Saturday, November 06, 2021

Saturday 9: All I Have to Do Is Dream

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

1) Did you dream last night?

A. I dream every night, in living color (and yes, with smells - it never occurred to me that other people didn't smell things in their dreams until the other week). For the last several nights I've been dreaming of being trapped in various and sundry places and ways. I don't always remember the where and why, but I have been waking up with the feeling still with me. Sometimes it's hard to shake it off.

2) In this song, The Everly Brothers dream of kissing "lips of wine." Do you prefer red or white wine?

A. I don't drink. But I think I'd like something like blackberry wine.
3) In 1975, Rolling Stone ranked Phil and Don #1 on their list of the greatest duos of all time. Name another musical twosome.

A. The Captain and Tennille. The Carpenters. 

4) Mike Love has acknowledged the influence The Everly Brothers had on The Beach Boys' harmonies. What's your favorite Beach Boys song?

Good Vibrations.

5) The pressure of touring took its toll on the Everly Brothers' personal relationship, and those stresses spilled onto the stage. They once had a fight in front their audience that ended with Phil smashing his guitar and storming off. Have you ever busted something in anger?

A. Yes.
6) One of Don's friends was author/storyteller Garrison Keillor and that's how the Everly Brothers came to perform on Keillor's radio program, A Prairie Home Companion. Do you often listen to the radio or to podcasts?

A. I listen to both, but mostly I listen to 70's classic rock on Alexa. If I listen to the radio, then it's NPR or a local station in the car. I try to listen to a Ted talk once or twice a week, but there aren't podcasts I regularly follow. I have enough of everyone else's opinions in my life. I don't need any more.
7) The brothers chose to live in different cities and held opposite views on politics. Don said, "Everything is different about us, except when we sing." Do you have siblings? If so, are you more alike or different?

A. I have a brother and we are alike in some things but different in others.

8) In 1958, the year this song was a hit, Americans were doing the Cuban dance, the cha-cha-cha. Do you ever dance or sing when you're home alone?

A. Yes.
9) Random question -- Do you believe we each get one true love?

A. No. There are so many different ways to love a person, and we all have so much love to give, if we'd only give it, that I don't think that is true even though I've been with the same guy for 38 years.

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, November 05, 2021

Autumn Colors


Thursday, November 04, 2021

Thursday Thirteen - Peace Blog

Dona Nobis Pacem


1. Every November 4, there is a blog blast for peace. I have participated off and on over the years. For more information, visit Blog4Peace.

2. Peace means no violence. In order to have lasting peace, there must be some form of economic equity.

3.  Systemic violence is caused by the gaps of development in countries and communities. To bring the macrocosm down to eye level, if you take a city like Roanoke, there is a division between rich and poor that is well-known and easy to see. 

4. Some antidotes to violence include better education, better health, and growth and prosperity that touches everyone.

5. Some issues require the efforts of a community while others must be met on a global scale. For example, a peaceful country could invest more in infrastructure, health, and research than on military spending (the United States is not by any means a peaceful country).

6. Education would help millions of adults live a different life. There are approximately 773 million illiterate adults in the world. What if we taught one someone else to read? Can you imagine the worlds that would open up? What kind of imaginations that have been given the ability to read and write might be set loose on the world to create a better life?
7. A focus on peace could increase the standard of living for everyone. 

8. A peaceful life allows a person to focus on more than immediate goals. When there is no worry of war or being stabbed in the parking lot (or gunned down in school, or killed by a domestic terrorist), then the mind is able to ruminate on more profitable ideals and goals. A peaceful society cares about other aspects of life besides survival, allowing new standards of living for all to become obtainable.

9. Severe inequity among the citizens in a community leads to lack of peace. In Roanoke, there are shootings nearly every day. Why? Social pressure leads to hatred and frustration, which leads to instability. This leads to violence.

10. In the United states,  0.01% of the population accumulates 11.2% of the total country’s wealth. This inequality does not contribute to peace, because other households live paycheck to paycheck and do not accumulate wealth. This combined with the pressures from social media to have the same things as the next person, even when one can't afford it, can lead to violence.

