Saturday, October 30, 2010

I know I'm not around much

But I really think the CellCept is working! I have a great '84 Strat that I have nammed "Freddie". Replacing all the strings tomorrow night and tuning it.  I seem to have a knack for chords, but I'd like to branch out and actually do chords. My husband used to sing in a chorus and has lots of musical skills. I'd love to work on something with him. Maybe setting Emily Dickenson to music. I don't sing that well and have a very narrow rang, but it's all just for fun anyway. I'll post it on YouTube so you can tell me how wonderful I really am!!!!!

No, seriously, honest feedback is wanted. I figure it'll be up in December, and us singing some carols. If I can  talk Hank into doing it, we'll do A Christmas Carol. If you've never done read it with your family, why not read it along with us?
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

"slowly" is taking longer than I thought

I haven't even been on Facebook in weeks - my poor farm! The new med should kick in soon.  Is one more month soon? I guess soon is relative.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Slowly returning to life - lupus med suck, but work.

 Someone needs to learn how to harness the power of chocolate and classic rock (especially Queen) to cure disease. Maybe it really is that simple.

On a unrelated note - the world lost a wonderful woman: a singer, a civil rights activist, when Abbey Lincoln passed. Here's a link to a great Fresh Air interview with Abbey Kennedy interview, and a music video for you to enjoy. She was one of a kind and will be missed.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Did you know Willie Nelson cut off his braids?

Seriously! I was stunned because I can't ever remember Willie without his braids. His publicist,  Elaine Schock, said in an interview with Playlist (a Dallas Morning News blog) that Willie just got tired of the maintenance involved. I must admit, as a woman that makes sense. I'll still miss his braids, but he's still got it!


To find out how much he's still got it, listen to his new CD Willie Nelson Country Music. This is the country music that reminds me of the country music I listened to as a kid, when Hank Williams and Patsy Cline were hot tickets. This  is a CD you can have a listening party to. (Remember those?) The music is all about the song here. Beside if T-Bone Burnett produced it, you know it's good!

Gore Vidal - interviews worth watching. Will his experience based predictions come true?

There are quite a few videos of Gore Vidal interviews on this channel, and they are all worth watching. His keen observations of how American really works combined with his knowledge of history makes for interesting viewing and discussion. I suspect, if you are a Republican, you won't like the videos very much.

I chose these three videos just to whet your appetite, and make you just a wee bit angry. If you're like me you get angry and think about what made you angry and why. If you're smart, you'll fact check and at least give being objective a shot.

Gore Vidal on the future

Gore Vidal on US media and society

Monday, August 02, 2010

Container gardening time.

I didn't realize the flood had actually flooded my tomato plants so completely that as the wet soil broke the stalks broke near the bottom of the plants. Yesterday I pulled the dead plants and replaced them with a couple of "sweet baby girl" tomato plants. I wish they would bloom in 24 hours - that would be the ideal tomato plant! Tomato and mozzarella salad every day.

The serrano and jalapeno peppers are doing well. I thing the high temperatures we're getting are doing them good. I have moved my italian herb pot into the semi-shaded area because the poor babies (basil, oregano, sage) were turning into dehydrated herbs on the vine.

The lantana looks like it is going to bloom again, and the pothos will probably be divided soon.

I still have empty pots, so there's still stuff to plant, like catnip for Leo and Loki or something colorful for the fall.
Loki on the left, Leo on the right. Despite the fresh catnip growing outside, they seem to prefer it slightly dried, and them mushed up a bit to get the oils flowing.

And on that note, the sky has gone from nice and blue to looking like early evening. Here comes the morning thunder storms!

Perfect to to listen to Eric Clapton, so I think I'll kick off my dirty shoes, get a pot of herb tea going and relax. Let's see what album we have today - Me and Mr. Johnson. I think I'll add some Robert Johnson and just have a blissed out morning.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

A Prequel to Alien! Now that is exciting for us geeks!

Apparently, this is the story: Ridley Scott is in charge and Damon Lindelof (of lost fame) is going to rewrite the script. Why it needed rewriting, isn't really discussed. Having grasped the basics of Lost (I was not an avid watcher) there should be some interesting plot turns. Wonder if there will be any Dharma beer popping up.

I have one problem with prequels. They normally suck. Now if he comes up with a really good script that explains how everyone was chosen and how they met the alien in the first place, that would OK. Especially if you have the urge to scream out NO DON'T GO THERE! knowing they'll go anyway.

Personally, I'd like to see Alien redone in 3D. But that's just me.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Paul McCartney - Full Broadcast - Hard Rock Calling

Honestly, stuff'll pick up around here

It's summer and hot and that's not just my best time of year. Plus I'm teaching myself music theory and cleaning and scanning tons of photos into the big black machine my cat sits next to. Some of them are very old, mostly all of them family photos.

But, I feel I must leave you with some music. and since Paul McCartney is coming to visit Nashville I shall leave you in Sir Paul's capable hands.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Is this reality? Seriously, I'm asking...

Reading the papers, watching the news, however you get your "what's up world?" fix - do you feel like you are living in the Twilight Zone?

