31.3.09

Messin' Up My Senses!

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Clay Aiken--How can anyone not love this amazing young man!
We that do are so lucky :)
I knew I was missing Clay, but didn't know how much until seeing and reading all about the GLAAD Awards Saturday night.

It was wonderful to have him in the spotlight again, I'm enjoying the new clack, but I want to see and hear him on stage more than ever!

One of my favourite things about preparing a blog is choosing the music that I feel compliments the theme of the blends.
Mind you it can take me days to finally make a choice since every song I play of Clay's is so awesome.
Then of course, if I want a video to go with the theme, there's all those YouTubes to go through.

One would think I've seen every Clay video there by now, but I'm always finding something new, or else I don't remember it. That's a benefit of a short memory, next week everything is new again, LOL.





Today I'm going with a JBT favourite, I Can't Help Falling in Love With You from the Elvis medley, track by Aflack, for the opening song.
SueReu's Here Ya Come Again montage with clips from SRHP performances is the video.
Thank you ladies!

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Thanks to bigappleforclay for the photo of Clay.

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Clay Aiken - Here Ya Come Again
montage by SueReu




Clay Aiken - Here Ya Come Again



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Here are the answers to Sally's last puzzle..thanks again.

P24 quotes ANSWers

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Here You Come Again is one of the songs Clay chose for The Very Best of Clay Aiken

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~ gerwhisp~

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So much of our journey is learning about and removing barriers.
~Melody Beattie~


Thank you everyone for your visits and comments!

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26.3.09

We Are Here

"There are people who take the heart out of you, and there are people who put it back."
~Elizabeth David~



Clay sings "As Long As We're Here"

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(The following is not written by me, it's taken from a book a dear friend sent to me.
We met through the Clay Aiken Official Fan Club. Thank you "M".)


Some people just have a way of giving us a much needed lift. They make our lives brighter or our hearts lighter--but we don't always get the chance to tell them how we feel.

No matter where you are, or what you do, someone helps you get there. Somewhere along the line are the people who step up to the plate for you, or believe in your dream, or dig down deep in their pockets, or come up with a bright idea.

Someone shows up when the chips are down, or sticks around when everyone else has gone home, or meets an impossible deadline, or gives you a pat on the back when you deserve it, or a gentle nudge when you don't.

Someone keeps the lamp of friendship lit, or the home fires burning, or lends you an ear, or writes the eulogy, or brings the casserole, or make you laugh until your sides ache, or tells you they care and mean it.

Sometimes words fail us and we're not quite sure what to say, but here's a start.
From the heart...Thank You!

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THANK YOU Clay Aiken for all you have given me this past 6 years, the motivation, inspiration and all the wonderful people I have met from around the world!
I am looking forward to the years ahead, to enjoy your entertainment and meet more of my new friends in person!


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Answers for the AYSTAFG puzzle:

P23 Answers

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EXTRA! Sally ~ Bsrefong sent this new puzzle just this morning. It is perfect for this blog--enjoy!
Thank you Sally :)


P24 Quotes Mar26

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20.3.09

Spring ln with Clay

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It's OFFICIAL! The calendar says SPRING has arrived!!
The calendar and the TV weatherman are never wrong - right? Then how come when I look out my window, I see snow on the ground and nary a sprig of new grass or a crocus peeking out of it.
Oh well, at least the days are getting longer and I know spring is on it's way.
In the meantime I look forward to seeing Clay Aiken on my TV again for his guest appearances on ANTM and 30 Rock.


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Clay Aiken - Profile Perfection

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Bsrefong~Sally Puzzle - AYSTAFG
(Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader)

P23 AYSTAFG

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A friend sent me this bit of "history" a while back:

THE HISTORY of Aprons

I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

REMEMBER:

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.

Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw. They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I don't know of anyone who ever caught anything bad from an Apron...only love.


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Great video by Luvgreatmusic--
Clay Aiken "Solitaire" written by Neil Sedaka



Neil Sedaka quote re Solitaire:

"Bravo Clay, I have lost my song forever to you--It will always be a Clay Aiken song."

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14.3.09

Celebrate the GREEN!

St. Patty's Day party is on, with special guest Clay Aiken!
We had folks in our community from Ireland, and they always celebrated St. Patrick's Day for at least four days.
If you know some Irish tunes, bring them along!


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Saint Patrick's Day (March 17th), is an Irish holiday honouring Saint Patrick,
the missionary credited with converting the Irish to Christianity (in the A.D. 400's).
In America, Saint Patrick's Day is a time to wear green and party.
The first American celebration of Saint Patrick's Day was in
Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737.

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I have no idea if Still the One has anything to do with the Irish.
It works for me and it's another Clay Aiken favourite of mine.

You can bet he's still the one for me!!

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Still the One - montage by Luluaast



Still the One montage link


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May you always have:
Walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!


May the blessing of the rain be on you--
the soft sweet rain.
May it fall upon your spirit
so that all the little flowers may spring up,
and shed their sweetness on the air.

May the blessing of the great rains be on you,
may they beat upon your spirit
and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there many a shining pool
where the blue of heaven shines,
and sometimes a star.
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The History of St. Patrick

St Patrick is known as the patron saint of Ireland. True, he was not a born Irish. But he has become an integral part of the Irish heritage, mostly through his service across Ireland of the 5th century.

Patrick was born in the later half of the 4th century AD. Patrick was the son of Calpurnius, a Roman-British army officer. He was growing up as naturally as other kids in Britain. One day a band of pirates landed in south Wales and kidnapped this boy along with many others. Then they sold him into slavery in Ireland for 6 years, mostly imprisoned. This was when he dreamed of having seen God. Legend says, he was then dictated by God to escape with a getaway ship.

Finally, he did escape and went to Britain, and then to France. There he joined a monastery and studied 12 years. When he became a bishop he dreamed that the Irish were calling him back to Ireland to tell them about God as "The Voice of the Irish".

There are many legends associated with St Patrick. It is said that he used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the concept of the Trinity; which refers to the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Legend also has that, Saint Patrick had put the curse of God on venomous snakes in Ireland, he drove all the snakes into the sea where they drowned.

Patrick's mission in Ireland lasted for over 20 years. He died on March 17, AD 461.

That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick's Day ever since.



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Life is like a cup of tea, it's all in how you make it!

My Grandpa would only drink tea out of a fancy cup if it had a "drop or two" of good Irish Whiskey in it. Grandma would grumble, but would add just a 'drop or two'...then when she wasn't looking, Grandpa would slip in a big splash...and wink at me.
We had our secret, until Grandma told me years later that she knew, she just didn't tell Gramps.
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