Monday, May 22, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 746

Mutterings for the week of May 22nd. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Corner ::  cabinet  (My grandmother had two in her dining room, and they held all sorts of fascinating and off-limits baubles, trinkets, and goodies.)
  2. Establish ::  start, begin, originate, found
  3. Cartoonish ::  caricature, unreal
  4. Request ::  denied  (I guess I'm more pessimist than optimist.)
  5. Disappointing ::  today's weather  (It's rainy, gray, depressing. I need my sun.)
  6. Recluse ::  me  (Well, not yet. But I've got the recluse gene, and I'm getting closer and closer.)
  7. Anti- ::  negative, against, opposition
  8. Jeans ::  Levis, denim, uniform
  9. Ridiculous ::  ludicrous, silly, pointless (Most of modern life could fit here. Yeah, I did say I'm a pessimist.)
  10. Soul ::  Kia (Preferably in "Alien Green.")
So Cute!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Weekly Ramblings

Some odds and ends from this past week, in no particular order.

🌼 All of a sudden (well, in the last couple of months to be exact) I'm finding it hard or impossible to find a bunch of my long-time favorite products. Don't you hate it when that happens? The manufacturers have either discontinued them or "improved" them or just aren't marketing them right now — pushing new products they want to get going. Can't find the makeup, lip balm, hand soap, hand lotion, body wash, or hair-set gel that I've used for years. They've disappeared from the store shelves, and I can't even find them on Amazon or eBay. I'm very loyal when I find a product I like, and also very picky about some products (especially the ones that go on my body!) — so I tend to buy those same things over and over. Of course I've had favorite products discontinued before, but never so many all at once.

🌼 Been having problems with my shoulder all week. Think I pulled a muscle (or three) when I was working out last weekend. Started my weight training exercises without doing the usual warmup routine, and now I'm paying the price for trying to speed things up. It's my right shoulder, and the soreness makes it very difficult to do anything with my right arm or hand. Unfortunately, I'm very right-handed. It's getting better very slowly, but I'm having to take Ibuprofen for the pain and inflammation — which I don't really like to do.

🌼 Got my hair cut short, in a sort of flapper bob. Hadn't intended to have the hair done this week, but since I can't really hold a blow dryer right now, figured it was better to go have someone else wash and dry it for me. And the shorter length is a lot easier to manage. My selfie technique leaves something to be desired, I know. This shot makes me realize how much I do look like my Aunt Linnie, at times.

🌼 Dropped by the local farmers' market after the haircut. They're only open one afternoon a week, and we've been stopping in for the last few weeks to stock up on "Fredericksburg peaches." The quote marks are because these early peaches are actually grown in Pleasanton, apparently. Well, wherever they come from, they're delish.

🌼 I am having so much fun, following the continuing escapades of our hapless new Chief Exec. Generally, I try to keep politics away from this blog, so I haven't said much about the T.Rump and his minions. And I don't intend to say much now, except that they sure are a hoot to watch. Of course, they'd be even more fun if they weren't so darn scary! But even though I voted for her, I have to admit Hillary definitely would not have been this entertaining.

🌼 The Spurs are not doing well in the playoffs. 😞 Looks like this will not be their year to go all the way. M is very disappointed, but is assuaging his disappointment by playing with his model train display. He has added tiny lights to the platform, and they do look very realistic.

So now his tiny people don't have to stand around in the absolute darkness while waiting to board.

Shadow Shot Sunday: Creepy Crawly in the Shadows

I was out looking for shadows recently, and found this small tarantula lurking in the leafy shadows on the side of the house.

Here's a close-up view (sorry it's a little grainy). Even though he wasn't very big and he (or she?) was way up near the roof, I definitely kept my distance.

Happy Sunday, everyone! And have a wonderful week. And watch out for spiders!

Sunday Stealing: The Q & A Questions

What's this all about? All types of questions stolen from every corner of the blogosphere. (Go HERE to find out more.) This week we have The Q & A Questions.
  1. where is your significant other?
    At the moment he's in the garage, playing with his trains.
  2. your favorite thing?
    Well, if you'd said favorite person, I'd have said the significant other. But favorite thing? I'd have to give that a lot of thought. Hmmm? Maybe my computer?
  3. your dream last night?
    Don't remember the one from last night. I generally dream a lot when I'm anxious. Lately I've been relatively unstressed, so not very memorable dreams.
  4. your goal?
    I'm not really a goal setter. Maybe when I was younger.
  5. your hobby?
    I have many hobbies. Blogging is the biggest time waster.
  6. where do you want to be in 6 years?
    In the land of the living.
  7. where were you last night?
    Here at home.
  8. what you're not?
  9. one of your wish list items?
    Well, I used to say "world peace" when I got this question. But I've become more realistic with age. Now I'll just say another trip to Hawaii. Please.
  10. your pet?
    At present we are pet-less. Or pet-free, depending on how you look at it.
  11. missing someone?
    I miss my mother everyday. She passed away in 2001. I miss a lot of other people too, family and friends all over the country.
  12. your car?
    A six-year-old Ford Escape. Great car.
  13. something you're not wearing?
  14. love someone?
  15. when is the last time you laughed?
    Just a few minutes ago, at something on TV. I laugh a lot.
  16. last time you cried?
    I honestly don't remember. I don't do a lot of crying.
  17. favorite past time?
    We could get into a real grammar brouhaha over this one. But we won't. If we're talking hobbies, I don't really have a favorite. Love to read. Love to play with my toys. Mostly just love to waste time. If we're talking times in the past — I've always been fascinated by the early 20th Century.
  18. are you a hater or a lover?
    A little of both. Not completely either one.
  19. any vices?
    Are you kidding? Too many to even think of listing here.
  20. favorite questions blog other than Sunday Stealing?
    I've been doing the Unconscious Mutterings meme for several years now (not as faithful as I should be). And lately I've discovered a couple of others I'm enjoying: Friday 5 and Saturday 9. I'm not really good about keeping up with such things, though.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday 9: Him or Me?

