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My Other Car’s a Porsche!

This picture is a lesson in ingenuity. No wagon? Just strip down a Yogo and attach a horse. There is room for the kiddies in the back and if it rains there is cover.

New Words in the Dictionary

Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

You probably have heard it on the news or read it on-line, that the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary is adding its annual updated words.  Since the English language is referred to as a “living language” where new words are constantly being made and replaced.  In order to keep the dictionary up to date with all the newest words, Merriam-Webster adds 100 of the most used words to its edition annually.

This year there is quite a controversy on the words chosen for the 2012 update to the dictionary. The hullabaloo surrounds the word F-bomb because of it reference to the four letter F-word.  However, Kory Stamper, the associate editor for Merriam-Webster, lobbied for the word based on its usage and history in the daily language.

Other words that have made the 2012 up-date are:

  • Aha-moment made famous by Oprah

  • E-reader

  • Man cave – thank you HGTV

  • Bucket list

  • Energy drink

  • Earworm- meaning a song that gets stuck in your head.

  • Craft beer

  • Tipping point

  • Game changer

  • Flexitarian –A person who is a vegetarian but sometimes eats meat or fish.

  • Gassed – meaning tired or exhausted

It is amazing that so many words that start out as slang terms end up in the dictionary.   Do you remember when byte, hard drive, and the Internet were just computer geek words?  They, too, eventually made it into the dictionary.  It will be interesting to see what words will show up in the 2013 dictionary up-date.

References

ITALIE, L. (2012, 8 13). F-bomb, Sexting Among New Words In Merriam-Webster Dictionary . Retrieved from TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/13/fbomb-sexting-among-100-d_n_1774070.html

Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. (2012). Retrieved from Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary: http://www.merriam-webster.com/

New 2012 Words Added to Dictionary. (2012). Retrieved from Squidoo, LLC : http://www.squidoo.com/new-words-added-to-dictionary

 

 

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Night Owl vs Early Bird

    

My internal clock is set for burning the midnight oil and eating midnight snacks.  I am not sure why I enjoy staying up late and sleeping in, but I have always been dubbed a “night owl”.  I think it runs in my family.  My grandmother would stay up late watching TV until the screen went fuzzy.   I too have been known to go to bed with the birds singing.

     The problem is that it is so very difficult to live and work in a world that demands that I wake up with the birds.  It is especially hard, after a long summer break, to suddenly wake up and live on a morning person’s schedule.  Coffee and lots of it is required to survive.

     Morning people are a different breed from Night Owls.  They enjoy waking up to the sunlight and have no trouble getting all their work done before 8:00 P.M.  As a Night Owl, I start doing my best work at 8:00 P.M. and the creativity is really flowing after midnight when those early birds are fast asleep.   Going back to the world that strives on daylight time requires enormous energy for me. 

     The phrase of “Thank God It Is Friday” has a special meaning to a Night Owl, because it means that I can stay up late, once again.  The alarm is set to off and creativity flows once more.  The hardest part is going back to the weekday schedule and falling asleep on Sunday night.   I am a night owl living in an early bird world!

 

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This is a scary article that makes me wonder at the state of our world.  It seems that our natural resources in the ocean, lakes, and streams are dying by the thousands.  How are we going to fix this problem?  Is there a fix?  I’d love to know your thoughts on this issue. Please share.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge:Merge

Photo taken by J. Ahern at the Brookfield Zoo exhibit Zoo Bugs.

       This is an example of how bugs merge and camouflage themselves to avoid becoming dinner for another bug or animal.  Brookfield Zoo’s interpretation of this is a bit extreme, however, the name of the exhibit is “Extreme Bugs”.   Some people believe that the “Lady Bug” is a lucky and magical bug.  It is said that if a Lady Bug lands on you, then good luck will follow.  I wonder if this extreme Lady Bug is even luckier than the average garden variety.

       There is a story from the Middle Ages where the crops were being eaten by insects, and people were starving.  They prayed to The Virgin Mary for relief.  The village was disappointed in their prayers when they discovered yet another insect in their fields.  Their disappointment was short-lived, however, when they realized that these bugs were killing the insects that had been dining on their food supply.  They called these wonder bugs, Lady Bugs. 

