~~ "This, too, Shall Pass" ~~

~~ “Nobody would do anything if they knew what they were in for.” ~~
"Milagro Beanfield War"

~~ "May you Walk with Beauty All Around You" ~~
Navajo Blessing

�� Merry Christmas all you lovely people ��

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

New questions- this ain't no Wordless Wednesday

Sorry that I've been goon with the wind so long.  I can't get healed up, eye or thumbness...

I was going to post this:

But, found the thumb would allow a little play time...

I found these New Questions a few weeks ago... I've been missing my memes..... 😪 

24 Questions of a Nosy Nature.

When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?  
It's been several years.

Can you change the oil on a car?

Ever gotten a speeding ticket?

Run out of gas?

Favorite kind of sandwich?
I like BLTs or Tuna Melts without the bacon.

Best thing to eat for breakfast?
An egg on toast.

What is your usual bedtime?
10pm, but I usually stay awake and read until around one am.

Are you lazy?

When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
We made up our costumes.

Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
I still get "Birds", and "Animals".

Which are better, legos or lincoln logs?
Never gave it a thought.

Are you stubborn?
No.  and, I don't like stubbornness because it means that other people have to deal with your mistakes.

Who is better…Leno or Letterman?
I liked both of them in the few times that we watched them.

Ever watch soap operas?
Not unless the night time long playing things like "Grey's Anatomy" can be considered soap operas, which they resemble a lot.

Afraid of heights?
No, but I am afraid of falling off the edge of unprotected highlands.

Sing in the car?
Used to.

Dance in the shower?
That's a great way to fall, so no.

Dance in the car?
No, I am usually driving.

Ever used a gun?
Rifles yes, they were part of my young life.  I don't DO handguns and don't like them.  Too sneaky...

Do you think musicals are cheesy?
No, I like a lot of musicals.

Is Christmas stressful?
No, but I don't make a big deal of it anymore.  

Ever eat a pierogi?
I've only seen them in a film..."Men in Black", but they looked interesting.  

Major annoyance right now? 
I am annoyed with my thumb which chose now to get as stiff and unbending as a ... well, as a certain Politico...  I just had my eye operated on, and immediately swore off any more surgeries but ......

Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be an Air force fighter jet pilot.  It was not to be.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Sentimental, Saturday 9, Journey...Doris Day

Sentimental Journey

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!
Unfamiliar With this song?  Go HERE to listen to it.

If you'd like to play along...  Go HERE

1) Doris sings that she has her bag packed. Tell us about your luggage. Is your bag easy to spot on the luggage carousel?
Yes. I have no trouble spotting mine.

  And that song is so short.  I used to sing it, along with my mother, because one thing my parents had, early on, was a record player. 

2) The release of this song coincided with VE Day, and so it meant a great deal to troops returning home from Europe. What song has sentimental value for you? Why?  I can't think of a special song. sorry...  But, I think it's time to go watch funny movies.  I'll be thinking of a tiny girl, darling...and her Hello Kitty slippers...She said they had super powers and that they made her feel better...
 3) As a young girl, Doris was passionate about dance. Concentrating in the studio and performing on stage helped distract her from heartache and embarrassment over her parents' divorce. When you want to escape from what's troubling you, what do you do?
I watch funny movies.

4) Her dancing days came to an end when, at age 15, she was in a car accident and damaged her leg. During her recovery, she discovered how much she enjoyed singing with the radio, and was delighted to find others enjoyed hearing her. Tell us about a time you unexpectedly found happiness or success.
I think the turning point in my life was finding my DH at the neighbor's party that year.  That was totally unexpected, and sort of a personal miracle.

5) She moved from singer to actress in the late 1940s and was a major movie star for 25 years. She was paired with the most popular leading men of her time -- everyone from Clark Gable to Frank Sinatra to Rock Hudson. If you could share a kiss with any actor or actress, who would you choose?
I would kiss Bette Midler on the cheek.  She could kiss me back if she felt so inclined.  She is an inspiration to me in her animal welfare work.

....OMG....I just looked up the correct spelling of her last name and came across "The TWEET!"

Good lord, I think I'll kiss her TWICE!  And, I just saw "the photo"!....  I've been OFF Melania since she rushed her parents here, under the radar, into full citizenship, using her new "special powers."  This whole thing gets more surreal by the second.   For the record, I have always liked Bette.  I think she has a gorgeous voice!

6) 1968 was a terrible year for Doris. First, she suddenly became a widow. Then she discovered that her late husband and his business partner had squandered her money and she had to file for bankruptcy. Oh, wait! There's more! She also found that, in his role as her manager, her late husband had, without her knowledge, committed her to a weekly TV series. Do you have a 1968? What year you can point to and say, "Wow, I'm glad that's over"? 

Not a personal 1968, really.  I will be glad when this DAY is over, though, and I am back home, so I'll say "Wow, I'm glad that is over!"  Personal junk...
About Doris Day, she was only one of many who had to have a MALE handler.  I am SO glad those days are over!
7) After retiring from show business, she became an advocate for animal welfare. She has said we should be more sensitive to the loneliness, sadness and guilt people feel when they lose a pet. Think of a time you were grieving. What words or gestures helped you through? Conversely, what's something no one should ever say to someone who is hurting?  I'll tell you when I'm through it.  And what would I tell someone who was grieving?  

