Monday, June 10, 2024


With Kelly's iron infusion appointment at London's University Hospital set for 10 o'clock this morning we were up earlier than usual and on the road by 8:30.  Under cool cloudy skies Pheebs and I dropped Kelly off at the hospital's main door an hour later and then headed north out of London to our first stopping spot at the Medway cemetery to take our legs for a walk.  From there it was off to Ilderton for a Tim Horton's coffee to go.  Knowing it wasn't a real long appointment Kelly had, we didn't stray too far so we slowly dusted up a few country roads between Ilderton and London.

Nearing London, my cell phone rang at 11:10 and minutes later Pheebs and I scooped Kelly up at the hospital's front door.  A quick stop at Wendys for some munchies to go and we blew out of London heading for home.  Under brightening skies and a few sun splashes we were in our driveway shortly before one o'clock.  Kelly's iron infusion went off without a hitch despite her not feeling well before we arrived at the hospital this morning.  That ill feeling continued throughout the rest of the day just as it has for the past number of days. 

What a surprise this evening when Pheebs and took a walk over and around the Park's pond.  Before we got to the pond I heard a splashing of water and lo and behold I could see a fountain of water shooting up into the air.   

Al's Music Box:)) Come Together is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon-McCartney. The song is the opening track on the band's 1969 album Abbey Road.  American psychologist Timothy Leary, an early advocate of LSD whom Lennon admired, met John and Yoko Ono in Montreal.  Leary intended to run for Governor of California in the following year's election, and he asked Lennon to write him a campaign song based on the campaign's slogan, "Come Together – Join the Party!"  The resulting chant was only a line long:  Lennon promised to finish and record the song, and Leary later recalled Lennon giving him a tape of the piece, but the two did not interact again.  In July 1969, during sessions for the Beatles' album Abbey Road, Lennon used the phrase "come together" from the Leary campaign song to compose a new song for the album.  Based on the 1956 single "You Can't Catch Me" by the American guitarist Chuck Berry, Lennon's composition began as an up-tempo blues number, only slightly altering Berry's original lyric of "Here come a flattop / He was movin' up with me" to "Here come ol' flattop / He come groovin' up slowly".  Lennon further incorporated the phrase "shoot me" from his unfinished and unreleased January 1969 song "Watching Rainbows". The lyrics of Lennon's new song were inspired by his relationship with Ono, and he delivered them quickly, similar in style to Berry's song. The author Peter Goggett wrote that "each phrase passes too quickly to be understood at first hearing the sound as important as the meaning".  When Lennon presented the composition to his bandmates, his songwriting partner Paul McCartney noticed its similarity to "You Can't Catch Me" and recommended they slow it in tempo to reduce the resemblance.  The band biographer Jonathan Gould suggested that the song has only a single "pariah-like protagonist" and Lennon was "painting another sardonic self-portrait".  In a December 1987 interview by Selina Scott on the television show West 57th Street, George Harrison stated that he wrote two lines of the song.  The group taped eight takes of "Come Together", with take six marked "best". The line-up consisted of Lennon singing lead vocal, McCartney on bass, George Harrison on rhythm guitar, and Ringo Starr on drums.  Starr placed tea towels over his tom drums to further dampen their sound.  Without needing to use his hands to play guitar, Lennon added handclaps each time he sang "Shoot me!", also adding tambourine over both the solo and coda.  Taped on 4-track recording equipment, at the end of the session, take six was copied over to 8-track tape in Studio Two, allowing for both overdubbing and the easy manipulation of Overdubbing for Eque.  "Come Together" took place in the week following the recording of the basic track.  On 22 July, Lennon sang a new lead vocal and again added handclaps, both being treated to a tape delay, with automatic double tracking added during the choruses.  At Lennon's request, McCartney played a Fender Rhodes electric with McCartney later recalling that Lennon "wanted a piano lick to be very swampy and smokey, and I played it that way and he liked that a lot". Harrison added a heavily distorted guitar during the refrains, while Starr added a maraca. Work on the track continued the next day, with more vocals added.  On the 25th of July, McCartney contributed a harmony vocal sung below Lennon's part, and on the 29th of July, Lennon overdubbed a guitar during the song's middle climax.  Work on the song finished the next day, with Harrison playing a lead guitar solo with a Gibson Les Paul during the song's coda.

GROANER'S CORNER:(( A wife went to the police station with her next-door neighbor to report that her husband was missing. The policeman asked for a description.  She said, "He's 35 years old, 6 foot 4, has dark eyes, dark wavy hair, an athletic build, weighs 185 pounds, is soft-spoken, and is good to the children."  The next-door neighbor protested, "Your husband is 5 foot 4, chubby, bald, has a big mouth, and is mean to your children."  The wife replied, "Yes, but who wants HIM back?"


- It takes a big man to admit when he's wrong, and an even bigger one to keep his mouth shut when he's right.

- If your next pot of chili tastes better, it probably is because of something left out, rather than added.

- In any household, junk accumulates to the the space available for its storage.


A father was reading Bible stories to his young son.  He read, "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city. But his wife looked back and was turned to salt."  His son asked, "What happened to the flea?"



  1. Sure wish Kelly felt better,
    I pray every day that she will, that fountain is a nice
    addition to your parks pool, I hope you, Pheebs and Kelly have a good night,-Mary

  2. Your pond is more beautiful every day. Hoping tomorrow is a better day for KELLY

  3. Praying for Kelly and hope she feels better with her infusion. Your park pond and bench look like a relaxing place to sit and rest. You and Kelly live in a beautiful area.

  4. Even though Kelly doesn't feel well she always seems to have a little smile... especially for Pheebs.... and I'm sure for you, also! I predict you'll spend more time at that park bench. I sure would.