Sunday, November 23, 2008

Gollum's Challange / It's My Birthday!! ;)

We have a very famous writer among us in Blogland. Her blog name is Gollum and you can visit her at Now for the past few days, she's been throwing out a challenge to anyone who would like to participate ~ write a short story using her props, key words, etc. We've had some dillies and I'm always up for a challenge and being a year older, why not! ;)

Here goes my little tale...
“Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year, you can find it here"

Do you know this song sung by the Eagles? Hotel California. Everyone knows it. Everyone can sing it. Most think this is just a fantasy song that draws on one’s imagination to think of mysterious things… even evil things.

Well, I’m the girl in this song! The song keeps playing over and over in my head! They’re trying to push me to insanity but I won’t cave in! I won’t!

I must tell you I’m not really sure how I got here. I remember I was taking a long drive one evening in my new burgundy colored convertible and smelling the beautiful scent of the pine trees. I pulled my car over to the right side of the road for just a minute because I thought I'd seen movement in the bushes. Out walks the most beautiful young man carrying a tartan patterned bag. He looked as if he’d come straight from the Scottish Highlands.

I didn’t feel scared, I felt as if I’d known him all my life! He didn’t say a word but walked up to my car, opened the passenger door and sat down beside me. I was hypnotized by his blue eyes! He leaned over to kiss me – I let him! I couldn’t help myself! He lifted a beautiful antique looking bottle from his bag and said, “Drink!” Like a puppet, I did as he said.

That’s when my life ended and this life filled with hallucinations, terror and hell began! I know I’m twenty five, or I was when I bought my convertible. Now they tell me I have a Mercedes, but I’ve never seen it! Was that last year, five years ago or more? Oh, I don’t know! Did you see a car anywhere? Can you take me with you? Please, I want to get out of here!

Where did that beautiful young man go? If I could find him maybe he could help me! No, no, he’s the reason I’m here and I’ve never seen him again. The people here are not real! They have no faces! No, I’m not crazy!! I woke up in this monstrous place! Where am I? Can you help me?

“There she stood in the doorway
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
This could be heaven or this could be hell”

Oh, no, I don’t want to do this! I can’t help myself! It keeps happening over and over again! I don’t want to dance with these men! The ones with no faces! Do you see them? Did you hear those bells? Or are they bagpipes? I can’t think, I’m just too confused!

"Her mind is tiffany-twisted
She got the Mercedes Bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys
That she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard
Sweet summer sweat
Some dance to remember
Some dance to forget”

I’m not mentally disturbed, I know I’m not! I’m a normal person who had my life all planned out and now I’m afraid I’m doomed to live these frightening events over and over again! I do hear voices at night keeping me from my much needed sleep. When I finally drift off I always wake up with a start, sit up in bed and there is the same glass of whisky that someone has poured for me sitting on the night stand! I will not drink it! I refuse!

“And still those voices are calling from far away
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say…”

I’m afraid for you! I need your help, but if you step across this threshold, you’ll become a part of this horror! Wait, do you hear the voices? Are they coming to get me again? I can’t take it any longer! Shhh…be quiet!

(Hands reach out to grab me, pulling me back inside this monstrous place and the terror starts all over again) No, no! I don’t want to go back in there! Please let me go! Somebody please help me!

"Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
‘Relax’, said the night man
We are programmed to receive
You can check out any time you like
But you can never leave”

Welcome to the Hotel California...


Hi Dear Ones! I usually don't post on Sundays, it's my day of rest, but I had to share my joy with you today! It's my birthday!! I'm quite old today, but I'm not vain about my age and I'm just so thankful to be healthy and happy. I'm 57 years old today! Man, that does feel funny typing '57'!

Well, last night Mr. Precious and Mother gave me my little Birthday gifts. I feel so very blessed and really didn't need or want anything. My reasoning for the cupcakes for Pink Saturday ~ these would be my Birthday cake! Mother is 85 and a little shaky so she doesn't do much in the kitchen. So she wasn't going to bake me a cake. Mr. Precious ~ he doesn't bake!

Well, a very sweet wifey card from Mr. Precious!

Oh, just look at the beautiful roses Mr. Precious gave me. There's six here even though I can't see them all. I love roses!

Ummm... they smell heavenly, too! sniff sniff

Now you know I love crosswords! Before my Daddy passed away, he stayed in the hospital for three months. I stayed most of the time with him because at the time my Mother's health was not very good. I had to sit a lot and I don't do that very well, so I started working crossword puzzles. After he died I decided I would continue working crosswords just for him and so I do and that's been almost 12 years. Mr. Precious knew I would love these. See, I'm an easy gal! That didn't sound right, did it? ;)

Ooooo, Mr. Precious also knows I love Stephen King novels too and he just happened to have one for me!

