Monthly Archives: May 2015

Serenity Doesn’t Have to Be Serious


Hope if this is your Sunday, it is met with a sunny day with big doses of Serenity.

I enjoy, “Looking at life from both sides now,” as Joni Mitchell sang in such a

sweet and lightly toned voice years ago. In the past ten or eleven years Joni M.

put out a newer, whiskey-sounding voiced version which really demonstrates

how life’s winding paths and changes match the lyrics much better.

After the passing years, the lyrics become so much more richer in meaning

than what they seemed like as a teenager.

Did you know Joni Mitchell had a brain aneurysm in the Sprng? She was

found on March 31, 2015 to be unresponsive before going to the hospital.

She is now 71 years old. It is hard to picture this dynamic woman incapacitated.

Since she went into the hospital, she has undergone various treatments, along

with speech therapy. I am hoping she has a full recovery.

I learned a little bit about how to handle certain

personal care processes while visiting my Mom.

One- If you are given a walker, don’t put it way ahead of yourself. This defeats

the purpose of support. They showed my Mom how to bend her elbows and get

the walker right up to her body. It still wheels forward well and it also, will catch

her if she loses her balance.

We all talked about this, brothers, Mom and I.

When you mow the lawn with a push mower, my brother contributed, your

arms will wear out faster while extended. So, keep push mower, grocery cart

and walker closer to body.

Two- If in the bathroom there are baby wipes or cleansing wipes, these work

well with stain removal of chocolate ice cream. Hope this is helpful, good to

know for my information.

Three- In your diet if you ever are one who has to go through thickened liquids

pull your chin down when attempting to sip regular water or beverages. This will

help close the air passageway and prevent liquids going down into your lungs.

I heard someone talking informally calling this, ‘second hand drowning,’ since

you don’t want a lot of liquid to slide down your air passages into your lungs.

You can get pneumonia or even die.

Children who have recently resuscitated, have had this occur days later,

when it seems the ‘coast is clear,’ but they have not had enough of the water

aspirated at the hospital.

Four- Despite absolutely loving showers in her past, Mom loves sponge baths

or sink and wash cloth baths. She likes her hair washed in the sink, too.

I am not sure why?

Do you know the reason?

Five- “Pick your battles.”

(with teens, especially)

With elderly, use respect and treat them with dignity.

Help them to choose what or when they wish to do some things which have


Also, be firm with routines and medications.

Do you have any lessons learned from dealing as a caretaker or working with

the elderly? I will welcome any helpful hints.


Here is a Fairly Familiar and Popular Parable.

(Not written by myself but found in a church bulletin.)

It will be known on my Blog as:

_________________”The F-ing Annoyingly F Story”_______________________

Feeling footloose and frisky, a feather-brained fellow forced his fond father

to fork over the farthings and flew far to foreign fields and frittered his fortune,

feasting fabulously with faithless friends.

Fleeced by his fellows in folly and facing famine, the fellow floundered as a

feed-flinger on a filthy farm. Fairly famished, he fain would have filled his frame

with foraged food from fodder fragments.

“Fooey, my father’s flunkies fare far finer!”

The frazzled fugitive forlornly fumbled, frankly facing facts. He fled forthwith to his

family. Falling at his father’s feet, he forlornly fumbled,

“Father, I’ve fruitlessly forfeited family favor.”

The farsighted father, forestalling further flinching, frrantically flagged his flunkies

to fetch a fatling from the flock and fix a feast. The fugitive’s fault-finding brother

frowned on fickle forgiveness of the former folderol.

But the faithful father figured,

“Filial fidelity is fine, but the fugitive is found! What forbids fervent festivity? Let

flags be unfurled! Let fanfares flair!”

This originally came from a book called, “Treasury of Good Clean Church Jokes.”

June’s Glories


Weddings, some graduations and in the olden days, School’s Out for Summer!

Now, some graduations and school closing land in May… Not enough snow days

used up, maybe?

This month is jam packed with festivals, local events and fairs. Hope you get

out and see a free concert or play on the Green. We have Friday and Saturday

theater productions at Schiller Park in German Village.

I always try to get to one of them, used to take my excited children to them, too.

We would bring dinner, snacks and a blanket to sit on or lie on.

You could donate money for the play when the ‘hat is passed.’

