Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Stealing: Very Much

From Sunday Stealing

Very Much Questions Meme

1. What was the last clothing item that you bought?

A. A pair of shoes.
2. If you could stay one age forever, what age would you choose?

A. Sometime in my early 40s. Old enough to be wise but still not falling apart physically.
3. When you say “lol”, are you really laughing?

A. Depends on what I am responding to.
4. What is the most interesting thing you’ve done in the past year?

A. I don't do interesting things. I am about as boring as a person can be.
5. If you started a business, what would it be?

A. I always wanted to run a bookstore.
6. Do your friends/family/coworkers know about your blog?

A. Yes. Well, some of them, anyway. I don't keep it a secret.
7. How long does it take you to write an average blog post?

A. Sometimes 10 minutes, sometimes an hour. Depends on the day and whether or not I am feeling long-winded.
8. How do you keep up with the blogs you follow?

A. With great difficulty.
9. What is your bedtime?

A. I'm usually in bed by 10 p.m.
10. Introvert or extrovert?

A. Introvert.
11. What is your biggest wish?

A. To be healthy.
12. What is the best job you ever had?

A. Freelance writer.
13. Dog person/cat person/both/neither?

A. I like dogs but I am highly allergic, so I suppose neither.
14. If you had $1,000 to spend any way you wanted, what would you do with it?

A. If I had to spend it on myself, I'd buy new clothes. If I could give it away, I would give it to the local food shelter.
15. How do you “dress” your toast?

A. Um. I put butter on it and eat it. Sometimes I might put a little apple butter on it. This is a weird question.
16. How do you feel about snow?

A. It is fine when it falls and then goes away the next day.
17. What was the worst job you ever had?

A. When I was a file clerk as a teenager.
18. What song can you not stop listening to?

A. I listen to a lot of songs. My "sticks" change frequently, though.

19. Love your name or hate it?

A. I am fine with my name, thank you.
20. How did you choose your blog/twitter handle?

A. CountryDew has been with me for more than 20 years, and I don't remember how I came up with it. The blog title, Blue Country Magic, is because I live in the country in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and I think life is a magical experiment.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday 9: Battle Hymn

Saturday 9: Battle Hymn of the Republic

Memorial Day was introduced to honor the men and women who died while serving the in the United States Armed Forces. We want to make sure that message is not forgotten this weekend.

1) This recording was made live at St. Patrick's Cathedral, during Sen. Robert Kennedy's funeral. (Hear it here.) While both of Bobby's older brothers were decorated war heroes, he served too -- enlisting in the Navy in 1943. Are you a veteran? Are there veterans in your family? (We are grateful and want to hear about it.)
A. My father served and so did his brothers and his father. On my mother's side, two of her brothers served.
2) Memorial Day also kicks off the summer season. What's your favorite picnic food?
A. Watermelon. 
3) Name a scent that reminds you of someone special in your life.
A. Clean soap.
4) When was the last time you had your hair cut or trimmed?
A. I had my hair issues taken care of earlier this week.
5) Crazy Sam runs on Dunkin'. Are you loyal to a particular brand of coffee?
A. I don't drink coffee.
6) If money was no object, what home improvement would you like to make this summer?
A. I'd like to tear up the deck and install a concrete patio, and while I was at it, I would concrete the entire driveway (which is about 1/4 mile long) so I would not have a dirt road to travel on.
7) What was the last thing you bought purely for your own enjoyment?
A. That's actually a hard question. Books, I suppose.
8) When was the last time you rode a bike?

A. About 20 years ago.

9) Sam worries that many of her song selections reflect her decidedly Baby Boomer sensibilities. Is there a song or a performer that you'd like to see featured in a Saturday 9 this summer?

A. I'm very happy with Sam's picks. But if you want a tune, how about American Pie by Don McLean?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Blackberry Blooms

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday Thirteen

1. Friend: Have you ever had borsht?
   Me: Isn't that the group on Star Trek that forces you to assimilate? (Borsht, apparently, is some kind of Polish or Russian soup. I'd never heard of it. Borgs, on the other hand, turn you into something you weren't before. Resistance is futile.)

2. My new acupuncturist told me yesterday that I am a black hole. I take everything in and hold it, never letting it back out, she said. Black holes in space pull things in but never let them out; it's a gravitational thing. Black holes are so full of stuff that they become invisible. Black holes cannot be observed; they are known because the things that should be where they are, aren't. Or something like that.

3.  She also tells me I think too much. I never know how to respond to that - she's not the first person to say it. How can you think too much? Apparently a lot of people do. Here's a WikiHow that tells you how to stop thinking. Now I have to think about thinking too much.

4. Owning rental property is like that movie The Money Pit. The place is a black hole of its own, constantly creating a sucking sound in my checkbook.

5. My last tenant destroyed a door, left three huge holes in the wall, removed several other doors, shower heads, and the inside of toilet parts, and then made obscure threats to me when I wouldn't refund his deposit (I visited the sheriff about that, in case Mr. Jerk happens to read my blog.) He called his destruction "normal wear and tear." What is wrong with people? I've lived in my house for 28 years and not once put a hole in the wall.

6. Yesterday I saw two coyotes trotting along around 2:15 p.m., too quickly for me to get a photo of them. They went into the woods in front of the house. My husband was cutting hay in the next field, and he saw one of the coyotes stroll in front of him. He said it was a female, heavy with milk. So we probably have baby coyotes around here close by. Cue howling.

7. Officials say that vultures will not harm livestock. Tell that to this mother cow with her newborn:

My cousin came and stood guard over the baby until the vultures grew tired and went elsewhere for their fun. They've been known to kill calves and/or peck their eyes out.

8. I keep a calendar of exercises and pain for my physical therapist. Somehow I got off a week, and didn't realize it until Tuesday. For a moment I panicked, not knowing if it was May 12 or May 19. It was a quick glimpse into how I think a person with dementia must feel. I imagine it is a scary place.

9. I had to learn how to play Soft Kitty on the guitar because no one would sing it to me. Now I want to turn it into a full-fledged guitar song, but will need to sit down and write it out in tab form. I can hear it in my head but can't make my fingers find the sounds.

10. I spied this goose in the marsh. She's nesting. I hope the coyotes don't get her!

11. My beloved came home yesterday with a severe case of gout. I couldn't make him 'fess up as to what he had been eating. Gout is caused by too much uric acid, which gathers in the joint of the big toe. It's a type of arthritis. I know his triggers are red meat, seafood, asparagus, spinach, and mushrooms, among other things. We don't eat those much in my house (kind of ironic since we raise beef cattle, isn't it?). But I have no control over what he eats at the fire station.

12. Bing, the search engine, offers rewards for using it. I've received $10 in Amazon gift cards since I signed up. I use the gift cards for video game play on my Kindle Fire. Other types of rewards are available, like gift cards to Macy's and restaurants. You can even make donations to a couple of worthy causes. I switched to Bing because Google seems to return nothing but paid information anymore. (Nobody paid me to mention Bing, but I thought people might like the idea of free stuff.)

13. I like bacon. That's just a random fact because I couldn't think of anything else to say.

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 396th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bubbles in the Grass

I was trying to bolster a little creativity the other day and decided to blow some bubbles. I discovered I could not blow bubbles and photograph them in the air at the same time. However, they stayed together in the grass long enough for me to take some shots.

The last one is my favorite, because you can see the tree and horizon in the left part of the bubble.