Saturday, April 16, 2016

Saturday 9-Brilliant

Saturday 9: You're Beautiful (2005)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? 

 Hear it here

1) The first line is of this song is, "My life is brilliant." Using one word, describe your life.  "True." 

2)  This is about a chance encounter between strangers in a crowd, specifically the subway. What "crowded place" were you most recently in? On my trip to London last fall, recent. Victoria Station at 5 pm on a Friday night.  Just getting to the escalator going down, was a mob.  By the way, Phil Sayer, 62, whose voice was heard on most of the automated PA systems on railway stations across the UK, died on Thursday. Mind the Gap

3) Near the very end of this song, James Blunt sings, "It's time to face the truth." Do you believe you face things head on? Or do you tend to deny or put off the unpleasant? I tend to put off unpleasant things.

4) James Blunt went to an all-boys school. Some educators recommend single-sex classrooms because they maintain girls just naturally approach subjects like math and science differently than boys do. Do you agree? 
I don't think I would have liked going to an all girls school, but it is probably true.

5) Blunt put his father in charge of his finances. Income taxes are top of mind for many of us this time of year. Do you do your own taxes? Or do you go to an accountant or tax preparation service? I do it using Turbo Tax. Sending it off this weekend, we always owe.  *See Procastination.

6)  In 2005, the year this song was a hit, the sitcom How I Met Your Mother was also popular.  Do you know how your parents met? 
Yes, New Years Eve 1945, My Mom's cousin dated my Dad's cousin and they fixed the two of them up. It was love at first sight for them. They stayed out all night and married in June of 1946.

7) 2005 is also the year Tom Cruise famously jumped on a sofa. Do you remember where he did this?   On the Oprah Show.  I didn't see it when it happened, and really didn't care.

8) 2005 was also the year YouTube really took off. What's the last video you watched? Something on Facebook, I'm sure. Probably something Corgi related.

9) Random question ... Which of these high profile jobs would you enjoy more: head of General Motors, CEO of Apple or president of the New York Yankees?

CEO of Apple, because it would mean that I am very smart about computers and programming, I'd have the most amazing blog with all kinds of bells and whistles.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday Fragments

Mr BC has switched over to a dialysis cycler, from manual dialysis.  It has made our days available to us again, because he sleeps through the night while it works its magic instead of doing it several time in 4 hour chunks..  Yesterday, we ran errands and had lunch out, at Panera, for the first time. I liked it.  I had a Thai chicken salad.

Spring is here, there are still blossoms on the redbud but the forsythia is leafed out green. Did you know redbud blossoms grow directly out of the bark of the tree?  I didn't.  I still have some bulbs that will blossom, though most have come and gone.  I was worried about a dry spring, but there are more storms to come on the weekend and next week.

Gwennie is afraid of thunderstorms, and spends the duration in the shower,  She can get quite wet if the shower has been in recent use.  I got a good sized teak bathmat?? to keep her up off the floor of the shower and less damp.  She seems to think the shower is more secure, than under the bed where she is most of the time.

We are preparing the RV for our trip to CA.  Have an appointment for servicing on Friday.  When we had some work done last a provider, not to be mentioned. We paid quite a lot and the electrical...when switched to DC....quit working, and that made it hard to refrigerate while driving.
The guy told Mr BC to try something, that might work, but we still have a drip from the air conditioner and the servicing to be done.

I think I mentioned before we are getting a park, not far from where we live.  The entrance will be right on old Route 66 and we right down the street about 3 blocks.

Caшa has gone to Belgrade with his Daddy on his yearly spring trip to the University of Belgrade.  Лука is now in school and this does not coincide with his daddy's trip, so now it is the little one's chance to travel with daddy to Serbia and visit with family.  He is having a good time with his daddy, family and their kids. We get pictures almost every day.  The both boys were there for Orthodox Christmas in Jan.  Лука is having a great time too....Mama took him to the USS Iowa in San Pedro, for a day's adventure. 

He is a Lefty.....good try!

Saturday, April 09, 2016

That's What Friends are For-Saturday 9

Saturday 9: That's What Friends Are For (1985)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) This week's song is performed by an all-star quartet: Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder. You have your choice: which of these four would you most like to see in concert? 
I would really like to see Elton John, he is such a crazy talent.

2) Dionne Warwick was Whitney Houston's cousin. Name a Whitney Houston song.  The Greatest Love of All.

