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SLS ~ Contrasts

Song lyric Sunday

Thanks once again to our musical host Jim Adams for providing another great Song Lyric Sunday prompt. Today’s theme is contrasts and a tune that perfectly illustrates this concept is the funny theme song from Green Acres. This TV show featured a lawyer (played by Eddie Albert) who wanted to give up city life to become a rural farmer, and his glamorous wife (played by Eva Gabor) who missed the city.

Green Acres

Green Acres is the place to be.
Farm livin’ is the life for me.
Land spreadin’ out so far and wide.
Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.
New York is where I’d rather stay.
I get allergic smelling hay.
I just adore a penthouse view.
Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue.
…The chores.
…The stores.
…Fresh air.
…Times Square.
You are my wife.
Good bye, city life.
Green Acres we are there.

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/tvthemes/greenacreslyrics.html

This song was written for the show in 1965 by Vic Mizzy. Green Acres ran for 6 seasons when it was dumped in the “rural purge.”


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FPQ85: Paths Not Taken Yada Yada

pointless meanderings

I thought I’d turn Fandango’s Provocative Question today into a pointless meander. He asks if I’ve ever had to make what turned out to be a life-changing decision and, if so, do I wish I could go back in time and change it, blah blah, what and why. There have been a few…

Generally, I begin with my foolish decision not to go to Northwestern U. I had no idea about “prestigious” colleges back then apart from the obvious Harvard, Yale, etc. I knew it was good I’d gotten accepted, but the gravitas of the decision was foreign to me. I behaved impulsively as a teen and things that went wrong were easily fixed. Everything felt inconsequential at the time. My parents didn’t seem to care, and after an argument with my mom, she decided she didn’t want to pay for NU, so I ended up at the University of Illinois in Champaign. It was a horrible experience, I dropped out, moved back home, and ended up in a series of dead-end, low-paying jobs.

Next, I moved from Chicago to Southern California with my parents at age 22. I’m not sure this was a great decision, though it would have been hard to stay in the city alone given my crappy jobs. But from the minute I stumbled off the plane to right now, I’ve had one giant migraine that never seems to disappear for good. I know I’d probably suffer from them wherever I lived, but it soured the whole experience for me. I remember being bombarded with the dazzling sunshine when we landed and feeling like I was going to pass out from the brightness and the pain.

Finally, I returned to college to finish my degree. But again, doh, I eschewed UCLA for Cal State because the freaking parking was easier. It seemed like an okay decision at the time, but it was yet another folly. Not that I had a bad experience at Northridge ~ I actually loved it all and appreciated my classes and the professors there. But until I had my own children I did not realize the importance of the name of a school. Whatever, at least I finished and that led me to the job I have now, which is good. But I got a late start at a career and retirement savings…

All the while this school/moving stuff was going on, I was also dating. Ugh, what a nightmare. I can’t blame online dating and culture such as it is now for my relationship issues, since I’ve had them all along. I am attracted to the wrong men, and that’s just the common denominator of the whole mess. I regret spending/wasting time with a lot of these guys, but I can’t regret my second marriage because my two wonderful daughters are my prize for sticking with it. I should have ended it sooner however. I definitely regret all the years I thought the marriage could be fixed and floated in limbo, taking no action to help myself move on.

I like to imagine that if I’d been single in my 40s I would have had a great romance and met my life partner, though that’s probably false. I would have simply made stupid dating decisions all that time too. Ugh, thinking about all this is an emotional drain… plus it’s all fantasy. I did what I did and here I am. The only thing to do is to slog on…



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Bitmoji rainbow Tuesday

This week in Truthful Tuesday, PCGuyIV asks the following:

Is there something that you like or love now that you used to dislike, hate, or at the very least, have no opinion of before? Or perhaps there is something you now dislike, hate, or maybe even loathe that before you liked, loved, adored, or at least had no opinion of? In either case, or both cases if you so choose, what changed your mind?

