Friday, June 21, 2024

Saturday 9: I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive


I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

Saturday 9: I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (1952)

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

1) In this song, Hank Williams sings that his fishing pole is broke and the creek is full of sand. OK, so he can't spend his Saturday fishing. What are your Saturday plans?  I don't really have plans, so I will probably read a little.  Karl is taking my car to have tint put on my windows, so I am excited about that.

2) He regrets how shabby his shoes are. Do you shop for shoes online, or do you prefer going to the store and trying them on?  I prefer to try them on unless it is tennis shoes, I buy the same brand every time and I know the size.  I would and have ordered those online.

3) This was the last Hank Williams song to be released during his lifetime. Though he was only 29 when he died, he left an enduring mark on American music and is considered one of country music's greatest singer/songwriters. Who is your favorite country music performer?  I don't really listen to country music, so I will go back to when I did and say Garth Brooks.

4) Elvis was a big fan and his favorite Hank Williams song was "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." What's your favorite Elvis song?  Oh gosh.  My mom was one of those crazy Elvis fans and so growing up hearing his music, I really like a lot of it.  I will say though that when I listen to him sing How Great Thou makes me cry.  His voice is so beautiful and the song is so powerful.  I enjoy Hound Dog a lot.  I really enjoy his voice.

5) Johnny Cash was a big Hank Williams fan, too. He performed Hank's gospel song, "I Saw the Light" often in concert and during his guest starring role in a 1974 episode of Columbo. Did you watch Columbo, or do you stream it or catch it in reruns?  no

6) Hank was a prolific songwriter, composing songs on his guitar and then printing the lyrics by hand on notepaper. He never learned to read music. Can you read music?  not really, I can follow along and know music notes and rests, but as far as knowing what the note sounds  I taught myself to play piano music from choir (from memory) when I was young, but I haven't played in years.

7) When he was a teen, Hank sang and played his guitar on the sidewalk in front of a local radio station, making a little money and hoping to be discovered. His plan worked and he was occasionally invited in to play with the radio station's house band. Were you a hard-working teen?  I was!  I started working when I was 15...not babysitting...I did that too for a year or so.  I have been working ever since.  I loved working and had fun with my friends.

8) Hank suffered from a congenital spinal condition and began self-medicating with alcohol during his teen years. He was warned against this early on by country superstar Ray Acuff, but Hank was unable to deal with the pain without liquor. Can you recall wise advice you wish you'd taken, but didn't?  When my dad had Alzheimer's and was still living, he told me I needed to lose some weight, that it was easier to lose when you did not have so much to lose.  I did work out all of the time trying to lose weight, but I couldn't lose weight.  After he died, I decided to go to the doctor and I had/have thyroid problems and I was going into perimenopause.  I have struggled ever since.  I do wish I could have lost weight.  I guess I wish I wouldn't have given up.

9) Random question: What's your favorite Mexican food?  burritos

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Tuesday 4 Meme- Taco Tuesday


Taco Tuesday

 Hey there... Welcome back to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4.

I hope your week went well.  

Taco Tuesday was coined by a Taco John's owner back in 1980 when he needed to jack up sales for Tuesday the slowest day of the week.   His franchise began offering 2 tacos for 99¢.  It was a huge hit and Taco Tuesday became a big hit in America.  But it's original name was Taco Twos Day.

Could we look at Tuesday a bit?

1. Do you take part in this nationwide ritual and have tacos on Tuesday or do you like them any old time?  The school where I teach has Taco Tuesday, or what I call Taco Tuesday...they serve some type of Mexican food, so in that way I participate, but at home we have tacos any time.  I am always up for Mexican food.

2. This particular Taco John's was in Wyoming.  Does your state have a favorite fast food place and do you like eating there?  Taco Bell I guess would be the fast food one around here.  We usually go to a restaurant chain here that is not fast, but you get more food for not much more price.  It is called Mexican Villa. I answered this wrong, when I looked up favorite fast food for my area it says Dominos...which is pizza.

3. Taco Tuesday was trademarked in 1989 in 49 states except New Jersey where the Gregory Hotel owns that trademark.  Taco Bell wants to sue over the use of the term.  What do you think about that?  I think everyone says Taco Tuesday now.  I think Taco Bell suing is a little silly.

4. How do you like your tacos? Soft or hard shell? Hot, medium or mild salsa? Cheese? Sour cream?  I prefer soft tacos, mild sauce with cheese and sour cream.   I will eat hard shells too.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Saturday 9: God Bless America


God Bless America

Saturday 9: God Bless America

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?  Not that I am aware of.

2) Andrew Johnson, our 17th President, was in office the first time Memorial/Decoration Day was celebrated. Have you ever met one of our 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?  no plans to at this time.

4) Memorial Day kicks off the summer season. What's your favorite picnic food?  fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, rolls

5) As you answer these questions, is there an air conditioner or fan on?  oh yes.  We have been having severe weather (tornadoes) off and on for a few weeks.  It is very humid here and in the 80's.