These lovely and entertaining plays for my three children were a great way

to help them learn to appreciate theater. The Columbus Actors include plays

written by Shakespeare and other writers. I remember my favorite production

of “Taming the Shrew” being set in the 1800’s and Kate wearing jodhpurs and

using a whip to emphasize her lines. In the end, when her sweet husband asks

her to kiss him, he uses the whip to ‘reel her in.’ This play is not about a woman

submitting but on becoming a member of a partnership.

I like the movies named, “Juno,” “June Bug,” and the actress June Allyson. She

portrayed several special characters in my favorite movies. I also think of the

famous television series character named, “June Cleaver.” June A. portrayed

Jo March in the movie, “Little Women,” along with being in “Three Musketeers”

and many films as the ‘girl next door.’ Both women lived long lives. Barbara

Billingsley who portrayed June Cleaver lived to 94 years old, while June A.

lived until she was 88.



Birthstone: Alexandrite, Pearl or Moonstone.

Flower: Rose.

Have you ever read my post about the symbolism and history of roses?

June is officially known as

Adopt a Cat Month.

June First:

Summer is still a few weeks away but the pools are open after Memorial


June 2-

Full Strawberry Moon.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has an actual time for every area when the moon

will rise.

This is cause for purchasing strawberries at the local Farmer’s Market.

I love angel food cake, strawberries, a scoop of strawberry ice cream,

(or vanilla ice cream) and real whipped cream. Yummy excuse!

June 4-

When you look at the designs on shoes, do you wish to see Goofy

character or some other Peter Max-like design? Then you are in

luck since Vans Shoe Company has collaborated with Disney for

some psychedelic shoes, coming out today.

June 5-

This is such a cute quote from June, 2015’s “Family Circle”


“Three words. National. Donut. Day. For the sweet backstory of the

Salvation Army’s role in this annual event, go to,

And don’t forget to treat yourself.”

If you live somewhere else in the world, what sweet confection will you

eat on National Donut day?

June 11-

There are many who may have become intrigued by the Emmy award

winning show, “Orange is the New Black,” which means prison garb,

if you didn’t know the theme. I don’t watch this but set your DVR for

June’s Season 3 opening tomorrow on June 12th!

June 12-

Another entertainment news item is that after 22 years of waiting,

the next installment of “Jurassic Park” will be hitting the cinemas

near you on this date.

June 14-

Flag Day.

June 15-

This is the day for golf aficionados to set your DVR’s for one of the ‘elite’

tee off at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, University Place, Washington.

Go state of Washington and golfers alike!

June 17th (after sundown)

June 18th-

First Day of Ramadan.

June 21-

Happy Father’s Day!

This day should be for all dads, uncles, great uncles, brothers, women who

did the job of both father and mother, along with teachers, tutors and coaches

who made sacrifices, were role models and taught lessons to young people.

Thanks to my two brothers who really ‘stepped up to the plate’ while I was

a single mother who needed men for guidance and accompanying us to

the fun places like the Ohio State Fair, Cedar Point, camping, driving to

and from Lake Erie and showing up at soccer, football, softball games,

along with art shows and Pinewood Derby races. You ‘set the bar high!’

June 21- First Official Day of Summer.

Break out the sunscreen, beach towels and have some fun!

June 26-

Taking another cue from the “Family Circle” magazine with their clever


“Leash? Check.

Water bowl? Got it.

Treats? Of course.

Then, all you need is Fido and you’re set for

Take Your Dog To Work Day.

(A scientific study has found that having a dog in the office reduces stress.)”

~June, 2015 magazine quote.

June 29-

This day is the beginning of a two week addiction for tennis fans, since this

means Wimbledon! Set your DVR’s and go out and enjoy the sunshine while

it is Summer!

One of the most obvious choices for music in any Summer month is the

Beach Boys. I sure do love their songs.

Do you have a favorite Beach Boys song?

The Seals and Croft song, “Summer Breeze” is always one of my favorites.

For a retro song from my past of enjoying Creedence Clearwater Revival,

forever known as, “CCR” the song that is fun and reminds me of summer

is: “Down on the Corner.”

Do you have a favorite “CCR” song?

I think Vance Joy’s song, “Riptide,” is really peppy and light pop rock.

I enjoyed listening recently to “Mind Over Matter” by Young the Giant.

It has deep meaning and I was instantly connected to the tune and lyrics.

