Valderi Valdera

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AS THE SONG says, I love to go a-wandering, although not always along a mountain track. Here’s just a bit of the beauty I’ve recently seen around town. Coming soon are photos of what’s blooming and budding at our place.

The first video at the end is Myron Floren performing the song “The Happy Wanderer.” He is best known as the accordionist on The Lawrence Welk Show — a television program San Geraldo grew up loving and I grew up laughing at. Lawrence Welk was from Strasburg, a German-speaking community in North Dakota. Floren performed at SG’s Sunday School in the 1950s. One of the highlight’s of his life (SG’s, not Myron Floren’s — well maybe for both).


COMO DICE LA canción, me encanta andar errante, aunque no siempre a lo largo de una pista de montaña. Aquí hay un poco de la belleza que he visto recientemente en la ciudad. Próximamente hay fotos de lo que está floreciendo en nuestro lugar.

El primer video al final es Myron Floren interpretando la canción “The Happy Wanderer”. Él es mejor conocido como el acordeonista en The Lawrence Welk Show, un programa de televisión que San Geraldo creció amando y yo crecí riéndome. Lawrence Welk era de Strasburg, una comunidad de habla alemana en Dakota del Norte. Floren actuó en la escuela dominical de SG en la década de 1950. Uno de los mejores momentos de su vida (de SG, no de Myron Floren — bueno quizás para ambos).


Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

29 thoughts on “Valderi Valdera”

  1. POLKA TIME! like the penguin, my grandparents watched, my sister and I laughed. wunnerful wunnerful!

    1. Anne Marie,
      My sister would do Norman Zimmer while I sang along as the guy she sometimes sang with. I never remembered his name, so I just looked it up. Jimmy Roberts!

  2. with Sissy & Bobby’s approval!
    I’m with you Mitch.
    Don’t tell SG!!
    Now, name game time ~ name the plants please!

    1. Ron,
      The trees filled with pink balls are i think commonly know as Pink Ball Trees (Dombeya wallichii, also known as tropical hydrangea). The first and last pics are of flame vine. Prolific a round here but never did anything on our terrace. And then there’s a yellow rose poking out from bougainvillea.

  3. I was one of the laughers as well….no disrespect, SG!
    It was SO squeaky clean!
    Question: The first photo at top……is that a ‘Trumpet Vine’? How wonderful it is.

  4. Lawrence Welk? UGH! He always gave me the creeps for some reason… I was fascinated by the Lennon Sisters’ hair, though 🙂 This made me suddenly realize that 1920 was one hundred years ago! Wow!

    1. Deedles,
      I did like the Lennon Sisters. I remember when Kathy turned Sweet 16. But I really loved Leslie Uggams. And he didn’t make her tap dance! Can’t imagine what it was like to work on that show. Saw her in Anything Goes in the ‘80s. She was perfect. Then there was Bob McGrath, who ended up on Sesame Street!

      1. Deedles,
        Wait! What was I thinking? Bob McGrath was on Sing Along With Mitch!

      2. I so totally forgot about Mitch Miller! My grandmother used to watch that show all the time. I still remember his face, but nothing else about his show. Side note (aren’t they all?), I recently watched Deadpool 2 (never saw the first one) and I kept wracking my brain trying to figure out who was playing the blind woman. She was so very familiar to me. I thought, Nichelle Nichols, no….who is it! Then the one of her voice hit me, Kizzy, from Roots! Leslie Uggams, wow! She was really good in that. I used to love to hear her sing.

      3. Deedles:
        I have skinny fingers and they fail all the time, too! I do love Leslie Uggams. The best part of Mitch Miller when I was a kid (other than his name) was “Follow the bouncing ball” sing-alongs!

  5. We used to watch Lawrence Welk every week when I was growing up. I don’t think I laughed at it, exactly, but I also knew it was kind of over-the-top. (Which made me like it even more!) And I used to have a record as a kid with that song on it. I love that orange vine and the whale mural.

    1. Steve,
      Flame vine is very common and spectacular all over town. We planted it in pots on our terrace but it never took off.

  6. My Mom and I used to laugh at the Lawrence Welk Show all the time! Years later, when she was in the nursing home, I knew dementia had her in its grips when she suddenly became a fan of the Lawrence Welk reruns on PBS. It was her favourite show.

  7. I watched because I watched everything as a kid, but it was never my favorite variety show for reasons having nothing to do with the musical selections. There were no comedy skits! Even Andy Williams had comedy skits!

    1. Kirk,
      No comedy? My sister and I sometimes laughed more at that show than many others.

  8. You had me at the first four pictures. Such color!!!! I wonder…are they in the Hydrangea family??? Stunning. And i too remember Well when little. PBS plays it here Saturdays night’s. Hell, if home I sometimes watch. I enjoy a little Joanne Castle

    1. Mistress Maddie,
      I think it’s a Dombeya wallichii, also known as tropical hydrangea… although more commonly known as Pink Ball Tree. That entire park area in front of the block-long building is lined with them.

  9. I absolutely love the flower pictures – amazing what color can do for your mood.

    1. Cheapchick,
      So uplifting. We’ve decided to plant hibiscus on the terrace again. Damn the bugs.

  10. Bobby-um and a Sissy-um. Valdera-a-a-a-a-a-a-a. That’s all I got. Oh, I ate at Welk’s restaurant in Escondido once. Drinks were served by the Champagne Lady. Ok, I made up that last part.

    1. Walt the Fourth,
      We drove right by Welk’s in Escondido, regularly. My sister used to sing along with Norma Zimmer.

  11. Blooming and budding! I can’t wait for more!
    Lawrence Welk– always on at my grandma’s house on Friday (or Saturday?) nights.

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