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?  no

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.  Nothing is coming to mind.  I am not a huge movie person.  I have been streaming on Netflix the past several weeks.  I think you guys would enjoy everything I have been watching...Outlander, Sweet Magnolias, Ozark, Virgin River, Bridgerton.

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?  no

9) Random question: What food did you hate as a child, but enjoy now?  Chinese food.

I remember my Uncle Gary on Memorial Day killed in Vietnam:

I have been so busy lately.  We just finished our school year, but before that I was doing some training for school and we were planning Pre-K graduation.  We also had a lot of events we were doing at school for the kids.  It was fun, but now I will hopefully be around a little more.  I have several books ready to go.  I do have a training in St. Louis for school in a few weeks, but it is during the week, so hopefully I can do memes.

I couldn't get my blogger to edit my graphic or the pink background, I am out of practice or something.  Have a nice weekend.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Tuesday 4- What's Cooking?


What's Cooking?

 Welcome, welcome.  It's good to have you back for another visit.  I hope you are keeping well and are up for another of Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4 questions.

Could we discuss cooking and kitchens today?

1.How did you learn to cook?  My dad would bake cookies with me when I was little and my mom had me cook small things...warm up ravioli, make grilled cheese, etc.  I spent a lot of time watching my Granie cook.  When I moved out on my own I would just cook easy things...spaghetti, Mexican casserole.  I also had a boyfriend that his mom taught me how to cook lasagna.

2. Do you have a favorite cookbook?  Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook...I don't use a cookbook very often though.

3.What is your cooking specialty?  That lasagna I mentioned earlier, and I also enjoy making cheesy burritos.

4. Is your kitchen well suited for you and if not how would you improve it?  I have an old house, so the kitchen is not very big.  I think like many people, I could use more cabinets.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Saturday 9: Only Love Can Hurt Like This


Only Love Can Hurt Like This

Saturday 9: Only Love Can Hurt Like This (2014)

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

1) In this week's song, Paloma Faith sings that she thought she wouldn't care if her lover left but now she's begging him to stay. Can you think of something you were surprised you missed when it was gone or over?  Has anyone ever heard of Picadilly?  The restaurant?  Well, we ate there a lot when I was little, probably because my mom had tummy issues and the food is bland.  It is a cafeteria.  I loved that place.  Well, the mall closed it or it went away.  I have been mad about it ever since.  I love the cafeterias.  They have all closed here where I live.  I know they are nothing special, but sometimes I do not feel like my stomach can take many of the restaurants.  I just need some bland food.  That is a long answer, but I miss it.  I also miss soaps and other products that have been discontinued over the years.

2) Paloma obviously has a powerful, versatile voice. She's also a trained dancer. Tell us about two things you do well.  I feel like I can be creative in my teaching.  Kids all learn different.  I also feel like I am a good listener.

3) She was a judge on two British TV shows: The Voice and The Voice Kids. Do you watch competition shows (The Voice, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, etc.)? If so, are you any good at picking the winners?  I watched for a while, but I got bored with them.  Yes, I am good at picking the winners.

4) This week's song was written by Diane Warren. She's one of America's most successful song writers, having written more than thirty Top 10 hits. Think of your favorite song. Do you know who wrote it?  I don't really have a favorite song, but my answer would in general be no.  If you were asking my son Josh...he would know everything about the song.  I just like to sing with and listen to music.

5) She's made a fortune writing love songs, mostly from her Hollywood Hills office. Diane spends up to 10 hours a day in a room she describes as "cluttered," and admits it's an unlikely setting to write about romance, yet it works for her. Describe a setting you consider romantic.  I dated a guy when I was in college and we would look out his big glass windows.  The house overlooked the lake and it was beautiful.  A nice dark restaurant is romantic too.

6) In 2014, when "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" was popular, Joan Rivers died. Best known as a comedienne, she was also a successful businesswoman, promoting her jewelry line on QVC. Do you ever watch shopping networks?  My mom has always watched them and for so long I hated them.  Well, over the summer when my mom was sick I would turn the tv on home shopping for her to watch, but guess who got sucked in?  Me.  I enjoy watching Beekman and many of the makeup brands.  I like watching Over 50 and Fabulous with Mally.  I haven't watched in a while though, I have been VERY busy lately.

7) The Apple Watch was introduced in 2014. Are you wearing a watch as you answer these 9 questions? I took it off when I got home from work, but I have a watch on all day at work, my phone is put away.

8) One of the best-selling books of 2014 was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It won awards for best YA (young adult) fiction. Is YA a genre you often read?  I read maybe one per year.  They can be good if you find a good author.

9) Random question: What's something on your to-do list that you just can't get around to doing?  dusting the house...I HATE dusting.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Saturday 9: Diamond Girl


Diamond Girl

Saturday 9: Diamond Girl (1973)

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

1) This week's song is by Seals and Crofts, a pair of Texas boys who met when they both joined a local band called The Crew Cats. Have you ever visited The Lone Star State? If yes, where did you go?  I have been to Dallas with Karl and his parents to go to a Nascar race and to go shopping at the malls.  We also took a girl's trip (Karl's sisters) to San Antonio to go to visit The Alamo, Schlitterbahn, The Riverwalk and outlet mall shopping.

