Showing posts with label Saturday9. Show all posts
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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Saturday 9: Thank U, Next

Saturday 9: Thank U, Next (2018)

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1) In this song, Ariana Grande thanks her former boyfriends for what they taught her about love, life, patience and pain. Do you believe you have learned more from your successes, or your mistakes?

A. Probably my successes. I'm one of those people who doesn't do things I don't do well. That's not a good thing, by the way. It is limiting. However, I cannot handle stress and when I don't do something well, it stresses me. So I try something. It seems ok. The result is promising. Then I see if I can make it better, because the bottom wasn't bad. (This is why I don't knit. I tried it. I made a couple of scarves. Even I could see that I am not good at that sort of thing.)
2) One of the young men mentioned in the song is Pete Davidson, a cast member of Saturday Night Live. SNL has been on for more than 45 years now. Who is your all-time favorite cast member?

A. I seldom watched Saturday Night Live. Wasn't there a Mr. Bill on there? I'll go with Mr. Bill. Alec Baldwin did a great #45 in the past four years in the clips I watched on youtube, but I don't think he is a cast member.
3) Thinking of funny people . . . As you can see from the video, Ariana performed "Thank U, Next" on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show. Ellen makes people laugh every afternoon. Who in your life can you always count on to make you laugh or smile?

A. My husband can usually coax a smile out of me.
4) It looks like Ariana Grande's personal romantic saga will have a happy ending because at Christmastime, she announced her engagement. Do you know anyone who is getting married in 2021?

A. I know two people who are getting married but I don't know the dates of their weddings. So I am not sure. I just know "she said yes."

5) Ariana loves Harry Potter and named her dogs Snape, Lily and Sirius Black after characters in the J.K. Rowling books. Are you a Harry Potter fan?

A. Yes. I have read all of the books. I liked the movies, too.

6) She loves board games, especially Monopoly. Sam isn't crazy about Monopoly because it takes so long. How about you? Are you a Monopoly fan?

A. I haven't played Monopoly in a long time. It is okay.
7) In 2018, the year this song was released, Toys R Us closed all its stores and went out of business. Who received the last toy you purchased? What was it?

A. My great-niece received a purple cow for Christmas.

8) Also in 2018, Aretha Franklin died. What's your favorite Aretha song?

A. R E S P E C T

9) Random question: Are you more likely to shed a tear at a wedding or during a movie?

A. I cry over the ending of The Lord of the Rings trilogy every time I see it (which is at least 20+ times), but I have been to weddings and not cried. So I guess I am more likely to cry during a movie.


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Saturday, January 09, 2021

Saturday 9: All Shook Up

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Chosen because January 8 is the anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth. (*It kind of applies to the state of the nation at the moment, too.*)

1) In this song, Elvis shares quite a list of maladies: he's itching, his hands are shaky, his knees are weak, he has chills . . . How are you feeling this morning?

A. Not very well. I have had a return of my chronic pain issues in my abdominal muscles. I am six months overdue for return visits to physical therapy for it, thanks to the coronavirus, but I am doing the best I can with my own efforts and help from my husband. Stress makes it worse.

2) He also mentions being "tongue tied." The dictionary defines it as, "unable to speak freely, as from shyness." Do you often find yourself tongue tied?

A. Not anymore. I did when I was younger. Now that I am old, I say what I want. Usually.

3) Even after he was wealthy, Elvis never lived away from his parents. At one point Graceland Mansion was home to four generations of the family: his grandmother, his father and stepmother, Elvis, his wife and daughter. Have you ever lived in a multi-generational household?

A. No. Well, my immediate family when I was growing up, but that was it.

4) Thinking of family, Elvis Presley was a distant cousin of President Jimmy Carter. Both of their family trees can be traced back to the 18th century and Thomas Preslar (before the surname was changed to Presley in the early 1800s). Have you traced your ancestry? If not, is it something you'd like to do?

A. I have traced my ancestry down various paths, but it is a never ending pursuit. There is always another relative to find. (My family was here before the Revolutionary War.)
5) As an adult, Elvis never wore denim (except for a movie role). That's because when he was in school, his classmates teased him for "dressing poor" in jeans and coveralls. Is denim a big part of your wardrobe today?

