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!
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CRIMSONOWL63

C is the first letter in all the names of my siblings, parents and me: Chuck, Chris, Curt, Charles, Colleen and Cheryl

Reading is one of my favorite ways to spend time.

It’s fun to try new things.

My new kitten, Harrison, sure makes me happy.

Seen some crazy things in my time.

Oh man, the cold weather is here to stay for awhile. 

Not a fan of Journey

Oy, I don’t like them.

Why did I mention them?

Let’s change the subject.

6 years ago many people said two thousand nine. Now many people say twenty fifteen. Two thousand fifteen sounds awkward to me.

times married is the charm. This time I have the right guy!

 

The Fair and Me

I was chatting with a friend on Facebook recently. It wasn’t anything exciting, just “what’s up”, “how’s it going” kind of stuff. I was telling her I got a new phone and none of my calendar information transferred over.

I put everything I have to do on this calendar; everything I have to do that involves leaving the house that is.  My old phone would no longer hold or take a charge and I was desperately trying to charge it just to glance at the calendar and hope to retrieve another appointment. I’m not booked up with dates or activities, but I do have several dentist and doctor appointments coming up that I wouldn’t like to miss.

Anyway, my friend asked me if I was free August 9th. Did I want to go to the county fair? I love the fair. The county fair grounds are in my city so I grew up going to the fair. I checked my newly updated calendar and was naturally free since it is a Saturday. We talked about who would be going and how much fun it is.

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Suddenly I remembered….I can’t walk around the fair anymore. Dang! My back and my legs are too bad now for me to do that. I have fibromyalgia and another physical issue which make it hard to be on my feet for too long or to sit in one place for very long. Dang, dang, dang and some other, stronger words! I just totally forgot. The fair has always been a part of my life, I never gave it a thought that I COULDN’T physically go. It feels so odd.

My doctor says the only thing for my back is swimming. It will help strengthen it, but it will never be very strong. Still it can’t hurt. I was a competitive swimmer for six years when I was younger and I started swimming to strengthen my back on doctor’s orders even then.

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If I had set any resolution for myself this year it would be to swim and keep swimming. Go swim on a regular basis. I haven’t done this at all. It takes a lot of effort to get up there just to get in the pool. After realizing I can’t go to the fair, such a small thing, I have set a few small goals for myself.

  • Swim at least 3 times a week
  • Keep track of what I eat (I got an app for that, it also records my exercise)
  • Do my neck exercises every morning and every night. (relieve stress and headaches)

I like to start out small. I know getting up and going to swim will be the most challenging, but I need a challenge right now. I need to try something different and carry it through long enough to really determine if it is helping.

I raised three kids. I’ve been married three times (I finally got it right). I’ve survived a lot of crap. I can at least give this a try.

I want to go to the fair next year.

It’s a New Day

http://stuphblog.com/2014/04/18/25-days-of-songs-i-challenge-you/

25 songs in 25 days
Day 25: A song you could listen to for an entire day and not tire of it.

To my conservative friends: you may not want to watch this video as it might irritate you somewhat. Hell, the whole song might annoy you. I respect you and the choice is yours but, as I say, you have been warned. lol

I really have listened to It’s a New Day by Will.i.am for the whole day after President Obama was voted into office, which is the day the song was released and a whole day at work when I really needed to hear SOMETHING positive nonstop or I would kill my boss. Politics aside (this is about songs, not politics or really crappy bosses), this song was such a pick me up.

Listening to this song gave me hope in my everyday life, reminded me that I, too, had survived a lot and every day IS a new day. I feel happy and hopeful for myself and my life when I listen to this song. Happy by Pharrell is a more current song that also makes me feel, well, happy. I know a lot of people are sick of hearing Happy, but I think that could be another one I might be able to listen to all day.

I have loved this song challenge. It was fun to share some songs I loved and to see what kinds of music others enjoy. I watched Les Mis because of one of the posts and loved it! It’s been a great experience and has gotten me more in the habit of posting daily again. So thanks for the 25 days of fun!

Here’s Will.i.am with It’s A New Day

It’s a New Day by Will.i.am

I went asleep last night
Tired from the fight
I’ve been fighting for tomorrow
All my life
Yea I woke up this morning
Feeling brand new
‘Cause the dreams that I’ve been dreaming
Have finally came true

It’s a new day
It’s a new day
It’s a new day
It’s a new day
It’s a new day

It’s been a long time coming
Up the mountain kept runnin’
Souls of freedom kept hummin’
Channeling Harriet Tubman

Kennedy, Lincoln, and King
We gotta invest in that dream
It feels like we’re swimming upstream
It feels like we’re stuck in between
A rock and a hard place
We’ve been through the heartaches
And lived through the darkest days

If you and I made it this far
Well then hey, we can make it all the way
And they said no we can’t
And we said yes we can
Remember it’s you and me together

I woke up this morning
Feeling alright
I’ve been fightin’ for tomorrow
All my life
Yea, I woke up this morning
Feeling brand new
Cause the dreams that I’ve been dreaming
Have finally came true

It’s a new day
(it’s a new day)
It’s a new day
(it’s a new day)
It’s a new day
It’s a new day!

