Here Are My Thoughts This Morning

A Letter To Royal Caribbean

 Dear Royal Caribbean,

I was so looking forward to climbing aboard your magnificent ship on Sunday, Sept. 3 with my friends from Sertoma, to sail to places I have never been, to party and enjoy myself for one whole glorious week, however, Mother Nature intervened (as I’m sure you know) and a devastating hurricane named Harvey ruined those plans. Now, I cannot in good faith, see myself parade past tens of thousands of displaced, suffering human beings to go live it up for a week, even if I could get to Galveston (which I can’t), even if the port was open, (which it is not) and even with all of that, how can you as a company not see the horror yourself and immediately offer refunds or reschedule this particular cruise???

That’s what I would say if I could talk to or get a letter to anyone that mattered at the cruise line. I’m so bent out of shape this morning as picture after picture and story after story comes in from friends and family displaced or sheltering in place, stuck because they cannot get out and no one can get in to help. I just heard that Beaumont has lost water and an explosion at a plant in Crosby has people evacuating from that as well!

On top of all of that, my mother-in-law was just diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma and my husband is understandably distraught so the timing of this (cruise) could not be worse. I was just informed that Galveston is opening the ferry so the ships can leave out soon and get back in, no matter. It’s a shame but really, how can I leave right now. I would feel horrible, I already wish there was something I could do other than pray and maybe donate a little money. My son said he has friends up and quitting their jobs to go help (I don’t know if they are letting them anywhere near the disaster areas though) which I think is awesome. Everywhere you look you see stories of people helping each other in the wake of all the devastation. Humanity is alive and well and God bless Texas.

Here is a link to state and national organizations that are helping with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts at https://www.nvoad.org/hurricane/harvey/hurricane-harvey-how-to-help/.

Rhyme, Rhythm, and My Love of Hard Rock Music

So I’m supposed to create a post using the daily prompt you say? How about I talk about rhyme, rhythm, and my love for hard rock music that has been a part of my life since I was about twelve years old.

Actually, I’ve been singing since before I could talk, alone, in a group, with friends…it doesn’t matter, just give me a few notes, some words that rhyme and a heavy, hard rock beat and I have all the ingredients I need to fulfill my soul and make me one happy girl.

Who are some bands and groups that provide good rhymes in my genre of music you might ask? My real love affair started with groups like Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin and simply got stronger and harder over the years. Now my tastes are fed by groups such as Korn (no pun intended), Theory of a Deadman, Breaking Benjamin and so much more that I would be here all day trying to name them.

What is my favorite place to hear such music? Well, mainly in my car, on a satellite station called Octane, one of the Sirius/XM channels, and now there is a new one that takes me a few years back but provides me with that hard, driving beat I love so much and groups that actually SING instead of SCREAM the music called Turbo. They play more of a sustained, rhythmic kind of rock featuring groups like Puddle of Mud, Alice in Chains and Foo Fighters who play music that not only rhymes but provides the kind of beat you might actually be able to dance to.

Check out one of my favorite bands singing This Probably Won’t End Well:

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! That’s all for today’s prompt, let me get back to my Crowd Content jobs and my Udemy class with Nick Usborne, an Aussie who really knows how to teach copywriting skills and make it fun and interesting. Have a great day everyone!

 

Counted Blessings and New Beginnings

Friday night as the hurricane approached

Several people are considering themselves lucky this morning that Hurricane Harvey packed a smaller punch than predicted, still, it is far from over and residents all along the coast are bracing for days of constant, heavy rainfall and forecasters are predicting several feet of rain to fall in the next 48-72 ours.

After dodging the storm myself by not going to Galveston for my planned girl trip, many decided to ride it out. Some further south were issued a warning by Charles Wagner the Brazoria County sheriff who stated “You’re on your own until after the storm is over with, I’m not going to risk the lives of my people to go in there for somebody that voluntarily stayed and then all of a sudden wants to come out.” According to the Wall Street Journal the mayor of Rockport was frustrated that some people would not evacuate and told a local television station Friday that they should write their social security numbers and their names on their arms. This is so when the bodies are found they can be identified.

Although I’m sad I missed my trip, I am glad that everyone seems to be ok, although I have not heard the latest this morning from the other girls at the condo. With rainfall coming in what the weathermen are calling BIBLICAL proportions, they will be lucky to get home any time soon. I just hope they are safe and sound and at least have power and water, more than many people woke up to this morning along the coast.

Meanwhile, here at home I’ve been working hard on my Crowd Content jobs and earned myself a white bunny which means I am now earning bonuses because of my quick TAT, or turn around times. The client is happy with my work and if I continue to please him, I will also move up a level and earn even more per word. I also have been trying an experiment in growing my own lettuce in water, a trick I saw on Pinterest I think.

  My starter from the base of a head of romaine

I may never run out of lettuce again, lol! I believe there are many vegetables you can regrow this way including celery and other types of lettuce.

Well, I was going to go out and get some weeding done while the ground is soft and damp, but it just keeps raining!!! We were not supposed to be affected by the hurricane, but I’m thinking they forecasters missed the mark on this one. Just don’t think they were wrong concerning Harvey, there is much yet to “weather” I’m afraid.

From the weather channel earlier today

Please be careful and stay safe my friends of the gulf coast, and here’s hoping Galveston does not wake up a bad situation tomorrow morning. That’s what I’ll be praying for.

Mother Nature is a B*tch!!!