A. Yes.
6) Before becoming famous, Elvis drove a truck in and around Memphis. Have you ever had a job that kept you behind the wheel most of the day?

A. No.

7) In 1957, the year this song was a hit, the Allstate Mechanical Freight Set was popular, too. Kids would wind up the engine and watch it pull two cars and a caboose around the track. To enhance the realism, sparks would shoot from the engine's smoke stack as it rumbled by. Did you ever play with a toy train? If not, tell us about a childhood plaything you remember fondly.

A. I had a Mrs. Beasley doll that I hung on to for a long time.

8) The best-selling book of 1957 was Peyton Place, a scandalous tale of life in a small New England town. Do you suppose there are enough steamy stories behind closed doors in your town to fill a novel?

A. There are enough steamy stories behind any closed door to fill a novel.

9) Random question: Can you do 10 push ups?

A. I doubt it, and I'm not going to try to find out.


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Saturday, January 02, 2021

Saturday 9: Feels like the First Time

Saturday 9: Feels like the First Time (1977)

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

Welcome to the first Saturday 9 of 2021! 

1) Look up from your screen. What's the first thing you see?

A. A card that says "No one can stop you but yourself," which my high school math teacher sent to me last year.

2) Looking back on 2020, what surprised you?

A. The selfishness of my fellow Americans surprised me. It shouldn't have, but it did. I had no idea so many people would walk right past someone dying and leave them there. Basically that is what someone who refuses to wear a mask for public health purposes is doing. Killing people because they have no time or empathy for anyone else. I don't see wearing a mask as being any different from signs that say "shirt & shoes required," wearing a seat belt, or stopping at stop signs. No one has the right to do things that infringe upon the health of others, and that is what not wearing a mask does.

3) Have you made any resolutions for 2021?

A. No. I know of some things I would like to achieve, but things are so unsettled right now I think it would be foolish to commit.

4) In Italy, it's said that if you wear red underwear on New Year's Eve, you'll have good luck all year around. Do you have a lucky charm?

A. I do not.

5) In Spain, some New Year's Eve revelers believe that, at the stroke of midnight, you should eat exactly 12 grapes, one at a time and one right after the other, to bring you luck for the next twelve months. Did you have anything special on your New Year's Eve menu?

A. No.

6) In this week's featured song, Foreigner lead singer Lou Gramm lets us know that he'd sail across a stormy sea to reach his true love. How is the weather where you are today? Are you kicking off 2021 under calm skies, or is it stormy?

A. It is raining and cold. It is a good day to stay inside and read a book.

7) In the 1990s, Gramm joined forces with Billy Joel in a series of concerts to preserve the Montauk Point Lighthouse. Do you have a favorite Billy Joel song?

A. Just the Way You Are

8) In 1977, when this song was popular, Star Wars was breaking all box office records. The Spy Who Loved Me, a James Bond movie, was also a hit. If you were going to binge on one of these film series, would you choose Star Wars or Bond?

A. Star Wars.

9) Random question: Would you rather have nothing but green lights for all of 2021, or never have to stand in line for anything all year?

A. I would rather never have to stand in line for anything all year, because that technically would also include sitting at red lights, wouldn't it? Besides, with Covid-19 still raging, I'd rather not be in a long line for anything.

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Saturday 9: Purple Snowflakes

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1) The lyrics ask where the snowflakes go. Sam can answer that: she shovels them! Do you shovel or use a snow blower? Or do you live in a warmer climate with no snow?

A. We shovel. Or rather, my husband does. If I catch it early enough, I sweep it away if it's a dry snow, but sometimes I couldn't keep up. I am lucky I have my husband to help me with such chores. He also uses a tractor and a plow for the driveway and the farm.

2) This week's artist, John Legend, recalls his Christmases growing up, singing carols with his family around the piano. Do you have a piano, or any other musical instruments, in your home?

A. I have 6 guitars, a guitelele (a combination of a guitar and ukulele), a ukulele, a folding electric piano, an harmonica, an ocarina, a dulcimer, and a new present, a Kalamba, which I will have to learn to play now. (It's a thumb piano.) I like making music.
3) This song is from John Legend's first Christmas album, A Legendary Christmas. It was a massive hit. Did you add any new music to your holiday collection this year?

