Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Memories of the heart

"The heart hath its own memory, like the mind. And in it are enshrined
the precious keepsakes, into which is wrought the giver’s loving thought." ~ H.W. Longfellow

Have you ever been some place or waiting for something and a memory just floods back at you? It could even be a memory that was long forgotten or maybe even never remembered until that very moment in time?

This is exactly what happened to me today.   I was waiting in my car as my husband was filling up the gas tank. A memory of my Dad came rushing at me at such a pace that I could almost not breathe.

Here is the memory:
A few years back, I was at home in the early evening/afternoon.  I received a call from my doctors office informing me of some test results I had previously that week.  The results were that I was diagnosed with having diabetes type 2.  I remembered that I was totally upset and called my Dad. (I do not remember where my Mom was). 

Over the phone he said not to worry and that I would be alright and "we" would do what we had to do.  He calmed me down and I told him ok. Then I hung up wit him.

I had calmed myself for about 10 minutes when he walks in the door but my Dad.  He had not been at work that long when I called him.  I asked him what he was doing home and he said, "My daughter was upset and I needed to be home with her, so, here I am."

I remember telling him that he did not have to come home but I was glad he did. He spent the rest of the evening just talking with me about whatever.

I can honestly say that this memory had been long forgotten and pushed out by so many other not so great memories. Dad and I spent years angry at each other for what now seems so stupid.  I wish that I could have remembered this a long time ago.  Maybe it would have made a difference to me, maybe not.  In any case, I am glad that I remember it because it brings something positive to my life. Something positive about Dad.

I cannot help to think that maybe even Dad...wherever he is now...possibly remembered this time too and wanted me to remember the positive times between us.  I am glad that I did no matter what.

I miss my Dad in ways that are unbelievable now.

~Naila Moon

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Another Monday!...4M's

Here we are at another Monday. Whew, time has flown as it is the end of January already!  Well, as it is Monday, that means it is also Monday's Music Moves Me.  This week we have the theme of Broadway Musicals.

I thought I would give you a little tid bit about Broadway Musicals before I pile in with my selections for this week.

Broadway Musical Facts
1. The musicals started Sept. 12, 1866
2. The first musical in New York was The Black Crook
3. Vaudeville was the first of the musicals
4. Contrary to first thought, of A Chorus Line, the longest running musical is Phantom of the Opera. It has been running since 1988 without closing.

My picks
I have been privledged to see a couple of Broadway Musicals...just not on Broadway.  So, I do have a couple of favorites.

I really enjoy this one. I saw it in Colorado:

I saw this one at the Muny in St. Louis:

This is a favorite although, I actually have never seen it in theatre:

Peace...Naila Moon

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pinterest love...

Have you caught the bug that is going around? You know the Pinterest bug?
Oh my gosh, I have! I so love that site now. People have said it is addicting and it is, I think even more than Facebook! Is that possible?

As if I was not already head over heals for this site, I found a blogger that feeds right in to that. Her name is Natasha (how could I not love that name) and she has a weekly meme that links up with Pinterest. Whee....

If you want a fun time. I suggest link up!

So, since this is my first time linking up with her meme. I am posting (per her "rules) the pins or a pin I have found interesting to me this week.  I am also posting the link to my board in case you might want to follow me. It is after all, all about having fun!
Again, I say...whee....

Naila Moon's Pinterest 

My Pins for the week:

This week happens to be my Grand-daughter's 2nd birthday. I am throwing her a small gathering and wanted to have a themed party.  I found this from another blogger. Too cute!

The other pin I have for you came by me because I am just really in to reading right now and was looking up the subject books. This cute idea for your home popped up. I swear if I had a home library, I would do this!

Happy pinning!
~Naila Moon

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pen Pal Project ...wanna join?

The art of writing has almost virtually been lost with the computer as our "friend". Sometimes it is simply just fun to do our writing by hand.  Besides, who does not like receiving good mail? I know I do!

Last year or possibly the year before, I joined in a pen pal project from another blogger. It was fun to meet new people and write to them. YES, actually set down with pen and paper and write to them.

However, my pen pals all but fizzled out and I am not sure the lady who originally signed up the pen pals even still runs the group.

So, I have decided to have my own group and I want to invite you to join in.
All you have to do is leave me a comment and  e-mail me the following:

 **What I need from you in your email to sign up:
full name,
mailing address,
link to your blog( if you have one) **

I will pair you up with another pen pal. I will e-mail you with who your pen pal(s) are.
It will be up to the two of you to corroespond.

The only thing I additionally request is the following:
1. Participate...if you sign up, then write. It is no fun sending letters or what not and not receiving something back.
2. Copy and paste the button on my sidebar to let people know about the project
3. If you would, blog about and link back to me I would appreciate that too.

So, that's it!

Let's get writing...shall we?

~Naila Moon

My e-mail-------> nailamoon1968 at gmail.com

Monday, January 23, 2012

My nephew, leukemia and the shocker I received

A while back I mentioned to you that my nephew had been diagnosed with leukemia. It has been a hard thing to take it that anyone has cancer but especially when that "someone" is only eight years old.

It has been tough to know my nephew was half way around the world and I simply could not do much for him or his parents but support them as I could.

However, recently I read an article (attached below) about my nephew which was written by his sister.  I have to tell you when I saw his photo (which she also took) I could not help but cry.  It took me aback to say the least.

If you note in the article she tells how my nephew's bone marrow donor also has backed out.  I am not sure how someone could live with themselves knowing they have the opportunity to save a life but it is what it is.

I urge you to please, please, PLEASE get yourself tested if you are able too. If you are not a match for my nephew, you might be for someone else...maybe even in your own family. Think about it. Here is the link for giving you info. to donate:


Peace...Naila Moon


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mondays Music...Freebie/Space Jammin'

Wow, it is Monday once again and that can only mean it is time for Mondays Music Moves Me hosted by Xmas Dolly.
This week it is a "free" week which I picks the tunes sans theme.

