Friday, November 29, 2019

Saturday 9- Baby's In Black

Saturday 9: Baby's in Black (1964)

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

1) Black is this week's signature color because Friday was "Black Friday," the day when retailers cut their prices and consumers flock to the stores. Did you score any "Black Friday" bargains?  I am writing this on Thursday evening, so far I have only bought some things from Ulta....mascara and hair gel...they were 50% off though.

2) Feasting and football are also popular Thanksgiving weekend pastimes. Do your Thursday-Sunday plans include pigging out or watching a game?  both

3) At Thanksgiving dinners, Crazy Sam's homemade gravy is always a hit. (Probably because she's so generous with the cognac, which gives the gravy a nutty taste.) What was particularly delicious at your Thanksgiving table?  all of it, but the hot rolls are always wonderful.
4) Among the biggest the Black Friday advertisers are Target, Kohl's, Macy's and Best Buy. If you could have a $100 gift card to any one of those stores, which would you choose?  Maybe Macy's?  I need a new coat...any ideas where to look?  I need a big heavy winter coat, not a jacket.

5) This week's song, "Baby's in Black," is about a girl who wears black because she's in mourning. Do you find that the color you're wearing reflects your mood?  not really.  It is how I feel about myself in the outfit.

6) The woman who inspired this song, Astrid Kirchherr, has been friends with Paul McCartney since he and his bandmates (John Lennon, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best) met her in Hamburg back in 1960. Tell us what you believe are the components of a strong, lasting friendship.  honest, trustworthy, kind and maybe similar beliefs.

7) In the early days of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon began writing a play but abandoned it. Do you have a novel, painting, play, song or poem that you're going to finish "someday?"  no, I am a person who has to finish.  I used to write poetry and short stories, but not anymore.  My son Josh has several things in the works...he likes to write.

8) When he was 16, George Harrison dreamed of moving to Canada, Australia or Malta. In just a few years, he would visit all those places with Beatles and eventually decided there was no place like home and stayed in England (though he did also maintain a home in Hawaii). Have you ever thought about moving to another country? If so, where?  My husband does commercial construction and there are chances for him to be able to travel to work.  Many years ago there was a chance to go to Italy, but the location after Italy was Siberia.  I was very interested in Italy, but not the cold of Siberia.  He was not interested at all.  I think I would miss home too much anyway.

9)  Random question: Finish this sentence -- If you want me to give you "yes" for an answer, the best time to approach me is...maybe early in the day before I am tired and I "think" I would have the energy to do something.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Tuesday 4 Meme- About Thanksgiving
About Thanksgiving

1.   What is your favorite Thanksgiving show/animated show?:  Charlie Brown Thanksgiving....I love everything Charlie Brown.  We do A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving at the we watch the show and we eat the things that Snoopy makes...jelly beans, pretzels, pop corn and instead of toast we ask for melba toast or wheat thins.  It is fun.  The kids love it!
2.   What is there about Thanksgiving you like the best:  I love how it is so busy.  You get to be with family, the Macy's Thanksgiving parade is on, the dog show, football, planning for Black Friday.  It is a fun day.
3.   Favorite Thanksgiving/holiday song?: Sticking with Thanksgiving I will say Turkey in the Straw!

4.   If you have an all holiday music radio station when do you start listening to it?:  I don't really just listen to Christmas music all of the time, but if I did I would wait until after Thanksgiving.  I normally just turn it over to Christmas music now and then throughout the holiday.


Friday, November 22, 2019

Saturday 9- No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)

Saturday 9: No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) 1979

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

1) This lyrics use weather as metaphor for romance. Here at Saturday 9, we're more literal. How do the skies look where you are this morning?  The skies are cloudy and it is raining.

2) According to Merriam-Webster, "enough is enough" is what you say when you want something to stop because you "can no longer accept or deal with it." When did you recently say -- out loud or to yourself -- "enough is enough."  It was probably to one of the kids at school when they were talking really loud.

