Thursday, September 16, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks-Outlaws

 


Guess what? Yesterday, at 1pm, I had a zoom meeting where I was told that due to restructuring, they must let me go from my employment! I am given a severance package but, due to less people going on our payment program thereby losing money, they have no choice but to let me go. I have been with Credit Counselling since May 27, 1991...over 30 years so this came as a complete and utter shock. I did a write up about more shit that has happened to me  as of late (Wrote that this past Tuesday) so I am just about done with bad news now. I need a break. I hope they do not find any cancer at all when I have my hysterectomy on Oct. 12th. I can't grasp my mind around everything but I thought I would let you know. Now on to better things...

I had no idea in which direction I Wanted to go...westerns, hoodlums...politicians(yuck, nyuck) but I do hope you like my theme within a theme. Check out Wandering Through The Shelves to see what everyone else has chosen...here are my 3 plus 1...

1. GUN CRAZY-1950

This is considered a B picture but it is a real gem. A young boy ends up in juvenile jail due to a botched robbery but has the support of his 2 best friends and his family. When he comes out, his fr8ends take him to a travelling amusement park where he meets crack shot Annie, a beautiful but nasty gal. He is a crack shot himself and quickly is hired to tour with the troupe. Of course the 2 fall in love and, after being fired by the boss, she  urges him to hold up banks or else she will leave him. What’s a guy to do but agree with his nasty gal. Well acted and an excellent story by blacklisted Dalton Trumbo. 

2. BADLANDS-1973

Sissy Spacek, in her 2nd film, plays a naive gal who is living with her abusive dad when a James Dean looking hood, played by Michael Sheen, comes to the doorstep and woos the young lass before killing her dad and they both set fire to the home to make it look like the old bugger killed himself. Now they travel across the lands as he seems to take pleasure in killing and she is hooked on him. This was a film I was never interested in seeing but I was glad I finally did. It’s not batshit crazy like that stupid Oliver Stone flick, Natural Born Killers, but done with more intelligence and excellent cinematography.

3.  BANDITS-2001

Now, this is a film I really enjoy and can watch over and over again because it’s funny and quite engaging. It stars Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton as best friends who escape from prison and engage on a bank robbing spree becoming known as the “sleepover bandits” because they sleep over at the bank managers home the night before robbing the bank. They are polite and well liked and people like them. They get help by a very dumb, wanna-be stunt man who drives the the getaway car. Enter unhappy housewife, played by Cate Blanchett, who comes across the robbers and soon develops a relationship with the Bruce Willis character who seems to be the more put together guy. When the troop must separate, she must go with the Billy Bob character who is brainy but also a hypochondriac and major worry wort. They develop a relationship and soon they realize that they are all in it together and she loves both men. How will it end? Will it be a fun ending or be met with disaster? You just have to watch it.

One I want to see...

YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE-1937

This is on my must see list because I love Fritz Lang films and I love Sylvia Sidney(The old lady in Beetlejuice) and I like Henry Fonda. Fonda plays a hard luck outlaw who meets his defence lawyers secretary played by Sydney. She believes in his goodness and as a result he is given a second chance and their life is a happy one but it is short lived. When Fonda is in the wrong place at the wrong time, he is framed but no one believes him but his wife. They go on the lam as she will never leave him. This is a hard hitting film for the 1930s and Lang made these 2 very pretty people believable. I love to see this film and I will one day.

Which 3 would you choose?


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Weekly Song Challenge

 


Another week and more music to enjoy. Jingle, Jangle, Jungle has a good time with music and she has another 3 themes this week and here they are...

A SONG WITH A BOY'S NAME IN THE TITLE

A SONG THAT MENTIONS A PLACE IN THE TITLE

A SONG THAT KENNY LOGGINS WROTE

1. FERNANDO BY ABBA-1975


Now, come on! You know I was going with ABBA because this is the first song that came into my head and I loved it from the moment I heard it. I was in some diner where we stopped on our way to visit my Aunt & Uncle in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I just fell in love with it right from the get go. I was only 11 but loved it.

2. BORN ON THE BAYOU BY CCR-1969


Yes, Contrary to what you might think, I  do love good rock N' roll and this is one I enjoy and was the first one to pop into my head this time. Creedence, Clearwater Revival or CCR is an excellent band that my mom-in-law liked. 

3. I'M ALRIGHT BY KENNY LOGGINS-1980


This song was written by Kenny Loggins which, I think, put him on the big map because it was featured in the classic comedy "Caddyshack" that starred Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Ted Knight and Rodney Dangerfield. This poor gopher gets no respect but he still loves to dance to this tune. So did I when I used to go to a fire hazard basement disco for kids who were under age for drinks, but wanted to boogie down. The place was called "Charlie Chan's" and I had a blast there dancing, often, to this tune. Now just make sure you beware of O'Henry bars .  

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The Wrong Week To Stop Sniffing Glue

 Hello, my blogging friends and I hope you are all doing well despite COVID19, tornadoes, hurricanes and Bob.  Sorry, I had to put that last one in because it just seemed to work. 

Ok, I have had some, shall I say women’s issues when I am way past the menopausal shit. In the spring I had a procedure to remove a polyp from my uterus and it was found I have Endometrial Uterine Hyperplasia. Seriously, I can’t believe I remembered this term. Basically, I am producing too much estrogen which increases weight gain, menopausal shit and, if left unchecked, cancer. To ensure I will not get cancer, I decided to have a complete hysterectomy including the ovaries. I would be seeing the Dr. in September because they are very behind with surgeries due to covid. In the summer, I started bleeding again..not much, but that is not normal. Between the doctor on vacation and screw ups with the labs (like one under renovation so it was closed), I finally got my ultrasound done. Thankfully, that looked normal. I will have the operation the day after our Thanksgiving, a Tuesday and coming home Thursday. I did see her(Doc) last week and she explained how the procedure will be done, etc.. 

Now comes the week of hell that was the near the end of August..




Finally, On Tuesday, August 24th, I found out my actual operation will be on October 12th and, even though I need it, since I don't want cancer, I felt a sense of ...ick. It has become reality and my fears and concerns became more heightened. I felt like I am in a race with cancer and I want to beat it to the finishing line. The good news is it will be done, it is a surgery but routine and, I hope, I can work, after a month, lying in bed with the laptop on my actual lap. The doctor said it should not be a problem. I have not been off work for any extended period of time since I started with Credit Counselling over 30 years ago.

Aug. 25th...I texted someone near and dear to me that I would love to speak with them. They told me they do not want to talk and hope the procedures go well. They stated I am very judgemental and insensitive in every conversation they ever had with me and had to hold their tongue often. To say I was hurt is an understatement especially when I am dealing with my health. I am better now and when the person wishes to speak to me, I will be hear but no more texts or emails. Things get lost in the translation so I hope this person will be open to seeing me one on one and have a good conversation. This person is hurting too and I need to be open to what I may have said or done but I can not walk on eggshells. 

