Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Little Tale About Me and My Blog

Hello, Dear Ones. Hope you've all had a great weekend. I thought it was time for a change at Note Songs so I made a new header for my blog. Do you like it?

I want to say how very much I appreciate you all who take the time to come and visit me. I just love your company so much! It's been two years now since I've started blogging and now blogging has become a very big part of my life! I just love you all so much.

So...I thought I would tell a little bit about why my blog is called Note Songs. Now some of my regular friends who visit me often know most of this, but for some of my new friends I thought you may like to know a little bit about me. This is a different post for me today - no pretties to show - just my tiny little words.

First of all...the title of my blog "Note Songs" ~
As long as I can remember, I've loved music. My Mother tells me as a tiny little girl I would sit in my little bitty rocking chair and listen to the radio as I rocked my tiny self to death. She tells me there was a songs called "Is That You Myrtle" and I would sing it over and over. I do not remember this! But it sounds rather funny, doesn't it?

As time went on I decided I wanted to sing in church. My very first time I went to Sunday School, I performed! :) Yes, I did! The teacher introduced me to the little class as a visitor and then asked if any of the children would like to sing a song. I held up my hand (not being very shy) and said I would love to sing. I sang "Here Comes Peter Cottontail". The teacher was so kind and told me what a nice song that was, but in Sunday School we sing songs about Jesus. Did I know another song? Well, I sure did! I proudly stood up and sang "Davy Crockett"!
Needless to say, I learned the difference between Davy Crockett and Jesus! :)

Then when I was about six years old the children of the church were going to go caroling. I was asked to be the soloist and sang as our pastor's daughter played the accordion. You know how loud those things are so you know how loud I must have been singing.

Music continued to be a big part of my life. I began taking piano lessons when I was 11 and took for a year. I told my teacher I wanted to be the pianist of my church. I was a little bold, don't you think? :) Well, God was in all of this and my teacher had been the pianist of a gospel group and understood my passion. In about a year I was playing in my church. So playing my piano has always been a real blessing to me.

And the beat goes on! :) As time went on, my Daddy and I sang duets in church and I played the piano for us. I was in choir at school and church and played the piano too. In the mean time there was not one rock and roll song I didn't know! Growing up in the late 50s and 60s was a great time for rock and roll. Don't you think? Great old songs. Christian music and rock and roll! I love that! :)

So this is the reason my blog is called "Note Songs". Notes from my piano and songs from my heart! You see the little logo I always have at the end of my posts - the little girl playing the piano? Now you can't tell, but she's singing too! :)

I always like to end each of my posts with a song. I believe music can speak to us when nothing else will. The reason for my little saying...Life is a song, don't you think? I sometimes seem to be a bit of a Pollyanna! I always want to see the best in someone and am still at my olden age a bit gullible! I smile a lot. I laugh a lot and I sing a lot! I am really a silly gal and I really do think in songs most of the time. I thought one day I should try to write a post using song titles! :) That would be fun. So you probably won't hear a lot of downness here on my blog. I just purposely want to keep my blog a place where I can be my silly self and hopefully bring a smile to your beautiful faces from time to time.

Now I'm not perfect by any means and I don't live a perfect life. I have had my share of heartaches and failures and hurts just like everyone else. But I do choose to wake up each day and be thankful to God for my blessings! You, Dear Ones, are some of my blessings!

I still love music today as much as I ever have. I still love to play my piano and am the pianist of my church and have been as long as I can remember. I still sing solos in church, but my song selections have changed - no more Peter Cottontails and Davey Crocketts! I'll keep those cute little songs for you and my blog.

So Dear Ones, I hope I can put a song in your hearts from time to time. I hope I can put a smile on your tiny faces. I hope you'll bear with me when I make up my own words. I guess if the truth be told - I'm still just a girl in my heart - a silly girl who loves life and considers each day a blessing and an adventure. I hope you'll continue coming to see me and I will keep coming to visit you. You just make my day!!

You are all a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Packing up the dreams God planted
In the fertile soil of you

Can't believe the hopes
He's granted

Means a chapter in your life is through

But we'll keep you close as always

It won't even seem you've gone

'Cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong
And friends are friends forever
If the Lord's the Lord of them

And a friend will not say never

'Cause the welcome will not end

Though it's hard to let you go

In the Father's hands we know

That a lifetime's not too long to live as friends.

With the faith and love God's given

Springing from the hope we know

We will pray the joy you'll live in

Is the strength that now you show

But we'll keep you close as always

It won't even seem you've gone

'Cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong

~ sung by Michael W. Smith


  1. What a touching, sweet post.
    It was good learning more about your life and your service to the Lord and your church.
    I always enjoy my visits.
    You are a sweetie!

