Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cardinal in the Green Grass

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Stealing: The Kathy Aay Questions

Sunday Stealing: The Kathy Aay Questions

1. What is the meaning of your blog’s name?

A. Blue - my favorite color. Country - where I live. Magic - I love the idea of magic and believe that life can be magical. If you look out of the corner of your eye you will sometimes see that a leprechaun in watching you.

2. Why did you start your blogging?

A. I initially started blogging in 2003 as a reaction to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which I opposed on the grounds that the terrorists came from Saudi Arabia. As a news reporter in a very red area I couldn't speak out about it and maintain my objectivity, so I needed some other way to express my frustration. I got it out of my system and then switched over to AOl Journals. I turned that into a creative outlet because writing stories about local government was making me weary. After AOL decided to close its journal product, this blog came about.

3. What’s your usual bedtime?

A. Anywhere from 9:30 to midnight.

4. Are you lazy?

A. I don't think so, but I do think that being unwell has made me less enthusiastic about doing things than I once was. I don't think it's laziness so much as being zapped of energy by pain and medication.

5. Do you miss anyone right now?

A. Not at the moment, no.

6. How would you describe your fashion sense?

A. Terrible.

7. What are your nicknames?

A. My husband calls me Baby, Pookie, and Sweetie Pie. I also answer to "Hey, you!"
8. Are you a patient person?

A. Generally speaking. It depends on the situation and who is involved.

9. Are you tight-fisted or frivolous?

A. Tight-fisted.

10. What magazines do you read?

A. Reader's Digest and O! in print form. I sometimes pick up Progressive Farmer and Beef Today flip through them. I read the New York Times online and the local daily in print form every day, and the weekly paper in print form when it comes out. I also read articles from The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Slate, Salon, Vox, and whatever else of interest crosses my path.
11. Are you stubborn?

A. I can be. But not as stubborn as my husband.

12. When is your birthday?

A. I am a Gemini girl.

13. What book are you currently reading?

A. Hold Still, by Sally Mann. It's an autobiography of a famous photographer who went to same college I did.

14. What phone do you have?

A. I have a flip phone. It's a Nokia. I have had it for about five years, maybe longer.

15. Do you have any pets?

A. We have about 45 cows (most have calves) and two bulls. They are not exactly pets but they come running when they hear the tractor start up.

16. Do you have siblings?

A. I have a brother who is three years younger than I am.

17. Any children or grandchildren?

A. None of the above. I have a niece and four nephews, though.

18. What do you order at Starbucks?

A. I don't go to Starbucks. There isn't one nearby.

19. What did you do for your last birthday?

A. I was sick last year on my birthday. I spent the morning at the doctor's office and the rest of the day in bed.

20. What’s your occupation?

A. I am currently the bookkeeper and chief bottle washer for our farm and my husband's septic tank installation business. I am a freelance writer by trade. I did that for 30 years, mostly writing for newspapers and local magazines, and made a decent living at it until the recession. After that the jobs dwindled - our area had a glut of laid-off newspaper people - and then I became ill. I might go back to writing someday. Or not. I have also worked at other jobs, including for lawyers, in retail, and in industry. I had planned to become an adjunct instructor at the community college and had just been hired to do that when I became sick. I taught two classes and then was waylaid by illness.

I consider myself a jack-of-all-trades (master of none) because I have many interests, although lately I have heard people like me called "scanners" or "curiousity seekers" or "multipotentialite."

21. Do you live in the country or the city?

A. Thank God, I'm a country girl.

Women With Swords

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday 9: Heat of the Moment

Saturday 9: The Heat of the Moment (1982)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) What's something you did or said "in the heat of the moment?"

A. Quit a job. Actually, I stood up for myself and that led to my loss of a job. I was working for a two-lawyer firm, with another woman as a second (and senior) secretary. When I first went to work there, the drinks in the fridge were free. Then I was told I had to pay $0.50 for drinks (which were Sam's Club brand). So I started bringing in my own Diet Cokes. They kept disappearing. I knew one of the lawyers was drinking them because I saw the cans in his trash. Finally I marked one of the cans and when he came into my office with it in his hand, I pointed it out and asked for my $0.50 for the drink. He got very angry (though he handed me two quarters) and about two weeks later he "let me go" but gave no reason. He fought me on my unemployment but the state said he owed it to me since he had no real reasons for asking me to leave, so I collected it. Later, I found out that he and the other woman were having an affair; I am fairly sure that is the *real* reason I was asked to leave, because I was on the verge of figuring that out.

I'm not sure that's "heat of the moment" although I remember being angry when I saw for sure that he had my soda and was the one stealing from me. Jerk.

2) Asia's founder and bass player, John Wetton, passed away in January. One of his bandmates remembered him as a reliable performer who made everyone around him look better. Do you enjoy being the center of attention? Or would you, like Mr. Wetton, prefer to play a supporting role?

A. I would prefer the supporting role. The great thing about being a news reporter was I was there but invisible, participating but not. Seems like that would be a supporting role kind of thing.

3) Asia is a British band who played their first US concert at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. The nearest major city -- Ottawa, Canada -- is a 90-minute drive from Pottsdam. When you were last in the car for an hour or more? Where were you going?

A. We went to Rocky Mount, VA to hear Tommy Emmanuel play guitar at the Harvester Performance Center.

4) The song refers to disco hot spots, which apparently, by 1982, no one wanted to go to anymore. Let's make that negative into a positive. Describe your perfect night out with friends. Where would you go?

A. To see a fantasy movie and to the book store.

5) In 1982, the year this song was popular, someone laced bottles of Tylenol with cyanide. That's why we now have tamper-proof caps on many products. Have you used anything in a tamper-proof bottle yet today?

A. No. I have asked the pharmacist to remove the child-proof caps from my drug prescriptions. We have no children around here.

6) In 1982, Time Magazine's Person of the Year wasn't a person at all, it was "the computer." What do you use your computer for most often?

A. Writing, video games, reading (including Facebook, blogs, etc.), looking stuff up, and watching a live stream of a giraffe that refuses to have her baby, apparently.

7) 1982 also saw the premiere of The Weather Channel. Where do you learn the day's weather forecast? (Watching the local news on TV, checking your phone, looking out the window . . .)

A. I look out the window and check the local news station on the Internet.

8) In 1982, Arnold Schwarzenegger's movie, Conan the Barbarian, was a hit in theaters. When you settle down to watch a movie, is it usually a fantasy, like Conan? Or do you prefer another genre (action, comedy, adventure, romance, drama, classic . . .)

A. I like fantasies but will watch most anything except for those comedies that are full of poop jokes, farts, and young men objectifying women.

9) Random question: What is something you try to avoid?

A. Being uncomfortable.


I encourage you to visit other participants in Saturday 9 posts and leave a comment. Because there are no rules, it is your choice. Saturday 9 players hate rules. We love memes, however.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sunrise This Morning