Aug. 26th-My hubby, around 6ish, was doubled over in severe pain. Finally, I convinced him to go to the hospital here which...is a blecchy hospital to be honest. At first I thought appendix but how he was crying out in pain, and my hubby can take a lot, I thought...Kidney Stone! We waited for 3 1/2 hours and left around 1:30 with my ADHD husband ranting and raving about the hospital. 

Aug. 27th-Hubby went to the hospital in Burlington and was well-received and got diagnosed with a kidney stone but it was too big to pee out. It had to be lasered-.blasted out just like it was a death star. He came home and was happy with the result and knowing he will be ok.

Aug. 28th-I visited my best friend  but came home around 6pm to hear my sweet hubby back in agony! I asked if he can travel to Burlington but he said he couldn't take the drive. I mentioned this hospital and he said no way. I gave him 2 percoset  and they did nadda! Finally by 10 pm I told him I will call 911 so the ambulance will come and he will be in another area of the hospital. I couldn't be with him because of covid, so I waited and called and waited until 4am. I finally went to sleep but called 4 hours later and still...nothing. I ate and did some meditation before I went to see him. Finally, he was getting a room and had to await surgery for the kidney stone. From Saturday night to Wednesday, he was told he he will get the operation so no food or drink. By 8:30/9pm, he was told "No operation today". He was given the saddest ugliest sandwich I had seen or a muffin. On top of that, he was on morphine every 4 hours to stop the pain. Wednesday, I picked him up and was told he had the operation but hubby corrected me,... they just placed a stint in his ureter and sent him home with more percoset. Since then, he has been ok and has been careful not to do too much.

Did I mention he has a hernia which is painful and has to be dealt with also? So yeah the next 3 weeks will be operation home. I almost feel like buying that game, Operation," and having some fun. My hubby is now having his Kidney stone removal next week Tuesday (it was supposed to be Oct. 5th). On Sept. 28th, he will have his hernia operation and Oct. 12th is my operation. My hubby heals quickly, amazingly so, so he should be ok when I go in. I heal very slowly because of my connective tissue disorder so I will just be reading and watching movies. 

Did I mention we still have no bathroom downstairs because of the burst pipes from 3 1/2 yrs ago?  Yes, well, we had the plumbers in right after the week of hell. Michael worked on the insulation before he got hit by the pain. He wants to lay the floor down after his operations but before mine so we can get a toilet in there otherwise I will be climbing stairs and ...well, that will not be pretty. It's hard enough to climb the stairs at 3am with my constant pain never mind an operation. The contractor we hired is so busy he will be coming to do our bathroom in Dec. By then, I hope to be much better. 

So....that has been my situation of late. There are always bright spots...my family, my friends, my animals, a good job, a home. I am lucky. 


Thursday, September 9, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks-Actors/Actresses who played themselves

 

I am very late posting this as I have been so busy with my friend and his boyfriend who love walking and his boyfriend never saw Niagara Falls before or Niagara On The Lake. I am dead tired and so very sore but I do enjoy walking..until my hips grind bone on bone. Yesterday, I saw my dr. ...operation coming October 12th. for a full hysterectomy...I am beyond exhausted. Now, my brain is not functioning but I still came up with 3 movies that fit this bill. Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to see what everyone else has chosen..here are my 3.

1. AIRPLANE-1980

This is a very funny, but dumb movie(I love these) that showed how funny Leslie Nielsen really is, Peter Graves as well and seeing Barbara Billingsly(Leave It To Beaver mom) speaking jive. This movie makes fun of all the Airport disaster movies that came out in the 1970s. It stars Robert Hays, who boards the plane trying to get the girl he loves, played by Julie Hagerty, back. She is a stewardess who must help take control of the plane when all the pilots fall ill. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a famous basketball player, plays the navigator who is found out by this little boy who guesses he is the famous basketball player. Kareem tells him he better keep his mouth shut, just before Kareem becomes ill. He is actually quite funny in the movie. This is a fun flick to have a laugh and escape from the reality of life.

2 OCEAN'S TWELVE-2004

This stars all the guys from Ocean's Eleven-George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon etc.  Plus Julia Roberts as the wife of Clooney. They must retrieve all the money they stole from the last movie and create an elaborate way to steal some goods when in Europe. At one point the Julia Robert's character must play a pregnant Julia Roberts but she ends up meeting Bruce Willis and mayhem ensues. It's actually one of the funniest bits on the film and done so well.

3. ZOMBIELAND-2009

I bet this film will be popular this week but not in Spanish which I have here because I could not find a scene from youtube, through Blogger, showing Bill Murray.. You would think I would hate this film because it stars that annoying ass, Jessie Eisenberg, who has survived a zombie apocalypse. It is a horror movie to boot which scares me to death except this movie is hilarious. Jessie meets up with a twinkie searching nut, played by Woody Harrelson and 2 women who get the better of them when they all end up in a Beverly Hills home. There they meet Bill Murray whom they are ready to kill thinking he is a zombie but he stops them, thankfully. They learn that he makes himself look like a zombie so he can go out and play golf. If actual zombies are around, he just acts like a zombie so they leave him alone. It's so funny and I wish he was in the film more. This is a better movie than one would think. 

Which films would you choose?

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Weekly Song Challenge

 


I have not been around due to some personal heartbreaks, operation notification and hubby in the hospital plus friends visiting from Vancouver. I will write up the dilemmas later but let’s have fun with the theme challenge set by the wonderful Jingle, Jangle, Jungle. Here are the 3 themes...

A SONG WITH BLUE IN THE TITLE

A SONG THAT STARTS WITH THE FIRST LETTER OF YOUR NAME

A SONG WITH ROOM(OR TYPE OF ROOM)IN THE TITLE


1. BLUE TANGO BY LEROY ANDERSON- 1952

This is a song that I heard when I was a kid and just fell in love with it. To this day I daydream dancing the tango tothis...but without the whiplash neck style they do with the ballroom tango...I prefer the Argentine tango.

2.  BANG A BOOMERANG BY ABBA -1974



This is from their album, ABBA, and I always liked it plus it popped into my head so there ya go. Who does bank a boomerang? Enjoy.

3. ROOM WITH A VIEW SUNG BY PAUL MCCARTNEY-1998


OK the movie, with the same name, came into my mind first and this song came up. It's written by Noel Coward back in 1928 when he was in Hawaii recuperating from a nervous breakdown. I love Noel Coward and I like Paul (George is my favourite) so I thought this worked. 

It has been a bit chaotic and I just flat-line a bit but I will let you know the scoop...I promise.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks: Oscar Winner's Edition-Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

 


I apologize for not visiting or commenting on my last post. Joel I love your picks as always and really loved the book but I still think Mary did it. He was killed while hugging someone.... OK This week is another double hitter and let's get to it. I'd love if you visited Wandering Through The Shelves to find out the other scores and songs that were chosen. Here are mine..

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

1. WIZARD OF OZ-1939


If someone doesn't know this film, they have been living under a rock. Harold Arlen (composer) and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg wrote the songs for this classic that is played on TV every year for decades. Actually, Herbert Stothart, who underscored the film took home the Oscar for the score. I remember when this film always played around Easter time and I watched it (along with The Ten Commandments and Ben Hur) until I could sing every song. I loved her ruby slippers. 

