Showing posts with label 25 Christmas songs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 25 Christmas songs. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Days 42 & 43 with Tilda-Hilda

The left knee flared up after last Wednesday's ride. By Friday I was feeling a lot of grouchy pain that I gave in and called the doctor. The earliest appointment was for this coming Friday. I suppose if I had cried, moaned, and demanded to see him sooner, the gatekeeper would've squeezed me in that day. Just as well. I prescribed my knee rest.

The knee felt good yesterday, so the Husband and I pedaled our bikes around town (4.25 miles) to do errands. I did well, but the Husband had a spill. He has a beautiful egghead of a purple bruise on his shin. The poor guy!

Oh, it felt wonderful to be out pedaling Tilda-Hilda this morning. I was good about not going far, but I was tempted. We pedaled 7.5 miles in 43 minutes. The bum knee had no problem. The other knee complained a bit. It's been overcompensating for the bummed one. I might as well present both knees to the doctor when I see him this Friday.

Ah, the fun of the body growing older.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I almost forgot to post a Christmas song. The husband and I just finished wrapping presents. Yes, I know.

Anyway, I've accomplished my goal: Post a Christmas song a day until Christmas. Here's the list of the past 24 Christmas songs that I've posted (I'm too pooped to give you links. Sorry. But, click here to go to the 25 Christmas Songs category:
  1. "Christmas Time is Here Again" performed by the Beatles
  2.  "Jingle Bells" sung by Ella Fitzgerald
  3. "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" sung by Bruce Springsteen
  4. "I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas" performed by Gayla Peevey
  5. "Mele Kalikimaka!" sung by Bing Crosby
  6. "Jingle Bells" performed by Glenn Miller and Orchestra
  7. "Carol of the Bells" performed by Jake Shimabukuro
  8. "Up on the Housetop" sung by Gene Autrey
  9. "Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel" performed by Randy Granger
  10. "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree" sung by Brenda Lee
  11. "O Holy Night" sung by Enrico Caruso
  12. "Peace on Earth" and "Little Drummer Boy" performed by Jack Black and Jason Segal
  13. "Holly Jolly Christmas" sung by Burl Ives
  14. "That's What I Want for Christmas" sung by Shirley Temple
  15. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" sung by Ray Charles
  16. "Sleigh Ride" performed by the Glenn Miller Orchestra
  17. "It's Christmas Time at the Railway Station" performed by the Juke Box Band
  18. "Feliz Navidad" sung by Jose Feliciano
  19. "Silver Bells" performed by Twisted Sister
  20. "Thank God It's Christmas" performed by Queen
  21. "Solstice Bells" performed by Jethro Tull
  22. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "We Three Kings" performed by Barenaked Ladies
  23. "A 'Soalin'" sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary
  24. "Deck the Halls" performed by Saulo Couto
Today's song is "So This is Christmas" performed by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir. Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Mystery of the Christmas Presents

Sitting on our doorstep are two Christmas bags that someone left on our doorstep. The husband and I found it when we came home yesterday evening. Somebody must've come by when the mama was sweeping leaves in her garden. We brought them in and looked for tags to identify the givers. One said "Delsa" and the other said "Happy Thanksgiving."

Obviously, someone left the presents at the wrong house. So, of course the husband and I headed back outside and knocked on a few neighbors' doors. No luck at all.  Nobody was home at the house where we think the intended giftee lives. And, the other neighbors couldn't help us. All we can do is try again come morning.

We set the presents on the doorstep in case the ones who left them finally realize they got the wrong house and come back for them. I surely hope they do.  The paranoid part of me wonders if the presents contain contraband or a bomb. But, I suppose if it was the latter, we would've heard something ticking. Heck, it would've blown up by now. If we can't find the owners or nobody comes to pick them up, I suppose we'll take them to the police department. What would you do?

I don't know which is the strangest thing that has happened this year at home: These mysterious presents or the solicitation back in May. What do you think?

Today's Christmas song is "Deck the Halls," performed by Saulo Couto. The video also treats us to Mickey Mouse clips. As for today's linky party, I'm hopping around at Never Growing Old: Follow Friday 40 and Over! Come join me. Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Final 23rd Date of 2010

Later today, the husband and I will be off on our twelfth 23rd date. I admit that I'm impressed that we did honor last year's Christmas gift to each other.  Every 23rd of the month, we dropped everything and took off for an afternoon or a whole day. We drove back roads we've always wanted to explore. We hiked unfamiliar parks, strolled along beaches, and wandered in nearby cities. When it rained, we took ourselves to movies and, on one occasion, to the Egyptian museum. I wrote about some of our adventures, which you can find here, if you're interested.