A. I did not, but I listened to new music through Alexa.

4) John and his wife Chrissy Teigen go caroling with friends. What's the last song that you sang?

A. I was whistling Jingle Bells when I sat down to work on this blog entry. It is blowing snow outside; we woke to a white Christmas and I'm writing this on Christmas Day.

5) Chrissy's hobby is cooking. While she likes experimenting with new recipes, her young children prefer their familiar favorites, like mashed potatoes. She tosses a bay leaf into the water as the potatoes boil to add enhance the flavor. Do you have a dish that's considered your specialty?

A. I do not, although I make good fudge.

6) John prefers to unwind with a good book and loves comparing reading recommendations with friends. Did you discover any books in 2020 that you'd like to recommend to our Sat 9ers?

A. I discovered Melissa Caruso, a new fantasy author. I like her books. I also recommend Laini Taylor if fantasy is your genre.

7) This song was written by Motown powerhouse Marvin Gaye. Who is your favorite Motown artist?

A. Gosh, there are so many. I will go with the Commodores/Lionel Richie tied with Aretha Franklin.

8) In 1972, Marvin wrote another Christmas song, "I Want to Come Home for Christmas." He dedicated it to the troops then serving in Vietnam. Do you know anyone who is protecting us this holiday season? Tell us about him or her. Whether they are in the armed forces, the police or fire department, or the ER, we want to say thank you!

A. I know many firefighters who are on duty. My husband has retired after serving for 37 years, so he is home, but I spent many Christmas Days and other holidays without him when we were younger. Matt is a young firefighter who helps us out occasionally on the farm. I think he was proposing to his girl on Christmas Eve! We haven't heard if she said yes.

9) Random question: You go into the kitchen to make your perfect sandwich. What fixings do you need?

A. Two pieces of bread and egg salad. That's my perfect sandwich. Or if egg salad isn't available, then two pieces of bread, Miracle Whip, and a scrambled egg.

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Saturday 9: Happy Holidays

1. Sam loved giving her annual wish list to Santa. Yet some children are reluctant to climb into Jolly Old St. Nick's lap. Did you enjoy the tradition or were you shy? Or did you by pass it altogether -- either because you wrote him a letter or because your family didn't celebrate Christmas?

A. I sat on Santa's lap. I remember once he came to the house - my brother cried the entire time he was there.

2. Are you currently on the Naughty or Nice list? How did you get there?

A. I hope I am on the Nice list, and I'm there because I've been a good helpmate to my husband, a good sister to my brother, a good friend, a good citizen, and an overall decent person.

3. Did you ship any gifts to friends and family this year? If so, which one traveled the farthest?

A. I sent something to Texas. No, wait, I sent something to my friend in England. That would be the farthest away.

4. Did you buy yourself a gift this year?

A. Yes. I bought a roll-up piano, which is to say, a toy. It wasn't that expensive but it is something to play with.

5. What's your favorite holiday-themed movie? Have you seen it yet this year?

A. My favorite holiday-themed movie is Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer, which isn't a movie but a TV show. I have seen it. As for movies, I like to rewatch The Lord of the Rings trilogy this time of the year.

6. Thinking of movies, Christmas is lucrative for Hollywood. Have you ever gone to a movie theater on Christmas Day?

A. We tried once, a very long time ago, but the theater was closed.

7. Have you ever suffered an embarrassing moment at the company Christmas party?

A. Not really, but I will tell you about the last "company" Christmas party I was at. The newspaper threw a party and invited the freelancers as well. They played Dirty Santa (which I had never taken part of), and when it was my turn to go up and pick a gift, I went not to the table where the presents were, but to the liquor station and picked up an unopened bottle of wine (this was on a dare from my editor). "I choose this," I said. Everyone applauded and the boss nodded her assent. Of course it became the present everyone wanted after that. I think I ended up with a mug in the end.