2. NOW, VOYAGER-1942


"Oh Jerry, Don't lets ask for the moon. We have the stars." Love that schmaltz that is done to perfection by Bette Davis with Paul Henreid. It is a classic film of a mousy woman, dominated by Mommie dearest until she goes to a sanitarium, a weak-willed mouse, and comes out a stunning beauty full of strength. The music is classic and was composed by Max Steiner, known for his brilliance at creating great musical works and was part of the factory of Hollywood. 

3. LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING-2001


Joel, I know you hate this trilogy(what a shame) but the score is just brilliant, in my mind's eye and Howard Shore deserved the Oscar for this epic undertaking of the Ring cycle. I love the whole work and want to get the soundtrack. "May It Be" by Enya was robbed of an Oscar that year. 

BEST SONG

1. THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT-1936


I love this song by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields which was featured in the musical, "Swing Time" starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. I thought this scene was sweet, romantic and funny.

2. OVER THE RAINBOW-1939


Nobody does it better than Judy Garland and this is the first time one heard this song, from The Wizard of Oz." It was composed by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg that, now, has become such a classic, it is sung by almost everyone. Funny, the dumbnut, Louis B. Mayer initially cut this song from the film thinking it slowed down the picture but thankfully Victor Fleming (credited director), Mervyn LeRoy(producer), Arthur Freed (Associate Producer) and Roger Edens(Garland's vocal coach and mentor) fought for the song to be reinstated and it was. King Vidor directed this scene and the barn scenes. 

3. QUE SERA, SERA-1956



Who would have thought a famous song like this comes from an Alfred Hitchcock film...but it does! This is from his own remake, "The Man Who Knew Too Much" with James Stewart and Doris Day and was integral to the plot. Like Garland and "Over The Rainbow", this song became Doris Day's signature tune. It was written by Jay Livingstone and Ray Evans published in 1955 but shot to stardom in this movie. I always liked this song.

So which 3 would you pick?


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Weekly Song Challenge

 


I actually listened to all your suggestions and read the comments but I have had a most difficult week last week and it is extending into this week. Anyway, enough crap, Check out Jingle, Jangle, Jungle for her latest themes and here they are...

A SONG WITH A FLOWER IN THE TITLE

A SONG WITH A TYPE OF COIN IN THE TITLE

A SONG WITH AN OCCUPATION IN THE TITLE

1. DESERT ROSE SUNG BY STING-1999


When I first heard this song, I was really taken in with it. I found it haunting and I am not a huge Sting fan but he did a great job. I think it is one of his better songs.

2. 10 CENTS A DANCE SUNG BY RUTH ETTING-1930


I love this song and first heard it when Doris Day sang it, playing Ruth Etting, in a biography about her (Love Me or Leave Me). Somehow, this Rogers and Hart song (yes, before Rogers joined with Hammerstein) really got to me and I love the original Ruth Etting number. 

3. THE TOREADOR SONG SUNG BY DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY-2014


OK, hate me, it's an opera song but I have listened to many songs that I don't care for so...so there...lol. I love Carmen which is by Georges Bizet from 1875. There are many famous pieces from this one opera including this great one which is about the bullfighter whom Carmen sets her sights on. It has been done by many, many people but this man just got to me...what a shame he died in 2017 from brain cancer. 

Now for your amusement....



Thursday, August 26, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks: TV Edition-Books You Want To Be Adapted Into A TV Series

 


Ughh...This was a tough one because many of the books I read have already been adapted into something so I went to my Go To knowledge which are Movies/Actors/Actresses. Wandering Through The Shelves picked a doozy and I had to put my thinking dunce..er thinking cap on. I will also state these are Mini-Series or now called Limited-Run Series. These will also be on the good old fashioned regular TV-No Netflix, Prime, Disney, HBO, Hulu, Gulu, Zulu, Boo-Boo. Here they are...

1. CAST OF KILLERS BY SYDNEY D. KIRKPATRICK-1986


I have always been intrigued by the murder of William Desmond Taylor, a pretty famous director, back 100 years ago. He was murdered on Feb 1, 1922 and the murder has never been solved. Careers of some big stars were harmed because of his murder and the sensationalized antics of the newspapers. Famous stars, Mable Normand and Mary Miles Minter were thrown to the wolves by the newsmen. It was found out that William Desmond Taylor was actually, William D. Tanner who walked out of his home in New York City(I think, 1909) and never returned, leaving his wife and daughter behind. This book was brought to my attention by Joel, whom I think is the Guru for anything Hollywood. Mr. Kirkpatrick wanted to write a biography on King Vidor, a very famous film director but, when Mr. Kirkpatrick found a steel box, hidden away, with all the investigative notes by King Vidor on the Taylor murder case, he decided to write a book on this murder. It does go step by step through all the crap that was written about Taylor, the people involved and what was unfounded and what was surprising. I found the book went a bit to the romantic glow of it (when Vidor meets Mintor in 1967 and is dumbstruck at how Minter looks and behaves) plus I think he may have taken some liberties (Vidor and Colleen Moore relationship as he was not in the room with them) but I do like the investigation. I would love to talk with Joel about who Vidor thought was guilty because I am not 100% certain of this author's assessment or even Vidor's. Anyway, why no film has been made about this big murder is beyond me.

2. LOUISE BROOKS BY BARRY PARIS-1989


I have always been enamoured with Louise Brooks because of her intelligent beauty. I had no idea about her rebellious nature nor her sexual appetites and F You attitude that got her into many troubles. Barry Paris wrote an excellent book about her life detailing many events that just leave you gobsmacked. She is best known for playing in the 2 German films, "Pandora's Box" and "Diary Of A Lost Girl" both directed by G.W. Pabst (whom she slept with...she also had a one night stand with Garbo). It would be a brilliant mini-series to see this actress's life come alive but it would have to be intelligently written so, I think, PBS, should have this. The only problem is...who could play this rebellious lady with a strong, screw you attitude, but with great intelligence. If you can think of someone today who could play her, that would be great. Please no Keira Knightly. 

3. MARLENE BY MARIA RIVA-1992


I could not put this book down and it is not a "Mommie Dearest" type book but a very detailed account of a world famous star, Marlene Dietrich, and the image she had to always portray. It truly showcases how narcissistic Marlene was and how she manipulated her husband and his beautiful, intelligent, sweet but frail mistress, Tamara, who finally was placed in a mental institution. Marlene went from shocking the film industry by wearing pants and kissing girls to box office poison only to return in a western before helping out the war effort, singing for the troops sometimes behind enemy lines. She also gave herself to many a soldier since they need something before they may die in battle the next day. She became a Cabaret star (I don't get it) in very "revealing" outfits. When she fell off the stage in the 70's and broke her leg, she retired to her Paris apartment spending the last years of her life in bed...never moving from it...literally!. This is an excellent document on a very disturbed but talented woman. Again this must be shown on PBS and who could play Marlene? Please no Meryl (ughh) and no Jennifer Lawrence. Maybe Diane Kruger??