Our final 23rd date of the year will be a shopping adventure. Yep, shopping. The activity the husband probably dislikes to do the most. But, it is time for us to do some Christmas shopping for each other, so why not on our 23rd date. To make it fun, we made a few rules.
  1. We can only spend $10. Uh-huh, ten bucks, including taxes.
  2. We must purchase at least 5 items for each other.
  3. No handmade items allowed. 
  4. Handmade coupons for perishable items (such as food or flowers) to be bought later are allowed. The item and price, including tax, has to be written on the coupon. 
  5. We can only buy presents in our county. There are only two small cities in this county, folks.
  6. We must complete our shopping in a town or store within an agreed time limit, which we will determine before we each go our separate ways in the town or store.
He-he. Fun, yes? In case you're wondering, we are giving ourselves the gift of 23rd dates in 2011, too. I love my life with the husband!

Today's Christmas song is from Peter, Paul, and Mary—"A 'Soalin'."  Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

ABC and Outdoor Wednesday: Winter

Today letter is "W."
This is what winter looks like in my part of the world. These are the low mountains of the Diablo Range that makes up the eastern border of my town and county. (Check out my other blog, Take 25 to Hollister, if you'd like to know more about my town.) We've had a few rainy days during the last few weeks, which to me means that everything is starting to get green again.

Yes, I'm spoiled. Winter in my area is mild compared to the Sierras, the Midwest, New England, Alaska, Europe, and other places that get lots and lots of snow, and sometimes blizzards. I really can't imagine living a full winter in such cold. Now and then, snow covers the mountain tops around us, but it melts within a few hours once the sun comes out. 

In good years, our winters are cold enough to make the fruit tree orchards in our area happy. The good years also give us lots of rain to fill our reservoirs. This looks like it could be one of those good years. We can only hope.

Today's Christmas medley, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "We Three Kings" is performed by the Barenaked Ladies. Hope you enjoy it. Afterwards, come join me and check out the other participants at ABC Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Winter Solstice

December 21, 2010 Total Lunar Eclipse—Almost halfway there!

What a momentous Winter Solstice we're having this year! Not only is it the longest night of the year, but there is a full moon. And, a total lunar eclipse! Did you see it? The experts say that the last time a total lunar eclipse coincided with a winter solstice was over 370 years ago.

It had been raining all day and evening in our area, but as the time approached for the eclipse to begin, the clouds parted open like stage curtains. The more the earth blocked the moon from the sun, the more brilliant the stars became. We were able to see part of the Orion constellation. At the peak of eclipse when the moon was like an orange ball, the husband said it looked like Orion was reaching up to grab it.

What an amazing Christmas gift we all were given today. Thank you, universe. Thank you, God!

For today's Christmas tune, I present to you "Ring Out, Solstice Bells," performed by Jethro Tull.  The animation was the 1976 promo video for the song. For the lyrics, check out this page .

Monday, December 20, 2010

The First Name

Su-sieee! is how the mama calls for me. When she urgently wants me, she puts a long emphasis on the second syllable. If I don't answer in two or three beats, she calls again. Su-sieeeeeeeeeeee!

So, dear readers, in case you were wondering, that is why I italicize the second syllable of my name.

The mama had not planned to name me Susie. She had another name in mind for me.  But, the mama was foiled by her accent and the nurse who was assigned to get my name from the mama.

"What is your baby's name?" asked the nurse.

"Tessie," said the mama.

"Susie?" the nurse asked.

"No," the mama replied. "Tessie."






The mama gave up. "Yes, Susie."

That's the story the mama tells me. After all these years, I'm still thankful the nurse couldn't understand her.

Today's Christmas song is "Thank God It's Christmas,"  performed by Queen. Enjoy the song and have a wonderful day!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Night Out

Last night, the husband and I took the mama to the annual Filipino-American Community of San Benito Christmas Ball. It was her night to dress up, eat Filipino party food, and make merry.  She even got up and danced twice. The husband describes her dancing as walking to the dance floor, moving to the music a few seconds, and walking back to her chair. We could tell she enjoyed herself, and that's what it was all about.

