Howdy, folks! Glad to see you and be with you all again, if we manage to meet. I'm late to the party again, but at least I'm trying to drop off my "gift." Haha.
Link up with all the rest of S9ers - and Crazy Sam - here, if you want to play along this weekend.
Saturday 9: Your Mother Should Know (1967)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.1) This week's featured artists, The Beatles, invite us to get up and dance to a song that was a hit before your mother was born. Do you enjoy the oldies? How old must a song be before you consider it "old?"
I consider anything that was popular before I was born "old," but definitely anything that was popular at my parents' ages.
2) Paul McCartney knew bandmate John Lennon's mom, Julia, and credits her with introducing him to the ukulele. Do you recall any of your childhood friends' mothers with fondness?
Oh yeah, definitely. All my friends' moms gave me positive memories that I hang on to to this day, which is more than I can I say for what my stepmother did for them! :/
3) Paul's own mother, Mary, tried to instill in her son a sense of pride in his appearance and saw to it he always left the house in a clean, ironed shirt. Paul says that, to this day, when he smells fresh laundry, he thinks of his mum. Is there a scent or sound that reminds you of someone you love who is no longer with us?
Yes. Anything citrus, I love. It brings me back to my grandparents' condo. Grandma always had a bag of clementines ready whenever we got there to visit, partly because they were easy to open. But now, yeah, I love the small of all citrus (and really all fruit).
4) George Harrison was the only member of the band to have any formal musical training. His mother, Louise, supported her son's musical ambitions and made sure he got guitar lessons. Did you take music classes as a child?
Yes. After Mom died, I wanted to make sure her organ didn't sit idle, so I asked to start taking organ lessons, which I did. When my stepsister, A, asked to start taking lessons on my mother's same organ, I burned with frustration and anger. Shortly afterward, I stopped those lessons. (I was, like, 8.) Shortly after, I started vocal instruction, which I continued throughout school.
5) Ringo Starr was a sickly and often hospitalized little boy. His mother, Elsie, took a job as a barmaid so she could work at night, leaving her days free during visiting hours. When were you most recently in a hospital? Were you an admitted patient, there for an outpatient procedure, or visiting someone?
Crazily enough, it was not me as the patient for once. Just a few weeks ago, my husband took our 19-year-old son to the hospital after many complaints of abdominal pain, and of course, it turned out to be appendicitis. He had an appendectomy within hours.
6) Mother Winters always gave our own Crazy Sam peppermint tea to calm her stomach. Do you have any tried-and-true home remedies to share?
I don't really know home remedies, having grown up in a no-medicine cult such as I did. I have, however, developed a method to swallow a stray pill, or piece of food, or whatever that may be stuck in the throat and won't go down. It's worked for me countless times, so I finally started sharing it with my kids & hubs, and it still works!
7) Sam's mother always tips 15% in restaurants. Sam has worked in food service and is more judgmental, tipping between 10% and 25%, depending on the quality of the service. What's your tipping policy?
Mine is much like Crazy Sam's. Maybe exactly. And even in a place like Waffle House, where I might just have had a cup of coffee, I was taught by the office manager (and a friend) never to leave less than $2 for a tip. So that's what I do. Min of two bucks no matter what.
8) Sam's mother still gets the Sunday paper because of the sales fliers. She makes separate lists for each store, picking up grocery and household items where she knows they are on sale. Sam thinks her mother's strategy is a waste of time and gas and prefers one-stop shopping (even better, online one-stop shopping). Are you more like mother or daughter?
Hmm, well, somewhere in between. I don't get the paper, but I do order four copies of the Sunday coupons per week. I do my shopping almost entirely online, and it either gets shipped, or Rob goes to pick it up. It's very rare that I shop in-store and pay in-store. I do shop at multiple (online) stores, wherever there's a good deal that we can use.
9) Sam is celebrating Mother's Day with her mother's favorite, Hershey Bars. Would you prefer classic milk chocolate, dark chocolate or chocolate with almonds?
Mmm, mmm, mmm! Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, and I hope you're able to celebrate however you'd like best. Cheers!