The clips I chose are lengthy but they give a good insight into the possible films that could be done.

Which books would you choose to become series?


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Weekly Song Challenge

 


Let’s be musical and enjoy all the tunes we love. I think Jingle, Jangle, Jungle really takes in this way of thinking. I love this weekly challenge and enjoy the themes. Here are this week’s themes

A SONG THAT MENTIONS A PLANET IN THE TITLE
A SONG THAT MENTIONS SOMETHING YOU WEAR IN THE TITLE
A SONG THAT MENTIONS AN ANIMAL IN THE TITLE

1. VENUS BY BANANARAMA-1984



I enjoyed the 80s so much. I was in university, drank like a fish, had many fun antics and danced almost every weekend to the music that really sounds like it comes from the 80s. This is one of these songs and I love dancing to it. Little did I know it is originally from "Shocking Blue" in 1969.

2.  TOP HAT, WHITE TIE AND TAILS SUNG BY FRED ASTAIRE-1935


Fred Astaire is synonymous with white tie and tails and a great top hat. He could dance like no one could (Gene Kelly is his match but totally different style as Gene is more for jeans and a t-shirt) and this routine just epitomizes his style. This song was written by Irving Berlin for the film "Top Hat"  and seems made for Fred Astaire. I know all of you own at least 2 suits with tails.

3. THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT SUNG BY  THE TOKENS-1961


My brother played this to my parents and me and My mom and I really loved this song. I love the way this man controls his voice and can have this range of voice. It was sad when he passed away. When I looked up this song, I had no idea about the battle for the rights to this song which was originally written by, South African, Solomon Linda but it was called "Mbube". Ahh, the behind the scenes battles. 

Let’s hear which songs you choose.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Cards..boring title

 

CHNC- something for a lady or girl

Simon Says-Add a Sentiment

Addicted to Stamps-Christmas

I missed the challenge for Christmas Card Throwdown for the colour choice, but I still completed the challenge and am happy with it. I used alcohol inks in pink and turquoise and spread it around for this background effect. Next, I took my  holly embossing folder and ran it through my cuddlebug for the holly image to appear. I used my gold paint and brushed on the gold so it would paint only the raised images(mostly). I glued it onto gold cardstock and set it aside. I took the alcohol inks again and created a 2 tone in the same colours. I have an ornament die cut which I used on gold glitter cardstock and ran that through my sizzex to cut out the ornament image. I glued the ornaments onto the 2 tone cardstock I just created and fussy cut them out. I used ribbon to make it appear as if they are hanging down and added 2 pink gems at the top. The final was cutting out the background for the saying, gluing it in place and adding the sentiment. 


Christmas Card Throwdown-Birds

Crafty Animals-Anything Goes with Animals

I am into my embossing folders recently so I took this one with the pretty cardinal and, before embossing it, I took 3 distress ink pads and placed them directly onto to folder. I put my white cardstock in and ran it through the cuddlebug. The raised images were still white but the background gave this neat background effect. I coloured the raised images with my pastel chalks. I added white gliiter on the snowflakes and the top of the branch and pinecone. I glued it onto red cardstock and gold finishing it off with some border stickers. 

Wishing you all a fabulous day!



Thursday, August 19, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks-Treasure Hunt

 


Time for some levity and it is all about Treasure Hunting so, needless to say, I am not picking the great film, "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (We don't need no stinkin' badges!) because I wanted more fun this time. Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to see what everyone else has chosen for this theme. Here are my 3...

1. CHARADE-1963


This is a nice classic film directed by Stanley Donan about a recently widowed woman, played by Hepburn, who meets a man, Grant, when in the Alps. Without realizing it, she holds onto a a treasure that many people are after, including Grant. She has no idea where to look but when big oafs like George Kennedy and James Coburn come after her, Grant is there to save her. She knows better than to trust him since the CIA operative(played by Walter Matthau) informed her about the stolen loot and who is all after it. This is comedic, romantic and fun which is nicely directed by Stanley Donan (not directed by Alfred Hitchcock).

2. IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD-1963


SYLVESTER!!!! Yes, I have picked this film before but, I just can't help it because it is perfect for this theme and I love it for the true zaniness of it. There are many cameos in this film(Don Knotts, Jerry Lewis, etc..) starting with Jimmy Durante driving like a nut on a mountainous road passing all these vehicles before he hurls off a cliff. The vehicles all stop and the men venture down to Durante who tells them there is a treasure under the "Big W" before he, literally, kicks the bucket. The men make it back up to the gals, by the side of the road, and soon decide to split the treasure if they work together. Well, that doesn't work and they all scramble, like nutjobs, back into the cars to get to the treasure. You have a married couple, another married couple with the loudmouth mother-in-law in the backseat, 2 best friends and a repair man all trying to run the other off the road. Before you know it, they pick up other people who also try to get in on the action. The police? They know all about the treasure and follow all these bumbling buffoons hoping they will lead them to the treasure. Poor Spencer Tracy is the police chief henpecked by both his wife and his daughter. Dick Shawn as Sylvester, is brilliant as the stoned out of his mind son of Ethel Merman, who keeps calling him yelling his name. I remember watching this movie with my dad and the climax of the film, had my dad laughing so hard, tears ran down his cheeks...one of my favourite memories. It's a long movie but you don't realize it and it is a fun time to escape from today's world.

3. ROMANCING THE STONE-1984


Before Kathleen Turner played Chandler Bing's dad(on "Friends"), she was a downright sexy gal in the 1980s. I have to say, it always pissed me off that she played a Transvestite(Transsexual??, I don't mean to be ignorant but I get mixed up) on "Friends" because she had gained weight and her husky voice got a little deeper (just like Lauren Bacall). It came out later that Turner is a recovering alcoholic but also suffers from severe rheumatoid arthritis so the drugs she takes does not help with weight. She, to me, is still beautiful and vivacious...so there. Ok, back to the movie which is so much fun about a mousy, pent-up romance novelist who receives a map in the mail from her brother-in-law whom she finds out has been killed and her sister, kidnapped. She goes to Columbia to save her sister and give the map to the kidnappers when the bus she is on is taken over by a corrupt cop who wants the map for himself. Enter devil-may-care and Vidal Sassoon hair man, Michael Douglas, who saves the day much to his and her's chagrin. Let's just say, they end up in the jungle running from people who want this map that holds the key to the treasure. Along the way, they also have a pint-sized nemesis in Danny DeVito. This is such a fun movie that spawned a brief affair between the 2 leads that settled into a lifelong friendship along with Mr. DeVito. It also spawned a sequel and a nasty marriage black comedy with all 3 in the later movies. You can tell they all had a lot of fun. 

Which 3 treasure hunting films would you choose?

