Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving thoughts

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types ofquestions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. You may have heard the expression, “honor among thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from, if possible. We also provide a link to the victim’s questions in our “Previous Victims” widget. (It’s our wayof 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 recently asked questions from a previously post. Cheers to all of us thieves!

With Thanksgiving coming up this week, I thought it might be fun to find a set of Thanksgiving-related questions.  This came from a site called Documented Legacy

1.  What made you feel patriotic this year? Nobody made me, I already AM! 
2 . What do you value most about your life? Family. Dogs. Dogs. Family 😉 
3.  What do you appreciate about your friendships For the most part, my friends are loyal and kind. I’ve dropped a few in the last few years because they seemed to have NO NEED for me in their lives. Funny, I’m doing okay. 
4.  Name one person who can make you laugh, even months later. Why? Ginger, that woman is a HOOT!!
5.  What is the funniest thing you remember about a Thanksgiving past? um… I suffer from CSR. 
6.  Do you have any unusual traditions, rituals or habits around Thanksgiving? We used to. My cousin Linda does Thanksgiving. She sets an amazing spread. But I haven’t been able to attend in awhile. Paul’s back has kept me home for the past 2 years. 
7.  Name one ancestor that you think about on Thanksgiving and tell us why. One ancestor… I cant bring one to mind at this moment
8.  Is there a family heirloom at the Thanksgiving table? What its story? no, but I think I am going to cry for lack of tradition and memories.
9.  What is your favorite part about Thanksgiving Day? When I was able to partic ipate… It was seeing all of my family at one long huge table. Now, nothing.
10. What random act of kindness did you perform or that was done to you this year that makes you feel grateful? unexpected texts from my nieces. Seems I have a shitty life as I do this…
11. What do you appreciate about the change of seasons? The cool down. 
12. Name five things that make you happy about today.
13. How has the celebration of Thanksgiving today changed from when you were little?I don’t have parents, and I don’t see the family. 
14. If you could share Thanksgiving dinner today with one person in history who would it be? Why? (Note: it can be a relative) My Dad.
15. What is one wish you have for the next generation as they begin to establish their own Thanksgiving traditions. I’m not the one to ask this question. I don’t have kids, and ….

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Son of a Preacher Man

Son of a Preacher Man

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: Son of a Preacher Man (1968)

Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) This song was originally offered to Aretha Franklin, who turned it down. What’s the most recent thing that you said “no” to? Hmmmmmm. No, I don’t feel like adulting. Today!
2) Two years later, Aretha recorded “Son of a Preacher Man.” What’s something you changed your mind about? Being married to my first husband. We REmarried almost 3 years ago.

3) This song tells the tale of Billy Ray, a young man who could be very persuasive. If we wanted to change your mind about something, would you be more easily swayed by an emotional argument, or with verifiable facts? Emotions
4) If you ordered a “Son of a Preacher Man” in a bar, you’d get a cocktail made with peppermint schnapps, gin and lemonade. When did you last have lemonade? Was it just lemonade, or was it spiked with alcohol? I am addicted to Chic fil A lemonade. Yesterday I had one. 

5) Dusty had a thing for maps. She admired them artistically and enjoyed using them to take long car trips. Do you use printed maps? Or do you rely on technology, like GPS or Google Maps? Driving for a living, I use WAZE app map. 

6) As a girl, she attended convent school. There, one of the nuns discouraged Dusty from performing, telling her that if she would do better to be a mother or a librarian. When you were growing up, did the adults in your world encourage your dreams?  Absolutely not. My uncle had a position lined up for me with TWA, in the late 70s. The job was in Pittsburgh, a mere hour away, and my dad said NO. You are not moving there, or working there. sadly.

7) That nun inspired Dusty’s first major act of rebellion. In an attempt to make herself look less like a future librarian or housewife, she bleached her hair platinum blonde. In school, were you much of a rebel? Or did you conform to the expectations adults had of you? I was a rebel. Never faced a pregnancy or jail, but I  broke every o ther rule set. 

8) Early in her career, Dusty provided the entertainment at a family summer camp. She appeared on the bill with a clown, a fire-eater and a hypnotist. Have you ever been hypnotized? 3 Times. I’m still fat.

9) Random question: Have you ever played matchmaker to your friends? If yes, did your efforts lead to romance? Yes, with my friends Tricia and Billy. They have been married 20 years. 

