Carpe Diem Y’all by Michele Bernard

Writer, Texan, Semi-interested Sports Fan

Carpe Spookem Y’all

370711782.jpg From ghoulish and ghosties and long leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! – – – Scottish saying


October 31, 2007 Posted by | Autumn, Best Lines, Michele's Musings | Leave a comment

Happy Monday

You will never find time for anything.  If you want time you must make it.  ~Charles Buxton

Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele

October 30, 2007 Posted by | Best Lines, Carpe Diem Quotes, Inspiration, Writerly Stuff, Writers, Writing | Leave a comment

A Peanuts and Cracker Jacks Kind of Day

ball_field.jpg Bittersweet October.  The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.  ~Carol Bishop Hipps, “October,” In a Southern Garden, 1995

I squeeze hard, breaking the seam of the hard outer shell housing salty goodness within.  Shell flutters to the ground, and piles up around my feet as I pop roasted peanut into my mouth.  October breeze ruffles loose strands of hair escaped from my pony-tail. I brush my hair back and consider the day.  Bright, sunny, blue, and breezy.  Cool.  I love this day.

As I squeeze another peanut,  I look around.  Families grouped in twos and threes surround my family and me.  My father and mother sit in front of me.  My husband to the side.  We all face forward and watch as high school aged boys in dusty white pants and school colors throw the ball, hit the ball and run bases, honing their skills while entertaining those of us who spectate.

The stands we sit on are hard, wooden, weathered, sturdy.  The word historical comes to mind, as well it should.  The baseball park we enjoy this day is 94 years old, only one of two Class A Minor League parks of its kind and age in the nation.  Willie Mays played here.  Johnny Bench played here.  My dad played here. 

Today, my son plays here.  My dad smiles.  Big.  So do I. 

My husband turns to me, revealing a new treat:  Cracker Jacks in one hand, Double Bubble bubble gum in the other.  Within minutes we compare Cracker Jack prizes as we work to see who can blow the biggest bubble.  Cool.  I love this day.

Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele 

 © Michele Bernard 2007

October 23, 2007 Posted by | Autumn, baseball, Best Lines, Family, Heart, Inspiration, Inspirational, Just Wow, Michele's Musings, Motherhood, Notes from the Cheap Seats, Parenting, Sports Stuff | 5 Comments

Crank Dat Soulja Boy

While my husband and I are learning to salsa, our kids are doing this:

And they’re not the only ones.  So are


and Barney:

and the Texas Longhorns:

and even Dora the Explorer:

And now, thanks to these folks, you can crank dat soulja boy too:

Carpe Dance’m Y’all, Michele:)

October 16, 2007 Posted by | Dance, Humor, Just Wow, Michele's Musings, Music | 1 Comment

What Happens in Anti-Vegas Stays in Anti-Vegas

Nelson, Branson and Andy Williams

To celebrate my 45th and my son’s 21st, the family loaded up and headed for the mountains.  We stayed here.  We had a fabulous view.  And finding things to do to satisfy ages 14 to 45, not a problem.  We saw a show on Saturday, and another on Sunday, we played miniture golf, road go-carts and bumper boats and we paid homage to the world’s largest ball of string.  This mini-vacation will be remembered as the one where we laughed alot.  Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele     

October 11, 2007 Posted by | Family, Golf, Heart, Her Royal Nerdiness, Michele's Musings, Theater, Travel | Leave a comment