Friday, May 29, 2020

Saturday 9- Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

Saturday 9: Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (1971)

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

1) The lyrics tell us Paul believes it's going to rain. How's the weather where you are today?  Today it is sunny and in the 70's...perfect weather for me.  I will probably go spend the day outside again.  I did yesterday too.

2) Paul sings that he is sorry because he hasn't "done a bloody thing all day." What do you hope to accomplish this weekend?  Maybe clean the house some, read some.   I want to spend some time outside before it gets hot next week.

3) He also references butter pie, which is made primarily with potatoes (with onions and, of course, butter). That dish is not popular on this side of the Atlantic. Last time you had potatoes, how were they prepared (baked, mashed, hash browned, french fried ...)? hash browned

4) Linda McCartney is credited as co-writer and performer on this recording. Paul and Linda were partners in real life, too; married 29 years, they raised four children together. They often said they tried never to spend more than a few hours apart. Do you enjoy a lot of togetherness, or do you value your personal time? Has your experience with Covid19 and quarantine changed how you feel about this?  I enjoy my personal time.  Nothing has changed.  Karl is still working.  I enjoy when Josh comes out of his room, but he stays in there most of the time.  Josh probably wishes I was at work...hee, hee.  

5) Paul and Linda came from very different backgrounds. His family was lower middle class, lived in Liverpool's public housing and received government aid. She grew up in affluent Scarsdale, the daughter of a wealthy theatrical attorney. Do you think it's more important for a couple to share a common background, or to share common interests?  common interests, there are things Karl likes that I think are so boring and vice versa.  However, we have several common interests that allow us to do things together or have conversations about topics.

6) Paul is known for his work ethic. At age 78, he's still making music and performing live. What's your favorite Paul McCartney song?   Silly Love Songs, but I think my absolute favorites are probably with The Beatles.

7) In 1971, when this song was a hit, Bobby Fischer was the world's most famous and highest-rated chess player. Do you play chess?  no

8) England's Princess Anne turned 21 in 1971. The occasion was commemorated by a formal portrait, taken by celebrated fashion photographer Norman Parkinson. Who took the most recent photo of you?  I believe it was either Josh, or a mom from a drive through birthday party I went to.

9) Random question: Do you find it more satisfying to work with your hands, or your head?  Probably my head.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tuesday 4 meme- Good Old Days

Good Old Days

Welcome to Tuesday 4 begun by Toni Taddeo and kept in memory of her.
This week's subject is the Good Old Days.

1.Do you know who supplied the voice of Lamb Chop, Hush Puppy and Charlie Horse? It was Shari Lewis according to
It was a very popular kids show in the 50's and 60's.
 What childhood program meant a lot to you or taught you things you feel were important to you.
Mr. Rogers was very important to me.  I used to buy lamb chop toys for Mandy to play with.  We also sing a song at the preschool by Shari and is a Halloween song.

2. Is there a memory from your past that makes you feel at home, warm and nostalgic? Maybe you would share it with us. Perhaps there is  a story your parents told you that brings back good memories.  
My happy memories from my childhood would be when I would go visit my Grandparents in Oklahoma.  I would spend the summer there and work in the garden with my Grandpa and pick strawberries and go shopping with my Grandma.  My cousins would come and visit and play or I would play with the neighbor kids too. I also loved riding bikes at my home and playing with my neighbors.

3.Dirty Dancing was a big hit movie of the 80's. Mullet hair dos for guys and huge puffy hair for girls was a hallmark of those days.
Did you dance at school dances, Proms, etc? What kind  of dancing did you enjoy?
I am not sure what kind of dancing I did.  I liked to dance to all kinds of music.  I did go to school dances and Proms.
4. Do you think we have passed by the good old days or do you think we will be able to look back and see these as the good old days in the future? Will your kids or grand kids think they were?
Sadly, I think these will be considered the good old days to our kids/ grand kids.  They do not know any better.  I did always think the 50's were the good ol' days, but I have found out quite bad things about those times too.  I guess we just make the best of what we are given.  I grew up in the 70's/80's.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Sunday Stealing- Sabotage


1. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?
Yes, it was my mom.

