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Ten Reasons I Should Have Been Invited to the Royal Wedding…

A grave error has occurred.  I didn’t receive my invitation to the Royal Wedding…I can’t imagine what must have happened to it!

Here’s why I should have been invited:

1. I have royal blood (sort of).  One of my earliest documented ancestors on my mother’s side, Ralph of Kingsley (his first name was actually spelled differently in Old English), was a deerkeeper for the British Royal Family in the 12th century.  Now I try to keep the deer out instead of in!

"I don't know Doris...I might not be able to make it over that fence!" (photo by Anna)

2. I have a lot of pictures of Prince William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.  I collected stamps from the age of 9…the Queen is featured on stamps from not only Great Britain and Canada, but also dozens of other countries (those Brits get around!).  I wish I had more pictures of her on money though…

3. I love British comedy.  I grew up watching Monty Python, Fawlty Towers (I do a wicked Sybil impression: “BASIL! BASIL!”), and The Two Ronnies.  My Grandad was a Benny Hill fan.  Today I love Mr. Bean and The IT CrowdThe Full Monty is still one of my favourite movies.

4. I’m a big fan of Elton John.  I’ve loved his music since the early 70s…his song, Levon, is one of my all-time top ten favourite songs.

The first Elton John album I bought...Captain Fantastic (photo from woostercollective.com)

5. I used to wear hats.  I had a lot of hats in the late 70s and early 80s, before I became aware that I looked stupid in them.

6. I once saved the Prince’s mother from a nasty concussion.  As a young Broadcast Journalism intern, I covered Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s visit to Ottawa in the summer of 1983.  My news director sent me out to try to get some tape of the Princess on her walkabout.  I’d never used a boom mike before, and it was swinging rather close to Diana’s head as I struggled to control it in the wind.  When the RCMP officer smacked the mike away, I didn’t try again!

Me as a young Broadcast Journalism student...do I look like the type of girl who would purposely try to decapitate a princess?

7. I laugh at Prince Charles’ jokes.  On the same tour of Ottawa, I was pleasantly surprised by how witty the Prince was…I wish I could remember the amusing anecdote he told as he addressed the throngs of people assembled to see him and his wife.

8. My daughter was also nicknamed “Wombat.” Apparently, Prince William’s parents called him by this affectionate nickname…my daughter, Kaylee, is four years younger than William, and I used to refer to her as “wombat” too.

My "Wombat" with her "Wombat"...(photo by Scott)

9. I make an awesome shepherd’s pie.  The kids beg me to make it for them, even though I’m the world’s slowest potato peeler…hamburger, onions, mashed potatoes, creamed corn…yummy!

10. I love tea.  I start every morning with a “cuppa”, and on weekends, might drink 4 or 5 cups a day.   I like mine with one milk, two sugar (which is probably sweeter than a proper Brit would like).  I am also partial to ice tea, which I drink in the summer time.

I’m sorry to have missed your wedding, Your Highnesses, but Hope has it on the PVR for when I get home tonight…Best wishes for a long and happy life together!

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My Top Ten All-Time Favourite Songs…

My friend, Jane, over at Theycallmejane mentioned one of my Top Ten All-Time Favourite Songs today (James Taylor – Fire and Rain) in this post: http://bit.ly/dwAa3w

Not having a topic for what is to be my 100th post, I thought a list of those songs would be a good idea…so here they are, in alphabetical order:

1. Chicago – If You Leave Me Now.  I was in the band in high school…I loved any group with saxophones and horns in it!  At the time this song came out, I liked a baritione sax player named Steve…go figure…

2. Climax – Precious and Few.  A sappy love song.  I think this was their only hit.  I played it over and over, and sang with all the passion my 11-year-old self could muster.

3. Fleetwood Mac – Songbird.  Christine McVie’s amazing voice makes this one of the most beautiful songs on the Rumours album.  Melanie Doane did an excellent remake of it a couple of years ago with Jim Cuddy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_35q0vBxCs

4. Guess Who – Share the Land.  A bunch of guys from Winnipeg sing the ultimate hippie song…what’s not to like?

5. Elton John – Levon.  I love most early Elton songs, but this one is hauntingly sad…Rocket Man is a close second.

6. Carole King – So Far Away.  I saw Carole on a TV special with James Taylor a few months ago, and she sang this song.  It still makes me cry…

7. Joni Mitchell – River.  Another “love gone bad” song…there seems to be a theme here…

8. Seals and Crofts – Get Closer.  This song came out when I was hung up on a guy named Nick who did not return my affection…there were a lot of “Nicks” in my school years.

9. Simon and Garfunkel – The Boxer.  Not only is this song a beautiful ballad, I like it because it’s about an underdog: “I am leaving, I am leaving, but the fighter still remains,” is my favourite line.

10. James Taylor – Fire and Rain.  As far as I’m concerned, James has never sung a bad song, but this one is the top of his playlist for me.  This one is guaranteed to produce tears, especially the last line: “But I always thought I’d see you again.” 

I’d be curious to know what your Top Ten All-Time Favourite Songs are…maybe you could link to my post with your list…

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My Bucket List…

Several of my blogging friends have recently posted their “Bucket List,” which is essentially a list of things you’d like to do before you die.  I’ve never written mine down, and it changes sometimes…here’s what it is today:

1. Go to Tuscany, Italy.  See the art/architecture, drink the wine, and eat the food!

Tuscan Countryside...

2. See the following musicians live: Elton John, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Simon and Garfunkel.  I finally got to see Neil Young in concert last year – it was amazing!

JT...Still Sexy at 62...

3. Finish my collection of “Lucile” books by Owen Meredith (Lord Bulwer Lytton).  Between 1860 and 1938, it came out in some 2000 different bindings – I have about 45.

This one's nice...I don't have it...yet...

4. Work in the bookstore full-time without having to have a “real job” to eat.

Our fireplace at the bookstore...

5. Buy the house we live in and fill it with books and antiques (after the kids are gone, of course!).

"Our" House...

6. Write a book and have it published, probably something historical.  I edited a book for a friend a few years ago – I didn’t get the see the final proof, and they spelled my last name wrong in the front of the book (Matherson instead of “Matheson”)!

7. Take a summer off and do nothing but read, write, cook, garden, and listen to music.

Relaxing last fall in Grand Manan...

8. Visit Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the only two provinces I haven’t been to yet.

A canola field out west...

9. Learn to make edible piecrust.

My piecrust never looks like this...

10. Go to Germany and see where my ancestors came from (I’m about 3/4 German and the rest is English).  Dad’s family came to the States in the 1750’s, and Mom’s German ancestors came about a century later.  Here are my German family names: Shoots (originally Schutz, we think), Braun, Schmidt, and Auer.

My Mamma, Marie (Auer) Taylor...

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