thinking time and birthday week

Posted by on March 30, 2009 in farm | 11 comments


I wasn't kidding about more daffodils. I love the ethereal quality of this pale apricot variety. They are nearly always two to a stem, and have a lovely, light fragrance. After a cursory internet search, I still don't know the name of this particular variety. I should keep better gardening records.

I am very lucky to have a lot of thinking time. I spend a lot of time in my car every day, and when I'm driving I come up with a lot of really brilliant ideas. If only I could write them down to remember later. I also think a lot while I am swimming, but swimming-thinking is usually about the things I need to do. I plan elaborate to-do lists for the evening when I get home. Seldom is more than one to-do completed when I actually do get home, but still, it doesn't hurt to be ambitious. Anyway, the point of all this is that this morning while driving to work, I thought that since this is Birthday Week at Hey Lucy, there should be some presents, don't you think? Only these presents will be from me to you. So I also thought up a list of some of my favorite things, which also happen to be quite small (I don't want to break the bank here, after all), and I'll do my best to have a post each day with a little giveaway. I might make you work a little for these giveaways, and I'm sorry I can't send a present to everyone, but I think we can have some fun! Are you in? Spread the word, if you have a blog.

Now, on to the first giveaway. I love music, and I love my family, one member of which happens to be a very talented musician. I know I make you watch his videos and download his music, but it's all so good, I wouldn't want anyone to miss out. Today I have an autographed copy of his brand new, very excellent CD, Goodnight Human. Big things are in the works, and you will probably start hearing his music on the radio soon and he will likely be appearing in a city near you this Summer. Despite the fact that Cary likes to tell everyone the story of how I laughed at him when he first told me he was going to be the lead singer in a band, I've always genuinely liked his music, but this album is really something special. I know he's poured his whole heart and soul into it, and it shows. Don't ask me what my favorite song is, because I love every single one.

So, here's what you have to do if you'd like this CD: just share your top five most favorite albums ever. I know it's probably hard to narrow it down, but if you could only listen to five for the rest of your life, which five would you choose?

My brothers tagged me on facebook to do a list of 25 albums, and that was hard, I already want to add a few more. If it helps, here are my 25:

In no particular order:

1. The Cars – The Cars
2. U2 – War
3. Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
4. Dar Williams – Mortal City
5. G. Love & Special Sauce – Philadelphonic
6. Cowboy Junkies – Pale Sun Crescent Moon
7. 10,000 Maniacs – In My Tribe
8. They Might Be Giants – Flood
9. Andrew Bird – The Mysterious Production of Eggs
10. Gillian Welch – Time (The Revelator)
11. Annie Lennox – Diva
12. REM – Out of Time
13. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
14. Barenaked Ladies – Maybe You Should Drive
15. Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever
16. Billy Joel – Glass Houses
17. Yann Tiersen – Les Retrouvailles
18. Toni Childs – Union
19. The Sundays – Reading Writing & Arithmetic
20. Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise
21. Styx – Paradise Theater
22. Rogue Wave – Asleep at Heaven's Gate
23. Richard Thompson – Rumor and Sigh
24. Matthew Sweet – Girlfriend
25. Indigo Girls – Indigo Girls

I think I'll leave comments open for a couple days for each giveaway, so you'll have until Thursday night to enter this one. And don't forget to come back tomorrow for another birthday present!


  1. I already have my own copy, so I don’t need to enter the contest. Just wanted to tell you Happy Birthday!:-)

  2. What a darling blog and beautiful life you lead!! Happy Spring!

  3. Top 5 –
    Martina McBride – Greatest Hits
    Avril Lavigne – Let Go
    Toby Keith – Greatest Hits
    The Beach Boys – Sounds of Summer
    Alan Jackson – Everything I Love
    I know…I’m not too fancy when it comes to music. I still have good taste and I would love to win the CD so…pick me! Pick me!

  4. I already have Goodnight Human, one of my favorite albums. It is a big hit with many Shandong University students here in Jinan, China. I have played some of the songs like Valentine and the Ah Ha song in my classes and they love them. Some of my students (with my permission) have downloaded all of the songs on their MP3 players and share them with their friends. So there are a lot of loyal fans here.
    Anyway, we wish you a Happy Birthday!

  5. Happy birthday!
    Re: gardening records, here’s a page I put together on keeping a garden journal. Lots of helpful links and templates!

  6. I also already have this cd, so please don’t enter me into the drawing.
    Goodnight Human is my favorite of Cary’s music!! I really love it.
    I wanted to play along anyway…here are my top 5 albums.
    The Beatles – Rubber Soul
    The Beatles – Revolver
    Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind
    Muse – Absolution
    Neve – Neve

  7. Happy Birthday!!! Hope your day was fun and you spent it with special people. I don’t have your bro’s cd and I would LOVE to win it. If I don’t win it, I will look to purchase it anyway. I have gotten hooked from your site- he really is talented. If I was a lot younger, I might well be a groupie. Haha! I keep telling my son that he should be in a band- he is suited for that type of life. Well, not a drug- induced rock star coma type of life, but an adventure!

  8. Oops! Forgot to list the albums…..
    Matt Costa- Songs We Sing
    Norah Jones- 1st and 2nd album
    Van Morrison- Moondance
    Sarah Barrielles- Little Voice
    Alkline Trio- Mercy Me (?)
    This is hard! I am bad with album names…..

  9. I’m pretty music illiterate, and your comment about only having these 5 albums for the rest of my life sounds like a long time (hopefully!), but here are some albums that hold special memories for me:
    Guero by Beck
    Glass Houses by Billy Joel (Funny! I put this down before I looked at your list!)
    6- and 12-String Guitar by Leo Kottke
    Judith by Judy Collins (I know, I know – you can remove Send in the Clowns)
    _______ by The Beatles (fill in the blank)
    Changes by David Bowie
    but there are SOOOOOOO many more!!

  10. Hey! I’d LOVE to win an autographed album! I was all set to download it (OK, get Ben to download it onto his ITunes account), so while it’s extemely hard to pick, here’s what came to mind first:
    (in no particular order)
    1. The Eagles –Hell Freezes Over
    2. Dan Fogelberg — Greatest Hits
    3. James Taylor — Greatest Hits
    4. Sawyer Brown — Drive Me Wild
    5. Rascal Flatts — Me and My Gang
    and are you sure I can only pick 5? Ugh! I need more! What about Martina McBride, Michele Branch, Sara Evans, Bonnie Raitt, Journey, Kenny Loggins, Boston, Styx, and all that goofy new wave stuff we used to listen to in the 1980’s? I heard “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO on my kid’s IPod and thought I’d die laughing!

  11. 1. Disintigration – The Cure
    2. War – U2
    3. Louder Than Bombs – The Smiths
    4. Clarity – Jimmy Eat World
    5. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
    I don’t need to hear that cd, I lived it.

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