I know it is probably overplayed, but I will keep Ed Sheeran’s song,

“Thinking Out Loud,” as one of my very favorite songs for a long


A quirky and intriguing voice singing “Budapest,” may have caught

your interest. The singer is George Ezra.

I mentioned this song on another post but since we have some roller

coaster fans in amongst my readers, have you heard the Bleachers’

song, “Roller Coaster?”

I would have liked it as a teenager and when I hear it, I feel a few years

younger. That’s always a plus!

What are you doing in June this year? Hope you have a fun event or a

vacation planned. . .

Please add any significant dates or historical references in the comments.

I did not check any Veteran’s calendars for this post and there are a few

special days every month to remember and fly your flags in honor of them.

Neil’s Journey


Neil Diamond has always written great songs and his path in his personal life

has been full of winding, twisting turns and some ‘crashes’ along the way. He

has found ‘the love of his life’ in his present wife, Katie.

The signature CD where every song was written both music and lyrics, along

with whistling, humming and some little da-di-da’s. (They sound so sweet and

sometimes corny, too.)

Since I was not able to get to see Neil Diamond this year, my youngest girl,

Felicia bought, “Melody Road” for me. This is a fun, pop music sounding a

little like, “Song Sung Blue” and “Forever in Blue Jeans.” They may not be

your most favorite songs, but if you would ‘chill’ in a lawn chair, have a cold

lemonade or a glass with condensation dripping off it full of sweet iced tea,

the music would suit you just fine.

While I was up at Mom’s I decided to share this Cd album. We looked at

the ‘liner notes’ and I read what Neil Diamond had to say. This is one of the

best reasons to purchase a Cd, although a gift is even better! The notes are

usually personal references and help to understand where the musician is

coming from who wrote the words or the music. Groups sometimes have each

song broken down to let you know whose imagination they came from.

Neils feels this is compilation of songs, some started years ago and others

recently, may resemble his “musical roots.” He mentioned two inspirations for

his original ‘sound’ and they were the band, “The Weavers” and Woody


This is ‘stripped down’ style of sound production with Neil Diamond’s newest

songs never been heard before this album. There are not very many places

in the songs where music swells or an orchestra creates ‘depth’ or ‘layers’

like his “Coming to America” and other ‘grand’ production songs.

I liked the ‘feel’ of simple ‘bare bones’ sound. Almost like your own private

serenade by Neil Diamond.

Mom used to enjoy my Dad’s swaggering around as he sang, “Cracklin’ Rosie”

and he would stretch his arms out as he sang, “Climb on board.” My Mom’s

name is Rosalie, but he got away with calling her, “Rosie.” I wrote a post about

her childhood battle with fierce eczema and some of the challenges faced by

bullies. She always was beautiful inside and out, but her whole body was filled

with inflammation. Her solace in the ‘fairy tale’ I wrote was to have a King Snake

for a pet.

I am going to insert Mom’s opinions now about Neil Diamond:

~ “I would not kick him out of my bed for eating crackers!”

~ “That famous voice is still sexy!”

~ Later Mom re-emphasized his good looks, since she liked holding the cover

with the song’s titles, while listening to them. As she turned it over again she


“He’s easy on the eyes!”

This album is not so much about ‘rocking out the house’ but taking you down

memory lane, when the times were a little less hectic. I will now list the songs

along with a brief description and my reactions. I will insert “Mom-ism’s,” too.

We used a 5 point ‘grading scale.’

Track One:

“Melody Road”

This song is light, full of hope and promises. There are some references to the

path Neil led and how time can still be this way again. I enjoy this more each time

I listen to it. This is how we start to sing along with ones on the radio. First reaction

was not as good as the second, improving the third time. . .

(3 0f 5 points)

Track Two:

“First Time”

This really resonated with me, since it is taking you into your past and how you

need to be brave, take first steps and challenge yourself. I would say this would

be a perfect ‘graduation’ anthem. All of life’s landmarks could be inserted in your

mind as you listen to this pleasant song. Getting a new car, having your first date

or romance and becoming a success. Risking it to go out and seek your dreams.

(4 1/2 of 5 points)

Track Three:

“Seongah and Jimmy”

Neil pronounces this young female’s name, “Sonya.” This girl is from Korea and

her boyfriend is from Long Island. I liked this very much. Two people meet in the

part of New York City called, Brooklyn and learn to adapt to each other’s cultures.

