Photo of the Day – 1.20.20 – Panoramic

Trout Lake, Yellowstone National Park
View of Grand Tetons

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Tom T. Hall – The Storyteller

Tom T Hall, photo courtesy of Country Music Hall of Fame.
Photo courtesy of Country Music Hall of Fame (countrymusichalloffame.org)

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with songs written or sung by Tom/Dick/Harry or including one of these names in the lyrics. I’m going to tell you about a country songwriter named Tom T. Hall. Jim opened the floodgates on this topic for me. You are getting a small sampling of Hall’s songs. Otherwise, I’d need to publish an entire novel.

Tom T. Hall is one of the greatest songwriters of all time. He could tell a story and bring it to life on stage and is known to fans as “The Storyteller”. When he would be introduced on stage, the MC would put that title in front of his name.

Little History

Tom T. Hall was born in Olive Hill, Kentucky and was given a guitar by his bricklaying minister father at the age of 8. Hall was already writing poetry and this seemed to be a perfect fit for him to turn that poetry into music. He began learning music and techniques from Clayton Delaney, a local musician. His mother died when he was 11 and his father was shot in a hunting accident just four years later preventing him from working. Hall quit school, took a job in a local garment factory and organized a band called the Kentucky Travelers who would perform before movies for a traveling theater. They played bluegrass and gigged at a radio station in Morehead, Kentucky. Hall wrote a jingle for the radio sponsor, Polar Bear Flour Company. Hall became a DJ at the radio station when the Kentucky Travelers broke up.

Hall enlisted in the Army in 1957 where he was stationed in Germany. He performed at local NCO clubs on the Armed Forces Radio Network. He sang mostly his own original material that had a comic relief to it. Hall was discharged in 1961.

Once back to the states, Hall enrolled in Roanoke College as a journalism student while he DJ’d at a Salem, Virginia radio station. His songs were heard by a Nashville songwriter who was visiting the radio station one day and the songwriter sent the songs to a publisher named Jimmy Key who ran New Key Publishing. Key signed Hall as a songwriter getting those songs in front of a variety of recording artists. The first Tom T Hall hit was “DJ for a Day” sang by Jimmy Newman and got to #1 on the country charts in 1963. In early 1964, “Mad” sang by Dave Dudley got into the top ten. Hall moved to Nashville to continue his career as a songwriter.

1968 – Crossing Over

A song that most of you will recognize that was written by Hall and sang by Texas native Jeannie C. Riley is “Harper Valley PTA” which was an international pop crossover hit in 1968. The song was originally recorded by Margie Singleton, but it was Riley’s record that sold over six million copies as a single. “Harper Valley PTA” was Riley’s debut hit and only chart topper, making her the first woman to top both the Billboard Hot 100 and the US Hot Country Singles charts with the same song. She held that title until 1981 when Dolly Parton recorded “9 to 5”. “Harper Valley PTA” won both a Grammy and CMA Award. It inspired a movie and television program of the same name. I’ve always loved the song for what is stands for. Telling the bigots to shove it up their ass in such a nice way.

Performed on Hee Haw
Harper Valley PTA
I wanna tell you all the story 'bout
A Harper Valley widowed wife
Who had a teenage daughter
Who attended Harper Valley Junior High
Well, her daughter came home one afternoon
And didn't even stop to play
And she said, "mom, I got a note here from the Harper Valley PTA"
Well, the note said, "Mrs. Johnson
You're wearin' your dresses way too high
It's reported you've been drinking
And a-running round with men and goin' wild
And we don't believe you oughta be a-bringin' up
Your little girl this way"
And it was signed by the Secretary
Harper Valley PTA
Well, it happened that the PTA was gonna meet
That very afternoon
And they were sure surprised
When Mrs. Johnson wore her miniskirt into the room
And as she walked up to the blackboard
I can still recall the words she had to say
She said, "I'd like to address this meeting of the Harper Valley PTA
Well, there's Bobby Taylor sittin' there
And seven times he's asked me for a date
And Mrs. Taylor sure seems to use a lotta ice
Whenever he's away
And Mr. Baker can you tell us why
Your secretary had to leave this town?
And shouldn't widow Jones be told to keep
Her window shades all pulled completely down
Well, Mr. Harper couldn't be here
'Cause he stayed too long at Kelly's Bar again
And if you smell Shirley Thompson's breath
You'll find she's had a little nip of gin
And then you have the nerve to tell me
You think that as a mother I'm not fit
Well, this is just a little Peyton Place
And you're all Harper Valley hypocrites"
No, I wouldn't put you on because it really did
It happened just this way
The day my mama socked it to the Harper Valley PTA
The day my mama socked it to the Harper Valley PTA
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Tom T. Hall
Harper Valley PTA lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

His Accomplishments

Over the years, Hall continued to write hit after hit. Hall has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1971. He was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Country Music Hall of Fame on February 12, 2008. In November, 2018, Hall and his late wife Dixie Hall were inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. This came 3 years after her death. On June 13, 2019, Hall was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Children’s Songs

Three of my other favorite tunes that Hall wrote and performed are “I Care”, “Sneaky Snake” and “Old Dogs and Children”. Brings back fond memories of my childhood so I wanted to share that bit of my history with you today.

“Old Dogs and Children” was recorded in 1972 and was the last single from the album “The Storyteller”. It was Hall’s third #1 on the US country singles chart and earned him his second nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Country Song. It spent 1 week at the top and 13 weeks on the chart. On June 1, 2014, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it as #93 on their list of the 100 greatest country songs.

“I Care” was released in December 1974 and was the only single (Side A) released from the album “Songs of Fox Hollow”. The backside (Side B) of this 45 was Sneaky Snake. “I Care” hit #1 on the country charts in 1975 and was Hall’s sixth #1. “Sneaky Snake” charted as a tag-along flip side. “Sneaky Snake” is a fun novelty song about a snake who sneaks up on people and steals their root beer. It is a child’s imagination.

I Care
When the TV won't work and your toys fall apart
And you have a sad feeling deep in your heart
You want to go out but it's rainin' out there I want you to know I care
I care I do there's no one like you
When they take you some place and you sit in a chair I want you to know I care
When you tell a big lie and your parents're mean
When being grownup is a faraway dream
When you're fillin' your teeth and cuttin' your hair I want you to know I care
I care I do there's no one like you
I mention your name when I'm sayin' my prayers I want you to know I care
When you have a bad cough and you can't go out
When you sit for a week with that thing in your mouth
When you sleep in the dark and there's something out there I want you to know I care
I care I do there's no one like you and sometimes I act like a grouchy old bear
I want you to know I care I love you too much
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters:  Tom T. Hall
I Care lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
Sneaky Snake
Boys and girls take warning
If you go near the lake
Keep your eyes wide open
And look for sneaky snake
Now, maybe you won't see him
And maybe you won't hear
But he'll sneak up behind you
And drink all your root beer
And then sneak snake goes dancing
Wiggling and a-hissing
Sneaky snake goes dancing
A-giggling and a-kissing
I don't like old sneaky snake
He laughs too much you see
When he goes wiggling through the grass
It tickles his underneath
Well sneaky snake drinks root beer
And he just makes me sick
When he is not dancing
He looks just like stick
Now he doesn't have any arms or legs
You cannot see his ears
And while we are not looking
He's stealing all of our beer
And then sneak snake goes dancing
Wiggling and a-hissing
Sneaky snake goes dancing
A-giggling and a-kissing
I don't like old sneaky snake
He laughs too much you see
When he goes wiggling through the grass
It tickles his underneath
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Tom Hall
Sneaky Snake lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Old Dogs and Children
"How old do you think I am?" he said.
I said, well, I didn't know.
He said, "I turned 65 about 11 months ago."
I was sittin' in miami pourin' blended whiskey down
When this old gray black gentleman was cleanin' up the lounge
There wasn't anyone around 'cept this old man and me
The guy who ran the bar was watchin' "ironsides" on tv
Uninvited, he sat down and opened up his mind
On old dogs and children and watermelon wine
"Ever had a drink of watermelon wine?" he asked
He told me all about it, though I didn't answer back
"Ain't but three things in this world that's worth a solitary dime,
But old dogs and children and watermelon wine."
He said, "women think about they-selves, when menfolk ain't around.
And friends are hard to find when they discover that you're down."
He said, "I tried it all when I was young and in my natural prime;
Now it's old dogs and children and watermelon wine."
"Old dogs care about you even when you make mistakes;
God bless little children while they're still too young to hate."
When he moved away I found my pen and copied down that line
'Bout old dogs and children and watermelon wine.
I had to catch a plane up to atlanta that next day
As I left for my room I saw him pickin' up my change
That night I dreamed in peaceful sleep of shady summertime
Of old dogs and children and watermelon wine.
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Tom T. Hall
(Old Dogs Children and) Watermelon Wine lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Photo of the Day – 1.19.20 – Delicate

My grandkids many many years ago.

I had a hard time with “Delicate”. I started going through photos and I found this picture of 2 of my granddaughters. The big sister is 14 and the little sister is 8 now. I remember how delicately the big sister held on to the little sister.

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Moving Water – Photo Challenges

This is a double challenge for Cee’s Black & White Moving Water Challenge and Photo of the Day hosted by Maria at citysonnet.

Hillsborough River Rapids at Hillsborough River State Park, Tampa, Florida
Hillsborough River Rapids, Hillsborough River State Park in Tampa, Florida
Gibbon Falls, Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park – Gibbon Falls
Hightower Falls in Cedartown, GA
Hightower Falls, Cedartown, Georgia

Photo of the Day – 1.17.20 – Winter Landscape

Fort Desoto in Tierra Verde, FL.  Image of the inset at the Arrowhead Picnic Area.
Fort Desoto Inlet, Tierra Verde, Florida

NO SNOW HERE! This photo was taken on January 2, 2020. This is winter in Florida. We have had record highs in Jacksonville all week. Paradise or Climate Change?…you be the judge.

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Living in the Moment – Day 3 – Mt. Washburn – YNP

Planning out your visits to majestic National Parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton help ensure you get a chance to see the highlights of the parks and make the best use of the limited amount of time you have. That being said, always be prepared to be spontaneous and follow your gut when it calls to you. Like we’ve said on these posts, “living in the moment”.

That’s what happened to me on Day 3. We were really excited driving into the park that morning. Today was the day we were headed to Yellowstone Falls and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. A full day exploring two of Yellowstone’s most iconic features was ahead of us and the smiles on our faces were so big my cheeks were hurting. We turned and headed south on the Grand Loop Road and headed toward Dunraven Pass and Canyon Village Visitor Center. On the way up toward the pass, I saw the sign, Mt Washburn. “I want to go there” I said. Frank said “I do too; I wish we had time.” I said ” no I want to go there.” “Now?!” he said. “I really want to go there” I said. His response was “let’s go.”

When we got to the turn off, we headed up the unpaved road toward the parking area. Our plans for the day hadn’t been changed, just expanded. We would be getting back to the B&B later that evening with less rest, but it meant more exploring. That’s what vacations are for.

Mount Washburn is located in the north central part of Yellowstone National Park with a peak elevation of 10,243 feet (3,107 m). The photo at the top of the page was standing at the top of the Chittenden Road parking area (8,752 feet) where you have close to a full 360 degree panoramic view. You can see 20-50 miles (32-80 km) from where you stand overlooking the peaks and valleys of Yellowstone. From the parking area, you can hike or mountain bike the north trail to the summit.

