Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks -Technology

I suck with technology, give me a computer & tell me to fix it and I will screw it up even more. Sometimes, I think, technology is not all it's cracked up to be and this week it is all about technology screwing up. Wait, humans are behind this, as always, so we are the bad guys yet again. I was thinking of newer films but my heart belongs to the tacky movies of the 1950's that I used to watch every Sunday afternoon on the UHF channel. Wandering Through The Shelves is the brainchild of this weekly series so head on over to find out what the other film buffs have are my fun 3...


Clint Eastwood's first film role but he doesn't say much, or anything from what I can recall. This freaked me out that I had nightmares and one repeated nightmare where my dad is driving and we see the big spider walk over a golf course. Anyhoo, a scientist decides to try to conquer food shortages by creating a serum that, unfortunately has drastic results. a tarantula escapes and continues to grow and  needs food to survive. Enter a pretty assistant who helps  the local Doctor get to the bottom of these killings. Bleccchhh, I hate spiders.


Oh how bad but good this movie is. It starts off with a slut, I mean, a cheating wife and her latest conquest get sucked under the depth of a swamp by these, can ya guess? yup, giant leeches. A game warden, his girlfriend and her doctor dad investigate and find out these leeches are the result of some atomic testing and are not only big but are intelligent (obviously no relation to Trump:)). What are they to do but destroy these parasites. It's a Roger Corman production so how can one go wrong:)


I love Ray Harryhausen, who is a wiz with stop motion animation, and the composer Bernard Herrmann, both were part of this film. It starts off during the American civil war where  a few union soldiers and a confederate abscond with a huge balloon and land on a lush island. No sooner do they land but they must fight off a giant crab which they do and have a good meal as a result. Enter 2 women who come ashore from a sunken ship and you have a cute romance starting. Of course, Captain Nemo has been helping these castaways and you find out he has been trying to?? Yup, stop the food shortage by screwing with the growth hormone, hence the big animals and insects. This is actually quite a good film with entertaining characters and the great score just adds to everything.

What would be your 3?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Card or 2! OK Maybe 3

I was so excited this past weekend..why? I found out I could get Google Chrome on my tablet which means I could write this and download pics from my tablet! It’s even better because I could no longer post on people’s blogs from the regular tablet way (make sense??) for some would not take at all which is weird. Anyway, I thought I would post a couple of cards here...

Shit! I tried to download the pics from my tablet and it won’t work...grrrrrrrr. So writing this on my tablet but the pics will be downloaded and placed here when I’m at work (shhhhhh).

I love Halloween and here are a couple of cards I created which, I think, lend to the air of spookiness.

Perfect Pearls, vista ink stamp, owl stamp, leaf stamp, pumpkin & spiderweb stamp. Black ink stamp, multi-coloured autumn stamp, scissors, tombow markers, stickers and glossy accents

Alphabet Challenge- O is for Owls
Animal Friends- Halloween
Cute Card Thursday- Halloween

This was a fun Card to create using the Perfect Pearl powders for the owl image. I enjoyed creating this card with those perfect pearls in oranges, kiwi and bronze that I dusted over the stamped image of the owls and saying. I did a quick stamp of the leaf as a border, in different colours, from the
autumn multi-stamp pad. I stamped the cobweb, with spider, and the pumpkin and embossed the web
 in black sparkle and the pumpkin in basic black. I fussy cut those 2 out and used pop up dots to adhere them in place finishing the pumpkin with glossy accents. I put all the pieces together and finished it off with a sticker border.

Fusion Challenge- Combine the sketch & the image or do one or the other

Distress inks, water, different rubber stamps, black ink,  clear embossing powder. Stickers, scissors.

I finally am able to join the Fusion challenge which is a challenge because it is pastel colours but I think I did an ok job. I used distress ink pads which I stamped on a craft wipeable mat, I sprayed water on it and just placed the white card on top to get the colours on, letting it drip to make it look like a cute pink bunny just got whacked. ..tooo harsh😈...Anyway I stamped the different images,  embossed and cut them out and adhered a couple of them with pop up dots. I stamped the spiderweb in white and embossed in clear which just shows the stamp a little but I wanted it to be more white..oh well. I stamped the saying in black and embossed it in clear finishing it off with sticker 
borders that I coloured in black.

My 3rd card....

Flower Challenge- Add Sparkle

Glitter, flower and border Stickers(Gold), distress spray, black & red marker, colour burst, water

Dream Valley-Flower
Eclectic Ellapu- Autumn
Penny Black-Autumn Splendour
Crafty Creations-Anything Goes

Who doesn’t love sparkle?? I took a flower sticker and placed it on cardstock that I had coloured with colour bursts. Colourbursts come in different colours and the bottle looks like a small dristan nasal spray bottle. It's filled with powder which you just sprinkle a bit on what paper. When you spray water on it you watch the colour explode! I surrounded the images with sticker borders I coloured in black and red. I added the sparkle on the flowers & I did not sneeze which was a good thing. I took the olive green cardstock and, using a distress spray, sprayed it with gold which just shimmers. I added the border stickers and saying that I coloured in black.

