Bits of Life

Now I am going to keep track of my insomnia.  I have long thought it had something to do with the moon.  Last night I had a chance to find out. Couldn’t sleep at all.  Tossed, turned, got yogurt, worked a crossword puzzle, watched the sun arrive.  Now I’m really tired.  I will definitely pay attention the rest of the month.  As luck would have it my RLS (restless leg syndrome) is also driving my legs crazy!!

Another whacky thing happened but it wasn’t on a full moon, but close 27th May.  I had been house/dog sitting, carrying items to my car and on one trip returning to the house, I heard thunderous hooves from behind.  I ducked for fear I was to be run over, turned to see two large deer running on my right heading to the front yard and a third on my left following the tree line to the ravine.  All I could think of was the song “Grandma got run over by a reindeer”.

Car packed and I headed home and after turning onto my street,  met 4 or 5 small deer ambling their way up the road and on the sidewalk.  I honked my horn furiously to get them out of my way.  They wandered behind the apartment buildings no doubt looking for snacks.  Once I parked I saw a raccoon scurry along the sidewalk towards the back of the building.

What a wildlife night~~


Out for lunch after church

And Loretta says – What is going on here??

Corban gets his workout with brother Lance and dad Craig.

Princess jigsaw puzzle by Craig, Katelyn, Corban, Loretta, and Grandma.
Little monster photo bombed the puzzle!


 Daxton Birthday party

Big guys playing with a spinning top~


Katelyn and cousin Faith

Click on the photos to see the captions.




A little bug collecting – crickets, pill bugs, slugs – not shown.

Poor doggies went to the vet for surgery.



Our first craft project.  Monsters and people with accessories and a diorama.


Christmas in January!!  Anytime is a good time for Christmas.


Weather looking a bit nasty tonight with problems for early commuters.  I’ll just wait till they get the roads clear and some of the crazies are off the road..  Then head to Arkansas where it is warmer!!!

Monday morning delayed departure by about an hour.  Roads clear and temperature rising so snow is melting.  Clear all the way to MO.

Collection of Auld Lang Syne – Meaning – Times Long Past
History of Auld Lang Syne and Robert Burns   

Jim Malcolm        Dan Fogelberg                              Robert Burns

Dougie MacLean

In Scotish dialect  

Rod Stewart   



Guy Lombardo and Auld Lang Syne (thanks to

It’s really amusing, honestly, how many of our most famous traditions originated in rather unspectacular fashion. For instance, playing “Sweet Caroline” at Boston Red Sox games has become a Fenway Park tradition, but its origins at Fenway were as simple as “the person in charge of the music at the park saw that other teams would play it a lot, so she copied them.” On a much grander scale, that’s roughly how the song “Auld Lang Syne” has become synonymous with New Year’s Eve in the United States (and through the United States, much of the English-speaking world).

The song was first officially recorded in 1783 when the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns sent in the poem to a Scottish museum. He noted when he sent it in that it was mostly based on older Scottish songs, so while Burns often gets credit for writing the song, it is more likely that he should get credit instead for the specific arrangement that we now know today.

Anyhow, it became a popular Scottish song and it was soon used in a lot of different settings as a song to celebrate the end of something – a school year, a wedding, a funeral, all sorts of things. And so, yes, it would often get used at New Year’s, as well, as that was the ending of the year. So its origins as a New Year’s song go back to Scotland. However, there’s a whole big difference between “Scottish song that became part of a New Year’s tradition in Scotland” and the ubiquity that the song exists today. And that change was due to a Canadian band known as Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians.

Lombardo was from London, Ontario, a town founded by Scots, so he was well aware of Scottish history. When he and his band became a popular radio band in 1928, the song “Auld Lang Syne” was a song that they had done a number of times. However, Lombardo later noted an amusing reason why it became part of their regular rotation of songs, “[o]ne of his radio sponsors was Robert Burns cigars, ‘and seeing that Robert Burns wrote ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ we sort of incorporated that into our program.”

So all throughout 1928, Lombardo and his band were a hit band on the radio. They got the chance to do a New Year’s Eve show on the radio at the end of that year and they chose to use “Auld Lang Syne” as their closing song.

The following year, they were broadcast nationwide for the first time.


Guy Lombardo

It then became their closing song in ALL of their New Year’s Eve broadcasts. Here it is from 1939…

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