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Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

Posted by terrepruitt on March 9, 2022

Pep talk, or what they call Peptok, from children, that is what you can get.  A friend on Facebook posted this and immediately I wanted to call to hear it, but then I paused and thought it might be a scam, but she was confident in it so I called. Kinda cute.

When you call there is a menu: “If you are feeling mad, frustrated, or nervous, press one. If you need to hear words of encouragement & life advice, press 2. If you need a pep talk from kindergartners, press 3. If you need to hear kids laughing with delight, press 4. . . . For encouragement in Spanish press 5.”

You can also press 6 to make a donation to support the project.

This is a public art project by West Side Elementary School in Healdsburg, CA.. I think it is pretty cool.

Did you call? What do you think?

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CAMERA Photo

Posted by terrepruitt on March 4, 2022

This is a picture of one of our yard roses in 2011.  It was taken with an actual camera.  I think it is pretty and wanted to use it as a Friday Photo.

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Sometimes It Is Technology, Sometimes It Is Me

Posted by terrepruitt on March 2, 2022

I am still teaching via Zoom. I have students not in my area and some of us that enjoy the fact that we don’t have to deal with traffic to get to a class. And I STILL have issues with technology. Sometimes I think it is Zoom, sometimes I think it is the internet, sometimes I think it is the various cords and cables, but basically it is always something. I believe that if I didn’t set up and breakdown my set up so often I wouldn’t have a few of the issues, but some are just whacky. It could also be that my laptop is about 8 years old. There are several things that Zoom does that my computer can’t do because the operating system cannot be updated. So, there is that.

One of the issues I have is when people come into a meeting it disrupts my “share”. When I first started teaching virtually I would start the meeting early, set up sharing, and get the music all cued up to be ready for class, and it worked fine. But at one point it stopped working. As soon as a student would sign on my share would stop working. Today I started class after already doing a sound check with students and the music wasn’t working, but it just had been. I think it was because two students had signed on. So somethings are just whacky and I can’t explain and then somethings . . . . oh the shame!

Last week, I had started the meeting, checked my microphone and was waiting for people to come on, once they were on I checked the music and I believe it worked. Then, since it was a Nia class, I talked about our focus and intent, while moving some things around, and then started the music and it wasn’t working. It had just been working. Now, if you teach virtually you may know there are a lot of things to check. Some people may have more than me, but I have my laptop, my mic, and my speaker. Now with that there is the laptop volume: output and input. And then the mic volume – actual buttons, and the speaker volume. Plus there is the volume on Zoom – both speaker and mic. There is an aux cord for the speaker and a connector for the mic and the speaker. So there are all these various things and I checked them all. My students are thee most awesome people in the world because although they wanted to get the class underway (of course!) they were being very kind and patient and I was just bewildered. I kept noticing that the speaker sound kept changing to “Zoom camera”, so I was thinking it was something to do with the update I had just done. Just as one person started to enlist the help of her son I glanced up and had an idea.

So, when I mentioned my computer was old I didn’t say that it is a hand-me-down and one reason it got handed down to me in the first place is that when it was an actual work computer in an office it had an unfortunate accident . . . it got drenched in a Big Gulp so the touchpad stopped working. Since I have to use a dongle and an external mouse, I just use an external keyboard too. Well, when I looked up I noticed that I had set a box on my external keyboard. I removed the box and the speakers stopped changing to Zoom camera. I think the box was pressing a key on the keyboard.

Geez Louise! I was embarrassed and annoyed and a little surprised I hadn’t actually done that before. Today I made sure there was nothing on the keyboard. When we had the aforementioned problem, I didn’t check anything because I had already checked everything so the first thing I thought of was the share and thankful that was it. Last week, — red faced me!

So . . . sigh, just sharing yet another thing that can mess with getting a virtual class underway! Since it was so silly I thought you might get a giggle or at least a smile out of it!

I welcome any embarrassing story someone would like to share . . . . anyone?

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State Dances

Posted by terrepruitt on February 23, 2022

Recently a friend brought up the fact that West Coast Swing is our state dance. I was puzzled. I didn’t know states had state dances. Or if I ever did, I certainly didn’t remember that states had dances. Did you?

According to Wiki not all states have a dance. And in 1970 Square Dancers tried to get Square Dancing to be the National Dance. Most states still have it as their state’s dance: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland , Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

The District of Columbia’s state dance is Hand dancing, which is compared to a type of swing. I am sure you can guess what Hawaii’s state dance is.

California is listed as having both West Coast Swing and square dance. Looks like Delaware HAD a state dance from 2016 to 2017, Maypole. Kentucky’s state dance is Clogging, whereas Minnesota does not have one.

North Carolina’s state dance is Clogging AND the Carolina Shag. South Carolina went with The Shag, square dance, and the Waltz. And Wisconsin went with Polka.

