DESERTDREAMERS's SparkPeople Blog DESERTDREAMERS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Delilah Yesterday's blog was about a man seeing silhouettes on the shade of what he thought was his sweetie's place. Fortunately for him, he was on the wrong block. Today's is about a man betrayed, who took the ultimate vengeance on his faithless woman. (Delilah is classified as a "murder ballad") Tom Jones, 1966. I loved his voice! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I saw the light on the night that I passed by her window <BR> ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:54:25 EST Two Silhouettes On the Shade The Rays, 19571 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, hut-hut <BR> Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, hut-hut <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Took a walk and passed your house <BR> Late last night <BR> All the shades were pulled and drawn <BR> Way down tight <BR> From within, a dim light cast <BR> Two silhouettes on the shade <BR> Oh,... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:34:29 EST Hair Got a lot accomplished today - walked the pups early morning (07-09) for nearly 5 miles; had my every other week massage (she always finds areas that I didn't know were hurting); sent my broken Kindle back to Amazon (yep, broke another one - gotta love their insurance and return policy); got my "naturally red hair" touched up (I usually do this at home, but chose the salon today) and a fresh haircut; and finally, lunch at Furr's (stayed in my calorie range, but bumped over the carbs and nudge... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:51:34 EST The Lion Sleeps Tonight Managed to walk the pups after I got home from a moderately busy but muddled night at work. Fell asleep about 3 pm (1500), cracked an eye open @ 7 (1900), and finally staggered up to let the dogs out (yes, I'm the one who let the dogs out, hunh, hunh!) fell back asleep afterward! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens, 1961. It's from an old song, "Mbute", meaning "lion" in Zulu. <BR> <... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:52:05 EST Every Breath You Take This was one of the major songs of the summer of 1983. By The Police (written by Sting) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every breath you take and every move you make <BR> Every bond you break, every step you take, I'll be watching you <BR> Every single day and every word you say <BR> Every game you play, every night you stay, I'll be watching you <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:48:16 EST If I Didn't Have You Another Randy Newman song, this one from Monsters, Inc., 2001. Billy Crystal (Mike Wazowski) and John Goodman (Sullie) sing it as a duet. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If I were a rich man, with a million or two <BR> I'd live in a penthouse in a room with a view <BR> And if I were handsome, it could happen <BR> 'Cause dreams do come true <BR> <img src=" Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:04:08 EST Short People Randy Newman had a big hit with this one in 1977. He said this song did NOT reflect his personal viewpoint, but the verse "short people are just the same as you and I" does. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Short people got no reason <BR> Short people got no reason <BR> Short people got no reason <BR> To live <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 06:59:28 EST High Hopes Tripped over an uneven sidewalk yesterday while walking the pups and fell into some bushes. Got a little graze on my side. Worse thing? Landed on a bed of ants. Did you know they can bite through your clothes? Itchy butt bites!!! I've been getting a few ant bites on my feet and ankles the last few weeks. I think yesterday tipped me over into toxic from them. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was tired from work... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:43:02 EST Games People Play Joe South, singer-song writer, 1968. He wrote yesterday's song, "Rose Garden", also. For some reason, I always thought Randy Newman wrote this song (he wrote "Short People", songs for "A Bug's Life" and others) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Oh the games people play now <BR> Every night and every day now <BR> Never meaning what they say now <BR> Never saying what they mean <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:23:48 EST Rose Garden Recorded by Lynn Anderson, 1970. Written by Joe South <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I beg your pardon <BR> I never promised you a rose garden <BR> Along with the sunshine <BR> There's gotta be a little rain some time <BR> When you take you gotta give so live and let live <BR> Or let go oh-whoa-whoa-whoa <BR> I beg your pardon <BR> I never promised you a rose garden <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 00:01:49 EST All About the Bass Wow, yesterday was kinda a wasted day. Walked the pups 4.8 miles. Got home & my yard guy, Rob, showed up to finish repairing my gate post. After he left, I took a hot bath, 50 mg of Benadryl and a melatonin tab, preparing to sleep for the afternoon. Almost asleep, drifting off nicely, & Rob showed up again to show me the earrings he makes. Meanwhile, my neighbor had hired a team of folks to work on her yard (way, way overgrown). Naturally, my idiot pups had to defend me from these mysterious... