Monday, July 21, 2008

Blueberry Hill: Johnny Hallyday and Celine Dion

I found this clip and think it is good. I laugh when Johnny starts out with "I found my Trill..." His accent is delightful. Celine is in top form with her leg guitar but the best part is at the end when they do a Blues Riff along with the host. It makes me smile.

I'm trying to learn French but it is slow going. I e-mailed Oprah this morning to ask if the guy she had on awhile ago who did past life regressions could regress someone to a previous life in which they spoke another language and bring that ability into the present one. I'd like to find out if I ever lived in France and if so could I just be hypnotized and recall my ability to speak the language. Sure would save a lot of time and effort to learn it that way.

Auctions ending tonight and tomorrow night and I haven't written up any new ones although I do have photos done. I'm trying to leave my schedule open in case I decide to drive south to visit an old friend. Not sure yet.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I am Anne Elliot!

Take the Quiz here!

It just keeps raining and raining. I'm getting cabin fever. I did get the car cleaned out and boxes of books loaded for my trek to Ocala tomorrow. Hope it isn't raining the whole trip up.

Here is a new Live Cam at Wavlit of a nest of Baby Barn Owls. They are so cute. Other live cams to see at the site, too.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Rainy Tuesday

Went out to a late breakfast with friends to Mimi's Cafe and it started raining as I was heading home and it is raining still at 8:30 pm. Mostly a lazy day but did write up three eBay listings to launch tonight and one of them is a lovely Mermaid Doll.

Also sold another DVD on Amazon. That's three this week. Thursday I drive to Ocala and rid myself of about eight or nine boxes of books that I'm donating to the Gainsville FOL.

It seems that no matter how much I get rid of there is still way too much "STuff".

Monday, July 14, 2008

Johnny Hallyday

I found another French singer that I like and as usual I am late to the party. Johnny Hallyday has been around for almost 50 years and is considered France's "Elvis". He does a lot of American Rock 'n Roll from the 50's and 60's but I prefer listening to his ballads.

This one is my favorite so far and I haven't been able to find any of his albums with this song. He does have a video of it that is very nice.


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Another Lazy Sunday

I've already wasted the morning by sleeping in and sitting here playing at the computer. My cold is mostly gone so the past day or two I needed to catch up on the stuff I'd let slide. Sitting around in "Sloth Mode" doesn't get much done.

Today I need to write up a few more eBay listings. I have the photos ready on two more of Deb's Mermaid dolls so just have to tie myself to this chair and hack out the descriptions and get them done. Lots of 70's ceramic sculptures to do, too. They are going to need more brain work than I'm able to do today so they can wait until I'm feeling more alert.

Here are photos of one of the Mermaids:

Monday, July 07, 2008

Wow! Someone just put this video up on YouTube of Sebastien Izambard singing Libre . It's a live TV appearance. No date given but it's before Il Divo. Wish it were clearer and the mike weren't blocking his gorgeous face.


Sunday, July 06, 2008

I Hate Being Sick!!!

I woke up Thursday morning with a stuffy head and sore throat and it's progressed from there to coughing and chest congestion. I feel betrayed by my silly old body. I haven't had a cold or bronchitis in six or seven years. Adds insult to injury that it's summer and not winter. I used to get a two week bout of this every year and usually twice a year.

Quitting smoking and taking better care of myself has kept it away and when any symptom appeared I was able to nip it in the bud. Not this time. My ribs ache from coughing, my nose is sore from blowing and I just hurt all over. I'm hot & clammy and need some good home made chicken soup but it's too hot to make it.

My dear neighbor came over this morning to bomb my garage for fleas. I went to feed the strays and Gracie and came back in with my pink socks covered in the little nasty buggers. My house cats have been treated but Gracie is elusive and I haven't been able to nab her to put the stuff on her. Hope the foggers wipe out the vile little critters.

Dear neighbor is now mopping my tile floors to hopefully discourage any that made it into the house. When I spotted them on my socks, I pulled them off and tossed them into the garage then went into the tub and rinsed off my legs. All the rain last week helped drive them into the garage and probably onto poor gracie. Next project will be to trap & treat her.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

This doesn't surprise me at all. I love Denmark.

The World's Happiest Country!

Tue Jul 1, 3:52 PM ET
And the world's happiest country is..

Denmark, with its democracy, social equality and peaceful atmosphere, is the happiest country in the world, researchers said on Monday.

Zimbabwe, torn by political and social strife, is the least happy, while the world's richest nation, the United States, ranks 16th.

Overall, the world is getting happier, according to the U.S. government-funded World Values Survey, done regularly by a global network of social scientists.

It found increased happiness from 1981 to 2007 in 45 of 52 countries analyzed.

"I strongly suspect that there is a strong correlation between peace and happiness," said Ronald Inglehart, a political scientist at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, who directed the study.

And, said Ingelhart, there is a strong correlation between happiness and democracy.

"Denmark is the happiest country in the world in our ratings," Inglehart said in an audio statement released by the National Science Foundation, which paid for the analysis.

"Denmark is prosperous -- not the richest country in the world but it is prosperous."

Puerto Rico and Colombia also rank highly, along with Northern Ireland, Iceland, Switzerland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada and Sweden.

"Though by no means the happiest country in the world, from a global perspective the United States looks pretty good," Inglehart said. "The country is not only prosperous; it ranks relatively high in gender equality, tolerance of ethnic and social diversity and has high levels of political freedom."

The survey, first done in 1981, has kept to two simple questions:

"Taking all things together, would you say you are very happy, rather happy, not very happy, not at all happy?" And, "All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?"

Writing in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, Ingelhart's team said they have surveyed 350,000 people.

"Ultimately, the most important determinant of happiness is the extent to which people have free choice in how to live their lives," Inglehart said.

(Reporting by Maggie Fox, editing by Philip Barbara)