The wind was howling, 25 mph sustained with gusts approaching 50. There’s some tree cover from the parking area up toward the peek but not a great amount. So unless you were under a ridge line or behind some structure, you were in the wind. I looked down at my phone and noticed I had the best cell signal I’d had since we’d gotten to Wyoming. “I’ve got to call the kids” I told Frank as he turned to me and said, “I’m going to take a hike. I won’t go all the way to the summit but I’ll do a half hour up and a half hour back”.

North Trail - Mount Washburn
North Trail – Mount Washburn

That was a great compromise. He got a chance to stretch his legs and get some solitude time in a pristine mountain setting. I got a chance to facetime my kids and show them a place that felt a little bit like sitting on top of the world or at least the top of Yellowstone. I wish I’d taken more pictures and the video Frank shot from the ridgeline was shaky and noisy from the wind, so we chose to not post it.

We really enjoyed our short detour to Mt Washburn and want to return. On our next trip to Yellowstone, we will plan to hike the south trail up to the summit. The south trail is a little longer with more tree cover and about the same elevation gain. In other words, another brand new experience awaits us next time.

As we drove down the winding dirt road from the parking lot, we were both elated that we had added to our day 3 agenda.  Now it was on to the two places we had literally dreamed about months earlier while planning the trip, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Yellowstone Falls.  See you there!

Living in the Moment is what we do while enjoying our time in nature. If you missed any of the other Living in the Moment Series, you can click on them here. Just After Take Off, Day 1, Day 2 Mammoth Hot Spring, Day 2 Traffic Jam, Day 2 Undine Falls and Lava Creek, Lamar Valley – Slough Creek, Day 2 Trout Lake, Lunch at Otter Creek

Living in the Moment – Day 3 – Lunch by the Yellowstone River – Sept. 15, 2019

One of our favorite things about travelling is having our own food when playing outside. When we arrived in Bozeman, MT and left the airport, we drove straight to Walmart, picked up a cooler and proceeded to The Co-op (an organic grocery store). We had already planned out our 10 day menu before leaving Florida. Armed with our detailed grocery list, we made great time in the store. What we couldn’t find at The Co-op, we were able to pick up at Albertsons. It’s great to see how many of the large grocery chains are adding more organic and whole food options for their customers.

Photo compliments from The Co-op website

Pete, our fantastic tour guide from Paradise Gateway B&B, had told us about the best spot for lunch near Yellowstone Falls and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The Otter Creek Picnic Area is located between the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Hayden Valley. It’s right on the Yellowstone river and you couldn’t find a more picturesque spot. There is a large pull out with plenty of parking for a short picnic like we had or for a longer stay to try your hand at fishing along the banks. Like almost all of the designated picnic areas in the park there are no restrooms or cooking grills and you always have to be on the look out for bears. Way to go Pete another bullseye!

There are 7 picnic tables at this wonderful spot and we had the best one. It was right on the river and so scenic we could have stayed there all day. On the menu today were local grass fed organic beef hot dogs we bought at the co-op with a fresh salad. Frank sauteed the organic weenies in butter using our MSR Pocket Rocket burner, while I set the table and got out the condiments. They were absolutely delicious. Frank cooked an extra hot dog that we shared with a biker sitting at another table alone. He had been eating freeze dried food on his journey and said “This is the best hot dog I’ve ever had”. We agreed! Of course, the beauty and wonder of our amazing atmosphere didn’t hurt the tasting experience.

Preparing for a picnic at the Otter Creek Picnic area along the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

The view of the Yellowstone River at the Otter Creek Picnic Area was breathtaking. With the sun shining brightly and a light wind, there were no flying insects to partake in our picnic while we enjoyed the scenery.

Tree lined bank of the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park at Otter Creek Picnic Area.

The Yellowstone River was flowing nicely here and as the wind changed direction, the river almost became glassy at one point with the trees and mountain side reflecting in the water. As we were enjoying this wonderful moment, 2 common mergansers fished for their lunch. I guess we weren’t the only ones that thought this was a perfect spot.

A male and female Red Crossbill stop to  on the river rock on the edge of the Yellowstone River to take a drink of the brink water.

As we were finishing up our delicious lunch, a small bird flew down onto the riverbed for a drink. I freaked out as I looked into the binoculars because this was a red bird I had never seen before. I grabbed my camera and started clicking at what I wasn’t sure, but knew it was a life bird for us. As I was shooting, another flew down next to the first one that was drinking from the cool water. Because of the shadows, I still didn’t know what I was looking at. It wasn’t until I got back to the B&B that night that I realized I had photographed a male (red) and a female (yellow) Red Crossbill. They must have been a pair.

Living in the Moment is what we do while enjoying our time in nature. If you missed any of the other Living in the Moment Series, you can click on them here. Just After Take Off, Day 1, Day 2 Mammoth Hot Spring, Day 2 Traffic Jam, Day 2 Undine Falls and Lava Creek, Lamar Valley – Slough Creek, Day 2 Trout Lake

"Where the Sidewalk Ends" by George Strait

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with songs prompting us to use the following: Bottom/End/Middle/Side/Top

“Where the Sidewalk Ends” was the 10th song added to George Strait’s soundtrack album “Pure Country” in 1992 for the movie of the same title. It was Strait’s 13th studio album. It was the first soundtrack of Strait’s career and was his most commercially successful album that sold over six million copies. Written by Jim Lauderdale & John Leventhal. Great article from Taste of Country on this song and the songwriters here.

George Strait stars as a fictional country music singer named Dusty Chandler who finds himself fed up with the big production pushed on him by his manager rather than concentrating on the music. In the movie, Dusty realizes how unhappy he was while singing “Where the Sidewalk Ends” as he walks off the stage and disappears from the tour. His manager panics and puts in a replacement to perform to an unknowingly audience while trying to find him. While this movie was a commercial failure, the fact that you have one of the greatest country music singers at the helm, I have enjoyed it over and over and over again. The clip is from the movie at the moment Dusty chooses to seek what is in his heart.

Where the sidewalk ends and the road begins
We said good bye on a cold dark night
I'm not afraid to go you bet I'm not
Where the sidewalk ends you left a lot
Some people leave and never come back
Some stay in touch, some loose track
Your mind kept sayin' come on let's go
You started learnin' what you don't need to know
Where the sidewalk ends and the road begins
I'll wait for you in the cold dark night
You might come back, you had to go
Where the sidewalk ends I'll never know
Hide from the future run from the past
I guess I'll stay here as long as I can last
Whistle still blowin' but the train is gone
Ain't no wheels gonna take me from my home
Where the sidewalk ends and the road begins
We said good bye on a cold dark night
I'm not afraid to go you bet I'm not
Where the sidewalk ends you left a lot
I'm not afraid to go you bet I'm not
Where the sidewalk ends you left a lot
Where the sidewalk ends and the road begins
We said good bye on a cold dark night
I'm not afraid to go you bet I'm not
Where the sidewalk ends you left a lot
Where the sidewalk ends you left a lot
Where the sidewalk ends you left a lot
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Jim Lauderdale / John Leventhal
Where the Sidewalk Ends lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing 

Today is for the Birds – Jan. 5, 2020

Since there is a “national day” for almost everything, I am happy to write about one of my favorite subjects: The birds! In honor of today, National Bird Day, I would like to share my top 5 birding posts of 2019.

#5:Northern Flicker: 39 likes

#4:Great Horned Owl: 41 likes

#3:Red Headed Woodpecker: 43 likes

#2:Meadowlark: 47 likes

#1:Mountain Bluebird on Fence: 55 likes

I would also like to introduce you to the Jacksonville Business Connection where my first blog “Unlock the Bird Lover in You for 2020” was published a few days ago as a member of the Holmes Content Team.

Just since January 1, 2020, Frank & I have logged 71 new species to our log and counting for the new year. Can’t wait to see what is in store for 2020!

Let’s go birding!

"La Bamba" by Ritchie Valens

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with “La” in the title or lyrics. I found this difficult as there are so many obvious songs. I wanted to go off the beaten path, but couldn’t. I had to go with what I know and love.

  • Ritchie Valens became the first Latino Rock n’ Roll superstar, hailing from LA (Los Angeles, California).
  • “La Bamba” is a Mexican folk song, originally from Veracruz that combines Spanish, Indigenous and African musical.
  • In 1958, “La Bamba” was produced on the 45 record, Side B, as a fluff piece to Valen’s soon to be hit, Side A “Donna”, a hit Valen’s wrote for his girlfriend.
  • Producer, Bob Keane added “La Bamba” to the record because he didn’t think anyone would listen to a song with spanish lyrics, putting “Donna” in the spotlight. It backfired.
  • Los Lobos performed “La Bamba” for the 1987 movie “La Bamba” starring Lou Diamond Phillips.
  • In 1987, “La Bamba” reached number 1 on the US and UK singles charts for Los Lobos.
  • Ritchie Valens died at the age of 17 in a plane crash with 2 other greats, Buddy Holly & J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson heading to Fargo, North Dakota.
  • Valens was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
"La Bamba"
Para bailar La Bamba
Para bailar La Bamba se necesita una poca de gracia
Una poca de gracia
Pa' mi, pa' ti, y arriba, y arriba
Y arriba y arriba
Por ti seré, por ti seré, por ti seré

Yo no soy marinero
Yo no soy marinero, soy capitán
Soy capitán, soy capitán
Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba, bam

Para bailar La Bamba
Para bailar La Bamba
Se necesita una poca de gracia
Una poca de gracia
Para mi, para ti, ay arriba, ay arriba

Para bailar La Bamba
Para bailar La Bamba
Se necesita una poca de gracia
Una poca de gracia
Pa' mi, pa' ti, ay arriba, ay arriba
Y arriba y arriba
Por ti seré, por ti seré, por ti seré 

"Crazy" by Patsy Cline

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with songs with the word Crazy in the title or in the song.

I chose “Crazy” by Patsy Cline. Willie Nelson wrote this epic tune in 1961 with the help of a friend named Oliver English. It was originally titled “Stupid” and Nelson changed it after performing the song at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and getting a “not so nice” reaction by the fans. Nelson would put his version of the song on the jukebox at Tootsie’s. According to an interview by Nelson, Cline’s husband, Charlie Dick heard it and wanted Patsy to hear it. Charlie convinced Willie (both stumbling drunk), to take it to Patsy. Patsy said she “couldn’t sing that” when hearing it the first time. Her producer, Owen Bradley, loved the song and changed the arrangement into a ballad which she recorded. This song was originally written for country music artist Billy Walker who turned it down. Patsy Cline almost turned it down too.

“Crazy” was such a crossover hit and many artists have covered it throughout the years. Patsy Cline’s version is the most iconic reaching #2 on the Country Charts in 1962. “Crazy” was a follow-up song after her hit “I Fall to Pieces”. Patsy Cline was killed in an airplane crash on March 5, 1963.

Crazy
I'm crazy for feeling so lonely
I'm crazy
Crazy for feeling so blue
I knew
You'd love me as long as you wanted
And then some day
You'd leave me for somebody new
Worry
Why do I let myself worry?
Wondering
What in the world did I do...
Oh, crazy
For thinking that my love could hold you...
I'm crazy for trying
And crazy for crying
And I'm crazy for loving you
Crazy
For thinking that my love could hold you...
I'm crazy for trying
And crazy for crying
And I'm crazy for loving
You...
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Willie Nelson / Willie Nelson
Crazy lyrics © Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, Blue Mountain Music Ltd., Hoochie Coochie Music, Sony Atv Tree Publishing, Sony Atv Music Publishing France, Hill & Range Songs, Bug Music O/B/o Hoochie Coochie Music, WB Music Corp. O/B/o Caledonia Soul Music, WB MUSIC CORP, CHRYSALIS MUSIC OBO CHRYSALIS MUSIC LTD UK, CAYMAN MUSIC OBO BSI ENTERPRISES 

Photo a Day Challenge: Dec 29 – Santa Claus

Photo A Day Prompt by CitySonnet

Me with Santa at Freddy’s Frozen Custard

Greensleeves vs. What Child is This – The Tale of 2 Songs – SLS

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with songs dealing with Christmas/Holiday/Snowman in the title or in the song.

