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Monday, July 28, 2014

Music Monday- The Who, "Baba ORiley" : Eddie Vedder with Pearl Jam at the Garden... "Better Man"

Rock on Bebé!

Tiny bit Muzzy sounding but then, it's old!

And, Eddie Vedder, "Better Man"...

Just feel the Love in this crowd!

Turn up the headgear and "Rock along!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Dream on Wise Guys! Sunday Stealing on a Saturday Night.

Me A to Z

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's meme. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from this new meme or recently asked questions from a previously featured meme.
Let's go!!!

From: Me A to Z
A If you were an ANIMAL, what would you be?
I AM an animal.  I would want to be a human again because I could help the other Earthlings.  

B BOOKS: What's on your reading list?
I now have the goal of having Less horrid apocalyptic non fiction and more fluff!  I'm done so stick a fork in me!

C COMPULSIVE about anything?
No, and I really feel lucky because I've seen what it does to my one SIL and my BIL and my Sister. Actually, come to think of it, I do have a compulsion about fairness or lack thereof.

D DREAMS - Do you ... dream in color? remember your dreams? keep a dream journal?
No dream journal, yes I remember the ones that are significantly strange, and yes, in living color.

E EATING - what's your usual snack?

F A Few of your FAVORITE Things:
Well, I like fabric, yarn and beads, chocolate.... and Christmas- "sort of" re: the last one.

G GIGGLES! What (or who) makes you laugh? Do you have a good sense of humor?
I have a wicked sense of humor.  The people who make me laugh the most often are Smellyann, the kids, my SIL, DH, Frasier, my sister and Bro and a cast of thousands, truly.  I love to laugh.

H major HOT Button:
Lies.  Don't tell them.

I am ignorant of too many things...

K Also KNOWN As... Aliases? Screen names? A non de plume perhaps?
Wiggins, Lella,  Zippianna.

L I LOVE ...
the other earthlings and really compassionate, gentle people, and soldiers who have shown this, as there are a lot of them who have.  How they can go through such hell and come out good is one amazingly valid reason for believing in God, frankly.

M How do you feel about MEETING people? Do it all the time? Rarely? Parties or 1-on-1?
All the time.

N What's the story of your NAME? were you named after anyone? Do you go by a nickname? Any aliases?
No aliases, my name is my mother's family nickname.  

O OBSERVANT - What's around you right now? What do you see?
Books and paper stacks-new paper-, file cabinet.  I know, boring!

P Who are the special PEOPLE in your life?
Obviously my family and friends and net friends included in that.  People in my memory.  We are talking about some very special folks, here.  My lifelines!  Thank you!

Q Any Little QUIRKs About Yourself:
My only quirk is that I think I don't have any.

R What do you like to do for RECREATION?
Nothing.  Literally, I watch it get dark for fun.

S Do You SING in the Shower? In the car? For your friends?
Not anymore.  I used to sing all the time.

T What's at the Top of your TO DO list?:
I have to get my "Swartz piles" out the door.

U Any UNUSUAL Experiences:
Not any that I'm going to put here!

V VEGAS, Vienna, Venice, Vladivostok... How far have you traveled? What's your favorite City?
My favorite city is probably San Francisco, but I wouldn't want to live there because any place I could afford would be a dump.

W WINTER, Spring, Summer, Fall... What's your favorite season? What makes it special?
Fall and Winter, or what we, meaning Californians and Australians, call "The Wet".  It's special because it is cooler and there is the promise of RAIN!

X EXes - Things You Don't Do Anymore (but did, once (would you, again?))
I love Speed.  If I could drive fast cars again somewhere that is legal, I would do it again.

Y Any secret/deep YEARNINGS?
Slaps forehead.  World Peace of course!  Good luck on that one now that the Mafia owns all the major capitols.  Ja?

Z ZERO to ZENITH - Where are you in your life? Still growing? On an upward (or downward) curve? Just skating along?
I am on the way home.  I just hope that the Milky Way actually leads somewhere, still.  

Saturday 9 Summrfling, and a cannon rant. Saturday Komeekz


Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: Summerfling
(recommended by Kwizgiver)

If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.

1) This song refers to the summer breezes and winds of mid-July. Now that July is almost over, how would you describe this month's weather where you are?
It has gone from  mild (off and on) to just way too hot where we are.  I'm glad we can escape to the water and just stay there until it's cool where we are.  This Thursday we spent hours down by the bay and didn't come home until Dark! 

