May 24, 2019

Saturday 9: God Bless America

I don't know how the heck it can be time for the Saturday 9 again...(didn't we just play, like, yesterday?)...but here we are, killin' it!

Saturday 9: God Bless America

Unfamiliar with Deanna Durbin's rendition of week's tune? Hear it here.

Memorial Day is the federal holiday designated to honor American service people who died in battle. 

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 in my actual neighborhood, but there are three that I know of within a mile of our house. The number goes up dramatically if you widen it to a 5 mile radius.

2) Andrew Johnson, our 17th President, was in office the first time Memorial/Decoration Day  was celebrated. Have you ever met one of our 45 Presidents?  I shook hands with Bill Clinton once when he made a stop in our town. My son was with me, but he was pretty small. He and my daughter went with my stepdad several years later to meet George Bush.

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?  Nope. I won't be traveling anywhere...except to work. I work all weekend and Memorial Day.

4) Memorial Day kicks off the summer season. What's your favorite picnic food? Deviled eggs. I love those things!

5) As you answer these questions, is there an air conditioner or fan on?  There is. The temperature made it to about 80 today (Friday). Nice outside, but it was pretty warm in the house when I got home from work.

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?  I have several friends who were not born in the U.S.

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.  Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks. It is about cold war Berlin and it was a real eye opener for me. I never realized how tough it was to live on the wrong side of the wall during those times and how high tensions ran. It gave me a better understanding of the atmosphere my dad served in.

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, I haven't and since Hollywood stuff isn't very high on our list of things we'd like to see, I doubt I will ever visit it.

9) Random question: What food did you hate as a child, but enjoy now?  Zucchini. Oddly, I still absolutely loathe eggplant.

Enjoy your Memorial Day celebrations,
but please, be safe...and remember
what it's really all about.

May 23, 2019

Storms, Kitties & Aquaman

'Morning, everyone! It's my day off and guess what? The forecast is for, what else, rain! Actually, the forecast is more of a batten-down-the-hatches-seek-cover-in-an-inner-room-say-your-prayers kind of thing. They are expecting this area to be hit hard this afternoon. Clouds are already building, making the morning dark and gloomy.

Remembering and reflecting on all God does for us strengthens our faith, so this morning with that nasty weather bearing down is a great time to remember and give thanks for all the blessings God has poured out in the last week. ('Course it's a partial list, 'cause ain't nobody got time for the complete list!)

Linking up with Rebecca Jo @ Knit By God's Hand for Thankful Thursday.

This week I am thankful... 

**  that I do not have to fear the storm. I know whose hands I'm in and he is the One who calms the seas with a word.

**  my back didn't keep hurting the way it hurt on Tuesday (but I am still asking about it at today's dr. appointment because while no longer excruciating, it is still bothersome)

**  for the informational insurance meeting at work yesterday. I don't get my insurance through my work, but found out the free programs they were telling us about are available to us through our insurance from Tim's work because, while not the same plan, it's the same provider. We didn't know about any of the programs before and some are very being able to video chat with a live doctor instead of having to try to schedule an appointment for minor things...or having life coaches available to help with any problem you might be having in life from financial planning to mental health issues to how to best take care of aging parents. So very, very cool. And it's all FREE!

**  the bag of Lindt caramel truffles my sweet hubby brought me yesterday. I don't need them, but they mean he thought of me through the day. 

**  for every precious moment with the grands and the extra joy of being able to witness Colton growing up on a daily basis. Yesterday he got a new kitty. He named her "Keke."

**  for all the beautiful flowers! My mock orange bush is blooming and it smells absolutely divine, everyone's Peonies are blooming and they are so big and beautiful this year, the Iris are blooming, the Rhodies are blooming, the Wisteria is blooming. I would love Spring if it wasn't for the rain. And the mud.

**  Aquaman. I'm a little late to this party. We finally watched the movie on Sunday and it was good, but have you seen the man, himself???

Holy, smokin', Toledo!!!!  Aquaman is no longer the lamest superhero on the planet.

**  my cousin-in-law is so accommodating about working around my goofy work schedule (and the fact that I have a million things to take care of on my day off) to get my car inspected. Sometimes it's good to be related to the mechanic.