Bet you thought I was going to give you more Elvis. I have to admit, I thought about it.

Frank & I picked up my brother-in-law from the airport yesterday and one of the topics that came up was “Greensleeves” and how I loved playing it in band my freshman year in High School. I sat first chair in the French Horn Section. I loved the tone & power it gave me to play such a beautiful song. My brother-in-law is a master pianist and music teacher. Once we got home from all our errands, I turned on the TV and Faith Hill was belting out “What Child is This“. The conversation from earlier with my brother-in-law and hubby, plus being blessed with Faith Hill seemed like a sign and became my inspiration for today.

Yesterday was the birthday of my granddaughter, Aniya who would have been 11. Aniya passed away 34 days after she was born, and I think my angels of Aniya, my mom and my grandmother were channelling me to do this particular pair of songs. More on the Christmas carol than the original, of course.

For many years, I only knew the tune to be Greensleeves. As I got older and heard versions of “What Child is This”, I quickly recognized the tune and thought someone got it wrong. The words were not the same, but the melody certainly was. Back then, we didn’t have the internet to get answers quickly and for me to read a history book just wasn’t going to happen.

“Greensleeves”

“Greensleeves” is a traditional English folk song that was registered by Richard Jones at the London Stationer’s Company in September 1580. It was registered as “A Newe Northen Dittye of ye Ladye Green Sleeves”. Wow, that’s a mouthful. It was composed anonymously, but one of the claims is that Henry VIII wrote it for Anne Boleyn. Allegedly, Lady Greensleeves was a loose woman and the song came from Irish origins. She supposedly rejected the King when he began pursuing her in 1526. She caved at some point since she became the Queen of England and Henry VIII’s second wife in 1533. She was beheaded on May 19, 1536.

Alas my love you do me wrong
To cast me off discourteously;
And I have loved you oh so long
Delighting in your company.
Greensleeves was my delight,
Greensleeves my heart of gold
Greensleeves was my heart of joy
And who but my lady Greensleeves.
I have been ready at your hand
To grant whatever thou would'st crave;
I have waged both life and land
Your love and goodwill for to have.
Greensleeves was my delight,
Greensleeves my heart of gold
Greensleeves was my heart of joy
And who but my lady Greensleeves.
Thy petticoat of slender white
With gold embroidered gorgeously;
Thy petticoat of silk and white
And these I bought gladly.
Greensleeves was my delight,
Greensleeves my heart of gold
Greensleeves was my heart of joy
And who but my lady Greensleeves.

“What Child is This”

“What Child is This” is a Christmas ballad written to the melody of “Greensleeves”. Complete different connotation. The lyrics were written by William Chatterton Dix in 1865 in Great Britain. The lyrics were taken from a poem written by Dix called “The Manger Throne”. The song was not published until 1871. It is not known when the 3 stanzas of the poem were put to the music of “Greensleeves”. Below is an awesome rendition by Andrea Bocelli & Mary J. Blige.

What Child is this
Who laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come Peasant, King to own Him
The King of Kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
Oh, raise, raise a song on high,
His mother sings her lullaby.
Joy, oh joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe,
The Son,
Of Mary.
What Child
Is this
Who laid
To rest
On Mary's lap
On Mary's lap
He is sleeping
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe,
The Son,
Of Mary
The Babe, the Son of Mary
The Son of Mary

Rock-a-hula baby by Elvis Presley

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with songs with Baby in the title or in the song.

I once again turn to Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n’ Roll. You will probably be getting a lot of Elvis from me. I listen to SiriusXM Radio Channel 19 every day while in my car and sometimes on my I-Pad with my Bluetooth Bose speaker blaring at home or on my computer at work. I listen to other channels, but Elvis dominates the airwaves. Any of my co-workers that go to lunch with me can expect to hear Elvis’ silky voice coming through my speakers upon the moment I start the car. It’s a THING!

“Rock-a-hula baby” is a mix of Hawaiian folk and rock and roll genres that was recorded by Elvis Presley in 1961 and performed in the movie “Blue Hawaii” which starred Elvis, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury, Howard McNear, Roland Winters, among others. It reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1962 and spent four weeks there. It was re-release in March, 2005 and reach #23 in the US, #1 in Australia, #4 in Canada and #3 in the UK on the Billboard pop charts.

The song was written by Ben Weisman, Fred Wise and Dolores Fuller. It was recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California on March 23, 1961. RCA Victor released the 45 single on October 1, 1961 with The Jorndanaires providing backup vocals. The backside of the 45 was “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. First published by Fuller, who would eventually write a dozen songs for Elvis, it was then published by Gladys Music, Inc., Elvis’ publishing company named in honor of his mother.

Of all the Elvis Presley movies, “Blue Hawaii” is still #1 on my list of favs! I have it recorded on my DVR and when I’ve had a stressful day at work, I put it on & all my tension washes away. As a kid, I dreamed of going to Hawaii because of this movie. Anytime an Elvis movie was on, the tube was tuned in. Every year, “Blue Hawaii” was in the line-up for Elvis movie week and we set down as a family to watch it. Partly because my mom was a huge Elvis fan. I played her records from the 50’s & 60’s and not what was ideally popular in the 70’s. Back then, we only had 8 channels on TV, if we were lucky.

My first airplane flight was when I turned 18 in 1984, just after high school graduation and a month before I went to boot camp. The trip was to the Big Island of Hawaii. Flying into Oahu, then taking a propelled steel rattle trap to The Big Island. Great experience for my first time flying! The trip was magical! The music, the beaches, the culture…all of it. All because of a 1961 movie starring Elvis Presley.

Rock-a-hula, rock-rock-a-hula
Rock-a-hula, rock-rock-a-hula
Rock-a-hula, rock-rock-a-hula
Rock-a-hula, rock-rock-a-hula
Rock-a-hula, rock-rock-a-hula
Rock-a-hula, rock
Rock-a-hula, rock
A-hula, rock
A-hula, rock, a-hula, rock
The way she moves her hips to her fingertips
I feel I'm heaven bound
And when she starts to sway, I've gotta say
She really move the grass around
Rock-a-hula baby
Rock-a-hula baby
Got a hula lulu from Honolulu
That rock-a-hula baby of mine
Rock-a-hula, rock-rock-a-hula
Rock-a-hula, rock
Although I love to kiss my little hula miss
I never get the chance
I want to hold her tight all through the night
But all she wants to do is dance
Rock-a-hula baby
Rock-a-hula baby
Got a hula lulu from Honolulu
That rock-a-hula baby of mine
Rock-a-hula baby
Rock-a-hula baby
Rock-a-hula baby
Rock, rock, rock, rock
Rock-a-hula baby
Rock-a-hula baby
Rock-a-hula baby
Rock, rock, rock, rock
Rock-a-hula baby
Rock-a-hula baby
Got a hula lulu from Honolulu
That rock-a-hula baby of mine
Oh well, that rock-a-hula baby of mine
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Benjamin Weisman / Dolores Fuller / Fred Wise
Rock-A-Hula Baby lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Carlin America Inc 

Living in the Moment – Day 2 – Trout Lake

Beautiful Trout Lake with the mountains in the picturesque backdrop on a sunny afternoon in September.  Yellowstone National Park.

After our awesome late lunch at Lamar Valley, we headed for Trout Lake which we travelled east on Northeast Entrance Road. Trout Lake is a short lolipop hiking trail with a fairly steep uphill climb. Once you have hiked up to the lake, the walk around the trail will take you completely around the lake blessing you with a picturesque view showcasing the mountains behind it.

Map of hiking trail for Trout Lake, Yellowstone National Park
Wooded area of Douglas Fir trees along the trail of Trout Lake, Yellowstone National Park.

The trail takes you up through a forest of Douglas Firs. This trail is open year round. Pets are not allowed on the trail. For safety reason, it is recommended by the park services that you carry bear spray with you at all times and stay on the trails.

Lazuli Bunting
Photo Credit: Alix d’Entremont – Macaulay Library

On our ascent to reach the lake, we only encountered 10 people in the 2 hours we spent on this adventure. At several points, I had to stop and catch my breath, as I’m not used to the elevation. On one of those rest moments, I reach a flat area deep in the woods when out of nowhere, this little bird with a blue head ran across my shoe. I was so stunned, I couldn’t move for a couple of seconds. I looked in the direction that it took cover which was some bright green grass. I got one glimpse of it moving & then it disappeared. I turned to Frank as he was below me, and told him that I had a bird that looked like a parakeet run across my shoe. Of course, he thought the altitude had done me in! I was beside myself! Thinking about that bird the whole rest of the time we were up there. Spoiler alert!!! Near the end of this trip several days later, I found out that what I saw was not a parakeet (didn’t think so anyway), but a Lazuli Bunting. I had to go back into my bird log on ebird.org and add it to my list, making it a life bird for me! IT RAN ACROSS MY SHOE & DISAPPEARED IN THE THE TALL GREEN GRASS! Still can’t believe it!

Once we reached the top and exited the trail where the lake opened up, we were in awe at the vision before us. We decided to go to the right. With a light breeze coming off the lake, the smell of smoke wafted the air. It wasn’t a fire or someone cooking. It was the all too familiar smell of marijuana. Somebody was tokin’ on the hill. We moved on around the lake, meeting a nice couple from Canada. We enjoyed their company as we trekked down the path around the lake stopping to take a photo here and there. The only wildlife we saw besides the unidentifiable Lazuli Bunting were 3 Cinnamon Teals, some Common Mergansers and a Pied-Billed Grebe. No elk, no moose, no bears!

On the other side of the lake, we approached some guys fishing, suspecting they were the pot heads. We said our hellos & well wishes on catching their trout and came across a wooden bridge. Frank is standing on it in the photo below. Trout Lake empties out here flowing down the mountainside. With next to no noise, it was another zen moment for listening to the water leave the pool where it vacated.

Wooden footbridge where Trout Lake empties down the mountainside with Trout Lake and the mountain in the background.

The entire hike up the mountain side and around the lake is 1.2 miles. The hike around the lake is easy. The ascent is strenuous if you are not in shape or not used to changes in elevation. I thought I was in pretty good shape for a 54 year old Marine, but I was mistaken. I took more breaks than I wanted, but it was necessary. As I climbed, my trained mind was telling me “No Pain, No Gain”. My heart was screaming, “to hell with that”. Since this was our first real hike and it was Day 2 of our vacation (first day in Yellowstone), I can tell you after the tranquility of one’s self and living in the moment, I felt invigorated going down the trail towards the trailhead.

Selfie of Lisa and Frank with Trout Lake and Mountains in the beautiful backdrop.

Trout Lake was worth the 150 feet of elevation that we had to climb to get to this peaceful clear lake. Hope you get to visit the beauty of Yellowstone National Park if you have never been there. If you missed any of our “Living in the Moment” posts, check them out here: Just After Take Off, Day 1, Day 2 Mammoth Hot Spring, Day 2 Traffic Jam, Day 2 Undine Falls and Lava Creek, Lamar Valley – Slough Creek.

"Open Arms" by Journey – SLS

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with songs pertaining to Arms/Elbows/Knees/Legs.

I’ve never been a big concert goer. First of all, we were poor when I was a kid so there was no money. Second of all, I wasn’t into partying, didn’t indulge in alcohol or drugs so I didn’t see the point. I channeled my music in my bedroom on my record player. As the years went by, I yearned to see Journey in concert. Never got the opportunity.