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Weekly Song Challenge

 


Another week for Jingle, Jangle, Jungle to bring some fun music themes to us and this week is no different. I always try to choose songs that pop into my head right away. I don’t seem to be of this time..oh well. Maybe I will surprise you one day and choose classic rock which I do love. Here are her 3 themes:

A SONG WITH A BODY PART IN THE TITLE

A SONG WITH A TOY IN THE TITLE

A SONG WITH A TIME OF DAY IN THE TITLE

1.SLIPPING THEOUGH MY FINGERS SUNG BY ABBA-1981

This song is from their final album(The Visitors) which I own and love. It’s a song about mom and her daughter and it is so touching. I think of my mom now.....

2. MUSIC BOX DANCER BY FRANK MILLS-1979

French-Canadian Franks Mills got an international hit with this song and was played so much that many people got sick of it. I always loved it from the time it came out when I was 15. I always love music boxes and find them enchanting. This song just made me feel happy during rough times because of being so bullied. I love this song.

3. NIGHT AND DAY SUNG BY SHIRLEY BASSEY-1959

This is another song I just love so much and first heard it in the Astaire/Rogers film, The Gay Divorcee.  It is a Cole Porter song created for the 1932 Broadway musical, The Gay Divorce. The title had to be changed for the film because of the Hays Code. ...no divorce can be happy...There are so many renditions of this song and wanted to choose Thomas Hampson who is a great opera singer but also known as the Ambassador of the American Song because he makes it a point to research the songs etc.. that he will sing. Alas I could not find it when I searched through here but I did listen to Shirley Bassey("Goldfinger" theme song fame). I think of a man singing this but she does a great rendition. I made it a point not to show Astaire and Rogers even though I love it and I hate, I repeat, hate Diana  Krall's singing. I just can't stand anything she has sung and feel she is grossly over-rated. Yes...my humble opinion. 

Can you think up 3 songs that fit the themes?

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks: Movies that Confuse You

 


There are movies that I have watched and just thought..WTF?!? I have not watched any Jean Luc Godard films nor seen Marienbad(thank God), but I have seen films that just confuse me and anger me because I wasted my time watching that film. I will be curious to find out what everyone else thinks so head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to find out what everyone else has chosen. Here are my 3...


1. PERSONA-1966

This is an Ingmar Bergman film starring his 2 favourite actresses Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann. One plays a famous theatre actress who suddenly stops speaking. Every test is done so they figure it is  a mental issue. To help her out, the doctors and her husband all feel it is best to place her on a secluded cabin in the middle of nowhere with a nurse who just won’t shut up. This nurse talks all the time. Soon the 2 seem to mesh with one another especially that they look very much alike. They seem to be taking on the other’s personality.  I just sat there ...watching this film, as their faces appear straight on the camera or half on and half off the camera with Freudian themes..ughhh.  I just felt all my brain cells seeping out of my ears. I knew this was supposed to make me think philosophically but I just shook my head. This is supposed to be Bergman's masterpiece but I am just scratching my head wondering ...what's the point?

2. THE MATRIX RELOAD AND REVOLUTIONS-2003

Why...why must they make sequels to films that were big and ended in a positive manner? Oh yes...money. These 2 films were mostly about looking sleek in a shiny, skin tight pleather outfits with dark sunglasses, have tons of fight scenes that make you go ..oooh and aahhh.  And have a plot that makes me think of a balloon quickly deflating and then drop to the ground. Oh yes and then we have that big rave concert thing while Neo and Trinity have tribal sex.. she dies...nope she doesn’t but Neo dies..maybe. Probably not since there will be a 4th movie coming out. Ughhh

3. TREE OF LIFE-2011

WTF?? This grown up man, played by Sean Penn is trying to deal with his issues with his dad, played by Brad Pitt in the past. We know Sean had 2 other brothers but one died way back when.  In between the basic plot we have to think so, so hard about the philosophical nature of what the director, Terrence Malick, wanted to say.  Again, my brain cells seeped out and I felt like I had the IQ of 7. I hate pretentious films and find all of these films are just that...pretentious.


Which films confused the hell out of you?

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Weekly Song Challenge

 


Another week and more songs to listen to. Head on over to Jingle, Jangle, Jungle to hear other ditties. Here are the 3 themes:

A SONG WITH "LOVE" IN THE TITLE

A SONG WITH A NUMBER IN THE TITLE

A SONG THAT MENTIONS A SPORT IN THE TITLE

1. INDIAN LOVE CALL SUNG BY JEANETTE MACDONALD & NELSON EDDY-1936


This song is so often parodied nowadays that we only know it as a parody and, I think, I can understand because it is so gooey but with these 2 famous operatic love birds, they do their level best to believe in them. This song was  by Rudolph Friml & Herbert Stothart for the 1924 production of Rose-Marie. She is an opera star with a bad brother who has high-tailed it to Canada. There she meets a Mountie and, well, love blossoms. When Jean Harlow died, at age 26, the funeral was a star-studded affair and MacDonald & Eddy sang this in the church....ughhh.  What about you...oooh, ooh, oooh, ooh, ooh, ou??

2. MAMBO #5 SUNG BY LOU BEGA-1999


Ok, I am showing Lou Bega with Andre Rieu and his Orchestra because I thought it was a lot of fun to watch. Many were just dancing up a storm. I love this song and danced to it many times without knowing that this song was in the courts for 7 years! Apparently, there is a version by Cuban, Damaso Perez Prado from 1949 and, the Prado's estate sued Lou Bega winning the case but it was declared a new song by Prado and Bega (who is actually German!) so Bega was aok. 

3. THE HOCKEY SONG BY STOMPIN' TOM CONNORS-1973


I guess I should be a hockey nut since I am a proud Canuck but ...I'm not, I shall leave that to my brother. This song is now an institution and is played at every game, at least, in Canada. I guess it is split up in 3 parts for the 3 periods of the game and the Stanley Cup is mentioned. So, Here is for Canada!

Which songs come into your head?


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Penguin with periwinkle feet

 


CHNC- Penguin  
Christmas Card Throwdown- sketch 52cct29-21
Christmas Crafts All Year Round- O & P  for Ornaments, Penguin, Periwinkle & Purple.
Retro Rubber Challenge-Anything Goes rrcb164
Crafty Animals- Anything Goes

I had some fun making this card with Wilber the penguin with periwinkle feet. I coloured him with my tombow markers and I stamped Wilber in basic black. I stamped the ornaments in purple and used periwinkle embossing powder on the one ornament and green sparkle on the other that one only sees when you move the card around. I cut out the areas where I wanted the images to show through on the black cardstock. I stamped the evergreen in versamark which is a clear sticky pad and used my perfect Pearl's in magenta and a green to create the look.  I glued the black onto the white and added green ribbon as a frame. Wilber, the Penguin stamp must be at least 15 yrs old and the ornament about 10 years. The evergreen stamp is 3 yrs old. I think my Christmas Wilber card turned out ok.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks: Oscar Edition-Best Costume & Best Make-up & Hairstyling

 


Oscar Time and Wandering Through The Shelves chose The Costumes and Make-Up/Hairstyling for this this Month at the Oscars. It's a long one so let's jump right in... 

