Saturday, October 29, 2016


Saturday 9: Tubular Bells (1973) Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) According to Reader's Digest, The Exorcist is the scariest movie of all time. Have you seen it, and if so, did it scare you? 
I read the book before the movie and it actually scared me more than the movie did....but it was scary enough.
2) The Exorcist has been made into a TV series on Fox, premiering last month. Have you become a fan of any of the season's new shows?  
I did not care for the TV show, but I do like some of the new shows.  I like Designated Survivor, the best of all of them so far.
3) "Tubular Bells" is a popular ringtone for both Android and iPhone. What's your ringtone? An old telephone ring...not very creative.
4) As Halloween approaches, do you watch more scary shows and movies? 
I am not really fond of horror, but I do like a good thriller or mystery.
5) Do you have any recurring nightmares? 
I had the same dream over and over when I sold Mom's house 15 years ago. She had come back and was upset because someone else was living in her house. I was upset, that I had thought she was dead and could not explain why I thought that, to her.  Over the years it got worse, because, my dad came back and and they had no where to live. It was variations of that dream, and I would wake up very unsettled.  I haven't had it for a long time now.  When I dream about them now, they are happier dreams, and not guilt filled. Now that I am retired, I just have work dreams, and I am not getting paid anything for the trouble.
6) Have you carved a jack o' lantern this year? No, but I have had a lot of pumpkin spice coffee, biscotti, a pumpkin pie poptart...Does any one want the rest of the box? There is a lot of pumpkin spice out there.

7) Do you like the taste of pumpkin seeds? I have never had any.
8) What will the trick or treaters who knock on your door get? I have another bag of Snickers, just in case, we actually have a trick or treater. I could finish that off this weekend and no one would be the wiser.

9) A Halloween "let's pretend:" Back in the 1950s, a home in your neighborhood was the site of a gruesome murder/suicide. Relatives retained ownership of the house but declined to live there. During the ensuing decades, a legend grew: The tragic couple haunts the halls. Generations of schoolchildren insist they heard strange sounds and saw curtains often move mysteriously. Now the house is about to be demolished. A local charity is raising money by sponsoring a Halloween sleepover. Would you be willing to stay in this haunted house over night?   
As long as other people would be there.  I don't believe in ghosts, but you can't be too careful. If it is a sponsored event, the planners might have some scares in store for the people brave enough to stay.  I'll keep my running shoes on, thank you!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins and My Friday Fragments
I am trying to post a little more often, and since some of my blog friends post here, I thought I would add Fridays back to my posting, with Friendly Fill-Ins. *I'm not sure what is going on with this post, it won't correct the font sizing.

Week 25: October 28, 2016

1. The first thing I check when I go online is:  The news on the Yahoo home page.  I use to go to Yahoo games and play several word games, I liked, but the game page has been discontinued.  Or, if I have a post on my blog the previous day, I will go and check the comments.  Then I check my e-mail.

2. My signature dish is:  Chicken enchiladas and guacamole.  Mr BC and I first lived here, in Hooterville, in 1968, when he was going to college. Every time I went to CA to see my folks I always filled the suitcase with the ingredients for tacos and enchiladas as I could not find them here.  Tortillas were actually sold in a can???  This time around the ingredients can be found in grocery stores. But, I still haven't found a Mexican restaurant that I can recommend.

3. My Halloween night is usually: Very quiet,  we never have trick or treaters, even though the first year, I decorated and I leave a light on.  We live in town, but we are the only house on our block with a field across the street, so kids north of us stay in their development and other kids don't make it to our house.

 4. Trick or treaters:  May not come, since, I don't decorate any more and it is kind of dark on our block..  I always have a bag of candy, just in case.  I notice they concentrate on Main Street because of the better lighting. There are also several alternative Trick or Treating in the area, which is think is safer.

I still like to do Friday Fragments, even though the host discontinued it several months ago.  Some Fridays, I forget, but, I thought I would tack it on here today. Click on the Friendly Fill button above to join in the fill in fun.
I recently found a bag of Chocolate Covered Cherry coffee at Big Lots, brought it home and it was great...I went back to get some more a few days later, and they were sold out, I did try the blueberry cobbler and it was just OK. Big Lots is just like Ross or TJ Max, if you see something you like get it NOW or it will be gone if you go back.

