A Few Favorite Things Improves the Outlook

Do you remember the movie, THE SOUND OF MUSIC? Maybe it was Julie Andrews, but I loved that movie.

What I remember most about it is, first, my mom took me to see it. She didn’t take me to many movies so it stands out. Second, the movie was in Technicolor, do  you remember when it first came out. It was a  big deal, they splashed the word in colors across the screen and the narrator announced the movie reminding us it was in Technicolor. Today, with everything in color it doesn’t seem like such a big deal.

One of the songs from the movie, A Few of My Favorite Things is also one of my favorite songs. What are some of your favorite things? Mine are: freshly mowed grass, the smell after a rain, watching children play, babies, cuddly blankets, . . .

What are a few of your favorite things?

Do you have a favorite movie from your childhood?

What’s the first movie you remember seeing?

What is your favorite memory about a movie?

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Dance/Exercise Video adding to Clutter

I’ve been on the go these last few days which left little time for decluttering. Still, a deal is a deal and one thing a day must leave this house.


Today’s item is small, with a big impact. Okay, maybe not, the possibility for a big payoff existed. IF the product had actually been used. It was opened. That’s it, opened. I bought a dance video last year (or earlier) thinking, “this could work.” After all, it was a dance video, dancing is fun, dancing is exercise, I like dancing, dancing would help move pounds off my body.

Wrong.

There were several problems with this dance video, never mind the fact it featured Dancing with the Stars champion, Julianne Hough. No, the problem wasn’t the instructor.

I take that back, it was a little about the instructor, but not her skills, or ability to dance or teach dance. No, my issue is the same for her as most other exercise teachers.

• They are lean machines. There is not an ounce of fat on these people. How in the world can they relate to me, who has many, many ounces of fat?
• Their bodies are sculpted. Mine is plush.
• Their muscles are ripped and ready to roar. Mine are sitting on a lounger watching others move.
• They easily bend, stretch, and reach for the sky. I creak, crackle and groan when exerting.
• They do moves I’ve never seen, much less done.
• There is almost always someone doing the “modified” version. Noooooo, the modified is maybe 10 seconds slower and two inches easier than the featured move.

Exercise videos are designed, in addition to making money for the star of the video, to help a person drop pounds and get healthier. That only works if the video is put in the player, and the actions followed.

Since I’ve never managed to put my body in motion, even a little like Julianne, or any other exercise instructor, I might (might, I say) have watched it, but never actually did the moves there is no reason to keep it. I will keep walking outside. That seems to be the one exercise I do on a regular basis.

Have you ever kept something you bought for a specific purpose, only to find you didn’t like it?

Do you have an exercise video you like?

What is your favorite exercise?

Joining Ultimate Blog Challenge. Check them out for some interesting bloggers posting on a variety of subjects.

 

Twelve Classy Insults from the Past

A lot of insults have been flying around on social media in the last few days, weeks, and months. Most of them boil down to, “if you don’t agree with me you’re an idiot.”

This got me to thinking about a time when insults, public and private, had a little thought behind them. In fact, my dad used to say that the best insult was when the person didn’t realize they’d been insulted. So, for your insulting pleasure, I bring you, twelve of my favorite insults from the past, insults with style. Enjoy. *s*

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1. “He had delusions of adequacy.” – Walter Kerr

2. “He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.” – Abraham Lincoln

3. “He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” – Oscar Wilde

4. “He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others.” – Samuel Johnson

5. “He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” – John Bright

6. “He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.” – Robert Redford

7. A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.” – Louis Nizer

8. “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” -Clarence Darrow

9.        “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.”-Groucho Marx

10.        “They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.” -Thomas Brackett Reed

11.        “He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.”-Billy Wilder

12.        “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination.” Andrew Lang

 

Linking up with the Ultimate Blog Challenge today. While insulting someone is never nice. Sometimes we just can’t keep our mouths shut. In those cases, if we can at least insult nicely, maybe feeling wouldn’t be hurt, friendships dissolved, and arguments started. Share your thoughts.

 

Did we used to be nicer when we insulted someone?

Do you have a favorite way of letting someone know when you’re unhappy with their actions?

Are any of these a favorite for you?

 

 

Two Songs

 

 

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Two songs. Really? I’m supposed to list just two songs? I can’t even confine my musical interests to two genres. These are both older songs, if you want recent go visit A Year in Music, he always has a good selection of music. However, since this challenge calls for two songs, today, my two are:

 

Honey by Bobby Goldsboro,

I’m not sure I was even in my teens the first time I heard that song. It made me cry then, it makes me cry now. I still love it.

 

The second song is a little more recent, but still “older.”

 

Islands in the Stream

 

Do you have a favorite song?

 

Do you have a song you don’t like?

 

Do you have a favorite genre?

 

Leave a comment, comments are like chocolate. Ummmmmm. Linking this post with Ultimate Blog Challenge.

 

 

 

Four Books, Day Seven


 

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Four Books

Today is day seven in the, “Ten Posts about You” series. Day seven is to share four books.