3) Grammy winner Luther Vandross began his career as a background singer and performed on "No More Tears." Tell us about one of your early jobs.  One of my favorite jobs was being a cashier at a grocery store.  I did that in college and I was always such good friends with everyone I worked with and over the years I worked at a couple of different back home and one where my college was.  We always had so much fun.  I am still friends with many of them on facebook.

4) Both Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand made slight changes to their first names. Summer was christened "LaDonna," while Streisand's parents spelled her name the more conventional "Barbara." When she was in high school, meme mistress Samantha Winters went from "Sammy" to "Sam." Did you ever make a similar change to your first name?  no

5) Hair was higher maintenance in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Streisand and Summer are both sporting styles that would require chemical treatment, like a perm or relaxer. Today's looks are less rigidly styled and tend to be smoother or slightly messy. How often do you change your look?  not very often

6) In 1979, it seems every kid was asking Santa for Star Wars toys. Some things don't change, since the Star Wars franchise remains popular with children and toymakers after more than 40 years. What book or toy did you love as a child that remains popular today?  Barbie

7) Thinking of things that endure ... In 1979, the #1 show in the ratings was 60 Minutes. It's still on, every Sunday night, and in the summer of 2019 it came in at #4 in the Nielsen ratings. What's the most recent show you watched? Was it news, sports or entertainment? entertainment

8) In 1979, the price for a dozen eggs averaged 85¢. Today, it's about twice that. Are you more likely to use eggs to prepare a main course (like an omelette or Eggs Benedict) or as part of a recipe (anything from a cake to a meatloaf)?  We use eggs for both.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Tuesday 4 Meme- Holiday Favorites

Holiday Favorites

1.   Favorite Holiday Of Yours?:  Christmas is hands down my favorite.  It is like magic for me and I am that person that in July is celebrating Christmas in July and watching Christmas Hallmark movies.  Such a great time of the year.  You can imagine how I feel when it is over. :(


2.   Favorite Holiday Character In A Movie?:  George Bailey: It's A Wonderful Life


3.   Favorite Holiday Dish Or Dessert To Make?:  I like to make the deviled eggs and hot rolls.

4.   Favorite Holiday Weather You Wish For?:  Ok, so as much as I love snow....I never wish for it on Christmas or Thanksgiving because I know people are trying to get to their loved ones including me.  I remember one year it snowed so much we were stuck at home and it was the worst Christmas ever.  I guess I remember doing more with family when it was nice out.


Saturday, November 16, 2019

Sunday Stealing- From Facebook

1) What is your favorite TV show (currently)?  New Amsterdam (drama) and The Neighborhood (comedy)

2) Would you like to be a child again?  no

3) Has anyone ever told you that school times were the best period of his/her life? Would you say that to someone? Why?  I have heard many people say that and my college years were so much fun, but I cannot say they were the best times of my life because I have experienced marriage and my son since then and teaching.

4) How's the weather?  It is in the 60's here in Missouri

5) Do you like camping?  not really

6) Do you believe in paranormal phenomena?  no

7) If you would create a holiday, what would it be called and how would we celebrate it? When would this holiday be?  I am not sure

8) What word(s) do you dislike? Can you tell why?  expletives, I just do not want to hear them.

9) What color do you dislike? What do you associate with it?  I do not dislike any colors.

10) Do you believe in otherworldly creatures, eg. ghosts, etc?  no

11) Pick two of your favourite fictional characters. Where are they from (what movie, book, etc?) and why are they your favourite?  Sookie from the Fannie Flagg books.  I just really relate to her.  She is a mess and so energetic.  That is the only one I can think of right now, I am in a hurry.

12) If you could change anything or add anything to your body would you? (this can be interpreted however, but, think, would you like to have fins or extra hands?)  I just would like to be thin again.

13) What are some family traditions you have/had growing up? Do you still continue them, if yes, why, if no, why not?  We always opened Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve night and Santa gifts on Christmas morning.  I think it had more to do with schedules, but I continued that with my son when he was little.  We open Christmas gifts on Christmas Day now with my mom.

14) What do you think of tattoos? Do you have any?  I do not like them for myself, but they can be nice.

15)  What is the most disgusting habit some people have?  smoking or excessive cussing, drinking or really any bad lifestyle.

