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“Our House”

I’ll light the fire. You put the flowers in the vase (pronounced “vahz” of course) that you bought today. Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you play your love songs all night long for me, only for me! Come to me now and rest your head for just five minutes, everything is good. Such a cozy room, the windows are illuminated by the sunshine through them, fiery gems for you, only for you. Our house is a very, very fine house with two cats in the yard, life used to be so hard. Now everything is easy cause of you and our house is a very, very fine house with two cats in the yard. Life used to be so hard! Now everything is easy ’cause of you. I’ll light the fire. You put the flowers in the vase that you bought today.

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It’s been a good year. It was a great Thanksgiving with new family members along with my husband and children and son-in-law-to-be and neighbors. Food was great on Thanksgiving and we had a marvelous day. Today was terrific for Roy and me also – relaxing and easy. We watched the dog play in her pen. We watched our 2 kitties playing in the yard. We lit a fire in our outdoor firepit. We drank a beer and made s’mores by the firepit. I made turkey stock from the turkey carcass. I made dried fruit bread for the holidays. I froze more of our Thanksgiving leftovers. Roy put away our outdoor furniture and cleaned up our acreage.

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“Our House”

You light the fire. I’ll put the flowers in the vase (pronounced “vahz” of course) that I got today. (I’ll put maybe soup in the ‘vahz’ instead.) Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you play your love songs all night long for me, only for me! Come to me now and rest your head for just five minutes, everything is good. Such a cozy room, the windows are illuminated by the sunshine through them, fiery gems for you, only for you. Our house is a very, very fine house with two cats and one doggy in the yard.  Life used to be so hard!  Now everything is easy ’cause of you, and our house is a very, very fine house with two cats and one doggy in the yard. Life used to be so hard! Now everything is easy ’cause of you. You light the fire. I’ll put the soup in the ‘vahz’ that I got today.

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Life used to be hard. We moved to a better life. We are moving forward!

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There aren’t a lot of Thanksgiving songs out there, you know.  This is an absolute classic, however, and Roy & I have made it a “family tradition” to play it every Thanksgiving.  It just wouldn’t be the same without a little bit of Arlo Guthrie.

 

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ALICE’S RESTAURANT

                                                             Arlo Guthrie

 

This song is called Alice’s Restaurant, and it’s about Alice, and the 

Restaurant, but Alice’s Restaurant is not the name of the restaurant, 

That’s just the name of the song, and that’s why I called the song Alice’s Restaurant. 

You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant 

You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant 

Walk right in it’s around the back 

Just a half a mile from the railroad track 

You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant 

Now it all started two Thanksgivings ago, was on – two years ago on 

Thanksgiving, when my friend and I went up to visit Alice at the 

Restaurant, but Alice doesn’t live in the restaurant, she lives in the 

Church nearby the restaurant, in the bell-tower, with her husband Ray and 

Fasha the dog. And livin’ in the bell tower like that, they got a lot of 

Room downstairs where the pews used to be in. Havin’ all that room, 

Seein’ as how they took out all the pews, they decided that they didn’t 

Have to take out their garbage for a long time. 

We got up there, we found all the garbage in there, and we decided it’d be 

A friendly gesture for us to take the garbage down to the city dump. So 

We took the half a ton of garbage, put it in the back of a red VW 

Microbus, took shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed 

On toward the city dump. 

Well we got there and there was a big sign and a chain across across the 

Dump saying, “Closed on Thanksgiving.” And we had never heard of a dump 

Closed on Thanksgiving before, and with tears in our eyes we drove off 

Into the sunset looking for another place to put the garbage. 

We didn’t find one. Until we came to a side road, and off the side of the 

Side road there was another fifteen foot cliff and at the bottom of the 

Cliff there was another pile of garbage. And we decided that one big pile

Is better than two little piles, and rather than bring that one up we 

Decided to throw our’s down. 

That’s what we did, and drove back to the church, had a thanksgiving 

Dinner that couldn’t be beat, went to sleep and didn’t get up until the 

Next morning, when we got a phone call from officer Obie. He said, “Kid, 

We found your name on an envelope at the bottom of a half a ton of 

Garbage, and just wanted to know if you had any information about it.” And 

I said, “Yes, sir, Officer Obie, I cannot tell a lie, I put that envelope 

Under that garbage.” 

After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we

Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down 

And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the 

Police officer’s station. So we got in the red VW microbus with the 

Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the 

Police officer’s station. 

Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at 

The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for 

Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn’t very likely, and 

We didn’t expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out 

And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again, 

Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer’s station 

There was a third possibility that we hadn’t even counted upon, and we was 

Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said “Obie, I don’t think I 

Can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on.” He said, “Shut up, kid. 

Get in the back of the patrol car.” 

