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?

    Yes.
     
  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?

    Yes.
     
  7. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

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

    Yes.
     
  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?

    Sure.
     
  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.

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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.

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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?

Absolutely.

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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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 749



Mutterings for the week of June 12th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Validation :: proof, confirmation, support
  2. Bruised :: bananas (I hate bruised fruit and don't like to eat it. Which is strange, since my mother always told me that when I was small, the bruised part of bananas was the only part I'd eat. Does this mean something? Probably not? Just rambling. Sorry.)
  3. Collect :: amass, assemble, congregate
  4. Water :: bottled
  5. Peanuts :: Snoopy, the circus, Jimmy Carter
  6. Injured :: hurt, damaged, bruised
  7. Pregnant :: pause
  8. Fruitty :: Hawaiian Punch
  9. Cute :: kittens, puppies, the guy I married
  10. Wrinkled :: me

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Stealing: The High School 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 High School Questions.
  1. Did you date someone from your school?

    Yes. Many someones.
     
  2. Did you marry someone from your high school?

    Yes. Only one, though.
     
  3. Did you car pool to school?

    I was car-pooled. Never had a car of my own back then. I also frequently walked to and from school, since I only lived a few blocks away.
     
  4. What kind of car did you have?

    See answer to #3 above.
     
  5. What kind of car do you have now?

    A nearly-six-year-old Ford Escape. Great car.
     
  6. It's Friday night...where are you now?

    At home with the hubby. Most likely watching basketball or a movie on the tube.
     
  7. It is Friday night...where were you then?

    Depending on the time of year, I would have been at a movie, hanging out at the local drive-in or Dairy Queen, at a football game, or at a play rehearsal. Or at home watching 77 Sunset Strip. (Loved Edd Byrnes as "Kookie.")
     

     
  8. What kind of job did you have in high school?

    Didn't have a job when I was in high school.
     
  9. What kind of job do you do now?

    Retired. The best job I've had, so far.
     
  10. Were you a party animal?

    Not really. I went to some parties, but I was a pretty serious student, too. And play rehearsals took up a lot of my free time.
     
  11. Were you considered a flirt?

    I wouldn't think so. I did my fair share, though.
     
  12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?

    None of those. I was a speech-and-drama kid.
     
  13. Were you a nerd?

    No. I was "artsy."
     
  14. Did you get suspended from school?

    Certainly not.
     
  15. Can you sing the fight song?

    I can. You don't really want me to.
     
  16. Who was/were your favorite teacher?

    I had one English teacher I loved. But I guess my favorite teacher was the head of the school's speech/drama department. I took a bunch of her classes and worked with her on many stage productions and speech contests.
     
  17. Where did you sit during lunch?

    At a table.
     
  18. What was your school's full name?

    Thomas Alva Edison High School.
     
  19. Where did you party the most?

    As I said, I wasn't really a party person.
     
  20. What was your school mascot?

    The Edison Golden Bear.
     
  21. Would you do it again?

    Go back to high school? No way! I enjoyed school pretty much, but the happiest day of my teenaged life was graduation day.
     
  22. Did you have fun at Prom?

    OK, this is something I've been wondering about. When did "the prom" become just "Prom"? "Going to Prom" sounds so ultimate, like "going to Paris" or "going to Mars." Now in my day (kiddies), you went to THE prom. There were many proms in the course of a school career — recurrent events, not just a singular entity. I attended lots of proms while I was in high school — my school had at least three or four every year. I enjoyed some more than others. If we're talking about my Senior Prom, yes I had a lot of fun.
     
  23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with?

    Again, I'm assuming this is my Senior Prom, right? In that case, yes I do still talk to him. I married him.
     
     
  24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion?

    Not planning on it, but if there is one, I suppose it's possible I might go.
     
  25. Do you still talk to people from school?

    A few.
     
  26. What are/were your school's colors?

    Black and gold.
     
All hail to Old Edison, the Black and the Gold!
Long may her colors fly!
Rise all ye sons and ye daughters, too.
Her spirit must not die.
(Rah! Rah! Rah!)
All hail to Old Edison, the Black and the Gold!
What care we for the rest?
So let's give all we've got for Old Edison,
The school that we love best!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Saturday 9: "C" Is For Cookie


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




"C" Is For Cookie, by Cookie Monster

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

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This is another song I wasn't familiar with, so I had to go check it out on YouTube. 
I've always liked Cookie Monster, though. 
And I always like baking cookies, too — although I haven't done any cookie baking in quite a while. 
I used to know a girl named Cookie, too. 
And I've even been referred to as "one tough cookie." 
So I'm ready for any and all cookie-related questions. 
Here goes....

