Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday 9: Sgt. Pepper

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

"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
by The Beatles

...because I recommended it! Thanks so much!

1. The Beatles recorded this after they had taken a three-month hiatus from working together as a band. Do you find you're sharp after taking time off? Or does it take you a while to get back into the swing of things in your day-to-day life?
Well, I'm retired, so I suppose you could say all my time now is "time off." But I find that when we go on vacation or any other trip away from home, I do indeed need a day or two to sort of get back to normal. 
2. During those three months off, John Lennon made a movie called How I Won the War. What's the last movie you watched? Did you view it at a theater, on TV, or from a device like a computer or tablet?
The last movie I watched was The Dunwich Horror, an old Sandra Dee/Dean Stockwell screamer based (loosely, anyway) on several horror tales by H.P. Lovecraft. It was on TCM a few weeks back and I DVR'd it, then the hubby and I watched it the other night. I had seen it before many years ago and wanted to see if it was as bad as I remembered it being.... It was.
3. Paul McCartney and George Harrison both used their time off to make new and different music. Paul composed instrumentals for a movie soundtrack while George studied sitar with Ravi Shankar. Ringo Starr spent those three months with his wife and their two little boys. If you had three months to spend doing anything you wanted, and money was no object, would you try something new (like Paul and George) or just kick back and relax (like Ringo)?
Again, I'm retired. So I could take three months and do pretty much anything I wanted with them. And I'm not really a big spender, so I suppose you could say money really isn't too much of an object. As long as it doesn't require a Trump-level fortune, I can probably do whatever strikes my fancy. My fancy usually just wants to stay home.
4. Paul recalls what fun it was to dress up in Edwardian-era costumes for the album cover. When did you last attend a costume party? What did you wear?
Wow, it's been a really long time. Like decades. Back in the 1980s and '90s, we had a group of friends and colleagues who would get together from time to time to have dinner, and read plays aloud. And sometimes we'd dress up in costumes to go along with the plays. We were expected to improvise the outfits — no rentals. The last time I remember doing that, I think the play was Private Lives by Noel Coward, and we all dressed up in late 1920s/ early 1930s outfits (the play was first performed in 1930). Here's a shot of moi dressed for the occasion, complete with cigarette holder and cocktail:

5. Paul says he came up with the name "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" when Beatle friend Mal Evans told him about this great San Francisco band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. Paul hadn't heard their music yet, but he loved the sound of their six-word band name. Soon everyone would hear of Big Brother. Do you know who Big Brother's famous lead singer was?
If you're from Texas (I am) and lived in Austin during the 1960s (I did), you're most likely pretty familiar with Janis Joplin. 
6. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band appeared on the Billboard charts for 175 weeks. Is this album in your collection?
It is. I have the original vinyl version and I think I have a CD of it too. Also on the iPod. Possibly in our Sonos music library too.
7. The Beatles are among the top-selling artists of all time in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. Would you like to visit Africa?
Hmmm. I suppose it would depend on where in Africa I might be visiting. I'm not really a jungle enthusiast. Bugs. Snakes. Humidity. Big hungry animals with gigantic teeth. Quicksand. Malaria.... Bugs.
8. 50 years ago, when Sgt. Pepper was first released, the average price for gas was 33¢/gallon. When did you last fill up your gas tank? Do you remember how much it cost?
I don't pump gas. We just have the one car at the moment, and I don't really drive it a lot so I let the Hubs do the honors when it needs a fill-up. But I don't think we've filled the tank in the last week or so. Haven't used the car much this month because we've been doing a lot of redecorating work around the house and mostly staying home. I have no idea how much the last fill-up cost. 
9. Random question: Are most of your married friends happily married?
Um. As far as I know? In general, I don't delve too deeply into my friends' marital relationships. I hope they're happy. 

Happy Saturday, everyone!
And have a great weekend.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday

This is my first Willy Nilly Friday post. Hope I'm doing it right. Five random things. I love random!

1. The weather has been truly gorgeous this week. Sunny and mostly clear (although VERY hot).

2. Looks like the garden is just about finished for this season. The heat really got to the tomatoes and dill this year, and the squash never even got started. About the only thing still going strong is the basil— it's parched, but keeps right on growing. I need to make some pesto.

3. What we've been spending all our time on lately. Finally getting bookshelves in the study! Nearly floor-to-ceiling, and white, white, white!

4. And some storage units in the craft/guest room. Also new carpet in both rooms. It's taken us five years (since we first moved into this house) to get it done, but now that we've made a start it seems to be going along pretty smoothly.

5. The Rotunda, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Designed by Thomas Jefferson, begun in 1822 and completed in 1826, shortly after his death. Charlottesville has been in my thoughts a lot this week. Naturally, I guess. The university campus is so lovely, and I hate to think of any violence taking place there. This shot was taken quite a while back, during a visit in the summer of 2003. I like to believe it still looks the same.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 758

Mutterings for the week of August 14th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Broken :: ...promise; ...bone; ...heart; ...spirit
  2. Compromised :: came to an agreement; worked together (something our legislators used to do)
  3. Delayed :: postponed, put off
  4. Ligament :: tissue
  5. Dramatic :: performance
  6. Fanatic :: zealot
  7. Exotic :: dancer
  8. Weeks :: days
  9. Walk it off :: Peyton Manning (from an old TV commercial he was in)
  10. Bruised :: injured, hurt; fruit, ego

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday 9: Start Me Up

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

"Start Me Up" by The Rolling Stones

Listen to it HERE.

