Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saturday 9

 Saturday 9: The Trolley Song (1944) ... Because Stacey suggested Judy Garland. Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) In this movie clip, just about everyone (except Judy) is wearing a hat. Do you wear hats for fashion, for warmth or for both? I will wear a hat if I am going to be in the sun for a while and a knit hat in cold weather.  Since I usually wear a baseball cap for shade, I can't say I wear hats for fashion.  I don't really look good in hats.
2) This song is from Meet Me in St. Louis, which was a huge hit and the second highest grossing movie of 1944. When is the last time you watched a movie in the theater?  Les Miz, so many years ago, the music, was good.

3) The movie follows the Smith family as their hometown, St. Louis, to prepares to host the 1904 World's Fair. What's the biggest thing happening in your hometown? They have Main Street closed for a carnival this weekend.  Mr BC says it is something to do with Veterans.

4) This week's featured artist, Judy Garland, is best known as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. That movie is shown so often that Sam thinks she may have seen it a dozen times. Is there a movie or holiday special you've seen over and over?

The Big Chill, I have it and I would watch it if it were on, anytime.

5) Judy admitted to being perpetually tardy. Are you usually prompt? Or are you always running late? I tend to promptness and will usually be too early for appointments and such.

6) Judy's first professional performance was a rendition of "Jingle Bells" when she was just two. How old were you when you entered your chosen profession? I wouldn't say banking was a chosen profession, my best friend got me my first job in banking, when I was 22 and I stayed with it, as a path of least resistance.  I hit my stride when
I got into training.
  7) Thinking of "Jingle Bells," here's a wintery question for a hot summer day: What's your favorite carol? I like Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, which was also in this movie.
8) Judy was a very demonstrative person. She enjoyed hugs and admitted that, when she nervous, she took emotional support from physically reaching out. Are you demonstrative? With close friends and family. I really don't like people to move into my 36 inch bubble if I don't know them.  Mr BC saw a Dr at Kansas UMC last week, who would have made me very uncomfortable, because he was in too close, to him before the examination started.
9) She told Barbara Walters that people would be surprised to learn that she was a good cook and specialized in desserts. Do you have a sweet tooth? Oh yes, so sweet!  I love dessert first and best. I brought home a tart from Trader Joe's last week.  I still have one piece left and I will have it for breakfast this morning. (Fri)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday Stealing: The Gal's Meme, Part Two

What did your last text message say? There is an Ikea in Kansas City! Actually it is in Merriam, KS.  DD2 texted back, Really? I need a new couch...Hmmmm.
  Are you someone’s best friend? Tell us about your friendship. Well, other than Mr BC, I have a lot of dear friends, but lately Mr BC and I have been self contained. I have a best friend from High School that I found on Facebook and it was pretty amazing...we talked on the phone for a couple of hours, catching up, and it got to be like we just left each other. That is a cool thing.
  What are you doing tomorrow? Completing paper work for the UC Kansas City, Transplant Center and getting it faxed ASAP.  Mr BCs, Nephrologist, suggested that if we wanted to be considered, we should look into it soon, as, if accepted it could take up to 3years.  He was less than enthusiastic, assuming because of his age...etc. that it might be a longshot that, Mr BC would be accepted.  After testing and conversations all day long, they were pleasantly encouraging, we are not listed yet, but after the paperwork is completed, he will be discussed by the committee. We would have a lot of thinking to do.  It is not a simple procedure.

What do you think of when you think of Australia? Koala bears and kangaroos.  Also lately the internet has been full of pictures of stuff that can kill Australia. 

Last person you talked to on the phone? What about? One of the nurses at the Dialysis center, about his medicine list. I really need to sign him up so we can get medical record our self.  
Any plans today? Do tell.  Not really, Sundays are lazy for us.  
What makes you happy? My grandsons and my puppies.  My spirits are lifted by both.  
What’s your favorite room where you live? My cozy living room and my blackout curtains in the bedroom.  
Biggest annoyance in your life right now? It was fleas, but I got that under control now.  We still have a gnat problem, it's getting better. They aren't fruit flies and I thought they had something to do with the dextrose in Mr BCs dialyses solution.  But yesterday DD2, said she had them as well.  I now that it has something to do with the warm winter we had.....just like the fleas.

