music

So I guess enough time has passed now….and I’m so surprised.

So I watched this thing about Linda Ronstadt on YouTube on Tuesday. I always liked her music – no matter what she sang – and when her memoir came out and she was doing the rounds of TV interviews to publicize her book, she was asked again and again if she missed singing (she can no longer sing because of her Parkinson’s Disease).  She of course said she did, but in one interview she said that what she missed even more was being able to knit – again the Parkinson’s Disease. I remember seeing a picture of her knitting back in the day but I didn’t realize she was a real *fibertarian*!

This wasn’t the picture I remember but it doesn’t matter – there are several around. About 1975

Anyway, you know how it is on the YouTube – one video leads to another and there was an interview of her with the guy from the Old Grey Whistle Test I think from maybe 1975 or ’76 where she’s talking about how important the Troubadour (a bar & club in L.A.) was for the music scene she was a part of in southern California and I really enjoyed her interview – she was thoughtful, intelligent, down-to-earth and honest.  I especially liked how much she praised the ability of other musicians she met or heard at the Troubadour, several of which ended up in her backing band and then went on to become the Eagles.

The original 4 – l-r: Randy Meisner, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Glenn Frey

Folks who know me well have heard me say many, many unkind things about the Eagles throughout my life. You see, where I grew up, there were few radio stations, and there were several bands/musicians whose music was played so very often I got completely burnt out on them and their music: Led Zeppelin, Boz Scaggs, Creedence Clearwater Revival, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, ABBA, Eric Carmen/Raspberries, Benny Mardones (he’s a little different b/c he just had the one song – that really creepy tune about the girl being underage – I heard it on the muzak at the grocery within the last 6 months and yep, it’s still way creepy). I have always thought it strange that I never got burnt out on the Bee Gees……..

For most of the other artists I mentioned, I have been surprised to learn that with the passage of time and NOT hearing their tunes for years, occasionally it would happen that I might hear one of the songs from the above-mentioned artists and found I could appreciate them anew. This has been lovely and so unexpected. Now, I despise the Doors too, but that’s almost completely for different reasons, though they certainly received FAR too much airplay in my hearing. My hot hate for the Doors burns brightly still.

But the Eagles? Well, the Eagles I have loathed them for sooooooo many years. They got played so much… they get played all the time even now! I cannot remember a time in my life (since 1972 when their 1st album came out when I was THREE) when more than 3 or 4 days pass before I hear one of their songs someplace – I cannot get away from them except for when I went to camp twice as a kid and when I have left the US, though there was that time in Tel Aviv in 1996……..!

Felder, Walsh, Meisner, Henley & Frey

I know the words to almost every song they released, including many “deep” album cuts and I have never EVER tried to learn the words to any of their songs: the lyrics are just there, stuck in my brain without my permission. There are poems, prayers and many quotes from the Baha’i Writings that I *want* to have memorized, that I want in my brain forever, but nope – they cannot take up residence because the effing Eagles lyrics are taking up SO MUCH OF MY MEMORY.  Then, there was that turbulent time in my parents’ marriage and my dad was playing “Desperado” and “Seven Bridges Road” over and over and over on the 8-track as we drove around in the truck. Nope – I have had NO LOVE IN MY HEART for the Eagles since I was about 8 years old.

Circa 1977 l-r Glenn Frey, Don Felder, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit

I have even hated the solo work done by Frey and Henley, just on principle. I know it’s unreasonable and kind of stupid – especially when Don Henley writes something d***ed magnificent like “The Heart of the Matter”; I even got mad at India.Arie – one of my favorite artists of the last 20 years – for recording that song (she kills it by the way) because even when I hear her singing it, it reminds me of Don Henley, which reminds me of the Eagles and I get mad at all the space they take up in my musical memory….. I have to admit that there is one exception: I do adore Timothy B. Schmit’s voice and some of his songs (“Love Will Keep Us Alive” is an incredible song and how he sings it….well well well). When Randy Meisner left the band, Schmit became their bassist and he has somehow escaped my ire and animus, and as I am thinking more deeply, I don’t truly hate Meisner, Joe Walsh, Bernie Leadon, or Don Felder either. Maybe I just hate Henley and Frey……No – I admit this rancor isn’t rational or evenly applied, but still I have felt this way for decades.

