Tuesday's Meme on Wednesday

Outside the sound of the crickets is subtle and sweet in the cool of the day.
I requested a cooler summer and I got it.
Humidity is low today and the temperature is a nice 78F. You could not ask for a better day.

Today I thought I would join in on Toni's Tuesday Meme and then post one of my own tomorrow.

#12 Arts & Entertainment

1. Favorite Quote or Saying?
I am drawing a complete blank.  I think there might be just far too many.

2. Favorite Poem or Ode?   
It is Robert Burn's  Flow Gently Sweet Afton though, like is not the word. It is, for me, bittersweet.
Flow gently, sweet Afton! amang thy green braes,
Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise;
My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream,
Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.

Thou stockdove whose echo resounds thro' the glen,
Ye wild whistling blackbirds in yon thorny den,
Thou green-crested lapwing thy screaming forbear,
I charge you, disturb not my slumbering Fair.

How lofty, sweet Afton, thy neighbouring hills,
Far mark'd with the courses of clear, winding rills;
There daily I wander as noon rises high,
My flocks and my Mary's sweet cot in my eye.

How pleasant thy banks and green valleys below,
Where, wild in the woodlands, the primroses blow;
There oft, as mild Ev'ning weeps over the lea,
The sweet-scented birk shades my Mary and me.

Thy crystal stream, Afton, how lovely it glides,
And winds by the cot where my Mary resides;
How wanton thy waters her snowy feet lave,
As, gathering sweet flowerets, she stems thy clear wave.

Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes,
Flow gently, sweet river, the theme of my lays;
My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream,
Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.

3. Favorite Line from a Play, Book or Movie?

There are a few. Here are 2 nice lines I enjoyed.
1.Kathleen Kelly to Joe Fox on their computer conversations in You've Got Mail:
"The odd thing about this form of communication is you're more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many... somethings. So, thanks. "

2.James Garner & Sally Field in Murphy's Romance:
  James as Murphy:I'm in love for the last time in my life.
 Sally as Emma:  I'm in love for the first time in my life.

4. Favorite TV Show of All Time?   
  They change with the times.
   Right now I am enjoying Sci Fi Channel's 'Haven'. I like the characters quite a bit.
I have enjoyed a lot of programs but, honestly, I can't pick just one but I loved so many when they were being televised like Spenser for Hire, Hawaii Five O.

Gongoozling ?

Tuesday night's rain storm was a big one.
It poured all night long and the front pond, which had been filled with only about 8    to 10 inches of water is now full to the brim which is about 20 inches up from the bottom.  
The front yard was a lake before morning. 
At 11:00 PM I padded into the kitchen to make a cup of Earl Grey and in the dark I watched rain cascading down in front of my kitchen window from the over-stuffed gutter above. 
Illuminated by the back porch light, it fell sparkling like streams of diamonds.  I couldn't stop looking at it and wished I knew how to photograph or record it.  My memory will have to suffice.
The tea was lovely and so was the episode of Rosemary and Thyme that I was watching called "The Gongoozlers".  I've seen it many times before but I always forget the endings anyway so , like Agatha Christie novels, I am always in for a surprise each time I see them!
What's a gongoozler you say?
Line breaks: gon|gooz¦ler
Pronunciation: /ɡɒŋˈɡuːzlə
Meaning:early 20th century (originally denoting a person who idly watched activity on a canal); rare before 1970: perhaps from Lincolnshire dialect gawn and gooze 'stare, gape'.

It got me thinking of speech.
Americans over all speak an English closer to that of Shakespeare's time since we are cut off from England and those pronunciations survived.
 I discovered that in a book about the history of the English language.
For instance we still use the word platter while it is not used as much. if at all, in other English speaking countries.      And, some areas of the US still speak in a Shakespearean era dialect no longer heard anywhere else.   Tangier Island off the Carolina coast is one such place  and on Youtube you can hear their accents.
They will say Hoy Toyd for high tide.

