ANGELBELIEVER's SparkPeople Blog ANGELBELIEVER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community GETTING READY FOR NEXT TUESDAY'S ,FEB. 3RD GIG. <img src=""> Hello everyone. As you can see, I'm playing "Sassy Sax" in this photo. That is the outfit that I am wearing next Tuesday night, Feb. 3, when Sassy Sax and I play my first solo act gig since several years ago. I had taken a long hiatus for health reasons but I'm back now. After playing in church for the past 4.5 years I decided to go it alone once again. But I won't be alone....God will be with me. <BR> <BR> The picture show... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:16:31 EST PUTTING A PROGRAM TOGETHER Hi everyone. I'm working on putting a 30 minute program together and then I'll work on my 2 hour one next. Here are the steps I've done so far. <BR> <BR> 1. Played through a ton of music to see what I liked. <BR> <BR> 2. Wrote it all down-- what book, name of song, what track number and page number of the song. <BR> <BR> 3. Gave the list and cd's to my hubby who used a program to "rip the cd's down and then convert them to mp3's. <BR> <BR> 4. Now I have to go into the file list and re-na... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:09:42 EST I WILL BE KNOWN AS .......... We have settled on...Ta Dah..... <BR> <BR> ELAYNE and her Sassy Sax <BR> <BR> This takes the focus off me and puts it on my sax. I promise, this is the final change! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Had an interesting experience at Physical Therapy today. I wore a top that had a musical staff on it with birds on the lines. A woman next to me said she liked my shirt. Of course I thanked her but even surprised myself when I went on to say, "And yes, I am a musician." Then of course the usual quest... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:51:02 EST MY NEW NAME ON MY BIZ. CARD. Hi everyone. Been thinking ahead today about what I want on my new business card. Arjay and I decided on <BR> <BR> ELAYNE and her SASSY SAX! <BR> <BR> Now we'll look for an avitar that has a sax with a saxatude. We'll know it when we see it. <BR> <BR> My sax can be very sassy when she wants to be. So can I!!! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Any feelings on this? <BR> <BR> Elayne Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:02:24 EST THE WOE OF "GRACE NOTES." As some of you know, my friend and I formed a duo called Grace Notes. Debbie and I got along fine. Then she asked if her brother could join us with his guitar. I thought that was a great idea. <BR> <BR> The we began assessing how many places there were on her 50 year old amp. to plug in her keyboard, pedals, Jim's guitar and my sax. Well, there wasn't room for my sax. Debbie did unplug her pedals and my hubby plugged in the sax mike. Arjay has been involved with sound systems all his life. ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:51:39 EST HI. I'M MAX AND I AM USING MOM'S COMPUTER. Hi all....Last Thursday I looked out the window behind my Daddy's ham radio computer monitor on his desk. I don't remember if I saw another cat or not because what happened next is so not me. I walked in front of the monitor and while looking Daddy right in the eye, I sprayed all over his monitor. I don't know what possessed me to do such a thing. I really am a good pet. Anyway, Daddy was talking to me really loud and I didn't know what he was saying but I knew he was mad at me. I walked out... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 00:58:30 EST IAN PLAYING AULD LANG SYNE. <link><BR> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year from our house to yours. Thanks for watching Ian play once again. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:36:15 EST WE'VE BEEN MARRIED 35 YRS. ON CHRISTMAS EVE.!!!! <img src=""> This was taken at church Dec. 24, 2014. It's hard to believe it's been 35 years already. We dated one another 4 years before we were married. We both had been recently divorced so we didn't wan to "rush" into anything. Oddly enough though, I knew I was gong to marry Arjay the first time I met him. Sometimes falling in love does happen at first sight and it happened with me. Arjay proposed to me on Thanksgiving Eve, 1979 and ... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:28:34 EST MY BROTHER ROBB NEEDS CONTINUED PRAYERS. My brother continues to need prayers in his legal difficulties. The case of his sexually harassing a female driver was settled out of court and the alleged victim was awarded a large sum of money. I feel badly because I know he didn't do any of what she said and also by paying her it looks like he's guilty of the crime, which he is not. That's not the worst of it. <BR> Here is an article that was in the news paper today. <BR> ******************************** <BR> SCRANTON — An insurance compa... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 23:18:06 EST TWELVE DAYS OF CATMUS. I was going to give a Christmas message about the importance of kindness to the lower animals, humans, (excluding mice, of course). Dumb creatures that they are, humans need our help at Christmas - dressing the tree, pulling down the tree, eating up spare bits of turkey, generally cleaning plates and vacuuming edible bits off the floor <BR> But instead I thought I would pass on this feline carol. My human insisted on the ridiculous photo of me in a silly hat. Merry Catmas everyone. <BR> Lov... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 13:19:40 EST I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Wishing all of my spark friends a Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful day. Thanks for following Ian's "Countdown To Christmas." <BR> <BR> <link><BR><BR>_8C2oHn3-r2UKyt5SL </link> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 10:28:24 EST SILENT NIGHT Christmas is almost here! Here is Ian's arrangement of Silent Night . Enjoy and be sure and listen to his other carols as well. His music is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas Spirit! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=PL2WZ3HuS1W2Fxf5_8C2oHn3-r2UKyt5S<BR>L&index=1 </link> <BR> <BR> This should work now thanks to Michelle suggesting I remove the back slash and she is correct. Thank you so much! Enjoy. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:33:53 EST O Come O Come Emmanuel When you are watching this, look at the top of the chair and you will see a cat by the name of Mr. Jinx. <BR> <BR> <link><BR><BR>_8C2oHn3-r2UKyt5SL </link> <BR> <BR> Love this one so much Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:58:28 EST O HOLY NIGHT Day 22 O Holy Night Let's see if this works. Sure hope so. <BR> <BR> <link><BR><BR>_8C2oHn3-r2UKyt5SL </link> <BR> <BR> I just re-linked the address and I am getting it. Please try again. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:51:01 EST THE CHRISTMAS WALTZ <link><BR>list=PL2WZ3HuS1W2Fxf5_8C2oHn3-r2UKyt5SL </link> <BR> <BR> Hope this works. I try them out when I post them. <BR> <BR> Yep, it works for me! Please give it another try. It is sooooo pretty. <BR> <BR> Thanks. <em>247</em> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:33:38 EST HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS Another nice arrangement by Ian. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> & 5_8C2oHn3-r2UKyt5SL </link> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:48:00 EST I'M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS Love this song. However, I don't want a White Christmas in Fl. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:29:44 EST TRACKING SANTA CLAUS Time now for StoryCorps. This Christmas Eve, people all over the world will log on to the official Santa Tracker to follow his progress on U.S. military radar. The tradition started in 1955 thanks to a misprint in a Colorado Springs newspaper that led to a telephone call to Colonel Harry Shoup. He was manning the secret hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD. Colonel Shoup's children, Terri, Rick and Pam, talked about what happened for StoryCorps. <BR> <BR> TERRI ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:43:38 EST YOU'E A MEAN ONE MR. GRINCH Ian said this was the most fun one to play so far. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>index=1&list=PL2WZ3HuS1W2Fxf5_8C2oHn3-<BR>r2UKyt5SL </link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:46:22 EST ANOTHER JOYFUL SOUND BY IAN HENDERSON Here is Ian playing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas!" <BR> <BR> <link><BR><BR>_8C2oHn3-r2UKyt5SL </link> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:55:24 EST LET'S GO FOR A SLEIGH RIDE TONIGHT! Ian playing "Sleigh Ride." <BR> <BR> <link>/<BR>&feature=em-uploademail-smbtn </link> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:40:57 EST IAN'S CAROL FOR TODAY Here is We Three Kings played by Ian, my wonderful, gifted, smart, good looking, married, talented nephew! <BR> <BR> We Three Kings <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=em-uploademail-smbtn </link> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:02:37 EST IAN, MY NEPHEW IS IN A HOLIDAY MOOD. Hi everyone. Here is a link to my wonderful nephew Ian's Utube recordings of carols for 12 days of Christmas. He's a wonderful pianist and is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN. His degree is is music business administration and he had a job in his field even before he graduated. Enjoy his music. <BR> <BR> Angels we Have Heard on High <link><BR>list=PL2WZ3HuS1W2Fxf5_8C2oHn3-r2UKyt5SL </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hark! The Herald Angels Sing... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:08:52 EST MEN VS. WOMEN MAN: <BR> <BR> 1) Pull up to machine <BR> <BR> 2) Wind window down <BR> <BR> 3) Insert ATM card, enter PIN <BR> <BR> 4) Retrieve cash <BR> <BR> 5) Drive away <BR> <BR> WOMAN: <BR> <BR> 1) Pull up to machine <BR> <BR> 2) Open door (too far away from machine) <BR> <BR> 3) Search through all of the 112 compartments in handbag for ATM card <BR> <BR> 4) Do make up, apply lipstick, fix hair <BR> <BR> 5) Insert Card <BR> <BR> 6) Remove card <BR> <BR> 7) Insert card the correct way up <B... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 12:10:08 EST THIS IS A REAL BLOG ENTRY! <em>335</em> Sorry for the mix-up. I tried several times to add links to the U-Tube videos that my nephew has made as he plays carols on the piano. He's doing one a day up to Christmas. His name is Ian Henderson from Nashville, TN if anyone wants to look him up. I am sharing him on my facebook page. <BR> <BR> Elayne Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:58:29 EST HAD A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING. Hi everyone. Hope ya'll had a great Thanksgiving. We had a good one. Our dinner cooked by Arjay was excellent in spite of our oven playing games wit the temperature. We had a 12 lb. turkey and all the trimmings. I bought 2 slices of pumpkin supreme pie from our local Village Inn that has wonderful pies. I didn't want or need a whole pie in the house after having one last week. <BR> <BR> Arjay decided to buy a new gas stove yesterday so he went on line to Home Depot. He found one that's s... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 01:16:22 EST MAX'S LETTER TO SANTA Santa <BR> Oh dearest Santa, I promise I’ve been good. <BR> Always used my litter box and eaten all my food. <BR> That broken lamp was a minor transgression. <BR> I don’t think it required that time-out session. <BR> And it wasn’t I who shred the arm of that chair. <BR> Besides, isn’t that why they come with a pair. <BR> The hairball on the human’s pillow didn’t come from me. <BR> I don’t have floofy furs as you can plainly see. <BR> And all that litter spread through the house hither to yon…... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:01:59 EST HAD A PROCEDURE DONE YESTERDAY WITH A VERY LONG NAME. Hi everyone. I was having difficulty swallowing certain kinds of food like pasta and roast beef and other times I had difficulty swallowing when I wasn't eating. I went to see my Dr. who treated me 8 years ago for the same thing. <BR> <BR> The procedure is called an Esophagogastroduodenoscopy. Whew! I copied it correctly..Of course I was sedated with Propofol 120 mg. through my IV. A scope is passed through the esophagus and there was a place that was more narrow and a little more force was... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:06:19 EST JOKE OF THE DAY The Joke of The Day <BR> Judges Jokes :: #15876 <BR> By Anonymous from USA. <BR> <BR> <BR> Judge: Haven’t I seen you before? <BR> <BR> Man: Yes, Your Honor. I taught your daughter how to play the drums. <BR> <BR> Judge: Twenty years! <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:47:50 EST WHAT I DID WHILE WATCHING FOOTBALL ON SUNDAY. Hi everyone. This picture shows what I did with some of that music ribbon. <img src=""> I made 55 of these bows for our tree this year. The tree's theme is all musical. Here is another picture of the bows and ribbon.. <img src=""> Next are pictures of some of the <BR> ornaments I am using this year. The detail on these is amazing. There are more ornaments coming. <img src="http:/... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 01:07:26 EST MUSIC MUSINGS. Good afternoon y'all from sunny, breezy Fl. We are going down to the low 50's tonight and low 40's Sunday morning. I hate cold weather. I know, I'm whining compared to the weather some of you have. Forgive me! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> This is the organ that our church had donated from the family of their Mother who used to go to our church. It is a theatre organ. My friend and music partner, Debbie, is playing a concert on Nov. 9 to sh... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:28:05 EST WALKING ON MY TREADMILL DAILY. Hi everyone. I love, love, love my treadmill. I am now doing 20 minutes twice a day on the off days from Curves. When I go to Curves I only walk 20 minutes at night. I stay about 1.5 MPH but I did do 10 minutes of 2 MPH last night. I tried the first of 6 walking for wt. loss settings tonight and I'm not anywhere near ready for that. It starts out at 2.5 MPH. I'll stick to what I've been doing. I can alternate between 1.5 and 2.0 MPH. <BR> <BR> I ordered some Silver Sneakers walking music a... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:02:07 EST IT HAS ARRIVED! Hi everyone. I'm like a little kid on Christmas morning. My early Christmas gift from my dear Arjay arrived today. My very own treadmill. Here I am putting <img src=""> 10 minutes on the machine. I love it. It felt wonderful to be walking again. I'm planning on doing 10 minutes 3 times a day and then eventually do 30 minutes all at one time. If anyone has any other suggestions, please feel free to voice them to me. <BR> Love, <BR> Elayne... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:37:41 EST HAPPY THINGS HAPPENING. Good morning everyone. Lots of good things happening. First of all we had a huge collection of classic books we inherited from Arjay's Dad years ago. Our city is also building a new library which should be opened near to Christmas. So we decided to donate all 596 pounds of books to the cause. Every book has their own dust cover that slips over the book. The library lady was so happy. She and a male helper came on Thursday and picked up all the books. We helped put them into crates. <img src... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:29:26 EST CHRISTMAS SHOPPING AND OTHER NEWS. Hi everyone. Please don't boo me too much for having 3/4 of my gift shopping done thanks to The Music Stand and Guideposts sites. I have also decided to do a Musical Theme tree this year. <BR> <BR> We bought a new tree after Christmas last year so most of the decorations will be new this year. I have 24 ornament instruments coming from the Music Stand. The detail on them is amazing. I also have music printed ribbon coming to make bows for the tree. I have some instrument and music signs I'v... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:20:07 EST HAD A GREAT TIME TODAY PLAYING AT A NURSING HOME. Hi everyone. Today the Sisters in Harmony from the church played a 30 minute program at one of our nursing homes. We had a pianist, a lady who played the dulcimer and me on sax. We each take turns playing a song and here is my list. Oh, the residents got to guess what the song was each time we played. <BR> <BR> 1. Alexander's Rag Time Band--- Written in 1911 <BR> 2. Blueberry Hill-- --written in 1940 <BR> 3. Pennies From Heaven <BR> 4. Can't Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley <BR> 5. Be... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:43:12 EST HERE WE GO AGAIN. Hi everyone. Please pray for my church. Some people have managed to block our Pastor every step of the way from leading his flock. I kid you not. One lady, our church secretary didn't like him from the get go a year ago and made it know to him even though he is her supervisor along with the board chair. The board chair has never had a role in leadership in his life but has obstructed everything Pastor wanted to do for the good of the church. Pastor wanted to bring the church back to it's reg... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:50:23 EST PART TWO OF MY BIO. Bio continued. Part two. <BR> <BR> I was playing in a Praise band at Church where Gary was the director. The band decided they wanted to write their own operetta telling the Christmas Story in modern day times. So, "Mary, Joseph and Louie " was born. It took place in New York City and involved a cabbie and a bread and breakfast and a barn. The cabbie's fare were two people named Mary and Joseph. We all wrote a song for the operetta. I have never composed a song in my life, but I was about ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:06:10 EST MY BIO IN TWO PARTS. Hi everyone. I've been asked to do a program on my bio for a Sisterhood that I belong to. I am honored to do so. I was asked to focus on my music, so I did. I'll add these to my blogs in sections. I'll label them part 1 and 2. Here is Part 1.. <BR> <BR> .MY LIFE AS A SAXIST. <BR> <BR> My life began on Sept. 14, 1948 in a hospital in NE. Pa. Because I decided to show up two months early, I only weighed 2 lbs and 6 oz. and was the length of a ruler...just 12 inches long. I was then placed... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 01:04:01 EST My Bio My life began on Sept. 14, 1948 in a hospital in NE. Pa. Because I decided to show up two months early, I only weighed 2 lbs and 6 oz. and was the length of a ruler...just 12 inches long. I was then placed in an incubator for 2 months until I reached 5 pounds. While in the glass “tank” I began to show my love of rhythm by tapping my foot against the glass and was given the nickname of “Thumper.” My other known title became “Princess of the Nursery.” I was born to a Mother who sang in the ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 01:02:18 EST A BEAUTIFUL AD FOR MUSIC. <em>335</em> <em>339</em> <em>276</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> MUSIC: A mind altering noise with the potential to induce joy, happiness, memories, bliss, merriment and mirth. <BR> <BR> Ask you doctor if MUSIC is right for you. <BR> <BR> Common side effects may include uncontrolled toe-tapping, swaying from side to side, smiling, off key singing, a lack of volume control, finger snapping, dancing, stress relief and relaxation. <BR> <BR> Personal Note: I love this done as an ad f... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:38:11 EST PRAISE GOD ARJAY IS HOME! Arjay is alive and home now. The surgery went well but things afterward didn't go well at all. He was in ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and it went down hill starting with dinner like I wrote in my earlier blog. <BR> <BR> Then he didn't sleep all night because the ICU bed is made to pulsate and move the mattress up and down so you don't get bed sores. The comes the morning and the visit from the surgeon. He wrote the order for discharge and thought that was it. Well, it seems that according to ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:18:30 EST ARJAY'S SURGERY WENT WELL. Hi everyone. Thanks for all your prayers and concerns. Arjay's surgery went well without any complications. Then dinner came and it was roast beef. Well. he began to choke on the meat and it was terrible. He was gasping for air. I yelled for the nurse and 3 came in and one male nurse literally saved his life by whatever he did. The meat was finally dislodged but he still felt like it was stuck on the side of this throat. They ended up giving him ice cream which I think helped the swelling go... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:23:03 EST YOUR'S TRULY PLAYING I was a guest at my brother's church in Pa about 15 months ago when I played "He". My brother Doug, in the orange shirt, is playing drums! My sister-in-law, Lanette, took the video so we had a family affair! It looks like I was using music from where the stand is, but I didn't have any music. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:01:52 EST MORE INFO ON ARJAY'S SURGERY. Good evening everyone. Yesterday we went to the hospital to register for Tuesday's surgery. The nurse was wonderful and explained everything to us step by step. There was no detail left out. We have the Living Will to fill out for Tuesday. Arjay has his pre-op orders and was even given a special anti-bacterial soap to shower with. Here's the kicker. Arjay is NOT a morning person as he used to work for a newspaper and it was put to bed around 2 am. He still goes to bed at 1 or 2 am and sleep... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:35:18 EST ARJAY'S SURGERY IS NEXT TUESDAY. Well, we met Dr. Citrin today, the vascular surgeon and we like him very much, which is half the battle. We have great confidence in him and we have done our research on him. He is highly recommended and is very high on the list of national vascular surgeons. <BR> <BR> Arjay is having a Carotid Angiogram and a Endarterectomy, which is Carotid Artery Surgery. The left side has critical 80 to 99 % narrowing in the left internal carotid artery. He at present is at a high risk for a stroke. <BR... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:48:54 EST WE NEED MORE PRAYER HI friends. I am asking for prayers and good thoughts for us once again. Arjay's right carotid artery is very blocked (dangerously so) and we are seeing a vascular surgeon in the am. He is extremely anxious as he awaits our Dr. to call in an anti-anxiety medication for him. He has PTSD so this is only making it twice as hard on him. Thank you all so much. <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> Elayne and Arjay Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:04:13 EST TROUBLE WITH THE VIDEO BLOG. Help!!!!I'm trying to post a video blog of my playing sax and I can't get it to load. I did what it said on the instructions. We "browsed" and selected the file "Elayne" which had the video on a DVD. We then pressed UPLOAD and nothing happened. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. <BR> Elayne Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:33:15 EST MY NEW NUMBERS ARE IN. Hi everyone. I was weighed and measured today at Curves. Last time I was weighed and measured was June 24. So I was weighed on Sept. 10. Here are my newest numbers. <BR> <BR> June 24. 2014---------------------------- Sept. 10, 2014 <BR> <BR> Arm--------- 10.25------- 10.00 Lost 1/2 inch. <BR> Bust-------- 42.25 ------- 42.00 Lost 1/4 inch <BR> Waist-------- 39.25 ------ 37.00 Lost 2.25 inches <BR> Ab... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:43:35 EST A GREAT CELEBRATION <img src=""> Last night we had the honor of celebrating Mrs. Velma Van Dyne's 100th birthday. She is a beautiful lady and looked exceptionally lovely last evening. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Deb and I had the honor and privilege of providing the music for her celebration as our gift to her. Miss Velma even danced a waltz with a dear friend of the family who is like a son to her. We pl... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 00:18:28 EST