So in this Ronstadt interview, she talks a good bit about how much she loves the way they all sing together and how first nobody knew Don Henley could even sing ‘cos he was so shy and he was the drummer – a really great drummer. I then watched the thing when Glenn Frey inducted her into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame; I knew he had passed away, but I couldn’t remember why so then off to Wikipedia…I didn’t realize he had Rheumatoid arthritis and was carried off by pneumonia. It’s a sad thing. After watching more interviews with the band on YouTube and part of a BBC documentary and reading more stuff, I went back to YouTube to listen to a little part of just one of their songs – Take It Easy. The professionally filmed and recorded concert from 1977 came up and …. well Sweet Sally Melville, I LIKED it. Those harmonies…….they could really PLAY and sing and write songs. I am appreciating them in a new way, without the angst of the past and – WARNING! PUN AHEAD! it’s a Peaceful, Easy Feeling.  ( I hope my brother who loves puns reads that). I know so much more about music and performing and songwriting, all of which add to my astonishing (to me anyway) change of heart.

Y’all, for me this is like waking up one day, looking in the mirror and seeing a third ear growing out of the middle of my forehead – a crazy surprise. The hate is GONE and I am so happy. Heck, next week I am getting together to jam with a new friend who does some of that late 70’s country rock and who knows? we might even play some Eagles tunes.  Not hating them is a kind of relief, tho’ I still kinda resent their space in my brain. I guess enough time has passed, and I have different kind of appreciation of how challenging it can be to be in a band and get stuff to sound right, or just maybe how it is when we get older. I don’t know.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not gonna go get tickets to one of their shows, nor will I be playing any of their songs on repeat for a few weeks in the summer (this sometimes happens to me with certain bands – my kids HATE it when this comes upon me).

Circa 2018 l-r: Don Henley, Glenn Frey’s son Deacon, Joe Walsh, Vince Gill, Timothy B Schmit.

But I might listen to them some on Spotify and I certainly won’t feel bad when I hear another tune of theirs unexpectedly someplace. As John Prine says, “It’s a big ol’ goofy world.”

I will say that I thank God that the Doors are not nearly as popular as the Eagles.

 

 

FYI – this post was originally gonna be called “D*** Dog! part deux.

We got a beautiful smaller dog last Saturday. Her name is Hexie. I hope to post some pictures soon cos she is SO cute. Because of Petra and her depredations, I’d put away the last project (see last post) and begun to knit on an UFO (UnFinished Object – we are learning things today aren’t we?): the second sock of a pair of socks I’d started back in 2015.

I love the yarn – lavender/purple, grey & black stripes in a wool /alpaca blend, with solid black for heels, toes and in this pair, cuffs. Once I started knitting on it again, I realized why I had put it away: it isn’t a good marriage of yarn to the pattern. So the stripes aren’t really stripes anymore because of the cables, and the cables make the coloring so busy that you cannot see the cables unless you are up VERY close.

My problem is that I have knit so far into this project – all of one sock and about 10% of the second one that I could not decide if I wanted to rip out all the knitting and use a different pattern that I know will be a far better pairing of yarn to sock. I made the decision to finish the second sock in the less attractive pattern because I have SO much sock yarn in the stash ( I really am gonna have to show you everything I got last Nov. & Dec.) that ripping it back (or frogging as it is commonly known amongst knitters) is basically pointless because I care far more about having another pair of handmade socks for than if the socks were perfect. If they were for a gift, I’d frog them for certain but they are for me so no biggie.

Well, Hexie decided to get into the yarn. It’s not nearly so bad as what Petra did to the other project but WHAT IS GOING ON? WHY do my dogs wanna tear apart my knitting and kill my groovy sock knitting mojo? Bad word bad word bad word.

 

OK ok enough. It’s almost 4 am and I must stop writing.

Multi-day Music Challenge (long post)

One of my longest friendships in life is with Tina K. and I love all the stuff she posts on Facebook. She LOVES to go to concerts and she has been to more than probably anyone else I know (pssst – that’s a LOT!!!!!!).

