Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Tuesday 4 Meme- First Things First...


First Things First...


First High Heels by Amos Sewell
Hello! It's a new week and another installment of Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4. I debated over the word episode and ended up with installment but I am still not satisfied. Oh well, here is is whatever it is and I do hope you enjoy joining in.

Let's talk about firsts in your life.

1. Do you remember your first pair of grown up style shoes, maybe high heels? How did that go?  I am not sure if they were my first high heels, but I remember having a red pair in high school.  My mom always got my shoes for me, so I have no memories of going to buy some.

2. When was your first date and do you recall their name and where you went and what you did?  It was not a big deal.  I do remember, we went out to eat and a movie.  My first dates were not that exciting.

3. Do you have any memories of your first job?  Of course.  I worked at McDonalds and it was so busy and fast paced.  We could take 3 orders at a time and I remember the first time I did that, I was so excited.

4. What do you remember about your first home away from Mom and Dad?  It was a dorm room at my college. I was the kid that was excited to get away from home.  It turned out that year that my roommate stayed with her boyfriend most of the time, so I had the place to myself most of the time.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Saturday 9: Paper Doll (1943)


Paper Doll

Saturday 9: Paper Doll (1943)

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

1) The song is about a fellow who is exasperated by men flirting with his girl. Do you have a jealous streak? 

I did when I was young, but not really anymore.

2) He's blue after a quarrel with Sue. Did you exchange harsh words with anyone recently?  

Not that I can recall.

3) "Paper Doll" was #1 for 12 weeks in 1943-44, sold 11 million copies and remains one of the best-selling singles of all time. Had you heard it before today?  

Yes, I played my mom's 45's when I was a kid pretending I was a DJ and that was one of the records I played.  Well, now that I think about it more...that may not have been in my line up.  I have definitely heard it though.

4) As kids, the Mills Brothers worked on their harmonies in front of their father's Piqua, OH, barbershop, much to the delight of passers by. Do you often encounter street musicians in your neighborhood?  

Never.  I don't encounter much of anything.  It is quiet at my house most of the time.

5) The Mills Brothers were a long way from that street corner when, in 1936, they became the first African Americans to perform for the British Royal Family. It's about 4,000 miles from Piqua to London. What's the farthest you've ever been from home? 

1200 miles or so.

6) In the early 1930s, the Mills Brothers not only performed songs on radio, they sang jingles for Standard Oil and Crisco. What commercial can you recall having seen (or heard) lately? 

The only one I can think of is the Dunkin' Donuts commercial from the Superbowl-Dunkings.

7) In 1943, when "Paper Doll" was popular, WWII was raging and the US Mint began producing steel pennies because copper was needed for ammunition. Do you have any pennies in your pocket or wallet right now?  

oh yes, I do not spend coins like I should.

8) Also in 1943, a bottle of Coke was a nickel. When did you most recently have a soft drink? What was it?  

I had a Pepsi today.

9) Random question: Have you learned more from your successes, or your failures?  

I would say failures.  They say we always hang onto the negative things that happen to us and that it is our brain's way of keeping us safe.  You might be told 10 great things about yourself and one bad thing.  That bad things is the thing you will remember.  We talk in my classroom how we learn from our mistakes and that is ok to make mistakes and that has been my experience.  We learn and do better.  Give yourself grace!

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Happy Valentine's Day!


Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  Have a great day. ♥

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Tuesday 4- Banana Splits


Banana Splits

Amos Sewell's Banana Split

Welcome to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4 where we ask you just four questions weekly.
 The painting is named Banana Splits and is by Amos Sewell.   It tells a story but I think the story is left up to us to figure out.

1. What do you think the man in the painting is thinking?  Wow, that sundae looks good.  Maybe I should get one after I eat my lunch.

2.  In your story what  kind of sandwich and beverage is he having?

Grilled cheese and coffee.

3.  Do you think he is a stranger to the children or does he know them?  Why do you think so?  I want to think he is a stranger, why would he look at them that way?

4. Do you keep ice cream at home?     Banana splits usually have 3 or 4 scoops of ice cream.   What flavor ice cream should be in your banana split?   We have some Neapolitan right now, but I am a vanilla fan.  I would have the normal three, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry with great toppings if I had a banana split.  I don't think I have ever ordered a banana split.  I always get a  turtle sundae.    

Friday, February 2, 2024

Saturday 9: Poor Little Fool


Poor Little Fool

Saturday 9: Poor Little Fool (1958)

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

1) Ricky Nelson sings of a girl with "carefree devil eyes." Are your eyes your best feature? If not, what is?  My eyes were a good feature of mine when I was younger.  They have glasses on them now so I can see.  I would say my smile might be a better feature now.

2) "Poor Little Fool" literally arrived at Ricky's doorstep. A pretty girl knocked on his front door, and played and sang her original composition for him. Who has most recently knocked on your front door (or rung the bell)?  Probably a delivery driver.

3) That girl was Sharon Sheeley. A teen model in Los Angeles during the 1950s, she met many of the early rock stars at promotional events. Elvis encouraged her to follow her heart and start writing songs, so she did. Who have you advised recently? Did they take your advice?  I can't remember.  This is what I get for filling this out at bedtime after being in a teacher conference all day.

