Archive for August, 2015


I could have SWORN I heard those precise words in a song at some point, so imagine my surprise when I did a search and came up with nothing but sunshine, lollipops and rainbows! I can hear it in my head sung by a guy, not Leslie Gore.

Feeling determined, I searched for Hillbilly music. I batted a thousand there, though I did find out a lot about Hillbilly music! I went on to search for the words Sunshine & Hillbilly music & came up with a great list of Happy songs about Sunshine. I’m going to have to go back to that list when I’m done!! Oh what a HAPPY list that was!!

I’m past the lollipop stage, so I decided to forgo that as a search & decided to do a search for songs containing the words “Hillbilly Music”.

I don’t know HOW I ended up with “Hillbilly Rock”, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I think I’m going to have to add that song to my road trip playlist. The next song I found was titled “Guitars, Cadillacs”. I froze!

Words to the song played in my head and I thought NO WAY! I can’t have remembered the song wrong! Could I have?? I clicked play, and was swept away. Aside from the words, it was exactly how I remembered it. I really think they got the words wrong, it couldn’t possibly have been me! Regardless, I’m adding it to my road trip playlist anyway.

I wonder if iTunes will let me change the title on my iPhone to Sonshine, Lollipops and Hillbilly Music, cause I may lose my rememberer again! Perhaps I’ll find a way to do a voice over with the correct words. That’ll learn ‘em!! 😀

Sonshine, Lollipops, & Hillbilly Music 😉

Sonshine, Lollipops and, Hillbilly Music
©Sue Anderson, 2015
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!

In December 2011 my husband and I made a cross-country drive from Seattle to Southern Illinois to be of support to my Mom during a very difficult time. Having grown up in Chicago, my family spent many a summer in Southern Illinois where my Mom grew up, my Aunt’s & cousins lived, yada, yada.. 🙂

I remembered those summers with fondness, though there were many other aspects of my childhood I did not remember fondly at all. Can you relate?

During that trip, Art & I began dreaming… “Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to move here”. Traffic, was a breeze, the area had a country feel, someone asked for my autograph at Walgreens… (REALLY! It was cool!) It felt homey.

We made another cross-country drive the next year, just because it felt right & we had the time available. Not long after our return to Washington, Art came home from work one day and said…. There’s talk of people possibly getting transferred to Charleston, South Carolina”. I thought COOL! That would be closer anyhow! I started looking online at homes in that area. Despite the continued talk, Art believed it “was just a rumor”. I kept dreaming.

In May of 2013, I attended a celebration at Art’s work for his 25 year anniversary with the company. His supervisor who I’d met during our last trip was in attendance. He said something to the effect of, “I don’t think South Carolina’s going to happen”. I expressed my disappointment while he went on to say, “but I would love to have Art in Saint Louis.” I was overjoyed! If that happened, we COULD live in Southern Illinois! Once again I began searching the internet for houses in our hopeful new area.

I love how Facebook has the “on this day” feature, keeping memories for you. I was scrolling through today’s & came upon the following that I’d written 2 years ago.

“Had way too much fun today dreaming and drooling over houses that have room for dreams to happen… with especially roomy kitchens & stuff.

Will likely have LOTS more time to dream & drool before anything official happens, so for the moment, I’ma gonna close my eyes & dream with my eyes closed cause its way past my bedtime!! G’nite!! 🙂 “

In March 2014, Art’s supervisor officially asked him to consider a relocation to St. Louis. We talked, I squealed, we waited for the red tape to clear & oddly enough almost a year later to the day of the aforementioned Facebook post we were in the midst our Home-Finding trip.

Looking back I know that God led us on an incredible journey. We did relocate and find a home in Southern Illinois that is to us, dream worthy. There are so many amazing things that have happened since we’ve been here. Even dreams come with obstacles, but who says dreams don’t come true?!! Obviously they do. They really, really do! So keep dreamin, if it’s meant to be, it most assuredly will.

Who Says Dreams Don’t Come True?
©Sue Anderson, 2015
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!

There isn’t a day that goes by which doesn’t at some point find me listening to music, even if it happens to be the sound of my own voice singing zippity-doo-dah!

I LOVE music.  I LIVE music. I BREATHE music.  I DREAM music.  Yes, I sing in my sleep…  doesn’t everybody? 😉

I’ve been known to burst out in song based on what someone has said…  This sometimes has a desired effect of getting a sing-a-long to a variety of word bursted melodies started.  Yes, I’m crazy, and it sure is FUN!

I’ve got the music in me,
I’ve got the music in me,
I’ve got the music in ME

Song after song plays in my head throughout the day…  even as I right this…  How can I NOT have the music in me.  Music is a natural anti-depressant.  Turn up those good ole tunes & I’m a happy camper…  Even the Hokey Pokey gets me turned around….  and I LIVE to get others to join in!!

Who’s ready to put their right foot in?  I’ve got the music in me….  and I’m singing and dancing the day away!

I’ve Got the Music in Me
©Sue Anderson, 2015
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!

Are you one of those people who find joy in the simple things? Or is it really difficult for you to find joy?

Some folks struggle. I for the most part don’t, but there have been times where the word struggle in relation to finding joy, was an understatement.

What changed for me, was my perseverance and determination towards finding joy even, in the struggle. It’s no easy feat, but the end result is well worth it.

So how DOES one find joy in the struggles of life? It’s all about perspective really. Changing my thoughts from “Why is this happening” to “What do I need to learn from this experience” is key.

That said, the struggles of life still persist. Sometimes they seem stronger than I. Sometimes they seem stronger than my perseverance, than my determination. Those moments can be overwhelming. Unbearably so, and yet, having been down this road before and come out stronger on the other side, I faithfully battle it out waiting for that joy to break through. And it does.

I’ve got that Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy,
Down in my heart *where?*
Down in my heart *where?*
Down in my heart
I’ve got that Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy
Down in my heart *where?*
Down in my heart to stay!

Where is your joy hiding?? Are you faithfully & determinedly persistent in seeking it?

Joy, Just Joy!
©Sue Anderson, 2015
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!

Will Wonders Never Cease?

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I’ve been thinking about that phrase a LOT lately (will wonders never cease) & I gotta tell ya, it started to really baffle me today.

Think about it, how many times have those words followed something that went from a negative to a positive?

As I pondered today, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if the Wonders that Never Cease are the simple things that happen everyday that we just can’t help but wonder about?”  For instance….  I wonder why the sky is blue….  it is after all a wonder that will never cease isn’t it?

I sit here a little bemused, thinking of other wonders that will never cease.  It’s a good feeling, Will wonders never cease?!

Will Wonders Never Cease
©Sue Anderson, 2015
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!