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Childhoods revisited

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There are many milestones that mark a person’s life, some are happy and some are not.  To realize that we are an amalgam of all of life’s experiences is to embrace that life is not a bowl of cherries.  Life, it turns out is often at its most important when we are letting go.  Sure the good times are special and help in determining who we are…but the difficult time are there to prove who we have become. 

Now I know that everyone handles the good and the bad in different ways.  We are all individuals who help to shape the world around us and make it more interesting.  If we were all to live within our “Strawberry Fields Forever,” we would never get the chance to make the mistakes, the lessons in life that we learn from.  Perhaps we would not be able to love to the fullest because we had not experienced loss.  Would we be able to enjoy the highs if we had not lived through the lows?

Grab hold of all the moments that you have, experience them to the fullest, grow and give of yourself to those you love.  We have such a short time together, experience with an open heart and remember that we are all just human, no one is perfect.  Make sure that you take a firm hold of your life, be in charge of your feelings, and always put yourself in someone elses shoes before you decide how to feel about them.

So living in “Strawberry Fields” might be nice and nostalgic, it does not represent what our experience is supposed to be.  Like the saying goes “It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.”  Live in the moment, let life sweep you away on this journey of highs, middles, and lows.  Ride that big mother of a wave like it is the best one of the set and don’t look back to see what is coming…just go for it!

Have  a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1967 – The Beatles release “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

…but I’m holding on…

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Even until just recently, lets say less than a month ago, I would have never thought that I would ever have – let alone be making a quilt.  I just finished the blocking, and am quite pleased with the results so far.  This is no ordinary quilt, it is a Rock-n-Roll quilt made out of old concert t-shirts.  I have to say that learning how to do this has been quite easy. 

Once I get the top sewn together, that is when the hard part comes into play.  I am using an old flannel sheet for the back and have batting for the center.  For those about to ask…NO I will not be hand sewing the quilt together.  I’m not sure how ladies did this in years past, I know a lot of the time it was a social thing.  This is only a full size quilt at 59×77 inches.  That would be a lot of time to hand sew and I’m not that patient!

I only work on this a little at a time, can’t sit for too long sewing.  When I decided to do this project, I gave myself until Spring to get it done. I realize now that it won’t take nearly that long.  This is what is called a Memory Quilt.  It can be made with any t-shirts: sports shirts, music shirts, vacation shirts, your kids favorite shirts growing up…

This particular quilt is made with old school rock theme: Queen, The Stones, Styx, Van Halen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Black Sabbath.  I think my next one will be all Beatles! 

Besides teaching myself to quilt, I am also teaching myself to sketch.  Here is a picture I did yesterday…

My main objective is to learn to draw well enough that I can do some murals in my meditation room, and just for enjoyment!  So far I like Frankenstein’s Monster the best…I think I will try drawing him again soon.

Hope you have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1981 – “The Tide Is High” (Blondie) is the #1 song in the U.S.

Can we work it out? The Beatles say YES…

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Pre-ramble: We recently adopted a 6-year-old Great Dane, his name is Zeus.  After losing our lab over the summer, we decided that we would not get another dog…it’s just so hard when they go.  We changed our minds and are sure glad we did, this guy is a hoot!  Happy New Year from Zeus and his people…as you can see he is a party dog!

On this New Year, I think back over my life and wonder…what if I had done things differently.  Not the small things, but the big things, the things that really made an impact on my life.  I guess this is a time when we reflect on the past and look toward the future.  Life is so full of change, everyday we make choices that affect us, and others.  Why is it that so many people have an aversion to change?

I would have to guess that it has a lot to do with complacency.  We get set in our ways, and it is comfortable.  Why rock the boat?  Rockin’ the boat is the spice of life.  Life can be lived in the safety of complacency, I guess many are quite happy there.  I prefer to be spontaneous and free, to live on the edge.  Now I’m not talking about extreme situations. There was a story last night about a rock climber, just watching it made me queasy.  I’m not much for heights!

I’m talking about how you think and how you act.  Everyone has their own philosophy about life, I don’t want to test the water with my foot, or jump in off a cliff…I want to glide over the surface like a wave and be the water.  I want to experience what things are like and enjoy being me!

Can we work it out?  Each of us has the ability to decide for ourself.  So, yes…We Can Work it Out.

Today in ROCK history: 1966 – We Can Work It Out (The Beatles) was a hit.

John Lennon

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You know what they say about opinions, well, I’ve always strongly believed that John was The Beatles.  That said, I also thought that he had amazing fashion sense. He had a look that was instantly recognizable, just like his music…very unique. I never got to see The Beatles live, but have seen Paul, George and Ringo in concert. “Imagine”, that “Jealous Guy”, “Starting over” with “Instant Karma”, John will always be my “Working Class Hero”! Let’s just hope “We All Shine On”…just like him.

Make sure you take a moment to check out my custom-made DIY items: http://www.wix.com/1_rockin_mama/1_rockin_mamas-unique-boutique

Today in ROCK history: 1974John Lennon joins Elton John at the latter’s Madison Square Garden concert. The pair perform “Whatever Gets You Through The Night,” “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and “I Saw Her Standing There.” The show is Lennon’s last concert appearance.

Do the clothes make the man?

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I’m sure we’ve all heard that expression before. I strongly agree that the clothes you wear play an important part of how you feel and are perceived by others. I do not however think that what you wear makes you who you are, it is just an accessory to enhance how you feel and think, like a mood ring. If you love music, you will want to express that at times. So don’t go bland…check out my DIY rock-wear and make a statement about yourself! Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1965 – The Beatles finish their “Rubber Soul” album at Abbey Road studios in London. They record “Wait” “You Won’t See Me” and “Girl.”

Happy Friday…

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The weekend is almost here, you need to plan what you are going to wear for an evening out with friends, a party, or a concert. When you look in your closet you think to yourself “I have NOTHING to wear!” Well, Rockin’ Mama’s DIY is here to save the day, just take a moment to check out all the SEXY shirts I have just waiting for you. The next time you have big plans, you could be looking in your closet and saying “I know just what I’m wearing tonight.” Mama knows best!

Today in ROCK history: 1963 – The Beatles perform for the Queen at a Royal Command Performance in London. This is the show where John Lennon asks the audience in the cheaper seats to clap their hands and everybody else “just rattle your jewelry.” 

Lennon was and still is a LEGEND…