I am currently hooked on an Australian series  Offspring, on Netflix.  I would watch it straight through if Mr BC would let's sort of a chick fiick.  I watch it, while he is taking his nap in his chair and can usually get through 2 before he wakes up.  There are 6 seasons all together.

                                             This kid is Awesome

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge At Home

1. Besides your very own house, describe a place where you feel most 'at home'? This sounds a little strange, and I wish Mr BC did not have kidney issues, but he does, and every one who we have contact with, at the dialysis clinic seems like family. Since the time we first had to visit, for the training, for the monthly blood tests and the check in with the doctors, nutritionist+, social worker and nurses, we have felt that this was a second home, and not just a medical facility. 

2. When did you last 'hit a home run' with something? Explain. I use panko crumbs to bake 'fried' chicken and 'fried' fish.  Mr BC eats a lot of both, but shouldn't eat fried foods, he loves it for dinner.

3. Tell us about something you love in your house or kitchen that is 'homemade'. I have a few crocheted and knitted afghans, that my mother, Mr BCs  mother and DD2 have made for us.  They are used a lot in the living room this time of year. I alway think of them as I cozy up with the covers.
4. 'A man's home is his castle'...which of the world's ten most captivating castles (according to The Travel Channel) would you most like to visit and why-

Mont Saint-Michel (France), 
This would be a wonderful visit.
Edinburgh Castle (Scotland), Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany), Glamis Castle (Scotland), Windsor Castle (England), Chateu de Chambord (France), Hampton Court Palace (England), Prague Castle (Prague), St. Michael's Mount (England), Leeds Castle (England), and Swallow's Nest 
I have been to Windsor and Hampton Court Palace. Last September we visited England and since it was Mr BC's first trip, I took him back to Windsor Castle, we also saw Buckingham Palace for the first time and I believe that I prefer Windsor. I especially enjoyed Queen Mary's Doll house exhibit.
Henry II constructed the Round Tower and the original stone outer wall.
St George's Chapel, unfortunately was closed (Sunday) so Mr BC was unable to see Henry the 8th's tomb.  But we had seen a lot of those in Westminster Abbey.
This is Henry 8th crest over a gateway arch.

I visited Hampton Court on my previous visit, I loved this tour.  So much history!  This is the gate house entrance.
William and Mary demolished much of the Tudor palace and rebuilt the Palace in the Baroque Style. George 1 and George ll were the last monarchs to live in the palace.

5. What's a recent or upcoming plan or project that's required you do a little homework before getting started? Did the homework cause you to abandon your plan or adjust it in some way? Well our trip last year was a good example of doing my homework. I pretty much planned the trip myself.  We went with a tour group, but had several days to plan on our own.  We made some changes, as of course, I crammed too much in a short period of time. Too much to see, too little time. We research all of our travel plans, and then hope we get to do at least half of what we plan.
6. In your opinion, is homework an unnecessary evil or a valuable practice? Should schools be done with homework? Why or why not? I think that busy work homework, is not particularly effective.  I think that reading and book reports are a good introduction to future papers and essays. I think that each teacher in school assigning several hours of homework each day, without taking into account, other teacher's assignments, can be overwhelming to some students and families. I am glad I don't have to make the decisions.
7. Share a favorite memory of your childhood hometown. We live in a town in California, that had a Mission. While we were not catholic, there were all sorts of festivals and such that were a lot of fun. In 4th grade in CA, everyone studies missions, so there was a field trip in school as well, as a mission building project.
San Gabriel Mission
8. Insert your own random thought here.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Saturday 9: Can't Stop the Feeling! (2016)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This is an upbeat, positive song. Are you feeling upbeat and positive right now?  Yes

2) Justin Timberlake is a good dancer. And why not? In this song, he sings he has "good soul in my feet." Consider your own dancing talent and compose your own lyric: I have lots of toe tapping in my feet.

