Chickens, waffles and a playlist

First Posted: 12:59 am - July 15th, 2015

Sandi McBride - Contributing Columnist

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Know what I did today? Go ahead, ask me…I have been in the computer office most of the day. And I’m going to tell you how I spent the day in just a bit.

But first: After going outside to a perfectly hot horrid day, (83 degrees by 8 a.m. and the humidity was gaggingly high) which turned my butt right back around to enjoy the cool air, I did a little housework. For breakfast we had dried sausage (you have to be from the South I think, to appreciate this), homemade Belgian waffles and I put on a fresh pot of coffee.

The pot of coffee I had put on at 5:30 was long gone by 10. You know, we’re up before the chickens, and they’re not quite as stupid as I was led to believe. We don’t have any chickens, (Guineas aren’t chickens really) — that would be taking the farm life a little too far to suit me. But our neighbors who live in the vicinity of Angelus Road do, and we heard the roosters getting up and announcing sunrise somewhere around 7:30. They announced again around noon, just in case you didn’t get that first message. When they began to cackle and crow at 3 I was well away from them, sitting at the computer.

Earlier this week, my pal Lee got all smart and put up a playlist. Lots of my pals have a playlist. For anyone who doesn’t know what a playlist is, it’s a music box. It’s a mighty fine little music box of which I am most proud. When Lee told me how easy it was I began to whine — no, I didn’t whine — well, not exactly…I told her I’d tried once before but for the life of me couldn’t get the darn thing to work.

So she sent me the instructions, step-by-step instructions…two pages of instructions. Single-spaced. Font size 8. Font 8!. As I’m reading this over, I keep hearing her say “it’s really simple, just time-consuming.”

Yep, it was time-consuming. As I mentioned, we had breakfast this morning, and it’s a good thing, because I never did get around to fixing supper. Or lunch. Mac wandered in every little bit and asked me if I was done yet and I think the glares that went his way soon convinced him to fix a sandwich and leave me alone.

The hardest part was trying to remember all my favorite singers, songs and the titles (or at least a close proximity). I found out that there’s more than a little red on my neck. I actually love country music…and when I found Roy Clark’s (of Hee Haw fame) rendition of Malaguena, I nearly fell over!

It is the most beautiful version I had ever heard and my LP that it was on has been gone for years! He plays a fine 12-string guitar — I know because I once saw him play. It was the first time I had ever heard Malaguena by him, it was 1977, I believe. You know it’s on there!

So putting this music box together has brought back many memories for me and even though I’m tired, it’s after 11 p.m., I just had to tell you about it. If you don’t have one, you must get one…well, you don’t “must,” but you should. We can compare music tastes. I won’t laugh at yours if you don’t laugh at mine.

Sandi McBride is a resident of Jefferson who blogs regularly and enjoys her garden and her furry and feathered friends. She is a wife and mother of two sons.


Sandi McBride

Contributing Columnist



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