2. What’s the closest thing to you that’s red?  I see a lighter
on the counter that is red.

3. Did you meet someone new today?  
no, we have been home all day.

4. What are you craving right now?  Cheez Its

5. What comes to mind when I say “cabbage.” sauerkraut

6. What does your last text say? "Thank-you been kind of a 
rough time".  My co-worker's husband just found out his
mom has cancer and his dad just passed away about a 
month ago.

7. Do you bite into your ice cream, or just lick it?  I bite it 
sometimes, I go back and forth.

8. Do you like your hair?  I guess.  I have hated it it in the 
past, but it is so easy to deal with in a hurry.  If I want 
to try to make it looks nice, that is another story. 
I have to work with it a lot.

9. Do you like yourself?  I think so.

10. Do you like cottage cheese  no

11. What are you listening to right now?   church

12. Is there anything sparkly in the room where you are?  yes, 
I have a picture frame sitting next to me that has jewels
on it, so it is sparkly.

13. How many countries have you visited?  only the U.S.

14. Are you sarcastic?  not very often.

15. Have you ever crawled through a window?  yes

Friday, May 22, 2020

Saturday 9- Battle Hymn of the Republic

Saturday 9: Battle Hymn of the Republic (1963)

Unfamiliar with Judy Garland's rendition of this week's tune? Hear it here.

Memorial Day is the federal holiday designated to honor American service people who died in battle. 
1) On May 30, 1868, President Grant presided over the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery. Have you ever visited Arlington Cemetery? no, I haven't, but I would love to.

2) On Memorial Day, it is customary to fly the flag at half-staff until noon and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset. Will you be flying the flag at your home this weekend?  We are expecting rain for days, so probably not.  I don't fly it in the rain.

3) Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, because flowers and ribbons were left on graves of soldiers.  Do you find solace in visiting cemeteries?  not really.  I might if I did not have my mom with me every time, but she is usually there talking loud at the grave "mama, I am here"...I just have to walk away and clean up headstones.

4) The lyrics to this week's song were written by Julia Ward Howe in 1861. Her inspiration was a White House visit with Abraham Lincoln. In 2020, public tours of the White House are available but you must request your ticket in advance from your Member of Congress (House or Senate). When you travel, do you plan your trip weeks before you go? Or do you decide how your days will unfold once you reach your destination?  We typically have things planned out ahead of time, but I also like to throw a few small things in that are not scheduled for fun.  Sometimes those make the best memories.

5) Judy Garland performed this week's song before a live audience as a tribute to President Kennedy, who had been assassinated just weeks before. She knew Kennedy personally and considered this a farewell to a friend. While the performance was difficult for her -- at one point she flubs the lyrics -- she believed it was important, and could perhaps help the country heal. Tell us about a song that reminds you of someone you loved who is no longer with us.  I guess I will say In the Summertime.  My dad sang this all of the time.  It is an old song and I had never really even heard it except him singing it, so I do not ever hear this song, but if I did...I would think of my dad.

6) John F. Kennedy served in WWII and was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps medal and a Purple Heart. His brother Joe also served and was awarded the Navy Cross, but he received his citation posthumously, having died during a flying mission over East Suffolk, England. Here at Saturday 9, we consider everyone who serves a hero and want to hear about the veterans and active military members in your life.  This is my dad's Uncle Gary.  He died in Vietnam.  My Grandpa (my mom's dad) served in WWII and he survived, but died several years ago.

7) Memorial Day is considered the beginning of the summer season. Will you be enjoying warm weather this weekend?  Rain, rain and more rain.

8) Berries are especially popular in summer. Which is your favorite: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries?  Strawberries, I LOVE them!!!