It goes beyond one couple’s love and relationship as the words become deeper

as the song grows bolder and more sweeping in its meaning.

The sound of horns was attributed to Eric Gorfain arranging and performing,

along with a list of eight other horn players. The flutes were performed by Don

Markese and Sara Andon.

The story includes bridging cultures, reaching out and caring. Then, finally how

love could be possible world wide. I like that Neil Diamond says in this song that

“Love happens in Brooklyn

I lived there long ago and nothing’s changed.

Brought flowers, she took them.

They laugh together in the pouring rain.”

Mom said,
“This is like my Mother and Father’s love story. They met on a street corner in

New York City.”

Later she said,

“I like the instrumentals, I can hear a flamenco style music mixed with an Eastern


There is a brassy sound then a flute playing. I wondered about whether the “Long

Island boy” was Italian or Spanish(?)

Here is an example of the lyrics in “Seongah and Jimmy:”

“I hear music in the air,

People dancing in the streets.

Love’s in blossom everywhere,

Even strangers stop to greet.”

This song literally has this fun part where Neil Diamond goes,

“Didn’t de de dit  didn’t di di dit

Didn’t di di dit  da di di dow

Oh yeah.”

There does come a part of the song where it builds to a crescendo.

(5 of 5 points)

Track Four:

“Something Blue”

This song Neil Diamond shares in the ‘liner notes’ was started years ago.

This song doesn’t stay ‘blue’ but turns into a happier tune. Meeting the

right person he sings,

“You taught me a little ’bout good times

I fought through a little bit of rain,

You brought me a part of your sunshine,

and took in the heart of my pain.”

Later, Neil sings,

“Goodbye to my little bit of something blue

farewell to my little bit of something blue.”

(4 of 5 points)

Track Five:

“Nothing But a Heartache”

I found this to be dramatic and reminded me of “I Am, I Said,” which is one of

my favorite Neil Diamond songs.

This verse helps to show the depth of his heartache,

“The sharpness of her words deceiving

and I couldn’t stop the bleeding.”

I also could relate to this verse about being on the ‘wrong road,’

“And on that highway going nowhere

was an exit overdue.

And all she had to give was heartache

so she broke my heart in two.

Yes, she did.”

I liked that he had the sharp part in the first part of the song,

then finding someone to take away the heartache in the last

part. This album seems to not want to dwell on the sadness.

Here is the verse where Neil turns direction from heartache into

love story:

“You’re the sum of all my heartbeats

You’re the only truth my heart needs

Showed me how to make the journey

I can’t let you walk away.

No, not today.”

Mom said, “This one is exciting and has a good firm beat to it.”

(5 of 5 points)

Track Six:

“In Better Days”

This is a lively song with an upbeat tempo. He is remembering with a softer

feeling about those ‘good old days’ with someone he loved.

I enjoy this phrasing and style of song,

“I remember a time

there wasn’t a dime

between us two.

We lived in a little old place

on the side of a hill

Gave it our best and love did the rest

for me and you.

Too young to lose, too hot to chill.”

This is the last part of the song:

“In better days we had it all

In better days when love was easy

We had it all but I never knew

How much there was between me and you.”

That line is so true:

When love came easy.”

Track Seven:

“(Ooo) Do I Wanna Be Yours”

Okay, think the old Beatles days, like when they sang like the kids they

were about, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” and how the song grew and got

under your skin. I found myself humming this silly song, despite my not

really loving it.

There are three thoughts of meeting someone in his dreams.

First, there is a meadow.

Second, there is a train station.

Third, there is someone sitting looking out of a window with a

“strange kind of smile.”

This corny line follows,

“I knew that you’d take me where I’d never been to

Was hopin’ you’d ask me to stay awhile.”

(3 1/2 of 5, only because it ‘got under my skin.’)

Track Eight:

“Alone at the Ball”

Mom interjected as she was studying this song title, saying why don’t

we think of the men who get stood up more? When Cinderella leaves

the dance (or ball) Prince Charming is left to search for her. She has

left a clue in her glass slipper.”

There is not a direct reference to any fairy tales.

In fact, sad to say, when Neil Diamond ‘sang this song to me,’ while I was

driving north to Cleveland, I thought he was saying, “Alone at the bar.”

