From Both Sides, Now!!!!!



JUDY COLLINS: “Both Sides Now” Bows and flows of angel hair and ice cream castles in the air And feather canyons everywhere, I’ve looked at clouds that way But nowΒ  (Upset!!!!!!!!)–>


they only block the sun they rain and snow on everyone So many things I would have done, but clouds got in my way I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now From up and down and still somehow It’s cloud’s illusions I recall I really don’t know clouds at all Moons and Junes and ferris wheels the dizzy dancing way you feel As every fairy tale comes real, I’ve looked at love that way But now it’s just another show, you leave ’em laughin when you go And if you care don’t let them know, don’t give yourself away I’ve looked at love from both sides now From give and take and still somehow It’s love’s illusions I recall I really don’t know love at all Tears and fears and feeling proud, to say, “I love you” right out loud Dreams and schemes and circus crowds, I’ve looked at life that way But now old friends are acting strange they shake their heads, they say I’ve changed But something’s lost but something’s gained in living every day I’ve looked at life from both sides now From win and lose and still somehow It’s life’s illusions I recall I really don’t know life at all

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I have always loved this song. Maybe it is because one of the best singers in the choir I was in for years told me often that my voice reminded her of Judy Collins and Joan Baez. I think she heard wrong, but the truth is, I just love the song. It is easy to sing and is a light and happy song, it has so much to say while not being a drag. πŸ™‚ So what is this blog about? Life as I see it! I am a quirky, free-spirited California native, transplanted to the south, Y’all! Ideas, rants, shout-outs, funny things, current events, recipes, songs, tried and true tips about everything, etc, etc, etc! What you won’t see is very much talk about 1. RNY (Weight loss surgery or weight loss in general) unless I am ranting about society’s crazy notion of what ‘thin’ is; I already have a blog for my experience as a weight loss surgery patientΒ  and my success and daily diligence to keep my 170-180 lb weight loss off. And 2. Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I am getting ready toΒ  start a separate blog just for that. While I will most likely talk about health issues at times, I will leave most of the fibro talk for my fibro blog. So this site will be eclectic; about anything and everything. Most of the time lighthearted and upbeat, but serious when need be. Who am I? My name is Kelli Lynn Coleman (Jennings) Glover. I was born in Bakersfield, CA where I spent the first 32 years of my life. In case you don’t know where ‘Bako’ is, it is due north of Los Angeles by 100 miles, or roughly 1 1/2 hours depending on traffic (or who is behind the wheel) πŸ™‚ I did not know until my sister picked me up in from LAX in September, that it IS possible to drive it in just over 1 1/4 hours! πŸ™‚ Bakersfield, during my “Wonder Years” was just that….. the “Wonder Years”. Roughly 70,000 in the city limits with maybe 100,000 with the city and surrounding areas, while a dull and plain city, you were no more that 30 minutes from ‘something’, ‘anything’ really. Mountains (30 minutes), the ocean (2 hours), the desert (just under an hour), etc. Our winters were short (January and February), Summers temps grueling May-October and mild (shorts weather) pretty much the rest of the time. Today the city limits are 350,000+ with near a million is what I was told with the out lying areas! And I believe it! I grew up on Woodrow Ave. in Oildale, which was “North of the River” and went to the same school, Beardsley, until 7th grade, when my parents sold the ‘house that built me’ and split up with their divorce soon to follow. Mom remarried and with that I gained a Step-Dad, a brother and a sister. We went through the trenches together then and have found our way back together, sadly through my Mom’s passing in September 2011. I maintained a very close relationship with my Dad, who passed in June of 2007 and who I miss every single day. Dad’s only surviving brother, my Uncle David is just like a 2nd Dad to me and I love him so much! He has done so much for me and my girls over the years. He is such a good person, underneath that persnickety front! πŸ™‚ Out of respect to those I love and my sheer hate for ‘trash-talk’, I will just touch on the following: I was married to 20+ years to the father of my 4 girls. We moved to Virginia in 1996 from California. Work was ‘iffy’ at best there as a journeyman union welder in Bakersfield and we saw a job offer from an established company as a nice, safe buffer. Moving to VA was an exciting adventure. To this day, I miss California almost everyday except in Autumn on good weather days when the leaves are at their brightest colors. I often think things would have turned out differently if we had just stayed in California, but you cannot live your life in “What if’s….”. The kids are here, everything is here now and another big move. I can barely move across town now; across country again? Not right now. I re-married in 2006 to my best friend, someone who respects me, battle wounds and all, and my soft place to fall; husband Paul. We are pretty boring really. You know the song, “Even though we ain’t got money, I’m so in love with you honey”….. well you get it. We survived the fiance’ immigration process…. by ourselves; no attorney. We dotted every ‘i’ and crossed every ‘t’. With the exception of Immigration LOSING his biometric fingerprints and him having to make the seven hour round trip to Charleston, WV for 1, ONE! fingerprint, it went smoothly…An aside here; RANDOM! Why is their biometrics machine, of all places, in Charleston, WV? I now have 4 grown children, one son in law and one perfect granddaughter that I love like my next breath. So why me? Why having a blog about ‘both sides now’. I have been through a lot in my life. I know there are those that have been through more and those that have had such a cushy ride, a hang-nail is a bad day for them. I love to write! It is my passion and one of the things this stinking condition I have (I refuse to call it a disease), has not taken from me. Fibromyalgia (the fibro fog part of it) stole my piano playing, cross stitching & and I am NOT going to let it take my reading so I am going to look into some ways to re train myself to read (as in a novel) to keep my attention and not let the fog keep me from understanding, and/or falling asleep every time I try to read more than a few pages. In fact my New Years Resolution for 2012 is to read 10 books. If I exceed that, great, if I get to the 10, great! I wanted to set a realistic goal. I mean, I CAN read…. it is just the fog. Anyone with it, understands. I want a place to shout with joy! I want a place to vent! I want to a place to spout random info! I want a place to talk cooking (something for years I did not enjoy for the longest time, but am really starting to enjoy again). How about music! I may not be able to play anymore, but I listen, so introduce a random song once a week… and I promise, it will NOT just be Coldplay, my favorite band who ‘took the roll with me’. I have lots of neat things planned! I am excited, so, won’t you come and enjoy life….. from both sides, now!Β  πŸ™‚

Mmmmmm Mmmmmmm Lots of dicing & chopping but well worth it!


Minestrone Would Not Be Complete without crusty french bread


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