Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday's Music Moves Me: Love/Valentine's Day Songs #MondaysMusicMovesMe #Music #ValentinesDay

Hey everyone,
I am a little late for the music today but I suppose better late than never. The Monday's Music gals are spinning the tunes this week with love songs. That seems appropriate since Valentine's Day is on Wednesday. Let's get to it, shall we? Don't forget to link up!


The first song that comes to mind is from Neil Diamond. Oh, could he play the love songs!
Did you know he retired this year? sigh...

Next up is by another singer who is also retiring this year (sheesh), Elton John. He also knows how to write those beautiful love songs. For the record, did you know this song was in the remake of "Moulin Rouge?" 

So many selections I could play. Hmm...ok, this last one will be one by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. I have always loved this song. Did you know it was originally released by Luther Vandross?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Writer's Workshop: Falling Down #MamaKatPrompts #MyStories

Every week, Mama Kat from Mama Kat's Losing It hosts a writer's workshop. There are a variety of prompts to choose from. Here is this week:

Writing Prompts:

1. Share the last five items you pinned, choose one and let it inspire a blog post.
2. Write about your most recent purchase.
3. List 6 things you would love to eat guilt free.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: sparkle.
5. Share something that made you think this week.
6. Write about a time you fell down. <---i am="" choosing="" i="" one="" this="" week.="">

photo from Creative Commons

Picture it, 1982 or 1983 or 1984...I don't really know. It is all kind of a blur now.
I was a young sophomore in high school (Go Lancer's) and already a full year of high school under my belt. Football season was in full swing and I was the junior league team's football manager. 

Essentially, that meant I got to wear my own football jersey when we had games and at school those days too. I was the one who ran out onto the field to give out bottles of water at a timeout and got to have my picture with the team for the yearbook.  I traveled with the team for away games as well. 


It actually served me pretty well and I learned so much about the game. I was a master at running out onto the field and waving at the crowd when I left the field. Being around the boys all the time was not a bad perk either.


One particular game stands out for me that year. It had been raining quite a bit leading up to the week's home game. That did not matter though because we played rain or shine. However, this week the field turned to mud. Those boys flung that mud around like it was nothing. Of course, me being the team manager, I was right in it too. No big deal for me. 

That is, until almost halftime. A timeout was called and I proceeded to run out onto the field. I had my trusty water bottles in hand and some towels. Everything had been going well. But, just as I was leaving off of the field...


I slipped on the mud and fell flat face down in it. The boys chuckled a bit and the crowd stood a moment. I got up, wiped my face off, and waved. The crowd clapped as I redeemed myself and my dignity.

I do not know if we won that game. We probably didn't since we did not have the best team.  What I do know, that was the last game of the season and also ended my career as a football manager.

~Ex-football manager/star, Michelle

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hey, Again!

Hello, one and all! It seems like it has been forever since I last blogged. Well, the truth has been. I last blogged last year near the beginning of December. Whoa!

I did do a little blogging over on my reading blog but not even much there. You see, I think I intentionally stepped away for awhile. Many personal things arrived at one time and I needed time to step away for that. Also, I simply did not have the consistent net and with working 40 hours a week, I often missed library computer time.


Now, I am rejuvenated a bit and have net available. So, I can be back with more of my dribble. YAY!

So, that means (at least 3 times a week posts):
Monday's Music postings
Writings (Tuesday or Thursday or Both)
Intermittent giveaway postings
Friday Follow (TBD)

Catch me also on:
Reading Authors (my reading blog)

Until next time...Michelle

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Monday's #Music Moves Me...#Christmas Style #ChristmasSpirit

Hello, one and all! I am back to play along with my favorite musical people hosted by Xmas Dolly and the train crew of Stacy, Callie and Cathy. Shout out to Stacy for her birthday is today (Sunday)!

All month long the crew host Christmas/holiday music to enjoy the season. I have some goodies as usual so let's play in the snow while listening to some tunes.

First up: Sung by Gene Autry

Next: Also sung by Gene Autry

Finally: And yet another by Gene Autry with Rose Mary Clooney

Have a good week. Make sure you link up!  ~Michelle

Thursday, November 30, 2017

National Mason Jar Day...How are you celebrating?

photo credit

Mason jars have been around for years.Originally meant for canning, they now have numerous uses. This year the National Calendar people decided that the Mason Jar needed its own celebrational day.

