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!!
Friends, Photography | Posted by Jannie on 4 August 2014 @ 9:07 AM
Just a few random pix from since last we met.
And we’re off to The Home(and native)land tomorrow, eh?
i’ll think of you there
on all of the shores
but i probably won’t be found
eating any ‘smores.
for i have been dreaming
for manys a moon
of the Extra Special Treat
i shall savor, and soon.
MR. BIG BARS!!!!!!!!
Best Chocolate Bar Treat Known To The Planet!!!
You have a favorite candy bar?
Thanks for popping in. See you when we get back!
P.S. The red shoes. She’s a size 3, but the smallest available is a 5. (TG!!) Heels can so wait, like, when she’s 18.
Kelp Knitting, Poetry | Posted by Jannie on 11 July 2014 @ 5:25 AM
if you’re wandering
down the shore
still looking for
half of yourself
and for that
little cottage with
the yellow door,
come on in.
i’m standing at
the kitchen counter
i’m stuffing the
crusts with armchairs
you can sink into
to drink your tea
here by the sea.
~~ end of poem