11. There is no reason why communities and countries cannot be more just and peaceful places to live. The only reason they aren't is because people in power want it that way. Peace is a choice.

12. Tell everyone that peace is the way out of the mess we're in. Hating on one another doesn't do any good; violence is never the answer. 

13. Everyone is important. If the nation and the world is to survive for future generations, then peace must become the standard, not an oddity. What is wrong with living in a peaceful, beautiful world?

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 729th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday. Or so sayth the Blogger counter, anyway.

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Virginia Bleeds

My friend called me around lunchtime and wanted to know on a scale of 1 to 10 how "ticked off are you" that Virginia is now a red state.

"I'm not ticked off. I'm sad," I replied.

"Oh." Not the response she expected, apparently. "Why are you sad?"

"Because this means a backward toss to women's rights, for one."

"Because of abortion?"

"Because of a women's right to her own body, mind, and soul. Not only abortion. Eventually women will lose the right to hold property, to carry a credit card, to hold a job. That's the logical conclusion if you follow the path of the conservative effort to create a theological autocracy."

"Well, that's scary," she said.

Damn right it's scary. What is really scary is that I see Conservatives calling the left Fascists and the left calling Conservatives Fascist. And they're both Fascist, but the Conservatives are the ones careening toward a path of oligarchical theological authoritarianism. The Democrats are simply floundering around trying to figure out how to keep some semblance of democracy from running head on into a brick wall, and doing a poor job of salvaging whatever little bit of the Republic may still be intact.

A very long time ago, the movement toward democracy began in Virginia with something called the Fincastle Resolutions. We don't hear about them much, but in 1774, a group of 15 men (white, landholding men, of course), from Fincastle County, Virginia (which doesn't exist anymore), passed resolutions opposing the King of England and sent them on to the Virginia's Delegation to the First Continental Congress that same year. The First Continental Congress met after the Tea Party incident in Boston.

The Fincastle Resolutions basically said the men of this part of Virginia were willing to die if their rights were not obtained from the Crown of Great Britain. Had King George III acquiesced and set things right, they would have been happy to accept that, but under no circumstances were they going to do his unlawful bidding, especially when it came to free exercise of religion, their liberties, and their properties.

We all know the rest of the story. The shot heard 'round the world, the glorious George Washington (also a Virginian), the American Revolution, and then the beginning of a new political experiment, government of men by men, with rights granted by men, and a republic that pretended to be a democracy came into being.

Fitting, isn't it, that here it will also die. I harbor no illusions that this republic will remain standing or whole. In fact, I harbor no illusions that it still exists.

It doesn't.

We are in fact fairly well set upon a fascist road, regardless of party. When power is removed from the people, then fascism is what steps in, and the people are now powerless on both sides.

They just don't know it yet. Many an authoritarian country in this world holds elections and has votes, but it's still an authoritarian, fascist bastion of hate and spittle, and we are nearly there.

Hitler is the best example of a fascist regime, the one we all know something about. In 1933, he created a decree that gave him the power to take over state governments in order to keep Germany safe. This decree said:

"Thus, restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of free expression of opinion, including freedom of the press, on the right of assembly and the right of association, and violations of the privacy of postal, telegraphic, and telephonic communications, and warrants for house-searchers, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed."

We're already there, are we not? And so busy worrying about weird crap like critical race theory that we can't see the scope of what has happened.

Here is how Mussolini explained fascism:

"The maxim that society exists only for the well-being and freedom of the individuals composing it does not seem to be in conformity with nature's plans, which care only for the species and seem ready to sacrifice the individual." 

Basically, safety is what matters. We must be safe

That is why the former guy was so scary. He touted this safety crap everywhere, and only he would make us safe. Mostly he would make us safe from scary immigrants and people of color. He was blindsided by a virus - a mote in his eye that he never saw coming. He did not make us safe from that.

Fascism happens differently in every instance and in every country. However, it all ends the same:  authoritarianism and brutality. The former guy was brutal.

He also didn't simply show up out of nowhere. No, the American brand of fascism has been coming since the 1970s, a slow and slogging march, unrecognizable because of the creeping way it has writhed its way into the brains of the masses.

