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The other night Kathy and I were watching TV.  Usually when the commercials come on I reach for the remote and mute them.  This night, however, I didn’t.  I was too lazy to reach a foot to get the remote.  When the commercial was finished I turned to Kathy and said, “Commercials aren’t what they use to be.  What’s missing from most is a catchy jingle.”

We then started remembering some of our favorite commercials from years ago.  Anyone remember Dinah Shore singing, “See the USA in a Chevrolet, America is asking you to call…”

Or what about Ethel Merman telling us , “You can trust you car to the man who wears a star, the big, bright Texaco star.”

A few more:

“Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener, that is what I’s truly like to be…..”

Oh you need fluff, fluff, fluff, to make a Fluffernutter…..”

“Ai yi yi yi, I am the Frito bandito…”

“I’m Chiquita banana and I’ve come to say…”

Here are a few without the product mentioned.  How many of them do you know?

1.  “Snap, what a happy sound.  Snap is the happiest sound I’ve found…”

2.  “Who walks the stairs alone or in pairs and makes the happiest sound…”

3.  “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.  I’d like to but the world a ________ and keep it company…”

4.  “Plop plop fizz fizz oh what a relief it is…”

5.  ________is a heavenly coffee better coffee a millionaire’s money can’t buy.”

6.  “Everybody doesn’t like something, but nobody doesn’t like ___________….”

7.  “Once upon a time there was an engineer.  Choo Choo Charlie was his name I hear…”

8.  “”Sometimes yo feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t…”

9.  You deserve a break today, so get out and get away to_____________…”

10.  “Candy coated popcorn, peanuts and a prize, that’s what you get in ___________________…”

In case you need the answers, here they are: 1(Rice Crispies), 2 (Slinky), 3 (Coke), 4 (Alka Seltzer), 5 (Chock Full of Nuts coffee),      7 (Good and Plenty), 8 (Almond Joy/ Mounds), 9 (McDonalds), 10 (Cracker Jack).

If you want to hear these jingles, here are a couple of you tube videos:  and      

What would you like to add to the list?



March 9, 2014 · 3:07 pm

We all know that it is better to give than receive.  We should all share what we have with others. Hogwash!  Some things should not be shared.  Being on the receiving end is not always the best.  Let me explain.

 For the last two weeks Kathy has had a cold.  (I can see that you already know where this is heading.)  She has been coughing and feeling pretty miserable.  She is now over it and is in much better shape.

 I, on the other hand, have started to feel lousy.  I feel achy.   My head is stuffed.  I have a cold.  Did Kathy have to give it to me?  Did she have to share it? 

 I know that it was not done on purpose.  She did her best to stay away from me, not sneeze on me, not touch something and then give it to me.  I still got it.  It is difficult living in the same house and not catching each other’s colds.  Goodness knows that I shared mine with her when I was working.

 I guess I should be glad I didn’t get sick the way I normally did at the end of September.  Something about lack of sleep and being around kids for seven hours a day seemed to bring on a cold much more quickly.

 I have my cup of tea and there is a can on Chicken Noodle Soup on the shelf to help me through this.  Getting a cold reminded me so something I had written a while back:



Carried on a wet wind

the seed implants itself in fertile ground

and germination begins.


The first sign of life

can be something as simple

as the clearing of the throat.


A mild irritant, nothing more

not given a thought until it is repeated

becoming a constant tickle that will not be coughed away.


Throughout the day the tickle turns

into an uncomfortable soreness

that by evening leaves the throat raspy.


A hearty voice

reduced to a whisper

inaudible to many.


The nose clogs

making breathing difficult-

blowing does not help.


Chicken Noodle soup and ibuprofen

replace the main meals

while a tissue becomes the hand’s permanent extension.


 The cold has blossomed!


November 12, 2013 · 4:55 pm

Today I feel that I am showing my age.  Kathy and I went over to our local food pantry to help out today.  Our community distributes food every other month.  We get there at about 7:00 to fill the bags.  Food distribution is from 8:00 to 10:00.  I help take the food out to the cars of the people who come.

To get there for 7:00 means getting up at 6:00 – not a really early time to get up.  However, I have been getting up around 8:00 so I set the alarm.  I was awake and raring to go.  I do enjoy helping out.  There is a good core group that works.

After we got home, had something to eat, got cleaned up, and read the paper, i was exhausted.  I couldn’t keep my eyes open so I did what I had to – I went and took a nap.  I crawled into bed for about an hour.  I feel refreshed now, but not ready to set the world on fire.  What can I say?  It’s an age thing.

I have found that I don;t need to set an alarm to get up every day.  Who needs an alarm when you have a cat?  Molly doesn’t seem to care if it is the weekend, or that I am now retired.  She wants her breakfast when she wants it.  She knows that repeatedly licking my face will get me up.  She has me well trained.

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July 17, 2013 · 8:34 pm

As I sit here waiting for my biscotti

As I sit here waiting for my biscotti to cool so that I can sample one I am thinking back on the day with our young writers.   I can’t believe that tomorrow is the last day.  This week has really flown by. The students were all typing away on their stories so that they will have something to read at tomorrow’s coffeehouse reading – hence the biscotti.

I have read snippets of their work and can’t wait to hear them read their own story in their voice.  Many of their parents will also attend eager to hear what their child has worked on all week.

Can you believe that June is just about over?  It seems that the older I get the quicker the time goes by.  As I was thinking about the grass that I should cut I remembered something that I had written years ago about summer.  I thought that I would include it.  Here it is:

Summer Sounds

 Incessant buzzing

A never-ending drone

Interrupts the beauty of nature’s song

Permeates an otherwise peaceful afternoon

The tranquility of the moment

Closed windows do not deaden the sound

Disturbed by the circular patterns

Round and round his house he goes

Of the insect orbiting my head

Cutting the same patch of grass

With no change in his flight pattern

Over and over again

I need my swatter

I wish it would rain


Now, something to ponder:

Why is something that is marketed as “new and improved” rarely either?

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June 27, 2013 · 8:22 pm