I am working on more and yes, Christmas cards are involved.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks-The Dark/Night

Boogedy,’s all about the night or the dark.....I am hearing Norma Desmond right now. Anyhoo, for this Halloween month, it’s all about scary and it will be interesting to see what everyone else will choose. Considering I took too much pot for my pain and slept Monday away, it was our Thanksgiving so I didn’t miss work, I....where was I going?? Man, nowhere dude....head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves and find out what everyone else has are my 3.....boogedy, boogedy...


Talk about a Horror show! This takes place over the course of one night when a battling, boozy couple played by the famous, battling, boozy couple, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, come home from a cocktail party with a young, idealistic couple played by George Segal and Sandy Dennis. Burton is a professor married to the Dean’s daughter and they hate each other, verbally abusing each other and torment each other while spilling drinks over their uncomfortable guests. Taylor actually put on pounds to play a woman who doesn’t have much class and she chews the scenery every chance she gets and is great at it. She won the Oscar but was pissed when Burton didn’t win and I don’t disagree with her. I actually find this play brilliant but difficult to watch because you never want to have drinks with these people. They are nasty, crude, repulsive and ugly..perfect horror movie about marriage.


This is a great movie that takes place over one night where you get to meet a variety of high school kids ready to move on in their lives and go to college. Steve, played by Ron Howard, is with his girlfriend, played by Cindy Williams and you see them kissing and talking about their relationship. Curt, played by Richard Dreyfus, is trying to find this mysterious blonde who mouths, “I love you,” to him, sending him on a horny quest for her. You have Harrison Ford, before Han Solo, driving around saddled with a kid, played by Mackenzie Phillips and, my favourite, Toad, played by Charles Martin Smith trying to find the strength to talk to girls. This film has many layers and treats the kids and their issues with intelligence, dignity and fun. It is a cool film that, taking place in 1962, sees the demise of the innocent 50’s and you see small hints of the turbulent 60’s coming.

3. CLUE-1985

Yes, this is based on the board game that I loved playing and still do. You have all the favourites, from Mrs. Peacock, Professor Plum to Miss. Scarlett and Colonel Mustard. It has a great cast with the wonderful Madeline Kahn and the great Tim Curry. They are all invited to a scary mansion on a very rainy, thunderous night. You get to meet all of them and realize they are all hiding something. The movie may not be the best as other screwball type comedies I love, but I get a kick out this movie. Once the murders start happening, it gets even more screwy and I love it. It is not a great film by any means but, if you want to forget the world for a couple of hours, have fun with this film. Oh and 3 different endings were shot for this film and, depending which theatre you went to, you would see a different ending than someone else.

Which 3 would you choose?

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks: Halloween Edition - Home Invasion

October is here and we Canucks are celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend. We don’t go nuts the way the States does for this holiday, because Christmas is more important....oh yeah, I went there..hahahaaa. I’m thankful that I have a 3 day weekend. Oh wait, no, I’m thankful for family, friends..blah, blah but hey! A 3 day weekend!! Ok, I’m a bad girl so now on to the movies this week and it is Halloween month but I am not choosing scary movies this week. It will be fun to see what everyone else has chosen, so head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves and see what spooky films they have picked, here are my 3...


Oh yes, this is a home invasion and one of the funniest, zaniest comedies starring Cary Grant, Pricilla Lane, Raymond Massey and Peter Lorre. Cary plays Mortimer Brewster, a writer about how marriage is wrong. He is getting married to the girl next door, Ms. Lane and they go back home to collect their suitcases to go on their honeymoon except their is one problem, his sweet darling aunts kill elderly men with their homemade elderberry wine. The daffy old aunts believe they are helping the old men and enlist their brother, who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt, to bury the “yellow fever victim” in the basement. Poor Mortimer now must deal with this so he contacts the rest home so they will take in his beloved aunts and uncle but he didn’t count on his long gone brother to enter into the mix. The brother and his doctor hold everyone hostage which makes things difficult for Mortimer especially since his brother brought a dead body of his own.  Zany, fun with an over the top, slightly manic ("I'm the son of a sea cook!") performance by Cary Grant, a fun performance by Raymond Massey and The kindly old aunts who steal the show, played beautifully by Josephine Hull and Jean Adair. Love it!

2. SUDDENLY-1954

I just saw this film a few months back and, of course, enjoyed it. Sterling Hayden, in his wooden style, plays a cop from the small town called Suddenly who has the hots for Nancy Gates, the sweet gal who lives atop a hill with a great view of the town. Enter small time hoods headed by Frank Sinatra who take over the gal’s house because they want to assassinate the president who is coming on the train. They didn’t expect Sterling to come by, which he does since he wants the gal to be his wife and become the dutiful 50's wife. She hates guns and anyone dealing with guns and Frankie is a psycho hell bent on killing. I found it tense, well-acted and quite the nail biter.


