17.1.09

Clay Aiken: Winter Blues? Chase them away

Gala Oct18 Shirley R - CB
Gala '08 gif by Shirley R.

Let Clay help you chase away your winter blues.

It's that time of year when many people get the Winter Blues, also known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is a type of winter depression that affects an estimated half a million people every winter,in particular during December, January and February.

A lot of us have the "Missing Clay" syndrome on top of that. So what can we do about it???

There are special lights are sold to simulate the sun and fool your system. Other remedies are using an ionic air purifier in your home, exercising, and concentrating on pleasant thoughts and fun things. Helping someone else feel better works too.

PhotobucketOddly enough Clay is my cure..I listen to him sing, and watch videos from over the years. He gives me pleasant thoughts and brings out the sun. Come to think of it, he does that all year long.
Who'd have guessed!





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Whether you have a case of the blues or not, join me in one of my favourite pastimes...Clay at YouTube!
I made a list of favourite songs then searched for the videos. I found many I hadn't seen before, especially the older ones as I didn't have access to YouTube for the first years of Clay.

Here are just a few of the delightful montages and concert sessions I've gathered. Way too many to post now, so I'll start with these.



When I Need You by Ashes

When I Need You




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Bridge Over Troubled Water by Aspiegirl

Bridge Over Troubled Water




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Unchained Melody - Toledo JBT

Unchained Melody - Toledo JBT




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My Girl - Yollie950

My Girl




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Here You Come Again - SueRue

Here You Come Again




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How about some brain exercise with a new puzzle thanks to Sally (Bsrefong)Photobucket

P19 Clays Love



Another 'pick me up' is chocolate...ah yes, I admit to being a Photobucket

There are times when only fudge will do. I have a really old recipe that fills the bill..quick, easy, and virtually no fail!

Quick and Easy Fudge

2 cups sugar (1 white, 1 brown or any combination you want)
1/2 cup milk
1/3 to 1/2 cup cocoa (I use half a cup)
1/2 cup butter or margarine

Mix the ingredients, cook slowly until soft ball stage, remove from heat.

Add a 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Now beat in (with electric mixer) approximately one cup of flour. (start with no more than 3/4 cup, add more if needed.
-fold in chopped nuts if you want them.

Pour into greased 8 or 9 inch pan.

It's ready as soon as cooled..tasting before that is allowed :)

Note: I've heard that sugar substitute works fine with this..I don't use it, so can't say for sure.


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9 comments:

SueReu said...

oh my - FUDGE!!! I LOVE FUDGE (sorry Clay)

I'm a little blue right now too Ashes! I think I'm STILL coming down from the 6 Spams I got to go to, including Clay's closing night.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane! When it comes to Clay, it's new every single time I watch them.

Carolina Clay said...

Ashes,

Wonderful blog for the drought in which we Clay Aiken fans find ourselves! I love all the montages you featured. As always, Sally's puzzle is very creative. Oh, and you gave us chocolate, too! Whee!!!

Many thnx for putting me onto the "No One as Irish as Barack Obama" montage. I put it to good use, LOL!

Thank you, too, for your kind comment in the inauguration blog.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Caro

Anonymous said...

The best fixes in the world are a good song, some good chocolate and a memory or something in the present that makes you feel good and fuzzy inside. When you find that good and fuzzy moment enjoy every second of it and make it last forever.

Chardonnay said...

Ashes... I love your blog! It's always so much fun. Thank you!

But that crossword puzzle was really hard!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashes,

Awesome Blog!!! Now all I have to do is come here to chase the January Blues. Clay's Music, Clay's Montages and Chocolate (I copied the recipe) January Blues GONE!!!

I just Love your Montage, I remember it well...and after watching the others, I'm voting for a JBT#2.....well, any tour would be good for me.

Have a great week

Hugs,
Marlyne

Anonymous said...

There is the old song, "Bye Bye Blackbird"....pack up all my cares and woes, feeling low, here I go,.... was brought to mind as I read your blog. Thanks for the reminder that there are always things to be positive about, regardless of any situation. Blessings on you my friend...luv B

redca40 said...

Ashes you have the coolest site. I'm going to try the recipe today. Clay always makes my heart feel better during the down times.

dee said...

You have cheered me up with talk of sweet things ... Clay and fudge . I was going to try the fudge recipe but I was never any good at that soft ball stage thingy so I just went to the store and bought a bag of Hershey's Kisses .

Now stand back and let me explore your videos !

:-)

Allegra said...

Wow. What a blog. I have a sudden craving for fudge. :)

Thanks for all the beautiful blends and video. It's fun to take a journey through Clay land.

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