  2. I don't think I've ever thought of or envisioned you as anything other than upbeat and happy, sugar! This proves it. Life truly IS a song, chick. I "sing my song" every single day. I'm truly a happy chick...

  3. Ohhh Sheila that is a sweet story about how you named your blog!!! Now I have Davy Crockett in my head tahnks a lot!! lol! I haven't thought of the song Friends are Friends forever in a long time:) I really like the new look of the blog too:) ~Shelley

  4. YOU are such a sweet friend to me and I love coming by your blog. You put a song in my heart everyday :)! I love the one you oicked for us today.....they played this song as my bridesamaids walk down the isle before it! Love you~

  5. You have put many songs in my heart on many days....

  6. What a lovely story Sheila!
    I enjoyed reading this and I am so glad I found your blog!
    It always is a happy place and one I look forward to visiting!
    Hugs, Cindy

  7. I love your blog story! Your songs are one thing that attracted me to your blog. I love the "feel" of your posts! Thanks!

  8. Shelia, I enjoyed this post so much! Your passion for music is a gift for you and everyone around you. I'm so glad you had a mom who took you to church and others who encouraged you along the way.

    You know my son is going to college this fall to major in Classical Vocal Performance. My husband and I often wonder how he will make a living with this but...we very much want him to pursue his gifts. Music is one of the greatest gifts!

  9. what a nice post Shelia, you are such a lovely lady..
    have a great week sweet friend..

  10. Loved your story and history. I love to sing...always have. Can play piano some....enjoy all your songs. I love the Friends song.

  11. Pickle do you know how blessed I feel to have you as one of my singing Sisters...Love this story of you and girl you always put a song in my olden heart...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  12. Oh Shelia, it just touched my heart to hear how music has been so important in your life!! It does make a difference doesn't it? I love having a kindred spirit here in blogland:-) YOU are a blessing AND a sweetie!!

  13. You know I will continue to come to see you, Shelia. I hope you don't get tired of me. Oh how I wish I could hear you sing. You should post a video of you singing and playing the piano..Christine

  14. It was so nice learning more about you, Shelia! This is a sweet post. I knew you were the pianist for your church but I didn't know you could sing, too. How talented and blessed you are!!

    I love your new header, too!! :-)


  15. Shelia - I loved reading your story and I can identify with you. We have so much in common! I began singing in church when I was very young. My daddy was the preacher and when I was a little girl he and my mother and I sang trios. I had to stand on an apple box so I could be seen over the pulpit! Then I began to take lessons (so I could play at church!) and eventually got to play. Now I play and sing all the time. It's in our blood, dear friend. We can't help ourselves!

  16. Thank you so much for sharing your heart and for updating us newcomers on the story behind your blog. I completely understand your sentiment ~ songs do have a way of expressing us when we don't have a way of doing that ourselves. They can make you happy or bring you to tears but are the background of our lives everyday.

    Thank you for being part of our lives.

  17. I loved hearing your musical story...You are a little songbird for sure! We have this in common my friend...for years my licence plat said.."SONGBRD"... I got asked about it all the time, fun. I have sung all my life too, sung the leads in many musicals and still am singing. My dad instilled this in me, he could play anything he heard on the piano and he and mom were always singing together. My whole family has beautiful voices...I always have a sing in my heart too and have even been called a Pollyanna too but thats ok, I prefer to be happy! Love you for sharing your song of the heart! :D

  18. Thanks for sharing so much about you and your childhood. You are a hoot!!! I enjoy reading your blog...always a smiling while reading. My son will begin guitar lessons this week.....hopefully, I will learn as he learns. Crossing fingers! You are one talented lady. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Nice post Sheila! I love to sing too, although it might be best if I didn't! Love the newest picture of the baby, such a cutie-have a great week!

  20. If anyone had told me I'd ever enter the "world of blog" with such enthusiasm, I would have thought them slightly addled a few years back. Yet, here I am, and with such wonderful and interesting new friends. And you, dear Sheila, are one of them!!

    Thanks for sharing.


  21. Hi Shelia! I love your new header! And I loved hearing your story! I can just picture you singing Davy Crockett at Sunday school! lol (I loved him, too...had a coonskin cap!) And we already knew that you are a very happy and positive lady! That wonderful attitude toward life just pours from your blog! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  22. What a sweet post Sheila, I really enjoyed hearing how you came up with a name for your blog. Loved how you were not shy as a child....made me smile this morning!

    You really are such a SWEETIE!!!!
    Have a blessed day!!