I must comment on this, since my ear just started ringing loudly again, and nearly everyone who reads blogs likes a little ranting:

Thursday, we had a little misadventure on the way to eat some fish and chips by the bay.  It happened on a side trip to visit the boat being built by the airport.  I've put pictures of several stages of the construction of this Spanish Galleon.  Without any warning, while we walked to the side of the construction area, Suddenly..........

From Wikipedia
Is he whistling Dixie?

We had no idea what we were walking our poor little dog into, let alone ourselves.  I was just getting ready to set up for some snaps of the superstructure of the Galleon, and some Jackass set off a very large cannon.  I'm still a little deaf from it, and I think that Wolfie, who was recovering from all the gun/and or other domestic disturbance hullaballoo he went through as a pup, is a little deaf, too.  A couple of 85 year olds, who were standing by the fence with us, and who weren't put out by it (and so must be deaf already anyway) remarked that people who were in charge in the area just did that Fire The Cannon routine at random times.  We beat a hasty retreat, ears ringing, to wobble off and have some fish and chips.  I was so angry about it that I would like to have been able to heave the brigand, the one who set off that cannon, into the briney depths while tied to his cannon by the breech rope.  Harrr!  To be honest, since this post is about summerflings, it would have been appropriate to do it. 

2) The lyrics mention the "perfect plans." Do you have plans for today? Or will you just let this summer Saturday unfold?
I've let this Saturday develop it's lazy little self.

3) This week's artist, k. d. lang, attended Red Deer Community College in Alberta. Red Deer's school colors are green, black and silver. What were your school colors?
This depends on which school.  Maroon and White is the only one I remember.

4) She had a bit part in the 2006 murder mystery The Black Dahlia. Do you enjoy murder mysteries?
I like the gentile ones by Agatha Christie, Donna Leon, and some P.D. James.  I like mysteries as a general rule and it doesn't have to be about murder.

5) Ms. lang is a vegetarian. What's the last beef, chicken, pork or fish you ate?
I just had Cod fish on Thursday.

6) In 2000, when this song was released, California suffered a series of blackouts. Has your power gone out this summer?
Not this summer.  Sempra is more honest than the ones (Enron) that went to Jail for what they did.  Somehow it seems that the most lasting effect of the whole scandal was that thousands of their employees lost all their pension funds.  They have faced real hardship that is on going.

7) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire also came out in 2000. Did you read it?
I've never read a Harry Potter.  Our Bro in Law supplied us with his complimentary extra copies because we don't have blue ray, so I watched and enjoyed the films.  I do tend to drift away to do other things when they ride the brooms in that STOOPID game.  What's that all about anyway?

8) Which would you rather have on your hot dog: sauerkraut, ketchup/mustard/relish or chili?
When I eat them in buns, which is twice a year, I prefer only lots of mustard and onions.  

9) If you had your choice, which would you prefer: new shoes or a new wallet?
Shoes, sandals to be more specific.  I just ordered three pair in close-out.  These Pinks are my pets!

Meet Caileen

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend.

Saturday Komeekz:
Thank you Maestro Piraro!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five Minute Friday- "Finish"

The prompt word for this week is "Finish".

If you'd like to do this meme, the link up is in the side bar.  Lisa Jo Baker, who was the host for this Meme from it's inception, is now passing the baton (in two more weeks) to another blogger friend, Kate Mataung whom you can meet, HERE, at her own blog.  I liked what I read there, so maybe I'll keep trying to do this five minutes of spontaneous writing every week.  We will see!


When I ran my business, things were always on a deadline.  I had to finish enough product to have, at the ready, for shows.  Once that was over, I had the devil's own time trying to actually finish anything at all!  So, it's left a mess of half finished things all over the two proscribed "studios" I've carved out of the abode, and which Mr. Z has patiently ignored the sight of for several years now.   I still haven't finished a quilt for a two year old who is now nearly a teen!

I want to re-finish the two chairs, which I bought for a pittance, with the thought of re-finishing them because they were made out out amazing hardwood.  Howver, who ever attempted to stain them didn't know what they were doing and so they are terribly done. My wish was that they could be stained to match the maple dinging room set and hatch that we'd gotten from friend's who left town, downsizing  and selling nearly all their furniture.   That must have been 9 years ago.

