Lessons while Driving

Each and every time, without fail, that I get the opportunity to drive any friends car, alone, without the children, on a nice day (or not); I cannot help but do a few of the following:

* HONK at cows!
A MUST!are you kidding me! They are the coolest creatures on earth and have a great life. Stand, sit, lye, eat, sleep, Repeat. If I believed in re-incarnation, I’d want to be a cow. (but, not one that would be harmed…) I’d have a bunch of fabulous buddies, hangin in the feilds, chewin complainin chatin, moooo’in; maxin and relaxin. Really! Feed me lots, and let me roam. Having already had, the opportunity to feel like a “milked” cow during breast feeding; I am not sure I’d mind that part very much either! Seriously, HONK AT A COW the next time you see a bunch on a country drive: WATCH their reaction! They really appreciate it!

** SING!
ooohh no, not just sing a tune here and there! I talking half way out the window like a dog on a hot day SING. Like in EVERY video of Mariah Carey type: hair stickin to my poppin lip gloss, beltin it out fearlessly–like I THINK I can actually sing. I cannot sing to save my own life but, I do it anyways!
What I enjoy most is the reactions I get from passerby folks or at the lights. Strangers starring. I just pretend I cannot see their faces. Holding a straight face is a difficult game. Some sing along, give a wave, look at me like I have 3 heads–doesnt change my tone. It is thee only place I know I wont see these people again.
TIP: Epecially fun when driving out of your own town.

*** PRAY:
Praying in a vehicle for me reminds me of when I first got ‘clean and sober’ 7+ years ago and ‘re-found God’ (whom had never left, another post..). There was once of these anonymous ‘poems’ or encouraging writings by someone just circulating around at the time with the suggestion: “..when in doubt, talk to the Empty Chair”. It was some kind of representation for sitting across a seat speaking to Jesus. I LOVED THAT idea, and in fact I used it often. In a vehicle is where I get that opportunity again. A reminder of the fresh newly renewed adoration I had for God that I had back then. I believed then, at any given moment I didn’t ask God to ‘be with me’ that I would die or relapse. “..And to relapse was to die anyway, that is just how it was for us (me)” … Which brings me straight into my next MUST and DRIVE:

*** CRY like a baby:
YEP, drive and cry. Pullover if it’s real bad even. I will cry to any song that has touching words. The beat or tempo has no meaning to me (unless its crap).
I CRY uncontrollably each and every single time I get to drive a friends car. It’s almost pathetic.

LIST OF CRYING SONGS:
“Christmas Shoes” seriously, don’t even try NOT to cry listening to that.
— “Livin On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
(Original Version is nothing compared to live!)that’s another one of those ‘early sobriety songs’ for me.

TODAY, specifically THIS song HIT me in the HEART:

These are the words. No matter what “Genre” you care for, this song spoke to my core. The ‘humane being’ in me.
I don’t expect you to like it. agree with it…even listen to the words.
This was my moment today. In my experience, this was the uncontrollable cry for me today in particular.
(Here is the link to the words to read of the song.)

I can barely put into words what I felt inside today. About myself. About life. About people I knew. About humanity at it’s worst and it’s best. It. Just. Hit. Me. Hard. link to YouTube.
Close Your Eyes and Imagine Your Children.

I have never heard this before.
It’s an old one: According to my teen.
Take a listen here; or read the words.

THE LAST Song was: “People Like Us” by Kelly Clarkson I have never heard before. In the moment I needed an upbeat song! It fit the bill and I pretended to know the words as I sang….(listen or watch video below)
Instantly, I started thinking of my WordPress Family and friends. All of you! I don’t have time to list you all. Besides, you know who you all are. Not picking favs but a must mention Sista feels like an extended missing family member!

Driving lesson for today:
LISTEN, drive safe, pray, smile, laugh, have fun —
and SING REALLY LOUD when you drive!!!

What crazy stuff do you do while driving? Have you seen anyone like me drive near you? What is your first thought or reaction? Share your Comment below! We all love to hear them!

See ya’s later My Herd,
JayNine xox

Peacock Alley’s Dignified Dwellings

This post is from my love for interior design side! I have past experience in interior design, house keeping, home staging, and had my own green cleaning home care company, for seven years; up until having my last child. In the meantime, I spend more of my decor days in our new home, at the second hand stores repurposing the sweetest findings lol!