Last movie you saw? Review, please. We only stream movies...I saw Our Brand is Crisis. A battle-hardened American political consultant is sent to help re-elect a controversial president in Bolivia, where she must compete with a long-term rival working for another candidate. Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton.  It didn't have the best reviews but it was ok since I wasn't paying for it. DD2 shares HBOgo with us.  It had its comedic moments and the cast was good. Put me in mind of what is probably going on now in the campaigns. The leads were very cynical in what they did as campaign managers, but it had a reasonably happy ending. With Bullock coming out ahead.
If you are jealous of anyone, tell us about it. I don't think so, an answer did not pop into my mind. immediately.  
What is the most serious relationship you’ve had? Mr BC. we did all his evaluation, Friday, our 49th anniversary.

Should anyone be jealous of you? My good marriage, maybe.  
What do you usually do during the work day? Housework, grocery shopping, dialysis procedures...some paperwork,  walking the dogs daily and early, this summer.  TV,  computer, napping....what can I say, I am retired.
  Tell us about someone that you really don’t care for.  One of the members of Mr BCs dialysis....really talks too much.  We roll our eyes every time.

Do you use the phrase “Have a good one” daily? Not really.
  How old do you wish you’d be turning on your next birthday? Why? Well last month I turned 69 and that was okay, maybe start over again at 45 and be retired like I am now. I was still feeling good in my 40's
Do you still like amusement parks? Not really. Tell us about your last trip to one. We went with the boys on their first trip to Disneyland and it was nice, but once is enough. Their folks can take them the next time.

How did you get one of your scars? The one on my foot can still make me, quivver...just thinking about it.  When I was in high school...I didn't keep a clean room.  I had broken a picture frame and did not clean up very well.  A large shard was wrapped up in my dust ruffle and when I was dancing around the room, I stepped on it and it pushed thru the bottom of my foot and out right by the ankle.  I tell the weather with that scar.  I have a couple of microsurgery scars as well.

Will you still love me tomorrow? Sure!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your summer so far? Why?
(1=eh and 10=best summer ever)  

I wish I could give it a I wouldn't sound like a broken record. I have been complaining about the heat since June.  It has been a boring summer, stuck in the house most of the day. 1=eh.

2. July 26th is National Aunts and Uncles Day. Did you have many aunts and uncles growing up? Were you especially close to any one or maybe all of them? Are you an aunt? (or uncle for the men who join here on Wednesdays) Share a favorite memory relating to one of your own aunts or uncles or relating to a niece or nephew who call you Aunt (or Uncle).  

I had Aunts and Uncles and I am an aunt to 2 nieces and 2 nephews. Uncle Bucky was my favorite  .  He was a big gruff teddy bear, who had a story for everything.  When we were younger, he had a big gold front tooth, that I always though was attractive.....???? I wanted to know how to get one. He told me that when he was my age and he lost his front tooth, it came in gold, because he never, ever stuck his tongue in the space.  Of course, I had 2 chances for a gold tooth and was never successful.
My niece Megan was about one and sitting in the highchair eating at our house. Our puppy at the time Tai was a jumper and he was jumping up at Megan making her anxious.  Mr BC yelled NO Tai, and Megan began crying.  It wasn't her he was yelling at, but, she wouldn't have it....She wouldn't smile or go to him until she was about 3 years old. I still tease him that she loves me best.

Megan and Aunt Katie, she still loves me most!

3. What's your favorite food dipped in chocolate? What's your favorite food dipped in cheese? 
I haven't had one for a while but I love chocolate dipped frozen Bananas.  Bread dipped in fondue cheese is great.  I haven't had that for a while either.

4. When were you last astonished by something? Explain. No explanation needed....Trump making it so far in the presidential run-up. I am astonished and dismayed, there is a chance he could win.

5. Surf board, paddle board, ironing board, Pinterest board, score board, clip board, bulletin board...which board have you most recently encountered? I keep some of Mr BCs health information on a clip board, also information on emergency procedures, so that it is close at hand.

 6. What's your favorite story from scripture? Why that story? 
David and Goliath: David, a young boy, kills Goliath, a giant, with a stone, by faith

7. If you were to travel from the east coast to the west coast in your own country, which five cities would you most want to see?
Boston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Anchorage. I've been to San Francisco, but I love it. The other cities would be new to me.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I really like Michele Obama, I think she is a fantastic First Lady, Mother and Human.  It was when my so called Facebook friends started posting mean things about her that I started hiding them.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Surf City-Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Surf City (1963)
... Because Melissa suggested Jan and Dean. Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) When the song was written, "Surf City" was a fictitious town.* Tell us a song that is set in a real place. I left my heart in San Francisco.  I love SF!

