Friday, June 8, 2018

Saturday 9: No Gettin' Over Me


The Saturday 9  meme is hosted by Sam Winters. Nine questions posted every Saturday — sometimes random, sometimes with a theme. This week, the theme is...


"(There's) No Gettin' Over Me"
by Ronnie Milsap (1981)



1. Ronnie Milsap sings about how worrisome it can be when you realize you forgot to pay a bill. It's happened to all of us, hasn't it? Tell about a time you accidentally missed a payment.
I'm sure that's happened to me at some point, but I really can't remember the occasion. (I've probably blocked out the unpleasant memory.) Both the hubby and I are really too obsessive to forget about things like that. We've been paying most of our bills with automatic payments for quite a while now, just so we won't miss any. I can, however, remember back when we used to mail our bill payments every month, and once or twice I put checks in the wrong envelopes and sent them out. And that was way before I was old enough for "senior moments."
2. He also references a dream that keeps him awake. Do you have any recurring dreams?
I have several. None that keep me awake, though. Mostly connected with my former workplace — not exactly nightmares, but usually not very pleasant either. I also have these panic-attack dreams where I'm out somewhere trying to get home, and realize I've come out without my purse or keys or phone. When I was a child, I used to have a recurring dream about being locked up in a garage. (Good morning, Dr. Freud.)
3. He sings about the face you see in the crowd. Tell us about someone you see regularly, but don't really know.
Hmmm. That's a tough one. Well, we have nearby neighbors that I see now and then (maybe not "regularly") that I don't really know. Actually, now that I think about it, I don't even know their names.
4. He mentions the book that you just can't put down. What's the last book that you finished?
Pale Horse, Pale Rider: Three Short Novels, by Katherine Anne Porter. Read it last month. Haven't finished anything this month.
5. Ronnie Milsap is a big fan of new technology, and believes the advancements make both his professional and personal lives easier. What about you? Do you embrace new technology? Or do you long for the good old days, when we weren't so connected to personal devices?
Yes, to both those questions. As George Carlin used to say, I'm new wave but I'm old school.
6. As a child, Ronnie used to surreptitiously listen to late night radio, especially gospel broadcasts. When you were a kid, what rule did you break again and again?
"Don't tease your cousin." That was a rule I just couldn't resist breaking. (My cousin MLB will know what I'm talking about. And I hope she doesn't hold a grudge.)
7. Country star Blake Shelton says Ronnie Milsap was a big influence on his music. Do you watch Blake on The Voice?
I have absolutely no idea who Blake Shelton is and I've never watched The Voice. Actually, I've only heard one or two songs by Ronnie Milsap, and had never heard this one before today. 
8. In May, Ronnie appeared at the Choctaw Casino in Grant, OK. Do you enjoy games of chance?
I'm not a gambler. Games of chance make me nervous. And just getting through an average day is enough of a crap shoot.
9. Random question — When did you last "do it yourself" and repair something around the house or yard?
I happen to be married to a great repair man who loves fixing things around the house. So I don't really get a chance to DIY anything much. And I'm fine with that.

Happy Saturday, everyone!
And have a great weekend.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Sunday Stealing: From The Friday Five



Time for a little Sunday Stealing (hosted by Bev Sykes)  -- questions stolen from all over the blogosphere. This week's list was stolen from Friday Five.