This film stars Audrey Hepburn as a blind married lady whose husband  is given a doll, that is loaded with heroin, by a young lady. Hubby doesn't think much about it and brings it home only to get a call about another job. He has no idea that the call comes from the goons wanting the doll. Soon, someone comes knocking befriending Hepburn but he is just trying to retrieve the doll. This does not go fast enough for the ring leader played, menacingly, by Alan Arkin. She soon realizes she is in danger and it becomes a cat and mouse game. This was frightening because it feels so real and Audrey Hepburn does an excellent job as the very frightened but resourceful victim. Alan Arkin steals the show as the unstable but intelligent, ruthless crook. An excellent film worth seeing.

What film(s) would you choose?

Friday, September 28, 2018

Christmas is a comin' & the geese are getting fat

Yup, I have no geese to show you but I do have some cards which, I hope, you will enjoy.

Cuddlebug, embossing folders, stickers, gems (not real, of course), design rubber stamp, black dye ink and black glitter embossing powder.

Eclectic Ellapu-Anything Goes
Crafty Creations-Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps-Anything Goes

I enjoyed making this card which was not that hard to do and I think I will make this in a variety of colours. 4 different papers were used with 2 placed in an embossed folder and shoved through the cuddlebug machine to get the design. I took the rubber stamp and put black ink on it, stamped it on a red paper and put the sparkle powder onto the design.  the powder only adheres to the stamped area. I heat embossed it and then layered it all using double sided tape. I took some gold stickers and outlined the border along with the having the "Merry Christmas" sticker and snowflakes on the final black paper.

distress sprays in blue & gold, stickers, gems, gold dye ink & gold sparkle embossing powder,  leaf rubber stamp, scissors.

ABC Christmas-S for Snow and T for Teal
Happy Little Stampers- Christmas Challenge-Tree
Sparkles Christmas Challenge-Blue & Gold

Cuddlebug, embossing folder,  same leaf stamp, silver embossing powder and silver dye stamp, pink ink, gems, scissors, wink of stella(glitter pen/brush), mirror pink paper

Twofer Challenge-Leaves
Penny Black-Make it Feminine

I joined a new blog for stamping and i finally created 2 cards using the same stamp!  It is that blasted leaf which I fussy cut out many times:). In my Christmas tree image, I used the leaves to try and make a Christmas tree and placed light blue gems around.  The teal and gold background was all done with sprays and it gives a nice shimmery effect you can't see with this pic but I tried for a different snowy background. My non Christmas card was for a friend who retired from our agency after being here since 1997. I took a pink ink pad and covered the embossing folder with it. When i shoved it through the cuddlebug, not only the design printed off but the colour adhered to the card.  I follow a few people who create cards and shamelessly used what they did for my 2 cards and hope they don't mind.

Cuddlebug, embossing folder, dye ink, pearl green embossing powder, distress green ink pad, water, sizzex machine, poinsettia cutting image, gem, ribbon, sticker saying

Flower Challenge-Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland-Ribbon or Twine..Missed that one but it is now Anything Goes:)
Cute card Thursday-Monochrome
Sparkles Monthly Challenges- Dies or Punches

I swear I didn't punch anyone:) I took the poinsettia die cut and, using the sizzex placed the paper in it with the die cut and rung it through  to cut the  flower.  I used my cuddlebug to put throught the holly embossing folder and gently swiped the dye pad across and added shimmer embossing powder to highlight the leaves.  I pieced everything together, added ribbon and some sticker stars & the saying. Voila!

Wolf stamp, Blue, black & silver paper, stickers, Light grey tombow marker

Simon Says-Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations-Starting with B-Black & Blue, Beasts(cute beasts)
Happy Little Stampers-CAS-Wild
Animal Friends-In the Forest
Alphabet Challenge-Nature

OK so wolves are wild and they can live in the forest so I thought this worked. Even though I layered the card, I think it is pretty simple since it is just card layers, I stamped the wolves in black and added light grey to take away from the white added some corner stickers and the saying.

Forgive any spelling or grammar faux pas :)

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks: TV Edition-Anthology

September is now almost done....shaking my head in freakish WTF?? I am not much for this week because of pain and, this past Tuesday, we had to travel to Toronto to the Allevio Pain Clinic for my hour of infusion where I get super stoned. That’s not the bad thing although it takes me all day to get back to norm and I get a headache and sleep most of the day. the crap is I have to take a vacation day, we have to leave by 6am to get to the clinic in time for 9. The worst is the QEW, 427 and the 401 because people are nuts in driving. The QEW is so busy never mind the 401 and that is if there are no accidents which can make traffic a mega nightmare. Canadians are crazy on the roads with weaving, cutting you off, driving way too’s insane. Ok..that’s my rant now on to tv and the ole Anthology series. I almost chose one today that I love but I am saving it for October so I have 2 that, I believe, will be popular and one less so. You can find out if the 2 I pick will be popular by venturing to Wandering Through The Shelves to see what everyone has chosen. Here are my 3....