I started working at age 15 to help my mom pay the bills. It just so happened I was 15 in 1981. That is the year Journey released the “Escape” album with “Open Arms” on it. Jonathan Cain began writing “Open Arms” while still with the band “The Babys”. John Waite, “The Babys” vocalist didn’t like the song and said it was “sentimental rubbish”. Cain & Journey’s lead singer Steve Perry finished the song in the writing sessions of the “Escape” album. They changed the key from A to D & reworked the melody. Cain would collaborate on many other Journey albums throughout the years.

“Open Arms” was almost left off the “Escape” album because the band didn’t want ballads on their albums. They were a rock band, after all. The song was referred to as sounding kinda like Mary Poppins by guitarist Neal Schon. The song was so far outside the box and against everything the band had produced before. It could shatter their image. Well, it didn’t and just added to their popularity.

“Open Arms” is one of Journey’s most recognizable songs, however. It never reached #1 which I was shocked when I looked it up, because it was #1 in my heart. The week of February 27, 1982, it reached #2, jumping 2 spots from #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 where it stayed for 6 weeks, never reaching #1. “Centerfold” by The J. Geils Band & “I Love Rock n’ Roll” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts kept it from the #1 spot. Click on the Billboard link to see all the songs from that week in 1982.

Journey was my favorite rock band in high school and “Open Arms” got me through a troubled time of abuse at the hand of my step-dad. Afterall, it was my formidable years and I had mental & physical scars! I listened to all types of music, fantasizing for a different life than the one that I was living.

In July, 2017, I was minding my own business at work when an “Evil Eye” popped up on my monitor. Evil Eye is the way our company communicates on a grand scale to get a message to the entire company in real time. This Evil Eye was not like any others before it, nor those that appear on the norm. It stated that there were 4 tickets available for the Journey concert in 2 days. “First 2 people see me in production if you want to go”. This was from the President of the company. OMG! I’m going to see Journey. I didn’t buy tickets because they were $350 each. Now, I’m going & for FREE!

I shot out of my chair and ran to production. I got there at the same time another employee got there. Her name is Dottie and that is her & her husband in the photo below with me & Frank.

Journey concert 2017 - Daily's Place Amphitheatre in Jacksonville, Florida
Journey concert at Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, FL – 2017

I was so emotional that night. When the lights shut off, the darkness fell over Daily’s Place Amphitheatre, the waterworks began. Tears flowed freely down my face. All the emotion pent up since the 80’s came out of me. The excitement was real! Bucket List – CHECK! Pathetic really! None-the-less, it was the best time ever. To share it with my husband & 2 good friends, it was unforgettable. The video below was taken from my phone. Sorry for the late start, but I was Living in the Moment. I was shaky until I got my emotions in check. I could have easily been a girl in 1957 when Elvis came out on stage. That must have been how those girls felt.

Journey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the class of 2017 (same year as the concert, definitely fate). Inductees included lead singer Steve Perry, guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardists Jonathan Cain and Gregg Rolie, bassist Ross Valory and drummers Aynsley Dunbar and Steve Smith. Steve Perry and Neal Schon left the band in 1987 to pursue solo careers. After years of reforming the band and many trial runs, the band hired YouTuber and Filipino singer Arnel Pineda from the cover band “The Zoo”. Arnel became Journey’s new frontman in 2007 and is seen belting out “Open Arms” in the video above in 2017.

Open Arms

Lying beside you
Here in the dark
Feeling your heartbeat with mine
Softly you whisper
You're so sincere
How could our love be so blind
We sailed on together
We drifted apart
And here you are
By my side

So now I come to you
With open arms
Nothing to hide
Believe what I say
So here I am
With open arms
Hoping you'll see
What your love means to me
Open arms

Living without you
Living alone
This empty house seems so cold
Wanting to hold you
Wanting you near
How much I wanted you home

But now that you've come back
Turned night into day
I need you to stay

So now I come to you
With open arms
Nothing to hide
Believe what I say
So here I am
With open arms
Hoping you'll see
What your love means to me
Open arms

"Don't Close Your Eyes" by Keith Whitley – SLS

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with songs pertaining to Chin/Ears/Eyes/Face/Mouth/Nose .

There were so many songs to choose from this week. Mostly about eyes & lips. After turning down “Behind Blue Eyes” by The Who, which I figured someone else would do today, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” by Willie Nelson and “Cotton-Eyed Joe”, I chose a song close to my heart.

“Don’t Close Your Eyes” was written by Bob McDill & recorded by American music artist Keith Whitley. “Don’t Close Your Eyes” was the song that put Whitley on the map & was a huge commercial success. Whitley was an up & coming country music star. This song was recorded in 1987 and released in March 1988. It was Whitley’s 3rd single released from his album of the same name. The week of August 13th, “Don’t Close Your Eyes” reached #1 in America and peaked at #2 in Canada. It was Billboard’s #1 country single of the year in 1988. The song has been covered by Country Music greats such as Alan Jackson for Keith Whitley’s 1995 tribute album and Garth Brooks performed this song at the 50th CMA Awards while Whitley’s widow, country music star, Lorrie Morgan was in the audience.

Keith Whitley only recorded 2 albums before his untimely death on May 9, 1989 at the age of 33. Regardless of this tragedy, he had 12 singles chart on the Billboard country music charts and an additional 7 more after his death from alcoholism. He and Lorrie Morgan had been married for 3 short years at the time. Every country fan in America was heartbroken & I remember feeling the same sadness when I heard the news as when I learned of the death of Elvis. My heart sank into my belly & the tears flowed effortlessly. “Don’t Close Your Eyes” has a deep connection to my past that I don’t want to share here. Suffice it to say, it was a crushing heartbreak that took me many years to get over. The lyrics will tell you all you want to know.

I know you loved him, a long time ago
Even now in my arms, you still want him I know
But darling this time, your memories die
When you hold me tonight, don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes, let it be me
Don't pretend it's him, in some fantasy
Darling just once, let yesterday go
And you'll find more love than you'll ever know
Just hold me tight, when you love me tonight
And don't close your eyes
Maybe I've, been a fool, holding on all this time
Lying here in your arms, knowing he's in your mind
But I keep hoping someday, that you'll see the light
Let it be tonight and don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes, let it be me
Don't pretend it's him, in some fantasy
Darling just once, let yesterday go
And you'll find more love than you'll ever know
Just hold me tight, when you love me tonight
And don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes, let it be me
Don't pretend it's him, in some fantasy
Darling just once, let yesterday go
And you'll find more love than you'll ever know
Just hold me tight, when you love me tonight
And don't close your eyes
Just hold me tight, when you love me tonight,
And don't close your eyes
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Bob McDill
Don't Close Your Eyes lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

“The Thanksgiving Song” by Adam Sandler

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with songs pertaining to Bounty/Dessert/Eat/Feast/Food/Hungry/Turkey.

On November 21, 1992, Kevin Nealon played the news anchor for Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live (SNL). The segment was meant to be the beginning of SNL cast members to write & perform a song each Thanksgiving holiday, however, the next year Adam Sandler performed a different version of the song in a Bruce Springsteen style with the help of Nealon. On July 25, 1993, Sandler performed this song at The Strand in Redondo Beach, California. This performance was recorded & was featured on Sandler’s debut album “They’re All Gonna Laugh At You”. Sandler has gone on to have a huge career in film & his comedic following isn’t too shabby either. Both versions revolve around nothing but TURKEY! Happy Thanksgiving all!

"They wanna hear the thanksgiving song! All right.."
"This is uhh, This is the Thanksgiving Song"
"I hope you enjoy it."

[Starts playing]
Love to eat turkey
Love to eat turkey

[Shout from Crowd:] "I love you Adam!"
[Adam Sandler:] "Ohhh, I love you!"
Love to eat turkey
'Cause it's good
Love to eat turkey
Like a good boy should
'Cause it's turkey to eat
So good

[Adam Sandler:] "That clappin's messing my head up man. I appreciate it.
But I was trying to think of the next line and all I hear is clapping.
Here we go... Thanks anyways"

Turkey for me
Turkey for you
Let's eat the turkey
In my big brown shoe
Love to eat the turkey
At the table
I once saw a movie
With Betty Grable
Eat that turkey
All night long
Fifty million Elvis fans
Can't be wrong
Turkey lurkey dee and
Turkey lurkey dap
I eat that turkey
Then I take a nap

Thanksgiving is a special night
Jimmy Walker used to say Dynomite
That's right
Turkey with gravy and cranberry
Can't believe the Mets traded Darryl Strawberry
Turkey for you and
Turkey for me
Can't believe Tyson
Gave that girl V.D.

White meat, dark meat
You just can't lose
I fell off my moped
And I got a bruise
Turkey in the oven
And the buns in the toaster
I'll never take down
My Cheryl Tiegs poster
Wrap the turkey up
In aluminum foil
My brother likes to masturbate
With baby oil
Turkey and sweet potato pie
Sammy Davis Jr.
Only had one eye

Turkey for the girls and
Turkey for the boys
My favorite kind of pants
Are corduroys
Gobble gobble gee and
Gobble gobble gickel
I wish turkey
Only cost a nickel
Oh I love turkey on Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
Song Writers: Adam Sandler, Ian Maxtone-Graham & Robert Smigel

Living in the Moment – Day 2 – Lamar Valley – Slough Creek

Lamar Valley - Slough Creek - Yellowstone National Park

As we continued on our journey through Yellowstone National Park on Day 2 of our trip, it was early afternoon and we were starving. We had planned to stop earlier but, with so much to see and the bison traffic jam we encountered, we were behind schedule. If you missed any of our “Living in the Moment” posts, check them out here: Just After Take Off, Day 1, Day 2 Mammoth Hot Spring, Day 2 Traffic Jam, Day 2 Undine Falls and Lava Creek.

Finding good food and a great place to eat is a real challenge in most National Parks. Yellowstone is no exception. The park is huge and the number of places available for food are small. In addition, the menu options are limited. The solution sounds like a pain in the rear end but it’s not. All it takes is a little planning, a couple of stops for supplies after picking up the rental vehicle and you’re set for the entire vacation. More on that in a later post.

It was sunny and the temperature was in the 60’s with the wind blowing 5-10 mph and gusts up to 15 mph. In other words, the weather was perfect for a picnic. It was close to 2 pm and we hadn’t eaten since 8 am that morning. Now the challenge was finding the perfect spot. The search continued for such a place where we could get some shelter from the wind to be able to use our MSR Pocket Rocket. It’s an awesome little stove, that when compacted, fits in the palm of your hand. We stopped at every turnout but nothing was just right. At one of the turnouts we saw this beautiful Pronghorn Antelope. Hunger pangs aside, we had to stop and get some photos since he posed up for us.

Pronghorn Antelope taken in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park.

Finally, we came to an intersection with a dirt gravel road that said Slough Creek Campground, BINGO. Driving down the campground road, we found a perfect spot with a view above Slough Creek.

Entrance to Slough Creek from the NE Entrance Road in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park.

We pulled over, adjusted the van so that we blocked the wind on the passenger’s side and set up to cook lunch. The view of the valley and creek were absolutely beautiful. This was our spot!

We unloaded the van with the gear & food that was going to be prepared. Grilled cheese, fresh corn on the cob and an apple was on the menu. Frank began preparing the stove while I prepped the food. This menu would have tasted great at home but, food tastes so much better outside where you’re surrounded by mountains, a lake, the ocean or any place that makes you forget about all the troubles of the world. We took our time and savored every bite, view and moment. Our first lunch in Yellowstone National Park couldn’t have been more magical!

