Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Latin One More Time


Harley can pout like most people can and here he is trying to win an Oscar. I thought Harley needed another blog look because he has not been here for a bit. He has nothing to do with Latin music but I don't care. I'm joining in the free style, this week, Monday Music Moves Me. 


This is from his CD, "Nouveau Flamenco" which I bought as soon as I heard this song. This guy is a German who loves the Spanish sound and is now a monk. Strange but gifted.


This man is an award winning Canadian who is an expert with the guitar like Ottmar and others but he is just superlative.


Ricky Martin wowed the Grammy awards when he sang there and he wowed me to. Strange, as this was one of the very few times I watched this show. He was from the boy group, Menudo, and i knew him when he was on my soap, "General Hospital". This song became the official Fifa World Cup song when it was held in France. 

What other Latin or Flamenco type songs can you think of?

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Thursday Film Picks-Bad Moms


So we all went goo goo and ga ga over wonderful mothers and that’s great but there are mothers that never should have had children because they were awful. I could have chosen “Mommie Dearest” THE film for bad moms. Let’s face it, Joan Crawford was not a great mother and, actually, not a great person, with many issues, so this flick is an easy go to, but I decided to choose 3 other mothers that define horrible and here they are…

1. NOW, VOYAGER- 1942

Bette Davis shines in this great film about a mousy, scared of her shadow, woman beaten down by her over-bearing, nasty, manipulative bitch of a mother, played to the hilt by Gladys Cooper who was nominated for an Oscar. Bette ends up in a sanitarium and with the help of a gentle psychiatrist, played by Claude Rains( Bette’s favourite co-star) gains confidence and beams as the new Charlotte. She goes on a cruise where she meets Paul Henreid and they have an affair hinted at by him lighting 2 cigarettes and handing her one. This sexy move followed Henreid for the rest of his life, much to his chagrin. They also shared a sleeping bag and could look at the stars. When she returns, she could hold her own against her mother. It is well acted, romantic and empowering.


This film was banned for decades ( so I have read in many books but this seems to be incorrect) and only came back in the 1990s, I believe. It was considered too volatile on the political manipulations that occur in this film. Lawrence Harvey plays a troubled war hero who is trying to rebuild his life with a Wonderful girl but has nightmares. Frank Sinatra was also part of a group of soldiers, in Korea, who is also having nightmares and Harvey was part of this team who, apparently, saved everyone but, in fact, these soldiers were brain washed by the communists and Harvey is the key component in their plan to take over the U.S. government. You find out his mother is all part of this plan. She has so much ambition that she will have her son tortured and brainwashed just so she can get ahead. Actually, considering how Putin has his fingers in the U.S. government and Trumpy is his puppet…this is not far off. This is a dour but brilliant film and worth seeing.

3. SYBIL-1976

This is a TV movie starring Sally Field as the multiple personality, Sybil. Her performance drew rave reviews and showed the film industry that she had real talent. In this 2 part TV movie you find out that Sybil has many personalities and is under the care of a psychiatrist, played by Joanne Woodward. You slowly see Sybil implode  before she starts to get better and get to the root of her mental disorder. Can you take a guess? Yup, her mom is one of the worst mothers ever! When I watched this I thought her mother belonged in a horror film because she was beyond disgusting and that green kitchen is the worst place to be since mom sexually abused her daughter with utensils. It's abhorrent but brilliantly acted by the whole cast. The mother, played by Martine Bartlett, drew accolades for her disgusting portrayal. It's a must see for TV movies.

What horrible moms come to your mind?

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

For Mom


My mom, I miss her so much. Just about every person who met her thought she was just great. When my mom lived adjacent to a convenient store, she would talk to the kids who worked there and one kid was thinking of not going on in his education but, later, a woman knocked on my mom’s door and she thanked my mom because her son decided to stay in school because of what my mom said. I could talk to her about anything and she was there for me and rarely judged. Now, mind you, she was no saint, she did favour my brother, without her really knowing this. When I was a kid, a school trip went to Marineland and I bought this little bobblehead seal and was so happy that she had it always on her desk because she almost always kept what my brother made or bought her. When my mom got dementia she was wanting to give everything to my brother and I kept reminding her what she told me when her mind was sound. She told me the seal would go to Baron and I asked why. She said because Baron bought that for her but when I told her it was I who bought it, she looked at it and said, “ oh, well, you can throw it out then”. I just looked at her, shaking my head. Now, don’t get me wrong, she bought me a beautiful dress for my birthday( just don’t tell your brother that she spent so much on me), she often told me how proud she was of me and that she was so very thankful that I was with her.