1. That's a goat wearing a high heel. What's on your feet as you answer these questions?
A pair of light gray terry cloth Isotoner slip-ons, size Medium.
2. More fashion: In the video for this song, Mick is wearing white pants with an elastic waistband. Are you wearing a belt as you answer these questions?
No, I am not. Oddly enough, I am wearing white pants with an elastic waistband. Obviously channeling Mick. He is skinnier.
3. In this song, Mick pleads, "Don't make a grown man cry." When is the last time you shed a tear?
Seems I answer this question a lot, or versions of it. Same answer: can't really remember the last time I cried. I don't do a lot of weeping.
4. Keith Richard has said this is a song he could play "forever and ever." What in your life doesn't get old, no matter how often you do it?
Just sitting around, chatting about this and that with the hubby. Sounds boring, I know, but it's my favorite thing.
5. While The Rolling Stones enjoy performing songs, like this one, from Tattoo You, Mick Jagger has dismissed the songs from their 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request as "rubbish." Do you have a favorite Rolling Stones song?
I love the Stones, and really it would be impossible to choose just one favorite among all their tunes. If I had to pick one? Maybe "Sympathy for the Devil"? Or "Gimme Shelter"? Or "Satisfaction"? Or "Let It Bleed"? Or "Wild Horses"? Or "You Can't Always Get What You Want"? Or ??? 
Strange that Mick would call the Satanic Majesties album rubbish — "She's a Rainbow" was always one of my favorites too, and it's from that album.
6. This recording of "Start Me Up" features a cowbell. Do you remember which Saturday Night Live host made, "More cowbell!" a catchphrase?
No. I stopped watching SNL after the early '80s. So if this was more recent, I probably wouldn't have seen it.
7. Bassist Bill Wyman once said he thought he should have been a archivist because he loved to make lists. Do you have a to-do list?
I have many lists, to-do and otherwise. Love making all kinds of lists. I've also always thought I should have been an archivist. Bill and I should get together sometime and compare lists.
8. Mick finds it hard to stand still when he sings, not only on stage but also in the studio. The engineer for this song reports that Mick would have to run across the room to get back to the microphone for his vocal. Are you more fidgety, or still?
Yes. Both. Sometimes active. Sometimes dormant. Hmmm. Does that make me sound a little too much like a volcano? Well, I do erupt sometimes.
9. Random question: Do you believe men are inherently more sensible than women?
Say WHAT????

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 757

Mutterings for the week of August 7th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Headache :: migraine (Haven't had one in a while, fortunately.)
  2. Leftover :: doggy bag 
  3. Corrupt :: politicians (Sorry if I'm stepping on any toes here.)
  4. Vent :: let off steam 
  5. Equipment :: tools 
  6. Jack :: Nicholson
  7. Business :: commerce, employment, transaction (All the boring stuff.)
  8. Joint :: getting stoned (Child of the '60s, y'know.
  9. Internship :: learning period, apprenticeship 
  10. Pain :: headache

Monday, August 7, 2017

Random Musings: Monday 8/07/2017

Thoughts for today:

● There should be a law against rain on Mondays. Storms overnight with some really vicious thunder and lightning; then, rain most of the morning. The sun peeked out later in the afternoon, but the early rain had already triggered my seasonal affective disorder blues. Mostly spent the day sitting around, hoping for better weather. And eventually, it showed up!

● Downloaded one of the Brother Cadfael books by Ellis Peters (pseudonym of Edith Mary Pargeter, 1913-1955) to my Kindle today. It's set in 1139 and that got me thinking — if I'd been born in any earlier time, I would never have lived to be this old. In fact, I probably wouldn't have survived infancy — the whooping cough I had as a baby would have killed me. So thankful for modern science!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 756

Mutterings for the week of July 31st. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Baby:: ...doll
  2. Hoops :: basketball (Go, Spurs!)
  3. Vulnerable :: at risk
  4. Literally :: really, exactly, word-for-word; sort of the opposite of virtually (though they seem to be used interchangeably these days)
  5. Relationship :: connection
  6. Best :: ...friend, ...In Show, ...Western Hotel
  7. Aggressive :: pushy, violent, unstoppable 
  8. Comfort :: Texas (a very pretty little area, northwest of San Antonio)
  9. Tunnel :: disappointing mini-series on PBS
  10. Cancer :: too scary to mutter about

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturday 9: Angel

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

"Angel" by Sarah McLachlan

Listen to it HERE.