She’s been posting these every day on FB, and since I will forget to do this every day PLUS I’m procrastinating (who wants to do what actually has to get done today?), why not write a blog post about it?

A bit of a warning – my taste is eclectic….. I could do a bunch of these using themes…… favorite songwriters only, foreign language, heavy metal, folk music, the 1970’s…..I’ll save that for another procrastination day.

Day 1 MUSIC CHALLENGE :
A song with a color in the title

Absolutely no contest with this one. 2 versions – original and SuperBowl

Day 2 MUSIC CHALLENGE

A song with a number in it

There are so many…..but I simply adore this song and have since I was a kid.

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5 Days Left!!!!

“For what?”  I hear you thinking.  I’m so glad you asked!!

2002 Harvest Tour - Wilmette, IL

2002 Harvest Tour – Wilmette, IL

One Human Family is going on tour in the beginning of August for the first time since 2005, & this tour marks the first time that OHF is using online “crowdsourcing” to help defray the costs of the tour and we have 5 DAYS LEFT in our campaign. Always the leadership has tried to keep the costs of the tour as low as possible to encourage as many people to participate in that transformative experience called the Harvest Tour. To keep costs low, the organization has often chosen to go into debt; this time it is different and you can help make this difference.

More and more, we see people the world over struggling to overcome all kinds of difficulties brought about by longstanding prejudices & hatreds, lack of communication, understanding & education, often without the basic knowledge that we are ONE HUMAN FAMILY.  The OHF organization since its beginning 16 years ago has always been about making those connections, overcoming those barriers, ever increasing and strengthening the bonds of fellowship, friendship, love and understanding everywhere we go.  We do it with workshops, with travel, sometimes even a little “cussin’, fightin’ & carryin’ on” – but mostly with conversation, with laughter, and most definitely with music in praise of God.

See us in action in British Columbia!


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Do you make art? Wanna make some $?

Here’s book review about a book that can help.

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Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career by Elizabeth Hyde StevensMake Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

STRONGLY RECOMMEND – I am a huge fan of Jim Henson and his work. About 10 years ago, I became intensely interested in **how** he: did his work, attracted great associates and managed them, made $ too – all whilst creating wonderful art that has such globally positive messages. There wasn’t anything available that I could find….

Earlier this year, a new, much more comprehensive biography of Henson was published which I listened to (audiobook) greedily, hoping to gain more insights. Most of the insights had to do with how much of an impact his art had on me over the course of my life! Others had more to do with his seriously huge work ethic, gained mainly thru the remembrances of his colleagues. I went looking for more, and found this gem.

The author has done quite a bit of deep analysis of Henson’s life & work through which she has drawn some very sensible conclusions which are applicable to any art form, certainly not only puppetry. Hyde Stevens also references a number of other sources to support her conclusions that have added a number of books onto my “to read” pile; in addition, this Kindle book has got wonderful footnotes, almost all are hot-linked.

I’ve not yet finished reading this book as the author has not yet finished serializing it; I look forward to every “episode”!

View all my reviews

David Wilcox in Huntsville – brief version/Cliff Notes

Where:  Straight to Ale Brewery / Folk Mission 

When:  Friday, October 11th, 2013

Who: singer/songwriter/storyteller David Wilcox (and MOST unexpectedly – me)
WilcoxNewPhoto ( I don’t have a promotional photo so I’ll use this one from 2010 in Lucknow, India)

What:  David Wilcox (DW) was partway thru the second set and started playing one of my FAVORITE songs that he does – “The Kid”.  He forgot the words to the second verse.  Being the shrinking violet I am NOT, I called out the next lyrics.  Several others did too, and after a moment, DW said, “Would the woman who first shouted out the lyrics come up & sing this for me?”  I got up on the stage with DW.  I told him that I could only sing harmony with him.  I *IMMEDIATELY* forgot all the lyrics – I was almost no help in remembering; rather more laughing & crying at the same time.  However, he was kind & gracious and I sang some harmony, & we got through the song.

Several people took videos & pictures; they promised to send them to me – I will post them when & if they arrive.

This is the song in another time & place by different players:

Chicago sojourn & “Soon” is a relative term….