 She loved her classical music with Beethoven being her favourite ( the 7th Symphony, her favourite of his) but she loved folk music and she loved to dance! In fact she once won a dance contest when she still lived in Germany ( she said it was for a dance similar to the one you see in “The Sound Of Music”). She loved to sing and was in the choir when she was a kid. She was told she could have a career in singing but the war and, later, her smoking, killed that chance. Still, she sang up until the day she died. Many young people loved that she would dance to many rock songs. She couldn’t listen to it, as her shoulders would shudder in discontent ( she could be such a ham) but the last wedding she went to, she was quite famous because she danced to AC/DC with many of the bride and groom’s friends asking who she was and that they thought she was cool. I guess she was and she was my mom. I am adding this to the mom special over at Monday Music Moves Me


Many, many years later, she asked me why she loves the music from the 50s now and  I told her that was her fun time when she was in her 20s and felt the most free despite her many responsibilities. She really loved this song and found it enchanting. In fact, the day she died, January 15, 2018, a month shy of her 90th birthday, the nurses and PSW’s told me she was singing this song in the dining room at lunch. After lunch, she went to go for a sleep and never woke up. What a nice way to go actually.


My mom, and I, love the zither and Anton Karas made it world renown after he became famous with The Third Man Theme. I am certain this probably comes from the 1950s or 60s and the Landler ( there should be 2 dots over the “a”) is a typical song(s) stemming from as far back as the 1600s. She knew many of these songs and loved them.


This is from a Frank Lehar opera about a soldier who stands beside the banks of the Volga and became famous for soldiers in WW2 on the German and Russian side. My mom, a survivor of WW2 and the Russian takeover, suffered from PTSD but never got treatment for it. She could talk to my dad, a veteran of WW2 who fought with the Canadian army and was part of the liberation of Holland. They met many years later, in 1959, and they could talk about what they experienced. My mom was a huge believer in the veterans no matter what side. She felt a strong kinship to the allied veterans and did lose 2 brothers during the war, one was 1 year old and the other, 19. She was part of the resistance movement thinking it great fun placing the TNT under the bridges to prevent the German army from advancing. Any song belonging to the veteran, she held close to her heart. 

Have to add this..


This is one of the song my mom danced to at the last wedding she went to. We both danced to this and she was the rock star because most people her age were not dancing to this…only her and loving every moment. She couldn’t listen to the song but dance? Yup!

What songs did your mom love?

Monday, May 20, 2024

Enjoyed My Day


Christmas Card Throwdown- Scandinavian 

Dream Valley- For a Man or Boy

Crafty Animals- Anything Goes 

I took a stencil and, using a stencil brush, brushed in red colour from a dye ink pad onto white cardstock. I repeated the design on the bottom and then, stamped the reindeer in red and heat embossed it in red sparkle. I added the crystals and, voila!

Fab N' Funky- For A baby, child or teen
Sparkles Christmas- use Ribbon or Twine

I have a bunch of wooden designs and took the snowman and sprayed it with distress blue spray. I had this leftover card stock cut out like a frame. I placed silver dye ink on the Embossing folder and embossed this through my cuddlebug. I put blue pearl Embossing powder down and heat embossed it to get a nice Sheen. I glued a sparkle paper under the framed blue cardstock and added the snowman after I placed the orange twine around its neck as a scarf. I used black ink pen to make the eyes and mouth. Finally, I stamped the letters for "Merry Christmas" coloured them with my tombow markers, fussy cut them out and put pop up dots on the back to adhere it to the card. I thought of this for my friend’s 2 girls who are teens..well, one of them and I think it works. What do you think?

I hope everyone had a nice weekend  we had our Victoria Day weekend and it was quite nice. 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Thursday Film Picks-Sacrificing Moms


My mom would have given her life for me and my brother. She felt we were her biggest accomplishments ( thankfully, not disappointments). Since Mother's Day just past, I thought I would talk about 3 films where mom did her all for her scratch that, for her sweet children. Here are my 3...


I may have spoken about this film before but it's a great film starring Barbara Stanwyck as a woman, from the wrong side of the tracks, who marries a rich guy and has a daughter. As soon as she has the daughter, her love goes to this baby even though she didn't show much aptitude for anything before. She makes sure her daughter has the best and, when she realizes her daughter is embarrassed by her mom's classlessness, she makes sure to stay out of the picture. It's very well acted but I will say, even when I saw this as a kid, I thought her daughter was a bit of a jerk, or jerkess. 


This is a favourite film of mine starring Jane Wyman ( the first Mrs. Reagan) as a deaf mute living on a farm with her dad and Aunt. Along comes this kindly Dr who realizes that she has intelligence but must cut through the blindspot of the dad and aunt. When they notice that she can talk through sign language, they are overjoyed until she is raped by the local thug. No matter, she loves her baby and will do everything she can to protect her baby. It is a touching and sweet film despite the violent part but, thankfully, they don't show anything( unlike today where they feel they have to show this). I love this movie and thought the acting was excellent.


Lana Turner plays a somewhat ok mom who loves her ambition of being an actress over being a mom or 50s housewife( I am with her on the latter). She meets up with Juanita Moore, a black lady with her own daughter who could pass for white. This beautiful mom cares for both girls and even the other mom living with Lana and caring for everyone. We follow the ups and downs of the 2 moms and the daughters. When the daughter from Juanita does not want to be known as black and doesn't want anyone to know her mom. Her mom, devastated, accepts what her daughter wants and sacrifices everything for the love of her ungrateful bitch of a daughter. Sorry, too harsh? This is a lavish soapy directed by Douglas Sirk known for these films and the lush style. I still need to see the 1934 original with Claudette Colbert and Louise Beavers which I will, one day. Oh, this film came out around the same time that Lana’s 14 yr old daughter was on trial for the stabbing death of Lana’s mafia boyfriend. The rumour is that Lana stabbed her boyfriend but her daughter took the rap declaring she was protecting her mom. WHO knows what is true except he was dead…good riddance.

