Saturday, February 28, 2015

I am the luckiest person.....well, I think so anyway.....

This was a picture of me as we were going to the Southside Johnny and Asbury Jukes show at the Stone Pony in 2013.  It didn't rain.....I was wearing the perfect shirt in front of a VW bus parked outside with a LONDON PARIS ASBURY PARK sticker in the back window........the weather was nice.....I was with my husband who actually took the picture without complaining....(too much) and we had someone watching the store so we could attend.  So, as each year passes I wonder how many more perfect moments can I keep having?  Well, they just keep coming.  Call it it karma...I don't know what it is.  But, I have the kind of luck that when I really enjoy the moment and dare to talk about it I feel jinxed.  I am here today to declare I am not knocking on wood.....I am going to live and enjoy every moment of what life has to offer with NO regrets!!!!
As I go into each year I make some loose resolutions.  This and last year I resolved not to buy as many concert tickets as I have in the past.  So far, so good.  This weekend was a challenge to get through the weekend without regretting this decision.  But, the way the events of the day yesterday played out for me really made me proud  of myself!   We left the store yesterday to attend a Memorial Service and our neighbor store kept an eye on our store while we were gone (yes, lucky we have such nice neighbors to make something like that happen).  When we called on the way back to the store our friend watching our store said there was someone who wanted to give me a ticket to the Southside show last night.  He wouldn't give me any information over the phone.  So, as we drove there Glen and I went over a lot of scenarios of who and what was going to happen.  Glen had some errands to run, so he dropped me off. Well, the first thing she said was that she paid $800 for the ticket.  And, that made it real easy for me to say no.  Then she said she wanted me to have it and she was just going to give it to me, and it was still really easy to say no.  I think she needed to see the show more then me.  So, I don't know what happened, but I said the ticket was meant for her to see the show not me.  Then she thought I could maybe I could sell the ticket for her.  No, again I said.....I don't sell tickets and don't want to get a reputation for doing so.  So, she left and a little time went by.  A person walked in the store and the conversation started and she was looking for a ticket.  Oh gosh....I walked the whole Arcade to see if I could find the person selling or giving the ticket away.  Well, what happened after that was an hour of pure joy.  It ends up the person who would have the bought the ticket was  from Japan and went to the show Friday night and was still trying to find a ticket.  But, the conversation between my husband and her was really special.  When I meet people who come far away to enjoy Asbury Park's music scene it puts everything in perspective with me.  Glen, of course, could not stop gushing over our son and started sharing videos with her and she seemed so interested he just couldn't stop.  For me, though as we talked she just put a lot in perspective for me.  It was funny as I realized she had been to my store before and she was the first customer I ever took a picture of.  She was here four years ago the day I was on channel 12 news for talking about the wind.  But, anyway why do I feel so lucky?  Well, as I spoke to her comparing Asbury Park to Liverpool ( I know almost as hard as comparing Lady GaGa to Julie Andrews)....I said it and I am writing it down so I don't forget.  Liverpool knew it was special because it is where the music of the Beatles began.  But, the Beatles broke up and where they began became extra special.  I have never been to Liverpool, but my daughter was lucky enough to attend school for credit for a few weeks.  And, sorry there is no comparison as far as the city goes.  But, she did say she went to a few clubs for the music and there is a good music scene there, but Liverpool is a true city.  Well, I don't know what to call Asbury Park used to be a city.  But, here is where the lucky part comes in.
    I have said it to many people who have graced our doors at Greetings from Geralyn.  Yes,  my husband and I grew up in the area.  Yes, we raised our children in the area.  To be able to see Asbury Park literally raise from the ashes of it's troubled history makes us very lucky.  To do this without fear again is all about a feeling we get when we are in Asbury Park.  Yes, there are still people who we have grown up with that are still fearful of the stigma of Asbury Park.  So, that is their loss and again I will declare we are lucky for every second we spend there.  Especially sharing it with visits from people who have traveled from Chicago, Iowa, Cleaveland and Japan (that's just a sampling of the people we encountered yesterday).   Then there are the musicians who graced the stages of all the venues in Asbury Park last night.   As we walked to our car to have dinner at Jimmy's last night there were the neon lights on at the Wonder Bar hosting a Grateful Dead tribute band Juggling Suns......there was a van of people going into McCloones to see  Grammy award winner James Cotton and........                             Langosta Lounge was hosting Karmic Juggernaut a very young and hip group playing original music who made history last year using solar energy to play on the roof of Langosta.  Then there was Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes who played a sold out show playing the music of Bruce Springsteen.
      So, how lucky and happy would have I been to attend a show like that?  Well, very, but when we got home from having an excellent meal....Glen went fast asleep and I opened my computer.  I saw a picture of Southside and gladly a lot of friends I have on facebook were at the show.  Was I full of, I  was looking forward to  seeing the posts and I fell asleep.   I woke up at 11:30pm to be able to listen to Saturday Night Live as I write this.  And, this is why I consider myself so lucky.  Forty years later after hearing Bruce on the radio and  watching Saturday Night Live television we still have live music venues playing live music in Asbury Park.  God Bless America and thank you for keeping on keeping on.  Learning the lesson of appreciating all that Asbury Park has to offer and looking forward to  the future with no regret.  Like, wondering if Bruce will show up......oh, please who cares.....but, you never know!  The bottom line......I Want to Be Where the Bands Are!!!!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Yes, I Felt like a Modern Day Esther Howland