1. Sarah McLachlan wrote this song about someone she barely knew. She read the obit of Jonathan Melvoin, keyboard player for the Smashing Pumpkins, who died of a heroin overdose. What's the most recent news story that touched you deeply?
Well, first of all, I'm very sorry to hear about Jonathan Melvoin, even though I had never heard of him before and don't really know anything about Smashing Pumpkins. And honestly, aside from political news, I don't actually pay a great deal of attention to all the current event stories going around. But the story of Charlie Gard, the English infant on life support, was one that caught my attention recently. Very sad. 
2. Ms. McLachlan performed this in tribute to Linda McCartney at the 1999 Concert for Linda. She was expressing her hope that, in death, Linda found relief and peace after a long and painful battle with cancer. What do you think happens to us when we die?
Wow. Well, I'm not religious, so I don't really believe in any sort of afterlife heaven or hell. I do, however, believe that energies can somehow linger on. OK, folks — I'll just go on and admit it — I've seen ghosts. And that's hard to square with the "no afterlife" theory. Guess I should just say "Not sure" and leave it at that.
3. Daytime dramas General Hospital and As the World Turns used this song on-air after a major character died. Do you follow any "soap operas?"
Just the ongoing Trump Family Saga — does that count? Seriously, I didn't even know there were any soaps left. Thought they'd been replaced by talk and game shows. For a while back in the '70s I watched All My Children pretty seriously, but never followed any of the others. But I'm old enough to remember the ones my mother used to listen to on radio — The Guiding Light, One Man's Family, Our Gal Sunday, Lorenzo Jones, Backstage Wife, Young Widder Brown.
4. In 2007, Sarah donated her recording of this song to the ASPCA. Do you have a pet? If yes, how did you get it (shelter, pet store, etc.)?
No pets at the moment. When I was a child, I had a parakeet that flew into our yard one day, and got captured by my father. We named him Tweety because he told us that was his name (yes, he really could talk). He used to imitate my mother calling my name in the mornings to wake me up. Also had a wonderful toy fox terrier given to me by a neighbor of my grandparents. And the hubby and I used to have cats that came from a grad school friend who had taken in a mamma cat with a bunch of kittens. 
5. She admits she can't watch those ASPCA commercials, where her recording of "Angel" plays over sad photos of animals. Is there a TV commercial that really gets to you (in either a good or a bad way)?
Yes, those ASPCA commercials. I feel the same way — just can't watch 'em, even though I'm an animal lover and an ASPCA supporter. I switch channels, or mute the sound, or leave the room when one comes on. Aside from that, there are many, many, many TV commercials that "get to" me — usually in a bad way. I do like funny commercials, though. Here in central Texas, we have a supermarket chain (HEB Stores) that makes commercials featuring players from the San Antonio Spurs basketball team, and they're always very funny and clever and fun to watch. 
6. In 1994, Sarah was stalked by an obsessed fan. Tell us about a time you were really frightened. In retrospect, was your fear commensurate with the threat?
I'm a very nervous person. Many things make me jumpy. I worry a lot. But I don't really frighten easily. (OK — tornadoes do sort of terrify me. And I definitely try to stay away from these giant hornets we've got around here.) Most of the time I can reason myself out of being afraid of things. I suppose the one time I can remember being really frightened was when my father died. I was ten years old, and pretty much scared out of my wits. Was the fear commensurate? I'd say yes. The world as I had known it up to then just changed overnight. Life reorganized itself. I got on with it, but nothing was ever the same.
7. Sarah was adopted by Jack and Dorice McLachlan. Though she has a friendly relationship with her birth mother, she always considered Dorice her mother and sees herself behaving with her son the way Dorice did with her. Is there anyone in your family that you feel you resemble, either physically or by behavior?
Definitely. In fact, the older I get, the more I seem to look and behave like many of my family members — my mother and father, both my grandmothers, several aunts, and especially one cousin. I guess whether we like it or not, heredity eventually catches up with us.
8. McLachlan is one of the founders of Lilith Fair, a summer concert series designed to showcase talented female performers. Do/did your summer plans include an outdoor concert?
No plans for any concerts, outdoors or in. Actually, I haven't been to any kind of concert in quite a while. And I don't do a lot of outdoor activities this time of year. Even at night, the heat in this part of Texas makes that kind of unappealing. 
9. Random question: Which of these men would you most like to be seated with at dinner -- Clint Eastwood, Prince William or Jimmy Fallon?
Definitely Jimmy!

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

SkyWatch Friday

The Austin area had some scary-good rainstorms blow through recently. I caught a few photos of one of them a couple weeks back. Actually, the rain was probably happening somewhere between Austin and our place, maybe Lakeway? Whatever ... it produced some pretty dramatic skies.

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Unconscious Mutterings: Week 755

Mutterings for the week of July 23th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Delete :: erase, remove, back-space
  2. Late :: ...again! (But I'm usually on time. Honest.)
  3. Rambling :: wandering, traveling; folk songs (All those '60s folk groups were always singing about ramblin' and roamin'.)
  4. Popular :: trendy, in demand, the "in" crowd
  5. Significant :: important, meaningful 
  6. Slither :: snakes (Duh.)
  7. Spicy :: hot, flavorful, sexy
  8. Joyous :: happy, glad, upbeat
  9. Detailed :: precise, bit-by-bit, inclusive
  10. Rabbi :: Judaism, teacher, Seinfeld
Rabbi Glickman from "Seinfeld' - portrayed by Bruce Mahler

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday 9: Don't Stop

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

"Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac

Listen to it HERE.

1. Since we're not supposed to stop thinking about tomorrow, let's talk about it: What are your plans for Sunday?
We'll probably try to finish clearing out the rooms we're redoing, since the carpet guys will be coming next week to install the new carpet. We've lived in this house for five years now, and have been meaning to get these two rooms re-carpeted for nearly that entire time. Put it off because it seemed like such a massive job — one of the rooms is home to all our books, and we figured moving them would be a real pain. It was.
2. Fleetwood Mac was formed 50 years ago in London. Fifty years is considered a "golden anniversary." Do you wear more silver or gold?
I don't wear a lot of jewelry — mostly just earrings. But I do prefer gold to silver. Gold doesn't tarnish or make my skin itch.
3. This song is from Rumours, which has sold 40 million copies. Is it in your collection?
Yes. It's in my old vinyl collection, and I think I have the CD, too. It's also probably on my iPod, but I don't really listen to that much anymore.