What film can you think of that represents a sacrificing mom?

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Which Won The Oscar 1947


The year is 1947 and, not controversial at the time, today 2 of these songs would not ever make it on the soundtrack. It’s sad because I actually like both but I am not known to be politically correct so let’s see if you can guess who won the Oscar, which was nominated and which came up nil. I’m joining Monday Music Moves Me over at Cathy’s blog, Curious As A Cathy.


This song was written by Allie Wrubel with lyrics by Ray Gilbert for the film, “Song Of The South” and was a big Disney hit that you heard on the TV Show and in all the theme parks because it’s supposed to be a happy song but now it is very controversial. It’s considered racist and an Uncle Tom feel. I guess this man, who sang this song, is happy even though he was a former slave. You know, I still have not seen this film but plan to. Sadly, James Baskett died after making this film at only age 44. He suffered from diabetes and heart problems. Young Johnny is played by Bobby Driscoll who ended up hooked on drugs and died from a drug overdose at 31. He was buried in a paper's grave. 


This song is from the film, " Good News" about kids in school( I danced like this, didn't we all?). The song was written by Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin and Roger Edens and sung and danced by the inimitable Joan McCracken and dance troupe. I'm certain kids today would be incensed by the Indian musical references which is how the white folks thought the Indians sounded. Anyhoo, it's a lot of fun and a rare time to see this actress who died of diabetes at age 44. She was the wife of Bob Fosse who helped him in his career and she helped Shirley MacLaine too. 


We must have heard this song in many commercials for bananas but it actually wad in the film, "This Time For Keeps". Lina Rimay sang the song but it became more famous when Carmen Miranda sings it. I always liked this song.

So...which one won the Oscar, which was nominated and which came up zilch?

I can't resist....

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Best Picture of 1988


I travel across the years and pick an Oscar category and decide which or who should have won the Oscar instead of the one who did. 1988 was a big year because that was the year my dad died (on April 30th) but also the summer when I had a lot of fun with my 2 best friends. In between the sorrow and the frolic, I saw quite a few films although I have not seen all …unlike Joel who seems to have had the ability to see so many 😁. I will tell you which won, which I think should have won and one that was nominated. I am certain many will disagree and that’s aok in my book.


This is one sensual film but classy unlike Poor Things which was anything but. This film stars Daniel, “be still my heart”, Day Lewis as a surgeon in, what used to be known as, Czechoslovakia, who is quite a womanizer but finds a soul mate in the sensual Lena Olin until he meets a naive Juliette Binoche. He brings Juliet to meet Lena and is surprised at how well the 2 gals get along. Juliet takes many photos especially during the uprising of 1968 where many people are killed when Russian tanks drive in and squelch the uprising. It is beautifully shot by Sven Nykvist who was nominated for an Oscar. I think Lena deserved an Oscar nomination for best supporting but the film was not nominated at all and I would have chosen this as best picture because I love it. It is not for everyone because it is a character study, a remark on the political times all set against a backdrop of the artisticness that this film captures. I would have had the Melagro Beanfield War nominated as well as A Fish Called Wanda and The Last Temptation of Christ.


I will be honest, I still have to see this movie so, yes, I know, can I truly say this should not have won the Best Picture Oscar? The answer is …yes. I have seen parts of the movie but never from the beginning and, although it is well acted, especially by Dustin Hoffman, who also won Best Actor, I just found this film typical with the rah rah at the end. Tom Cruise plays a huckster who finds out his dad died and left his $3 million fortune to the mental health facility where his much older brother resides. He had no idea he had a brother never mind one who is an autistic savant. He takes his brother out of the facility hoping to get a hold of the money especially when he finds out that his brother can add up numbers…boy can he add them up! On their road trip, they learn about each other and grow from there…ok..sure. It’s good but hardly great.


This is a remake of a French film but I have only seen this version and thought it was quite good and vicious. During the Royal courts, we see Glenn Close and John Malcovich as 2 scheming, bored a-holes who like to ruin peoples’ lives for sport. We see how they manipulate people and toy with their lives but when John develops true feelings for the upstanding and sweet Michelle Pfeiffer, their plans start imploding. This is well acted with a great story, great costumes and interior design. 

Just so you know, the other films that were nominated were, Working Girl, The Accidental Tourist, and Mississippi Burning. My choice was not even nominated which still annoys me. Would you have chosen Rain Man or one of the other 4 or another film  that wasn’t even nominated?

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Latin Music Cha Cha Cha


Monday Music Moves Me is going Latin! This is one fun challenge that I may keep doing next week. I love Latin music because it’s so infectious and fun plus just beautiful. Cathy over at Curious As A Cathy, has showcased her Latin music plus she has the links to everyone who has joined in on the fun. 