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get down tonight

Get Down Tonight

 

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: Get Down Tonight (1975)

Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) Tonight, KC has three things on his “to-do” list: do a little dance, make a little love and get down. Tell us three things you’d like to accomplish this weekend.
 1. make 300. driving

scrub the fan blades and vacuum my room and the kitchen.

go to my great niece and nephews church. 
2) This week’s song is considered emblematic of disco, a genre that had as many detractors as fans. Is there a kind of music you simply cannot stand?
Rap!
3) Before becoming a musician, KC, aka Harry Casey, worked in a record store. In those days, record stores were very popular. Peaches, Coconuts, Sam Goody and Tower Records are four store chains that once dotted the landscape but now are gone. Today, if you wanted to purchase a CD, where would you turn?
Amazon
4) One of his duties at the record store was unloading the big corrugated shippers filled with LPs. What’s the heaviest thing you’ve lifted lately?
Have you ever purchased the #13 bag of baking soda from sams club? well, it feels like it weighs 50!! so that. 
5) KC is proud that he’s lived his entire life in Miami-Dade County. Do you expect to change your address in the next year or so?
Not for a long while. We always talk of moving here or there, but that 4 years away from ohio, made me realize in my heart where home is.

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6) In 1975, the year this song was popular, former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, never to be seen again. Many theories flourish about what may have happened to him. Is there a famous criminal case that has a hold on your attention?
nah.
7) Jaws was the most popular movie of 1975. Are you afraid of sharks?
I’m going to go with yes.
8) Actress Angelina Jolie was born in 1975. People magazine once named her “most beautiful.” Who is the most beautiful woman you can think of?
My sister. 

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9) Random question: A wizard offers you a choice — would you like your life to stay as it is right now (in terms of your health, your career, your relationships and your finances) for the next 5 years, or would you like to take a chance that the future will be brighter?

I think I’ll chance it! 

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November 4 Photo Challenge. Clothes.

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This summer I discovered these long, sleeveless, flowy, amazing shirts at TJMaxx for SIXTEEN BUCKS! I’m not much of a clothes buyer, but my sis and I went to Atlanta for a weekend to visit our family and I had to have something. I have fat ‘wings’ and RARELY  wear sleeveless, but I did’t care too much. Levis ( on amazon or from plus size thrift shops). I wish I could wear pretty things, but size 20 doesn’t afford much for pretty clothes.

 

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FIRST THINGS FIRST. sunday stealing

First Things First

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types ofquestions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. You may have heard the expression, “honor among thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from, if possible. We also provide a link to the victim’s questions in our “Previous Victims” widget. (It’s our wayof 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 recently asked questions from a previously post. Cheers to all of us thieves!

This is another set of questions I found on SwapBot.

{1} First thing you would do/buy if you won the lottery:  A new little min pin. I miss Spikey so much
{2} First person you call when you get amazing news: No one. My days aren’t all that.
{3} First thing you do when you’ve had a bad day: watch tv. alone.
{4} First movie you went to without your parents: I’m closing in on 60. I can’t remember things like that.
{5} First sport you played (Little League-style or in school): Didn’t play sports
{6} First major injury: In 1984 I broke my  knee cap my calf bone and had to have my center leg rebuilt.
{7} First product I use in the shower: Expresso Body Wash
{8} First apartment or house on your own (away from you parents!): 316 Moody Ave. New Castle PA. 16101. 412-625-5217
{9} First Roommate(s): Lets pass on this one.
{10} First Time Living Away from Home: 1978, I was 20
{11} First magazine subscription: seriously?
{12} First real piece of jewelry you owned:  my dad bought me a star sapphire in 77
{13} First time staying home alone: I guess if teenagers were answering these, THEY might remember things like this.
{14} First thing I reach for in the fridge: Lemon Juice
{15} First car accident or traffic violation: going 55 in a 35. No ticket, but he knew my folks and they knew by the time I got home. 

Bonus:  Toilet paper, over or under? over

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SUDDENLY I SEE

Suddenly I See

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 to answer the questions, however, and here is today’s questions!

Saturday 9: Suddenly I See (2005)
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is a tribute to Patti Smith, the rocker who inspired KT Tunstall. What woman who has inspired you?
i am very uninspired… 
2) In this video, you can see a turntable and an LP. When is the last time you played a record?

Probably the late 80s
3) Growing up, Ms. Tunstall seldom sang at home because her father is severely hearing impaired and music interfered with his sensitive hearing aid. Do you, or does anyone in your family, wear a hearing aid?
no, but a couple should!
4) In high school, she got experience performing on street corners. Have you ever tipped a street musician?
when I lived in CA, we were at Venice Beach a LOT. Yes, they were tipped
5) When this song was popular, Microsoft introduced the Xbox 360 to North America. Are you into gaming?
nooooooooooooo
6)  In 2005, Prince Charles married his long-time love, Camilla Parker Bowles.At the time of their wedding, 73% of Brits said they disapproved of her. Today, her popularity has increased somewhat and her disapproval has dropped to 55%. Do you know anyone who married someone you didn’t like? Did their spouse grow on you with time?
 Nah. Most of my friends married our group friends. I liked them all.
7) Harry Potter ad the Goblet of Fire was popular in theaters. Who is your favorite “Harry Potter” character?