9) If you could attend a Memorial Day picnic with any fictional character, which would you choose?  Fannie Flagg has a character in a few of her books named Sookie.  She is so funny and I would love to just hang out with her.  She would be a lot of fun at a Memorial Day picnic.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Tuesday 4 Meme- Trains and Planes and Boats

Trains and Planes and Boats

Welcome to Tuesday 4 in honor of the memory of Toni Taddeo!
 Today.s subject was inspired by Elena Leno, Toni's daughter. Toni and I shared a love of many
things including Agatha Christie, upstate NY and trains, trains and more trains!

So.. Let's talk about Trains, Planes and Boats this week.
The Orient Express was a long-distance passenger train service created in 1883 by Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. Fares range from
£2,200 per person for a Venice to London journey, up to £40,000 for a Grand Suite on the Istanbul journey.

1. Do you enjoy riding on trains, planes or boats? Got a tale to tell us?  Ok, so I have never been on a plane, I do enjoy boats and I would love to ride on a train that is actually going somewhere.  We have a train you can ride in Branson and it is fun, but the ride is not long and it is expensive.  Fun fact, Josh took his first steps on a train.

  2. The Orient Express is super luxurious with 5 star accommodations including real bedrooms, cocktail bars, etc.
  It stops along a route that includes, London, Paris, Berlin,
Bucharest, Venice, Paris, Prague and Istanbul.
Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express is set on the train.
 You can choose your itinerary from the lists their site offers.  Of the places shown here, which cities interest you the most and why?  I think they all sound interesting.  I would probably go for London to Paris first.  I just really want to visit those places, but I want to visit all of them.

3. Do you think you would enjoy a cruise? Where would you go?  I would LOVE it if I did not get sea sick.  That is what I worry about and why we have never done a cruise.  My cousin went on a cruise and was sick the entire time.  I would just go somewhere warm.

4. Given the time and the choice and money being no object will you travel to Europe via plane or luxury liner?  Probably plane.

Fun Fact:  Toni did love trains.  I remember when she moved from New York to California by train.  She didn't live there long, she missed New York.  I think she went back by train too.  That seems like so long ago.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Sunday Straling- Ty and Logan


1. Where did your name come from  My middle name is from my mom's cousin Linda and my mom wanted a little name for me because I was such a little baby...(I think that is so weird)...but moving on.  Lori Lynn

2. Where were you born?  St. Louis , MO

3. What as your house like, growing up  We had a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom house with a full basement for tornado weather.  We had a large yard for me to play in, but I mostly rode my bike.  I am not sure how to answer this question.

4. What was your childhood bedroom like?  My carpet was that blue shag and my walls were light blue.  I had a canopy bed with a dusty rose comforter.  My Papa had built me a Barbie doll house, so that was in there and a stereo to play my mom's records and listen to the radio.  I spent a lot of time in there.

5. Did you travel as a child? Where?  We never traveled...for vacations.  We would go to Oklahoma to visit family and that is all.

6. Write about your grandparents  I stayed with them in the summer in Oklahoma.  My Papa had a big garden we would work in and I would pick strawberries.  My Granie canned the vegetables from the garden.  I miss them.  My Granie taught me how to buy things and the value of a dollar, she also took me to the library.  My Papa would take me to historical things around town.

7. Who taught you how to drive?  My dad, my mom is a basket case.

8. When did you first leave home?  I left for college the fall after I graduated high school.  I went to college away, so I had to move there.

9. What did your parents do for work?  My dad was a typing teaching and business teacher as well as a football coach.  My mom was an accountant with Silver Dollar City.

10. Who inspired you as you matured?  My dad.  I did not get along very well with my mom.

11. What was the best part of your 20s?  college

12. What as the best part of your 30s?  being a mom....I was an older mom, so Josh was turning 3 as I turned 30.

13. Where is the most fascinating place you’ve visited  Maybe San wasn't my favorite vacation, but it had a lot more historical things to look at and I enjoy that.  We went to the Alamo.

