A Tale of Two Microwaves

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  Okay, I don’t have to be so Dickensianly dramatic though. They are just microwaves…to you!

The story starts back in 1986 when I was given my first microwave. It was a Tappan Spacesaver. It was huge. My kids were small when I got it and one wouldn’t even be born for three more years. Back when the kids were growing up we used the microwave a lot. Warming up leftovers, cooking soup, tv dinners, etc. My mom actually cooked with hers and the food was great. She was really into it. She hated “real” cooking.

There she is. The old work horse!

This January, this month, our wonderful microwave wasn’t working correctly. It started burning things like coffee cups if I warmed them up. It was a little heartbreaking. We had come to know and love this microwave. Okay, it was just me. Good bye microwave.


Now the ugly task of trying to find a new one. I had no idea the cost or features.  I looked at soooo many microwaves! I wasn’t paying for the big price ones since they don’t seem to do much more than the others. I got a mid size. Pretty good price and similar simple display. I like the handle even better than my old one. And I had forgotten we used to have a light inside our old one, but no one fixed it. OH and it has the rotating glass thing in it which our old one didn’t have.

 The new contender!

So here is the new one.  Pretty simple panel-check, timer-check, glass turning thing-check (not seen here).

We’ve had this microwave for a week so far. I’ve only used it to warm up my coffee (I got to see it go around! Yay! I also used the timer for tea steeping quite a bit. But that’s it. Let’s see how many years this one lasts. Can he beat 32 years like our old one? Only time will tell!




My Kind of Christmas Song 3

Today, 37 years ago John Lennon was killed. That is hard to type even now.  It was a terrible time.

I was very sick that night. I went to bed early. My parents watched Monday Night Football so they heard Howard Cosell give out the news and there was a crawl on the screen also. My parents decided I should get the rest and didn’t wake me. I was a super Beatles fan. They were big in my life. I was a senior in high school.

I was too sick to go to school still but sometime in the morning my little brother came in to wake me up before he left for school. He woke me up crying and saying he was sorry over and over. I asked what was wrong and when he quickly blurted that John had been killed, I thought What? No, this isn’t right. I comfort him and step out of bed and there are sticky notes on my radio, on the door of my room from my mom telling me how sorry she was. The living room was covered with notes of comfort from my family, mostly my mom. I was too sick to go to school for two more days. The school was having a memorial reading over the PA which I thought I missed. My father was an administrator at the school so they held up the memorial until I came back to school. One of the nice things he did for me.

There was a little reading and a song. I remember feeling a bit perturbed when the song chosen to honor John was a Paul song-either The Long and Winding Road (my least favorite Beatles song) or Hey Jude. I have somehow forgotten which song, but was so very touched that they did this.

My Beatles friends and I went to the vigils. It was just a time of stunning sadness.

But today I am going to list John & Yoko’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over) performed by  John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir as one of my Christmas songs. As it has been for me since 1976. The song first came out in 1971.

You might know the lyrics, but I’m going to post them anyway. I think it’s a pretty good message for any year, but this year for sure.

Happy Xmas (War is Over) Songwriters: John Lennon / Yoko Ono
So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young
A very Merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red one
Let’s stop all the fight
A very Merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
And what have we done
Another year over
A new one just begun
And so happy Christmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young
A very Merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
War is over, if you want it
War is over now
la, la, ah, ah
Happy Christmas
Happy Christmas (happy Christmas)
Happy Christmas (happy Christmas)
Happy Christmas Yoko, Happy Christmas John, wherever you may be.

My Kind of Christmas Song 2

So I was talking about the songs I like to listen to at Christmas time. This is something I feel a bit more comfortable writing about.

This song is by one of my favorites again and it was released in 1996 by Weird Al Yankovic.  Al has two Christmas songs. The one I hear more is Christmas at Ground Zero. I never did understand why it seemed more popular. The Night Santa Went Crazy is great. It’s a parody of a song I don’t know if I ever heard. Black Gold by Soul Asylum. Ha I never knew it was a parody at all. Al writes some great original songs so I stupidly assumed this was one of them. Here is the original song. I had to look it up and no I have never heard it before.

I have liked Weird Al since about 1996 when his album Bad Hair Day came out. My son loved Al and so we listened to a lot of cassettes in my car and I just loved him. He. Is. Hilarious. I took the kids to see him in concert that year and I have gone to every show since.

Let’s get in the Christmas mood, well for some of us, with The Night Santa Went Crazy:

I used the cartoon video version because I didn’t find any I thought were better. Sorry about the ad. Just skip it after 4 sec. Here are the lyrics in case anyone would like to know about anything missed.