I wouldn't install a new faucet without the ability to shut off the water so I don't get soaked and waste water. However, oil is being drilled by companies who had no clue that maybe they might someday need to clean up after a catastrophic failure. BP had no frakkin' clue about how to handle the oil spill. And now politicians simultaneously want more drilling, but still don't want any sort of oversight for the oil companies when they do drill. They don't want the federal government to interfere with commerce, but now that there's a crisis, they are crying out for - yeah, you guessed, a strong federal response.

People want freedom of religion, unless you are Muslim, in which case, you are a terrorist and don't deserve to be in the Greatest Nation in the History of the World™. And if you are an atheist or agnostic, that goes for you too. Apparently, there are quite a few people for whom "freedom of religion" means they get to impose their religion on everyone else.

The unemployed are being told they should get a job, and that unemployment benefits are so great people actually want to be unemployed to get all that money. Kind of like a lupus patient saying "that new drug for my lupus that costs a hundred dollars month after insurance and gives me diarrhea and stomach ulcers is so great, I love having lupus and I hope I never get well!" (Note: I have lupus, I'm on that drug, and I don't like having lupus. I don't want it.)

The unemployed are unemployed because they can't find a job because THERE ARE NO JOBS! Which of explains why a certain party (which I am NOT a member of) stopped unemployment benefits: the unemployed are having too much fun!


We need new public works programs, the type that helped us survive the Depression. And politicians need to remember we are their bosses, and they should get packing because lots of them won't be rehired in the fall. We, their employers, aren't pleased with their job performance. Yup, they'll join the ranks of the unemployed. Until they are hired by a lobbying firm. Or former "corporate constituent".

It's now time for the A/V club presentation on one of America's finest justices: Thurgood Marshall.

I want to make some rock and roll and need advice.

Don't know where to start. My lumbar fusions surgery seems to a big fat happy success! There's still minor things, like getting the SI joint to behave, and keeping the inflammation at bay. I am taking less pain meds, and I have much more energy and clarity of mind.

What I don't have is a job. I didn't think I'd be feeling well enough to start looking until October or so. Having been an administrative assistant for 20 years for various companies, I could go back to that. But I am wary of doing that.

You see, before The Fall in 2000 AA work was all I had ever done, aside from waitressing, clothing and jewelry sales. Since I was sidelined for (let's not beat around the bush) ten frakkin years, my life has changed, my body has changed because of the complication of The Fall. So here I am, starting over.

What do I do now? I don't know. I am at the midpoint of my life (53) and have great skills for an AA, but I want to do something else now. I have a drive to do something else different. I have a degree in Geography from Temple U (Go Owls!) but I inner self has decided it needs to get out more. So what's all that nonsence mean?

Well, I have a drive to make music. The problem is I don't play any instruments and can't sing. All that, I'm sure can be dealt with if someone wants to take on a 53 years old female student that likes blues rock, glam, bluegrass and really would like to learn bass, although I'm open to more. I'll put right out front I'm a Queen, LedZep, Pink Floyd, Joan Jett fan. But what to do with all this?

What instrument/s would be good for me to learn at my age? Has anyone out there in the tubes start playing instruments late in life, and what did they choose? I'm leaning towards bass myself, then guitar, keyboards, drums, lap harp, dulcimer and who knows what else might be appropriate.

No one in my family plays, except my husband, who really hasn't touched a guitar in years.

On the other hand there is urban planning and hazard mitigation.

And it all takes money and/or crazy planning and/or dumb luck.

What I need is someone to chat about this midlife career change. Interested?

This is the problem posting late at night when my mind in benedryl kookie mode. I'm open to any comments, and I do live in Nashville, so maybe something will come this way.

I have no desire to become a rock star, I just want to rock out and have a fun time.

Ushta, babies.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The short film BP doesn't want you to see - from YouTube

This is from the point of view of fishermen affected by the BP spill.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

It's raining...all...day...long...again




Well, we have had two months worth of rain in two days. Nashville will have lots of cleanup to do. Roads are washed out, houses have floated away, two-story houses are underwater, railroads are washed out as well. It will be interesting Monday. It should be clear and naturally I can't resist going out and snapping some pix so I'll have something to show.

That's our apartment building, with a tree through the second window utility stairs. The tree was on enough of a slope that when the ground became supersaturated it slide. Fortunately the building stopped it from sliding down to the pond, which may have made a messier cleanup. No apartments were damaged, although I think our container garden may be a casualty. We will rebuild it. I need my salsa garden.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

It's raining...all...day...long...


The cats are extremely displeased and are protesting the lack of sunnyness by napping on things we need to use. After all, we are their human companions and the source of all things, including nom.

Over there > Loki and Leo in an undispleased moment

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The last year has been crazy

I have decided this will be my primary way of sharing the random wreckage of thoughts that come into my head.

Posting will be irregular at first, but I'm working at putting some organization back into my life. Spinal Fusion (not a musical group) really slowed the old gray matter down.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

It finally happened - I'm slightly mad!

I'm putting all my effing blogs in one spot - and you're there right now. You see, my life is a circus of doctors appointments (my adamantium endoskeleton is coming along fine), looking for work, family hilarity, catching up on reading and cleaning, sorting and listening to music. So I'm going to do stuff here, which means there won't be too much structure to the blog, just a bunch of random brain farts and word salads, juxtaposed with things that make some sort of sense in my mind. Results may vary. To celebrate, I shall leave with this: