Tag: small joys

Over the past few months, three wonderful bloggers most kindly nominated me for the Small Joys Tag.

– Mrs Holliman, one of God’s children, who spreads God’s Word over at her blog God’s Love and on YouTube.

– Author, James A Best who shares his stories with us on his blog of the same name.

– The blogger on Life Advice with Me who blogs about her life in general.

Now, you all know what to do. If you’re not familiar with these blogs, head on over there and show them some support.

Tag Nominees

In the current, very troubling times we need to focus on what we have and hold dear, find those silver linings as the clouds gather above our heads. I’m sure everyone of you could find at least 15 small joys, couldn’t you? Exactly, so why not join in?

Things that bring me Joy

1.Remaining fit and healthy has never been more important. My beloved and I both try to incorporate some exercise into our day. Here’s proof that growing older doesn’t mean growing out of shape!

A lot of women of late have been much excited (understandably) by the above photo of Lenny Kravitz (56) on the front cover of Men’s Health magazine displaying washboard abs.

2. The weather: okay we’ve had some severe storms of late but generally I’m pretty happy with our 300+ days of sunshine per annum even as we head into autumn and winter.

3. Cycling most days on my bike. I just love getting out in the open air, it puts everything into context.

4. My small circle of friends and family with whom I’ve been able to stay in touch, providing one another with all-important support.

5. I have been spending more time in the kitchen much to the delight of afore-mentioned family and friends, and my neighbours.

6. I have discovered that while I don’t have green fingers, neither do I have the feared digits of doom. My succulent garden, all grown from cuttings, is positively thriving along with my herbs and geraniums. Yes, who knew that all you need to make a garden grow is regular love, attention and water!

7. Shorn of any live musical events, thanks to my beloved’s subscription to Apple Music, I have been encouraging him to download artists that I like. This has broadened his horizons and we now spend Friday evenings listening to music.

8. As you know, we’ve been visiting places nearby that we’ve rather overlooked or taken for granted in years’ past. We try and get out and about either at the weekend or, work permitting, during the week at least twice per month and look at places with new eyes. It’s been a lot of fun and reminded us why we love living here.

9. While we don’t watch a lot of television aside from sport, we’ve managed to catch up on a few series and films that we’d missed out on thanks to our VPN service. However, we’ve not binged and limited ourselves to two episodes a night.

10. I’ve gotten into a much better place with my blogging, making more use of my back catalogue of photos and scheduling posts well in advance leaving me more time to read, enjoy and respond to yours.

11. I’m someone who’s always busy. There’s just never enough time in any day to do everything I want to do. However, the pandemic has enabled me to just chill a bit every day which is really rather nice even if it’s only for 10 minutes. It’s good to have some me time as opposed to lots of his time!

12. I’m slowly but surely organising all my photos. I have a pile that need scanning but I’ve had to be pretty ruthless, otherwise……goodness nows how much space I’d use. I’ve already pretty much used my 13.0GB.

13. I would say that I’m an organised person while my beloved most definitely is not one. This has thrown up a few challenges but generally I’ve been able to keep on top of his generated chaos.

14. We may not be able to travel but that hasn’t stopped me from planning for when we can resume. Yes I have been vicariously enjoying planning future vacations.

15. Despite everything, life in general is still pretty wonderful.

Rules and Regulations of this Tag😊😊

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. List fifteen of your small joys.
  3. Nominate five other blogger friends who bring you joy

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and please, join in. Sx

Song Lyric Sunday #14

I really like that Jim Adams of Song Lyric Sunday Challenge gives us plenty of notice about each Sunday’s prompts. Today it’s Yes/No. As always, it took me a while to think of an appropriate song but eventually I chose a track from Kraftwerk though, as they’re a German band, it’s Ja/Nein!

Kraftwerk (German: Power Station) were formed in Düsseldorf in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. Widely considered as innovators and pioneers of electronic music, they were among the first successful acts to popularise the genre. The group began as part of Germany’s experimental krautrock scene in the early 1970s before fully embracing electronic instrumentation.

On commercially successful albums such as Autobahn (1974), Trans-Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), and Computer World (1981), Kraftwerk developed a self-described robotic pop style that combined electronic music with pop melodies, sparse arrangements, and repetitive rhythms, while adopting a stylised image including matching suits.

The band’s work has influenced a diverse range of artists and many genres of modern music. In 2014, the Recording Academy honoured Kraftwerk with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. They later won the Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album with their live album 3-D The Catalogue (2017).

My chosen track Sex Object (German: Sex Objekt) comes from Electric Café, the band’s ninth studio album, originally released in 1986. In October 2009 it was re-released under its original working title, Techno Pop. The initial 1986 Electric Café came in versions sung in English and German, as well as a limited Edición Española release, featuring versions of Techno Pop and Sex Object with only Spanish lyrics. It was the first Kraftwerk LP to be created using predominantly digital musical instruments, although the finished product was still recorded onto analogue master tapes.

The album is somewhat infamous for taking the band almost half a decade to produce. Work is said to have begun as early as 1982 (with the working titles of Technicolor and then Techno Pop), but the project was delayed for several reasons: Ralf Hütter suffered a cycling accident in June 1982, there were concerns within the band that the production quality of the album was not sufficiently cutting-edge, and more generally Hütter had become more focused on cycling than on the band’s activities. The album, mastered by Bob Ludwig, finally saw release in 1986.

Lyrics: Sex Object

Ja! Ja! Ja!
Nein! Nein! Nein!
Ich bin nicht dein Sex Objekt
Zweigefühl so ganz direkt
Ich bin nicht Dein Sex Objekt
Deine Tricks sind fast perfekt
Ich bin nicht Dein Sex Objekt
Do machst mich an und gehst dann weg
Ja!
Vielleicht
Ja!
Vielleicht
Warum? Warum?
Doch!
Nein!
Warum? Warum?
Doch!
(Spanish: No! Yes! Maybe Perhaps Yes)
No… si, si quieres
No… si, si quieres
Por que? No. Quizas.
Por que? No. A lo mejor.

Source: http://www.lyricfind.com
Songwriters: Karl Bartos / Ralf Huetter / Florian Schneider Esleben
Sex Object lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc

Challenge Rules

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to Jim’s post or place your link in his comments section.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Most of all, have fun and enjoy the music.