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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Saturday 9 .. I Learned from You

  From 2007....and..... Because it's Father's Day weekend.

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? 

Hear it here.

1) This song is a duet by the father/daughter team, Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus. Is your family musically inclined?  My Grandparents were singers of old world ballads from the Hills, and some Western.  They, mostly my grandpa, taught me to sing just by osmosis, I guess.  They are the only people in my family who sang, I mean besides my mother, aunts and cousins.  I sang until my voice didn't sound good to me anymore.
Edited to add... I was writing in a fog yesterday.  My one twin daughter plays guitar, banjo and violin - Irish and Old timey music.  And both the twins play piano.  

2) This song is about life lessons. Who has been a major influence on your life?
My maternal grandparents, my paternal grandmother, my aunts and uncles, and my sweet hubby.

3) Miley's given name is "Destiny." Her nickname as a baby was "Smiley," which is where Miley came from. What's something that can always be depended upon to make you smile?
Puppies, kittens and little Kids!

4) Miley's father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, has 5 children in addition to Miley (6 in all). Are you the oldest, the middle or the youngest sibling? Or are you an only child?
I am the Eldest of four children, three of us are still living.  

5) Sam's own father often traveled for business, and always remembered to bring her the little complimentary soaps, shampoos or body lotion he got from the hotel. Tell us about an inexpensive but treasured souvenir from a trip you've taken.
This one.  

Comb is to show you the size
 We always camped out with the kids, from the time our first and second daughters were babies.  We camped out when we had a 15 month old and a 3 month old.  And, since I didn't have a wisk broom, Mr. Z made this pine needle one for me to clean the picnic tables with.  It is a treasured reminder of days gone by.  It's been all over the West with us.  But now, it stays home.  It's a reminder that, no matter what, a handy fella is nice to have around.
6) Back when Sam was in high school, it was her father who gave her driving lessons. Are you patient when teaching someone something new?
Since I got married, I am again.  According to my aunts, I started out to be very patient.  Psycho Dad pretty much ruined all three of his kids for patience.  But my mother was patient, and I took after her. 

Also, once I was away from him and had met my hubby who is AMAZINGLY patient, that natural patience gradually came back.  It's the only way to teach anything because most kids or adults are just so much more driven, for whatever reason, and they are impatient with themselves.  Teachers need to be patient.
7) Sam's father is easy to buy for: every year he wants a new pair of loafers, so every year for Father's Day she gives him a DSW gift card. Is there anyone on your gift list that you find it easy to buy for?
I have no confidence in the gift giving category.  I'm just not very good at it.

8) For family barbecues, Sam's dad dons his "Kiss the Chef" apron and mans the Weber. What's the last thing you cooked on the grill?
I don't use the grill at all anymore.  Mr. Z still does.  We have cooked hamburgers, hotdogs, and whole turkeys on it for gatherings of the rock hounds though.  It's a Weber and runs on propane.  

9) Sam's father satisfies his afternoon sugar craving with an almost endless stream of Butter Rum Lifesavers. When you crave a snack, do you usually reach for something sweet or salty?
I'd rather have Salty snacks. 

Want to play along or see other offerings?  Go HERE

That's a link to the Saturday 9 Mother ship.  And Gal will greet you with a cuppa and some amazing cookies!  Out of this World ones?  Well, maybe... ;o)


  1. I was charmed by the wisk broom and its history.

    1. Thank you, it came to mind immediately when I read the question. It lives on the mantle nowadays.

  2. That little whisk broom is such a precious souvenir and I love the story of Mr. Z making it for you!

    1. Thank you Stacy. It's those little things, isn't it. We had a lot of fun camping with our kids. Lots of tales to tell. When they were young, especially. We lived in the almost in the foothills of the San Bernardino mountains, and used all our tax refund one year to buy a co-worker's gently used camping equipment, lock, stock and barrel.

  3. that's a cool whisk. How clever is your husband!

    1. He's the son of one of the most innovative people I've met. My father in law was a marine engine mechanic, and he built speedboats. His son has that same engineer's mind.
      I got my engineering ways from my grandfather, who was a master mechanic in the merchant marines. Together we built a pretty good life together.

  4. I love the little broom your husband made for you! What a sweet thing to keep indeed! Such great times it sounds like. Loved your answers! Have a nice day!


    1. Thanks Lori. It really is a treasure attached to a sweet memory.
      Those were very good times. We still (sort of) camp out in the Bounder. We kept it up through the empty nest years, and still have fun at it, though in a lot more comfort. Old Bones!
      Hope you have a great week!

  5. At first I thought the little broom was a homemade chasen for frothing the matcha during the tea ceremony. Too cool.

    Camping with such young children. I have a whole new respect for you.

    1. Yes! That's what it reminded me of, too! I'd seen the tea ceremony when in college, and I think this little broom has even more charm for the reason that it reminded me of a teas whisk. I love the tea ceremony.
      We had the most fun, introducing them to the natural world at around 1 and 2 years.
      We had also met some other people who went camping with their very young babies, so we thought we'd like that too. My favorite picture of my eldest daughter is from a camping trip, when she sat up on a stump and started to sing. I can't find the picture but I'm sure I will someday. She was two.

  6. What a fun answer for the whisk.

    1. Thank you Kwizgiver. It's over 50 years old now. Imagine.... so long ago...

  7. I love the pine needle broom. Cool.

    1. Thanks CountryDew. It's very VERY old school, and completely charming to this day!
      I'm sure that must be a Native American invention.


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