It actually started with the Moral Majority - also a Virginia invention, I'm afraid - and those loud and energetic nuts who wanted to bring their brand of morality into every facet of life.

They helped create division, and in turn that division has helped create an inability to accept or handle change. The Reagan years brought about the downsizing of important government functions, leading to the privatization and control of aspects of life that should never have left public hands.

Bush I brought us lies about Willie Horton and that creation of other. He legitimized that.

After that came the Clinton years, NAFTA, and the loss of local jobs. Suddenly we had a totally marginalized society, people who felt victimized who weren't used to feeling that way. And they were still scared of that other, whatever that other was.

Newt Gingrich stoked the fires then with hatred via political division and thus the great divisions of Republican Democrat began - and us versus then that lay not in anything tangible, but in a continual brainwashing via Fox News and other media. Lies, everywhere, finger-pointing to the point of gasping laughter, except none of it was funny. So much of our democracy, we didn't know, had been based upon the statesman's unwritten agreement that gentlemen would indeed be gentlemen, not crass boors who would turn, like bulls in glass shops, into something that would break everything it ran up against. And all of it legal, or at least appearing to be so.

Because we lost our statesmen and replaced them with boors, agents of hate and deceit, we have lost the republic.

And the solutions offered now? Republicans smash more government power over everyone's head until those who are paying attention feel as if they've been beaten by the belts of their fathers. Government power such as killing rights for women, stealing the votes by changing the voting laws, creating so many "others" that no one knows who is on what side, creating chaos in the maelstrom of laws and tweets and vindictiveness. The progressives find these abhorrent.

The other side, meanwhile, cracks down with laws for everyone's safety, too,  - take the vaccine, abide by this law on climate change, listen to Uncle Joe. The conservatives find this abhorrent.

So no one agrees on anything. We are a people awash in ideas and no action, or actions without thought of consequences, and no one following through to the logical conclusions of the farces of the day.

Fascism is not simply here because today Virginia is red.

It has been here for years. Virginia bleeds red today because the United States of America is inherently fascist.

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

At Rest

I caught this nice little buck taking a rest the other day. He's an 8-point buck, but not large enough to shoot. He'll wait for another day, I hope.

Monday, November 01, 2021

Under Roof

Last week, my nephew's house construction continued as the builder installed the roof.

The roof trusses were put in place with a crane.

It picked up each truss and then swung it over to the house.

The waiting men would lower it into place and affix it to the house frame.

This is the house roof after the trusses had all been installed. Gives one a much better idea of
what the house will look like.

This is the roof after the building put down the wood over the rafters and covered that with a material
that is supposed to help with leaks and things. They used to use felt before they put down the
shingles, but now they use this shiny stuff. I'm not sure what it is.

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Happy Halloween!


Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing

1. Have you ever played with a Ouija Board?

A. Yes, I did, when I was young. I haven't used one as an adult.

2. Favorite horror monster or villain?

A. Cruela DeVille from 101 Dalmations

3. If you were dared to spend the night in a “haunted house”, would you do it?

A. Yes. Not only would I do it, I have done it.

4. Are you superstitious?

A. Not really. I don't throw salt over my shoulder or anything like that. I might occasionally knock on wood for good luck.

5. Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?

A. I have seen actual ghosts, in plain view. I don't need to see them in my peripheral vision.

6. Ever made a potion of any sort?

A. Yes.

7. Do you get scared easily?

A. Yes.

8. Have you ever played Bloody Mary?

A. Never heard of it. I thought that was some kind of alcoholic drink.

9. Would you ever go to a graveyard at night?

A. Sure.

10. Would you rather go to a Halloween party or go trick or treating?

A. Trick or treating.

11. Whilst watching scary movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person with their eyes covered the whole time, or the person who falls asleep?

