Friday, July 1, 2022





Back in the USA


Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here
From the archives, with some tweaks

1) This song lists seven cities -- New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge and St. Louis -- that Linda just loves. How many have you visited?  I have visited Chattanooga and St. Louis of those listed.  We visited the Chattanooga Choo Choo in Chattanooga.

2) The lyrics refer to hamburgers sizzling on the grill. What toppings do you believe make a perfect burger?  I like cheese, ketchup and mayonnaise on my burger.  I also like cheese and chili, but I do not have that very often.

3) The original recording of this song by Chuck Berry has always been one of Linda Ronstadt's favorites, one she used to enjoy singing along with in the car. What's the most recent song you sang?  Josh and I had to go to Springfield yesterday and Suspicious Minds by Elvis was on the radio.  I sang along with that song.

4) Linda performed The National Anthem at Game 3 of the 1977 World Series. The New York Yankees won both that game and the series. How is your baseball team doing this season?  The 
St. Louis Cardinals are in 2nd...1.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers as I am posting this.   Yadi, Waino and Pujols.  I am going to miss them when they retire. :(

5) On the sleeve for this record, Linda was photographed on roller skates. Emergency rooms report a spike in wrist injuries, with people falling off skates and skateboards and jamming their wrists catching softballs. Have you recently been to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care?   no, it has been a few years since I have needed to go to the Urgent Care sick.  It has been a really long time since I have been to the E.R.  I am visiting my doctors this summer though for check far so good.
6) It's July, so summer is in full swing. Bug bites are a big summer annoyance. Are you itching and scratching this morning?  not really.  I stay inside so I do not get bit.  I have to spray bug repellent on if I am going outside.

Since this is our last Saturday 9 before Independence Day, let's ask some questions related to the holiday. 
6) The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence. What's the most recent printed media you have read (newspaper, magazine, newsletter, etc.)?  I am not even sure.  Maybe our school district magazine.  I mostly read articles on my phone or internet, or I watch the news on tv.

7) In high school, Sam was crazy about American history and got good grades. Science was her worst subject. In high school, where did you shine? In what subject were your grades not so hot?  I was good at sciences, english, foreign languages and music classes.  I was awful at math and history oh and P.E.  I hated P.E.

8) The first 4th of July parade each year is held at 12:01 AM in Gatlinberg, TN. Will you attend a parade or fireworks to celebrate the 4th?  I doubt it, just because as soon as the fireworks start going off here...our dog Meisha will be scared.  I like to stay home with her when the fireworks are going off.  Karl's sister always has a cookout and fireworks that we are invited to.  Maybe Karl and Josh can go when Josh gets off work.  I doubt that as Josh hates fireworks.  Karl and I may go furniture shopping sometime this weekend, but that is about it.   We will be flying our flag high and maybe watching fireworks on tv and possibly eating some hot dogs and hamburgers.

9) Americans love to celebrate our independence. In fact, there are more than 30 towns all across the US called Independence. There are two in MN alone (one outside Duluth, the other west of Minneapolis). Please google it and let us know: does your state have an Independence?  I am not sure what this means.  I am so embarrassed.   Our state has an Independence, MO.  It is close to Kansas City, MO.

Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Tuesday 4 Meme- Looking back...


Looking back...

Hello friends and once again welcome to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4.   I am so happy to have people joining in and making this so much fun.

I am listening to a nostalgic music channel right now with songs of the 40's  and it  made me think that perhaps we could discuss some
nostalgia here.  I hope you will enjoy thinking about these questions this week.

1. What music were your parents listening to when you were a kid?  Does that music bring back memories for you?  My mom was a huge Elvis fan, so some Elvis, but mostly old country, Dolly, Kenny, Loretta Lynn, etc.  I love old country.  I am not sure that it brings back memories other than just being a kid.  It is the 80's and 90's music from when I was in high school and college that brings back specific memories for me of school and friends.

2. What was your favorite meal and beverage as a teenager?  Is it still or have things changed for you?  When I was a teen, I loved homemade pizza, but we did not have it very often.  I drank unsweet tea a lot.  I would say now my favorite meal is anything Mexican and I love sweet tea and Pepsi.

3. As a teen did you live in a city, country, small town?  What was it like for you there.   Tell us about your hometown please?  I lived in a small town.  Everyone knew everyone and I had great friends.  It is close to a tourist town, so I would go to Silver Dollar City and Table Rock lake a lot.  Josh is working at Silver Dollar City this summer, so when I take him to work I get to drive through my hometown.  I must admit, it is weird leaving and coming back to the town we live in now.  I think my heart belongs there.  So many good memories. 

