On My Mind: The Musical

Sometimes I like to pretend that my life is a musical.

I often bust out into whatever song I feel is appropriate, much to the embarrassment admiration of my friends and family. Even when I’m not singing out loud, there is almost always a song running in the back of my mind. When I pay attention to it, I find that the words usually relate to whatever I am experiencing at the time.
For example: a couple of months ago, smack in the middle of my personal winter, I spent several days with The Lion King’s The Circle of Life running through my head. I had no idea why, and frankly, I was beginning to get a little annoyed by it. However, when I took the time to pay attention, I realized that the predominate lyrics I was thinking on were: There’s more to see than can ever be seen/More to do than can ever be done,
Lightbulb: I was silently belting out my feelings of anxiety and stress. Realizing that did absolutely nothing to relieve my stress, but at least I understood the soundtrack.

On a happier note (Ha! See what I did there? Song? Note? … Hello?), I’m pleased to report that for the last three days in a row, I have awakened to this song in my head:

Go ahead and listen. You can’t help but love it.

Here are a few things that are making me smile today.

The flood water is receding.
Note: It took me three tries to type w-a-t-e-r. My fingers kept wanting to type w-a-l-t-e-r. Walt is not receding. Thinning a bit, yes, but definitely not receding.
Not only is the water level going down, but we have had honest to goodness sunshine in patches over the weekend.
Me, suddenly bursting into song: I’m walkin’ on sunshine, yeah, yeah and don’t it feel good?
This is the kind of thing that people who know me well have to put up with all the time.

The slug slime came up off my couch. All I had to do was wait for it to dry, then scrape it off and then seal off and fumigate the entire area with napalm.
Now it’s gone, gone, gone, whoa-oh-oh-oh-whoa…

Things are getting done. Hurray!
Our remodeling/repair job feels like it is taking for-ev-er, but progress is being made. For example, we once again have two (count ’em: one, two!) functioning bathrooms. The hall bath has received a complete makeover, including new tile flooring, new cabinets and sink, granite counter top, and a brand new no overflow toilet.
Haaaallelujah, haaaaallelujah, hallalujah-hallalujah, hall-ayyyy-ay-lu-yah!
We’ve still got some finishing touches to do; I’ll share pictures soon.

Remember this?
We found that old window at a garage sale back in September and I had such big plans for it. On Saturday, I batted my eyelashes and sweet talked Walt into finally helping me bring those plans to fruition.
The following horror was our entry when we first moved into our house. If you have small children on your lap, you may wish to cover their eyes.
ugly spindles
We have done a fair amount of work there: replacing the front and closet doors, tiling over the ugly vinyl (not pictured) with a pretty matte black granite, replacing and painting the wood trim, and utterly demolishing those terrible prison bars spindles. Still the area didn’t look finished. Without the spindles, we had a hole in the wall that looked to me like a walk up ice-cream counter.
Enter new-old window:
Window Divider in Entry
Please note the new curtains too. Love. Them.
Here is another peek at my window:
Window Divider in Entry
This afternoon Newt told me: “Mama-
I love that she calls me that…
“Mama, if we sit right here on the couch and look at the front window and the entryway our house looks done. Let’s just not turn around briiiight eyes.”
Agreed. I’m not going to turn around and see my plywood and 70’s vinyl flooring (now with more asbestos!).
…but the view I love the most is on my front porch lookin’ iiiin!

Our church has multiple congregations that meet in the same building. Every year we trade meeting times around. Last year, we went to church at 8:30. AM. Twice a month I had early morning meetings. At 7:00. AM. As in, in-the-morning.
Aye-yi-yi, that’s early.
This year, we meet at 12:30. Sunday mornings are slow and relaxed again. We stay in our pjs for awhile, walk the dog together, make breakfast… It’s heavenly.
That’s why I’m eeeasy, easy like Sunday mornin’…

four and three-quarters
Newt made breakfast for us yesterday. I found her a recipe for pumpkin muffins and she went to work. They’re whole-wheat with no refined sugar, using honey instead, and oh-my-yum. The only modification she made (she is my daughter, after all) was adding some pumpkin seeds and walnuts to the batter.
Want some? The recipe is right here.
Why are there so many songs about muffins, and what’s on the other side?
Oh yeah, I also make up my own lyrics. Why not? It’s my show life.

What’s making you happy today? Sing it, Baby.

Linking up with: Not Just a Housewife, Create and Share, Whatever Goes Wednesday, Blue Cricket’s Show and Tell


  1. Loving the window! Do you know you can write on windows with dry erase markers and erase it? Maybe you can have different designs drawn on daily, or messages to the family.

    • Thanks Melissa! We sometimes use dry erase markers on the bathroom mirror – it’s fun. However, I don’t think I’ll introduce the idea for this oh-so-public space in our home. It would start out cute and fun, but before long it would degenerate to pictures of radioactive babies that live in the sewer, gnomes in prison jumpsuits and headless cats. And those are just the pictures I’d be drawing…

  2. Ah, the soundtrack of our lives! I usually have a song in my head at all times too and, thanks to YOU, right now it is “Total Eclipse of the Heart!”
    I have a question for you though…back before radio, ipods, musicals, opera, etc., I’m talking WAAYY back, maybe Middle Ages way back, what songs went through people’s heads?!? Just askin’. 🙂

  3. You make me smile.

  4. Things are looking up! I am so happy the water is receding. That was scary! I absolutely love your entry way, the window looks like it was meant to be there all along.

    In other more serious matters….lol….

    I got the lovely opportunity to pick up lunch for our office today…12 meals….I was already in a grumpy mood due to my boss showing up to work…(hate it when he graces my presence) and as I waited for the meals to be created I pulled out my phone….alas….a comment from Heidi.

    I literally laughed out loud and could barely breath (due to the lingering cough) as I read your embarrassing moment story. It turned my entire day around! Thank you so much! Now if only I could get 11 more so I can share mine. It is awesome! I hope I get the chance.

    Hope you continue to have a most wonderful day!

  5. At least you don’t expect everyone to sing along with you! I had a teacher in high school who would not only randomly start singing in class, but get very insulted if we didn’t finish the line. She’d even repeat it until most of the class joined in.

    • That sounds like an abuse of power to me.

      Wish I could do that… J

  6. I LOVE what you did with that old window frame!!! That is the epitome of repurposing!

    • Thanks! I am so happy with how it turned out.

  7. Reading your blog post here is like having a conversation with my hubby. He’s always breaking out into a song that could pertain to the subject at hand. LOL!! Sometimes he gets caught singing when he’s on the job since he’s a plumber. even funnier.

    Your whole entry area looks much more updated and so less “That 70’s Show”! The paint, the curtains, door and trim as well! Looks waaaay better!

    • If he were doing some plumbing work at my house, I’d sing along. J

      Thanks for the compliment; I like my entry so much better now.

  8. i loooove the new window there, it’s such a brighter and airier (that looks weird) space. yay!

  9. Amazing! I am doing this! Although my space is larger. I have to go window searching. LOL Thanks for the cute idea. I am featuring this in tomorrows linky party! ;-D


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