Sleepy Saturdays & Harry Nilsson

Saturday was one of those days where I felt I needed to be quiet and somewhat lazy. I somehow picked up a slight cold with a fever, and that just seemed to zap me of any desire to do much of anything.

I did cruise the Web, and did some online shopping, and I watched some HGTV shows, as well as a Documentary about the short life of Harry Nilsson.

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For those of you who can’t recall Harry here is a video clip of him singing. What a wonderful voice.

Harry wrote over 400 songs in his 52 years of life. His gift was not just for writing the music, but the poetic lyrics as well. He was a self taught musician, and he was able to record all the background vocals for his songs.

Hubby and I watched the documentary together. It was well done, and it included Harry, his family and his friends. It’s called “Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?” It’s available on Amazon Prime, and definitely worth the time.

Saturday night we “Fall Back” time wise, so I hope that you all remembered to do this, or you will be up early and missing your chance at a little extra sleep.

Our Last Day

Dayton, Ohio. I never thought much about this place, but there is so much here. So much history. From Wilbur and Orville Wright, to The Packard Automobile, to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and home to the Air Force Aviation Museum. And all of that, is just the start!

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Al Capone’s Packard. His last car.I think you could stay for a week or two and never see everything here. We did go off with our friends Jim and Geraldine, to see a few more things today, but we quite simply ran out of time. 20151002_104305

Orville and Wilber Wright.

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So, we stopped at a little Pub Restaurant and had lunch and then returned to the hotel to make our plans for the return trip to New Hampshire, and prepare for tonight’s banquet.

We had the annual membership meeting and Memorial service this morning. I teared up a lot. Several of the men who passed this year were men I have known for a long time. Sad to see them go.

However, our organization gives out scholarships to the grandchildren of our members. It was wonderful to see the youth being enriched by all that these heroic pilots have done.

Here is a funny story. At lunch today our waitress was trying to entice us to have bread pudding. Alas, if we had not had such a big and wonderful lunch, we might have indulged, but no….So she asked if we might like to take some home. I said no, because home, was a long, long, way.

She asked where? I told her New Hampshire. A moment passed and then a man came over. “Is that your Cadillac outside?” he asked. “Why yes.” I answered.

“It’s a 2004 Sedan DeVille, right?” he said.

“Yes.” I answered.

“I have a twin to your car! Right down to the color!”

The only difference is that his car had over 200,000 miles and ours just went over the 100,000 mile mark.

I know, small world!

Now it’s time to finish packing and go home.

This trip went really fast.

November Arrives

Can you believe it is November 1st? Where did the month of October go? Or for that matter, the year 2014!

I have started to put items in shoe boxes as I prepare for our trip. Since I have lost a little weight the shorts I wore last winter on our trip, no longer fit me. Too big. And it is November, after all, so there are not many stores carrying shorts.

But, I did find an online catalog selling them in an array of colors for $6.99 each! So I ordered Navy Blue, White & Black. At this point, I am all set for the trip!

We’re going to see “St. Vincent” with Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy today. I’ll let you all know what I think tomorrow.

Have a wonderful and blessed All Saints’ Day!

Groceries

I went out on Monday and was actually able to get a great shopping done. I needed to stock up on so much, and I had a ton of coupons. I actually saved just under $20.00 with them!

We also stopped for lunch at our little Chinese Buffet, and as I was getting some food I looked up and there was my doctor. I am actually due to go see him this week. We chatted a moment and then I wished him a good day.

A friend of mine many years ago, was a doctor, and he could hardly go out to get groceries without the little old ladies bugging him. So I have always backed off when seeing my doctors in restaurants.

Meanwhile, in the grocery store I met a man stocking the cheese shelves. He was having a tough day and I smiled and said, “Oh I so understand. I did this job for quite a while myself”. The man smiled and asked me where I had worked?

“Alexander’s Supermarket in Merrimack, New Hampshire.”

“Oh, said the man, I remember that place. My Mom took me there all the time when I was a kid before it closed”.

Yes, I now feel very old. This man looked about my age, but was obviously not.

We came home and put all those groceries away. Wow, were there so many! It felt good though. I have the house full of good foods, and as of Wednesday, it is back to Weight Watchers for me.

Put Your Thinking Cap On

Sunday found me feeling rather blah. I woke with a migraine and not much of an appetite. I was dragging around all morning, and about two o’clock in the afternoon, I lay down on my bed with a fleece throw and although I know the TV was on, I couldn’t really tell you much about the actual events.

I got up before the dogs needed to be fed and Hubby made me a nice fire in the hearth. I decided to cook an easy meal of London Broil, mashed potato, and Brussel Sprouts with bacon and onions.

I worked on a little quiz this afternoon. It will be fun to see who know what about me and my life!

How Well Do You Know Me?
1) Where was I born?
Wareham, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts
Falmouth, Massachusetts
Nashua, New Hampshire
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What I Did This Past Weekend

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Our host is Gattina. Come join us and tell us what YOU did this past weekend! After all, you never know when you will need an alibi!

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This weekend I actually watched more football than I normally do. I know it is playoff season, but even I do not watch football until the Super Bowl. So this new habit of mine, of watching the playoffs, took me by surprise.

Hubby enjoys watching, so he usually does, but this year he has had me right by his side, cursing and swearing, when I thought a call went the wrong way.

Our team played the second game on Sunday and won 41-28! Now they advance to the AFC Championship and hopefully the Super Bowl!

I managed to get a few errands done this weekend around town. I needed to stop at the Pharmacy, and as they’d recently moved I had a chance to see their new store. I was shocked! In their previous store they had a lot of floor space and in the new store, only about a quarter of the space. I asked for some over the counter medication that I take and they do not carry it any more! I’m afraid that I will need to drive to the next town to find a good Pharmacy now.