The truth is that I've always had a lot of energy for getting things done but then along came the plague, in the form of Fibromyalgia and CFS in my 50's after a human transmitted parasite struck me down.  After that, just getting out of bed in the morning was a very BIG deal.

Things have improved over the years as I learned to deal with those double wammies, and fought long and hard for a diagnosis until DH lost his job and we got a REAL set of doctors when he got another one.  I'm such a lucky duck, but you can see that misfortune then became the creation of better times ahead.  Someday I will have the energy to finish things.  Too many ideas and too little energy really are two things that don't lead you across the finish line that often.  The sublimated energy can make your eyes sparkle with interest, but the tired little body just wants to get some sleep!

Sorry I got interrupted so this is short.  I didn't just nod off. hehe



Friday Five Minutes is moving on in a couple of weeks.  I might follow to the new blog, but I'm sort of out of the loop for FFM, and create some fairly odd posts for it.  I'll probably pick up something else in it's place.  OR, maybe just use Fridays as a catch-up time before the weekends.  There is a something I've been eyeing for awhile that comes up in the list right above Five Minute Friday in the search engine.  Maybe it's time to try todo  that one.

From Z:  For those who want to go get the questions and do the Meme with us, the link is in the side bar with the other Memes.  

Friday 5 for July 25: Zero

Hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday 5! Please copy these questions to your webspace. Answer the questions there; then leave a comment below so we’ll all know where to check out your responses. Please don’t forget to link us from your website!

What is something you have run out of?

What is something you don’t know anything about?
Sufi Mysticism.  This is something that has been intriguing me for 30 years so it's time to learn more.  

What is something that needs emptying?
All the little trash cans in the house.  I took it on as my job and I'm not doing it properly!

There are a lot of stylistic or slangy ways to say “zero.” Which are your favorite?
Nil and Zip.

When did you last receive something free when you were expecting to pay for it?
Wolfie, we got him free at the pound because he and we were seniors.

Thanks for participating, and may your weekend be utterly devoid of unpleasantness!

Oh thank you!  I hope that yours is, too!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wow, am I ever thankful...

My daughter had a horrible accident and walked away from it with minor injuries.  Thank you, God!  Thank you for a people who banded together and asked for side air bags as well as the other ones, and thanks to Guardian Angels!

And thank you to the people who stopped to ask if she were alright.  The other driver, the one who actually was speeding and caused the accident, was not charged.

Miscarried justice being what it is in the country for whatever reasons, aside, I'm still grateful and glad that she is ok. Having just spent seven years to graduate Summa Cum Laude from one of the best Universities in the land could have been down the drain for her.  Yes, I'm angry that some reckless little ass made this happen, but no, I'm still very thankful that it's not as bad as it very well could have been.

Also, it's roasting today but I'm going to wet myself down and flake out in the shade, which I am thankful to God for as well.  Being next to a hot computer is not my idea of joy, so I'm off to the Shade!

We watched "Most Dangerous Catch" last night to help cool off.  I'd love to be in Alaska right now.

Awesome Source Page here
Go have some fun cooling off!
Enjoy the weekend!  Hogs and Quiches!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday Tails: Wolfie's little sneaky treats...

Mr. Z came up to me in the big room where I was reading in The Comfy Chair.  He held aloft a bone - a REAL one- from when he and the little Wolf came in from their walk.

In his hand Mr. Z held the thigh bone of a chicken.  He showed me this trophy he'd wrestled away from a very reluctant former feral doggie.  I can only imagine that Wolfie saw himself as slipping down even further on the Alpha Male list if ever the BIG DOGS had a shift in their polarities.

I would have taken a picture of said bone, to show you, but, since it was a trashday trophy, and it had been held concealed in Wolfie's little triangular mouth for the better part of their walk, it looked the worse for wear.

This dog will eat anything, as we have found over the years to our horror.  There have been a few unmentionable "treats" that we've had to dig out of that little mouth.  He is a master at sniff and snarf on the sly.
Wolfie considers his "sins". hehe

Such an innocent little face, too.  I never let him lick MY face.  Ahem!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Music Monday: Tibetan Peace Bowls and chimes.

Small warning:  Ignore the comments.  Some stupid person or other is always hacking away on some other agenda.  Click through the ad.

This is long.  Enjoy the time away from our world...... both it's worries and it's cares.... let the sound carry you to another World.
Save the link for a day when you are nearly shattered with the noise of life.  There is a way to make an MP3 for your iPod if you like it.  I"m going to make one.