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1. This week's featured artist, Cookie Monster says his favorite TV show is Monsterpiece Theater. What show do you try never to miss?

Well, aside from the evening news, right now I'm not really watching any shows on a regular basis. The last show we watched that I absolutely would not miss was Mad Men, and that's been over for a while now. Do sports shows count? I faithfully watched every Spurs game this season.

2. Though he goes by Cookie Monster professionally, he is still called Sid by his family. When will you next get together with your relatives?

I have no idea. None of our relatives live right near us, so it takes a fair amount of planning for any get togethers. We just visited with some of M's family earlier this week, though.

3. Now for the cookie questions! Where do you weigh in on this age-old controversy: Is a brownie a cookie or a cake?

A brownie is a brownie is a brownie. Would not a brownie by any other name still taste as delicious? I'm rambling here. Ya got me thinking about brownies. I don't know about cake or cookie, I just want one right now!

4. Fig Newtons contain no cholesterol. Do you read nutrition labels before eating snacks? Or does knowing the truth about your favorite sweets ruin your enjoyment?

I usually do read all the nutrition information, but I still indulge in some things that I know aren't really good for me. Having reached this advanced age, I feel like I deserve a treat now and then. Maybe NOW, actually.

5. Biscotti are designed for dipping into drinks. Do you like to dunk your cookies?

I do like to dunk. Some cookies are better for dunking than others. Like biscotti. And Oreos.

6. Do you prefer cookies made with milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips? Or are you a rebel who prefers butterscotch chips?

All of the above. Never met a chip I didn't like — chocolate, butterscotch, potato, or corn.

7. Bill Murray once said, "Raisin cookies that look like chocolate chip cookies are the main reason I have trust issues." Do you like raisin cookies?

Interesting. I feel sort of the same way about gluten-free cookies — they look like cookies, but they're not. I do like raisin cookies. I like raisins in general. I also like Bill Murray.

8. Nabisco still sells animal-shaped cookies in a red box that looks like a train car labeled, "Barnum's Animals." However Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus gave their last-ever performance on May 21, 2017. Have you ever been to the circus?

I went to the circus when I was a child. I think maybe a couple of times. I liked the circus. I wanted to join the circus. Wanted to be one of those flying trapeze people. I was quite nimble as a kiddo. After I grew up, and realized how cruelly some of the animals in the circus are treated, I sort of lost interest in circus-going. I'd still like to do that flying trapeze thing, though.

9. Have you ever received a memorable fortune in a fortune cookie?

I guess not, since I don't remember any. 

Happy Saturday, everyone! And have a great weekend.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 748



Mutterings for the week of June 5th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Boredom :: TV
  2. Lifestyle :: choices
  3. Adopt :: animal shelter
  4. Foolishness :: politics
  5. Backtrack :: return, try again
  6. Plastic :: ...Fantastic Lover (thank you, Jefferson Airplane)
  7. Debt :: obligation
  8. Flag :: stars and stripes
  9. Unique :: one off
  10. West :: Adam (still my favorite Batman)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunday Stealing: The Random Questions, Part 683


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 Random Questions, Part 683.
  1. How old do you look?
    As old as I am.
     
  2. Where do you live?
    Texas.
     
  3. Are you waiting for something?
    Yes, several things. Today, I'm mostly waiting to hear from M's brother who's visiting from Florida.
     
  4. What’s one pet peeve of yours that is not common?
    ???? I have many peeves, pet and otherwise. Probably none of them are really uncommon.
     
  5. Do you want/have kids?
    No kids.
     
  6. Have you ever thought about converting your religion?
    I was raised Methodist, and "converted" to Presbyterian when I married. Technically, I'm still Presbyterian, but I'm not currently involved in any organized religion.
     
  7. Last shocking news you heard?
    I suppose I could say the terror attacks in London last night. But at this point, terror attacks aren't really that shocking anymore.
     
  8. What was the last thing you drank?
    Cranberry juice.
     
  9. Who do you most look like in your family?
    I look a lot like my mother's youngest sister. Also look a lot like my father and a couple of his older sisters. There's definitely a resemblance to both families, so even though I used to think I might have been adopted, I've always known that can't be true.
     
