Sunday, December 4, 2011

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

Hi Everyone!!!!!! I've missed you all so much and I'm sorry I've stayed away for so long. The last four months have been very difficult dealing with my sister's passing. I want to thank all you for your continued support, your comments, your emails, your phone calls and most of all your friendships. Thank you for understanding that I could not respond to each of you, but knowing you were out there thinking of me meant more than words can possibly express.

I do not want to write about this personal loss, but I am ready to get back to our blogging world and see what all of you have been up to!

I will tell you that, as of late, a few old tunes have been running through my mind when I think of you and the whole situation. Funny, because I was never a HUGE Beatles fan, but it is their words that have helped bring me back to blogging.

First up are these that are so apropos:

"And now my life has changed in oh so many ways,
My independence seems to vanish in the haze.
But every now and then I feel so insecure,
I know that I just need you like I've never done before.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me."

Next are these:

"What do I do when my love sis is away
(Does it worry you to be alone)
How do you feel by the end of the day
(Are you sad because you're on your own)

No, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mmm, I get high with a little help from my friends
Mmm, Gonna try with a little help from my friends."

Lately these words express how I'm beginning to feel:

"Little darling, it's been a long cold hot lonely winter summer
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right.

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right.

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes."

In the last month I have started getting out and the first time had to be to the beach, of course! I went down to visit my friend Karen of The Essential Beachcomber. She always knows my soul and she kept me busy shelling, shopping, and eating. You may have seen this pic she put on her blog…

Well, here we are enjoying a day doing what we do best — shelling (me) and shark's tooth hunting (Karen). Don't you love that mermaid in front of Margaret Albritton's gallery? (Loui, she made me think of you!!!)

Karen even lent me her kayak for a solo ride. Boy, it felt good to be on the sea…

The following week I took off with my gal pal Deb to Ribfest 2011 at Vinoy Park in St. Pete. The only thing better than the fallin' off the bone ribs, was the entertainment. The last time I saw these guys in concert was 1978!!!!!!

I have to include this short video of Tommy, just to show you he is as HOT as ever…

This is not to exclude Lawrence, who still makes my heart go pitter patter…sigh and James, you ROCK. I love these guys and it was great to see Chuck performing with them. The "new" guys Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips were fab and if you see STYX coming to your town, get down and get tickets!!!!!

Then to just make November even better, I went to my friends Jane's of Artfully Graced for another Art at Home Show. I haven't made anything new, but I took what I had and went to spend the day with friends. Between Jane's paintings, Becky's quilting and Catherine's cupcakes and just being with good friends, you couldn't ask for a more wonderful day!

So that's it, that's what's been going on around The Hut. I miss you terribly and I don't know how often I will be posting, but bet your bottom dollar I'll be out seein' what's new with you!

Oh, I have one last Beatle tune for you before I go:

Shebelle loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
Shebelle loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
Shebelle loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

29 Thoughtful Comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I am SO happy to see you back! Good friends, like the ones you mentioned, are forever friends and always have your back. Now, as far as STYX goes... I am going to make you jealous! They originated from Chicago and they played at my Junior Prom in high school - I still have the program from prom showing their name. They were awesome!!!

Loui♥ said...

oh Shelle!!
what a fantastic post..!
the first thing blog see is you!!
makes my heart do flip flops just knowing you are coming back to us after the much needed sojourn..
secondly, you've been deeply wounded, but through music and prayers from friends, YOU are back..
set your pace,,
know in your heart that WE, your mer-sisters, blog buddies, US collectively and individually..WE are all here pulling for you, cheering for you!!
never a day passed without thoughts and prayers for you..
the good Lord knew when would be exactly the RIGHT time for you to reemerge from your healing Chrysalis Cloak..
and here you are right on cue..
flexing the beautiful wings of your soul..
reaching out and touching us in your very own special way....
warmest hugs,
tear stained laughing smiles..
love you

Loui♥ said...

ps.. excuse the typos/goofs etc.
it is just the joy in my heart over riding my typing fingers..
love ya!

CrazyCris said...

Oh Rhonda it's SO good to see you dipping your toes back into the waters of the blogosphere! WONDERFUL!!! (and that Shellbelle sighting photo is hilarious!)

You were much missed and it does wonders to the soul to see you coming back while still mending your heart. Many hugs and keep at it!

Welcome back! :o)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This makes my day to see you blogging again. I have missed you but knew you needed this time. You have given me my fist Christmas present...this post! hugs to you, Linda

Blondie's Journal said...

I am so happy to see you post, Rhonda. I didn't read about your sister and I am so incredibly sorry. It's good to see you back on your feet and seeing the sun again. I am sure your blogger friends played a big part in helping you do that. It's a wonderful sisterhood.

I have never seen Styx although they are from Chicago. I would love's nice that they are still around!

I'm glad you're out shelling again. Are you still selling your creations?

Wishing you more good days!


Kaybe said...

Dear Prudence/RHONDA let me see you smile
Dear Prudence/RHONDA like a little child
The clouds will be a daisy chain
So let me see you smile again
Dear Prudence/RHONDA won't you let me see you smile?

