Friday, January 25, 2019

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: My Favorite Things (2018)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This week's artist, Jennie Abrahamson, is very happy living in Stockholm, but she refers to Paris as "a flirt." She enjoys her time there so much she always wants to return. Is there a place you've visited that tugs at your heart and imagination, tempting you to return? Instead of being adventuresome and contemplating new destinations, I find myself daydreaming about returning to previous vacation spots: Colonial Williamsburg, Hot Springs, Boston ...

2) Jennie has said her music has been heavily influenced by 80s pop, which was popular in her early teen years. Are your favorite songs the ones you listened to when you were growing up? I guess it depends on how long you think it took me to grow up, because my favorite songs are from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

3) "My Favorite Things" is from The Sound of Music. Crazy Sam's high school claim to fame was playing Sister Margaretta in the senior class production. Though not a big part, her performance lives on because relatives love embarrassing her with pictures of her in an especially unflattering nun's habit. Who took an embarrassing photo of you? What were you doing? When I was a little girl, my uncle had a talent for catching me with my eyes closed or mouth open. He kept them to himself and didn't put them in albums or distribute them among the family. Toward the end of his life, he sent me an envelope of these embarrassing pix with playful notations on the back. I thought it was very funny, and so very him. Sensitive to the feelings of the younger Gal, but irreverent to the end.

4) The lyrics celebrate "brown paper packages tied up in
strings." What was in the last box you received in the mail? A full-sized umbrella. The box was more than 4' tall. I try to reuse packaging, but since I'm not sending anyone curtain rods any time soon, I had to regretfully toss this box away.

5) It mentions doorbells and sleighbells. What's the most recent bell or alarm that you heard? The elevator. DING!

6) This song has nice things to say about cold weather, specifically snowflakes and mittens. What do you like about winter? People are nicer when it's cold. The hotter the weather, the shorter the tempers.

7) Dog bites and bee stings are singled out as things that
can leave us feeling sad. What's most recently given you the blues? I'm feeling a little dauncy right now. According to that bard and philosopher, Lucy Riccardo, "dauncy" is the feeling you get when you aren't really sick but somehow still feel lousy. I'm dauncy because my whole life seems to be in a holding pattern right now. Henry is no longer in danger but he's not yet well. I don't know if I'm moving this year or not. I have a job, but not a career, and I'm just hanging on until I can retire ... Blah, blah, blah. Dauncy.

8) In 2018, when this song was released, Roger Federer won the Australian Open. Are you good with a racket? Ha! No!

9) Random question -- Your local zoo announced the hatching of three snowy owlets. All males. You won the honor of naming them. Go ahead. The biggest one would be Hoss, the wisest baby owl would be Adam and the cutest would be Joe.


  1. I love what your uncle did for you! My friend that took the photos for my daughter's wedding caught a LOT of moments like that of the bride and bridesmaids. My daughter hates them, but they are so fun and really capture the giddy mood that day. She will appreciate having them one day.
    Have you been watching Bonanza reruns?

  2. Dauncy....what a fun word.... I feel like that sometimes! Have a great weekend!

  3. I've been to Colonial Williamsburg several times (I went to high school in Newport News, VA). It was a fun thing that my Mom and I always did together. I'd love to go back as well. Have a great day!

  4. I love the story about the photos your Uncle took.
    I feel a bit dauncy in the winter every single year! What a fun word!
    Not Little Joe? Such cute names for the owls! Have a nice weekend! Loved your answers!

  5. I need to go to Williamsburg, my next trip to Virginia, I will make it a destination!

    Dauncy... oh, such a good word!

    Your uncle stories amuse me, I would have loved him, too.

  6. I love the word dauncy! What a great word! And your uncle was cool to do that with your photos. As for blog2print - it can get expensive. I started doing it about 2012 and by then I had six years of blogging under my belt, so I went back as money and time allowed and had books made until I was caught up, and since then I have done it about every four months - sometimes every six if I haven't done a lot of writing. They have lots of 35% off sales and that is when I do it, it helps with the costs. I think if you sign up and get on their email list you'll get those announcements. You can also just get the .pdfs of your blog and save them, and ultimately print them out yourself if you want. That's the cheapest way to go but since I suspect I'll never be a novelist at least I'll have these things to point to and say, "see, I did write a lot."

  7. Dauncy, huh? I LOVE that, and yes, I'll probably be incorporating that into my vocabulary. Mulling what you said about people being nicer in cold weather; and I tend to agree. I never thought of it that way. Being a Big Fan of Bonanza, I loved your owlets' names!

  8. What I hate about those holding patterns is that everything else doesn't stop with you. Even for one moment. The next thing you know, the kids are grown up, folks have passed on, and the Cubs are out of the running... or the Bears.

  9. I like you post about Alban. I remember the first time someone fawned over me when they met me in person, they were an avid reader of my blog