Saturday, February 29, 2020

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays ๐Ÿ˜ธ in semi-alphabetical order:me favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays ๐Ÿ˜ธ in semi-alphabetical order:



Walt Disney's Pinocchio (1940) 

If you haven't seen this movie, you might be able to find it for loan at your local library.

Friday, February 28, 2020

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1. Skyped with the Eldest

2. After almost a year being unemployed, she got a job at a call center. Not what she wants, but it will pay the bills

3. She also had an interview as a lab tech (what she wants). Fingers crossed this job comes through.

4. Heard lots of birds singing as I went out to run errands.

5. Taught the Young One to bake bread.

How was your week?

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

T Stands for The Moms Breakfast Club

A couple of times a year, I get together with two friends for breakfast. I met these women when The Young One and their daughters were in elementary school.

Now that the girls are all grown up, we still get together, catch up with what everyone is doing, laugh, cry. It's great therapy and cheaper than seeing a real therapist.

Last Saturday, we met at Breakfast at Stephanie's,  little, hole-in-the-wall breakfast place in Upton, Massachusetts.  This was the second time we had breakfast here.  The food is really good, the place popular. The only downside is the parking lot is the size of a postage stamp. I got the last parking spot at the restaurant. Since the Senior Center across the street was closed, my friends parked over there.


D. always gets pancakes so ordered plain, buttermilk pancakes. As you can see the 2 pancakes are the size of a dinner plate.


P. had the Vermont Breakfast Sandwich, bacon, egg, cheese on toasted sour dough bread


I had the Grand Slam, 2 scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, and French toast along with a cup of tea and leftovers to take home. D and P had water.

We were catching up and nearly finished when D noticed that there was a long line of people waiting to be seated. So D invited us back to her house so we could finish conversations.

We had a fun time talking about trips taken, television programs, movies, and reminiscing about the girls, the school years, and the projects, especially the Roman Fair.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Happy Mail


From Nan, an adorable Galentine, a Valentine you send to a gal pal.


And a cute note from Da Tabbies o'Trout Towne 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays ๐Ÿ˜ธ in semi-alphabetical order:me favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays ๐Ÿ˜ธ in semi-alphabetical order:


Phenomenon (1996) John Travolta, Robert Duvall

If you haven't seen this movie, it looks like it might be free on YouTube.

Friday, February 21, 2020

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1. Remembered my friend, Darrell. He would have turned 78 last Sunday.

2. Started watching a new to me show on Netflix called The Good Place with Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. Very funny premise.

3. Worked on lesson plan for Spring classes

4. Found out both session of the workshop I'm teaching at my local library filled.

5. Cleaned and organized the pantry

How was your week?

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Throwback Thursday - First Job

This old post from Saturday, February 16, 2008

In keeping with ripping off Erica's ideas for blog fodder, this week five things learned from the first job I had.

1. The day after my 16th birthday, Ma told me I had to get a job. She had already made arrangements for me to see the neighbor across the street. He sold to retail artificial floral arrangements. I went to talk to his wife. She said they needed some help, offered to drive me to the factory to check it out. She said it was a dirty place and I might not like it there. I told her it didn't matter whether I liked it or not. Ma said I had to have a job. First lesson, when the big boss tells you to do something, you jump to it.

I actually loved working at the factory. The company was small and employed 7 people. They were a great bunch to work with. The boss, George, treated us very well. I learned how to make artificial floral arrangements, bows, how to pack boxes for shipping and other life skills.

2. One of the first arrangements I learned how to make was done using a small (size of your palm) ceramic planter in the shape of a swan The arrangement took 2 flowers at the shoulder, two at the hip and one up the butt. The space in the middle was filled with a filler flower, babies' breath, statice, forge-me-not, or other tiny flowers. The type of flowers and bow colors followed the seasons. , oranges, golds, and browns for the Fall and Thanksgiving, reds and greens for Christmas, pastels for Spring and Easter. One day, I was told 700 of these little arrangements were needed to fill an order. The first 25 were fun to make. After that, the task got old pretty quickly. Lesson learned: sometimes we have to do things that are boring and we don't like.

3. We worked in an old factory building. One area had been partitioned off for a retail sales area. George would sell floral stems, tape, colored pots, etc. to do it yourself crafters. My job on Saturdays was to open and man the retail area. For some reason I was not given a key to the building, so the only way to get in, was to walk across the sloping metal roof to crawl through a second story window. It wasn't bad in dry weather, but was a little dicey in wet or icy weather. I'd like to think the lesson learned was confidence and a sense of adventure. I should have learned assertiveness to tell him I ain't walking across the roof.

4. We had to spray paint 4, 6, and 8 inch plastic pots in seasonal colors. Lesson learned: there is a reason for the warning to do this in a well ventilated area. Always turn on the big fan!