Temporary Mini-Camp Site
Slough Creek – Lamar Valley

More to come next stop Trout Lake! We are still on Day 2! What???

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Starting with Letters K or L

Lighthouse – St. Augustine, FL

At the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse, St. Augustine, FL
Me with my Nikon taking photos overlooking the salt-marsh.

Lamar Valley – Yellowstone National Park

Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

Lights near the ceiling of the Yellowstone Inn – Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Inn log pylon with lights near the ceiling.

Limpkin, Lettuce Lake Park, Tampa, FL

Limpkin foraging for food in Lettuce Lake Park, Tampa, FL

“Don’t” & “Don’t be Cruel” by Elvis Presley

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with songs pertaining to Did/Didn’t/Do/Don’t/Does/Doesn’t . I’ve got a twofer for you today & I might not be the only one who does these songs.

I was not born when either of these songs came out, but I grew up to Elvis music, along with country music because my mom was a huge fan of both. I sometimes feel I was born and grew up in the wrong decade. While I love country music & usually present country music for Song Lyric Sunday, I simply couldn’t or is that I didn’t? Did you know that in Elvis’ early days, Elvis would change the lines of some of the songs written by others and was given co-writing credit for songs like “Don’t Be Cruel”.

“Don’t” was written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller. These two gentlemen wrote many hit songs for Elvis and other artist. Their resume is long.

“Don’t” was released in 1958 and became Elvis’ eleventh hit & was ranked #3 on the Billboard charts for 1958. It also reached #4 on the R&B charts. “Don’t” was used in the movie “Dave” starring Kevin Kline as he played the President of the United States and had a heart attack while making love to his mistress inside the White House.

Don't
Don't, don't, that's what you say
Each time that I hold you this way
When I feel like this and I want to kiss you
Baby, don't say don't
Don't, don't leave my embrace
For here in my arms is your place
When the night grows cold and I want to hold you
Baby, don't say don't
If you think that this is just a game
I'm playing
If you think that I don't mean
Every word I'm saying
Don't, don't, don't, don't
Don't feel that way
I'm your love and yours I will stay
This you can believe
I will never leave you
Heaven knows I won't
Baby, don't say don't
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller
Dont lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing, Songtrust Ave

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“Don’t be Cruel” was written by Otis Blackwell and recorded by Elvis Presley in 1956. It was released on July 13, 1956 as a single backed with “Hound Dog” and became #1 on the Pop, Country & R&B charts. After a few weeks, “Hound Dog” overtook “Don’t be Cruel” (ironic), had gotten to #2 on the Pop Charts and hit sales of over one million. Between the A & B sides of this 45, they were in the #1 slot on the Pop charts for 11 weeks. In 1961, “Don’t Be Cruel” became Presley’s biggest selling single recorded in 1956 with over 6 million records sold. “Don’t Be Cruel” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002.

Don't Be Cruel
You know I can be found,
sitting home all alone,
If you can't come around,
at least please telephone.
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true.
Baby, if I made you mad
for something I might have said,
Please, let's forget the past,
the future looks bright ahead,
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true.
I don't want no other love,
Baby it's just you I'm thinking of.
Don't stop thinking of me,
don't make me feel this way,
Come on over here and love me,
you know what I want you to say.
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true.
Why should we be apart?
I really love you baby, cross my heart.
Let's walk up to the preacher
and let us say I do,
Then you'll know you'll have me,
and I'll know that I'll have you,
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true.
I don't want no other love,
Baby it's just you I'm thinking of.
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true.
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true.
I don't want no other love,
Baby it's just you I'm thinking of

Written by Otis Blackwell

Living in the Moment – Day 2 – Undine Falls and Lava Creek

Undine Falls in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

When and where to stop in Yellowstone National Park is a challenge to everyone who visits the park. We suggest taking advantage of the many natural wonders close to the highway as you’re traveling between major destinations. It breaks up the drive, gets you out of the car, doesn’t take up too much time, let’s you see some amazing natural wonders and makes you feel like you’ve seen a lot more of the park. Undine Falls, pronounced (Un-deen) and Lava Creek are two of those places.

Undine Falls is a beautiful 3 tiered fall that drops 60 feet into a stark canyon and is just off the highway. Heading east on the Grand Loop Road outside of Mammoth Hot Springs, it’s a convenient stop for anyone heading towards the Lamar Valley or Tower Junction. The photo and video above were taken on Day 2 of our vacation in September. There was plenty of water flowing and the site and sounds were mesmerizing. There is a 1.8 mile trail system that is visited by hikers, birders, fishermen and nature lovers of all skill levels. Undine Falls is just one of many beautiful waterfalls in Yellowstone.

Selfie taken in front of Undine Falls in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

As you continue travelling East towards Lamar Valley, there is another stop that is a must and right down from the falls. Lava Creek is a small stream of water that flows under the highway. There are picnic tables and a nice shaded area where serenity can be found right off the road. The stream is crystal clear and when you sit on the creek bed, close your eyes and listen to the movement of the water, you can find a peace that exists in your mind’s eye. The below images will give you an idea of what to expect. Watch the video at the bottom & you can listen for yourself. Close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting on a fallen tree next to the rock bed. May this give you some inner peace to start your day.

Lava Creek

If you missed the first Living in the Moment Series, check them out here: Just After Take Off, Day 1, Day 2 Mammoth Hot Spring, Day 2 Traffic Jam. More to come!

“If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me) by the Bellamy Brothers

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with songs pertaining to Could/Might/Should/Would. We’re getting our grammar on, y’all!

David & Howard Bellamy, The Bellamy Brothers are an American Pop & Country Music Duo who hav entertained audiences all over the world for the past 40 years. They have released multiple albums in 17 countries.

The Bellamy Brothers are from Darby, Florida in Pasco County. They had their first musical gig in 1968 at a benefit concert in San Antonio, Florida at the Rattlesnake Roundup with their father who played country music around the house. Fraternity parties at the University of Florida became their first paid gigs. To hear their story, you may be interested in their book “Let Their Love Flow – The Live and Times of the Bellamy Brothers”.

“If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me” was released in March 1979 and was the second single on the album “The Two and Only”. The song was written by David Bellamy and became The Bellamy Brothers first number 1 hit on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Singles chart and their second number one overall, after their 1976 pop hit “Let Your Love Flow” which is a great song in its own right.

On the original single, the song showed the word “Have” in the title, however on subsequent releases, the title was listed with “Had”. The change came from a Groucho Marx line that he would sometimes use while interviewing attractive female contestants on his television program “You Bet Your Life” where Marx would say to them “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body”, then shake his cigar & raise his eyebrows to elicit a reaction. Of course today, the show would be cancelled and Marx would be sued for sexual harassment.

In an issue in 2003, Country Weekly magazine named “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me” the number 1 country pick-up line of all time. Took them long enough to decided that. It was the #1 pick up line in the 80’s when I was a teenager moving into adulthood. I know, I lived it!

David Bellamy on left, Howard Bellamy on the right
If I said you had a beautiful body
Would you hold it against me
If I swore you were an angel,
Would you treat me like the devil tonight
If I were dying of thirst
Would your flowing love come quench me
If I said you had a beautiful body
Would you hold it against me
Now we can talk all night about the weather
Tell you 'bout my friends out on the coast
I could ask a lot of crazy questions
Or I could ask what I really want to know
If I said you had a beautiful body
Would you hold it against me
If I swore you were an angel,
Would you treat me like the devil tonight
If I were dying of thirst
Would your flowing love come quench me
If I said you had a beautiful body
Would you hold it against me
The rain can fall so soft against the window
The sun can shine so bright up in the sky
But daddy always told me, "Don't make small talk"
He said, "Come on out and say what's on your mind"
So if I said you had a beautiful body
Would you hold it against me
If I swore you were an angel,
Would you treat me like the devil tonight
If I were dying of thirst
Would your flowing love come quench me
If I said you had a beautiful body
Would you hold it against me
If I said you had a beautiful body
Would you hold it against me
If I swore you were an angel,
Would you treat me like the devil tonight
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: David Bellamy
If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me) lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Halloween – A Neighborhood Haunting

Lighted Halloween display - 2019

All of the holidays are special times for us and Halloween is no exception. Anytime we can access our inner child, we jump at the chance. Frank & I worked hard on the house decor the weekend before Halloween, however a torrential storm came in on Monday & took out most of what we had done. With a rainy forecast for the week, we didn’t want to do more and have to redo & redo & redo. So we picked up the rest and waited for All Hallows Eve to finish decorating. On Halloween, Frank worked all day on the display, while I worked until 4pm. The majority of this was done the last 2 hours before the first victims arrived.

Our neighbor, 2 doors down has had the best free Halloween display in all of Jacksonville for the past 10 years. He sold his house this year & moved out of town. We usually had between 200-300 kids who trick-or-treat in our neighborhood because our neighbor would blast our haunted houses on social media, Halloween forums and run ads on Craigslist. We missed him this year and so did the rest of the neighbors and hordes of trick or treaters.

All that being said, we had an awesome Halloween. We had visits from Godzilla, T-Rex, Men in Black, Wonder Woman, The Frozen Cast, Batman, Lady Bug, Minnie Mouse, Dorothy, Spiderman & many ghouls & zombies. Total, we had 190 trick-or-treaters from age 1-18 years old. If you count the parents, we were well over 250 visitors. Many of whom mentioned how much they enjoyed and appreciated how we decorated for the occasion.

We love the decorating & the occasional spook. A few years ago, my hubby put on this mask that was really scary with a lot of scarring. This little blond headed girl, about 3 or 4 years old, came up to him and said, “what happened to your face?”, in this really sweet voice. He told her he had an “owie”. She looked up at him and said, “can I give you a hug?”. It was by far one of the sweetest moments ever! He gave her a big hug & she went on her candy collecting way.

Skeleton family photo booth lit up by rotating orange lights.

Every year we set up our version of a “Halloween family” photo booth for the parents & kids to take selfies. It’s always quite popular. This isn’t just about getting candy! It’s about sharing a night that kids look forward to every year. If the decor is not enough, I lure them into my spider web with lots of good candy. Left overs, come to me in the end.

The bone collector with his skeleton staff & bone cart.
The Bone Collector roaming the streets of the neighborhood. (Yes, this is my hubby)
Wednesday Addams in her 50's.

2019 – Wednesday Addams – I stayed in character the entire day at work, but because of the heat, I was down to my skeleton t-shirt & shorts for the evening trick-or-treaters. It was still 80 F (26.66 C) at 8pm.

If you didn’t read “Why I Love Halloween” & see the past 5 year preview of my quirky costumes, you can check it out here.

Nov. 3 – BOTD – Red-Headed Woodpecker

Red-Headed Woodpecker climbing an oak tree in Jacksonville, Florida

Here is my entry for Granny Shot It’s  Bird of the Day (BOTD) challenge.

The Red-Headed Woodpecker is a 7.5″-9″ species of woodpecker that lives & breeds mainly in most of the eastern & northern United States. They have been known to migrate to Texas & Louisiana during the winter months in loose flocks. They often move during the daytime in the fall & the night time in the spring. The migration is dependent on how well the acorn & beech nut crops are. They breed in woodlands of oak & beech trees where trees are dead or dying. They will often use snags that have lost most of its bark to deter snakes. Dying trees provide plenty of insects and the capability to build a cavity for a nest. The male builds a nest from an existing hole of his choosing. The female may tap around it when she approves of his handy work. They have also been known to build nests in utility poles. Unlike many other woodpeckers, the Red-Headed Woodpecker often uses the same nest cavity for several years before moving on to the next. They will have 1-2 broods a year and the female will lay 3-10 eggs that are 1″ (2.5 cm) long x .8″ (1.9 cm) wide. The eggs are pure white and hatch between day 12-14. The new chicks will fledge after about a month.