……I guess “soon” in comparison to geologic times. Truly I am collecting many photos of various crimes against yarn for your horror/enjoyment or whatever. MY problem is my calendar; it has ganged up on me somehow (I think they must mate/reproduce in the corner when we’re away or asleep). For the last six weeks I’ve been extraORDINARily busy; I feel like my calendar took me outside the joint and worked me over until I’m barely breathing!

Still, I have a new keyboard and that definitely helps.

AND if you happen to be anywhere near Chicago this Memorial Day weekend, you should absolutely come and hear this concert:

A skein of Wollmeise to anyone who can spot me in the above picture!*

I hope to take just a little time whilst in Chicago to visit a yarn store……..maybe.   Oh yeah and I’ll be doing a groovy thing in June in Nashville on June 2nd. Stay tuned.

Yarn crimes….SOON.

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*That’s a joke, y’all. No Wollmeise giveaways here.  :o)

Good things come to those who clean the garage!

Oh! My stash! How I’ve missed you….there will be photos…..There’s still LOADS of work to be done yet.

And I finally got to give away the Mystery gift to its intended recipient:

Ms. Sarah finally got to get “Miss Lavinia” to take home.  She will of course give her a new name in time (I didn’t tell Sarah her interim name.  :o).

"Miss Lavinia" cools herself by the fan....

Y'all, I really am NOT a painter, so I am alternately VERY proud of how this turned out and PATHETICALLY grateful that the painting gods didn't let me mess this up!

At the moment, I’m quite enthusiastic about:

  • ukeleles – we used to have three cheapo ones around here that have all been destroyed by the chilren; I’m really missing them. In fact, there’s some uke Christmas music that’s really grown on me – it’s begging me to download it. The sound of the uke is just so hopeful to me somehow.
  • PG Tips Limited Edition tea made in my mini-teapot. It’s really REALLY good. Come over sometime and we’ll share some.
  • Live365 on-line radio & Jango – type in an artist you like and they give you a “station” that plays it and other music by artists ya ain’t never heard of but are great! Try this one: Renaissance Studio Radio
  • Short rows – all my projects seem to have them at the moment, and I’m learning so many new techniques. I love it. Oh and Cat Bordhi is a flippin’ genius!
  • World Market – they gave me $10 because this is my birthday month. Yay!
  • Sewing – as the knitting stash gets unearthed, so does all the fabric.  And I’m jonesing to make myself a new woolen winter coat.
  • Podcasting – I got a couple of LOVELY emails from listeners. I’m starting work on the next Spirited Knitting podcast – should be done by Thursday. :o)

Off to go air out ze stash!

A new song to sing

Most mornings, when homeschooling, I get to do something that I enjoy (& the kids do not).

Years ago, I read that in the mornings, ‘Abdu’l-Baha would gather the children of the household together (and any adults who wished to join in) and he would make tea for everyone and they would start the day with prayers and singing.  I really liked that idea and started doing it with my kids.  The reason that they don’t like it is because they are ornery, just like their mother AND father, and hate to be told what to do….about anything.  But sometimes, the kids will surprise me; today was one of those days.

This morning the Force of Nature made up a really cute and very brief song about how the Faith is like a Dill Pickle.  I recorded her singing it, and I would love to post it, but my blog is limited in that way so I cannot.  However, I will be happy to send it to anyone who would like it, so just leave a comment below and I’ll email it you.

Weekend Round up /Contest reminder

  • The Force of Nature’s soccer team won a game!
  • -ate some wonderful food at Mezzaluna (try the Eggplant Parmesan appetizer; fantastic!)
  • saw the movie “Good Hair” with some friends (I enjoyed it)
  • Got some more Kureyon for the Lizard Ridge blanket (I’m halfway there)
  • made zero progress on the Tapestry Cowl
  • got “The Individual formerly known as Homeschool Kid”‘s hair cut. Yay!
  • since my hairstyle was making me feel OLD, I even got my hair cut (I now now own a flatiron to style it with….)
  • no band rehearsal because the bandleader had a heart attack (please say healing prayers for Sylvester!)
  • spent what seemed like endless hours tryna fix the Force of Nature’s cobbled-together iPod (I should post a picture – it’s held together with rubber bands for REAL)  and to remove some rather nasty spyware from my ‘puter
  • Studmuffin left for Cali on a business trip
  • I didn’t remember to call my brother for his birthday til like 2 am. I still haven’t called :o(
  • Natasha’s limp has gone away as mysteriously as it came.
  • posted one of my cutest ever posts (I think) about Domo-kun with cute pictures AND NOBODY COMMENTED      :::sad trombone:::  I guess everyone is too busy?  Or do you just hate Domo-kun?  Or is it me?