3) Gladys Knight owns a chain of chicken and waffle restaurants around Atlanta. When you have waffles, what do you top them with? (Powdered sugar? Butter? Syrup? Fruit?)
When I eat Eggos, I spread PB and maple syrup.  Those are the only waffles I eat.

4) Elton John has turned his bad eyesight into a hobby, claiming that over the years he has purchased well over than 200,000 pairs of glasses. Do you wear glasses? If so, how many prescription pairs do you own? 
I currently have only one pair of prescriptions, they are blue frames. I really need to visit the eye doctor and get new glasses.

5) Stevie Wonder has a scar on his nose from a 1973 car crash. Have you ever been in a car accident? 
I was hit by a drunk driver when we lived in CA.  We were moving and were taking a load to our new house. On the way back, Mr BC was following me on the 10 freeway he had DD1 with him and I had DD2 with me, asleep in the back seat, it was late after 10pm.  The driver clipped me in the rear bumper and my car spun across all the lanes and I stopped facing oncoming traffic.  Since Mr BC was behind me he put on his flashers and slow the traffic so no one hit me.  It was very scary but we weren't hurt.  

6) Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager were married when they wrote this. Do you know a husband and wife who work together? 
My mom and dad worked together.  He was an attorney and she was his legal secretary.  It always surprised me that they worked together so well. 

7) This song celebrates friendship through good times and bad. Tell us about a happy time you recently shared with someone close to you. When my BFF from high school found me on Facebook, I called and had a 3 hour phone call just like we did in high school.

8) Now share a time when you were there for a friend through a tough time. Too many years, too many friends. I am a pretty good friend....though.

9) Random question: When is the last time you were out of breath?
When Mr BC was ill, one of his problems was shortness of breath even after the hospital stay. We had to jump thru hoops to get home oxygen from medicare. For a couple of weeks when he breathed hard, I was deep breathing right along with him.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Acting the Fool-Wednesday Hodgepodge

  1. What are two or three expectations you have of yourself? I am not sure what this question is all about.  At my age I am glad to wake up every morning, feeling okay. 

2. In what way does your outdoor space need sprucing up this spring? We need to get rid of some hackberry bushes that are growing in the front of the house. Some pruning and some planting around the front steps.

3. According to this site (Roadtrippers), six of North America's most wondrous waterfalls are-Webster's Falls in Ontario, Upper Whitewater Falls in North Carolina, Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon, Multnomah Falls in Oregon, The Lower Yellowstone Falls, and Niagara.  Have you seen any on the list? Which one on the list would you most like to visit? Prettiest waterfall not on the list that you've seen in person? I have seen the Yellowstone falls and they are beautiful. I would love to see the Yosemite Falls in spring again.  The last time we were there, was in August, and it was a trickle.

4. Looking back, what's something you wish you'd done as a teenager? I wish I had better self-esteem, I think I would have expressed my self out loud, if I had been as outspoken as my girls.

5. Ham...yes please or no thank you? If you said yes please which of the following do you like best-baked ham with all the trimmings, a ham and cheese sandwich, prosciutto with melon, a ham biscuit, a bowl of split pea and ham soup, or a slice of pizza topped with ham and pineapple? NO, I don't like ham, Sam I am.

6. Are you typical of your generation? How so? I am a Baby Boomer and fairly typical. I grew up in the 50's. Wikipedia's definition: 
  • Key characteristics: experimental, individualism, free spirited, social cause oriented.
It goes on to say: Starting in the 1980s, the boomers became more conservative, many of them regretting the cultural changes they brought in their youth. 

 I don't  necessarily agree with this statement. I am much more liberal than, say, Mr BC who was a war baby, and his cohorts here in the midwest. I just don't vocalize it, which has always been my problem, see question #4. 

7. April rolls in at the end of the week, and in keeping with that theme...'act the fool', 'nobody's fool' 'a fool's errand', 'could have fooled me'...which foolish idiom most recently applies to you? I am nobody's fool, as regard to Donald Trumps politics.  And he has fooled me regarding his staying power in the GOP, I have been saying....this will be his downfall....several times during his campaign. And to my dismay....he comes back.  I just said it again this morning! I don't think it will be true. This has been a election period that could change the US, not for the good, because it is so ugly.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. Enough seriousness, some puppies for your pleasure the last 2 are pictures of my silly Gwennie.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Lucky Me-Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What do you think about luck? I often say...that was lucky or what a lucky person...but I don't really believe in good luck or bad luck.  I think it is about timing or chance, good decisions or bad decisions.  We are more in charge of our good or bad 'luck' than we would think.

