6.29.2019

The first time... ever I saw your face


Like a good number of people, the only version of the song "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" that I really knew of, is the Roberta Flack version.  It's beautiful and romantic and... well, I didn't give it a whole lot of thought.

Until I did.

Tonight someone mentioned that song and it got stuck in my head.  On whim, I was going to look it up online and listen to the whole thing as it's been a few years since I've listened to it.

I did a general search on Duck Duck Go and saw a return of a recording of the song done by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger.  Hmmm.  That piqued my curiosity because it listed the song as from 1957.  Again, having only heard/known the Roberta Flack version, I clicked on the link, which was not a youtube site, but a personal site the person had embedded the video in.  I hit PLAY and started to listen.

And wow... a bit screechy and not at ALL like Roberta Flack's version... I thought I had clicked on the wrong song.

So I clicked away and went back to my original search.  This time I read the history of the song and bingo!  The version I was listening to was the original. 

"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" is a 1957 folk song written by political singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, who later become his wife, but at the time, he was married to someone else. 

The song was later released by Peter, Paul and Mary (1965?) and then recorded by Roberta Flack (1972?)

Roberta's version being almost a completely different song!  Much slower, in a lower voice and just much more romantic and full of emotion than the original version.

I decided to look up numerous versions on YouTube and found this listing on one of them, with a long list of numerous artists that covered the song.

"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" has been covered by numerous artists such as Joe and Eddie, Elvis Presley, George Michael, Marianne Faithfull, Kate Havnevik, the Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte, June Tabor, the Chad Mitchell Trio-Mike Kobluk solo, Gordon Lightfoot, Vern Gosdin, Shirley Bassey, Steven Houghton, Bert Jansch, Maria Taylor, The Easy Club, Peter, Paul and Mary, We Five, Johnny Cash, The Chi-Lites, José Carreras, Michael Sweet, Jeffrey Gaines, Isaac Hayes, Nana Mouskouri, Bradley Joseph, Joanna Law, Richard Marx, Alison Moyet, Stereophonics & Jools Holland, Mel Tormé, Vanessa L. Williams, Mathilde Santing, Cindytalk, Amanda Palmer, Conner Reeves, Christy Moore, Vikki Carr, Brian Kennedy, David Cook, Journey South, Bobby Vinton, Kate Ceberano, Lauryn Hill, Leona Lewis, Gregorian, Wayne Newton, Engelbert Humperdinck, The Temptations, The Smothers Brothers, Johnny Mathis, Paul Potts, Jeffrey Osborne, Andy Williams, Bob Monkhouse, Petula Clark, Harry Connick, Jr., Aaron Neville, Marcia Griffiths (member of the I-Threes), Emily Barker and Matt Cardle." - Youtube



Here is the original folk song version written by Ewan MacColl, before anyone else ever put their own spin on it.



Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger 

- The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face







Gordon still had the 'folksy' sound to his cover of it.  Still close to the original but with his smooth voice and way of singing it, which does make it sound very different from Peggy Seeger's version.

GORDON LIGHTFOOT 

 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face





I really liked this version.  A tribute to Ewan, 25 years after he passed.  Christy Moore and his 'lilt' gives it a beautiful rendition (I think).

Christy Moore 

'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' 

Festival Theatre Edinburgh, 11 April 2014





And one of my favorite versions...  Johnny Cash.


Johnny Cash 

The first time ever I saw your face








I heard some really atrocious versions when I was perusing YouTube listening to various artists covering the song.  I'm not going to name names, because you know, your own personal taste  and all that.  But if you decide to spend a portion of tonight listening to covers of this song as well, be prepared for some that will make you click away... really fast!  









Rambling about music...  it's just the coffee talking again.















6.28.2019

Rambling over ice water... yeah, it's usually coffee but it's summer, hot and 7:00 pm. Buffalo 66 and Merry Old England




Well, I admit I actually did make fresh coffee at 4:00 and had that but now it really is ice water.  I like to eat the ice.  Yep, I'm an ice-cruncher.

I'm deciding what to do to occupy my time.  No family members here this evening except the Husband - who is downstairs in his man cave/workout room working out.   I ate dinner and have his warming in the oven for him later so basically... I'm good for the night and not sure if I want to research something, read, find a movie online or....?