  10. If you could have something right now, anything, what would it be?
    Wow, what a dangerous question. Of course, I'd like a cure for cancer and an end to poverty and ignorance, worldwide. I'd like people to stop killing each other. But that's asking an awful lot, right? So I'll just say: I'd like an intelligent, educated, real adult human being with a real brain as president, please. (You asked.)
     
  11. Where does most of your family live?
    This sounds like one of those questions they warn you not to answer on the Internet. I have family all over the place.
     
  12. Where did you grow up?
    Another security no-no. But OK, I grew up in Texas.
     
  13. Where do you want to go on vacation?
    Back to Hawaii or Rehoboth. Also always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon. Also hope to see Italy before I get too old to know what I'm seeing.
     
  14. Have you ever had a panic attack?
    Many times.
     
  15. What can’t you wait for?
    Can't think of anything, really. I've learned patience in my old age.
     
  16. When’s the last time you told someone you loved him or her and meant it?
    Last night. The hubby. Meant it when I said it and always.
     
  17. Have your parents ever smoked pot?
    Neither of my parents is still with us. I can say without a doubt that my mother never smoked pot. Not so sure about my father — he was in the Navy during WWII, stationed in California and England. Who knows what he might have gotten up to back then?
     
  18. Want someone back in your life?
    Yes. A few I can think of.
     
  19. What do you order at the bar?
    It depends. On many factors. Where, when, who I'm with, if I'm driving, etc. Usually either white wine, a margarita or Tanqueray and tonic.
     
  20. When was the last time you cried really, really hard?
    I've answered this several times recently. I'm not a crier.
     
  21. What are your nicknames?
    And another one of those don't tell questions. Passwords, you know.
     
  22. What is your favorite thing to eat with peanut butter?
    More peanut butter. I love peanut butter. It's one of my favorite foods. I could just eat it out of the jar with a spoon and be perfectly happy. Unfortunately, I seem to have developed a mild allergy to peanuts/peanut butter and don't eat it anymore. When I did, I liked it by itself on crackers. Or in a sandwich with sliced bananas. But my favorite (back in the day) was peanut butter and crispy bacon on white bread. Now that's a killer sandwich. Literally.
     
  23. Where were you on July 4th, 2008?
    Well now, Inspector. I'm not sure — let me check my diary. Hmmm. Seems we were in Shenandoah National Park, hiking the Deep Hollow Falls trail. I had my travel doll Kayla with me.


  24. If you could go forward in time, how far forward would you go?
    I'm not sure I'd want to. I don't think I'm going to like the future we seem to be making for ourselves.
     
  25. If you could go back in time, how far back would you go?
    I wouldn't. I'm really pretty happy with living in the present. I like to read about time travel, but don't think I'd really care to experience it.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Saturday 9: Lazy Bones


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


Lazy Bones, by Leon Redbone

If you're not familiar with the song, you can listen to it HERE.
And you can hear it done by the song's composer Hoagy Carmichael HERE.

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I liked Leon Redbone back in the '70s, although I don't think I ever had any of his records. He was always such a mysterious character, and no one seemed to know anything about him. Of course, this was way back in the distant dark ages before the Internet and Google and Wikipedia put all information on everything/everyone right at our fingertips twenty-four hours a day. For a while we didn't even know his first name — he was just "Redbone."

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1. This song is about a guy who'd rather nap than do his chores. Are there things you should be doing right now, instead of hanging around the blogosphere, answering these questions?

Well, I'm retired. So, technically anyway, I can do whatever I want whenever I want. That said, I imagine I could find any number of more productive things to be doing right now. I just don't wanna.

2. This song mentions a lazy afternoon of fishing. When did you last go fishing?

Wow, it's been a really long time. Maybe like thirty years or more. M's parents used to own a place on Lake Buchanan (in a little town called Tow, TX), and we fished there at least once. Back in the 1980s, probably. I'm not really a fisherman (fisherwoman?) — although I do like looking at all those cute little lures and gadgets. And I can bait a hook. But I just find it all pretty boring. And smelly. So I'm not likely to say anything like "Honey, why don't you ever take me fishing?"

3. The lyrics catch our hero sleeping in both the sun and the shade. Do you have a nice, shady place to nap on your front lawn? Or would we catch you lying in the sun?

We do have some nice shady places to nap in our yard. M has even talked about putting a hammock out there. And I would love to lie around in the sun and get a beautiful deep tan. But I have asthma and I'm allergic to pretty much the entire outside world. So if I do any napping, it's going to be indoor napping.