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:27:08 EST The Chair Heard this oldie on the radio today. George Strait, The Chair, from 1985, written by Dean Dillon and Hank Cochran. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well excuse me, but I think you've got my chair, <BR> No that one's not taken, I don't mind if you sit here, <BR> I'll be glad to share. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yea it's usually, packe... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 23:24:59 EST By the Time I Get to Phoenix By The Time I Get To Phoenix. Jimmy Webb wrote it in 1965, and Glen Campbell famously covered it in 1967 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> By the time I get to Phoenix she'll be rising <BR> She'll find the note I left hangin' on her door <BR> She'll laugh when she reads the part that says I'm leavin' <BR> 'Cause I've left that girl so many times before. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:42:10 EST I Wanna Talk About Me Thanks to LJCANNON for suggesting his one - I hadn' t heard it before! <BR> <BR> <BR> "I Wanna Talk About Me" By Toby Keith; Songwriter: BRADDOCK, BOBBY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yeah yeah <BR> That's right <BR> We talk about your work how your boss is a jerk <BR> We talk about your church and your head when it hurts <BR> We talk about the troubles you've been having with your brother <BR> About your daddy and... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 01:52:32 EST I'm Still a Guy Woof, a rough couple of nights. Not overwhelming, but steadily busy, frequent ambulances, short staffed, and the admitting beds limited. One guy actually came in by ambulance with "knee pain". He was working on reconstruction at his house, tripped over a barrier, and broke the big thigh bone (femur) just above the knee, but we didn't know that until after the X-rays. Using field expediency, he's taken some thick cardboard he had at the site, rolled it around his knee, and used bungee cords to... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 23:46:23 EST Mama Said I knew I should have done this blog before I slept this morning - busy at work & just getting time to post it at 2300 (11 p). The Shirelles, 1961. If you're like me, you sang "Mama said there'd be days like this" instead of "there'll be days like this". <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mama said there'll be days like this <BR> There'll be days like this mama said <BR> (Mama said, mama said) <BR> Mama said there'll be ... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 01:01:32 EST Shop Around Smokey Robinson wrote this one for the Miracles in 1960. It's been covered many times. Usually the female singers flip it around to having the daughter shop around. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I became of age, my mother called me to her side <BR> She said, son, you're growing up now, pretty soon you'll take a bride <BR> And then she said <BR> <img src=" Tue, 7 Jul 2015 22:09:32 EST Third Rate Romance I walked the pups nearly 6 miles this morning (got a little carried away), and since then, have been waiting for UPS to show up and pick up a package. They were supposed to be here between 1 & 5 pm. It's almost 7:30 now. Grumble, grumble. Anyway, I've been playing on the music channels - hadn't heard this one in a long time! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Third Rate Romance was written by Russell Smith and recorded b... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 22:26:21 EST Unplanned rest day Got home this morning, nearly fell asleep before I walked the pups. I did manage to get them out for 45 minutes before it got too hot and I got too tired. Just over 8000 steps - that's enough. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got some naps in - thanks SO much, neighbors, for shooting off fireworks and making the pups go ballistic. I'd planned to walk the pups again this evening, but I woke up @ 7:30p, pottied th... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:57:45 EST When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again When Johnny comes marching home again, <BR> Hurrah! Hurrah! <BR> We'll give him a hearty welcome then <BR> Hurrah! Hurrah! <BR> The men will cheer and the boys will shout <BR> The ladies they will all turn out <BR> And we'll all feel glad when Johnny comes marching home. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The old church bell will peal with joy <BR> Hurrah! Hurrah! <BR> To welcome home our darling boy, <BR> Hurra... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 01:05:37 EST Yankee Doodle Dandy From the 1942 musical "Yankee Doodle Dandy" about George M Cohan. I've got it stuck in my head, so I thought I'd share! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy, <BR> A Yankee Doodle do or die; <BR> A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam's. <BR> Born on the Fourth of July. <BR> I've got a Yankee Doodle sweetheart, <BR> She's my Yankee Doodle joy. <BR> Yankee Doodle came to London, <BR> Just to ride... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 00:51:25 EST We're Melting!! So, today is the real day I was supposed to come back to work. Walked the pups this morning, but Spartacus, the little weasel, started limping about a mile out. No stickers in his foot, so I think it might have been an ant bite. Toted him 2 miles. back to the house. Walked myself over to Walgreens and got a prescription refill, so I got my > 4 miles & 10K steps in before I went to sleep. <BR> <BR> Feels like the AC is off - I was sweating from the get-go, and finally, everyone else is compl... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:08:23 EST Up On the Roof My vacation is over - I'm bummed - good thing I checked my calendar yesterday - I have to go back tonight, not tomorrow. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had an early morning walk with the pups. With all the rain we've been getting lately, there are huge mud puddles in the alleys I take to avoid the sun. This morning, there was a new one, and as I was scooching along the side, I slipped into the mud on my butt. Only 15... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 14:52:44 EST In the Summertime Mungo Jerry had their biggest hit, In The Summertime, in 1970. I know summer is here when I hear this one! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> [Chorus:] <BR> Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh <BR> Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh <BR> Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh <BR> Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh <BR> Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh <BR> Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh <BR> <img src=" Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:57:14 EST Summertime From "Porgy and Bess", 1934. Songwriters: GERSHWIN, IRA / GERSHWIN, GEORGE / HEYWARD, DU BOSE. Sam Cooke covered it in 1957 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's summertime and the living is easy <BR> Fish are jumping and the cotton is high <BR> Your daddy's rich and your mama's good-looking <BR> Hush, little baby don't you cry <BR> Don't cry, don't... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:47:13 EST Summertime Blues Getting hotter every day, and we're hitting the monsoon season - it typically begins in late June to early July. Strong winds, frequent thunderstorms, possible hail, and flash floods. We hope for the rain and pray no one gets flooded. I have to laugh when I open the front door and the fluffy pups run out about 6 feet, stop in the middle of the driveway and look back at me accusingly - "make the water stop!" The weasel, Spartacus, hears the rain, and turns around to go back inside before he ev... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:44:49 EST Girls Lie Too A warning for those guys that say anything to get into the gal's pants ... <BR> Girls Lie Too, 2004 recorded by Terri Clark, written by LOVELACE, KELLEY / HARRINGTON, CONNIE / NICHOLS, TIM <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So she can't go out tonight again <BR> Her sister's sick, she's gotta babysit <BR> Yeah that sounds like a pretty good excuse <BR> Now you didn't hear any of this <BR> But things aren't always what ... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20:27:57 EST Giant Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled same-sex marriages are legal in all 50 states. Hugs to my friends that can now marry those they want to. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another Melissa Etheridge song from her "Lucky" album, 2004 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You tried to hold us down <BR> You tried to hold us ba... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:41:24 EST Secret Agent I'm off this week - staying home, walking the pups a lot in the early mornings, seeing some movies. Decided to see Spy with Melissa McCarthy. I really wanted to like this movie, but I'd have to give it a C. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Melissa Etheridge wrote and recorded Secret Agent in 2004. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Smooth as cre... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 01:06:30 EST Leader of the Pack Monday, the SyFy channel showed all 3 of the original Jurassic Park movies. Naturally, having watched them, I had to go out yesterday and see Jurassic World again. Woo-hoo, Chris Pratt as the alpha of the raptor pack! (Is it OK t o crush a bit on him? Even if I am old enough to be his mama? Men do it to women ...) I tried to update SP when I got home, but the site was updating. Too tired to stay up until it came back - nearly hit 22K steps. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:33:41 EST I Just Want To Be Mad For a While <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I was listening to the Country Music channels on my TV, and heard this one recorded by Terri Reed in 2002. (Written by Kelly Lovelace and Lee Thomas Miller). It made me think about the times I just wanted to enjoy a mad for a bit! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last night we went to bed not talkin', <BR> 'Cause we'd already said too much. <BR... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:35:37 EST Coconut Song Harry Nilsson, 1971 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bruder bought a coconut, he bought it for a dime, <BR> His sister had anudder one she paid it for de lime. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She put de lime in de coconut, she drank 'em bot' up <BR> She put de lime in de coconut, she drank 'em bot' up. <BR> She put de lime in de coconut, she dr... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:19:14 EST I think I'm undermedicated Hectic night - multiple psych patients (some with dementia, some "borderline personalities" some just, may I say it? Jerks) Took 10 minutes for a group of us to talk a patient into taking a mild sedative, get on the ambulance stretcher, and be sent out to another facility. We did NOT want to do a take-down - painful and awkward for all of us, and likely to get us hurt. He finally trusted me enough to take the meds. Gave me a fist bump on the way out, Whew! Maybe I'd feel better if I'd taken t... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 01:01:07 EST When You're Hot, You're Hot Feeling pretty warm today - we're predicted to break 100 degrees this week. Jerry Reed, 1971. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well me and Homer Jones and Big John Talley <BR> Had a big crap game goin' back in the alley <BR> And I kept rollin' them sevens, winnin' all them pots <BR> My luck was so good I could do no wrong <BR> I jest kept on rollin' and controllin' them bones <BR> And finally they jest threw up ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:03:25 EST Only Love Can Break a Heart I'm on a Burt Bacharach roll! He wrote the music for this one, with lyrics by Hal David. Singer-song writer Gene Pitney recorded it in 1962. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Only love can break a heart only love can mend it again <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last night I hurt you but darlin' remember this <BR> Only love can break a heart on... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:28:07 EST That's What friends Are For Burt Bacharach wrote this one for Rod Stewart in 1982, but most people know Dionne Warwick's version from 1985. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And I never thought I'd feel this way <BR> And as far as I'm concerned <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm glad I got the chance to say That I do believe I love you <BR> And if I should ever go a... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 01:38:07 EST Do You Know the Way to San Jose Another Burt Bacharach hit - Do You Know the Way to San Jose" from 1962 - it was written for Dionne Warwick. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you know the way to San Jose <BR> I've been away so long. I may go wrong and lose my way <BR> Do you know the way to San Jose <BR> I'm going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose <BR> <img src=" Sat, 13 Jun 2015 08:46:17 EST Alfie I've been trying for hours to get into Spark People - lovely night at work, no really sick people left in the Emergency Department (took 2 up just about midnight). Perfect time to play on line, but NOOO! Got tired of reading my Emails and other things. Finally up - yea! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Burt Bacharach wrote this for the movie Alfie, 1966, about a womanizing cabbie. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:17:19 EST Caffiene! I'm a caffiend - caffeine fiend. Generally not a problem, and I try to cut down when I'm off duty. Last night was my first 12-hr for the week. But, I'd gotten off Sunday morning, dragged the pups out for a 1 hour walk, slept a few hours, then went out to see the Million Dollar Quartet (excellent!) & had dinner with my bud. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Naturally, I slept a few hours that night, but my eyes popped op... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 01:47:32 EST Love Me Tender Love Me Tender is creditied to Elvis Presley and Vera Matson in 1956. Apparently, Elvis had some sort of contractual agreement that he would write (or get credit for writing) a certain percentage of songs every year. Ken Darby wrote the lyrics and set it to an old melody. He listed his wife, Vera Matson, and Elvis as the writers. When asked why he did that, he said, "she didn't write it either". <BR> <img src=""> <... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:07:44 EST Folsom Prison Blues Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash, 1955. It combines elements from prison and railroad songs, two popular folk styles. It became one of Cash's signature songs. In 1968, he played a concert at Folsom Prison itself. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I hear the train a comin' <BR> It's rollin' 'round the bend, <BR> And I ain't seen the sunshine <BR> Since, I don't know when <BR> I'm stuck in Folsom Prison <BR> And t... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 16:45:53 EST Blue Suede Shoes My buddy Bex & I loved, loved, loved the Million Dollar Quartet musical! Sam Phillips started Sun Records in 1952 - among his early clients were Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Sam wrangled the quartet together on 4 Dec 1956. The sound engineer was wise enough to record the whole jam session. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Blue Suede Shoes" was written and first recorded by Carl... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 17:50:01 EST The Girl from Ipanema Not officially summer yet (it's the 21st of June), but getting warmer every day. I'm having to walk the pups in the mornings (missed yesterday because I wasn't feeling well, but plan to walk them this morning before I sleep). On my days off, I have a choice of early mornings or after sunset. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Girl From Ipanema by Stan Getz, João Gilberto, 1964 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 07:59:03 EST Urgent Not feeling well - belly cramps and rumbles before I was supposed to go in. Called off for the first 4 hours and medicated myself with Bentyl (for the cramps). Got into work, and it was one of the magic nights when we had more staff than patients. I stayed 4 hours, and took off the last 4 when more symptoms popped up. Took a handful of meds - zofran for nausea, bentyl for cramps, lomotil for the runs. On the way home, I heard "Urgent", and thought, "yep, I'd better get home urgently!" <BR> <... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 10:32:24 EST Let Your Love Flow I was listening to the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) this morning, "My Music, Country Pop Legends". When I was growing up, if you had asked me if I liked country music, I'd have said "no!". Listening to this show, however, I realized how many "country" songs crossed over to the pop side. (I still don't care much for twangy songs, but I have an appreciation for Bluegrass, Country-Western, and even some Honky-Tonk - it's the heavy metal, gangsta rap, and anything with vulgarities, that I ca... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 08:00:05 EST Small Town Small Town By John Mellencamp, 1985 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well I was born in a small town <BR> And I live in a small town <BR> Probably die in a small town <BR> Oh, those small communities <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All my friends are so small town <BR> My parents live in the same small town <BR> My job is so small town <BR> Pro... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 16:40:31 EST I Am a Town After touring the USA, I thought we should slow down and get off the Interstates and major cities. Here's to the little towns and byways! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I Am a Town by Mary Chapin Carpenter, 1992 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm a town in Carolina, I'm a detour on a ride <BR> For a phone call and a soda, I'm a blur from the... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 15:24:23 EST Washington, District of Columbia How can I finish the tour of the US without including Washington, District of Columbia? It is the seat of the US government, the capital of the US. Not a state, it was deliberately created to be under Federal jurisdiction of Congress. In 1973, the district was granted limited self-government. Since it is not a state, Washington has no voting representation in Congress - it does have one elected member at large, who may sit on committees, introduce legislation and particpate in debates. <BR> ... Sun, 31 May 2015 17:33:34 EST Wyoming End of the line, Wyoming, 50th alphabetically, the 44th to join the union. It's also the least populated state.The capital and largest city is Cheyenne. State nicknames: Equality State, Cowboy State, and Big Wyoming. The "Equality State" comes from when both Texas and Wyoming elected female governors in 1924 - but Wyoming's governor took office 16 days before the one in Texas. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (*Some restric... Sat, 30 May 2015 04:14:58 EST Wisconsin Wisconsin, the Badger State or America's Dairyland, joined the union as the 30th state, 49th alphabetically. The capital city is Madison, largest city Milwaukee. WI has earned its moniker as America's Dairyland - it produces a quarter of America's cheese, and about a quarter of the butter, and is second in milk production (after California). Favorite foods in Wisconsin? Cheese, brats (sausages), and beer. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 29 May 2015 03:26:09 EST