The husband and I got up on the dance floor a few times. We needed to work off the overflowing plate of delicious pancit, lumpia, lechon, pinakbet, dinuguan, and other yummy food. It was probably a sight for the young ones, as well as the older crowd, to see two old fuddies twisting, bopping, and twirling. I'm not kidding when I say we danced with gleefully random abandon to the beat. Thankfully, we still can.

Okay, I admit I wore both my ankle braces. Thankfully, again, I had bought a pair of twinkly Converses on sale a few days ago. They're pretty nifty don't you think? That's them in the photo, with my old lady's purse that I got for free at a rummage sale. Yep, I'm starting to look like one of those old eccentric ladies. I love it!

It was a fun, enjoyable night for us three—the mama, the husband, and me.  Yes, indeed!

So, what's the Christmas song for today? "Silver Bells," dear readers, as performed by Twisted Sister. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

PhotoHunt: Male

Since this week's Photo Hunt theme is "male," I thought I'd participate with a photo of my favorite male. As you can see, the husband is a lovable goofball who likes to bring merriment to my camera's viewfinder. I took this photo back in February on the steps of the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose. The exhibits obviously inspired his pose. Click here if you'd like to see more goofy joy from the male who is the husband of mine.

Your Christmas song for the day is "Feliz Navidad," performed by, who else but, Jose Feliciano.

For more PhotoHunter interpretations of "male," please click here.

Friday, December 17, 2010

It's Friday! Toot! Toot!

I'm hooked up at two different memes today: Skywatch Friday and Follow Friday 40 and Over.   After listening to your Christmas song, come join me at both sites to check out cool stuff by other bloggers.

Today's song is called "It's Christmas Time at the Railway Station." I heard it for the first time today. It's a pretty song, performed by the Juke Box Band, the puppet band on the Shining Time Station TV show. The song was sung in a Christmas special called 'Tis a Gift.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

L is for Luxury

"L" is today's letter.
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for other "L" posts.
I'm rolling in luxury.

Well, I shall be next week.

The husband indulged me with a gift certificate for books for my birthday. That is my favorite kind of present. Thank you, sweet husband!

This year, I took my time selecting the books that would be lined up to be read in the coming year. I wandered around a bookstore first, checked out several book blogs, and glanced at a few book lists. Here's what I finally chose (If you want to hear today's Christmas song as you read about the books, scroll down and click on the video first):

A Night Too Dark by Dana Stabenow. This is the 17th novel about Kate Shugak, a private detective in Alaska, who has a homestead in a national park. In this story she investigates the murder of a roustabout who works for a company that wants to open one of the largest gold mines in the state.

Locked In by Marcia Muller. The author's Sharon McCone series has been around since the late 1970s. It's one of my favorites. Sharon is a private detective in San Francisco. The summary states that Sharon was shot and now lays in a hospital bed unable to move or speak, but her mind is conscious.

Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle. The first title of a mystery series, the story is also set in San Francisco. The protagonist is a bookbinder. A mystery, female protagonist, bookbinder, and San Francisco. What's not to like? Hope I do.

How to Crash a Killer Bash by Penny Warner.  Here's another mystery series with a female amateur sleuth set in San Francisco. The protagonist is a party planner.

Last Night Twisted River by John Irving.   From the reviews, this story seems to incorporate many of Irving's "gimmicks" (for a lack of a better term) such as bears.  I haven't read his books in almost a decade, so we shall see if I still think of him as one of my favorite authors.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. I didn't know this story is classified as detective fiction. I was just sold on the idea of an 11-year old girl named Flavia de Luce and her eccentric family living in an old country house with an old Victorian chemistry lab that only Flavia likes to enter.

Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out by Lee Goldberg. I miss the "Monk" series on TV. 

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph Ellis. A non-fiction book? Uh-huh, and a Pulitzer Prize winner, to boot, about Adams, Washington, Jefferson, and the other people who helped form the United States.

Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause by Jade Sims.  This book provides instructions on making various crafts that are matched to charities for which the crafts can be given.  Craft Hope is an online group that hosts projects throughout the year to help others.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris. A few months ago, I watched Sedaris being interviewed by Jon Stewart and was instantly taken by Sedaris' charm and wit. So, of course,  I had to chose a book of his essays.

At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien was published in 1939. I'd never heard of it until two days ago when I wandered around the bookstore. The title caught my eye. The story is supposed to be about a college student who writes a novel about a guy who is writing a novel.