I have decided to switch the dogs to treats that are only made in the USA. Previously I was not as careful and gave them ones that has been manufactured in China. After a few dog food scares with things made there, I am now reading all labels for my gang. (And myself too!)

As I was walking around the house this weekend I noted that we really need to paint the trim on our house. And guess who does that? I’m not crazy about heights, but it really needs to be done. Perhaps for the section over he garages, we can rent a cherry picker truck, so I have a firm platform.

I’ll be working this week at the Hair Salon. Just answering phones and making appointments and doing laundry and cleaning. My friend is ill, and this is one way I can help her out!

Have a great week Everyone!!!

Being Understood!

This was my favorite commercial on our TV this year. You know I recall feeling quite lost when I first went to Germany all those years ago. I recall feeling deaf and dumb because I did not speak the language or understand what was being said. People were kind and I did a lot of pantomime to get myself understood.

Over that summer I learned some German to speak it. I could order a meal, ask for the check, and most importantly, ask for a beer!

I did a lot of cooking, therefore I shopped each day. Thankfully there were a lot of pictures on cans, so when I wanted tomato sauce I could find it.

But just imagine that you are a child and it is Christmas in America. Your parents take you to see Santa and you get up to him, and and all you speak is German!

This commercial just touched my heart and made me recall when I was lucky enough to find someone who could speak English to me when I lived in Germany.

The Greek Festival

On Saturday I worked at the local Greek Festival. They hold it every year on the last Saturday in July. I love working on it, as I said yesterday and this year,we had great crowds.

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Now the set up was so much better this year than in recent years. Usually we have people out in the street waiting for the Pastry Line. This year we had two lines to control the crowds.

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This worked out so well, because people could see what we had, and then walk down and we would fill their containers.

As usual I was in charge of the bars. Lemon, Fig and Raspberry. These bars were huge! About 3X3 inches and just $1.50! I bought Hubby his, as well as some other goodies and tucked them away in the cooler I brought, to keep them cool.

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I worked pretty much non-stop until Hubby arrived and once he was close to the Buffet, I slipped over and had lunch with him. He had a lamb shanks dinner, with rice, a Greek salad, and stuffed grape leaves, and I had Spanakopita, stuffed grape leaves, and Pastitsio.

There was singing and dancing and a lot of merriment! What a great day!!!

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I also had my coffee grounds read. Three years ago this woman read my coffee grounds and told me that someone close would recover from a serious illness. Well, my cousin recovered from cancer! yay!!! Last year she told me that someone new would come into my life…a month and a half later Mandy called to tell me she was pregnant, and now I have Savannah!!! So this year, I was interested to see what she would say.
“She saw a Bride in my cup. Wearing a long beautiful gown, but not a typical bridal gown. She said the bride had long flowing dark hair, and that she was very happy”

Well, she got it right. My Niece/Goddaughter is getting married and she is happier than I have ever seen her and yes, her gown is unusual, but that is all I will say. Once she gets married in April I will tell you how beautiful and stunning her gown is!

Meanwhile, By 2 PM, things were winding down, and yours truly was feel exhausted. Since my bars were practically sold, and I’d paid my tab, I decided that the best place for me was home where I could sit with the dackels and have a nice hot cup of tea.

Now I’m not sure what it is about hot tea, but it can be 95 degrees and when I am tired or not feeling up to snuff, I want my tea. Somehow a cuppa just makes it all right.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. February 22nd is National Be Humble Day…what makes you proud? What keeps you humble?

Knowing that is could all be over in an instant, keeps me humble. My daughter and my husband make me proud!

2. Where is the catch-all (aka dumping ground) in your house?

The office. It seems like everything gets put in there, with the idea that we’ll get to it later!

3. Do you make it a point to visit State/National Parks when you travel or even in your own hometown? What’s your favorite?

Yes. What a wonderful time we’ve had doing it too. One of my favorite was Mount Rushmore!

4. How would you define honor?

Doing the right thing, even if it is the hard thing to do. Being true to your family, your friends and yourself. Following God’s commandments.

5. Angel’s food or Devil’s food-which cake do you prefer?

Definitely Devils Food!

6. What’s the most recent road trip you’ve taken? Where did you go and how many hours did you spend in the car? Do you like to zoom to your destination without stopping or leisurely wind your way there with stops along the way? What is your car snack of choice?

I went down to see Mandy last weekend. It’s a little over an hour from here. I made a few stops along the way, and I was still early. On the way home, it was the same, made a few stops and got back around supper time! My car snack of choice? I don’t like to eat in the car.

7. Recent headlines told how a preschool child in NC had their packed lunch from home taken away and a school lunch substituted by a school inspector who deemed the homemade lunch unhealthy. Reportedly the parent was then billed for the school lunch (chicken nugget meal) although an update to the story says the parent was not billed. The inspector was conducting a routine inspection of the classroom-he/she was not there solely to peek in the lunchboxes. The packed lunch contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, an apple juice box, a bag of chips, and a banana. Your thoughts?

First of all, that was a balanced meal for a child. They were making a brew-ha-ha because there was no milk, but there was cheese! There is the dairy! What if this child was lactose intolerant? That do-gooder could have made her very sick! Please keep these Inspectors out of the classrooms!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Did you ever have one of those mornings skiing, where you are this-close to being the agony of defeat? I kept catching my edges, fell, for the first time this year, and got hit by the chair lift when I got on, knocking the wind out of me. Honestly, I started to get worried that my minutes were numbered! I am home safely, but hope I don’t have another day like this!