This song was written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon  which is from  the 1941 film, “ That Night In Rio”  sung by the Brazilian Bombshell, Carmen Miranda. During the 1940s, Hollywood  fell in love with everything Latin. Many musicals, starring Betty Grable, Don Ameche, Tyrone Power etc..would take place, either in Mexico or Rio and you could count on Carmen Miranda and her tutti frutti hat to give it her all in some great singing wearing very outlandish outfits. She was over the top but she was famous and, at one point, the highest paid woman in the U. S. Sadly, she died at 47 from a heart attack but I always smile when I see a Chiquita banana.


This is a famous piece of music written by Ary Barroso in 1931. There are so many renditions of this song that it’s hard to know which one to pick but Xavier Cugat was the first name that came into my head ( call me strange) so I looked to see if he did a version and he did! I always found this man gentle in my eyes.


I have to showcase Desi and could have gone with his signature tune, “Babaloo”  but I really loved when he sang this famous song, written by Augustin Lara in 1932. In fact, I find his rendition one of the best and find it enchanting.

Which Latin songs can you think of. Have you ever danced the Tango?

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Star Of The Month: Glenn Ford



BIRTH: May 1, 1916

DEATH: August 30, 2006

AGED: 90 yrs

DIED FROM: old age but had years of issues with circulation issues, heart attack and a series of strokes

REAL NAME: Gwyllyn Ford

MARRIED: 4 times- Eleanor Powell ( great dancer and star), Kathryn Hays, Cynthia Hayward, Jeanne Baus…all divorced. Eleanor gave up her film career for him to raise their son and make a home.

CHILDREN: 1 child, son.

AFFAIRS: SLUT Alert!! Rita Hayworth, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Gene Tierney, Eva Gabor, Angie Dickinson, Judy Garland, Stella Stevens, Loretta Young, Suzanne Pleshette, Debbie Reynolds, Hope Lange, Marilyn Monroe( a one night stand) and sex star Liz Renay. In total about 146 actresses, Hayworth got pregnant and had an abortion since it would have destroyed their marriages ( hahahaa) and their careers.


TALENT: Aside from being a man whore, excellent horseman, quick on the draw with a gun, plumber, electrician and air conditioning fixer

KNOWN FOR: seducing everyone.  Keeping many women as friends, just not his wives. Taping his phone calls and making a diary of his conquests.

Who knew this young Canadian man would become a star during Hollywood’s golden age even if he didn’t hit the big time like John Wayne, James Stewart, Gary Cooper and his best friend, William Holden. He was still a big enough name to carry many a film and could play drama, western, comedy and  suspense with equal aplomb but almost always playing someone with integrity unlike his issue with sex..can we say sex addict anyone. When he expressed interest in being an actor, his dad suggested he study a back-up trade, just in case so he actually became a certified plumber, electrician and air-conditioning repairman and he would fix things for fun. He was also an expert horseman and was the best in drawing a gun, better than John Wayne, James Arness and many others. He missed out on World War 2 due to illness that ended up as pneumonia creating a lingering illness. This didn’t stop him during the Vietnam War where he  was part of the crew for combat training films and found himself in the demilitarized zone in the Mekong Delta where he dealt with enemy fire.  He also took up handgliding and liked this challenge but failed miserably when he tried to raise 140 leghorn chickens. When a fox appeared, eating his chickens, he stayed up with his rifle which was the final straw for the fancy people in California. The cops came and shut down his illegal chicken coop. From what I have read, his 5 times co-star and 40 year love affair ( off and on) with Rita Hayworth was the closest to true love to the point where they were “neighbours” with a gate adjoining their gardens and Ms. Hayworth could freely come and go.  They each had a picture of the other on their bed stand and when she died, from complications  Alzheimer’s disease, he was a pallbearer. When Ford died, his son found tapes that his dad made of his many, many conquests detailing the lovemaking etc.. but, he also taped his conversations he had with his many friends from Holden, Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne and Charlton Heston and many more. He learned from his former studio boss, Harry Cohn that taping might be a good idea so he started taping his, then, wife, Eleanor Powell to find out what she knew about all his dalliances. To say he was F&## up is an understatement but, many of  the gals still remained good friends with him, just not his wives.


1. So Ends Our Night-1941

2. Gilda-1946

3. A Stolen Life-1946

4. An Affair In Trinidad-1952

5. The Big Heat-1953

6. Blackboard Jungle-1955

7. The Teahouse Of August Moon-1956

8. 3:10 To Yuma-1957

9. The Sheepman-1958

10. The Pocketful Of Mircles-1960

11. Experiment In Terror-1962

12. The Courtship of Eddie’s Father-1963

Thursday, May 2, 2024



Yesterday was Mayday where you can traipse around a colourful pole, dancing and feeling happy and/or doing some goose steps surrounded by Russian tanks. I thought of plane crashes because they says Mayday 3 times. Hey, it fits….


Jimmy Stewart is the pilot and Richard Attenborough his co-pilot and friend who are taking a group of oil men from one place to another( it’s been a while since I saw this). A sandstorm hits and they end up crashing in the desert, way off course. They now must try to survive with very little food and water and without getting on each others’ nerves. An arrogant German builder of planes figures out a way to make the crashed aircraft fly again but can it be done? It’s well acted and a tense film plus a character study and a much better film than the remake.