2. Not counting your own backyard, what's a favorite green space in your town, city, or state? We are to get a new park soon...Hooterville, just got some grants...It will have walking trails and such....and will be within close walking distance to our house.  Right now l love to go to King Jack Park in Webb City it has ponds, Canadian geese, and walking trails...the dogs love it.  Another place that is nice, is our local cemetery, it is old and very quiet and pretty and we often see wildlife there as well. Some wild turkeys flew away one time, when we were there.  There is one old tombstone that a tree has grown around it, we also have some graves from the GAR.

3. How do you make your life more complex than it needs to be? My memory is not as sharp as it was....also I don't open my mail as frequently, as I should.

4. I read here the three places you should visit with friends. They are-New York City, Hawaii, and Amsterdam (rent a bike, walk along the canal, visit one of their world class museums). I felt the need to expound on that one. Moving on...Of the three places listed which would you most like to visit with friends? What's one place not on the list you think should be visited with friends? Probably New York City...I have never been and would appreciate going with someone who has been there.  I would love to go to Savannah, GA. It has been on my list since I saw Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

5. What's the last live performance you saw? On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being best) how would you rate it? Willie Nelson and a 10 for him, but a 6 or 7 for the venue. I was in the ballroom/showroom of one of the nearby Indian casinos and we sat in regular chairs lined up in rows, like a conference.  Not comfortable.

6. March 14th is National Potato Chip Day. Are you a fan? Your favorite flavor? Besides potato, what's your favorite chip type of snack? Chip snacks are to salty tasting to me, lately...not to mention salt is not good for you.  In old days, I like regular flavored chips.  Now I bake tortillas and break them up with dip.  No excess salt.

7. What rule is most important in your home? Be nice to my dogs....I love them more than I like you.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. Well we voted today, (Tuesday afternoon) as I sit here, I still don't know for sure, who I think is the less of all the evils. I know there are people, even other politicians, who could do a better job than the slate of Republicans and Democrats, Mr BC and I had to chose from today. I didn't want to, but I really had to vote...or else I can't complain. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sunday Stealing-Healthy

Healthy Meme
Stolen from: Love me some surveys

When was the last time you got a nose bleed? It has been a long time. 
Do you keep magazines by your toilet? No

If you were a waiter/waitress, would you make good tips? Probably not, I tend toward dropping everything now days.
Have you ever stolen a road sign or traffic barrier? Never! Mr BC and a friend once snagged the keys out of a police car that was left with the motor running at a bar back when he was a wild and crazy guy.  We still have those somewhere. 
What are the best kind of Girl Scout cookies? I like the short bread cookies.
When was the last time you purchased alcohol?  I bought some rubbing alcohol the other day....does that count?
Do you find it attractive when a guy actually shows his feelings? Yes, that is one of the things I noticed about Mr BC.

Are you a fussy eater? When I get on the scale.....I realize that I couldn't possibly be fussy. My dog is the fussy eater in our house.
List everything you ate and drank today: A cup of coffee and a chocolate cookie so far.  It is early and as I mentioned I am not fussy.  I have a bowl of cereal with my name on it for breakfast.
How are you sitting?  I have been sitting a lot all week....rain every day....right now I am leaning on one hip as my sitter is sore. I am going to lie down on the couch for a nap later. 
Waiting for something? The rain to stop.
Do you like pretzels? They are OK.
Do you wait until you’ve completely finished a certain makeup product before you buy a new one? I only use lipstick, anymore.  I usually only have one color in my purse, so if I lose or misplaced it I have to buy again. I lost my one and only favorite somewhere in I have a Parisian lip stick right now and it is almost gone.  
Did you wake up before 8:00 a.m. this morning? Yep, six o'clock....I mean seven o'clock.  Spring forward.

Have you ever told anyone you were okay when you really weren’t? Of course. I keep telling everyone that, since Mr BC got sick.  I haven't always meant it. It has been hard.
Do you have reason to cry right now? No. I really am OK. Mr BC is so much better, he is driving again.

