Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nashville Star! #atozchallenge

Nashville to me is a great place among other places in the country. Why there you may ask?

Well, in truth, it has nothing to do with Faith Hill or any other country music star, although, that is a nice perk too.  Not to mention, Elvis who used to roam around there too.

It has nothing to do with the fact that two Presidents hail from the area and that one of the homes driveway is shaped like a guitar. Do you know which two Presidents?

It has nothing to do with the fact that there is a famous hotel there that a brand of coffee is named after. Do you know the coffee or the hotel?

It has nothing to do with the fact the Grand Ole Opry or Dolly World is there.

No, what it does have everything to do with is the fact, I was born there!
Does that now make me a Nashville, Tennessee star?

Music is Life, Miniature Size! #atozchallenge

My miniature post today comes via a third generation. As I have posted many times before, I have an insatiable love for music. It is something my husband and I truly share on almost an equal plane. My kids love music too and now, that has been passed on to a third grand-kids.

I recently made this art piece from a photo my daughter posted on line of my 1 year old grandson. Doesn't he look happy to be listening to music? I cannot say what he was actually listening too but it really does not matter. The torch is being passed! Music is life!

Today I will share a couple of  "M" pieces of music for you and in honor of my miniature musical munchkin and the beautiful moon we have been seeing the last few nights. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Loving Monday's Music Moves Me with a Little "L" #atozchallenge & #MondaysMusicMovesMe

Welcome back to another week of Monday's Music Moves Me. This fun weekly music meme is hosted by Xmas Dolly and co-hosted by Stacy, Cathy, Colette and myself.

This week is a freebie week so I hope you will indulge me as I combine music with the ongoing a to z blogging challenge that I have been participating in this month. We are on the letter "L" today and parting from my usual post, I though I would come up with some "L" music. Let's go!

 Let's start first with this retro one by Minnie Riperton : Loving You

Moving on we find the group the Delfonics singing: La La La (Means I Love You)

I cannot ever help having a lively song with the Muppets. This one is, Life's A Happy Song

Lastly, this song is sung in 25 different languages : Let It Go

Hope you loved my "L" songs for today. Join me tomorrow for "M".
Don't forget to Link Up your music too!

Sunday Sayings: Palm Sunday/ Scrabble Day & Library Week

Today begins a full week before Easter, that is Palm Sunday. It is also National Scrabble Day and the beginning of National Library week. This is only Sunday and there is much more going on this week too.

However, I found quotes just for today's events. Enjoy.
Join me later on this evening for Monday's Music.

~Naila Moon

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kite Flying #atozchallenge

I had lots of kites when I was kid. Some where store bought but most of them were made. We had tiny ones as large ones. With four of us kids believe me, we went through a ton of them.
I found a cool tutorial on how to make your own homemade kites. Check this out. I'll wait.

My parents at one point, owned three acres of land where there was nothing but blue skies and long fields. We could take off and let those things sore high without any issue of getting caught in wires. 

Of course my brothers and I had competitions to see who could get theirs up the highest. Most times we just managed to get our kite string tangled up and the kites came crashing down.

I think it is sad that kite flying is not big anymore. It, like so many other things, has been taken over by electronic games and indoor stuff. Sad,sad,sad! 

Right now as Spring has finally decided to show itself would be a great time to go kite flying.
Hmm...maybe I just will do that soon. 

Want to join me? Tell me about your experiences.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Jewelry My Grandmother Loved #atozchallenge

Jewelry is one of those things that most of us enjoy wearing. Yes, I do mean men and women. Some of us like costume jewelry and some of us like strictly diamonds. Others of us are just ok with a mixture of both.

My Grandmother coveted her jewelry like I covet my books. She had drawers full. I kid you not!
Every piece she ever owned was in the original box it was given or bought in. Grandma also knew where every piece came from including who gave it to her and dates given. As I said she coveted the pieces no matter how large or small.

There was reason for this though. My Grandma grew up during the depression era and was not the oldest of her siblings which was mostly sisters. Her clothes were made and if there was jewelry, it belonged to her Mother, or it was her wedding ring given by my Grandfather. She only had two dresses for years.

Jewelry was only truly collected after my Grandparents married at 18 years old. Then it was collected along with shoes, purses, and clothes. Even into her very old age she still wore costume jewelry. She always matched her jewelry with her outfits...earrings, necklaces and sometimes rings.

When she passed away in 2011, it was of course a given that my Mother being the only girl would receive all her jewelry. My Grandmother though made sure of it! In the will left by my Grandmother, was an extra small piece of paper that had been notarized and written in my Grandmother's hand. The paper said simply that all of her jewelry would go to my Mother!

Grandma knew that her jewelry might be an issue among some family members and she made sure it wasn't. What a hoot she was! Needless to say, my Mother inherited the boxes and boxes. I will inherit all of it after my Mom's passing.

The wonderful thing though my Mother did was went through much of Grandma's jewelry and selected a piece or two  for each of my girl cousins, nieces and Great-grandchildren. She wrapped it up and gave it to them for Christmas that same year of her passing.

I was allowed to pick my own piece and it was the bracelet that you see above. The photo does not do it justice as it is pearl-ish inlaid in gold.

I am not a cove-tor of jewelry like my Grandma, in fact, I wear very little and I could not tell you where most of my jewelry that I do have came from. This piece though, I can and it is very special to me. It will always be taken care of along with a wonderful story to tell of how I received it.

Do you have a piece you love? Tell me about it.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Identity crisis...nah! Thankful Thursday! #atozchallenge

Identity is something we all have. It is something we are proud of for the most part. Sometimes our entire lives seem to based on our identity. For some, that can be totally true. Think England's royals. Think being Irish. Think be African American. Think being Native American. 

It is ok to identify with a certain group but is that our real identity?

Dorothy West did not think our identity is solely based on who our Mother or Father is and I tend to agree. Our identity is wrapped around numerous things but I think two of the biggies is circumstances and choice!

Circumstances definitely play on how we see ourselves but we do not have to let those circumstances rule us.  We can change our circumstances. 

Even the royals do! Think Lady Diana...RIP!

So maybe, it comes down to our identity being of choice. We choose to be a certain way or not be a certain way. We choose to let our circumstance of life rule us or we don't. We choose...we choose...we choose and the we identify! 

Sometimes, we even choose differently and identify another way.
Yes, I do think it does come down to choice.
So, how do I identify myself? 
At this moment I am:
Woman (hear me
I have many attributes that I identify with but for right now, at this very moment...

I am just me and that is enough! For that alone, I am grateful!