2. AIRPLANE-1980

I could have chosen Airport, Airport ‘75, Airport ‘77 and, of course, Concorde but I went with this very funny movie that makes fun of these Airport flicks especially the one with Charlton Heston, which is funny on its own a group of characters are on a plane when people start getting sick and the plane needs someone to fly it. It’s full of one liners and absurdist scenes like Barbara Billingsly( the mom from Leave it to Beaver) who knows how to speak jive. I still love Leslie Nielsen in this role that restarted his career in many movies like this one…he is hilarious as is Peter Graves ( Billy, ever been to a Turkish prison?) I love this movie.

3. SULLY-2016

Tom Hanks plays Sully, the famous airline pilot who had to land the plane into the Hudson River. He remained calm and was successful in getting the plane down in 1 piece without any loss of life. What I didn't know was how he and his co-pilot were put on trial, almost like a trial, having to defend their actions. It's very well acted and Tom Hanks seems perfect as Sully. 

What mayday movies can you think of?

I wanted to show a picture of my Harley yesterday but forgot to include his photo yesterday so here is the tyke. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

For My Dad


This is my dad at the age of 28 in 1941. He looked quite dapper especially with the Clark Gable/ Error Flynn mustache. Sorry for the bright light on his cheek, it caught my flash. Yesterday, was the 36th anniversary of his death at age 75 from brain cancer. The last year of his life was a tough one, but he met it with his forthright manner and gentlemanly ways, albeit with some orneriness thrown in. At this time, he was ready to join the Canadian army to fight in the war. He was part of the liberation of Holland and was wounded in the battle in the Reischwald Forest very near the end of the war. He loved all sorts of music even missed my mom's funeral music when she had to go home for medical reasons back in 1960. Oh, that's classical music to you and me and, he did really appreciate classical music and liked it, later on. Anyhoo, here are 3 musical pieces he loved...


Don Messer and his Jubilee was a Canadian institution first on radio and then on CBC TV from 1959-1969 and when it got cancelled, Channel 11 took this variety show over from 1959 to 74 when Don passed away. He played the ole fashioned fiddle music which my dad loved. In fact, his grandfather was a fiddler who played at dances, weddings etc... pretty cool. 


Vera Lynn was and is a British singing institution that made the soldiers dream of happier times. My dad really enjoyed her voice and the war songs of this time, like so many. 


My dad loved "Bonanza" ( so do I) and Canadian Lorne Greene became a household name plus being routinely called one of the best fathers a person could have. His unique and deep voice was known as " The Voice of Doom" because he would give the events of the war on Canadian airwaves and lent his voice to a couple of war documentaries plus he read out the casualties, a sad event. Anyhoo, this song became a big hit the year I was born and, yup, I have this album. He didn't sing as much as talked the lyrics to great effect. 

He would have loved our dog, Harley, looking like " What? Me worry?"

Thursday, April 25, 2024



So, a couple of weeks ago, we had that total eclipse in my neck of the woods and I was worried how crazy the roads would be travelling to Niagara Falls. I need not have worried because the streets were almost vacant of traffic. Tons came to the Falls only to be disappointed because we had cloud cover, although a bit of a break came where people could see a bit of the eclipse. I was talking to a client, via Zoom, when this was happening but we both kept glancing out our perspective windows noticing it getting jet black for  a minute before it became daylight once again. Funny, the sun peaked out 10 minutes later becoming a clear sky for the remainder of the day…hahahaaaa. Now, it seems many people are having eye issues because these morons decided to look into the eclipse despite repeated warnings not to do this…sigh. This made me think of movies that had a solar eclipse in the movie so I went with that.


I haven’t seen this film version in decades and I want to see it again because I remember laughing at the antics of Will Rogers. In this version, Rogers plays a radio man sent to a mansion to fix a radio, from what I remember, a suit of armour falls on top of him and he wakes up during the reign of King Arthur. He is ready to be killed for being a witch but his rodeo rope antics and matches make people stop from killing him. I seem to remember he “foresaw” the eclipse which made more people believe him to be better than Merlin. Merlin and Morgan Le Fay are the evil doers and Will Rogers must outwit them. I enjoyed this movie and fell for Will Rogers who was a major star back then and very much endeared to the public so, when he died in a plane crash in 1935, the world was devastated.


This version, which I also saw decades ago, is a musical starring Bing Crosby, this time as a singing mechanic who bumps his head and winds up in King Arthur’s court. There he meets and falls in love with Rhonda Fleming while avoiding being killed when he predicts the solar eclipse. This is a musical remake of the Mark Twain classic and one that I also enjoyed. 


I love this fairy tale with a young Matthew Broderick as a thief who falls into the sad tale of love when he meets Rutger Hauer with his hawk. At night, the boy meets up with a beautiful woman, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, with a wolf. They venture to an old castle where they meet up with a friar who tells the young thief that these 2 people are in love but a spell was cast on them so they could never be together because , when day comes, she turns into the hawk and , when night comes, as she transforms back into h7man form, Rutger turns into the wolf. The only way to break this curse involves a solar eclipse. I got a major crush on Rutger Hauer when I saw this film and just loved the Grimm fairy tale feel of this movie.