A. I don't watch scary movies as a rule, but I would be the person who watches and winces a lot.

(This is one of my favorite Halloween movies - Practical Magic)

12. Favorite scary book?

A. I don't read these much, either. I read Carrie a long time ago, and it stuck with me.

13. How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?

A. I was very young - younger than six - when I saw The Blob on TV. Scared the crap out of me. Later, when I spent the night at my grandparents house, I would get up and watch the late showings of Planet of the Apes movies and a movie called SSSSS, both of which were scary to me. (My brother thought The Wizard of Oz was scary and wouldn't watch it for years because of the flying monkeys.) I saw the Amityville Horror and The Shining at the theater when they came out, but I would have been a teenager then.

14. What was your first Halloween costume?

A. I have no idea.

15. If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), what would you pick?

A. I wouldn't want any of them, but if I must choose, I choose the wolf, preferably a nice young cub that I can train.


I encourage you to visit other participants in Sunday Stealing posts and leave a comment. Cheers to all us thieves who love memes, however we come by them.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Congratulations Trey and Valerie!

My nephew married today! Congratulations to him and his bride, Valerie!

Saturday 9: Werewolves of London

Unfamiliar with this week's featured song? Hear it here. (Great questions!)
1) In this song, Warren Zevon sees a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand. He wanted beef chow mein. If we Saturday 9ers got together for Chinese, what would you likely order?

A. Sweet and sour chicken with an egg roll.

2) He also says the werewolf's hair was perfect. Are you having a good hair day?

A. It's not bad. I'm due for a cut next week so it's a bit on the long side.

3) Linda Ronstadt was a big Warren Zevon fan and recorded several of his songs. Do you have a favorite Linda Ronstadt song?

A. Blue Bayou. That song really shows off her pipes. However, I also love her song Shattered. When I'm feeling really low and want to hear something that reflects my mood, this is my go-to song.

4) Warren Zevon admitted being afraid of doctors and avoided check ups. Are you scared when you go to the doctor or dentist for a routine visit?

A. No. It's a good thing, too, since I am at the doctor's office at least every 3 months.

5) In 1935, the movie Werewolf of London was released. Do you enjoy being frightened by scary movies?

A. I don't watch scary movies much any more. At least, not the horror kind. These days, just watching the news is freaking scary. More scary than a lot of horror movies, actually.

6) In your younger days, did you ever trick or treat while dressed as a monster?

A. I don't recall all of my costumes. I know I went as a witch, but I don't consider a witch to be a monster.

7) When you were a kid, what sweet treats were you happiest to receive?

A. Anything chocolate. And Smarties. I still eat Smarties sometimes.

8) Can you see any Halloween decorations as you answer these 9 questions?

A. I have a Halloween card on my desk that my pen pal sent me, but that's it.

9) Halloween is most popular in the United States and Canada, and isn't really celebrated at all in Japan or South Korea. How would you explain our Halloween customs to a visitor from another land?

A. People dress up however they want, then take their children and go door to door and ask for candy. A threat is implied, as in, you may end up with your house wrapped with toilet paper, if you don't give said candy. It's also celebrated with parties, bobbing for apples, and dancing. It has no religious significance, but some churches find it an offensive holiday, so they offer "trunk or treat" events which still involve giving candy and partying, just more in an evangelically capitalistic Jesus sort of way.

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, October 29, 2021

Moderna Update

I had not anticipated such a reaction to my Moderna booster shot. I'd reacted to the second one strongly, but not the first one. So I had hoped that the booster - which was half the amount of the original - wouldn't be troublesome. (I stuck with Moderna all the way, so I've had three Moderna shots.)

Even during a long 24 hours plus of chills, fatigue, and achiness, my arm hurt greatly in the area of the shot.

As the other symptoms waned, I developed a strong pain in my lymph glands my armpit in the arm where I received the shot. The gland swelled. My arm still hurt, too, and then the lymph gland began giving off serious pain.

Last night, I had a night sweat that soaked the sheets. I don't normally have these; the last time I can recall doing anything like that, I was running a high fever.

The night sweat is a good thing. That's my body trying to clear out the congestion and inflammation caused by the booster. The lymph gland is still swollen but doesn't feel as big as it was. Progress?

This could take a while. I wrote my doctor about the lymph gland yesterday and she said it would ease in time. She didn't give me a time frame, but the Mayo Clinic website said swollen lymph glands can last two to four weeks.

