January 22, 2021

Saturday 9: Why Did I Choose You?

Saturday 9: Why Did I Choose You? (1965)

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


1) In this song, Barbra Streisand reassures her lover that, if she had it all to do again, she would still choose him. Tell us about a decision you've made that you never, ever regretted.  Leaving my last job is the most recent. I loved the work, but had grown to dread going because of my boss and all the running back and forth across the nursing home all day was really taking a toll on my leg. I was in a good bit of pain. Leaving cleared up both problems.
 
2) The music was composed by Michael Leonard, who studied classical music at Julliard and the Handel Conservatory of Music in Munich. Do you often listen to classical music?  Once in a very great while I will get the urge to listen to some. 

3) The lyrics were written by Herbert Martin. He taught music in the NYC public school system and during the summer worked in summer stock. That's how he met and began collaborating with Michael Leonard. Tell us how you met someone important in your life.  My husband was working at the same plant my dad was a foreman at. I came home from college for Christmas break during my sophomore year and Dad announced that I was spending my time working at the plant. I rode to work with Dad so got there earlier than anyone else. I was sitting at the table in the break room when my husband walked in. All we said was "hi," but I thought he was cute and to hear him tell it he knew he'd just met the girl he was going to marry.
 
4) Ms. Streisand was a very good student, graduating fourth in her class at Erasmus Hall High School when she was only 16. One of Barbra's classmates was Neil Diamond. Do you have a favorite Neil Diamond song?  Sweet Caroline

5) While she didn't go on to college, she continued her education by attending two different acting schools simultaneously. Did you enjoy being a student?  When I was in college...not so much. I liked the social life much better. Since then I've come to enjoy serious study.
 
6) Barbra and her first husband, Elliott Gould, shared a New York apartment over a 5th Avenue restaurant called Oscar's Salt of the Sea. Elliott originated the role of Trapper John in the movie M*A*S*H. On TV, the role of Trapper was played by Wayne Rogers. Can you think of another role that's been played by more than one actor?  Hawkeye Pierce

7) Oscar's Salt of the Sea has ties to Sesame Street. Jim Henson loved their food and was amused by how inhospitable the owner, Oscar, could be. That's how Oscar the Grouch got his name. Which is your favorite Muppet?  Big Bird

8) Back to Barbra ... She is a successful recording artist (nominated for 45 Grammy awards, winning 8) and an Oscar-winning actress, but she's suffered career disappointments, too. In 2010, she read the book Hidden Figures and tried to buy the rights so she could direct the film version. She lost out to fellow Brooklynite, director Theodore Melfi. In 2016, his movie of Hidden Figures was released. Did you see the movie or read the book?  I haven't read the book, but did finally see the movie last year. It was excellent and a very inspiring story. I had no idea about those women!

9) Random question: Your best friend takes up painting and proudly presents her first framed work to you. You think it's atrocious. Would you hang it in your home anyway?  Sure! But I'd probably find someplace a little out of the way...like maybe the guest bedroom.

Many thanks to Sam @ the Saturday 9 for the questions and the music!

An Update & A Thank You

Just a quick update and a heartfelt thank you to everyone who said they were praying for our daughter. We appreciate you and your prayers so very much.

Now the update. She is having a video conference with her doctor a little later this morning to discuss her depression, anxiety, etc. As for the physical, she ended up going to the ER yesterday. 

She was diagnosed with a UTI on Tuesday and put on antibiotics, but only continued to feel worse. By yesterday morning she was vomiting (it looked like there was blood in it), her pulse was racing, and her bp was pretty high. She called her doctor and they sent her to the ER. 

I won't go in to the ridiculousness of the ER LOSING her blood and urine specimens not once, but TWICE before managing to get them to the lab. They checked her for sepsis, but thank goodness that was negative. Instead, they decided her UTI was worse and had reached her kidneys. They put her on a stronger antibiotic and sent her home with the warning to come back to be admitted if the symptoms get worse or she gets a fever. 

Anyway, just wanted to say thank you for your prayers.

January 21, 2021

Thankful Thursday

Linking up with Rebecca Jo to share some thankfulness today.

Today I am thankful for... 

A Peaceful Transition. No matter what my feelings are about the way the election worked out, I am glad that yesterday passed peacefully with no violence. And no matter who is sitting in the Oval Office I can and will pray that they make decisions that are fair, just, and good for the people of this country.

God's Peace. I am always thankful for the peace I find in God, but when I watch my daughter collapse, overcome by anxiety and stress, I am reminded of it again. How I wish she would grasp what He offers. At least she listens to me and is open to hearing what I have to say. Planting seeds.