It’s been a long time waitin’
Waiting for this moment
Been a long time praying
Praying for this moment

We hope for this moment
And now that we own it
For life I will hold it
And I ain’t gonna let it go

It’s for fathers, our brothers
Our friends who fought for freedom
Our sisters, our mothers
Who died for us to be in this moment

Stop and cherish this moment
Stop and cherish this time

It’s time for you and me
For us and we
That’s you and me together

I woke up this morning
Feeling brand new
Cause the dreams that I’ve been dreaming
Have finally came true
Yea, I woke up this morning
Feeling alright

‘Cause we weren’t fighting for nothing
And the soldiers weren’t fighting
For nothing
No, Martin was dreaming for nothing
And Lincoln didn’t change it for nothing
And children weren’t crying for nothing

It’s a new day
It’s a new day
A new day
It’s a new day
It’s a new day!

We Shall Be Free

http://stuphblog.com/2014/04/18/25-days-of-songs-i-challenge-you/

I am not a country music fan. I am not a country music hater either. Back in the mid-90s, I was good friends with a woman who loved the new country music. While riding in her car one day, she was listening to a Garth Brooks CD. I hadn’t really heard anything about Garth Brooks or any of his music before, but this was actually enjoyable.

When I heard the song We Shall Be Free I stopped our conversation just to listen to the lyrics to the song. I got goosebumps. The song talks about how all of us, the world, can be free when we feed and clothe the least of us, love and accept each other, etc. I just felt so uplifted. It is considered a gospel song and I would agree with that.

It is a song that makes me feel hopeful every time I hear it.

We Shall Be Free-Garth Brooks

This ain’t comin’ from no prophet
Just an ordinary man
When I close my eyes I see
The way this world shall be
When we all walk hand in hand

When the last child cries for a crust of bread
When the last man dies for just words that he said
When there’s shelter over the poorest head
We shall be free

When the last thing we notice is the color of skin
And the first thing we look for is the beauty within
When the skies and the oceans are clean again
Then we shall be free

We shall be free
We shall be free
Stand straight, walk proud
‘Cause we shall be free
When we’re free to love anyone we choose
When this world’s big enough for all different views
When we all can worship from our own kind of pew
Then we shall be free
We shall be free

We shall be free
Have a little faith
Hold out
‘Cause we shall be free

And when money talks for the very last time
And nobody walks a step behind
When there’s only one race and that’s mankind
Then we shall be free

We shall be free
We shall be free
Stand straight, walk proud, have a little faith, hold out
We shall be free

We shall be free
We shall be free
Stand straight, have a little faith

We shall be free

It’s a Wonderful Life

I’ve been watching It’s a Wonderful Life almost every day. It’s my favorite movie. I have seen it hundreds of times. During the holiday season I like to watch it every day if possible.

It’s been difficult getting through this time of year. Last year at this time I was just discharged from the hospital. This year is better.

I went shopping yesterday and got everything done! I will be wrapping gifts over the weekend and have them ready to ship out to my children who all live out of state and can’t make it in this year for a visit.

One of the reasons I mention It’s a Wonderful Life is that the movie makes me appreciate my children and my friends. If you haven’t seen this movie, George Bailey is in crisis. He thinks he is worth more dead than alive. An angel comes in answer to prayers by his friends and family. He has a chance to see what life would have been like if he had never been born. How small things in life have influenced more people than he realized. It all ends happily ever after.

Shopping for the few people I had to buy for, I realized that I am lucky to have children and family to buy for at all. That if I had not lived to see my current age (which I never thought I’d reach), my children would be different. I wouldn’t have met my husband and have had the last 16 years together.

I almost gave up yesterday and not finish my shopping. But I made it through. I am proud of that. It wasn’t easy. I am trying to make the holiday as stress free as possible. I have met the challenge so far and hope to continue.

I think I’ll go watch It’s a Wonderful Life again.

Here comes the sun

I often wonder how I am going to know I am well again. I am sure it doesn’t feel like this. Today I was listening to the Beatles’ Abbey Road album and a song clicked with me again. I suddenly remembered for a second what I used to feel like when I was well.

“Here Comes The Sun” made me think….when I get well this song will be true for how I feel and not just how I want to feel.

Here Comes the Sun
by George Harrison (1943-2001), performed by the Bealtes

Here comes the sun
do n do do
here comes the sun
and I say, It’s alright

little darling
it’s been a long cold lonely winter
little darling
it feels like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun
do n do do
here comes the sun
and I say, it’s alright

little darling
the smiles returning to the faces
little darling
it seems like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun
and I say, It’s alright

sun sun sun here it comes
sun sun sun here it comes
sun sun sun here it comes
sun sun sun here it comes
sun sun sun here it comes

Little darling
I feel like ice is slowly melting
little darling
it seems like years since it’s been clear

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun
and I say, it’s alright

here comes the sun
here comes the sun

It’s alright
it’s alright

I want go feel “smiles returning to the faces” and that ” the ice is slowly melting”. I remember feeling like that, what seems like a long time ago. Listening to the song gave me hope since I at least remember feeling like this. When I feel it again I will know….I am getting better.