TGIF Tunes!

Well, here we are again — it’s time for TGIF Tunes! You know how the game is played: I ask myself a question and then I answer it by posting several of my favorite songs. If you click on a song title it will play for you. You are always welcome to play along in the comments section and leave some titles of *your* favorite songs!

This week’s question is a little different. Here we go:

Name a song that reminds you of a person or time you’d rather forget about.

1. Bob Dylan — If You See Her Say Hello

2. Edison Lighthouse — Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)

3. Melissa Etheridge — Come To My Window

4. Buddy Holly — True Love Ways

5. Brooks & Dunn — My Maria

Don’t get me wrong now. I *love* all of these songs. But someone or something at the time makes them bittersweet to me. I bet you have a few like these lurking around in the soundtrack to your life, too. Feel free to share! It’s rather therapeutic…



Hey, I’ve Been Busy!

Wow, almost a week has gone by since my last post. Eeeps! I can explain. You see, first there was Thanksgiving… followed by a turkey coma. Then Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. (Shop, shop, shop!)

Then Tuesday I went back for a check up with Dr. Feelgood — my new psychiatrist — and got my meds tweaked yet again. This guy is really GOOD. I am feeling better mentally than I have in years. More clarity of thought, more energy, and better sleep. All made possible through the miracles of modern medicine.

Wednesday I drove down to the Quad Cities for my first official appointment with the medical staff in the weight loss surgery process. It went very well. First I spoke with the financial advisor, then met with the nurse for an hour and a half to go over my health history. She was very thorough and I appreciate that.

Now I wait to speak with the surgeon to decide which method would be best for me: either the gastric sleeve or the Roux-En-Y surgery. I am going to push hard for the sleeve.

While I am waiting for an appointment to visit with the surgeon, I need to contact my primary care physician to schedule a mammogram and the much-dreaded colonoscopy. I doubt that I will be able to get those procedures done before the end of the year, as everyone else in Dubuque is trying to get medical stuff done by then for insurance purposes, too.

So with all of this stuff going on I let the blogging slide for a bit, but that’s okay. I’m already working on tomorrow’s entry for the weekly TGIF Tunes — I hope you’ll stop in again for that!

More again soon.



TGIF Tunes!

Hello, kids! Thanks for stopping by for TGIF Tunes. You know how it works: I ask myself a question and then answer it by posting some of my favorites songs. If you click on the song titles below, they will play for you. And of course you are always welcome to leave comments, telling me *your* favorite answers, too!

Here we go…

Name a song that reminds you of summertime.

1. Seals and Crofts — Summer Breeze

2. Kid Rock — All Summer Long

3. War — Summer

4. Janis Joplin — Summertime

5. Eddie Cochran — Summertime Blues

I hope these summery songs warm you up a bit on this winter-y day! I’ll write again soon.

XoxoOXoXOx ~


On This Day

Today I am thinking of friends and family, near and far, and wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday. Here is a nice little prayer to recite over your Thanksgiving dinner, if you like. It’s short and sweet, yet very complete.

O Heavenly Father:
We thank You for food and remember the hungry.
We thank You for health and remember the sick.
We thank You for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank You for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
That Your gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.

I wish many blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving Day! More again soon, my friends.

XoOXOxOXox ~


Wordless Wednesday

This has got to be the most wordiest Wordless Wednesday ever — but the legend behind the painting is so good I had to include it. I’m linking this post to Wordless Wednesday. You may go there and find many more links for other bloggers who are participating in the meme.

Truth Coming Out of The Well

Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1896

According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: “It’s a marvelous day today”! The Truth looks up to the skies and sighs, for the day was really beautiful. They spend a lot of time together, ultimately arriving beside a well. The Lie tells the Truth: “The water is very nice, let’s take a bath together!” The Truth, once again suspicious, tests the water and discovers that it indeed is very nice. They undress and start bathing. Suddenly, the Lie comes out of the water, puts on the clothes of the Truth and runs away. The furious Truth comes out of the well and runs everywhere to find the Lie and to get her clothes back. The World, seeing the Truth naked, turns its gaze away, with contempt and rage.