4. This week's featured artist, Leon Redbone, is a difficult man to nail down. Over the years he's claimed to be born in Ontario, and Philadelphia, and even Cyprus. Tell us about a time you got caught in a fib.

No way. Some things are best kept under one's hat if one knows what's good for one. This one does.

5. Mr. Redbone has said that taking himself too seriously would be "the gentle kiss of death." What's something that you always take seriously and just can't joke about?

Well, I take a lot of things seriously — M's health and safety, my health and safety, how I feel about the people I love, our rights as citizens of a (relatively) free and (at least for the time being) democratic nation. But, even so — I can joke about most everything. Which is something I have to be very careful about.

6. He has retired from public life, and that includes his Facebook page, which is no longer available. What did you last post to your Facebook page?

Not really a Facebook fan, so I had to go look this up. On May 23rd, I posted a notice about Roger Moore's death (very sad news). And before that, I posted in March when Chuck Berry died. I don't check in with Facebook very often, and when I do it seems like I just post death notices.

7. Leon always wore dark glasses when he performed. Do your sunglasses have gray, green, brown or rose colored lenses?

I always get very dark gray lenses.

8. Recently Dick Van Dyke performed this song at a charity benefit, aided by his a capella quartet, The Vantastix. Last year, at age 90, he campaigned for Bernie Sanders. So Mr. Van Dyke is certainly not a "lazy bones." Who's the most active, energetic person in your life?

That would be the hubby. M is much more energetic than I am. Fortunately — or we'd never get anything done around here. I'm definitely more of a lazybones.

9. Random question: You're at dinner with friends and someone begins a very long joke with, "Stop me if you've heard this before." You have heard it, many times before. Do you stop him? Or do you just sit through it again?

Depends on how close a friend, and who else is there. And if it's the Hubs telling the joke, I'd just pretend I'm hearing it for the first time and let him roll.


Happy Saturday, everyone! And have a great weekend.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

ABC Wednesday: Round 20 - U

This time around, U is for....

UKULELE


The ukulele originated in Hawaii, sometime in the 19th Century. It's related to the lute, and looks like a small guitar. It generally has four strings that can be either gut or nylon. And it's amazing how much music can be generated with just those four strings.

When we visited Honolulu last year, a uke seemed like the perfect souvenir for M to bring home with us. When he plays it, I feel like I'm right back on the beach at Waikiki!


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Our World Tuesday: End of May

It's hard to believe we're already coming up on the end of another month. And with June just around the corner, almost half the year has disappeared (poof!), just like that! How can this be? Weren't we just putting away the Christmas decorations a few weeks ago? And now we're trying on swimsuits.

All I can say is SLOW DOWN!!!!!

Well, things have sort of slowed down around here, actually. May hasn't been quite as hectic as April was. For some reason, M and I managed to have almost all our regular doctor appointments scheduled in April; so we spent much of last month in various waiting/examining rooms. But May has been relatively medical-profession-free. So far, anyway. (Shouldn't speak too soon. As I type, M is out there doing yard work — sharp tools, hot sun, enormous stinging/biting insects. Well, he's always careful, but I worry.)

So, anyway. End of May. Yesterday evening we had the first Margaritas of the year...


...while enjoying the evening out on the front porch. And the mosquitos enjoyed us — I got several bites that are itching like crazy this morning. Bummer.

But the yard and garden are looking very nice after all M's work. Last week he started in on the patio area, and put out a few begonias in pots. They're a lovely shade of red and I'm hoping it won't be too hot for them out there.


Fortunately, the patio is fenced off from the rest of the yard so the deer can't feast on the plants. Our deer seem to eat everything, including all the things they're not "supposed" to like. And they love drinking from our birdbath, even though we keep a tub of water out just for them.


M is constantly chasing them away, but they just wander off and come right back when he's not looking. Very much like cats.

They're definitely a nuisance, but cute too. We've got one mama deer who's been sheltering her baby around the place. For a while, she was leaving it on the steps to our side lot. It blended right in with the background.


But for the last few days, she's been installing it on our front porch.


She drops it off in the morning, and comes and collects it around noon. Like we're the local day care for deer. It sleeps. And it doesn't seem to mind that we're right nearby. I guess it knows us by now.

So, nothing much exciting going on right now. However, summer's coming and things should be heating up in our world. But not too much, I hope.







