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The other day, Princess Bryn sent me links to two songs that she said reminded her of me. Oh, for Joy! My babies are lovin’ their Momma and remembering the sweet songs of their childhood.Like this… The Bonnie Banks O’Loch Lomand http://youtu.be/feLT7Btuqpc Okay. I sang this one. I changed the lyrics to: I rock my […]

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During my lifetime I have been present at the forefront of so many important inventions- like pantyhose and Neosporin. Think of it.I grew up with rotary dial telephones, three television stations, padded cotton snow pants, aspirin, coal-fueled hot-water steam heat in school (great for your skin, btw), no seat belts, smoking everywhere, doctors that made house […]

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  • House Crazy Sarah - That’s trippy Cheryl. Even I feel old now!!!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - It’s soooooo cooooool! Amazing to watch as it happens! Really exciting technology in action. I’m so proud of my boy!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angel Miller - I’ve seen those commercials on TV for 3-D printers. That is really cool! The possibilities are kind of overwhelming.ReplyCancel

  • Michael Mele - Where you there when they invented fire? We have come along way, and I can’t wait to see where we go next, but knowing my luck I’ll be dead when that happens.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I wasn’t at the actual site where the lightning had struck- but I did advise as to what we should cook for dinner. An what wine to serve. As for your future- I hope it is a long and healthy one- filled with much happiness and laughter my friend.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Bleck - Brilliant children come from brilliant mothers. The future has always intrigued me. The fact that I cruise the net, send emails, watch movies and make calls all from a device that fits in my pocket still amazes me. I’m learning that not all progress is progress, but have also learned that there is no stopping it. So, 3-D boxes will deliver marvelous inventions, medical life saving products, guns for hoodlums and bombs for terrorists. It’s all so very wonderful and scary at the same time. I’m hanging on to my hat and living the dream. I keep thinking that the lifestyle of one of my fav cartoons, The Jetson’s, will one day be my lifestyle. Hey, it beats riding your car like Fred and Barney!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - So true- the Good, The Bad & the Ugly comes with progress but there is no stopping it, so I too, choose to ride the wave, keep abreast, learn new code, and tighten my work-out shoes with velcro (instead of laces). Even though I loved the Flintstones I prefer to fly. Look out George!ReplyCancel

  • Bryan Jones - You’re wearing well for 75! (Only kidding).

    Loved the trip down memory lane. I remember the party telephone line (where you shared the line and rental with your neighbor). Also, the bench seats and umbrella handbrake in my first car. And only two channels on TV. Ah, I’m getting all nostalgic now.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Bench seats! Of course, and everything was manual- roll down windows, push down locks, trunks that had to be unlocked with keys and those cute guys that came out and pumped your gas and washed your windows! God, I miss those guys.ReplyCancel

  • The Shitastrophy - Wow how does your hubs NOT like Notting Hill? I found myself checking off your memory lane, I missed a few turns but some good ones were in there – and where did all those toys in the cereal boxes go?! Crazy that a machine can make that right in front of you. Maybe I can finally get the perfect pair of earrings?ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Actually he does- he likes anything with Hugh Grant, but I used it to illustrate my point (and I was lazy). This 3-D printing is almost indescribable. I think earrings are only the tip of the lobe!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Nothing can make Notting Hill appealing to a guy. It’s just dripping with anti-guy repellent.

    Here we are a year away from 2015, and Doc Brown’s flying DeLorean looks far away from flying.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni AaMom - House calls from doctors were lovely, weren’t they?! :/ And, I still remember Mercurochrome!!
    Your son’s a genius!! I love that bust!!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Our doctor lived across the street. He took care of the entire neighborhood as well as his own patients. I remember when he (and others) were TOLD they had to only practice in an office- no more house calls- he was soooo upset, and went around and apologized to everyone. Boy have times changed!ReplyCancel

Sometimes, living in New Orleans, you walk into a painting. Sometimes, you become part of it. Sometimes, you change the definition. tableau– noun ta-blo french, from Middle French tablel,  diminutive of table, from Old French. First Known use: 1660: a scene that typically shows an event in history or literature and that is created on […]

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When I was a child, my parents had a single speaker, semi- upholstered, orange shellacked pecan wood, hi-fi that looked like a piece of furniture that had been made by a blind man with a hatred of any music past about 1920. It sat by the front door. Like an odd box with a flip-up lid […]

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  • Anonymous - Playing by ear has always fascinated me. I can’t imagine it!