I have no idea.  I'd just cry with them I reckon, and hold them.  Some things you just don't "get over".  You feel your heart sink every single time that something reminds you of them.
8) Doris' only child was her son, record producer Terry Melcher. Terry had a successful, years-long collaboration with The Beach Boys. Do you have a favorite Beach Boys song? 

Yes, this one:

9) Random question: What's one thing you've never done, but have always wanted to try?   

I'd like to try out "Being Rich".  I've heard it can be wonderful.  ;o)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tuesday Tails..... God Bless the Foster care Angels.....

We plan to be foster parents when the time comes.  I'm hoping we get a lot more years with our little Wolf... He's such a sweetie pie.. I remember his comeback photos...

He's sleeping a lot more.

Monday, November 12, 2018

550,000 plus voters have disappeared.... Why?

One tiny 92 year old woman is fighting back. 

How would you feel if your whole voting record had vanished into thin air?  This sort of thing shows criminal intent. 

Just remember one thing,  This could, some day, be You.    

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Potatoes in Australia? Sunday stealing...


Something Different

Want to play along?  Go HERE... 
It's fun and you could get addicted.

Now for something different.  I hope you'll find it fun.  Pandora has been doing Sunday Stealing for years, even though she's in Australia and can't relate to many of the questions, so I invited her to submit an Australia-related set of questions. She checked these with friends and says that Australians could easily answer them.

Many of these you won't be able to answer, but give it a try--and understand how Pandora feels!  (I printed all of them because I figure you'll skip many -- feel free to check Google and learn some new things!)

1. Where to you land on the subject of vegemite? What is the optimum butter/vegemite ratio?

I've been warned by several Aussie pen pals to NEVER eat Vegemite.  I have, therefore, no experience with ratio's but I would do 100% butter.  Would that work? 
 Do you also eat Promite or Marmite or do you see these yeast spreads as something akin to treason?

Only if Trump had to match my eating of Marmite, would I do this, either.  You mentioned Treason, you see....
2. Who was your favourite Prime Minister of the last ten years? (There have been five – choose wisely) ummmm.... pass

3.  Are you a Monarchist or a Republican? Why?

I'm totally for the Monarchy.  Because I would rather have a Queen than a jumped up Republican who thinks he's a King.  Maybe he's a closet Queen?  Hmmmm
👀  Oh Snap.. This is about Australia... nm
4.  What do you think of our current head of state?

Anything has GOT to be better than what we poor cousins across the Pond have.  But I hear that you have an Azzhat, too.  Mon Dieu!  It must be the Universe... Our system is approaching a black hole?

5.  What are your feelings on compulsory voting.

I'm for it. Drag them out kicking and screaming, but Vote they MUST!  I wish you luck with that one, mate!
6.  What is your favourite footy food?

I'll have a go at French fries and Vegetarian cheese rolls. Can you actually EAT Yoyos?  Ooops! Wrong Question!

7.   Your Nana is having her 80th catered for by the CWA. What CWA standards are you looking forward to at the spread? The Victoria Sponge? Yoyos? Asparagus Rolls? Brandy Snaps? 

Brandy Snaps sound good but I'll go with Victoria Sponge.  I watch the British Baking Show and actually know what that IS.  And let's have Asparagus Rolls, and is it possible to have that as a Footy Food too?  I hopeahopeahope...

8.  What do you do on ANZAC Day?

Well, I'm usually celebrating Spring.  But, I watch many Australian shows, and I know that is a solemn day when Veterans are honored,  so I'll be thinking of you all down under... and sending cyber hugs.
9.  Discuss the merits of budgie smugglers.

Well, there aren't any.
10. What is outside your back door? Gumboots or thongs?

Crocs.  I have a pair of lime green for the outside shoes.

11. As a kid you were given 20 cents for pick and mix. What will be in your bag? Teeth? 

 Gob Stoppers, Jaw Breakers if you are old school, which you aren't. 

Spearmint leaves? Gobstoppers? Freckles?
Yep, Gob Stoppers.
12.  Redbacks or Huntsmen?

I'm going with Huntsmen.  I like them and know they can't really kill you, unless you are allergic, which I am.  You can't hold that against them though.
13.   The Mullet. Discuss.

Just shave it all off you Chicken!
14.   Kath or Kim?

Now this I am going to have to look up.  I'm guessing these two are News Casters.  They aren't two of the Kardashians are they?  *shivers*
15.   Cricket – which code do your follow? Why? Do you think that 20/20 games are sacrilege?

I think Cricket itself is a sacrilege, and it's about as good as watching paint dry, but no worse than an American football game, once described by a visiting Russian as, "all get up, all fall down".  I like that tea is served, and that's what impresses me.  So civilized.
16.   Football. Which code do you follow? Do you have an opinion about Collingwood or Essendon?

