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SLS ~ Harry

Song Lyric Sunday

Jim has a fun challenge for today: choose a song by a Tom, Dick, or Harry. Lots to pick from, but I went with Harry Nilsson and “Without You.” Pete Ham and Tom Evans of Badfinger were the writers, and Badfinger first recorded the song in 1970. Nilsson recorded it in 1971.

Without You

No, I can’t forget this evening
Or your face as you were leaving
But I guess that’s just the way the story goes
You always smile but in your eyes your sorrow shows
Yes, it shows
No, I can’t forget tomorrow
When I think of all my sorrows
When I had you there but then I let you go
And now it’s only fair that I should let you know
What you should know
I can’t live, if living is without you
I can’t live, I can’t give any more
Can’t live, if living is without you
I can’t give, I can’t give any more
Well, I can’t forget this evening
Or your face as you were leaving
But I guess that’s just the way the story goes
You always smile but in your eyes your sorrow shows
Yes, it shows
Can’t live, if living is without you
I can’t live, I can’t give anymore
I can’t live, if living is without you
I can’t live, I can’t give anymore
(Living is without you)

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Image credit to Jim Adams.

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Ten Year Report

Di of Pensitivity101 tagged me for this introspective challenge. I’ll begin with the high points of the past 10 years, followed by the low, and then answer her questions. I’m not going to tag anyone else. 🙂

High Points 2010 – 2020

In 2011, my sweet kitty Gatsby came into my life via the Orange County Animal Shelter. 😻❤️

My daughters both graduated from college (and did extremely well too), one in 2012 and one in 2015.

They also both got married to awesome guys (2017, 2019)! 💖💖

In 2018, a wonderful little granddaughter arrived! 😍✨🤩

I have published many books during these 10 years, and while they may not fly off the shelves, the fact that I have actual finished novels and other books out there gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

Low Points 2010 – 2020

My divorce was final in 2011, and while this was a necessary step, it’s still sad.

The relationship I had through my 2-year divorce process ended badly in 2011.

The entire 5-year dating debacle that followed was a depressing, and at times frightening, mess and continues to have repercussions to this day.

My dad passed in 2013 (my mom in 2008).

My cat Cocoa died in 2010 or 2011… my memory is a bit fuzzy right now. 😢

Di’s Questions

Is there any year in the past decade that stands out as the best?

-This last one (2019) ended up on a positive note because I moved into a new place with a good friend and got away from my old rundown apartment. I also spent quite a bit of time with family and friends and began writing a fun story. 🙂

Has your taste in music changed in the past ten years or do you think music in general has changed?

-I don’t listen to much new music, but in the last several years I’ve found myself liking more country and folk songs. Hard rock is a bit of a bore sometimes lately.

Are you heavier or lighter than you were ten years ago?

-I’m about the same, up maybe 2-3 pounds. But in the middle of these 10 years I was much lighter ~ I got sick from sushi (will never have it again) and could hardly eat for a month. Then a certain relationship stressed me out so much, anxiety kept my appetite away. I was 10 pounds lighter than today and so right now I feel “fat” because I liked the way I looked then. I’m hoping to get back there, but via exercise and good habits. 😇

How many cars have you owned in the past decade?

-Two.

Fun prompt! 🥳

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Image snagged from Rory!

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PFF30: The First Rule

Friday Flashback

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 below is a reblog of a post I made on Christmas Day, 2012.

Violence and Chocolate

Merry Christmas, mah peeps.

I’ve been watching a lot of movies with Sharon over the last several days, mostly romcoms bought for cheap off Amazon, but also some rented classics missed over the years. We saw Fight Club last night and I must say that I am now a fan of Brad Pitt. Never liked him at the beginning when every other woman was in lust for his bod, but lately I just think he’s a good actor. That said, I had a really hard time with all the gore in this movie ~ it was just so ewwy and gross.

Yet today we watched Full Metal Jacket, which was hideously violent in the most disturbing ways ~ and I had no problem with it whatsoever. I can’t say I enjoyed FMJ, because that just sounds weird, but it was a damn good movie. I’d sort of like to figure out if there is a logical reason why the gore in FC bothered me and FMJ did not, or if it’s just my subjective moodiness. The violence in mob movies never bothers me with one exception ~ the horse’s head. I don’t think I need to explain.