8. What's your favorite beverage in cold weather?

A. I like hot tea or hot chocolate.

9. Share a memory from last Christmas.

A. My husband was down with his ankle, having had fusion surgery on November 23. He insisted he would be fine to go up to his mother's for Christmas Day if our nephew would help get his knee scooter in the car. I ended up lifting the thing and moving stuff (he wanted to go before the nephew showed up), but we got him up there. He owes me a big Christmas for that this year, don't you think?

He chose a Christmas red cast. Or fire engine red.

Thanks to Sam for the questions!
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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Saturday 9: Santa Baby

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1) In this song, Madonna refers to Santa as "baby," "honey" and "cutie." What's the most recent endearment someone called you?

A. My husband calls me "sweetie pie."

2) At the top of her list are a fur coat, a new convertible and a yacht. If you could receive any of those luxury items, which would you choose?

A. The convertible.

3) She would like to decorate her tree with ornaments from Tiffany's. Do you have a favorite holiday ornament or decoration?

A. Yes. It is Santa Mouse. He has been around since before I was born. 

4) "Santa Baby" was written in 1953, before electronic payments. While her wish list includes blank checks, a 2017 survey revealed that 51% of consumers felt check writing was "a pain." Who received the last check your wrote? Who most recently gave you a check?

A. Someone who purchased hay from us.

5) Madonna has been a successful singer for decades, and 1985's "Into the Groove" is her top-seller. What's your favorite Madonna song?

A. I have never been a big Madonna fan. But I'll go with Like a Virgin since that's the first one that popped into my head.

6) Madonna was born in Bay City, MI, and traveled to New York City to find fame and fortune. When she first arrived, she supported herself by working at Dunkin' Donuts. What's your standard DD order?

A. I don't eat at Dunkin' Donuts. Those aren't real donuts. Those are cake-like things pretending to be donuts. Krispy Creme has real donuts.

7) The only Christmas card Sam has received so far this year is from her dentist. Have you received many cards this year?

A. I think I have received five. I remember back in the day when I received so many Christmas cards that I had them taped to the cabinets and then on a string that I hung over a door - more than 100 cards, for sure. I still send out about 50.

8) Will you wrap many presents? Or do you prefer to use gift bags?

A. I do both, although I am not a very good present wrapper. My husband does it better than I do.

9) Madonna recorded "Santa Baby" to benefit The Special Olympics. Here's your chance to plug a cause or organization that's near and dear to you.

A. I am going to go with the local food pantry. It is run by St. Marks Episcopal Church in Fincastle. It has been around for many years - I wrote stories on it in the 1990s. It serves a huge need, generally helping over 450 families a month. The church website has online donations available, and I urge anyone who wants to help their neighbors to offer up however much they can. Right now the food pantry is giving away food via automobiles, handing out boxes to vehicles, instead of letting folks go in and pick their food. Since that is the case, and the food pantry people know better than I what people may need, I find it makes more sense to give money and let the food pantry people make the purchases than to drop off items hither and yon that no one may want. I may like beets but that doesn't mean someone else wants to find them in their food box.

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Saturday, December 05, 2020

Saturday 9: Feelin' Groovy

1) The bridge that inspired this song is The Queensboro Bridge in New York City. Are you near a bridge right now as you answer these 9 questions?

A. Not particularly close, no, and certainly not one with a real name. There is one that crosses Catawba Creek down the road a bit.
2) Paul Simon says he "loathes" this song and only performs it because fans want to hear it. What's your favorite Paul Simon song?

A. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.
3) "Groovy" is such a 1960s word. What common word/phrase from 2020 do you predict will sound just as silly and quaint some day?

A. Hopefully "pandemic" but probably not. Maybe social distancing? I dislike that term anyway and use physical distancing instead.
4) Paul is a lifelong Yankees fan and was thrilled to meet his all-time idol, Joe DiMaggio. Mr. DiMaggio was, at first, less than thrilled to meet Paul because he thought the song "Mrs. Robinson" made fun of him. Once Simon convinced him it was an homage, the men got along fine. Do you have a celebrity encounter to tell us about?

A. Not really. I've mostly only met politicians.

5) Art Garfunkle was the other half of Simon and Garfunkle. Art and Paul met in sixth grade, when they were both in a school production of Alice in Wonderland. Tell us about one of your school theatrical appearances.