1. SABRINA-1953


Edith Head, the Queen of the Costume Dept, at Paramount was nominated 35 times and won 8 Oscars during her career. She "created" the famous sarong for Dorothy Lamour as well as the beautiful gown that Grace Kelly wore when she won the Oscar for lead actress in "A Country Girl." Now, that being said, The famous outfits you see Audrey wear in this great film (even if Humphrey Bogart was miscast, in my humble opinion, as the grouchy romantic lead) were mainly created by Hubert De Givenchy starting a beautiful friendship between the star and the clothing guru. Audrey ended up almost always wearing his clothes in films and in personal life. Unfortunately, since Paramount was the studio behind the film and Edith Head was head of the Costume Dept., she got the Oscar which she accepted not ever recognizing Givenchy as the main reason Sabrina Won. The film is about Sabrina(Hepburn), a daughter of a chauffeur, who saved enough money to send her to Paris. When she comes back, she is very sophisticated with clothes to match and has attracted the attention of the younger brother of the rich family her father works for. She is happy because she feels she is in love with this younger brother but  is she? All eyes are on Hepburn especially when she wears this black dress, near the end of the film, for the unique cut of the neckline. It became famous as the Sabrina neckline.

2. CLEOPATRA-1963


Irene Sharaff won the Oscar for this slog of a film known more for the backstage antics of Lizzy & Ricky than for the actual film. It is a long film and there are some interesting bits but it is a long one about how Cleo(Elizabeth Taylor) meets Julius Caesar(played by Rex Harrison) wrapped in a Persian carpet to her famous affair with Marc Antony (Richard Burton) and eventual death at the hands, er...fangs of an Asp (not Ass, that would be Eddie Fisher). The costumes are amazing even daring for the time with the most famous being the gold outfit she wears when entering Rome. Irene Sharaff won 5 Oscars and was nominated 12 times in total but also won a Tony Award for The King & I. I think part of the success of An American In Paris are the costumes because I don't think that film would have won best picture without her. 

3. THE ADVENTURES OF PRICILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT-1994


The Oscars, for that year, were one of the most boring, not just because of the usual boringness of it but the utterly boring outfits all the stars wore except for one...the co-winner of this fun film, Lizzy Gardiner  and here's why...


Yes, this dress is made up of expired American Express cards and it is...not the nicest and must have been a bitch to sit in but people still talk about it today. Now, Lizzy gets all the looks but her co-Oscar winner was Tim Chappel who both came up with the amazing frocks that Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce wore as Drag Queens crossing the the Australian Outback meeting a variety of interesting and some dangerous folk along the way. You quickly learn that Terence, once a famous Drag Queen is now Transgender who decides to go with his fellow performer and friend, Hugo, to do a gig in a small town. Also along for the ride is young upstart Guy. It is a heartwarming movie with some good tunes(ABBA) and offers some very heartwarming moments. 

Best Make-Up and Hairstyling...

1. MASK-1985


Michael Westmore(famous for many, many Star Trek make-ups) and Zoltan Elek won the Oscar for this film about a young boy suffering from the Elephant Man's disease or Craniodiaphyseal Dysplasia, a very rare bone disorder. Cher plays the mother who is a drug addled mom who hangs around bikers with the lead biker, played by, be still my heart, Sam Elliott, the father of her boy. One thing this mom has is her profound love she has for her son as she will walk through fire to help him through anything and everything. Cher gave a fantastic performance as did Eric Stolz who played the son. 

2. BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA-1992


OK I could have chosen this for Best Costume as well since the outfits are amazing in this film created by Eiko Ishioka who won the Oscar that year but the make up was also excellent when you see Good ole Drac a few centuries old. The 3 make up artists who created the looks in the film are Greg Cannom (he also did Mrs. Doubtfire and has won 5 Oscars), Michele Burke (she won 2 Oscars) and Matthew Mungle (won for this film but won many Emmy's). I love this film, despite Keanu Reeves who I like better than most people do but he is the weak link in an otherwise great film. The big bat sequence is amazing fior the make-up as well and now, they would probably CGI it which would take away from the film. We know the Dracula story but this film brings in a love story and even reincarnation as a major theme. The acting of Gary Oldman is excellent and I love the music.

3. PAN'S LABYRINTH-2006


I love this film which is part fairy tale, part horror story and part dreams. The sad thing is that the horror part is not that evil looking eye thing but the reality the young girl has to live in. Her mom marries a nasty Spanish Franco following Captain and they travel to his home in the country. There the young girl meets fairies whom she follows into the forest where she meets this fawn-like character who states she needs to do certain deeds if she wants to reclaim her throne. We follow her through the fantasy and the reality hoping the fairy tale will have a happy ending. The looks of the fawn and that evil looking thing with one eye, is downright creepy and quite memorable were created by David Marti and Montse Ribe. CGI is used here in certain ways to enhance a scene but not rule it which is what I always prefer. 

Now, I have to mention 2 amazing make-up people who not only created the works but were the only ones to make  these works which, nowadays, there is a whole department even if only one or 2 people get the Oscar. 

LON CHANEY-1883-1930


He was known as the man of a Thousand Faces and created some many iconic scenes that we see but have no idea what actual pain he went through to achieve the effect. In Fact, for the "Encyclopedia Britannica" he wrote the introduction to make up in an early edition. I copies and pasted what Chaney did for his make-up for his role as the Phantom. He loved what he did..."He raised the contours of his cheekbones by stuffing wadding inside his cheeks. He used a skullcap to raise his forehead height several inches and accentuate the bald dome of the Phantom's skull. Pencil lines masked the join of the skullcap and exaggerated his brow lines. Chaney then glued his ears to his head and painted his eye sockets black, adding white highlights under his eyes for a skeletal effect. He created a skeletal smile by attaching prongs to a set of rotted false teeth and coating his lips with greasepaint. To transform his nose, Chaney applied putty to sharpen its angle and inserted two loops of wire into his nostrils. Guide-wires hidden under the putty pulled his nostrils upward. According to cinematographer CharlesVan Enger, Chaney suffered from his make-up, especially the wires, which sometimes made him "bleed like hell."

JACK PIERCE-1889-1968


This man was head of the make up dept at Universal but, being a perfectionist, he was a true hands-on master and liked to work on the stars himself for the most part. Even though poor Boris Karloff had to endure hours in the make up chair with make-up that actually left scars, he got along well with Pierce. The same can not be said with his relationship with Lon Chaney jnr who played the Wolfman. I used this short clip because Rick Baker, another classic make-up artist, talks about Jack Pierce. Who can ever forget not only Frankenstein's monster but his Bride.  Oh, funny anecdote, Boris was a gentle man who loved gardening. When he was at his home, in full make-up, watering his flowers, the cops pulled up to arrest him because someone called in saying there was a monster running about. Poor Boris!

Which Costumes made you swoon? Which make-ups made you gasp at?