He did not enunciate well and I was wondering why he kept repeating he

was alone at the bar!

I like this because it has a jaunty pace and there is a good beat to it,

the words are confusing because he gets a car, Cadillac Eldorado taking

it far up to high Colorado. Then he is talking about taking chances and


“Spend your time making rhyme

Just to find no one dancing at all.

Alone at the ball.

You’re all alone at the ball.”

Sometimes when you listen to music you just need to ‘go with it.’

(3 of 5 points)

Track Nine:

“Sunny Disposition”

This song has a catchy tune and I like it. The words describe meeting someone

who is the opposite of himself. This meaning has been a recurring theme, since it

was in the song, “Nothing But a Heartache.” He cannot resist being in love with

Katie and inserting it into his songs.

Okay, listen to these ‘lovey-dovey’ words:

“Started with a whisper

Pretty soon he kissed her

That’s when that whisper

Turned into a mighty roar.

More than just affection

Made a real connection

That’s when he knew she was what

He was missin’ before.”

Mom said this reminded her of “musical productions where boy meets girl and

they fall in love instantly.”

(3 of 5 points)

Track Eight:

“Marry Me Now”

There are some passages where the words tell you that Neil doesn’t believe

in ‘breaking up,’ but they do believe in ‘makin’ up.’

Here is the chorus:

“Marry me now, tell me ‘I do’

Don’t wait around

You know I’m gonna be true.

I’ll give you my life, it’s all that I’ve got,

I love you, believe it or not.”

I found this to be sweet, despite it not being very original. I could not help but

compare in my mind to Magic! who performs, “Rude.” Magic’s song includes

the words, “I’m going to marry that girl” and “Marry her anyway.”

The song, “Marry Me Now” included horns arranged and performed by Eric


(3 1/2 of 5 points)

Track Nine:

“The Art of Love”

Mom right away said she thought about Mrs. Robinson teaching the boy who

is graduating, (Dustin Hoffman), how to make love. I looked at her with a big

smile and said, “Wow, Mom! Still thinking about sex, huh?” She didn’t seem to

even blush or be embarrassed about my comment.

I enjoyed the strings’ and found they were arranged and performed by Davide


I liked Neil Diamond’s conclusion of the song,

“I learned that I could stumble

and maybe fall.

I learned in being humble

I’d have it all.

A brand new way to live

That love’s not what you have

but what you give.

And the art of love is

who you share it with.”

Here is the final track, a reprise of “Melody Road:”

“Melody Road we’ll try again

Just like we tried before.

Two of us out there making friends

Instead of making war on Melody Road.”

Melody Road is then repeated 8 times.

I do believe it takes time to figure this out, sometimes longer for some. This

song had a good message and I would consider it worth listening to, but it

was not as ‘catchy’ as the ones we gave higher scores to.

(3 1/2 of 5 points.)

When you look inside the tri-fold album cover, you will find Neil Diamond’s


“I’ll have some tales to tell- –

back from a place where dreamers roam

and back to you as well, from Melody Road.”


The post I included Little Big Town performing a 2008 remake of a song,

“Life in a Northern Town,” includes lyrics “Aw hey, maw maw.”  I did confuse

someone who thought I was putting the sound effects of “Elvira,” on that post.

I will correct the sounds.

This was an excellent remake of the British group, “The Dream Academy.”

The Dream Academy put this song out way back in 1985.

Little Big Town joined Sugarland and Jake Owen in a collaborative song

presentation of “Life in a Northern Town.”


I wished to add two quotes from Mom’s friend, Pooky, from California.

They made me smile, hope they help make your day better, too.

Mark Twain:

“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all

our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their


(Doesn’t this fit the song, “Sunny Disposition” by Neil Diamond?)

This may not ‘crack you up’ but it gave me the urge to,

since it is so absurd!

Did you know this fact?

“Falling coconuts kill about 150 people every year.

That’s more than sharks!”

Versatility Needed for Infinity


Thanks for patience and comfort given during my police and theft adventure. I am grateful to know you and found out how much you support me. So nice to know I have a wide spread safety net.

If possible, we could (with help from future, scientific advances) stay in touch for an indefinite period of time.

Does this, perhaps, scare you?

Attention Fellow Bloggers and thus, New Friends:

You are hereby given the choice of accepting nominations for both the Versatile Blogger Award and the Infinity Award.