Regarding chocolate, I was totally fine all day until I had a bite of a chocolate chip cookie Sharon made and then I was immediately blasted with a migraine. It was totally obvious that there was a connection. Could have been something else in the cookie ~ oats, peanut butter, almond milk, vanilla extra, flour? I think I’m going to do the n0-chocolate experiment again. I don’t even care about choccy that much, only caffeine. The headache was so bad I wished I had a shot ~ it took hours to subside from a pill. But the shots cost so much it’s ridiculous.

Anyway, cool title, no? I must get back to writing soon.

/end reblog

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Image originally from Pexels

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Song Lyric Sunday ~ Holiday

Song Lyric Sunday

Jim gives us a topical theme this week with the major winter festivals approaching. I chose “Holiday Road” written by Lindsey Buckingham in 1983. I’ve loved this song for years and mentioned to a friend the other week that it would be good for our singalong this Saturday (which would actually be yesterday since I’m writing this post on Thursday to be scheduled three days from now ~ got that?). She said “oh, from the movie?”

Turns out there’s a movie! It’s one of those Chevy Chase things I’ve never seen (Angie is probably shocked again). Yes! I have never seen a Vacation movie! But not only is this song in the movie, it was written for the movie! I’ve just been cluelessly loving it all these years despite not seeing the thing. It’s like nomming up stuffing not knowing it was originally made to go with turkey, or something. 🤪

Apparently “Holiday Road” was in the Vacation movie sequels too, except for Christmas Vacation, since things don’t have to make sense. It has become one of LB’s best known songs, and he released a live version in 2008 and a remastered version in 2015.

Holiday Road by Lindsey Buckingham

I found out long ago
It’s a long way down the holiday road
Holiday road
Holiday road
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Take a ride on the West Coast kick
Holiday road
Holiday road
Holiday road
Holiday road
I found out long ago
It’s a long way down the holiday road
Holiday road
Holiday road
Holiday road
Holiday road

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Image from Jim Adams

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Someone Else

Blonde in black feather mask

Cyranny asked… if we snoop in other people’s medicine cabinets when we visit their homes. I don’t now, but 40+ years ago I did this and more. I had lots of babysitting jobs around our Illinois neighborhood and after the children were sleeping, I would poke around. It was very interesting what folks had hidden in the backs of drawers and closets.

I often found naughty magazines and books… and would read them. I’d be very careful to put everything back the way it was just in case. These were not my father’s Playboys, but Hustler and Penthouse, which were quite different. 😳 I read The Happy Hooker at one house… it took me the whole weekend, but the mom (single mom) was off at a horse show, so I had lots of time during naps and such.

My favorite thing to do however was to try on the mom’s clothes, especially if she had anything really sparkly. 💖 I was a plain girl with plain clothes, but I read romance novels and secretly dreamed of being a vibrant heroine in a glittering ball gown. Or a damsel in distress in a dark gothic castle. There was one house I loved ~ the dad worked for my dad, so these people were super nice to me. The mom was incredibly pretty and had tons of beautiful clothes. I loved going there.

Blonde in ball gown at dragon gates

I never got caught doing anything. No one used cameras back then, in the 1970s. Or, if they did, they must have thought it was fun to watch me, right? I was taking good care of the kid/s all along, so it was only a mere privacy issue not neglect. 🙃 In any event, I liked to pretend to be someone else for a little while… to immerse in a life that was not mine. I still like that idea… float in and then slip away… without letting anything really affect me.

Now I’m single again… have been single (“self-partnered”) for several years and I am enjoying my life this way. I can’t even imagine entangling my life with another person’s again to any great extent. But I do still enjoy reading romances and fantasy literature, watching romcoms, and even writing a bit of it myself at times. Romance is theater, masks, and costumes. It’s the slide into another life, being someone else. Thinking back… I guess I was never fully comfortable with taking on that role in a drama off the stage.

Woman in billowing red dress at sunset

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Images from Pixabay and Pexels

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BRA-less No More

True story Bitmoji

So I had this incredibly stressful evening changing my address at the DMV online. Hopefully I didn’t screw it up because god forbid I won’t be able to vote for one of the doofuses in the early California primary. I waited until tonight because of my tags, which had already been sent, and I wanted to make sure they were actually in my hand before I began messing with stuff. The last thing I need is to stress about my tags being late, or not getting forwarded, or some horrible thing. But they are here, and all is good. (Another time we’ll discuss how I can’t bear it if I put them on the slightest bit crooked.)