16)  If you could bring back one TV show that was cancelled, which would it be? 24 with Keifer Sutherland

17) What was the most unsettling film you have ever seen?  not sure

18) What book has impacted you the most?  I really related to The All Girl's Filling Station by Fannie Flagg.  Loved that book.

19) You're on Death Row and get one final meal: What is that meal and why do you choose it?  fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and coconut cream pie.

20) What is the first profession you remember wanting to become as a child?  Medical Technologist...I wanted to do research and find cures.  It was my major for a year.  I am good at science, but not math.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Saturday 9- Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961)

Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961)

We're spotlighting this legendary concert because  Bev from Sunday Stealing loves Judy Garland. This week's Saturday 9 is a "thank you," one meme-mistress to another, in gratitude for Bev's willingness to pick up Bud's meme and keep it going.

Song #1: "When You're Smiling." What made you smile this week?  We got some snow and I LOVE snow.  We also had a snow day, which made me very happy.

Song #2: "Almost Like Being in Love." We've all had many crushes, but love is rare. How many times have you fallen in love? I think only once.

Song #3: "This Can't Be Love." This Rodgers and Hart song was introduced in the play, The Boys from Syracuse. Syracuse is the county seat of Onondaga County, NY. What county do you hail from?  Stone County, Missouri

Song #4: "Do It Again." What's something you'd do again, if only you had the time or money? (A book you'd like to reread, a recipe or pattern you'd like to make again, a vacation destination you'd like to revisit, etc.)  I would love to go back to Orange Beach, Al, but this time with my husband instead of his sisters.

Song #5: "You Go to My Head." Judy forgets the lyrics, but gamely keeps going. Tell us about a recent moment when you chose to keep going, no matter what.  When we had to put Mandy down I felt like crawling in bed and hiding, but I took the weekend to cry and went right back to work.  It was good for me to be with the kids and wouldn't you know it one of the students lost her cat the same weekend.  We were able to talk about it together.

Song #6: "Alone Together." Is anyone there with you as you answer these questions, or are you alone?  Karl and Josh are both here as well as Meisha and Molly (our dogs).  I had a former student drop by earlier too (Haylie)!

Song #7: "Who Cares?" This song was written by brothers George and Ira Gershwin. They had a lesser known brother, stockbroker Arthur. Are you more creative and artistic, like George and Ira? Or more analytical and methodical, like Arthur?  I would say I am creative and artistic

Song #8: "Puttin' on the Ritz." Judy sings that The Ritz is the place in New York "where fashion sits." If we wanted to see everyone "all gussied up" in your town, where would we go?  Well, I am going to say to the theatre (Juanita K. Hammons theater for the performing arts.  We just got tickets for Les Miserables and we are taking my mom.  It will be her first musical which is crazy to me, but my dad did not like getting out to do stuff like that.  He worked all of the time.  We used to have season tickets to the theatre.  I do not get dressed up for much, but I do for that.

Song #9: "How Long Has This Been Going On?" Judy sings about discovering how glorious romance can be. Have you made any new discoveries lately? It doesn't have to be as groundbreaking as Judy's. A new podcast or a faster route to work counts, too.  I can't think of anything right now.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Whimsical Wednesday- which shoes?

Let's see if we can have some fun with this!

Pretend the dress fits, that you have an occasion to wear it, 
and that the shoes won't hurt your knees!!  LOL

From The Story Book of Dreams and Beauty...

Let's explore... which pair of shoes would you wear with the dress?
And what are your thoughts on the dress?

#1  Badgley Mischka

#2  Sam Edelman 

#3Manolo Blahnik

I think the dress is gorgeous and I would pick pair #1.

If you would like to play too, click my logo above.  It will take you to Terri's site!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Saturday 9- Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart (1982)

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

1) With whom did you most recently have a "heart-to-heart" talk?  My husband, we had a couple this week.

2) When this song was on the charts, audiences were tuning in to a TV show called Hart to Hart. Are you familiar with it?  Yes, but I can just barely remember it.

