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Lauraโ€™s Eleven

Laura nominated me for a Liebster Award and presented 11 questions. As a finale to my lazy 3-day weekend of doing nothing much, I’ll answer them while watching yet another episode of Game of Thrones.

1. Tell me an event that changed your life.

– All of them.

2. Favorite color?

– Turquoise.

3. What is one of your favorite quotes?

– Life is short; eat dessert first.

4. Tell me your favorite post that you wrote on your blog?

– The Duke vs the Secretary.

5. What can bring a smile to your face daily?

– See the photo.

6. What movie scared you as a child?

Candyman.

7. Favorite game? Board, online, gaming system.

– Board games, variety of.

8. How did you pick your blogโ€™s name?

– From leitmotif.

9. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13 year old self?

– Buy tech stocks.

10. If you had to give up one which do you think you could live without? Cell phone, television, computer

– Television.

11. What is your guiltiest pleasure?

– Watching TV all day and not working on my writing.

Thanks for the nom, Laura! I’m not going to nom anyone, as is my way. ๐Ÿ™‚

V4L Challenge 18

[Guest post by Gatsby]

I’m a cat ๐Ÿฑ, so I don’t talk. Not saying I can’t. I simply prefer not to. I do what I want! Have I mentioned that I’m a cat? ๐Ÿฑ

Here are 7 ways I might let she who feeds me know that I love her, without using the words “I love you,” if I feel like it. ๐Ÿฑ

1. Time. When feedlady is busy on her laptop writing some dumb story, I step on the keyboard so she knows I’m thinking about her. ๐Ÿ’•

2. Attention. If feedlady is talking on the phone to one of her daughters, I meow loudly to remind her I’m part of the family too. ๐Ÿ’•

3. Snacks. I sometimes bring a food from the kitchen into the living room in case feedlady would like a crunchy while she’s watching Game of Thrones. ๐Ÿ’•

4. Affection. I tap feedlady in the face with my paw before the sun comes up to say good morning before anyone else. ๐Ÿ’•

5. Sharing. When I see something interesting outside the window, I yowl a bunch to share the find with feedlady. ๐Ÿ’•

6. Thoughtfulness. I especially like to cuddle with feedlady when I’m cold because she might be cold then too. ๐Ÿ’•

7. Surprises. I keep life fun for feedlady by pretending to be a tiger and pouncing on her and biting her grrrr! ๐Ÿ’•

~*~

7 Other Ways for Luvvies

Song Lyric Sunday: River

There’s no way I could pass up an opportunity to include one of my favorite songs with a river in it for Jim’s prompt today. I’ve loved this song since I first heard it on some wacky album I bought off the TV when I was 12 years old.

“Running Bear” is a super un-PC song written by Jiles Perry Richardson (the Big Bopper) and recorded by Johnny Preston in 1959. Bizarrely, while looking up this info just now, I discovered that Led Zeppelin occasionally included it in live medleys with “Whole Lotta Love.” I can’t even.

In Other Words: Handmade

Once I painted tee shirts and sweatshirts and cute baby onesies;

I traced patterns of hearts and flowers and cupcakes and fishies.

People complimented me on my handmade creations,

But when I added up my expenses versus sales,

It became Lucy Ricardo’s salad dressing adventure.

~*~

Prompt from Patricia

The Madding Crowd

Nice writing prompt from Sarah Elizabeth Moore.

I stand out from the crowd because… I try to avoid the crowd in the first place. With rare exceptions, I make it a point to stay away from the obvious places where there will be masses of people: Disneyland, the malls near holidays, large concert arenas. This is not because I’m a snob; it’s because the feeling of being squashed in with a bunch of bodies and noise makes me feel like I can’t breathe.

Last March, I dumped Facebook and its related products. This makes me a little unusual, though by no means unique ~ plenty of people are getting by just fine without FB. And more are exiting every day. You do not have to be a prisoner of the Zuckerborg. Real friends will stay friends. There are lots of ways to communicate.

I decided in 2017 to stop dating, since all it did was cause me misery. I self-recovered from my depression since quitting and have been doing much better. Both things are a little unusual, I think: giving up romance at age 56 (in 2017) and curing myself of depression sans therapy or medication. I find myself to be happiest when I stay focused narrowly on work, health, family, home, and hobbies, and avoid any expansion sets.

Except for Game of Thrones, I’ve given up TV to read and write. GOT will be finished in April/May, so I imagine I will rarely if ever turn on my television except to do an exercise video. This is unusual ~ most people watch television. And again, it’s not snobbery on my part, but an unfortunate reality of time management. There’s no way I can finish everything I want to do if I’m distracted by the TV. I have a great need to see all my writings completed, not that I expect many sales. That isn’t the point. It’s the satisfaction of completion.