“The Night Santa Went Crazy” by Weird Al Yankovic

Down in the workshop all the elves were makin’ toys
For the good Gentile girls and the good Gentile boys
When the boss busted in, nearly scared ’em half to death
Had a rifle in his hands and cheap whiskey on his breath
From his beard to his boots he was covered with ammo
Like a big fat drunk disgruntled Yuletide Rambo
And he smiled as he said with a twinkle in his eye,
“Merry Christmas to all – now you’re all gonna die!”The night Santa went crazy
The night St. Nick went insane
Realized he’d been gettin’ a raw deal
Something finally must have snapped in his brainWell, the workshop is gone now, he decided to bomb it
Everywhere you’ll find pieces of Cupid and Comet
And he tied up his helpers and he held the elves hostage
And he ground up poor Rudolph into reindeer sausage
He got Dancer and Prancer with an old German Luger
And he slashed up Dasher just like Freddy Krueger
And he picked up a flamethrower and he barbequed Blitzen
And he took a big bite and said, “It tastes just like chicken!”

The night Santa went crazy
The night Kris Kringle went nuts
Now you can’t hardly walk around the North Pole
Without steppin’ in reindeer guts

There’s the National Guard and the F.B.I.
There’s a van from the Eyewitness News
And helicopters circlin’ ’round in the sky
And the bullets are flyin’, the body count’s risin’
And everyone’s dyin’ to know, oh Santa, why?
My my my my my my
You used to be such a jolly guy

Yes, Virginia, now Santa’s doin’ time
In a federal prison for his infamous crime
Hey, little friend, now don’t you cry no more tears
He’ll be out with good behavior in 700 more years
But now Vixen’s in therapy and Donner’s still nervous
And the elves all got jobs working for the postal service
And they say Mrs. Clause, she’s on the phone every night
With her lawyer negotiating the movie rights

They’re talkin’ bout – the night Santa went crazy
The night St. Nicholas flipped
Broke his back for some milk and cookies
Sounds to me like he was tired of gettin’ gypped

Wo, the night Santa went crazy
The night St. Nick went insane
Realized he’s gettin’ a raw deal
Something finally must have snapped in his brain
Wo, something finally must have snapped in his brain
Tell ya, something finally must have snapped… in his brain

I listen to this song year around. I mean it’s Al after all. His songs are so clever and funny I almost always laugh. I think he’s gone all digital now and don’t think he’s going to issue cds? Not sure, something I heard. So he can get his music out faster. I am old. I want LPs or cds!
Now this is the kind of Christmas song I like!



Random Saturday Thoughts

Hello! I hope everyone who celebrates it had a nice Thanksgiving on Thursday. Mine was great. My three grown children got together on a Facebook chat to talk an wish me and my husband Happy Thanksgiving. It was really terrific to talk to them all together which I don’t get to do all that often. They all live and are settled out of state.  My sister-in-law brought over the nieces which was the best. I get to have another Thanksgiving tonight with my oldest friends. Their second son is in town from Pittsburgh so it is really a celebration!

I’m currently listening to some Peter, Paul & Mary for some reasons, but I may switch to some hip hop for the same reason when this album is over!

I saw an advertisement on PBS World channel that they are going to show the documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” by James Baldwin. I went to the theater to see this movie. Alone. I couldn’t find anyone to go with me.  Which is too bad since it is such a moving movie. I think the people who really need to see it will not however. James Baldwin is a fantastic writer and I have more than a few of his books. Anyway, I really want to see this again. I’m sure I will buy the dvd. Probably when I finish writing this lol.

There really isn’t much going on! Changed the music, but got side-tracked by Patti Smith’s “Easter” album from 1978. But I have Common’s “Black America Again” in line and up next. The Beatles are my favorite since I was 14. I liked the Doors, Janis Joplin, The Who, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel (my Mom’s fave) back then, too. I still like them.  Now I like just about all kinds of music except country (love bluegrass though). Oh and disco. Was never a big fan of disco. I liked anti-disco songs though. hahaha. I like metal, but not death metal. I like Metallica when they started, but I really like Judas Priest. I don’t think I know any names of metal groups of today….but I have heard them. College radio plays all kinds of things.

Random music paragraph.

I love music and books so I am sure I will have random paragraphs about them a lot.

I don’t go to as many movies as I’d like, but I loved Wonder Woman and did not like at all LaLa Land. I love musicals but not that at all.

To anyone reading still, have a good evening or whatever time it is where you are. It’s getting on to evening here in good ole Berea, OH.









50 Little Things

I am taking the advice of Mer and doing a list today for fun. Might be harder than I think. I am going to attempt to list 50 little things about me. I know many of these may be things already known, but let’s see if I can find some new ones.

