Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday Thirteen #470

Stuff that came across my Facebook feed on Wednesday.

1. These people didn't leave a money tip for a waitress. They told her to go home and do her godly duty to her home and husband and make America great again. Again when? 65 a.d.?

2. A picture of a turtle.

3. A story in the local paper about a horse being saved after it somehow reached the loft of a barn and could not get back down.

4. An article about a vampire story, written before Dracula, about a lesbian vampire. The story, Carmilla, was written in 1871 in Ireland.

5. Several people had a conversation about global warming and the fact that it hasn't frosted here yet. Someone says it is because the earth has tilted on its axis.

6. An article from The Guardian in the UK that suggests that migraines originate in your stomach.

7. An article about a local author, Beth Macy, that suggests her second book, Truevine, just released on Tuesday, may be optioned for a movie. (Tom Hanks took the option on her first book, Factory Man.) *Note* I know Beth Macy personally.

8. Stuff about that fake Facebook "privacy" notice that seems to make the rounds about once a year. Just so you know, it makes no difference what kind of privacy notice and copyright crap you post on your Facebook page. You've already agreed to their terms just by using the service. If you don't like it, don't use it. That goes for practically every other service available online, including the one I am using for this blog (

9. Pictures of a cat doing gymnastics. Or sleeping. Or something. I am allergic to cats and hence not a cat person. I like to look at the pictures, though.

10. More crap about Wednesday's debate and politics than one person should have to see in a lifetime.

11. Several friends asking for prayers for health issues.

12. A librarian's version of Bohemian Rhapsody (from the U.K.).

13. An article about Christmas letters written in 1905 and 1907 discovered in a chimney in a house New York.

Unfortunately, for the duration of the remainder of the election, I have unfollowed (not unfriended) a few of my friends because I can't stand the political stuff. Depending on how things go, I plan to go back and "refollow" them around Thanksgiving, provided we're not in some kind of civil war or something. Hopefully by then the verbal garbage will have lessened.

I actually prefer seeing what people had for dinner to knowing what political party they support. Unlike my blog, which one visits of his or her own free will, I have to see the blathering that falls across my FB feed unless I take measures to stop it. So I took those steps until such time as videos of kittens and pictures of restaurant meals resume. I am also trying very hard not to post political items on my own time line so as to keep from subjecting my friends to the same.

It's not like I'm going to change anyone's mind, after all. Nor will they change mine.

My neighbors are dear to me, but I would just as soon not open myself up to political disharmony. If they come here and still read me, then they are dear friends indeed.

All are always welcome to Blue Country Magic, and in my heart until they break it (and often even then). However, my blog is not Facebook, and sometimes on that social media, my eyes freeze up and need a break.


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 470th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Niece & Grandparents

(From left.) My father's wife, Rita, my niece, Zoe, and my father, Loren.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Couples Questionnaire

For couples - married, dating or whatever . . .
Who's older? He is.

How long have you been together? It will be 33 years of marriage in November, plus 1 year and one month of dating.

Who asked? He did.

Did you go to the same school? Yes, and we rode the same school bus. However, he paid no attention to me and, except for elementary school, we were not in school at the same time. We became a couple after we both graduated high school.

Who is the more sensitive? I am.

Where do you eat out most as a couple? Shakers or Cracker Barrel

Where is the furthest you two have traveled? Together we've gone as far north as the Poconos in Pennsylvania and as far south as Charleston, SC. I have been to California and Paris and he has been to Appleton, Wisconsin and New Orleans.

Who has the worse temper? I do.

Who does the cooking? I do, for the most part.

Who is more social? He is.

Who is the most stubborn? He is.

Who wakes up earlier? He does.

Who has the bigger family? We have the same size immediate families and both have lots of cousins, aunts, and uncles. If we go back far enough, he and I are fifth cousins, so . . .

Do you get flowers often? Very seldom. I am allergic. He did buy mums for outside the house a while back.

How long did it take to get serious? Not very long.

Who eats the most? He does. Although you couldn't tell that from looking at the two of us.

Who does the laundry? I do, although he will occasionally toss a pair of cow-doody covered coveralls into the washing machine.

Who picks where you go to dinner? We both do.

Who is the first one to admit when they’re wrong? I'm never wrong and neither is he.

