Monday, October 26, 2015

The Listing Hop for October 26



To celebrate eight years of blogging, Bish Denham offered up The Listing Hop for today, October 26th. The rules are delightfully simple: Sign the Linky list, grab the banner and make a list!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

BOTB Results: "Helter Skelter"


I couldn't have called this one! It was neck and neck, then it looked like Teenage Kicks would win...but no! Rockyard reigns supreme. Thanks for everyone who voted (and was patient with my voting lag time).

Monday, October 19, 2015

Did I Say That?

One of my true life adventure of Cherdo stories involves post-op me, wandering around a drugstore with Hubzam as he attempted to fill my prescription for me. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wednesday Pup Welcome


A heartfelt welcome to Janie Junebug's newest dog-child, Penelope! May the three dogs of our lives forever control the living room and walk schedule in perfect harmony with moms and nature.

Especially nature.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Lyrics That Require a Comment


Timbaland: The Way I Are
Can you handle me the way I'm are?

Cherdo: I are. Or I be? My grammar is not as good as yours; I not "famous."



Friday, October 9, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things



It's Friday and time to Celebrate the Small Things!
Welcome to our wonderful oasis of mini-celebrations. 
Hosted by Lexa Cain, and her wonderful co-hosts: 
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
Tonja @ Kidbits


Last time, I celebrated with a video.

This time, I'd like to say that there have been many small mercies and friendships to celebrate in the past month. Too many to mention and all too precious to risk an accidental omission (and my brain is fogging up!). 

So, I celebrate some of the small things in pictures:

The Blessing of the Animals at our church 
(Coco needed it...we called it "bless this mess" for her).

Glorious color in the garden!

The marigolds are showing off this year.

Checking in with the doc, keeping the ole' chin up, and continued progress.

Stop by my pals' blogs and learn about their celebrations for the week; it might pick up your spirits, too.



Wednesday, October 7, 2015

BOTB: Boyce Avenue/Fifth Harmony vs. Tsui & Schneider



Wow! Not even close and I had my doubts for a minute there. Well, peeps, I would have voted the same way even though I liked all of the versions of Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors."

If I could go off the rails for a minute, I like Boyce Avenue in general. Fifth Harmony is great but Boyce Avenue didn't need them to make this a good cover.

Lots of bands do covers - the internet is a boiling cauldron of amateurs of all skill level and an equal amount of actual working bands. For me, doing a cover is tricky. A musician has to be brave. The fan base of the original version will only go so far (hey, they've made their decision about who they like, right?). 

Boyce Avenue does a whole lotta covers and they do a good job of putting a bit of their own special polish on the tune. I'm really a fan of the group. Get your YouTube on and check out more of their covers.

Congrats, Boyce Avenue & Fifth Harmony!
Now, sing us out!!




Now, follow up with the whole gang! Great battles were going on - 
did you miss out? It's not too late. Tell them Cherdo says 'howdy": 

Monday, October 5, 2015

MIchael D'Agostino's Question of the Month



Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined (that sweet thunder from down under) started this blog hop with these words:

"Your readers would like to know a little more about you. Show them who you are by taking part in the Question of the Month bloghop. On the first Monday of each month, we answer the question that gets posted here. Sign up on the list (on Michael's site) to join the fun ;) With every question, remember that the important part is explaining your answer. And please, if you have any suggestions for new questions, share them in the comments section. I bet you've got some great ideas for us."

This month's question is: 
Who would play you in a movie?

Well, if you read the comments on the "reminder" post you saw my answer: probably Melissa McCarthy. 
  • Why? Well, I could never see a beauty playing me, so that rules out most of the "go-to" actresses. I'm a little short according to my BMI. 
  • Then check off those who aren't funny; no one would pick someone who wasn't at least trying to get a laugh at one time or another. 
  • I love awkward moments or ridiculous comedy. 
Michael, this was a great question and I can't wait to read the others' responses. Keep up the good work, buddy.

You can read them, too, or just join the hop. Sign up below or visit Michael at A Life Examined.




Oct. 5: The Bonehead Blog Hop


"Confession is good for the soul...it may not
be your soul, but trust me - it's good for someone's soul."

Glad to have you stop by! 



The Bonehead Blog Hop is hosted by my good pal, 
and 
an equal opportunity offender and virtual bonehead mistake factory.

_______________________________________________



At first, I thought I'd carry this tale to my grave (for reasons I will explain below). There are somethings that you do that you just don't want the other person involved to know...no good can come of it, after all. 

Ah, what the heck...it's been a slow month for boneheadery. 