4. It was written by keyboardist and vocalist Christine McVie. She was born Christine Perfect, a name that earned her a fair share of teasing when she was a school girl. Do you recall being teased in school? What about?
I'm sure I was, but it wasn't especially memorable. Just the normal stuff. Don't remember any bullying, or anything particularly nasty.
5. Before Fleetwood Mac, she was in a band called Chicken Shack. If you were to order out for a chicken dinner, which restaurant would you turn to?
Well now, that would be a problem. Where we live, there just aren't any restaurants near enough to have food delivered. If we went out for dinner, we probably wouldn't choose a place that specializes in chicken because the hubby has stopped eating chicken. 
6. Before she could pay all her bills with her music, she supported herself as a window dresser for a London department store. Do you enjoy walking along, just window shopping? Or do you consider "looking with no intention to buy" a waste of time?
I do like to window shop. Don't get to do much of it these days, since I do most of my shopping online. 
7. When she found herself making big money, one of the first things Christine bought was a pair of matching Mercedes for herself and then-husband, John McVie. If you were handed a check for $1 million, what's the first thing you would do with the money?
Well, I know this is a terribly un-feminist admission, but probably the first thing I'd do is hand the check over to the hubby. He handles all our financial doings, since he's much better at it than I am. Then I'd most likely start giving some of it away, and spending some of it on toys.
8. The other girl in Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, founded the Soldier's Angel Foundation. She believes in the healing power of music, and so she's proud to provide wounded soldiers with iPods already loaded with music. When you listen to music from your phone, MP3 player or iPod, do you use ear buds or headphones?
Actually, I never listen to music on my phone, and it's been quite a while since I used my iPod. We have a Sonos sound system in our house, and that's mainly what I use for listening to music. I've never really liked using headphones or earbuds. 
9. Random question: Let's pretend your high school reunion is coming up. Which classmate are you more curious about: the one who was your first date, or the one who was too cool to give you the time of day?
My first date happened long before I got to high school. And I've avoided all my high school reunions. Must admit, I'd be curious about both "first date" and "too cool," but probably not curious enough to get me to the reunion. 

Happy Saturday, everyone!
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 754

Mutterings for the week of July 16th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Adopt :: ...a pet (It's a good thing.)
  2. Therapy :: treatment (Also a good thing. But can be painful.)
  3. Money back :: refund (And another good thing. Insert smiley face here.)
  4. Lotion :: hand; Curel Daily Moisture (Sorry. It's been on my mind lately because it's been my go-to hand lotion for decades and they've recently stopped making it. Bummer.)
  5. Feeling :: ...groovy
  6. Surgery :: not groovy
  7. Ashen :: pale
  8. Wrist ::
  9. Pronounce :: speak, enunciate, language
  10. Vaseline :: gooey 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday 9: I Will Never Let You Down

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

"I Will Never Let You Down" by Fastball

Listen to it HERE.

I had never heard of this song before this week's Saturday 9 introduced me to Fastball. A little embarrassing, since I live very near Austin. But the last time I really paid attention to the Austin music scene, Willy Nelson had just left Nashville and moved back to Texas and settled in Austin. So that would have been...? Maybe 1972? I'm a little behind the times.

1. Fastball is a trio from Austin, Texas. Austin is the capital of Texas. When you were in school, did you have to memorize the state capitals?
Yes, I did. We learned all the European capitals too. Wish I could remember them all now. Of course, these days I could just Google that.
2. Have you ever visited your state's capital?
Austin? I lived there back in the 1960s and '70s, and now live just west of the city.
3. Fastball played dates throughout Canada this past spring. When did you last leave the US of A?
Wow, it's been a VERY long time. It was the summer of 1985 — we spent part of the summer in England. Actually, we recently got our passports renewed, so we're sort of hoping to find a reason for using them soon. Maybe a return trip to England. And I've always wanted to see Italy. But I'm not so sure Americans are all that welcome in Europe these days.
4. Tony Scalzo is a founding member of Fastball. He's the singer in the video for this song, and that's his wife, Jennifer, playing the organizer of the speed-dating event. Have you ever gotten a job because you knew somebody?
Yes, back when I was a teenager my aunt got me some summer jobs at the department store where she worked as a buyer/department manager.
5. In this pitch to a perspective lover, he admits he doesn't have much money. Last time you went to the ATM, how much did you withdraw?
Whenever we need cash, the hubby usually gets it — so I haven't been to an ATM in a long time. Don't remember how much I withdrew.
6. He sings that at times, his mind is hazy. Do you have a good memory for names?
Not always. Some names are easier to remember than others.
7. Fastball guitarist Miles Zuniga admits that he once had a crush on Carrie Fisher (aka Princess Leia). Tell us about one of your one-sided love affairs, either with a celebrity or someone you knew in real life.
I was once deeply in love with Elvis Presley. Unfortunately, I never got to meet him. Also, I was only nine or ten at the time. By the time I was old enough to date, Elvis had found Priscilla. So the relationship never had a chance.
8. Fastball's drummer Joey Shuffield is partial to drums from Pork Pie Percussion. This company was started by Bill Detamore, who began making drums as a hobby. Do you have any hobbies that, under the right circumstances, could make you money?
I've got a lot of hobbies, but I really doubt any of them are money-makers. Just money spenders.
9. The fast ball is the most common pitch in major league baseball. Now that the MLB season is past the halfway mark, how is your baseball team doing?
I don't really pay very close attention to baseball until the playoffs get going. Then, if one of the Texas teams is in the running, I might watch a few games. I used to be a baseball fan when I was a kid — my grandmother watched it all season, and I would see a lot of the games that way. But as an adult, I've sort of lost interest. We watch so much basketball and football (and tennis) around our house, we really don't need another sport to take up our time. Especially not one that involves so many games — so many SLOW games.