4. Would you like to live in your hometown today? Why or why not?  I would love to still live there.  It is beautiful!  The hills and trees and the lake view is gorgeous.  The people there are awesome.  It is also where I work.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Saturday 9: Better Now


Better Now

Saturday 9: Better Now (2018)

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

1) In this song, Post Malone tries to assure his ex that he's better now ... but he's not. He's still hurting. Have you recently told someone you were fine when you weren't?  I do this a lot, but lately...not really.  I am a person that needs time to myself and if I get that, I do ok.  I also need to be careful and stay busy.  Josh and I went to visit my mom yesterday and did a little shopping.  That was good for all of us.  It is about balance for me.
2) He and his girl were so close he introduced her to his extended family, and now his aunts and uncles wonder where she's gone. Have you remained close to an ex's friends/family?  no
3) He sings that he never meant to let her down. What about you? Have you recently encountered anything -- big or small -- that didn't live up to your expectations?  not recently.

4) Post recently announced he will soon become a father for the first time. Do you know anyone who is currently expecting a baby?  One of the teachers I work with is expecting another baby.

5) Before making it big as a musician, he supported himself as a wedding DJ. Think back to the last wedding you attended. Did they have a live band or a DJ?  DJ
6) Not satisfied being a successful musician, Post has branched out and introduced his own rose wine, Maison No. 9. Will you replenish your beer/wine/spirits this weekend?  We do not drink.
7) Post Malone has more than 70 different tattoos. He designs them himself and is so into ink that he has tattooed his friends. Would you trust a friend or relative to do your body art (tattoo or piercing)? Or would you go to a licensed professional?  I am not interested in tattoos and my days of piercing...which I only ever pierced my ears numerous times...those days are over.  It would depend on if my friend were really good at piercing, but I do not know anyone that I guess my answer is go to a professional.
8) In 2018, when this song was popular, Sears filed for bankruptcy. In the 1970s, Sears was known as the place "Where America Shops." As of 2021, there were only 23 Sears stores left. Did you ever shop at Sears, either at the store or through the catalog?  I remember when I was little we would go to Sears and I saw Winnie the Pooh there.  There was a clothing line I believe that was Winnie the Pooh themed.  I am sure we did some catalog shopping too.  As an adult I went to the store.  Sears has closed here also.  It was such a busy store for so long.  In the end hardly anyone was ever in there and the quality of the merchandise was not as good as it had been in the past.

9) Random question: What's your favorite way to spend an evening at home alone?  I like to read if I am alone.  Maybe watch a Hallmark movie.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Tuesday 4 Meme- Night Night!


Night Night!

Welcome back to the "I refuse to auto post" Tuesday 4 by Toni Taddeo, enhanced by complication from Blogger. 
 Yes folks, it did it yet again. But, better late than never some say so here we go with this week's questions.    I hope you enjoy them.

1. Do you have a set bedtime that you stick to?
When I am working, I like to be in bed by 9:00.  I watch the news and then I turn off the tv and try to go to sleep.  This summer, I usually watch the news and part of Jimmy Fallon before I go to sleep.  

2. What kind of sleep attire do you prefer and why is that?  I have some capri bottoms and a t-shirt to match.  I like these sets because they are cool and comfortable.  I also feel like I can get by with answering the door in these because they look like a regular clothing outfit.

3. Do you have a night time routine  before bed?   Wash.. brush teeth.. snack?  Yes. I turn on the tv to the news, set out my clothes for the next day, I fill my diffuser with water and essential oils and turn the diffuser on.  Then I wash my face, take my medicine, put on my pj's, set my alarm and get in bed and watch the local news and weather.

4. Quilts? Coverlet? Fluffy comforters? Woolen blankets? What do you need to sleep comfortably?  I need the sheet, a thin blanket and the comforter.  In the winter I add one or two (depends on how cold) thin blankets.  I get cold easy.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Saturday 9: Yesterday



Saturday 9: Yesterday (1965)

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

Chosen because June 18 is Paul McCartney's 80th birthday. 

1) Paul McCartney sings that yesterday all his troubles seemed so far away. Can you recall a time when your life seemed carefree? When I was in college and younger I didn't really have a care in the world.  Those were good times.

2) He has always insisted the melody to "Yesterday" came to him in a dream. Did you dream last night?  I did, but I cannot remember right now what it was about.

3) The lyrics were inspired, in part, by the death of Paul's mother when he was 14. Thirteen years later, he named his daughter Mary after her. Are you named after anyone? If you're a parent, did you name your children in honor of anyone?  I was named after my aunt middle name is Lynn.  I named Josh after Joshua in the Bible.

4) Over the years, Paul has performed on bass, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards and drums, but not the first instrument he owned: the trumpet. A present from his dad for his 14th birthday, he exchanged the trumpet for a guitar because, "you can't sing while playing the trumpet." Have you more recently a) exchanged a gift, b) donated a gift you didn't want to charity or c) regifted?  I don't really do any of those things with gifts, but maybe re-gift.  I am sure I have done that at some point.  I love everything people give me.