Is your head spinning? Are you exhausted from reading all the descriptions. I am.  Too bad I don't have four minds the way cows have four stomachs. I could then really read four books at the same time.

But, wait, I'm not done yet. To add to my list of luxury items are birthday presents from my friends:

Travels with Zenobia: Paris to Albania by Model T Ford, by Rose Wilder Lane and Helen Dore Boylston.  Lane was the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Boylston wrote the Sue Barton, Nurse series. The two women did this road trip in 1926. Thanks Missus Kate!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  The story is about the residents of the island of Guernsey during WWII when the Germans occupied it. The authors tell the story in the form of correspondence between a Guernsey resident and a London writer in 1946. Thanks evil2win!

Oh, and there's one more. Since I was at the bookstore, I decided to buy a birthday gift for myself. He he. I'm now reading Glazed Murder by Jessica Beck. Suzanne owns a doughnut shop in a small town. Very early one morning, as she's opening her shop, someone dumps a body in front of it.  Guess who's going to figure who the killer is?

Books, books, books!  I love the luxury of owning them!

Today's Christmas song is "Sleigh Ride" by Glenn Miller and his orchestra. And, don't forget to swing over to Alphabe-Thursday to read other "L" posts.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Update of Our Hairy Vow

Today is ABC Wednesday
featuring the letter V.

When the husband and I cut all the hair off our heads (as well as the husband's beard and mustache) in January, we vowed not to cut or trim it for a year. The story about that is here, if you're interested.

Here are our vivacious selves at the beginning of the year.

Over 11 months later, our vow is still intact, with one allowance for the husband to trim his mustache so he can have full clearance to his mouth for eating and drinking. Here we are a couple of weeks ago. Believe me, there is lots of hair underneath those caps.

And, here's your Christmas song for the day: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" sung by the venerable Ray Charles. After listening to it, head over to ABC Wednesday to check out the vignettes of other "V" bloggers.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thinking Back: Shirley Temple

I grew up watching Shirley Temple movies on TV. The story lines were simple and basic. Little Shirley usually portrayed a child who lived with a loving father, grandfather, or another relative, or a waif who lived in an orphanage. She often played matchmaker to a wealthy man, woman, or couple who eventually adopted her. And, in most, if not all, of her movies Temple sang and tap danced her heart out. Perfect fare for a Sunday morning.

I was probably a teenager when I learned that Shirley made her movies in the 1930s, during the middle of the Great Depression. Much later, I learned that the movies were very popular and brought hope and cheer to many people. I wonder if they still would.

To learn more about the actress and person, who became a U.S. ambassador in her later years, check out these links:
Stowaway is a movie that Shirley did in 1936 when she was 8 years old. She played an orphan in China called Ching Ching. One of the songs that Shirley sang in the movie was "That's What I Want for Christmas." And, that, dear readers, is your Christmas song for the day. Enjoy!

Monday, December 13, 2010

A milestone: 200th Post!

Today's post is number 200! Yippeeeee! When I started at the beginning of this year, I didn't know if I could last a month.  :-)

Another big number for me is 57! A prime number. The number of times I've traveled around the sun.  Zipping through the redwood trees with the husband and friends was a great way to celebrate the new year.

It was the first time for all of us. At the highest points, we were about 10 to 15 stories above the ground. Didn't seem like it at all. The husband says the platforms on which we stood were about halfway up the trees. Didn't seem like that at all, either. By the time I got comfortable with traveling from tree to tree, we were halfway through the tour. Would I do it again? You bet!

Want to check out where we went in the Santa Cruz mountains? Click here.

Today's Christmas song is "Holly Jolly Christmas," performed by Mr. Burl Ives.  If you'd like to listen to the 12 other Christmas songs that I've posted thus far, please click here.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Zipping Along

Hello dear gentle readers,

Not much to say other than I begin another trip around the sun today. To usher in my new year,  the sweet girlfriends K and evil2win, the husband, and I will be zip lining  through a redwood forest this afternoon.


Your Christmas song today is "Peace on Earth" and "Little Drummer Boy" performed by Jack Black and Jason Segal. Some of you may remember this medley being sung by Bing Crosby and David Bowie in the late 1970s.

Peace and love, One and All,
Su-sieee! Mac

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Thank you, Senator Sanders!

Thank you, Senator Sanders for having the guts and balls to state so clearly how wrong it is to extend the tax cuts, as well as to cut the estate tax rate, for the very, very, very rich. 