  23. Dearest Friend Shelia,
    Think your blog is a warm and pleasant place to visit! Love the header, ALSO loved the old one as well.

    Changing things around on the blogs is part of the fun.

    I love music as well, but I only play piano by ear. That hurts the head...don't 'cha know??? Grins.

    Enjoyed this post as you have shared personal news.

    Look forward to reading your blog.

    God bless you!
    d from homehaven

  24. From one silly girl to another, "I love you MUCH!" This post is just one of the 99 million reasons I do...


    Sheila :-)

  25. I have been reading your wonderful blog since I started to blog a year ago because I love to see what song you leave me humming in my head all day. I had to laugh at the Davy song and I bet you had a D.C. coon hat at home. My brother had one and I could not understand why he never wore that hat every day as I thought it was the most beautiful hat in the world:-) You were a delightful child and are a delightful person! Please pass your love of music onto your little Grand.

  26. Thanks for sharing that with us, Sheila. I loved reading about your love of music and now I know why you named your blog what you did. Have a wonderful week.
    ♥, Susan

  27. Morning Shelia,

    You ARE a sweet melody indeed :)


  28. What a sweet, heartwarming post! Since I am fairly new to your lovely blog, I enjoyed reading every word in this post! I just love Pollyanna and love your dear heart too!

  29. We began blogging close to the same time! And, we both love music. We have much more in common, of course, but I only dropped in to say, "Hi!"

  30. Sheila, without a doubt you always make me feel good when I visit your blog! I appeciate your cheerfulness and I enjoy the songs you select for each post.
    Your new blog header is wonderful!

    ♥ Pat

  31. Dear Sheila, your new header is lovely and very 'you. I am attracted to your love of music, always having fun, making fun of your self and having a great sense of humor. Your posts are almost always upbeat and very delightful to read. Like today for example. I knew some of your past history and now I am happy to know more.

    I too dearly love blogging and having a chance to meet lovely people as a result of having a blog. I am pained when I can't visit as much as I want but there are so many blogging friends to keep up with. We do know how much time it takes huh??? smile. I started blogging in May two years ago as well.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful dreams and talents with us Sheila. I wish I could hear you sing and play the piano. Piano music is my favorite music of all.
    So are you dear friend.
    Love, Jeanne

  32. Parabéns seu blog é lindo e sua hitoria de vida mais ainda!!!Deus te abençoe sempre!!!!Beijos.

  33. How sweet, Shelia. I knew about the music, but not as much as I know now. I'm a music girl, too. I played in Sunday School at the age of 12. I played for 18 years in our church. I LOVE music...especially music that praises the Lord - that's the best. Thanks for sharing about yourself. Linda

  34. What a beautiful post! I really wish I was musically inclined!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by today!


  35. Hi Shelia,
    What a sweet post. I can just see your little face singing, "Here comes Peter Cottontail," and then, "Davey Crockett!" LOL

    I bet you were the cutest thing.

    Thanks for sharing sucha sweet, heartwarming story. It must be wonderful to be so musically talented.

    You know I though I was following you and for some reason it didn't go through. Well, I made sure that I'm on your list this time.


  36. Shelia, what a blessing you are to all of us. I am so happy to call you my sweet friend. Love you and your darling blog.

    Barb ♥

  37. Hi Shelia,
    I think you put a song in many hearts-you have a lot of talents!
    Keep up the good work,

  38. A very sweet post Shelia--straight from the heart. I too enjoy knowing a bit more about you. I did know that you play piano at your church, and I do remember that you once sang Davy Crockett in Sunday School--I'm sure your SS teacher remembers it too.

    Your new header looks very pretty!

  39. have no idea how much you brighten all of our lives! I think all of us know that life is not always a barrel of monkeys but when our days are not so great...and we come here for relaxation, a bit of adventure in homemaking and warm company...yours is one of the blogs that is sure to make us smile..and sometimes burst out laughing!

    We love you, Shelia!


  40. What a lovely story and how nice to know a bit more about you now.
    Yes, where would our lives by without music, can't imagine it.

  41. Beautiful story, Shelia!
    I love this post as I love you.
    You are great blogger friend with beautiful soul.
    Congratulations Blogging Anniversary!
    You did and do great job!

  42. Your new header is wonderful
    and I love "Note Song".

  43. Thanks for sharing that, I was wondering! Love the new header and I love that this is a happy cheerful place to visit!


  44. Since I started blogging, you've been one of my greatest blog friends Shelia. You leave the most uplifting comments and always put a smile on my face. I love the new header and I really loved getting to know more about you in this post. Keep on singin' girl - we all have come to expect it from you - and love it!