  1. I like Yoko Ono.
  2. Today is my husband’s birthday.
  3. I am studying Spanish on the Duolingo app.
  4. I have a banjo.
  5. I own a scooter I am going to ride as soon as it’s fixed.
  6. I know how to solder.
  7. I like Eminem.
  8. I live around the block from my childhood home.
  9. I collect old phones and radios.
  10. I do not like Journey.
  11. I am an amateur radio operator, licensed for 20 years.
  12. I am a Dudeist Priestess able to perform weddings, funerals, etc. 
  13. I love Shakespeare plays.
  14. I love almost all vegetables.
  15. I like to follow Cleveland baseball.
  16. Surprisingly, I like tv shows such as: Wagon Train, The Rifleman, and Gunsmoke.
  17. I am distantly related to Dave Mustaine of Megadeth.
  18. I like Metallica
  19. There is a picture of me wearing a dashiki in my high school year book. I  love colorful clothes.
  20. I used to be on a golf league. I LOVED it. I was a terrible player, but really enjoyed playing. 
  21. I was arrested at 18 for disorderly conduct. The police had to wake me up to arrest me…..
  22. I had my first child when I was 19. He is going to be 34 this year and is a great person. 
  23. My husband says I can’t whistle, but I can.  A little. Badly. For a very short time. hahahaha
  24. I have seen Weird Al in concert almost every year since 1996.
  25. I taught Sunday school in the early 90s.
  26. I like square dancing even though I never do it anymore. Since junior high.
  27. I was a competitive swimmer for 6 years.
  28. OMG How is it not on the top of the list?? I LOVE THE BEATLES! I was in discussion about Yoko today so she was on my mind first. But the BEATLES are IT.
  29. I  LOVE Frank Zappa. He is fantastic. I hadn’t felt love for a musician like this since the Beatles. The Beatles are always first, but then FRANK.
  30. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. I have all the clothes to dress up, three wands, of course all the books, regular and large print for when I am older. Anything I can get my hands on Harry Potter makes me happy.
  31. I have three brothers, one a year and a half older than I, one a year and a half younger and one seven years younger.
  32. I stopped smoking 2 years ago this May on my birthday. 
  33. I didn’t care for the movie The Revenant.
  34. I am very afraid of spiders. They can just go to hell. Or away from me. Either one is okay.
  35. I like to fish.
  36. I love to read. Duh
  37. I can change a tire.
  38. I am almost 53 years old and I do not dye my hair. I have a little gray hair but I earned it. I am not going to dye it. It’s short anyway. 
  39. I have been to Alaska.
  40. I do not carry a purse. I haven’t since 1994.
  41. We have a clock in every room, including the bathroom. Do you guys, too?
  42. We use 24 hour time on our digital clocks. 
  43. I do not like bananas.
  44. I love donuts, but don’t eat them because I can’t stop. 
  45. I like to crochet, knit, and cross stitch.
  46. I do not smoke crack.
  47. I watch MeTv with my husband almost every night after he gets home from work.
  48. I like sparkly stuff.
  49. I have the ashes of my last two kitties on my coffee table.
  50. I think this was a fun post for me. Thanks Mer!

The Kit Cat Club

My husband and I just celebrated our twelfth wedding anniversary. We stayed home and just had a chill evening.

Our gift to each other this year was a Kit Cat Clock. Do you remember these? The cat clocks with the clock on the stomach and the eyes and tail move? That clock.

It looks like this:


We love stuff like this. I was looking for a nice clock for my daughter and son-in-law at our local clock shop when I happened upon our little friend Kit here.

I knew he was for us. So I packed him up with the clock I picked for my gift to my daughter and took him home.

He now hangs in our kitchen where we can see him at all times.

Kit Cat clocks go back to the 1930s. They only had two paws then and no bow tie back then. The Kit Cat logo was also not shown on the front. That was added in the 1980s which is the last time the clock design was updated.

He will hang from now on in his place of honor; keeping time as we enjoy many more years of marriage.


All My Children

This past weekend all my kids were home. This hasn’t happened in about three to four years. I live in Ohio and my children live in Virginia, Maryland and Utah. We aren’t able to all get together all that often these days.

It was so nice to have them all together again. They were only here for the weekend, but they all decided to try to get together more often and although the two girls are engaged, their fiancés don’t fly. So, it is difficult to get all the kids and their significant others all together.

This time we had all the kids and my older daughter’s fiancé. We had a big dinner at their grandmother’s house. My husband and I, the kids and the fiancé, my ex-husband, his mother, his brother and family, my brother and family and some close friends of the family.

It was so nice to have the kids all together. I can’t wait till they can all come back together again.

Shaye, Genelle, Bryon and Cherise