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Weekly Song Challenge

 


August...Holy Son of a beehive, Christmas tree! I love to swear but my mom in law taught me this saying when she was really steamed. Instead of Sh%# she would say, "Sugar." I now try and use that especially when out in the public eye. I can't believe August is here and the sun goes down so much sooner already. Anyway, Jingle, Jangle, Jungle has come up with another week of themes to challenge the 6 watt light bulb in my noggin'. Here are the 3 themes:

A SONG WITH BAD GRAMMAR IN THE TITLE

A SONG WITH FOOD IN THE TITLE

A SONG THAT MENTIONS A SPICE IN THE TITLE

1. AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' -SUNG BY FATS WALLER-1943


I love this song and heard it first sung by Nell Carter (known from the sitcome "Gimme A Break") who gained acclaim  in the musical of the same name. Actually this song was created by Thomas "Fats" Waller and Harry Brooks with lyrics by Andy Razaf for the musical, "Connie's Hot Chocolates" from 1929. I have to look up that musical. The song became quite famous with many big names singing this song like Nell Carter, Eartha Kitt, Ruth Etting, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday etc... I chose Fats because he co-wrote the song and it worked so well in this musical "Stormy Weather."

2. THE EGG AND I-BY THE SEATBELTS-1998



OK, I believe I used "Honey, Honey" by ABBA already so I thought there must be a song from the funny movie called "The Egg and I" featuring Claudette Colbert but, nope...this song came up and it is from Cowboy Bebop series anime. They are Japanese and I never heard this before and really like it so here it is. I think it's pretty cool.

3. MINT JULEP BY THE CLOVERS-1952


This was composed by Ray Toombs that became a hit for The Clovers (they did Love Potion #9). A Mint Julep is a a drink for young Southern ladies who could get drunk on this frou-frou drink but this time it is a black man who does much to his dismay. I love it and it is a fun song to listen to. 

Which 3 would you pick?

Monday, August 2, 2021

Butterflies

 


Color Throwdown- ctd653- colors bright pink, orange, yellow and green

Stamplorations- Summer Vacation  


Crafty Animals- Anything Goes 

Alphabet Challenge- Insects

Simon Says- anything Goes 

Butterfly Challenge-The Letter Q-I used all colours-Quinacridone(magenta), Quick Sand (Light Yellow), Quince(Green)

I usually play with the blues and purples but this time, I enjoyed creating the background using color bursts in orange, magenta and yellow. I spritzed the colour dust with water to create the background You can see the pale yellow(love that firework the colorburst does especially when using yellow). I added pearl magenta with alcohol ink for the top half. I took a flower like stencil and laid part of it on 2 corners opposite from one another. Taking my egg looking sponge, I took some dye ink colour in orange to create the effect. I had played with distress inks and alcohol inks a while back, in the greens,  so I took 2 butterfly die cuts and cut them out running it through my sizzex. I layered the card in the colours named above and glued the butterflies in place. I bought a new punch ( it was on sale and I love butterflies) and punched out 4 small butterflies to fill in the areas. I added Crystals and a border sticker I coloured in green, to finish the effect. 

My summer vacation is coming to an end and will return to work tomorrow. I have truly enjoyed my garden which my hubby created. We have many flowers that bring bees, butterflies and hummingbirds(I have not seen one but my hubby has). I promise to post some pictures of my (not so) secret garden. 

Wishing you a very happy day and week ahead.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Wandering Through The Shelves: TV Edition-Book Adaptations

 


It's TV time again and it is about book adaptations for TV. I think I already spoke about Roots and The Thorn Birds in previous posts so I couldn't choose these 2 great miniseries. I had to put my Dunce...er, my thinking cap on and come up with 3 different ones that suit the theme. Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to see what everyone else has chosen...here are my 3.

1. RICH MAN, POOR MAN-1976 (BOOK WRITTEN BY IRWIN SHAW)


This was, to me, the first mini-series that took everyone by storm. I guess, nowadays, you say "Limited-Run" series but back in the day (because I am 99 years old), they were all called mini-series. This catapulted Nick Nolte into super hunk (yes, I said hunk) stardom and brought him to the big screen. Peter Strauss and Nick Nolte play brothers, one "good" and one, a bad boy (Nolte was the bad boy) who do not get along. While Strauss's character wants to get ahead and does make it to the big times, the other struggles and has issues. Of course, there is a girl that comes between them that is Strauss's wife but I think she had the hots for Nolte which creates a Cain and Abel thing going on. OK I am going from memory here and it has been decades since I saw it but it did impress me. Oh and the Late William Smith played a real evil dude who wants both brothers dead. It was juicy and I would like to see it again.

2. THE WINDS OF WAR-1983 (BOOK BY HERMAN WOUK)


I was so looking forward to this film which take place from 1938 to 1941 when the U.S. enters the war after Pearl Harbour but..meh...I called it The Winds of Boredom. You have some great stars in this film headed by Robert Mitchum as Victor "Pug" Henry a naval officer and his family who bear witness to some key events taking place in Europe. I recall the first 2 hour episode being quite good as the Ali MaGraw character is trying to escape the Nazi clutches but then it just goes into this whole soap opera style with someone loving someone and another loving someone...whatever. You can tell I am not enamoured with this miniseries. It did get a whole bunch of awards but I kept wondering...why??? Maybe I am wrong and should try and watch it. There was a sequel called "War and Remembrance" which I decided to forget to watch.

3. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST-1987-1990 (FAIRY TALE BY THE BROTHERS' GRIMM)


I love the Grimm Fairy Tales and even have the original versions of some of the classics (forget cute mice and twilling birds, let's have toes being cut off, eyes plucked out and red hot iron shoes placed onto the evil queen's feet). I have seen many films based on the Grimm Fairy Tales and loved "Grimm" which is a TV show I could have chosen (I shall save that for another day) but I decided to choose this corny but endearing TV show based on Beauty and The Beast. Linda Hamilton plays an assistant district attorney who is severely beaten up one night but is saved by a man who brings her down into the sewers of New York City where he nurses her back to health. She is initially startled by the man who saved her because he looked like a beast who loves to listen to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." They quickly form a mental and emotional bond and the beast can sense when she is in trouble. You get to see how they fall in love over time plus the beautiful underground "city" that is faithfully preserved by the Beast and a number of others who don't "fit into" society. The underground world is run by The Father played by Roy Dotrice who became my favourite character on the show. Rick Baker, a great make-up artist, not only devised the beast make up but told the powers that be they should hire Ron Perlman for the job. They became life long friends afterwards. 

Now, just a funny from the likes of the great Dave Allen as Heathcliffe


Which 3 would you choose?

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Weekly Song Challenge

 


I have been enjoying my time off and have been busy organizing parts of my craft room (the bottom half with tons of pictures plus empty boxes that I got rid of). I found all the pictures my mom took of her Faberge style egg art and will create a scrapbook for my brother. She created some amazing pieces that I had forgotten so it was nice seeing it. Tuesday hubby and I spent some mulah on bathroom tiles because we need to get our downstairs bathroom done. I hate trying to rush upstairs in the middle of the night to go to the loo. This is another fun filled musical week over a Jingle, Jangle, Jungle with her 3 themes listed below and then my choices....enjoy!

