Saturday, October 9, 2010

Autumn Favorites

I wanted to take the time out to spot light two of my favorite things about Fall.

There are many many things I love about this cooler season but my top 2 would have to be boots and tea time. Now tea is fantastic all year round, and my favorite is vanilla chai tea, but then comes that cold weather. And all those calories and carbs in the hot chocolate makes me cringe! Here are some fabulous teas I found which are creative and tasty.

This allows the climber to be steamed as he or she descends FROM your cup!

And for those looking to take a dip in a tea filled jacuzzi, again, they can find comfort IN your cup!

And last but not least, for the organizationally challenged, try out a hanger!

Here are some of my most awesome finds from Puma Lopez. I'm sure they have cheaper versions at Payless or Wal-Mart so I'll be keeping an eye out for ya who are budget challenged as I am!

The Grey over-the-knee boots are simply die!

And these tan ones are simply almost making me drool.

And I know I said two things, but I have to post these faves as well!


The views are spectacular in many areas of the United States.

Grey & Yellow Striped Scarf

I'm big on stripes lately. :)

Blessed be, especially all you Autumn babies. My sister has her 3rd son on the way this month!

Love, Light & Peace,
Jolee S.

30DC - Day 5 - Places I've Been

This is in fact an early morning on Day 5 of the 30 Day Challenge! I'm about to finish this blog, so some crunches and dance for a while. I have been seeing the abs decline lately and girl isn't happy! Day 5 requires me to show you via picture a place I've been. Since my MySpace account was directed elsewhere (I deleted my email instead of properly changing the account email, any help anyone?!) I do not have any photos of my trip to Hawaii, more specifically Oahu and I'm a bit upset.

But this just gives me a chance to recall the recent trips to California, Arkansas, Illinois, New Jersey and New York. I'd have to say the latter journey is my 2nd favorite destination after Oahu.

I'm going to comment and say that the picture you see at the top of my blog is indeed a mid air shot with my Canon Coolpix S3000. I took it on my way back to Kansas City from New Jersey. I know, I know, it's a beautiful shot of the sky! I'm proud to have taken that one.

I'm going to show a few photos, and I shot over 200 so be grateful I do not have the mind capacity to show them and caption them all at once! Hello, longest blog EVER! Enjoy. I also look forward to hearing about your Challenges.


On the way to New York from New Jersey.


Yoko Ono still resides here, and this is where John Lennon was shot.


Just about 500 feet away is this circle


By far one of the many gorgeous churches.

Hopefully, there will be a better opportunity in the future to show all of the photos and tell the stories behind them.

In the meantime if you want to view more from my trip visit my album here

Love, Light & Peace,

Friday, October 8, 2010

Dreams Do Come True

I had fallen sleep just about 4 hours ago around 9 pm. It is indeed a Friday evening and I had no plans to go out. I laid down with the simple task to breath and rest assured that I was safe. I was able to actually sleep and not worry about the fallout.

The fallout meaning my grandmother yelling at me for sleeping so early thus making me stay up well into the wee hours of the morning. It happened anyways but not during my slumber, it was after. In my dream journey I encountered a new life, in which my existence was lived painfully the same yet vastly different.

I woke up in a room connected to our current house but the hallway had been extended and her room was farther away. I could still see it cracked open an per usual and smell the lingering smoke. She had her television blaring loudly as a teenager would have their yackety racket. I did not call out for her, I was just checking, perhaps to see if she was still alive.

I closed the door suddenly to be overwhelmed by my new room's clutter. There were piles of clothes everywhere, my laptop was on the floor and the place was just a wreck. The adjoining room with a sliding glass door was fully decorated with light oak kitchen-like cabinets and a stove. I do not exactly remember seeing a fridge but these days you can blend them in with the cabinetry.

Oak Cabinet Dream
It looked somewhat like this but extended in the middle with s small white stove.

I then walked in to check out the contents of the cabinet while I heard my bedroom door fly open. I whipped around as if I were pivoting like the do in the military to change direction in fine format. In came a barrage of 4 people dressed in "garb" which means they were dressed like they were from 600 years ago. They were holding multiple hangers of such garb in their arms and in followed my annoying family member loudly telling me to walk this way, blah-blah-blah-ing in my ear.