And that’s what we did, sat in the back of the patrol car and drove to the 

Quote Scene of the Crime unquote. I want tell you about the town of 

Stockbridge, Massachusets, where this happened here, they got three stop 

Signs, two police officers, and one police car, but when we got to the 

Scene of the Crime there was five police officers and three police cars, 

Being the biggest crime of the last fifty years, and everybody wanted to 

Get in the newspaper story about it. And they was using up all kinds of 

Cop equipment that they had hanging around the police officer’s station. 

They was taking plaster tire tracks, foot prints, dog smelling prints, and 

They took twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy photographs with circles 

And arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each 

One was to be used as evidence against us. Took pictures of the approach, 

The getaway, the northwest corner the southwest corner and that’s not to 

Mention the aerial photography. 

After the ordeal, we went back to the jail. Obie said he was going to put 

Us in the cell. Said, “Kid, I’m going to put you in the cell, I want your 

Wallet and your belt.” And I said, “Obie, I can understand you wanting my 

Wallet so I don’t have any money to spend in the cell, but what do you 

Want my belt for?” And he said, “Kid, we don’t want any hangings.” I 

Said, “Obie, did you think I was going to hang myself for littering?” 

Obie said he was making sure, and friends Obie was, cause he took out the 

Toilet seat so I couldn’t hit myself over the head and drown, and he took 

Out the toilet paper so I couldn’t bend the bars roll out the – roll the 

Toilet paper out the window, slide down the roll and have an escape. Obie 

Was making sure, and it was about four or five hours later that Alice 

(remember Alice? It’s a song about Alice), Alice came by and with a few

Nasty words to Obie on the side, bailed us out of jail, and we went back 

To the church, had a another thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat, 

And didn’t get up until the next morning, when we all had to go to court. 

We walked in, sat down, Obie came in with the twenty seven eight-by-ten 

Colour glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back 

Of each one, sat down. Man came in said, “All rise.” We all stood up, 

And Obie stood up with the twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy 

Pictures, and the judge walked in sat down with a seeing eye dog, and he

Sat down, we sat down. Obie looked at the seeing eye dog, and then at the 

Twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures with circles and arrows

And a paragraph on the back of each one, and looked at the seeing eye dog. 

And then at twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures with circles

And arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one and began to cry, 

’cause Obie came to the realization that it was a typical case of American

Blind justice, and there wasn’t nothing he could do about it, and the 

Judge wasn’t going to look at the twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy 

Pictures with the circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each 

One explaining what each one was to be used as evidence against us. And 

We was fined $50 and had to pick up the garbage in the snow, but that’s not 

What I came to tell you about. 

Came to talk about the draft. 

They got a building down New York City, it’s called Whitehall Street, 

Where you walk in, you get injected, inspected, detected, infected, 

Neglected and selected. I went down to get my physical examination one

Day, and I walked in, I sat down, got good and drunk the night before, so

I looked and felt my best when I went in that morning. `Cause I wanted to 

Look like the all-American kid from New York City, man I wanted, I wanted 

To feel like the all-, I wanted to be the all American kid from New York,

And I walked in, sat down, I was hung down, brung down, hung up, and all 

Kinds o’ mean nasty ugly things. And I waked in and sat down and they gave 

Me a piece of paper, said, “Kid, see the phsychiatrist, room 604.” 

And I went up there, I said, “Shrink, I want to kill. I mean, I wanna, I 

Wanna kill. Kill. I wanna, I wanna see, I wanna see blood and gore and 

Guts and veins in my teeth. Eat dead burnt bodies. I mean kill, Kill, 

KILL, KILL.” And I started jumpin up and down yelling, “KILL, KILL,” and 

He started jumpin up and down with me and we was both jumping up and down 

Yelling, “KILL, KILL.” And the sargent came over, pinned a medal on me, 

Sent me down the hall, said, “You’re our boy.” 

Didn’t feel too good about it. 

Proceeded on down the hall gettin more injections, inspections, 

Detections, neglections and all kinds of stuff that they was doin’ to me 

At the thing there, and I was there for two hours, three hours, four 

Hours, I was there for a long time going through all kinds of mean nasty 

Ugly things and I was just having a tough time there, and they was 

Inspecting, injecting every single part of me, and they was leaving no 

Part untouched. Proceeded through, and when I finally came to the see the 

Last man, I walked in, walked in sat down after a whole big thing there, 

And I walked up and said, “What do you want?” He said, “Kid, we only got 

One question. Have you ever been arrested?” 

And I proceeded to tell him the story of the Alice’s Restaurant Massacre,

With full orchestration and five part harmony and stuff like that and all 

The phenome… – and he stopped me right there and said, “Kid, did you ever 

Go to court?” 