What movies can you think of that show a solar eclipse? Did you watch the eclipse, with protective glasses, of course?

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Singers/Songwriters Born in April


 This could be a big one with a number of musicians born in April including countless singers…where to start!? Curious As A Cathy has a good theme this week. So, I hope you like my picks…


I love this song from a great movie that was a who’s who of great stars. Elmer Bernstein is most famous for this theme and  The Magnificent Seven but he did so much more including True Grit ( I almost chose this theme), Animal House and Ghostbusters.


The Baby Elephant Walk is the most famous from this score but I enjoy all of it. I am sad about the animals that are 5ake n for zoos but that’s how it was back in the day. It’s a fun film and I do love the baby elephants.


This man is still known as the little tramp and one of the funniest during the silent era and beyond. He could  act, write, direct and compose songs with this song being one of his most famous. Lyrics were added later but not by Chaplin so I decided to just keep the music on this one.

I have to do a couple more


Agnetha Faltskog( the blonde one) was born on April 5, 1950  and her one time husband, Bjorn Ulvaeus, another part of the famous group, ABBA, helped create this song which Agnetha sang brilliantly. 


It’s late so I’m too tired to search for the original year this song was created so I chose when this great musician performed it on the Ed Sullivan show. The first time I saw Ravi Shankar, born on April 7, 1920, was on the documentary on Woodstock( the best documentary) and I was enthralled. I found out, later, that the Beatles became interested in his music especially George Harrison. He is a great musician with this lovely instrument called the sitar.

OK, I’m done, so what singer/songwriter can you think of? 

Monday, April 22, 2024

A Couple of Cards and some Quail Eggs


Addicted to Stamps- Make Your Mark

Fab N' Funky- Add a Sentiment

Tic, Tac, Toe-used Stencil, Green, Foliage 

Dream Valley- Make It Female

Simon Says- Stencil It

This card was made for a wedding that I, unfortunately, could not attend. It took place in Halifax so I just couldn't swing it. She is my ex's niece who still considers me her Aunt and I think of her as my niece. Her wedding was medieval so I stamped my image in black and coloured it in greens, her favourite colour and part of her wedding colours. I took a stencil, placed it on green cardstock and used distress sprays to cover the card in a Foliage type Stencil. I coloured the image in tombow markers and added Swarovski crystal chain and crystals and, finally, the sentiment, to finish the card.

Christmas Card Throwdown- Vintage

I stamped the Santa and coloured him in with my tombow markers adding glitter to his fur. I had a remnant from my other card which I distressed with more green and brown distress inks. I had a parchment laying around for eons so I stamped the writing in apricot brown and took green card stock and stenciled the border in with this glitter gold paste. I glued it all in place added the ribbon and the crystals to finish off the card.

Now, my mom made a l8ving by selling her Faberge style eggs and I saw John, from The Sound of One Hand Typing, speaking about Quail. My mom l9ved the look of the quail egg and the smaller the better. She would create the flower and birthstone for each month inside the egg..all is handmade. She made little baskets and even little jewel boxes with a surprise inside, one is a blue Jay and the other a rose. Cool, eh? Oh and that goblet is from a pudgeon egg I believe.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Thursday Film Picks: Tax Evasion


I got this idea from John Holton over at The Sound of One Hand Typing ( a great blog, you should check it out) who created a music post on musicians who owed/owe big on income tax and, I thought, there are many film actors who also ran into tax trouble so I am picking 3 films with stars who ran into tax trouble. Here are my 3…


This film stars Cary Grant as a widower with 3 precocious kids who run into the beautiful Sophia Loren who is running away from her very wealthy dad. They believe she needs a job and the kids want her as their new nanny and she is happy to oblige if that takes her away from being a contessa. It’s quite a fun film with Cary Grant and Sophia Loren having real chemistry. They should since Cary fell madly in love with Sophia and asked her to marry him but she opted for short, fat, bald Carlo Ponti, an Italian film producer…go figure but, it seemed to be a happy union. Sophia Loren went to jail in 1982 for a whole 17 days for fudging her taxes which she stated she was innocent. Many years later, the government stated she was right and apologized for the boo boo.

2. OCEAN’S 11-1960

This film stars the infamous Rat Pack- Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop as friends who decide to pull the biggest heist in Las Vegas history. You see how they all connive to steal millions from the 5 top casinos. Sammy Davis drives the van from casino to casino. Sammy Davis was someone who could act, sing, dance, you name it and had fun with his cohorts in the Vegas strip when he wasn’t allowed to stay in the hotels due to his colour. Frank Sinatra told the casino that if they want him and the others around Sammy must stay at the hotel and be able to walk through the front door and , they capitulated. Sammy also made the sin of marrying a white woman( May Britt) and received death threats. Poor Sammy was always running out of money and, when he died, in 1990( died of throat cancer, he was a 4 pack a day smoker),  he owed a ton to the IRS. Sadly, because his widow signed on his income tax forms, they came after her for the money.