    • A Pleasant House - And looking at music notes seems impossible to me. Even last week, as Bryn was reading sheet music and struggling a bit, I heard myself say, ‘Just listen and find the notes.’ She, of course, totally dismissed my nonsense. HahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design - Beautiful post. My mother played the piano and us girls would gather around and sing!! I took piano lessons for years, but I haven’t had a piano and couldn’t play a note, but I sure would like to learn again. You have such a wonderful gift to be able to play by ear. The only girl grandchild has my moms piano and her two daughters are now learning to play on that very piano. Makes my heart feel so good to know that the music continues.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle DesignReplyCancel

  • Cary Vaughn - Such a great post. I am jealous of anyone that has natural talent like that with a musical instrument.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thanks Cary. It’s still the way I learn a song. I don’t how WELL I learn it- but it sounds good- from a distance. HahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Sharon Greenthal - I loved playing the piano when I was growing up – I even enjoyed the lessons and the practice. But then I hit the wall of talent improvement, and never progressed past the mediocre skills I learned. Oh well, I still read music and enjoy playing every so often.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - The reason I didn’t want to take lessons was because I just wanted to be able to enjoy it- my way, without someone telling me I was doing it wrong {{shaking my head}}. I probably should have taken my mother’s advise and now I don’t care enough to learn. Oh well….ReplyCancel

  • Theresa Ledford - This… this is fabulous! I had piano lessons as a kid. We had an upright grand piano, but eventually we moved to an apartment and had to get rid of the piano. I never got to play it much after that and eventually it just faded out of memory. To this day though, the piano does something to me that no other music can do to me. I used to listen to records of a guy named Dino (I think), and was in heaven even as a small kid!
    Now I play the radio, but my son has an incredible gift for stringed instruments. He even played Metallica’s Enter Sandman on a ukulele once!

    • A Pleasant House - Wow! Metallica??? WOW! Our son went to Berklee College of Music in Boston. He began with his chosen instrument being guitar but then changed to piano. One of the things I love MOST in the whole wide world is when we both sit down and play together- he reads, of course, I just screw around. Good for our boys- right? YEA!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - We just had a carry around and put it anywhere record player that I would listen to with not much music in the house either except at Christmas! Love this Cheryl because our daughter also plays by ear and cannot read music. We gave her lessons (not even knowing about her play by ear gift) that she took for a scant maybe year or slightly longer. She now tells me she could not read the music and just faked it to the teacher as if she was reading it. She listens to songs and pounds it out on the keyboard like you do which fascinates me. We talk about this gift a lot and she tries to explain to me how she does it. Like you, she is just able to hear the exact note I guess. Thank you for linking up with us on Meet The Neighbors too.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I don’t know if it’s a ‘gift’ but somehow you just hear the note/chord and know where to find it on the keyboard. Then you have to figure out the rhythm and the order in which they’re played. Your daughter sounds like my kind of gal! And linking up with you is all MY PLEASURE my dear!ReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - Great story Cheryl – your family has the music in them!
    I, on the other hand, am one of those people who quit piano lessons as a child and have never regreted it. Just way too technical and regimented for me.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Which is EXACTLY why I never wanted lessons. I’m more of a free-style player. Hahaaaa LOVED your post today BTW!ReplyCancel

  • Bryan Jones - Clearly you are the center of a musically-gifted family. Also heart-warming to hear how the your skills and interests have been passed on to the next generation. A feel-good post.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I don’t know if I’d go as far as to say the ‘center’ but okay- I’ll take it. Thanks for stopping by Bryan. Always good to see you.

  • Michelle Liew - From one piano player to another….way cool,Cheryl!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - My dad learned the piano starting in his fifties, I think. There was an upright piano in the house. He still plays, but with an electronic keyboard these days.ReplyCancel

We do a lot of traveling. All of us- me, Ben, and the kids. We always have.In fact, my kids think air travel is like bus travel- normal, pedestrian, easy.I’ve often times admonished them for bartering with their father for flights. “Daddy? If I could just visit Rachel in NYC for her birthday I’d be the happiest […]

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  • shelly - Lucky you. Job well done then.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com - Okay Cheryl…I just found your blog and I’m wondering what I have to do to get adopted myself!!!! Really…I’m VERY young at heart and I love to travel too 🙂 ~KathyReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Hahaaaaa- I love you already! So funny. Just come for a visit- I’ll do the cooking! So nice to make a new friend!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie DeYoung - Very VERY jealous of all the traveling! Can I please be reincarnated as one of your children?ReplyCancel

  • Angel The Alien - Will you adopt me? 😉ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Yes, Angel, I will. Because I really appreciate your writing/sharing/thoughts and how you extend yourself. You are one of my inspirations.ReplyCancel

  • Bryan Jones - Great to hear of your children’s success; it is clear that you’ve dedicated a lot of time to them and it has reaped rewards. Similarly, I’m proud of my two kids (19 & 23). I do, however, reflect on whether Mrs Jones and I have struck the optimal balance between support/over-protection (or even over-indulgence). We can only do our best and hope.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Ben and I have ‘decided’ not to worry about the over-indulgence part anymore. The kids(25 and 28) have grown into such responsible, contributing adults that we’re not beating ourselves up about all of those kinds of rearview questions anymore. It’s really nice to hear from another ‘mature’ parent on this blog. I appreciate your chiming in and our conversations Bryan.ReplyCancel

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