**  just like always, for each one of you!

Have a blessed and happy Thankful Thursday!

May 22, 2019

Wednesday Medley: Road Trip!

Sitting here in my big, fuzzy winter bathrobe this morning because it's cold enough to make the furnace kick on. What.the.heck. Where did my nice warm weather go? This is also my late start (noon) day so I have the morning to get some things done and, of course, first on the list is celebrating National Road Trip Day the with Terri @ Your Friend From Florida and her Wednesday Medley.

1.  Have you ever done a spur-of-the-moment road trip?  Yes. Tim and I headed out for a long weekend a few years ago to celebrate my 50th birthday.  Where did it take you?  Gettysburg. I hadn't been there in years and Tim had never been there. It was the best trip I think we've ever had. It was just us and with no plan there were no expectations. It was very relaxing. We stopped to investigate anything that caught our eye, so the Flight 93 Memorial, an antique mall, a big "shed" company (they make everything from dog houses to horse barns to log cabins), and Mr. Ed's Elephant Museum. We toured the town and battlefield on the top of a double-decker bus, took in some of the tourist stops in town, and strolled the streets looking in shops. 

2.  If time and money wasn't an issue, what roads would you choose to travel and how long would you be gone?  Easy question! I have long had the dream of driving across the country on U.S. Route 30...originally known as the Lincoln Highway. It was the first cross-country highway and it's naturally on my radar because I live about 1.5 miles from it, but the dream of the trip began as a teenager after I saw the old episodes of I Love Lucy in which Lucy, Desi, Fred, and Ethel drive to California on the Lincoln Highway. Many of the cool, old tourist stops are long gone, but some still remain. I just think it would be a great way to see the country. I'd probably want to throw a drive on Rt. 66 in on the return home, too. How long? I think 2-3 weeks would be okay to hit the highlights. If money was not a problem, I'd make it a whole summer thing and really dig into each place I stopped.
3.  When you go on a long road trip, what snacks and beverages do you take? I usually try to pack a little of everything because you never know what you're going to be hungry for. We usually have a good supply of pop, bottled water, chips (or something crunchy and salty), something sweet (cookies or M&M's), cheese, pepperoni, veggies and dip. It's not only for the car, but for overnight hotel stops. It saves a bunch of money over buying snacks at the hotel.  Do you pack a picnic?  Only if we know we'll be on the road all day and that stops may be few and far between.  Does the back seat turn into a nest?  No, not since the kids are grown and we are on our own. It's usually just where we pile anything we buy that doesn't fit in the trunk.  Oh, and the snacks are back there to keep them handy.
4.  Please tell us about something interesting or strange you have seen on the side of the road.  One of the tourist stops along Rt. 30 that has survived the years, is Mr. Ed's Elephant Museum. It definitely qualifies as one of the strangest places I've ever stopped. It features a big collection of all things elephant, a candy and novelty shop that would make Willy Wonka proud, and a garden full of kind of weird stuff.

Get it?  Jon...Deer.

5.  Who does the driving when you head out in the car?  Usually, it's Tim. He does not like to ride with anyone else driving. If he gets tired enough he will let me drive, but then he goes to sleep. Do you stop in the rest areas along our Interstate highways when you have to use the facilities, or do you choose a fast-food restaurant or gas station instead?  Not TMI... inquiring minds want to know!  It kind of depends. If we're on the interstates, we stop at the rest stops. If we are on smaller roads we stop where we can...small, local restaurants are better than fast food places.
6.  Please share something with us about your week so far.  Yesterday, I took the little dog I bought at Goodwill to work. It is just like the therapy cats we have that cost a fortune, but I paid $10. The idea of them is that, thanks to batteries, they breathe (and the cats purr)...that combined with the weight is calming to some residents when they hold them on their laps. The cats haven't been a big hit, but the dog seems to be. Two or three of the ladies wanted to hold her. They named her Maggie. Not much else is going on this week. I'm off on Thursday and will spend the day running appointment (for the Adipex, but I need to ask about my back since it's giving me grief), car inspection, and I hope, getting the dog groomed. Tim and I are both working the weekend and Memorial Day. I have to. He decided to work since I am. Why not? I get paid double time for the day and he will get double time and a half! Money we can put away for our cruise.