14. What is your favorite family story?  I don't think I have a favorite family story, but my favorite memories are being with my Grandparents at holidays.

15. What was your most memorable birthday?  My mom threw me a surprise birthday party and we had it at McDonald's.  The girls were all there and we had a sleep over.  It was fun.  

16. What was your favorite food as a child?  pizza

I deleted the repeat questions.  Have a great day!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Saturday 9- Always Remember Us This Way


Always Remember Us This Way (2018)

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

1) In this song, Lady Gaga sings about the Arizona sky and California gold. Have you visited many of our western states?  no, it seems like we always go South and East.

2) She sings that she's overwhelmed and can't find the words to express herself. Do you find it easier to share your feelings verbally or in writing?  I am better in writing, I think because I have more time to think about what I want to say.

3) Her real name is Stefani Germanotta. She took her stage name from the Queen song, Radio Gaga. Do you have a favorite Queen song?  I love all of them.

4) Her dad is Joe Germanotta, president of GuestWifi, a company that enables hotels and restaurants to offer high-speed wifi to their customers. Do you consider yourself tech savvy?  I do ok,  but probably not tech savvy.  I think when I was staying home with Josh (SAHM) and I was able to spend more time online, I was able to learn a lot more, but when I went back to work I did not have time.  I do think I am much more comfortable than some people are doing things online.

5) Early in her career, Lady Gaga performed songs for a children's audio book called The Portal in the Park.
Tell us about the last book you finished -- did you listen to an audiobook, or read a download to an electronic device or a bound book with pages?  So, our library is still closed and I have read all of my books with I found a website where I have been able to borrow books using my library card.  The last book I finished (audio book) was Gone Girl and I am listening to Dark Places now by the same author and while I like these kinds of books, I am changing genres for my next book.  These are pretty dark.  I saw Water for Elephants is available.  Has anyone read that?  I have chosen to borrow audio books for now.

6) She prefers dogs to cats and tea to coffee. Do you agree with her?  Totally!  I LOVE dogs and tea.  I do not drink coffee at all.

7) Back in 2015, she appeared at the Academy Awards, performing a medley to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music. The movie's star, Julie Andrews, graciously came onstage to thank Gaga for her showstopping performance. Whom did you most recently thank?  Today one of our parents came up to bring me a teacher gift...I do not live in district, so she drove 25 minutes or so to get to me...that was super nice.  I did get to see our student too...she started crying and saying she missed me.  It was so nice to see her.  I told them thank-you.  She bought me a bird to paint!  Super cool!

8) In 2018, when this song was first released, retailer Toys R Us closed all its stores and went out of business. What's the last toy you purchased?  I had a birthday parade I went to a couple of weeks ago, I got him a football along with some other things.

9) Random question: How has social media made your life better?  I have enjoyed being able to keep in touch with former friends from high school, college and also my family that I do not see very often.  I get to see updates, pictures, etc.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Tuesday 4 Meme- Questions to Think About


1. What kind of setting do you like in a book as in nation, country, city, beach, resort, village and
why? If there is no preference, how about a type of character?  I do not really have a favorite, I think for me that is the fun of reading, I get to go somewhere new in each book.  I do enjoy a funny character.

2. Can you tell us about a favorite character in a book you've enjoyed or a program you watch?  There is a character in some of Fannie Flagg's books named Sookie.  She is silly and so funny.  I enjoy her character so much.

3. Why are you interested in the TV programs or movies you watch or books you read ? That is, what attracts you to them.  The books I read and movies or tv shows are totally different.  I love to read thrillers because they move so fast, they are exciting and I get involved so much....and I tend to not watch that sort of thing in a movie or tv show.  I also love to watch Hallmark movies because I know nothing weird is going to happen, but I am not interested at all in reading a book like that. 