So here I am, and I think I'll just think out loud and type.....

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Earlier today I was thinking about the phrase "Merry old England" and wondered how the world that got started?  So of course a quick 4 second search on Duck, Duck Go tells me that Wiki claims it's this;

""Merry England", or in more jocular, archaic spelling "Merrie England", refers to an English autostereotype, a utopian conception of English society and culture based on an idyllic pastoral way of life that was allegedly prevalent in Early Modern Britain at some time between the Middle Ages and the onset of the Industrial Revolution."
That was kind of a let down.

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Today I watched a movie that, although it came out in 1998 (I think), I had never seen.  It's free this month on Vudu and called Buffalo 66.  I ended up loving it - not for the story line really... but for the acting.  Vincent Gallo and Christina Ricci are both fabulous in it.  I just found myself mesmerized by watching how well they played the quirky characters.  I loved how they made Billy and Layla (aka; Wendy) more real by doing normal 'people' things that most directors don't either put into a movie, or make the actors redo the scene if they do it... like scratching their nose, or wrinkling up their nose as if it's a little itch.  The timing was good too.  Sometimes waiting an awkward six or seven seconds to answer - as we do in real life when our lines aren't scripted and we need to think of the words we want to get out.

I loved how Layla did the "kind of sort of tip toe on the hotel floor after getting out of the bathtub" that I do when I don't really want to touch the hotel floor with my clean wet feet.  Also loved that she put her sweater back on - no bra - and wrapped the towel around her waist.  Again - more real life than than the norm in movies.  Wanted to smack Billy's Mom (especially when she couldn't be bothered to remember he was allergic to chocolate) but OH MY GOODNESS on that whole conversation... another real life 'thing' where the parent remembers things completely different than the child.  

One last thing and I'll stop blathering on about it... loved when he first kidnapped her and was trying to make sure she 'behaved' when meeting his parents.  I can't do justice to it so just a second, and I'll find it online so I get it right...

"I'm asking you to come there and make me look good. Alright? And if you make a fool out of me, I swear to God, I'll kill you right there. Boom! Right in front of Mommy and Daddy. And I'll tell you something else, you make me look bad... I will never ever talk to you again, ever. But if you do a good job, well, then you can be my best friend. My best friend that I've ever had. You hear me?"

I thought that was funny.
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My favorite husband is now done working out and I guess I'm going to call this a good place to quit on this particular post.  I only got to two topics after all - not the 3 or 4 I thought I would.  But that's ok.  There's always tomorrow... and a lot of fresh, hot coffee.













6.24.2019

Pondering Over Coffee - That urge to go camping....


I'm having a cup of coffee (which I'll regret because it's 7:30 pm so I'll be up until 11:30 now at least) and pondering taking off and heading out to the woods tomorrow to camp.
 














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Sweet Child Of Mine.....




Today was my daughter's day off of work this week.  She texted me to say "Hey, we're still going today but I'm running late...."

She must have forgotten that she never told me we were going anywhere together today in the first place!  But I knew exactly where she meant for us to go.

So with that heads up text I went in the bedroom to change clothes - again - as I had dressed for the day already.  I was wearing clothes to paint the family room in... not to run errands to the social security administration building and the DMV. 

I love running errands with this child as she is so much like me.  We have fun.  We talk non-stop but even when we talk, we usually don't have to talk.  We say the same things, we think the same things.  We can talk without saying a word sometimes.  She gets me.  She knows me better than my husband does, and he and I have been together forever!

Today I picked up a USB drive from the little cup next to the driver's seat.  I put it in and waited for the music to begin.
"You'll like this song." I said.

As the music started to play, she grinned.  It was the song she walked down the aisle to at her wedding just a month ago.

"This is the backup copy I made."
She looked at me and smiled as I continued.

"Yeah, this is the USB drive I made a copy of your processional and another song on as a back up, and taped to the back of the folder I had with me of all the wedding stuff that day.  Just in case.  You know, just in case the DJ didn't have it or have the right version."

She grinned.  "Of course you did."