2) In the song, Jan and Dean sing about riding around in a 1934 station wagon, which means the car was 29 years old when the song was recorded. How old is your vehicle?

The ones we drive , are 2004 and 2006 respectively.  Mr BC has the British sport cars from the 50's

3) Are you good on a surf board? Never been on one, even though I am a California Girl.

4) When you spend time out in the sun, are you careful about applying sunscreen?  
Oh yes, today is our Car Show for the Greater Ozark British Motoring Clubwe belong to.  I will use lots of sunscreen.

5) Dean's original partner was Arnie Ginsburg. When Dean was drafted into the Army, Arnie didn't feel like waiting so he abandoned show business and went back to college. Today he holds several patents. What is something you wish someone would invent?

I can never remember mine

I wouldn't be afraid, and I would travel

6) Jan was a perpetual student who juggled college with recording. He not only graduated from UCLA, he completed two years of medical school at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. Have you ever considered going back to school? Not any more for a degree, but I enjoy the environment of school.

7) In 1966, Jan was sidelined by a serious car accident. During the years that he was unable to perform, partner Dean became a graphic artist. He designed logos and album covers for Steve Martin, Diana Ross and others. Do you feel you respond most to words, pictures, or music? I would say words and music and pictures. I found this yesterday and posted it to facebook.  I love the passion. 

8) In 1978, CBS made a TV movie about Jan and Dean. If they approached you about a made-for-TV movie of your life, who would you like to play you? Every time I answer this question, my answer is the same. Cathy Bates.

9) Random question:  Growing up, how did you learn about the birds and the bees? (From books/the web, from parents, from your friends...) From books, and movies in school, never discussed it with my parents...but sometimes as friends we would discuss stuff.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday HodgePodge

1. Pokemon Go...your thoughts? Are you playing? Do you even know what it is?
I just heard about it as a news story, last week.  I can understand obsession with games,  with me it peters out after a week or so.  We live in a small town so we don't see the zombies.

2.  What was something you collected as a child? Do you still have that collection? If you're a parent what's something your own children collected? Have you ever camped out, stood in a crazy long queue, or paid a ridiculous sum for a 'collectible'? I collected dolls, I started when mom gave me her Shirley Temple. I didn't collect expensive dolls...mainly reproductions.  They are in a box, packed away. The girls collected unicorns and penguins, respectively.  DD2, would say she collects books. I never did anything crazy for a collectible.

3. 'Collect moments, not things'...tell us about a moment you've added to your collection this summer.
Spending time with my grandsons, is always a moment that I enjoy and remember.  They are wonderful, sweet boys!

4.  What's something collecting dust in your home right now? Any plans to do something about it? Almost any flat surface in my house right now. I need to get busy with a Swiffer one of these days. Especially bad are the blades on my ceiling fans. It is a two man job, I need Mr BC to hold me steady on the ladder.  I get dizzy when I look up.

5. A favorite song relating to time?
If I could save Time in a Bottle.......This song is much to real as I grow older.  We wonder all the time where those two little girls went.

6. What's been your most frightening or your most interesting encounter with wildlife? A rat running across my foot years ago, when we just moved into a house. We had the exterminator in right away. I would love to have an interesting encounter with a koala bear or a panda.

7.  On July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong set his foot down on the moon. If you could travel to the moon would you go? Why or why not?  

I would love to go into space...I think I was born too soon. I think it would be a real adventure.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.   

Things about me this week. Plus I need to dump some things from my files.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday Stealing-A Story Teller's Meme

We Found this gem  from Paula Kumert of the blog "A Story Teller With a Camera". She states that she stole it from Kelly, but that’s as far as we go. It's like doing magic. You can't intrigue if you explain how it's done. Finding the original author of any meme or survey is too much work for this old blogger. So I'll just yell out:
Cheers to all of us thieves!!

1. What are your current obsessions? Sims Medieval, Walmart brand, Boom Boom Cherry ice cream sandwiches, and killing fruit flies.

2. What are you listening to? Nothing in particular, Mr BC and I are very eclectic.

3. Which item from your wardrobe do you wear most often?  
Jeans and a cute tee shirt with little pink flamingos. I also like my capris with little anchors all over them.  I am into prints this summer and I have always liked flamingos.
4. What are you reading? Book four of GOT, A Feast for Crows. I am really slogging through this book...It doesn't seem as readable as the first 3, as not much is going on as in the other books.  I hope 5 is better, if I ever get finished with this one.
5. What’s for dinner? Turkey burgers and french fries.