1. TWILIGHT ZONE-1959-1964

Rod Serling died too young at 50 probably due to all the cigs he smoked per day but, in his lifetime, he created some great tv and this is the one he is most known for. He often would write the episodes and, later, introduced them in his stiff-lipped, staccato voice. Many episodes have become famous, from the gremlin on the airplane that drives William Shatner nuts to the kid entering the 4th dimension. The music is very well known even though that particular musical piece only started on the second season. I bet many kids have watched a Simpsons’ episode and have no idea the show is parodying The Twilight Zone. To Serve Man is one creepy episode but I have my favourites and all are well acted that starred many actors from the past as well as many that would become famous like Robert Redford. Which episode(s) is your fav?

2. AMAZING STORIES-1985-1987

I am probably one of the few who watched this show that was created by and, often, directed by Steven Spielberg who, by the way, directed the initial episode of Night Gallery created by...Rod Serling. I would like to revisit these episodes because they were better than given credit for and, unfortunately, only lasted 2 seasons. The episodes were well written and, many famous people starred or directed episodes from Clint Eastwood to Martin Scorsese. Unfortunately, the executroids cancelled the show due to low ratings which was a shame.

3.  LAW & ORDER- 1990 TO 2010

I could have chosen nothing but the law and order shows from New York, Florida ( take those sunglasses off and say some quip Mr. Caruso) to Wainfleet...hahahaaa sorry, that’s where I grew up and had to give some snark. The basic premise starred the same 6 people-2 cops and their Captain and the DA, his assistant and their boss. The first half hour was all about apprehending the culprit and the 2nd half was how the prosecution would send them up the river. It took away all the soap opera stuff of most shows and mainly dealt with the crime and how the system worked. It is so popular that there are many version that were and still are out there. They usually do take from the headlines which will be fun to see what will be done with Bill, up the river, Cosby. I have to say, I always disliked that man and found his humbleness as fake as a 3 dollar bill. I only watched the first season of his 80’s show before I found it pretentious and, “look at me, how aww shucks I am” crap. When he would take his name off the Emmy’s list and would only accept the People’s Choice Award, I knew he was a smug a-hole who knew how to charm the people. Oops, I digress again. Ok, so these are my 3.which ones would you choose? Gosh, I am full of attitude today:)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks-Farm

"Green Acres is the place to be, farm living is the life for me"...oops sorry, whoever loves to get up at 4am, clean up shit, work until hands are raw from bailing hay, and send off cows to the butchers and chop chickens’ heads’off have no clue. I grew up on a sawmill but we were surrounded by farms and my friend was the next door neighbour, so I helped out with hay baling, catching chickens, cleaning up the barn plus picking fruit and veggies. They had a good free hand:). Did anyone else ever work on a farm or live on one? I wonder what everyone else will pick, so head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves and find out. Here are my 3...

1. THE EGG AND I-1947

I just re-watched this since I own the DVD and enjoyed it thoroughly. It’s based on a book about the exploits of a young newlywed couple who buy a farm, knowing likety-split about chicken farming. The movie became a smash (hahahaa..get it...smash..eggs..ok never mind) hit despite Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray being a bit too old as young newlyweds, but they were great in their roles.  The house looks just as bad as the chicken coops but she does her best to help make her husband’s dream come true. Enter a good looking woman who brings out the green in the new wifee and Ma and Pa Kettle who help out the newlyweds teach the ways of farming and you have a good entertaining movie. In fact, Ma and Pa Kettle were so popular in this movie that the studio used the actors, Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride, to make a whole bunch of movies based on their characters.

2. SO BIG-1953

I have not seen this film in decades but I really enjoyed this version and the 1932 film, with Barbara Stanwyck, but I remember the newer version better. Jane Wyman (the ex Mrs. Ronald Reagan) plays a teacher who helps a young man realize his dream of being a concert pianist. She ends up meeting a farmer, marries him and they have a son whom the nickname, So Big. Her husband dies and she is left to deal with the farm and her young son. She sees her son also has a gift in building and helps him to become an architect since her farm is now a success because of (blecch) asparagus, but he meets a wayward woman, the hussy. He loses his way and his mom becomes disappointed in him. She must overcome many hurdles especially being a woman in farming but her love for her son, for teaching and helping others see their potential keeps her going. It’s melodrama at its finest and Jane Wyman was the queen of melodramas in the 1950’s.

