Clean Out The Closet

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen that last night I dreamt I cleaned out my closet and got rid of a lot of stuff.

When I woke up this morning and remembered the dream, I was kind of amused. I’ve been determined to get organized this fall, so I’ve purchased a lot of storage boxes (which are now sitting in my kitchen). I figured the boxes were calling to me.

But the more I thought about the dream, the more I realized it went deeper than that.

Traveling Time

I just got back from spending a longish weekend with my sister, brother-in-law and niece. Since they live about 400 miles away from me, and are pretty rural, flying is not a good option. That meant a lot of traveling time.

It’s about an eight hour drive each way, but I don’t usually mind too much once I get going. Don’t get me wrong – BEFORE I go, I’m a total wreck. But once I’m out on the highway I settle down until I hit traffic or construction.

Classical Music, Muppet Style

Because I a) love classical music, b) love the Muppets and c) don’t have a blog post prepared for today, I thought I would share some of my favorite YouTube clips in which the Muppets perform some pieces of classical music in their own muppety style.

First: An Ode to Joy as you’ve never heard it before. Well, unless you’ve already seen this.

Next: A free-range interpretation of Johann Strauss.

And finally, because I just couldn’t resist, a different kind of classic. Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. MAMAAAAA!!! MAMMMA??? LOL

Two Of My Favorite Gene Kelly Movies

I’ve been thinking about Gene Kelly lately. There are several reasons for this:

1) I’ve been arguing with my mother about which Gene Kelly movies are the best. She says “Summer Stock” and “Brigadoon”. I say “Singin’ in the Rain” and “The Pirate”. She tolerates “Singin’ in the Rain” and she hates “The Pirate”. I call her a cretin.

2) It’s been raining at the Palatial Horvath Estate almost constantly for the past few weeks. Ergo, I have been, um, singing in the rain.  (da-DAH-dum)

3) Gene Kelly was really hot.

One Of The Stupidest Things I’ve Ever Done

For some reason I’ve been listening to the songs of my teens and young adulthood this week. That means Meat Loaf, Queen, Styx (the Tommy Shaw songs, not Dennis DeYoung), Steve Miller Band, the Cars, and of course, Bruce Springsteen. I still love this music, and I still know all of the lyrics, even the silly ones (and some of them are pretty darn silly).

I think that I’ve already mentioned my young-adult infatuation with Bruce Springsteen. I don’t listen to him much anymore, though. That’s because listening him always reminds me of One Of The Stupidest Things I’ve Ever Done.

Photos From The Estate

It was a beautiful day here at the Palatial Horvath Estate. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and Betsy was mowing the lawn because she got tired of waiting for Philippe the houseboy to do it.

The upshot of the whole thing was that I didn’t write a blog post.  Instead, I thought I would entertain you with photographs taken today around the estate.  So, here we go –

First, a happy seedum…


Oops, here’s a very UNHAPPY clematis –