~~~~~~~~~ "We are here for only a moment, wanderers and sojourners in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace." I Chron. 29:15 NLT

Friday, August 06, 2010


I've been tweeking my blogspot the last few days. Take a look around, visit some of my favorite-other blogs and websites. I try to have some fun while I'm online.

I was surprised, when I did Yahoo and Google searches with the title of my blog, that it didn't pop up. It seems there are a lot of folks out there who have the same wanderlust, using wonder and wander interchangeably in all kinds of combinations. I'm beginning to wonder if I have entitled my blog correctly, even though I still like it, especially with it prefacing the Bible verse from I Chronicles. Perhaps I need to stay true to the title though; do a little less wandering and more wondering.

I've liked the word "wandering" since I was a youngster and heard my sister's high school glee glub sing the song, "The Happy Wanderer, " by Frank Weir, for the first time. All these years I've looked for a way to memorialize the happy associations with this word, which is why I decided to use it on the blog.

Here are the words for those who want to remember: (http://www.lyricfinder.org/)

I love to go a-wandering, Along the mountain track,

And as I go, I love to sing, My knapsack on my back.

Chorus: Val-deri, val-dera, Val-deri, val-dera, Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
Val-dera, My knapsack on my back

I love to wander by the stream, That dances in the sun
So joyously it calls to me, Come join my happy song.

I wave my hat to all I meet, And They wave back to me
And blackbirds call so loud and sweet, From ev'ry green wood tree.

Oh may I go a-wandering, Until the day I die
Oh, may I always laugh and sing, Beneath God's clear blue sky.

Val-deri, val-dera, Val-edri, val-dera Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, Val-dera
Beneath the clear blue sky, Beneath the clear blue sky.

I still get happy chills when I sing it. I loved it because I had never been anywhere outside of Kansas, but I always wanted to sit beside a gurgling stream in the cool mountains. Thank goodness we've vacationed in Colorado numerous times and wandered happily beside a mountain stream.

Did today's blog title pique your curiosity? If you comment or give feedback on blogs than you're familiar with the verification words that need to be mimicked before you can post your comment. I've been having fun making definitions for some of these words and thought I would share some of them with you.
For instance: cardeer is what you get when you cross your car with a deer. Here are a few more:

Locat: cat under the couch;
Menni: plural for Mennonite;
Fentist: professional fence builder;
Moperst: a street where mopers go to live;
Culters: people living around cul de sacs;
Witales: stories about Wi experiences;
Weecider: a tiny drink of cider.

You get the idea. I think I need a life!

Speaking of happy wandering, here are a few things our grandkids love to do as they wander/wonder through childhood.

Every kid has got to do the stretchy smile to get it on camera. I hope I'm around to show it to her boyfriends.
What would childhood be like without a swing set.?
This is what to do when you're bored.....

Anyone up for a game of Leapfrog?


Allen and Debby Graber said...

I love your definitions. Too funny!

Donna's Book Nook said...

Definitions are very cute! I love your new blog picture. And I still like your title--sounds like lots of people are either wandering or wondering or both!

Dee said...

Hi there, Sunday blessings. I like the look of your new blog.Your definition's of the word verification's gave me a chuckle. You are very clever. :) I think your blog title is just fine. Your blog may not being showing up in google because you have it blocked. I forget how that is done but I have it in my notes someplace. I blocked mine from showing up in google because I fear spammers.It is nice to have you back to blogging. I am hoping to return soon. I miss my blogging and my blogger friends.

Rebecca said...

Great post! Like everyone else has said, those word verification defs are such fun!

I like The Happy Wanderer, too. I remember at camp one year singing some Christian songs to its tune. O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, Amazing Grace, All Hail the Power of Jesus Name, etc. It was fun. Then for the chorus we sang, "He lives! He lives! He lives! I know that my Redeemer lives. He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today.

Blu-I'd-Blonde said...

Thank you all for sharing. Dee, I completed my Google profile to get it to show on Google search. Rebecca, how fun to sing familiar hymns to that happy tune, kind of odd at first, but with repetition I'm enjoying it.