The sky’s the limit.

Many thanks to my new follower and generous friend, Mithai. Please check her blog for rules and fun facts to help you get better acquainted.

You are incredible, Mithai, on your blog and in wise comments.

I will be foregoing your needing to read more about me and will do two things on this post.

I will include my newest fellow bloggers.
I hope to share some entertainment endings, summaries of finales of favorite television shows and more. . .

Here is a list for award nominations and possibly introducing some interesting posts for you to enjoy.

1. Lis:

2. Small Town Girl:

3. Marissa:

4. a guy who has a sense of humor:

5. Joel:

6. She’s sweet and gives me a younger perspective:

7. Photos and thoughts:

8. Holley:

9. Cheryl has a brother who nicknamed her “Cheffie:”

10. Bela who is friend in Hawaii:


11. AB:

12. Bill with thoughts and bicycle:

13. Harbin:

14. She has historical story that caught my interest and I wanted to stay:

15.  Balroop Singh who writes Sublime Shadows of Life:

16. So kind and funny:

I just know I left someone out. I try not to repeat same blogs on Award posts.
If you look on my long list of key words, there have been many award nominations. You may have been named.

Here are some special ‘regulars:’

Brenda, Jill, Mark, Mike, Colleen, Barb, Anneli, Jenny, April, Pauline, Jules, Cindy, Judy,  Kirt, 2 Beths, Smitty, 2 Sherri/Sherry’s, Marylin, Yoshiko, Nigel, Jonathan, Evil Squirrel, Tracy, Amy, Ian, Ann, Esther, Andro, and you may know who you are and forgive my senior moment!
You are all winners to me!

Other recent winners were:
Sawyer on The Voice.

Clark came in 2nd while Nick won American Idol #14 season.

The finale on “The Return ” meant there was a possible flood, but one man standing on overlook seemed to prevent the flood.

The final episode after years of watching,  “Grey’s Anatomy” shocked me. I was nearly sobbing. You may look this one up since it had one bright moment. A beloved character died. A reminder of the very first episode of intern meeting long (off and on) romantic love and later, husband.
“E. R.” and “M*A*S*H” are still favorites.

The finale of “Secrets and Lies” was creepy. Little girl killed neighbor boy. It turns out jealousy and learning he was her brother, sharing a father tipped her overboard in savage killing description. Ryan Phillippe was great in role of stressed and accused man. Juliette Lewis portrayed in a unique, outstanding way the serious Officer Cornell. Other characters were realistic, too.

Catch Juliette Lewis in a new series called, “Wayward Pines.” Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo (of fame as mother of Christian Bale in the movie,  “The Fighter.”) and several recognizable actors started last Thurs.

Billboard awards show seemed not as exciting, in many ways, as the previous
CMA awards, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Golden Globes, and fantastic Grammy Awards.

Taylor Swift’s new song, “Bad Blood” was good but I liked “Blank Space” better, along with always enjoying her young and independent songs. She is growing a broader fan base every day.

Sam Smith lost his voice due to vocal chord surgery and had clever signs during a pre-filled award moment.

Best moments:
Van Halen band singing and playing rock and roll sexy “Cannonball.”

Good to see Britney looking healthy and dancing with Iggy Azalea.

Tribute to Mariah was very nice. She accomplished winning 18 award winning years. She sings (usually and this time superbly) like a beautiful songbird.

Tribute to B.B. King could have been much better. It seemed like an average homage and he truly deserved all and more accolades.

They went all out again mentioning Paul Walker. New film of fast and furious completed and music was good. I like theme song, “It’s Been a Long Time” due to reflecting both loss of young actor and nostalgic tones.

The hosts were Ludicrous and Chrissy Teague. Ludicrous did fine and is articulate while Chrissy may be smart in real life and is married to the amazing John Legend, she just seemed to be channeling dumb blonde cliches.

I enjoyed the fun and crazy homage to “Pulp Fiction” in the Fall Out Boys’ song, “Uma’s Praises.” The disco dancing and multiple women who wore short styled dark haired “iconic” Uma wigs.

I have a soft spot for Little Big Town. They sang that old song. “Life in a Northern Town,” awhile back which has “Hey now, maw maw” sound effects. It was such a good rendition with Sugarland and Jake Owen.
In their combining forces with Faith Hill . . . they again captured my heart.