Ooh interesting to ponder! Okay, so for the first part, here are some things I used to hate and now love…

1. Peanut butter! Yes, I hated PB as a little kid and refused to eat it. I had lunchmeat sandwiches at school. Around age 12, my tastes simply changed and PB is now one of my favorite foods. Lunchmeat on the other hand… 🤮

2. I used to dislike the fantasy genre of books and movies ~ though paradoxically I always enjoyed the original Star Trek and things like The Twilight Zone. But dragons and magic and stuff? No! Game of Thrones changed my mind about that. 🐉

3. Rituals/occasions. It used to annoy me to feel obligated to celebrate holidays the same way every year. Like if I’ve seen great fireworks once, why do I need to go again? The gluttony of Thanksgiving annoyed the crap out of me. Why must we do this? Etc. But I’ve totally mellowed about this and now look forward to certain ritualistic type occasions. I think part of my problem was having to deal with my parents’ constant arguing ~ it simply made everything sad and stressful for me (though it didn’t affect THEM much!). As I aged, I saw that some holidays could actually be enjoyable when people weren’t all mad at each other.

Bitmoji fam jam

Now, for the second half of the switcharoo, here are some things I used to love and now hate…

1. DRIVING. I was so happy when I first got my license, and I loved to drive hour after hour. We were carless in Chicago for 4 years, and then I got a car when we moved to SoCal. I still enjoyed it, but less and less over the years until it became something I actively despise. It’s effing scary to be on the roads. I guess being older and knowing how many crazy and reckless people are out there, plus all the annoying traffic and construction detours here, spoiled it for me. 🚙

2. Being in a romantic relationship. How I used to love and crave this. It was partly due to my steady diet of romance novels; I thought that romantic love was the only thing that really mattered in life. Now I find it all too stressful and irritating to contemplate. I’ve been happier these last several years without dating AT ALL. I never would have predicted this. 💔

3. Going on rides. Omg, I loved rides at the fair or at an amusement park. My friends and I regularly went on the craziest ones. Now they make me ill and terrified, plus with my neck issues I can’t deal with them at all. Not to mention the fact that people get hurt on them ALL THE TIME. Again, the data on injuries changed my mind, along with not feeling well physically.

Bitmoji driving car


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Toob Talk

Bitmoji with remote

I’m really digging these Dog Days prompts! Today Fandango asks about our favorite TV shows. This is likely to be a long meander, so buckle up.

I don’t watch “shows” these days; I find them a huge bore and I’m not in the mood to try the old stuff I’ve missed, even if everyone says it’s great. Meh. (However, there are a couple new recommendations I may check out.) When I watch “television,” I’m inclined to view a movie. I want a good story, finished in a couple hours, not something dragging on and on, boring me to bits or compelling me to binge-watch an entire season until I’m screen-dazed. The other day I watched An American Pickle and it was great. Love Seth Rogan. There are other movies I would like to watch too.

Television news and news shows are the absolute worst, in my opinion. So boring! I read the news, probably too often, and that is enough. Next worst are documentaries, history, and “reality” shows. Ick! I will watch non-fiction though, if it’s focused on science or animals. Still, fiction is where it’s at for me, same as in reading.

Bitmoji television

But back in the day, I definitely had favorite shows. When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of game shows. Shocker, eh? I’d watch any, but my favorites were Match Game, Hollywood Squares, $20,000 Pyramid (this had different amounts for the title at different times), and The Price Is Right. Oh, when I was a really little kid, I enjoyed Let’s Make A Deal. I also liked I Dream of Jeannie, That Girl, The Brady Bunch, Eight Is Enough, and One Day at a Time. The first two in that list were romantic comedies and the last three focused on close family relationships. Those themes have always appealed to me. None of these shows, however, appeal to me today although the themes in general still do. Whenever I try to rewatch an ep, I totally cringe. As far as the game shows, probably only Pyramid would be fun for me these days. The rest? Cringe City. Everyone likes Jeopardy, and I do too, but it can be a bore.

My mom and I watched cheesy scary movies together (Creature Feature) and also got hooked on Dallas and Falcon Crest. Later, I enjoyed Cheers after Shelley Long left and then I loved Frasier. That show was just so witty and hilarious. My ex and I watched LA Law and that was fun. Next came Sopranos (hilarious!), Six Feet Under (focused on relationships), Breaking Bad (relationships and immensely interesting twists and turns, plus FUNNY), and Game of Thrones. I was surprised at my love for GOT, but when something is good it’s good, regardless of genre. It had romance, drama, murder, dragons, adventure, etc. etc. Everything!

Bitmoji yoga dragon

Looking forward to tomorrow’s topic.