Then he gave me this beautiful ceramic basket with fruit. When I opened it he said, "You can use this for one of your tablescapes!" Isn't is funny how our family members get pulled into blogland and the fun things we do?

I think this is just so sweet! Look at those little cherries!

I even received a real live Birthday cake with strawberries! Yummy goodness! I know this all sounds so very simple but it's just so nice to feel so blessed! My children live far away from me and their phone calls today and silly singing made my heart just fill up with love! It's nice to be loved.

I just wanted to share my 57 year old Birthday heart with all of you, my most Precious Ones!! You've shown me love and friendship these past five months that I've been blogging and I love you all dearly.

Be a bunch of sweeties,

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Happy Birthday Song

Happy Birthday to me
Happy Birthday to me
Happy Birthday, dear me
Happy Birthday to me
~ sung by ME:)


  1. Hi Shelia,
    Happy Birthday to you! It looks like you had a wonderful day!

  2. Thank you Diane, I did have a marvelous day!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Oh Shelia...I wish I could sing or if I had known in time I'd have baked you a cake...You are one loved ladybug here in Blogland & anywhere else your little tootsies have trod, I'm sure! Happy, happy birthday to you...♥ ;-) Bo ♥

  4. Happy Birthday Shelia!! I'm so glad you shared it with us. Your cake looks yummy and the fruit basket is just gorgeous. Mr. Precious knows you well. :)

  5. Happy birthday, dear Shelia -
    How about a little song for you? One I sang in Sunday School when I was little. Once a month we honored all the birthday people for the month. I've never forgotten this little song. I love the words.

    A Happy Birthday to you,
    A Happy Birthday to you.
    Every day of the year
    May you find Jesus near.
    A Happy Birthday to you,
    A Happy Birthday to you -
    And the best year you've ever had!

  6. Happy Happy Birthday to you dear Sheilia! You are special to many of us here in Blogland and I'm so happy you've had a great day!!!
    Your hubby is so sweet to get you things you enjoy and also to get something for your Blogland! :)
    And I'm so glad you still have your mom with you to celebrate. That is special.
    I'm singing "Happy Birthday" to you - can you hear me?????
    Hugs. Ruthie

  7. Happy Birthday to you..........
    Happy Birthday to you..........
    Happy Birthday dear Shelia.....
    Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuuuuu!

    Hope your day was the greatest... Sounds like it was... Loved your fruit bowl... & YUMO the cake looked scrumptious....luv ya

    (((HUGS & KISSES)))

  8. You do NOT look 57, but it's the smiles and laughter that keeps us young, right, little cherub?!?! I've still got SEVERAL years on ya, chickee, and it just keeps getting better and better! I promise you that.......
    Smooches and Happy Birthday, honey,

  9. Happy Birthday Shelia! Your strawberry cake looks yummy! We will be looking forward to seeing the fruit basket in one of your pretty tablescapes...Debbie

  10. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I would have known it was your birthday sooner!! Don't keep things like this a secret! I am happy you had a good one!!

    Happy Birthday Sheila!!!!

  11. Happy Birthday Shelia--It sounds like you had such a nice day. I love your ceramic fruit basket--can't wait to see it in a tablescape! What a sweet husband you have. Don't scare yourself reading Stephen King! Have a piece of birthday cake for me, it looks delicious!

  12. What wonderful presents Mr. Precious gave you!!!!!! And ooh, that cake looks delic! Happy 57th, Shelia! I love you!!!!!!!!!

    Justine :o )

  13. Happy Birthday to You,
    Happy Birthday to You,
    Happy Birthday, Deeeeeeeaaaaaaaaar Shelia (my twin),
    Happy Birhday to You!

    You are 57 years young!

    Shelia, I hope you not only have a Happy Birhday but that each day of this year is sweeter than the day before!


    Love from your sister Sheila in the SheLady Club! :-)

  14. Dear Shelia, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful birthday with us! Your cake was beautiful, and that ceramic basket with fruit is truly stunning! I wish you many blessings, joys and laughter during this coming year!

  15. A very, very happy birthday to you. My wish for you this upcoming year is good health, an abundance of happiness and lots of wonderful memories in the making!!!!

    It sounds like you had a great day. I love the look of that cake. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors as well! Enjoy the book.

    take care,

  16. Happy Birthday to you...
    Happy Birthday tooooo you....
    Happy Birthday dear Shelia.....
    Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday and great gifts!!!!!♥

  17. stop by my blog!!! There's something there for you!