Well, I was almost packed and ready to go to Galveston tomorrow for my weekend girl trip when my husband sent me this:

https://www.weather.com/storms/hurricane/video/harvey-likely-to-strengthen-in-coming-days?pl=pl-the-lift   

(just click on the link)

Naturally, the projected landfall is Galveston and he said it was a 100% chance of becoming a hurricane and evacuation of the island is a very real possibility. So, what do you do? Stay home, lose the money you invested on the condo and be safe? Of course, they could be wrong, I don’t go and still, I lose out. I’m in a quandary but it is better to be safe than sorry. If it does come, I want all the ladies I was about to meet and party with to get out of dodge before they are having to evacuate in the middle of a hurricane with thousands of other people trying to get off the island!!

I am so bummed right now I can’t even think straight, but I will say this; I want everyone safe. I was so looking forward to this trip, but there can be another time. Please be careful and keep your eyes to the sky! Speaking of that, I wonder if the eclipse is to blame for ruining my trip! Mother nature can be a real b*tch!

 

Cee's Share Your World, ( I Too Am Late!!)

Well, Suze isn’t the only late bloomer in the bunch, but when I read her answers today over at her blog (Obsolete Childhood),  I just had to get in on the fun.

I’m just gonna dive right in with no preamble, cause some days, that’s  just how I roll and let me tell ya, it’s been “one of those days”!

Have you ever been pulled over by a cop? Yes, a couple of times, one for a “California stop” and once for speeding and let me just say, none were as gorgeous as the one that stopped Suze!!

What have you always wanted? Did you get it? One of the things I always wanted was a muscle car, and thanks to my fabulous husband, I got it. It was a Camaro, burnt orange and I miss it to this day, even though I’m now driving a Challenger. Am I spoiled or what?

What is your perfect pizza? Well,  I don’t eat pizza anymore because I’m living the Paleo lifestyle, but when I did, it was pepperoni and black olive-every time! (Sometimes with extra cheese)

What inspired you this past week? The same thing that has inspired me every week since I met her, with her determination, compassion, and courage in the face of adversity, my friend Stephanie, who lives every day with a rare form of muscular dystrophy called FA, or Friedreich’s Ataxia. To see her bravely trying to walk in her gait trainer will make anyone admire her strength and tenacity, and her constant patience with me (even when I’m short on patience myself) is astounding. She is an amazing individual who I just adore and enjoy working for.

Stephanie showing off the beautiful smile of hers!

Sorry,  I’m late to the challenge, but if you want to play along, just go to Cee’s Share Your World and follow her easy instructions!

 

 

Weekend Wrap and Countdown to Fun

Good Monday morning everyone! Before I start my post, let me pause and ask for a prayer from you all for my mother-in-law, Claudette, who is waiting on biopsy results. She has not been feeling well for weeks and had a biopsy of two lymph nodes Friday, let’s pray they come back negative!

Alright, this weekend was busy with family work and fun, starting with attending to MoMo’s house since she’s been under the weather. My son Chris showed up which came in handy since we had a hose come loose from the washer and a small flood to contend with. Since he works for Belfour Restoration, he knew just what to do! It is always nice to have him there to help his dad with the heavy-duty stuff. I folded several loads of laundry (actually I hung it) and cleaned things in the kitchen and vacuumed all the dust and dog hair that accumulates on a regular since she has a long-haired chihuahua.  After that, we checked out my Dad’s new roof and facia he had installed on Wednesday and Thursday this week. It looked pretty good, yet they have some finishing touches to attend to today. Once that was done, we went home and cleaned up for dinner and our son Chris, Bubba, and Connie and Dave and I went out to Joes Crab Shack and had a better than usual experience there.

Christopher is hungry, can you tell?!

There have been times that their food was not that great, however this time, it was better. We enjoyed crab nachos, everyone else but me enjoyed crab legs, I got lobster tails, sweet potato fries (yum) and broccoli, in an effort to be good, although the nachos were pretty rich. (I didn’t have too many though).

Yesterday, I went to my neighbor Kim’s house who’s yard looks like what I imagine the Garden of Eden looked like. Anyway, she was trimming her many plants and offered me some sweet potato vines of three different colors, and while I was there, also gave me three baby cactus! I was so happy to have these new additions to my yard! She has so many plants and trees I can’t name them all, but here are some pics I took while I was there.

Her bird of paradise
White plumeria
Her pink Plumeria

Sorry that  I have not posted since last Wednesday, my brain must already be on vacation since the countdown has begun to my Galveston trip coming up Thursday evening! I’m so excited to go have fun with the ladies and especially to get to meet Roxy (The Oily Guru), she lives in Galveston and is actually going to be a mile from where I’m staying with friends. My sister-in-law Connie did a fabulous, summery nail job on me yesterday to get me ready for the trip.

Nails by Connie

Since I didn’t want to mess up my new nail job, I only planted one of the vines, I have many more to go and also the cactus needs to be put in their pots. I cannot wait to see how the addition of these vines may add beauty to my beds in the yards.

Well, I must go get ready for the workday, I hope you all have a fabulous Monday and don’t forget my prayer request. I will be running like a chicken with my head cut-off getting ready for the trip… I don’t want to forget anything you know! Happy Monday!

PS: Don’t forget the eclipse today!!

 

 

 

My Oooh Shiny

I have always loved beautiful cars. Before I met my husband, I was proud to have picked out my own used, yet beautiful-to-me vehicles. When I was young, I always wanted a muscle car, but it wasn’t until I had been married over twenty five years before I got one. That’s not to say he never bought me a new car, he has purchased many-I have been a lucky girl for sure. My first muscle car was a Camaro, and it was the coolest color-an Orange like no other. Then he decided it was too much trouble for him to get in and out of so we traded that for an Impala. Then, about a year or so ago, he decided I needed this:

My Challenger the day after I got it almost a year ago

This is my shiny, honestly, I love a new car just as much as a new diamond. Again, I’m a very lucky girl!!

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/shiny/