Repeat Performer

New moon and sidekick sliver.

Sliver holds new moon

Behind a midnight blue curtain.

But new moon glows against the fold

Waiting patiently to appear.


A cast of stars do glitter,

Softly highlighting slivers presence

With new moon as its halo.

A combined ensemble so bold.

Exquisite is nights’ stage, none interfere.


Sliver dances slowly without a quiver.

Such an angel in flight

Stirring an evening breeze.

As the leafy treetops applaud and mold

Into natural rhythm, cool and clear.


The curtain fold slowly closes on sliver.

The show comes to an end,

To rest, only to be renewed

For tomorrow’s performance sold

Awaiting transformation a full moon to cheer.

Our full moon this month will be this Friday ~ if you have moment, go outdoors and enjoy the view!  I wrote this poem in 1989 ~ at the time I was a “single” and spent many hours writing poetry….or trying to figure out the rhythm and reason of my life at that point in time.  I will share others from time to time.  Writing has been a great solace in my life ~ in the valley’s, straight-away’s and hilltops. You learn a lot about one’s self by putting pen to paper.  I enjoy going back and rereading ~ and, sometime’s I wonder “what was I thinking!  And Why??!!  “)  Then the flood gates open ~ “Oh ~ …. now I remember”.  Memories are precious ~ may I be so blessed to be able to pull them out, and dust them off,  for a very long time to come.

To all ~ have a great evening.  Always, Elichap





Birthdays ….. Grateful For Each and Every One

Personally, I celebrate anniversaries of my birth date these days.  Being a woman …. why, as I get older … I shun away from my actual age to which I have arrived.  This past year I celebrated my 21st of my 39th!  Creative? Probably not ~ but fun watching others having to “add in their heads” just what that is equal to.  I have many bright and wonderful memories within my years, and very thankful for each and every one.  So why do I have such a hard time saying “60” ?  I believe I’m in the stretch of “denial”!  Once I reach 72 ~ a piece of cake!  LOL….

Yesterday was my granddaughter’s birthday party. Tori celebrated her 9th birthday.  She was happy as a lark with her friends, and brother ~ swimming, laughing, jumping, swinging, climbing up to the tree house and back down again to return to the pool.  We “adults” enjoyed the mayhem and our visit together.  Maybe this is what I miss ~ all the silliness that goes with a birthday party…. the pure enjoyment of the celebration. We took a break for cheese pizza and fruit … a small “commercial break” to re-charge.  The kids were just about ready to show me their “human pyramid”, when my son-in-law brought out the prize possession. “The Pinata“!!  Oh, the laughter and excitement resumed two-fold with the official hanging of the silvery globe with streamers. First, each took one streamer and pulled to see “if” the treasure inside would be released. Not to be. So, one by one … beginning with the birthday girl … each used a bat to try their best to be the hero and smash the pinata open. Everyone had three tries. Still ~ that hanging globe, swinging back and forth tauntingly, would not yield. Once again … back to the original attempt with each taking a streamer and pull!   SUCCESS!  The enclosed treasure fell to the ground. “CANDY“!  Squealing with delight and “grab as much as one could” ensued like they had never had any before ~ ever!  The sugary high did not end there ~ onto cake and ice cream!!  The candles were lighted on the cake which Tori blew out with one hand over her brother’s mouth as he attempted to “help out”!   🙂   We gathered around to watch Tori open her gifts and she thanked all for everything, but “most of all ~ for being at her party”.  A very heartwarming little speech in this day and age.

Then ~ my grandson, Faron, announced that it was 12:48 to his Aunt Amy. I do believe he felt everyone should think about getting their things together.  He’s five!!!  Being that the party was to end at 1:00 per the invitation, I suppose he thought that was 1:00 sharp ~ no dilly-dallying around.  LOL!!  Time for everyone to be on their way.  For being so young ~ he is very anal about “schedule”.  Breakfast is 7:15 and when it is 8:00 in the evening ~ that is bathtime… no if, and’s or but’s!  I don’t think he will ever be late for anything in his future.

It was a delightful day and we all had a great time.  The weather was beautiful and I’m sure there was a “naptime” planned at some point during the afternoon …. at least for my daughter and her crew.

Another memory created to be enjoyed sometime in the future.  To all ~ have a great day and “if” you are having a birthday!  May you have a very special day, too!

Always, Elichap

Summer Olympic ~ Just a little Update….

A dear friend suggested that my blogs were a bit “long”…. so I separated my “St. Louis Cardinal” blog from my Olympic news!!  LOL….