3) In the video, there's dancing in the laundromat. Do you have dirty clothes in the hamper, or are you all caught up with your laundry? No, I have dirty clothes in my laundry....I do it on Saturday and Sunday, a hangover from my working days. 

4) There's also dancing in the supermarket. What do you need to pick up at the store? Salad dressing, we won a gift card recently to a store that I don't shop, except for a sugar free, fat free dressing that Mr BC really likes.....very low calorie and tasty. Promised that I would use the card to stock up.

5) This song will appear in the upcoming Dreamworks Trolls movie. Some people believe Troll dolls are good luck. Do you have a good luck charm? Not really...Mr BC has some lucky shirts and pants. 

6) Justin Timberlake loves to dunk Oreos in milk. Crazy Sam thinks this is all wrong -- the way to eat an Oreo is to twist the two halves apart and lick the cream first. Which method do you prefer, Justin's or Sam's? I don't prefer either...I am not fond of Oreos.  I know....sacrilege!

7) Justin admits to some fashion fails. He and Britney Spears wore matching denim outfits that he regrets, and he's sorry he ever tried cornrows. What about you? Can you think of a look you thought was cool at the time, but now it makes you shudder? I had a really curley, afro-like permanent in 1978. It was the only hair do, that Mr BC vocally disliked.

8) He is a very good golfer. When were you last on the golf course? I took golf for a semester in college.  I never picked up a club after the final exam. 

9) Random question: Think about your romantic involvements. Were you in love with one of them, some of them, or all of them? Only in love with Mr BC.  I must admit I was infatuated with one guy when I was younger...but it was one sided. Most of, the few guys I dated, more than a couple of times


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge with an Aura

  1. What would you say is your strongest sense? My sense of smell has not diminished as I have grown older it seems to be as strong as ever.  My hearing is poorer than it was, though Mr BC says I am not hard of hearing, rather hard of listening.  I can tune things out well.

2. Do you believe in the idea of a 'sixth sense'? Why or why not? I suppose it might exist.  I have never known someone who has it.  My cousin claimed it and maybe she did, she read people's auras and such.  I really don't know, she was very sincere she passed away last year.

3. When do you most feel like a slave to time? Explain. I guess we are all a slave to time as our lives are passing by too quickly.  I have never really felt that I was a slave to time but I am realistic when I say that my time is getting shorter. 

4. Have you ever worked in a restaurant? How would you rate the experience? If you could own a restaurant what kind would it be? I have never had that particular experience, although I once worked in a convalescent hospital handing out trays and emptying the dishwasher.  I don't think I would want to own a restaurant, I do like Mexican food.

5. Ever traced your family tree? Share something interesting you learned there. I am on and I have traced some of my side back to the late  1700's.  We have been here a while, as so far, I have not traced anyone back to immigration. I am going to get Mr BC a DNA test for a gift one of these days.

6. What did your childhood bedroom look like? It was yellow, with cute curtains that my mother made.  When I was younger I shared with my brother, but they added a room for him as we grew.  I had matching bedroom set with a desk and 2 dressers and a double bed, I also had a record player in there and of course my radio, which replaced the toys when I was a teen.

7. Anyone who knows me knows I love my dogs like they are people, because of course, they are.

8. Insert your own random thoughts here. 

I take a nap most days, I can't nap in a recliner or chair, so I lie down in the bedroom, usually it's a short nap, but when I nap too long I often think it is morning.  It is amazing to me then, that Mr BC is up and awake before me.....never happens, then I remember what year it is...... We have room darkening shades, that is why it is so nice for napping.
Happens every time I watch videos with the Grandsons. When they were small we use to watch a Serbian kids show called Kolibre, in Serbian.  What little Serbian I know is from that show and Peppa Pig (Serb translation).  Son in law only let them watch video....they still don't have a TV connected to cable etc... translated to Serbian, though now that they are older they watch videos in English as well.  They are both fluent in two languages.