Monday, May 29, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 747



Mutterings for the week of May 29th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Laundry :: piles and piles of... (Don't remind me!)
  2. Stoke :: Jimmy Connors (You'll only understand this if you're a real Jimbo fan.)


  3. Zombie :: Apocalypse 
  4. Parliament :: cigarettes (My grandmother sometimes smoked these. She always bought them in the flip-top box.)


  5. Instilled :: ingrained?
  6. Ache :: tooth (Get away from me with that drill!)
  7. Muscle :: ache (No aching muscles today, but the week is young.)
  8. Sniff :: smell, allergy, red cedar
  9. Crude :: the Prez (I guess money can't buy ya class.)
  10. Effort :: try, attempt, A for...

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday Stealing: The Procrastination 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 Procrastination Tool Questions.
  1. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
  2. Taverna Cretekou in Alexandria, Virginia. Haven't been there in several years though, not since just before we moved back to Texas. If you like Greek food or just amazing seafood, it was definitely the place to go. The people-watching was usually great, too. Around here, my favorite is probably Serranos — there are several of these around the Austin area, and they have pretty tasty Tex-Mex fare.
     

  3. What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it?
    For every meal? Or just once a day? Be more specific. Well, I could eat some form of pasta everyday and never tire of it. And for years I ate peanut butter sandwiches for lunch everyday and loved it. I'd still be doing that except for the fact that I seem to have become mildly allergic to peanuts in my old age. Bummer.
     
  4. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
    Yes. Several things.
     
  5. What is the last heavy item you lifted?
    Heavy? Well, there's heavy and there's heavy, you know. I've been having a problem with my right shoulder and arm — pulled a muscle a couple of weeks ago and it's just now getting back to normal. So haven't lifted much of anything lately. I guess the last heavy thing I lifted was the barbell that caused the pulled muscle.
     
  6. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
    Hmmm. Only by anesthetics. I've fainted a couple of times. But never been punched or bashed or anything like that.
     
  7. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
    Absolutely not! Get away from me with that crystal ball!!!
     
  8. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
    Oh, sweetie — I'm much too old to start thinking about doing anything that majorly traumatic. And anyway, I'm pretty happy with my name just the way it is.
     
  9. What’s your goal for the year?
    Stay out of the hospital.
     
  10. Last person you hugged?
    The hubby.
     
  11. First place you went this morning?
    Bathroom.
     
  12. Do you always answer your phone?
    No. Only if I recognize the number/person calling.
     
  13. It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?
    I don't really text. Yeah, I know — dinosaur. The only people I get text messages from are the Hubs and a few other close relatives. (And if I got a message from one of them at 4am, I'd panic.)
     
  14. If you could change your eye color what would it be?
    I like my eye color. Sort of dark turquoise / sapphire. Actually, it's one of the few things about me that I wouldn't want to change.
     
  15. What’s on your wish list for your birthday?
    I don't really have a wish list right now. My birthday is in September, so I haven't started thinking about it yet.
     
  16. Does the future make you more nervous or excited?
    Everything makes me nervous.
     
  17. Do you have any saved texts?
    Yes. Even though (as I said) I don't do a lot of texting. My phone stores them and I never remember to delete.
     
  18. Ever been in a car wreck?
    I've been in some minor accidents, but no big crashes.
     
  19. Do you have an accent?
    Probably. I grew up in central Texas, so I'm sure the twang is detectable. But I've had a lot of voice training over the years, so I can ditch the accent when necessary.
     
  20. What was the last song to make you cry?
    "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" — the hubby played it on piano a lot this past Christmas season. It's one of the songs I used to use in acting classes, as a "sense memory" to make myself cry on demand. I'm tearing up, just thinking about it. Also used to use "Memory" from Cats.

     
  21. What did you do last night?
    Watched re-runs of Columbo and The Rockford Files on the COZI-TV network. Then an episode of Midsomer Murders on PBS. Also did some blog reading. Not the most thrilling of Saturday nights.
     
  22. Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?
    Yes. Not recently, fortunately.
     
  23. Current hate right now?
    Well, hatred is pretty extreme. I agree with Marian Anderson — you lose a lot of time, hating people. So I try not to hate people. But I do hate cruelty, bigotry, selfishness, and willful ignorance. And there's certainly a lot of all that around lately.
     