5) Paul grew up seeing how much his dad enjoyed placing a bet and then listening to the horse race from his favorite armchair in the living room, so he took his salary from making the film A Hard Day's Night and surprised his father with a racehorse. After father and son proudly watched Drake's Drum win at Liverpool's Aintree Racecourse, the horse retired to Paul's farm in Scotland. If money were no object, what gift would you give a loved one?  I would gift my family a new house and move my mom in with us.

6) Paul is considered one of the world's wealthiest entertainers, worth an estimated $1.2 billion. This month, as he approaches his 80th birthday, he is winding up a 16-city North American tour, during which he performs 30+ songs in a 2 hour, 40 minute show. If you had all the money you needed, would you continue to work? Or would you kick back and relax?  I would kick back and relax.  I love teaching, but life is not about work.  I would actually travel.  You guys know I never go anywhere.

7) Paul first joined the Beatles when he was recruited into the band by John Lennon. They met as teenagers when Paul showed up at a church picnic where John's band was performing. Paul recalls pedaling over on his bike to hear them, his guitar flung over this back. When did you most recently ride a bike?  Oh goodness!  It was probably in middle school or so.  I do not have my bike anymore.

8) Paul met his first wife, Linda, at a London club and then again four days later when she was a photographer at a press party for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band. Think about one of your romances. Where did you meet?  I met my husband Karl at church.

9) TV journalist Barbara Walters played matchmaker for Paul and his current wife, Nancy. During the summer of 2007, when Paul was vacationing in The Hamptons, Barbara repeatedly and intentionally invited them to the same parties and picnics. Have you had any success in a matchmaking scenario -- as either the matchmaker or one of the dates?  no

I wanted to update you guys... if you are on my facebook you already know, but last Sunday Molly started being picky with her food and by Monday she was not eating or drinking.  She drank a little bit on Tuesday, but she was not feeling any good.  We decided to take her in Wednesday at 8:00AM and put her to sleep (she has had bladder cancer if you didn't remember and it was quick...she was acting great until last weekend and was having more blood in her urine and sleeping more).  This has been very hard on all of us including our dog Meisha.  I had a mammogram yesterday and when I got home Josh was on his hands and knees scrubbing the carpet of stains where Molly had an accident or threw up.  If you would not mind, keep us in your prayers, but especially Josh.  He did go back to work today, so hopefully that will help also to keep his mind off of things.  The first picture on the upper left is her puppy picture, lower left is a year old, upper right is about 2 years ago and lower right where the pic collage logo is was the day before she died.  She even looks like she doesn't feel good.  Well, she is with Mandy now and not in pain anymore.  We miss her so much.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Tuesday 4 Meme- ♬ ♫ Summertime and the Living is Easy. ♩ ♪


♬ ♫ Summertime and the Living is Easy. ♩ ♪

 Hey.. you're back!  Welcome to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4 where we just want you to meet new folks and get to know the ones you already know a bit better. Besides, it gives you something to blog about too.

This week let's talk about Summertime.

1. What gave you the most fun in summer as a kid or as an adult?  When I was a kid it would be boating at the lake.  I would go out on the boat with my friends and we had so much fun.  As an adult, I enjoyed my pool.  I do not live by the lake anymore.  Here is a picture of it though.  It is down by where I teach now.  So, not too far away.

2. Does summer heat get to you? How do you cope?  It does.  I used to go out to my pool, but it got worn out a few years ago and we did not replace it.  I just stay inside now in the A/C.

3.  Do you have summertime foods and drinks you really enjoy eating?   Does your menu change in summer?  We eat more ice cream in the summer.

4. Do you enjoy sitting outside or on the porch in summertime?  How about some photos of where you enjoy being in summer.  I rarely sit outside in the summer.  The mosquitoes like to bite me.  The humidity is too bad this week, temps in the 100's.  This is our old pool where Josh and I would keep cool.  This picture makes me miss it.  I would lay on that pool mattress and get a tan.  I have not been in the sun for about 6 years now.  In know it is better for my skin to stay out of the sun, but I miss it.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Sunday Stealing- Unconscious Mutterings

Unconscious Mutterings



Stolen from Unconscious Mutterings





There are no right or wrong answers. Don't limit yourself to
one word responses; just say everything that pops into your
I say ... and you think ... ?

Hurry! :: Up and wait.
Dumb :: not smart
Fudge :: sicle
Sturdy :: building
Printing :: press
Itch :: scratch
Creaks :: door
Paste :: glue
Waste of time ::  for me, probably playing games, but they 
relax me and take my mind off things.
Let down :: disappointment
Cancellation :: no more
Suspect :: bad guy
Fireplace ::  cozy
Spring :: flowers
Commute :: drive
Places :: home
Fraud :: fake
Adoption :: baby
Election :: day
Moving day :: school (because we still have to move
back into the classrooms).