My daughter was visiting me this week as she was recovering from surgery and was asking me what the 4M's was all about. So, after explaining she said how about something along the lines of Space Jam? As I had no other ideas that sounded good to me. So, in honor of the daughter...

First up:

Next up:

Final round for you:

Peace...Naila Moon

Spotlight Dancers

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Mondays Music Moves Me...Jan. 16th

It is Monday Music Moves hosted by Xmas Dolly and the train crew.
This week the theme is your wedding dance music or music from when you were 21 years old (assuming you are that old-lol).

I chose this week to do both.  Some of you may know that Tamirisc and I got married in 2008 in our condo so, we did not have "dance music" per se.  However, we did have a song or two associated with our small ceremony. The first song I wish to share with you is "our song" and the one playing when we fell head over heals for each other. (I realize I have posted this before but after all...)

So, moving on. When I was 21, (1989 for those that really want to know) I was very pregnant with my second child...my son.  By then I also already had my daughter who was going to be two. Life for me at that time was a bit chaotic and all I can say is somewhat a blur. I cannot say I had a favorite piece of music. In fact, I had to go look up what was playing then.  I found a few that I could say I liked and will share these with you.

First up: (Sheesh, if I had her body then and now! Warning a little risque if you have kids in the room.)

What was she thinking with that um...outfit?

Next up: (Bonus points- What were they know for?)

This song I actually sang to my Mom for some event a few years later: (Bonus points-What movie is it from?)

Last one for this go around. This gal should be familiar:

Peace...Naila Moon

Spotlight Dancers

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Words..part 1

source photo frontpagemag.com

"The words we use can uplift or destroy. Be careful of your words." 
~MR...Naila Moon

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mondays Music Moves Me...

Hey there, welcome back to the 9th day of the new year. It is Monday and that only means rocking out with our host Xmas Dolly. Last week I got the sheer privledge to dance with my hubby in the spotlight...what a treat! He swung me around Bloggerville, stepped on my toes a few times (seriously, the man really can't dance), and listened to the beat of others boogie-ing on down.

Spotlight Dancers

This week, as every other Monday happens to be, is a "free" week. That means I get to choose the tunes theme free.  Since it is a new year I thought I should start off with a bang.

Movin' on:

Next up:

Not to be out done: 

Oh and for a bonus...did I mention it was my birthday on Thursday:

Peace...Naila Moon

Monday, January 2, 2012

Project 52-2012 Version

It is two days into the new year and I am late on posting this. I have already let things get in my way and that is just not going to happen again past today.  So, let me get to this ok?  I already put my tab in place for my 52 goals of the year. 
If you don't mind, I am going to list them here too. It is a good reminder none-the-less. Right? RIGHT!

1. Read 12 new books

2.  See 12 new movies
3.  Take 52 photos of myself (one each week) and post
4.  Take 30 days straight of photography and post
5.  Finish my A-Z photo challenge
6.  Open a savings account
7.  Send everyone in the family a birthday card
8.  Rejoin a gym
9.  Try Zumba
10. Ditch soda and go to water only!
11. Help the hubby and daughter-in-law get their license
12. See a play at the Muny
13. Throw a party
14. Meditate consistently
15. Get a massage
16. Form a team and do Relay For Life
17. Go swimming once a week
18. Train for and do Race for the Cure
19. Create bracelets to help fund Leukemia foundation
20. Go to Las Vegas and visit my brother and family
21. Have lunch/dinner with my cousins at least 3 times
22. Have lunch/dinner with my best friends at least 3 times
23. Learn to make a quilt
24. Go to at least one concert
25. Go to one new place
26. Visit my hubby’s family in California

27. Help hubby get a new job
28. Return to getting up by 8:30AM
29. Scrapbook a year 2 for the grand-daughter
30. Keep my other blogs up to date
31. Adopt a child from Child International or similar organization
32.  Make my own candles
33.  Help 12 people (not necessarily known to me) in a special way
34.  Do the Balloon Illumination walk for Leukemia
35.  Write pen pals once a month
36   Help my grand-daughter with her speech
37.  Attend First Night (done 1-1-12)
38. Buy new sheets for my bed
39. See a Cardinals game
40. Take my niece, Nina somewhere special
41. Take my daughter-in-law, Mary out somewhere special
42. Take my son, Josh out somewhere special
43. Take my daughter, Natasha out somewhere special
44. Take Tamirisc to the Star Trek exhibit
45. Buy or have made new curtains for our room
46. Print and frame 3 of my photos
47. Take a photography class
48. Lose 10 pounds within a 2 week period
49. Begin Medi-cal or similar and stick with it
50. Get a manicure/pedicure
51. Cook something new out of the Biggest Loser Cookbook
52. Plant a tree

...and off I go.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Mondays Music Moves Me...2012/Duets

Hey, Happy New Year everyone! It is another brand new year and it is Monday so that can only mean a brand new Mondays Music  hosted by Xmas Dolly.

Before I get too far ahead here, I was going to congratulate the Spotlight Dancers for the first of the year. As it turns out, my hubby and I happen to be those dancers. LOL!!! A duet for "Duets"!!
So, congrats honey for your first time out. Let's boogie with the others...ok?  Thanks, Dolly and all the others from the train.  

Spotlight Dancers

Now, to start the year off the theme is duets.  Sounds fun to me to start off rockin' in the new year, so let's get to it shall we?

Let's start off with this classic:

Moving right along (*snickers*):

How about this duo:

Why not one more to start out the new year right:

Happy New Year everyone! Peace...Naila Moon