March 18, 2017

Saturday 9: Alone Again (Naturally)

Saturday 9: Alone Again, Naturally (1971)

Not familiar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1. Friday was St. Patrick's Day, March 17th! Did you celebrate with green beer or a green milkshake? 

No, I didn't.  I'm not a big fan of either.  I did wear green and my family celebrates our Irish heritage every year by gathering for a dinner of corned beef, potatoes, and cabbage. YUM!

2. Did you remember to wear green?

Oops...answered that one ahead of time.  I did.  I even wore an Irish Princess tiara.  The reason for that is that the K-4 and kindergarten girls on my bus have been wearing tiaras and playing "princess" since they came back from Christmas break.  They always make me the wicked queen.  So, yesterday I wore my tiara and told them I was being the princess.  They weren't having it.  I was still the queen...though they did leave the "wicked" off.  LOL  They crack me up.

3.  What color do you look best in? 

My husband and I disagree on this.  He likes me in pink (ick!) and I like to wear black, brown, green, orangish-gold.

4. This week's featured artist, Gilbert O'Sullivan, was born in Waterford, Ireland. Waterford is famous for Waterford Crystal. Do you have glassware that you save for special occasions?

When we were first married there was a company that used to come to your home and demonstrate cookware, china, flatware, and crystal (Hey, it was the 80s!).  I really, REALLY wanted a set of china they had that was a gorgeous autumn pattern, but one, my parents had gifted us with service for 12 when we got married and two, I couldn't even begin to afford it.  So, in typical 80s fashion, I got 12 champagne flutes instead.  I was able to finance them and make payments because they cost $65 per flute!  My husband and I use them once in a great while, but most everyone else is afraid to use them.

5. This week's featured song includes the line, "To think that only yesterday I was cheerful, bright and gay." How were you feeling yesterday?

Happy and content with life.  It was Friday, it was St. Patrick's Day, and I got to spend a lot of time with my daughter and grandson.  I hadn't seen him since Sunday and it seemed like he'd grown so much!  He has his first cold, but he's still a pretty contented baby.

6. It begins with reference to a wedding that didn't quite come off because the bride left the groom at the altar. When were you most recently at church? Was it for a holiday service, a regularly scheduled service, a special event (a wedding or baptism)?

It's been a while.  I don't attend a traditional church since the split at the last one.  I am not a fan of church politics and the other garbage that we flawed humans bring to church.  I have been attending a home fellowship (we meet in someone's home).  We meet once a week (or more) and are modeled after the first-century church.  We have a teacher, but it's not really preaching and we can ask questions and talk about stuff.  We have some amazing discussions.  The Thursday before Easter we will get together and prepare an entire middle eastern meal.  We'll eat it that night, have communion, and a teaching on Christ.  We often have a lot of guests for this event.

7. In 1971, when this song was popular, Malibu Barbie was a big seller for Mattel. This doll had a perpetual tan. For a human to achieve this, a tanning bed or self tanner is usually required. Have you used either method to give yourself a tan?

I tried self-tanning back in the 70s when they hadn't quite ironed the kinks out and it tended to leave you orange and streaky.  I haven't tried it since.  I've never bothered with a tanning bed since the reality is my fair, freckled skin does not tan.  It just gets more freckles and burns.

8. In March, 1971, James Taylor appeared on the cover of TIME magazine. What's your favorite James Taylor song?

9. Random Question: What word or phrase do you hear yourself saying too often?

It's got to be something along the lines of "Stop it!  Sit down.  Stay in your seat."  I sometimes wish there was a recording on the bus and I could just push a button to have it repeated over and over because I get tired of repeating it so often.  (Kids today just do not listen to authority very well and it seems to get worse as time goes on.)

That's it for now.  Enjoy, and please, pop over to the SATURDAY 9 blog and join in the fun.  I will catch up with you all later.  For now I am off to have a mammogram done.  Fun, fun.


  1. Love the tiara!

    I'm white as a sheet of paper, too. I burn, I hurt, I peel. Which is why, when I visit the ocean, I like to walk the beach and wade in to my knees. If I'm wearing shorts and a t-shirt, less skin to burn, hurt and peel.

  2. Ditto, but I have that whole shark fear going on so I don't even make in to my knees.

  3. I'm not a fan of pink either.
    I also love the tiara!

  4. That tiara is awesome!!! I'd hold on to that one :)

  5. Wow, the wicked queen. I'd have never guessed that one. But I love the photo.

    1. Well, I guess it's better than being a frog, which is what they've decided all the boys are.

  6. I LOVE THE TIARA!!! My students would absolutely love it if I wore something like that--I'll have to look for one!

    I tried self-tanner once. Once was enough.

    1. I found the tiara at Big Lots. I think it cost less than $2.

  7. Your tiara suits you! The little kids are the greatest, except when they are being brats, that is. ;-)
    I used to attend a very tiny and sweet old Methodist Church, and we had lovely discussions about all things biblical. A Church is the people, two or more is all it takes,eh?

    1. Thank you, and yes....they can be brats when they want to. The little boogers!

      I have come to the conclusion that it tends to be the building that is the problem in most cases. The early church met in homes or whatever space was available. As soon as there is a physical church property then you have to start having committees to take care of it and make decisions and it costs money and then after a while you get those who start to feel ownership and don't like you changing anything unless they say so or they want to control the ministry decisions. I've seen it happen time and time again. :(

  8. Oh princess, your tiara is a hoot! :)

    Your home fellowship sounds really nice. I, too, have grown so weary of politics in the church.


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