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And have a great weekend.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 753

Mutterings for the week of July 10th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Webbed :: toes
  2. History :: college (History was one of my majors.)
  3. Musical :: theater, chairs
  4. Husband :: wife (Duh.)
  5. Stayed :: away; too long; at home
  6. Drug :: ...of choice (Well, we all have them, right?)
  7. Structure :: building
  8. Complicated :: relationship
  9. Plot :: story, plan
  10. Coma :: unconscious (...but not muttering.)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Saturday 9: The Joker

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

"The Joker" by the Steve Miller Band (1973)

 You can listen to this week's theme song HERE.

1. In this song, Steve Miller claims he's a picker, grinner, sinner, lover, smoker and joker. Do any of those six words describe you?
Probably most of them. Maybe not currently. And not all at the same time.
2. He maintains he's still a midnight toker. When's the last time you got high?
Way to go Steve, you bad boy! Or should I say — you bad old codger! I should probably take the Fifth on this one. Let's just say if I ever did get high (and I'm not admitting anything), it was so long ago, I have no clear memory of any of it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. 
3. The lyrics include a reference to peaches. Name your favorite fruit.
Probably cherries. Although I love peaches, too. And nectarines, which are sort of almost the same thing as peaches.
4. This song had a big impact on the character of Joey on Friends, who had an imaginary friend named Maurice with the occupation of space cowboy. Did you ever have an imaginary friend?
I did have an imaginary friend when I was a tot. His name was Bobbery and he lived behind the front door. (I grew up in Central Texas, and the front door was open most of the time, with just the screen door closed. Remember screen doors? Before central heat and air conditioning sealed us all in forever? But I digress.) I'm not sure exactly when Bobbery disappeared, but it was long before I started school. Imaginary friends are pretty common, especially for children without siblings (I was an "only"). Probably watching Friends was pretty common too, although I've only ever seen two episodes — one where they all lock themselves outside their apartment (apartments?) and hang around in the hallway, and one where they all cook Thanksgiving dinner. Oh, and part of one with Jon Lovitz as a guest star. I don't remember what happened on that one, I just watched it because it had Jon Lovitz. 
5. Steve Miller is the pride of Milwaukee, WI. What else is Milwaukee famous for?
Um, breweries? I think my father used to drink Schlitz many years ago. The beer that made Milwaukee famous. There's also an old joke that has a punchline that goes "...the beer that made Mel Famey walk us." Or something like that. But I digress. Again.
6. Steve Miller considers himself a serious blues guitarist. When did you last feel like singing the blues?
Friday, January 20, 2017. Inauguration Day. One of those "live in infamy" days. A definite low.
7. In 1973, when this song was popular, you could buy a portable 8-track tape player for $44.50. On what device do you listen to music most often?
$44.50? Really? That would have been quite a chunk of cash in 1973. Guess I didn't realize 8-tracks were so expensive (never had one). We have a Sonos sound system at home, so if I listen to music here, it's on that. Actually though, I mostly listen to music when I'm in the car, on the car radio (Sirius XM — their Real Jazz channel is amazing).
8. A Curious George book packaged with a Curious George plush toy was a big seller at Christmas 1973. Tell us about a toy — either given or received — that brightened a holiday or birthday for you.
This was a hard one for me. Not sure about gifts I've given, but I've received many toys that "brightened" the day. I suppose one that stands out would be the teddy bear I received one Christmas. Don't remember exactly when I got him, but I was pretty tiny. He was also a very small bear, and a lovely shade of blue (faded now to nearly-gray, just like me). I still have him. I even wrote a blog post about him several years ago. He's gone through a lot, over the years:

9. M*A*S*H was one of TV's top-rated shows in 1973. Who is your favorite M*A*S*H character?
If I have to choose just one, I guess it would be Hawkeye Pierce. But I loved both the movie and the TV series, and didn't really have a favorite character.

Happy Saturday, everyone!
And have a great weekend.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 752

Mutterings for the week of July 3rd. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Mentor :: guide, teacher, guru
  2. Stitch :: sewing, needlework, Lilo and...

  3. Twirl :: baton; Venus Williams (she always does a little twirl after winning a match)
  4. Spoken :: aloud
  5. Scar :: mark
  6. Clients :: customers
  7. Tragic :: drama
  8. Private :: ... Lives (my favorite Noel Coward play)
  9. Thousand :: ... Island salad dressing 
  10. Produce :: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, etc (perfect for that Thousand Island dressing)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sunday Stealing: The Last 40 Questions from Bud

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 Last 40 Questions from Bud (and a new host, Bev Sykes). And here we go....

1. My uncle once :  ... made movies.

2. Never in my life :  ... have I ever milked a cow.

3. When I was seventeen :  It was a very good year. (Used to love that song.)

4. High School was : ... some good, some bad.  So long ago, I've forgotten most of it.

5. I will never forget : ...? (Most of the things I will "never forget" seem to be things I really don't want to remember.)

6. I once met : ... someone who went on to do some terrible things. And that's enough about that.

7. There’s this girl I know who : ... loves to waste time with silly memes. Wait — what?

8. Once, at a bar : ... I drank so much sangria, I threw up on a table.

9. By noon, I’m usually : ... out of bed and dressed. More than that, I can't promise.

10. Last night : ... there were already 4th of July fireworks going off all around our area.

11. If only I had : ... made a certain someone keep that promise.

12. Next time I go to gym/church : ... Uh — this one is tough for me. I don't go to a gym, and the only time I'm ever in a church is for weddings or funerals.

