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Friday, July 30, 2021

Saturday 9: Dead Skunk (1972)

 


Dead Skunk


Saturday 9: Dead Skunk (1972)

Unfamiliar with this song? Hear it here.

1) This song is about a poor dead skunk that stinks "to high heaven." Have you ever experienced the spray from a skunk?  My dogs have gotten close to a skunk, I do not think they were actually sprayed, but I think they rolled on a dead one.  They smelled bad, but I think it would have been so much worse if they were sprayed.  That is my only experience though.  I haven't been sprayed.

2) Dennis Oliver, a disc jockey in Quincy, IL, played this song every night at 9:00 PM for decades. The only thing that got him to stop was being moved to the morning slot. What song do you never tire of?  I never tire of music from the 80's.  Lots of songs.  BTW...my college roommate Julie was from and moved back to Quincy, IL.  I was in her wedding.  Love that town!

3) At Georgia Tech's Russ Chandler Stadium, the fans sing this during the 7th inning stretch of their baseball games. Do you know the lyrics of the more conventional 7th inning choice, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame?"  Of course...Gal, it goes Let us root, root, root for the CARDINALS...hahahahaha.  That is how I sing that part of the song, but yes, I do know the lyrics.  Gal will say CUBBIES. ;)  The actual words...home team.

4) This week's featured artist, Loudon Wainwright III, can play many instruments, but is said to enjoy banjo and ukulele best. If you could magically become proficient on any instrument right now, which would you choose, and why?  Piano, I love the way a piano sounds and all of the different music you can play.  I think for my job though, I wish I could play guitar...because I could play it and sing to the kids instead of playing music on YouTube.

5) He appeared as Capt. Spalding on several episodes of M*A*S*H in the 1970s. If you could transport yourself into the world of your favorite TV show, which would you choose?  I never have had the thought of wanting to live in a place I see on tv.  I am content where I am.  I could live in the south though.  Probably the best place I have read about was set in Alabama.  It was one of Fannie Flagg's books.  I enjoy her books set in Missouri too...which is where I live.

6) Loudon's mother was a yoga instructor. What did you most recently do for exercise?  I took Josh and my mom shopping at the mall (we were masked).  Josh's birthday is coming up, so we got him some things.  He needed some shoes, so I wanted him to try them on.  We walked the mall.  I walked everyday last year on my treadmill during quarantine.  I stopped when I went back to school.

7) He went to St. Andrew's School in Delaware, where the movie Dead Poet's Society, starring Robin Williams, was filmed. When you think of Robin Williams, do you recall his dramatic movie roles, his funny movies, his comedy routines, or Mork from Ork?  I think of him as a funny man.  I see him as Mrs. Doubtfire.  He was wonderful.  I loved his serious roles too.  Dead Poets Society is so good.  He was so good.  He is missed.

8) In 1973, when this song was popular, Norman Mailer created a great deal of buzz with his book about Marilyn Monroe. Do you read many biographies and memoirs? Or do you prefer to read fiction?  I prefer to read fiction, but on occasion I will pick up a memoir.

9) Random question: You're on the road, traveling through a town you've never been in before, and ready to stop for a quick bite. On one side of the street is a cute little diner called Mom's. On the other side is McDonald's. Which do you choose?  I like to try new things, so I would go with Mom's.  I suppose if I didn't like it I could always run over to McDonald's.



Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Tuesday 4 Meme- Future Ahead...

 



Future Ahead...

Welcome to Tuesday 4 in memory of Toni Taddeo.
This week we have some questions from Pamela Steiner
once again.


1. Let's pretend that it is 50 years into the future, and explorers have
just discovered your house, "frozen in time" exactly as it is today.
Everything is preserved, even the food, but of course no one has
lived there for fifty years. What do you think would be their first 
reaction as they walk in the door of your house?  They loved books,
reading, St. Louis Cardinals, KC Chiefs and St. Louis Blues.  They 
would know we had dogs.  There is dog hair.  They would think we
like snacks, candles and make-up.