1. Is there a smell that will immediately sicken you?
We have some millipedes around here that give off a terrible odor, as a defense when they're threatened. It is absolutely the worst smell I have ever experienced (and I used to work in Washington DC!). And the really maddening thing is that my husband has never been able to smell it at all.
2. When you want quiet, where do you go?
The bathroom. (Actually, our house is usually pretty quiet.)
3. Do you need/prefer total darkness when you sleep?
I can't really sleep in a totally dark room — I like to be able to see the walls at least a little or I feel like they're closing in on me. Yeah, I'm just a bit claustrophobic.  
4. What is your least favorite taste?
Hmmm. Hard to think of a least favorite. I guess I don't like things that are extremely tart or sour. But then, I do like the taste of limes. And pickles. So....?
5. How heavily do you rely upon your sense of touch?
At first, I was tempted to say "not a lot." But here I am typing on a keypad and using a touch pad on my laptop. So I guess I rely on my sense of touch quite a lot. And as my eyesight gets worse and worse, I'll probably be relying on it even more.
6. Do you mostly prepare your meals at home or do you eat out more?
Mostly at home. We don't eat out nearly as much as we used to. Unfortunately, I'm a terrible cook. But my husband is a pretty good cook and hasn't seemed to mind taking on more kitchen duties over the years. Actually, he probably sees it as self preservation. 
7. Is there a time of day when you are more likely to buy food already prepared?
Like takeout? Probably for dinner more often than lunch. 
8. What is your average weekly grocery bill (for how many people)? What is your total restaurant/fast food bill for an average week?
That's not really something I'd want to post here on the blog, even if I knew the answer. This is probably an alarming thing to admit, but I honestly have no idea what our weekly grocery/restaurant expenditure might be. I'd have to search out receipts or credit card records and do the math. Which I'm not gonna do.
9. What is your favorite meal to prepare at home?
Spaghetti. Not that I love to prepare it, but I do love to eat it.
10. What is your favorite meal to order in a restaurant?
I guess that would depend on the restaurant, and the condition of my digestive system at the time. My favorite meal used to be steak and salad, but I've almost completely stopped eating beef these days.
11. Do you believe in fate?
Not really, although sometimes it seems very plausible. 
12. If Karma was to visit you now, would it be kind or kick you in the butt?
I'm sure I'd get that karmic butt kick.
13. Do you believe you have lived another life previous to this one?
No.
14. What do you believe in with an unshakable resolve?
Gravity.
15. What one factor influences your life the most?
Once again, it's hard to come up with just one factor. Health? Money? Weather? The government? The hubby's mood? I guess today, the one factor doing most of the influencing is our broken garage door — gotta wait around for the repair guy to get here before we can do anything else. So maybe the major influence changes from day to day.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Saturday 9: It's Impossible


The Saturday 9  meme is hosted by Sam Winters. Nine questions posted every Saturday — sometimes random, sometimes with a theme. This week, the theme is...


"It's Impossible"
by Perry Como (1970)



1. In this song, Mr. Como maintains it's impossible to ask a baby not to cry. When did you most recently hold a baby? Did you ask him or her not to cry?
I cannot actually remember when I last held a baby. It's been a long, LONG time ago. And I have no idea what I might have said to him/her.
2. Perry Como was known for his casual, easy going style. Therefore people were surprised to learn that he could lose his temper. His long-time musical director reported that bad drivers really got under Perry's skin. What is one of your pet peeves?
Well, I've gotta lotta peeves. It's sort of hard to pick out a pet amongst them. The latest thing that set me off was the cable going off just before the end of a movie I'd been watching. I really hate when that happens. But I agree with Perry about bad drivers.
3. Though Perry Como was born in Pennsylvania, he didn't speak English until he began grade school. His parents were Italian immigrants and the family only spoke Italian at home. Do you know any words/phrases in Italian?
A few, mainly related to food and drink, or music. And things I've picked up from movies about the Mafia.
4. He met Roselle, the girl he would marry, when they were both still in high school. Tell us about a high school classmate you were crazy about back in the day.
I met my husband in high school. We were in the same class and started dating in May of our senior year, just before we both graduated. I was crazy about him then and I'm still crazy about him now. Other than him, there really wasn't anyone I was "crazy about" in high school — I dated a lot of guys, but never got hung up on anyone.
5. When he was just 14, his father's ill health made it essential that Perry begin working after school to help support his family. He apprenticed to a barber but was so short, he had to stand on a box when he cut hair. Again, going back to school, were you taller than your classmates? Shorter? Or were you the average height for a kid your age?
Well, for a while I was actually a little taller than most of the kids I went to school with. But around the age of 12, I stopped growing and a lot of them passed me up. Today I'm the same height I was in 6th grade.
6. While taping his annual holiday special in 1971, he fell from a platform and broke his knee. He had to wear a cast and endure 8 months of rehab. Have you ever broken a bone?
Never had a broken bone (pardon me while I do a little knocking on wood). 
7. During the decades when he was a recording and television star, Perry Como was also an avid golfer. He was so popular that many of the best pro golfers of the day — Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, etc. — were happy to play with him. It's estimated that it takes about 4 hours to play 18 holes of golf. What celebrity would you most like to hang around with for four hours?
At my age, time is precious. And I'm not a celebrity watcher. I really can't think of a one that I'd want to spend that much of my time with.
8. After he retired, Perry's passion switched from golf to fishing in the waters near Palm Beach, Florida. His catch of the day often ended up as his family's dinner. What's for dinner at your house tonight?
Cheese ravioli with marinara sauce, and a green salad. And probably some Zantac later on.
9. Random question — They say "birds of a feather, flock together." But that's not always true. Can you think of an area where you are out of step with most of your friends/family?
Most of my friends are my friends because we "flock together" and have similar opinions about life, the universe and everything. Where family is concerned, though, I'm pretty much completely out of step with most of them, especially when it comes to politics or religion.


