On a Random Saturday

I didn’t plan this post, arising early on this Saturday morning is a good opportunity for some random thoughts in the spirit of the potpourri portion of Opinions in the Shorts.

This is actually the stimulus for these random thoughts. Let’s face it, everyone has different posting schedules … so I use notifications to let me know when certain random bloggers post. I’ve suddenly stopped receiving email notifications of many of your posts. Is anyone currently experiencing the same problem? Any suggestions?

Juggling numerous tasks associated with both ends of the upcoming move has taken a huge bit out of my blogging time. With less time to visit and write, special thanks to the faithful who continue to stop by here while knowing my visits are limited … and oh the agony of also not keeping up with new visitors.

NBC’s Olympic coverage drives me crazy because I hate the way the network manipulates the schedule to their benefit. After all, I was counting on watching the US-Russia men’s hockey game this morning, but oh no … it’s on a premium channel!

Because I can’t watch the hockey, guess I’ll shovel the latest snow. Darn, I don’t have this nifty toy.

For those who missed Jay Leno’s last monologue, here it is. My favorite part is about the politicians, so forward to 5:00. Have a good rest of the weekend. 

On a Correction

In my haste and going in a variety of directions, I mistakenly announced the wrong date for Opening Night of Life: The Musical. Curtain time is 9:30 pm (Eastern US) on Wednesday (not Thursday). After all, Opinions in the Shorts occupies the Thursday night posting time slot.

Act 1 features songs with any of the following in the title: life, living, alive, lived, or live (that rhymes with give, not five). Get yourself ready. Reminder, Act 1 has a special Invite-a-Friend promotion! Tell them to identify who sent them.

Meanwhile, a special edition of Satire Bits is up next.

On a Variety of Thoughts

On Why
For whatever reason, several times this week my mind was a day ahead that the actual day. For instance, Wednesday night I was thinking it was Thursday, so I posted Opinions in the Shorts a day earlier than normal. Of course that was a carrier over from Tuesday night when I was thinking it was Wednesday. In order to fulfill my self-imposed obligation, I looked through old bookmarks to gather a collection of random thoughts – and now I can delete these. Enjoy. Which did you watch? Any favorites?

On Looking Back
Does anyone remember this commercial from days gone by?

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On Food & Wine
Food recalls are serious – so when one happens, the media has an important role in informing the public. Does anyone remember any of these recalls? ;)

Did you know that guitarist Jimmy Stafford (of Train) is involved with wine?
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On Kindness
If you needed a kidney, who would you ask? If a friend asked you to donate one of your kidneys to them, would you do it? Would you ask a stranger or consider donating to a stranger? You will have to watch this one on YouTube.

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On Travel
Are you looking for a unique adventure? Would you consider staying here?

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On a Musical Treat
Being in the grip of winter, fall seems so long ago. Besides, after the move – no more fall leaves to rake or mow!

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On to the Weekend
Because it has been so long since I’ve done a cartoon post, here’s a tribute to a classic character.

On Approaching December

This post is in the similar spirit of Monday Morning Entertainment, just on a different day. As those of us in the USA are coming off Thanksgiving, the time is right for this post.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Given my mother-in-law’s health situation, it was not a normal thanksgiving for us – but we still found time to be thankful through a simple lasagna dinner for three.

Meanwhile, earlier today the family unanimously agreed to bring Hospice into equation. Although not an easy decision, it was the right decision.

With December starting Sunday, it’s time to set the stage for your celebrations. The list isn’t long, but there are some good month-long celebrations as Calendar Awareness Month and Awareness Month of Awareness Months Month. (Got to love those two.) December is also the time to celebrate the stomach with quince & watermelon, tomato & winter squash, eggnog, and fruitcake. (Thanks to Sun at Simply Charming for pointing me in the direction of Kentucky Bourbon Fruitcakes. December also celebrates Tie Month, Stress-Free Family Month, Operation Santa Paws Month, and Love Your Neighbor Month.

Although Thanksgiving is a day of peace, the holiday shopping season has burst onto the scene with a furry. Personally, I try to stay away from the shopping areas during the madness, so let’s end November and set the stage for December with George Winston’s Peace. Besides, for some, the white of winter, will be a common sight.

On a Fall Walk

Blogging allows reading to see images from around the world. Regarding of one’s hemisphere, fall brings beautiful colors – the only question is the timing.

I recently took a walk in my neighborhood to capture some local color. Besides, Robin always hosts a fall walk (for which I’m late posting) and Raye showed us some fall colors from Portland, Oregon as part of a challenge. Hope you enjoy a walk in my neighborhood from suburban Cincinnati, Ohio.

Some leaves await my next pass …and many more yet to fall …
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… as several remnants of summer remain in our Clematis ….
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… yet Spirea is still strong as it transitions to winter sticks …
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… Fruit Gum tree leaves are starting to turn in the front yard …
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… in time, this Burning Bush will be a ball of brilliant red …
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… and the future will deliver this Japanese Maple to us … but not yet …

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… walking the neighborhood provides an array of natural colors …
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… as I encounter a seasonal Welcome Center …
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…. and other human creations …
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… yet the summer green still frames nature’s fall colors …
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… while wildflowers do their part …
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… as framing continues as I round the corner and head for home …
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… where roses are still hanging on …

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… but more leaves await still wait for my next pass … and more to come from above.
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As Debra would say, I hope this gave you a chance to breathe lighter. Thanks for strolling along with me. Any favorites?