do homework 30 minutes daily before gym.

Luckily we have a PE waiver, which allows her to leave school at 2:40 instead of 4:00.

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On the Home-Improvement and Organizing front of my life…

I turned a Goodwill pile into this…

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And with simple denim panels and a rod (yard sale finds totaling $10…)

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I transformed my eBay storage nook into this…

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Notice the cat on the shelf 2 photos above?

Here he is again…

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“Ceviche” likes to sleep on the Medium Flat Rate boxes.

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AND FINALLY…

In Other Big News, someone in our house recently turned 13!

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THIRTEEN!

It was a sleep-over party on a rainy Saturday night where they painted each others’ nails and laughed a lot.

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Bought that custom banner off eBay for $20 for her 6th birthday.

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On her actual birth day Thursday morning I snapped the following a nano-second before she turned to notice the banner on her way to the school bus stop…

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I guess most everybody on the bus saw it and cheered for her, and the driver announced her birthday over the PA.

Pretty awesome.

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P.S. You ALL rock!
P.P.S. I have not visited any blogs in 5 or 6 weeks, sorry. Hopefully soon I will!
P.P.P.S. You rock even more than the last time I told you so.
P.P.P.P.S. I am going to sleep now.

Wow, Look What She Can Do Now!

Gymnastics, Just Good Stuff, The Pea | Posted by Jannie on 27 February 2014 @ 2:25 PM 21 Comments

Isn’t she AMAZING!!?!!

Earned 9.250 for that at our just-ended Junior Olympics competition season, Level 7.

And what a season it was! One of great growth, development, learning, perseverance, travel, friendship and fun.

So proud of that shiny little gal who always gives it her best!

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And isn’t their new team leotard Absolutely Freakingly Fabulously GORGEOUS!!

xxooxxoo to all you blog wanderers.

~~ Jannie

It’s Not Even Tuesday

House Style, Just Good Stuff | Posted by Jannie on 16 January 2014 @ 6:08 PM 26 Comments

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It’s not even Tuesday
and I’m posting a poem
to show you improvements
we’ve made to our home.

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I’ve been storing / selling
some stuff for a friend,
seemed those boxes
would never-ever end.

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But an angel came over
and helped lug ‘em out.

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Then with my broom
i danced all about.

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I covered the old garden
with a perfect-sized rug,
put the blinds up myself,
then gave me a hug.

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With a fine shipping table
and lots of bubble wrap,
shelves, then inventory
that was pretty-much that!

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The view from there
is this one you see…

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where here at my
laptop i usually be.

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No more of this now
to haunt me by day…

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just a tidy little nook
for my growing eBay.

~~ end of poem

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Posted with love to all my buds.

~~ Jannie
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P.S. All construction here (including stained glass install) built by Jim’s own 2 hands, 14? 15? years ago, an addition to our house.

He helped my store-nook dream come true by ply-wooding over that big square in the floor which once housed an indoor garden that had waned over the years.

The indoor garden was not making me money so it HAD to go!!

Speaking of eBay — back to it, Baby!!! I had a slow Dec. but January is picking up.

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xoxo again.

And here’s a photo edit-in on Friday Jan. 17th, at 3:21 p.m. Texas Time.

Shipping Desk cat “Clue” KNOWS he’s not supposed to¬† be up there, naughty boy.

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(We recycle old swimming pool noodles as cushioning material to help pack delicate items. Sometimes people just give them away at the yard sales where we get a lot of our eBay things to sell.)