A Cozy Home. On these snowy, January days when the wind is sweeping over the hill we live on, I am very thankful to be snug and warm inside.

Girly Days. It was so nice to spend a day with two friends from Bible study. We went to Hobby Lobby and had lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.

My Book Habit. My stepdad has been feeling kind of depressed lately between Covid, the political climate, and his age and failing health. I gave him two books for Christmas and he loved them. He read them in 3 days! I picked up 3 more for him at Goodwill and he whipped right through them. So, I went through my collection and gathered a big tote full of books I thought he'd like. I also stopped at Goodwill again and picked up a few more. He likes non-fiction which isn't my favorite so Goodwill is a godsend. I'm just glad to have hit on something that has engaged him.

Being an Introvert. Being content with my own company has made me a pro at amusing myself. The aloneness of the pandemic hasn't really bothered me.

Super Cute Bible Tabs. I ordered them from Amazon last week to put on the bible I use for my daily study, but they are so pretty I think I'll save them to put on the new journaling bible I pre-ordered. It won't come out until next month, but it is really pretty, too...it just calls for pretty tabs to match.

Hubby's Vacation. I don't know when it's going to be yet, but it will be soon. Tim's winding down on the current project and is planning to take some vacation time before the next one starts. He will get to rest some, but the main reason is that we're taking the old tub out of the master bath and redoing everything then moving the washer and dryer into the space where the tub was. That will free up the space in the back hallway for a coat area. 

Every Sweet Second with the Grands. Maybe it's because of the estrangement from our son and his family, but I treasure every moment with the grands that live next door. Being off work most of last year gave me time to be part of their daily lives and share in good times, quiet moments, and milestones. Their obvious joy at seeing me is a balm to my heart where it is battered by the lack of closeness with the other grandchildren.

All of You. Always, always, I am thankful for each one of you who stops by to visit and for those who have become friends. I treasure your kind words, prayers, humor, encouragement, and advice. 

January 18, 2021

Currently & Tuesday 4

 In Latrobe...

The time...8:00 p.m.

The weather...25 degrees with snow flurries. It's been one of those days where it's just seemed to chill a person to the bone.

Reading...I have to choose something new. I finally finished The Radium Girls last night. It was well written and very well told, but it was such a difficult read in that my heart broke for everything those girls endured and everything they lost.

Listening to...American Pickers on the History channel.

Mourning...the loss of a dear friend on Saturday. He lost a month and a half long battle with Covid-19.

The weekend...

Friday...I babysat our daughter's kids for a while so she could have lunch with an old friend. We watched Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Honey, I Blew Up the Kids. Both were a huge hit with the kids.

Tim asked me to make my crockpot stuffed peppers again since I had given the leftovers to Megan when I made them on Monday. So, that is what we had for supper. If you're interested, here's the recipe. It is really good and different. The chilies in the tomatoes combined with the brown sugar and chicken broth give it a unique flavor.

Ingredients
  • 6 Large Bell Peppers (Any Color)
  • 1½ Pounds Lean Ground Beef
  • ½ Cup White Rice, Uncooked (I used brown rice and it was fine)
  • 1 Sweet Onion, Finely Diced
  • 2 Tsp Garlic, Minced
  • 2- 10 ounce Cans Tomatoes with Green Chiles (I used diced tomatoes with peppers and onions instead and left out the fresh diced onion)
  • 6 Ounce Can Tomato Paste
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Pepper

Instructions
  1. Cut off pepper tops and remove seeds/ribs.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, rice, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir in one DRAINED can of tomatoes with green chilies. (Reserve the liquid).
  3. Evenly stuff peppers and place in slow cooker.
  4. In a medium bowl mix reserved liquid, the 2nd can of tomatoes with green chilies, broth, tomato paste, and brown sugar. Pour over peppers.
  5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.

Saturday...Tim worked and I hit Walmart for a few things and stopped by Goodwill to see if they had any good stuff. I got quite a few books, but nothing else.

Tim came home earlier than normal, got cleaned up and we were at Olive Garden for dinner by 4:30. We still had to wait 30 minutes to get a table since Covid restrictions only allow them to be at 50% of their occupancy limit. The food is always worth the wait...at least at the one near us. Tim had the shrimp scampi with tomatoes and asparagus over angel hair pasta. I had the baked 5-cheese ziti. We both had the Zuppa Toscano instead of salad. The best part? Leftovers to bring home!

We also stopped at Barnes & Noble. They had rearranged everything so I spent a lot of the time trying to find things. I only got one book, but I found a pair of the softest knit gloves with tech tips on the index fingers and thumbs so I can use my phone without taking off my gloves. Those were on the 50% off table.

