Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Along Again, Naturally (1971)

1. Friday was St. Patrick's Day, March 17th! Did you celebrate with green beer or a green milkshake? No. Though they did garnish the dessert tray in the cafeteria with green frosting kisses, and I took one.

2. Did you remember to wear green? Yes. My green Izod sweater.

3.  What color do you look best in? Green.

4. This week's featured artist, Gilbert O'Sullivan, was born in Waterford, Ireland. Waterford is famous for Waterford Crystal. Do you have glassware that you save for special occasions? Yes. Gray smoke tumblers and juice glasses. I don't know what I'm saving them for, since I never entertain.

5. This week's featured song includes the line, "To think that only yesterday I was cheerful, bright and gay." How were you feeling yesterday? I was feeling a little overwhelmed. Shoutout to ZIPPI for her wise words and sensitive support. (Thank you.)

6. It begins with reference to a wedding that didn't quite come off because the bride left the groom at the altar. When were you most recently at church? Was it for a holiday service, a regularly scheduled service, a special event (a wedding or baptism)? It was a regularly scheduled service. With my minister and congregation, but not at my church. Our building is still being renovated! Originally they told us it would be done for Christmas Eve, 2016, but when that didn't happen, they stopped giving us a date certain. While the Lutherans who lend us their church every week are very gracious, I don't like going there. I know it's not supposed to matter where I worship, but it does. I want our building back. My church feels like home.

7. In 1971, when this song was popular, Malibu Barbie was a big seller for Mattel. This doll had a perpetual tan. For a human to achieve this, a tanning bed or self tanner is usually required. Have you used either method to give yourself a tan? I fake-baked for a while years and years ago. I liked the look, but boy, being trapped in that tanning bed felt creepy. I'm happy and relieved to report that on Wednesday, during my annual visit with the dermatologist, he said he found "only minimal" sun damage.

8. In March, 1971, James Taylor appeared on the cover of TIME magazine. What's your favorite James Taylor song? This song has been covered dozens of times, but no one does it better than James. Perhaps Joni Mitchell originally wrote it about him?

9. Random Question: What word or phrase do you hear yourself saying too often? "The thing of it is, is ..."


  1. I know how you feel about the church building. I felt like that when our last church was waiting for renovations to be done on an old church it had bought. Everyone was very gracious, but it wasn't "home."

    I forgot about that James Taylor song. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. When I ate out last night they gave everyone green after dinner mints

  3. I was a bad girl during the 70's before the skin damage warnings came out. Boy, do I regret it now.

  4. "The thing of it is" - is that a localism, maybe? I don't here that phrase often down here in the sticks.

  5. It was hard to choose a JT song. I went with the one I hummed this morning.

  6. There was a little Catholic Church near mother's house, back in the dusty past, where I would go to try to heal. Sitting in that quiet little church, recouping from life, is a fond memory.
    My DD used to use that phrase all the time. Oddly, and only lately, I realized that she got it from me.
    James Taylor has a beautiful, mellow and comforting manner and voice. He's created a beautiful, and memorable,
    repertoire of songs.

  7. The thing of it is...

    Oh my gosh--I hear that so often and it always sounds so WEIRD to me, even after 20 years of living here. It's definitely a local thing. I don't think I've picked it up, though I do catch myself saying some very not-Colorado-girl things at this point. :)

    Thanks for the Qs. I never remember to say that, but I sure do think it every week.