Musical Monday: Holiday Inn-White Christmas

We enjoyed a screening of the musical Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn at a local Cineplex recently. It’s about as close as I’ll get to Broadway anytime soon.

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Musical Monday: It’s Time to Say Goodbye (It really Is)

After reading Marie Kondo’s inspiring books about tidying up, I have been hard at work clearing clutter from all the ‘categories’.  The most recent has been the kitchen stuff and horse tack. This song went through my head as I work. I’m ambivalent about Sarah Brightman’s voice. A little sweeter than I like perhaps, said the person with the three-note range. Nevertheless, I like me some Bocelli on a Monday morning.

 

Musical Monday: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

When I was about 10 years old, a teacher sang this at a school Christmas concert. I was terrified of that teacher. But, she had an amazing singing voice, or I thought at the time. But then, I can remember singing with my classmates and thinking we sounded like a choir. I’m sure we didn’t.  Thank goodness for the music teacher we had back then (almost fifty years ago). It’s much of the reason I can read music and play (poorly) on my piano today.

Cold Season is Coming

Cold and flu season is upon us. I hate it when I have found the solution to a problem and then forget about it. And having a sore, red nose is a miserable problem. So to remind myself and lessen my own suffering and perhaps someone else’s I’ll record here what works for me.

There’s not much to love about a cold. As if the misery of the symptoms wasn’t enough, a raw red nose often results from keeping up with the flow of goo that plagues your sinuses. You can resort to the pills and sprays, but it’s hard to say which is worse…the sludge flow or the desert your sinuses become. So anyway, you’ve got a red, sore nose. Here’s what Ido.

Buy the facial tissues that promise to be soft on your nose, or have lotion. These are much easier on skin that the cheapy ones, which are fine for catching random drips, but are like sandpaper when things really get g flowing.

Keep vitamin E oil on hand. Not cream, as it may have other stuff in it that will sting your abraded skin. Either buy a bottle of pure vitamin E oil or buy capsules that you can clip open and dab on. This is good during the day if you can put up with a little shininess. But the way I look when I have a full blown head cold a little shininess is the least of my worries.

Butter on some Penaten cream (my German MIL pronounced it Pe-NOT-en)at night. That’s the stuff in the pale blue and white tin used for diaper rashes and other first aid. White and gummy, you probably don’t want to be seen with this stuff on your face. But this really works, even though it looks awful and feels sticky.

Incidentally, Penaten cream works within a night or two if you’ve got cracked lips or fingertips from being out in the cold. Mush some on your lips and go to bed. Don’t be surprised if you don’t get a goodnight kiss. On your cracked fingertips, glob on dabs, and cover with an adhesive strip.

You can try aloe vera, but I find it stings a bit after the coolness wears off. Some aloe vera products have alcohol in them—and that will hurt, as will many products that contain petrolatum.

So there you go. I hope I remember where I put my own good advice when I need it.

A Quick Project

Adhesive vinyl is a lot of fun to work with and last week I did up fifteen buckets that were used as awards. There is no time for big ambitions this week. So here’s a little project I just finished.  If you come to my house for coffee you will know what you’re pouring into it.


The image for the frame was found at:  http://tigers-stock.deviantart.com/art/536-NOVEAU-FRAME-17-314204650

Fonts are from Cricut Design Space. I don’t remember where the pitchers came from.

As is normal with “quick projects” I put the wrong label with the wrong monogram, so I ended cutting and applying the words Milk and Cream twice. Of course.

What Are You Listening To?

I mentioned in my Bird Brain post that I listen to podcasts when I’m stuck walking along the sidewalks and roadsides. Don’t worry, I can hear traffic and other noises through my headphones! If you see my laughing or giggling as I walk, or looking particularly perplexed, it’s because of those little voices in my ears. I thought I’d share a few that I have found interesting.

Timothy Ferris rounds up high achievers and performers and learns what makes them tick in his weekly podcasts. Ferriss is the author of the Four Hour Work Week, Tools of Titans and other books and calls himself a self-experimenter. Best Tim podcasts I’ve listened to recently: Conquering Fear and Reducing Anxiety – Caroline Paul and because I’m an animal lover, Susan Garrett — Master Dog (and Human) Trainer.

Another one to get your thinking is Waking Up With Sam Harris. It won’t get you giggling but it will get you thinking.

Have you heard of CRISPR? I didn’t until I listened to  Radiolab. These podcasts make me realize how small and sheltered my life really is.

A quick drive to the grocery store–a 15-minute trip is just enough time to listen to  Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame The Way I Heard It,

Another short podcast I like that’s fun and interesting is Good Job Brain. The podcast is part quiz show, so sometimes it makes me feel smart, sometimes not.

And the one I listen to most often, that makes me laugh and think and shake my head as I”m walking down the street is Real Time With Bill Mahr. This is basically a rebroadcast of his HBO show.  Mahr is blunt, and if you’re offended by four letter expletives, prepare to be offended.  You can also watch the show on YouTube.

I listen to all of these through my Google Play app. But there are lots of other ways to find them. The links above take you directly to those that have them on their websites.

So, what are you listening to?

Birthday Month

June is birthday month. Both my son and daughter were born in June. When my daughter was very little, she was miffed that her brother’s birthday was celebrated before hers, even though she is the elder of the two. Of course, they get homemade cards. Here’s a very simple one I made for my son made in Cricut Design Space, for his 25th birthday. It has a camo background behind the knock-out text.

25th  birthday card made with cricut explore
Happy 25th Birthday to my son. 

 

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