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.
THREE gold medals around her cute little neck.
On my phone with her dad after her big win.
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…
she is a married lady in love with a married man
they are together now daily, you see them holding hands
she writes him cards and letters, he writes her beautiful poems
she packs her wedding dress away and makes their house into a home
married lady with shiny pots and pans
brand new china and decorating plans
she is a married lady doing her best each day
with two little boys and a baby, one more on the way
tricycles turn to bicycles, bicycles turn to cars
she sees those babies fly, spread their wings to the stars
married lady with wash on the line
she’s cooking and cleaning all of the time
everyone who meets her, they all agree nobody is sweeter
she is a special kind of rose that only grows in the springtime
i will never know another
quite as nice as this beautiful lady — she’s my mother
(8 bar bridge of CSNY-esque harmonies)
she is a married lady still in love with that man
now they have three grand babies and she still has decorating plans
fifty-five years gone by now, they’ve been side by side
he’s still writing poems, she still looks like a bride
married lady, her name is Mim
i do appreciate she married him
married lady, the very best lady i know
she is a married lady
in love with a married man…
~~ end of lyric.
Mom and Dad — August 20th, 1959.
So, I wrote that song for Mom, eh, and sang and played it on guitar at her and Dad’s 55th wedding anniversary party this past summer. Cousin Helen took some pix of me presenting it, I’ll have to ask her for those.
As the party danced on, Mom and Sister Rosie treated us to dueling harmonicas.
That’s Dad to Mom’s left.
Earlier we gathered outside.
as to the first photo in this post… about a week ago Kelly conceptualized, set up and took that photo for her Instagram photography account.
(fyi, she just reached 23K followers on her gymnastics Instagram account!)
But back to this story…
I added my pack of Christmas cards to the mix and took the following… (with not such a good camera as Kelly’s)
(If I still had my working photoshop I’d ‘ve made those art residue stains on the table disappear.) Alas, I’ve been technically-sideswiped again by the Universe.
It’s all good tho, eh?
I’ll soon be sending one of those cards to cousin Helen and other dear ones up in Canada Land.
As per the above lyric — true, Mom loves to decorate and redecorate, has ever since I’ve known her. She’s got that special touch.
Here’s the interior of that little porch she and Dad added to their beach cottage a few years ago…
Mind you, Jim, Kelly and I only had THREE days to visit with my side of the family this summer, so running around snapping House & Style photos was not on my mind as much as communing with real humans, and photographing them.
I like the cottage. They bought it in 1979.
Dad’s Christmas pressie from us this year is a framed photo of the 3 grand-babies on the beach.
Mom’s present is an old Wedgwood “Jasper Blue” bowl that’s in this box I wrapped yesterday…
Jim bought the blue bowl and an identical “rosewood” tinted one at a yard sale a few months ago.
Mom loves blue dishes and I rose, so there we go!
My bowl is currently upside-down, used as a shell stand, as you can see.
But here’s how it would probably look if a Normal Person owned it ….
(fyi, that’s not spider poop on my shelf — it’s golden sparkles from a votive candle that was sitting there before I snapped the pix.)
Yesterday Kelly chose the following card for Nanny & Poppy…
That’s a shot she took, trying out her new-used Fuji Finepix.
And today — Monday Dec. 8th, 2014 I set out those and other pressies to Canada in my shipping bin, along with my eBay parcels…
So AWESOME I don’t even have to go to the Post Office to mail Internationally! All done online, with labels and customs forms printed out at home, cool!
I’ll be sure to tell Mom & Dad not to look at my blog until after Christmas so their pressies will stay a surprise!
And I’m sure I’ll be posting here again before Christmas. Been writing poems lately! Well, 1 or 3. Edit — Nope, more posting didn’t happen.
Posted with love and wonderment,
i see an old man with a long white beard slowly walking
shufflin,’ shufflin’ across the street, ragged shoes on his feet
where is he going all alone tonight?
i wonder as i wait in my car at the red light
homeless man, i see you there
with your albert einstein hair
are you going to a cardboard castle somewhere?
the trench coat he’s wearing is brown and wrinkled like columbo’s
maybe he’s really some kind of spy, with the fbi
maybe he’s an alien sent from outer space
does he think his own planet is a nicer place?
homeless man, where do you go
when autumn winds begin to blow?
where do you sleep when streets are covered with snow?
take this dollar
from my hand…
i hear him singing handel’s alleluia as he makes it to the corner
sounds a lot like nat king cole, yeah he’s gotta lotta soul
he turns around, opens his cardboard sign
i laugh ’cause it says “her lawyer was better than mine”
homeless man, thanks for the smile
and your happy hippie hobo style
maybe next time I’ll stop and sing for a while
and God bless you too
~~ a new tune of mine born about 10 blocks north of where that first photo (by Gregg Klar) was taken.
(That’s the Texas State Capital in the distance, in case you didn’t know.)
I thank Kelly for pointing out that the song initially seemed to “drag on and on”, prompting me to slice the verses from 16 bars to 12. Thanks, Kelly! Sometimes less is more…
The second photo is by Steve’s Digicams.
And that’s pretty-much that for this!
Posted by Jannie for the occasion of this magic moment.
P.S. 1 more pic of our beautiful downtown, by Frink’s Photography.
Kelly actually had the great fortune of attending 1st through 4th grade at a small Montessori school at the edge of that big park!
I loves me some Austin, Texas!!
P.P.S. Unrelatedly… every month I plan to feature 7 Friends in my sidebar, those first 7 some of my very earliest blogging buddies, been friends now for 6 years.
NOVEMBER FRIENDS OF THE MONTH WERE…
This past Saturday and Sunday our awesome gymnastics club hosted a meet for 575 athletes.
And I got to do iPad score entry for all 5 sessions!!!
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!
Part of me wants to now cover the hills completely in poppies.
But most of me just wants a long long nap.
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.)
Sponged on and swirled the sky first.
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.)
Other artistes helped decorate too…
In Other Gym News… a couple weeks ago Kelly made major progress on the uneven bars!
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!!
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!
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.
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.
On the Home-Improvement and Organizing front of my life…
I turned a Goodwill pile into this…
And with simple denim panels and a rod (yard sale finds totaling $10…)
I transformed my eBay storage nook into this…
Notice the cat on the shelf 2 photos above?
Here he is again…
“Ceviche” likes to sleep on the Medium Flat Rate boxes.
In Other Big News, someone in our house recently turned 13!
It was a sleep-over party on a rainy Saturday night where they painted each others’ nails and laughed a lot.
Bought that custom banner off eBay for $20 for her 6th birthday.
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…
I guess most everybody on the bus saw it and cheered for her, and the driver announced her birthday over the PA.
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.
Family, Friends, Nova Scotia | Posted by Jannie on 26 August 2014 @ 7:53 PM
(my feet at my parents’ cottage.)
If you’re thinking “Hey… Jannie is in every one of those,” you’re absolutely right! And you win a prize!!
The prize is… I’ll write you a short poem on any topic you want in a comment below.
So give me a word or short phrase, and I’ll totally write you a poem. Totally, totally!
And even if you weren’t thinking “Hey, Jannie’s in all those” you still get a poem if you want!
xoxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo from Jannie, who recently had the privilege of going HOME with Kelly and Jim!!