Notes From Home


Greetings to all of my faithful followers.

I have been very much on vacation of late. I still live on my little island in thee sun.

Due to extreme weather up North the past weeks has been giving us cold and then very warm days. The fluctuations and with the Island being over run with Snowbirds coming down for some sunshine.
Along with them they bring so many unknown virus’s and the Island is sick literally.

Every where you go someone is sick, getting sick or  have been sick for months. The virus presents flu symptoms but is not the Flu.
In November my daughter and I both felt unwell. Than my beautiful cat China decided to take a bite out of my hand which put me in the hospital the next day.

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In December just a trip out to see Christmas lights again brought us down to the Crud status.

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In bed for an entire week with heaviness on chest, headaches from hell, sinus, throat and ear issues. I self doctored and it reared back again like Groundhog Day when he keeps having the same thing happen over and over again.
I am totally over homemade chicken noodle soup.

After a week of suffering, and the fact I was having issues breathing I went to the ER.

I was told their was something in the air here making persons ill. They did not know what it was. They diagnosed it as bronchitis and upper respiratory and prescribed the ZPAK, Inhaler, Prednisone and cough syrup. That settled things down and I am feeling much better.
My daughter is still suffering and is in the line of fire so too speak. She can not afford to miss work and can not rest as she should.

My granddaughter is having her wedding shower on March 2nd and then her wedding on the 20th of April.
Yep, 420 everyone.

So that’s two back to back trips coming up for something I must be well to attend.

In November I finally met a friend I met online back in 2010. We are from the same city, went to the same school and even lived just two doors down from each other.We had never met.  It was an awesome reunion at the Hilton 5 Star Hotel. The 12 hour bus trip by Greyhound was the horrors of the trip. That’s 12 up and 12 back.

She had found me from my now extinct web site zimbabast, searching for a Kinkling recipe, a tradition in February with the locals of Frederick, Maryland.
Last year I did not make my fabulous cherry cheesecake on Heart Day because my precious Minnie Kat was dying. She turned 15 on Valentines and passed on March 7 th 2018.

See featured image of my precious Minnie.

I miss her so much.

This year I made two pies and gave slices of heaven to special ones.

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My favorite music of late is Sleeping at Last.

I have also recently set up a 10 gallon fish tank. I put in 3 females and 2 males. I am now overwhelmed with so many baby fry. It is beautiful to watch them. I feel like Mother Hubbard who had a shoe with so many children she didn’t know what to do.

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With my fish, cat, 8 birds and a sweet furry hamster  I call Chibi, my life is always on a roll.

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Until next time.

Be Well and Happy.

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Enneagram Numbers

I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.
– Friedrich Nietzsche


H A P P Y  H A L L O W E E N

Great to read this blog by:

The song that brought me to this awesome and remarkable music was posted by a friend. It was called “Saturn”. It is mesmerizing, the lights, the words.

Blessings of Hope and Love to all those experiencing the darkness of nights.

 

Many are of the equation that our Life Path number and our Enneagram number are the same. Upon much research I have found this to be true only occasionally and not in every instance. My life path is 6 but my Enneagram is 5.

The word Enneagram comes from two Greek words and simply means, “nine pointed diagram.” Knowledge of the Enneagram may go back several thousand years

While the Enneagram system shares little with traditional Christian doctrine or spirituality, it also shares little with the methods and criteria of modern science.

This is so ME:

The drive to understand

The fear in not having the answers

Self Protect

Mental exploration

Complex

Non Attachment

Boundaries

Withdrawn

Faithful friend

Privacy

Research

Inquisitive

Lives in a mind castle

Deeply Sensitive

Emotional detachment

Over Think

Withdraw socially

Introverted

Seek to understand anything and everything

Almost always Right

Looking ahead

Fives sometimes deal with this by developing a minimalist lifestyle in which they make few demands on others in exchange for few demands being made on them.

Simplicity

Synchronicity

Lyrics:

Sleeping At Last (Five)

I want to watch the universe expand
I want to break it into pieces, small enough to understand
And put it all back together again

In the quiet of my private collection
It feels like an out of body experience
But something gets lost from a safe distance

And now I can’t put my mind to rest
And I can’t help but second guess
Living behind this one-way mirror
I’m hypnotized by this anomaly
Such strange uncharted territory

A white flag waves in the dark between my head and my heart
My armor falls apart
As if I could let myself be seen, even deeply known
Like I was already brave enough to let go

And now I want to generously lose
This energy that I’ve been hanging onto so desperately

I finally feel the universe expand—
It’s hidden in heartbeats, exhales
And in the hope of open hands

All lyrics can be found here:

https://www.musixmatch.com/artist/Sleeping-At-Last#

Sources:

“a song for each of the nine unique and beautiful Enneagram types. It is all about Human Life. More particularly, it’s about involuntary human development – the basic foundation that the Human experience is built upon. The vital ingredients that we were born with.”

Ryan O’Neal

All About the Man

http://www.sleepingatlast.com/about/

I had heard much of his music in various TV programs and commercials and they always resonated so much with me. Since finding “Sleeping At Last” I feel as if a light-bulb has been lit permanently in my mind.

Podcast on the making of the ENNEAGRAM Atlas Two Series

http://www.sleepingatlast.com/blog/2018/6/8/five

http://www.sleepingatlast.com/atlas

Find out your ENNEAGRAM NUMBER

https://lonerwolf.com/enneagram-test/

https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/type-descriptions/

I edited the photo with Corel Paintshop Pro 8.

