Saturday, September 13, 2014

Late Summer Harvest

Started a cloudy, humid morning with this week's American Top 40 re-run. I would have been just a little over a year old in mid-September 1980 when this episode was new, and I grew up with many of these songs. Hits that week included "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen, "Sailing" by Christopher Cross, "Magic" by Olivia Newton-John from Xanadu, the title song from Fame by Irene Cara, "You're the Only Woman" by Ambrosia, "I'm Alright" by Kenny Loggins from Caddyshack, "Into the Night" by Benny Mardones, "Drivin' My Life Away" by Eddie Rabbit, "Lookin' For Love" by Johnny Lee, and "Give Me the Night" by George Benson.

Diana Ross had her 17th #1 hit that week (a record at the time) with "Upside Down."

I did check out a few yard sales this morning, despite the dismal day and having to work at noon. The only one I got anything from was a big one on West Cuthbert near Kayla's Ice Cream. I ended up with three videos, still in their plastic - the Laurel & Hardy movie Sons of the Desert, Sean Connery's second James Bond film From Russia With Love, and the John Wayne comedy McLintock!

The farm market was busy when I arrived with people looking for food for birthday parties and end-of-the-summer barbecues. The change of seasons was indicated by the arrival of the year's first pears and large pumpkins. I settled for the last pint of tiny Gala apples, a small cantaloupe, two ears of corn, a tomato, Chinese beans, and a red pepper.

I headed home, had some quick granola bars for a snack, packed up my cupcakes, and headed out again for work. The Acme was having a football kick-off party this afternoon (though the Eagles don't play until Monday night). There was pork and beans, shredded barbecue chicken and pork, rolls for sandwiches, three different cakes (one marble, one yellow, one chocolate), deviled eggs, macaroni salad, potato salad, cole slaw, and bags of candy that were on sale for Halloween. I had a small shredded chicken sandwich, cole slaw, two deviled eggs, a few Reeses cups, and a slice of chocolate cake.

Work itself was busy all evening. Even when it actually started raining around 2:30-3PM, it stayed steady. Thankfully, despite the weather, most people seemed to be in decent moods. My relief, one of the college girls, was on time. It was showering lightly when I went home. I don't think it's even doing that now.

I was tired when I got home and not up to much more than a peanut butter and raspberry preserves sandwich, leftover Chinese beans, and a couple of Dr. Seuss specials. The Cat In the Hat causes commotion when he barges into a house with two kids and a finicky fish left alone for the afternoon. The Cat and his two Thing helpers are in search of a family heirloom...or so the Cat says. As they search the entire house and scare the living daylights out of the fish, the kids discover that even on a rainy day, it doesn't take much to make your own fun.

Dr. Seuss On the Loose is an anthology of three shorts, two of which come from a collection of short stories. The Sneeches are yellow creatures who live on the beaches. Sneeches with green stars on their stomachs snub the ones who don't have them. A monkey con man shows up one day with two machines that can put on and take off green stars...and ends up teaching both clans a lesson in equality. The Zax are extremely stubborn creatures who won't move for one another to pass the other way, even as the world around them changes. In Green Eggs and Ham, one poor guy is hounded by Sam I Am, a determined little fellow who wants his new friend to try his favorite dish...anywhere, at any time!

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