I am not sure how I will celebrate quite yet but, if you need some ideas, I have a ton of them.
Check them out from my Pinterest board.

Go, have fun and let me know how you are celebrating!


Monday, November 27, 2017

Review: Branson's Famous #Baldknobbers Show #BransonMissouri #Christmas @usfg

me in front of the show's signage

A couple of weeks ago, my Mother and I had the time to travel out to Missouri to visit my daughter and celebrate her 30th birthday. Before I left on our trek, I was able to secure tickets for all of us to see Branson's Famous Baldknobbers. None of us had ever been to the show even though I used to live in Branson, MO and my daughter currently does. All of us thought it would be fun to see a show to end the first night of Natasha turning 30.

As it happened, it was also the first week that Branson kicks off its Christmas season of holiday shows. That meant we were going to be privy to The Baldknobbers special Christmas show, a double whoo-hoo for us! It turned out, the first half of their live show is from their regular season and the second half features their Christmas special.

Not knowing exactly who the "baldknobbers" were, I, being a history buff, had to do a little research. I found out that in the history of the area, the "baldknobbers" were essentially a vigilante group who opposed the lawlessness of the area after the Civil War. 

Knowing this and the fact we were in the middle of southwestern Missouri, my Mom, daughter, and I were not quite sure what to expect. 

Country music? No doubt!  
Hillbilly humor? More than likely.
Great show? Remained to be seen.

Bob Leftridge, the pre-show entertainer
The show began with a pre-show by Bob Leftridge entertaining for approximately 45 minutes. His southern Missouri drawl and hillbilly humor left all of us in the audience tickled until our funny bones about fell off. In between his humorous tales, he was strumming a tune or even a few notes to warm us up for the main show of the night and to introduce The Baldknobbers whom we had come to see.

The Mabe family originally entertained people on Lake Taneycomo but moved to the Branson strip in the early 60's providing several generations of Mabe's keeping The Baldknobber's show alive.
The Mabe family have been entertaining for 50 plus years with humor and music. They are considered one of the first and oldest family entertainers in the area.

first half show
second half-Christmas show

"What a surprise!" my Mother exclaimed.

My Mother swooning! See that grin?
She turned to me and my daughter right after one of the Mabe's had just sung directly to her. I think my Mother would have been okay if he sat on her lap. (snickers) She said we were jealous. Maybe we were. Hey!

In truth, all of us were floored by the musical talent that was presented before us. With contemporary country music, old-time gospel and familiar Christmas tunes the show completely wowed us!
The same member of the group that made my Mother grin, sang a version of Garth Brook's, "Friends In Low Places" that was simply outstanding. Even my daughter tapped her foot and sang along. Amazing!

Mike Ito, fiddle player extraordinaire

The show also featured the band at times including Mike Ito, the meanest fiddle player I have ever heard or seen. He too sang a Christmas song in Spanish which delighted us all. However, his feature in the first half of the show of, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" was incredible.

Then there was the piano player who played a version of "Amazing Grace" so flawlessly that it made my head spin. His hands flew across the piano as if they were on fire.

If all that was not enough, in between sets, a comedy duo came out that kept us in stitches. Their sketches were well times and downright funny! Even a very old Elvis was "raised" from the grave to sing none other than "Blue Christmas."

I cannot say enough about this family of talented people. I encourage you to go see and hear them as I have done. You won't be disappointed and will have as much fun as my daughter, my Mom, and I all did!  I am going again as soon as I can.

Thanks, Baldknobbers!  ~Michelle aka Naila Moon

...For my readers...

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Show That Started It All! Baldknobbers in #Branson #ad

Branson's Famous Baldknobbers is "the show that started it all" in Branson! 

The show is a country music and comedy variety show that features a talented cast of vocalists, musicians and comedians providing fun for the entire family. For more than 57 years, the Baldknobbers has been the show to see in Branson.

 Don't miss your chance to see "the show that started it all", Branson's Famous Baldknobbers!

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Baldknobbers' Commercial

Disclosure: I have provided this ad on my blog in hopes to receive free tickets for myself and family.