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30 Day Film Challenge 6

I found this fun challenge at Sandmanjazz. As I did with the books (not the bingo, but the 30 days), I’m going to do these movies in blocks. So instead of a post a day for 30 days, I’ll have 6 posts total. Here’s my sixth and final set of films…

26. Young Frankenstein makes me happy. I rewatch it frequently and it’s just as funny each time. Instant mood-lifter! 🤣🤣🤣

27. Not a huge fan of the superhero genre, but The Dark Knight was excellent.

28. The Little Shop of Horrors changed my life. I saw it outdoors in a park in Pasadena with a man I was falling in love with. It was at the end of (what I considered) a perfect day together. But after that day, he treated me horribly, ghosted me on Thanksgiving, and texted me months later with a bunch of crap about how I had failed him. This caused me to spiral into a depression, although I realize I am responsible for my own reactions to the behavior of others. A good lesson from the film is that the most innocuous seeming things (or people) can turn into monsters. Beware! Another lesson is that depression too is a ravenous monster, never satisfied, consuming all your hope and joy. I was lucky mine faded with time.

29. I loved Saturday Night Fever so much I didn’t want it to end. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

30. Grease has a beautiful ending. Love to rewatch that one too. Musicals rock! 🎶

This has been another super fun challenge! Thanks for reading along. 🙂


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SLS ~ Baking/Bread/Cake/Pie/Picnic

Song Lyric Sunday

Thanks go out to our tuneful host Jim Adams for giving us another great set of prompts (via Caramel). There were so many songs to choose from! I decided to reach waaay back into the archives for this fabulously fun song from Eileen Barton. Nope, I never heard of her either, but please give the video a whirl cuz I bet you will enjoy it. 😀

The song is titled “If I knew You Were Comin’, I’d’ve Baked a Cake,” and it’s not snarky but absolutely delightful. The writers are Al Hoffman, Bob Merrill, and Clem Watts. This song was first recorded by Eileen in 1950 and has had many covers. It was also in an episode of M*A*S*H. “If I Knew…” spent 15 weeks on the Billboard charts, hitting #1. (More info.)

Well, well, well, look who’s here.
I haven’t seen you in many a year.
If I knew you were comin’ I’d ‘ve baked a cake,
baked a cake, baked a cake.
If I knew you were comin’ I’d ‘ve baked a cake.
How-ja do. How-ja do, How-ja do.
Had you dropped me a letter I’d ‘ve hired a band,
grandest band in the land.
Had you dropped me a letter I’d ‘ve hired a band
and spread the welcome mat for you.
Now I don’t know where you came from
’cause I don’t know where you’ve been.
But it really doesn’t matter
grab a chair and fill your platter
and dig dig dig right in.
If I knew you were comin’ I’d ‘ve baked a cake,
hired a band, goodness sake.
If I knew you were comin’ I’d ‘ve baked a cake.
How-ja do. How-ja do. How-ja do.
If I knew you were comin’ I’d ‘ve baked a cake,
baked a cake, baked a cake.
If I knew you were comin’ I’d ‘ve baked a cake.
How-ja do. How-ja do, How-ja do. […]



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Image credit – Jim Adams

30 Day Film Challenge 1

30 day film challenge

I found this fun challenge at Sandmanjazz. As I did with the books (not the bingo, but the 30 days), I’m going to do these movies in blocks. So instead of a post a day for 30 days, I’ll have 6 posts total. Here’s my first set of films…

1. The first movie I remember seeing in a cinema was The Sound of Music. I was about 5 years old. I loved it then and I love it now. Wonderful music. Julie Andrews was spectacular. ❤️🎶

2. I didn’t watch films on repeat as a child. We saw movies once each and then walked back 5 miles in the snow to huddle in front of our black and white television.

3. A film that makes me LOL to this day is My Big Fat Greek Wedding. It’s hysterical!

4. The Big Short begins with “the” and is an excellent movie besides. I just adore Steve Carell. (Not in Space Force though. I really wanted to like it, but meh.)

5. I always say Alex & Emma is underrated. It’s a super funny movie about writer’s block… and it’s also a romcom. I pretty much love any movie with Kate Hudson.


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The Monday Peeve 41

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the TMP tag, link back to me (or not), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen. I have feelings!

