Friday, April 28, 2017

The Friday 5 for April 28

Ready for this week's Friday 5? The theme this time is Bizarro Chliché. And here we go....
  1. The Magic Word is “please,” but what’s the magic gesture?
    I have no idea — maybe a waving hand? Actually, I kinda hope there is no magic gesture. I might use it without knowing it.
  2. “Big D” is Dallas, but where is Big G?
    Hmmm. Well, I guess Big D is called BIG D because it has so many people in it. Can't really think of a "G" city with a huge population. Maybe Guadalajara? In Texas, it would probably be Galveston. Or Garland. Or Grand Prairie. Or Grapevine. Never been to any of those cities except Big D.
  3. Elvis Presley is the King of Rock and Roll, but who’s the king of your personal music collection?
    It's been a long time since I actually had a personal music collection. Back when music was on vinyl, we had a huge record collection. But these days, I mostly listen to jazz on Pandora or Sirius Audio, and don't really "collect" it. However, we do have an enormous number of Miles Davis CDs given to us by a friend. So I guess you could say Miles is the King of My Collection.
  4. The motherland is wherever you consider your family’s origins, but what’s the cousinland?
    Where your cousins have ended up? Well, most of my cousins are in the San Antonio, Bastrop, and Fort Worth areas, so those must be my cousinlands.
  5. CBS calls itself the Tiffany Network, but what would you call the Walmart Network?
    I almost said FOX News. But hey, I like Walmart, so I wouldn't want to insult it by equating it with anything cheesy. I never heard the "Tiffany Network" nickname before.  But I like CBS, too.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 742

Mutterings for the week of April 23rd. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Improve :: get better (Which makes me think of the Beatles and "getting better all the time." Which makes me think of the Sgt. Pepper album. Which makes me think of 1967. Which makes me think of the Summer of Love and lots of other stuff that I really don't need to be remembering right now. Hmmm.)
    Me in 1967. Hiding from the camera.
  2. Brothers :: Blues
    Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi as Elwood and Jake Blues
  3. Crystal :: clear 
  4. Zoo :: chaos 
  5. Second :: base
  6. Sell :: advertising
  7. Death :: ... knell (obviously been reading too much 17th century poetry)
  8. Current :: ... events
  9. Pain :: current events
  10. Value :: Tru- (obviously been spending too much time at the hardware store)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday 9

Another new meme for 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 Petula Clark's Don't Sleep in the Subway.

  1. Subways can be bright and noisy. Do you need it dark and quiet before you can fall asleep?
    Don't really need it dark; in fact, I don't really like sleeping in a completely dark room — makes me feel like the walls are closing in on me. But I do like it to be relatively quiet.
  2. In this song, Petula encourages her lover to talk it out instead of walking out. Do you usually remain reasonable during a disagreement?
    Depends on who I'm disagreeing with, and what we're disagreeing about. When I'm arguing with the Hubby, I can go completely off the deep end if I get really riled. Oh, and don't get me started on Donald Trump!
  3. Petula was a child star in England during WWII. Her BBC broadcasts were very popular with the British troops, who nicknamed her The Singing Sweetheart. Soldiers pasted her photo onto their tanks for luck as they went into battle. Do you have any little rituals or good luck charms that calm/comfort you when you're afraid?
    Hmmmm. No good luck charm or rituals that I can think of, even though I'm really pretty superstitious.
  4. Now 84, she recently told London's Daily Mail that she's surprised and thrilled to have found love again with a new man. Do you believe you'll ever be too old for romance?
    I certainly hope not. My mother-in-law married for the third time when she was 77 (she and the groom were both widowed), and I thought that was pretty wonderful.
  5. Her family is far flung. She lives in London, her middle daughter is in Paris, her son is in Los Angeles and her oldest daughter lives in New York with Petula's two grandchildren. Who is your nearest friend or relative? Which one is farthest away?
    Well, my nearest friend is my Hubby. (Hi, Sweetie.) But I have family and friends all over Texas and the rest of the US. I guess my nearest ones (in terms of location) are a brother-in-law in Austin, a niece in San Antonio, and old friends in the Austin area and Bastrop.
  6. In 1967, when this song was popular, Rolling Stone published its first issue. John Lennon was on the cover. Publisher Jann Wenner reports that, either individually or as a group, the members of The Beatles have appeared on the most Rolling Stone covers. What's the first Beatle song that comes to mind?
    Not one that they wrote, but the first one that comes to mind is "Twist and Shout." It has a lot of personal nostalgia attached, for the Hubby and me. By the way, I think I still have my copy of that first Rolling Stone issue. Somewhere.
  7. In 1967, Star Trek was in its second season on NBC. Who is your favorite Star Trek character?
    Definitely Mr. Spock.
  8. RANDOM QUESTION: When you slip into jeans or slacks, which foot do you put in first?
    Depends on which knee is giving me trouble that day.
  9. As you considered #8, did you mime pulling on your pants?
    No. Too lazy to get up.