2) Lead singer Jim Seals compliments his girl by comparing her to a precious stone. What's the nicest compliment you have ever received? Who was it from?  I get a lot of compliments on my teaching from parents at school, that would mean the most to me.

3) Diamonds are birthstone for people born in April. What's your birthstone? Do you wear it often?  Mine is Sapphire and I used to have several rings, but nothing currently.  I need to get a bracelet or necklace.

4) In ancient times, Hindus believed diamonds brought good luck. Do you have a good luck charm?  no

5) On the other hand, some believe that one of the world's most famous gems, The Hope Diamond, is cursed. 14 of its owners have died from unnatural causes. Those who possessed the diamond committed suicide, were murdered, tortured to death in prison, and even torn apart by dogs! If you received a beautiful piece of jewelry that was rumored to be cursed, would you be concerned? Or do you think curses are silly?  silly

6) Rare diamonds share an element with the common pencil. Both contain graphite. Sam is crazy about pencils, pens and felt-tip markers. Do you enjoy shopping for office supplies?  yes, ones for my classroom.  I love all of the mentioned above.

7) In 1973, the year this record was popular, Shelley Hack was a hard-working and well-paid model. She regularly appeared on the pages of catalogs, on magazine covers and then launched Revlon's popular Charlie cologne in print and on TV. What commercial have you seen recently? Did you watch it on TV, online or on your phone?  I have been watching Virgin River on Netflix, it would be a commercial from watching on there, but I don't remember the commercial now...on my tv.

8) Also in 1973, Motown great Stevie Wonder was in a car accident that left him with a scar on his nose. Tell us about how you got one of your scars.  I have a scar on my nose from chicken pox as a kid, one of my tummy too.

9) Random question: What's your perfect day -- weatherwise?  Sunny and 70 with a light breeze and low or no humidity.

Friday, March 22, 2024

Saturday 9: If You've Got the Money


Saturday 9: If You've Got the Money (1950)

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

1) In this week's song, Lefty Frizzell is eager to go out on the town and hit all the night spots. What are your plans for the weekend?  rest, watch some tv, clean house and maybe read some.

2) He tells his girl he'd rather ride in her Cadillac than his old car. Back in the 1950s, Caddys were quite the status symbol. Lefty bought a white one with the profits from this record. Elvis also had a fondness for Cadillacs and preferred pink. Have you ever owned a Cadillac?  no

3) Lefty was a big deal in Big Spring, TX. He was a popular attraction at local bars, a favorite among oil workers who liked to unwind by listening to live music. How do you relax after a tough day?  I watch tv and play some games on my phone.  If I am reading a book, I will read some.  I am reading The Teacher by Freida McFadden right now.  Holy moly!

4) This was Lefty's first hit. He wrote "If You've Got the Money" and recorded a demo for producer Jim Beck to play for established singers. When no one else wanted to record it, Beck decided to give Lefty a shot. The result was a million seller that spent 22 weeks on the country charts. Tell us about someone who took a chance on you.  I am going to say Sharon Jones.  She is the reason I became a teacher.  She was the director of Special Education and I was working as a para in a special education preschool.  She called me during the summer and asked if I would like to teach.  I was offered a state job as a social worker, which is what my degree was.  I turned down the offer from the state and I went back to college and became a teacher.  Josh was little and I wanted similar hours to him and even though it turned out to be a toxic job in the end after Sharon retired. I am thankful she believed in me.  I didn't believe in myself to become a teacher.  I love teaching.  It is a hard job, but I absolutely love it.  It was a great decision, and I was able to spend all of that time with Josh.

5) After this record became a hit, success came quickly to Lefty, perhaps too fast. He signed conflicting contracts with promoters and managers which resulted in lawsuits. Have you recently consulted a lawyer or had a document notarized?  no

6) This song hit number one on the country charts twice: first this version and then in 1976 by Willie Nelson. Do you have a favorite Willie Nelson song?  I LOVE Willie Nelson.  Some of my favorites are Always on my Mind and Okie From Muskogee (my family is from Muskogee).

7) In 1950, when this song was popular, Americans began using credit cards. Do you pay with a credit card to get rewards? If yes, what rewards are you accumulating (cash back, airline miles, etc.)?  I do not do this.

8) Also in 1950, Sears Roebuck and Co. acknowledged a major spike in catalog sales and took the unusual move of devoting the cover of their Spring/Summer catalog to their "satisfaction guarantee." This was meant to allay the fear of customers uncomfortable with ordering by mail instead of buying in person. 74 years later, Amazon delivers more than 3 million packages every day. Would you rather check out a product yourself in a store, or do you prefer the convenience of ordering from home?  I like shopping online, but I like to buy shoes and other things I need to try on in person.

9) Random question -- You're singing along with the car radio to your favorite song when you reach your destination. Do you wait until your song is over to get out of the car?  If the song is getting close to the end I may finish it, much of the time I just go inside.