Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing

1) What do you enjoy about summer?

A. It's not freezing cold, and things are green and not dead-looking.

2) Do you like snow? Why?

A. Not particularly. It makes it hard to feed the cattle and I no longer have a 4-wheel drive vehicle.

3) What do you think about dogs?

A. I don't think about them very much, actually. I get tired of seeing all the lonesome dog photos on Facebook from groups begging for money. I block them. I like dogs and used to have one, but I don't need to see the pictures of beaten or abused animals every day.

4) Have you ever gotten lost?

A. Once when my mother had taken us shopping, I lost her. I started crying and a salesperson got me. She took me to the service counter and they made an announcement. My mother came up within a minute. "I'm right here," she said. I got in trouble for causing a scene.

5) What are your favorite type of socks?

A. The kind that stay up.

6) What is your favorite style of shoes?

A. Sneakers.

7) What would you name your boat if you had one?

A. Galadriel.

8) What common misconception do you hate to hear repeated as fact?

A. Um. Unfortunately, pretty much anything that comes out of the White House these days.

9) What was the last shop you went into and what did you buy?

A. I went to Food Lion and I bought TV dinners, potatoes, and tea.

10) What's your favorite thing to do to pass the time?

A. Read.

11) What is a way to die that scares you the most?

A. A long slow decline from an illness.

12) Travel or home body?

A. Home body.

13) Have you ever gone to a Bingo hall?

A. Yes, but it has been a long time. The VFW Hall used to host Bingo games on Friday nights. They don't anymore.

14) What is the longest plane trip you have taken?

A. I flew to Spain.

15) Do you text more or call more? Why?

A. I call more. I prefer to hear a voice. You can tell more about what a person means, or how they are feeling, and hear a real laugh that means more than any LOL ever could.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Saturday 9: Where You Lead

Saturday 9: Where You Lead (1971)

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

1) This is the theme of The Gilmore Girls, a TV show that ran  from 2000 to 2007. It recently enjoyed renewed popularity as a reboot. Were you a fan?

A. I have never seen this show.

2) The show is about thirtysomething Lorelai Gilmore, her teenage daughterRory, and her parents, Richard and Emily. The four of them had dinner together every Friday night. Who did you have dinner with on Friday? What was on the menu?

A. I had dinner by myself. My husband was working. I ate a sandwich.

3) Lorelai is outgoing and talkative. How about you? Are you seldom at a loss for words?

A. I am not the most talkative person. Someone once described me like this: "She's very quiet, but if she says something you should listen because she only speaks after she's thought about what needs to be said." I think if you're someone I know, I talk more. I'm rather quiet in public.

4) Rory dreamed of going to an Ivy League school and then becoming a broadcast journalist. When you were in high school, what were your ambitions?

A. To be a writer. I wanted to be a ghost writer, really, and write Nancy Drew books, or something like that. A good steady job of writing that would pay the bills and keep me happy and intellectually stimulated. I became a news reporter instead. Close enough, I guess.

5) Rory's grandfather (and Lorelai's dad) went to Yale and performed with the Whiffenpoofs, Yale's famous a cappella group. Have you ever sung in front of an audience?

A. Yes, I have. I used to play guitar and sing in a band when I was in high school. I've a picture here someplace.
 

6) Rory's grandmother (and Lorelai's mother) Emily was very active in civic organizations and worked hard on the Hartford Zoological Society'sAnnual Silent Auction. Have you ever attended an auction?

A. Yes. Auctions are popular past times in rural areas. I don't go much anymore because someone always has a cigarette going, and I can't take the smoke because of my asthma. I used to go to them more frequently when I was younger. I once bought my husband a lot of tools at an auction. We also once bought a big bucket of hammers at an auction. Apparently we mostly buy tools at auctions.

7) Alexis Bledel, who played Rory, went on to appear in Mad Men and The Handmaid's Tale. Of these three shows -- Gilmore Girls, Mad Men and The Handmaid's Tale -- which would you prefer to binge watch?

