I Want to Fall In Love- Larry Hovis

It’s no secret that Hogan’s Heroes is one of my favorite TV shows, but once I found out that Larry Hovis, aka Sgt. Andrew Carter, was also a singer, I instantly fell in love with his voice.  He recorded a solo album in 1959 titled “My Heart Belongs to Only You.”  He also made recordings with The Bill Gannon Trio and The Mascots.  

(Oddly enough, this was posted on Sweetest Day 2015)

Larry Hovis

A video of this featured song is below the lyrics. 

I Want To Fall In Love – Written and Performed by Larry Hovis

Here I am with my heart in my hand,

and I want to fall in love.

Here I am thinking, it would be grand

if I just would fall in love.

I’m tired of being, all alone.

No one to call my very own.

So here I am, hoping you’ll understand

why I want to fall in love.

I want to fall in love.

I’m tired of being all alone.

No one to call my very own.

So here I am, hoping you’ll understand

Why I want to fall in love.

I want to fall in love.

I want to fall in love.  

The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender

Performed by The Platters  Written by Buck Yam

Oh-oh, yes I’m the great pretender
Pretending that I’m doing well
My need is such I pretend too much
I’m lonely but no one can tell

Oh-oh, yes I’m the great pretender
Adrift in a world of my own
I’ve played the game but to my real shame
You’ve left me to grieve all alone

Too real is this feeling of make-believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal

Oh-oh Yes I’m the great pretender
Just laughin’ and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I’m not, you see
I’m wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you’re still around

Too real is this feeling of make-believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal

Yes I’m the great pretender
Just laughin’ and gay like the clown
I seem to be what I’m not, you see
I’m wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you’re still around   (still around)


Memorial Day Greeting Card

Originally called Decoration Day, today’s Memorial Day we need to take a moment to honor the American heroes who died in service of our country while battling the enemy in order to preserve our freedom.  I chose to honor and remember by creating this.  

From time to time, I enjoy making greeting cards from rubber stamps and scrapbook paper.  I created this patriotic card last year.  It doesn’t have a specific Memorial Day theme, but could be used as a sympathy card for someone who lost a loved one in the military, or it could be used on Veteran’s Day (I chose to stamp Thank You on the inside).


I chose a black card base because it really accented the colors of this card well.

The red and white stripes are actually on one sheet of scrapbook paper that I cut down to size.

I took a navy blue piece of card stock and embossed it with stars and then brushed over the stars with white ink and applied 5 gold brads.

The dog tags are made of grey paper, punched with a rounded edge rectangle punch. At the hardware store I bought some chain and snipped it down to size.  (This makes the card very puffy and hard to send through the mail with regular postage, I would recommend a puffy envelope) I took a grey marker and edged the shape and finally used a sentiment stamp inside that says In everything give Thanks -1 Thess. 5:18.  Another idea would be to hand write a persons name or put dates on the dog tags.  

The remembrance ribbon is a thin red white and blue band that I twisted and glued in the center.  The “Brave and Strong Hero” sentiment was stamped in black on a gold sheet of paper and circle punched.  It is popped-dotted in the center of the ribbon. 

The heartfelt banner at the bottom was stamped on tan paper and distressed with a brown ink around the edges.  It is also popped-dotted for dimension. 

Bugs Bunny- Hillbilly Hare

Once you get this song into your head, you’ll be trying to sing it all day.  Here are the words to Bugs Bunny’s Hillbilly Square Dance.  As always, video below.

Let’s all Square Dance.
Places all.
Bow to your corner,
bow to your own.

Three hands up and round you go,
break it up with a dosey do.
Chicken in the bread pan kickin’ out dough.
Skip to ma Lou, my darling.

The old lady out, you pretty little thing,
promenade around the ring.
Big foot up and little foot down,
make that big foot jar the ground.

Lady step back and two gents in,
back you go and forward again.
Step right up with an elbow swing.
Skip to ma Lou, my darling.

Allemande left with the old left hand,
follow through with a right-left grand.
Meet your honey with a great big smile,
promenade Indian style.

*Bugs Bunny takes over*

Promenade across the floor,
sashay right on out the door.
Out the door and into the glade,
and everybody promenade.

Step right up, you’re doing fine,
I’ll pull your beard, you pull mine.
Yank it again like you did before,
break it up with a tug o’war.

Now into the brook and fish for the trout,
dive right in and splash about.
Trout, trout, pretty little trout,
one more splash and come right out.

Shake like a hound dog, shake again,
wallow around in the ol’ pig pen.
Wallow some more, y’all know how,
roll around like an ol’ fat sow.

Allemande left with your left hand,
follow through with a right-left grand.
Now leave your partner, the dirty ol’ thing,
follow through with an elbow swing.

Grab a fence post, hold it tight,
womp your partner with all your might.
Hit him in the chin, hit him in the head,
hit him again, that critter ain’t dead.

Womp him low and womp him high,
stick your finger in his eye.
Pretty little rhythm, pretty little sound,
bang your heads against the ground.

Promenade all around the room,
promenade like a bride and groom.
Open up the door and step right in,
close the door and into a spin.

Whirl, whirl, twist and twirl,
jump all round like a flyin’ squirrel.
Now don’t you cuss and don’t you swear,
just come right out and form a square.

Now right hand over and left hand under,
both join hands and run like thunder.
Over the hill and over the dale,
duck your head and lift your tail.

Don’t you stray and don’t you roam,
turn around and promenade home.
Corn in the crib pen, wheat in the sack,
turn your partner and promenade back.

And now you’re home.
Bow to your partner.
Bow to the gent across the hall.
And that is all.

Area 51 Drive Thru

One place I never had on my agenda for vacation destinations last week, was Area 51.  It didn’t even come to mind when I thought of Nevada, so when we headed North out of Las Vegas to spend the weekend in the mountains at a friend’s house….. that’s exactly where I thought we were headed… to a friends house.  It wasn’t until I saw the GPS and noticed we were on Extraterrestrial Highway !





It was shortly after then when I looked up and I SAW AN ALIEN !!!!!



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It was a kooky little store inside a metal shed that sold a lot of T-shirt with UFOs and sci-fi related items.  Probably in a metal building so as to keep the aliens from sucking people out and into their space ship. 

Just beyond that we reached the small town of Rachel, Nevada




The history of Rachel is that it was a town that grew up around a tungsten mine, which closed in 1988.  The town of 500 quickly dwindled to around 50 today. It became a hot bed of activity for UFOs and quickly became a destination for fans and believers.  Area 51 and the Air Force’s top secret base.  We think this was the road to Area 51, but it’s obviously not going to be marked. 



We made a loop around a ranch in the main area of Rachel before continuing on our journey.   In my defense, I usually take pictures and look at them later.  I didn’t see that this sign said photography prohibited.


 It was exciting at the time, but I became a big baby chicken when we considered driving up the road to Area 51 the next day on the way home.  I really got freaked out and didn’t want to go.  I was afraid that if were were stopped by the feds, they might be having a bad day and not just let us turn around. So for now this was exciting enough for me.  


This is a funky video that I had seen several years ago, but still like to watch.  I know that guy was confusing Air Force 1 with Area 51.  That’s what makes the video even more hilarious.