Today, I:

  • forgot to put out the trash
  • felt like crap all day
  • spoke to 2 wonderful friends on the phone (I love you guys!!!)
  • finished knitting No.1 Son’s birthday prezzie and am felting it (and felting and felting….)
  • took a nap and was
  • late making dinner and so
  • burnt the spaghetti with meatballs……..

Life is good but I still feel yucky. It will pass…..  WHERE is the goshdurn heating pad?!
Meal plan Monday:
Mon- spags & meatballs
Tues- Shepherd’s Pie a la Cracker (this didn’t get made last week; I WILL share the recipe)
Wed- leftovers
Thurs- Mac & cheese & salad
Fri- Romano Beans & rice
Sat- Soup & sandwiches/Corn Chowder
Sun- Chinese take out

CONTEST Reminder

Contest ends on October 31st, 2009 at midnight Alabama time, and the winner will be announced when I get around to it (probably during the following week).  My choice will be completely arbitrary and humor is encouraged.  :o)
Please submit prospective names in the comments – the name I choose for him will win a $14 gift card to Starbucks. If you live someplace without Starbucks, I’ll contact you directly and we’ll work it out.
See all the other names submitted in the comments here

Toodles

A mid-week video

OK, ok so it’s kind of lazy to just post videos instead of writing….well, at least I think so.  However, I think the video below applies to what’s happening with me right now.

I’ve been kinda consumed with fear about this new band venture I’m involved in.  Yep, I’m playing keys for an R&B/funk band.  We had our first rehearsal on Sunday night and they are good, and I am NOT.  So I’m practicing and practicing and trying not to panic.

See, this may seem strange to many, but I know that this fear is a good thing and it’s a big reason why I decided to do this.  Since my brain went wonky four years ago, even the way I learn music is different than before…and it’s much harder.  I really enjoy playing piano/keyboards but I m not very good at it, and I know I don’t practice nearly enough to reach competency.  And of course I’ve got every excuse as to why I can’t/won’t/shouldn’t/don’t feel like practicing at any given moment.  So I really needed an opportunity just like this, where other people are depending on my skill and God provided it for me.

Don’t get me wrong, the possibility of failing at this big time & in public is VERY real and at the moment, it seems just about certain! But this is why it’s so good for me because there’s also the chance that I will rise to the occasion, and this is a very different kind of gig for me:  I’m NOT in charge, I’m not singing any leads, I’m not running the rehearsals or doing booking, and not only am I the newest member of the band (some of these folks have known each other for many years), but I’ve got the fattest(not phattest. oh no….), geekiest look happening, I’m the lone white person AND I’m the weakest musician.  How’s that as a recipe for success?  I’m way out of my comfort zone…and that’s GOOD.

So here’s a motivational little clip for ya.  Wish me luck y’all and I’ll let you know when our next gig is.

More music for Ayyam-i-Ha!

Well, Ayyam-i-Ha was officially over at sunset yesterday (March 1) but I had promised to post more music for y’all and since I got distracted by my life this weekend and didn’t post anything, I decided to go ahead anywayand give y’all some more!

Are you surprised by any of the folks on this list? On this list everyone is a Baha’i *except* the Procussions, but the featured vocalist is Tara Ellis and she *is* a Baha’i. And I am not completely certain that Buffy Sainte-Marie is *officially* a Baha’i, but she has performed at a number of Baha’i conferences over the years, is listed on Wikipedia as an adherent and there is video someplace of her accurate explanation of the Baha’i belief in Progressive revelation…so she if she isn’t officially a Baha’i, she’s one at heart and that’s what counts. :o)

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knitblogs, knitting and tunage

My Google reader has been 1000+  unread posts for over a month.  I’ll no sooner get it down below 1000 and then it’s back up again. Grrr. Guess why I’m up so late?  Well, it’s because of the holidays.  Ya see, most every knitblogger I read has been posting their merry fingers off since they’ve had a bit time off for the holidays, so the number of unread posts is WAY up above 1000. Call me the knitblog Scrooge.