13. Susan Boyle : ... is that British woman who won the singing contest?

14. What worries me most : ... Losing the one thing that's most important to me.

15. When I turn my head left, I see :  A doorway that leads to two bedrooms and a guest bath.

16. When I turn my head right, I see :  M out watering the front lawn.

17. You know I’m lying when :  I took acting classes for many years. I'm good at it. You'd never know if I was lying.

18. What I miss most about the eighties :  Perms.

19. If I was a character in Shakespeare, I’d be :  ... Portia from The Merchant of Venice. She's a really strong female character and gets to deliver that wonderful "quality of mercy" speech.

20. By this time next year : ... We'll be a whole year older.

21. A better name for me would be : ... Can't think of one. I kind of like my name.

22. I have a hard time understanding : ... sooooo many things these days.

23. If I ever go back to school, I’ll :  ... die of shock. There is an extremely remote possibility that a return to school will ever be in my future.

24. You know I like you if :  Hmmmm. I'm hard to read (so I've been told), so you might not know I like you.

25. If I ever won an award, the first person I’d thank would be :  Well, it would depend on the award, wouldn't it?

26. When I compare 80’s rock to 90’s rock :  I would probably still prefer 70's rock.

27. Take my advice, never :  I have done some pretty dumb things in my life — so I rarely say things like "Take my advice...."

28. My ideal breakfast is :  The hubby's blueberry pancakes, maple syrup and crispy bacon. None of which we eat anymore.

29. A song I love, but do not own is :  I don't actually own any songs except the ones I've written.

30. If you visit my hometown, I suggest :  ... you have lunch at Schilo's German deli, downtown. The greatest pea soup and root beer.

31. My favorite Beatle is :  ... I always loved George best.

32. Why won’t people :  ... just be kind to one another?

33. If you spend the night at my house :  ... you might hear the coyotes howling all night.

34. I’d stop my wedding for :  ... Well, if it's one of these new-fangled modern-day extravaganzas, that are planned for years and cost tens of thousands, I guess I wouldn't stop it for much of anything.

35. The world could do without :  ... cockroaches.

36. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than :  Seriously, I didn't see this coming when I answered the question above. I would do just about anything rather than lick any part of a cockroach.

37. My favorite blonde is :  Steve McQueen.

38: Paper clips are more useful than :  I got nothing for this one.

39. If I do anything well, it’s :  ... waste time.

40. And by the way : ... this list has forty questions!!!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Saturday 9: Yankee Doodle Dandy

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

"Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942)

 You can see James Cagney's famous performance of this week's song HERE.
It's always been one of my favorite old movies, and I always loved James Cagney. He reminded me of my grandfather, although PaPa didn't dance. (But he could sing!)

1. This week's song was performed by James Cagney in the famous movie of the same name. Do you plan on going to the movies this holiday weekend?
Don't plan to. It could happen, but I'd say it's a long-shot. But it's very possible we might stream a movie or watch a DVD. These days, we don't go out to movies very often. The closest movie theater is about 45 minutes away, and I really prefer watching movies here at home.
2. Though known for his larger-than-life screen presence, Cagney was only 5'5". How tall are you?
I've been 5'4" since I was twelve years old.
3. During the Revolutionary War, General Washington celebrated the 4th of July by giving his troops a double ration of rum. Will you imbibe any spirits this holiday weekend?
Maybe not, in the strict sense of the word. I'm pretty sure alcohol of some sort will be consumed, though.
4. American history was one of Crazy Sam's best subjects in school. Science was her worst. In which class did you earn your worst grades?
Worst grades? Algebra and geometry. I made a "D" in my first attempt at high school geometry. Took the class over to clean up my record, and discovered I actually loved the subject. What a difference a great teacher can make!
5. The Fourth of July means we're in the middle of summer. Are you careful about applying sunscreen?
That's interesting. I always think of the 4th of July as being just the beginning of summer. (Probably because, here in Texas, it's gonna be many months before the heat lets up.) I'm pretty careful about sunscreen, if I know I'm going to be out in the sun for more than a few minutes. But I don't always apply it if I'm just running errands or going in and out. 
6. Mosquito bites can be a major summer annoyance. Are you scratching any itches right now?
I'm allergic to just about everything outdoors. I'm always scratching some kind of itch.
7. Emergency rooms report an increase in wrist injuries in summer, with people falling off bikes and skateboards and jamming their wrists catching hard-hit softballs. Have you recently been to the ER or Urgent Care?
No, I have not. Thank whatever gods may be.
8. New York is home to Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest every year on the 4th. Will hot dogs be consumed in your household this weekend?
I certainly hope so! But no eating contests, please.
9. Atlanta hosts a 10K Peachtree Road Race every 4th of July. Are you a runner?
Not anymore. There was a time when I used to run and jog for exercise, although I never officially entered a race. But my knees and hips won't take that kind of action now, so I walk and do yoga and some aerobic exercises. No running.

Happy Saturday, everyone!
And Happy 4th of July!
And have a fun, safe weekend.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday 5 for June 30: Shape of Things To Come

I haven't done a Friday 5 post in quite a while. This week's theme is all about the shapes of things:

1. What shape is your mood today?
I was going to say blob-shaped. Then I saw the last question, and don't want to be ripping anybody off. So, maybe sort of fractal-ish.
2. What snack comes in a fun shape?
Goldfish crackers, of course. (Never eat them.)
And gummy bears. (Can't stand anything gummy.)
Animal crackers. (My favorites when I was a kid.)
Pretzels. (The twisted ones — those "pretzel sticks" aren't really pretzels.)
3. Someone’s building your dream house, but it has to be in the shape of a letter of the alphabet. Which letter do you choose?
Which alphabet? Actually, I'm already living in my "dream house," and it's built in a sort of modified L-shape. So....
4. What’s a great song with a shape in its title or lyrics?
"The Circle Game" by Joni Mitchell.
5. What’s something in your line of sight that can reasonably be called blob-shaped?
Not really anything in my line of sight. Everything here in the living room is pretty well-defined, as far as shape goes. But if I turned around, I'd be looking at the kitchen and I'm sure I could find some blobby content there. Especially if it was something I cooked

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 751

Mutterings for the week of June 26th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Honor :: among thieves
  2. Adopt :: a pet
  3. Record :: album
  4. Birthday :: cake (mmmm... cake!)

