Monday, November 3, 2008

Monday Musings

It looks as if we are going to have a bit of Indian Summer here in Upstate New York this week. I'm still battling my cold (or whatever in the world this is I'm suffering). By times I feel much better and then , as my daughters say, "Not so much!". Whatever, I am trying to reassert myself into the land of the living.

We did go out on Saturday evening; first to a delightful German Dinner.

The dining room was pretty much full all the time. I think they served over 200 people; a lot for our small community.

The German Band. These kids, mostly ninth graders, did a great job and really got into the spirit of the night.

The Frau! Shelly is the force behind "all things German" in our school.

After the dinner, we were off to the Auditorium Theatre for a 60's concert featuring, The Happening, Gary Puckett, The Association, and Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone. Although we will readily admit that at least one of the groups should have hung it up a long time ago, we had a really good time. The show was "sold out". I just can't get over all the OLD people who come out to these things! LOL

We were especially entertained by Herman's Hermits. Although they only had two real hits that I can remember, Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter and Henry the Eighth, they sang and played many oldies that we could sing along to. Their rousing presentation of "Enry the Eighth" had us dancing in our seats.

Alas, it was a late evening for these oldies and we skipped dessert and came home to turn our clocks back.

A couple of weeks ago, Cheryl, posted some questions on her Random Tuesdays blog. I thought I'd speak to those questions today.

1. Which do you prefer, Winter, Spring, Summer of Fall?

My answer to that is complicated. Although I love the change of seasons, I easily tire of winter. When the old man makes his first appearance with beautiful white garments, I am thrilled and enamored. However, I am a fickle lover and soon want to go on to lovely Spring. In spite of the mud and mess that first heralds her arrival, Spring is so beautiful and winsome. Who doesn't love Spring. Fall too, has its beauty and wonder. If it weren't that it bodes the coming of winter, it might be my favorite, but no! In my mind and heart, nothing compares with Summer. Somehow I associate Summer with the loss of cares and responsibilities, lazing in the shade of a tree reading a good book, dinners on the grill, evenings on the screen porch, sleeping late in the morning. Maybe it's because Summer brings back the carefree days of my youth, whatever, Summer wins out as my favorite.

2. Who is your favorite Disney Princess?

If we're talking Disney princesses, there is no competition. It's hands down, Cinderella. I was probably about three when I first remember the beauty of Cinderella and those talking mice. The sweet fairy godmother (who I think was fashioned after my grandmother), the pumpkin coach, and of course, the handsome prince. I was smitten.

BUT, if we are talking all time princesses from anywhere? Well then, give me good old Princess Summer-Fall-Winter-Spring from Howdy Doody. Kowabunga! Buffalo Bob. That chick was some cool princess, a role model for all us baby boomers!

3. Last book I read, and what I'm reading now.

The last book I read was Robert Parker's latest Spenser novel. Honestly, a bit of a disappointment, as have most of his recent books been to me. What I'm reading now; actually, two books. I'm reading a biography of Ernie Davis. We just saw the movie, The Express which I highly recommend. I'm also reading a William Tapply,Brady Coyne mystery which I'm really into. Certainly not rocket science, but a relaxing read.

4. What three things scare you?

Spiders, Satan Worship and Silverfish.

5. What would be your campaign slogan if running for office?

This is so funny because we just recently had coffee with our friends, Roy and Shirley, and Shirley asked me to run for president. She said if I won would I institute a policy where people who hated commercials could pay extra and not have to have them on their TV's. So my slogan would be "Vote for Pam - No more commercials".

6. What are you looking forward to this fall?

Oh, so much. First of all, we are off to visit my MIL and BIL and SIL this week. I will also have lunch with my aunts and my favorite cousin. Who could ask for more? Then we have Thanksgiving in Las Vegas with Brian and Gretchen. Next we have the whole wonderful Christmas season which I love, love, love. There will be concerts, dinner parties, a wedding, the Christmas Eve program at church, and hopefully a trip to Chicago after Christmas to visit Paige and her friends. As part of all that, we get to decorate the house, shop for gifts, wrap them, bake. I'm all ashiver!

7. What are you craving right now?

Actually, nothing in particular? I know when we go to Vegas we'll have some really good Balboa pizza and probably some yummy Stone Cold Creamery ice cream. That sounds good.

8. What's the last thing that made you laugh out loud?

Although I laugh out loud every day, I was rolling in the aisles on Saturday evening with Herman's Hermits and Peter Noone. He is one funny entertainer.

With that, I'm going to say "Good Day to You". We're off for our walk and if I'm lucky, lunch out.

~Hippo Hugs~


Dagmar said...

Hi Pam;
Thanks for your nice comments yes we are happy to be here in the sun in AZ...blessing to you.

Winifred said...

Pam I remember Herman's Hermits.

My favourites were There's a Kind of Hush all Over the World, No Milk Today and I'm Into Something Good. I can't believe he' still around. He must live in the USA, haven't heard of him since the sixties.

Remember Gary Puckett singing Young Girl, I loved that.

That's a blast from the past alright. How great!

hippo chick said...

Winifred, They actually had more hits than I had given them credit for. Remmeber, Bus Stop? I loved that one and they didn't sing it.

Cheryl Wray said...

I loved your answers to these questions!!

The German dinner sounds really nice. There's not much German stuff around here, to tell the truth. (Although one of my best friends is from NY and from good German stock. When we were in college, I'd go to the Oktoberfest with her).

Great post (as always!)!

Renie Burghardt said...

Wow, Pam, you always have such exciting things going on. Loved Herman's Hermit's and Gary Pucket as well. Must have been a fun concert. And German food is always "sehr gut!" :-)

I used to be fluent in German (and Hungarian) but these days, I can barely remember either language.

Your Thanksgiving in Vegas sounds exciting. My daughter and family will be spending Thanksgiving in the woods with me. I can hardly wait.

Hope you're feeling much better by today. Have a great rest of the week.



Nancy said...

You do the most interesting posts, know that? I was thoroughly engrossed while reading this one!

The concert sounded like such fun! Always fun to go back to those fun days, huh?

And the dinner? Yum! Know it was good! Did I tell you that we had our geneology done and that my paternal grandfather was of German stock? We never knew that! He died when my dad was jsut 5 years old, so we were never told much about him.

Your holidays sound like fun! It is so good to keep busy like that! And I know you are happy to go visit your girls, too!

Loved your answers to the questions! You're a hoot and always such a fun friend!

(((((( HUGS ))))))