Thank God, we have someone in Congress who has the guts and balls to tell it as it is.

Senator Bernie Sanders, the progressive Democrat from Vermont, spoke on the Senate floor for more than 8-1/2 hours yesterday. Click here to see a video of his speech.

In my mind, Senator Sanders embodies what a politician is supposed to be—one who advocates for the American people.

I also think Senator Sanders embodies the true meaning and spirit of Christmas. And that leads me to today's Christmas song. Here is a 1916 recording of "Oh, Holy Night" performed by Enrico Caruso.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fifteen Days to Christmas

Christmas time is here. For some people, Christmas preparations started the day after Thanksgiving. Puff! Up went the Christmas tree and the Christmas decorations. A week later, the Christmas presents sit around the tree.

I hung the Christmas wreath on the front door yesterday. The day before that the husband and I did some online Christmas Shopping. Maybe tonight, I will finally put the artificial tree up. Since Sunday, I've thought about putting it up after the mama goes to sleep so she would have a pleasant surprise in the morning. But by 11 o'clock, I've lost my motivation. So, I'll probably do it while the mama watches her evening TV so she can distract herself with giving me directions on which branches need to be filled with more ornaments. Yes, the tree will definitely go up tonight. As will the Christmas stockings be hung on the hearth, including those of our dearly beloved parakeets in heaven.

Have you got your tree up yet?

Today's Christmas song is "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree", sung by Brenda Lee.  Enjoy!

P.S. I'm hooking up at Java's Follow Friday 40 and Over! Come check out other bloggers with me by clicking here.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

K is for Knucklehead Acts

This is the season to be jolly. Ho! Ho! Ho!

No doubt the Republicans in Congress are happy. They got the tax breaks for the poor rich for another two years. And, then they turned around and blocked passage of a bill that would give a one-time amount of $250 in 2011 to the elderly and disabled receiving social security benefits. Because consumer prices have not climbed high enough, social security recipients do not warrant a cost-of-living increase for another year.

Heaven help those whose only income is a social security check, and may their monthly benefits be more than the average $1,153. That was the amount in October, 2010, according to the Social Security Administration Web site

I just don't get it. Unless, perhaps, just maybe, the Republicans figured they helped the common people already by agreeing to an extension of unemployment benefits.


With all the knuckleheadedness that's going on in Congress, I still am optimistic about humanity. The trick for me is not to be complacent. So, onward and upward.

Even after writing a downer post, I have a Christmas song for today.  Please check out "Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel," performed by Randy Granger on the Native American flute.

One last note: I am participating in Alphabe-Thursday, hosted by Jenny Matlock. For more interpretations of the letter K, please click here.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Look up! You'll never know what you might see.

I've found another meme to have fun at—ABC Wednesday Round 7. This week's letter is U. Click here to visit other interpretations of the ubiquitous U. That is after checking out today's Christmas song. It also fits the the ABC theme.  "Up on the House Top" is one of my favorites. This version is performed by Gene Autry.  

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Playing Gardener

About a week ago, I got a paper bag full of iris bulbs from a woman who runs the community garden in our town. She'd dug up hundreds of them and was giving them away. Purple, white, blue, and yellow. But, I won't know what colors the iris are until they bloom. Yesterday, I had fun planting some of the bulbs in a bunch of baskets of different shapes and sizes. I can just imagine the iris baskets lined up in a row in the front yard come spring.

That is, if they bloom. The few times I've planted iris, nothing happened. I may have planted them too deeply, which iris aren't supposed to like.

The experts say that iris should be planted in September and October for a spring bloom. Maybe that's for another part of the country. 

The experts also say that iris should be planted before the frost. We've had a couple of frosty mornings already, but I don't think the experts were talking about California climate.  A woman at the thrift shop where I got some baskets (25 cents for 2!) told me to cover the bulbs with leaves. That should keep them warm, she said. Fortunately, yesterday morning, I helped the Mama prune the apple tree. Each basket is topped with a layer of apple leaves and apple twigs to keep the leaves snuggly in place. I just hope the iris won't be suffocated. 

So, come spring, we shall see what surprises pop up. If nothing happens, I'll just sprinkle the baskets with flower seeds of some sort. Que sera, sera.

Today's Christmas song is "Carol of the Bells," a Ukrainian carol  performed by the electric Jake Shimabukuro on his ukulele and the U.S. Marine Forces Pacific Band.  Enjoy!