   Lastly, for your viewing pleasure a Baby Hippo!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Moving Hodgepodge

1. What would you say is the best and worst thing about moving house? The best thing is being able to sort through things and pitch or donate.  The worst is unpacking.  I still have boxes that are unopened 5 years later. I probably did not get rid of enough.

2. What's moved you recently?  
Moved me to distraction....the election.  I worry a lot about the direction our country is moving.  I concentrate on laughing at the funny stuff and ignoring the poison that is Facebook. People just Like and Share never checking the facts. The commercials are awful. Just poison.....


3. Do you feel your life is moving forward, backward, or is on hold? How so? I think we are on hold here.  Our goal is to keep Mr BC healthy on dialysis, it is something he will do for the rest of his life.  So far so good, but we must remain vigilant about safety.  We had a good visit with his new doctor, our previous one has gone to Mayo, and she was happy with his general health, we must be doing something right. He is so much better than he was a year ago. 

4. On the move, move mountains, get a move on, it's your move, or bust a move...which phrase best applies to some aspect of your life right now? Explain.
We need to get a move on. We need to start back walking the mall. I miss visiting with our friends.  Our morning dialysis procedure sometimes keeps us from making it on time.  We have to figure it out and do better.  
5. What song makes you want to get up and move? Happy makes me Happy!

6. Your favorite snack to grab when you're 'on the move'?  
PB&J, my go to snack. It is quick, I always have the fixings, and it is portable.

7. What one accessory makes your house feel like home? 
Candles, however, I don't light them as often as I worry about forgetting them and burning the house down. I should invest in non burning ones. I sucks being an old F**T.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

I love all my boys!

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Saturday 9-Nothing Sucks Here!

Saturday 9: My Life Would Suck Without You (2009)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

Been away from posting for a while, but I still visit others and make comments when I can.  I liked the questions this week so I am back.... until I go again. I just don't seem to be up to it.
1) This video begins with Ms. Clarkson on a swing. When you were young, did you prefer the swings or the slide? We had a school at the end of our street and the play ground was within sight of our house, so I was always on the swings, there was no slide....California....not safe.

2) The first words are, "Guess this means you're sorry." Who is the last person to apologize to you? I can't even remember....probably Mr BC, because he had said something that hurt my feeling or something.

3) One of Kelly's earliest show business jobs was as an extra on Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. Do you believe in witches and warlocks? Uh, No! I know that some women can be witches....but not the magical kind.

4) Mentioning witches and seeing Kelly with a lollipop reminds Sam ... She needs to pick up a 1 lb. bag of Dum Dums for Trick or Treaters. Have you done anything in preparation for Halloween? Oh yes....I have polished off a bag of miniature snickers.  We don't have Trick or Treaters here, although, I will pick up another bag of candy, just in case. 

5) Ms. Clarkson's advice to aspiring young singers is not to listen to advice. "Everyone gives you their 2¢ worth, but you have to follow your gut." Are you good at soliciting and following advice? Or do you tend to follow your gut?  I do both, I am always ready to find out how others do things....If it seems sound....I will give it a try.

6) The year this song was popular, 2009, saw two major newspapers go out of business. Both the Seattle Post Intelligencer and Rocky Mountain published their last editions. Do you still read a paper copy of your local newspaper? No, Mr BC still gets the Joplin Globe, and reads it front to back. He had 2 school friends pass away last week.  He is, all the time telling me little tidbits, from the news.

7) In 2009, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that Facebook tried to buy Twitter, but was rebuffed. Which social media site do you spend the most time on? Facebook and Blogger. I am old school, I don't do Twitter, Instagram etc.

8) In 2009, the Balmain Collection included a pair of jeans that retailed for $2,165. What's the most you would pay for denim pants? Never more than $39.95, lately I just get cheap jeans with elastic waist bands.  I am very un..chic! Comfortable and less than $20.00, or on sale.

9) Random question: You buy a charity raffle ticket and tuck it into a friend's birthday card. Before you can give it to her, the numbers are drawn and you realize it's worth $500. Do you still give it to her?  I would probably keep the prize if I was so late with the card, that the numbers had been drawn.