Clearing your lymph system when you're sedentary and prone to being ill anyway can be a challenge. One thing I was doing when I had the first round of Covid vaccines was drinking apple cider vinegar in warm water every day. I had stopped that but I began it again this morning after reading that it can help clear the lymph system.

Another way to clear the lymphatic system is to jump up and down on a mini trampoline. I don't own one of those, so every time I stand up, I'm standing on my toes and then dropping down, to sort of bounce things around. Can't hurt anything.

I don't want my experience to keep anyone from taking the vaccine. Everyone reacts to things differently. My husband had the same shot and it was like he never took it. Even though I don't feel all that great right now, and may not for a few more days, it's better than dying of Covid. This is an inconvenience compared to what someone with severe Covid experiences. I've seen the news stories and I don't believe they faked. I've also known about 10 people who've had Covid and died from it. So I don't play around with this disease.

Next time, though, I think I'll start drinking apple cider vinegar a few weeks before the booster (because you know this will become a constant thing, probably).

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Thursday Thirteen

Nothing like a little witchiness for Halloween, eh?

These percentages are from a study related to the paranormal conducted by, which is an interesting site with lots of personality tests if you've an interest in those things.

1. 27% of women and 14% of men believe that using voodoo dolls can cause bodily harm.

2. 24% of women and 15% of men believe that love or luck spells can work.

3. 47% of women and 35% of men believe that certain people are born with special powers.

4. 42% of women and 34% of men think telepathy is possible.

5. 57% of women and 42% of men think that some people can predict the future via prophecies or premonitions.

6. 59% of women and 44% of men believe in soul mates.

7. 71% of women and 51% of men believe that if two people are meant to be together, they will be.

8. 42% of women and 18% of men read their horoscope.

9. An almost equal amount of women and men (27% and 28% respectively) believe that there is no such thing as a coincidence.

10. 68% of women and 72% of men believe that there is life on other planets.

11. 48% of women and 44% of men subscribe to the conspiracy theory that the government is hiding proof of alien existence.

12. 24% of women and 20% of men think that crop circles were created by extraterrestrials.

13. 19% of women and 20% of men believe that aliens have abducted humans.

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 728th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday. Or so sayth the Blogger counter, anyway.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Oh Moderna!

As soon as the Moderna booster was available, my husband, who'd had the J&J shot, went to the drugstore and received the booster.

He had no issues to speak of. No arm soreness, no aches, no fever.

Yesterday I received my Moderna booster. I started out with Moderna.

This morning, I do not feel well. I had a bad night, and my arm is very sore (the flu shot also made my arm sore too, but not like this). All of my joints ache and everywhere things have hurt in the past, they are hurting now.

I haven't had any acetaminophen; I don't like to take it as it makes my ears ring even worse than they normally do.

Other folks have noted that the booster has done them in. I am not reporting this to make anyone think twice about the booster - obviously it is something that one should receive - but to warn folks not to expect a cake walk.

Reactions depend on the person. It's hard to know how one will react to this booster.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway

Thursday we took a picnic lunch and drove the Blue Ridge Parkway for a few hours. The leaves had not changed much, and it was hazy, so the photos did not turn out great. Still, the views are lovely regardless of time of year.

I love these mountains.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Lost In Love

This is a cover of the song Lost in Love by Air Supply. I go off-key a little bit in one place and there's a guitar error near the end, but what the hey. I've never claimed to be a professional at this. My asthma doesn't help; I could tell it was bothering me when I made the video.

Somebody out there needs to see an overweight woman who can't sing that well strumming a guitar this morning, right? I mean, if I can put myself out there, everyone can.

Anyway, this uses a RC-3 Loop Station and has two guitar recordings on it and it is supplying the drum beat. One of the guitars was an electric Epiphone Les Paul Special and the other was an amplified acoustic Yamaha FG-150, which I am playing as I sing, so essentially there are three guitars on this song, all of which I played, including the error.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing

1. What is the first thing you wash in the shower?

A. I grab the soap and wash my hands, then wet the soap and washrag and wash my face. I put the soap and washrag down and wash my hair, pick the soap and washrag back up, and work my way down.