On a happier note, I’m about half-way done with the Ice Queen cowl I started a few days ago for my secret pal, even after frogging back 4 or 5 times.  I sure hope she likes it……. I’m making it out of the 100% cashmere lace that I overdyed.  Some of the dye is crocking off onto my hands as I knit, but not nearly as badly as a few of the indie dyers I’ve bought yarn from.  I even got some really pretty beads to match it for next to nothing at Michael’s. Pictures maybe tomorrow.

AND some rather marvelous news: one of my favorite musicians ever, David Wilcox, has more demos, outtakes and live songs to download, so I did.  He’s one of the few artists that Studmuffin and I both really like, and he’s a truly excellent storyteller with a lot of earnestness (is that a word?) in his lyrics and his voice.  We went to see him for the first time ever a few years ago at Workplay in Birmingham.  First off, if anyone you’d even halfway like to hear live performs at Workplay, you should GO.  It is a simply wonderful place to hear live music – period. They used to have a supercool website – not anymore, but hey!  They’ve put their $ into the actual place. But I digress…….

Anyhow, I coerced Studmuffin into coming out to see Wilcox – it wasn’t that hard, but it did take a wee bit of cajoling, and it was fantastic. I sang a little harmony to myself on most every song, plus the place was packed.  I was in heaven, and the Studmuffin insisted, after I mentioned a whim to do so, that we should hang around after and meet him. I wish now that I hadn’t – not because he wasn’t nice because he was, but I gushed stupid fanguage all over him(something like “I own everything you’ve ever recorded!  Gee by golly whiz bang, Mr. Wilcox, I think yer great!”).  A year or so later for some giftly occasion, like his birthday, I gave STudmuffin a live concert DVD of Wilcox…and it turned out to be the show we had seen in Birmingham. Cool huh?

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So I say allllllllll of that to get to this:  he’s recording a new album, but in the meantime I now have about 18 more tunes of his, most of which are unfamiliar, to listen to until then. Life is good.

A New Year neato-thing

Yes, in case you have been seriously out of pocket, I’ll remind you that as of today it is 2009.

The neato thing I discovered today was that Amazon has about 500 mp3s one can download for free.  I love downloading music legally – there’s a lot out there and much of it is worth hearing and you certainly will not hear it on ze radio.  I have only downloaded 1 song illegally.  I did it 5 years ago and I still feel guilty. Stealing is BAD and I know it. I have been waiting for it to be available for purchase so I can purchase it legally and begin to erase the blot on my conscience.

There’s a lot of blogs out there with free downloads on them; I won’t list those that I know of because my taste in music is SO eclectic and wide-ranging most anyone else would be very frustrated trying to find music that they like.  I will however mention that Magnatune and eMusic have a daily free music download, and Performing Songwriter puts 12 free downloads on their site every month.  Actually, eMusic has lots of free music available if yer a member. And then there are the podcasts……  I have so much new free music that I now would like to get an external drive to hold more music because I won’t hardly ever delete music and the addict wants to be sure of her supply. :o)
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I have 2 New year’s resolutions that I hope to keep. The first is to give more money to my favorite charity rather than less(and therefore buy less yarn because I really DO have enough).  To keep this one, I’ll have to really keep the second one, which is to keep my own personal checking account on the plus side MORE than it is on the minus side.  Someone once asked me if I was really bad at anything, since to that poor misguided soul I had created the illusion of competency – even excellence- in a number of areas; along with maintaining a sylph-like figure, I am really bad at caring for money.