4.   Do you get upset if the routine of your day is upset or can you go with the flow? 
Yikes!  Yes, I really do.  I do not like to be "dropped in on".  I am fine with making plans ahead so I can be prepared for company.  If it is work, I can go with the flow.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Sunday Stealing- Black Feathers


1. Do you prefer writing with black or blue pen?  Black

2. Do you prefer living in the country or the city?  country

3. How do you drink your tea or coffee?  I do not like hot drinks and I do not like coffee, so sweet tea.

4. Do you prefer bath or shower?  shower

5. Do you prefer reading paper or electronic books? paper

6. Would you ever want to be famous?  no

7. Are you a restless sleeper?  sometimes when I am hurting, but not lately

8. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?  pumpkin soup

9. Do you like cereal crunchy or soggy? crunchy

10. Do you like ice in your drinks?  just a little bit, I do not like my drinks watered down.

11. Do you prefer swimming in pools or the ocean? either one.  I spent time at the pool when we went to the beach.

12. What can you hear right now?  I am listening to an audio book.  Gone Girl

13. Where do you feel the safest?  home

14. What would you like your legacy to be?  That I helped a lot of kids get a good start in school, that I was a good mom and wife.

15. Do you like spicy food?  yes

Happy Mother's Day!!!!
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Friday, May 8, 2020

Saturday 9- I'll Always Love My Mama

Saturday 9: I'll Always Love My Mama (1973)

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

1) This week's featured artists, The Intruders, sing that they don't know how their mama made it through the week without ever getting a good night's sleep. How did you sleep last night?  I almost always sleep really well.  I slept good last night.

2) The Intruders performed this song on Soul Train, a syndicated show that ran for more than 3 decades. What show do you try never to miss?  I rarely watch tv live anymore because we DVR everything, but shows I do not miss...there are a lot of them and I just watch them when I have time.

3) On Soul Train, the Intruders wore solid black shirts beneath their brightly colored jackets. Black, white, khaki, navy and gray are considered neutral colors, because they go with everything. If we were to check your closet, which would we find you wear most often: black, white, khaki, navy or gray?  black

4) Especially for Mother's Day: Access Hollywood named Carol Brady of The Brady Bunch TV's #1 mom. Who is your favorite TV mom?  I don't think I have a favorite tv mom...nothing is coming to mind.

5) Mother Winters always gave Sam peppermint tea to calm her stomach. Do you have any tried-and-true home remedies to share?  When I had acid reflux all of the time I would take Prilosec and even gas-x to rid the gas bubbles from my tummy, but I only really take a probiotic now for tummy issues.  Peppermint does work for an actual stomach ache.  I used to deal daily with stomach issues before my gall bladder came out.

6) Sam's mother always tips 15% in restaurants. Sam has worked in food service and is more judgmental, tipping between 10% and 25%, depending on the quality of the service. What's your tipping policy? Are you more like Sam or her mother? How do you handle tips for carry out or delivery during this Covid-19 crisis?  We usually tip around 10-15%.

7) When the tip of her shoelace becomes frayed, Sam's mother snips off the end and then paints the tip with clear nail polish. Good as new! Sam thinks that's crazy because you can just buy new laces for less than $2. Are you more frugal like mother or spendthrift like daughter?  My shoelaces do not do that.  I buy new shoes before that happens.  I get holes in my actual shoes or wear out the sole before the shoestrings.

8) Mother Winters loves how french vanilla smells and burns her Yankee Candles all year around. Do you use scented candles or air fresheners?  Both, I have scented candles, wall flowers from Bath & Body, sometimes I will have on my Scentsy burner.  I also have my essential oils that can be used as air fresheners.  I also have glade plug-ins in the bathrooms.

9) Sam is celebrating Mother's Day with her mother's favorite, Hershey Bars. Would you prefer classic milk chocolate, dark chocolate or chocolate with almonds? chocolate with almonds.