5. I was paid $1.65 per hour which was minimum wage back then. I saved up my money and when I had enough, I bought a pair of Frye cowboy boots. Lessons learned: financial independence, saving for something gives you time to really decide if you really need the item. Those boots were cool, even if I couldn't find a pair like just like Heath's.

What was your first job?

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

T Stands For Lunch on Valentine's Day

I had an appointment on Valentine's Day and asked Himself to tag along. Since it would be lunch time when I was done, I thought we could go out to lunch. Not a romantic lunch. Just lunch. Valentine's Day isn't a big deal holiday with us. It never was. 

We didn't have any idea where to go for lunch. Himself suggested the 99, but we've eaten there so many times lately, I wanted something different. We thought we would try Harry's a little hole in the all place with some of the best seafood. Harry's is always busy and on Valentine's Day, there wasn't even a place to park in their postage size stamp of a parking lot. And Harry's doesn't take debit or credit cards. Strictly cash which neither one of us had on us at the moment. Sure, Harry's has an ATM machine inside the restaurant, and you can get cash, but it didn't seem that important to get whacked with the fees from the banks.

Where to? How about Bertucci's? We haven't been there in a long time. Bertucci's is a chain that specializes in brick oven pizza and dishes and a favorite spot when Himself would hob nob with the other Wizards at the college where he teaches.

I usually get the Rigatoni Abbruzzi, rigatoni pasta with sausage, but since it was Valentine's Day, the restaurant was running a special. Soup or salad, several entrees to choose, and a dessert to share. Perfect.


I started with a glass of Prosecco and a salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Himself had a cup of minestrone soup. The waiter also brought rolls with infused olive oil for dipping.


Himself had the Shrimp Rossini. It was delicious. Ask me how I know?


I ordered the Chicken Parmigiana


The portions were so large there was plenty for another meal or two. The waiter came to the table and boxed up the leftovers.


I told him all he had to write for me was M-I-N-E. I label all my restaurant leftovers that way. The waiter found that especially amusing and added a little extra. He didn't know Himself's name so thought it should be Bob.


For dessert the choices were Limoncello Mascarpone Cake or a Cannoli. We had a Cannoli to share. The cannoli was delicious, studded with chocolate chips on the ends, but not the best choice for a shared dessert. The shell is very crispy (just perfect!) and was hard to break. And from an Italian point of view, not very abbondanza. It wouldn't have broken the restaurant to bring 2 cannoli.

We decided to get extra cannoli for a treat later in the evening, and one to bring home to the Young One. The waiter also tossed in some extra rolls and cups of infused olive oil. See, that's abbondanza.


When we got home, there was a Valentine from The Eldest. A sweet ending for a perfect day.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.


Monday, February 17, 2020

Happy Mail


A real surprise in the mail, a Valentine from my Table Mate from 26 Seeds , Reggie Ezzell's year long class. My class in 2017 was called Reggiment. Lee's art always has sheep in it. I like her return address label, too.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Alphabet Sunday


Today, my favorite image from this series. The letter, L, on the Tardis Blue door of the church. Enders Island.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays ๐Ÿ˜ธ in semi-alphabetical order:me favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays ๐Ÿ˜ธ in semi-alphabetical order:


Panic in the Streets (1950) Richard ๐Ÿ˜ป Widmark, Paul Douglas, Jack Palance

If you haven't seen this movie, it's available for free on YouTube.

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Friday Five Good Things

 Image from https://www.clipart.email/
because we ate them before I thought
to take a picture
Five good things that happened this week.

1. Informed Delivery  from the Postal Service notified me Happy Mail was waiting. Even though I had picked up the mail a couple of days earlier, I went back to the post office to pick up the mail.

2. While grocery shopping, Himself picked up chocolate dipped strawberries and pineapple. Such a delicious treat.

3. Two different friends paid me the same compliment on the same day.

4. Another piece of Happy Mail arrived

5. Another missed storm for my area. Just a dusting of snow before changing over to rain.

How was your week?

Thursday, February 13, 2020

How Does Your Garden Grow?


It's been awhile since I've taken pictures of the garden. Welcome to February


A nice picture of Papa Cardinal as he checks out the honeysuckle vine. 


The Frost Guard (a Christmas gift from Himself to both of us) goes on the windshield in anticipation of another snow,sleet, frozen rain, rain storm. The Little Princess doesn't have to scrape ice or frost off the windshield anymore.


Friends from Europe posting pictures of snowdrops and daffodils in bloom have me jealous. The only things blooming in the garden are the ton of gravel tossed onto the lawn from the snowblower and shoveling.


The mailbox kept blowing down in the wind or by the slipstream of trucks as they whoosh by. I got tired of picking up the mailbox several times a day so took it down and put it in the garage. I notified the post office, I'd be picking up the mail from now until sometime in Spring when we decide how to replace the mailbox.


