Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hey, did I tell you that today is our anniversary day?

Hey, did I tell you that today is our anniversary day?

To Have and To Hold From This Day Forward
Today Joyce and I are celebrating 20 years of marriage. I could write my usual post or FB update on how amazing she is and how undeserving I am and how I'm glad we get to go on this journey together and that I hope we get 20 more years on this journey. I believe in those things and can easily say them and mean them. Though as smoke rises and ashes to ashes I am alone, still asking but why?

For Better, For Worse
In a bigger sense, 20 years later we would have had only each other to have and each other to hold. There is no one else and we loved that. We were still each other's best friend. What we started in only having and holding each other continued. We were always looking forward to more days, weeks, months, years and decades of only holding one another.
In the last 5 years, we didn't just get the pleasure of having and holding each other as this was a blessing. There was little else in this life given to us by GOD for us to cling to and yet WE still had each other.

For Richer, For Poorer
We've had remarkable "better" times. I know a lot of married people who seem to Love each other very much. Good on them. I can't think of anyone who has more fun being married than me and Joyce. It's was a trip. The "better" times were just grand, for when the bills were paid and the basement isn't flooding and the kids are getting good grades and there is not any major teenage or adult like rebellion. When times are good, we sung together and enjoy each other's company. We forgive each other quickly and enjoy each other’s idiosyncrasies. We made time to hang out and talk, to get alone and to also spend time around others. But anyone can endure the better times for what came next made the worse times now seem even better. Especially during the last 5 of our 30-23-20 years the "worse" times were pretty bad. Some things we've been through are still too painful to describe in a post like this, so I won't.

In Sickness and Health
Of course we had times of health and times of "sickness." What we learned along the way is that we got to endure it together and help each other in the sick times. I've told Joyce many times, that as odd as it seems I have found these times of her greatest fear and deepest sickness, namely right before she went home to be of great growth for me. She was helpless and needy and I got to serve her. I learned to take care of all of our household duties except money which to the end she handled that. From Joyce I learned to have someone lean hard on me in times of incredible need and I enjoyed being there for her. I also learned to lean hard on GOD because I was forced to live beyond my means...which is what I should have been doing all along.

To Love and To Cherish
We thanked GOD for those years of Racy Love and the millions of Kisses and endless hours of playful teasing. That's a part of our Love for and cherishing of each other. We thank GOD for the years of settling in to a deep and abiding Love through huge mistakes, hurtful arguments, angry comments, at times putting off forgiving each other, apathetic stretches, and lulls between moments of forgiveness and kissing each other like we really meant it and like we both didn’t have anything better to do.

Until Death Do Us Part
We had 20 years together that have gone by in a blink of an eye. Again I will tell you of how we traveled life’s roads and have been there, done that, made it through moments of pee your pants giggles, struggle and strife. Yet my life on this earth was made better with Joyce and now I have to live another day and night alone. I struggle to not join my ashes with hers as without her, I am sorry but for me now this is not life…
Hey, did I tell you that today is our anniversary day?

Written by Sir Richard –
For his Lady Joyce.

PHOTO: by Sir Richard
K.D Lang - Constant Craving
Shantell Ogden - Ghosts in the Field
George Canyon - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


My new friend, who from an early age worked hard as a rising UK Country artist, Jeannine Barry knew music was in her soul and that her destiny was to be a performer entertaining audiences the world over.

With an array of Nashville’s top musicians on hand to support and guide her, Jeannine went into the studio during April 2015 and the songs from these sessions were released on her new EP ‘Off The Hook’ in July 2015. The freedom and confidence Jeannine now possesses is evident throughout ‘Off The Hook’ as it brings together a number of different styles to provide her audience with the clearest indication yet that Jeannine is a country star on the rise.

In Jeannine’s own words ‘I want to do what I know I came here for and I want inspire and touch others with my music, make a positive difference in this world and give others a sense of hope. Music has always been what has kept me going and if I can do that for anyone then I'm happy.'
Jeannine Barry has a unique sound with honest lyrics that mix country and pop which appeals to a wide variety of music lovers.
Jeannine Barry - "All Night" released on her EP ‘Off The Hook’
Posted by Richard…

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Ghosts in the Field by Shantell Ogden

“Ghosts in the Field” by Shantell Ogden
I wanted to share a little bit about my background, and how I got started in music...
I grew up on a farm in a small town in rural Utah called Richfield. You can tell even then I was a little stubborn and a spitfire! 