Well, that was fun. But now I've really gotta stop all this meme-ing, and get my morning workout done!

The Friday 5 for April 21

Trying out a new meme this week: The Friday 5. Well, new to me anyway. Actually, it's been around for quite a while, it seems. This week's theme is "Ssssssh!" And here we go:

  1. What’s something sneaky you’ve recently done?
    Guess I'm not much of a sneak. Can't think of anything sneaky I've done recently. Probably the sneakiest I get is hiding gifts at Christmas.
  2. Who or what do you feel the need to tiptoe around?
    Again, I'm not one for tiptoe-ing around things or people. Although, when the Spurs lose a game, it's a good idea NOT to try to talk to the Hubby for a while.
  3. What’s the dirty secret about the field in which you work?
    Retired. No work, no field, no dirty secrets. Before I retired I worked for a non-profit think tank in Washington DC. I guess the closest they got to "dirty secrets" was the fact that they'd do just about anything to keep their clients happy. But then, that's pretty standard in DC — not really a secret.
  4. What was the subject of your last whispered conversation?
    Probably real estate. ??? Or maybe the play we saw recently. I don't have occasion to do much whispering.
  5. What’s recently snuck up on you?
    April. And now May is getting ready to do the same thing!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 741

Mutterings for the week of April 16th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. I'm pretty late with this, so here we go....
  1. Field :: Sally (always loved her!)
  2. Ding :: dong
  3. Teenager :: wouldn't want to be one these days
  4. Podcast :: I must be the only person on the planet who's never experienced a podcast. Not even sure what they are.
  5. Vibrator :: "Grace & Frankie" (the Netflix series with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin - the storyline this season revolves around the girls' new vibrator for "older women")
  6. Radio :: music, DJ, Beach Boys
  7. Brat :: probably me as a kid
  8. Dwell :: one of my favorite magazines
  9. Piano :: bar
  10. Perish :: ...the thought

Monday, March 20, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 737

Mutterings for the week of March 19th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Describe :: explain, report
  2. Blast :: dynamite; good times
  3. Scratch :: itch; Spring (I do a lot of scratching in the Spring ); also "cooking from scratch" (which I don't do a lot of, any time of year )
  4. Limber :: yoga
  5. Spring :: scratch (see above)
  6. Ridiculous :: ludicrous (not the hip-hop star — I think he's spelled differently )
  7. Commute :: work, traffic, travel, back and forth
  8. Aches :: and pains; teeth; joints; migraines (I know ALL about aches, my children )
  9. Tissue :: sneeze; Kleenex (I use Puffs, but still call them Kleenex )
  10. Frost :: what I hope we've seen the last of until next year!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bluebonnet Blues

Well, here's my obligatory annual bluebonnet post.

Lonely bluebonnet and its shadow.

Every year we have a few bluebonnets come up on our property, and we get very excited. Texans LOVE their bluebonnets. But every year, the deer that roam around the area manage to gobble up every blossom — even though deer aren't supposed to like bluebonnets. Our deer have obviously developed a taste for the plants because they have completely denuded our place of anything remotely resembling a bluebonnet. Even this little beauty (possibly the last one we'll have) is gone now.

But it was lovely while it lasted.

Happy Sunday, everyone! And have a wonderful week.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 736

Mutterings for the week of March 12th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Acquired :: taste
  2. Helpless :: Neil Young 
  3. Pirate :: Captain Jack Sparrow
  4. "Hide the rum!"
  5. Itchy :: me (dry skin plus allergies to cedar, oak, dust, cats, peanuts; I scratch a lot)
  6. Neon :: Times Square, Deion Sanders 
  7. Primate :: mammal, us 
  8. Single :: solo, unattached, room for one, base hit
  9. Buffy:: Vampire Slayer (never saw the TV show, but the commercials have drilled it into my brain)
  10. Storage :: space (what we always need more of)
  11. Unpacked :: suitcase, software, shipping crate