Later Bitmoji

But then I was sad because no one tagged me for a Blogger Recognition Award (BRA). Everyone else had a BRA, but I was going around BRA-less and starting to feel a bit self-conscious. I said this to Jim and he took pity on me, bestowing on me what we call in the business a “pity BRA.”

Some of you might think, “that’s no good… I’d be too proud to accept a pity BRA.” Well, that’s you then. Me, I’m taking it. Thanks Jim! I can always count on my good buddy Jim to help me out. I ran right back over here to display my BRA for all to see and get on with doing BRAly things.

Blogger Recognition Award

I thanked Jim already yay! Now I have to bore you all to death with the story of how I began blogging…

In the beginning, all was darkness. Then I turned on a light, made a cup of tea, and thought what the heck am I going to do at 5 in the morning? Some of my writer friends had already begun blogs (2004), in order to promote their books and talk shop, so I decided to do that too. I mostly just blabbed on about whatever I felt like though, which was more fun than sticking to one topic. I was obsessed with stats back then, and this ultimately ruined my blogging experience. I highly recommend not allowing yourself to be consumed by counts of followers and views. In any case, my blog blurged along for several years, as I jabbered on about All The Things, until I got into a flamewar with some nutjobs about pitbulls. That’s when my comments got hacked and things went all kerflooey, to use a technical term.

Eff it all Bitmoji

I gave up blogging! Yep, I archived and deleted that blog and said pffft who needs this?

For about five minutes. Then I made a new blog where I only posted about cupcakes. And cats and shoes. That was boring. It hit the trash can after a little while. I had a few invite-only blogs at times too. Those were a bit more lively. 🌶

Finally, I began Light Motifs on Blogger. It worked out well except I like WordPress better for comments and such, so I made this one as version two. Originally, this particular blog began small-scale and I was mostly posting song lyrics 🎶 regarding a troubled relationship like some teenager. But gradually I branched out to full-on pointless rants and jabber as you see today.

Now, I’m supposed to give two pieces of advice to new bloggeroos. Everybody says the same things… write what you enjoy and don’t obsess about follower numbers yada yada (which I already said anyway), so I’m gonna say new things:

1. Don’t post about the same thing all the time because that’s boring. Unless you’re really really funny, then okay, but chances are you’re not, so don’t.

2. Don’t ask for money just because you exist in the WordPress community. I also exist, as do all the other bloggers here. And guess what? We all like money! Isn’t that an interesting coincidence? Why the hell should I buy someone else “a cup of coffee” because I like one of their posts? I drink coffee too… maybe they should buy me a cup. It’s so freaking ridiculous! Just. Don’t.

Note how my advice is negative rather than positive. That’s just how I am, spreading dark clouds of strife wherever I go.

Santa Bitmoji

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Images from Bitmoji

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Song Lyric Sunday ~ Baby

Song Lyric Sunday

Our SLS host Jim Adams gave us only one word to work with this week, but luckily it was a word found in a gazillion songs. “Baby Love” was recorded by the Supremes in 1964 for their album Where Did Our Love Go. The song was written by the team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. “Baby Love” topped the Billboard pop singles charts in the fall of 1964 and helped to create the superstardom of the Supremes. It also ranked #324 on Rolling Stone‘s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Baby love, my baby love, I need you oh how I need you
But all you do is treat me bad
Break my heart and leave me sad
Tell me what did I do wrong to make you stay away so long
‘Cause baby love, my baby love, been missing ya, miss kissing ya
Instead of breaking up
Let’s start some kissing and making up
Don’t throw our love away
In my arms why don’t you stay?
Need ya, need ya, baby love, my baby love
Baby love, my baby love, why must we separate my love?
All of my whole life through
I never love no one but you
Why you do me like you do, I guess it’s me
Ooh, need to hold you once again my love, feel your warm embrace my love
Don’t throw our love away, please don’t do me this way
Not happy like I used to be, loneliness has got the best of me my love
My baby love, I need ya oh how I need ya
Why you do me like you do
After I’ve been true to you
So deep in love with you
Baby, baby ooh
‘Til it hurt me, ’til it hurt me
Ooh baby love
Don’t throw our love away
Don’t throw our love away

~*~

Image credit to Jim Adams.