       Lady Bugs love to eat aphids. So if you have aphids on your roses or tomatoes, head on over to the garden center and purchase a carton of Lady Bugs.  They are sure  to solve your problem. 

     Check out the Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge at the Daily Post.  You still have time to submit a photo.

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TRIPLE CROWN OF AWARDS

 

After experiencing some computer, issues that I am still working on, I realized that I did not blog yesterday.  Consequently, Grandmother Musings was set to Elvis for two days.  I think he deserves some recognition, but his time is over with tonight.  Sorry Elvis, but now I have some recognitions of my own that I would like to share.  It seems that I am having a triple play of awards.

To all of my nominees, please accept your nominations as a gift.  You are all wonderful bloggers and deserve to be recognized for your efforts.  However, I understand the amount of time and energy one has to devote to receiving an award, so please take all the time you need.  If you would rather not participate, I understand that, too.  No strings are attached to your nomination only LOVE.    

First, is the “Super Sweet Award” that Diane at hometogo232 shared with me last week.  Diane is a “Super Sweet” friend and deserves to be awarded for her kind heart and great blog.  Please visit Diane’s blog at hometogo232.

The Rules for the “Super Sweet Award” :

1. Give credit to the wonderful person who chose to nominate you.

2. Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.

3. Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen (13) blogs.

Super Sweet questions:

1.  Cookies or Cake?  

I love homemade chocolate chip cookies.

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Definitely chocolate for me!

 3. What is your favorite sweet treat?

Cannoli – when I can get it!

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

I crave sweet things in the evening after dinner.

5.   If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

Sweety

Baker’s Dozen Nominees:

Raven’s Witch

Rezick Family Kitchen

Carly Sarah

Virgilkumar

Funandmorebykay

Peace the consciousness, the transitoriness, your existence.

Melissa I. Hassard

Life Textures

WannaBeSpiritual

News of the times

rfljenksy – Practicing Simplicity

Travel. Culture. Food.

Awakening

Please visit, like, and leave a “Super Sweet” comment for all of these wonderful blogs!

 

The Beautiful Blogger Award is the second award in this trifecta that I am blessed with receiving is from nutsfortreasure who has a fantastic blog entitled, Living and Loving.  She also blogs on 20 Lines or Less with inspiring poetry, stories and photos. Nutsfortreasure is definitely someone you will want to get to know. Please visit and make a few comments!

The Rules for The Beautiful Blogger Award:

1. Write a little something about the Beautiful Blogger who nominated you with the award.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Nominate 7 other bloggers for the award.

7 Things About Grandmother Musings

1. My kindle has a green cover.

2.  I eat a banana every day.

3. My mother’s Trick or Treat was me!

4.  When the baggers at the grocery store put my fruit & veggies with my meat, I create a scene.

5.  Family game night is one of my favorite nights.

6.  You NEVER want my head to pop off and fly around the room.

7.  I try hard to “do unto others as I would want them to do unto me”.

7 Nominees for The Beautiful Blogger Award:

Patwoodblogging

Joy in the Moments

Life Seeds

Authentic Photography

Ramblings of a Asparagus

Russel Ray Photos

Advocatemmmohan

 

Please visit, like, and leave a “Beautiful” comment for all of these wonderful blogs!

 

Last, but as important, is The Versatile Blogger Award, shared with me today by Wealthymatters.  Her blog gives pertinent information about wealth building, entrepreneurship, and other wealth tidbits. She has a Siamese cat and has recently adopted a crow chick with a broken wing. She is a resourceful and multifaceted blogger and very deserving of her own Versatile Blogger Award.  I am honored that she chose Grandmother Musings for her nominations. Please visit wealthymatters!

The Versatile Blogger Award Rules:

1. Recognize and thank the person who gave you the nomination.

2. Write 7 things about yourself.

3. Nominate 15 Bloggers

7 Things About Grandmother Musings

1. I made chicken soup and spaghetti & meatballs, today.

2. My husband and I once purchased a car for $100.

3. Shoes hurt my feet. I dread having to wear them all winter long.

4. I dislike mushrooms.

5. Nova Scotia looks like a beautiful place to visit.

6. My camera is in the shop and I am anxious to have it back in working order.

7. I am happy I have made it through 8 months of 2012!

15 Nominations for The Versatile Blogger Award:

Stevegleason’sblog

MyCyberNovels

A Daily Thought

Nostrovia Writing

GarySchollmeier

Faith1stministry

diannegray

Pen Names and Other Escapes

Shafiqah1

Nine & a Half Hours Ahead

Without A Label

SMS

For Fox Sake

Ramble On

Ny parrot

Please visit, like, and leave a “Versatile” comment for all of these wonderful blogs!