  5. Sensational :: hype
  6. Favor :: request
  7. Twist :: ..and Shout!
  8. Panel :: committee
  9. Backtrack :: do over
  10. Pretzel :: ...Logic (the great Steely Dan album/song).

    Hear it HERE

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Saturday 9: Listen to the Music

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

"Listen to the Music" by the Doobie Brothers (1972) 

 Unfamiliar with this week's tune? You can listen to it HERE.

1. The lyrics say, "What the people need is a way to make them smile." What song lifts your spirits and makes you smile every time you hear it?
Wow, so many. It would be hard to settle on just one, although this one definitely does it. And "China Grove," also by the Doobies. But lots of others, especially "Come on Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners. (You can see the video for that one HERE.) "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys. "Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison. "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond. "You Never Can Tell" by Chuck Berry. And "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist and Shout" by the Beatles, for very personal reasons. All of them golden oldies, but then so am I.
2. Lead vocalist/composer Tom Johnston reports that he's made a lot in royalties because so many radio stations use this as a jingle. Tell us a jingle that sticks in your head.
Fortunately, I really haven't had any jingles sticking in my head lately. But somebody has been using Aerosmith's "Dream On" in a commercial recently, and every time I hear it I go around sort of squealing "Dream On" for a while, in my best Steven Tyler falsetto.
3. The Doobie Brothers got their start in San Jose, California. San Jose is the largest city in Northern California, thanks to all the tech companies that have headquarters there. Let's talk about the device you're on right now: are all your applications up to date?
Probably. Even though I'm not very tech savvy, M is and he does a great job of keeping everything updated and running smoothly.
4. When they were still a local band, the Doobie Brothers had a strong following among bikers. Are you attracted to biker culture?
No, but I do like motorcycles. M had a Honda many years ago, and it was lots of fun. But people in cars kept running into him, so we eventually sold it.
5. This week's song is from Toulouse Street, which is considered their "breakthrough" album. Tell us about a moment in your own life that you consider a "breakthrough."
I've certainly had some "breakthrough" moments, but they're not really things I can share here on the blog.
6. In 1987, the Doobie Brothers did a benefit performance for Vietnam Veterans at the Hollywood Bowl. Next to the Beatles, it was the fastest-selling ticket in Hollywood Bowl history. Which group do you listen to more often -- the Doobies or the Beatles?
I love the Beatles and the Doobies both. But these days, I listen mostly to jazz.
7. In 1972, when this song was popular, Wranglers were America's best-selling jeans. Are you brand-loyal to one jeans manufacturer?
Not really, but I do seem to have more Gloria Vanderbilt jeans than other brands in the closet right now.
8. Grocery stores saw seafood prices fluctuate wildly in 1972 because of a series of confrontations between the United Kingdom and Iceland regarding fishing rights in the North Atlantic. (Iceland won.) What was the most recent seafood dish that you enjoyed?
Well, the other night we had a salmon salad that was very tasty. But last weekend, M made his famous grilled tuna steaks with pico de gallo garnish. Extremely delish!
9. Random question: Which of these "top ten" lists would you prefer to be on -- the sexiest, the smartest or the richest?
Um, not sexiest. Even when I was young enough for that to be a remote possibility, I wouldn't have picked that one. Once upon a time I probably would have said smartest. But we seem to have entered a new age where being smart isn't as big an asset as it once was. So maybe richest is the best way to go, in this brave new Trumpian era.

Happy Saturday, everyone! And have a great weekend.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 750

Mutterings for the week of June 19th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Basketball :: Go, Spurs!!!

  2. Traffic :: Steve Winwood (Dear Mr. Fantasy, play us a tune....)
  3. Relationship :: together
  4. Phoenix :: Suns (Yeah, basketball again. You started it.)
  5. Tapping :: ghosts, maple trees, Fred Astaire
  6. Young man :: young woman
  7. Hulk :: Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno
  8. Whiskey :: Scotland
  9. Market :: super
  10. Career :: work, calling, livelihood

Photo For Wednesday: Nap Time

Looks like Baby Deer is getting an earful from Mom. Maybe a nap-time story?

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Stealing: The Ginormous 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 Ginormous Questions.
  1. Are you single?

    No. M and I had our 50th anniversary last year.
  2. Are your parents still married?

    My father died at age 37, when I was 10. He and my mother were still married when he died; my mom never remarried.
  3. Are you in love?

  4. Do you believe in love at first sight?

    Yes. I'm certain that it happens all the time. (Thank you, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.)
  5. Who ended your last relationship?

    I did. But he deserved it.
  6. Have you ever been hurt by a break up?

  7. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

    I think so.
  8. Have you ever had a secret admirer?

  9. Prefer love or lust?

    Love, but they're both pretty nice.
  10. Prefer a few best friends or many regular friends?

    A few besties. I don't have the energy for a lot of friends.
  11. Wild night out or romantic night in?

    I'm too old for this question.
  12. Back in the day: Been caught sneaking out?

