Friday, August 18, 2017

Saturday 9: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Saturday 9: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

. . . because Joy recommended it

Here's a Paul McCartney version of the title song.

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?

A. It depends on how good the time off was. A stressful time off does not do me much good.

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?

A. I last watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on the TV.

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)?

A. I would like to travel a little and see some new things. Actually I think a 3-month cruise that takes in Italy and Greece sounds nice.

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?

A. I do not think I have ever attended a costume party.

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?

A. Janis Joplin. Didn't have to look that one up at all.

6) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band appeared on the Billboard charts for 175 weeks. Is this album in your collection?

A. I think the version with Elton John and the BeeGees (wasn't it the BeeGees?) is in my collection, not the original.

7) The Beatles are among the top-selling artists of all time in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. Would you like to visit Africa?

A. Sure, if I were healthy and somebody could give me really strong sunscreen and somehow keep the bugs from eating me alive. I hear the drums echoing tonight; she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation. She's coming in 12:30 flight, the moonlit wings reflect me towards salvation. . . . I bless the rains down in Africa.

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?

A. $1.96/gallon. I filled it up on Wednesday.

9) Random question: Are most of your married friends happily married?

A. To my knowledge most of them are, yes. What goes on behind closed doors generally stays there, as it should unless life is in danger. I can think of two married couples with issues, but most of my married friends seem happy with one another.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday Thirteen

1. Molds are fungi that can be found everywhere. Thousands of mold species exist, many of which have not been scientifically documented. Fungi and other primitive life-forms go back at least 2.8 billion years. They are one of the oldest life-forms on earth.

2. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

3. Here are some common indoor molds: Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. (They sound like a venereal disease, a cure, an alternative universe, and a vegetable, don't they?)

4. People who are sensitive to molds (which is probably everybody, they just don't react as strongly as others), experience symptoms like nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation.

5. Severe reactions frequently occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay.

6. Severe reactions include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.

7. In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) linked indoor mold exposure to upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people. It is also linked to asthma.

8. Molds are found year round and growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers. (Don't kid yourself. Mold can be ANYWHERE. Last night I found mold underneath my chair mat (on a hardwood floor) in my office. No clue how it got there. My supposition: dead spiders and high humidity. It was the last place I would have thought to find mold.)

9. Sensitive people should avoid areas that have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas.

10. To control mold in homes, control humidity levels and ventilate showers and cooking areas. (Clean the house occasionally. You may be surprised at what you find behind or under something.) Humdity levels should be no higher than 50% all day long. Air conditioning and/or a dehumidifier may be required.

11. Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of household laundry bleach in 1 gallon of water. Be careful with bleach, and use gloves and protective eye wear. You may also need to wear a breathing mask.

12. Other hints: make sure your home is adquately ventialted, including exhaust fans in the bathrooms and kitchen. Add mold inhibitors to paints before application. Clean with mold-killing products. Don't put carpet in bathrooms or basements.

13. Other areas known to have high mold issues include antique shops, greenhouses, saunas, farms, mills, construction areas, flower shops, and summer cottages

Information from https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm#affect.

This information is for educational purposes only and should not be relied upon for mold issues in your home, workplace, school, or other areas. See a specialist if you have concerns.
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Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 513th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Symbolic Scarf

I made my third (and maybe my last) scarf not long ago. It is straight knitting, no pearling. I still haven't learned how to do that although I understand it is easy to do once you get the hang of it.

This scarf is solid blue and I used acrylic yarn. I made it for a close friend who recently completed an adventure around the U.S., hitting all of the four corners of the country and her 49th state. By four corners I mean the farthest places north, south, east, and west on the mainland. I am not exactly sure what those were for her as I found several definitions of what it could be on the Internet. But at any rate, she's happy and reached her goal, and that is all that matters.

I wanted to put buttons on the scarf that were shaped like the USA, but after looking at literally thousands of buttons on Etsy and other sites, I could not find what I wanted. I gave up and went with simple, putting red and white buttons on the end to symbolize the four corners.


The scarf in its entirety.

The end with two buttons.

The middle of the scarf

The bind-off end. I redid it several times but could not make it look as nice as the cast-on end.

I wasn't pleased with this but it was the way it ended up.
Knitting is supposed to be comforting but I do not find it very meditative. I think I am too much of a perfectionist, and especially if I am making something for someone else, then I want it perfect. This is far from perfect but it was my best effort. Sometimes you simply don't do everything well, and I think for me knitting is probably one of those things. I may try some other patterns - I have some cotton yarn and a pattern for making dish cloths that I would like to try - but I think I am done with scarves for a while.