Well no, no opinion on those two things, rivals, teams, or whatever they are.  I refuse to look it up.  Having said that I intend to pontificate anyway.  I'll go with Essendon, because I like the word.  Collingwood sounds stodgy.  Too English.  Besides as far as codes, I follow the code of the Wild West, shoot (off your big mouth) first and go look up the answers later.

17.   Do you agree that the lyrics to Khe Sahn should be on the citizenship test? Do you know the words to Khe Sahn?

I know what Khe Sahn means to Americans.  
In the spirit of truth, Yes to the first, and No to the second.  And, having looked up the lyrics, it's Hell, no to the first as well.  Too hard a look back to the dreadful, troubled past for everyone involved in that Mess.  I wish Kennedy had lived,  he was going to pull the troops (advisors)out of Vietnam.  God, I think I need a big long vacation in the back of beyond..... 
18. What is your favourite public holiday? If you're in Victoria, which do you prefer? The day off before the AFL Grand Final or Melbourne Cup Day?

I'd have to say AFL day.  I like to watch Footy on the telly from time to time. 

19.   What do you do at Christmas? Ham sandwich on the beach? Seafood and salad next to the pool? Endure a full English roast with all the trimmings when the thermometer is pushing 35 degrees centigrade outside?

We have a sort of full on English roast, but not the roast.. A turkey or ham.  Fourth of July, in the Northern Hemi summer, we have hotdogs at the water's edge and potato salad with a watermelon for dessert.  That's when you probably have nice warming foods.  It's a funny old Round world tipped on it's side, init? 
20.   Ford or Holden?

Henry or William?

21.   What is the best Australian invention ever? (And yes, the Hills Hoist can be mentioned)

Ummm  sorry, I don't know.. But there is this musical instrument that I've played once. I'd love to have one.

22.   Describe the following: Sorry, NO, I will not... I'll just tell you what I think they are, without looking them up. K?

    Fairy bread Some sort of stringy fungal growth on bushes that is edible and tastes sweet.

    Lamingtons  Baby sheep

    Chiko rolls Chicken, deep fried and rolled up inside of pastry.

    Snot blocks *shudders* 

23.   What are the following traditional items found in all Australian homes?

    Dead horse  Something from the Shed, Fred?

    Hills Hoist   Sort of a block and tackle thing for raising the water table?

    A slab a side of bacon, at least that's what it means in the States.  Hmmm, read ahead abit and it seems to be a side of beef or something.

    A ute  I've seen them in Australian movies.  A snub-nosed little utility vehicle, and they are darn cute and I wish that we could have them here, too.  I want one!

24.   Who is your all time Australian hero?

Sorry I can't think of a single one without looking said person up.

25.   Translate the following: “Strewth! Nev was going flat out like a lizard drinking. But he had a nana nap and he's raring. Told him to get here pronto by not to miss the gate cos it’s impossible to chuck a u-ey for miles. Told him to bring a slab. We’ll have a barby. The kiddies can have snags. Joe the Pom will moan about everything. Jeez, he’s a bastard. Yeah…nah… no flies on him."

"It's the truth.  Nev fell down flat as a lizard when he got drunk.  But he took a nap and is Gung-Ho to go and  up on his hind legs again.  I told him to get here really fast, like NOW, and not to drive through the gate because he'll be so far out in the back of beyond that no one would hear him if he yelled.  Told him to bring his own meat, and we'll BBQ it, and the kids can have the left overs.  Joe, an off worlder, and will start his non-stop complaining, such a bastard, Nope, no, he's always a step ahead.

26.   What is your favourite Australian holiday spot?

All Americans want to go to a Town Called Alice, you know that.....
27.   Do you eat the coat of arms?

I wouldn't. No..
28.   You are stuck in a lift with the following: Karl Stefanovic, Peter Dutton and Alan Jones. Who do you kill last?

I don't know who they are, but I'd just meditate unless one of them was really smelly!  Then I'd have to scream and cry a lot.
29.   What is the NBN?

No idea!  Newt Benevolent Network?

30.   “Where the bloody hell are you?” Discuss.

It's a sort of "Get your dumb a** over to my digs, man!"

31. Complete the following sayings.

    Am I ever going to see your face again?  Not if I see yours first.

    You're terrible, But I'm worse!
    Coupla days, I reckon.

32. Potato scallops or potato cakes?

If potato cakes taste like hash browns, then I choose them.

33. Provide three uses for cane toads.

Food for a little snake that loves them, target practice, Leather industry
34. If you give a politician a koala to cuddle, what is the likely outcome?

I'll take a stab.....It would climb up his face and shite on his head.
35. Bagpipes are perfectly at home in rock songs. Discuss.

I like bagpipes and I do not want to talk about it.
36. What is a Tim Tam Slam?

No Idea but is it anything like a Shandie?
37. If I ask for a FruChoc, where am I from? B. What are FruChocs?

You are from Melbourne and you are crazy.  
B. They are a hybrid drink of Mango juice and Kahlua.

This was fun!  Can we do it again!? Can we do it again!?