2. What color is your favorite hoodie?

A. I don't have a favorite hoodie. I have a jacket that has a built in hood that is washed-out black. I don't like hoodies, as a rule.

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?

A. Since that would be my husband, yes.

4. Do you plan outfits?

A. Not generally.

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now?

A. Tired, my pain level is a little high, and I feel unaccomplished.

6. What’s the closest thing to you that's red?

A. My asthma inhaler.

7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having?

A. My husband and I were looking for a new house. We drove down a road that was rutted and full of potholes filled with water. The house was a ramshackle old place, with the rooms all cut up and it smelled of moldy wood. 

8. Did you meet anybody new today?

A. I haven't left the house this weekend. So no.

9. What are you craving right now?

A. Hugs. Lots and lots of hugs.

10. Do you floss?

A. Yes.

11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage?

A. Coleslaw.

12. Are you emotional?

A. I'm human, so yes, I'm emotional.

13. Have you ever counted to 1,000?

A. 1, 2, 3 . . . 1,000!  I'm not 100% sure of this, but I think when I was in band, we drove a bus driver totally nuts by starting "99 bottles of beer on the wall" with "999 bottles of beer on the wall" because it was a long bus ride.

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it?

A. I don't eat ice cream. When I used to be able to eat frozen yogurt, I ate it with a spoon.

15. Do you like your hair?

A. I can live with it. It's not great hair and it's turning white awfully fast. Since I can't use any volumizer products on it, it's flat on my head and doesn't have a lot of body.


I encourage you to visit other participants in Sunday Stealing posts and leave a comment. Cheers to all us thieves who love memes, however we come by them.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Saturday 9: Bang!

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

1) This song is about a young man who is living on his own and doing adult things, like getting his own apartment, eating better and doing his own taxes, but he doesn't yet feel grown up. Do you remember when you felt like a grown up?

A. I was born grown up, but I suppose when I began keeping my brother and staying home with him during the summers instead of going to my grandmother's would have been a turning point. I think I was about 14.

2) He mentions not being sure of his login password. Is this something you struggle with? Or are you able to zip into your accounts?

A. I have a password method that works well for me.

3) Both the video and CD cover show the band playing games of chance. What's the last game that you played?

A. The last video game I played was Elvenar, which is a city building game. I haven't played any games of chance in a long while.

4) This week's featured band, AJR, is named for the three brothers who make up the trio -- Adam, Jack and Ryan Met. Until recently, all three brothers lived at home and wrote songs together in the Met family living room. Do you have siblings? If so, what's something you enjoy doing together?

A. I have a brother. We do not spend much time together although we talk on the phone frequently. If we had the time, I suspect we'd enjoy going to movies together, perhaps having a little book club, and having dinner. Our schedules don't mesh well enough for such things, though. However, do we do enjoy Christmas Eve and try to spend time with one another then.
5) The oldest Met brother, Adam, now lives with his girlfriend in an apartment near Columbia University, where he is a PhD candidate. During the school year, he only works on his music on weekends. Next summer, in 2022, he should be done with his studies and plans on touring the country with the band. Some tour dates are already scheduled. If possible, do you like to make plans far in advance? Or do you prefer spontaneity?

A. I prefer a little advanced notice if it is something that involves more than grabbing my handbag. But if it's just a quick trip to someplace close, I'm good with that.

6) Jack and Ryan also attend Columbia and share an apartment with their dog. They like to unwind on Fridays, after a week of classes, with a game of air hockey, followed by sushi or sashimi at their favorite Japanese restaurant. What did you do on Friday night?

A. The same thing I do every other night. Shower, put on my jammies, and either watch TV or read.
7) In 2020, the year this song was popular, the most streamed TV show was The Office. The show went off the air in 2013, but during the pandemic and quarantine, it found a new audience. What series have you binged on recently?

A. Batwoman, I suppose, until I decided it was unsettling me to the point of depression and I stopped watching it. 

8) According to Amazon, the best-selling novel of 2020 was Where the Crawdads Sing. Is there a novel you'd like to recommend to Sat 9ers?

