Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Stealing: Thanksgiving Thoughts

Sunday Stealing

1.  What made you feel patriotic this year?

A. I love the mountains and the countryside around me.

2 . What do you value most about your life?

A. My husband.

3.  What do you appreciate about your friendships?

A. My friends make me laugh and smile, but mostly they care about me as a person, and they know me as I am and not who they think I should be, and they accept me for those qualities, and do not deride me for the ones I lack.

4.  Name one person who can make you laugh, even months later. Why?

A. My brother.

5.  What is the funniest thing you remember about a Thanksgiving past?

A. My mother made pumpkin pie that did not "set up" one year. We called it pumpkin puddin'.

6.  Do you have any unusual traditions, rituals or habits around Thanksgiving?

A. No.

7.  Name one ancestor that you think about on Thanksgiving and tell us why.

A. I think about my mother and how much she hated the holidays.

8.  Is there a family heirloom at the Thanksgiving table? What its story?

A. No. No story.

9.  What is your favorite part about Thanksgiving Day?

A. Getting it over with.

10. What random act of kindness did you perform or that was done to you this year that makes you feel grateful?

A. I try to take carts from people in handicapped spots when they unload their groceries so they don't have to haul them off to the distant spots that stupid engineers designed so that people who can't walk have to walk a mile to put away a grocery cart. I also appreciate it when someone takes one from me, since I use a handicapped spot myself.

11. What do you appreciate about the change of seasons?

A. I love the beauty of Autumn. The colors of the trees are spectacular even in a "bad" year.

12. Name five things that make you happy about today.

A. (1) Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our anniversary. (2) It's Sunday so if I don't get much accomplished, it's a pass. (3) My husband helped me change the bed this morning, so we have clean sheets. (4) I had hot chocolate to drink. (5) I heard from an old friend.

13. How has the celebration of Thanksgiving today changed from when you were little?

A. It's a lot calmer now.

14. If you could share Thanksgiving dinner today with one person in history who would it be? Why? (Note: it can be a relative)

A. Joan of Arc, because she was Joan of Arc.

15. What is one wish you have for the next generation as they begin to establish their own Thanksgiving traditions?

A. That they do away with it entirely.


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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday 9: Son of Preacher Man

Saturday 9: Son of a Preacher Man (1968)

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

1) This song was originally offered to Aretha Franklin, who turned it down. What's the most recent thing that you said "no" to?

A. I can't think of anything off hand. I sure wish I could say "no" to sweets and chocolate, though.

2) Two years later, Aretha recorded "Son of a Preacher Man." What's something you changed your mind about?

A. We used to be Ford people. Now I drive a Toyota. 

3) This song tells the tale of Billy Ray, a young man who could be very persuasive. If we wanted to change your mind about something, would you be more easily swayed by an emotional argument, or with verifiable facts?

A. Facts.

4) If you ordered a "Son of a Preacher Man" in a bar, you'd get a cocktail made with peppermint schnapps, gin and lemonade. When did you last have lemonade? Was it just lemonade, or was it spiked with alcohol?

A. It would have been just lemonade, and I can't remember when I last had any.

5) Dusty had a thing for maps. She admired them artistically and enjoyed using them to take long car trips. Do you use printed maps? Or do you rely on technology, like GPS or Google Maps?

A. We still use printed maps but also use the GPS in the car. It is not the most reliable thing and can take you on some weird trails sometimes. Plus it thinks my driveway is about 300 feet before it really is.

6) As a girl, she attended convent school. There, one of the nuns discouraged Dusty from performing, telling her that if she would do better to be a mother or a librarian. When you were growing up, did the adults in your world encourage your dreams?

A. Heavens no. Well, my teachers did. "You're going to be a writer," they all said. My professors in college were also encouraging. My mother, on the other hand, wanted me to be sure I took secretarial courses because I wouldn't be able to make a living being a writer. I did make a living being a writer for 20 years, though. Maybe not the best living, but it was enough. My father wanted me to work for him but I could not do that. Otherwise, I suppose he expected me to marry.

7) That nun inspired Dusty's first major act of rebellion. In an attempt to make herself look less like a future librarian or housewife, she bleached her hair platinum blonde. In school, were you much of a rebel? Or did you conform to the expectations adults had of you?

A. I had my rebel moments, which always surprised the adults because I was an A student and teacher's pet otherwise. But I was also an A student who occasionally skipped classes.

8) Early in her career, Dusty provided the entertainment at a family summer camp. She appeared on the bill with a clown, a fire-eater and a hypnotist. Have you ever been hypnotized?

A. Yes, I have.

9) Random question: Have you ever played matchmaker to your friends? If yes, did your efforts lead to romance?

A. I don't think I have ever done that. I tend not to meddle in other people's lives if I can help it.

Today is my 34th wedding anniversary. My husband is not the son of a preacher man; he is a beautiful, caring, loving human being. I am lucky to have him and grateful to him for loving me. He says he has no regrets, and I think that is about the best compliment he could give me. We have had our share of troubles and concerns just like everyone has, but we have always managed to weather it all together. Love is not easy; it takes a great deal of work. But we are now on the other side, and heading into our old age together. If I can die with him holding my hand, all will be good.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thursday Thirteen

1. Sometimes Thursdays sneak up on you. When did it become Thursday, you ask? Here it is, and I have nothing ready.

2. My major accomplishment this week: I finished editing a manuscript for a client.

3. My brother's major accomplishment: he killed a big buck and a bear yesterday. Congratulations to him on some mighty fine hunting.

4. My husband's major accomplishment thus far: he killed a buck and sprained his ankle.

5. The GOP's major accomplishment: putting forth a tax plan that would ruin retirees and underinsured people, as well as anyone not wealthy. This is according to Forbes. I don't consider them to be fake news.

6. The Dem's major accomplishment: still existing. Although I must say that last week's wins in Virginia were sweet.

7. I read a book for my book club that was incredibly depressing. It was the kind of book that would validate an alien's reason for destroying the Earth, because there was very little redemption of humanity in the thing.

8. My glass of water is empty, but I can fill it up again. In some parts of the world, people can't say that. Even in some parts of the United States, people can't say that.

9. Husbands are hard to buy things for. Actually, guys in general are hard to buy for. A woman is easy - buy her a piece of jewelry and you're done. But guys? How many hammers can one fellow own?

10. On Saturday I will celebrate my 34th wedding anniversary. Why does it seem like less than two years ago?

11. My office needs a cleaning and a remodeling. For 20 years it has been a news reporter's workspace. But I am no longer a news reporter. Now I want to turn it into a writer's workspace. What's the difference? Beauty. And hopefully less research material.

12. I am a real fiend for tech toys. The other day I bought something called a Boogie Board, which is basically an LED Etch-A-Sketch. You write or draw on it, then click a button, and it disappears. I used it to draw this. I'm not a very good artist but I expect an artist might enjoy this, at least, for a while.

13. I saw pocket transistor radios for sale in one of my Christmas catalogs. I am thinking of buying one for myself. I don't know why, as I can listen to radio stations on my computer and do. I just like the idea of it.

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 526th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Autumn Color

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Turkeys Fight Again

I don't know what it is in my backyard that makes turkeys want to kill one another, but for the second time two of them went after each other and tried to eat one another's head. What is up with that?