Friday, May 24, 2019

Saturday 9- God Bless America

Unfamiliar with Deanna Durbin's rendition of week's tune? Hear it here.

Memorial Day is the federal holiday designated to honor American service people who died in battle. 

1) Memorial Day was introduced after the Civil War. Originally called Decoration Day, this is when memorials, as well as the graves of veterans, are to be decorated with flags and flowers on this day to show our appreciation. Is there a war memorial in your neighborhood?  no, I live in the country, but there are some about 20 miles away more in the city.
2) Andrew Johnson, our 17th President, was in office the first time Memorial/Decoration Day  was celebrated. Have you ever met one of our 45 Presidents? no
3) According to the AAA, more than 30 million Americans will hit the road this weekend and drive more than 50 miles. Will you be traveling far from home this weekend? I will not be traveling at all.
4) Memorial Day kicks off the summer season. What's your favorite picnic food? fried chicken
5) As you answer these questions, is there an air conditioner or fan on?  Oh yes!  Our A/C has been on a couple of weeks.
6) Though she's belting out one of America's best loved patriotic songs, Deanna Durbin was born in Canada. Is there anyone in your family or circle of friends who wasn't born in the USA?  not that I can think of.

7) No longer a household name, Ms. Durbin was once one of the biggest stars in the country. One of her most popular films was 1937's One Hundred Men and a Girl, which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Recommend a movie that you really like, but don't think many Saturday 9ers have seen.  Ten Things I Hate About You (1999)...I am guessing you guys have seen all of the movies I have seen. hahahaha

8) Back in 1938, Deanna Durbin had her handprints cemented in front of the TCL Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. Have you ever visited that Los Angeles tourist attraction?  nope

9) Random question: What food did you hate as a child, but enjoy now? General Chicken
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


National Road Trip Day - Friday Before Memorial Day


1.  Have you ever done a spur-of-the-moment road trip?  Where did it take you?  Oh yes, I do this to my poor husband on occasion.  The last time  I decided we needed to go for a trip we went to the capital of Missouri Jefferson City and we also went to The Lake of the Ozarks.  It was a fun day.  I am mostly spontaneous for day trips.

2.  If time and money wasn't an issue, what roads would you choose to travel and how long would you be gone?  I do not know what roads.  We did a road trip down Route 66 for a while...another day trip we did.  I would want to visit all over the United States, it is so beautiful and I would want to see as much as I could.

3.  When you go on a long road trip, what snacks and beverages do you take?  Do you pack a picnic? Does the back seat turn into a nest?   We pack a ice cooler of different drinks.  We also take different types of snacks and they are not typically the same from trip to trip.

4.  Please tell us about something interesting or strange you have seen on the side of the road.  More on the strange side are the adult arcades and adult movie rental places.  Not sure what goes on in an adult arcade...sounds so gross.

5.  Who does the driving when you head out in the car?  Do you stop in the rest areas along our Interstate highways when you have to use the facilities, or do you choose a fast-food restaurant or gas station instead?  Not TMI... inquiring minds want to know!  My husband drives.  We mostly stop at gas stations or fast food places, but we have had to stop at rest areas before too.

6.  Please share something with us about your week so far.  This is the last week of school and today was our last day with kids.  I hate the last day with kids.  It is always so sad for me.  I love summer though, so I am looking forward to that.  Thursday will be our last day we have to work.  We are packing up our classrooms.  We also had yet another tornado warning today and had to take our kids to safety.  They did great.  They did not act scared at all.  They probably did not know what was going on.  I teach preschool.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Tuesday 4 Meme- The News
The News

1.   Do you read an actual print newspaper? If so, how often?  No, never.  The only time we ever buy a newspaper is for Black Friday ads.

2.   What is your main source of news?  National News or reading the news online.  I probably catch a lot of stories on the local news too.

3.   Do you believe that it's possible for the media to be unbiased?  no, I feel like they have a view like everyone else and that is ok.   I have a hard time watching the national news because they cannot even pretend to be unbiased.  I have always heard the older newsmen were able to appear unbiased.  That is the way I want the news reported.  I am not interested in anyone's views as I watch the news.