I instantly threw up my hands and said "Oh no no! Back please." The people looked confused and looked back and forth for an answer. But they did comply and their backs immediately found a wall. One man who had led the group in actually fell upon the mass of electronics and trash up against one wall. I sort of giggled and said "Sorry, I just moved in as you can see."

He said "No worries" and the woman, went on to say they had donated these things to me but never mentioned the reason. I always love free clothes, especially ones I could use to outfit a small community theater group with! I said "Oh, well, give me a second to think..." And I scratched my head and for a moment I looked around. I did not see hanging space, but I was grateful so I just started grabbing handfuls and throwing them on the bed.

"There, that will have to do until I can get organized. Thank you gentle, kind sirs."

My personal blind shutter decided the blinds needed shutting and she went to do that for me. I followed up with "Um, thanks, I didn't need that but now you can go." She scoffed at me and with that they had all left the room with smiles and I didn't hear the older woman any longer. I shut the large wooden door, and seriously the outside looked like a tree trunk I later learned.


I had the gall to lock it in case anyone else wanted to just intrude when they please. At this point something went bump in the night and I was awoken. Nonetheless I could shut me eyes again and I was still safe to do so. To my surprise I popped back into my dream which is indeed a rare occurrence unless you are trying.

I returned to my travels and found my room to be free from piles and electronics on floors. I did see the one large pile of chords mixed with what appeared to be painter's plastic the one man had nearly fell over. I plugged my equipment into it before the jump. In this portion of the dream I had moved the big black desk to another part of the room and my laptop was still sitting on a small ledge near this particular pile.

I moved the desk near the wall adjacent to the window in which the lady closed the blinds before. I had hooked up the nice computer which had once been my mother's on the said wooden piece and had even booted up the internet! I of course thought I could take a moment and surf. The internet was frozen and seemed to be an unwilling participant in my unwind time.

I moved on to look out the window on my wooden door to see the yard lights on. The yard did look magnificent and I looked around at the ornaments. My mother had regularly taken care of the mowing of the lawn in Kansas City when she lived with us for a brief moment in 2010. Her quote of "I rearrange it to keep it fresh" popped into my head for some unknown reason.

King Froggy
He's cute.

Mushroom Dreams

There were colorful frogs on perches and fancy glass mushrooms littered on the grounds. It looked like Fairy's Glen in Scotland but decorated by man's hand. It made it better because our yard was not FG and we needed a special touch. This lit up my face and I smiled in delight.

Lit Up The Night
This is an example of the lights hanging in my dream.

This is "FG." I think it's simply breathtaking.

By this time I'd heard a knock on door and some people were asking for my help. I went up these amazing grand stairs which led to the backside of the very large home in front of my "camper." I went up the stairs but found a short cut through this contraption made of like at least 10 dishwashers. There must have been some machine to contains all the dishes from each washer, dry them and put them away. Once I climbed out of the bottom of the mechanism I entered a large pantry where white plates and pastel colored cups lined the walls.

The cabinets were full of food and goodies and as vivid as day I saw Pringles and Betty Crocker cakes. But these people wanted to know where the booze was. Specifically they wanted the "unlabeled bottles of liquor." I looked into this fridge that looked like it belonged to a chef and it was filled with wine and tequila bottles. I had found the jackpot. I went outside withe the group around the side to the front side of the home.

I then heard and saw the lady on the balcony up above saying "What are you doing Donette?" (I know, such a strange thing to call me but she loves that name.) I quickly the the bottle of "Mullberry" wine I collected onto the ground into the bushes. I suddendly shushed the crowd around me who was about to tell me I'd dropped it. "SHHHHHH! I'll even show you my ID. She'll freak out. Please don't say anything." One man laughed and handed me the bottle. It was pitch black out.


I told her I was helping the people inside and I'd be leaving shortly. I retreated back to my room with the wine. I climed up on top of my place into the trees, and the sun was dawning over the mountains. I saw Mount Woodson coming through the branches and that was nearly that. My dream faded away as my body wanted to wake.

iron mountain Pictures, Images and Photos

In the end the dreams were not seemingly as cool as the other evening when I encountered myself as a phantom being greeted by the one and only Phantom of the Opera. Perhaps I'll recount those details in another blog soon, but for now I'm still in awe of my asserting behaviour in this dream. It showcases fears and desires that I'm proud to have instilled in my crazy brain. Someday I will break free of the fears and conquer them with this same attitude.