What kind of accent do you have?
South Jersey is a completely separate state from North Jersey, or so we like to joke.
I have lived in both places but was born in the north.  I have traces of both in my speech but in university, a professor of speech was able to nail down my origin almost to the very town!
I never knew I had an accent!
North and South are separated by the Raritan River and bridge.
There is a shore south Jersey and there is the deeper south Jersey which is centered nearer to Philadelphia and the Delmarva accent prevails.
The accents you might have heard on the program Jersey Shore are not authentic. Not one of them was from New Jersey at all!
Here is a very funny video about Philly accents which can also be heard in western south Jersey, some parts of Delaware and etc.

I've heard the 'mayin' for mine from my mother and grandmother who were from the Schuylkill county area of Pennsylvania.

South Jersey Accent:  (From Wikipedia:)
Main article: Delaware Valley accent
South Jersey and some areas of Central Jersey are primarily within the Philadelphia dialect region. One recognizable feature of this is the pronunciation of /oʊ/ (the vowel in go) as [ɜʊ], and this can also be found elsewhere in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. The overwhelming majority of the state shares this dialect although New Jerseyans and Philadelphians are usually incorrectly depicted in cinema as having a New York City accent such as in the film Rocky. An example of a cinematic depiction of a correct Philadelphian accent is in the film The Sixth Sense. (Because Bruce Willis is from South Jersey)
Visitors to South Jersey will notice the following usages standard in the Delaware Valley:

  Hoagie: This usual term for what might elsewhere be called a submarine sandwich.(Best place for hoagies/subs is in Bruce Willis' hometown too!)
   Wooder: the first vowel in the word water is rhymed with that of the verb put.
   Jimmies: used to refer to the chocolate or rainbow variety of sprinkles used on cakes and ice cream. The term is also used in the Boston and Baltimore areas but is uncommon in North Jersey.
  Joors: A slurred pronunciation of Drawers can be rhymed with doors.
  Tail: A common pronunciation of "towel" which sounds almost identical to the common pronunciation of "tail."

How do I say words?
 Cawfee for coffee.       Chawklet for chocolate.
Waw-der  for water (think Elisabeth Shue, also from New Jersey, in The Saint, one of my favorite movies. I highly recommend it.) It is an aww sound not an ahhh sound.
Tawk  for talk.
We say Fawther for father when in a hurry.   Melk for milk when speaking quickly as well.
Jeet yet? No Jew? (did you eat yet? no did you?)
All  of those words are common in all New Jersey not just north or south.
South Jerseyans know how to say Forked River.  (Fork-ED River as you would say the word 'jagged' as in jagged edge)
 We called sports shoes or gym shoes 'sneakers'.
We call the wagon you buy groceries in a 'shopping cart'.
We call bubbly fizzy drinks like Coca Cola 'soda'.  In Ohio when I was in the university they called it 'pop' and what we call stockings (panty hose) they called 'hose'.
They said 'sack' but we say 'bag'.
How about you?  Any particular words or phrases unique to your area? What is your accent?

Rainy Afternoon and a Meme

Rain! After a nice sunny spell we are having a little rain storm this afternoon. The fish in the pond are happy campers. They love when it rains. It's also Tuesday and that means I am joining in on Toni's meme.

#11 Personal Preferences (Fill In The Blanks)

1. Quiet evening at home or Out on the town?
Quiet evenings at home are nice but I love going out too.  I enjoy walking by the water, picnics,  eating out, seeing a good movie, plays, the opera, sight seeing or window shopping.  Of course, I don't get out much so I try to make the most of it when I do

2. Watch a movie or Reading a good book?
I like to read late at night. Watching a movie is an earlier activity for me .
I love watching television with my girls.

3. Order a meal or cooking one yourself?   I have never had a better meal out than I can cook at home but I love to have someone else cook every now and again.  I enjoy ordering out for pizza, etc.

4. Going for a walk or taking a ride in the car?    Either one. It really depends on where I am going.  I am still getting back into walking but I am doing more all the time.

Thanks for a great meme Toni!
Tonight the girls and I  get together for Pretty Little Liars. a highlight of my week.

