Monday, October 24, 2011


I'm coming across all kinds of fun things online. I guess maybe that happens when I get buried in homework and don't come up for air. People keep creating things, and I feel like I'm going to miss something, but the upside of this is that there are that many more fun things to share now.

Enjoy! I did.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

frost on the pumpkin

It was just the other morning, it seems, when the first shades of green were showing in the grass, and the leaves were popping out with gusto everywhere. Spring wears a certain intense green, and it's one of my favorite colors.

I think I only blinked, and here all those lovely leaves are mostly crinkled up on the ground already. And this morning, they are dressed up in a crisp sugar-shell coating of frost, a prelude of the season to come. Brrr! It sends shivers up my spine just thinking of it.

It's so ironic that fall is my favorite season, since I know full well that it means winter is just around the corner. I do not enjoy winter much, unless I don't have to go outside. Then I can enjoy it through the window with a nice cup of hot cocoa, wearing my favorite slippers. Otherwise, I stiffen my back and clench my teeth against the cold, holding my breath until spring arrives again.

But why ruin a beautiful fall day thinking about winter? Just for today, I'll soak up the sunshine and enjoy watching the fat robins as they search for the last bits of food before they leave for the season. I'll have pumpkin pie for breakfast, made last night from a fresh sugar pumpkin my son picked out at the pumpkin patch. Aaah, fall, how I love you!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

a lotta vance perry

Have you seen any of Vance Perry's youTube videos? I just saw my first one today! He records these great acapella harmonies, only he is doing all the parts of the harmony. It's a little disconcerting at first to see the same face singing all the different parts, but you'll get used to it. I had a hard time picking out a favorite, but this was a good one to start with. This is just a short snippet of a song. Check it out!

If that was just barely enough to whet your appetite for the sound of barbershop quartet singing, here's another longer one you might like.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

would you like this dance?

So I'm a little behind in watching one of my favorite shows, Dancing With the Stars. I've had tons of homework to do, but I think this being behind business is typical for me even when I'm not busy, because I don't want to get too attached to any of the contestants until I have a good sense of who is sticking around.

It's kind of like when one of the kids has a new boyfriend or girlfriend. You don't get too attached until you know if they are going to be more than just a passing fancy. :) Because as sure as the sun will shine, no sooner do you start to really like this person, someone decides it's not going to work out, and there you go again! Moping around with your heart out there on your sleeve.

Of course, we don't meet most of them until the passing fancy stage is past anyway. The kids tend to keep them under wraps until they have made up their mind that this person is important enough to introduce to the family as an "other". That's my code word for anyone who is not yet a spouse (son-in-law or daughter-in-law). They are the "others". It covers a lot of ground and you don't have to do a lot of explaining. I'm just sayin'.

But anyway, I already have a favorite on DWTS who just sneaked in under my "not paying attention" defenses: JR Martinez. Have you paid attention? Not only did his story touch my little heart, he can dance!! Very cool.

In case you missed it, here is one little sample from a couple of weeks ago.

But then you have Chaz Bono, Ricki Lake, and Carson Kressley, too, and I just want them all to shine on the dance floor. Chaz will have to step it up a little, but I think he's up for it. We shall see!