  24. Met someone who changed your life?
    Yes.
     
  25. How did you bring in the New Year?
    This year M and I were on our own — stayed home with no parties or guests. We finished putting together a jigsaw puzzle we'd been working on, and watched a couple of DVDs (Christmas movies we hadn't managed to get to before Christmas). And at midnight we went out onto the front porch and had a look at all the distant fireworks displays.
     
  26. What song represents you?
    That's a toughie. Maybe "Deep in the Heart of Texas"?
     


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saturday 9: Stars and Stripes Forever!


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...


Stars and Stripes Forever,
by The Muppets

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

Memorial Day is the federal holiday designated to honor American service people who died in battle. Though our song choice is humorous, we honor their sacrifice in our hearts.

This is another song I wasn't familiar with. Well, I'm familiar with the song, just not the Muppets' rendition. I've always loved the Muppets (especially Miss Piggy and Big Bird), but the Hubby goes apoplectic whenever he encounters them. So I don't really get to see/hear all their stuff. Anyhoo....

Here we go.

1. Memorial Day was introduced after the Civil War. War memorials, as well as the graves of veterans, are to be decorated with flags and flowers on this day to show our appreciation. Is there a war memorial in your neighborhood?
Not in our immediate neighborhood. We live in a semi-rural community that's only recently begun to think of itself as a "town." And we haven't yet started putting up memorials or markers or what have you. But one of the other little "towns" a few miles down the road has a Veterans Memorial Park with this bronze statue of a young soldier. It's called "Going Home" and I don't know who the sculptor was.

Photo: texashillcountry.com

2. Andrew Johnson, our 17th President, was in office the first time Memorial Day (then called Decoration Day) was celebrated. Have you ever met one of our 45 Presidents?
No. Which is a little strange since M and I both worked in Washington DC for many years, and had enumerable chances to meet politicians. But there aren't many politicians I'd really want to meet. Actually, most of them I wouldn't even want to be in the same room with. (Ooops! Sorry if you or your loved ones are politicians. I'm sure I'd love to be in the same room with you.)

3. According to the AAA, 36 million Americans will hit the road this weekend and drive more than 50 miles. Will you be traveling far from home this weekend?
No, not far. It's possible we might head into Austin for some shopping, but that's a very remote possibility. We usually try to stay off the road on these big holiday weekends. Our community is having a mini music/art/food/boating fest by the lake today, and that was also a possibility. But it looks very much like it might be rained out. Bummer.

4. Memorial Day kicks off the summer season. What's your favorite picnic food?
Hot dogs, if cooking is available. Wine and cheese, if it's not. But I'm not a huge picnic fan, so I don't really do picnics very often.

5. Have you packed away your winter clothes? Or is the weather still so changeable that you still may need something warm?
Probably won't be needing anything really warm for several months now. But I still have winter things in the closet — I don't generally put them away when the warmer weather hits. We have a really big "master" closet and I don't have that many clothes, so I usually just cover up the off-season items and leave them there.

6. As you answer these questions, is there an air conditioner or fan on?
Oh, yeah. By this time of year, in central Texas, you either have the AC running or you melt. (Although we've had a very mild May so far.)

7. This week, we are featuring the Muppets. Jim Henson made the first Muppet out of an old coat, and he used ping pong balls for the eyes. Do you have a talent for do-it-yourself/arts and crafts projects?
No. Even though it pains me to say that. I'm not really artsy/craftsy, but I love to piddle with a/c anyway. The one thing I am pretty good at is sewing, but I haven't done much of that in years. I have a cousin (who blogs HERE) who's an amazing quilter and needlecraft artist, but she got much more of the creative gene than I did.

8. Random question: Think of the last thing you bought. Did you get a good deal?
I'm pretty sure the last thing I bought was an e-book from Amazon, and it cost $1.99. So, yeah, I think I got a very good deal.

9. Crazy Sam needs your help: What song or a performer would you like to see featured in a Saturday 9 this summer? You'll begin seeing your suggestions as Saturday 9 themes in mid-June.
Well, I'm a newcomer to the Sat-9 meme, so I'm not really sure what songs/performers have already been featured. (And I'm too lazy right now to go find that out.) But when I think of summer and music, I mostly think about the Beach Boys, or Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer" or the Sgt Pepper album by the Beatles (which was released on May 26, 1967 in England, and in the US on June 2, 1967 — so this year is its 50th anniversary).

Happy Saturday, everyone! Hope you have a lovely, safe holiday weekend.

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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?
    Tall.
     
  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?
    Shoes.
     
  14. love someone?
    Yes.
     
  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.


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