A. Well, not that one. I did not think it was that great of a book and I think it's popularity is due solely to the title. Greenlights, by Matthew McConaughey was good for an autobiography. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, is an older book but still applicable today. Uprooted, by Naomi Novik, is a good fantasy read. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is excellent if you want a historical novel.

9) Random question: Your local drug store has self-check out. You confess to your best friend that you absent-mindedly missed scanning an item, walked out of the store with it, set off security and were caught unintentionally shoplifting. The store manager believed you so there were no repercussions, but you were mortified nevertheless. Would you expect your best friend to share your embarrassing story with his/her spouse?

A. I always expect my married friends to share with their spouses, whether I want them to or not. I hope they don't if I ask them specifically not to do so.

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, October 22, 2021

Purple Sunset


Thursday, October 21, 2021

Thursday Thirteen

1. History has turned a page. Or has it? I feel like we're in the midst of historical changes, like a zephyr is nudging us in the wrong direction, softly, silently, until we wake up in another world.

2. Dismayed is not the word for how I felt when I read the former guy's dissing of Colin Powell. Why be crude and rude when someone dies? Is this is how a narcissist with no empathy for anyone else reacts when the attention is not upon him?

3. I have been listening to Air Supply and Bread lately. I find them calming voices from my past. It makes me smile to think of the young girl I was, twittering with my friends over the words and the smoothness of these voices. Did we swoon with the release of each new song? They were the Ariana Grandes of my time.

4. Speaking of Ariana Grande, I had never heard of her  I posted about her on Saturday 9 but paid little attention to her until she began judging on The Voice this season. I have listened to some of her music since, and can only conclude I am now the old person who shakes her head at what the young folks are listening to these days. Although she knows her stuff, I give her that. She's been a great coach.

5. Other TV shows I've been watching include Survivor, which I have watched since it first came on although I have no idea why or why I continue to watch it, Supergirl, which is not ending its final season on the best of notes so far, Stargirl, which I sometimes find confusing, and . . . that's about it. I am looking forward to seeing Dune on HBO Max this weekend.

6. Poems are eluding me. I have been trying to write poetry for some weeks now and failing miserably at it. I have one good line and I don't know what to do with it.

7. Christmas shopping has also been on my mind. I've been trying to take care of this as quickly as possible because of shortages. My list constantly diminishes as children grow up and move on, and folks die, and others are simply inaccessible for whatever reason. I remember when we bought mountains of presents to give away, and now it's just a little trickle.

8. Tomorrow I may climb a mountain. Not really. I'm in no shape to climb a mountain, you see, but I may be able to take a trolley up. It depends on the weather, as well.

9. There's a meteor shower going on until November, with the pinnacle last night. But surely some other night will bring me a shooting star, right?

10. The Shooting Star was the name of the roller coaster at Lakeside when I was young. That was an amusement park that began in Salem in the 1930s or thereabouts. It was the place to go the summer I was 17 - every weekend they had a rotation of musicians coming through to play under the pavilion and I went to all sorts of shows, unbeknownst to my parents. They weren't much on asking what I was doing and the shows were over about 9:30 or so, so I wasn't out late and I was always with a friend. I heard a lot of country music stars then - I wish I could find a list somewhere of artists who played there as it would considerably broaden my personal list of musical concerts I have attended. Lakeside closed around 1986; they could not remake themselves after most of the park was underwater during the devastating Flood of 1985.

11. Fleetwood Mac is playing while I write this. Chain, keep us together. I wonder what chains will keep this nation together, rounding back to my original thoughts. Are we bound? Or has Atlas Shrugged and we've nothing left to bind us together as a people?

12. As my poor readers can see, my mind is all over the place tonight. (I'm writing this Wednesday night.) Scattered and shattered thoughts are simply pouring through me, and I don't seem to have a grasp on a single topic. But that's ok. This is a roving Thursday Thirteen, a buffet of my brain. I hope something is of interest.

13. I think we mispronounce Wednesday. We pronounce WinsDay. It looks like it should be pronounced Wed-nes-day. I know, a strange thing to end on, but words are weird and sometimes I think about them too much. 

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