Astrid’s Meet & Greet

So we had a little party for Ms. Astrid (Kim) to meet the whole gang before she had to leave us. Quite an adventure with my closest friends and family. It is all laughs and hugs at our little backyard shin-digs. Here is a peek inside….OPA!!!!

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Letting It All Out….


What better way to let all your emotions come flowing out then with music! I have compiled some playlists from Spotify for your listening enjoyment. I can’t say that you won’t need like fifty boxes of tissues or something to break afterwards but don’t say I didn’t fore warn you!


Here is the real tear jerkers! Break out your tissues and some Ben & Jerry’s and get to cleansing your soul…#1 on this list to listen to is “Goodbye My Lover” by James Blunt….whew…if that doesn’t leave you sobbing like a baby I don’t know what will! I will post the lyrics below.

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“Goodbye My Lover”Did I disappoint you or let you down?
Should I be feeling guilty or let the judges frown?
‘Cause I saw the end before we’d begun,
Yes I saw you were blinded and I knew I had won.
So I took what’s mine by eternal right.
Took your soul out into the night.
It may be over but it won’t stop there,
I am here for you if you’d only care.
You touched my heart you touched my soul.
You changed my life and all my goals.
And love is blind and that I knew when,
My heart was blinded by you.
I’ve kissed your lips and held your hand.
Shared your dreams and shared your bed.
I know you well, I know your smell.
I’ve been addicted to you.[x2]
Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.I am a dreamer and when I wake,
You can’t break my spirit – it’s my dreams you take.
And as you move on, remember me,
Remember us and all we used to be
I’ve seen you cry, I’ve seen you smile.
I’ve watched you sleeping for a while.
I’d be the father of your child.
I’d spend a lifetime with you.
I know your fears and you know mine.
We’ve had our doubts but now we’re fine,
And I love you, I swear that’s true.
I cannot live without you.

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

And I still hold your hand in mine.
In mine when I’m asleep.
And I will bare my soul in time,
When I’m kneeling at your feet.

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

I’m so hollow, baby, I’m so hollow.
I’m so, I’m so, I’m so hollow.
I’m so hollow, baby, I’m so hollow.
I’m so, I’m so, I’m so hollow.


Here are some random songs to cleanse some more…


Here is some classical music to soothe your soul…Enjoy!


“Master Pianist”



So, I just had to write about my allusive neighbor today. I ran into her this morning as she was getting ready for her walk. Everybody on the block thinks this woman is “crazy” but I am starting to realize that she is not crazy but extremely intelligent and kind of a home body. She is a master musician and professor, or I should say used to be on the latter. She was recently in an accident when a teenager hit her and she damaged her shoulder and back and has not been able to play until this last week.

As we were talking she started speaking of her childhood and she almost came to tears talking about her father. I realized that her mother was a jealous woman and would not let her father that was also a very talented musician play their family piano. The mother who was not very good, insisted she be the only one to play it. Even though she only grew up listening to her mother play and not well from her account she still grew up to become a very sought after musician. She explained that until she was in her twenties she did not even know her father could play the piano and better yet as advanced as he did.  I guess some things are in the genes!

Anyway, as we were talking about my own passion for music and how I loved to play she offered one of the greatest gifts to my children. She offered to teach my kids to play all the instruments that she had if they were willing to learn. I was ecstatic! She prides herself greatly in her knowledge of music and her ability to teach it. She wants to start my middle child out first because she has shown the most interest in learning the piano. So Bug will be getting lessons from a master musician right next door! I am super stoked! To top all of this off…she is going to do it for FREE!!! Can’t ask for anything more than that!

I have always had a fascination for the piano. I have always wanted to learn to play myself. The beautiful music that can be made by the piano is hard to come by. It is so moving and breathtaking all at the same time. I have always wanted to have a piano in the house so the kids and myself could learn to play, but we all know how much pianos cost…was not going to happen. So I am grateful that my neighbor has one so the kids may learn to play.

I guess the morale of this little story is that we should not be so quick to judge a grumpy old woman next door. You never know what secret hidden talents they posses and are willing to share with others when treated with kind words and a gentle smile!

Some of my favs:

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