    Not that I remember. Been caught sneaking into a few places.
  13. Ever wanted something/someone so badly it hurt?

  14. Who are/is your best friend(s)?

    I've answered this one a lot lately. The Hubs is my best friend.
  15. Ever wanted to disappear?

    Many times.
  16. First attraction: Smile or eyes?

    Usually the smile.
  17. Prefer intelligence or attraction?

    Why not both? Intelligence is very attractive.
  18. Last phone call you received?

    I'm pretty sure it was from a telemarketer.
  19. Last thing you drank?

    Starbucks Pike Place with a little raw sugar, no cream.
  20. Before your current one, when was your last relationship?

    Oh, honey — that's going back a long, long time. I met my husband in high school and we started dating just before graduation. So that would have been several centuries ago. (My last "relationship" before that was with the best friend of the man I eventually married. Yeah, I left one for the other one. And they remained friends. Go figure.)
  21. Do you and your family get along?

    I try to get along with everyone. Sometimes that's not easy.
  22. Would you say you have a "screwed up life"?

    Absolutely not. I've been very fortunate in life.
  23. Have you ever gotten kicked out somewhere? If yes, do tell.

    Yes. Once many years ago (many, MANY years ago), I had to be carried out of a bar after I drank myself into oblivion and collapsed on a table. The people I was with were pretty smashed too, and the management told them to get me out of there and not to come back. I never did go back. Not sure about the rest of the group.
  24. Do you trust all your friends?

    I don't have a ton of friends, but they're all pretty trustworthy.
  25. Who knows the most about you?

    Definitely my hubby.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Saturday 9: Growing Pains

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

As Long as We Got Each Other (Theme from Growing Pains) 
... because it's Father's Day weekend 

 Unfamiliar with this week's tune? You can listen to it HERE.


I used to watch this show pretty faithfully when it first appeared, but I didn't remember the theme song at all. When I think of it now, mostly what I remember about the show (or about any TV shows from that period) is the big hair and shoulder pads. 

I stopped watching the show after the first couple of seasons, before the fourth child came along.


1. This is the theme from the 1980s sitcom, Growing Pains. Alan Thicke played Dr. Jason Seaver, one of TVs popular dads. Who is your favorite TV dad?

Uh-oh. You're gonna be sorry you asked that question. I have a list.

I don't have a current favorite, mainly because I don't really watch many family-type shows these days. But I have a list of great dads from older shows.

Probably my FIRST favorite TV dad (way back before any of you guys were born; possibly even before your DADs were born) was Jim Anderson on Father Knows Best, played by Robert Young. He was always so patient and nice to everyone. Never lost his temper. Never did anything mean or dishonest. Always wore suits and ties to work. And he always knew best. Well, actually it frequently took a whole show and some intervention from Mrs. Anderson (played by Jane Wyatt) before he finally figured out what was best. But in the end, everything always worked out nicely. A real dream world dad.

But I have other favorites. Just a few: Hal from Malcolm in the Middle (played by Bryan Cranston), Joseph "Rocky" Rockford from The Rockford Files (played by Noah Berry, Jr.), Homer Simpson from The Simpsons (voiced by Dan Castellaneta), Frank Costanza from Seinfeld (played by Jerry Stiller), Ben Cartwright from Bonanza (played by Lorne Greene), Sheriff Andy Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show (played by Andy Griffith, of course). And Cliff Huxtable from The Cosby Show, played by Bill Cosby (whatever he may or may not be guilty of, Cosby created a wonderful father figure in that show).

2. Joanna Kearns, who played Jason's wife, reports that she teased her costar by calling him, "Al," a nickname he hated. Is there someone in your life that you enjoy needling?

Not really. I don't like to be needled, so I try very hard not to needle.

3. For most of the series, the Seaver children each represented a "type." The oldest, Mike, was the trouble maker. The daughter, Carol, was the brainiac. Young Ben could be very high maintenance. Which of the Seaver kids were you most like when you were growing up?

Well, I definitely wasn't a "brainiac." And I was always sort of a rule-follower, so I was pretty well-behaved. I suppose if I was like any of them, it would have been the high maintenance one, although no one ever called me that. Back in my day, kiddies, if you got too "high maintenance," you got smacked.

4. In the song, BJ Thomas sings about being "the luckiest dreamer who never quit dreaming." If you could have any dream come true this Saturday, what would you wish for?

Dangerous question. Maybe no more mass shootings or terror attacks?

5. When he mans the grill, Sam's father proudly wears the "Kiss the Chef" she gave him for Father's Day years ago. Tell us about a gift you gave someone that was a hit.

I am a terrible gift-picker. I never know what to give anyone, and have a really hard time shopping for Christmas, birthday or anniversary gifts. Some of my gifts don't flop as badly as others, but I honestly can't remember any of them ever being what you'd call "a hit." Sad.

6. Sam's dad takes his grilling very seriously and jealously guards his special marinade recipe. Do you have a secret you haven't even shared with family members?


7. He recommends using a grill basket when barbecuing vegetables so you don't have to worry about them falling through the grill. Share one of your culinary tips with us.

Fresh basil can really perk up a frozen pizza.

8. Sam's father hates it when she swears. What's the last curse word you used?

Cannot be repeated here. Since the election back in November, I've been swearing a lot more than usual.

9. Sam's father satisfies his afternoon sugar craving with an almost endless stream of Butter Rum Lifesavers. When you crave a snack, do you usually want something sweet or salty?

Usually salty. Unless there's chocolate in the area.

Happy Saturday, everyone! And have a great weekend.

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