Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Wednesday HodgePodge

 1. It's like my mama always said, "______________________________________________." 

I don't remember an exact quote, but my mother always encouraged my sisters and me to be independent, meaning that we were able to take care of ourselves and not have to depend on a husband to take care of us.  My grandfather died when my mother was 11 years old, and my grandmother  -- an immigrant with no education or job skills -- struggled to provide for my mother and her sisters.  

2. May 11th is National Eat What You Want Day. What will you be having by way of celebration? 

Chocolate.  Was it even a question?

3. Describe your idea of a perfect spring day.

The sun is shining, the air is balmy.  I'm going to grab a bottle of water and drive over to Jones Beach.  I'll take a nice walk on the boardwalk and then I'm going to find a seat on one of the benches to watch the waves. It's very nice here in the off season.

4. Success, fulfillment, growth, achievement...pick one and tell us how it relates to your life in some way, either currently or in days gone by. 

Deep question.  Calls for introspection.  I am just not in the mood right now.

5. I saw this going around on various social media sites and thought it would be fun to answer here. The last thing you bought on Amazon is your weapon in battle. How will you wield it?  (if you're not an Amazon shopper, then the last thing you bought online anywhere)

I guess I could do some damage with these.

I could poke the enemy  and flip them over, right? Stir up some righteous anger?  Pity the set didn't come with a knife.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Tree pollen is not my friend.  Please pass the Claritin.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Music Monday

 This week's theme:

In honor of the debut of the Sony Betamax recorder (1975), songs from movies from the 1980’s and 1990’s

Love, love, love this theme!

But I got lost in the 70's, when Betamax first showed up

Remember The Poseidon Adventure?  Mrs. Rosen was my favorite character.

Rocky was everywhere, and so was the theme song.

It was Liza's song before it was Frank's.

The humor in Animal House was crude, but the music....

The theme from The Godfather was a huge hit for Andy Williams.

So was the theme from Romeo and Juliet

Cabaret was a huge hit.  Here's Liza singing the title song

Can't do this without Barbra, can we?

Let's lighten it up and have some fun with Grease.

And the most iconic 70's music came from Saturday Night Fever

Just love watching Travolta strut.  But also

And that white suit....

I could watch Travolta dance all day long....

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Sunday stealing


Hi! I'm your host Bev Sykes of the blog "Funny the World". . Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. Cheers to all of us thieves!


1. Five problems with social media

    -- a major distraction/time suck

    -- puts personal information at risk

    -- a stalker's best friend

    -- like all print media, lack of body language, tone of voice, etc. can lead to misunderstanding

    -- the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories

2. A place you would like to live, but have never visited

London sounds like an exciting place to live

3. Someone who fascinates you and why

Stevie Nicks has always been her own unique person.   

And I love how when she was breaking up with a guy she wrote songs about the relationship -- and then made him play those songs on the album. You almost had to feel sorry for Lindsey Buckingham.

4. Do you have tattoos?  What are they and why?


5. A book you love, and one you didn’t.

Hated, hated, hated Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pyncheon.  It was assigned reading for the science fiction class I took in college.  I never finished the book and I fudged the questions on the exam.  

I've read Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird twice, once when I was in high school and once when my daughter was in high school.  I think it was an influence on my choice of career and also my passion for social justice.

6. A fruit you dislike, and why

Grapefruit -- too sour

7. Two words/phrases that make you laugh

organized chaos

8. A quote you try to live by

Justice, justice shalt thou pursue.  (Deuteronomy 16:20)

9. Something you miss

Advice from my parents.  My father passed away in 2015, and my mother has dementia.  

10. Three weird traits you have

I'll mention two physical and one character/personality trait:
--  I've got a very small mouth.  Really.  When the dentist takes x-rays of my teeth or does other work he sometimes needs to use pediatric tools instead of adult tools

-- I lost all my hair to chemotherapy a number of years ago, but it grew back thicker and more wavy than it was before I fell ill

-- I love dragons and unicorns.  I even decorated my bathroom with a dragon shower curtain and bathmat.

11. What you wore today

I'm writing this on Friday.  I had an appointment with my orthopedist due to my bad knees.  I wore a skirt so that he would be able to examine my knees and  I would not have to change into the funny paper shorts he uses for patients.