  45. What a wonderful post today...thanks for sharing...and keep on singin...Pat H

  46. Hi Sheila
    You ALWAYS put a smile on my face. I love your blog and enjoy your comments on mine. I am so glad we met through Stella. I really enjoyed hearing about your childhood and your love of music from a young age.
    I am so sorry, you asked me a question that I never answered. We didn't actually visit Otley so you didn't miss a post about it. We just saw a road sign for it on the way to Knaresborough and it made me think of you!

  47. Dear Shelia, your post makes me smile :o) I enjoy your blog very much and hope that you will continue blogging for a long time.

    God bless you my dear.

  48. Hi sweetie....

    Just love visiting with you! Love the music, love the laughter, and LOVE your silliness and sharing with us.


  49. Oh Shelia, I remember the story about the Davy Crocket song. I loved reading that again. I want you to know that coming to your blog DOES put a song in my heart. I truly believe that the only person on this earth who can make us happy is ourselves, and we can only do it with God's help. I think that is your song in life - make yourself happy and do it with God's help. Thank you for just being you, cause you are a beautiful being. laurie

  50. What a cute post! We would all love to be gathered around your piano singing right along with you! Think you can squeeze us all in?

  51. Fabulous...You lttle girl singing in her little rocking chair...
    I can just see it!
    I used to do the same thing only holding a mirror ...watching myself sing!
    How vain is that!!!!!
    You my friend are a joy and so is your Happpiest of blogs in blogland.
    I always leave here smiling and lighter in my heart.
    I would love to hear you play the piano...
    I think you should put a video on your blog of you playing and singing!!!
    I dare you gitlfriend!!!!
    Double dare you!
    You know we would all love it.
    I'm gonna pray that the Lord Convicts you to do it!!!!Lol...
    I'm nuts for sure,
    but we would all love it!
    Love your new look here to!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  52. I love your new header and this was a beautiful post. Your sweet positive spirit shows in everything you write and your love for you family and your friends does too.

  53. So nice to learn more about you, Shelia. I always wished I could be brave enough to sing in front of an audience but I guess I was just a bit too shy. Always did love to sing, though and still do. Your new blog look is very attractive, love it. Hope you have a great week and enjoy your time re-decorating. Hugs, Deb =^..^=x5

  54. Thanks so much for sharing. You ALWAYS put a smile on my face and often make me laugh out loud. I'd love to hear you sing and play piano in person.

    I've always loved that song, "Friends". Haven't heard it in a while so I think I will go search for it on YouTube or PlayList.

    God Bless You Always my sweet, sweet friend.


  55. O! I forgot to mention that I really like your new banner. Looks great!

  56. Good morning, Shelia. I am so happy you began blogging. When I visit, you always light up my day.

    I love this post and reading your "history".

  57. I knew I liked you right from the first moment~!!! My MIL ~0ne of the worlds all time greatest women" was the pianist and organist at her church from age 13 to 71.. There's just something about walking in and seeing the pianist sitting on her bench and hearing her play that starts a sunday off just right.. I cant say how much I miss seeing her smiling face and hearing her music.
    thanks you so much for sharing this part of your life with us.. I liked you before, I like you even more now.. If you ever wonder as you sit and play even with a cold or a headache or one of the worlds problems are your own doorstep- please know that you are.. I know without a doubt that seeing you there starts off folks sunday Just Right, whether every NOTE is or not.. Play on sweetie- we love ya..


  58. PS~ sorry I forgot to mention your new banner , I like it very much. I got lost in my own visual memory and hearing the music play in my head..

  59. Hi Sheila...I read this yesterday and it had a profound affect on me. I was not able to respond until today as I was running late. I love your story and it really defines who you are. You knew exactly who you were and what you loved as a young child. You had such wonderful role models in your life including your dear father. Your story somewhat resembles mine and our demeanor is very similar too. I grew up in a musical family and was being taped singing before I was 5! It was such a big part of our life. I love life most of the time and I laugh very easily and often. People tell me I have a contageous laugh. I believe in God with all my heart and always have. I got away from him for a while but found him again. He didn't go anywhere....I did. Your blog is so uplighting to so many...I wish I had the time to come here every day. It's hard for me to get to all the blogs! Just know that the people in your life did a fantastic job! You are a gift from God...just like a good song touches our do you. You ARE a song in our hearts. My parents used to sit every Saturday at the kitchen table practicing songs they would play at local dad playing guitar or banjo and my mom singing. One day they decided to write a song out of song titles....50 of them!! I mentioned in the beginning, after reading this, it had a profound affect on me. It reminded me of this song they wrote. Now I am going to have to find it somehow if I can. I don't even know if it is written down or not. Thanks Sheila for being you and for the memories. You are a peach!