Happy Saturday, everyone!
And have a great weekend.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Saturday 9: Last Night a DJ Saved My Life!


The Saturday 9  is hosted by Sam Winters. Nine questions posted every Saturday — sometimes random, sometimes with a theme. This week, the theme is...


"Last Night a DJ Saved My Life!"
Indeep (1982)


I have to admit, I don't remember this song or the video. Which is odd, since I was a real MTV junkie back in the early '80s. But somehow this one got past me. I like it -- it's got a good beat and you can dance to it.

1. This song is about a girl who is heartbroken about a boy who won't take her calls. Do you screen your calls, deciding to let some go to voicemail? Or do you pick up whenever you possibly can? (We're referring to calls from people you know.)
In general, if someone I know (not a telemarketer) is calling, I pick up. We have a service on our phones now that blocks robo-callers, so we don't get that many unknowns anymore.
2. When she was feeling her lowest, she heard a song on the radio that lifted her spirits. What's the last thing you heard on the radio?
"Love For Sale" by Miles Davis.
3. This song includes the sound of squeaky wheels, indicating a sudden stop and perhaps a near-miss. Tell us about your most recent traffic mishap.
Well, driving around the Austin area, you can have a lot of near-misses. We haven't had an actual "mishap" lately, that goodness.
4. "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life!" is featured in the 2002 video game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Do you spend much time on video games?
I spend exactly 0 time on video games. Never got into that.
5. This week's featured artist, Indeep, was a trio. We've had many groups, some duos and tons of solo artists on Saturday 9, but not many trios. Can you name another popular trio?
Music trio? The first that comes to mind is Crosby Stills & Nash. But also Peter, Paul & Mary, the Kingston Trio, the Supremes, the Bee Gees, ZZ Top.... Non-musical? The Three Stooges.
6. The last time Indeep performed together was in 1997, at a New Year's Eve show in Paris for French TV. Have you celebrated a holiday in another land?
Not really. We were once in England on the 4th of July, but we didn't exactly celebrate the day (not much of a holiday in England).
7. Britain's Royal Family is in the news this weekend, with attention centered on the nuptials. The Royals made news in 1982, as well. When this song was popular, Michael Fagan gained momentary fame by breaking into Buckingham Palace. He found The Royal Bedroom, where he came face-to-face with the Queen. He reports that Queen Elizabeth sleeps in a nightie that "reached down to her knees." What did you wear to bed last night?
A nightie that reached down to my knees. It was blue.
8. In 1982, you could buy a loaf of white bread for 50¢. Today, the national average price for that loaf of bread is more than $2.50. When you go grocery shopping, do you comparison shop and make purchases at more than one store? Or do you prefer one-stop shopping?
We usually shop at more than one place, just because we're very brand-loyal and different stores have different brands. We don't really comparison shop as much as we should.
9. Random question: What's the first famous quote that comes to your mind?
"To be or not to be: that is the question."


Happy Saturday, everyone!
And have a great weekend.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday Stealing: Mary's Questions



Time for a little Sunday Stealing (hosted by Bev Sykes)  -- questions stolen from all over the blogosphere. This week's list was stolen from Blue Haired Mary.

