October 11th, 2023 

“ Dobroho ranku”, or “Good Morning!” in Ukrainian, an Eastern Slavic language spoken mainly in Ukraine.  I have decided that the UJT will remain focused on Ukraine until we can all rejoice at the end of hostilities.  It has been 588 days since Russia invaded Ukraine.

This week I learned some stuff:

    • We have new grass sprouted in the front yard!!!
    • I attended my first watercolor class and 2nd Ceramics class this week. I am enjoying both.
    • October 11th is the  285th day of 2023. Just 74 days till Christmas.  On this day in 1852, the University of Sydney,; Today in 1910, Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane.; Today in 1950, CBS’s field-sequential color system for television is the first to be licensed for broadcast by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission; NASA launches Apollo 7, the first successful crewed Apollo mission today in 1968; Today in 1984,  aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk;Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Iceland to continue discussions about scaling back IRBM arsenals in Europe today in 1986; R|The AIDS Memorial Quilt is first displayed during the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights today in 1987; Today in 1991, Prof. Anita Hill delivers her televised testimony concerning sexual harassment during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination;  Theodore Thomas, American conductor, founded the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was born today in 1835l, Eleanor Roosevelt, American humanitarian and politician, 32nd First Lady of the United States was born today in 1884; Robert H. Goddard, American physicist, engineer, and academic was born today in 1882; Elmore Leonard, American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter was born today in 1925;  John Nettles, (AKA Inspector Barnaby on Midsomer’s Murders) English actor and writer was born today in 1943; Today, Daryl Hall, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer was born in 1946; Meriwether Lewis, American captain, explorer, and politician, 2nd Governor of Louisiana Territory passed away today in 1809;  Redd Foxx, (AKA Fred Sandford) American actor and comedian  died today in 1991; Alexei Leonov, Soviet/Russian cosmonaut and first human to conduct a spacewalk  passed away today in 2019;Finally, we lost Angela Lansbury, (AKA Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote) English-American actress, singer, and producertoday in 2022.

This week’s Website Update:

    • A NewVocabulary Quiz Yeah!!!!!!!! 
    • Week two for ourMusical Trivia Quiz 
    • This week I went a little recipe frenzy! I have posted new recipes for Bacon & Onion Spaetzle and Chicken Enchilada Casserole. There are a few others still in development.
    • The Home Page quote for this week’s wisdom is from Bob Marley, “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
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Writing, Ceramics, Bonsai Trees, Stained Glass, and Painting Update:  

    • I still haven’t gotten to the Juniper that BJ got me for my Birthday.  
    • My stained glass project inched closer, traveling at the speed of glaciers! I have the new design done and I have started to lay out the template. Once that is done I can start picking and cutting glass. Mc Ceramics class is back online so I will be distracted from the stained glass a bit.!
    • I  did manage to get some more of the paper editing done on Grandpa Stories”. My goal is 3-5 chapters each week till it is don


    • Honestly! I have no idea how I managed a job and all the things I seem to have to do. Every day, I do my chores, work on projects, maybe cook, paint. or do stained glass. The next thing I know it’s bedtime again. My vision continues it’s slow descent into darkness so it takes me longer to type, paint and do stained glass but still. And So It Goes…

Music Update:  

Here is a new batch of music for you to try out. 

This week’s UJT Radio Program:

    • Credence Clearwater Revival  – Born on the Bayou— From the vinyl!!!  This is the song  that CCR took off on. This one is from their 1969 release, “Bayou Country”.
    • Steely Dan – Rose Darling –  “ All I ask of you Is make my wildest dreams come true …” This one is a deep cut from her album, “Katey Lied” released in 1974
    • The Subdudes  — Flower Petals  —I just connected with this song – maybe its the harmonies.… Some special thing that I cannot define. This one is from their 2009 release, “The Subdues”.
    • Derek & The Dominos  – Layla –  Been awhile and it still makes me smile …. Turn it up !  This one is from their 1970 release, “Layla and Other Assorted  Love Songs”
    • Hall & Oates  — One on One    This is a wonderful song from their, “H2O” released in 1982. Today is Darryl Hall’s Birthday! Happy Birthday Darryl.
    • Sheryl Crow  — Every Day is Winding Road — This was the one that put Sheryl on the map!!! It’s a great song! It’s from her self-titled album released in 1996.

That’s it… Do the best you can; Laugh every chance you get; Always remember… The best is yet to come! As always, thank you for being my friend!