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My Life So Far

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Beach Boys

What an enjoyable day today.  It was a "The Beach Boys" marathon on AxsTV and I loved all the music.  What talented boys, so sad for a lot of the things they went through but I loved the music.  So many times this past year I have been watching a musical show on TV and had to turn it off because there was just jumping around noise and not music to me.  Is there any beautiful music being written today?  I wonder.

I am so in awe of people who understand music, it is so complicated to me.  I was just thinking (again) how lacking in any real skills or talent I am.  But I so appreciate those who can make beautiful, meaningful music and I love hearing their stories.  It just seems that those of us who are not talented have a much easier life without all the stress, demons, and pain that artists seem to have.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Health Issues and Sadie is Groomed




Yesterday we took Sadie to be groomed and on the way I was telling Marilyn how I had fixed a hot lemonade/honey drink because of this darn sore throat I had and my mouth was really hurting.  It reminded me of when I had that yeast infection last summer and they put me on two bottles of $75 medicine!!!

She told me that the King Soopers next door to Pet Smart was the one that had a Clinic and so we should go.  It has been totally remodeled and had the big pharmacy next door.  Yes, they took Medicare and after a short wait I was ushered into a new med room that was very nice and the little gal took all my vitals.

Shortly a lady PA in her 60s or so came in with a young intern--they are a part of the University of Colorado.  He did the exam and she wrote everything in to the computer and gave him suggestions. They did a strep test as well, she was very thorough with the questions to help him.  I told them I had no med insurance and she gave me one $4 pill to replace the two bottles of $75 medicine I had last time!!!  She gave me a refill but doubted I would need it.  She also gave me $4 lidocaine for the mouth pain.  She also suggested to try Nasacort for my allergies which have been giving me such a bad time.  She said they are prescription dose but recently went over the counter.  I tried it last night and I am sold.  Anyway good medical experience.

They also gave me a complete printout of what they gave me and all my vitals.  Quite impressive.  I have scheduled appointments for carotid screening, dernatologist, urologist, and thoracic surgeon in San Diego so should have a good med update while in San Diego.

I have decided it is invaluable that I record this Med stuff, I went right to my blog in July and found exactly what medicine was given and what preceded it, could not remember on my own, of course.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Carly Simon

This past week I have enjoyed listening to "Boys in Trees" the memoir of Carly Simon.  I have also gone into Google and YouTube to learn more and listen to her music and interviews.  It has been most interesting.


She has written over 50 diaries and began this practice at a young age so her memories that she wrote have to be what she felt and saw at that time.  She is a very sensitive and interesting writer and I really have so much more appreciation for her music and singing voice and things she wrote about.   Very large vocabulary which she worked at and very expressive...


She had a habit of writing down interesting phrases or comments that she heard and later worked them into her music.  I remember so many of her songs very well but did not remember that she was married to James Taylor for over 10 years...that was most interesting.  I also was surprised about the "Mockingbird" song she and James sang together in the 70s as I sang a longer version of it to my babies in the 60s!!!


The fact that she had so many insecurities though she appeared outgoing was a revelation and endeared her to her fans though that is the reason she did not do much touring.  I did not know she had written music and sung for movies, did a musical, wrote children's books and that she could sit and play the piano while singing, without any music, of course.  Exceptionally talented.  When I saw her sing with Taylor Swift I could see they were built a lot alike.  Both have very long legs.  Carly is 70 and lives with a Dr. for the last 10 years, 13 years her junior, in the home she and James Taylor created on Martha's Vineyard and raised their two children in.  He has not spoken to her for the last 40 years...but she spoke very lovingly of him.  She was married to one other man later which she appeared to be happy with.


I don't think her music will every really die...and she was the singer of "Wee Hours in the Morning" one of my favorite songs in "Sleepless in Seattle".  I did not realize that.


She admitted that Warren Beatty is the subject of her second verse  of "You're So Vain" but has not disclosed except to close friends who the other two are.


You walked into the party like you were walking onto a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf it was apricot
You had one eye in the mirror as you watched yourself gavotte
And all the girls dreamed that they'd be your partner
They'd be your partner, and...
You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you
You're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you? don't you?
You had me several years ago when I was still quite naive
Well you said that we made such a pretty pair
And that you would never leave
But you gave away the things you loved and one of them was me
I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, and...
You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you
You're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you? don't you? don't you?
I had some dreams they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, and...
You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you
You're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you? don't you?
Well I hear you went up to Saratoga and your horse naturally won
Then you flew your Lear Jet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun
Well you're where you should be all the time
And when you're not you're with
Some underworld spy or the wife of a close friend
Wife of a close friend, and...
You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you
You're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you? don't you? don't you?