12. Word/phrase you use constantly

Let me Google that 

13. One thing you’re excited for

Broadway reopens in the fall!

14. Your feelings on ageism

I'm guilty of it.  But I shouldn't be.  As I am getting older I realize how capable older people really are.

15. Three interesting facts about yourself

    -- the first time I went to a student protest during college, my father told me I was just like Barbra Streisand's character in The Way We Were

    -- When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released in 2007, I had to buy three copies of the book because I wanted to read it as much as my daughters did, and none of us was willing to share the book or wait until someone else finished reading it

    -- I (sort of) went to high school with Ralph Macchio.  He was my younger sister's friend, but he wouldn't remember me at all

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Saturday 9



Welcome to Saturday 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: Mom (2016)

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

1) Meghan Trainor's mom gets a vocal credit on this song ("featuring Kelli Trainor") because the audio of a mother/daughter phone call is included on the recording. Who is the last person you spoke to (not texted!) on the phone?

A business call, nothing terribly exciting.

But since Drew and I don't live together, we make it a point speak on the phone every night when we aren't together.
2) The earliest version of this song was a poem co-written by Meghan and her brother as a gift to their mom. Do you enjoy writing/crafting/baking or [insert your skill here] gifts for people?


3) Meghan's mom ran Jewel of the Isle, a jewelry store in Nantucket, MA. Have you ever visited Massachusetts? If so, where have you gone?

I've been to Boston  many times.  Great city.  Lexington.  Concord. Salem, Plymouth, Sturbridge.  (Yeah, I like history.)

4) Mother's Day is a big holiday for card shops. So are birthdays, weddings, and dozens of other special occasions. Hallmark sells greetings for everything from "Congratulations on Your New Job" to "Happy Retirement." Who received the most recent card you bought?

I don't buy a lot of cards anymore. I think the  last one was for Valentine's Day.

5) While Crazy Sam was growing up, her mother used to scold her for leaving dirty dishes in the sink. Sam admits it: as an adult she still puts off washing her dishes. Are you more like mother or daughter? Do you clean up after every meal, or do you let the dishes stack up?

Have to admit it, I sometimes let them pile up ...

6) Mother's Day is for grandmothers, too. Sam grew up calling her grandmother "Grandgran." What did you call your grandmother?


My paternal grandmother died before I was born, but my older cousins tell me she was called "bubbe" (Yiddish for "grandma"), and my grandfather (who also died before I was born) was called "zaide".

My maternal grandmother was an immigrant, came here from Poland right after WW I and became immediately Americanized.  She wanted to be called Grandma, not "bubbe"

My maternal grandfather died when my mother was a little girl.

7) The German word for "mother" is "mutter." What other German words do you know?

Nein, I do not speak German, but ja, I am sure I know at least a handful of words. Katze, hund, danke...

8) In the United Kingdom, Mothering Sunday is celebrated. It's on the fourth Sunday in Lent (March 14 this year) and in addition to flowers and cards, mothers are treated to Simnel cake. Are you going to indulge in any sweets this weekend?

We will have a cake at my mother's house on Sunday. Probably something with chocolate.

9) To celebrate Mother's Day, Sam is giving away her mother's favorite: Hershey Bars! Would you prefer classic milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or milk chocolate with almonds?

If I have to choose, I will take classic milk chocolate, please.

Friday, May 7, 2021


Rerunning a few favorites today 


Baseball is back!


Thursday, May 6, 2021


Sisters in high school....Jen was a junior and a varsity cheerleader.  Becca was a freshman and on dance team. Warm up jackets over their team uniforms because it was cold that day.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Wordless Wednesday

 So I have been setting up my little patio.  A couple of chairs, a small table, wind chimes.  

Yes, I do like peacocks.

And then there are the  ornaments.  

They're small, I think they're intended to decorate a flower bed. I found them in the drugstore.  I was looking for more discounted Easter candy, but couldn't find anything I wanted.  And then, in the same aisle, I found these peacocks.  Half price.  I'd never seen them before, but they had to have been in that aisle all along. I think they're meant for flower beds.  I'll find some way to use them.

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