Sunday...we hit Walmart again to get what Tim wanted for his lunches this week and I did a little bit of grocery shopping. He was going to get tires on his truck, but in the two weeks since he'd priced them, they sold out of them.

The afternoon was spent doing nothing but watching movies and napping. Megan and the kids were here for a while in the evening.

Today...I rode along with two friends and the husband of one (he did the driving) to Pittsburgh. We went to Hobby Lobby. They both had lists of things they were looking for. I didn't need anything, but found several small things that ended up coming home with me.

We had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory. It was my first time there. I had such a hard time deciding what to have. These days I'm used to restaurants having much smaller menus because of Covid closures and doing most of their business as take-out. The Cheesecake Factory is still offering their full menu and it is ridiculously huge and varied. I finally settled on chicken and biscuits. Comfort food seemed a good choice on a cold day. I brought a slice of caramel apple cheesecake home with me.


The Tuesday 4


Let's talk about work!

1. What kind of work does not bother you at all?  Any kind of school work or studying. Also paperwork. I am weird. I love to do that stuff. As long as it doesn't involve math.

2. What kinds of work do bother you and why?  Any kind of home improvement that requires Tim and I to work together because he's been a boss in the construction field for as long as I've known him and he has a really hard time turning that off when he's working with me. I usually end up getting annoyed and then we either start grumping at each other or I walk away.

3. Is there a job you've had you loathed or perhaps one you loved? Why was that?  I loathed my last job. Well, I liked the work with the residents at the nursing home, but I didn't like my boss at all, the way some things were handled, and physically it was really taking a toll on my leg. I ended up in physical therapy over the summer to recover from it. As for a job I loved, I loved working in the office of a grocery store.

4. Do you have a job or kind of work you wish you were doing? What would make it attractive to you?  My dream work would be to buy and sell antiques and/or books. 


Thanks to Annie for the Tuesday 4 questions!



January 16, 2021

Sunday Stealing: A to Z

Taken from
 Ned the Duck
 
A - Annoyance:  All things political.

B - Bestest Friend[s]:
  Fran

C - Car:  What I have...Toyota Camry. What I'd like to have...Ford Mustang.

D - Day or night:  Day

E- Easiest person to talk to?:  Marie from my Bible study group.

F - Favorite Month:
  October or November

G - Gummy Bears or Worms:
  Neither

H - Hair Color:  Medium brown with blonde streaks to help hide the gray.

I - Ice Cream:  Chocolate

J - Jewelry:
  Rings and earrings. I don't wear much beyond that.

K - Kindergarten:  1969, I had chronic bronchitis the whole year and missed the last 3 days because I got mumps.

L - Longest Car Ride:  Coming home to PA after spending Thanksgiving with Tim's sister and her family in Alabama. Megan was bawling because she met a guy she liked and all she could talk about was moving there, which made me bawl because I was going through the change and bawling all the time, anyway. Tim did anything and everything he could to be annoying. On purpose. It was 950+ miles of hell.

M - Most missed person:  My grandmother.

N - Number of Siblings:
  Until 2019, none. After that, 3...thanks to being found by my half-siblings and my biological father.

O - One regret:  Not saving more money.

P- Part of your appearance you like least?:  The fat part.

Q- Quote:  If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

R - Reality TV Show:  I don't really watch reality TV, just random episodes here and there.

S - Shoe:  I swear by Vionic shoes because of all the pain I have in my feet. I can also get by with Merrell clogs if they have the Q-form insole.

T - Time you woke up:
  I'm doing this on Saturday evening, so 4:30 a.m. I didn't have to and I didn't want to. I just did.

U - Unpredictable?:  Somewhat, but not like I used to be.

V - Vegetable you hate:
  Eggplant

W- Worst Habits:
  Procrastination and biting my nails when stressed.

X - X-Rays:  Lots on my teeth; several of my feet, knee, and hip; a couple of my back.

Y - Year you were born:  196?...can't give the scammers ammo to work with.

Z - Zoom:  My Bible study group meets via Zoom when the weather is bad or when the Covid restrictions increase. We also have 3 or 4 people who always attend that way because they don't live in the area.


Thanks to Bev for the questions. Join the fun here.

January 15, 2021

Saturday 9: Thank U, Next


Saturday 9: Thank U, Next (2018)


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

1) In this song, Ariana Grande thanks her former boyfriends for what they taught her about love, life, patience and pain. Do you believe you have learned more from your successes, or your mistakes?  It's probably about evenly split. There is plenty to be learned from both situations.
 