Look, I know we all have FEELS about things that are going on and not only that, but we are 100% convinced that our feelings/reactions/values are the true and correct ones. This isn’t something new, but it seems new. More intense because we’re online with everyone’s opinion amplified… mostly just two opinions on every topic though, not much nuance. “This is the worst thing ever!” “No, this is!” It appears that we are more dug in, more polarized, more sure that WE are right and YOU are wrong. But I assure you, this isn’t new. I was 11 years old when Nixon was up for re-election, and things were exactly like this, except no internet. People HATED him. Or they HATED his opponent. If you didn’t agree with someone’s opinion, you were an idiot. Just like now. In the 1980s, those who supported Carter were savaged by Carter haters. His daughter was cruelly mocked for her appearance. Nastiness does not have a decade; human nature is eternal. It’s just sh!t coming around once again.

What’s my peeve then? People screaming every hour of every day that nothing has ever happened like this before. Uh sorry, but read a book. We’ve had nasty neighbors, racist family members, jerks complaining over nothing, and marches and protests and riots and looting and arson and terrible, horrible, no good, corrupt politicians all along. Chill out for five freaking minutes, willya?


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First, I give big thanks to both Rory and Sadje for thinking of me for this award! 😍❤️😘 I really appreciate it. Next, like many here, I do not follow the rules of these award posts. I’m not posting the rules and I’m not tagging peeps or writing new questions. If you want to grab these (some or all, feel free). I consider all my readers worthy of an award for spending time on my posts. Finally, I’m not linking back to the site where this award originated because that’s just giving someone blog views when they haven’t done anything. Also, I don’t see this image anywhere on their site, so idk where it came from.

Questions from Rory:

1. Did you live an adventurous young adult life as in between your later teens to you early thirties and if you did what was your life style like …


2. …… if you didn’t what was your lifestyle like?

I was boring, like now. I’ve never been particularly adventurous. My lifestyle was about working, finishing college, getting married, starting a family. Back then, I watched a lot more TV.

3. What was the riskiest date you ever went on and why?

Probably driving up to Hollywood from Irvine in freaking rush hour to meet this gross man who liked my writing and was allegedly in “the biz” and said he would help me. When he realized I wasn’t attracted to him, he became angry.

4. How big a child are you still?

Not much, though I can be silly with kids and they like me. I’m a serious person though and not very spontaneous.

5. What will you simply not do for money OR is that question easier to answer favourably reflective upon the sum of actual money offered?

How much are we talking about? 🤣

Bitmoji with cash

Questions from Sadje:

A. Which is your favorite dish to cook?

I like making a big mishmash of sautéed veggies with pasta.

B. What new skills you have acquired in last three months?

FaceTime and Zoom 😜

C. What scares you the most, (person or thing)?

Other drivers.

D. Are you able to fix technical problems on you devices?

Not if they go beyond restarting.

E. What is your preferred way of traveling?


F. If you are asked to donate on of your five senses, which one would you choose?


G. How do you like to dress, trendy or comfy?

Like my Bitmoji!

Bitmoji in comfy chair with book


Images from Bitmoji.

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PFF49: Mom

Flashback Friday

Welcome to Paula’s Friday Flashback! This is a challenge begun by Fandango and it’s fun to see what we posted back when (as well as the comments). The post below is a reblog of a post I made exactly 7 years ago. A little caveat ~ the post sounds negative, but I miss and love my mother immensely.

Hello Mother

I had a dream about Mom the other night. She had made a Great Gatsby tee shirt for me ~ it was dark blue, short sleeved, with white paint squiggles all over that were supposed to be fluffy clouds. Don’t ask me. In the dream, it looked right.

I had shown someone one of my scrapbook photo albums last week and was thinking about my long ago days of arts & crafts. Not sure if this prompted the dream, or what.

A little while ago I opened my Chrome browser (I’ve been using Firefox mostly) and noticed that my old bookmarks were still there, including Baggage Reclaim, my favorite relationship site. The first article was about how some of us struggle to please certain people who have impossible demands and how that’s a never-ending spiral of futility.

The first Unpleasable in your life tends to be that exacting and critical parent or caregiver and if your perspective on their behaviour and how you respond to it hasn’t changed in adulthood, you’re likely to have felt tormented by a similar boss, ‘friend’ or romantic partner. [link]

As always, very interesting bloggery from Natalie, and just in time for Mother’s Day too.

/end reblog


Image from Pexels.

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