Riding horses and competing in rodeo was my passion growing up (by the way the goat wasn't harmed in this photo). 
Although I was always a writer and music lover, I didn't start writing and performing my own songs until around 2000. This is from a CD release show in 2003 when I was living in Atlanta.
So there you have it...

Shantell Ogden

Posted by Richard Abbenbroek...


This 1837 Nepalese Brunswick Sword Bayonet my Good Sister found for me!
Made for the .704 caliber Brunswick Rifle was Britain's first percussion rifle, replacing the Baker flintlock rifle. Originally designed with two-groove rifling that required a special round ball with a raised "belt." The Brunswick rifle entered production in Britain in 1836. The Nepalese Brunswick rifles and bayonets likely date from the mid-19th Century 1840–1860. The bayonet is crudely modeled on the Pattern 1801 Baker Sword Bayonet. Several hilt styles are encountered, including a steel-hilted variant.
Like the other Nepalese bayonets in the collection, it came from the 43-ton cache of weaponry recently removed from the Royal Nepalese Armory, Lagan Silekhana, in 2003. In Kathmandu, the Armory housed more than 50,000 firearms; over 150 ancient bronze cannon; tens of thousands of bayonets; and all manner of tools and accessories. My friends went on a mission trip last year to Nepal, I should have gone with them as a baggage boy! Great Sister I have also eh?
Treasure Is Where You Find It...
by Sir Richard the BayoHunter…

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


I am shaken yet my constant craving is for evermore.
For you I await the opening for me, of that door.
Protecting you from death I tried, I tried.
Yet no matter what I did my Love, you still died…

Scared you ran to my arms where you did hide.
Protected you from; that beater, the abuser.
Who would have killed you all, but instead suicide…
Then as if that was not enough, Evil tried to take
You; but I was by your side not letting you slide.

Into the abyss, the end for all lost souls.
Inch by inch, we helped each other up above.
Minute by precious minute the gift of our LOVE.
From GOD, as we had each other too console…

Again I am shaken; my constant craving for you is evermore.
Each day for you I await the opening for me, of that door.
Sorry I failed protecting you from your death I cried, I cried.
Yet no matter what I did my Love, you still died.
Now my constant craving for you is always evermore…

Written for my Lady Joyce by
Her Sir Richard.

Monday, July 4, 2016


There is a Coyote howling somewhere outside my window
now, for the last seven nights in a row.
Lady Joyce is coming for me, for this is how I know…
Like a Prairie Wild Fire fast, going where ever the wind blows.

Like a Prairie Wild Fire.
Coming; she's coming for me and going where ever the wind blows.
JESUS will be also waiting, as it is my time to leave this broken world behind.
Once in heaven; GOD will remove all of our tears and memories of these hard times, out of our minds…

Like a Prairie Wild Fire
John said, “I baptize you with water for repentance.
But after me comes One who is more powerful than I,
Whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.
He will Baptize you with the HOLY SPIRIT and Fire.”

Lady Joyce is coming for me, yes now I know…
Like a Prairie Wild Fire fast and going where ever the wind blows.
Lady Joyce told me in a dream three nights after she past that she would.
So if you are wondering, this is how I know.
When it’s my time, Like a Prairie Wild Fire I will go...

Written: by Sir Richard
A knight in thee service of thy, LORD JESUS CHRIST
Photos: taken or from Sir Richards collection.

Music by:
Richard Harrow - Jerry Potts A Long Time Laying Down
Cœur de pirate - The Way Back Home
The Jeff Healey Band Cover – Angel
K.D Lang - Constant Craving
Isla St. Clair - Flowers of the Forest

Friday, July 1, 2016




This is a revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, cover by
Canadian Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.
“God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.”

Dieu garde notre terre glorieuse et libre!
O Canada, nous nous tenons sur nos gardes pour toi

With Love from,
Sir Richard Abbenbroek…