1. If you could, where would you max out a credit card?
Well, since I do most of my shopping online now, I suppose it would most likely be Amazon. 
2. Why do you like the music you listen to?
I mostly listen to jazz — it's interesting and relaxing. Sometimes I'll listen to classical music, too; same reasons.
3. What are your favorite colors?
Turquoise, aqua, yellow. Just about any shade of green.
4. Do you collect anything?
Yes. Too many things. Though I'm really not actively collecting anymore. But at one time or another I've collected books, comic books, stamps, cat figurines, dolls, paper dolls, greeting cards, postcards, old photographs, vintage patterns and sewing supplies, Hallmark Christmas ornaments, dishware, vintage Pyrex items, and probably several others things I could think of if I sat here long enough.
5. What's your dream job?
The one I've got right now. It's called retirement.
6. Favorite cosmetics brands:
I don't think I have a favorite at the moment. I have to be very careful about cosmetics because I have a lot of allergies and my skin tends to react to chemicals. 
7. Favorite scents:
If we're talking perfume — again, allergies and asthma mean I have to be careful about wearing scent. I used to love the perfume my aunt wore (Fleurs de Rocaille by Caron), but they've changed the formula over the years and it doesn't smell the same. (Never smelled as good on me as it did on her, either.) For years I wore Arpege by Lanvin, but it smells different now, too. All these new synthetic perfumes smell pretty awful on me. Lately I've been using a little amber oil instead.
8. Favorite flavors:
Again I'm not sure I really have a favorite flavor. But I'm addicted to coffee and chocolate. So....
9. Favorite magazines:
Most of the magazines that I always thought of as favorites have either shut down or changed so much I don't recognize them anymore. But I still read The New Yorker and Vanity Fair (I'm liking VF much more since they decided to go after the Trumpster.)
10. Favorite piece of jewelry:
Except for earrings, I don't wear much jewelry. The hubby gave me a pair of diamond studs a few years back (as an anniversary gift, I believe) and those are my favorites, even though I don't wear them very often.
11. Favorite Holiday:
Halloween. Costumes, candy, scary movies on TV, no cooking required. Definitely the best.
12. Favorite season:
Summer.
13. Coffee or tea?
It would be hard to give up either one, but I'm very addicted to coffee.
14. Where would you go on vacation if you could go anywhere?
I've still got a few places on my "must see" bucket list — the Grand Canyon, Italy, Wales. Also always wanted to visit the Bahamas. And Egypt, but I'm just not that brave.
15. What kind of geek are you?
A very old one.


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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Saturday 9: Mother and Child Reunion


The Saturday 9  is hosted by Sam Winters. Nine questions posted every Saturday — sometimes random, sometimes with a theme. This week, the theme is...


"Mother and Child Reunion"
by Paul Simon (1972)

Listen to it HERE.

1. The title of this song, "Mother and Child Reunion," came from a dish Paul Simon had at a Chinese restaurant. "Mother and Child Reunion" was chicken and egg drop soup. When did you last eat chicken?
Yesterday — I had chicken noodle soup for lunch.
2. Paul Simon's mother, Belle, was an English teacher Monday through Friday and then gave piano lessons on the weekends. Have you ever worked more than one job?
Well, not officially. But I worked my way through college, which is just about the same thing as working two jobs. Come to think of it, I worked my husband's way through college too — and grad school!
3. Mother Winters taught Sam to always dispose of the dry cleaning bag, as storing clothes in the bag may discolor the fabric. Do you have any useful household hints to pass along?
I'm afraid housekeeping isn't really my strong suit, although I've certainly had a lot of experience with it over the years. My "household hint" would be hire a maid — not sure how useful that is.
4. Have you put away your winter clothes yet?
Not really. I've put covers over some of my sweaters and long-sleeved T-shirts. We have a big closet and I don't have that many clothes, so instead of "putting away" my off-season things, I usually just move them around.
5. Flowers and plants are popular on Mother's Day. How is your yard or garden? Is it green and/or blooming?
At the moment, the yard looks great and the garden is doing very well, too. The hubby gets all the credit for that. (And there's another helpful household hint: It's a good idea to marry a man who likes to do yard work.)

6. In the 1600's, the British began celebrating "Mothering Sunday." Children presented flowers to their mothers after Sunday service. When did you last place flowers in a vase? Were they store-bought, or picked from someone's garden?
It's been a while since I engaged in any sort of floral activity. I'm allergic to just about all flowers, so we don't generally have them in the house. 
7. The German word for "mother" is "mutter." What other German words do you know?
My father's family are German and my grandmother (his mother) lived with us when I was a child. She taught me lots of German words and phrases (I was her little fraulein). Then I took a year of German in college, many years ago. So, I do know a little German but not enough to hold a conversation. Traurig.
8. When Sam was a teen, her mother used to scold her for monopolizing the family landline. With the advent of cell phones, do you think parents and children still clash over telephone etiquette?
Not sure about that. But you probably don't want to get me started on telephone etiquette transgressions. We could be here all day.
9. To celebrate Mother's Day, Sam is giving away her mother's favorite, Hershey Bars! Would you prefer classic milk chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate with almonds?
Those all sound perfectly yummy and perfectly acceptable. I never turn down chocolate, so just hand over the Hershey Bar and nobody gets hurt.


Happy Saturday, everyone!
And have a great weekend.

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