Yes. Of course I did.

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About a mile later I heard her take a small intake of breath as if she was going to say something but then she didn't.  We continued driving another mile and stopped at the courthouse where our next errand was.  When we finished we were returning back the way we had came.

When we got to the spot where I heard her take the breath earlier I said, "On our way here I heard you take a breath as if you were going to say something, and then you didn't.  You were going to suggest stopping at that little thrift store weren't you?  But then decided not to."

She grinned.  "Yep.  I started to suggest stopping but then I realized payday isn't until tomorrow and I don't really have any money to spend today... and I never really find anything at that one anyway."

But we both smiled.  Because she didn't have to say it.  I knew what she was thinking when we passed by.

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She knows which parking spot I'm going to choose in the lot because it 'feels' right.
It's the same one she would choose.
We say the same sentence at the same time... completely random.  "Look at that truck!"  "Ohhh what a cute shirt!"  "We should get coffee."  "What an idiot!"
We have shopped separately in the same store and met up 20 minutes later at the check out only to find we've chosen the exact same items... a coffee cup, a shirt, shoes, a kitchen item.
She shows up at my house to run and errand together or we agree to meet somewhere in the city only to find we've dressed alike.  Whether it's a random black leggings with a pink shirt (NEITHER of us EVER wear pink normally!), or plaid shirts and skinny jeans, green t-shirts and leggings....  we just laugh.  We know it's going to happen more often than not.

Oh this child.
She is my heart.






6.21.2019

Rambling over coffee: Stop capitalizing every first letter of every word in your sentences!



On blogs and Facebook....


Why Do Some People Type Their Sentences Like This?  It Makes Me Batty!  Stop Capitalizing Every Darn First Letter Of  Every Word Of Your Entire Sentence!

I CAN STAND ALL CAPS SO MUCH EASIER THAN THE PREVIOUS EXAMPLE.










Rambling over coffee: The fan on my computer, and kids say the darndest things



The fan on my laptop won't stop running.
I've turned it off, restarted it, and did a few other things but nope.  It's determined to run.  I realized this this morning when I woke up, walked out of the bedroom and heard something running...  only to realize it was my laptop.  My closed laptop.  Because when you close the lid it shuts it down to sleep mode.  Which I did last night when I went to sleep.  But apparently my laptop did not want to sleep.  So it's still partying hard... since last night around 9:pm apparently.

And I am one of those people in which background noise like this drives me crazy. 

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Although my kids are all too old now for the funny stories this blog used to have...
Some of my kids are now old enough to have kids. 


Me:  I am pretty sure that basket is supposed to have blocks in it and not be on somebody's head.
He:  Too late.  Already happened.



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From my daughter:

I asked the boys to pick up before dinner.
4 year old said, "Ugh.  I am picking up!"
I said, "You aren't going very fast."
He said, "Well... I'm not very hungry so...."


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My son-in-law goes to his 4 year olds room to find him playing instead of picking up his toys...

He:  "You're supposed to be picking up your blocks."
4 year old:  "Well... I don't even know you so... umm, no."


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4 year old explaining his picture to me....

This is a bunny rabbit.  
It doesn't have eyes yet because it's a baby.
That's how that works.

(It's a newborn bunny whose eyes aren't opened yet...)











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6.19.2019

Rambling over coffee: 5 things about me you don't need to know



There is one particular website that seems to be ran by no one over the age of 28 and all of the employees seem to be perpetually stuck at age 13 emotionally and well, education wise as well.  They like to repost news articles from other sources and call themselves journalists.  The thing is, they write the stupidest headlines.

The headlines seriously irk me.  And one that they over-use is also used by numerous other 'social media' accounts for various news sites and well, bloggers too.  It's the irritating "10 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT......"  or "WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ------"

Really?

I "NEED" to know those 5 things about Beyonce'? Or I NEED to know these 5 details about how to cut a watermelon?  The 10 things I NEED TO KNOW about the hottest dresses this summer?

OMG... no.  I do not NEED TO KNOW those things.
I may or may not WANT to know.  Or have a slight interest in knowing, or perhaps am bored so yeah, I'll read a few interesting tidbits.  But NEED TO KNOW?  No.