I have turned to crochet for the moment, and we'll see what comes of that.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing: Make a Difference Today

1. What is the favorite piece of art you own?

P Buckley Moss painting of Hollins Main

A. A painting of one of the building on the Hollins campus, where I went to college.

2. What is the most expensive bill you paid last month?

A. The credit card. I charge everything and pay it off each month to get the cash back award.

3. What’s the last thing you apologized for?

A. I tend to apologize for everything, so I am not sure.

4. If you could do today over, would you change anything?

A. I would certainly redo Friday and Saturday over for Charlottesville, VA. Today, Sunday, is still early. Who knows what deceit and hate will bring as the sun rises.

5. What is the largest TV screen in your house?

A. I think it's 50" or something like that.

6. What did you buy today?

A. I haven't bought anything since Friday, when I picked up a prescription at the pharmacy.

7. I wish I had ____

A. The ability to transform the world into the place it could be, instead of what it is.

8. How many photos did you take today?

A. I took the one above of the artwork.

9. Last thing you wanted and didn’t get.

A. A smartphone.

10. What was the last new thing you tried?

A. I checked out some MACs at Best Buy last weekend.

11. Who is your hero?

A. My husband.

12. Today I feel really secure knowing ____

A. I do not feel secure.

13. Whose life did you make a difference in today?

A. Yesterday I made a difference; this morning it is 8:10 a.m. and I'm not awake enough to
make a difference.

14. What would have made today perfect?

A. Today would be perfect if I could find a way to make it to an event I'd like attend. Unfortunately, it is on terrain that I don't think I can traverse alone. I need an escort, and no one is available.

15.  Did you thank anybody today?

A. I did yesterday. I thank my brother for calling me.

Bonus: If you were a Muppet, which would you be?

The one that lives in the trash can.

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The Sound of Silence - No More

I strongly condemn the events in Charlottesville, VA this weekend. Not my values. Not my friends.

If you are one of those people - and I am sure there are many - who voted for Mr. Trump but wouldn't run over people or bash in someone's face because they disagree with you, what are you going to do about it?

President Trump did not condemn these actions. His words were weak and pathetic. They were not the words of a leader. They were not words that bring a nation together. They were not even kind words. And then he went on to brag about himself and how good things are under his so-called administration. Basically we have no government at the moment. This man can call everybody else names, but he certainly can't name his supremacist friends what they are - domestic terrorists. This was a planned racist event.

Expect more of them.

"Some members of Trump’s own party called on the President to specifically cite the Charlottesville tragedy as a terror attack, or to call out white nationalists. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that it was “very important” for the country to hear the president “describe events in Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by white supremacists. . . . Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) wrote that “we must call evil by its name.” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) echoed that “we should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.”' - Variety


"In the naked light I saw 10,000 people, maybe more. People talking without speaking. People hearing without listening. . . . No one dare disturb the sound of silence. . . . Silence like a cancer grows."


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday 9: Start Me Up

Saturday 9: Start Me Up (1981)

. . . because Kwizgiver recommended The Rolling Stones

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. (My husband's favorite band!)

1) That's a goat wearing a high heel (in the picture on the album in which this song appears). What's on your feet as you answer these questions?

A. My Apex sneakers, which are white and fairly new. They are considered a shoe for diabetics, though I am not diabetic. I do, however, have problems with my feet and these work better than anything else I have found.

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?

A. Nope.

3) In this song, Mick pleads, "Don't make a grown man cry." When is the last time you shed a tear?

A. A few weeks ago.

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?

A. Writing. Talking/listening to people.

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?

A. I think it's a tie between Miss You and Beast of Burden.

6) This recording of "Start Me Up" features a cowbell. Do you remember which Saturday Night Live host made, "More cowbell!" a catchphrase?

A. No clue, sorry.

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?

A. I have three to-do list programs on my computer. They all monitor different activities and go off at different times. On top of that, Alexa on my Kindle Fire tells me when I've been sitting for an hour and should stand up and walk around. My whole life revolves around bells and whistles.

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?

A. Still. That's why I'm overweight and need a Fitbit.

9) Random question: Do you believe men are inherently more sensible than women?

A. Oh, hell no. I'll even say that again: hell no! I know many more men then women who make bags of hammers look like they have more sense.


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