2. What would the things left in your house tell the explorers
about you?  I am a sports fan, dog fan and fan of reading books. 
I think they would know we were Christians too.

3. What kinds of books would they discover on your bookshelves
or beside your chair/bed?  We have a lot of religious books, Bibles, 
college text books and I have my curriculum books from school sitting 
here close to me.  They would figure out a teacher lived here.  I also
have a copy of Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg and Where
the Crawdad's Sing sitting here too.  I borrowed them before covid, then
my work location was moved last year and I was not able to return
the books to their owners, but they are going with me next week when
I go to start working on my classroom.

4. What things would they discover in your closets or cabinets that
would make them wonder why on earth you were saving it?  I just cleaned
out my closet.  That is something I do every summer.  In fact, I did a big
purge at the beginning of the summer, so I have decluttered.  I do not
think they would wonder why I was saving anything...well..maybe the
make-up.  They may wonder why I have so much.  I went through that
too and got rid of a lot of stuff.



Saturday, July 24, 2021

Sunday Stealing- My Favorite Things

 



 

1.Your favorite songs  current songs would be Bang by AJR or songs by the
Jonas Brothers. I also like Twenty-One Pilots and Imagine Dragons

2.Your favorite bands  favorite current bands are listed above.  I do not like 
a lot of current music though.  I love The Cars, Mettalica, Guns & Roses,
Black Sabbath,  Queen.  I like older music and music from the 80's.  
I listened to The Pet Shop Boys some this week.

3.Your favorite actors or actresses  I am not that into actors and actresses
to have favorites.

4. Your favorite books  books by Fannie Flagg, Riley Sager, Heather
Gudenkauf, Greer Hendricks, Karin Slaughter, The Silent Patient
was a great book, Before We Were Yours, The Woman in The Window, 
Necessary Lies and Anxious People is a good book too.

5.Your favorite movies  I can't say I really have favorite movies.  This would 
be a great question for Josh and so would the actor actress question.  He
has definite opinions and he likes classic movies.

6.Your favorite TV shows  I have been enjoying several on Disney + lately, 
I also like The Good Doctor.  I have quit watching several shows due to 
political agenda.  I am not interested in hearing that stuff when I am
trying to watch tv and relax.

7.Your favorite foods/drinks  Mexican and Chinese food and Pepsi or Sweet Tea.
Your favorite kitchen appliance  Microwave

8. Your favorite animal  dog




9.Your favorite scents   bakery scents (sugar Cookie, blueberry cheesecake,
pumpkin, apple pie, etc).

10.Your favorite things you do in your free time  read, watch tv or play
games.  

11.Your pet peeves  People that lie or are mean.

12.Things you collect  I don't really have a collection, but I buy a lot of 
make-up.

13. Things you like to swap  Books

14. Places you've been  San Antonio, TX, Orange Beach, AL, Kissimee FL, 
many places in Oklahoma and all over Missouri.  I have visited 
Arkansas and Kansas too.

15. Places you'd like to visit  I want to stay in a winter cabin in Tennessee
or Colorado (mountains),I also want to go back to the Gulf....or Florida.
It seems Florida is cheaper, but I would rather go back to Orange Beach
or Gulf Shores.  Maybe we can do all of those things in the future.

16. classes you liked in school  French, Chemistry, choir and choraliers

17. crafts you would like to learn  everything

I accidentally filled this one out for last week, so I did not visit...so if you
are seeing this thinking...I already read this...you are right.  I didn't have 
time to do it over last week.  I have been so busy with teacher trainings
for school and running my mom to her doctor's appointments.  Josh has
birthday coming up in a few weeks, so we went to the mall last week too.
I am doing my best to keep up.  Have a nice day! ♥

I also just finished the book People We Meet on Vacation.  I LOVED it..so
funny!  I was laughing out loud.  See over on the right in the books I just 
read area if you are interested.  It is romance.  I know!  It wasn't a thriller.
That is a shocker for me to read anything but thrillers.  I did get my hands
on The Maidens though. ♥


Friday, July 23, 2021

Saturday 9- Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh

 


Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh


Saturday 9: Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (1963)

Unfamiliar with this song? Hear it here.