"Gadgets "

Today's meme is entitled Gadgets You Can't Do Without

So many gadgets fill our lives today. Standard things of the past are gone or going and our youngest generation cannot really relate to a lot of it.
I have told the story of our youngest, now 6, who, seeing a pay phone in a lobby asked what in the world that thing was!
When told it was a phone she was amazed. It was so big.  Sadly it did not work anymore  because we wanted to let her make a call on it and see how the dial worked and how it sounded.
So, what new fangled gadgets fill your life now and have become staples you would rather not do without? ( I have expanded the meaning of gadget to include larger appliances and technologies)

1. What kitchen gadget do you rely on the most?  (this would include fancy coffee makers, mixers, microwaves, etc.)
 My computerized crock pot is a real treat! I use it to make meals in advance. Love it!
It cooks then automatically switches itself to warm. 
 I would also love a counter top water purifier that removes fluoride from water.
Many believe fluoride contributes to brittle bones and spinal problems. It makes bone hard, but brittle hard,not strong hard.

2. Could you handle going back to the pre-microwave days? How about the days of making coffee on a stove top percolator?
 I got a microwave for when I was recuperating from surgery to heat up meals my daughter had prepared for me.
 I barely use it at all anymore and can do quite nicely without it.
I like the old fashioned percolators. Love the sound of them percolating the coffee.
I love the sound of a whistling tea kettle too.

3. Would you miss your cell phone (If you have one. Some are still hold outs, God bless 'em)
    Not at all. I dislike my fancy cell.  I want my Princess back. It's little it's lovely, it lights!
I resent being on call 24 hours anytime, anywhere.  I dislike seeing people with phones glued to their ears all over the place and especially in cars! I dislike having to hear people talking on the phone in public. Just awful.

4.  Could you turn off your computer and never bother with it again?  I know we can all do what we have to do in emergencies, etc, but I mean could you make a voluntary decision not to use one anymore?
I would miss the opportunity for research and information that computer provides. I would very much miss my blogging friends too!
I watch old tv programs on computer as well.

5.  What about television?  Could you give it up for just radio?
That is before my time but,  I think I could as I listen to old time radio all the time even now and often prefer it to TV.

6. Would you trade modern music venues for old 33  1/3 snap, crackle and pop recordings?
No, I wouldn't like to except for occasional nostalgia. I often listen to old recordings from the 20s through the 50's on youtube just for fun.

Here is an old recording from 1934... before my time for sure but the song withstands the test of time.

Thusday Doings

My daughter's company does beach clean up as a way to help out the communities and on Take Your Daughter to work day the Famous Anonymous joined her.
 They are the two shorties (both are tiny)  in red shirts with long dark hair in the foreground of the photo.
Famous on left, daughter on right

 It is so important to keep what we have been given safe and clean and improve it when we can as well.

What a gorgeous day it is here today. 81F and lower humidity, sun shining, skies are bright blue and the tourists are happy!

Today was my last day of physical therapy for this year.
I have been in PT for over a year now and it is a year and 3 months since my spinal surgery.
Physical therapy has to be one of the most important parts of getting well that I can think of.  I can't imagine where I would be without it.  The improvement in my strength and abilities are night and day.
It was hard to say good bye to the wonderful team of therapists who helped me so very much.   I really hate to stop going.

I can begin again after January if the surgeon thinks I need more but in the meantime they have set up a home program for me to do on my own.   I was doing some exercises before  in between visits but, this is a bit more intense.

I am joining in Toni's Meme today:

#10 Time Tells All (Fill In The Blanks)

1. It's 9:00 AM Sunday and I'm usually having breakfast and reading the news at this time.

2. It's Noon On Monday and I'm usually having my lunch at this time.

3. It's 8:00 PM Wednesday and I'm usually doing  bible study or reading  at this time.

4. It's 5:30 PM Friday and I'm usually getting ready for the Sabbath  at this time.

This weeks ask and answer will be up tomorrow giving you plenty of time to consider answers.
Have a great evening!

Oh.. by the way. The 'sand dunes' in the photo in the last post are not real dunes. That is sand deposited by hurricane Sandy on the park grounds.  The park is a small island surrounded by bay and just across from our barrier islands.  Waves there assaulted the park and destroyed much of it.  Those piles of sand are just part of what was dumped there by nature during that awful storm.   We are a little community so work on removing the sand is slow as it is expensive.
On the barrier islands we do have real ones that are huge and very pretty.  Come to NJ for a vacation sometime and see!