  60. such a lovely post... it is always nice to know more about people you think you know...thanks for sharing, you are a sweetie

  61. And you too are a sweetie, Shelia! I can sure visualize you doing the very things you mentioned! Love your new look too!

  62. Hi Sheila,

    I so enjoyed reading about your love of music, which we share, and especially your telling of singing at Church. How cute that you sand about Davy Crockett after the teacher said we sing about Jesus.
    I personally could not imagine life without music. I so agree that it can speak to us when nothing or noone else can, and as well I believe we can speak through music to.

    Thank you for such a wonderful post!

    You are always a sweetie!


  63. Had to laugh about the Davey C. song in Sunday School--that was good, ha!

  64. Sweet Sheila....can a mosaic artist be envious of a piano playing, singing woman, fellow blogger and queen of the bathroom pictures? You bet your sweet broken china she can!

    I have alway wished I could sing (I can't). I have always wanted to play the piano (took lessons as an adult 20 years ago...stunk at it!).

    So, bless you for bringing pleasure to my life with your note songs.
    Love you!

  65. Hi, Shelia,
    I like your new header very much, and I really enjoyed hearing the story behind the name of your blog. I would probably have sung Peter Cottontail or Davy Crocket because these were songs I grew up with, too. And of course, good old rock and roll. Those songs were and still are some of the best ever. Thanks for sharing your story, sweet friend. I know you love life and in my book, that is wonderful. I do, too. And I love to laugh and sing. What a small world. We both lived in Roswell. I lived there 1982-1986 so who knows our paths may have crossed. Enjoy your week! Vicki

  66. Hi Sheila, Loved hearing the story behind your are very talented! I believe music is a gift and you definitly have it!

    Alot of people in my family can sing and play instruments including my brother and Chase. My brother plays the guitar and sings in chuch. Chase has been taking piano for 4 years now, but his teacher is going back to school. We are looking for a new one. Although he doesn't like to practice, we still want to keep him playing because he has talent. I hope your summer is going good! I know you are enjoying that sweet grandbaby...Kristen

  67. I'm sure your love of music is what helps your sunny moods! How wonderful of you to share your childhood with us! I can just see you singing Davy Crocket!

  68. Hi Shelia
    That is such a sweet story...cute and a tiny bit funny..*s*...but very sweet.

    How nice that you learned to play the piano and continue to have so much enjoyment because of that.

    I really like your header. How did you do that so well? I wish I could have writing like that on mine as well.

    Have a lovely evening
    Judi *hugs*

  69. Hi Shelia
    That is such a sweet story...cute and a tiny bit funny..*s*...but very sweet.

    How nice that you learned to play the piano and continue to have so much enjoyment because of that.

    I really like your header. How did you do that so well? I wish I could have writing like that on mine as well.

    Have a lovely evening
    Judi *hugs*

  70. Sheila, you are such a delight. I know I would just love you to pieces in real life ~~ even more so than through a computer screen. I just know we are about the same age and I share your happy spirit. Thanks for the information on what makes you tick. I enjoyed reading about your early beginnings with music.

    I appreciated your prayers and warm thoughts when my mother first had her fall. I finally had a chance to update on my blog today.

    Happy Summer to you, Sweet Friend! :)


  71. Sheila, first off I love your new blog header. I believe I need to do the same thing..kick things up a bit.. lol What a beautiful post. Perfect coming from a gal with a song in her heart that puts a song in ours each day... I'm so fortunate to have met you so many months ago vis RMS... man alive that was many moons ago.. life goes on doesn't it? I have to say the blogging world is a much kinder and more fun place...

    Sheila, darling I'm doing great having all the "things" gone after the auction. I'm enjoying my "favorites" more now.. the house is even breathing alot easier now that all of that is out of here.. lol... Ok I've written a small book here, hugs and hugs

  72. Shelia, I do like your new header, and I loved these stories--especially the one about singing "Davey Crockett" (so cute!). I enjoyed learning more about you and where your blog name came from. :-)

  73. Oh Sheila, I have enjoyed this so much! What a testimony of your blog name. Love it. Was a sweet blessing for me today. Be blessed. Cindy

  74. Hello..I have been cruising thru your blog..I am so happy to get to know you thru the Sorrority Sisters. I am Cindy I am the one who suggested we be known by our states also. I live in Seguin..up by San Antonio. I saw you live by the coast. I am also a Strong Born Again Christian. And I do love my music..most kinds..all 30-50's.. Gaither Homecoming anything...and soem mix of western..and some long as the message is good.And roosters..well yes I do have
    Looking forward to visiting more with you.

    Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham


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