The Icing On The Cake #socs #JusJoJan

"The icing on the cake," from what I’ve read, means something that’s a nice-to-have. like if when you buy a car you get an expensive stereo system. I don’t want to talk about that: I want to talk about icing, or frosting, and cake.

When I was at home, Mom used to make a cake on a lot of evenings. Not anything fancy, just a box cake. You know, a Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker cake mix, to which you add water and an egg, mix everything together well, and pop it in the oven. She always made a frosting to go along with it. Again, nothing fancy, a couple of squares of Baker’s unsweetened chocolate and sugar. She’d make the cake in a 9×12 inch pan and spread the frosting on it when it had cooled. You wouldn’t think anything that simple would taste so good, but it did.

Mary makes cakes, too, but not the kind that need to be frosted. Sometimes she makes pound cake, to which she adds some kind of fruit, like apples and pears, or maybe even cranberries. Nothing fancy, but tastes good and is simple to make. Anything more complicated than that, she buys at the store, either from the bakery or from the freezer case, like a Pepperidge Farm cake. She has good taste in cakes.

Linda Hill runs Stream of Consciousness Saturday, and during January she also runs Just Jot It January.

Now a word about Betty Crocker Ready-To-Spread Frosting.

A Rainy Day #socs #JusJoJan

I’m breaking all the rules here, but the prompt reminded me of a song.

Rainy day people always seem to know when it’s time to call
Rainy day people don’t talk
They just listen till they’ve heard it all
Rainy day lovers don’t lie when they tell you
They’ve been down like you
Rainy day people don’t mind if you’re cryin’ a tear or two

If you get lonely, all you really need is that rainy day love
Rainy day people all know there’s no sorrow
They can’t rise above
Rainy day lovers don’t love any others
That would not be kind
Rainy day people all know how it hangs
On their peace of mind

Rainy day lovers don’t lie when they tell you
They’ve been down there, too
Rainy day people don’t mind if you’re cryin’ a tear or two

Rainy day people always seem to know
When you’re feelin’ blue
High stepping strutters who land in the gutters
Sometimes need one, too
Take it or leave it or try to believe it,
If you’ve been down too long,
Rainy day lovers don’t hide love inside, they just pass it on

Rainy day lovers don’t hide love inside, they just pass it on

I just used a Gordon Lightfoot song for Song of the Day yesterday, and here I’m using another. As I said yesterday, he has a great voice and writes really great songs. I think he’s quite underrated…

Linda runs both Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It January.

Now a word about Totes umbrellas, America’s favorite umbrella brand!

I carried one in my briefcase for years…

In The… #socs #jusjojan

Image by Bruno /Germany from Pixabay

…town where I was born…

…white room with black curtains at the station …

…mornin’, don’t say you love me…

…year, 2525 ….

…mood, that’s it I got it….

…Garden of Eden, baby (they were so high it came out “in-a-gadda-da-vida, baby”)

See how my brain works? There are probably more…

Linda Hill is your host for this weekly adventure, and is also your host for Just Jot It January.

Now a word about K-Tel’s "Blockbuster," twenty original hits, twenty original stars!

Say You Want A Resolution… #socs #jusjojan

I thiunk I’ll start with the commercial. Now a word from Resolve carpet cleaner. Love the love, Resolve the mess!

This being January, Linda says this is also part of this year’s Just Jot It January, or #jusjojan for those of us in the know…

We stayed in last night and were asleep before midnight, even with the fireworks outside. In case you were wondering.

How many of you watched some of the New Year’s Eve celebrations in your town or city last night? Did any of them feature a local news person going around and asking people what their New Year’s resolution would be? I always want to hear someone say "I’m going to start smoking and gain weight."

Really, New Year’s resolutions are no good, unless you keep them small and achievable. Resolving to give up all social media, for example, is hard to do. Instead, try something like "I’m only going to spend one hour a day on Instagram (or whatever)." Or "I’m only going to check Facebook once a week." Start with something small, and expand it as you master a level. Once you’ve mastered doing Facebook just once a week, kick it down to once every two weeks. I gave up Facebook for Lent one year, and it really showed me that I could do it.

I could launch into a treatise about chord resolution and voice leading, but I won’t…

Yum! #socs

Yum! Brands logo (source: Wikipedia, Public Domain)

One of the first business trips I took after my mother died was to Louisville, Kentucky and Tricon Global Restaurants, who later changed their name to Yum! Brands. You might not have heard of them, but they own Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell, all of which had been owned by Pepsi, who decided that it was too complicated to run them. I had lunch in their cafeteria while I was there, and despite what you might think, they didn’t serve anything from any of their restaurants, sticking instead with healthier fare. Should tell you something.

Yummy was the house brand at Jewel Food Stores in the Chicago area. About the only things I remember that were branded Yummy were soft drinks and ice cream. The stuff was actually pretty good, and if you were short on funds they were acceptable substitutes.

I tried finding words that contained the letter combination "yum," but aside from "yummy" and its derivatives there weren’t any. Such is life…

Merry Christmas!

Linda Hill runs Stream of Consciousness Saturday. And now a word from Norelco (or, if you prefer, Noƫlco). Even our name says Merry Christmas!

It’s just not Christmas until I see Santa riding a Norelco shaver.