3. BABE-1995

I love this fairy tale movie that was a surprise sleeper hit and gave a huge career boost, not to mention an Oscar nod, to James Cromwell plus using an innovative way to have the animals talk and make it look believable. We meet Babe, a young pig who is bought by a farmer to grow up and become bacon. The young pig is brought to the barn and is scared and lonely but is taken in by the mom dog who is an excellent sheep herder along with her gruff partner who doesn’t care much for the pig. The pig is always polite to all the animals and just wants to be friends and the farmer takes a shine to the little pig. The farmer takes the little piggie into his home much to the cat’s chagrin and starts to teach the piggie how to, herd the sheep (no, the farmer is not Greek). I found the whole film enchanting, sweet and very clever. It must have been a challenge to act against all these animals. I loved the cottage and wished I could stay there myself. In fact, I had a dream where I asked the mice if i could sing with them. Apparently, I sang this song out loud and woke up my then current hubby. Yes, I have weird dreams.

Which 3 would you choose

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks-Good Remakes

We live in the age of remakes upon remakes, I mean, how many sPiderman remakes do we need? I almost believe that the good ole Hollywood have swallowed their brains and are shoving crap through their butts. Yeah, that happened long ago but they do make some good remakes, rare but it does happen. Wandering through the Shelves creates a theme each week and you pick 3 movies that suit the theme. Here are my 3....


This is unique because these films were directed by the same person, Alfred Hitchcock and, I have to say both are good but I lean to the 2nd film which stars, my fav, James Stewart and Doris Day. Yes, Doris was in a Hitchcock film and her most famous song (arguably) debuted in this film, “Que Sera, Sera". They play a married couple vacationing in Europe, with their young son, when their young son is kidnapped. They had come across a man who whispered something to Stewart just before the man dies and this results in the terrified couple trying to find their son. The song becomes a huge focal point in the plot to the point that I wanted Day’s mouth duct-taped shut but I understood why this was important to the plot. The original film that stars Peter Lorre is also a great film  that I thoroughly enjoy watching and, in both cases, the women were the reason their children lived. Check out both if you can.


OK, so 1937 is not the original (What Price, Hollywood from 1932 is) and it was remade with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in 1976 and now the latest is with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga which I want to see.   The plot is supposed to be somewhat based on the marriage of Barbara Stanwyck and Frank Fay but John Barrymore, John Bowers and John Gilbert all have been referenced as the inspiration for Norman Maine. I love both these versions but my heart belong to the great Judy Garland. She plays a singer(duh!) Who is found by a famous, alcoholic actor played by James Mason. With his help, she is groomed and becomes a great star while his star diminishes. Of course, she sings but I don’t classify it as the typical musical that was made at that time. You get snippets of her concerts that she was just starting to do and she gives on hell of a dramatic performance. That one scene, where she talks about her husband to their Hollywood mentor, is brutal, sad, realistic and mind numbing considering she had her issues with drugs and alcohol. The 1937 film is well acted and is about 2 actors, but my heart belongs to Judy who should have won the Oscar. Shady, even though it is classified as a musical, I hope you give this one a chance.


The original stars the RatPack, Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter and Joey as World War 2 vets who come together after a life of small time crime to do a heist. It’s ok and they reek suaveness but I love the remake starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould, and the late, great Bernie Mac, who also all know each other, for the most part from previous jobs they did. George decides to steal a ton of money from a casino run by a real jerk who happens to be seeing George’s ex, played by Julia Roberts. It is fun, witty, and quite well written and you know they all seemed to have a lot of fun making this film. Of the 3 I have chosen, this is the first remake which is superior to the original. I love the coolness of the film and how nicely they brought in a couple of men from the 60’s era. A Fun movie and so are the sequels.

Which 3 would you choose?

Monday, September 10, 2018

Card making-Yippee!

Christmas Card Throwdown-Hot Pink and Lime green colours-Colour challenge
CHNC-Use the word "Joy"
Winter Wonderland-Christmas Joy

It has been cooler the past 2 days and I am so happy! I hate the heat so this cooler weather makes me skip for joy..well, if I skip. I might knock out a hip so I will skip to my lou in my head. Yes, Christmas will be soon upon us and I have been so lax in my Christmas cards, so I decided to make a card and  girlie one at that with lots of sparkle and attention grabbing colours. I had this stencil for years so I finally used the stencil and placed the paste on top followed by the green sprinkles so it would adhere to the paste. After that was dry, I coloured the other 2 letters in hot pink with my pastels. I stamped the holly leaves and embossed them in green twinkle glitter powder and in pearl green powder and fussy cut them out. I took some leftover cardstock in pink and glitter white and used the double sided tape to adhere it all together. I will send this card to my sister who loves pink.

Simon Says-Stamp On It

I love Sue Wilson's stamps who is an artist inspired by the Native teachings of animal totems. She has taken her designs and placed them on stamps and I love them! I stamped the elephant on basic white and coloured the elephant in girlie colours since this is for a girl who just got married and she loves elephants. I took white card stock and coloured the background with some subtle distress inks, fussy cut the elephant out and placed her (can't be a boy) on the card with pop-up dots, stamped and embossed the word and finished it off with some border stickers.