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 735

Mutterings for the week of March 5th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Birthday :: cake, party, another year shot to hell 
  2. Habitat :: for Humanity 
  3. Foil :: aluminum (though I still call it "tin foil")
  4. Drowsy :: wasn't he one of the Seven Dwarfs?
  5. Training :: teaching, coaching, indoctrination 
  6. Career :: employment, vocation, "My Brilliant..." (good movie, good book)
  7. Howard :: Hawks, Hughes, Stern, Fest (my cousin-in-law)
  8. Keyhole :: neckline (hmmm...definitely been leafing through too many old fashion mags)
  9. Secret :: I've Got A... (used to be one of my favorite quiz shows)
  10. Garry Moore
    Bill Cullen, Jayne Meadows, Henry Morgan, Faye Emerson

  11. Camera :: Candid... (another old TV fave)

Friday, March 3, 2017

SkyWatch Friday

Last night's sunset.

That teensy little white dot near the top of the photo is the moon.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 734

Mutterings for the week of February 26th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. I haven't done any muttering for a couple of weeks, so let's get started....
  1. Argue :: bicker, debate, disagree
  2. Surprise! :: OH NO!!! (I hate surprises)
  3. Telescope :: Galileo, stargazing 
  4. Shopping :: OH NO!!! (I hate shopping, except for book shopping at Amazon)
  5. Button :: OH NO!!! (I hate... wait there's a pattern developing here. But I really do prefer snaps or zippers.)
  6. Certifiable :: what I think I'm becoming
  7. Blind date :: never been on one
  8. Relationship :: Seinfeld (they were always talking about relationships on the show)
  9. Appreciation :: admiration, gratitude, increase in value
  10. Station :: radio, railroad, bus, class, rank; also convenience stores in Texas are called ice stations (do they call them that in other states?)

Our World Tuesday

Well, here we are at the end of February already/finally. Somehow February always manages to feel like it's going to last forever, even though it's such a short month. Fortunately, it's also been an unusually warm month around here, so not much winter-y weather; but it's been mostly cloudy and damp as well. Also, the cedar and oak pollen have been going crazy this year, and I'm sensitive to both of those. Not my favorite combination of atmospheric/ecological phenomena — so I'm afraid I've just been doing a lot of staying in (and trying to stay awake, in spite of all the Benadryl). Going through some of the junk that's built up in my craft room. Getting a bit of reading done (three books this month).

Watching (mostly from indoors) while the Hubby starts doing his early-spring yard and garden cleanup.

Also watching him play with his model trains. He's got those going in the garage (his "man cave" equivalent), so it's out of the house but still indoors. He's started adding little people to the layout and some of them look very lifelike.

Also working on a few jigsaw puzzles: two moderately difficult ones this month, both by Charles Wysocki. One of his village scenes, called Yankee Wink Hollow,

And a "classic" I've been wanting to tackle for quite a while — Frederick the Literate. A tabby cat surrounded by books. How could I possibly resist that?

I did venture out one day earlier in the month to get my hair cut. Now it's grown out just long enough to be driving me crazy, tickling the back of my neck.

As my mother always used to say, if it's not one damn thing, it's another. One of her wisest utterances.

So, that's our world right now. Not exciting, but can't really complain. Well, I CAN complain (always), but I won't. Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 731

Mutterings for the week of February 5th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Online ::  where I live
  2. Balance ::  yin/yang
  3. Grunge ::  grime; dirt; yuck; Seattle sound 
  4. Beacon ::  Lighthouse; also the name of our local newspaper
  5. Laughing ::  ... out loud; ... all the way to the bank; ... to keep from crying
  6. Comedy ::  club; laughter; stand-up; sit-com
  7. Animated ::  cartoon; lively
  8. Campaign ::  presidential (Please, let's not get back into that. Move on.)
  9. Heather ::  Scotland
  10. Comma ::  pause; list; chameleon (because when I first heard Boy George doing "Karma Chameleon" I thought he was saying "Comma Chameleon" ... I still sing it that way.)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 730

Mutterings for the week of January 29th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Boots :: and saddles; also a chain of pharmacies in the UK
  2. Flames :: of Hell
  3. Resign :: Richard Nixon (I almost said The Donald (please!), but that's just wishful thinking)
  4. Move :: further south
  5. Stream :: down by the Old Mill...
  6. Champagne :: John Steed and Emma Peel in The Avengers —they were always drinking it
  7. Slid :: ...into third (baseball season is on its way)
  8. Bangs :: mine need trimming
  9. Trailed :: fell behind
  10. Woods :: lost in the...