As we have continuing coverage of the Olympics. I do believe the swimming is just about finished up ~ I was getting a bit waterlogged!! But, I do see there is still the Men’s Water Polo. In tennis ~ Serena Williams was the Gold metal winner in Women’s Tennis. I have dubbed her the ” Ms. Tina Turner” of the tennis set.

The U.S. Men’s basketball team, after three pretty easy games and scoring 156 points in their third game against Nigeria ~ had their first real challenge. Lithuania. After a 15-4 run in the final 5 1/2 minutes of the game, the U.S. came back to take the win, 99-94. “The Lithuanians, though, stayed close. They weren’t intimidated, and with the 6-foot-8 Kleiza bulling his way inside and hitting jumpers, the Baltic ballers actually outplayed their more celebrated opponents for most of the first half. The Americans had some terrible possessions, settling for long jumpers instead of working the ball around. That selfishness nearly cost them and it may still be an issue.”  Now getting down to the nitty-gritty, we are beginning to see what we, here in the States, have seen all season ~ selfishness!  What a shocker to read that certain individual players took it along with them to London?!  Monday they play Argentina.

Everyone ~ enjoy the games of many yet to be played ~ track and field has started and many more events to be viewed and read about.   We say goodbye to Michael Phelps ~ congrats and thanks for such a grand performance! Career – 18 Gold metals/22 over-all. Pretty impressive.

China still leads the total metals received at 53.  U.S.A. is holding in second with 51.  However !!! The U.S.A. has one more Gold to their credit, 26.  So a tight race all its own ~ which country will have the honor of taking home the most metals for bragging rights.   “)

Have a great day!  Always ~ Elichap

A Morning in Wisconsin ~

In past years, I have enjoyed different parts in the State of Wisconsin, visiting family, friends or just getting in my car to where it led me.  A beautiful area of our country, especially in the early morning hours ~ seems that has become my time  to reflect with the rising of the sun.  But, I do enjoy the coolness of the evenings when the stars begin to appear filling the the night’s sky with diamonds and the shadows the moonbeams create.

But in tribute to one of our great states ~ and to those who live in Wisconsin, I want to share the following with you all ~~ simply …


The hour was between

Night and dawn.

The moon greeting the sun

Hazy transformation seen.


The warmth of the earth

Coupled with cool night air

Creating a foggy cover

Blanketing the dells girth.


Smokey clouds moving slowly

In and around the evergreens,

Rolling over the hillsides,

Gently caressing the earths’ form.


The sun began to peek

Bidding good morn to the moon,

Bidding farewell to the morning star.

Warming the foggy cover to morning dew.


Sleeping life began to stir

To welcome yet another day.

Feeling the heat of the sun

Clearing the sky to a crystal blue.


The sight of such beauty did spawn

A peacefulness in my being.

Only to await the hours’ return

Between night and dawn.

Elizabeth Deakin (Chapman), June 26, 1989

Hope you enjoyed a “morning in Wisconsin” ~ truly a beautiful creation of God’s work.  We are truly blessed to have such artwork to enjoy …. each and every day ~ everywhere.  For this, I’m truly thankful to Him.

To all have a great day! Enjoy the beauty around you ~ it’s free and gives one peace, but only if one takes the time to view such marvels all around.  God Bless.

Always, Elichap



Paraprosdokian ~ ??? What the heck? “)

Since we all are enjoying one event or another watching the Olympics…and, since the games are in London ~ thought I’d throw this in.  Winston Churchill loved using a paraprosdokian phrase …. one of his favorite things to use when speaking ….

Paraprosdokians  ~ are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous. Enjoy!

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right–only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit… Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

9. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

10. In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, Notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR’.

11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

13. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure..

14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

15. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

16. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

17. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

So truly ~ one can have fun with the English language, “sting someone” before they even know what everyone is laughing about!! 

Have a great day … and share a funny-haha with someone!  Always, Elichap

2012 Summer Olympics ~ Opening Ceremony in Olympic Park, London

Oh, what a night with performances of excellence and humor, only the British can deliver.  With Queen Elizabeth appearing in a video, “The Queen” and James Bond parachuting in for the occasion, Mr. Bean at his best bringing laughter to the seated crowd of 62,000 and millions of  TV viewers.  A very strange, but entertaining version of Peter Pan, and …. I have never seen so many “Mary Poppins” to protect the children from the nightmarish figures!  David Beckman  in a beautiful boat at top speed with the Olympic torch bringing  it’s journey over 70 days and 6000 mile relay to an end.  As “an Australian TV commentator described the show … “brilliant but bonkers” ~ pretty much sums it up.