Eclectic Ellapu-Anything Goes
Butterfly Challenge-The Letter E-Used all 6 from the wheel-Embossing Folder, Embossing powder, Embellishment, Emerald, Eucalyptus, Electric Yellow
The Flower Challenge-Anything Goes

My hubby and I will be celebrating 12 years together this coming weekend so this card will be for him. I hope he will like it. He has put so much love and effort into our backyard/sideyard garden(we are on a corner lot) and his labour shows it. I am forbidden to touch the  plants since I am the kiss of death..I once killed a spider plant so that tells you a lot about me with plants. I am so happy to have been able to use all the E elements from the Butterfly Challenge. I stamped the saying, (which I found in Vancouver when I was there in July) with green embossing powder powder, on a cream cardstock. I took an emerald green metallic paper and embossed it with a flower motif using my cuddlebug. I also took a die cut and cut out the centre with the sizzex machine and placed the cream cardstock so the saying peeks through the cutout part. I stamped, in gold and embossed in gold embossed powder, the flowers and fussy cut them out and placed them on each side with the smaller flowers raised up using the pop up dots. I stamped the little flowers in green and embossed them with pearl green and stuck them onto the card along with the butterfly. I coloured them with my tombow markers in the colours suggested by the Butterfly challenge. I think this is a good card for a man...I hope:)  I am so happy to be part of the Flower challenge and Eclectic Ellapu. All the challenges are always so much fun to partake in.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks-New Kid at School

Bleccch.....I have been out of high school for 36 years and when I hear all the stupid back to school commercials, I still feel a sense of foreboding. I hated school, I hated studying and I hated tests plus, as so many of you know, the kids were not the nicest but that’s the past. Tests and studying can still come to haunt me in my job but, I hope, I no longer have to take any more tests. Ok, so moving to films about being a new kid in school, I had a hard time finding films that I have not picked yet but I think I have chosen a good 3. Check out Wandering Through The Shelves to see what the others have chosen and she now  covers books she has read each month which you can also check out. Here are my 3...

1. GREASE-1978

This is a story about a pretty, sweet lass with a good reputation who meets a young lad during summer vacation. They fall in love but separate due to school starting. School has started, the lad is actually a rogue with a leather jacket and the new girl at school is the young lass who believes in her good reputation. They sing, they dance and there is romance with the rogue saying how good she was while she sings how sweet he was. He finally decides to be with her and loses his jacket but, wait a second, the sweet lass decides to change too, into a great looking slut in painted on pants. The world is aok now because he throws off his sweater because she changes for him. They sing and dance because she gave up herself, ruining her reputation all to make him happy as they fly away in a convertible. It’s a fun flick with some good songs but I can’t stand the ending because it sets back women and their strength of mind 50 years.


A nerdy geek, played by Drew Barrymore, works for a newspaper, and is given the assignment to go undercover in a high school to report on the kids of high school and how things work from the kids' point of view. She is scared of the assignment since she was bullied when she was in that environment years back but her brother gives her a makeover in how to be cool and joins her in the school where he becomes the most popular just like he was when he was in high school. One thing she did not count on was falling for the teacher who relates to her love of books, history, and all the things interesting:). What will happen? Will it all come crashing down? Will She get that kiss? (Duh). This is a cute rom-com that I like. It is nothing mind blowing but a fun little movie that makes you forget the bad day you just had.


The books are amazing! Of course, I saw the films first and I love both! This is where it all starts....once upon a time, a child with a scar on his forehead is left with muggles (you and me as we have no powers) who can’t stand the kid and abuse him through neglect, hard words, lousy food and living under the stairs. Yeah, thanks Dumbledore for saving me...jerk. Ok, moving on, the kid, Harry Potter finds out he can talk to snakes and has powers so, finally, after numerous attempts, he receives a letter to go to a school for wizards. He is met by a big, burly sweetheart of a man, Hagrid, who takes him to buy his school supplies and  brings him to the train station to venture to Hogwarts. He meets his future best friends, Wesley and Hermione, and they find out there are hidden dangers and they must stay on their toes. On top of that, Harry and Wesley join to play in a Quidditch game everyone loves since one can fly on a broom. This game looks like a lot more fun to watch than Soccer or any other sport actually. Great special effects, excellent acting especially by the kids and the great Alan Rickman as the creepy Snape. I love these series that are not just for kids but great for adults as well.

Which films would you choose?

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks: TV Edition-College

I am writing this on my phone and trying a test. I will tell ya of I am successful....I am successful! I wrote this and downloaded the youtube video through my phone the day before:) Yes, I am that sad sack who doesn't know a thing about computers and all that jazz. Why can't I do this on my IPad! I find that bewildering...oh well.