Shadow Shot Sunday: Searching for Shadows

So far, February has been mostly cold and misty around here. Lots of gray days, not much sunshine. Shadows are hard to find. These are a couple of shots I took last month, during our brief spell of spring-like weather. Shadows on the steps leading up to our side yard....

And some winter garden shadows....

The weather "experts" tell us the week ahead should be warmer, with a bit more sun. I'm hoping they're right about that. Can't take many more of these dismal days. Thinking seriously about moving further SOUTH.

Happy Sunday, everyone! And have a lovely week.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cloud Watching

We've had mostly sunny days this week, and no rain. Just the way I love it. The skies have been beautifully clear most of the time, but we have had a few impressive cloud displays...

And at least one really gorgeous sunset.

Now if we could just do something about all this cedar pollen making us cough and itch.... Guess I'm never satisfied.

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This week I'm also linking up with Photo Friday, hosted by Pierced Wonderings:

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 729

Mutterings for the week of January 22nd. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. Here we go....
  1. Guards :: palace 
  2. Resign :: quit
  3. Blink :: ...and another year has gone by
  4. Curvy :: obese (sorry, but that's what came to mind)
  5. Ripple :: effect
  6. Benefits :: taken away
  7. Too much :: Donald
  8. Stone :: unturned
  9. Funny :: face
  10. Receipt :: bill 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Blue Monday: Mini Blues

Blue wallpaper, blue rug, a couple of bookcases full of books, and a comfy-looking chair. Just right for some cozy reading on a winter's day. I love this room.

And I also love that it's located in this absolutely charming (and also blue) miniature house....

... built by a friend who is an incredibly talented mini-house creator.

For the time being, Blue Monday is being hosted by Magical Mystery Teacher.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Monday Mellow Yellows: St. John's Wort

I believe this is St. John's Wort (Hypericum calycinum). We used to see it quite a bit in Virginia, mostly used as ground cover. Haven't noticed it quite so much here in central Texas, although I think it's supposed to like warm climates and sandy soil, which seems like a perfect match. But I think in some areas it's considered an invasive weed — so not very welcome, I suppose. Still, it produces a very attractive bright yellow flower with five "ruffled" petals and many, many long central stamens.

The name St. John's Wort evidently has to do with St. John's Day celebrations and the ancient practice of gathering the flowers and burning them to ward off evil spirits. And warding off evil spirits sounds pretty good to me right now.

Monday Mellow Yellows is hosted by Gemma Wiseman.
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Shadow Shot Sunday: Patio and Porch Shadows

Table on patio

Potted nandina on front porch

Saturday Snapshot: PaPa

I have a huge collection of family photos from both my family and Michael's. More from his, actually. His grandmother knew I was interested in genealogy, so when she died she left all her photos to me — and she had a bunch. I'm hoping to get them all organized and digitized this year, so I've been (slowly) going through all the albums and boxes, trying to put names to faces and figure out where each photo might have been taken. It's really difficult since our parents and grandparents have all passed on now. And our mothers wouldn't have been much help anyway — neither of them cared anything about family history. (Although my mom loved a bit of juicy family gossip as much as anyone, she always told me she thought it was "dangerous" delving too far into what happened in the past.)

But I'm determined to get it all sorted out someday. So I'll keep on scanning. Well, just as soon as we buy the new scanner — our old one doesn't really work with the new computer. Bummer.

Anyway, today's snap is from one of the batches I managed to scan before the system stopped cooperating. Since he was born in January (1896), I thought it would be appropriate to post this photo of my grandfather (my mother's father — "PaPa" to his grandkids) with my grandmother and my mother.

Mamma looks to be about a year old here, so this would have been taken around 1922, probably in San Antonio where they lived. She also looks like she's not too happy, but I imagine that frown is just from the sun in her eyes. Although she frequently used that same frown as an adult, and it could freeze you in your tracks.

PaPa was not a tall man — my grandmother was barely five feet tall and he looks to be about the same height here, although I think it looks like she's wearing high heels. In most of the photos I have of him, he's sitting down. A later photo, probably taken in the early 1940s, shows him and my grandmother with three of their four children — my mother is on the right, with her younger brother and baby sister beside her. There was another sister (the second child, after my mother), and I suspect she was the photographer for this one.

As I look at this snap, I'm realizing how much I'm starting to look like both my grandmother and my grandfather. Funny how genetics tends to creep up on a person, isn't it?

Well, happy Saturday, everyone! And now — back to my organizing.

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda @ West Metro Mommy Reads.
To see more snaps or participate yourself, just head on over to her blog.

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