1) TV writer Allan Sherman based this song on his own son's letters of complaint from camp. Did you go away to summer camp?  No, I never did.  I always wanted to though.

2) Our camper is afraid of both bears and alligators. What animal scares you?  I am scared of mice and snakes.  I probably should be more scared of bigger animals, but I never see them up close.  

3) One of his fellow campers developed poison ivy rash. Have you ever experienced redness and itching caused by poison ivy or poison sumac?  Oh yes, both.  I am very allergic.  I end up at the doctor's office to get medicine.

4) Early in his career, Allan Sherman created the game show I've Got a Secret, which became a big hit. What's your all-time favorite TV game show?  I guess The Price is Right.  I watched it all of the time when Bob Barker was host.

5) In 1959 he moved from New York to Hollywood, where he transitioned from writing to performing almost by accident. As a lark, he entertained at the parties of his next-door neighbor, Harpo Marx. A recording company executive heard him and offered him a contract. Tell us about the last party you attended.  Do you remember me telling you about my co-worker Lori and how her husband died from Covid in November?  Well, she is getting re-married.  I was shocked, but I am so glad she has found happiness again.  She is getting married August 8th, so I was at her Bridal shower.  Here is a picture of myself, Lori and Kris from left to right.



6) Allan Sherman got unexpected press attention and a boost in record sales when it was discovered that President John F. Kennedy was a fan. What's something you purchased because of a recommendation from someone else (friend, relative, celebrity endorsement ...)?  I bought a bra based on a recommendation from a blogging friend.  I LOVE it.  

7) In 1963, the year "Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh" was popular, Studebaker stopped producing cars in the United States. What was your family car when you were growing up?  We had a Ford Fairmont for a while.  It ended up being my first car.

8) Also in 1963, Vogue magazine did a cover story on how make wearing white "new and exciting." What color do you look best in? Is it the color you wear most often?  I look best in pastels, but no I mostly wear black or dark colors.

9) Random question: Have you ever gone on to have a platonic relationship with a former lover?  no.  I am facebook friends with a few ex boyfriends, but for the most part we do not keep in tough at all.



Saturday, July 17, 2021

Sunday Stealing- My Favorite Things

 




 

Your favorite songs  current songs would be Bang by AJR or songs by the
Jonas Brothers. I also like Twenty-One Pilots and Imagine Dragons

Your favorite bands  favorite current bands are listed above.  I do not like 
a lot of current music though.  I love The Cars, Mettalica, Guns & Roses,
Black Sabbath,  Queen.  I like older music and music from the 80's.  
I listened to The Pet Shop Boys some this week.

Your favorite actors or actresses  I am not that into actors and actresses
to have favorites.

Your favorite books  books by Fannie Flagg, Riley Sager, Heather
Gudenkauf, Greer Hendricks, Karin Slaughter, The Silent Patient
was a great book, Before We Were Yours, The Woman in The Window, 
Necessary Lies and Anxious People is a good book too.

Your favorite movies  I can't say I really have favorite movies.  This would 
be a great question for Josh and so would the actor actress question.  He
has definite opinions and he likes classic movies.

Your favorite TV shows  I have been enjoying several on Disney + lately, 
I also like The Good Doctor.  I have quit watching several shows due to 
political agenda.  I am not interested in hearing that stuff when I am
trying to watch tv and relax.

Your favorite foods/drinks  Mexican and Chinese food and Pepsi or Sweet Tea.
Your favorite kitchen appliance  Microwave

Your favorite animal  dog




Your favorite scents   bakery scents (sugar Cookie, blueberry cheesecake,
pumpkin, apple pie, etc).

Your favorite things you do in your free time  read, watch tv or play
games.  

Your pet peeves  People that lie or are mean.

Things you collect  I don't really have a collection, but I buy a lot of 
make-up.

Things you like to swap  Books

Places you've been  San Antonio, TX, Orange Beach, AL, Kissimee FL, 
many places in Oklahoma and all over Missouri.  I have visited 
Arkansas and Kansas too.