May 21, 2019

10 On Tuesday

Things I wish I had known...

1. That older people aren't exaggerating about their aches and pains. Getting older really hurts at times!

2. What all those cute shoes with no support would do to my feet. 

3. How much earlier financial decisions would matter later in life. 

4. What all those sunburns would do to my skin.

5. To spend more time building a life for me so it would be there when my husband evolved into a workaholic and the nest emptied out.

6. That my current job existed years ago. 

7. About my biological father when I was younger and still wanted to know him.

8. How quickly life goes by. I wouldn't have put off so many things. I would have been more intentional about being in the moment during a lot of things.

9. That being post-menopausal isn't all that bad...except for the constant battle to remove the whiskers from my chin. I have a whole new sympathy for the bearded ladies of circus sideshows.

10. That I would one day appreciate all the things my parents and grandparents tried to teach me.

May 20, 2019


I am...

Reading... Billionaire Blend, A Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle. It's one in a series and I got lucky and found this one I hadn't read at our Goodwill store.

Listening to... the hum of the air conditioner. It's still warm enough for it to kick on, but the cool down is coming...only in the mid 40's by morning.

Loving... that I wore a pair of cute sandals to work today and my feet don't hurt (except for the wicked blister I got).

Thinking... it should be safe to plant the garden this weekend.

Feeling... a little stressed over finances.

Celebrating... my mock orange bush is blooming and it smells heavenly.

Grateful for... a fun day at work.

Weather... perfect. Sunny, 75 degrees, and breezy.

Enjoying... lighter warm weather foods.

A quote I want to share...

May 18, 2019

Sunday Stealing: Unconscious Mutterings

Unconscious Mutterings:  There are no right or wrong answers. Don't limit yourself to one word responses; just say everything that pops into your head.  Thanks to The Gal Herself for the suggestion.

I say ... and you think ... ?

    Hurry!... Up!

    Dumb... Luck

    Fudge... Nuggets (don't judge, it's my own PG-rated curse) 

    Sturdy... Durable

    Printing... Press

    Itch... Scratch

    Creaks... and groans

    Paste... eater

    Waste of time... Facebook

    Let down... your hair

    Cancellation... disappointment

    Suspect... criminal

    Fireplace... screen

    Spring... fever

    Commute... my husband's is too long

    Places... to go

    Fraud... detection

    Adoption... a good way to get a pet.

    Election... Day!

    Moving day... not exactly the "adventure" U-haul promises

Linking up with Bev and the rest of the thieves at Sunday Stealing! Be sure to visit and find links to everyone playing along.

May 17, 2019

Saturday 9: Secret Love

I'm sitting here (late Friday night) listening to the rain on the roof. It is really pouring. I hope that, for once, the weatherman is correct and the rain won't last that long or amount to much. This is my weekend off and I really need to get the grass mown and pull the weeds in the garden and flowerbeds. 

Well, while I'm waiting to find out what the weather will do, I'm linking up with Sam and the gang for the Saturday 9.

Secret Love (1953)

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

Rest in peace, Doris Day (1922-2019)

1) In this song Doris admits she's spoken to the stars, "the way dreamers often do." Do you often daydream?  Not so much these days, but I did when I was younger.

2) What's the last secret you kept? (It doesn't have to be romantic.)  It's apparently been a long time since I've had to keep a secret, because I can't think of one.

3) While "Secret Love" was one of Miss Day's best-selling records, and the song won an Oscar, she did not perform it at the Academy Awards Ceremony. She said she was just too nervous to sing it live before an international television audience and an auditorium full of entertainment professionals. When did you last suffer an attack of nerves?  I'm thinking it must have been last summer when I had the interview for my job. It had been years since I'd last had to endure an interview and my boss is not exactly a warm and welcoming person who puts others at ease. I know I stammered my way through it. Since my boss never seems to act like she thinks I'm all that competent, I figure I got the job because of my connection to my boss in the dementia unit.