4.   Who is/are your favorite TV News Anchor Personality Or Real Live Reporter/s?  I am watching Lester Holt right now as I write this, but I do not really have a favorite.  I trust my local news reporters more.  I have met many of them and go to church with several.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Sunday Stealing- Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

    Hurry! ::  UP!
    Dumb ::  founded
    Fudge :: sundae
    Sturdy ::  wood
    Printing ::  press
    Itch ::  poison ivy
    Creaks ::  floor
    Paste ::  glue
    Waste of time ::  social media
    Let down :: disappointed
    Cancellation ::  flight
    Suspect ::  crime
    Fireplace ::  cozy
    Spring ::  flowers
    Commute :: to work
    Places ::  and spaces
    Fraud ::  fake
    Adoption ::  kids
    Election ::  politics
    Moving day ::  pack up

Friday, May 17, 2019

Saturday 9- Secret Love

Secret Love (1953)

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

Rest in peace, Doris Day (1922-2019)
1) In this song Doris admits she's spoken to the stars, "the way dreamers often do." Do you often daydream?  Oh my word!  All...The...Time!  I am often lost in my own thoughts.

2) What's the last secret you kept? (It doesn't have to be romantic.)  My co-worker told me something this week in confidence and I am not saying a word.

3) While "Secret Love" was one of Miss Day's best-selling records, and the song won an Oscar, she did not perform it at the Academy Awards Ceremony. She said she was just too nervous to sing it live before an international television audience and an auditorium full of entertainment professionals. When did you last suffer an attack of nerves?  Every time I see a doctor I have to do breathing to calm me down before the doctor comes in.  I am not sure what I think they are going to do to me, but I sure get myself worked up in my older age.

4) Doris' well-publicized attack of Oscar stage fright was unexpected because she began her career as a band singer, performing before live audiences every night. But she reportedly did develop more phobias over the years, including a fear of flying. Is there anything that scares you now, as an adult, that didn't frighten you as a child?  YES!  I feel like I did the same thing...developed fears as I grew older and possibly more attentive to things.  I was never afraid of heights when I was a kid and now I am.  I can go right up anything, but I get scared coming down. 
5) Doris Day made 39 movies between 1948 and 1968. She said one of her favorite things about filmmaking was working with costume designers on her wardrobe. Do you enjoy shopping for clothes?  not really.  I wish I had more money and time.  I might enjoy it then.

6) Doris confessed that when she had to lose weight for a role, she gave up ice cream. If we checked your freezer, would we find any ice cream?  yes.  I had to stop eating ice cream when I was having gall bladder problems a couple of years ago, but now that my gall bladder is out I can eat it fine and I even crave it in the summer.
7) In 1985 she hosted a cable show called Doris Day's Best Friends. She used the show as a platform to promote pet adoptions and animal welfare. Most of the guests were  celebrity friends who reportedly donated their salaries for appearing on the show to Doris' pet foundation. Did you more recently ask a friend for a favor, or perform a favor for a friend?  It goes both ways for us, but most recently I asked a friend for a favor.

8) For more than 20 years, Doris co-owned the Cypress Inn in Carmel, CA. The Inn expects to continue on without her, and maintain the pet-friendly policies she introduced. Have you ever traveled with your dog or cat?  I have not, but I do appreciate pet friendly places just in case.

9) Random question: What's the last thing you complained about?  The heat here...Hahahahaha, it isn't even that hot yet.  It was high 80's today.  I hate being sweaty.

I was so sad to hear about the passing of Doris Day.  My son Josh loves her.  I am sure he will want to show me some of her movies once I am done with school.  Do you have a favorite you would share that we could look for?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

National Nylon Stocking Day May 15



1.  Do you (men don't have to answer) ever wear stockings today?  I have some short sock ones I wear with nice shoes, but if I am wearing a
2.  Terri can remember her mom wearing hose with the seam in the back.  Do you have any memories of those?  During the war, when stockings were scarce, women would draw a line on their legs to simulate wearing stockings!  How far would you go to superficially fake something today?  I only have memories of these nylons in that I have seen these in movies.  I wear make-up...that is kind of superficial I guess. I do not do anything weird with my make-up though.

3.  Women actually rioted after WWII because Dupont couldn't keep up with the demand for nylon stockings!  Is there anything today you would riot for if the supply dried up (other than basic food and water needs)?  I can't think of anything I would riot for.
4.  Pantyhose were first called Panty Legs.  I'm sure we all have worn pantyhose at one time or another (again, men don't have to answer). Do you still have a pair or three in a drawer?  Do you wear them?  I think I may have some...I did throw a lot of stuff away last summer, but I do not wear them.
5.  This is also National Chocolate Chip Day.  Perhaps chocolate is something to riot for if we ran out?  Joe's favorite cookie is chocolate chip.  What is yours?  chocolate chip
6.  Please share something with us about your week.  My nephew Keifer graduated last Friday, so we went to that.  We had a great time with family afterwards.  Then last night my co-workers and I along with some kids in our class went to see a baseball game of one of our kids.  We had so much fun.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Tuesday 4 Meme- Picture Perfect
Picture Perfect

1.   A picture perfect day is spent with family doing something fun and sunny, 70 º with a gentle breeze and no humidity.