From 1966-2014, there was more than a 2% decline per year and a cumulative decline of 70% in the span of those 48 years. The population is making a slow progression back & was rated as “least concern” in 2018…downlisted from “near threatened” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List. The decline was mostly due to the destruction of habitat and conservationists have had a loud voice in the past decade. Predators of all sizes & shapes don’t help the baby boom either.

We had a Red-Headed Woodpecker living in a tree at the end of our street for 3 years. Hurricane Matthew took down the tree as it was on its way to being dead. We haven’t seen the woodpecker since. It was too bad. We got used to seeing him return year after year. He was a male breeding just like the photo above. The image above was taken about 4 miles from here in a neighborhood community park.

If you haven’t seen this bird, I hope you do someday. The male in breeding colors is one of the most distinct birds you will ever see. Happy Birding!

“Sideways” by Dierks Bentley

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with songs pertaining to Around/Down/Sideways/Up.

Sticking to my roots & the country theme, I chose “Sideways” by Dierks Bentley. Bentley co-wrote this song with Jim Beavers. “Sideways” was released on March 2, 2009 and was the second single on Bentley’s fourth album “Feel the Fire”. It was Bentley’s twelfth single of his career which began in 2003 when he signed with Capitol Nashville. “Sideways” was Bentley’s seventh #1 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country charts the week of July 11, 2009. “Sideways” is one of many Bentley songs that revolves around a rowdy party, pretty girls and rednecks. The video premise is a man wanting to get a girl’s phone number while in a bar and not being able to hear her. He sings to her saying he wants to “get a little sideways”.

THE ULTIMATE PICKUP LINE SONG.

Hey girl, what's your name?
It's so loud in here I can't hear a thing,
But I sure do like your style,
And I can see you came to rock
In your blue jeans and white tank top,
Man that look drives me wild.
And it's hey now here we go.
DJ don't you play nothing slow
Keep those girls out on the floor
Gotta make them want to come back for more.
Been here since the sun went down,
Be here when it comes back around
Worked all week it's time to play
Gonna get a little bit sideways
Sideways.
Ain't no need to fight
Y'all take that redneck stuff outside
That's what parking lots are for.
Once you're out you ain't coming back
Them velvet ropes ain't got no slack
Man they're busting down the door!
And it's hey now here we go.
DJ don't you play nothing slow
Keep those girls out on the floor
Gotta make them want to come back for more.
Been here since the sun went down,
Be here when it comes back around
Worked all week it's time to play
Gonna get a little bit sideways
Sideways.
That's right
Hey now here we go
(hey now here we go)
DJ don't you play nothing slow
Gotta make 'em wanna (what?) gotta make 'em wanna (what?)
Gotta make 'em wanna come back for more.
It's hey now here we go.
DJ don't you play nothing slow
Keep those girls out on the floor
Gotta make them want to come back for more.
Been here since the sun went down,
Be here when it comes back around
Worked all week it's time to play
Gonna get a little bit sideways
Sideways. Sideways. Sideways.
Hey girl what's your name?
It's so loud in here I can't hear a thing
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Dierks Bentley / James Beavers
Sideways lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

Why I Love Halloween

My 2 favorite holidays are Halloween & Christmas. I love Halloween because for one day out of the year, I get to be something I’m not. The year that Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows book came out, I was Harry Potter. Pulled it off too. I’m only 5′ 1″ so when I used to trick-or-treat with my kids, I was literally going up and getting my own candy. I went through the trouble of putting together my own costume plus 3 kids, I was going to get something for it. Unfortunately, I can’t find the photos from the year I was Harry Potter. All the photos below were costumes that I wore to work the past 5 years.

2014 – Grumpy Killer Granny

2015 – Oompa Loompa from the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

2016 – Groovy Hippie from the 60’s – The jeans were my hubby’s jeans that he once wore back in the day. He’s 10 years older than me.

2017 – Hula Hoop Girl from the 50’s – Photographed with my friend Amber. Neither of us knew we were dressing from the same decade. Note: My hula hoops in the background!

2018 – Deadly Bride – Groom slit my throat, drove a nail into my ring finger & left me at the altar.

I won best overall at work last year for this one.

2019 – You will have to wait until Friday to see what I become this Halloween! I have co-workers who follow my blog & it’s a secret.

Oct. 27 – “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” – Tracy Lawrence

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with songs pertaining to Lost/Found/Hide/Seek. I spun mine off the word “Found”.

Tracy Lawrence hit the country music scene in 1991 when his debut album, Sticks and Stones was released. Tracy went on to have hit after hit for the next 5 years. I will save those for another day. He was born in Atlanta, Texas and grew up in Foreman, Arkansas. Tracy began performing at age 15 and moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1990 with only a few dollars in his pocket & a vehicle that barely made it there.

I was an instant fan & joined his fan club which I remained in for many years. Tracy’s fan club was the only fan club I have ever joined. I have attended 6 of Tracy’s concerts over the years and was able to be backstage at a concert in 2003 at the Entertainment Center located on the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida. It was a 3 for 1 that night because Joe Diffie & Mark Chesnutt performed as well. After 5 other concerts, I was finally able to meet the man that I had followed since he began his career. It was a thrill! After the meet & greet, it was time for the concert and Tracy came out on stage with a #47 (John Lynch) Tampa Bay Buccaneers football jersey. The “Bucs” had just won the Superbowl XXXVII the week before. I was stoked! Below is my mint condition Superbowl winning John Lynch Bobblehead. I took it out of the box to share with you. Maybe in 200 years, it will be worth more than the $40 it goes for on Amazon right now. I only paid $10 in 2003, so it has already gone up in value.

“Find Out Who Your Friends Are” was written by Casey Beathard & Ed Hill. It was the lead-off single on Tracy’s “For the Love” album released in 2007 on Tracy’s own label Rocky Comfort Records and Lawrence Music Group. This song was released as a single on August 21, 2006 and debuted on the Hot Country Music Songs chart on September 19, 2006. It made it to the top 40 on January 13, 2007, but fell out a week later. After the album release on January 30, 2007, it went to number one on both the Billboard & Mediabase country charts. Once it reached #1 in June 2007, it set a new record for the slowest-climbing #1 single in the history of the Billboard Country Music Chart and the second-slowest song to climb the Billboard singles chart. “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” was Tracy’s first Billboard #1 since 1996. It put him back in the spotlight.

On the “For the Love” album, Tracy featured two versions of “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”. One was sung by Tracy himself and the other was a remix version featuring country music artists Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. Both of whom are Tracy’s friends. The remix ran into some legal trouble the week before the single reached #1. A cease and desist order was issued on behalf of Sony BMG (the parent company of BNA Records) which was the label Kenny Chesney was signed to at the time. This order was presented to several radio stations that were monitored by Billboard. The order stated that Sony BMG did not grant Rocky Comfort Records the “singles” rights with respect to the album version of the song & had not authorized radio stations to play this particular recording. Well, the radio stations continued to play the remix version of the song regardless of the demands from Sony BMG. The fans loved the remix! Only 1 day after the release of the order, Sony BMG issued a formal apology to the radio stations who received the cease and desist letter.

The tale to this song is about finding oneself in different situations and needing help when in trouble. Who are your true friends that are willing to show up and help you in your time of need without asking for anything in return? The song is very relatable to real life.

The music video which debuted on CMT on August 16, 2007 features appearances by George Jones and Darryl Worley. Larry the Cable Guy makes a cameo appearance as well.

Find Out Who Your Friends Are
Run your car off the side of the road
Get stuck in a ditch way out in the middle of nowhere
Get yourself in a bind, lose the shirt off your back
Need a floor, need a couch, need a bus fare
This is where the rubber meets the road
This is where the cream is gonna rise
This is what you really didn't know
This is where the truth don't lie
You find out who your friends are
Somebody's gonna drop everything
Run out and crank up their car
Hit the gas get their fast
Never stop to think 'what's in it for me?' or 'it's way too far.'
They just show on up with their big old heart
You find out who you're friends are
Everybody wants to slap your back
Wants to shake your hand
When you're up on top of that mountain
But let one of those rocks give way then you slide back down look up
And see who's around then
This ain't where the road comes to an end
This ain't where the bandwagon stops
This is just one of those times when
A lot of folks jump off
You find out who your friends are
Somebody's gonna drop everything
Run out and crank up their car
Hit the gas get there fast
Never stop to think 'what's in it for me?' or 'it's way too far.'
They just show on up with that big old heart
You find out who you're friends are
When the water's high
When the weather's not so fair
When the well runs dry
Who's gonna be there?
You find out who your friends are
Somebody's gonna drop everything
Run out and crank up their car
Hit the gas get there fast
Never stop to think 'what's in it for me?' or 'it's way too far.'
They just show on up with their big old heart
You find out who you're friends are, you find out who you're friends are [Repeat first verse}
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Casey Beathard / Edward Monroe Hill
Find Out Who Your Friends Are lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management

Oct. 23 – Are You Square? Lines & Square Challenge – Wedding Lights

Thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge.

For Life of B’s October “Are You Square” Challenge

We attended a beautiful wedding in Cedartown, Georgia at Hightower Falls. The setting was beautiful even with a tropical storm putting a damper on things. Inside the venue, I saw lines everywhere in the lights, the wall paneling, cedar planked ceiling and the blinds. Couldn’t help but take a few photos of the decor. The whole scene was made for this challenge.

Chandelier at Hightower Falls Wedding Barn.
White miniature lights hanging from drapes as decorations for a wedding.
White miniature lights hang in straight lines from drapes for a wedding.
Framed Window with Square panes against Cedar Panel Walls.

Oct 19 – BOTD – Great Horned Owl

Here is my entry for Granny Shot It’s  Bird of the Day (BOTD) challenge.

The Great Horned Owl is the most common owl throughout the Americas and adapt well to many environments. They can be seen from the Arctic to South America. They are recognizable by their tufted ears resembling horns, almost cat-like. They vary in size from 18″-24″ (46-63cm) tall. The Great Horned Owl can be found in wooded areas & parks with heavy canopy & large trees. They help keep the rat population down, but they will eat mammals, fish, reptiles and other birds as well.

This mama had 2 chicks. The second one wouldn’t come out long enough for us to get a photo. Papa Owl was just above sitting on a branch with eyes wide open. This was taken at Fort Matanzas National Park just outside the visitor’s office in February, 2010. The tree no longer exists due to hurricane damage.

Oct. 20 – Are You Square? Lines & Square Challenge – Yellowstone Inn

Thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge.

For Life of B’s October “Are You Square” Challenge

Inside of the historic Yellowstone Inn.

The Yellowstone Inn is the oldest hotel in all the National Parks. The entrance to this historic building is breathtaking & full of #linesandsquares. This is one view of each story formulated in a way that is viewed at the ground level in a square. From the logs to the chandelier and candles, there are lines everywhere.

Oct. 19 – Are You Square? Lines & Square Challenge – Downtown, Jacksonville, FL

Thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge.

For Life of B’s October “Are You Square” Challenge

Jacksonville, Florida has a unique skyline which I don’t have a photo of. Shame on me! Pictured above is The Bank of America Tower formerly known as the Barnett Center and was built in the 1990’s and is the tallest building in Jacksonville standing at 617 feet/188 meters with 42 floors. This tower is the 17th tallest in the state of Florida as of the time of this blog.