A SONG WITH A BEVERAGE IN THE TITLE

A SONG WITH A FRUIT IN THE TITLE

A SONG WITH A FLOWER IN THE TITLE

1. TEA FOR TWO SUNG BY DORIS DAY & GORDON MACREA-1950


This song was composed by Vincent Youman with lyrics by Irving Caesar for the musical "No, No Nanette" in 1924. It is a sweet song which was showcased in the 1950 musical, "Tea For Two" starring Doris Day and Gordon MacCrea. I saw the film years ago which was all sugar but Doris and Gordon were great in it.

2. THE LADY IN THE TUTTI FRUTTI HAT SUNG BY CARMEN MIRANDA-1943


This is from the film, "The Gang's All Here" composed by Harry Warren with lyrics by Leo Robin and sung by the original Carmen Miranda (she starts at the 1:44 mark) who was known as the Brazilian Bombshell. She actually did create hats back in the 1920s before she became famous but she is known for these very kooky fruit headdresses she would wear. It's a shame she died in 1955 at only 46 from a heart attack because she had so much more to offer. By the way, Busby Berkeley, the director of this musical number, apparently got by the censors to create some sexual imagery  using bananas and strawberries with the gals. Hmmmmm...

3. ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL PLAYED BY DON RICH & THE BUCKAROOS-1961


My mom had (and I have it now) a 45 with "Wheels" on the A side and this song on the B side. I played it all the time because I loved the song. My mom loved it because my brother would dance to "Wheels" when he was a little over 1 year old or so. I was enthralled at how fast the fiddle was being played. I tried looking for the 45 but I had a hard time bending down to look through my records so I will double check if these are the lads who played it but it is from the right time. This song was composed by Ervin T. Rouse in 1938 and it was about a passenger train called the Orange Blossom. Cool, eh?

Which 3 can you think up?


Monday, July 26, 2021

Cards have gone to the Birds plus a Fairy Herald

 


Twofer Challenge-Birds

My double look of birds in 2 different ways. The first is obviously for a birthday (my hubby's Aunt) but the second I thought could be used for anything even a sympathy card. 


Alphabet Challenge- Use "happy" in a sentiment

We Love Chocolate Baroque-Beautiful Blooms

Stamping Sensations-For A Lady

Yellow and pink seem to go well. I coloured the birds in yellow and the flowers in pink using my gamsol colour pencils. I used the cuddlebug for the background paper, added the pink glitter paper plus a nice yellow velvet ribbon I found to create the look. A final touch is the Sentiment that I coloured, with a marker, in pink. 


Cute Card Thursday-Anything Goes

I made this for another challenge that has been and gone but that's ok since it is still a nice card to showcase. I used the same bird stamp but left it uncoloured except for the yellow and grey that comes from the background. The background is sprayed with distress stains and I added water to let it drip down. I took the background grey cardstock and placed it through the cuddlebug for the dry embossed look. I layered different coloured cardstock and finally added the birds but tilted because, I am a bit tilted so it works. As a finishing touch, I added the black gems. 


 

The Fairy & The Unicorn- Anything Goes

The Male Room-Christmas in July

12 Months of Christmas-Anything Goes

Sparkles Christmas-Snowflakes-More than one

Christmas Craft Creations-Anything Goes

Dream Valley Challenges-Christmas in July

Addicted To Stamps-Use a Die Cut and/or stencil

CHNC-I did Anything Goes

I had fun creating this mystical card for Christmas. I used a fairy instead of an angel. The background was alcohol pearl inks. I stamped Evergreen and pinecones around in plum. I used my poinsettia diecuts as well as a single  snowflake that I cut out twice plus a filigree snowflake design on the bottom left. That one plus the snowflakes I glittered up. I glued everything in place and added stickles on the poinsettia. I glued it onto turquoise cardstock and magenta mirror cardstock. I think I will add a gem for the middle on the poinsettia....I meant to do that.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks- Summer Break

 


There are a Ton of films that fit this week’s theme that Wandering Through The Shelves has chosen and I can’t wait to see what everyone will choose. Here are my 3...

1. SUMMERTIME-1955

A spinster secretary, played by Katherine Hepburn, has saved for years so she can go on a once in a lifetime vacation to Venice. She stays in a pension with a young couple and another older couple. She decides to eat out at a restaurant in a piazza. Seeing all the loving couples fills her with loneliness until she see a man, with pursed lips, staring at her. She has no clue how to act, so she runs away with a little Italian boy right on her heels. The boy becomes a good friend especially when she falls into the canal. The man pays her a visit and woos her to go out with him even though he is married and has many bambinos (it must be his pursed lips). This is a romantic film directed by David Lean and pursed lips guy is Rossano Brazzi, who was a heartthrob during the 1950s. I am not one for pure romance but this is done with intelligence plus it has some great acting in Hepburn. You also see Venice and the surrounding area which can’t be beat. Poor Hepburn developed a weepy eye after her trip into the canal that stayed with her for the rest of her life. 

2. HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI-1965

I have to put in a Avalon and Funicello flick since they were all about summer beach movies. They were wholesome fun with singing, surfing and dancing where you get to see many T & A jiggle on screen. This was actually the last film(until the 1980s) with Frankie and Annette. Frankie Avalon asked for more money so he got...6 minutes of screen time. Annette was pregnant so she is seen in big blouses or behind bowls of fruit. You do have Mickey Rooney and Buster Keaton picking up the slack so that works. These flicks would never be made today because no man is allowed, ever, to run after a girl like Buster does. The jiggles would still be there but maybe women will be with women and men with men. Anyhoo, Frankie is in Tahiti doing Naval Rescue Duty and, probably, doing some girls but, when he hears that his gal back home has a suitor after her, well, how dare she! He gets a Bwana witch doctor  (Buster) to work his magic. The Witch Doctor sends a sea nymph to Dee Dee's neck of the woods so her potential suitor will drop Dee Dee like a hot tomale after seeing the new tomale. The issue is that this gal from the sea grabs every man including Erik Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) who wants her for himself. He and his numbskull gang do all they can to get this gal. Elizabeth Montgomery makes a cameo at the end of this movie as the witch doctor's daughter. She was currently starring in the TV Show, "Bewitched" so this played up to it. (plus the director of the film was William Asher who was her husband and was a producer and sometime director on "Bewitched."

3. THE SPIRIT IS WILLING-1967

I have not seen this in years but would love to see it again. This film stars Sid Caesar and Vera Miles as parents to a nerdy son, played by Barry Gordon, who all travel during summer break to a home they rented out. Little do they know that 3 ghosts are not happy sharing their place with this family. The only one who can see them is the son who gets into trouble with his parents when the ghosts misbehave. Antics ensue especially when they scuttle the Uncle's boat and the one ghost falls for the uncle. I love the character actors in this film that you have seen in films and TV alike like Jesse White, Mary Wickes and John Astin. I find this one full of fun and hope to get this film on DVD one day. Yes, I said DVD!

I could have picked so many others but these are my 3 for now. Which 3 would you choose?