A. I played an angel in the second grade at Christmas. My lines were Luke 2:14 (KJV) "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." I remember my mother used a sheet to make me a white gown and some kind of tinsel to make a round thing over my head.

6) "Artie" used to love needling Paul about his height -- or lack thereof. He maintained he was trying to be funny, but Paul thought is was mean and says the constant digs hurt. Is there anyone in your life who similarly enjoys teasing?

A. Not at the moment.
7) Paul told NPR that his impulse to write new music has always come "in bursts." He'll go years without composing, and then he'll write every day for months. Do you often feel creative?

A. Yes, I do.
8) In 1966, when this song was popular, First Daughter Luci Johnson married Patrick Nugent. Their reception was held at the East Room of the White House. The couple had an 8 ft. tall wedding cake and when the bride threw her bouquet, it was caught by her sister, Lynda. Sure enough, Lynda married a year later. Tell us about a wedding you attended (or your own).

A. I will tell you about the ending of my own. We were at the country club, and we'd both changed into our "traveling clothes." I had on a maroon skirt with knee high black boots. We headed out the front door and ran right into my Uncle Lance, who was videotaping the wedding for us (so the tape ends with us crashing into him and the video spinning up in the air). The guys had messed up my car - they'd even roped the doors shut. We headed towards my car, where everyone was waiting, but at the last minute we veered to the right to my mother's vehicle. Everyone ran towards us, and one of my husband's friends grabbed me by the arm. My husband reared back with his fist and said, "Let her go!" and everyone backed away in a hurry. James hustled me into the car and we drove off, leaving my car for my brother to drive home after everyone else finished partying. I don't know what was the best part of that - Uncle Lance taking a dive or my new husband being willing to punch out a friend to get me out of there.
9) Random question: Which do you regret more -- the times you were cautious or the times your were reckless?

A. The times I was cautious, I think. Now I'm too old to be reckless.

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Saturday 9: Black

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1) This song was chosen because yesterday was Black Friday, the traditional day of sales. Have you begun your Christmas shopping?

A. I started back in early October. We are not doing much this year, not like in past years. I have done all of it online because I am not going into stores. I hope folks won't be disappointed.
2)  Was there an adult beverage served with your Thanksgiving feast?

A. No.
3) Did any pets enjoy scraps from your Thanksgiving table?

A. No.

4) Are there any Thanksgiving leftovers in your refrigerator right now?

A. Yes. Turkey and sweet potato casserole.

5) Football is a popular Thanksgiving weekend pastime. Will you be watching any games over the next few days? If yes, which team(s) are you rooting for?

A. No.

6) This week's song is by Dierks Bentley. He wrote it for his wife, Cassidy Black, who appears in the video. They met in eighth grade, dated on and off, and then eloped when they were in their late 20s. Has anyone ever surprised you by going off and suddenly getting married?

A. Yes, my nephew did that about two years ago. We suspected it, but it was still a surprise.

7) 2016 was a good year for Bentley. This song was one of three hits he had that year, he co-hosted the CMAs and was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year. As 2020 winds to an end, do you feel it's been a successful year?

A. Not particularly.

8) In 2016, David Bowie died. Do you have a favorite Bowie song?

A. Space Oddity (Major Tom).

9) Also in 2016, CBS telecast reran How the Grinch Stole Christmas for the 50th time. What's your favorite Dr. Seuss story?

A. The Cat in the Hat.

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Saturday 9: Walking on Broken Glass

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1) Annie sings that she feels she's walking on broken glass. What's the most recent item you broke?

A. One of my Corelle plates that came with me when I married. I have one of them left.

2) She sings about being cut until she bleeds. Tell us about a time you needed stitches.

A. I had thing cut out of my lip called a mucus cell. It was very painful and involved stitches in my lip. I remember I kept working, and I had to go to daycare center to take pictures for a news story. The little boys could not stop staring at my lip. The editor wanted to put the reason for their looks of fascination in the cut line of the picture, and I objected, but he did it anyway. I showed a picture last week but here it is again.

3) This week's featured artist, Annie Lennox, was born on Christmas Day. Do you know anyone whose birthday falls on a holiday?

