Fall Back On The Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is sponsored by the American Tobacco Company, makers of Montclair menthol cigarettes. Just enough in every puff makes every puff a pleasure!

Okay, so it’s for a cigarette, but I think that’s a pretty classy commercial.

The Week That Was

It’s been a busy week here, with me starting aquatic therapy and Mary having one or more appointments. There have been so many, I forget which were last week, this week, or next week. The aquatic therapy has made life a wee bit more comfortable, but I’m still sliding down the stairs on my rear end. It’s getting better, though, and going up the stairs is a little easier. And I’ve been sleeping well, and the therapy is helping with the lymphedema, which is something I’m resigned to live with the rest of my life.

Here’s the summary for last week.

I took this week’s theme, “Hallowe’en,” and decided that, since Hallowe’en is the day before All Saints’ Day, I would feature ten songs with “saint” in the title. You came through in typical fashion and gave me ten more songs, then Stephen T. McCarthy gave me two more, which I’ve added to Friday’s playlist.

The lovely Jo Stafford was this week’s featured artist. She had a wonderful classically-trained voice and did some great songs, including her signature song, “You Belong To Me.”

I found a great line on Instagram and would have embedded the image, except that the user didn’t allow it, so I created my own image and embedded that. I noticed that there are quite a few users that do that, don’t allow people to embed their images. Actually, I think it’s one user that maintains multiple accounts, all of which tell you to follow the other accounts so they look like social media geniuses.

Manic Monday’s song was “Turn The Page,” by Bob Seger. I likened the phrase “turning the page” to a book, or a classic movie that used a book as a sort of theme for the beginning and ending, with the pages being turned by someone. At the end, I wished everyone who’s doing National Novel Writing Month (commonly known as NaNoWriMo) good luck. It reminds me that I have a book to pull together…

The prompt I used was to write about my black cat, and I wrote about the three black kitties (okay, two black and one tuxedo) I had pictures of. There were others, I just didn’t have pictures of them. Black cats have been the victims of superstition and don’t get adopted as eeasily as others, so if you’re looking to adopt a cat or three, consider a black one, especially an older black one. Fur color has no effect on the cat’s personality, and black ones just seem sillier and more affectionate, maybe because they need forever homes.

The prompt was “shortcut/cut short.” I was never one to take shortcuts, preferring the long way whenever possible, because it gave me time to myself. This made Dan think about Supertramp’s song “Take The Long Way Home,” from their 1979 album Breakfast In America, one of his and my favorite songs, and evidently several people’s favorite.

That one reached #10 in 1979. That was the year I ended up mentoring the son of the company president back when I was young, thin, and working as a supervisor in a factory because I wanted to use my Production Management degree. I thought he was going to be a pain in the rear end, but the first night he showed up in a Supertramp t-shirt, and I decided he was OK. His dad was the pain in the rear end.

No real surprises planned for this week, because it’s going to be a long one. Tomorrow’s M4 is already more or less in the can, and while I was writing this my one-liner for Wednesday came to me. I have an idea for Tuesday, and now that I can figure out what the Writer’s Workshop prompts will be I can get that together. I think I said this Friday I’d be doing TV Themes, which I haven’t done in a while. And I’m still waiting on Sandi’s Manic Monday post, so you have that to look forward to, and Linda’s Stream of Consciousness one.

JoAnna, Dan Antion, J-Dub, Birgit, Janet, Barbara in Caneyhead, Deborah Drucker, Annie @ McGuffy’s Reader, Eugenia, SDC, Stephen T. McCarthy, Maggie Wilson, HilaryMB, Mama Kat, Cathy Kennedy, madamdreamweaver, Abby, Joey, Arlee Bird, cleemckenzie, J.Gi Federizo, Mary Lou, brother Kip, cousin Chas Fox, Ed Thierbach, Janie Junebug, Uncle Jack Connelly, XmasDolly, 15 And Meowing, Sandi, Jeanne Owens, Michele, Stacy Uncorked, Alana Mautone, Hailey and Zaphod and Their Lady, and everyone else who visited and/or gave me a “like.”

And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!

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Author: John Holton

I'm a writer and blogger who writes and blogs about things that interest me.

14 thoughts on “Fall Back On The Week That Was”

  1. Don’t know how you do such a good job with a new post every day. I have anough trouble coming up with new subjects every week fitting in with some aspect of travel, architectural or wildlife photography.

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    1. For one thing, I don’t have a whole lot going on. For another, I have a theme for each day (MMMM, Two for Tuesday, etc.). And maybe most important, I’ve been doing it for over three years, and I don’t want to break the chain, as it were, so it’s a daily assignment. It’s now become such a habit that I just hit the keyboard when I have time. I do several posts at a time some days. Today I also finished the one for tomorrow and for Wednesday, and over the next couple of days I’ll finish off the week and probably look ahead to the next couple of weeks.

      I thought the stuff you did around the eclipse was great.

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  2. John,

    I enjoy catching your recap of the week that was usually on Monday mornings. Please don’t ever feel like your mewsic posts are in the can cause if you have mewsic to share then that’s all that matters to the 4M crew but if you’re running short on time then I totally get you there. Sometimes somethings have to give and it may not be want you want to give up but necessary to keep your sanity. I’m off to do a little baking. Have a good week, my friend!

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  3. Glad you are f8nally able to go to Aquafit. Being in water does help the chronic pain and I hope you will only improve more as time goes on. To me, it sounds like you had a busy week. I always loved black cats and black dogs. I feel so bad that cats even are killed around the time of Halloween. My ex’s sister in law and niece both work at the Humane Society and implore people to keep their cats inside especially the black ones. Many cats end up killed usually because of some ritual…sad isn’t it?

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    1. It is terrible that people don’t realize that just because an animal has black fur that there isn’t anything inherently evil about them, that they’re just doggies and kitties. I wonder sometimes about the people that think their deity demands the sacrifice of an animal…

      The therapy is helping, but I’m finding I’m tired and sore when I get done. Maybe that’s a good thing…

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  4. Glad you’re feeling even a wee bit more comfortable, hope it continues to help. And glad you shared the song today, because I Googled it the other day when Dan mentioned it! I shall listen again.
    It is a classy commercial, even if it’s for cigarettes. It makes me want to smoke (in theory) and paint my nails (for real!) 🙂

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