4) With the success of "Poor Little Fool," Sharon gave up modeling and concentrated on music. Her songs were recorded by singers such as Richie Valens, Glen Campbell and Johnny Rivers. How many different occupations have you tried? Which was your favorite? McDonald's, grocery store, working with the mentally handicapped in supported living and teaching (4).  Teaching is by far my f

5) Ricky Nelson was the son of Ozzie and Harriet and brother of David Nelson. They began performing together as a family with their radio program The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. They took the show to television in 1952, where they were referred to as "The Most Famous Family in America." What TV family would you like to hang around with?  I haven't ever even thought about it.

6) While Ricky eventually became the audience favorite, he wasn't initially a likely candidate for stardom. A producer described him as "an odd little kid," shy and small for his age. In those early days, big brother David was more outgoing and considered a natural actor. Thinking back to your preteen years, were you more like David or Rick?  Rick.  I was always shy.

7) Ricky never got over his shyness. He often closed his eyes as he sang on camera or before an audience because it helped him battle his nerves and concentrate on the music. Fan magazine oohed and aahed over his beautiful long lashes and young girls fantasized about Ricky closing his eyes before leaning in for a kiss. Who was your big pre-teen crush?  Ricky Shroeder when I was little.

8) In 1958, when "Poor Little Fool" was #1, American women were shopping for Italian-inspired footwear. Heels were lower, and the leather was textured and less shiny that the popular patent leather of years gone by. If you were to go shoe shopping today, what would you be looking for?   I would like to find some boots.

9) Random question -- Which of these parties sounds like the most fun: a) one you host yourself; b) one at a friend's home; c) a surprise party in your honor?  I will say B.

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Tuesday 4 Meme- Books



 Welcome to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4.  We ask 4 questions each week to get you talking, thinking, questioning and seeing how your friends feel about things too.   It helps us get to know other bloggers.

Let's think about books and reading this week.

1.Do you have a favorite place to read? Maybe you can post a photo of it or describe it for us?  My area is just my normal chair in my living room.  It is comfy and quiet.  

2.Some say reading makes a person more educated, more informed.  Do you think novels do this in any way? Do you learn things from novels?  Would you tell us what you have learned?  I do learn when I am reading.  I learn a lot when I read historical fiction.  I do learn a lot just reading any type of book though.  I read a book called Before We Were Yours and it was about Georgia Tann.  She would have children kidnapped and then sell the kids to families wanting to adopt children.  It was a great book, very sad...but true.  I had never heard of this.  I can say the same thing about several historical fiction books I have read.  Before we Were Yours actually follows some fictional children, but when Lisa Wingate was writing this book, she talked to several survivor children from this time to create her characters.  Georgia Tann was thought to have stolen over 5,000 children.  She adopted them to wealthy families, some kids were abused and some were killed.  This happened between 1924-1950 in Tennessee.  Joan Crawford and June Allyson adopted from Georgia Tann and the wrestler Ric Flair was a child stolen by Georgia Tann.


3. Are there any books on your list to read right now?  I love to read, there are currently 105 books on my TBR list.

4, Which books did you like the most and which did you dislike most?  I enjoy psychological thrillers (I was a psychology minor in college), historical fiction and romance the most, but I like to try all genres.  This will be an unpopular opinion, but it is mine...I do not enjoy cozy mysteries at all.  They are so boring to me.  I do enjoy Agatha Christie and suspense as well.  

Friday, January 19, 2024

Saturday 9: Young Girl (1968)


Saturday 9: Young Girl (1968)

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

1) The song is about a girl who is too young for romance. How old were you when your parents allowed you to date?  16

2) Lead singer Gary Puckett mentions the girl's perfume. What scent do you wear most often?  I do not wear perfume, but I put on Victoria's Secret Bare Vanilla or Pure Seduction lotion.

3) "Young Girl" reached #2 on the charts and stayed there for three weeks, but it never hit #1. It was stuck behind Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay." Are you competitive by nature? Or would you be satisfied doing well, but not being #1?   I am really not competitive.  I am happy doing well.

4) The Union Gap got together in San Diego, California's second most populated city. Have you ever visited California? If yes, where did you go?  no

5) The Union Gap performed at a White House state dinner for special guests Prince Charles and Princess Anne. Some in attendance that night maintain that President Nixon seemed to be playing matchmaker that night between the Prince and his daughter, Tricia. Have you ever tried to fix people up? If yes, did romance result?  I don't think I have ever fixed anyone up.

6) After six Top 20 hits in three years, the Union Gap disbanded. Today Gary Puckett tours as a solo artist on the "oldies circuit" with Peter Noone of the Herman's Hermits. Without looking it up, can you name any of the Herman's Hermits hits? I did look them up because they sounded familiar.  I know the songs I'm Into Something Good and I'm Henry VIII I Am.

7) In 1968, when "Young Girl" was a hit, Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis. Think about the last wedding you attended. Were you closer to the bride or groom?  groom, my nephew's wedding.

8) Also in 1968, the most popular movie in theaters was Funny Girl, starring Barbra Streisand. What's the last movie you watched?  Killers of the Flower Moon...such a sad story.  It took place in Oklahoma and my family is from there.

9) Random question -- Come clean: Right now are there more dishes in your sink or clothes in your hamper?  Not much in either.  I just did laundry, but when this posts, my laundry basket will be more full than my sink.