Friends know that our lives have basically whirled around Gonzo's accident since early September. At times, it has been an exhausting challenge fueled by worry. We've had some long days. One of the challenges is that my son is a bit of a neat freak about himself and now we have to be really creative with bathing and personal hygiene. 

As a Mom, I know that healing is more than just a bunch of cells knitting together. Mental health comes into play; at times, I think he worries that we are doing too much but the fact of the matter is this is what family is for. We're happy to have the opportunity to help in any way. No matter how weary, we try to be upbeat and encouraging.

On a particularly tiresome day, Gonzo had just left the bathroom (no small task) and made his way to his "bed" (I use the term loosely; his room is actually upstairs). After sharing our "good nights", I placed my glasses on the table and started to walk to my bedroom.  

A frantic look crossed his face: "Mom! I forgot to brush my teeth!"

Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal. But the prospect of getting back to the bathroom had gotten harder over the last month, so I suggested I bring supplies to him. I carefully laid out a small towel and a glass of water plus a cup to spit in and went and got the toothpaste and toothbrush. With eyes at half mast, he brushed and completed the task. I gathered up the supplies and went to put them back in the drawer.

It was then that I noticed the toothbrush was PINK. (Note: At the risk of appearing tradional, may I say that Cherdo is the only girl in this house.)

He wondered what made me buy new toothbrushes when the other ones were pretty new.

As I write this, he still doesn't know he used my toothbrush and when he finds out, he will have a nuclear freakout...





Sunday, October 4, 2015

Bonehead Bloghop and Michael D'Agostino's QOM Tomorrow!


"Confession is good for the soul...it may not
be your soul, but trust me - it's good for someone's soul."

Hosted by 
 Author Diana Wilder of 
 Diana Wilder, ...About myself, by myself
 and 
 Cherdo, of
Cherdo on the Flipside
an equal opportunity offender and
 virtual bonehead mistake factory.

Then, head on over to my friend, 
Michael D'Agostino, for his Question of the Month:

Who would play you in a movie of your life?  

Join the Boneheads with the link below! See you tomorrow!


Friday, October 2, 2015

The Realism Challenge by Mark Crilley




Mark Crilley is an accomplished artist and author of twenty books and graphic novels. He is best known for his work in the genre of Manga and has a huge internet following. His new book, The Realism Challenge: Drawing and Painting Secrets from a Mondern Master of Hyperrealism, is a must-have for artists of any skill level who wants to master realistic drawing.

Grab your watercolors, colored pencils and white gouche: this is fun and educational.

Beginning with a simple piece of torn paper, Crilley shows a step by step process of laying out the sketch and layering the shadows and highlights. The illustrations of the process are clear, detailed and exactly what I would look for in an instructional art book. Each finished sketch is then displayed in a side-by-side match up with the original item.

Crilley's choice of common items as his subject matter is brilliant. Popcorn and toast? Simple, right? Not when you're rendering a realistic sketch. This is where the author really shines in his ability to draw the reader in and make them see all the details and important subtleties with the eye of a true artist.

As you progress through the book, the subjects become more difficult and additional skills are added, including the use of color. The sections neatly address tips and finer points of the developing works. "Advanced Surfaces" cover more detailed work, such as lace. "Transparent Objects" tackles realizist renderings of objects of glass and plastic.

Mark Crilley, you've created an enthusiast follower with this book.

[I received this book free from the Blogging for Books program, in exchange for my honest review. That happens to be the only kind of review I do - so, we're good. ]








Thursday, October 1, 2015

BOTB: "Mirrors"


Jump on before this crazy train leaves the station! 

We're pulling Gonzo in his wheelchair; no one gets left behind! 



WELCOME TO THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS!!!

Our battles take place twice a month: on the 1st and 15th. The results come six days later: on the 7th and 21st. That's when I return, total all of the votes, including mine (if necessary), and announce the winner. 

This music blogging event first introduced by our friends 
and I'd like to give them a heartfelt "thank you":

Fae @ Far Away Eyes 
Stephen T. McCarthy presents... 


This month, I'm featuring that youngster, Justin Timberlake. Memphis born Timberlake has a long career already, in spite of his youth. At a child,  he appeared on Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club but his biggest break came with the "boy band" NSYNCH.

Every group endeavor has down time and Justin used that to his advantage to start his solo career. Nine Grammys, four Emmys, three number one hits and two spins on the list of "the 100 most influential people in the world" equals not too shabby for your early thirties.