Please accept your deserved award nominations, dear friends, new and old.

If you watched a good finale recently or are still watching something, let us know what we are missing.

I recommend “Call the Midwife” and “Mr. Selfridge” on PBS.

Let me be one of the first to tell you Grissom’s character is coming back for the series “CSI” finale. I liked William Peterson and this will be

A Hard Day’s Night


This is not so hard typing on a phone.

You know how I enjoy word play or using words to play around with.

My friend and  coworker, Mark, was telling me something about gardening I did not know the meaning of.

Sometimes it is the origin of a word which baffles me, sometimes it is language usage and in this case it was a colliquialism.

“Hardening up” was used in this sentence:
“We took the cucumber seedlings out to the porch for hardening up to get ready to plant next weekend.”

“What do you mean by that?” I asked, out of curiosity.

“Well, the stems are fragile so they need to be out in their little pots in the wind. This will make them sturdier.”

“So, you mean hardying?”

“No. . . hardening up.”

Now, the rest of my work day was filled with using variations of the word

So, hang on to this thought. . .

POSITIVES of using the word Hard:

1. I love homemade fudge when it hardens up or sets up.

2. Hard rock music is part of my ‘hard wiring.’

3. Not all rules have to be followed in a hard and fast way. There’s wriggle room.

4. Muscles make a toned and hard body.

5. Hard ‘C’ sound is found in yummy words like cacao and cocoa. It is also found in cucumber, cake and coffee.

6. Soft ‘C’ sound is also nicely used in circus, cents and ice.

7. Hard ‘G’ sound can be found in grapes and giraffe.

8. Soft ‘G’ sound may be found in gold and cheese goldfish crackers.

9. Hard paths are considered challenging by cyclists and hikers.

10. Hard levels are strived for by readers in school. Harder books are enjoyed since they use hard words that may need defining.

11. Grandpa liked to suck on hard butterscotch candies.

12. Hard Rock Cafe is a favorite destination place.

13. I like both hard and soft shelled crabs.

14. Do you prefer hard ice cream or soft serve?

NEGATIVES of using the word Hard:

1. When a person you are close to finds themselves between a rock and a hard place, you feel bad and try to help.

2. Someone said recently in a hurt voice, “Why does Life have to be so hatd?”

3. The doctor mentioned hardening of the arteries and this made the patient nervous.

4. He was clearly a graduate from the school of hard rocks.

5. Don’t be so hard on the kid.

6. This song is hard to perform since the range is wide from soprano to alto

7. Hard soled shoes may last longer but it is nice to kick back in soft soled shoes.

I was so surprised that I could think of
more good uses of the word hard than bad.

What ways do you think about using the word hard?

What ways do you think of using the word hard?


Nurse Ratchett was known from the book, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’S Nest” for her hard as nails attitude.

Pick Me Up, Before you Go, Go!


Does this evoke the smiles, juvenile and fun memories of the Wham song,

“Wake Me Up, Before You Go (Go)?” I called using the telephone at work,

my friend, Anna, and she did not answer since she did not recognize the

number last night. I left a message and told her,

“I am leaving work and it is now 5:30 p.m. You were going to come by and

get me to take me to the ‘Invitations Only Event.’ I will be ready a little bit

after 6:00! See you in a bit!”

I ran into the apartment building, waving at a neighbor, stripped down and

washed entire body with a washcloth. My hair had been curled and ‘set’

last night, my youngest daughter has taught me to put it in a bun and it

will hold the curl. Baby fine hair would be wilting if I showered.

I put all the lotion and makeup back onto my face and body, added

a few extra sprays of a light cologne, got dressed up and ran back to

the front of the building and was there at 6:02. I sat down and took a

few cleansing breaths, loving the temperature and the rod iron bench

in the front of the building is where I hang out catching rides sometimes

from friends. On weekends, I volunteer for designated driver status.

At 6:10 I was worried. Still no cell phone so did not know what to do?

I took out my little pad of paper and it held this simple message:

“Meet Anna in the front of my apt. building at 6:00 on Thurs.”

I decided to clomp back around the building outside along the alley.

I went around the corner and ran up to Anna’s little perky blue car.

I did not yell, but I took my pad of paper out and said,

“Hey, did you forget this note I wrote to myself? You sat on your sofa

and saw me write it.”