Places you'd like to visit  I want to stay in a winter cabin in Tennessee
or Colorado (mountains),I also want to go back to the Gulf....or Florida.
It seems Florida is cheaper, but I would rather go back to Orange Beach
or Gulf Shores.  Maybe we can do all of those things in the future.

classes you liked in school  French, Chemistry, choir and choraliers

crafts you would like to learn  everything


Friday, July 16, 2021

Saturday 9- Purple People Eater

 


Purple People Eater


Saturday 9: Purple People Eater (1958)

Unfamiliar with this song? Hear it here.

1) When actor Sheb Wooley brought this song to MGM Records, they initially rejected it, saying it just wasn't the kind of thing they wanted to be associated with. Then executives discovered how popular the audition recording was with the 20-somethings in the office. MGM released it after all and it became a #1 hit. Tell us about a time you were glad you changed your mind about something.
Nothing is really coming to mind.

2) This song has been so enduringly popular that in the 1970s, the Minnesota Vikings defensive line referred to themselves as the Purple People Eaters. What football team do you root for?  Kansas City Chiefs, I lived in Kansas City for a little while, but I have always been a fan.



3) The song was initially inspired by Sputnik, the satellite launched by the Soviet Union in 1958. In the 21st century, do you think space exploration is a worthwhile public investment? Or would you prefer  governments spend that money here on earth?  I do not really give this much thought.  

4) The Purple People Eater is a visitor from another planet. When you imagine creatures from outer space, are they frightening or friendly?  I am going to say frightening.

5) This record was the biggest hit Sheb Wooley ever had. He was better known as an actor, costarring with Clint Eastwood on the 1950s TV show, Rawhide. What's your favorite Clint Eastwood movie?  I like many films Clint Eastwood has been in, just not sure what my favorite would be.

6) Sheb and Clint remained buddies and appeared together decades later in The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). Tell us about one of your longest-lasting friendships.  I met Barb in junior high.  She was a new student to our district and I believe she is from Chicago.  We did everything together in school.  We would go to Silver Dollar City and White Water together, we worked together, we stayed the night at each other's homes.  She was there for me when my dad passed away.  We have spent the 4th of July together with our families.  She is just a great friend.

7) In 1958, when this song was popular, hula hoops were a national craze. Did you ever play with a hula hoop? If yes, were you good at it?  I have tried to play with a hula hoop, but I am terrible at it.

8) Also in 1958, Arnold Palmer won his first Masters Golf Tournament. When did you most recently play golf?  I have only played miniature golf...that is something else Barb and I used to do together.  It has been years, I was probably in college last time I played.

9) Random question: Do you believe women gossip more than men?  My husband gossips way more than I do.  I am not sure how normal that is.  He has a lot of female influence in his life with his 3 sisters and his mom.  I would say it is even in the gossip area for men and women.


Saturday, July 10, 2021

Sunday Stealing- That's My Answer

 

That's My Answer



 

1. Do you ever feel completely rested and unrushed  I do sometimes in the 
summer, but I have several weeks coming of me going to doctor's
appointments and teacher trainings.  The past few weeks have been rested
and unrushed.

2. If you had to wear all white for the entire day, how long before you spilled
 something on it?  Not long at all.  I am terrible.

3. What would you include inside of your emergency kit?  band-aids, anti-biotic
ointment (neosporin), anti-septic wipes/spray, gauze and medical tape, we also 
keep peppermints at the school for kids who are frequent flyers to the nurse.

4. What’s more fun than a barrel full of monkeys?  trip to the beach

5. Is it hard for you to let go of certain things, even if you have too many of them?
I am getting better.  I used to be really bad about hanging onto clothes...
because I really will wear something after not wearing it for years, but
I have kind of stopped that now and I am starting to throw things away
or donate them if they are still good to wear.

6. When was the last time you were ready to throw in the proverbial towel? Did
you end up letting go, or decided to fight on anyway?  I cannot lose weight.  I work
out and eat somewhat decent (salad for lunch or tuna).  My thyroid is so
messed up. I have given up on losing weight.  It frustrates me.

