Look What I Found

That’s my momma to the far right then the wife of the actor Ben Johnson. Then Ben himself and our dear family friend whose property was often used in movies. Southside San Antonio was a happening place circa March 1973.

As always more to come.

They Drink My Wine

So much for my great clean out. Instead I got hooked on #SLS and have been checking out the song selections for the day.  Not a bad way to be distracted.   Who knew Bob Dylan wrote a drink song made famous by the one, the only Jimi Hendrix?  Well now you do.  Take a look right here. Thanks Jim for your unique educational selection! Oh and I had the plowman line all wrong. earth does not = herb. SMH. Lol

A Unique Title For Me

I selected a Bob Dylan song that was made famous by Jimi Hendrix. I thought that this song was going to be easy to explain as it is a short song containing only 185 words, but I was wrong, as after spending several hours in research, I am still confused, or should I say there is too much confusion.  I stopped my research after I read that this song was about Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, as even though the writer made valid points to argue his case, that is totally ridiculous because ‘All Along the Watchtower’ came out in 1967.  A year after his motorcycle accident, Dylan made a radical turn toward cryptic, austere country-folk while hanging out with the Band in the basement of ‘Big Pink’ near Woodstock.

I did find one explanation of this song that I liked and that is the way I will try and…

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So, … Back When I Was Nice

Part two for the great clean out.  I really am considering a garbage bag or just shoving everything into the closet.  But then I start to organize and my how the nostalgia keeps me from a purge without review.

What I found today:

  • Assorted cards of the just thinking of you or the thank you variety that I bought to send just because back when I was nice I did things like that.
  • Assorted cards sent to me for birthday, congrats, sympathy, thinking of you, etc… just because back when I was nice people returned in kind.  You get what you give.
  • Prayer cards from way too many funerals to count.  I found my dad’s but cannot find my mom’s.  She passed away before we lived here so I believe I will find it just in another place.
  • Stickers and wrapping paper and everything in between from Easter Seals and MD Andersen my two charities of choice.
  • Pictures that were once in albums or were meant to be but never made it into the albums.  Mostly pictures of others because for years, I took the pictures but I would not get in them.

In one of cards I saved, a former employee was wishing me well as I moved to set up and manage a new team.  Here is what he wrote:


You often kept me busier than a one-eyed cat watching two rat holes, but I thank you immensely.  On a more serious note, you have been a great manager.  Thanks for all you have invested in us.  Please keep the chocolate dish out @ all times.

~ JPM Chase

This young man has now passed me up and is doing great things for the company for which we both still work.  I just saw a recent announcement where he took yet another job.  I am not surprised.  I always knew he was quite capable and would do well.  As for the chocolate dish, that is back out again.  Only within the last two weeks.  Part of my attempt to re-center myself.

In the same card, someone else wrote this:

Thank you.  You’ve been supportive & always the optimist.  Best wishes for your continued success.


I had the good fortune to work with this person again before she retired.  She made a huge impact on me during our years together.  As I look at her words from circa 2010, I have to ask myself where did that always the optimist go?  Darn it!  Back when I was nice, I was also an optimist.

Anyhow, that is all for now.  Music is blasting and the great clean out continues.  Wishing you all a Wonderful Sunday.

As always, more to come.

For 8/5/18 ~ SOB by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Boy howdy, time is flying.

How’d it get to be 8/5/18 already?

Well duh Jilly.  One day at a time, hour by hour, minute by minute and in what feels like seconds, blink and wah-la August has arrived.

I do look forward to #SLS so maybe time moving quickly is not such a bad thing.  Helen tells us the prompt for today is drink.  Here are the rules and ping back if you’d like to join in or see what’s happening.

Why do I assume a song with drink will have to be country music? My least favorite of all the genres too boot.  Ugh!  No red solo cup for moi. But if that floats your boat, then more power to you because diversity makes the world a much better place.

And here I prattle on.  Just pick a darn song already.  Well okay, you don’t have to tell me twice.  In keeping with my cranky self and without further ado, here you go.  Lyrics contained within.  Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

Writer:  Nathaniel David Rateliff

As always, more to come.