A fine luxury home decor store that I absolutely adore is ‘Peacock Alley’. Providing delectable colored and texturized bedding and more, they’ve recently teamed up with another interior design service. This one is a little different from the norm as it provides needy selected families, with decor of the highest quality for their personal comfort, in their home! This is my first time hearing of this type of charity and wanted to share it with you all. Dwell In Dignity is a company which assists choice families with an inspiring home interior, provided by their donators, with a home environment they can thrive and feel encouraged in.
I felt inspired to share this with you, just from reading Peacock Alley & Dwell’s Reveal Post on the last home design they provided!
The other news is that Peacock Alley has their blog hosted here, with us, on WordPress!

Take a click and a look, on their link above, for a daydream moment with me…ahhh…heavenly sheet counts…until tomorrow,

What’s your favorite luxury home furnishings online store you’d love to spend a day shopping in?

JayNine/J9

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Container Living

Container Living

The Shipping Container lifestyle, was introduced to me by two characters. This is one specific source that I can credit to the beginning of an unending obsession to discover all I can about the creation of Container Homes.
This is Matt Wilkie. He is an artist of sorts and a blogger alot like myself; not sure whats going to come out each day and it might be personal vents, might not! (His Gravatar profile) http://en.gravatar.com/mattwilkie#photo-0

Matt Wilkie is a gentlemen whom works diligently in the industry of Shipping Container Homes. His work extends to long stays overseas mainly in the Philippines, working with locals (and more), on sustainable, affordable, and disaster relief housing–typically with the use of Shipping Containers. On his website Matt shares his personal and professional trials and tribulations with us, sometimes in the rawest refreshing ways. Shares include, a unique genuine expression of truly caring about his fellows, which sets his work apart from the norm. Having lived in the Philippines with his wife and family, Matt’s own personal experiences with Container Living abilities have been hands on working in this field for years. For refreshing and at times comical views on container living, corruption, and architectural knowledge, take a click over to http://www.ContainerLiving.net Twitter @ContainerLiving

TWEET #findMilaJohnson – Mila Johnson Is Brampton ON’s Missing Teen

TheStar Article: Brampton Family Searches for missing 16 year old Girl (The Toronto Star’s original first article)#findMilaJohnson

Firstly, I’m just a supportive Mom that heard my nieces friend was missing. I HAVE met, in a few short visits, Mila Johnson. In much experiencs with youth, I found Mila gentle, sweet, quiet, funny, as I watched her interact with my own children and family.
I have no connections to the Police or their investigations, I do not endorse or oppose any ideas for finding Mila–I am simply, sharing and spreading the word.
Feel free to leave a supportive comment, prayer or share this with your Followers, reblog or the like.
YES! There ARE literally hundreds, thousands of missing children in Ontario Canada and MANY Other cities–I understand this. I Tweet about MILA JOHNSON #findmilajohnson and will; until she is home safe. WHY? BECAUSE Mila Johnson is a well respected, teen friend, of extended family. Because, If it was my child, I would expect my friends/acquaintences to do the same thing I am! TWEET: #findMilaJohnson
Mila Johnson should be spending countless time with friends texting, picture taking, laughing til they drop! Things girls their age are supposed to be doing! The joyous sounds I PRAY Mila’s family will soon hear…
Please, if MILA sees this and is out there nervous or afraid in anyway, because of all the publics interest:
Do not be afraid Mila! NOTHING ELSE matters more to anyone than your safe return. Please, call your family, Police, return home, call or even send a message…
My hope and purpose is to get people talking and listening. Listening to passerbys talking in the streets for MILA’s name, to encourage OurYouth with Valueable Information to call Peel Police at 222-TIPS to HELP.
More of us should mention Mila’s story on radio, tv, paper, everywhere–so Mila herself or perpetrators clearly understand: BRING MILA HOME!
The cold weather is FAST approaching, days are getting darker, colder, and longer–WE MUST act fast! I believe as a collective public, we have some form of responsibility in assisting to find today’s missing youth.
The WORLD has changed. Completely. PLEASE HELP. Keep tweeting and RT #findMilaJohnson today.
In closing and without a doubt, we send our empathetic support, prayers, to every Other Family with any type of missing loved one as well. Thank you for your time!