7. What is the color of awesome?  red

8. What is your favorite black and white movie?  I kind of love Rebecca. 
It's A Wonderful Life is a favorite too.

9. If you could describe your mood in a color today, what color would it be?  white

10. If you could wish for anything and it would come true, you wish for? good
health for my family (I want Josh to be happy).  He is really struggling right
now with his depression.  If you think of him when you are saying your
prayers...say a little prayer for him.

11. What are some of the wacky things that you like to do?  I play a lot of
online games.

12. If you could have any author –living or dead – write your biography, who
would you choose?  Fannie Flagg, she is so funny.  I relate to her so well.

13. If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where 
and when would you choose?  It might be kind of cool to see Jesus rise 
from the dead.

14.What is the last thing you made from scratch?  chocolate chip cookies

15. When we are able to travel again, where would you love to go?  I find myself
wanting to go to the mountains in the winter to a cabin and to the beach
(oceanside) in the summer.  Maybe we can do some of those next year.  
We never go anywhere.


Friday, July 9, 2021

Saturday 9- Mairzy Doats

 



Mairzy Doats



Saturday 9: Mairzy Doats (1944)

Unfamiliar with this song? Hear it here.



1) While today this is considered a children's song, "Mairzy Doats" was a #1 hit and a staple on radio stations in 1944. Do you know any of today's most popular songs? (Here's this week's Hot 100.)  Oh how sad, I did not recognize anything on that list, except for Blake Shelton's Livin' on Minimum Wage.  I do like The Jonas Brothers and a couple of other songs on the radio, but I did not see them, they must not be in Top 100 anymore.  I am not gonna  lie, I am not a huge fan of today's music, but I am not their audience.  I try to keep up, but about 5 years ago I started hating it.  I listen more to 80's.  Josh listens to 50's and 60's.  I bet Josh has listened to this group.  I have never heard of them.

2) One of the song's writers recalled that the song was inspired by an old English nursery rhyme. Tell us a rhyme you remember from childhood.  My dad used to sing Rock-a-bye Baby to me as a kid. Those crazy nursery rhymes have the darkest meanings.  I do still teach them today in pre-K.  The kids love them.  We play a lot of ring-around the rosey.



3) This week's group, The Merry Macs, was formed by three brothers -- Judd, Joe and Ted McMichael -- who learned to harmonize at home. Did you grow up in a musical household?  not really, but I was in choir and choraliers in school as well as I played the flute in band for a year.  Choraliers was a song and dance group.  We performed at special occasions...half time, concerts, etc.  It was so much fun.

4) When the McMichaels decided their new group needed a woman's voice, they asked Cheri McKay to join them. Realizing all their names began with Mc, they began calling themselves The Merry Macs. Have you ever performed with a singing group? (Yes, that garage band you played in after school counts.) If yes, what was your band called?  Just choraliers.  I was in choir in college too.  This is choraliers... I am 5th from the right.  Very short.  I never realized I was so short in this group.  We sang and danced to songs like Puttin' On The Ritz.  Fun group.  I was a sophomore in high school in this picture.



5) The Merry Macs' first gigs were playing high school dances. Do you have any memories of school dances you'd like to share this morning?  I met my senior year boyfriend at a homecoming dance.  We knew each other of course, but we started dating after that night.  I just remember we danced all evening and then he walked me to my car and kissed me goodnight.

6) Once their recording career took off, The Merry Macs went to Hollywood. They appeared in a film with the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. Who last made you laugh?  I had lunch with the girls from work this week and I was laughing the whole time.  I sure did miss those ladies.  I am glad we will be back together this year.


7) In 1944, when "Mairzy Doats" topped the charts, sunscreen was invented. It was first developed to protect soldiers during WWII, and that original formula was sold to Coppertone. Do you regularly use sunscreen?  Oh yes.  I always have it on my face.  If I am going to be in the sun a lot, I will wear it all over by body.  


