Ginger And Nutmeg! – Week One

We all know that 2020 has been a horrendous year.  The granddaughters wanted to take another trip up north to hopefully see snow this time.  But, alas, that just isn’t gonna happen.

But all is not lost.  Our ever spicy err… trusty Scout elf Ginger has returned!  This year she has a little brother Scout elf.  His name is Nutmeg.  We are never at a loss for spices in this house.  We call him Nutty.  I hope he doesn’t take that nickname to heart.  We don’t need any repeats of Ginger’s antics.

For my new readers (there are new readers, right??), we only have the granddaughters from Friday afternoon to Monday evening. So Ginger, and now Nutty too, have most of the week to play around. I just take the pictures of whatever hi-jinks they get into to show the girls when they arrive at our home.

As per the contract with Santa*, they arrived on December 1st.  And following the CDC recommendations, they even had masks.  Santa may be immune to Covid, but the elves aren’t too sure about it.  I think that Dr. Fauci said that the North Pole was high on the list to get the vaccine quickly.  But maybe I misheard that…

The arrived on Tuesday.

The girls love playing “Bananagrams”.  It’s a fun vocabulary building game.  I personally suck at it, but if it’s just me and the girls, I have a chance to at least not come in 4th, out of 3 players. We found them Wednesday morning in the middle of a game.

Well, it started out good, but by Thursday it seems that Ginger may be a bad influence on Nutty.

Well, it is the truth!

Wifey has been reading the girls the Nevermoor series, featuring Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend.  They have really enjoyed these books.  The third book was released just recently, but we have been unable to find it in paperback.  Seems Ginger and Nutty were listening and brought the girls a hardcover book! They hid rather well on Friday!

They were hiding out in the china cabinet with the book!

Saturday finds them selling Christmas trees. I guess they don’t like that we have an artificial tree. While their trees may taste better, they wouldn’t hold many ornaments.

Wow!! A Christmas tree farm on my dining room table!

And that ends week one. See you next week to see just what these two spice heads have up their sleeves!


*Santa’s contract for homes with Scout Elves is very complicated. Basically it says “They’re your’s now!”

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Singer-Songwriters – Chapter Two

Today’s entry is Chester Williams Powers, Jr.  Never heard of him?  Not surprising since he didn’t preform under his birth name.  In fact, he not only used a stage name, Dino Valenti (sometimes Valente), he wrote under a different name, Jesse Oris Farrow.  As confusing as some of my family tree has turned out to be.

So just who is this guy, or maybe it’s “these guys”? 

You would know him best from the psychedelic 60’s and 70’s group Quicksilver Messenger Service.  Their biggest hit was “Fresh Air” which I thought I’ve already linked here on the blog, but I can’t find it.  But that’s okay, since I’m not using that song anyway.

While listening to Earle Bailey on the Deep Tracks channel this morning, he played the song I will use.  He also talked about how Chet (at least that’s what his Wiki page says he calls himself) had the different names.  Naturally, I had to go and check.  The next obvious step was to write this post so I might be able to educate you, my wonderful reader(s).

One thing I did learn was that Chet wrote “Let’s Get Together”, or as it’s more widely known “Get Together”.  I may or may not have already posted Jessie Colin Young and the Youngbloods’ cover of that tune here.  That version made it to number 5 in 1967. 

After an arrest for possession of marijuana, he was searched again by police (who found more marijuana and amphetamines in his apartment) while awaiting trial. He received a one-to-ten-year sentence served in part at Folsom State Prison. To raise money for his defense, he sold the publishing rights for “Get Together” to Frank Werber, the manager of The Kingston Trio.

This is the title track of the groups fifth album, “What About Me”, released in December 1970.  The song only made it to number 100 in 1971.



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What’s Stuck In My Head – 12 November

So sometime around 3 AM this morning this popped into my head and woke me up.  Not sure why, maybe it’s that stupid tropical storm that’s been threatening us on and off for the last few days.  Maybe it’s the constant back pain, or more likely the meds I’m taking for the pain that keeps me up. 

But maybe, just maybe it’s kismet that the song came to me the way the title came to Tommy James;

The title, “Crimson and Clover”, was decided before a song had been written for it. The combination of unknown meaning came to James as he was waking up, comprising his favorite color – crimson – and his favorite flower – clover.

In any case, this has always been one of favorite songs.  As a youngster the effects are what caught my attention.  But as I grew older (I still refuse to grow up) how those effects were accomplished is what kept me listening to the track.

I will admit that all I know of Tommy James and the Shondells are their singles.  I didn’t know that the album version of tis track is two minutes longer.  I’m not surprised, it never occurred to me that there would be an album as well.  Ah, the obliviousness of youth!

This track has been covered by Prince and more famously by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.  The original reached number one on 1 February 1969, Joan’s cover made it to number 7 in 1982.  Other songs that the group gave us that made it big are “I Think We’re Alone Now” covered by Tiffany and “Mony Mony” by Billy Idol.  Both of which hit number one in November of 1987.  “Crystal Blue Persuasion” is another track I always enjoyed.  I do have a bit of a psychedelia streak in me (see here, here, here, and here). 

“Crimson and Clover” entered the U.S. charts on December 14, where it stayed for 16 weeks on Billboard Hot 100 and 15 weeks on Cash Box Top 100. Following a performance of the song on The Ed Sullivan Show on January 26, it became number one on February 1, 1969, a position held for one week on Cash Box Top 100 and two weeks on both Billboard Hot 100 and Record World 100 Top Pops. Internationally, the song reached number one in Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and Switzerland. It also charted in Austria, Brazil, France, Holland, Italy, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, and Puerto Rico. Despite this, the song did not chart in the United Kingdom.


And to even out the music spectrum, they also gave us the bubblegum “Hanky Panky”.  Mother nature may abhor a straight line, but she does enjoy balance.



P.S. I’ve got a new genealogy blog now.  The link is down below!

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