And I proceeded to tell him the story of the twenty seven eight-by-ten 

Colour glossy pictures with the circles and arrows and the paragraph on 

The back of each one, and he stopped me right there and said, “Kid, I want 

You to go and sit down on that bench that says Group W …. NOW kid!!”

And I, I walked over to the, to the bench there, and there is, Group W’s 

Where they put you if you may not be moral enough to join the army after 

Committing your special crime, and there was all kinds of mean nasty ugly 

Looking people on the bench there. Mother rapers. Father stabbers. Father 

Rapers! Father rapers sitting right there on the bench next to me! And 

They was mean and nasty and ugly and horrible crime-type guys sitting on the 

Bench next to me. And the meanest, ugliest, nastiest one, the meanest 

Father raper of them all, was coming over to me and he was mean ‘n’ ugly 

‘n’ nasty ‘n’ horrible and all kind of things and he sat down next to me 

And said, “Kid, whad’ya get?” I said, “I didn’t get nothing, I had to pay 

$50 and pick up the garbage.” He said, “What were you arrested for, kid?” 

And I said, “Littering.” And they all moved away from me on the bench 

There, and the hairy eyeball and all kinds of mean nasty things, till I 

Said, “And creating a nuisance.” And they all came back, shook my hand, 

And we had a great time on the bench, talkin about crime, mother stabbing, 

Father raping, all kinds of groovy things that we was talking about on the

Bench. And everything was fine, we was smoking cigarettes and all kinds of 

Things, until the Sargeant came over, had some paper in his hand, held it

Up and said. 

“Kids, this-piece-of-paper’s-got-47-words-37-sentences-58-words-we-wanna- 

Know-details-of-the-crime-time-of-the-crime-and-any-other-kind-of-thing- 

You-gotta-say-pertaining-to-and-about-the-crime-I-want-to-know-arresting- 

Officer’s-name-and-any-other-kind-of-thing-you-gotta-say”, and talked for 

Forty-five minutes and nobody understood a word that he said, but we had 

Fun filling out the forms and playing with the pencils on the bench there,

And I filled out the massacre with the four part harmony, and wrote it 

Down there, just like it was, and everything was fine and I put down the 

Pencil, and I turned over the piece of paper, and there, there on the 

Other side, in the middle of the other side, away from everything else on 

The other side, in parentheses, capital letters, quotated, read the 

Following words: 

(“KID, HAVE YOU REHABILITATED YOURSELF?”) 

I went over to the sargent, said, “Sargeant, you got a lot a damn gall to 

Ask me if I’ve rehabilitated myself, I mean, I mean, I mean that just, I’m 

Sittin’ here on the bench, I mean I’m sittin here on the Group W bench 

’cause you want to know if I’m moral enough join the army, burn women, 

Kids, houses and villages after bein’ a litterbug.” He looked at me and 

Said, “Kid, we don’t like your kind, and we’re gonna send you fingerprints 

Off to Washington.” 

And friends, somewhere in Washington enshrined in some little folder, is a 

Study in black and white of my fingerprints. And the only reason I’m 

Singing you this song now is cause you may know somebody in a similar 

Situation, or you may be in a similar situation, and if your in a 

Situation like that there’s only one thing you can do and that’s walk into 

The shrink wherever you are ,just walk in say “Shrink, You can get 

Anything you want, at Alice’s restaurant.”. And walk out. You know, if 

One person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and 

They won’t take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, 

They may think they’re both faggots and they won’t take either of them. 

And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in 

Singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an 

Organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said 

Fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and 

Walking out. And friends they may thinks it’s a movement. 

And that’s what it is , the Alice’s Restaurant Anti-Massacre Movement, and 

All you got to do to join is sing it the next time it come’s around on the Guitar. 

With feeling. So we’ll wait for it to come around on the guitar, here and 

Sing it when it does. Here it comes. 

You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant 

You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant 

Walk right in it’s around the back 

Just a half a mile from the railroad track 

You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant 

That was horrible. If you want to end war and stuff you got to sing loud. 

I’ve been singing this song now for twenty five minutes. I could sing it 

For another twenty five minutes. I’m not proud… or tired. 

So we’ll wait till it comes around again, and this time with four part Harmony and feeling. 

We’re just waitin’ for it to come around is what we’re doing. 

All right now. 

You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant 

Excepting Alice 

You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant 

Walk right in it’s around the back 

Just a half a mile from the railroad track 

You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant 

Da da da da da da da dum 

At Alice’s Restaurant

 

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM ROY AND JILL

 

 

 

 

 

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“What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?´ Erma Bombeck

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite fall/winter holiday, with the 4th of July being my favorite summer holiday. Thanksgiving though … geez … what better holiday can there be than to sit around all day and eat, having no one to say, “Ooooo, that’s bad for you, don’t eat that you might gain weight”!!! Everyone on that day is saying, “EAT! EAT! Try some of everything! Have more … already had a 2nd helping? So what … have a 3rd helping … and a 4th … you need to try everything.”

