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I’m on holiday (in my yard…)

My cousin Donna is visiting from the far-far-far north and she is happy just hanging out. When she left her home in Fort Nelson (1,000 miles north of Vancouver, BC, Canada) the temperature was -32 C. Today, out in my yard, it was +32 C. Quite a difference… “eh?”

This is Spring Break and Donna says there is still lots of snow in her town… the only birds she sees are huge black ravens and of course, no flowers dare peek through the frozen ground. In my garden today, we saw parrots, turtle doves and hummingbirds. Hibiscus, orchids and oleander bloom in abundance.

At first glance, it would seem that Merida is a much easier place to live. But one must look a tad deeper. Four years ago, Donna who is from Vancouver Island moved to her new home, located at Mile 300 on the Alaska Highway. She sees moose, elk and bears any old time. The clear running rivers converge in her town, providing spectacular views. A host of interesting and odd characters provide plenty of fodder for funny stories. She has grown to love the place.                                                              

As a middle school principal, Donna holds an important position in the community and she is proud that her efforts have been well received. Her move afforded her an extremely interesting career change.

When we were young girls, we didn’t get to see one another too often but when that happened, it felt like a holiday… and that has not changed one iota! Certainly we never imagined that we would end up in such diverse corners of the world.

So for the next week, we’re going to laze by the pool, have happy hour with groovy great music playing (kinda’ loud…) We’ll go out for dinner, and maybe do a little shopping too… that’s what you do when you’re on holiday… “eh?”

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My Mellow Music

My post, “Three Dog Night and Other Delights” elicited a barrage  of e-mails. Such as the one from M.H. who asked, “Tell me it isn’t so; you don’t really like ‘Easy to be Hard’

Actually I don’t have any feelings one way or the other about that song or for any by those other ‘constantly-changing-tempo-in-the-same-song’ groups. No, I like the ballad-singing boys: Leonard Cohen ; (Suzanne) Gordon Lightfoot (Softly), Elton John (Your Song) and, of course, Bob Dylan (Lay Lady Lay)

Then too, I love Cream, Jimi Hendricks, The Moody Blues and the Doors. In fact the last timeJorge and I were in Paris, we went to see Jim Morrison at Pere-LaChaise.

I could never get very interested in the heavier stuff as it came along, but I do have a fond memory of listening to AC/DC, Black Sabbath and KISS at full volume as I rode with a bunch of friends down to the beach.

In the 70s, I was also very into Roberta Flack, Tina Turner and Carol King.

The decade also gave birth to some one-hit-wonders I’ll NEVER EVER get tired of “Midnight at the Oasis” , “Margaritaville”, and “In the Summertime

Forty years later, I have a long list of “new” favorite artists and musical genres but I must confess, the 60s and 70s stuff is still what moves me most! How about you?

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