Monday, February 15, 2016

Jacob!

Seems it was just a few years ago I was tending a curly headed toddler and here he is all grown up looking so handsome with a pretty girl.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Catching Up With the Masseys

Nico is alnost two months old and I haven't had any pictures on the Masseys since he was born so here he is with his darling sisters and Mom.  






 Keira tending to her dinosaur eggs!



Eden doing some pondering or pouting, not sure which, but surely cute.


Girls tend to Nico's needs...


Eden tends Nico.


Steaming Nico while Keira gets her bath.


So what's up, world?


Life is good...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Daughters Have a Fun Paint Night

Johnny wasn't feeling well so Linda filled in on a fun paint night with Maria!



Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Michael Jackson

The other night I watched a documentary on Michael Jackson and I had to download his song from his first album in 1979 (I think) "She's Out of My Life".  It is a gorgeous song.  I love to play it over and over.  He has an amazing voice.  It was the next year he did "Thriller".  Why do we destroy some of our greatest talent?  So sad.

    She's Out Of My Life
    She's Out Of My Life
    She's Out Of My Life
    And I Don't Know Whether To Laugh Or Cry
    I Don't Know Whether To Live Or Die
    And It Cuts Like A Knife
    She's Out Of My Life
    It's Out Of My Hands
    It's Out Of My Hands
    To Think For Two Years She Was Here
    And I Took Her For Granted I Was So Cavalier
    Now The Way That It Stands
    She's Out Of My Hands
    So I've Learned That Love's Not Possession
    And I've Learned That Love Won't Wait
    Now I've Learned That Love Needs Expression
    But I Learned Too Late
    She's Out Of My Life
    She's Out Of My Life
    Damned Indecision And Cursed Pride
    Kept My Love For Her Locked Deep Inside
    And It Cuts Like A Knife
    She's Out Of My Life

Monday, February 08, 2016

January is Gone!

Where did January go?  I haven't written in my blog for a long time.  That is because I finished my puzzles and decided to get back to working on uploading stories and pictures to the Memories Section of Family Search.

I am so glad I scanned all those pictures a couple years ago, it makes it so much easier.  I am also glad I typed up so many family stories and have them on my computer.  The new system for labeling and uploading is so easy, I am really enjoying it.

I recently reviewed the suggestions which I never got around to reading and went back and labeled all pictures by family names which soon became albums to they are organized much better than they were.

For my birthday this year Maria gave me Aromatherapy and I have been enjoying scent and smell as I work at the computer or read before bed.  Very nice!  With Linda's gift I got the larger George Foreman "lean, mean grilling machine" which I will enjoy.  We have used Marilyn's several times and really like how quickly it cooks the chicken or ground beef.  I do not know why I keep forgetting to take pictures!!!

Yesterday in Church I shared my experience of working in Family History for the past 65 years.  It seems no matter how much I have done there is always so much I do not know and have not done. But for the most part it has been a joy in my life.

I watched several sessions on Root Tech this past weekend and realized I should have permission for live people who end up in pictures I am uploading so I sent an email out to some nieces and nephews and heard back from most of them with enthusiasm for having me do it and that they were grateful for all the work I have done.

Marilyn and I went to lunch at Olive Garden with Marilyn's friend Shirley Friday before last and then saw the movie "Brooklyn".  It was very enjoyable.  I have to remember to just do the endless salad and soups when I go to Olive Garden though, I ordered the Lasagna and of course, didn't eat the pasta and I don't really like all the tomato sauce so it was a ridiculous order.  Soups and salad were good though.  We had intended to go to Red Robin but it was very crowded.  Marilyn has so many good restaurants close around.

Last Sunday we went to a Mexican restaurant which was wonderful and I really like "Bonefish" and we have been there twice and each time I have the Fish and Chips, excellent.

Yesterday was a good day, we cooked a Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin and baked potatoe and Marilyn mde a good pineapple cabbage slaw and then I made Hot Fudge to enjoy on ice cream while we watched the Super Bowl.  It was very fun to see the Broncos win!!!

Friday, February 05, 2016

Wow--Who Knew How Great This Would Be

So we all bookmark, correct?  And I have ended up with long lists of bookmarks which take forever to find which one I am looking for and then I got this wonderful idea.


I made several folders and put the bookmarks all in folders that made sense!!!  Now it is so easy to zip around my computer and find anything I want...so smart.  Sometimes I amaze myself.  Ha.  Of course, probably all the organized young people do this, right?