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Song Lyric Sunday ~ Knees

Song Lyric Sunday

Thanks Jim for hosting another great SLS set of prompts. I immediately chose “Layla” from Eric Clapton, a classic rock song. Eric wrote these lyrics in 1970 along with Jim Gordon, and the song was released in 1971 by Derek and the Dominos, Eric’s band at the time. The song contains two layers of meaning. First, it’s based upon an Arabian love story by the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi, about a man who goes crazy over his unrequited love for a beautiful girl. One of Eric’s friends had given him a book of this poetry. Second, at the time, Eric was in love with Pattie Boyd, the wife of this friend George Harrison, so he was doubly inspired by that particular love story. (Later on, Pattie leaves George and marries Eric.)

“Layla” wasn’t a hit at first, but it became successful over time, eventually achieving the rank of 27 on Rolling Stone‘s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list and winning a Grammy for the 1993 acoustic version.

Onto the lyrics and video! 😻🎶❤️

What’ll you do when you get lonely
And nobody’s waiting by your side?
You’ve been running and hiding much too long
You know it’s just your foolish pride
Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
Layla, I’m begging, darling please
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind
I tried to give you consolation
When your old man had let you down
Like a fool, I fell in love with you
You turned my whole world upside down
Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
Layla, I’m begging, darling please
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind
Make the best of the situation
Before I finally go insane
Please don’t say we’ll never find a way
And tell me all my love’s in vain
Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
Layla, I’m begging, darling please
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind
Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
Layla, I’m begging, darling please
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind

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Image credit to Jim Adams.

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Blogging on Blogging

Typing like mad

Dr Tanya posts some intriguing questions about blogger burnout…

1. What, in your opinion, is “Blogger burnout”?

I can only speak for myself. It seems that some bloggers post all day long, and this would definitely cause me to burn out. Even if I wrote a giant pile of posts and scheduled them to be dispersed through the week, the idea of spending an entire day writing 35 posts or so to keep up my volume? Gahhh! I’m starting to crash and burn at the very thought of it. There have been days where I’ve churned out 5 posts, mostly shorties, but generally I manage 2-3, and sometimes only one.

Putting pressure on myself to perform in a hobby type situation is a surefire path to burnout. It’s happened with regular writing, when I’ve given myself arbitrary deadlines and goals, failed to meet them, and beaten myself up over that. Then I take a breather and chill, reminding myself that hobbies are supposed to be fun.

Relaxing with book and tea

2. Have you ever suffered from blog related stress?

Yes, I most definitely have! My first blog ended up stressing me out ~ again this was all my own fault. I became obsessed with my stats, comparing myself to the mommy bloggers and becoming upset on days when my visits/comments fell. I started writing provocative and political posts to generate more excitement, but I ended up with nasty arguments (predictable duh), and then I became anxious over this even as my stats increased. I wrote too much personal stuff and was way too snarky. This culminated in a huge horrible flame war over dogs of all things, my comments were hacked, and I took the blog offline.

Sinking in quicksand

3. What steps could you suggest to keep blogging from becoming a stressful activity?

For me, first, is to disregard stats except as an occasional amusement. I sometimes laugh over the fact that I’m creeping up to 2,700 “followers” and yet am lucky to get 30 comments on a post (including mine). Where are these other people? 😂

Second is to post when I want to, ignoring things I’ve saved. Most days I save all the prompts in my feed… and don’t use them. The next morning I unsave them. I refuse to pressure myself into writing a new post before bed when I’m tired just because there are saved prompts. Too bad, so sad.

Third, I must shrug off the fact that I simply do not have time to read all the great posts in my feed. I know there are lovely poems and wonderful stories and fun adventures written by talented bloggers, but I can’t devote all my free time to reading posts. I do try to respond to everyone who leaves a comment on one of my posts… apologies if I’ve missed anyone. 💖

So, there you have it… my basic formula for a peaceful blogging experience.

Frolicking with flowers and butterflies

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Images from Bitmoji.

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321 Quote Me ~ Age Is Just A Number

Welcome back to Rory’s game! This is his new upgraded version where there are no tags and we jump in to play whenever we please. Welp, it pleases me to begin now!

Here are 3 quotes on topic…

Scrolling for birthdate Pole dancing in bathtub Lucille Ball on aging

Next, we have 2 pieces of music…

And finally here’s 1 image for the theme…

Red roses

What does this have to do with aging? It has to do with me being happy with what I have, appreciating a peaceful weekend with my family, minus that low buzz of anxiety and sadness because I hear a voice in my head telling me I should have more (a romantic relationship). It’s taken me a long time to age into this place of goodness and thankfulness.

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Images other than my own roses found on Google.

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