8) Also in 1944, a board game called Murder! was introduced in England. In 1949 it made its way to the United States and was renamed Clue. It's still popular today. Can you name any of the original 6 "characters" in the Clue game? (Extra credit: One was replaced in 2016; who was it?)  I remember Professor Plum.  I did not know they replaced a character.  I had to look it up.  I never had that game, but I loved playing it when a friend had it.

9) Random question: The new house you just bought comes with a big mirror on the ceiling of the master bedroom. Would you take it down or leave it there?  That would have to come down.  


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Tuesday 4 Meme- Blogging

 


Blogging

Welcome to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4 kept up in her memory.  This week the
questions were supplied by Pamela Steiner... Here we go, let's talk about
Blogging!


1. Tell us about your blog. When did you start blogging?  This blog was
started in 2010 as I look over at my blog archive, but I was definitely
blogging when I went back to work in 2005.  I have had 3-4 blogs. 
I have had this one the longest.  Susan will know the answer to this
question.  I started about the same time as she did.

2. What prompted you to begin blogging?  I had my country family website
and many of the girls started blogging.  The country graphics community
was all about keeping up with the latest and greatest website tricks, so
most of us followed over to blogging.  I do not think any of us used blogspot
at first, I used geocities and was able to use my country graphics.  I shortly
moved over to blogspot for my second blog and I was able to use my country 
graphics there as well.  I then moved to wordpress and Jana Gursofsky
helped me get set up with my country graphics.  She started back to work
a few years after that and so did I.  I ended up letting my domain go and 
came back to blogspot.  By that time I did not have time to keep up with
how to do the HTML for country graphics in blogspot and so I started
using the blogger templates.  The old country graphics are more my style
like Susan uses.  My graphics are all gone now.  My computer crashed at
one point and I lost almost everything.  The short answer to this question
was I started blogging to keep up with my country graphics friends. 
We were able to get to know one another better by blogging and at that 
point people stopped updating their country websites as much and put
their time in blogs.  I sill blog to keep up with my country graphics 
friends, but now to meet new friends too.

3. What was your first blog about and why did you choose
that subject/title?  My first blog was called The Ray Family Blog, since my
website was title was The Ray Family Website, I thought it would be
easiest to find me by keeping a similar name.  I think my blog was mostly
about what Josh and I were up to.  I blogged everyday for many years.
Then I pretty much stopped and thanks to these memes, I am able to blog
a little more regularly.  My blog archives says I only made 7 posts in 2017.
I remember those days.  I felt so bad and missed everyone so much. I mostly
would post in the summer when I was off those years I did not make many
posts.    I am almost positive it was Toni that started doing the memes again
and I decided to at least do those.


4. How has your blog changed over time, and has it done for you what you hoped
it would do in the first place?  My graphics have changed and my content has
changed. When I was blogging everyday I would post what I was doing and 
what was coming up.  Josh was little and had started school, so I talked
about him a lot.  Then I moved to blogging more about myself when I was
taking my college classes and working full time.  Now I mostly just do
memes.  Toni made up memes back in the day too and I loved doing 
those then too because I would just do the meme for that day and I 
would have more to write about the next day.  She had a couple.  Here
is her linkie to one of her other ones besides Tuesday 4 Meme.
(Creative Adventures) Was that meme about writing prompts?  
Does anyone remember?  It seems like she gave a prompt and we would 
write a short story using that prompt?  I may be completely wrong...hahaha 
She had another one that was I say a word and you say...that one was easy.
I always did that one.  I am not a good writer though for Creative Adventures. 
Toni was so talented in so many ways.  Gosh, I miss her.  Here is her linkie...I
found it in my images here at this blog, so there is a post somewhere at this 
blog using this meme.  I found a couple in 2011...if you look in the comments
Toni made a comment and so did Marge.  They are both gone now from this 
earth, but they are together in heaven.  Click the linkie to see the post:




Pam, thank-you for these questions!  I am always so happy when I get to think
back on those country graphics days.  That was such a great time in my life, 
getting to stay home with Josh, but also meeting people from all over the world. 
I have only met two online friends in person, but we will all be together in heaven!