A. I know folks whose birthdays are close to holidays, and one person born on February 29. But not anyone whose birthday actually falls on the holiday.

4) When Annie met Dave Stewart, with whom she'd form the duo The Eurthmyics, she was living in Australia and staying in a tiny apartment called a bedsit. The occupant has his/her own combination bedroom/living room with cooking facilities, but must share a bathroom. Tell us about one of your early apartments.

A. When we first married, we lived in a small four-room  house - basically a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, with a half-cellar under it. It was not well-insulated and was incredibly cold in the winter, and the only place to put the washing machine and dryer was in the half-cellar which could only be reached by going outside and then down a short flight of steps. We stayed there 7 months, and then moved.

5) After the Eurythmics broke up, Annie went out on her own. Would you rather work independently, or as part of a group?

A. Independently.

6) Among her many honors, Annie Lennox was named chancellor of Scotland's Glasgow Calledonia University. What's the last college campus you visited? What brought you there?

A. That would have been Roanoke College, when I went to see my nephew graduate, and one summer we went to Virginia Tech to see the memorial to the 32 people who died in a shooting there. I can't remember the years. I may have been back to my own alma mater's campus since then, but details are sketchy in my mind.

Memorial at Virginia Tech

7) In 1992, the year this song was recorded, compact discs outsold cassette tapes for the first time. Back in the day, did you enjoy making your own mix tapes?

A. A very long time ago, I listed to the American Top 40 Countdown and made tapes.

8) Also in 1992, Johnny Carson made his last appearance as host of The Tonight Show.  The catchphrase, "Here's Johnny!" was associated with the show. Can you think of another popular TV catchphrase?

A. "Be kind to one another," which I think is Ellen Degeneres phrase at the end of her shows. And then of course, there was, "Here's your host, Alex Trebek!" of Jeopardy! Pancreatic cancer sucks.
9) Random question: Think of your past week. Now look ahead to the coming week. Would you like it to be more, or less, exciting?

A. I've been sick (not Covid) and we're not doing anything except staying home. It would be nice to have an outing, but we're not going anywhere. I mean, who would want to leave this view, anyway?

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Saturday 9: All of Me

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1) John Legend sings he loves his woman's "perfect imperfections." Tell us something quirky or imperfect about a loved one that you would not change.

A. He has a lot of body hair. More there than on his head, actually. It's turned silver in the front.
2) John wrote this love song to his wife, Chrissy Teigen. The couple recently lost their baby after pregnancy complications. To whom did you most recently send a sympathy (or "thinking of you") card or message?

A. My sister-in-law, niece, and nephew on the loss of my sister-in-law's mother to Covid.
3) While adventurous in his creative career choices, John admits his taste in food leans toward the tried and true. His favorites are chicken (rotisserie or fried), macaroni and cheese, and steamed vegetables. What's on your weekend menu?

A. Chicken. A baked potato.
4) When he was growing up, John's mother, Phyllis, helped support the family as a seamstress. Are you any good with a needle and thread?

A. I can sew on buttons, hem pants, and maybe repair something, but that's about the extent of my sewing skills.

5) As a child, he was such a big fan of Andy Griffith and Matlock that he wanted to be a lawyer. If you grew up to have the same occupation as the TV character you liked best as a kid, what would you be doing?

A. I'd be either a bionic woman working for the government or an Angel working for Charlie.
6) John is a judge on The Voice. Do you watch that show? Or America's Got Talent, or American Idol?

A. We recently started watching The Voice (just last week). We haven't watched any of the three before.
7) In 2013, the year this song was popular, twin baby pandas were born at Zoo Atlanta. Their panda parents had been given to the US as a gift from the Chinese, with the understanding that any offspring would be given to China. So, in 2016, the panda cubs were flown to a Chinese conservation center. They had a hard time adjusting at first, confused by jet lag, unresponsive when spoken to in Chinese, unimpressed by their new diet. Have you ever found yourself similarly overwhelmed when you traveled far from home? (BTW, the pandas are doing just fine now in their permanent Chinese home.)

A. I haven't been more than an 8-hour drive from home in 37 years. Usually I'm just tired when I get there and am fine after a good night's sleep.
8) Also in 2013, The Pope posted his first tweet. What social media platforms do you regularly use?

