Monthly Archives: April 2016

A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2016 – LETTER Z

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Today is the letter Z. We have come to the end of the challenge until next year. I’ve had a lot of fun doing these blogs through the alphabet, and hope you’ve enjoyed reading them. Thank you to everyone who visited, liked, and commented. I appreciate you all.

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Letter Z is for…ZZ Top

ZZ Top is an American band, that was formed in 1969, in Houston, Tx. Their debut album, “ZZ Top’s First Album”, was released in 1971. The group consists of the three men, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard, and have been together for the past 45 years. Their musical style is that of Southern Rock, Boogie, Metal, and Blues. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Letter Z is for…the Zombies

The Zombies are a British rock band. Their song, “Time of the Season”, was recorded at the Abbey Road Studios, in 1967, and released in 1968. The song has been played throughout the years, and recognized as a reference to the late ’60s. You may have heard this song on television programs, commercials, movies, and even at baseball games.

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And…just for fun…

Letter Z is for…Zuider Zee

The Zuider Zee is a restaurant that we had here in town. It isn’t here any more, but it was a really good seafood restaurant. Also, a good date night destination! 🙂

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Mystery Box Chickens & Giraffe were happy to meet you. Have a great summer, and see you next year! 🙂

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “See ya next April”. ❤

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Find out more about the A to Z Blog Challenge by clicking below:

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/what-is-blogging-from-to-z.html

Think about joining in next April…it’s fun! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2016 BS

 

A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2016 – LETTER Y

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Today’s letter we will be writing about is Y.

This one was a bit hard. There are a lot of words with Y, but trying to find a interesting way to say something…not so easy.

So, this is what I came up with. A few Y words made into a silly story. 🙂

The words: yo-yo, yeti, yew, yuppie, yogurt, yoga, Yatzee.

Some songs mentioned: “Yesterday” by the Beatles, “Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles, “Mellow Yellow” by Donovan, “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon.

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Letter Y is for…Yancy, the Yeti

Yesterday, a Yeti, by the name of Yancy Drew,

Went aboard his Yellow Submarine, to sail the ocean blue.

He took along some yogurt, and a yo-yo just for fun,

Then docking by an island, he got out to get some sun.

Laying down his yoga mat, underneath a tree of Yew,

He did some poses for awhile, and

Man, the time it flew.

He took a nap, while feeling Mellow Yellow,

When suddenly he woke to see, another fellow.

It was a Yuppie, come to play, holding a Yatzee game.

Even though he’d never seen a person like this,

He wanted to play, just the same.

As Yeti Yancy rolled the dice,

He smiled an bragged, and wasn’t nice.

He told the Yuppie about his fortune and fame,

So much so, he was a pain.

The fellow was bored, up and left the game,

As he sang the song, You’re So Vain.

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Here’s Carly Simon, singing her 1972 song, “You’re So Vain”.

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© 2016 BS

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Mystery Box Chickens have 1 more box to open tomorrow!

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Find out more about the A to Z Blog Challenge by clicking below:

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/what-is-blogging-from-to-z.html

Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

 

 

COLOR YOUR WORLD – YELLOW ORANGE

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Today’s color to match is called Yellow Orange.

Yellow Orange is also the final color we get to match in the 120 days of Crayola Color Challenge. Thank you Jennifer, for hosting the challenge! I had a great time looking for pictures to match the daily colors. Thank you to everyone that stopped by to like and comment! I do appreciate it, and enjoyed seeing your photos! I wish everyone the best, and hope to see you in other challenges we may do. 🙂

Find out more about the Crayola Color Challenge by clicking below:

Color Your World – Yellow Orange

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }{

© 2016 BS

A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2016 – LETTER X

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Today’s letter to write something about is X.

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Letter X is for… Xavier Roberts

I’ll bet you’ve heard of Xavier Roberts, even if you’re not sure where, especially if you have daughters.

Xavier Roberts is the manufacturer/owner of the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls industry. Back in the late ’70s he created a soft sculpture doll, which he sold at art fairs, under the name of his business, “Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc.”. He called his dolls, ‘Little People’. It was very similar to the now well known Cabbage Patch Dolls, which got the attention of a person named Martha Nelson Thomas. They claimed Mr. Roberts had stolen their original creation, and sued him.Ultimately, the case was settled out of court. The rest is, as they say, history.