I'm sorry for the pictures being choppy referring to sizes, but I'll get better at it.

Love, Light & Peace,
Jolee Summerville

(PS: Time for day 5! Already?)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

30DC - Day 4 - Soundtrack to A Vacant Life

This list very much reminds me of Stoick in 'How To Train Your Dragon' when he says 'It's time for the Challenge.' It's deep and engaging. (Yes, it's Gerard Butler!) Nonetheless, my whole point of this post is to keep up the personal task of informing you all about different points of life. I also believe it's a good analysis for me to encounter upon as well.

Day 4 requires me to come up with a 15 track soundtrack to my life thus far. I have to say I am only 22 years young, so bear with me as most will be mainstream. But some are considered oldies. I thought long & hard about this list & I came up with more than 15 songs, because of each and every year of my life represents a different me.

I tweaked the number and made it 22 songs. I chose one for each year basically. Now I'm not going to list the years and correlate the time line with the list. I just want you all to see the songs I've chosen. I did think for a minute that Britney Spears album 'Circus,' released in late 2008, could cover most of my list but I decided against it since not every song necessarily melds with my existence just yet.

1) Take Me As I Am - Faith Hill
2) Anymore - Emmy Rossum
3) I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
4) Straight Tequila Night - John Anderson (my dad's and I favorite country hit)
5) I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton (1st song I ever sang)
6) Neon Moon - Brooks & Dunn
7) Let Me Be Your Wings - Thumbelina Soundtrack
8) Return Of The Mack - Mark Morrison
9) I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
10) Siberia - BSB
11) Go Rest High On That Mountain - Vince Gill
12) Can You Feel The Love Tonight? - Elton John
13) I'll Stop Loving You - N*SYNC
14) Out From Under - Britney Spears
15) In Christ Alone - Brian Littrell
16) I Got You - Nick Carter
17) No One Else On Earth - Wynonna Judd
18) Circus - Britney Spears
19) No One Would Listen - Gerard Butler as 'Phantom'
20) People Are Strange - The Doors
21) Love You Til' The End - The Pogues
22) Touch - Seal

These are not merely favorite songs of mine. Some of them evoke sadness, some love, & others bring out the fun & happy side of life. I love to sing along and be free in that essence. I hope you enjoyed & I look forward to seeing your life soundtracks soon!

Blessed be my friends.

Love, Light & Peace,
Jolee Summerville

30DC - Days 2&3 - A Picture & A Habit

Well since I had the luxury of sleeping from 10 pm until 1 pm the next day (Wednesday) I did not get much done besides thrift store shopping for white buttoned collar shirts and getting fags (cigarettes) for my grandmother. I also attended karaoke night at RG's Bar in Kansas City, MO. It was a lot of fun to hang with the girls!

And since I rarely got on the computer yesterday I forgot to do my challenge day 2. I thought "Maybe I should start the challenge over." But I ditched the idea, since hey, it was one day! As a matter of fact, it's a continuing habit in my life.

This is a great lesson that if you care enough about it, it should get done in proper time. And with Lauren's encouraging comment on one of my previous posts, I decided this is what make my world go around. Love from strangers and gravity helps too. So now let's go forth and you shall learn a little more about moi.

Day 02- A picture of something you cannot live without.
Gosh there are so many material items I love. I love my big plush robe. I cherish my socks and clothing of course. I also love my cds, mp3 player and radio in my vehicle. Without music I'd be spiritually dead.

But the something that comes to mind is again, my nephews. They're two precious emeralds in a world of ugly, crackly rocks. In actuality there are few people in my very large familial circle I can love and trust, knowing it's requited. My cousins Mary, Carli, Kaylee and Milena come to mind.


In this photo you will find (left to right) Tyler, my "middle" nephew, Terrell, my 2nd cousin, Mary, his mama/my cuz, and 'Kaylita', Mary's younger people.

Milena 3

This is the youngest of the 4 aforementioned siblings Milena. She will be turning 4 this December. She lives with her mommy, my Aunt Kathy and her papi in Wisconsin for the time being.


And last but certainly not the least, my precious first nephew Jack.


Day 03- A habit that you wish you didn’t have.
I don't have a photo of this specific habit and I'm glad it did not ask for one!