The poor Truth returns to the well and disappears forever, hiding therein, its shame. Since then, the Lie travels around the world, dressed as the Truth, satisfying the needs of society, because, the World, in any case, harbors no wish at all to meet the naked Truth.

I hope you enjoyed both the image and the legend. Thanks for stopping by to visit!

XoxoxoOX ~


Unconscious Mutterings

Unconscious Mutterings is a simple game of free-association. Want to play, too? Go here for the details!

Here we go. The game master says… and I think… ?

  1. Hack :: Chop
  2. Unimpressed :: Meh…
  3. Garden :: Claude Monet
  4. Saliva :: Drool
  5. Ache :: Head
  6. Elect :: Trump
  7. Format :: Outline
  8. Temper :: Tantrum
  9. Snail :: Mail
  10. Holidays :: FUN!

Ahhh… it was nice to have Claude Monet spring to mind!

On these gray and cold winter days, I am utterly grateful for the art of the Impressionist master. Studying one of his works can instantly transport me to the warm, breezy days of summer.

Meadow With Poplars

“For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.” — Claude Monet

I hope you enjoyed this entry — I really had fun probing my mind with the game!

More again soon, my friends…



TGIF Tunes!

Yes, yes… it’s that time again, kids: Time for TGIF Tunes! I’ll ask a question about music and answer it by posting some of my favorite songs.

This week I gave five answers — it was hard to choose! A lot of great songs fit this category. Want to listen to each tune? Just click on the title and it will play. We’ll have our own listening party.

Here we go…

Name a song you like with a number in the title.

1. Adele — One and Only

2. Commodores — Three Times a Lady

3. B.B. King — Sweet Sixteen

4. Christina Perri — A Thousand Years

5. Bryan Adams — Summer of ’69

I hope you like my selections. If you can think of some more songs, be sure to leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Friday, my friends…



Side Effects

I can’t sleep longer than four hours at a stretch right now and this has been going on for about 10 days. I know exactly what the culprit is: I’m currently going through an anti-depressant medication change.

That’s always a guaranteed fuck-me-up for at least a month.

However, I’m not going to complain too loudly, because I am now completely off a medication that was slowing down my metabolism and making me groggy. And I am now on a new med that is making me alert, less depressed and is helping to control any overeating impulses.

I’ve also effortlessly lost 8 pounds in the past 3 weeks. Color me delighted!

I think this new doctor I’m seeing for my meds — let’s call him Dr. Feelgood — may be on the right track. He’s a lot younger than my previous doctor (who retired) and seems to have a knack for zeroing in on a problem and knowing exactly what to do. I feel like I’m in good hands.

But I’ve got to get some decent sleep, you know? Hopefully things will level out soon.

Yawningly yours… XoxoXOxOXO


Wordless Wednesday

“Wordless Wednesday” is a visual blogosphere phenomenon. It is a simple blog post featuring an image which conveys a message that speaks for itself without using words. I’m linking this post to Wordless Wednesday. You may go there and find many more links for other bloggers who are participating in the meme.

If you’d like to leave a comment, please click on the title of this post and it will take to you an individual entry page where you may do so. Here is my submission for this week:

Spring Scattering Stars

Edwin Howland Blashfield, 1927

I think it’s beautiful. I hope you enjoy it, too! More again soon, my friends.




Look what arrived in the today’s post — she’s a Christmas gift for someone special! Fortunately the bear’s recipient doesn’t read my blog, so it’s going to be a surprise.

This artisan bear is a handmade, one-of-a-kind and comes all the way from Kyiv, Ukraine. The creator is Alla Sheremetyeva — and she has an Etsy shop if you are interested in purchasing a unique bear, too!

This is the second bear that I have purchased from Alla and I can attest to the high-quality and old-world craftsmanship of her teddies. Go to Allateddytoys and look at all of the cuteness.

Hehe. It’s starting to feel Christmas-y around here…

XoXOxOXox ~