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.” Jim Davis

Especially with life as tenuous as it is … and with the socio-economic and political systems in the chaos that they are (which I won’t go into currently at least as that’s not the point of my post here) … it’s such a relief to be able to be thankful for what we have. Even if it’s something little, being thankful for what we *do* have is a true gift in and of itself. If for no other reason than this, we should all be thankful just for being alive and with our families … or … for being alive and away from our families if that’s a better fit!

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“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year … and then discover once a year is way too often.” Johnny Carson

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With that, however, Roy and I are thrilled to spend Thanksgiving Day this year at our home with our son, Logan; our daughter, Kara; our future son-in-law, Alex; and Alex’s parents, Karen and Mark, & his youngest sister, Alivia (as 3 of our newest family members). We’ll miss seeing Alex’s brother, Marcus; Alex’s other sister, Kelsey, Kelsey’s husband, Ryan; and all of our other family members that can’t be there, but we look forward to seeing most of them over Christmas as well as at the wedding of Kara and Alex next July!

I close with this, since I am busy cooking a turkey as this posts:

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Pick good wine for your turkey dinner … and … carry on, all!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING, MY FRIENDS!!!

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On November 23, 2002, I received an email from a random person from Maine that had the wrong email address and was trying to get in touch with a buddy in Boston. Normally, I would have ignored it. However, I could tell he was trying to set up some time to visit, so I sent a quick email back telling him he had the wrong email address. That spawned an online friendship. Five years to the day after that, we got married. It’s now been 11 years … and it’s our 6th anniversary.

We are probably the least likely couple you’d think of. He’s younger than me. He lived in Maine. I lived in California. We’d have had no reason in the world to have met unless it was supposed to happen. We both thought we were crazy. Anyone that knew us and heard about it thought we were crazy. I kept thinking that “this will never work”. So did Roy. However, we had to at least try … because … for both of us … we just knew!

“I’ve got you under my skin. I have got you deep in the heart of me, so deep in my heart that you’re really a part of me. I’ve got you under my skin. I’ve tried so not to give in and I said to myself, ‘this affair, it never will go so well’, but why should I try to resist, when, baby, I know so well that I’ve got you under my skin? I’d sacrifice anything, come what might, for the sake of having you near, in spite of a warning voice that comes in the night, it repeats, repeats in my ear. ‘Don’t you know, you fool? You never can win. Use your mentality. Wake up to reality.’, and each time that I do, just the thought of you makes me stop before I begin, cuz I’ve got you under my skin. I would sacrifice anything, come what might, for the sake of having you near in spite of warning voice that comes in night, it repeats how it yells in my ear. ‘Don’t you know, you fool; there ain’t no chance to win? Why not use your mentality? Wake up! Step up to reality!’ And each time I do, just the thought of you makes me stop just before I begin, because I’ve got you under my skin. Yeah, you grabbed me under my skin.” Frank Sinatra

We don’t believe in coincidence. I’ve mentioned this before. When people tell us what a “coincidence it is” that we met … or how “lucky” we are … we just laugh. It’s neither a coincidence nor luck.

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… and more often than not, we look up and smile and know it was God …

So … God … we both thank you for bringing the joy that we have found after everything that we’ve endured over the years.

Life is good now … and while we’ve been through some MAJOR challenges over the years, this seems to be our general feeling of late:

“Still it’s a real good bet the best is yet to come. The best is yet to come, and, babe, won’t that be fine? You think you’ve seen the sun, but you ain’t seen it shine. Wait till the warm up’s under way … wait till you see that sunshine day. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” Frank Sinatra

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This pretty much describes my week … my day … my whatever.

I will *NOT* allow it to knock me off track. Maybe it can be bad at times … and tonight isn’t one of my shinier times … and even though I want to just throw in the towel right now … which is illustrated particularly in my dinner of BBQ potato chips, cake with a huge chunk of frosting on it, ice cream, and a shot (or 2) of brandy …

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Even so … I will win and I will come out on top as a success.

“Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up,” Thomas Edison

So I’ll end with this and exhort those of you out there in my position tonight to think the same. I hope those around you will celebrate it in you, but if they don’t, celebrate yourself anyway. Tonight I am celebrating myself NO MATTER WHAT.

“All of the significant battles are waged within the self.” Sheldon Kopp

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Carry on, all ….

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… PERIOD … as BO, the White House occupier, would say …

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… they said while smiling sweetly …

 

 

 

 

HAVE A MARVELOUS WEEKEND, EVERYONE.

 

 

 

 

Carry on!

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