Xavier Roberts went on to manufacture the Cabbage Patch Dolls, and by 1984 they had become a big hit in the doll markets, and a wide-spread fad. You may have one or more of the dolls. I know my daughters had a couple, and now my grand-daughter has one, too. One way to tell if the doll is an original, is by the authenticity signature of Xavier Roberts on the behind of every doll. 🙂

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Now, I couldn’t find any good songs from the 60s and 70s that started with the letter X, but here’s one, by the Beatles, that has an X in the words of the title. 🙂

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Mystery Box Chickens wish for you an X-citing day! 🙂

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Find out more about the A to Z Blog Challenge 2016, by clicking below:

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/what-is-blogging-from-to-z.html

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2016 BS

 

A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2016 – LETTER W

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Today’s letter to write something about is W

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Letter W is for…Woodstock

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Pretty much everyone has heard of Woodstock. It was advertised as ‘3 Days of Peace & Music’, to be held in the summer of 1969, August 15-18. The setting was a huge field, in Bethel, New York. There were 32 music acts that performed, and the audience grew to at least 400,000. There was an award winning documentary made of the event, with actual film of the acts, and the many people who took part. It was directed by Michael Wadleigh, and released in 1970.

A song was written about Woodstock, by Joni Mitchell, which she sang. Later, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young did the song, with a few changes. This is the one I’ve heard.

To read more about Woodstock, click below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodstock

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W is for…Water Buffalo Sandals

There are these leather sandals that were very popular back in the era of the 60s and 70s. They were made in India, I believe, and the soles were flat. There was an instep strap, a piece that went between the toes, and a toe ring. The way to get them set to your feet, was to get them wet, then wear them until they took on the shape of an individual’s foot sole. I had several of these, and loved them.

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Find out more about the A to Z Blog Challenge by clicking below:

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/what-is-blogging-from-to-z.html

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2016 BS

PARAKEET STORY

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A week ago I posted about a dream I had about a parakeet. http://wp.me/s3RE1e-parakeet

I couldn’t remember what happened in the dream, so I asked for suggestions. I did get two wonderful ideas from these lovely friends… Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy the poem/story! 🙂

Emily –  her suggestion = the zombie apocalypse

Kelly –   her suggestion = clipping wings of birds

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OF BIRDS AND HEROES

Bobby Blue, the parakeet,

Was very loud, but could not tweet.

Escaped he did, from gilded cage;

He seemed to be in an awful rage.

He flew around with a terrible squawk,

And I was shocked, when he began to talk.

He told me not to clip his wings,

As he’d heard tell of terrible things.

He wanted us to leave our home,

For Zombies were about to roam.

It was the Zombie Apocalypse…

They’d take big bites, instead of nips.

We had to run and fly away;

No more fun and no more play.

We’d find a place to stay hidden,

For Zombies are scary and forbidden.

Bobby Blue and I, that day,

Packed our bags and went away.

Even though Bobby, the parakeet,

Only squawked, and could not tweet,

He saved us from the Apocalypse,

And also avoided wings with clips.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2016 BS

 

A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2016 – LETTER V

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Today we have the letter V to write something about.

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Letter V is for…Video Games

A couple of video games got their start in the time period of the 70s. In 1971, “The Oregon Trail” was released, and in 1978, “Space Invaders” was released. I remember my daughter’s learning computer skills while they were in school, by playing “The Oregon Trail”. I remember “Space Invaders” being popular, by seeing people play the game on special tables in restaurants, and according to my reading on Wikipedia, this game was actually first released in a cocktail-table form. A little later, it had been upgraded to a cabinet to hold the game, and it was still in black and white. To simulate it being in color, you could stick cellophane color strips onto the screen. This all seems so primitive to me, now, as the video gaming industry has progressed so much.

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Letter V is for…VW Van

The Volkswagen Van was a very popular vehicle for the hippies in the 60s and 70s. Lots of people decorated their vans with painted words and flowers. 🙂

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Letter V is for…Vibes

Vibes…a word used to convey the feeling a person gets when in the presence of another person who is showing their friendly emotions by smiling, and by their body language, interaction with you, and having a positive effect on others…Good Vibes! 🙂

And here is a song by the Beach Boys, called “Good Vibrations”. It was released in 1966, and was written by Brian Wilson, and Mike Love. Enjoy!

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Good Vibes from the Mystery Box Chickens

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For more information on the A to Z Blog Challenge, just click below:

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/what-is-blogging-from-to-z.html

Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2016 BS