"Mirrors"
by Justin Timberlake

Aren't you something to admire, 'cause your shine is something like a mirror
And I can't help but notice, you reflect in this heart of mine
If you ever feel alone and the glare makes me hard to find
Just know that I'm always parallel on the other side

'Cause with your hand in my hand and a pocket full of soul
I can tell you there's no place we couldn't go
Just put your hand on the glass, I'm here trying to pull you through
You just gotta be strong

'Cause I don't wanna lose you now
I'm looking right at the other half of me
The vacancy that sat in my heart
Is a space that now you hold
Show me how to fight for now
And I'll tell you, baby, it was easy
Coming back into you once I figured it out
You were right here all along
It's like you're my mirror
My mirror staring back at me
I couldn't get any bigger
With anyone else beside of me
And now it's clear as this promise
That we're making two reflections into one
'Cause it's like you're my mirror
My mirror staring back at me, staring back at me

Aren't you something, an original, 'cause it doesn't seem merely assembled
And I can't help but stare 'cause I see truth somewhere in your eyes
Ooh I can't ever change without you, you reflect me, I love that about you
And if I could, I would look at us all the time

'Cause with your hand in my hand and a pocket full of soul
I can tell you there's no place we couldn't go
Just put your hand on the glass, I'm here trying to pull you through
You just gotta be strong

'Cause I don't wanna lose you now
I'm looking right at the other half of me
The vacancy that sat in my heart
Is a space that now you hold
Show me how to fight for now
And I'll tell you, baby, it was easy
Coming back into you once I figured it out
You were right here all along
It's like you're my mirror
My mirror staring back at me
I couldn't get any bigger
With anyone else beside of me
And now it's clear as this promise
That we're making two reflections into one
'Cause it's like you're my mirror
My mirror staring back at me, staring back at me

Yesterday is history
Tomorrow's a mystery
I can see you looking back at me
Keep your eyes on me
Baby, keep your eyes on me

I don't wanna lose you now
I'm looking right at the other half of me
The vacancy that sat in my heart
Is a space that now you hold
Show me how to fight for now
And I'll tell you, baby, it was easy
Coming back into you once I figured it out
You were right here all along
It's like you're my mirror
My mirror staring back at me
I couldn't get any bigger
With anyone else beside of me
And now it's clear as this promise
That we're making two reflections into one
'Cause it's like you're my mirror
My mirror staring back at me, staring back at me

You are you are the love of my life
You are you are the love of my life
You are you are the love of my life
You are you are the love of my life
You are you are the love of my life
You are you are the love of my life
You are you are the love of my life
You are you are the love of my life
You are you are the love of my life
You are you are the love of my life

Now you're the inspiration for this precious song
And I just wanna see your face light up since you put me on
So now I say goodbye to the old me, it's already gone
And I can't wait wait wait wait wait to get you home
Just to let you know, you are

You are you are the love of my life

Girl you're my reflection, all I see is you
My reflection, in everything I do
You're my reflection and all I see is you
My reflection, in everything I do

You are you are the love of my life



THE ORIGINAL:  Justin Timberlake




CONTENDER #1:
Boyce Avenue featuring Fifth Harmony

Alejandro Luis Manzano and his brothers, Daniel Enrique Manzano and Fabian Rafael Manzano form the band Boyce Avenue (a combination of the streets the boys lived on as children). With a strong acoustic sound and tight harmonies, this band is a favorite on the tour circuit and YouTube. They opened for One Direction on their "Up All Night Tour" of Great Britain and Ireland.

Their submission includes Fifth Harmony, an American girl group that formed in the second season of The X Factor (American version). Their story reminds me of One Direction - five individual singers brought together to form one tight harmony group. Of course, this claim needs some supporting evidence...



CONTENDER #2:
Sam Tsui & Kurt Schneider 

t's a new world out there, folks, and these guys know how to work it! 

Sam Story Tsui is an internet celebrity, singer and songwriter who rose to fame doing covers of popular artists. His frequent collaborator is musician, singer, songwriter and video editor, Kurt Hugo Schneider

Schneider's primary medium is YouTube music video and a quick "google" will attest to the legion of musicians that have worked with him. I'm thinking we will hear more from these guys. Quit listening to me and start listening to them:




Vote, peeps, vote!  Who do you think covers it better? Boyce Avenue featuring Fifth Harmony OR Sam Tsui & Kurt Schneider? Why?

Tell us your choice in the comments below and then head over to the other participants' blogs and take part in their battles. Tell 'em their ole' pal, Cherdo, sent you. 


YOUR DAILY DOSE



THANK  YOU

We've had a bit of a rough time around here due to Gonzo's terrible accident last month. I'm humbled by your generosity of spirit and the way many of you reached out to me privately to ask about Gonzo's condition and showed concern for his welfare. 

To everyone who prayed, offered kind words and support - I thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of the whole crazy family. The recovery will not be quick; prayers continue to be appreciated.