She laughed and said,

“Maybe you should have made me a duplicate copy, Robin!”

It was like a Lucy and Ethel moment. We are senior citizens and we

are forgetful.

I hugged her through her rolled down window and said,

“Thank you for believing I would be going with you. It has been since

Saturday morning. Remember the old days when people set times

and dates? No one needed to confirm anything on cell phones or text

messages? This has been a hectic week and I cannot believe recent

developments in my investigation. I will get in on the other side and

let’s go!”

So, I had a note taped to my door on Wednesday. This was Thursday

night. It said, “I know you don’t have a cell phone, if you can call me

or drop by the police station tonight.

I found out that the surveillance tape revealed the man who took my

purse. He was directly sitting in front of me, slouched in his chair.

He gradually went lower in his slouch, very casually using his long,

lanky legs to grab my purse. He then slowly brought it back under his

own chair. He threw it into his backpack and left. I did not recognize him

but the cops all knew him.

My friend, Officer Sean Frank told me that he needed my credit card

numbers. (Which by the way, companies will not tell you them, even if

they are cancelled over the phone.)

I got from my bank the VISA debit card number and called it in on

Thurs. It means the man will be charged with a felony.

The Event was awesome!

We met a lot of great people.

I talked to a nice man named John.

Anna talked to a great man named Don.

We laughed and enjoyed ourselves in a place called “Bar 145” and it

was a fun time had by us all.

More details later.

Time is up at the library!

Please check out,

“Music and Lyrics” movie for a light-hearted musical team which reminds

me of “Wham” band. Also, Drew Barrymore is precious in this, along with

Hugh Grant being himself and funny, too.

I have two people to go around the Delaware Arts Festival tomorrow.

I have not seen Amber or my painting I commissioned yet.

I have one person, a potter female librarian to go around with on


Enjoy, smile, laugh and have a wonderful weekend.

Oh, I may never get my purse back but Felicia is getting me a ‘nice’

phone and will get it on Sunday!




Just a quick update on my purse.

No, it has not been returned.

I have been in contact with Officer Sean Frank.

I also had an unusual visit with the library Director,


I stopped by the Delaware County District Library’s

Director’s office on Monday after work.

She has glass walls and her door is always open.

She has been an acquaintance of mine for some time now.

We were in the same organization and enjoyed talking over

meetings and during meals together.

Our children attended high school,

were close in age,

didn’t hang around together

but knew each other.

She now can put a “face” and “name”

to the two reports on her desk.

I simply reminded her of “Who” lost their purse.

I found out there is:


Red Tape




In other words:

The Public is NEVER allowed to view

surveillance tapes of patrons of the library.

Even if they are the victim of one of said patrons.

The library Security Guard is NEVER allowed to view

surveillance tapes of patrons of the library.

These people are protected under PRIVACY Laws.

The bicycle cop, my friend, Officer Sean Frank

MUST Make an Official Request to Review the

surveillance tapes for my ongoing robbery case.

This procedure of notifying him was expedited

at my request to the Director of the Library.

She emailed him late on Monday, May 11, 2015.

She sent an email elaborating Proper Procedures

the Police Officer must carry out to receive an email

which will hold a link to surveillance video of the

computer room on Friday, May 8, 2015.


I stopped by and dropped off a written “Thank You”

to the library Director including some special award

pins I had kept from our mutual organization days.

She enjoyed receiving them, saying she appreciated

the sentiment. I told her they may be used again,

which pleased her also.


On a much lighter note:

I saw Pat Benatar and her guitarist/husband, Neil Giraldo

on television today.

They may break records in their staying married and

still performing together after 35 years!

I am so excited they have created a compilation album

CD to share with their fans.

They both look fabulous and their easy-going friendly

banter made me smile.

I have only one 45 record of Pat Benatar’s.

I have several Apple records with the Beatles,

along with Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,”

Roger Miller’s “King of the Road,”

Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,”

Johnny Cash’s “What is Truth?”

The Archies’ “Sugar, Sugar,”

Chicago’s “Color My World,” and

“Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”

“The Teddy Bear Picnic” and

several Simon and Garfunkel records.

My two favorite Pat Benatar songs are:

“Love Is a Battlefield” and

“Hit Me with Your Best Shot.”

What is your favorite Pat Benatar song?