“I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

What’s On Your Mind?


 I made this especially for anyone interested in Cat Power.

 Ever notice how Facebook wants to know “What’s on Your Mind”? Continue looking at your page. Have you posted something some one might be interested in ? More than likely the answer is Yes, because we tend to say “What is on our minds ”
Others wear a mask and hide behind their little Facebook wall.
Guess that is why I have not hit above 50 on friends.
How many can you have and still relate?
My Thoughts:
This song haunts me.
I listen to it over and over.
My first reaction was that it was about a person,depressed and giving up.

The more I listen I believe it is a song about transformation.
Freeing one’s self from the throes of addiction,whether it be alcohol,drugs or loving the wrong person.
The vulnerable qualities of her voice amaze me.

Lyrics:

Once I wanted to be the greatest
No wind or waterfall could STALL me
And then came the rush of the flood
The stars at night turned DEEP to dust
Melt me down
into big black Armor
Leave no trace
Of grace
Just in your honor
Lower me down
TO CULPRIT SOUTH
Make ‘EM WASH A SPACE IN TOWN
FOR THE LEAD
AND THE DREGS OF MY BED
I’VE BEEN SLEEPING
Lower me down
PIN ME IN
Secure the grounds
For the later parade
Once I wanted to be the greatest
TWO FISTS OF SOLID ROCK
WITH BRAINS THAT COULD EXPLAIN
Any feeling
Lower me down
PIN ME IN
Secure the grounds
FOR THE LEAD
AND THE DREGS OF MY BED
I’VE BEEN SLEEPING
For the later parade
Once I wanted to be the greatest
No wind or water fall could STALL me
And then came the rush of the flood
The stars at night turned DEEP to dust

I Remember Penny Callas


Jam that Guitar Mr “D” On the flip side is “LOVE”

When I lived on N. Market Street in Frederick, Maryland my friend and I used to walk around the corner to the clubhouse they practiced at. The band at the time was called “Penny Callas and the Bad Boys”

I remember the song “Black Olives” and the flip side was “Love” He was so handsome, I used to almost fall off the crates we piled up to look through the window when they practiced. They also played often at the Gold Dust Inn Nightclub. Mustang Sally got the crowd in a frenzy Smile

Demetri Callas
3rd from left

Frankie Valli  (The Four Seasons)

Most people know Frankie Valli as an iconic musician, lead singer of the internationally successful ’60s rock/pop band The Four Seasons and, more recently, one of four lead characters in the Broadway show “Jersey Boys.”

Frederick-born-and-raised musician Demetri Callas, however, knows Valli as a former colleague and close friend.

Callas, 70, joined The Four Seasons (of “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man” fame) in late 1970, taking the place of founding member and lead guitarist Tommy DeVito, he said in a recent phone interview from his home in Las Vegas. He toured throughout the U.S. and internationally with the group until 1974, when he voluntarily walked away from the band.

“I was a bad boy,” he said, laughing. “It’s only today in retrospect that I realize how irresponsible I probably was. … I’m not proud of it, but instead of waiting for them to relieve me, I knew it was time for me to walk.”

The Frederick High School grad began his music career early on, having taught himself to play guitar at age 13. He purchased his first acoustic guitar from Cole’s Pawnbroker’s Outlet in Frederick, he said, and it cost him $12.95.

“I recall seeing local bands at carnivals or The Great Frederick Fair and just really enjoying their music,” he said. “I was fascinated by guitar players, mostly.”

Some early influences included guitarists “Punch” Hahn (who impressed Callas because he played a handmade guitar, he said), area country artist Johnny Glaze, Fredericktonians Roy, Ray and Paul Dayton and even Jimmy Dean, musician and, later, founder of Jimmy Dean Sausages, who once played country music events at the former armory downtown, Callas said.

Callas began playing guitar professionally around 1960, and although initially influenced by “hillbilly music,” as he called it, he began playing rock ‘n’ roll from day one.

“I began playing kind of before rock ‘n’ roll hit … but when it did, I was hooked,” he said.

Throughout his career, Callas played with local musicians and bands in the greater Frederick, Baltimore and Washington areas, often as part of “combos” of several musicians, he said. Under the band name Flavor, he did a few recordings for Columbia records, including the single “Sally had a Party” in 1968. Callas also spent a year playing with the group Bill Black’s Combo, named after Elvis Presley’s former bassist, Bill Black, and played briefly with Bill Haley & His Comets (of “Rock Around the Clock” fame).

He was performing with a combo at Baltimore’s Club Venus when a member of The Four Seasons heard him play, he said, and four weeks later, he got a call from the band’s manager asking him if he was interested in joining the act.

In his time with the Seasons, Callas had several interesting experiences, including the group being followed in and out of former New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne’s Inaugural Ball (where they were performing) in the ’70s by the FBI because of alleged mafia connections present within the band’s camp, he said.

During his tenure, the group also performed at the Atlanta State Penitentiary to gain access to the personal cell of Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo, New Jersey mobster and a friend of Valli’s, Callas said. DeCarlo was incarcerated for tax evasion, and was dying of terminal cancer, but Valli wanted to visit him and pay his respects.

“We were up there performing in front of all the inmates in our funny little suits … who were lying back with these looks on their faces, thinking ‘who the hell are these guys?,'” he said, laughing.

“Then going down to Gyp’s cell — if you could call it that, because it was more like a suite — was also nerve-wracking. Frankie and Gyp embraced, and, of course, there were tears. … It was something I’ll never forget.”

Source:

Frederick News

The W.W.W