Feb 26, 2009

Feelin' Groovy (I dare you to sing!)

This week, one of the words on Brock's spelling list is groovy. I wish groovy had been on my 3rd grade spelling test! I still use this word, receiving amused looks from comrades. It is one of my favorite adjectives.

I was inspired to sing the "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)." I began to move in my imaginary Gene Kelly dance shoes, whirling around lampposts and working those curbs. Come on, I dare you to sing and dance with me. It does the soul good to lighten one's load!

Simon and Garfunkel
Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin' groovy.

Ba da, Ba da, Ba da, Ba da...Feelin' Groovy.

Hello lamp-post,
What cha knowin'?
I've come to watch your flowers growin'.
Ain't cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in' doo-doo,
Feelin' groovy.

I've got no deeds to do,
No promises to keep.
I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep.
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me.
Life, I love you,
All is groovy.
Were you aware that the word groovy was not generated out of the 60's hippie movement? It actually gained prominence about 25 years before that.

Pronunciation: \ˈgrü-vē\
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): groov·i·er; groov·i·est
Date: circa 1937

1 : marvelous , wonderful , excellent
2 : hip , trendy

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Feb 23, 2009

Tea for Tuesday

Joni Miller - Teapot & Tea Calendar 2008

One of the very earliest mentions of tea with milk was recorded in 1655 by an envoy from Dutch East India Company visiting Canton, China. Twenty-five years later in France, the fashionable Madame de Sevigne noted that her friend Madame de la Sabliere had initiated the fashion of adding milk to tea both for its taste and its cooling ability, which prevented the fragile porcelain teacups from breaking.

"The cow is of the bovine ilk; one end is moo, the other milk."
-Ogden Nash

Flower Power

Cotton Print - Jumbo Flowers
Little Monkey Designs

I spent the Flower Children era in grade school and entered the 7th grade in 1970. Encounters with hallucinating hippies easily advised me against the flower child lifestyle, especially after seeing the messes love-ins left behind.

Cotton Print - Pink Flower Power
Little Monkey Designs

Oh, but I loved the bright, bold flowers and psychedelic art. I even embraced the earthiness that segued into grand fashion during the 70's.

I collected flower power stickers, incense, and candles. I wore bell bottoms, a faux leather vest with long fringe, and parted my hair down the middle like Peggy Lipton—which looked much better on Peggy.

I don't choose to hang love beads in my doorways, but I still have a soft spot for big, colorful florals. Although flowers are never out of vogue, there is an unmistakable look to the flower power style.

As the playful posies of the 60's are reappearing, I am seeing modern applications, as well. With many of us still enduring wintry weather, flower power is speaking LOUDLY of spring.