So this morning, as I'm procrastinating starting my day, and I've got 'nuthin' in particular to chat about over morning coffee, I decided to do the fall-back post everyone keeps in their back pockets;  some random things about me.

I'm just going to choose 5 because the typical 10 or 100 is just meh... not this morning.

And guess what?  These are 5 things you do NOT "NEED" to know!  Ha ha.  Although if I was a 23 year old wanna-be-journalist I'd be telling you --- 

"BREAKING NEWS:  MUST KNOW FOR WEDNESDAY! YOU NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS ABOUT ME!"

But you don't.  Really.

1.  I love coffee... now.  But I hated coffee in all forms until I was about 28 years old.  Now?  I don't start my day without it and when I've ran out of coffee in the morning before work or while running errands, I've been known to stop into my local dentists office to say 'hey' and get a cup of coffee because they kept Keurig brewers there and offered fresh, hot, free coffee all day.  (The dentist was also my next-door neighbor so stopping by their office to say 'hey' to her and her husband, and her mother, who ran the front desk, wasn't as weird as it may sound.)

2.  I haven't watched television since September of... 1998 or 1999.  We have an 80" television in our family room but I only go into that room about once or twice a week; usually to vacuum.  And I don't really know how to run the remote(s) for all those do-dads like the DVD player, the video players, the sound board, and whatever else my husband has in there. I could not tell you anything about how to fast forward through commercials (which I've heard you can do?) or anything that has to do with all the options available to people watching tv today.  I got sick of what was being shown on TV (sex/language during 'prime time' - when young children and family time mean kids were subjected to things between 6:30-8:00 that were better left till after 9:pm) - I wrote an email to the network to tell them I was no longer watching... and then, I just stopped watching television all together.  I did discover The Big Bang Theory online in their 5th season and watched episodes online every few weeks when I remembered to.  But nope... haven't watched tv in 20 years.  And no, I don't miss it AT ALL.

3.  I've given away a perfect minivan for free.  Call me a bleeding heart conservative Republican if you will... but when I was ready to give up the "Mom" minivan and get a different vehicle, I didn't want to sell it.  Money doesn't mean a whole lot to me.  I want to have enough to pay bills and not be sick with anxiety that keeps me up at night, but making tons of money has never been an interest.  I want to work hard for what I have, earn what I own, and take responsibility for providing for my family.  That's enough for me.  So instead of getting a few thousand for my "Mom Van"  which was about 11 years old but still in perfect shape, looked great, ran perfect... I put the word out to some people I know who were active in the community and their church who would 'hear' if there were any families that needed a vehicle.  There was.  A single Mom going through a divorce who was due to have her vehicle repossessed literally at any minute, could use it.  So... I gave it away.

4.  I love vegetables and will choose vegetables over desserts anytime and every time. I especially love Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Spinach, Onions and Asparagus.

5.  I was on the Price Is Right.  I've spun The Big Wheel.  I went $.05 over so I didn't win.





.... it's just the coffee talking again.


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6.16.2019

When life starts to resemble the movie series "Final Destination"



This morning is quiet, and I have my 3rd (or is it my 4th?) coffee in hand.  I am entertaining myself on the internet by clicking on random old blogs; linking from to the next from links on their pages so it's fairly random.  And by old... I mean most all of them haven't been updated since 2008 or so.  So, not ancient... but old enough they've long been abandoned and I often wonder whatever happened to the individual or family.  Especially when the blog focused on a medical issue, an upcoming adoption, or some other life event.

But what is spurring this mornings post and ramble over coffee is the mention of a brain tumor on one of the aforementioned blogs.  Actually... two of them.  One, a brain tumor took the life of a 32 year old young woman and another, the life of a healthy 45 year old man.

And because of those mentions, I thought of my husbands high school classmate who passed away from a brain aneurysm... she was 28.  She was incredibly smart - worked on the computer systems for the US military.  Was a wife and a mother.  And just like that, without warning, she was gone.

But that brought up my next thought; how many people from my husbands class have passed away at an early age. 

He and I were talking about this last year after yet another of his old classmates passed.  We are not all that old, and yet so many of his friends have already died... and in so many odd ways.  But probably more important to the fact that many of his classmates are already gone, is that he came from a very, very small school.

