Tuesday, August 9, 2022

THE TOWN NAUGHTY LADY... T3M's UNDERWEAR CHALLENGE...


Underwear, underwear, anytime, anywhere 
Underwear, underwear, anytime, anywhere, 
 Now I believe in looking 
Like my time on earth is cooking 
With a polka-dotted stripe or even checked 
With some glamour guaranteeing 
Every fiber of my being 
Is displayed to quite remarkable effect 
From your cradle via trousseau 
To your death bed you're on view so 
Never compromise accept no substitute 
I would rather wear a barrel 
Than conservative apparel 
Because dress has always been my strongest suit 
~
The Spice Girls

Saturday, August 6, 2022

ENDLESS INSPIRATION IN MY LIFE... SPA's INSPIRED CHALLENGE...

There are places I'll remember 
All my life though some have changed 
Some forever, not for better 
Some have gone and some remain 
All these places have their moments 
With lovers and friends I still can recall 
Some are dead and some are living 
In my life I've loved them all.
~
The Beatles

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

SWISS ARMY HAT... T3M's FANCY HAT CHALLENGE...

 

“Wear a hat 
and your hair goes flat.” 
~
 Alain Bremond-Torrent

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Dr. DARK's VISUAL EMPORIUM... SPA's VISUAL CHALLENGE...


 “A substantial amount of our brain power 
is devoted to visual processing. 
When we add a visual component, 
a drawing component, 
to what we are teaching, 
student recall increases.” 
~
 Susan A. Gingras Fitzell

Saturday, July 23, 2022

UNCLE ALBERT's BEETLE HAVE ESCAPED AGAIN... SPA's BEETLE CHALLENGE...


A True Story 
When I was a girl with not much in my head 
I had a little bedroom and a pretty canopy bed. 
It was a lovely summer night 
So I opened the window and left on the light 
went out to play, came back to an awful fright 
Two dozen beetles flying around my head 
two thousand beetles crawling on my bed. 
YIKES!
~
DSW 

Saturday, July 16, 2022

FAREWELL INDY BEV, WE ARE GOING TO WILL MISS YOU...THANK YOU


THE JOURNEY 
 Once I was like the rock that fell
 from the mountain face 
into the stream… 
all sharp edges, 
 seemingly unchangeable. 
 Life happened. 
 Like the rock in the river, 
 I was tumbled , 
bruised and battered 
 on my journey, 
edges smoothened 
 and honed on my passage. 
 Moments of joy, 
moments not, … change 
 softening and polishing 
my sharp edges, 
 my solid core remaining, 
but enforced now with 
lessons learned. 
 Approaching the last chapter 
 of my long journey, a bit weary 
 and contemplating 
 what comes next.
~
Beverly Crawford


A BIT ABOUT ME  (Bev)
I was born in middle of nowhere Illinois 88 years ago, attended a one-room country school and, after high school , Brown’s Peoria School of Business. From there, on to Miami, Florida, secretary to the administrator of Variety Children’s Hospital, worked in the Surgical Dictation Pool at Jackson Memorial Hospital, then returned to Illinois when my father had life-threatening surgery. When he regained health, it was on to Indianapolis, where after a brief stint as secretary of the associate director of Lilly Endowment, Inc. Along the way I married and had a son and a daughter and took time being a mother. Later I started as medical transcriptionist and climbed the corporate ladder of Medical Records Inc. to the position of regional supervisor until I retired in 1999. I’ve dabbled in oil painting, miscellaneous arts, creating journals, recreational writing and, of course, poetry. I live with my son and wife in an over-55 community in Plainfield, Indiana. 
 Show me a photo of something old and abandoned 
 And I lapse into what used to be 
 I wonder at what viewers will conjure 
 At an abandoned old photo of me.

FEMME FATAL... SPA's FEMME FATAL CHALLENGE...


 What's cute about little cutie 
It's her beauty, not brains 
Old father time will never harm you 
If your charm still remains 
After you grow old, baby 
You don't have to be a cold baby 
 Keep young and beautiful 
It's your duty to be beautiful 
Keep young and beautiful 
If you want to be loved
~
Annie Lennox

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

SUNSETS & RAINBOWS and THE MOON & STARS and ART & MUSIC MAKE ME HAPPY... T3M's HAPPINESS IS CHALLENGE...



 I see trees of green 
Red roses too 
I see them bloom 
For me and you 
And I think to myself 
What a wonderful world 
 I see skies of blue 
And clouds of white 
The bright blessed day 
The dark sacred night 
And I think to myself 
What a wonderful world 
 The colors of the rainbow 
So pretty in the sky 
Are also on the faces 
Of people going by 
I see friends shaking hands 
Saying, "How do you do?" 
They're really saying "I love you" 
 I hear babies cry 
I watch them grow 
They'll learn much more 
Than I'll never know 
And I think to myself 
What a wonderful world
~
Louis Armstrong

Saturday, July 9, 2022

ABANDONED LIGHTHOUSE... SPA's LIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE...




 "A lighthouse is both 
an invitation and a warning.
 A lighthouse says 
Welcome home.
 But next to that, right after that, 
it also says 
Danger.” 
~
 Nathan Hill

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC... T3M's MUSIC CHALLENGE...



