Thursday Thoughts

Getting Into the 80s Groove
One of the conversations Bec and I had while traveling to and from Nebraska last week was one in which I admitted to her that I didn’t understand a country song that is popular and played regularly right now on most country stations. The song is by Jake Owen, and it’s called I Was Jack (You Were Diane)Who in the heck are Jack and Diane? I asked her. She looked at me with barely-contained horror, and said it referred to that song by John Mellencamp. You know. THAT song. Well, I’m afraid I had never heard of that song. In 1982, John Mellencamp — who was then known as John Cougar — wrote and recorded a song called Jack & Diane. It’s considered by the Recording Industry Association of America to be one of the “songs of the century.” And I’d never heard of it. My apologies. I sort of missed that decade. In 1982, I was busy with a two-year-old, a full-time job, and an unhappy marriage. I barely remember Fleetwood Mac. But Bec issued a challenge in an email yesterday: Since you taught yourself to like whiskey, it’s now time to learn more about John Mellencamp. So I am setting out to learn all about John Mellencamp. I’ve already learned that he was also known as John Cougar, and I know that Keith Urban wrote a song about John Cougar. If I can learn to listen to John Mellencamp while drinking whiskey, that might be even better.

Stop Growing Up
My grandkids are growing up too darn fast. Yesterday Kaiya turned 10. T-E-N!!!!! How can she be getting older when I’m staying the same age?…..Found It
Before we left for Nebraska, I spent an hour or so with Dagny and Maggie Faith geocaching in our neighborhood. We were looking for a specific cache not far from our house. Alas, though we spent a full hour hunting, we were completely unable to locate the treasure. However, while sitting around our hotel room in Columbus last Friday, wondering what to do, I absent-mindedly began looking to see if there were any geocaches nearby. Lo, and behold! There were two within a half-mile walk. So I dragged Bec along with me and I am happy to say I found two out of two. I felt a bit vindicated…..

CAN’t Help Myself
Due to miscommunication, last week when Dagny and I made pies, both Jll and I bought packages of frozen cherries. We only used a couple of bags, so I had plenty left. Not being particular fans of cherries, I wasn’t sure what to do with the remaining cherries, but only knew that they were taking up precious space in my smallish freezer. Voila! I made cherry jam, which I took over to the McLains, who are lovers of All Things Cherry. I didn’t wait around to see if it was any good…..

Boom Boom Boom
As I am writing this blog post, a crew from Pella is installing new windows on the front of our house. We put in new windows in the back of our house a number of years ago, and finally decided to finish the job. Here is the before picture…..

The “after” picture is still to come.


One thought on “Thursday Thoughts

  1. I’m glad you have that before pic of the house. It really will look very different after the construction and after the new windows are installed.
    Here’s a tip. Start listening to the radio in the car and the world of music won’t pass you by. 😘

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