Friday, September 7, 2018

I Have Had A (Somewhat Secret) Love Affair For Years...

This is a story about how one woman, me, who has a love affair with Scholastic Books.
Before you ask, I am not an affiliate or getting any compensation.

So, the story.

As many of you may or may not know. I have a love for books. I love to read them and review them. I personally have an affinity for children's books but that is not all I read. I just happen to love the colorful illustrations, poetry, and the variety of seriousness to silliness.

Like many kids, I started receiving Scholastic book pages at school. Note: I had books in my hands way before this but this is an explanation.  Anyway,  when I brought the pages home, my Mom and I would look them over and I got to pick out a couple or so. She excited me about having new books to read.

Back then, (Omgsh that sounds old) Scholastic also sold posters and as I liked them, Mom would usually let me buy one or I would get one free with the order. I loved everything about Scholastic. This went on until I reached the age when I could no longer get them. Even though I grew up, I missed being able to peruse the pages.

Then, I had kids!

Once again, I was giddy because I sat down with my own kids and we would order. I would always order even if they did not want something. If I did not order, my Mom would for them but that was a rare occasion. Then Scholastic was big on stickers. Both kids had sticker books I started for them and so we always got those too. There again, the kids grew up and I was left with no more Scholastic pages. What was a girl to do?

That is when I got a job at a private elementary school and guess what I was in charge of? That's right, book orders! This was a total dream for me because not only did I get free books but I got all the points to get...MORE FREE BOOKS! I was in charge of book reports too. Guess where the books came from?  I seriously was in heaven!
This lasted only a couple of years though and once again, I found myself with nowhere to order from my beloved Scholastic books.

For years!

There was to be sunshine ahead though.

Eight years ago, my first grandchild was born. When she got old enough to go to kindergarten, I was excited as can be. So was her aunt, my daughter, because by now, she too had a love for Scholastic.
The first day my granddaughter came home with them, I felt like I was once again that young Michelle back in kindergarten that got to bring home her first pages to look at and buy.

Did I buy books and stuff for my granddaughter? You bet I did! I did for two years.
Then I moved away. sigh...

But TODAY happened...

Today my oldest grandson, who is now in Kindergarten, came home with his very first pages. His Mother sat down with him and they looked through everything. He has picked out games with ninjas, rock kits, and books with Peppa Pig and other older books that have been around. Yes, he is getting Pokemon stickers too for free! He also has a pending wish list. The kid wanted $60 worth!

Oh, what fun! All this could now be done online.

Guess who else ordered?

I love you Scholastic Book Club Pages!

Michelle aka Naila Moon
PS>Do you love them as much as I do? Tell me in comments.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

10-4 Good Buddy

My post tonight will be short as I am not feeling up to par. However, I just wanted to pay homage to Burt Reynolds who passed away today at 82 years old. I loved him in so many movie roles.

It seems like many actors/ actresses and singers of which I grew up with are now passing on.  Last week it was Aretha Franklin.

sigh...It is kind of depressing really.

Bandit, you have taken The Longest Yard for your last ride on the Cannonball Run.
Rest in peace.

Michelle aka Naila Moon

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Milk, Aliens and Why I Have Not Written In Four Days

Here it is, already day 5 and I have written only one day out of the 30. Do I have an excuse? Of course, I do!

You see, it is like this; I was on the way to the grocery store to get some milk. I mean, my gosh, I wanted cereal for breakfast and had no milk. 

So anyway, there I was in the milk aisle when all of a sudden this alien with grayish-green skin was looking at the milk. I am thinking, what does an alien need with milk. He or she (frankly I don't know the difference) says nothing to me just looking forward at the milk.

All of a sudden, I see this flash of light, you know the kind where the sun is in your face? Yeah, that kind. It was unbelievably bright. I was thinking maybe the store refrigerator light exploded in my eyes or something. It was totally weird.

The next thing I know, I am sitting it this greenish plastic recliner. It seemed like a throwback to the 70's color green. I was leaning back all comfortable like but I could not move! I wasn't strapped down or anything so I could not figure it out.

All of sudden I see this same alien. I asked him where I was and how did I get here?

He says, "Bloop blod keeperscud roger pug smap took."

Now since I did not have my alien translator with me as I left it in my other jeans, I had not a clue what he/she was saying.

I replied, "Huh?"

The alien starts flailing his or her hands (I think they were hands) around in some sort of alien sign language. I got the gist I was on his or her ship and that I was being studied. Or at least I think that is what was meant.

All I remember is seeing a spaghetti bowl with wires coming out of it being attached to my head. I was given some sort of drink that looked very much like Kool-Aid or Mad Dog20/20. Maybe it was both. I don't know, it tasted good. Then I was out.