Everyone likes to think they’re special, and I suppose we all have at least something a little bit unusual about us, but with so many people in the world, there are likely others with that “unique” trait or combo of traits. I know there are those who don’t watch TV, who don’t date, who hate crowds, etc. Perhaps my daughters would choose different traits about me to label unique.

This is definitely an eye of the beholder question, and quite an interesting one! ๐Ÿ™‚

A Hardcore Love Song

I’m not sure what hardcore means. When I google it, I’m directed to punk/emo or metal and none of those song titles seem like they would be about love, nor am I inclined to listen to any because I’m old and set in my ways. So, I’m going with KISS, which is screamy and seems hardcore to me. And who better to illustrate both the concepts of hardcore and lurve than the Scooby Doo characters, I ask you?

This is for Bee’s month of music prompts.

The Friday Four

A Guy Called Bloke Production

1] Does modern life give us more freedom or less freedom than in the past?

– Obviously more. Just the fact that we’re blogging is testimony to this. Unless you were royalty, in the past your days were spent trying to survive, get enough food and shelter, and avoid being killed. And much of the world still lives this way. The vast majority of the population had no leisure time until fairly recently. Maybe the king, at his whim, would allow a festival, but weekends for play? Vacation time? Arts and recreation? Lol. Most people couldn’t even read let alone write. Don’t whine about being too tied to your phones ~ that’s a choice. Delete some of your social media accounts. You won’t miss them after a week, or less. I’m surviving just fine post-Facebook (deleted with Instagram and Messenger last March).

2] How do we know that our life as we live it, is actually our own life and that we are not trapped in an imaginary world of our own making?

– We don’t. ๐Ÿ˜œ

3] How do you think we should measure the successes of our life? Is it the things we do day in day out? Is it purely a number crunching exercise as to how long we actually live on the planet? Or is it something else?

– I don’t think we should tell other people how to measure their successes, as long as they aren’t hurting others. Some may want to try to cure cancer while others would rather create art. If people want to deprive themselves of pleasure in an attempt to prolong their lives, who cares?

4] We hear and read people who make claim to living an ordinary life. What is exactly that anyway? I mean if we request for others to define โ€˜normalโ€™, then surely we should also ask others to define an ordinary life?

– Ordinary is something everyone thinks they’re not, ditto average and normal. People love to claim they’re crazy and weird. Outliers. They need to be so damn special. Look at me! I’m not like all the others! O rly? We’re all special? None of us live ordinary lives? Mm hmm.

As for me, I’m one of those one-of-a-kind divorced middle-class older women who likes to read and write and watch Game of Thrones with my cat, quite unlike any other person really. ๐Ÿ™„

Nothing To Write…

I don’t like any of the prompts today;

They don’t inspire me one bit.

Zenith reminds me of an old TV–

Watching Bonanza and chomping chips.

But I don’t wanna write about that,

Or a city skyline, blahhhhh;

Not interested in boring buildings,

Or some drunk hunter in camouflage.

What of a glamorous heretic,

Screaming philosophy in Vera Wang?

Hmm, maybe some other day,

This morning it just ain’t my thing.

Do I even have a [favorite bird]?

Perhaps one that doesn’t caw…

You know how I feel about noise.

And what the fuck is a hoppy daw?

Making the Eight

Who knows this Game of Thrones reference? ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ve been tagged by Jim to answer these 8 questions and so I shall.

1. Name a moment in your life when you felt you were most courageous.

– When I chased the car that hit me in 2016, off the freeway, down deserted streets, after midnight, like a freaking idiot. Thank God he lost me. What in hell did I think I was gonna do if he stopped? He was probably armed!

2. If you had to choose only one breakfast cereal for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

– Instant Quaker oatmeal, maple flavor.

3. When have you felt the most scared?

– See no. 1.

4. If you could sing like any musical artist, who would you choose?

– Rosanne Cash.

5. Do you collect anything?

– Not now, no space.

6. If you could live inside a TV show or movie, what would it be?

You’ve Got Mail.

7. Have you ever had a reoccurring dream? If so, what was it?

– I used to dream for years about drowning, near- drowning, houses flooding so I’d have to escape to the roof, warning people that water was coming up to the windows and no one would listen, etc. My ex-husband said these dreams were because my mother was so hovering, but they stopped the day he left, so idk.

8. Whatโ€™s your Zodiac sign?

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In Honor of Rewatching GOT…

This weekend I’ve begun rewatching Game of Thrones in preparation for Season 8, the end of the game, coming in April. I figured I’d be reasonable and watch an episode a day, but of course I can’t do that and am already on E6 tonight. It’s just so damn good even on the third go-round.