Who has the craziest exes? We don't really have exes.

Who wears the pants in the relationship? We both wear pants.

Who cries more? I do.

Who hogs the bed? He does.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday Stealing: Wish List, Part II

Sunday Stealing

Wish List Meme, Part II

26.) Favorite kids name? A. Do you mean the name of my favorite child, or do you mean what is the name I most favor for a child?

27.) Do you speak any other languages? A. Yo hablo muy poco EspaƱol.

28.) Do you use Twitter? A. I have an account, but I really don't see the point of it.

29.) Do you go onto YouTube? A. Yes.

30.) Do you play Angry Birds? A. No.

31.) Do you like Angry Birds? A. I have no idea.

32.) Do you like Hello Kitty? A. I have no idea.

33.) Have you ever cried because you were so happy? A. I imagine so, at some point.

34.) Who would you like to see in concert? A. Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John.

35.) Can you swim well? A. Not well. But I can swim.

36.) Ever won a contest? A. I won $100 in a raffle a while back.

37.) Ever won a giveaway? A. I'm not sure what the difference is between a giveaway and a contest.

38.) Do you get a full 8 hours of sleep every night? A. No.

39.) What tea do you like? A. Orange Pekoe and Irish Breakfast Tea, both decaf.

40.) What coffee do you like? A. I do not drink coffee.

41.) Do you shop at Walmart? A. When I have to.

42.) Do you shop at Target? A. Sometimes.

43.) What do you order at Second Cup? A. Never heard of the place.

44.) There is no #44.

45.) Do you like homemade meals? A. Of course.

46.) Do you like homemade baked goods? A. Of course.

47.) Do you shop online? A. Of course.

48.) Name 3 stores online stores you would like to shop at: Amazon, Zappos, and Tiffany's.

49.) What holiday don't you like? A. I am starting to not like Christmas, since it is now five months long.

50.) What do you eat more of when you're sick? A. Crackers.


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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday 9: If I Knew

Saturday 9: If I Knew You Were Comin' (1950)

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

(I assume I have heard this somewhere along the line of my half-century of life, as it sounds a bit familiar, but I don't recall it.)

1) This song is performed by a woman who is positively tickled to have unexpected company. How do you feel when people  drop by unannounced?

A. I don't mind, but it also does not happen very often. I can't remember the last time someone just "dropped by." Living out in a rural area makes it hard for folks to drop by because I'm not on the way to the store or something.

2) She is clearly proud of her skills in the kitchen. Do you enjoy baking? Cooking?

A. I like to bake and I enjoy making fudge. I am not so fond of dealing with dead meat and attempting to turn that into something edible. We don't starve but I do not consider myself a good cook.

3) Reference is made to hiring a band. Tell us the last time you were at an event with live music.

A. I suppose last Christmas sometime, maybe. We don't go out to bars or places that play live music.

4) After making recordings in the early 1950s, Eileen Barton appeared on daytime TV in the early 1960s -- including a game show called Video Village. Let's say we're all headed to a TV game show taping this morning. Would you volunteer to appear as a contestant? Or would you rather just stay in the audience?

A. It would depend on the game. If I were going to get dunked in red ink I would stay in the audience. If it were Jeopardy! I might volunteer to appear as a contestant.

5) In 1961, Ms. Barton got married in Juarez, Mexico. What's the longest distance you've ever traveled to attend a wedding?

A. About 40 miles, I suppose.

6) In 1950, when this song was popular, the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup. Are you looking forward to the upcoming NHL season?

A. Nope. I don't watch sports.

7) 1950 also marks the first time anyone in the United States paid by credit card. Do you pay with a credit card to get rewards? If yes, what rewards are you accumulating (points, cash back, airline miles)?

A. Yes, for cash back on a couple of cards and for points that I turn into gift cards on another.

8) In 1950, an athlete named Florence Chadwick swam the English Channel. Are you a good swimmer?

A. I can stay afloat for a while. I would not call it "good." Also, I haven't done it in quite a long time.

9) Random question: Think about the last "white lie" you told. Was it to spare someone's feelings, or to make your day go more smoothly?

A. Spare feelings. Kindness costs nothing.


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. This is my 150th time to play.