Thankful Friday


I haven’t done a Thankful Friday before, but I think the idea is cool. I’m going to do a list this week, too!

This week I am thankful that:

  1. My children are all healthy and happy. They all live out of state and it is nice to hear from each of them at least once a week or so.
  2. My husband loves me. Sometimes he has good reason not to, but he always does.
  3. I got on a case at jury duty. It would be so boring to just sit there all day in the jury pool! Unless the jury pool was an actual pool. Which unfortunately it is not.
  4. The judge let us out at one o’clock today. Yay!
  5. My tooth doesn’t hurt anymore. I got a root canal this week. Root canals aren’t fun, but to have no pain eating and drinking afterward is worth it.
  6. My phone battery didn’t die when I was at the Zappa show Sunday. I could get my picture taken with Dweezil again. The-girl-in-front-of-me’s phone died right when she posed for her picture with him. (I took one of her and Dweezil and texted it to her phone)
  7. I don’t have to worry about getting Ebola. I know that sounds crazy, but there is an outbreak of Ebola that is killing people on the west coast of Africa. This is just an awful way to die. Agencies there are working together to try to control the outbreak.
  8. I have a great best friend. She helped me get my head in a much better place this week and she listened when I needed her, as she always does.
  9. I had time today to do a post. I haven’t had the time to sit down and really write anything due to jury duty, but I’m glad I am able to today. (Even if it’s just this silly list)
  10. I have people who read and even comment on my blog. I am very grateful that people are interested in what I write about or just read my blog for whatever reason. It is a nice feeling.

Well, there is my first Thankful Friday list. What are you thankful for this week?

Going solo at the House of Blues

I went to see Zappa Plays Zappa again Sunday night. My husband didn’t go with me this time because he had to work early Monday morning. This is the third time in a year I have gone to see this band. Basically it’s Dweezil Zappa with a great band playing his father, Frank Zappa’s, music.

Since my husband couldn’t go to the concert I tried to find someone to go with me. Not an easy task at the last minute on a Sunday night for a band no one has heard of, playing music no one has heard of either. My aunt likes to go to concerts and might have gone with me and possibly liked the music, but she was out of town. My brother-in-law (sister-in-law’s brother) had an important evening meeting, so even though he is a big Zappa fan, he couldn’t go. My bff, Merry, kindly offered to go with me even though she is not into the music, but she was not up to it.

There was one other person I knew to whom I could give my extra ticket. The head shop dude. He likes Frank Zappa. But I just couldn’t ask him. I don’t know him that well, but I know him from coming in the store. To buy posters and incense, yes, that’s it. Anyway, my husband wasn’t crazy about the idea anyway. He actually asked me if I was asking the dude on a date?! A date?! Yes, dear, I am asking him on a date. NO. I just didn’t want to waste the ticket.

I couldn’t find anyone to take the ticket by the time it was time to leave so I just went by myself. A few of my friends were worried about be going downtown at night by myself, but I wasn’t worried. I was not missing this show.

It was a great show as always with the band covering “new” Frank music (stuff they didn’t cover before), but it just wasn’t the same without someone to share the show.

After the show, while waiting to meet the band, everyone in line is your friend. They all love the band. They all just saw a great show. Everyone is sharing their stories about seeing either Frank Zappa himself or Zappa Plays Zappa, what other bands they like, what item they are going to have the band sign and taking pictures for each other with the different band members when they did come out  (many of us older folks just aren’t great at selfies I guess).

All in all a good night. I’m glad I went.  I have one more concert planned this summer yet and my husband swears he will go next time even though it’s a Sunday show and he will have to work the next day.

Either way, I’ll be there.




Cleveland, LeBron and the Republicans

I’m from Cleveland. The biggest stories this week have been the announcement that the Republican National Convention will be held here and….what takes up most of the news every day for the last couple days..LeBron James is coming back to the Cavaliers.

LeBron is big news here. He is from Akron, which is a bit south of Cleveland and used to be a member of the Cleveland basketball team the Cavaliers. He famously signed with the Heat a few years back and pissed off most of Cleveland by the shameful way he announced his move. Most of us can understand leaving for a maybe better opportunity, but there was no reason to be a jerk about it.

Now, four years later, the LBJ of Cleveland says he’s grown up and wants to come home. There are still haters. They say he doesn’t deserve to come back, that he burned his bridges.

What? Okay, I agree he was an arrogant jerk about his 2010 announcement to leave. Who of us, though, has not done something we regret. Maybe in front of or to a friend, at our jobs or with our families. With our families, we are usually forgiven. We fans should accept his apology and explanation and hope it is sincere. That’s what most are saying here. Hoping the King has matured since 2010.

I mean it is LeBron! The best basketball player in the country right now. Maybe in the world. His return to Cleveland means a lot to the city. He has already brought the sell out of all Cavs season tickets within a few hours of his announcement to come back. I’m sure the extra people going downtown for the games will only help the restaurants and clubs. I’m sure there are a lot of businesses that will benefit from his return, Especially if he brings us a bunch of wins.

The Republican convention is like that too. Not everyone is happy they are coming here, but most people do see the boost for the city the convention will bring.

We have a new casino, the Republican convention and now LeBron coming back to town. I haven’t been to the casino yet, I’m not a Republican and I like baseball and football more than basketball.