I started dreaming of rainbows and unicorns and romps through the river of tulips. Wow, that was a far-out dream!

Next thing I know, I am in my kitchen, pouring milk into my cereal bowl. I wasn't really sure how I got there exactly. I also had some plastic sticky star stuck to my forehead. 

All I truly know is that it was four days later and it is now September 5th.

Michelle aka Naila Moon

Sunday, September 2, 2018

30 Days Hath September...The Return!

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
February has twenty-eight alone,
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting leap year, that's the time
When February's days are twenty-nine.

Hello, my fellow friends and hopefully soon to be friends. I have been away awhile mostly just dealing with life but also reflecting on this blog and where it needs to go. Or if it needs to go anywhere and stop permanently.

I decided that I did not want to let it go. I have spent too much of my life here letting my thoughts flow free. I have shared music, pain, laughter, family, products, and holidays I so love. How could I possibly let it go? As I said, I couldn't.

So, here I am another September is upon us and I have once again returned to the 30 Days Hath September idea. What is that you might ask? Well, it is the idea to take every day in September and improve yourself in some way. For me, one way was to blog for 30 days straight. I did not always get it right but I attempted.

Although this is technically September 2nd, I will be undeterred! After all, one of my one-word goals this year was determination so...

This month you will, of course, see music as I love to share with the 4M gals. You will also see photos and preparations for the upcoming Halloween month that I share followed by Thankful November and of course my favorite holiday, Christmas. It is making the attempt and I hope you will follow along.

If you are brand new to my page, consider following me here and my other social media place. Also, tell me where you are so I can come to visit. I love comments (as we all do) so, tell me you are here at least or comment on what I have had to say or what you would like to see from me. I do read the comments ya know. ;)

Happy September!
Michelle aka Naila Moon

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Signing In Monday's Music Moves Me #MondaysMusicMovesMe #music #signlanguage

Hello everyone! It is time once again for Monday's Music Moves Me. This is the day we all love to start out our work week by spinning some tunes. This shindig is always hosted by Xmas Dolly and co-hosted by Stacy, Alana, Cathy, and Colette.

This past month I have been an honorary host and it has been a blast. However, I am ready to hand over the reigns to our new honorary host. Before I do, I have a bit of a challenge theme for you this week.

If you have been following me for a while now, you would know that I am actually 95% deaf, It is that 5% that keeps me rocking out at the 4M's. I love music! So, knowing that tidbit, my challenge for you is to find only two songs that are in sign language, post those and then post the equivalent without. There are tons of songs out there, you just have to look for them.

Good luck and thanks for the dances this month. You all have risen to the challenges!
I will be around as soon as I can this week.  Make sure to link up.

Musically yours,
Michelle aka Naila Moon

My first selection...I love this singer and the sign language version makes it even more powerful than it already is.

My next selection...I love this singer as well. This song added to the movie Titanic so well and beautifully.

 ...and now for the original videos...

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Rocking Out With Monday's #Music Moves Me #MondaysMusicMovesMe

Welcome back to another fabulous week. To start off every work week, the gals at Monday's Music Moves Me spins some tunes to get your work week going.  This week is a freebie week which means you play the tunes that suit your fancy.

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I think I have an idea of where I want to go this week but I am not really sure. Let's see what I can come up with.

First up: My son posted this group on Facebook and I thought they were fantastic. So without further ado: Prima Nocta (Note: this is not the video my son posted, I could not find it but this is the group.

Moving on: I thought I would just keep on with a drum theme. Next, one of my favorite bands that had a great drummer and awesome lead singers was Genesis.

Finally, all though, I liked this next band, it was my twin brothers that loved them. It was not unusual to here them rockin' our house. I give you 6 whole minutes of RUSH.

Make sure you sign the linky so we can come to hear your music too.
Have a good week.

Musically inclined,
Michelle aka Naila Moon

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Monday's Music Moves Me: Numbers! #MondaysMusicMovesMe #music #linkup

Welcome back to another fabulous week. To start off every work week, the gals at Monday's Music Moves Me spins some tunes to get you hoppin' and a-boppin'. Once again this week, I am the co-host with a new theme to play.

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This week I have decided that the theme for the week should be numbers in the song titles. Now there are tons of songs out there. The first that came to mind when I was thinking about this theme was, "867-5309".  I have decided not to go with that one at all because I figured someone else would. So, I have come up with a few more.  Enjoy the music and have a good week.

Remember to add your linky and I will be by as soon as I can.

Musically inclined,
Michelle aka Naila Moon

First up:  Number 1

Next up: Number 8

Finally: Number 55