2.   A picture perfect dinner is also a dinner with family, Mexican, Italian or BBQ.

3.   A picture perfect evening is a quiet evening at home with family.

4.   A picture perfect vacation is at the beach relaxing and listening to the waves and watching the dolphins play in the ocean with my family.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Sunday Stealing- Ask Anything

1. Do you own your things or do your things own you?  I own my things.  

2. Would you rather lose all of your old memories or never be able to make new ones?  Neither.  Both are so important.  I would never want to lose my memories of my family that have passed and I would hate not being able to make memories with my son and husband.

3. How do you deal with someone in a position of power who wants you to fail?  I have been there.  I pray and I am kind.  In my situation, I left and got a better position with nicer people.  Sometimes God closes doors for you.

4. What do you have that you cannot live without?  God

5. When you close your eyes what do you see? darkness

6. What sustains you on a daily basis?  God and prayer

7. What are your top five personal values? kindness, integrity, truth, faithfulness, patience

8. Why must you love someone enough to let them go?  Because sometimes the feelings are not returned.  When you love, you want them to be happy, so you let them go.  I have been there.

9. Do you ever celebrate the green lights?  Sometimes if I am in a hurry, but sometimes I like to be stopped.  That is if we are talking about stop lights.  If we are talking about green lights to projects...again.... sometimes.

10. What personal prisons have you built out of fears?  I am scared of snakes, so I am super careful when outdoors.  There are a lot of snakes where I live and some are poisonous.

11. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  travel more

12. Why are you, you?  God made me this way and I have made choices in my life that have guided me to where I am.

13. If you haven’t achieved it yet what do you have to lose?  not sure about this one.

14. What three words would you use to describe the last three months of your life? Busy, baseball and vacation

15. Is it ever right to do the wrong thing?  Is it ever wrong to do the right thing?  no and no

16. How would you describe ‘freedom’ in your own words? being able to make my own choices and say what I want based upon the laws of our country.

17. What is the most important thing you could do right now in your personal life?  lose weight (exercise) and eat better.

18. If you could ask one person, alive or dead, only one question, who would you ask and what would you ask? I am not sure.

19. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?  I guess doing what I am doing.  I love working with kids.  I also love being with my son...both make me very happy.

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Saturday 9- The Perfect Fan

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

1) In this song, a son thanks his mother for helping him grow up strong and confident. Who is the last person you thanked? What did they do for you?  We were at my nephew's graduation party last night and my sis-in-law went and got me a Coke to drink.  I said Thank-you!  I was very thirsty.
2) Who was the last person to thank you for something?  I told my Nephew Keifer Congratulations last night on his graduation from high school.  He said Thank-you.

3) This is from the Backstreet Boys' album Millennium, recorded and released in 1999. Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when 1999 turned into 2000?  I think I was here at home.  I remember people thinking the computers were going to shut down when the year flipped to 2000 and everything was going to be messed up....electrical grids etc...anything that computers help run, but everything was fine.

4) This song was written by Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell. Brian voiced himself on an episode of PBS' Arthur. Arthur has been described as an "animated anthropomorphic aardvark" -- which can be difficult to say. Do you easily get tongue tied?  a little bit, but not as bad as some.
5) The French word for "mother" is "mère." What other French words do you know?  I have taken 3 years of French
and then another year at the college level, so I know a lot of words in French.
6) Mother's Day is a big holiday for card shops. So are birthdays, weddings, and St. Patrick's Day. Hallmark sells greetings for everything from "Congratulations on Your New Job" to "Happy Retirement." Who received the most recent card you bought?  It was a Sympathy card for my Aunt.
7) Have you put away your winter clothes yet?  I have a big closet, so I do not really need to put them away.  My top rack is winter and bottom is summer.

8) Mother Winters used to scold Sam for leaving her dirty dishes in the sink. Sam admits it: as a grown up, she's still a bit of a slob. Do lean toward "neat" or "messy?"  messy, but I used to be such a neat person.  My house was spotless. 

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? 
milk chocolate with almonds
Happy Mother's Day!!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wednesday Medley- MOTHER’S DAY

Mother's Day - Second Sunday in May


1. Where did your mom grow up?   Muskogee, OK

2. Tell us about her siblings, if she has/had any. Did you have a favorite aunt or uncle?  My mom has one older brother Dwain.  The two of them argue a lot, but he was my favorite uncle when I was little.  He lives in Oklahoma and I live in Missouri, so we do not see each other much.

3. What is ONE of your favorite memories you can share with us of your mom?  Unfortunately my mom and I butted heads a lot when I was young, so my best memories with her are ones we are making now.  We went to a baseball game together a couple of years ago and we went to see Nutcracker at Christmas. 