He had 50 kids in his graduating class.  About ten of them have already passed away and I'm not sure any of them died from the same thing.  Some, the strangest situations led to their passing. 

When we were talking about it last year (after finding out another friend had lost his life) we mentioned it was almost like the movie series "Final Destination".  One by the high school friends die in strange but different ways.

No, we don't seriously think it's like Final Destination... and no, there is nothing supernatural about the deaths.  The comparison was simply a generalized mention since so many kids of one small high school class are passing away at a young age, in so many different and often, unlikely ways.

As I sipped my coffee I started to think about, and remember fondly, some of my husbands (and sometimes my) friends that had passed from his original class.

One of the first to pass away suddenly was when they were in 3rd grade.  It was a little boy, a good friend of my husbands and his little band of boys.  His friend started to get bad headaches.  He ended up passing away from a brain tumor no one even suspected.  By high school they had lost one more, although my memory doesn't recall what she passed from.  Soon one died from a brain aneurysm.  Another got sick from e.Coli and passed away.  Still another by a car accident. Another was working on a raised platform and a piece of machinery came loose, he fell to the concrete below and was killed when it fell on top of him from ten feet above.  Another friend of my husbands, and I believe this is the most recent, passed last year from cancer.  He left behind 3 small children and a devoted wife....  just so many, and in so many different ways. 

And from such a small class size to start with.

By comparison, my graduating class was triple the size of his and I think we've lost one person from our class and we've been out of school for 30 years.

I'm not really 'going anywhere' with this rambling post... it's just me thinking out loud after reading about someone young who passed from a brain tumor. 

.... it's just the coffee talking again.


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You might also be interested in the Final Destination movie series mentioned in the above post, available through Amazon;

Final Destination
Final Destination 2
Final Destination 3 on Blu-ray
The Final Destination

Final Destination 5


   


6.13.2019

Yahoo can't seem to hire anyone with two brain cells to rub together.... I don't think the word "LITERAL" means what you think it does




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I can just hear the idiot Yahoo journalist doing that irritating 20-something screech "OH MY GOD!!! AHHHH!"  giggle giggle.  You know the one.  The one that tells you they may be 25 in years but perpetually stuck somewhere around age 13.

And Yahoo hires them.

I have an old yahoo email that my 91 year old father-in-law and my own parents use to contact me and as much as I hate to even click on Yahoo anymore (liberal twits with zero brain cells all together - the lot of them), I've had the email for so many years that it's easier to keep using it to correspond with my elderly relatives than it would be to convince them to use a different one.  So I happen to see the Yahoo 'news' (cough cough... soooo not legit news) once in a while.  And when I do, I repeatedly just shake my head at the stupidity that bleeds through their headlines and 'news' articles.

And just to point out not only did this Yahoo writer not understand the word "LITERAL" but it ends up that Courteney Cox's daughter does NOT resemble her as much as she does her Daddy.  Coco and David resemble each other so much there is no denying the genes there... so what is this journalist smoking?

No my dear Yahoo writer... her daughter is not her "literal twin".   Not even figuratively speaking... as you can see from the comments on twitter, yahoo, instagram... all proclaiming how Coco looks just like her Dad.  Doesn't really even resemble her Mom much.  The public seems to disagree with you.



















6.12.2019

Joe Biden and Barack Obama claiming 'no scandals' reminds me of the song by Shaggy "Wasn't Me"


Biden has started to sing the same false song that Obama's been chirping, hoping to change the course of history.  Say it enough times and people start to believe it....  scandals?  What scandals?  I don't know about any scandals!

Today I was looking over a twitter feed (but not my coffee talking feed since I was suspended by twitter for calling out a bald faced lie by a political leader... and twitter deemed it hateful and put me in Twitter jail.  They won't let me out unless I give them my phone number and hellllllloooo no, that ain't gonna happen.  LOL) ANYWAY!  I was looking over the twitter feed and saw that Creepy Joe is claiming 'no scandals' during his time as VP under Obama.
 