The Saturday 9 ("Just a silly meme on a Saturday!") is hosted by Sam Winters. Nine questions posted every Saturday — sometimes random, sometimes with a theme. This week, the theme is...

Him or Me? by Paul Revere and the Raiders

If you're not familiar with the song, you can listen to it HERE.

Don't think I've ever heard this song before. Which is surprising since I was sort of a Paul Revere and the Raiders fan back in the day. They were cute and wore those spectacularly silly outfits. And their music was great to dance to. And they wore such tight pants....

OK, moving on.

1. In this song, a man pleads with his girlfriend to make up her mind. Do you consider yourself decisive?
Definitely. Sometimes. Well, yes and no. You know, I'll have to get back to ya on this one.

Since this song is all about either/or, we're using that as our theme this Saturday ...

2. Choose a condiment: Catsup or mustard?  Mustard.

3. Choose a sci-fi series: Star Wars or Star Trek?  Star Trek (I'm a Trekkie. I haven't even seen all the Star Wars movies. But I've seen all the original Star Trek episodes thousands of times.)

4. Choose your spy: James Bond or Jason Bourne?  Bond (although I truly love the Bourne films).

5. Choose your winter sport: Football or hockey? Football (to watch — never really played either of them).

6. Choose your breakfast: Pancakes or waffles?  Love them both, but I'd probably choose waffles as long as we're not talkin' frozen.

7. Choose your side: French fries or potato chips? Potato chips (although I don't really eat either of them anymore).

8. Choose your chore: Washing dishes or doing laundry? You're kidding, right?

9. Choose your nextdoor neighbors: Munsters or Addams Family? Hmmm. This is tough since I never watched either TV show. But I like John Astin (Gomez in the series) and Raul Julia and Tim Curry (Gomez in the movies), so Addams!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday 5 for May 19: Malfunction Junction

...Time for another Friday 5. This week the theme is Malfunction Junction, all about things going wrong.
  1. When have you had a wardrobe malfunction?
    I am female and over 65. I have had many, many (many, many, many, MANY) wardrobe malfunctions down through the ages. In real life, and on stage (I used to do a bit of amateur theater stuff). Once I lost an item of underwear during a big scene in a school production. (Yeah, I know — one of those theater myths, but it does happen sometimes.) I was not center stage, and was able to step over said item, kick it under a sofa, and go on with the show. No one laughed, so I'm assuming no one noticed. If you were there, and did notice, please don't tell me about it.
  2. When did you last have a problem with your alarm clock?
    I have a problem with my alarm clock everyday — the darn thing keeps going off right on time! Seriously, I can't remember any problems. Both M and I are pretty OCD-ish, and if we really need to wake up at a certain time for any reason, we usually have more than one alarm set. Also, M has a weird built-in alarm system and hardly ever oversleeps.
  3. What was most recent computer problem, and what was the fix?
    We recently bought a new iMac. The old one had started behaving oddly and some things just didn't work on it anymore. So I guess the problem was obsolescence and the "fix" was BUY NEW.
  4. What’s something about cars you know specifically because you had to have one repaired?
    OK, I don't know anything "specifically" about cars. Well, not really true — I know how to get in, adjust the seat and mirrors, turn the key in the little key slot, and get on the road. But repairs? Hmmm. The car we have right now is pretty dependable and the only repair work it's required has been caused by other drivers running into us. But some cars we've had in the past have needed a lot more work to keep them going. When we were young marrieds, several eons ago, we had an MG Midget which M worked on all the time. All. The. Time.

    But he seemed to enjoy that. And it was such a cute car, and so much fun to drive and ride around in (and we were young and stupid), we were able to ignore all the trouble. Well, until I had to start helping with the repair work. After I spent several evenings assisting in a brake job that just wouldn't take, the cute car got traded in pretty fast. (Hello, Plymouth Volare!) Not sure if I learned anything specifically about cars from that, though. Maybe just that I wasn't meant to be a mechanic.
  5. Have you had any brain malfunctions this week?
    Hmmm. No more than usual, I guess. Had a dental appointment that I remembered to go to. That's encouraging, right? I've had some physical malfunctions this week, but the brain still seems to be working OK. Thanks for asking.


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