But I’m happy for anything that helps Cleveland. So Republicans and LeBron, welcome to town.


Week 2:


What is the weirdest thing about you that other people don’t usually know?

This is a 7 week prompt from Mental Mama called 7 Weeks of Weird. I am a pretty open person so most people know about my weirdness. Also, how can I pick just one weird thing about myself? Weird is in the eyes of the beholder after all. Mama did a list so maybe I will too.

  • At the age of 51 I love all things Harry Potter. (Everyone who knows me knows this)
  • I own more than one Yoko Ono album
  • Two of my three children weighed more than 9 pounds at birth,
  • I don’t like chocolate.
  • I like to swear using words like Dagnab it, Daggum it and Consarn it. (I can swear pretty well with the real words, too, though)
  • I don’t carry a purse
  • I have been an amateur radio operator for 19 years.

I don’t know…is it weird I collect phones? Is it weird I just took up the banjo two and a half years ago? Maybe there is something really weird about me that I think is totally normal. If so, I’m sure someone will point it out eventually.      

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Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart…..

My husband and I went to an Independence Day picnic yesterday. We were asked to bring beans. Okay, that’s easy enough. Everyone loves Bush beans. I can just get a big can of those. They will be better than any beans I could make since I am not a big fan of baked beans and have never made them myself.

I asked my friend who invited us how much beans should I bring? How many people will be there? She tells me she’s not sure how many people, but to just bring a crock pot of beans.

That seems like a lot to me, but I get a giant can of beans. A seven pound can of beans. My other friend tells me this will fill up a crock pot.

Okay, yesterday morning I open this giant can of beans and pour it into the crock pot, Yes, it does indeed fill the crock pot; almost up to the brim, but not quite. I am still thinking this seems like enough beans for an army. I call my friend and ask if she is SURE this is the right amount of beans? She assures me everyone who will be there loves beans. It should be enough. Should be? Ha, that wasn’t my worry.

 We get to the picnic and our friend is cooking about 100 burgers and 50 hot dogs on a huge grill. Inside the pavilion cabin there are all kinds of side dishes: pasta salad, chips, vegetables, potato salad, macaroni salad and now beans. There IS enough food here to feed an army.

After the picnic, we pack up to go home. We gather up our crock pot and it’s still about 80% full. I guess we didn’t need quite that much baked beans after all.

I really hate to waste food, but my husband and I live here alone now and my husband eats like a bird. We can’t possibly consume all these beans! Even if I include them in my breakfast, lunch and dinners.  Tonight we’re going to grill up some hot dogs and have some beans to go with them, We’ll maybe have burgers and beans tomorrow, But that’s it, after that the beans are too old and must be thrown out. Whew, no more beans.

Next time I’m getting one 24 ounce can. Beans may be good for your heart, but some of their other side effects can be less than pleasant.

I hope everyone who celebrated yesterday had a wonderful Fourth.



I Just Want To Play

I should maybe show a Ringo clip from the show I went to the other night, but I decided to feature Todd Rungren from the All-Starr Band instead. Ringo picks some fun artists to tour with and I really like this song. This video is from last year’s tour. This year’s band includes Ringo (or course), Steve Lukather (Toto). Gregg Rolie (Santana), Todd Rungren (Nazz, Utopia, the New Cars), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Warren Harm (Bloodrock, AD) and Gregg Bissonette as Ringo’s second drummer. I don’t work anymore, but one of the most fun songs for me other than Ringo’s was this one: Todd Rungren with Bang the Drum All Day:

I don’t want to work
I want to bang on the drum all day
I don’t want to play
I just want to bang on the drum all day

Ever since I was a tiny boy
I don’t want no candy
I don’t need no toy
I took a stick and an old coffee can
I bang on that thing ’til I got
Blisters on my hand because

When I get older they think I’m a fool
The teacher told me I should stay after school
She caught me pounding on the desk with my hands
But my licks was so hot
I made the teacher wanna dance
And that’s why

Listen to this
Every day when I get home from work
I feel so frustrated
The boss is a jerk
And I get my sticks and go out to the shed
And I pound on that drum like it was the boss’s head

I can bang that drum
Hey, you wanna take a bang at it?
I can do this all day

Songwriters: RUNDGREN, TODD

Bang The Drum All Day lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Bang the Drum All Day

Weird Wednesday’s Weird Food Combo

Mental Mama is suggesting a prompt for Weird Wednesday: Strange food combination you like, but others do not.

I would have to say mine is a drink combination. I love tomato juice with dill pickle juice. Yes, dill pickle juice. They’re both vegetables, right? It’s not that weird…well, some people think it’s a little odd. I started drinking this in the 90s after my mother-in-law concocted it for a summer dinner cocktail.


The only weird food combination I can think of for me is peanut butter and swiss cheese sandwiches. I don’t like sweet food very much so I never was down with peanut butter and jelly. I love crunchy peanut butter (not the creamy kind, that tastes a little sweet) and I love cheese so this seems like a rational combination to me. How and why I decided to try swiss cheese on my peanut butter is anybody’s guess. I don’t know.

So here’s to wacky, wonderful, weird Wednesday and our weird food combos.