How many sodas a week do you have? I usually have a Sierra Mist in the afternoon. 
Do you shop at Victoria’s Secret? No.  More like, Lane Bryant.  They have good bras there in Big Girls sizes.
Are you into sports? No 
Can you easily touch your toes? No...
What did the last shoes you wore look like? Athletic shoes with my orthotic in it....I am such an old lady.
What do you currently hear? The Sunday Show, it is all about firearms this morning and there is a lot of gun shots.
Have you ever done yoga? Once upon a time when I didn't hurt so much.

Do you text a lot? I text only to my kids as that is one way I am certain to get an answer right away.
Do you have a fax machine at home? Yes, right now it isn't working because we don't have a land line. The house phone line is wireless and I am waiting for the contract to end so I can get it back working.  For some reason the fax part doesn't work wirelessly and of course since it isn't working I have had even more fax issues than I might normally have.
Do you know anyone who has diabetes? Oh yes.
Have you ever had to block anyone online? I want to hide people on FaceBook right now because of the election.  We have a primary this Tuesday.

Are you afraid of thunder and lightning? Not afraid, but sometimes it is really loud and makes me jump.  It is time for thunderstorms and tornadoes here in Missouri and I do fear tornadoes.  
Are you a shop-a-holic? Mr BC says yes...laughing...but not really.
Are you healthy? For my age, I am generally healthy, but I have my share of aches and pains.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

14514.9558 Kilograms - Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Sixteen Tons (1955)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here

14514.9558 in Kilograms
1) 16 tons = 32,000 pounds, because there are 2,000 lbs. to a ton. Without looking it up, do you know how many ounces are in a pound?  16 oz to a pound. We have a scale that weighs Mr BC in kilograms, as that is how the kidney center wants his statistics....all metric.  One thing that is miraculous is that the kidney center has supplied most of the things we need for his dialysis.  I know that Medicare and his excellent insurance pays for it, but it is nice that we haven't had a lot of extra money going out because of his health issues.  That is why we have a scale that can weigh in kilograms.  That is 2.2 pounds to a kilogram. 

2) The singer describes himself as having "a mind that's weak and a back that's strong." Think about yourself. Which feels more powerful today, your body or your brain? Definitely, at my mind is a tad  stronger than my body. Actually it is about equal.  I am not as strong at anything, important, now days. 

3) The poor chap in this song has money troubles. Are you good at sticking to your budget?  Better than most, not as good as some.  

4) Tennessee Ernie Ford snapped his fingers as he recorded this song. It's been said that while it's possible to snap your fingers of both hands, the noise is louder with your "dominant hand." (So if you're a rightie, the finger snap will be louder with your right hand.) Try it yourself. Did you find this to be true? It makes I mentioned before not much of me is strong any more. Plus my arthritis....Strong it is! 

5) Mr. Ford appeared as "Cousin Ernie" in three episodes of I Love Lucy. What's your all-time favorite sitcom? Along the vein of Cousin Ernie, I will stop to watch the Andy Griffith Show any time I am switching channels.  When I was in Roanoke, a few years ago, traveling for the bank, one weekend, I visited Mt Airy, North Carolina, Andy's home town and the inspiration for Mayberry.  It was very nostalgic.  I remember watching the Tennessee Ernie Ford Show. as a family, every week when I was a kid.  He was very funny!

6) Tennessee Ernie took the money he made from his performing career and invested in a California cattle ranch. Think back to the last beef your ate. How was it prepared? I still have a real hamburger every once in a while. Sometime, if I am out for dinner I will have beef....since we eat only fish or chicken at home.

7) Mr. Ford passed away at age 72 in 1991. That year, Dr. Seuss also died. What's your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Oh, the Places You'll Go.  It is a favorite graduation gift....with a check tucked inside.

8) Gene Roddenberry also died that year. Mr. Roddenberry is best known as the creator of Star Trek. Who is your favorite Star Trek character? I am a bit of a Star Trek fan. If you search my labels, you will find a number of posts all about the shows.  We just watched a show on Roku, on PBS all about how prescient the creators of the show, were about the science fiction that is now or will be science fiction. Plus I loved the future of the 23rd Century. I liked Jean Luc Picard, he is my favorite character.

 9) Random question: We're having smoothies. What's your favorite? I got a single is actually about 2 servings....blender to make Mr BC smoothies. My favorite is Chocolate-peanut butter, made with PB2. When he didn't have much of an appetite, while he was so ill, I made him one protein smoothie-shake almost every day.  Other than having to do peritoneal dialysis every day, he is almost fit as a fiddle. We are hoping to go to CA in the RV this Spring.