Side view of the Wells Fargo Building, Downtown Jacksonville, FL
Side view of the Wells Fargo Building, Downtown, Jacksonville, FL

The Wells Fargo Center, formerly known as the Independent Life Building and the Modis Building was the tallest building in Jacksonville from 1974 to 1990 before the Barnett Center was completed. From 1975-1981, this building was the tallest building in Florida when the One Tampa City Center was built. The One Tampa City Center lost that title many years ago.

Flags at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce with the Wells Fargo Building in the background.
Flags in front of the Jax Chamber of Commerce with the
Wells Fargo Building in the background.

This image was taken while I was sitting at a red light on my way to work. It is the bottom portion of my Wells Fargo Building above. I didn’t even notice the flag poles standing in a line with the palm trees until I was ready to crop. A simple bi-product of taking what I saw versus what was there all along. Love #linesandsquares!

FOTD – Desert Cacti Flower- Haiku

Cee’s FOTD Challenge

Desert Cacti Flower taken at Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada
Desert Flower
I'm prickly and green
Thirst is not my companion
Blooming purple buds.
Cactus Flowering at Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas Nevada

Oct. 18 – Are You Square? Lines & Square Challenge – Office Items

Thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge.

For Life of B’s October “Are You Square” Challenge

Sitting in my office, I got to thinking about this challenge & started looking around. Isn’t this one of the things about the challenges on WordPress is to get our brains to think outside the box? Well, my eyes opened up to the normal things around me & I realized just how many lines & square were just in my personal space. I’m employed as a graphic artist & Customer Service Supervisor by day, photographer & writer by….whenever I get free time. The things here were taken in my office during my lunch break. Not my normal nature stuff, but part of my daily life.

Pantone Color Chart
Pantone Color Chart on my wall.
Computer keyboard
We all have at least one of these. Typing on it right now, but at home.
Custom Form with grids on the bottom
Grid paper that I had to custom design a form for a client.
Lunchbox with lined pattern
My lunch box. Never noticed the lines before.
Pantone color swatch book
My pantone color swatch book. It’s been used & abused over the years.
Lined notebook
Small lined notebook that has Promo180 on the cover.
We used it as a promotional item at a trade show.

Oct. 17 – Are You Square? Lines & Square Challenge – Lighthouses

Thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge.

For Life of B’s October “Are You Square” Challenge

I collected lighthouses for many years and have quite a few novelty items and some collectables. I downsized a couple of years ago by selling off about 1/2 of my stock. I kept a few of them and have them scattered throughout my house. I thought I would share some photos of a few of them that reminded me that lines are everywhere even on a cylinder shaped object. Hope you enjoy an open-mind interpretation of Lines and Squares.

The image (top) is my lighthouse made from wine corks. This hangs in my guest bathroom. It was made by a local craftsman.

Novelty lighthouse made of wood & has drawers.
These lines are not so straight, but it’s cool. They are drawers.
Painted lighthouse
Part of painted art on a screen. No, I didn’t paint this.
Framed print of St. Augustine Lighthouse, Florida
Print of St. Augustine Lighthouse, St. Augustine, FL
Framed sepia print of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina
Sepia tone print of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, NC. The original lighthouse.
Printed lighthouse quilt.
Prints on a quilt my friend made me years ago. Not part of the downsize!

Oct 16 – BOTD – Northern Flicker

Norther Flicker perched on a tree limb in Bozeman, Montana.
Northern Flicker – click the different links – they go to different pages.

Here is my entry for Granny Shot It’s  Bird of the Day (BOTD) challenge.

This was day 9 of our vacation and it was our birding day. We saw a lot of birds while on our trip to Yellowstone & Grand Tetons, but none of those days were dedicated to just hiking & birding. On this day, we saw several life birds (will be featured on other bird of the day posts). The Northern Flicker was not a life bird, but this is the best photo of one that we’ve ever gotten. This beautiful bird is part of the woodpecker family & is 11-12 inches in length (28-31 cm).

We were exploring and heading down one of the trails at Glen Lake Rotary Park in Bozeman, MT when we spotted an opening to a very green patch of grass. Turned out to be a public golf course. We walked around the edges where the woods and the pristine maintained lawn was as to not disturb the golfers. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday, so there were players scattered from the tee boxes to the greens & in between.

I circled around this pond observing 9 mallards. I wasn’t paying attention to anything else until I looked up. Frank & I saw this Northern Flicker up in the tree about the same time. This image is the result of Frank’s master photography. I can only take credit for spotting this magnificent species. The Northern Flicker is found in every state in the lower 48 states in the US, Alaska & Canada.

Oct. 16 – Are You Square? Lines & Square Challenge – Waves

Thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge.

For Life of B’s October “Are You Square” Challenge

Tide coming in with waves in a straight line one Little Talbot Island State Park, Florida.
Little Talbot Island, Atlantic Ocean waves

Oct. 15 – Are You Square? Lines & Square Challenge – Beach Sand

Thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge.

For Life of B’s October “Are You Square” Challenge

Ripples in the Sand on the beach at Little Talbot Island.
Ripples in the sand as the tide goes out.
Veins left behind in the sand & shells after the ocean retreated during low tide.
Sand, shells and veins left in the sand by the power of the ocean at low tide.

Oct. 14 – Are You Square? Lines & Square Challenge – Palm Trees

Thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge.

For Life of B’s October “Are You Square” Challenge

Palm Trees damaged by beach erosion and salt water encroachment.
Beach erosion from several hurricanes
Close up of remnants of Palm Trees in a line after several major hurricanes.
Remnants of Palm Trees on Little Talbot Island, Florida

Standing in as straight of a line as they can before the next major storm takes them down.

FOTD – Pretty in Pink – Haiku

Cee’s FOTD Challenge

Pretty in Pink
Attracting insects
Pink buds pollinated bloom
Garden is beauty.

Oct 13 – BOTD – Great Blue Heron w/Wood stork

Great Blue Heron & Wood Stork fishing in shallow water at Lettuce Lake Park, Tampa, FL.

It’s been a while since I featured a bird of the day. Here is my entry for Granny Shot It’s  Bird of the Day (BOTD) challenge.

You are getting a two-fer today. In the foreground you are seeing the stealthy Great Blue Heron. In the background, you are observing the Wood Stork. Both are avid fisherman…fisherwomen…fisherbirds…well, that’s what they do for a living…they fish! 😉 This photo was taken at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, Florida.

I was inspired to feature the Wood Stork because of a fellow blogger, novelist & emmy award winning journalist da-AL. She posted an Australian White Ibis & I responded to her about how much it looks like the Wood Stork. She had never heard of the Wood Stork. Check out her blog by clicking on the link above.

Living in the Moment – Day 2 – Sept. 14, 2019 – Traffic Jam

We left Mammoth Hot Springs and headed into the heart of Yellowstone. If you missed that blog about the hot springs, click here and see my obsession with the cone.

Today we had planned to visit Lamar Valley, a must see for anyone visiting the park. One of the things to remember when visiting Yellowstone is that you are on the park’s schedule. This is truly a wild place and you have to adapt yourself to any and all things that occur in the natural world. That being said, we were hungry and anxious to get into the valley and cook a delicious lunch. Good thing we had some snacks to stave our hunger pangs.

We came through the park from the North Entrance outside of Garner, MT.

We’re heading down the road enjoying the beauty and wonder of this majestic park when all of a sudden the traffic stops. Traffic jams in a large city or even your small town can be a nuisance & cause stress & anxiety. Getting in a traffic jam in the middle of Yellowstone is quite something else. Granted, there were roads under construction in the park and we chose to avoid those areas. It’s a great idea to check with the Park Ranger when you enter the park to get the 411 on what’s going on with road crews. We had been stopped for several minutes and were very hungry at this point. We thought of every possible scenario as to why traffic was stopped when we started to move slowly forward. We were creeping, but we were not moving much. As the cars creeped around the corner on the downslope of a hill, traffic stopped again and we could finally see why.

Bison crossing the roadway in Yellowstone National Park
Just the beginning of the crossing.

What a site! This traffic jam wasn’t due to road repairs or an accident. Nope, this was the boss of the plains! BISON HAVE THE RIGHT-A-WAY! PERIOD! I was in Buffalo Heaven. Couldn’t believe it! Seeing bison and getting a nice shot of one (or a few) was on our bucket list for this park and this crossing gave us our first “up close and personal” look. And wow….what a look! These majestic animals grazed pass us less than 8 feet from where I sat in the minivan.

When travelling, often times, you will see a yellow diamond shaped sign that has an animal on it (Deer or Bison for example) with the large words “CROSSING” on them. You almost never see anything. Like, they are going to take that exact path at that moment like a traffic cop stopping you right then. Animals don’t work that way, but it is good to be aware so we don’t smash our car.

In Yellowstone, you always have to be aware of all wild creatures as they don’t follow the same traffic laws as us humans. Know the signs are everywhere, even when there isn’t a yellow diamond reminding you of such things. The bison just step out onto the road with their entire herd in tow. This wasn’t our only bison crossing while visiting the park on our 10 day vacation. It is quite common & thrilling each & every time. But your first time…..well, I’ll just leave it at that.

They strolled right next to me as I sat in the minivan with my window rolled down.
The lone straggler.
Bison moving off the roadway after 30 minute delay in Yellowstone National Park.
Took about 30 minutes for them to get passed our vehicle.

Best advise for visiting Yellowstone National Park is to have a loose schedule because there will be delays from time to time. Enjoy those remarkable moments that may have you running a little late. Even if you’re hungry and late for lunch. After all, you are on vacation, so soak it all in & enjoy what nature has to offer. Today was the perfect example that this amazing park belongs to the animals that live there and we were lucky to have them share it with us. Open your eyes and feel the magic in whatever it is you are doing!

“Pancho & Lefty” by Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with Drifter/Loner/Transient/Vagabond Songs. Pancho & Lefty was written by Townes Van Zandt who passed away at the early age of 52 in 1997 from cardiac arrythimia caused by years of health problems stemming from substance abuse. His story is interesting & you can read more by clicking the link. Van Zandt first recorded Pancho & Lefty in 1972 on his album “The Late Great Townes Van Zandt”. Ironic, don’t you think?!?

Townes Van Zandt, country music songwriter
Townes Van Zandt

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard took Pancho & Lefty to #1 on the Country charts in 1983. In the year that CMT was all videos…all the time. Watch carefully & you will see Van Zandt appear in the video.

The song & video portrays Pancho, a Mexican bandit & drifter who is betrayed by his partner Lefty. Lefty was paid off by the Mexican federales to kill him. Van Zandt never ruled out that this song was based on Pancho Villa, a well known Mexican revolutionary general who led a raid against a small US-Mexico border town in 1916, but met resistance by the US Government, causing Villa to flee from capture.