Since this is the final Thursday of the month (I can't believe it but am praying for cooler weather), it is all about TV over at Wandering Through the Shelves. This time it is about college (Yeah I could take a course or 4 on computers but I would just fall asleep) and, frankly, I know some shows but never watched them. I have chosen 3 but I am lacking in this area.

1. COACH-1989-1997

I enjoyed watching this sitcom when it was on even though I don't care at all about sports. I wish I could recall a lot but I do remember laughing with the couch getting into trouble usually because of his dim-witted friend who worked with him played by Jerry Van Dyke. The coach also had a long suffering girlfriend, later wife, played by Shelley Fabares. It was a fun show and one I wouldn't mind re-watching


Sabrina started off in high school but ended in college. I started watching this show because I loved Bewitched. It is no Bewitched, but it has its moments with my favourite character being the talking cat. Sabrina is raised by her witchy aunts, one more logical and one more nutty. They try to teach Sabrina on being a witch and they must deal with a teenager. Its an ok show that, for some reason, I kept watching.


Listening to geeks rant at the abhorrence of being called Trekkies not the correct term trekkers. Listening to one asking a waitress to bring a cognac to him and to make sure a flame is lit and that the flame should be blue. Seeing one feel all icky if someone touched his books. Yea, we are talking about the people I hung around with when I was in university. When this show came on, I gave it a try...and another try...and yet, another, but I just felt the past coming back to haunt me. I lived it! I could not find this comedy funny because it was too close to home and, although I loved my years at university, I did not want to revisit. Besides, reality is one committed suicide and another has, sadly, died from cancer. I know most love this show, but I can't get into it and I wish Sheldon would get some major mouth fungus.  Oh, the basic plot is about 4 very nerdy but brilliant scientists who love all things nerdy(who doesn't?) but have a hard time fitting in with the average Joes-enter the blonde gal who lives across the hall. I have to admit, I do want to see the episodes with Leonard Nimoy and Bob Newhart if I can stomach Sheldon.

Which 3 would you choose?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Final Part of my July vacation to Vancouver and the Rockies

I posted these pictures via my phone! I can't believe I can do this with my phone but not through my I- Pad! Well, here are the last pics of my trip out west. The day we headed home, we stopped at an outdoor museum for only 1 hour. I would have wanted at least 2 hours to take this great museum in. It's called 3 Valley Gap Ghost Town  in which all the buildings were either part of a town or  were brought here from the mountains. These buildings were saved by a couple who didn't want to see history destroyed. Now we can see  how life was like around the turn of the century.

I like this black and white shot I made because it reminds me of the old Silent westerns and even the old TV shows like Bonanza.

They had a large barn that housed many vehicles but I like these 2 very old cars from the turn of the century

Trapper Joe really did exist and  he would use this cabin as shelter overnight before continuing back down the mountain. It had a bed, small stove and  tons of hooks to hang his pelts.

Each building housed authentic pieces from that time period. This is the dentist's office so let's all cringe for a moment. That horrible dummy looks so bad I sent it to Jeff saying that it was his image after this big tour. 

This is the lobby of the old hotel which comes with its own sad mannequin but it was also the most lavish. You could not walk in but could see to each side where breakfast and dinner were served. I had a real eerie feeling in here and when I told my friend, Jeff, about this, he told me that it is supposed to be haunted. The owner told him that 3 people, this year, were taking pictures when their camera and or phone was taken out of their hands and thrown against the wall by something unseen. 

After another long time on the bus where I caught a few more flies, we came back to Hope and I could not resist taking a couple more pictures of the woodcarving done with chainsaws. 

We got back at 8:45pm when we should have arrived back in Vancouver around 6:30 but we came back and went immediately to my friend's husband's place of work. Kain is Jeff's husband who is a mature 27 to Jeff's immature 53...yes, Jeff is a cradle robber and happy. Kain is such a good man who works very hard at his job. After we had something to eat, Kain asked what we were going to do next, and I just stared at him in disbelief. Jeff and I both laughed and said we were going to go to bed since we were tuckered out...ahh, youth! The next day, Jeff and I went back on a bus to see a Titanic exhibit which was well worth it.  They had actual artifacts from the ship along with plenty of history and a piece of ice that you could place your hand on and feel the cold that those poor souls had to deal with when they went into the water. 

The Monday, we headed back to Granville island to look a bit more around and that is me in front of a rhubarb plant! It's like rhubarb on steroids or some Day of the Triffids plant. 

We had lunch at a really nice seafood place and just enjoyed the view. I didn't realize until I got home that Jeff looks like he is sprouting some teapot look.

This is the end of my wonderful trip to see my friend and enjoy a trip into the Rockies. I hope you enjoyed my posts on this. 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Wandering through the Shelves-Discovery/Exploration

I had a really tough time this week and had a huge brain fart. I know I have seen tons of films that fit this week’s theme but the dull lightbulb in my head was flickering like a 10 watt bulb. Let’s head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves and find out what everyone else chose. Here are my 3...


