Cheers Indeed!

Fandango’s Dog Days of August Prompt #27- Your Favorite Drink

My favorite drink?

Easy Peasy.

That would be the tears of my foes.

Just kidding, but I cannot tell a lie those are pretty darn sweet.

My favorite drink, hands down is Absinthe.

There’s an entire legend around Absinthe-it’s the drink of the wicked and the morally corrupt, it was made from poison and that it could make you see visions ( well to be fair, if you drink to much of anything that’s going to happen ) and those visions could be so mind-blowing  you could end up going insane.

Oh. And apparently Vampires love the stuff and you’re supposed to have it served with a flaming sugar cube- both of these additions to the Absinthe  legend showed up in the late 1980’s and 1990’s and they’re a bit silly, but it’s all in fun.

So where did these older stories come from?

The French Wine Industry- yep. There was a retail war going on and by 1915  it was illegal in France ( SURPISE ) as well as the United States.  Absinthe took a hit in that campaign  and it was such a big hit that people believe some of those myths to this day.

So why do I love that light taste of anise and fennel in a glass ( just as an FYI I don’t like the green Absinthe it’s loaded with dye, but it does photograph well that way)

Why for the theatrics of course!

Writers, and artists have been inspired by Absinthe for ages- so being that I want to be a team player I developed a taste for it. Actually, what happened was when I wanted to have a drink and a teensy bit of fun, I have my favorite go to place and I have my drink and scarf down cheese and chocolates. But I can’t say it inspired me to write, but it’s as good as an excuse as any.

On the face of it, my reasons for liking Absinthe might seem silly- but people have been known to buy beer because of commercials with giant horses and frogs getting their tongues stuck to the back of trucks, as we know on a subtle level, those ads make it seem like drinking it is going to be even more fun then the beer commerciasl themselves.

I suppose those commercial are like an amuse bouche that you scarf down before you pop the top off the beer or can.

Absinthe is a fun drink with a fun story and that’s why I enjoy it- and in case you’re wondering  does anything else even comes close to it for me?

Yes there is one.


One of my neighbors is an Icee Machine Repairman and he drives the company truck home sometimes.

When I see it, I’m usually at an Icee machine within 48 hours.

It’s probably a good thing he isn’t an Absinthe Rep and drives a company car with a logo on the side.



Hotter Then The Sun

Fandango’s Dog Days of August #24- “ Fun Fact About Me

Photo by Greg on

Fun Fact about Anita Marie:

I have almost been hit by lighting three times.

As a side note:

A bolt of lightning can reach temperatures of roughly  53,540 degrees Fahrenheit. The sun, on the other hand, is eclipsed in this case – its surface temperature is just 10,340 degrees Fahrenheit

The first time I was  nearly hit was when I was walking home from school and a storm broke out. I saw a flash out of the corner of my eye and when it was gone a tree about eight feet to my left had a branch blown off and for a few seconds I couldn’t move and my mouth tasted like pennies I also had trouble hearing for a few days.

The second time I was walking to my car and all of the sudden I couldn’t see or move and when I could I saw the building near to where I was had been hit by lighting and then I saw was a black mark going down one wall and I heard a bunch of people screaming.

I’d like to say I heroically  sprinted to my car and drove away, but when I started to walk I couldn’t feel my feet so I couldn’t walk for a few minutes.

The third time I was in Iowa and I was on a bluff looking down at the Mississippi river and I was about to tell my kids to take a look at something when I heard this crackly sound and the  this silver bolt hit the ground next to me. This time I felt my skin tingle and  I was actually afraid to move because another bolt hit the hill just a little further up from where I was standing.

I thought the lighting was chasing me. I was sort of foggy headed at that point, so it was a weird thought. Scary. But didn’t make any sense.

There was a fourth time, but I was inside and the lighting actually hit the tree outside my bedroom window. I had the misfortune of looking into my bathroom mirror when it hit so I saw the flash in the mirror and the reflection  actually affected my eyes for about a week.

So that’s a fun fact about me- I’ve almost been hit by lighting a bunch of times, but I haven’t been hit yet.


Lighting FYI’s:

Lightning Science: Five Ways Lightning Strikes People

Ten shocking things that can happen if you are struck by lightning

Lightning safety: 10 myths—and the facts



Dog Days of Summer Music

My Guitar. My dog Hamish. and His Stuffed Eyeball
Photo A.M. Moscoso

I  love music- any kind of music. I tell a lie. I don’t really like a lot of Country Music and most stuff that came out after 1990. But in  pinch I’ll surf around and take in some new things, but I haven’t really been excited about new music for years.

Wow. I sound like my Grandparents. Ouch. That’s not true at all. They were better sports about music then I am now.


Just before Covid-19 forced us into lockdown, I got my nails taken down ( buh bye acrylic nails ) so that I could start to play guitar again and that has been fun. Though sitting alone and playing my guitar over headphones and a small amp instead of my  Vox is sort of a buzz kill, but at least I’m playing again.

I started playing when I was 12 and that was back in the day when ‘girl guitar players’ were more of a novelty then anything else. But I didn’t care. I just liked to play. I still do. A lot.

For Fandango’s Dog Days of August #17 Prompt : Music  I’ve  posted some clips of songs that I like to listen to before I write or when I just want something to sing along too because my dog does that head tilt thing and then he brings me toys to shut me up.

Just as a side note, the Snoopy Song  I’ve posted was my personal theme song when I was kid and I used to sit in my cherry tree with my musical snoopy dog and sing it at the top of my lungs and purposefully off key because YOU try to sing and make airplane noises too,  until someone from my family turned the hose on me to try to get me to stop.


It didn’t work.