I chew and bite my nails. I accredit this to my grandmother taking my pacis away by the age of 1 1/2. I have very strong about Freud's stages of psycho sexual of development, being a Psychology buff and all. :)

french manicure

Very soon I always point out, I will be able to afford cover ups in which I'm praying after several months of continual use, I will cure myself of my nasty oral fixation. I do not smoke, rarely drink and I don't do oral sex. At least not until I'm married and that's probably farther off than I realize.

That all being put out there, I'm prepared to stay up another hour to prepare for tomorrow's blog on Day 4, which involves... MUSIC! Oh that makes me happy! I'm preparing to go the the KC Renaissance Festival tomorrow, amidst a looming appointment for an internship at a doctor's office. If I do indeed get the job I'll be adding a 3rd job to my schedule! All 3 are part time, and I can usually fit them in.

Hope to hear about your 30 day challenges!

Love, Light & Peace.
Jolee Summerville

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

30DC - Day 1 - Lists & More Lists

Day 1 of the 30 day challenge (see previous post) requires me to summon a picture of myself and 15 facts about my life.

I shall do my best to inform you kind readers as to how I live.

1.) I love to sing.

2.) I sing randomly, and it's not unusual for me to sing what I "should be saying." (Sometimes, it's not even a song I sing, just the normal conversation turns into a musical number.)

3.) I love to shower every day.

4.) I'm not an avid workout fan.

5.) I love to eat sweet and salty things. (For instance, I love pairing barbeque chips with rolos for Movie Night with my nephews.)

6.) I have no pets, but I love animals!

7.) I love, love, love to travel.

8.) One of my favorite words is "love." Can ya tell?

9.) I study a new word each week and incorporate it into my daily interactions.

10.) YouTube is my main source of entertainment.

11.) Hence, I rarely watch television.

12.) Going to the movie theater is my favorite thing to do with friends.

13.) I adore rock climbing and hiking, or anything to do with nature really.

14.) I doubt I will ever be married.

15.) And last but not least, my two (soon to be three!) nephews are my pride and joys.

Here is a recent photo of me with my youngest nephew Tyler, who is 3 turning 4!

He never complains about how many photos I take of him. I'm preparing him for a reality show! (Just kidding, his mother would never agree to let them do it, I'm sure.)

Love, light and peace,
Jolee Summerville

The 30 Day Challenge

This was something I adapted from my girl Ali's MSIT blog. She is married to an airman, with whom I also attended high school with. If you'd like to see her beautifully rendered page, visit

Thanks Ali for the idea!

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself.

Day 02- A picture of something you cannot live without.

Day 03- A habit that you wish you didn’t have.

Day 04- List 15 songs that represent your life’s soundtrack.

Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to.

Day 06- A hobby you have.

Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you.

Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why.

Day 09- Something/someone you’re proud of.

Day 10- A story about a past relationship.

Day 11- A picture of something you dislike.

Day 12- A picture of your room & don’t cheat by cleaning it. Share a secret.

Day 13- Write a letter telling someone something you could never tell them.

Day 14- A picture of something you ate and 10 confessions.

Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle & share the first 10 songs that play.

Day 16- Something you could live without.

Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why.

Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have.

Day 19- Nicknames you have & how or why you have them.

Day 20- If you had 3 wishes, what would they be.

Day 21- Share a picture from your day.

Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else.

Day 23- What is something you crave.

Day 24- Share a story about your past that you are ashamed of.

Day 25- What I would find in your bag.

Day 26- Places you want to visit before you die.

Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge?

Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?

Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned.

Day 30- A picture of you today & 20 goals you want to accomplish.

I'm Done... With Gerard Butler

I have already decided to ditch the GB Picture Mondays. Simply because it failed. I'm not afraid to admit that I made a poor choice in trying to lure followers to my blog simply to see a picture of Gerard. Even though, I believe he is still scrumptious to look at. My favorite shots of celebrities are often of silhouettes or in candid moments.

Here is my favorite GB one...

gerard butler,machine gun preacher

And this is of one of my many favorite singers...


So enjoy the final likeness of these picture blogs, because in the future, it will be all about me. :) Which, in each and every one of our existences, it is all about us. Blessed be.

Love, light & peace,
Jolee Summerville