4) Doris' well-publicized attack of Oscar stage fright was unexpected because she began her career as a band singer, performing before live audiences every night. But she reportedly did develop more phobias over the years, including a fear of flying. Is there anything that scares you now, as an adult, that didn't frighten you as a child?  I don't think I had a fear of anything happening to my grandchildren back then (nor any thought that I'd one day be a grandparent), but boy, that's a fear now.

5) Doris Day made 39 movies between 1948 and 1968. She said one of her favorite things about filmmaking was working with costume designers on her wardrobe. Do you enjoy shopping for clothes?  Not particularly. I like it better now that I do most of it online.

6) Doris confessed that when she had to lose weight for a role, she gave up ice cream. If we checked your freezer, would we find any ice cream?  Not at the moment and when there is some in there, it's usually my husband's. I'm not that big of an ice cream fan. Even in summer I don't eat that much of it.

7) In 1985 she hosted a cable show called Doris Day's Best Friends. She used the show as a platform to promote pet adoptions and animal welfare. Most of the guests were  celebrity friends who reportedly donated their salaries for appearing on the show to Doris' pet foundation. Did you more recently ask a friend for a favor, or perform a favor for a friend?
  I rarely ask my friends for favors, but I'm always willing to do one for them so I probably did something for one of them.

8) For more than 20 years, Doris co-owned the Cypress Inn in Carmel, CA. The Inn expects to continue on without her, and maintain the pet-friendly policies she introduced. Have you ever traveled with your dog or cat?  No. I'm too worried about taking them far from home and having them get loose and then not being able to find them.

9) Random question: What's the last thing you complained about?  All the rain we've been getting.

May 16, 2019

Thankful Thursday

I'm feeling pretty sleep deprived this morning, which tends to color my outlook...okay, it makes me grouchy and negative. That's why it's a good thing today is the day I link up with Rebecca Jo @ Knit By God's Hand for Thankful Thursday. When I'm at my worst is exactly when I need to take time to reflect on all the blessings in my life. There is no better pick-me-up or antidepressant.

This week I am thankful...

** for all the rain we've had. Really. I may grouse about it a little, but I LOVE how lush and green everything is! My drive to work follows the Loyalhanna Creek and passes through a gorge at one point. As I entered it yesterday, it felt like driving into a rain forest...without all the creepy bugs and snakes.

** for a work place that tries to make things fun and show some appreciation for it's employees. This is National Skilled Nursing Home week (or something like that) and the administration at the home where I work has done something fun each day. Monday they had donuts and bagels for us and we could dress casually. Tuesday was tacos and casual dress. Yesterday they brought a tea cart around with cookies and tea, gave each of us a notebook cover with a notebook and Post-it tabs (it's bright purple, red, and blue and says "We don't do average, we do awesome!") and the casual dress code continued. Today they are having pizza for lunch and we can dress casual plus add crazy socks. Tomorrow there is an ice cream party and we're to wear purple (the home's color).

** for snuggles with Colton last night. He doesn't slow down to do much of that these days so when he cuddled up to watch Toy Story 2, this Nanny was sucking it up!

** for continued conversation with our daughter-in-law about the family tree. She even told me she has a genealogy page on Facebook, which amounts, I guess to being invited to join. That is HUGE progress in our relationship as she unfriended me years ago and even blocked me for a while.

** to have the new Fox and O'Hare novel from Janet Evanovich in my hands. Her son helped write this one and I'm loving it. It is funny...the way the Stephanie Plum novels used to be funny. This one is called The Big Kahuna, just in case you're interested.

** that I have this coming weekend off and it isn't sounding like it will be a washout rain-wise. I really, really need to get some work done in the yard and garden.

** for Alabama's new abortion law and that it challenges the Supreme Court ruling. I pray it does go back before the Supreme Court as the experts seem to think it will. With a conservative Court in place, we may finally see the undoing of Roe vs. Wade.

** that warm temperatures are slowly coming back.

** for each one of you!

There is so much more to be thankful for, but I have to get ready for work. I don't think "I was doing a blog post" is an acceptable reason for being late to work. But wouldn't it be cool if it was? HA!

Have a blessed and thankful day friends!