  18. Happy Birthday, Sweet Sheila! Wishing you many more blessed years! :)

    (Love that ceramic Basket!)

    If I don't talk to you before, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

  19. Happy Birthday Shelia!! Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Such nice gifts and yummy cake. By the time you have a piece of cake for each of us, you will eaten the whole thing! No, you better spread it out and enjoy it over a couple days or so. My day is coming up in little over 2 weeks.

  20. Happy, happy birthday to a real sweetie. I haven't "known" you long, but I know you are a sweetie! That basket of fruit is so pretty. Can't wait to see it in a tablescape. Be glad I'm not there to sing H.B. to you. I am NOT a singer! laurie

  21. Happy Birthday Sheila! I'm literally just a few days older than you and I do a crossword puzzle everyday. We both love to blog, too. How funny! Hope you had a great day. Loved all your presents.

  22. We're singing along with you!!! Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You! Love the fruit - when may we expect the tablescape? Take care, Sally

  23. Dear Sheila,

    Happy Birthday to you •:*¨ ♪♫♪♫ ¨¨*:•.* •:*¨ ♪♫♪♫ ¨¨*:•.•:*¨ ♪♫♪♫ ¨¨*:•.*•:*¨ ♪♫♪♫ ¨¨*:•.* and many, many more.

    You are the original "sweetie". I'm so glad you got all those sweets for your special day !!

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

  24. Hi there, sweetie!! Happy Birthday!!! Sorry I didn't get around here sooner...I could have sat a spell and had a cup of tea and a piece of cake!!!

    ~Blessings, dear YOUNG 'un!!


  25. Happiest birthday to you, happiest birthday to you, Happiest birthday dear Shelia, Happiest birthday to you!
    How wonderful to be celebrating another fantastic year of life and blessings, and right before Thanksgiving!

  26. Happy Birthday sweet Sheila !!!!
    The cake tastes delish, and I chipped a tooth trying to take a bite of the apple * giggle *
    The roses smell divine !

  27. Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday dear Shelia,
    Happy Birthday to you!
    sorry if I was a little off key...the sentiment is there even if the great voice is not.
    Hugs, Bridget

  28. Happy Birthday, dear Shelia! Happy Birthday, to you!

    You look fabulous!

  29. Oh girl! you deserve all that you got today! Happy birthday sweet friend...I am so happy that you had such a wonderful day and that you have so many that love you. You are only a pup...and is not about the is how you feel 57--what's that? NOTHING! you are the youngest at heart girl that I know.
    just a girl with a beautiful smile and a very special heart...I hope this is the best year yet...but not the best there are still many more to come!
    love you lots.

  30. The day is almost over, but happy birthday to you, Shelia! It looks like you had a wonderful day - and well deserved.




  32. How did I miss your birthday? I thought that I went down the blogroll, but (sigh) you see, I'm older than you, so please forgive me, and Happy, happy birthay! The cake looks yummy, and the gifts are lovely. I'm amazed that you like (*shudder*) Stephen King. You know, I'm a wimp, so I've never read one!

    Happy Special Day, Shelia!

  33. Happy Birthday to you.......

    What a sweet thoughtful husband.


  34. Happy Birthday, dearest Shelia! You're still a spring chicken in my book!

    What wonderful gifts! And you got a cake too, that's great! I bet the best part was talking to your kids.


  35. Oh Shelia, I'm sorry I stopped by so late, it's almost Monday, I've got 5 more minutes! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! It looks like you had a marvelous time with your family!

  36. Happy Happy Birthday Shelia! It sounds like it was fantastic. That ceramic basket is very cute and Mr. Precious gave you such wonderful gifts. I hope you enjoyed your celebrating with your mom and sweet Mr. Precious.
    Huge birthday hugs coming your way!

  37. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope it was FABULOUS! ENJOY your week! Fifi

  38. Hi Shelia!
    You are very young and very pretty.
    I know why you look as a young have Mr. Precious!

    Happy Birthday to you, Dear Shelia!

  39. Thank you for sharing your great birthday moment.
    And what a beautiful new decoration is here.
    I couldn't believe that you are blogging only five months. Rather 5 years.

    Keep up your amazing work!
    God bless you always!

  40. Happy Birthday !!! I had one on the 8 th. Just a little older I turned 59. Kathy

  41. Hi Sweet Sheila!

    I finally found you.. and it's your birthday no less!!
    ♪♫♪♫ happy Birthday to you!♪♫♪♫
    From across the Atlantic!!

    This time I am going to link you.. so that I easily can find you again!


  42. Well Dear One, You brighten so many peoples lives, with your positive outlook and crazy antics. I'm so glad you had a wonderful birthday. Love the ceramic basket, you have a gem for a husband. So, Happy Belated Birthday and may you have many more.

