Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday, Monday

Every other day, every other day
Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
But whenever Monday comes, but whenever Monday comes
A-you can find me crying all of the time
When I was girl I used to sit by the stereo with a hairbrush nestled close by my mouth bellowing out Karen Carpenter songs at the top of my lungs. The albums (remember those? the large black disks that you could actually watch turn and you could play backwards?) were my father's but we were allowed to play them as long as we were careful to keep fingertips off of the vinyl and never, never, never, let them drop onto the floor (oh, there was pain of DEATH if we let the albums drop onto the floor!!!).
These weren't the only songs I remember from childhood- it's just that she has the famous 'Rainy days and Mondays' song that most people remember when they think of Karen Carpenter. And I sound quite a lot like her (I was a music major in college and I was a singer for most of my adult life). But The Mamas and The Papa's 'Monday, Monday' is another classic from my childhood which I love so I thought I'd make that the theme today. Little depressing but Monday seems to get a bad rap that way. It's hard to find an upbeat Monday song (in fact is there one? I mean a GOOD one.) 
 Mondays aren't so bad for me. I am off every other Monday and on the other week I work a 5 hour day. That's because on Tuesday I will work a 10 or 11 hour day and we at the library will be working our asses (excuse my English!) off because the people in the neighborhood will be jonesing for computers and the holds they put on over the weekend. So I'll take Monday... somebody write me a bluesy Tuesday song!  
So theoretically I try to get some writing done on Monday. Theoretically. But there is also housework to be done, a son to pick up from school, errands to be run and blogposts to post. So we'll see if I get any writing done today. I hope to. 
 But this was Saturday in the Rocky Mountains on our way up Mount Evans (although we didn't go to the top. We'd had to park further down than we'd thought because of hunting season).
We were in the mountains to view the changing of the guard. It happens at the equinox... The god of darkness, Tanist, (in Celtic mythology) defeats the god of light, Lugh. It must be a fantastic battle because things change dramatically. In other words, Autumn comes and soon thereafter Samhain- which is when Tanist will take his throne as Dark King. (Makes me shiver just thinking about it!)
 Fall is a bittersweet time for me. I love the beauty of fall, the crisp scent of drying leaves... sap eking out of the bark. But the change of season is difficult for me (I have suffered from seasonal depression for many years) and I know what cometh... lurking around  the corner like Lugh's dark spirit!
 Nevertheless, how can anyone not appreciate this heart stopping beauty? 
What did you do over the weekend? Get any writing done? Or did you put it off because Mother Nature beckoned like I did? 


  1. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your trip's magic. I think we were living overseas (as hub was in the military) when the show popped but we fondly remember a trip to Key West we took some years ago. You're right, there's fairy dust in Key West.

  2. Those are some absolutely gorgeous pictures. I love this time of year because it's just so pretty. Breath-taking, really.

  3. I love Mondays now that I can watch House and Terra Nova back-to-back. But yeah...I hear you. Mondays generally are kinda bleh because you're coming off the weekend high and it's all back to work again. Love the pictures. So beautiful.

  4. Very beautiful indeed! I especially love this picture:

    That Lugh story is a creepy one indeed! Yikes! Would make for a great inspiring writing prompt though!

  5. So lovely to meet all the newcomers!!! Welcome!

    Kittie: A fellow Key West lover! You should check out Conchscooters blog. It's on my blogroll Key West Diary.

    M.J. Field: It is breathtaking, no doubt about it.

    Michael: Watched Terra Nova tonight. Bit disappointed I have to say...

    Trisha: I was thinking of expanding the story actually. It's quite interesting in it's full length!

  6. Beautifully done in so many ways. Love the memories of the records (my dad had tons!) and all the evenings spent with the Carpenters, Mamas and Papas, Chet Atkins, many others. We had more music than TV at our house and I count that as a blessing. Anyway, thank you for a lovely read.


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