The February garden flags blows in the wind.


Heavy winds and rain have brought down lots of branches


The ground is so wet it can't support the shepherd's hooks.  Two of my garden kite still remain. The rest have gone with the wind.


Temperatures have been fluctuating. A few days above normal. A few days at norm. A bit of ice in a puddle as a cold front moves in.


A milky sky as clouds move in with another sloppy storm


And much to our surprise and delight, the pear solar light decided to glow.


Another storm averted. Just a half an inch of snow before turning over to rain.

How does your garden grow?


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

T Stands for Dreaming of Summer

After a doctor appointment, we decided to stop and have lunch at the 99 Restaurant, one of our favorite chains. We had been there the week before and the restaurant was offering a Lobster Fest, either Lobster Mac n' Cheese or a Lobster Casserole. 

Since I had the excellent Lobster Casserole, I was thinking of getting either salmon or Sweet Potato Encrusted Haddock, when the waitress said, "Did you hear that the Hot Buttered Colossal Lobster Roll is back on the menu"

Say no more! Summah Time!


For my beverage, I had the Bubble Green Tea (peach green tea with a splash of orange juice and mango flavored pearls).  Himself had a Pepsi. We also had a bowl of popcorn. Eaten before a picture was taken.


We decided to make our meal a 3 course meal. Add soup, salad, and get a petite dessert. I chose Seafood chowder and Himself got a salad with ranch dressing.


Oh, we also ordered the Short Rib Flat Bread. From their description: Crisp flatbread glazed with red pepper pesto topped with caramelized onions, braised short ribs, mushrooms and mozzarella and provolone cheeses. Delicious!


Himself likes the Smothered Sirloin Tips, mashed potatoes and Cole slaw. Don't eat!


I ordered the Hot Buttered Colossal Lobster Roll with fries, cole slaw, and a side of Summah sunshine. Oh, wait. That's a cup of drawn butter. Is it July, yet?


I forgot to take pictures of the desserts. Himself had the Peanut Butter Petite Treat (picture from the 99 Restaurant Menu). I had the Caramel Apple Cheesecake. Scrumptious!

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Happy Mail

Happy, holiday mail arrived in my mailbox this week. Well, actually at the post office. The mailbox kept blowing down so mail is being held at the post office. I had already made my post office run for the week, but when USPS Informed Delivery notified me on Saturday that these were waiting at the post office, I made another trip.


From Finnbadger at Envelope 100, this wonderful Year of the Rat ensemble, a cutie rat card with a handmade envelope. Thanks, Finn. 


From MB, a friend I met at "coloring camp", AKA the Sacred Art Institute on Enders Island, this delightful, hand-lettered Valentine. Thanks, MB.

What's in your mailbox?

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays ๐Ÿ˜ธ in semi-alphabetical order:me favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays ๐Ÿ˜ธ in semi-alphabetical order:


Oliver (1968) Oliver Reed, Mark Lester

If you haven't seen this movie, it's available for rent on YouTube.

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1.  Ran errands to get a Mr.  Long arm extension pole to be used with a hard, foam pad to rake snow off the solar panels. Recommended by the electrician

2. Skyped with the Eldest

3. While Himself watched the Super Bowl, I watched Kiss of Death, Richard ๐Ÿ˜ปWidmark's film debut.

4. Medical and dental appointments went well with no issues

5. Nasty, slippery weather and we didn't have to go anywhere.

How was your week?



Thursday, February 6, 2020

When You Try to Explain a Joke

So, I seem to have caused a lot of confusion about yesterday's Wordy Wednesday (or Wordless Wednesday) selection of two monks discussing the correct way to portray a rabbit in an illuminated manuscript. I got lots of "I don't get it"

So, these types of illuminations are found in the margins of some manuscripts. Oddities of marginalia are called Drolleries. These are images that turn the world upside-down. In the example to the left, we see a rabbit posed as a nobleman going out for a hunt, riding his dog, and carrying a snail as if it were a falcon. Knights fighting snails human heads on animal bodies were also popular subjects.

Some scholars would argue that these images were Medieval political commentary. Perhaps, lower-classes trying to get above their station.

One of my colleagues commented that it would seem the monks were served the abbot's "good" wine at the noonday meal. Everyone was in their cups as they went back to the scriptorium to work. Besides wine, maybe mushrooms (as in magic mushrooms or psilocybin.) were also served. Their bread may also have been contaminated with ergot which can cause hallucinations.

I think the main takeaway is the scribes were bored. They drew funny pictures in the margins of the texts they were copying. Drawings that mostly had nothing to do with the text. Just like we doodled in the margins of our textbooks or while taking notes in school or at meetings. (At least I did) The drawings were droll. Just a joke. ๐Ÿ˜บ