A. The Handmaid's Tale. I haven't see any of these shows.

8) Carole King originally wrote this week's song, "Where You Lead," for her Tapestry album. Do you have a favorite Carole King song?

A. Probably "So Far Away," but she wrote "You've Got a Friend," and I love that song, too.

9) Random question: If zoo animals could talk, which animal do you imagine would be the rudest?

A. That's quite an intriguing question. I've been watching Serenghti on Discovery - great show if you're into watching lions, monkeys, etc. in their natural habitat. On that show, anyway, the baboons come off as being the rudest. Or maybe it's a tie with the hyenas.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Happiness Friday

Last night I went to listen to my father's band play at the local retirement home. Dad is in his late 70s, but he is in good form.

I enjoyed listening to him sing, and watching him be the showman he is. He's very charismatic and good at working a crowd. He always has been.

His band, called Stone Coal Gap, played mostly 1950s music. I knew all but three of the songs. Many of those songs I grew up hearing my father sing. He's always been into music.

Here are photos of him and his band at their gig last night. My dad is the guy in the pink shirt up front singing and playing the guitar.











Each day in August you are to post about something that makes *you* happy. Pretty simple. And, it doesn't even have to be every day if you don't want it to be. It's a great way to remind ourselves that there are positive things going on in our lives, our communities, and the world. Check out the gal that initiated this here.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Thursday Thirteen

Since I was supposed to be writing about happy things in August and forgot, I'll make up for it here with a list of 13 things that makes me happy.

1. Good music.



2. A good hair day.

This was not a good hair day. I must've been
12 or so. Yikes.


3. My husband's smile.


A little grizzled, but smiling.



4. A phone call from my brother.


The boy doesn't look like this anymore.

5. A visit from a friend.
This is Gertie Groundhog. We're friends.

6. Sunsets.
That was a red one, wasn't it?

7. Fawns (before they turn into deer eating my roses).



8. A good bloom on my rose bushes.



9. Sleeping well.

The deer sleep well around here, anyway.

10. Chocolate.



11. Reading good fiction.



12. Feeling like things are falling into place.

13. Being remembered.


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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 617th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday. Or so sayth the Blogger counter, anyway.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Happy I Have Morals

Last night, my husband and I caught the first part of a new Discovery series called "Undercover Billionaire."

I think this was the second episode. I missed the first one.

The premise is that Billionaire Man will go into some city and in 90 days create a $1 million company. This is to prove, I think, that people who are poor are poor because they aren't smart or can't figure out how to beat the system or something. It's obviously slanted in that direction.

It's propaganda.

To my absolute horror and dismay, in the first minutes of the episode last night, Mr. Billionaire went onto private property (some vacant industry), then drove around back and waded through a pile of tires until he found several good ones. He then STOLE those tires and sold them for $1500 to get his "seed" money for his business. (Actually it was to get him a room because he'd been sleeping in his truck.) I don't know what happened after that because I turned the TV off.

The moral here I guess is that if you're willing to (a) trespass and (b) steal, then you can move forward in life. (Can you see my eyes rolling?)

He is nothing but a crook. If he thinks this is ok, then I doubt he's a billionaire because he did something legal to earn his millions.

This morning I am happy that I am not a crook. I am happy that I know right from wrong, and that I do not believe that just because your bicycle is out next to your house, I have the right to take it. Basically that is what Mr. Billionaire did. Even if the property had been reposed by the city, that land and its contents belongs to the taxpayers and the stuff wasn't Mr. Billionaire's to take.

So I am content to be mediocre and not of great wealth, because at least I have my principles.

I am happy that I have good morals.

Each day in August you are to post about something that makes *you* happy. Pretty simple. And, it doesn't even have to be every day if you don't want it to be. It's a great way to remind ourselves that there are positive things going on in our lives, our communities, and the world. Check out the gal that initiated this here.