A. I use Facebook. I have a Twitter account but I don't use it much. I also blog. Blogging is my preference, because if people are reading this, it's because they want to be here to read it, not because it's in your face.
9) Random question: Have you ever a) written something on a public wall or b) carved anything into a tree of bench?

A. Somewhere in the mountains behind my parents farm, in the National Forest that is back there, is a big beech tree which I shall call the carving tree. It was riddled with initials. My brother walked me back there one day and we carved our initials into the tree. I do not know if the tree still exists, nor could I find it again if it does. It was in the middle of nowhere, honestly. How so many people came to pass it by and carve initials into it is beyond me.
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Saturday, November 07, 2020

Saturday 9: For All We Know

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1) This song is about newlyweds looking ahead to a happy life together. What are you looking forward to today?

A. I am not a newlywed and my husband and I are old. Mostly we look forward to actually waking up in the mornings.

2) They look forward to getting to know one another better. Tell us about someone who knows you well. Is it the person who has known you the longest?

A. My brother knows me better than most people. We have all that childhood stuff together, and he reads my blog. He's attentive. He doesn't always listen, but he seems to hear what is most important.

3) The song lyrics are credited to "Robb Wilson" and "Arthur James," but those aren't their real names. Robb Royer and Jimmy Griffin were founding members of the 70s soft-rock group Bread. Are you familiar with that band? If so, do you have a favorite Bread song? (Find their greatest hits here.)

A. I've always been a big Bread fan. Here's me playing my favorite Bread song. Probably not one of my performances, but it was a get-through-the-summer thing:

4) Richard Carpenter discovered this song on his afternoon off when he and sister Karen were on tour. He took a few hours to unwind at  the movies, heard this song in the film Lovers and Other Strangers, and decided it would make a perfect Carpenters record. How do you like to unwind?

A. Read a book.

5) Karen Carpenter drank unsweetened iced tea, every day, all year long. Do you prefer your tea hot or cold? 

A. I drink a cup of hot tea every morning. Otherwise, I drink only water, with an occasional exception of a ginger ale or root beer.

6) Elvis was a fan of Karen's and, according to the recollection of singer Petula Clark, hit on her when she and Clark visited him backstage in Vegas. Pet recalled Karen was very innocent and said, "I felt responsible for her so I got her out of there." Tell us about a time when you looked out for a friend.

A. I haven't seen anyone in months. If nagging my husband to do things to help out my mother-in-law counts, then that. He doesn't pay attention when she mentions she's having trouble with certain things, so I see a solution when I learn of an issue, and then nag him until he fixes it. Case in point: handrails on the steps leading up to the house. Just two steps, but the handrails made a big difference to her. We gave her a couple of Alexa dots to put throughout the house so that if she fell, she at least could shout "Alexa, call . . . " somebody. I recently found out Alexa won't call emergency, which seems stupid, so I've been trying to talk my husband into talking her into getting one of those "Help, I've fallen and can't get up" things. We only live 3 minutes away and we check on her twice a day, but a lot can happen in just a few minutes.

7) President Richard Nixon was a Carpenters fan, too, and invited the duo to perform at the White House at an official dinner for West German Chancellor Willy Brandt. If you could hear anyone perform live in an intimate setting, like a dinner party, who would you choose?

A. I was supposed to see Melissa Etheridge perform live last March, but the show was cancelled and then rescheduled and cancelled again, and now appears to be in a state of permanent postponement, so I'll go with Melissa Etheridge. I've watched many of her online performances during this crazy year, and she has a wonderful outlook on life, signing off with "Speak True, Choose Only Love, It's a Choice," a sentiment I agree with. Plus I lust after her guitar collection.

8) Today Richard collects classic automobiles. He has a 1964 Ford Thunderbird, like the one Beach Boys sang about in the song "Fun, Fun, Fun." Can you think of another song that mentions a car?

A. Fast Car, by Tracy Chapman. Nowhere to Go, by Melissa Etheridge.

9) Random question: Do you tend to feel more content at the beginning of the day, or at the end?