 Nobody can tell ya 
There's only one song worth singing 
They may try and sell ya 
'Cause it hangs them up 
To see someone like you 
But you gotta make your own kind of music 
Sing your own special song 
Make your own kind of music 
Even if nobody else sings along
~
Mama Cass Elliot

Monday, July 4, 2022

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY... LET FREEDOM RING...


 Wishing you a Happy, Peaceful, 4th of July!

Saturday, July 2, 2022

WONDERFULLY CITRUS... SPA's ORANGES & LEMONS...


 Oranges and lemons 
Say the bells of St. Clement's 
You owe me five farthings 
Say the bells of St. Martin's 
When will you pay me? 
Say the bells of Old Bailey 
When I grow rich 
Say the bells of Shoreditch 
And when will that be? 
Say the bells of Stepney 
I do not know 
Say the great bells of Bow 
Here comes a candle 
To light you to bed 
And here comes a chopper 
To chop off your head
~
traditional English nursery rhyme

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

WHAT CAN I SAY I GOT CARRIED AWAY... T3M's SOMETHING VINTAGE...


Hang on to your hats



Before


After


 Lookin' through my old pictures 
Faded photographs 
Some of them bring me close to tears 
Others make me laugh 
Old memories seem to come alive 
And open up the past again 
And let me dream inside
~
the Judds

Saturday, June 25, 2022

DANCE TIL YOU DROP... SPA's DANCE CHALLENGE...


 But everything was beautiful at the ballet 
Graceful men lift lovely girls in white 
Yes, everything was beautiful at ballet 
 I was happy... at the ballet 
~
Marvin Hamlisch

Thursday, June 23, 2022

VIRGINIA WOOLF & E.E.CUMMINGS... DM's FLORIAN NICOLLE CHALLENGE...



 I carry your heart with me(i carry it in 
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
 i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done 
by only me is your doing,my darling)
 i fear 
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want 
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true) 
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant 
and whatever a sun will always sing is you 

 here is the deepest secret nobody knows 
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud 
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
 higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) 
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
 
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
~
e.e.cummings

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

GOT CAKE LETS PARTY... T3M's TRANSPORT CHALLENGE...


 I was hanging out minding my own business, 
when some guy comes along 
and throws a cake in my face???  
Can you believe it?  
Well me being Mona 
the girl with the perpetual smile, 
I tend to make the best out of any bad situation. 
So I said to myself 
"Mona" 
that is what most people call me, Mona. 
I said "Mona"
"You've got cake girl it's time to party."
So I grabbed Napoleon and the cake
 jumped into my super fancy air ship 
and sailed off to party 
with all my best friends.

The end

Saturday, June 18, 2022

WINDOWS... SPA's WINDOW CHALLENGE...

 

Letting life in 
shutting life out 
gaze without touch 
instrument of longing. 
Bringing light in 
holding rain out 
portal to the world 
passport to joy and sorrow.
~
DSW 22

SOMETHING FISHY & FLOWER GIRL... DM's MANUELE LENOIR CHALLENGE...



 “There is no exquisite beauty… 
without some strangeness 
in the proportion.” 
~
 Edgar Allan Poe

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

MANY LAYERS... T3M's LAYERS CHALLENGE...


Our Many Lives


Dock Dreams


Fresh Of the Boat

Many Layer...


When I think of arriving in a strange country not knowing the language or anyone there, I am in awe of my ancestors and those brave men and woman who have come here looking for a better life.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

IRON & LACE... SPA's MONOTONE CHHALLENGE...

    
 Brown or Blue I can't decide.


 “Hold on to your divine blush, 
your innate rosy magic, or end up brown. 
Once you're brown, you'll find out you're blue. 
As blue as indigo. 
And you know what that means.
 Indigo. Indigoing. Indigone.” 
~
 Tom Robbins

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

HEAD FULL OF NUMBERS... T3M's NUMBERS CHALLENGE...


 “Numbers do not feel. 
Do not bleed or weep or hope. 
They do not know bravery or sacrifice. 
Love and allegiance. 
At the very apex of callousness, 
you will find only ones and zeros.” 
~
 Amie Kaufman

Saturday, June 4, 2022

SATIN & LACE... SPA's WEDDINGS CHALLENGE...


 Satin and lace 
There before my eyes 
I know it's not a dream 
But now that I've arrived 
The time has come to see 
The chains are gone I'm free
~
Roger Daltrey

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

NO RESPECT (with apologies to various artists)... T3M's ART MASH UP CHALLENGE...

                                           

No Respect


We're No Angels


 All of me 
Why not take all of me 
Can't you see 
I'm no good without you 
 Take my lips I want to lose them 
Take my arms 
I'll never use them 
   You took the part 
That once was my heart 
So why not take all of me
~
Frank Sinatra



Saturday, May 28, 2022

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE... SPA's YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE CHALLENGE...



 You are my sunshine, my only sunshine 
You make me happy when skies are gray 
You'll never know, dear, how much I love you 
Please don't take my sunshine away
Jimmy Davis

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

MANY MOONS... T3M's FLY ME TO THE MOON CHALLENGE #5...

               




                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                        


Just a few of my favorite moons from the past 
while I'm busy working on my garden.
I just love the moon it is magical.
Have a great week everyone.