Well, he's never been the brightest crayon in the box, but apparently he's smart enough to continue to give voice to the same lie Obama's been hoping people swallow.

Nope. Not true. 

LIST: Obama’s 29 scandals and the media’s campaign to hide them

18 Major Scandals in Obama‘s ‘Scandal-Free’ Presidency


But today when I read it, I was thinking to myself;  Wow, it's just like the song by Shaggy "Wasn't Me" - caught red handed with another woman, his friend tells him to claim 'wasn't me'.  He points out all the things he was literally SEEN doing.  Caught by his girl.  She was standing right there watching.  His friend tells him to just keep claiming it wasn't him....

No matter what proof they show, no matter the truth; just keep proclaiming you're innocent.  Maybe they'll start to believe your lie!



Yo man
Yo
Open up man
What do you want man?
My girl just caught me
You let her catch you?
I don't know how I let this happen

With who?
The girl next door, you know?

Man...
I don't know what to do
Say it wasn't you
Alright

Honey came in and she caught me red-handed
Creeping with the girl next door
Picture this we were both butt-naked
Banging on the bathroom floor
How could I forget
That I had given her an extra key

All this time she was standing there

She never took her eyes off me
How you can grant the woman access to your villa
Trespasser and a witness while you cling on your pillow
You better watch your back before she turn into a killer

Best for you and the situation not to call the beaner
To be a true player you have to know how to play
If she say a night, convince her say a day
Never admit to a word when she say makes a claim

And you tell her baby no way
But she caught me on the counter

(It wasn't me)
Saw me banging on the sofa
(It wasn't me)
I even had her in the shower

(It wasn't me)
She even caught me on camera

(It wasn't me)
She saw the marks on my shoulder
(It wasn't me)
Heard the words that I told her
(It wasn't me)

Heard the screams getting louder
(It wasn't me)
She stayed until it was over

Honey came in and she caught me red-handed
Creeping with the girl next door
Picture this we were both butt-naked
Banging on the bathroom floor
I had tried to keep her from what she was about to see
Why should she believe me when I told her it wasn't me
Make sure she knows it's not you and lead her on
Da right prefix whenever you should see her make da giggolo flex
As funny as it be by you, it not that complex
Seein' is believin' so you better change your specs
You know she not gonna be worrying about things from the past
Hardly recollecting and then she'll go to noontime mass
Your answer: go over there but if she pack a gun
You know you better run fast
But she caught me on the counter
(It wasn't me)
Saw me banging on the sofa
(It wasn't me)
I even had her in the shower
(It wasn't me)
She even caught me on camera
(It wasn't me)
She saw the marks on my shoulder
(It wasn't me)
Heard the words that I told her
(It wasn't me)
Heard the screams getting louder
(It wasn't me)
She stayed until it was over
Honey came in and she caught me red-handed
Creeping with the girl next door
Picture this we were both butt-naked
Banging on the bathroom floor
How could I forget
That I had given her an extra key
All this time she was standing there
She never took her eyes off me
Gonna tell her that I'm sorry for the pain that I've caused
I've been listenin' to your reasonin'
It makes no sense at all
We should tell her that I'm sorry for the pain that I've caused
You may think that you're a player
But you're completely lost
Honey came in and she caught me red-handed
Creeping with the girl next door
Picture this we were both butt-naked
Banging on the bathroom floor
How could I forget
That I had given her an extra key
All this time she was standing there
She never took her eyes off me

6.11.2019

For a limited time only - Join the Coffee Talking Forum! Friendly conversation around the kitchen table (coffee optional!)


YOU ARE INVITED TO THE COFFEE TALKING FORUM - a free message board for friendly chatter around a cyber-space kitchen table. (Limited time only)

Please feel free to jump right in - we are all really friendly there. 

Some are daily posters, (many of us multiple times a day posters) other stop in a few times a week, still others join us when they can.  Life is busy!  We have men and women, Moms of little ones, moms and dads of big ones, some work outside the home, others are home full time.  EVERYONE is welcome. 

We don't have an agendas or topics - rambling over morning coffee is our thing.  Please feel free to start a new post to introduce yourself or just jump in to an active one. 

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6.06.2019

Favorite Smells.... Scents ok at first and those I hate.............