Pancho & Lefty
Willie Nelson
Living on the road my friend was gonna keep you free and clean
Now you wear your skin like iron and your breath's as hard as kerosene
You weren't your mama's only boy but her favorite one it seems
She began to cry when you said goodbye and sank into your dreams
Poncho was a bandit boy, his horse was fast as polished steel
He wore his gun outside his pants for all the honest world to feel
Poncho met his match you know on the deserts down in Mexico
Nobody heard his dyin' words ah but that's the way it goes
All the Federales say they could've had him any day
They only let him slip away out of kindness I suppose
Lefty he can't sing the blues all night long the way he used to
The dust that Poncho bit down south ended up in Lefty's mouth
Day they laid poor Poncho low Lefty split for Ohio
Where he got the bread to go there ain't nobody knows
All the Federales say they could've had him any day
They only let him slip away out of kindness I suppose
The poets tell how Poncho fell and Lefty's living in a cheap hotel
The desert's quiet and Cleveland's cold and so the story ends we're told
Poncho needs your prayers it's true but save a few for Lefty too
He only did what he had to do and now he's growing old
They only let him go so long out of kindness I suppose
A few great Federales say could've had him any day
They only let him go so long out of kindness I suppose

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: TOWNES VAN ZANDT
Pancho & Lefty lyrics © Katie Belle Music, Will Van Zandt Publishing, JTVZ MUSIC, KATIE BELL MUSIC, BUG MUSIC O/B/O KATIE BELLE MUSIC, WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING OBO WILL VAN ZANDT PUBLISHING, WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING OBO JTVZ MUSIC, BUG MUSIC O/B/O WILL VAN ZANDT PUBLISHING

SoCS – Ground Hog

Ground Hog in Bozeman, MT

Linda Hill has prompted us with the word “ground” this week. This post is part of SoCS: This ground hog messed with me for over 20 minutes. Playing peek-a-boo. I’d raise my camera & he would duck back into his hole. I’d lower my camera in disappointment. I finally got a decent one after all my patience (or lack there of). Photographed in Bozeman, MT on our last day of vacation.

Here are the rules if you would like to participate:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Living in the Moment – Day 2 – Sept. 14, 2019 – Mammoth Hot Springs

Elk cow & calf lounging on the grounds of the Albright Visitor Center in Mammoth Hot Springs.
The elk cow & calf were just chillin’ outside the visitor center.

On our first day visiting Yellowstone National Park, we entered from the North Entrance just outside Gardner, MT. One of the stops on our list of “must sees” was Mammoth Hot Springs. We stopped at the Albright Visitor Center upon arrival into the area. Great restrooms, but pretty much standing room only in the entire building. We didn’t stay to see all the history that this beautiful landmark had to offer. Next time, I would love to tour the historic Fort Yellowstone where the US Army kept order from poachers, offered medical care, fought fires & managed wildlife. Speaking of wildlife, there were at least 80 elk entwined between the buildings once known as the barracks. We were on a tight schedule and just wanted to be outside. Will have to save the history for another trip.

We drove over to the hot springs area where we found more people. Frank dropped me off to go find a parking space. I began to explore. I was in awe of the beauty. It’s easy to understand why so many of the geothermal sites in the park are so crowded. It’s not just the beauty, but the uniqueness and raw power that is so mesmerizing. The Liberty Cap was one of the features that caught my eye, standing 40 feet in height. Not sure why, but it had me frozen there for a while enthralled. How did it get there & how long had it been in that spot? Click on the link to find out a little history about this amazing limestone tower.

Liberty Cap - A dormant hot spring cone
Boardwalk leading to Palette Springs

I fought the crowds to get up to the end of this boardwalk (above) where the elk were lying on the warm ground in the sulfur ash and salt (below). It looks like they’re relaxing in the snow but they aren’t. Just another example of the diversity of this volcanic landscape. This area is known as Palette Springs.

Elk lying in the sun atop the sulfur ash left behind from the hot spring.

The sun was shining brightly and the temperature rose into the low 80’s. This was the warmest spot we explored in Yellowstone. It got so warm, the elk decided to take refuge behind Liberty Cap and the small amount of shade it provided. See the video below. They are so accustomed to people being in the area, they walk around as if they are oblivious to the interlopers all around them. In fact, the crowds bothered us more than they did these gentle animals. We found all of the geyser basins and geothermal areas in the park to be like going to an amusement park & fighting to get in line for a roller coaster.

Elk seeking refuge in the shade.
Lisa selfie with Liberty Cap

Apparently, I couldn’t get enough of the cone. I just had to take a selfie in honor of it. We walked around and took in some other views throughout the boardwalks on our way back to the van, intrigued to see the environment we’d only experienced in pictures and on TV. One of the aspects of Yellowstone that can’t be overstated is how much more impressive the park is in person. The beauty speaks for itself, but the power of all your senses come to life with all the sounds and smells. It’s a true primordial landscape everyone should experience at least once.

Elk cow lounging in the shade from the rising temperatures.

On our long walk back to our vehicle, we met up with this elk cow relaxing in the shade, happy to be out of the sun and to poise for a picture. Near the cow, we observed two American Robins & a Cedar Waxwing feeding on berries and traveling through the trees together. An appropriate end to our first hike in America’s first National Park. Next stop….the wilderness!

FOTD – Wildflower- Haiku

Purple Wildflower located in Targhee Mountains about 8,500 ft elevation.

Cee’s FOTD Challenge

Purple Mountain Wildflower

Wild in the mountains
Flourish with others like me
Admire my brilliance.

Living in the Moment – Day 1 – Sept. 13, 2019

Highway 90 heading east towards Livingston with the mountains in the background & a train coming around the bend.
Traveling from Bozeman to Emigrant, MT

Arriving in the town of Belgrade, Montana is like being in another world. Belgrade hosts the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. Compared to Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago & even Jacksonville, it is quaint with views of mountains in every direction. There are only 7 gates & 3 baggage claim check points. You can’t really get lost in it.

If you hadn’t read my first blog on the flight from Jacksonville, we were lucky enough to take this trip flying first class on American Airlines. What is great about flying first class is you are the first to board & the first to debark. We got our luggage, rental car (minivan) from Hertz & headed out on our adventure. The photo above made us smile and feel like we were in the west, with the train coming around the mountain (on the left) & perfect weather. Had me singing “She’ll be coming around the mountain when she comes”.

Paradise Gateway Bed & Breakfast Guest Cabin sign
Paradise Gateway Bed & Breakfast in Emigrant, MT

We had done some shopping in Bozeman and picked up supplies before heading to our first destination, Paradise Gateway in Emigrant, MT. This bed & breakfast is tucked away in the mountains & sits right on the Yellowstone River. We stayed in the Wildflower Room the first 3 nights in the main house & the tiny house the last night. The tiny house is located a few yards away from the main house overlooking the Yellowstone River. See the 3rd photo below. Pete & Carol Reed are exceptional hosts. Pete has an encyclopedic knowledge about the area including Yellowstone, and Carol makes a delicious breakfast.

Decorative Railroad Crossing sign in the gardens at Paradise Gateway Bed & Breakfast
Decorative RR Crossing sign with a birdhouse.
Mountains & foothills in Montana with bird feeders in the foreground
View of winding road at Paradise Gateway in the late afternoon.
Fire Pit with the tiny house in the background on the property of Paradise Gateway Bed & Breakfast in Emigrant, Montana
Fire pit at Paradise Gateway. Tiny house in the background.

Once we unloaded the necessary luggage into our room. We walked around the grounds of the bed & breakfast, taking in the majestic views surrounding us, excited about staying in such a beautiful place and anticipating what was to come. Daylight was dwindling and we were too excited to hang out at the B&B. We found Pete and asked him where he thought we should go to see something special before it got dark. He smiled, gave us detailed instructions and said with confidence “you should see some elk there”, pointing to a spot on a hand drawn map. We headed down the road to look for birds & elk.

Ferruginous Hawk with prey in its talons

Driving down the highway, I spotted a bird of prey flying over the roadway just ahead of us. When we pulled over, we saw there were two birds feigning, swooping and scoping out the alfalfa field below. They were hunting and flew in to roost in a large tree overlooking the field. These hawks were huge. Before getting a close look at them through the binoculars, we thought they might be Golden Eagles. They were Ferruginous Hawks, an adult and an older juvenile. Excellent, two birds we definitely wouldn’t see in FL. We think that it was a parent teaching the younger bird to hunt. We got a photo of the younger one (above) which had something in its talons. Way to go young one!

Brilliant sunset over the mountains in Montana.  Hues of pink, purple and blue lit up the sky
Perfect sunset!

Light was waning now and we had to find the elk to make the day complete. As we continued down our patch of the unknown, we found the elk in a field way in the distance from the highway. They were right where Pete said they would be. In the days that followed, whenever Pete told us where to find something specific, we could dang sure set our GPS to it.

On our first night, we counted 60 head of elk cows & calves just from what we could see with our binoculars. We could here the bull bugling to his cows, but we couldn’t see him. Then as the light was giving way to darkness…there he was…tucked up against the trees next to his harem. No photos this evening as the herd was too far away & the light was dimming quickly.

Frank & Lisa enjoying the sunset over the mountains near Emigrant, Montana

We drove a bit more and pulled off in a wilderness area along the Yellowstone River, where we would eventually launch our kayak a couple of days later. We watched our first Montana sunset as the temperature began to drop into the 50’s. That’s 50 F/10 C. It was quite invigorating since we had left Florida in the upper 90 F/32 C. Tired and happy, we headed back to Paradise Gateway excited about what tomorrow would bring.

Milestone – We thank you!

Yesterday, we hit 1000 likes! For part-timers, Frank & I were pretty stoked. Thank you to all who have supported our ramblings for the past few months! Look forward to seeing you soon! We love what you are doing!

Love to all!

Mountain Bluebird on Fence

Here is my entry for Granny Shot It’s  Bird of the Day (BOTD) challenge. Entry also for Becky’s Life Of B “Are You Square” October challenge Lines/Squares.

Mountain Bluebird sitting on the fence post off the Old Yellowstone Highway in Montana. It was really skittish & was lucky to get a shot at all. I found it interesting that the fences are made of round logs set in intersecting lines. So rugged looking!

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Sides of Things

Cee’s Black & White Challenge – Sides of Things

Shrimp Boat just offshore taken from Ft. Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach, FL
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
Great Blue Heron

Photo of the Day – 1.21.20 – Frost

The windshield from inside my car! This is Florida people!

Photo of the Day is hosted by Maria at citysonnet. The rules to play along and create your very own fun photo of the day are below.

Fun photo challenge

Daily inspiration
Create a post with picture of your interpretation of the prompt.
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Photo of the Day – 1.16.20 – Delicious

Turtle Sundae

I’m late to the party for January, but too many life things have kept me busy. Today’s fun photo of the day is Delicious. One of our favorite desserts is a Turtle. Not a little green slow moving turtle, but a vanilla custard with hot fudge, warm caramel, pecans, whipped cream and of course, a cherry on top. We will get Turtle Sundae after having pizza for lunch and this turtle from Freddy’s does the trick. Best part is, we take in our glass bowl, where they dish it out, saving the planet one disposable bowl at a time. In the photo above, the custard has already started to melt a bit from the hot fudge and caramel. YUMMY!

Photo of the Day is hosted by Maria at citysonnet. The rules to play along and create your very own fun photo of the day are below.

Fun photo challenge

Daily inspiration
Create a post with picture of your interpretation of the prompt.
Create a pingback (link to this post) or add a link in the comment section below.
Join us and post daily, weekly, whenever you like.
Visit some of the Photo a Day challenge posts shared by others.
Let’s see how creative you can be on this challenge.

Thanks for joining the fun! 🙂

The magic behind being a’TOTAL DREAMER’.

This is an awesome positive post from fellow blogger Kelvin. Thought it was worth a share.

LEGEND PARLOR

Vector stock image

”Being a total dreamer!” sounds quite weird, right?

Just the other day I witnessed something quite interesting…

I was sitting on the couch watching some blockbuster …my Dad had brought home some lottery tickets and there he was, so convinced that he would win the lottery…The conversation began to heat up as mum tried to drive sense into him that one has to be so tactical and used to this kind of lotteries in order to win.

For mum it was inherently impossible to win, but I was amused by Dad’s unshakable faith…He was so firm that no doubt he would win and this kept me thinking ” WOW THIS GUY MUST BE A TOTAL DREAMER🤔!!” andtruetohiswords, the next day the guy comes in dancing! HE HAD WON🤑🤑! Not that much though, but definitely enough to do at least something😊 …

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