It has been reported that there are 204 “countries” participating in the games. However, in actuality, there are only 196 independent countries around the world.  A bit confusing? ~ yes.  Technically, save 3, there are 193 independent counties that have athletes in London for the games.  There are 11 territories, or other entities, that have been permitted by the International Olympic Committee to have their own National Olympic Committee (NOC).   Thus, 204 stated “countries”.  The three independent countries not represented are South Sudan, Kosovo, and Vatican City/Holy See.

Interestingly enough ~ South Sudan declared their independence from Sudan in July, 2011. Quickly being accepted into the United Nations, the war-torn country is working to get  theirs lives and country back in order.  Unfortunately, for the few athletes they do have, creating a NOC has not moved its way up the priority list.

Kosovo is our second newest independent country, officially as of 2008.  With continuing status issues with Serbia, has not obtained international recognition.  Even though they created their own Olympic Committee of Kosovo ~ their athletes are unable to participate without a NOC in their country.

Vatican City/Holy See ~ which is recognized as an independent country, does not have a NOC. Nor does the Vatican City have any aspirations to have a committee in the future.

For the 204 “countries”, there is an approximate total of 10,690 (and one report was 17,000 ~ so somewhere in between!) athletes participating in 26 sport categories, 36 disciplines (Defined event within the category. Exp:  Swimming category ~ breaststroke, free style, relay, etc. are “disciplines”.) equaling approx. 300 events for one to choose from.  Per individual  “country”, representation ranges from 5 to 557 members.  Great Britain (557), United States (534), and Russia (441) topping the list.

So for the next 17 days ~ we will be entertained and watch with enthusiasm as athletes from around the world compete for the Gold, Silver and Bronze. GOOOOO USA!!

Everyone, enjoy your events of choice ~ and, maybe watch some new ones.  Unfortunately… baseball, nor softball, is included in this year’s Olympics.   ~  Have a great day!

Always ~ Elichap

“I’m Melting” …..

…. Yes, it is summer ~ a very hot, hot summer for this part of our country, the Midwest.  I do believe I could serve breakfast outdoors ~ the heat coming from the sidewalks, I’m sure I could fry up some bacon and eggs!  It must be really dry in the southern states ~ we now have Armadillo’s in Northern Kentucky and Southern IL!  Nope ~ have never seen them this far north before.

I reckon Mother Nature is trying her best to tell us ~ we are just not that far away from Hell because it sure is making it’s presence apparent with the plants that sit upon this earth beginning to dry up and die off.   People are even “buying ice blocks” to cool their pools ~ have not seen that in many years….since the mid 1970’s.  One must eat ice cream or a popsicle very fast if outdoors.  Must be El Nino making it’s presence known ~ robbing the moisture in the air to bring our much needed rain.

However, we are not to the 1930’s Dust Bowl …. yet. Way back when, not only lack of rain, but due to little crop rotation, crops died off leaving the top soil to swirl in the arid winds across the U.S.  No, we aren’t to that stage ~ yet.  However, the birds sit with their little beaks open, spreading their wings to cool themselves while sitting in the shade.  I know how they feel ~ sitting in the shade one finds little relief.  Even though there is a breeze … it’s hot!  But we have experienced “droughts’ in the mid-1950’s, five years in the 1960’s, got by with only two years in the 70’s.  Entering the 1980’s ~ selected years, 1983 and the worst across the country, 1988.  Mother Nature gave us a bit of break from 1990 into the 2000’s. But 2010 ~ we began to see more days with extreme heat, but at least we had rain in the mix of swelter.  This summer ~ long hot days, no measurable rain thus no humidity in our area. Very strange, indeed, since that is one of our “summer personalities” in the Midwest that usually makes 80 degrees feel like 101….with “instant” glistening as one walks out a door.

Global warming, I would say so….but also, history repeating itself.  However, will this be a record summer that certainly will affect crops, people lives … death due to the extreme heat.  Our weather patterns certainly have changed, season’s have shifted and we have seen over the past few years one weather disaster after another all over the globe.  Mother Nature’s furry has been letting off steam everywhere, cracking the surface of our earth ~ shaking us up??!

Yes ~ it is a very H~O~T summer and I just pray …. our air conditioner continues to work!  Spoiled, yes we sure are.  Taking it for granted…no, I don’t.  Thankful ~ from the bottom of my heart.  This too shall pass ~ just not quite sure when.

Stay as cool as possible!!!  Always ~ Elichap