4. Please share a picture or two of your mom with us.  This is my college graduation picture with my mom and dad.

5. Let's not leave out the grandmothers. Share what you will.  I do not have any pictures of my Granie saved to my computer.  I was super close to my Granie.  I spent the summers with her and my Papa and had so much fun.

6. Do you have any special plans for Mother's Day?  No, I have so much going on right now with graduations and such.  I did get my mom a flower for Mother's Day.  I will have to give it to her another time.  This time of year for a teacher is crazy.  My calendar looks much like it does in December. :(  I am ready for school to be over.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Tuesday 4 Meme- The 'WORD' Game
The 'WORD' Game

1.   Favorite Stupid Saying:

2.   Favorite Over Used Word:  I overuse the word "awesome"!  I say it all of the time.

3.   Favorite Word That Makes You Laugh:  I live in an area that profits by people acting like hillbillies.  So every now and then you will hear someone say a "hillbilly" word.  I kind of enjoy the word skedaddle which in case you do not know means to leave in a hurry.

4.   Now Tell Me, Are You Having Fun Yet?  These make me have to think, but yes!  I always enjoy Tuesday 4 Meme!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Sunday Stealing- One Direction Asks

    1. Name three things you love about yourself.  I am happy most of the time, kind and positive.

    What’s the bravest thing you ever did?  student teaching, I was super nervous about it.  It was fine of course.

    Talk about the craziest night of your life.  no, I am not sharing that.

    Name three things you want in life  Love, salvation and peace.

    Who’s your biggest celebrity crush?  right now it is Dr. Max on New Amsterdam (Ryan Eggold).  
    6. What’s your most common mistake?  Sometimes I get upset and say things I shouldn't.

    Which three things would you save if there was a fire? other than my family and dogs...we have a fireproof safe we keep important things in and we have a lot of things my Granie made stored in our shed for holidays, besides those things I would save some pictures, my cell phone, my wallet.

    What’s your favourite sport? baseball

    Talk about something good that recently happened to you.  We had a nice trip to St. Louis recently as a family.  I like spending time with my husband and son.

    Which fictional world would you want to live in if you could?  Maybe a Hallmark movie world where everything is beautiful and people are kind and help each other.

    What’s one thing you can never say no to? dessert

    Talk about a childhood memory.  I remember playing with the neighbor kids all day.  We would ride bikes, play ball, climb trees, roam around in the woods.  We had a great time.

    Name five things you find attractive in others.  kindness, honesty, trustworthy, intelligent, similar views.

    Are you good at making final decisions or do you easily change your mind?  It depends on what it is.

    Name three guilty pleasures of yours.  coconut cream pie, sweet tea, Young and the Restless (in the summer).

Friday, May 3, 2019

Saturday 9- Don't Envy Me

Saturday 9: Don't Envy Me (1963)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) What is it about you that you believe your friends and acquaintances envy?  I don't really think anyone envies me.

2) Do you have a friend or acquaintance that you envy?  Not really.

3) This song was not a hit, even though it was written and produced by the supersuccessful team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Tell us about a project you had great confidence in at the beginning, but didn't turn out as well as you'd hoped.  This one is hard.  I guess maybe a lesson for put together what you think is a great lesson plan and it just does not work out.  It also happens that you teach something that you do not think will be any big deal and it turns into a GREAT lesson. 

4) George Hamilton is better known as an actor. He is proud of his performance in the 1960 movie Light in the Piazza. He played an Italian who romances an American girl on holiday in Florence. Did you ever find love while vacationing?  no, I never went on vacation when I was single.

5) George had a small part in Godfather III. How many of the Godfather movies have you seen? Have you read the book?  I think I saw all of the Godfather movies.  I remember watching a marathon of them.  I have never read the book.

6) He's gotten a lot of publicity over the years for his personal life, including his 1966 romance with First Daughter Lynda Bird Johnson. At the time, she was living in the White House. Tell us about a memorable experience you had "meeting the parents."  My husband's family is a lot different than me.  I am pretty reserved and proper.  I met them all at a Christmas gathering.  They were all very nice, but by the end of the evening they were all talking about sex.  It made me uncomfortable.  I still am not real comfortable around them.

7) George is also known for his year-round tan. Have you ever used a tanning bed? Or self tanner?  I have used both.  Not at the same time of course, but at different times in my life.  I do not use either anymore.

8) In 1963, when this record was released, President Kennedy made a historic trip to Ireland. Have you ever visited the land of your ancestors?  I am adopted, so I do not know what that land would be...but I haven't visited it unless I am native american....hahahaha

9) Random question -- The last of a batch of delicious chocolate chip cookies just fell on your kitchen floor. Would you eat it?  no