Nope, not going to happen. The rebel in me is coming out. Instead of four books, I’m going to share four authors I enjoy reading.

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Nonfiction is my first love for writing, curling up with a fiction book is my relaxing pleasure, which is why I’m sharing four fiction authors. These four authors create characters I enjoy spending the day with, even if it means no housework gets done.

Tammy Hinton  

 

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photo via Tammy Hinton. TammyHinton.com

Tammy is a member of Women Writing the West, and Western Writers of America. Guess what she writes? Yep, western/historical. Her first book, UNBRIDLED was based, loosely on her ancestor’s story from when they settled in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. RETRIBUTION followed and is the story of a young woman looking for peace after the civil war. JUDAS STEER, is a modern day western/mystery.  Her newest story, SHE-DEVIL JUSTICE goes back to the 1860s. Tammy is a member of the McWriters Critique group, which is where I met her.

 

Mariam Kobras

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I first “met” Mariam online. She had decided to try writing the stories in her head. I fell in love with the characters, Naomi and Jon in her first book, THE DISTANT SHORE. A contemporary story. It might be considered a romance, but for the most part it’s just a good book.She didn’t lose her writing mojo in her subsequent books,UNDER THE SAME SUN (book two in the Stone Trilogy),SONG OF THE STORM (book three in the Stone Trilogy) THE ROSEWOOD GUITAR (prequel to the Stone Trilogy) and, WAITING FOR A SONG (prequel 2 to the Stone Trilogy) I had the lucky opportunity to meet Mariam when she traveled to the United States last year.

Rhonda Gibson

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Photo via Rhonda Gibson. RhondaGibson.net

 

Rhonda is a contemporary romance writer I met last year when she was visiting her mother and dropped in on the McWriters. Rhonda has written too many books to list, you can find them all here. Whether, historical, mystery, or contemporary, Rhonda always includes romance. I bought several of her books when she was here, all were historical and enjoyed each one of them.

Marcia Preston

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Photo via Marcia Preston. Marciapreston.com

Marcia is an Oklahoma author, her first two books were: SONGS OF THE BONES and PERHAPS SHE’LL DIE, were mysteries. She then moved into mainstream books: THE WIND COMES SWEEPING, a story about two women, and their strength, TRUDY’S PROMISE, a mother abandons her child to protect him, then moves heaven and earth to get him back, THE BUTTERFLY HOUSE, the story of three women, connected by friendship, family secrets, and an incident that binds them together, THE PIANO MAN, a story of life. This book has a special place in my heart because one of the characters is the recipient of a donated heart. I have one of my grandsons today because of the generosity of another family and a donated organ. Sad to say she is also a widow. When her husband died she pulled away from writing for a couple of years. To the delight of her fans she is back at her computer sharing the stories that make us laugh, cry, veg out, or think. Her newest book will be available soon and she’s back to sharing her writing knowledge. She will be one of the two featured speakers at the Fiction Writers Retreat in June.

There you have it. Four authors among the hundred or so I enjoy.

Who is your favorite author?

Is there a book you enjoy rereading?

What is one of your favorite books?

Linking up with Ultimate Blog Challenge

 

 

 

Six Festivals to Visit

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Continuing with the “10 About You” series, we are to number six. Six places.

I wonder, six places I’ve lived, six places I’ve visited, or six places I want to visit.

 How about six festivals I plan to attend. A festival is a place, right?  At least it’s held someplace.

Traveling to places within Oklahoma allows me to keep my traveling shoes on, yet be back in my own home at the end of the day. It is cost-effective, traveling expenses are just the gas to fuel my car. No hotel bill to consider, no airfare to purchase.

Yes, there is eating, but I’m going to eat anyway so that cost is negligible. Since my traveling budget is minimal this year, and I believe seeing what’s in my own backyard is a worthwhile adventure, this summer’s plans are to visit as many of the festivals in Oklahoma as time and money allows.

Let me take you on a pre-tour of six festivals and their locations I plan to attend this Spring and Summer.

APRIL

Spring weather has sprung (hee, hee, couldn’t resist) and the warmer days of summer are coming. With any luck the tornado winds have left the state. Although, history suggests that isn’t true.

However, hoping the winds and cold weather stay away, first up will be the Sand Springs annual BBQ Festival. Sand Springs is a small town in northeast Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. It’ll be about a two hour drive for me, almost straight up the highway. No turning here or there to arrive. Just get on the highway and go.

I know, Texans and Kansan think they make the best barbeque. However, they are wrong. We have several barbeque restaurants across the state to prove it. Plus, there are the festivals and cook-offs. This one looks great. Good food, and music to jam too. It’s going to be fun.

MAY

The Kolache Festival in Prague. Prague is another small town. Let’s face it, most of the towns in Oklahoma are small. Prague is one of what I call an international town.  Prague was settled back in the 1902 by Czechoslovakian pioneers. Which is how the town got it’s name, those early settlers named it in honor of their homeland.

The festival began as a way to celebrate the town’s 50th birthday. Since Czech pastries were loved by everyone, they named the party after one of the favorites.

