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Sunday Song Lyrics

Jim took my suggestion of laughter for the Sunday prompt. Thanks, Jim! 🙂

As the regulars know, the keyword doesn’t have to be in the song title. This week I’m choosing one of my favorite Beatles’ songs, “Norwegian Wood,” to fulfill the prompt. I’ve always loved this intriguing song on its own, and enjoyed it even more after one of my favorite writers, Haruki Murakami, took it for the title of a novel, which I loved, of course. TIL that John Lennon wrote the song in 1965 to let his wife subtly know he was having an affair.

“Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)”

I once had a girl
Or should I say
She once had me

She showed me her room
Isn’t it good
Norwegian wood

She asked me to stay
And she told me to sit anywhere
So I looked around
And I noticed there wasn’t a chair

I sat on a rug
Biding my time
Drinking her wine

We talked until two
And then she said
“It’s time for bed”

She told me she worked in the morning
And started to laugh

I told her I didn’t
And crawled off to sleep in the bath

And when I awoke
I was alone
This bird had flown

So I lit a fire
Isn’t it good
Norwegian wood


Before Cell Phones

We parted with enmity

And now he is gone,

Left without a kiss,

And sailed off at dawn.

I shall write him a letter,

Include a photograph too,

And stuff them in a bottle,

Toss them in waves of blue.

As he sails round the globe,

My love note behind him,

Fate may have to intervene,

For this message to find him.


My Own Worlds (200 words)

My father was never lost; he just took the scenic routes. This infuriated my mother, who had created plans and made motel reservations. She would read the road map while Dad meandered along a new route in a strange state until she got a headache. Eventually, he’d get to where we were supposed to be, accompanied by a lot of shouting, his good mood disappeared and all of us starving. Luckily, we never had to sleep in the car.

In the meantime, I tuned my parents out by curling up in the back seat with books, immersing myself in new worlds with new characters. I let the scenery whoosh by my window unobserved. I wanted to escape into my mind, into a fantasy land where people weren’t screaming over maps and whether we were lost.

I was lost in a kaleidoscope of fiction. Sometimes the newly spun world was a doggie story and later they became mysteries. In my teen years, I got hooked on romance novels. Eventually, I began to wonder if I could create my own worlds of words, spin my own colorful tales for others to lose themselves in. It all began during those stressful driving “vacations.”


50-Word Thursday (sets of 50)

Three Things Challenge

Song Lyric Sunday

Jim is guest hosting the SLS prompt for Helen while she focuses on getting better, and he’s come up with the appropriate theme of doctor/ health/ medicine for today.

Here’s one of my favorite medical songs to hopefully cheer Helen up if she gets around to reading my blog. 😂

Philosophical Musings [SOCS]

Sup peeps? It’s supposed to rain here today, which is good. We can always use rain in SoCal. Some friends are planning a local hike and I hope they won’t be disappointed if they get rained out. Either way, we’re still meeting for lunch, which is the important thing.

Bailing on a hike years ago cost me a friendship. There’s a bit of gossip for ya. No biggie, since I’m not naming names. Yep, I went on one hike, did okay, confirmed the next one, and then I bailed. I’m just not good with hiking. I have a bad back and migraines that get triggered by whatever. Chronic pain sufferers can probably understand why doing okay on one didn’t mean I felt confident to do another; it felt more like, hmm, good, let’s stop here. So, I changed my mind, nixed the outing, and got jettisoned from the person’s life. Hey, it happens.

Not gonna deny it hurt though. I’ve been tossed aside for other reasons from other relationships over the decades and I’ve found it’s best to accept the feelings of loss, sadness, anger, etc., rather than pretending I don’t care. Pretense haunts you later, is my philosophy.

I pretend a lot though, in daily interactions, to get along and not make a fuss. I’m a nice person, much nicer than I seem here. Most of the time. I can separate my feelings of perpetual outrage about politics and “how things are” from my need to just make it through the damn day. Sometimes this makes me feel like a fraud, but we can’t spend all day confronting everyone about everything. I think we all fake it somewhat, depending upon how much we have to deal with other people. That’s different from denying your feelings to yourself however.

Every so often I make a nice cup of tea and have a long chat with myself to make sure we’re in sync about where we stand on All The Things. I highly recommend it.