Sincerely,
Caring Mother,
(Representing ALL the Worried Moms)

KONY 2012 — with an Open Mind !

“Updated KONY efforts video coming soon … ”
(that is from the new ”Vimeo” video, the KONY admins released recently; updating their efforts & asking the social media followers, to send THEM Your efforts, on video, pictures, documentation of your leaders stating they’ll get involved in whatever way they can!)

It was a brief reminder that your efforts around the globe LITERALLY, ARE CREATING CHANGE!!
Vimeo video KONY 2012

The administrators posted a video on vimeo announcing the coming of the second “movie” next week–here’s my personal opinion towards those critics that r BASHING KONY 2012 project & what it is designed to accomplish…(hey, at least they’re trying to accomplish something, what r u trying to accomplish REALLY by negatively bashing people ALL OVER THE WORLD, for their choice of self direction? ! Would u prefer they all join a Movement on Let’s say…LEGALIZING MARIJUANA? Would u prefer their movement b about THAT!? Seriously? Then, let them “move” leave it alone!)

LOOK, even I HAVE my somewhat DOUBTS about KONY 2012 BUT, here’s what sets ME apart from the mass that completely DON’T believe, & spend their time posting & talking only about allll the untruths & negativity surrounding the creator(s), the movements efforts, origin, or what they THINK they know about what’s going on LRA regions of the World.
(Truth is, none of US are really there!!!
But, there was one person amongst others who really Went That Distance, n u beat him emotionally but not his spirit… Where r u, behind a computer screen?)

“J9sOPINION/perception….”

HERE’S THE THING: even if there’s no arrest at the end of world wide phenomenon, WHO are THE CRITICS TO DECIDE THAT BEFORE we complete our trial at capturing KONY? Who’s TIME R WE REEALLY WASTING, letting the World know that this stuff is going on??
I will post the video when i figure out & how OR, google it yourself! Just Maybe, it’ll give YOU, something else to critically tear apart to shreds!

OR–you could LOOK ON THE FACES of the Supporter Cities they show in this video…. SERIOUSLY…pause & really look at their faces–ALOT of TEENS!!!!
Look at them, they are our future!
YOUR FUTURE!
If THEY WANT To feel like THEY, “BELONG TO SOMETHING” THIS ENORMOUS, & even if they just end up getting a FEEL for “BEING PART of SOMETHING GREATER”, or a “WHOLE”, or sense of “PURPOSE”, or attention, or self recognition, maybe this is the first time some have been in front of a camera, gain some flicker of self esteem; what if they make some sort of “SENSE” out of THEIR LIVES, & control of THEIR FUTURES (cuz the future IS THEIRS) …then WHO ARE U CRITICS TO TAKE THAT AWAY FROM THEM????….

MAYBE, u critics should b looking at this GLOBAL MOVEMENT selfLESSly, instead of with SELFCENTERED tunnel vision, n LET the children of the future MAKE THEIR mark in THIS WAY! Let THEM make a difference! Let them belong!
Who are you Really, that you should spend your greatest efforts to try to “take the rug out from under their feet”–POWER TO THE PEOPLE LOL!!!
United we stand divided we fall or fail, it’s YOUR choice!
It’s THEIR choice!!
It’s OUR choice….

In conclusion, if you DON’T believe in what this Global Movement is attempting to do, then Don’t believe in it, but stop trying to ruin it for the masses! There are more believers than non, & that’s obvious. You, that don’t believe r the minority here, so you’re gripping at coat tails trying to drag the believers away! Stop trying & either “let it go”, or use your efforts in a constructive manner–who r they HARMING? Really? Harming? Right…so let it go n move on. Protest & work against those people trying to legalize illicit drugs like marijuana. Get the LEGAL DAMN DRUGS OFF the FREAKIN shelves, spend your critic time WISELY, for ASSISTING the GOOD, not trying to take the “good” DOWN! Let them believe! KONY 2012 asked for your SUPPORT & HELP–I don’t recall them asking for your APPROVAL of their movement or for your NEGATIVE INPUT??? That surely wasn’t in the first “movie” LOL

believers believe, non supporters move on…thanks for reading!

“J9”