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8) In 2005, YouTube was introduced by three young men who met while working at PayPal. What’s the last thing you paid for using PayPal?
Um… probably 5 is years ago. My checking acct was hacked and I had to get another card, and never bothered changing over on my account.
9) Random Question: After a long, exhausting day of travel, you check into a motel. The room is not at all to your liking. It’s next to the ice machine, so you can hear cubes dropping noisily into metal buckets. Your view is of the parking lot. The bathtowels and thin and tiny. In short, you feel like you’re being ripped off. Do you grab your bag, turn on your heel and check out, hoping there are better accommodations nearby? Or do you say, “What the hell, it’s only one night,” and climb into bed?
I’d leave. I am particular about where I rest my head. 
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November Writing Challenge. Day 3. Mornings

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morn·ing
ˈmôrniNG/
noun
plural noun: mornings
  1. 1.
    the period of time between midnight and noon, especially from sunrise to noon.
    “I toiled in the fields from morning till night”
    synonyms: before noon, before lunch/lunchtime, this a.m.;

    literarythis morn, this forenoon
    “I’ve got a meeting this morning
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adverb

informal
adverb: mornings
  1. 1.
    every morning.
    “mornings, she’d sleep late
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    I don’t have my Spikey here with me to wake me up each morning, but I never fail to get a text from someone saying goodmorning. Its not my fun part of the day anymore. Text me around 10, I’ll be a happy girl !   Isn’t that terrible. I used to  get up at 3 everyday to feed the cats and the dogs and be at work by 4 30. Bakers hours. They are not great, but you can get so much more done in the mornings. These mornings consist of taking care of the house, starting dinner ( because THAT starts around noon), and keeping my foot up.  Sometime soon I will start driving my Uber again. But my foot still gives me much trouble, that I hate!

 

Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have. — Lemony Snicket

“Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.”
― Glen CookSweet Silver Blues

“She says you’re not awake until you’re actually out of bed and standing up.” 
― Richelle MeadBlood Promise

“I am not a Sunday morning inside four walls
with clean blood
and organized drawers.
I am the hurricane setting fire to the forests
at night when no one else is alive
or awake
however you choose to see it
and I live in my own flames
sometimes burning too bright and too wild
to make things last
or handle
myself or anyone else
and so I run.
run run run
far and wide
until my bones ache and lungs split
and it feels good.
Hear that people? It feels good
because I am the slave and ruler of my own body
and I wish to do with it exactly as I please”
― Charlotte Eriksson

“How sweet the morning air is! See how that one little cloud floats like a pink feather from some gigantic flamingo. Now the red rim of the sun pushes itself over the London cloud-bank. It shines on a good many folk, but on none, I dare bet, who are on a stranger errand than you and I. How small we feel with our petty ambitions and strivings in the presence of the great elemental forces of Nature!” 
― Arthur Conan DoyleSherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, 

 

“I avoid that bleak first hour of the working day during which my still sluggish senses and body make every chore a penance. I find that in arriving later, the work which I do perform is of a much higher quality.”
― John Kennedy TooleA Confederacy of Dunces

 

I can tell you, I am at my peak of effectiveness in the morning. The morning  hours where talking to My Father, and asking the He would protect my family, and my pups. I used to think it silly to pray for my animals, but now I do not believe that praying for ANYTHING is silly. I send out texts and encouraging thoughts and scripture to nearly 100 friends and family. No one has disowned me, so I think I have a good group!!

There are many verses in the Bible that talk about mornings, or promises made by God to us in the morning. Promises that we can take through the day, to lean on, depend on and go through our day, remembering. Before I wrap this up and call it a night… I’d like to share a few with you.

Lamentations 3:22-23  The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

Psalm 59:16   But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress.

Jeremiah 21:12  O house of David, thus says the LORD: “Administer justice every morning; And deliver the person who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor, That My wrath may not go forth like fire And burn with none to extinguish it, Because of the evil of their deeds.

1 Chronicles 23:30  They are to stand every morning to thank and to praise the LORD, and likewise at evening,

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November Writing Challenge. Day 2. Thankful for Comfort

Comfort… I was going to   show some soft pillows and a warm beach, but my comfort comes from within my family. My parents, who I miss every single day, my sister and brother and their children and grandchildren, who my world revolves around, to cousins and every one that touches my life. My husband and our home, my ‘kids’, who if you know me know that my Spikey was the love of my life, and I look at his pictures and cry like a baby. He has always been my profile picture since the day I kissed him goodbye on July 3, 2017.

My comfort comes in the lives of everyone that touches mine.

 

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