Thank you to everyone who gives Grandmother Musings constant support and encouragement. I am grateful to know you and to share my life with you.  Jamie 🙂

 

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Elvis Lives On

Today, August 16, is the 35th Anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. He died in 1977 of a heart arrhythmia at his Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee. As one of the most popular and beloved entertainers of his time, his death came as a shock to his many devoted fans. In honor of Elvis, included here are some interesting facts about the “The King”.

Elvis Aron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA.  In 1954, Elvis began his singing career at the legendary Sun Records. His recording contract was sold a year later to RCA records.  Elvis had an illustrious career as a singer and an actor.  He has been inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

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Famous “Elvis” Tradmarks

The famous left-sided grin

His movements, with his pelvis, that gave him the nickname, “Elvis, the pelvis”, which he strongly disliked

Longer and slightly deeper sideburns

White sequined jumpsuits with rhinestones

Onstage karate moves

Peanut butter and banana sandwiches (with bacon)

Two trademark phrases were “Thank ya!” and “Thank ya’ very much!”

Southern accent

Black hair often greased back

Husky voice

“Elvis” Trivia

  •  Owned a pet chimpanzee called “Scatter”.
  •  Had 18 Billboard #1 songs, the first being “Heartbreak Hotel” in March of 1956. His 18th and final #1, “Suspicious Minds”, was released in September 1969.
  • The book he was reading at the time of his death was “The Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus” by Frank O. Adams, (Psychical Aid Foundation, USA, 1972).
  • From the time they met up until his death, Elvis always sent a roomful of flowers to Anne Margaret whenever she opened up a show in Las Vegas.
  • After seeing him in concert, Liberace suggested adding flashy costumes into his act. Elvis took the advice, and became famous for his gold lame jackets and jeweled white jumpsuits. He later reserved a seat for Liberace at a majority of his concerts, as his way of saying thanks.
  • Died with about $5 million in his bank account.
  • Elvis did not like confrontation. He wanted to fire his manager, Tom Parker, many times. He would tell his friends “Tell Parker, he’s fired.” His friends would go tell him, then Parker would say “Tell Elvis to tell me personally”. Elvis never did.
  • Once an opera singer attended one of his 1950s concerts and met him backstage. The singer told Elvis that he sang like a hillbilly and needed singing lessons. Elvis replied, “Thanks for the advice, but how many of the thousands of people out there tonight came to hear you sing?”.
  • In 1977 alone his personal physician, Dr. ‘George Constantine Nichopoulos’ (usually referred to as “Dr. Nick”), had prescribed at-least 10,000 hits of amphetamines, barbiturates, narcotics, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, laxatives, and hormones for Presley. His medical license was eventually revoked for prescribing such huge amounts of drugs.
  • His home Graceland in Memphis is the second most popular private tourist attraction in the United States after the White House, and is estimated to bring in $150 million to the city itself each year.

“Elvis” Quotes

“Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do ‘em all together, I guess.” -Elvis in 1956, talking about his way of moving on stage.

“The first time that I appeared on stage, it scared me to death. I really didn’t know what all the yelling was about. I didn’t realize that my body was moving. It’s a natural thing to me. So to the manager backstage I said, ‘What’d I do? What’d I do?’ And he said “Whatever it is, go back and do it again.” -From a 1972 taped interview used in MGM’s documentary “Elvis on Tour”

“…the image is one thing and the human being is another…it’s very hard to live up to an image.” -From the press conference prior to his record-breaking Madison Square Garden shows in New York City, 1972

 

May Elvis forever rest in peace. His legacy will live on as long as we hold him in our hearts and memories.

 

Related Articles

The 100 Greatest Elvis Presley Songs Of All Time (Part 4: The Top 25)

References

Biography for Elvis Presley. (1990-2012). Retrieved from IMdb.com Inc: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000062/bio

Elvis Presley: The Official Site of the King of Rock & Roll. (2012). Retrieved from Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc: http://www.elvis.com/about-the-king/

 

 

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