doodle by andre: party like it’s 1989

I MUST GO OUT TO THE STILL AND SEE IF THE LATEST VINTAGE is ready for the holiday weekend’s festivities. (And you thought I grew all those potatoes for mashing and baking, did you?) I love the play, dear Andre Jordan, on the somewhat obscure informal definition of “potted” (intoxicated by drink or drugs, esp. marijuana: a party where everybody was pretty much potted), which really matches the idea of a potting bench/table/shed. But it seems like a doodle (and a party) in need of a soundtrack…and so I made one. Feeling retro? Feeling brave?
Caveat emptor: Heaven help us, since 80s music is not my strength or taste.

Andre and I wish you all a very happy holiday weekend, in case you’re getting started early. Please forgive me for the playlist. The Doodler made me do it.

  1. Brian G. says:

    Ah, the 80’s. What a terrible, garish, tasteless waste of 10 perfectly good years. No offense to those with fond memories. I’m sure for you all it was great :)

    All passable save for ‘Jefferson Starship’. Unforgivable, Margaret. Unforgivable…

    1. Margaret says:

      Bria G., as ever, you are my conscience, the voice of reason and taste. I almost left it out, but I thought it spoke to the strange range of musical “hits” of the era. Of course, I loved the original Jefferson Airplane in my youth…but this? Good thing you mentioned it, since when I went back to look, it was in there TWICE. Egads. Once is bad enough. :) Fixed!

  2. Tkelly says:

    I’ll send my daughter over and the two of you can sing “girls just want to have fun”. As a preschooler she could belt that song out sitting in her car seat but could not say the damn alphabet when she was “tested” for kindergarden!

    Happy 4th!

  3. Janeen says:

    If I could get this latest doodle on a poster or a t-shirt I would — for I now know that I am not the only one who wanders about her yard, glass of wine in one hand, trowel in the other, and an IPOD in her ears. I always thought I was some sort of rebel gardener!

  4. Brian G. says:

    Joking as alway, of course, as you know. But they really did become the poster child of sellouts didn’t they? Not to mention the hair and clothes! Perhaps a side-affect of dropping so much acid. Happy 4th!

  5. deb says:

    how funny. I’ve been subscribed to your blog for probably a year or two and just saw you on Martha. :) Love your story.

    1. Margaret says:

      Hi, Deb. Nice to complete the circle…now you have all the background dirt on me! :) See you soon again.

  6. OK, I think I’ll pull out a dusty Best of Laurel & Hardee DVD and compare notes if the shared quirky relationship between you and Andre match the masters. Andre, when are you going to give up your day job, dude?

    And anything pre or post 1999 rocks

    Happy 4th from a “new ” American from Australia (over 20 yrs ago)

  7. Allison says:

    Since both of my sons were born in the 80’s, I do have a soft spot in my heart for that decade (or maybe it’s just a soft spot in my head)–anyway, thanks to Andre for the great doodle–think I’ll have to clear a little space on my potting table for a martini glass. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  8. Kathy says:

    LOVE the 80’s! And isn’t gardening/yard work just an excuse to drink a cool one? Tired, dirty, satisified…ahhh!

    Janeen, I also enjoy walking through the garden in the evening with a glass of wine in hand. It’s my favorite way to enjoy my flowers! :)

  9. suzan says:

    Margaret, You’ve got me and the little one jammin’ (I grew up in the 80’s and therefore love your sound track). We will definitely play it today when we go out to check the garden.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Kathy. Same to you. Heading to the farmers’ market tomorrow myself to augment my garden goodies.

      Welcome, Mike. Well, I couldn’t resist. :) Glad you like…not my best era of music expertise or comfort!

      Welcome, Judi. Saying “Grows on you” is very funny on a garden blog. Thank you!

      See you all soon, I hope.

  10. Judi C says:

    I raised 3 teenage boys, and a toddler girl in the 80s. I guess the music grows on you. Sort of. I just subscribed to the newsletter and find I eagarly await it. It has made me want to do all sorts of ambitious things in my garden. Some will get done but probably not all. One exciting thing happened to me though, I was rummaging through a box of books at a yard sale and I found, “A Way to Garden” Wow was i excited, (you should see what they want for it on ebay!) I even said to the lady that the book had some value(didn’t want to spoil the sale too much) She offhanded me with ,’ So, Do you want to buy it?” I said yes trying not to sound to eagar………$2……It is in perfect condition and I am treasuring it. My day was made.

  11. Doug says:

    The 80’s had some great music! The B-52s, Talking Heads, New Order, Prince, REM, Laurie Anderson, The Police; and all those ridiculous (and fun) pop bands: Flock of Seagulls, The Thompson Twins, Haircut 100.
    Of course there was also Madonna . . .

  12. Janeen says:

    @ Doug — Ahhh, the B-52s. Kate Pierson of the B-52s is an avid gardner, from what I’ve read over the years. Wonder what she listens to when she gardens?

  13. Corrina says:

    The 80s should be my *thing* but really… I can’t stand the music. I am probably a disgrace to my generation. :( My husband was a big Prince fan, he probably still is. I still love him.
    Happy 4th, Margaret!

  14. Daisy Marshall says:

    Always have to check out the new news, it never ceases to teach me something new and just plain make me happy. Funny there should be a coment from Katrina Kenison as I just ordered Gift of an Ordinary Day at your suggestion. Let’s see, 80’s music, it was breakup time for me so I remember the sad melancholy songs most. Very well mended now, It’s good to get a refresher on the happy ones. It’s so good to keep sharing the fruits of your garden. A good 4th to you and yours. Daisy.

  15. Angie says:

    I love this doodle! Someone mentioned a poster above. What a great idea! :-) Oh boy, you know the moonshine is kicking in when we start playing 80s music, which by the way is considered now “oldies”. Ouch! When did that happen?! Pass on the moonshine! lol.

  16. Rae says:

    It’s tribute to my daughter time. Crazy about Duran, Duran Like a Wolf. Going to have a lime martini today from other daughter. No Yard Work on the 4th!

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