Thursday, November 9, 2017

HOME FREE!!!

On Friday, November 3rd, I got to see and experience a wonderful musical group called Home Free.  I have enjoyed their acapella music for several months and it lifts my spirits, makes me laugh and smile, and makes me feel young and playful.  I was in the second row to the left, so close!  The band members are, from left to right: Adam Rupp - Vocal Percussion, Rob Lundquist - Tenor, Adam Chance - Baritone, Austin Brown - Tenor, and Tim Foust - Bass.  If you have not heard them, you must check them out and give a listen on YouTube. 
Adam Rupp
Austin Brown
Rob Lundquist
Tim Foust
Adam Chance
Put them all together and you have musical magic!
I have more photos but do not want to overload ya'all.  
I had the time of my life, sang and danced and laughed.
An experience I will treasure!
Thanks HOME FREE for a wonderful evening!

Friday, November 3, 2017

EXPRESSION

Many deal with relatives or friends who suffer with Alzheimer's or dementia.  It is the most difficult and heartbreaking thing for both the loved one and those who love.  My husband had frontal lobe dementia through the last 6 years of his life. He passed November 10th 2012, soon to be 5 years gone.  This poem is a small reflection of feelings during that time. Some can relate.

ASK ME
When the day is warm with smiles
and trees petticoat the sky,
ask me how I endured.
Others said I was strong,
yet I felt helpless, hopeless,
wondered if it would ever end,
and feeling guilty for that thought.

Ask me if I felt anger
and listen as I spout emotions,
express pain, without confrontation.
Ask me how I endured hurtful, venomous words,
spouted from lips that once spoke love,
and I’ll tell you how I escaped conflict,
let words ride wind to glide away.

Today you, my dear friend, are my rock.
Let me flow around you, envelop you,
ultimately moving beyond grief, anger, pain,
to eddy in stillness and calm.

Ask me and listen.

Rose Lefebvre©

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

FALL SPLENDOR

On Saturday, October 28th, I needed to escape so took off to see natural beauty and relish fall color.
I drove around for a while up and down and through several areas and somehow ended up at Milo McIver State Park.  I did a bit of hiking, snapping photos and thinking.  Needed time to think.
Here are photos from my exploration.
Mt. Hood
I was surprised to see this little guy!
It was a good day to breath clean air, feel mossy trees, and see colorful trees.