Money does require care; it’s like a poorly domesticated pet.  It’s always off peeing in the corner, rolling around in something foul smelling and dashing out the front door at top speed so you have to spend hours chasing it, then when you finally get the wretched thing contained, it demands to be fed.  Hmmmm…perhaps my attitude has something to do with…?   Could be.  I don’t really care very much about money, so it’s hard for me to take it seriously, kind of like housework.  It’s just a tool and I derive no pleasure from its management.  But Studmuffin takes money management very VERY seriously and sees my lackadaisical attitude as a kind of disrespect for him (because it’s ALL about HIM), plus it’d be nice to spend my money upon things I’d like as opposed to spending it on banking fees.  SO this year, I’m going to pay more attention to it, take better care of it.  Pray for me – I’m way outta my comfort zone on this one.

I promise – actual knitting content is on the way.

Christmas meme

But first this:

funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals
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I got this from the fabulous blog of Smariek Knits:

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper
2. Real tree or Artificial? Usually none, and the Force of Nature will draw one on paper and tape it to the piano. However this year I have a sour orange tree that lives outside during the warm weather and now it’s inside. The Force of Nature has decided it is suitable, has hung several ornaments on it and pronounced it our Christmas tree.
3. When do you put up the tree? N/A
4. When do you take the tree down? N/A
5. Do you like eggnog? yes, but only the homemade non-alcoholic kind. Studmuffin and the kids like storebought…which tastes like glue to me.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Probably the Laura Ingalls Wilder books my grandmother gave me every year.
7. Hardest person to buy for? Studmuffin; he doesn’t really *get* the whole gift giving thing…..
8. Easiest person to buy for? The kids.
9. Do you have a nativity scene? No.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? A few of both
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? The year I got absolutely no gifts for my birthday or Christmas (my birthday is on the 13th) from husband or kids….after busting my but to do everything for everyone else.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It’s a 4 -way tie: The Bishop’s Wife (with Cary Grant), Holiday Inn (which I hardly ever get to see), Muppets Christmas Carol(if you haven’t seen it, you MUST!), and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (with Jim Carrey). I only saw that last one 2 years ago and I just adore it. Bill Murray’s Scrooged is a close runner up; Bobcat Goldthwait is SO funny in this movie….
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Whenever I see something that I think will serve, but we do Christmas pretty small so usually the bulk of the presents shopping is done about a week before. Shopping for the Christmas dinner takes much more time.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Oh yes. I would much rather give a gift to someone else who will love it than to store it unused in my all-too-cluttered house or throw it away (Horrors!).
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Christmas cookies.
16. Lights on the tree? No.
17. Favorite Christmas song? That changes just about daily with me! See the last two posts for a sampling.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Staying home.
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Of COURSE! Dasher Dancer Prancer Vixen Comet Cupid Donner Blitzen and Rudolph….though I love the Ray Stevens’ song “Santa Claus is Watchin’ You” where he renames the reindeer: Bruce Marvin Slick Clyde Doright and Leon.
20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? In the morning. Growing up we always did it Christmas Eve which I prefer, but Studmuffin insists upon the morning so….
21. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The hysterical crazy over commercialization of Christmas in the U.S. Last year I was in British Columbia for a few days before Christmas and it was really really nice and relaxed…even charming. If it wasn’t so cold, I might emigrate.
22. Favorite ornament theme or color? I love snowflakes.
23. What do you want for Christmas this year? Peace on earth
24. Angel on the tree top or a star? Neither
25. Favorite Christmas dinner?One I do not personally have to cook. :o)

A Nice Christmas – MP3 Music Streams on IMEEM

Last year I did much better in posting some of my favorite holiday music to de blog; I’m sorry I didn’t start earlier. Anyway, this collection is rather eclectic – you’ll find a rather wide variety of stuff but not to worry, there’s enough familiar stuff here to make everyone pretty happy.Have a lovely Christmas.

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Music Meme

The rules:
A.) Go to musicoutfitters.com

B.) Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year

C.) Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you don’t like, and  ??? for the ones you don’t remember.