Dear Prudence/RHONDA, won't you come out to play
Dear Prudence/RHONDA, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful and so are you
Dear Prudence/RHONDA won't you come out to play
(Beatles "Dear Prudence")

Welcome back & about time! xxoo

Anonymous said...

It is wonderful to see you back. I can only imagine how tough the past few months have been for you and your family, but any of us readers can see how strong you are. Of course there are days were you won't feel so strong and for those days, it is my firm belief, that that is why Ben and Jerry's exists. Sending warm happy thoughts your way.

Lori E said...

You sound good Shelle. That is something your sister would be happy about.
Welcome back.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I was never so happy to see a post come up in my favorites list! I haven't even read it all yet! I just had to say how much I've missed you and how happy I am to have a 'sighting'! We are here in Florida enjoying the sunshine! I just got back from a musical concert...all of the old Christmas carols that make you happy! Welcome back, my friend! ♥♥♥

Leo said...

Shellebelle - welcome back to the blogging world. I have missed you and your fabulous posts...but I kept up to date from The Essential Beachcomber. So glad that you are back in the mix. Happy Holidays to you! XOXO

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Rhonda,
I am so glad to see your back..missed you so!
I can only imagine how difficult the past few months have been for you. I have thought and prayed for you my dear friend.
Great seashelling pics as always, that must be good for the soul!
big Hugs,

Della said...

So glad to see you back! You have been missed by many! I am so looking forward to your posts...they are always so special, and interesting.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Welcome back! I've missed you and thought of you many times. I personally understand and know how you needed this time as well. Life changes so fast! I'm glad you are seeing the sun again. I am even more pleased to hear you have had some wonderful friends to walk along side you and to gently encourage you to stay with us. You have always been and will always be an enjoyable blog to visit!

jmac said...

Can it be??? Is she back among us?? Well, slap my ass and call me carlisle........SHELLBELLE IS BACK!!!! WOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!! You have been missed girlfriend and so many times, when I see something that reminds me of you, I would just smile...send a really tight virtual hug your way and know that when the time was'd be back. We verah verah happy bloggers today, knowing that our crazyassbadass SB is back!!!!!!!

Jane said...

Good Day Sunshine!
Good Day Sunshine!
Good Day Sunshine....
I need to laugh, and when the sun is out
I've got something I can laugh about,
I feel good, in a special way.
I'm in love and it's a sunny day.

So very glad to see you here again. Your blog sisters has truly missed you. I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked about your well-being. Having you here in Nov was wonderful!!!

We need to get together again real soon!

RottenMom said...

And there you are.
I've missed you so much.

Sue said...

It is just so great to see you back! I know it is hard and there will be days when you just don't care about blogging at all...but, I will tell you that when you start reading other blogs it does sort of "take you away" for a while. It looks like you have had some fun. I love the Styx songs. We have Foreigner coming here soon. I am sitting here watching it snow. It isn't sticking yet, but coming down pretty was 60 on Saturday. Gotta love Illinois!

Completely Coastal said...

I missed that post on Karen's blog. So good to see you enjoying shelling, the beach..., being on the water!

michelle said...

It is so good to see you again!!!!! I am so glad that you were able to take the time you needed, it is so important to do so. It looks like you were in good hands and good places. I love Styx and was just listening to "Come Sail Away" the other day. :)
Hugs to you!!!

rjerdee said...

Glaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad to see you back, Rhonda!!!! I missed my chance for personal contact with you at Jane's Art At Home Show but we were busy with the Pied Piper...renovating our bathroom. Maybe see you sometime this winter?

Just Us said...

ahhhhh once again all is right with the world. welcome back my friend.
Love to you,

BeachGypsy said...

Gosh----I have missed you!!
so glad to see you again!

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Welcome back sweetie, my heart and prayers go out to you but it's soooo good to see ya again!

'Just my kinda post...Beatles songs and all!!! Woohoo!!!

Soak in all that 'sunshine' ya can...we have snow here. UCK!

God bless ya sweetie and have a beautiful day!!! :o)

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Dear Rhonda
Welcome back.. we all missed you so much and thought of you often.. if only I thought of you on the way to the post office.. maybe tomorrow!!

Love all these beatles songs... some of my favourites.. I think the simplicity of their words are what make them special and hit home...

So a big thanks to Karen and friends for keeping your spirits up.. just wish I could be closer...

Take care and hope this weekend sees you off to the beach again.. ciao ciao xxx Julie

Suwannee Refugee said...

Glad to see you're back. Looking forward to new posts about your world!

Moira said...

I, too, am so happy to see that you are back! You have been in my prayers...
Wow - STYX!!! I worked security when they came to WIU when I was there! Not as kool as Kim but almost!
Anyway - glad to see you are back. I always think of you when I look at the frame I purchased from you!!

Seaside Style said...


So glad to have you back. You have been missed! You have been in my thoughts. Happy Holidays! xo


Regina said...

Beautiful post.
★ Merry Christmas!★

Warm regards.
★ Regina

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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