A. I feel most content around 3 p.m., when my chores are done, my husband isn't home yet, and my time is own.

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Saturday9: This Haunted House

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1) Loretta Lynn wrote this song to help her cope with the sudden death of her friend, Patsy Cline. When they first met, Patsy was already a star and she helped Loretta become established. Did you more recently advise or receive advice?

A. I think I advised.

2) She sings that Patsy's is the face she sees when she turns out the light. Do you remember who or what you were thinking about when you fell asleep last night?

A. No, I don't recall.

3) Loretta maintains her TN ranch is haunted. She says "the moaning woman" is a harmless apparition, dressed in white. Do you believe in ghosts?

A. Yes. Just not like, with a sheet or something. I think ghosts are visions through thin doorways to parallel worlds. Or souls with a lot of their minds. Who knows?

4) Loretta Lynn's ranch is now open to the public. In addition to horseback riding, fishing and camping, Loretta's ranch features shops that sell locally-sourced jams, jellies and sauces, as well as Loretta Lynn CDs and "Coal Miner's Daughter" glassware and t-shirts. Have you ever brought home an edible souvenir? Or do you prefer to remember your trips with something more lasting, like a coffee mug or t-shirt?

A. We used to bring home taffy when we went to Myrtle Beach.

5) According to Reader's Digest, The Exorcist is the scariest movie of all time. Have you seen it, and if so, did it scare you?

A. I saw it when I was too young to be watching such things and yes, it scared me, although I don't remember much about it. I actually thought Rosemary's Baby was scarier.

6) Which do you find spookier: haunted houses or cemeteries?

A. I think they're about equal on the spooky scale.

7) What's the most recent Halloween costume you wore?

A. A witch!

8) When you were a kid, did you trade your Halloween candy with siblings or friends? 

A. Yes.

9) Random question: You meet your very friendly new neighbor. She invites you over for a "get acquainted" cup of coffee tomorrow afternoon and you accept. Then you learn that she was once on trial for an axe murder . . . but acquitted. Would you still go over to her house?

A. I'm a former journalist. Of course I would go over! And then maybe there'd be an axe dangling in mid-air . . . 

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Saturday 9: Lights

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1) This song was inspired by a young Ellie Goulding's fear of the dark. What scared you when you were a kid?

A. Yelling, people throwing things, and ghosts.
2) She thinks back to the room where her brother and sister slept and she felt safe. Did you share a room when you were growing up?

A. No. Well, if you don't count the ghost, I didn't.

3) Ellie Goulding grew up in public housing and worked her way through the University of Kent in Canterbury. Back in those days, her favorite job was theater usher because it offered her the perk of seeing plays for free. What's the most recent "freebie" you scored? (This includes a buy one/get one deal, extra points on your credit card, etc.)

A. We get points on the grocery card and my husband bought gasoline for 82 cents a gallon the other day. He filled up his truck and all of the cans we had here for gas for the lawnmower and other implements.
4) Even though today she is an international music star, Ellie still lives modestly. She describes herself as "still in university mode," and limits herself to $10/day for lunch. Where do you economize?

A. We don't eat out much, and I use the same trash bag in my office trash can for months at time by taking in into the kitchen and dumping its contents into the big trash can there. I use the plastic bags from the grocery store for trash bags in the smaller cans. Frankly, I consider $10 a day for lunch to be extravagant.

5) Ellie has proclaimed herself "a cat lady" and often posts pictures of her cats to her Instagram account. What's the most recent photo you took?

I took a picture of Mars.

6) Ellie appeared on Sesame Street. She, Elmo and Abby thanked clouds for raindrops, lakes, and the water we drink. Would you be thankful for a little rain this weekend?

A. Yes. We need rain.

7) In 2011, the year "Lights" was a hit, Prince William married Kate Middleton. Ellie not only attended the wedding, she sang Elton John's "Your Song" for the couple's first dance. Tell us a song that reminds you of a romance in your life.

A. Dan Folgerberg's Longer is the song I share with my husband.

8) Also in 2011, AT&T abandoned their attempt to buy T-Mobile. Which company is your cell phone carrier? Are you happy with them?

A. AT&T and yes, I am happy with them.

9) Random question: What recent experience made you feel old?

A. Getting out of bed.

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