Sunday, October 25, 2009
Happiness is an inside job!
Happiness is always having something to look forward to!
Your turn. Please continue. . .
Sunday, October 04, 2009
What year did the Halloween novelty song "Monster Mash" reach number one on the Billboard charts?
This great song written by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and Lenny Capizzi reached number one on the Billboard Charts for two weeks in 1962, and then returned to the charts in 1970 and 1973.
Do YOU remember doing the Monster Mash? Any other Halloween oriented music you remember?
Some girls performed a talent act at my school, using the Monster Mash record. They had great lighting, green, blue, red, to give a spooky dark basement lab effect, with a “mad scientist” complete with gray Einstein wig, pouring smoky liquid into the beaker and filling the stage with misty fog. I can still see it clearly, lol, and hear “I was working in my lab, late one night” and then the chorus “It was the Mash. The Monster Mash”, lol.
Why is MUSIC such a good tool for memory? I have record albums from the 60's and after not hearing them for 20 years, I played a couple of them. Not only do I remember the words to all the songs, I know WHICH song is coming next without looking at the label.
Schools should have a music director who puts lessons from every subject to music. All those dates, rules and formulas would be forever in our brains!
NEIGHBORHOOD FUN HOUSE - Did anyone in your neighborhood ever turn their garage into a Halloween fun house? The family across the street from me - TEN children - did that every year. What I remember most is being led blindfolded through the garage and having to “experience” various things. Someone stuck my hand into pot full of MONSTER BRAINS, lol. Which turned out to be cold macaroni soaked in corn oil. Slimy! Of course I screamed.
"Homemade" tricks and treats were so much better than the slick, purchsed high tech ones of today, don't you think? AND it was fun for us as kids to THINK of all the things we could create and do.
We also never bought costumes, but dreamed up and put together our own, or maybe grandma or someone sewed something.
What did you do when you were young to join in Halloween that no one went to the store and bought for you?
Saturday, October 03, 2009
I had a medical procedure yesterday called a guided cortizone injection. The actual procedure took about 20 minutes. I felt a sting and about 2 seconds of discomfort. That's it. I'm telling you this because I was very fearful of the procedure, not having much experience in anything like this before. So for anyone who might have this in their future, it's nothing to fear.
The doctor said to give it a few days to get the full effect. About 3 hours after I came home, I began having some real relief. There's some discomfort, there's some soreness, but there is no real pain. NO PAIN. First time in 3 months! I continue to step tenderly and be cautious. I extremely grateful for this relief and giving thanks for it constantly. I contine to pray it lasts for some time.
RESULTS OF CT SCAN on my kidney. There is a small, simple benign cyst there. Doesn't present any threats, and causes no symptoms. Just ignore it. YAY!
HOWEVER, (geeze, it just keeps on going, lol) now the radiologist says that scan showed some unusual or abnormal, or enlarged blood vessels in my liver and they will be calling me next week with an appointment for another CT scan with a different protocol. I'm wondering if radiologists have quotas, lol.
My innards are getting micro examined, it seems, lol. Not a bad thing when you're about to turn 61, I guess. I'm having more medical tests than I've had in my entire life to date.
THANK YOU all for your prayers, good thoughts and good vibes you've sent my way. Don't stop now, please continue!
Friday, October 02, 2009
I just want to take a moment to thank all of you who have stopped by and left comments on my page and blogs lately.
Being so focused on pain management and just getting through the day, I really haven't "talked" much with anyone, but I want you all to know how much I appreciate every one of you.
I'm still waiting for CT scan results and Joe is taking me this morning to have a guided injection of cortizone into my hip, right where the large fang-like bone spur is located.
Thinking positively, I'm looking forward to excercizing more and just getting around much better.
Wishing every one of you an absolutely Wonderful Day!
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Did you know. . .?
Frankenstein was created by a 20 year old young woman. . .
Mary Shelly was only 20 yrs. old when she wrote Frankenstein. Lord Byron was her neighbor in Switzerland one wet and dreary summer, and she and her husband Percy Shelly, the poet, discussed Darwin and read horror stories all summer long. Lord Byron proposed they each write a “ghost story”. Over the next days she tried to think of something, then one night, after getting into bed, she began to have visions in her imagination of a “pale student of the unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together”... And thus, “Frankenstein” was born.
Most quoted passage from her book:
“It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.”
Try reading that on a dark, rainy night when you're all alone. Spooky!
What's your favorite spooky story?
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