3) In the music video, Kenny Loggins plays an illustrator. It’s said that the hardest thing to draw is a straight line, because all the joints in your hand have to work together in sync. Can you draw a straight line, without the aid of a ruler or a straight edge?  I have been told I draw good straight lines.

4) This video also prominently features teddy bears. A 2018 article in the NY Post estimates that 4 in 10 adults has a plush toy of his/her own. Are you one of the 40%?  I used to have some around, but I think at one point I thought I was too old, so I put them away.  I can't say I need them back out.

5) Kenny Loggins performed in a tribute to Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall. Do you have a favorite Aretha Franklin song? I love so many of her songs, my favorite has to be Respect.

6) Kenny cowrote this song with Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers. You can also hear Michael on the background vocals. Do you have a favorite Doobie Brothers song?  Listen to the Music  

7) The third cowriter is David Foster. 1982 was a big year for Foster, since Chicago had a big hit with another of his compositions, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry.” Do you have a favorite Chicago song?  Hard to Say I'm Sorry.

8) In 1982, when this song was popular, Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide killed 7 people in Chicago. In response, tamper-proof packaging was introduced. What’s the last thing you opened that required you break a seal? Flonase

9) Random question – You’re having a party. Which guest annoys you most: the one who arrives 20 minutes early, or the one who shows up 20 minutes late?  I don't usually care anymore, but when Josh was little we would have birthday parties and I have a sister-in-law that is late to everything.  I do not mind, but my mother-in-law wanted me to wait for her to get there...I said no.  So because of that I will say late.  I kind of like it when people come and go though.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Farewell: Mandy Lu Ray- May 4, 2007- November 2, 2019

I apologize for not being around yesterday for the meme, but we lost our beloved corgi Mandy.  Shortly after my dad passed away in 2017 (a week) my dog Mandy started showing signs of degenerative myelopathy, which is a progressive disease of the spinal cord. I was just sick. How could God take my dad and my dog at the same time. Well, as it turns out, Mandy was with us over 2 years more after my dad passed. She had lost the ability to use her back legs and was losing strength in her front legs. We celebrated everything with her as if it were our last time. Karl took Mandy to the vet yesterday (Saturday). We thought she had another urinary tract infection which is common with DM. They did an x-ray and she had a mass the size of a softball that was pushing her intestines to one side and laying on her bladder. It was time. We helped Mandy cross over to the rainbow bridge. We were all with her (myself, Karl and Josh). She laid her head in Josh's lap and fell asleep. She felt safe and at peace. She is no longer in pain and she is running again. She was the best dog a person could ask for and we miss her already. If you think of us during your prayers, we would appreciate a little prayer of peace and comfort at this time. This is a hard loss for us. Mandy Lu Ray- May 4, 2007- November 2, 2019. You are forever in our hearts.  The picture below is one of the last ones I took of her.  It was taken in the summer 2019.  The first one above was taken on her 6th birthday when she was very healthy.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Saturday 9- The Addams Family

The Addams Family (1964)
Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) One of TV's spookiest families was inspired by a series of New Yorker cartoons. What's the last magazine you flipped through?  I can't even remember.

2) The Addams' butler, Lurch, was originally conceived as a mute. But then actor Ted Cassidy ad libbed the line, "You rang?" and Lurch had a voice, and a catchphrase. Can you think of another catchphrase connected to a TV character? Joey from FRIENDS-  How you doin'?

3) Now here's the most important question of the week: Do you prefer The Addams Family or The Munsters? I think I watched The Munsters more. 

4) What's the scariest movie you've ever seen? IT

5) Thursday was Halloween.
What goodies did you give the trick or treaters? candy bars

6) Are you attending/have you attended any Halloween parties this year?  just at the preschool...that is enough for me.

7) Did you carve a jack o'lantern this year? no

8) Do you eat candy corn all year around ... only at Halloween ... or never?  year round, but not a lot, just when I have a craving.

9) In 1964, when The Addams Family premiered, one of the most popular store-bought Halloween costumes was Bambi. It came with a plastic mask held on by a thin elastic band. Tell us about a memorable Halloween costume from your childhood.  My mom made me a clown costume one year, it was pretty cute.  I think I liked the make-up I got to wear more than anything.