A good old adventure film shot in beautiful Technicolor, with the beautiful Stewart Granger as the rough and tough (hahaa) Allan Quartermain and the equally beautiful Deborah Kerr as the romantic interest. She is in search of her husband, who went in search for, well, King Solomon’s mines, and hires Quartermain to help her. He reluctantly agrees and they search through jungles running from cannibals, vicious animals and all sorts of mayhem falling for each other in the process. It’s a good fun film that makes one forget our daily troubles for a couple of hours. Great cinematography highlights this film even though both leads seem better sipping tea somewhere.


Yeah, I am not a huge fan of these movies. I know, I know, sacrilege, but I find them a bit meh...yeah...shoot me. The one that I do like the best and believe, is the best, is the third in this series that stars Harrison Ford as the famous professor/archeologist and Sean Connery as his dad. We finally know why Jones hates snakes and where he gets his love of finding items that are supposedly just legends. He and his dad have issues but this is set aside to try and find the lost grail. I saw this in the theatre because part of the filming took place in Petra. One day I will see this famous old site that was carved out of rock. This is the most entertaining of all the films that has everything in it...the fabled grail, dad and son issues, a love interest, Bad Nazis and the old knights.


I love Star Trek although I have not been able to get into the latest rebirth. This film stars the men and women from the second  version(not counting the animated series from the 70’s with all the actors that starred in the original Star Trek). We find out that, somehow, the Borg, those nasty machine/human hybrids, have traveled back in time and changed history. It is up to the Enterprise crew to go back in time and correct the calamity. They arrived just before Stephan Cochran sends his ship into warp speed starting the planet Earth on a whole new age of discovery and exploration. While some of the crew are down on the planet, Picard, Data and others are trying to stop the Borg and the Borg Queen from destroying Earth. Patrick Stewart never acted better in his role as Jean Luc Picard and his interaction with the under-rated Alfre Woodard was superb. The Captain Ahab quarrel is just perfect. I will also add, Alice Krige as the Borg Queen, was able to convey menace, intelligence and sexiness despite her pale colour with tubes coming out of her. The comedy on the planet is a nice break from the tenseness on the ship. Love this film.

Which 3 would you choose?

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Against The Crowd Blogathon-2018

Wendell at Dell On Movies came up with this idea where you choose 2 films, one critics and the general public love and one where the critics and public disliked but you feel the polar opposite! I would love to see many join this fun take on films. When you venture to Wendell's site, Joel guest hosted and picked the film I hate but everyone loves, Boyhood (Zzzzzz), so I had to think up another and I came up with one that I am certain most will tell me my head is not screwed on straight. Oh well, I like to feel a little crooked....Here are my 2 picks and I will have the Rotten Tomatoes at the bottom since I could not figure out how to post this here and not have the structure screwed up. You will see I still did not get it correct.


This is considered a classic and the best film Martin Scorsese directed...and I can't stand it! This film is based on a true story about Henry Hill who became close to many in the mob but ended up turning on them, giving testimony to put many away once he realized he might be killed by his fellow brothers. He ended up in the Witness Protection as a result(he was kicked out later since he told everyone who would listen about his story..what an idiot).

The film shows the inner working of the mob, how they operate and how ruthless they truly are. The acting is excellent, the plot and sequencing of events are good but I just can't stand such ugliness. It is often on TV somewhere and so I have watched it twice, in full, to make sure I was being fair. Yup, hate it...I think it is over-rated, over-hyped and glorifies brutality by the intense, vicious acts of murder as well as the huge amount of F-bombs and other language. I love to say some great swear words and the F word is one of my favs, but there is a time and a place. I can't stand Ray Liotta's laugh and want to just punch his face in. I think Martin Scorsese has done other works which are better than this one. If a film, much like a comic, relies on F Bombs and shock to relate to the public, then I doubt it is as good as the critics say. I hope to not see this again as I found it uncompelling, predictable and ugly.


Oh, I miss Elvira and the bad horror movies she introduced. I love many of those bad movies so I almost went with one of those 50's flicks but, suddenly, recalled this flick that I recommended to my brother, who called me up later to ask how I could like such crap. This comes from the guy who rented "Ilse, She-Wolf of the SS." I just replied, "What's not to like?!"

Elvira finds out she has inherited a long lost Aunt's house. Since she quit her gig because the new owner is an ass, she take her little dog, Gonk, and heads to this small town to see her new digs. The conservative townsfolk don't like her sharp wit nor her but she becomes great friends with the kids who help her fix up the old home. Needless to say, she finds out her Uncle is not a nice guy and the townsfolk want to burn her at the stake. It is stupid but I enjoy watching this dumb ass flick.  Now for the tomato ratings...