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Thankful Thursday:) Rosaries, Rainbows, and Karaoke

20 Mar

” If you can’t go out with your friends to laugh and drink and sing karaoke, stay home and laugh and drink and sing karaoke.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


This was a very lazy hazy Thursday. I didn’t get out of my jammies till 2 in the afternoon. I made a lot of phone calls to friends and family while sipping tea under the covers. Then, at 3 o’clock, I got my favorite rosary that belonged to my mother, and joined Father Don from St. Gabriel on a live streaming of praying the rosary. Thank you Debbie for telling me about this yesterday.

Amid worsening conditions related to the global coronavirus outbreak, Pope Francis urged Catholics to unite spiritually to pray the rosary simultaneously on the Feast of St. Joseph.

The pope invited every family, every individual Catholic, and every religious community to pray the Luminous mysteries on Thursday, March 19 at 9:00 pm Rome time. The initiative was initially proposed by the bishops of Italy.

With all the sadness, doom and gloom going on in the world, it was uplifting just knowing that millions of people were praying, not just for themselves, but for the entire world.

The rest of my afternoon slipped into evening. Storms and rain raged for a while, with tornadoes threatening. But 7 pm, the eerie clouds drifted away, and the sun peeked through. I needed desperately to get out of the house and get some fresh air. I was greeted by a glorious sunset, followed by a spectacular rainbow peeking between the trees.

Thursday has always been our karaoke night at Delaney’s Irish Pub. Our gang of great friends always get together for food, fun, song, dance, and assorted beverages. I was really missing that tonight. So, instead of feeling sad, I was inspired by the beautiful rainbow. I decided to have my own karaoke night and sing my solitaire quarantined version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”


And yes, the singing is off key and warbley, but that’s me and that’s as good as it gets. I love to sing.

Theme Song Thursday:) Somewhere Over the Rainbow

26 May

“We colour the world, Not with the darkness of our pasts, But with the rainbow of our hope.” ― Jenim Dibie


Today at Arches National Park, at the end of a very long day of sight seeing in a couple of different states, cities and sites, a fantastic surprise. The skies were dark and gloomy on one side of the mountains and sunny and bright on the other. The result…see for yourself.

Arches National Park is a US National Park in eastern Utah. The park is adjacent to the Colorado River, 4 miles (6 km) north of Moab, Utah. It is home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. It contains the highest density of natural arches in the world.

More from Arches…

I took 85 pictures today. Aren’t you glad there are only 7 here? 

“We colour the world, Not with the darkness of our pasts, But with the rainbow of our hope.” 

― Jenim Dibie

Theme Song Thursday: Where Do Those Golden Rainbows End?

2 May

“Donde termina el arco iris,
en tu alma o en el horizonte?

Where does the rainbow end,
in your soul or on the horizon?”
― Pablo Neruda, The Book of Questions
I had a lovely dinner with my friend Della tonight. We went to Chili’s and I ate 7,568 chips with salsa and artichoke dip. Well, maybe only 5,439 chips, and that was all before the sizzling fajitas arrived. Woooo! Driving home after a long, leisurely dinner, we saw this amazing rainbow. Maybe it wasn’t a rainbow because it was perpendicular, straight up and down. Maybe not a rainbow, but a rainstick or a rainfinger, who knows? Anyway, it was pretty cool.

Of course, rainbows made me think of a song, and because James Taylor is on a continual loop on my car Bluetooth, “Long Ago and Far Away,” popped into my head. “Where do those golden rainbows end? Why is this song so sad?” There’s always a song in my head, so that’s where today’s theme song came from. Rainbows and sad songs…

James Taylor: Long Ago and Far Away

Long ago, a young man sits and plays his waiting game.
But things are not the same it seems as in such tender dreams.
Slowly passing sailing ships and Sunday afternoon.
Like people on the moon I see are things not meant to be.

Where do those golden rainbows end? Why is this song so sad?
Dreaming the dreams I’ve dreamed my friend, loving the love I love
to love is just a word I’ve heard when things are being said.
Stories my poor head has told me cannot stand the cold.
And in between what might have been and what has come to pass,
a misbegotten guess alas and bits of broken glass.

Where do your golden rainbows end? Why is this song I sing so sad?
Dreaming the dreams I dream my friend, loving the love I love to love to love to love.

It was a lot more colorful in real-live-person.