I would love to see this film again. It stars Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo as drag queens driving to LA for. Drag Queen competition but run into a nasty cop and then their car goes on the blink leaving them in this small town with people wondering what the hell they are. You know that they and the townsfolk will become richer for knowing each other but it’s how they all work together. I love the cameo of Robin Williams at the beginning of the film and love that Julie Newmar( Catwoman in the Batman tv show) also made an appearance near the end of the film. I also love seeing tough guy and Blade star Wesley Snipes dressed as a woman, not a good looking one, but a woman nonetheless. Wesley Snipes went to jail for 3 years for tax evasion and, I believe, still has issues with the tax man. 

Who can you think of who ran afoul of the Tax man?

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Who Won The Oscar-1977


This was the year of Star Wars, which I did see in the theatre but was, sorry, not enthralled by it. I thought it was fun but that was it.  What did I know?! It did win best score but this is about best song. It's freebie week  at Monday Music Moves Me  over at Curious as A Cathy and it's Oscar time for the year 1977. So let's see if you can figure out who won the Oscar, who was nominated and who came up empty-handed.


I love this song, from the Bond film, "The Spy Who Loved Me", sung so well by Carly Simon. It was written by Marvin Hamlisch with lyrics by Carole Bayer and was a great Bond song.


This earworm came from the movie of the same name and made famous by Pat Boone's daughter. It was written by Joseph Brooks and was played to death. I still can't stand this song.


This very famous song is always associated with Frank Sinatra but it actually comes from the film, of the same name, starring Liza and Robert DeNiro. It was directed by Martin Scorsese and its a film I still want to see. This famous song was written by John Kander and Fred Ebb specifically for Liza Minnelli..did you know that?

So which song won, which was nominated and which got nadda? 

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Thursday Film Picks: Best Actress Choice


I am picking a year and a category and choosing the actual winner, the nominee and one that got neither and will choose the one I think should have won. I am just going with 3 even though the norm is, usually, 5. I have chosen 1954 and the best actress category which showered a new lady with the Oscar and treated a veteran pretty crappy. Grace Kelly won the Oscar appearing in a beautiful icy aqua gown designed by the famous Edith Head. Judy Garland had just given birth to her son and was surrounded by all the reporters and cameramen because they believed Judy would win the Oscar but when she didn’t, they unceremoniously, packed everything up and left. Needless to say, Judy felt like a bag of meat. 


This is my favourite version of this oft filmed plot about a talented woman, found by an established star, who helps her become famous despite his career waning partly because of his alcohol problem. You see the 2 fall in love despite his career going down the toilet while she becomes famous. Knowing that Judy suffered from years of drug and alcohol abuse and was fired by MGM after giving years of her talent to them makes this scene even more poignant. James Mason plays the down trodden film star who falls for Judy but it is Judy’s film and she truly deserved the Oscar, in my humble opinion.


Beautiful, elegant Grace Kelly wears a basic sweater and little makeup and winds up winning the Oscar for the role of the long suffering wife of an over the hill actor/singer and alcoholic Bing Crosby. The years of trying to keep up her husband’s mood took its toll and she is a shell of her former self. William Holden sees her as the beauty and wishes she would drop kick her husband out the door. It is well acted especially by Bing Crosby but, even though Grace did a good job, I didn’t think she deserved the Oscar. I do need to see this film again. Off camera, Grace was having an affair with Bing and William…not at the same time but one after the other, she was quite the gal.


Ava Gardener gave her all in this film which almost seemed to be a bit of her autobiography of this stunningly beautiful actress. It’s not really her biography but it does seem to recognize Ava’s freedom loving ways. Humphrey Bogart plays a director who finds Ava and proceeds to make her a star. Men fall in love with her but she doesn’t care much about their desires only her wish to feel free and dance to her own tune. It is very well acted and Ava deserved an Oscar nomination but she wasn’t recognized which is a shame because she did a great job as this earthy woman who beats to her own drummer.

Have you seen any of these pictures? Anyone else you thought should have won or, at least, be nominated?

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Novelty Songs


My sweet Harley loves to rest his head on my knee when he tries to gain sympathy....usually works. On the Monday Music Moves Me, it's all about Novelty songs and I chose these 3 and hope you like them.


This song became famous by the great Helen Kane, becoming her signature tune, back in 1928. It was made more famous when Marilyn Monroe sang it and it even showed up.on Gilligan’s Island when Ginger sang it( and Mary-Ann thinking she was Ginger). It was written by Herbert Stothart and Harry Ruby with lyrics by Bert Kalmar and this rendition, by Debbie Reynolds, leaves me in stitches every time. The young man is played by Carlton Carpenter and it is from the film, " Three Little Words."


My brother has a 45 of the Bertha Butt song and I remember his record differently from these 2 but these still work and they are from the same guy. I just always found it funny and still sing it in my head. It did become a bit of a hit.


This was written by Bob Merrill and became famous by Patti Page. My dad loved this song and he was a dog lover. He would have loved Harley and so, for my dad and Harley, this song is for them. 

One more for the road…


I just had to include this one which is so funny. I showcased this before but had to include it. 

What novelty song comes into your mind?

