National Commercial Day

Woo hoo, it's National Radio Commercial Day.
 Now, everyone knows I love listening to old time radio but playing radio commercials on a blog might be a bit boring for some people so I decided to share a few old television commercials with you. I think they're good fun.
I especially like the Jeno's Pizza Roll commercial which combines satires of a Mrs. Olson Folgers commercial, one for a mouth wash and a detergent for a laugh.
Do you remember any of them? Have a favorite?
Celebrate the day by watching a few of these classic commercials. 


The Ipana commercial brags of being better than fluoride toothpastes.
Too bad more of us didn't listen as we now know that fluoride lowers IQ in children, makes bones brittle and has some very nasty side effects!

Notice Sandra Dee in the Coca Cola commercial? Now that is a genuine North Jersey accent.

I hope you enjoyed this commercial interruption.

Tuesday Afternoon

Trumpet vines are blooming like crazy
Another beautiful day outside today but I keep thinking it is Wednesday since my girls and I
had a Pretty Little Liars mini marathon last night and that is usually on Tuesday.

 We will get together again tonight for the season finale but last night we began introducing my daughter to the entire series.
She came in late to the series so we are watching it from the beginning again to catch her up and for us to look for clues in the 'who done it' series.

 Toni has her meme up and I am taking part.

#13 Questions, Silly Questions

1. Who is the last person you talked to?   My girls last night

2. What is your weather like right now?   It is 1:16 in the afternoon and it is sunny, 80°F, 70% humidity, but very pleasant.

3. Where will you be this weekend?      Here by the bay.

4. What's for dinner tonight?  Hamburger, vegetable and baked potato.

The Question of Blogging

Summers here at the  New Jersey shore have been hot and humid and far too tropical in the last decade or so.
 This summer, however, things are cooler and the humidity is moderate and lower like it was when I was a child.   It's lovely.
My windows are wide open and the house is just right.
I can hear the boats on the bay, woodpeckers and gulls.  Perfect day.

Beach roses by the bay

So what about blogging?
Proverbs says, "Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body."  It also says, 'From the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.'   Good words to remember when writing!

 Here are my thoughts on blogging.
To me, blogging is about keeping a record of your days, months, years, significant events and ordinary day to day life.
I feel so sad when people let their blogs go or worse, take them down.  It is a great loss.
An important record and memorial of their life is gone.
Blogging can be a way to let your family and friends know how you are and who you are.
It is a way to share yourself with others, make friends, and learn .
You can stretch out beyond 'self' and let other people into your life.  You can feel with them, empathize with them, show concern, say a prayer for them, encourage and help with your words.

So many people who never comment on a blog read them faithfully and your blog may be important to more than just a few people.
You never know whose life you might touch with words or ideas that to you are mundane and ordinary but to another might be so important.
   It is a form of giving and sharing.
Blogging helps you crystallize thoughts.    You can see your life on paper, as it were, and it can help you see things you never saw before.  It can aid in personal growth and discovery.

Blogging  is a community.   As we blog and share we grow as a community even though we may be far apart or even half a world away.   We become a family and in this divided world I think that is so important.  Bridges are built and differences become unimportant.
  Personally I love to see what others do for cooking, cleaning tips, crafts, ideas, trips, what you are reading, watching, doing.
 I enjoy seeing progress on projects people are engaged in, home improvements, how you solve problems, your vacation photos, your pets, your hobbies, your yard, your life.   I love it all and I think others do as well.
Your life is interesting whether you realize it or not and we human beings relate to one another not just in the big exciting things but in the daily things we all do.
Blogging brings the world into your own backyard in a way that the little blurbs of twitter and Facebook can never do.

What do you think?

Your Vacation...What is it Like?

This week's meme is all getting away from it all.

1. You have a choice of 3 vacation spots.  Choose one, tell us why, please?
I have linked each one so you can choose. 
Steps beach, Nantucket
     a.  Santa Barbara, California
     b.  Nantucket , Massachusetts
     c.  Montana's national parks
While I am really drawn to Montana, (never been there and love the west), with my spine I will stick with the beauty and relaxing atmosphere of Nantucket.  It isn't really much different from where I live now, but I adore the beach wherever I go and I love Massachusetts (as well as Nova Scotia and PEI in summer).
I could have a fabulous time in any of the three.   
My daughter was in Santa Barbara and said it was gorgeous.

2. Will you stay in a hotel or a bed and breakfast?
This rental cottage actually is similar in style to my cottage
though this seems a bit smaller. I have white beach roses
climbing on the chimney
and a large bay window

      I would rent a cottage or a nice hotel please.  

 Back in the day I would have camped out in Montana and loved it.    Now, a nice hotel in Nantucket will suit me just fine.

3.  Local fare for meals--places the locals recommend--  gourmet restaurants or whatever suits you?
      Local hangouts are always the best food but nothing wrong with a nice treat at a fancy     restaurant one night and a tourist trap another day!  Vacations are for fun.
I bring along some things  just in case too!

4.  Do you bring along paperbacks to read or will you be too busy?
      I will buy them there if I find I have time for reading on the beach,etc.  But I usually like to get around a lot on vacations. I want to see everything I can and experience the place.

5. Do you bring home souvenirs? 
Yes .And little gifts for the family/friends.

 6. Will you fly? Take the train?  Drive?
      I would drive to Nantucket. Not that far after all and the drive would be as nice as the   vacation.  I love car trips!

7. Do you take in the night life or turn in early?
     Night life, thank you.   
Not clubs etc. but I do like to have a late dessert and coffee at a local place while on vacation.  I  enjoy a walk  in town after the sunsets as well.  Nice to stop for pizza or ice cream, smell the evening breeze,etc.

8. Up and at em early or are you sleeping in?
    Not too early. It is a vacation after all.

9. Big breakfast?
     Oh yes. Bring on the waffles and french toast. Heavy on the real maple syrup please.
Yes, I would love fried potatoes.  Mushrooms and tomatoes fried also please.
A cup of cream flavored with coffee would be nice too! ;)

As always,let us know in comments if you join in so we can visit and read your answers.
Nosey curious bloggers want to know!

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.