1986  is the year I graduated so here goes:

1. That’s What Friends Are For, Dionne Warwick, Elton John, and Gladys Knight
2. Say You, Say Me, Lionel Richie
3. I Miss You, Klymaxx
4. On My Own , Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald

5. Broken Wings, Mr. Mister
6. How Will I Know, Whitney Houston

7. Party All The Time, Eddie Murphy
8. Burning Heart, Survivor

9. Kyrie, Mr. Mister
10. Addicted To Love, Robert Palmer
11. Greatest Love Of All, Whitney Houston
12. Secret Lovers, Atlantic Starr

13. Friends And Lovers, Carl Anderson and Gloria Loring ???
14. Glory Of Love, Peter Cetera
15. West End Girls, Pet Shop Boys
16. There’ll Be Sad Songs, Billy Ocean
17. Alive And Kicking, Simple Minds
18. Never, Heart
19. Kiss, Prince and The Revolution
20. Higher Love, Steve Winwood

21. Stuck With You, Huey Lewis and The News
22. Holding Back The Years, Simply Red
23. Sledgehammer, Peter Gabriel

24. Sara, Starship
25. Human, Human League
26. I Can’t Wait, Nu Shooz

27. Take My Breath Away, Berlin
28. Rock Me Amadeus, Falco
29. Papa Don’t Preach, Madonna
30. You Give Love A Bad Name, Bon Jovi

31. When The Going Gets Tough, Billy Ocean
32. When I Think Of You, Janet Jackson
33. These Dreams, Heart

34. Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone), Glass Tiger ???
35. Live To Tell, Madonna
36. Mad About You, Belinda Carlisle
37. Something About You, Level 42
38. Venus, Bananarama
39. Dancing On The Ceiling, Lionel Richie
40. Conga, Miami Sound Machine

41. True Colors, Cyndi Lauper
42. Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins
43. What Have You Done For Me Lately, Janet Jackson
44. No One Is To Blame, Howard Jones

45. Let’s Go All The Way, Sly Fox  ???
46. I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On, Robert Palmer
47. Words Get In The Way, Miami Sound Machine
48. Manic Monday, Bangles
49. Walk Of Life, Dire Straits
50. Amanda, Boston

51. Two Of Hearts, Stacey Q ???
52. Crush On You, Jets
53. If You Leave, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
54. Invisible Touch, Genesis
55. The Sweetest Taboo, Sade
56. What You Need, INXS

57. Talk To Me, Stevie Nicks ???
58. Nasty, Janet Jackson
59. Take Me Home Tonight, Eddie Money
60. We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off, Jermaine Stewart
61. All Cried Out, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force
62. Your Love, Outfield

63. I’m Your Man, Wham! ???
64. Perfect Way, Scritti Politti
65. Living In America, James Brown
66. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A., John Cougar Mellencamp
67. Who’s Johnny, El Debarge
68. Word Up, Cameo

69. Why Can’t This Be Love, Van Halen ???
70. Silent Running, Mike + The Mechanics  ???
71. Typical Male, Tina Turner ???
72. Small Town, John Cougar Mellencamp
73. Tarzan Boy, Baltimora ???
74. All I Need Is A Miracle, Mike + The Mechanics
75. Sweet Freedom, Michael McDonald

76. True Blue, Madonna
77. Rumors, Timex Social Club

78. Life In A Northern Town, Dream Academy
79. Bad Boy, Miami Sound Machine ???
80. Sleeping Bag, ZZ Top ???
81. Tonight She Comes, Cars
82. Love Touch, Rod Stewart
83. A Love Bizarre, Sheila E.
84. Throwing It All Away, Genesis

85. Baby Love, Regina ???
86. Election Day, Arcadia ???
87. Nikita, Elton John
88. Take Me Home, Phil Collins
89. Walk This Way, Run-D.M.C.
90. Sweet Love, Anita Baker
91. Your Wildest Dreams, Moody Blues

92. Spies Like Us, Paul McCartney ???
93. Object Of My Desire, Starpoint ???
94. Dreamtime, Daryl Hall ???
95. Tender Love, Force M.D.’s
96. King For A Day, Thompson Twins

97. Love Will Conquer All, Lionel Richie ???
98. A Different Corner, George Michael ???
99. I’ll Be Over You, Toto ???
100. Go Home, Stevie Wonder ???

The ones I’ve bolded, I can remember the all the lyrics to almost all of those songs…..  Is it any wonder that I cannot remember stuff now?