6. What was the last thing you bought? Groceries.....yesterday along with a set box, of Rubber Maid storage containers.  I am going to toss any that don't have lids, that seems like most of them.
7. Guilty pleasure? Homemade Berry Pie or Cobbler.

8. What training did you get and how do you make a living? Three years of college.  I was a Bankerchick for 27+ years, most of the time riding the Stagecoach. I am now retired. I use to joke that I use to drive the stagecoach.

9. If you could go back in time, knowing what you know now, and choose a different career path, what would you train to do? Veterinary medicine specializing in dogs.
10. What’s your best time of day? Morning before Mr BC gets up....good alone time, not having to be responsible for anything except enjoying the view.

Last Fall
11. Do you like being on a team or are you a solo player? I am and have always been a team player.
12. What’s your favorite way to create art? I loved all the things we created for DD1 wedding. We did the flowers together.  I don't do any thing else, that would be considered art.

13. Name three items in your refrigerator: Almond milk, cantaloupe and a bag of tiny raw carrots.  Based on what I have eaten today.
14. Tell us about your first crush: The older boy (4 years) who lived across the street. I did babysitting for his oldest brother, thinking that might get him to notice didn't. 
15. The first time that I became a boyfriend/girlfriend was with who, when? Mr BC in 1966.  I dated a bit, but no one guy, for very long.

16. Do you remember what you did on your first date? Well with Mr BC we double dated at a drive in and saw The Loved One and Cheyenne Autumn.

17. How did you meet your current (or most recent) girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife? I met Mr BC through a friend of mine, who was engaged to a friend of his. We got married they didn'tThey were the other couple at the movie.
18. How did your first romantic relationship end? Other dating ended so-so, or badly.  I was either too picky or not picky enough.

19. Do you remember your first kiss? Sure, it was Mike Moline and we were in 6th gradeWe went steady for about a week.

 20. What do we still not know about you? I have been doing this meme and Saturday 9 almost since I have been blogging, so there isn't a lot you don't know.  Ask Mr BC....or my kids.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Do you find yourself influencing your world, or is it more the other way around?  
My world is influencing me Our yard is level, but because of the rain and a pesky groundhog, it is soft and as I walk around I step into unlevel areas where he has tunneled.  Between, that and all the fallen branches from storms, it's a real struggle to play ball with Totem and Gwennie.

2. July 14th is National Tape Measure Day...the device was patented on this date in 1868. When did you last use a tape measure? Do you always know where to find one in your house?  
I usually by pants by measure length, but sometimes I have to hem things.  My tape measures are in my sewing box, I also know where to find my yard stick and flyswatters.I
Tell us one way in which you feel blessed 'beyond measure'.
I have reasonably good health.  It would probably be better if I lost some weight, as we all probably need to do.  I have to take care of Mr Bankerchick so it is important, that I stay healthy.

3.The Plaza Hotel (Eloise), The Land of Oz (The Wizard of Oz), Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia), The Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh), Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), or Never Never Land (Peter Pan)...which storybook land (on this list!) would you most like to visit and why?  
I think the Land of OZ.  I read many of them when I was younger and the books were so magical.  Of course I watched the movie when it was re-released at theaters and every time it was on the TV.

4. Where and when do you get your best ideas? Usually when I am doing housework, especially the dishes. Any time I am doing solitary work and have a chance to think.

5.  So what have you been watching on TV this summer? Anything good? 
I love all the Sunday night Morse mystery spinoff shows on PBS.  Endeavor, was good,  Inspector Lewis's final season is coming up, in August. Sunday nights are wonderful.

6. 'Don't swim for an hour after you eat', 'Dog days of summer', 'Knee high by the Fourth of July'...choose a summer saying from the list or share one of your own, then tell us what image or memory comes to mind when you hear it spoken. 
Here in MO, Dog days of summer apply all the time.
7. In a single sentence, sum up one life lesson you've learned. 
 When you're cooking, clean up as you go works with life too.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 
I have a confession to make....I downloaded Sims Medieval and spent all day on Sunday playing.  It is all about building a kingdom by making interesting Quests.  I am not as obsessed by it as I was on Sunday, but I play it for a while every afternoon, while Mr BC is taking a nap.  The music is very good, and Patrick Stewart amusingly narrates, while the game is loading.