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Annette Funicello Died Today, So Sad.


I just had to take time out to post some about Annette Funicello who died at age 70 today (4/8/2013). I am greatly saddened by her death. She was such a powerhouse of talent, and she made many of us feel like she could have been our best friend, me included.

annette mickey mouse club photo with the words Rest in Peace Annette you will be missed on it

Annette Funicello was born in Utica, New York on October 22, 1942, when she was for years old she moved to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, where a year later she started up dance lessons. By the age of 9 Annette won a beauty contest and by the age of 13, she was discovered while dancing the lead in Swan Lake at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank CA… who discovered her? Walt Disney himself discovered the young lady and the program he had her audition for was the new childrens program The Mickey Mouse Club.

When Annette left the Mickey Mouse Club she starred in many feature films that were made by Disney, including some that I recall to this day. I loved her in The Shaggy Dog and remember being excited to see her in what was once my favorite Christmas time movie “Babes in Toyland.” I may not have been born yet when these movies were made but they were very popular to see on television when I grew up.

I may not be quite old enough to have seen Annette Funicello while the Mickey Mouse Club original cast was first broadcast, but I am old enough that I discovered the reruns on TV. And that was my very first exposure to her while she was quite young… what a talent and according to reports she was as sweet as her persona in all her shows/movies.

I kept a watch out, over the years for Annette Funicello and I recall when I heard about her suffering from MS, I saw she was appearing on a talk show on TV and I had watched and was choked up since such a beautiful person and voice was suffering so much.

As my health problems got worse here, I even had a scan done to see if what I was suffering from was MS, and I have to say I was relieved to know that if it was confirmed, I was in good company with a wonderful person that educated me some of the illness in that talk show. Thankfully my diagnosis was that I didn’t have MS after all.

I am saddened that she has died at the young age of 70 due to complications from her MS, but thankful to hear reports that she died peacefully.

Goodbye Annette, you will be missed!

Pulp Fiction – Audio Plays Giveaway! A wonderful blast from the past for you!

Sorry folks, it seems PromoSimple was acting up badly on the blog, it was working once upon a time (for me that is). But since the form for the giveaway said zero entries, I have restarted it this time using Rafflecopter. I am sorry if Promosimple didn’t save any of your entries folks. Please Enter again!

EDITED: just found where I could see how many entrants had entered on PromoSimple, I sincerely apologize for the 9 people that did enter while the form was working. Please forgive me for using a form that didn’t like my blog very well and was suddenly broken.

Thank you for you patience, this was my first of multiple trials for finding something else other than Rafflecopter for my giveaways and not a one worked the way it should, so as I announced earlier this month the remaining giveaways have all been set up on Rafflecopter since I first put them on the blog.  So never fear, the rest are working just fine (unfortunately will fewer options however then the other forms I tried.)


Action Adventure Package Audio and books by L Ron HubbardHi friends, lets start off our Grand Opening Month with a simple Giveaway. These Audio Plays/Books remind me of late nights listening to AM Radio as some stations in Wisconsin and Minnesota played old time radio shows… I just loved these times with my big brother Milton as he tuned in the station and we sat back listening to the old time radio plays letting our imaginations run wild as we heard these programs.

Here is a video from Golden Age Stories:

You may recall my review of these audio books by Golden Age Stories for those of you who have come here from our old blog (Joan and Mariah’s Reviews) for those of you that are new…these books are played out so wonderfully by some great actors. Click Here to see my review of these this will open the link in a new tab/window so you can see my review and easily return here.

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Picture of 5 of my Audio Books from the Pulp Fiction era
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood, personally posted this short review (and the old review that this post links to). I didn’t receive anything in return for this post, or giveaway. I was under no obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by GalaxyPress and me.

Family Book, writing my portion…. about my thoughts on the subject

   Last year I received a big Manila envelope from my Mother, what was in it? The typical stuff, that is typical for my Mothers mailings, it’s always a smörgåsbord of odds and ends in her mailings. I received copies of some of her recipe cards, some of them favorites of mine and some she newly discovered… some copies of articles concerning Systemic Lupus, Fibromyalgia and Cervical Vertebra newest surgical info and so on. What was so unusual about this envelope was  that it also contained a questionnaire for a Family Book that she wants to make.
   I struggled to think of a single thing to put down in this book answering all the questions, strange how I am finding this a struggle. I struggled long enough and time went by… the list of questions plagued me for a while… of course during a move this Spring (in which the original paperwork got lost, still packed up in a box somewhere) I thought of some perfectly fun and funny answers for this, but of course it was during a move and no notes were taken. Well, Mother decided that half of the children replied and she would place in a brief statement for us other 3 kids and print up the book. Well here it is months and months later, not only has it not been printed, but now we must answer the questions in a week! *sigh*
   Fascinating how the mind works… when not under a time limit I could think of things that would be perfect but they are all gone in a Fibro Fog of sorts, flying away with the winds of time and lack of brain power… the brain is already overwhelmed trying to take care of my pain levels that have been through the roof as of late.
  I can go through my memories of my childhood, early adulthood and Marriage… the questions of favorite childhood memories sad to say are a bundle of little pieces, that gives me a headache as I try and push them to the surface. The problem is that one memory is not a favorite over the others and why am I taking this so seriously? Well, I regretably haven’t had children of my own, (perhaps do to my Systemic Lupus) I won’t be much of a story or memory to others when I pass on. I want my words to have meaning, to show my sense of humor, some of what made me the me that I am today and to have some words of wisdom in them… evidently its too much to ask of this brain of mine in exhaustive pain? What am I to do?
   I will not plague generations of the family with the struggles of  being poor & disabled with crippling pain, the struggles of not having a home to call your own but dealing with slum lords and messes of others at your front door, the struggles of barely getting by and the heartache of not taking a trip to see relatives who live far away etc etc. But I would really love it if some questions were asked about how to get by, or what advice we’d give others on getting by. I think I have been given, by my Parental Units (yes I am showing my age… yay Coneheads!), the knowledge and tools to get me through more successfully then others manage on so little. I sew (thus my blog: Sew What, Darn it) and craft, make my own soaps (laundry and dishwasher and leftover soaps get collected to make new soaps), I make my own many things (mostly out of old clothing, buttons, beads from friends jewelry that had fallen apart and they were going to toss etc etc) and so people generally think I am better off then I am. But they never see my mess of an Apartment as these things I do (and rarely do them)… it take up both energy, of which I have in rare supply (just thinking and talking on some days takes up what energies I do have) and takes up room. The lack of energy leads to lack of energy for much more then dinner and dishes and lack of room all add up to this messy little apartment. Alas I diverge… forgive me, the powers of ramblings are after all my biggest strength… or is it that ADD? 😛 
  Well my ramblings are more personal today then ever, I feel I am writing to my diary… it is a big wide world out there and this blog is but a tiny little piece of dust, and so I have hit the “publish post” button and placed my dust particle in the winds of the Internet… where it lands, it’s hard to say…but I know it’s there, with my ramblings

Well, this will probably be edited and polished up in the furture… I am not focusing well at all today and worse yet, I am in a hurry.

Love, hugs & kisses