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!

Walking in the Rain

I was supposed to walk a 5k last evening. I say supposed to because when we got to Edgewater Park it was rainy and cold. My friend and I sat in her car and debated what we were going to do.  Did we really want to walk in this weather? Would that really be any fun? I came to have fun.

I am happy to say that my friend was in it for the fun also. We had paid for the event and we decided to pick up our numbers and our T-shirt but we weren’t staying for the walk. I love the shirt. It is fluorescent yellow. Love it.

After the race the organizers grill hamburgers and hot dogs for the runners and walkers. My friend and I walked up to the grillers and asked if we could eat before the race. They told us no, but we cajoled them into letting us “test” the first two burgers. You know, just to be sure they turned out well. They were delicious.

We now had two hours to fill before we went to the theater to see Book of Mormon. What should we do? Hmmm….my friend suggested we park downtown and go to a certain Margarita bar that she likes. Hey! good idea. Let’s go.

Both of us had a change of clothes so we could look a bit more presentable at the play. We left those clothes in the car for the time we were at the bar.  We would change into them later and walk to the theater.

To make a long story short we had a great time at the bar. We joked around with some of the bartenders, drank some grande Margaritas until it was time to go. After having a couple of Margaritas, neither of us felt like walking in the rain back to the car to go change clothes. We went to the play in jeans and long sleeve T-shirt for me; stretch capris and sweatshirt for my friend. We walked twelve blocks, went in and enjoyed the play and went home.  A fun evening all around. Even walking the 12 blocks in the rain.

Walk This Way

I am going with a friend to see the play “Book of Moron” at the end of August.  We are seeing it at one of the big playhouses downtown. I have heard good things about the play and I love attending the theatre, so it should be a good time.

The friend with whom I am attending is a runner.  She will run anywhere! I am more of a walker. Okay, a really slow walker. I am starting to enjoy walking more now, but am no power walker.

The day we go to see the play there is a Nike Summer Race Series 5k run/walk downtown. Somehow my friend thought it would be a great idea to walk this 5k before we go see the play…..I am not sure this is such a good idea.

I guess I’m not wearing any fancy shoes to the show. Even if I kept a pair in my car for after, I think my feet will be swollen into sausages and won’t fit. I will also be wearing something comfortable and breezy. I don’t want to be sweating in some tighter fitting garment while trying to enjoy “The Book of Mormon”.  I will have some type of wet wipe in my car to “freshen up” before going to the theatre. I picture my poor seat neighbor trying not to notice the sweaty person next to them.

My main concern is finishing in time. I haven’t done a 5k in about 15-20 years. And I was slow then and came in last. I don’t want that to happen again. I have been walking since my friend decided this was a good idea. I hurt my back a few days ago and will be going out for the first time in four days.

My friend is a true runner. Here she is doing a Warrior Dash.

There she is in the middle running over FIRE! Did I mention I am a walker? A slow walker? No fire involved.

It’s okay, she will slow down for me. She isn’t going to push me so that it isn’t fun. There is one steep hill I am not going to think about until I get to it. I know this is going to be a big challenge, but the important thing is having fun.

So, here’s to moving out of my comfort zone. I just hope my feet don’t find the new zone too painful! I’m just glad I will be leaving all the door knocking and mission work to “The Book of Mormon”. I don’t think my feet could take any more steps!


No Purse Required

I don’t carry a purse. This is the 20th year I haven’t carried a purse. I carry a little Slim Clip, which was a Seen on TV item from several years back. This little clip holds my credit cards, insurance cards and any cash I might be carrying. Other than my phone and keys, this […]


No Cable Needed

We don’t have cable at our house. It’s been about two years since we disconnected the cable and put up rabbit ears to catch over-the-air networks and their additional broadcast stations. Although my husband is an antenna genius, we don’t have a television antenna up on the house and we still get about 15-20 channels. Since we get all the network and local channels we haven’t missed the 150 odd channels we used to get.

I won’t say I haven’t missed anything at all. I miss BBC America. I miss Doctor Who. I miss the political discussion shows my husband and I used to watch. I miss American Classic Movies. We can watch on line in some cases, but we don’t for some odd reason. Laziness, we have become spoiled. Log onto the computer? Pull up a site? Oh, hell, let’s just watch Green Acres.

I am not a huge sports fanatic. I love the Cleveland Browns, Indians and Cavaliers. That’s about the extent of my following sports. Without cable I can still see the Browns (American Football), but not the Indians (baseball) or the Cavaliers (basketball). So I listen to all the games on the radio.