    Lo♥e Ya,

  43. Shelia, I love crosswords too.

  44. Sheila, it sounds like you had a perfect birthday celebration ... complete with very thoughtful gifts. I especially like the fruit basket ... it looks very Italian.

    Best wishes to you and Mr. Precious and your mother for a blessed Thanksgiving celebration.



  45. What a marvelous birthday celebration. Happy Birthday. I hope the year ahead is happy & healthy.

  46. Hi Sheila,
    Happy Birthday!Wishing you many blessings in the years ahead.
    Take care,

  47. Happy Birthday Sweet Shelia!

    I will refrain from singing as it is a little a scary......sending you big hugs,lots of love and many, many more notesongs!

    Hugs~ J

  48. Happy Birthday Sheila! I am so glad you told us! What a precious birthday celebration! I hope it lasts all week long! Sending you many birthday hugs!

    Blessings and hugs,
    Kathi :)

  49. I'm arriving a bit late to the party but Happy, happy birthday! I wish you only good times and sweet memories in the coming year.

  50. Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthay dear Shelia,
    Happy Birthday to you..............


  51. Happy Birthday my cute Shelia!! I can see you had a great day! Sorry this is belated.......

    Happy Birthday tooooo youuuuuuuu!!!!

  52. " HAPPY BIRTHDAY" sweet Shelia..and Wow did you have a great I loved the bowl you got and its got all the colors of your kitchen in it..How special your Mama was with you girl!!You are special so you should have a special day...hugs and smiles dear friend...Gloria

  53. Happy Birthday, Shelia! I don't know you. But, I am glad I finally visited your beautiful blog. I don't know what took me so long to come visit you. I have always loved seeing your beautiful smile around blogland. I hope you don't mind if I add you to my favorites list. What a "precious" man you have!!! Hugs, Terrie

  54. Oh dearest Sweet Shelia Happy Birthday to the sweetest of sweeties ever I did meet here in blogland!!! Hugs and how wonderful to have such wonderful gifts! Hugs French;)

  55. Hap...Hap..Happy Birthday to YOU!

  56. Happy Birthday Shelia!!*tight hugs*. I hope you had a wonderful birthday and I could tell you!! You received beautiful gifts and your cake and you had 2 of your favourite people with you. That is so special.
    I'm so happy you shared that with us...I looked for you Sunday and wondered where you were.
    *hugs again*

  57. They do say better late than never. That would be me.
    You have a very thoughtful DH and so glad your Mother is still with you. Many, many Happy Returns of the day.
    I hope you look forward not backwards since I truly believe the best is yet to come.

  58. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHIELA! Sorry I'm a day late. I don't usually blog on Sunday either. (Although, I decided this weekend that I will post some sort of spiritual thought from now on. So I'll start that one this Sunday. In fact I will post one of my favorite church-y songs just for you.)
    I hope that you had a wonderful time. You cake looks to die for. I LOVE strawberries. I think it's great that Mr. Precious gave you something for your tablescapes.
    Extra hugs to you today!

  59. Happy Birthday Sheila! Your Mr. Precious is indeed precious; those roses are gorgeous. By the looks of things, you were pampered & so you should be! Hope you had a lovely day and the year ahead is wonderful in every way.

    Blessings & Hugs,

  60. I just popped in again to say hello. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

  61. Thank you, sweet Glenda for the birthday wishes. I totally agree with you - the best is yet to come!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  62. Shelia...sorry I'm late in wishing you a Happy Birthday. Girl, you are indeed blessed! I love your fruit basket...hey, that would look great for a tablescape sometime. :-) Your card and cake are lovely! Now I'm hungry! :-) 57 years young...girl, you're just a spring chicken!

  63. Looks like you had a wonderful birthday and no you do not look 57. You look great! Happy Birthday!

  64. Shelia, sorry I'm late in wishing you a Happy Birthday!!!I love your fruit basket...You look wonderful for 57......Pat H

  65. Shelia, sorry I'm late in wishing you a Happy Birthday!!!I love your fruit basket...You look wonderful for 57......Pat H

  66. Oh wow, who knew you had a hidden talent for writing!!! That was VERY good!!! I love how you mixed in the song to tell the tale too, how cool!
    Mr. Precious did good, I love the ceramic fruit and that cake looks too yummy too! You are a lucky girl, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Shelia!

    Buffie :)

  67. Happy birthday Shelia! p.s. I just love your new blog design.

  68. Hi Shelia, I love your new look for Christmas--that header picture is just wonderful! You did a great job with the story too--you are creative in so many ways. I never know what to expect when I visit, but it's always fun!