30-Day Song Challenge: The End

Day 28: an artist whose voice I love. Geez, that narrows it down! How about a singer I love, but from whom I haven’t poasted anything before? Sounds like a plan… and a great way to end the last three days of the challenge as well.

A friend introduced me to the music of Rosanne Cash some years back and I just love her voice. It’s so pure and beautiful, yet at the same time full of emotional resonance.

Day 29: a song from my childhood. My dad had the Doors album and I remember liking “People Are Strange.” This song is meaningful to me on another level because as a child I was “the stranger” so often, since my parents moved so much and I switched schools so frequently. This was difficult for a sensitive introvert, but it toughened me up too. I had to learn, as an adult, to have empathy for the bullied, since I myself had to deal with bullying sans help. (Fab video, peeps!)

Day 30: a song that reminds me of myself. Well, never let it be said that I don’t go for the obvious! 😀

This was super fun! Thanks to everyone who played along ~ really enjoyed checking out your song choices. 🎶💕

Lazy Poast

I swear I was gonna write a story or a pome today from the prompts, but I haz a wicked migraine due to the windy cold weather, so you get this. Like it or lump it!

Questions from the Queen:

1. What is something you always put off for as long as you can?

– Death (mine).

2. Has time sped up or slowed down for you as you have aged?

– Up.

3. What time period do you think you most belong in?

– Post-historical.

4. What book would have a completely different feel if it was set in a different time period?

– The Bible.

5. How do you like to waste time?

– You’re looking at it.

6. Have you ever killed time since reading or watching The Phantom Tollbooth?

– Don’t remember what that means.

7. You have two hours to yourself…how do you spend it?

– Plotting, planning, scheming, dreaming.

8. How often do you think about the Doomsday Clock?

– Not a lot.

9. Do you think we are nearing the end of times (for those who believe in it)?

– Not in a religious sense, but it’s definitely possible we could be close to a massive-casualty world war.

10. Armageddon is upon us…do humans survive?

– Probably some in remote areas for a while.

11. How will human’s time on Earth be up?

– War, famine, disease, no medical care.

12. What is your favorite quote about time?

– “Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.”

13. What is one song that makes you time travel?

– “In the year 2525…”

14. Speaking of Time Travelers… The Doctor (Dr. Who), Time Traveller (H.G.Wells, The Time Machine), Phineas Bogg (Voyagers!), or The Traveler (Star Trek: TNG): Who would make the better traveling companion?

– Idk these peeps. I’ll take my cat. 🐱

After the eggnog is gone…

For today’s challenge (not to be confused with tomorrow’s challenge that I poasted yesterday), Rory asks us to create a top 5 song list for Christmas. Well, I’ve already mentioned my fave xmoose songs a few times, but as we know the holidays see a lot of romantical type breakups. Something about all that pressure and prezzies and fighting over the last perfect tree-shaped c00kie. With that in mind, here are my top 5 songs about breaking up, over the hols or whenevs.

She put a big F-U in my future…

It ain’t me you’re looking for, babe…

The old-fashioned block sender…

Being all philosophical about it…


Oopsy, almost forgot my taggaroos. Anyone who has participated in any of the music challenges recently is hereby tagged! Lists please ASAP. Don’t forget to link back to Rory. 🙂🎶

30-Day Song Challenge

Day 26: a song that makes me want to fall in love. Hmm. Lately everything seems to have the opposite effect on me, as falling in love brings nothing but disaster, so I will have to carefully peruse ye olde playlist. Okay, found one! But only exactly like this video with sparkling glittery scenes of bliss on heavenly rosepetaled beds. And swans. Gotta have swans.

Day 27: a song that breaks my heart. Now we’re talking! Actually this is harder ~ what song doesn’t break my heart? I can find the sads in anything. This one always gets me teary…

30-Day Song Challenge

Day 24: a band I wish were still together. Welp, I confess I don’t know what Fleetwood Mac sounds like without Lindsey Buckingham, but the whole breakup tale is simply sad. It’s hard to choose a favorite from their best days because they’re all great, but here’s one I love. If you don’t want to watch Captain Kirk, the #me2 H8R, kissing all the girls, best not click. 😂