There is a contest to determine the best homemade Kolache, and arts and crafts show, a parade, Czech dancer, and a Czech costume contest.

Good thing Prague is only an hour away. I’ll want to get there early.

June

In June I’ll travel to Yukon for the Yukon Chisholm Trail and Crawfish Festival.

I have to be honest, the only way I’m going to eat crawfish is as part of this festival. Can’t imagine going into a restaurant and ordering the stuff. However, for the festival, I will try it. Plus, they’re bound to know how to prepare it properly.

Yukon is just outside Oklahoma City, those of us not from Yukon tend to think of it as part of Oklahoma City. However, Yukon residents strongly disagree. It is also known as the home of country singer Garth Brooks.

Yukon was part of the famed Chisholm trail and had a watering hole that welcomed many trail herds and hands.

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Their festival has the crawfish (uh-huh, we’ll see), Cajun food and music, gunfights, and living history reenactments. Yukon will be interesting to see.

July

In July I’ll be back down in my part of the state at the Porter Peach Festival.

Porter is on the eastern side of the state, which makes it barely an hour from my house. This side of the state has a lot of peach orchards. Thus, a peach festival.

According to reports, in addition to peaches prepared every way imaginable, and peach cooking contests, there will be a bike and car show. I’m guessing they mean motorbike and not pedal bike. Looking forward to that visit.

August

Rush Springs in the southwest part of the state tries to make August, more bearable with their Watermelon Festival. Because in Oklahoma, August is beyond HOT. This is when we often see multiple days of heat in the triple digit. Juicy, cold, watermelon sounds perfect.

I don’t know much about Rush Springs yet. I’m curious as to how it got its name. After all, that part of the state is not flooded with water. Not much grows in western Oklahoma, on its own. I’m glad they can grow watermelon in abundance. A festival that includes seed-spitting? Reminds me of a story I read as a child. I’m in. Won’t participate, but it will be fun to watch the “spitters.” Not to mention juicy cold watermelon will be available.

September

Summer will be winding down and fall will be on the horizon. Of course, autumn will bring its own festivals, fairs, and new towns to visit. Fall weather will be close, which will make it the perfect time for eating chili.

Which is where Claremore comes into the festival route. They have a Bluegrass and Chili Festival. Music and food to warm the body and soul.

Claremore is catty-corner across the state from Rush Springs. It is in the northeast corner of the state. It will be at least a two hour drive for me. But the food and music will be worth it.

Plus, while I’m there, I can see what else the little town has to offer. Claremore is also the home of Oklahoma’s favorite son, Will Rogers.

There is the itinerary for my trips around Oklahoma this summer. I hope you enjoyed hearing about 6 places I will visit.

 

What attraction does your state or town have that you haven’t visited?

Would you rather visit something semi-local or travel a long distance for a trip?

What is something local you would take a visitor to see?

Linking this post up with the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

 

 

 

 

Life is Full of Love – 9 Loves for the 10 Day “You” Challenge

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Nine loves. I guess I could cheat and just say my kids and grandkids. Except then I’d have to leave my three “in-loves” out.  Rather than leave anyone out I will share nine other loves.

1. Fabric. Prints, solids, textured, smooth, cottons, wool, satin and silk, fabric for any project. Enough said.

2. Books. Just books. New books, old books. Paperback books, hardcover books. Fiction or nonfiction. I love books. I love books. Love to see them. Love to hold them. Love to read them. Sometimes I even love to write them.

3. Stuart Oklahoma. Not my hometown. Filled with caring and welcoming people,  There is a hotel there that was built before Oklahoma was a state. Today the hotel is used for gatherings and meetings. But, it’s the people that make Stuart one of my loves.

4. Water. Preferably large bodies of water, the ocean lakes, large ponds. Although swimming pools, rivers, and creeks can work too. It’s best if I can get in the water. However, sometimes the weather, or circumstances, doesn’t cooperate, then just watching the water is soothing and calming.

5. Sunsets and sunrises. The world slows down for both and the sky paints beautiful pictures. A perfect time for assessing the day ahead or the one just finished.

6. Bedding freshly washed and dried outside in the sunshine. The smell and feel is welcoming and calming.

7. The internet. It keeps me connected to the world no matter what the weather does.

8. Music. Music is the backdrop to my life. Whether I’m driving (and I drive a lot) working at home, exercising, or reading I love to have music playing. Jazz, classical, country, oldies, I listen to almost all of it (not too much heavy metal, or hard rock and roll) I can’t usually tell you who the artist is, or the name of the song, but I enjoy the sounds of music.

9. The Dr. Pepper clock in my kitchen. It hung in my husband’s classroom for 26 years. When he retired they let him bring it home. He told me he remembered the company donating the clocks to classrooms when he was a kid and wanting the one that was given to his class. I love the clock for all the memories it brings. And it still works too.

 

What is one of your favorite memories that you love?

Is there a town in your past or present you love?

Do you love technology or one part of it?

Share your thoughts in the comments.

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