2) One of the young men mentioned in the song is Pete Davidson, a cast member of Saturday Night Live. SNL has been on for more than 45 years now. Who is your all-time favorite cast member?  Wow. Eddie Murphy and Dana Garvey were great, but I like the original cast best of all and I don't know that I can choose a favorite between Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, and Gilda Radner.
 
3) Thinking of funny people ... As you can see from the video, Ariana performed "Thank U, Next" on Ellen Degeneres' talk show. Ellen makes people laugh every afternoon. Who in your life can you always count on to make you laugh or smile?  My hubby, my granddaughter (she is turning into such a character), and my friend Fran.
 
4) It looks like Ariana Grande's personal romantic saga will have a happy ending because at Christmastime, she announced her engagement. Do you know anyone who is getting married in 2021?  I think, maybe, the daughter of friends of ours. She was supposed to get married last June and they put it off, of course. There was talk of them getting married at the courthouse and then having the big shindig this summer. I don't know if they are still going with that or not. It's still kind of hard to plan that sort of thing.

5) Ariana loves Harry Potter and named her dogs Snape, Lily and Sirius Black after characters in the J.K. Rowling books. Are you a Harry Potter fan?  Nope. I've never read a single book or watched a single movie. I don't have anything against them...just not my thing.

6) She loves board games, especially Monopoly. Sam isn't crazy about Monopoly because it takes so long. How about you? Are you a Monopoly fan?  Not of regular Monopoly and for the same reason as Sam. I did like playing Monopoly Jr. with my kids. It only took about 30 minutes to play. A couple of years ago someone got me a Big Bang Theory edition and that was really fun to play. It doesn't take too terribly long. I bought myself a new Monopoly this year. I couldn't resist. The Jeff Foxworthy edition. You have cabins and trailers instead of houses and hotels. The game pieces include a lawn flamingo, a chainsaw, a ball cap, a mounted fish, a deer, and a racecar up on blocks. We haven't played it yet, but I'm sure it will be funny to play.



 
7) In 2018, the year this song was released, Toys R Us closed all its stores and went out of business. Who received the last toy you purchased? What was it?  It would have been the grandchildren at Christmas, but it would be impossible to tell you who got the last one purchased or what it was without using more brain power than I'm up to this close to bedtime.

8) Also in 2018, Aretha Franklin died. What's your favorite Aretha song?  Maybe Chain of Fools or maybe Respect.

9) Random question: Are you more likely to shed a tear at a wedding or during a movie?  It totally depends on who is getting married or what movie I'm watching. 


Thanks, as always, to Sam @ Saturday 9 for the questions and the music.

January 14, 2021

Thankful Thursday

It's Thursday and you know what that means...THANKFUL THURSDAY! I'm linking up with Rebecca Jo @ Knit By God's Hand to share some of the good things going on and offer up some thanks to the One who blessed me. Heaven knows, we all need some good stuff to focus on these days.

This week I am thankful...

** that while the snow is falling at my friend's house just 25 minutes away, the sun is shining here. And that we've had more sunshine than clouds this week...a rare thing in these parts.

** that while we didn't get to eat at Guy Fieri's new restaurant on Saturday (3.5 hour wait for a table!) we still got to enjoy a dinner out with our daughter and son-in-law. And hey, we still have Guy's place to look forward to!

** I decided to keep my Facebook account. I've got a better handle on ignoring the things that bring me down or get me agitated and I made the decision to block our son and his wife. It seems the most peaceful way to go. Unfriending them, even though they aren't speaking to us, would only fuel the fire and unfollowing them wouldn't remove the temptation of checking their pages to see what they've posted. This way I can't see their stuff and they just think I've shutdown my page.

** more than ever in what seems like an uncertain world, for my family, my friends, and my home.

** for the changes that even I can see the Lord is making in me.

** for a fun night of food, fellowship and movie with my Bible study crew. If you haven't seen it, I recommend you check out Before the Wrath. As an odd aside, the guy you see in the trailer below looks just like our son-in-law only our sil's hair is lighter.


** for pizza from my favorite pizza place.

** that we got the new headboard put on the bed and all the Christmas presents are finally unpacked and put away.

** for a little love note from Tim taped to the microwave the other morning.

** that my family has been spared real tragedy over the years and continues to remain healthy in these times.

** as I always am, for good friends, including all of you that I've not yet met face to face. 

I leave you today with the verse that goes with my word for the year (abundance).

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).  John 10:10 (Amplified)

Saturday 9: Why Did I Choose You?

Saturday 9: Why Did I Choose You? (1965) Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it  here . 1) In this song, Barbra Streisand reassures h...