  69. Awwww Sheila, I didn't visit you on your birthday. I feel so bad. Happy Birthday to you my sweet friend and may you have many more. I adore your photo and your thoughtful gifts. You look beautiful and you do not look your age a bit. You should be proud to be 57 when you look so young.

    Now for your story. You amaze me girl. You and Bo wrote the best stories. I honestly could not write a story. You have to have a special talent and you've got it.
    Your other talent is your sweet nature that is so welcome and obvious in your posts. I am happy to call you a blogging friend that I admire.

    Love and hugs XOXO...Jeanne

  70. Helloooo??? Who doesn't love that song??Nevermind I don't want to know~~lol Loved the story and the mix with the song'Hugs French;)

  71. Wow, that was one cool story! It was a very different twist on the story prompts. I enjoyed it a lot! Great way to incorporate the song!


  72. Happy Birthday Sheila.. it looks like you had a good one.. I enjoyed the story and the memory of the crossword puzzles. Thanks so much for swinging by and lending your support.. ~lynne~

  73. Happy Birthday!

    Just stopping by to let you know about the Holiday Giveaway on my nativity blog.
    Includes a blue and white nativity collector plate!
    Here’s the link:

  74. Hey sweet Pickle!! wow that story was a side of you I've never have talents hidden everywhere! lol Happy Belated Birthday to you're just a young Spring chicken! lol You sure don't look anywhere near your 50's wear it well! lol Have a blessed Thanksgiving ya!

  75. First, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! You and I are the same vintage--and so are our mothers! Mine will be 82 this Feb.

    Now, to your story. I have always puzzled over Hotel California. What does it mean? I'd ask myself. Now I know!!!!!! This is superb! It's a joyride of a story. I hope you will do this again--this was just too much fun to read.

  76. First...HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET SHELIA! I'm so glad you had a lovely day. And I'm also glad you posted this happy stuff last...because your story scared the bajoogies out of me! YIKES great job...but YIKES!

  77. I think you're trying to drive me crazy! I know I already posted a comment on your Sunday posting, but then, when I was looking at my blog list, your blog shows a "Gollum Story". So, I'm back over here trying to figure out what is going on, and I find that not only have I gone crazy, you have too! Please get out of Hotel California. You are much too sweet to be staying there. This was too funny! laurie

  78. When did you sneak that story into your birthday post?
    I think you must have started reading your newest Stephen King novel to get the inspiration for this scary twist on the Gollum story. Great job, I hope we will learn more about this woman and is she crazy??? Time will tell!

  79. Hey sweet that song is a brainworm in my head...haha! What a fabulous and unique spin you put on your was a goody!! L♥ved it! ;-) Bo

  80. Sorry I'm late stopping by...we've had the stomach flu going around our family. I hope you had a wonderful 57th! Mr. Precious is so sweet. I know you are really thankful for him. Hope you had a wonderful day!

  81. I have so much to say...
    First, Happy Birthday, I can't believe you're 57! I love receiving gifts that show thought, like the fruit basket and Stephen King book. Even if the gift isn't something I truly like or will use, I keep it if it shows the giver was thinking of me specifically.
    Second, love your "Gollum Story"! I am having so much fun reading all of these stories, maybe I'll write one, also, if I have time through the holiday.
    Have a great Thanksgiving, Shelia, and I hope to see you for Pink Saturday this weekend!

  82. I apologize for being so late with this wish dear Sheila...but I wanted to say, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!"
    Happy birthday to a bee-yoo-tee-ful 57 year old who surely does not look a day past 25!
    Happy birthday to our diva!
    You are so sweet, so dear...and I feel honored to be able to stop by for a visit with you duting the week.

    What a sweet birthday you had! I love that cake, the roses and ooh! The fruit is so pretty! How WILL you use it for tablescape Tuesday??

    I too am a lover of crossword puzzles so fully understand THAT gift!!
    : )

    I wish you a year filled with smiles, laughter, peace of heart, sunny skies free of hurricanes, beautiful tables filled with delightful dishes, lots of friends, the joy of family gatherings, snuggles with fur babies, hugs, kisses and blogging!

    We all love you!


  83. Happy Belated Birthday, Sweet Shelia. I'm so sorry I'm late, but I wish you a year filled with joy.

    Don't you be saying you are so old. I'm only one year behind you. ;-)

  84. Oh Shelia! I'm so sorry I missed your birthday!!! Happy Birthday my very SWEET friend!!!!!!


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I'm so pleased you would come to see me and so please leave me a comment and I'll do my very best to respond back to you. Be a sweetie...Shelia :)