Storage For All My Kids’ Stuff

July 26th, 2014

Funny how I thought that I had accumulated a whole bunch of stuff myself over the years, but I don’t think that even compares to all the stuff that my kids have accumulated during their few short years. But I guess that people are always giving a whole bunch of stuff to kids but you don’t really realize how much stuff you have until you don’t have enough room for it all. So I decided that I needed to come up with some kind of different storage solutions for it all.

So I went online a few nights to try to get some inspiration for that. But I also wanted to come up with a way that would be neat looking and go together with their decoration in their rooms. I found all kinds of really great stuff and decided that maybe some cubbies would be the answer.

Today I went out and bought some lifts for both of their beds so that we could fit some cubbies underneath them. This would free up a little more room without taking much space away from them. Plus they’re old enough to climb up there too.

Pedal Steel and Lap Steel Guitars

July 20th, 2014

Coming from such a large and spread out musical family I am finding that musicians friends website is a great place to research all types of musical products that I can check out and purchase for the members of this talented family as gifts for all of the holidays that require some type of present.

I have always been curious about the musical instrument that is called a Lap Steel Guitar/Pedal Steel Guitar which I mainly see being played by (but not limited to) country music artists. I learned today that these type of guitars originated in Hawaii as well as country music in the United States. Some of the famous steel guitar players, that they listed include Jerry Byrd, Speedy West and Pete Drake.

While I was cruising around musicians friends website earlier today I looked at their selection of Pedal and Lap Steel Guitars which some have two or possibly three necks which looks so intimidating to someone like me who can’t play a single note on any type of instrument, nor can I sing, but I can tell you what I can out dance just about anyone I know so I don’t feel so left out when the family starts talking about music during most of the holiday celebrations that we try so hard to attend when we can manage it.

guitar, stand and bag

Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag

Music Down In Nashville Way

July 15th, 2014

Each time I call my nephew Steve, who lives down in the Nashville Tennessee area, I get such a kick out of hearing his voice on his voice mail. He is a DJ and I swear he has the best professional DJ voice that I have ever heard. This is one person that I want to not pick up when I call, because I always really do enjoy his voice.

Not only does he do a great job as a DJ but he is really good on the drums, which happens to be my favorite musical instrument of all times. I wish he didn’t live so far away because I really miss hearing him play. He used to get together with a bunch of friends and have jam sessions that could and would last until dawn. They were a great group of kids. I hope he still stays in contact with them, if nothing else at least via Facebook.

Swing Dancing, Today’s Social Dances

July 11th, 2014

Spent time online looking for swing dance lessons in my area. YouTube had some pretty cool videos that helped me make the decision to sign up with The Dance Doctor John Casses in Santa Monica in the southern part of the beautiful state of California. I have always loved to dance, but dancing with a partner isn’t always all that easy when it comes to “hand dancing” as I call it.

Check out this video from YouTube and see what I’m talking about and I’ll keep you posted on my progress from time to time.

The Wonder of Junk Drawers

July 8th, 2014

I just couldn’t take it anymore, my kitchen junk drawer runneth over and it will not even close properly anymore, so I pulled up my sleeves and dove in with both hands. Amazing the things that one finds in these types of drawers, located through-out the house, a good amount found its way to the trash can, but I did find some goodies that have been long gone and forgotten.

My one treasurer is a plug-in timer that I can plug my T.V. in at night that will automatically shut it off, hopefully well after I have fallen asleep. I will experiment with it tonight and see how it all works out. Anything that will help reduce my electric bill these days is worth giving a shot.

After finding numerous useful things that had been stashed away for so long makes me wonder what I will find when I finally clean out the closets!

July 2014
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