Yesterday (or was it the day before?) I saw a little 'meme' type thing on... the internet? Instagram? Somewhere. Anyway, it was just a glance and had something to do with "what's your favorite scent?". I glanced quickly and clicked away but I was surprised to see that even though there were only about 8 or 10 items listed, 'chlorine' was one that caught my eye. And I thought, "Wow! Other people must love the scent of chlorine as much as I do if it was included in such a short list!"

And then I promptly forgot about it until tonight.

Without thinking too hard, or too long, here is a quick brainstorm list of smells or scents I love:

LOVE
  • Fresh brewed coffee
  • Laundry detergent
  • Fresh cut grass
  • Fresh flowers
  • Chlorine
  • Gasoline
  • Christmas tree
  • Fresh baked bread
  • Murphry's Oil Soap or Pine Sol cleaned floors
  • Fresh cut wood (like the lumber department of Lowe's, etc.)
  • New Car
  • Newly fallen snow on a frigid cold, crisp night
  • Sharpie markers
  • Extinguished matches
  • Men's cologne

And a quick (10 whole seconds of thought invested in this one) list of things I love until I don't. Meaning - if I'm hungry and a roast or bacon is cooking, it smells heavenly! But as soon as I've eaten the aforementioned items, (and add popcorn in there) the smell of them turn my stomach. I have to open windows and spray air freshener to get the smell of a roast OUT OF THE HOUSE because it nauseates me. And campfires? Love the smell while I'm building the fire and while I'm sitting there. But suddenly a switch turns on and I've had enough. I can't get to a bathroom fast enough so I can strip off those campfire clothes and jump into a shower. And washing and conditioning hair is a MUST to get that campfire smell out. I've tried to go to bed without showering or after a shower in which I've tried to cheat and not wash my hair, in order to get to bed sooner but alas; no sleep for me until I get up out of bed and shower that smell away.

ONLY AT FIRST/LIMITED
  • Campfires
  • A roast baking
  • Popcorn
  • Bacon
  • Lavender

Then (again without much time spent on this) some items I know most people love the scent of and I just don't. And one of these is the reason I was thinking about the subject of 'smells' tonight... can you guess which one is the culprit that caused this late night blog post?

HATE
  • Fruity scented candles
  • Vanilla or baked good scented candles
  • Chocolate
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Cinnamon
  • Paperwhite Flowers
  • Coconut
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • New babies
  • Cilantro

Answer:  mozzarella cheese.  Earlier tonight I wanted a snack so I grabbed the container of feta cheese and two sticks of mozzarella cheese.  I munched on them while I was reading.  They were good, but a few minutes later, with my hand up by my face, I could smell cheese.  Fresh mozzarella cheese and ugh... hurl-worthy.  I could not get to the sink fast enough to wash my hands - being sure to get sudsy soap under my nails and getting the scent of (delicious) mozzarella and feta cheese off my hands.  Love the food... hate the scent.




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6.02.2019

Question: These are just cheap gift shop coasters from Cozumel... what are the figures and words? Is this a DENTIST?


I was gifted a few souvenirs picked up in touristy gift shops along a cruise itinerary.  One of them is some cool little coasters that the gift-giver picked up for me because the coasters reminded her of an Aztec calendar wall hanging that we have, that is similar (and also in this same blue color).  She hadn't really looked at the front of the coasters when she grabbed them as a little gift, she was focused on the coasters themselves.

But as I looked at them, I wondered;  what in the world were these two figures in the front?  It looked like one was doing dentistry on another but if so, then what is with the machete and goat head flying above them, along with a ceremonial headgear of some sort (maybe? I'm guessing....).



The words are hard to read as they are scratched into the clay before baking but it looked to me like it read;  Nanjano Dentista - which would in fact be a 'dentist' image then, right?



I love the little Aztec calendar coasters...


And here is a close up of the coaster itself; which is why the gift-giver bought them.  She loved the coasters... and didn't even notice the two figures on the front of the coaster holder that seem to depict a dentist.....



So... if the coasters are the calendar and the holder is the dentist.... basically this is just a reminder to schedule your dental appointment, right!?   




















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