Wiki has a nice little table of state dances as does a site called NetState  which I came across when I did a quick search to find out HOW a dance becomes a state dance. I didn’t spend a lot of time on that quest.

Did you know some states had state dances?

 

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Valentine’s Day Success!

Posted by terrepruitt on February 21, 2022

The Irvine Nursing & Rehabilitation in Kentucky did a follow up post on Facebook about the overwhelming response they received to their request for Valentines. Oh my. It was so sweet. They had THOUSANDS of Valentines sent.  (My original post: Sending Valentine’s Day Cards)

I am thinking you may have to have Facebook to see the video.

The residents were so touched. It was a very successful campaign.  Super sweet, don’t you think?

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Nessa In November

Posted by terrepruitt on February 18, 2022

So I was looking through photos and thought this was cute. I know I could be biased because she is our little girl, but . . . those big eyes.

Here is Nessa in November 2021 for my Friday Photo.

 

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Sometimes The Cover Is Better

Posted by terrepruitt on February 14, 2022

So, I was listening to a song the other day and it reminded me that I like the cover better. Then I started thinking about the songs I could name off the top of my head that I like the covers better. Some I didn’t even know were covers at first. I bet there are a lot more songs that I like the cover better and a lot of songs that I don’t even know are not the original artist’s version. Here is my short list with more info below.

Tainted Love
XO
Beggin’
Big Yellow Taxi
The Tide Is High

It was Tainted Love that sent me down this path. I was in an online class listening to the original artist, Gloria Jones. I don’t remember having heard that version before, but I imagine I have since it was recorded in 1964! But I am familiar with (and love) the Soft Cell cover from 1981. I have a vague recollection of hearing the Soft Cell version and thinking, “Hmmm sounds different. I like it.” So I bet I had heard the original version first, but forgot and went with the Soft Cell version. Love it!

XO, is one of the songs that makes me laugh because the first version I heard was John Mayer’s and when I heard Beyoncé’s I thought, “Eww, she ruined John’s song.” When I was exposed to a collection of Beyoncé’s songs and XO was in it I realized that it was HER song and John had done the cover. This is a case where I don’t like the original and I love the cover. I think that may happen with me more often than not, but I am not sure. At least with the songs on this list I am sure. Since Beyoncé released it in 2013 and John covered it in 2014, it is completely understandable that I had never heard Beyoncé’s version before I heard (and fell in love with) John Mayer’s version.

Now Big Yellow Taxi is another song that I cannot imagine not having heard the original version/artist before. I think that with some songs I hear them but I don’t like them and then when I hear a cover that I do like, then I like the song. Joni Mitchell wrote and released Big Yellow Taxi in 1970 and I am sure I had heard it back then. As I mentioned I bet I heard it and didn’t like it so I never thought about it, but then in 2003 when the Counting Crows covered it, I liked it.

Beggin’ I have been seeing videos of the cover by Måneskin all over and didn’t even know it was a song from 1967. The Four Seasons originally recorded it. And I can’t say I remember having heard it. Like many songs there has been several versions done. So, like many songs, I can’t say for sure if I have heard the original or a version after, but I can say I like Måneskin’s version.

Now, most might be familiar with Blondie’s version of The Tide Is High, not sure if many people have heard the original version by The Paragons from 1967. Sometimes I feel bad for original artists because sometimes it could just be the time at which the song is released was just not ideal, but not always.

Anyway, those are the songs right off the top of my head that I know I like the cover better than the original version.

What about you? Do you have opinions on these songs? Do you have songs that you like the covers of better than the original versions?

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Sending Valentine’s Day Cards

Posted by terrepruitt on February 7, 2022

Hopefully it is not too late to do this. I have written the cards and plan to send them tomorrow. I am hoping they get thousands of cards. How fun would that be? I just saw this via a friend on Facebook last night. I thought I would share in case you wanted to send some Valentine’s Day love.

(Summary of Facebook screenshot: Irvine Nursing & Rehabilitation in Kentucky has made it known that some of their clients would be open to receiving Valentine’s Day cards and they have pictures those that want to participate.)

What do you think?

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Pretty Layers

Posted by terrepruitt on February 4, 2022

Shameful, my neglect of my blog. I just have been out of ideas of what to write. And even though I only post a picture on Fridays . . . which was supposed to make it easy and quick, sometimes I still don’t have time. Well, I do, but then I put it off until I don’t.

I was making some taco seasoning recently and I loved how the spices/herbs layered. Do you remember these kinds of candles or souvenirs? I used to love them . . . I guess I still do because this caught my eye.

Ha, my taco seasoning for my Friday Photo.

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Picture Of Roses Past

Posted by terrepruitt on January 21, 2022

I am doing what I wanted to do when I started my Friday Photo posts. I am using some of my pictures I took for some reason or another. This arrangement looks like I wanted to show off the bounty of roses we had at one time one year. We haven’t had a lot of roses the past year. So I am happy to have photographed these from May 2018.

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