 Well, I wish I was comfortable at the, I brought my chair to the store.....I wish I was in Paris enjoying a macaron.....went to Confections of a Rock Star on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park and Glen bought me a box!  Was able to share some and eat two.....yum...they are a little taste of heaven to me.
 I wish I could see some Victorian inspired flowers all day.  Well, Faye and Renee set up a pop up flower shop right across the store.
 I wish I was Esther Howland and I had the time to make a bunch of Valentine cards.  Not only did I make a lot of cards, but I was able to join the pop up shop with their beautiful displays.
 I wish I had a nice photo of Glen and I (wallahhhhh!)
They took pictures with a little polaroid camera.  I wish I would take some time to scrapbook again.  So, I will be making a little book of this post today with supplies I found this week.  So,  I hope if you are reading this you are still making wishes.  But, most of all, wishes don't just happen, it is up to you to make them come true!  And, with a little help from cupid, who can read your mind and make things happen for you helps too!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Art of a Greeting Card

Art in a Museum is so simplified and easy.  Curated by professionals, it is a feast for the eyes.  But, what in your life is a treasure?  And in someone else's eyes trash or garbage?  What do you keep and what do you throw away.  What is it that makes you love something and keep it forever?   I am so glad no one threw this card away!  I love everything about it.  The color of the of the card.  The paper lace hearts are exquisite.  I love the scrap images on top.  It feels so good to be able to take some time and really appreciate my collection of old valentines.  I am taking some digital images of some to share in the next few days.  Then I will share the Valentines I am making for the store.  I am really enjoying this!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Come sail away......

One of the first things I did  this year was to buy a handmade card to send to my mom.  I also bought the sailboat made from driftwood.  I could buy everything I see when I see Kimberly's shop.  But, I resisted at these two have to haves!  The heart and clothespins were a big and welcome surprise.  I love etsy for when you need some inspiration and to do a little shopping for myself.  From time to time I will buy something for myself to lift my spirits.  I really love the sailboat and it is hanging in my back porch window.  Right now, it is against a backdrop of snow.  Here is the link to Kimberly's shop:  A Joy to be Held.  Here are  the lyrics to a favorite Styx song:                                                                                 I look to the sea reflections in the waves spark my memory
Some happy some sad
I think of childhood friends and the dreams we had
We live happily forever so the story goes
But somehow we missed out on that pot of gold
But we'll try best that we can to carry on

A gathering of angels appeared above my head
They sang to me this song of hope and this is what they said
They said come sail away come sail away
Come sail away with me
Come sail away come sail away
Come sail away with me