I love radio. I love old radio shows and old radios. My husband and I collect all kinds of radios. I listen to the baseball games on my 1938 Zenith cube table top radio when I am in the house. It has that old timey sound to it. The announcers screaming at great action, describing each play and giving information on the players and the teams. I learn more about the games I listen to than I ever did when I used to watch the games. Most of my friends, however, rarely want to come over to “listen to the game”….

During football season I go over Mer’s house and watch games with her husband. My husband doesn’t care at all about sports and they bore Mer. So her hubby and I get together and we have a little football party every Sunday during football season. Mer sits over on her computer and says “yay!” if we are cheering and “sorry” when we aren’t. I like that I have someone to watch/listen to the games with, which didn’t use to be the case. Since I watch the football games now, Mer’s hubby teaches me what the penalties actually look like.

Getting rid of cable has been one of our better decisions. I know die-hard sports fans need their ESPNs, which I can understand, but for us it has been beneficial in a few ways.

1. We watch less television With less choices we spend less time flipping through channels before we decide there is nothing on worth watching. The tv stays off more often.

2. We watch more PBS. When we do watch tv, the best and most interesting programming for us seems to be on PBS.

3. I got invited to watch football games at Mer’s. This has been a lot of fun, even though her hubby and I are poor, suffering Browns fans.

4.I spend more time reading/writing. Since I am not absorbed with the boob tube, I have more time for books and blogs.

We have no dvr, vcr or any copying device of any kind. If we miss something we miss it. I find we become less attached to shows when we know we will miss many of them with life events.

In an hour the Zenith will be warmed up and tuned in for the next Indians vs. Rangers game. I can’t wait to hear the announcer yell, “Home run, Cleveland!”


It’s So Nice to Be with You


25 Songs in 25 Days
Day 14: A song that reminds you of your girlfriend/boyfriend

My husband and I have been married for 11 and a half years and were a couple for 6 years before we got married. I had been married before (twice) and was not going to rush into ANYTHING. I loved and trusted him, but believe in the jinx, so I waited.

This song has always reminded me of him and of our relationship with each other. Even when I am angry with him, if this song comes on the radio I am reminded of the love we share.

When I told him the prompt of the day and asked him what song I picked that reminded me of him,
he knew which one right away. I tell him it reminds me of him every time I hear it.

I am not the sentimental type and this song is more of a sing-a-long celebration of our Love L-U-V. That’s much more my style.

Here’s It’s So Nice to Be with You by Gallery

Oh it’s so nice to be with you
I love all the things you say and do.
And it’s so nice to hear you say
You’re gonna please me in every way.
Honey I got the notion,
you’re causing commotion
in my soul.

Baby you and me
I’ve got something that’s real
I know it’s gonna last a lifetime.
Oh, Ya better believe it girl

At night I call your name.
Darkness fills my room
I’m only dreaming,
About the time I’m gonna be with you.

Oh it’s so nice to be with you
I love all the, things you say and do.
And it’s so nice to hear you say
You’re gonna please me in every way.
Honey I got the notion,
you’re causing commotion,
in my soul.

When I’m feeling down
You’re there to pick me up
And help me to carry on.
Oh, little things mean a lot

When you need a shoulder to cry on.
I’m there to ease the pain
and chase away the rain,
Oh darling I’ve just gotta say.

Oh it’s so nice to be with you
I love all the, things you say and do.
And it’s so nice to hear you say
You’re gonna please me in every way.

Oh it’s so nice to be with you, I love all the, things you say and do.
And it’s so nice to hear you say You’re gonna please me in every way


Bust a Move/Back in Black


25 songs/25 days
Day 13: A song that reminds you of a former friend

My friend Patty and I met at work, a bank branch in Rocky River, Ohio in 1990. We immediately became friends and started going out for drinks after work on Friday nights. We had a favorite bar where we hung out most Friday or Saturday nights. We both loved to dance and every week we had the DJ play two songs together. Bust a Move by Young MC, immediately followed by Back in Black by AC/DC. Both are great to dance to and we thought the combination was just right. Great beats both.

Anyway, Patty and I were friends for 15 years and then suddenly we just grew apart. No fight or any bad feelings, we just went in different directions. Maybe I will meet up with her again sometime.

So I really have two songs for Patty. When I hear either of these songs I always think of the other one and Patty and I dancing our hearts out at Terry’s bar.