Monday, April 8, 2024

What I Watched In March


I watched a slew of movies trying to see as many Best Picture Oscar nominees as I could. I do watch TV Shows but I have spoken about them mostly so I don’t have many here. Ok, on with the show…


Story of troop ships and how they were protected by small boats. Made me think of my dad and dad in law who were part of the mass of soldiers being sent over during WW2. Excelllent film!


A professor must take care of kids who are not going home over Christmas. A grieving mom is the main cook for these misfit toys. Well done and really great cinematography that makes me think Jack Nicholson will appear on screen.


Intelligent comedy about a novelist who decides to write trash on how white people think black people are…very funny and my favourite. Brilliant script.

4. 1917-2019

Excellent film during WW1  about 2 young men who must bring a message to another unit before that unit decide to do battle and lose. Tense, sad, energetic and tiring make for a great movie.


A man dies, seemingly fell from 2nd story window, or was he pushed? The trial begins on his famous, novelist widow charged with his murder. Her son may hold the key. Love the dog who deserved an Oscar but found the film slow in spots. Could have been edited down a bit.


Emma Stone deserved the Oscar for how well she carried this film. That being said, I didn’t expect this to be soft porn! Holy full frontal and thunder thumping! Willem Dafoe deserved an Oscar Nom. Art Direction is excellent.


A documentary Short that puts a smile on your face. I saw in on YouTube and it’s only 35 minutes long so worth seeing. People fix instruments for a school.


It has nothing, thankfully, about killing a tiger but about a man who stands up against his some town and tribal leader to defend his 13 year old daughter who was gang raped after attending a wedding. Most of the people feel it’s her fault and she should marry one of the rapists…are you F$&# kidding me!? Huge cultural rift between how we view this and the average person. The dad deserves a medal.

9. BRIAN’S SONG-1970

This was a TV movie that I haven’t seen since I was a kid. It’s about 2 men, in football who become great friends despite the colour difference and are there for each other especially when one becomes very sick. A true bromance and well acted by James Caan and Billie Dee Williams.


A classic musical starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland with Ann Miller about Astaire who loses his star partner and love interest and picks up a gal to make her a star but tries to mold her into his former star with disastrous results…until he sees her real talent. Superb!


Moses, Moses, you incredible fool you! Moses, played by granite Charlton Heston loves/lusts after Ann Baxter and so does her brother, Yul Brynner. Instead of realizing he could have helped his people by giving them a wage, a free day and medical coverage, he says he’s. Hebrew, is cast out, meet Lily Munster( Yvonne DeCarlo), meets the burning bush( not DeCarlo or Baxter but God), his hair turns white and he goes to free the people. Are they happy about it? For about 10 seconds before Edward G Robinson tells them Moses is leading them astray ( after everything he has done for them) and they decide to have a Cecil B DeMille Orgy and gyrate around a golden calf. You bad people you. A fun time to watch every year.



This is scary, devastating and all too real. A must see documentary about the evacuation in Kabul and how so many people suffered and tried to escape.


I love this show. You have 2 people who are asked to investigate an art piece to see if it is genuine or just a nice piece of art. It’s tense and makes you hope that the art piece is real. It gives you an inside look into the art world and how frustrating it can be.


I'm not sure this is the right video but it still shows this famous reporter and the PTSD he had to deal with. The show I watched is abe out him and other vets who have severe PTSD and how being in this rugged environment helped them cope and even find the ability to sleep. 

The eclipse is got very, very dark for a couple of minutes and then back to norm. I eas working so I just looked out my window.

What did you see in March? Did you see the Eclipse? Did ya care? Lol

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Thursday Film Picks- A Grab Bag


There is a theme here, believe it or not, let's see if you can guess. Here are my 3 film picks...


I have a soft spot for this movie that stars Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald and Spencer Tracy in the epic music-filled extravaganza. It should have won the award for best special effects but it wasn't invented yet! Newsreel and documentaries will still use footage from this film for the famous 1906 earthquake that hit that city. The plot concerns a man's man huckster who owns a club who hires a singer  not knowing how talented she really is. Along for the ride is his childhood friend, Tracy, playing a priest for the first time. Gable gets up in arms when his gal goes off to be a big opera star and does not want to see how talented she is nor does he wish to see that prayer( eyeroll) will get you ahead until the big quake! It thumps the religious stuff a bit but I can get by that even when Jeanette sings " Nearer My God To Thee." ( I do love that song). The acting is quite good( love the old lady on Nob Hill) and the special effects are superb. Funny to know that Tracy and MacDonald disliked each other to the point where Gable made sure to eat lots of garlic before a kissing scene causing Jeanette to almost faint. 


I always found this film enchanting if totally farcical to Anderson's real life. Danny Kaye plays Hans who sees his fairy tales from the city, people, animals to the kids he meets every day.  The climax of the film is the ballet of the Little Mermaid which is done through the dream Kaye has. You can see how much Kaye loved children when watching this film as he was the head of Unicef for years. To be honest, I hope Anderson was more like this character but I doubt it. Why? Have you ever read the little Mermaid? The Little Matchgirl? They die! The little Christmas Tree gets thrown into the fire and the tin soldier gets melted down. He had some serious issues!


I will always state this is the best Titanic film bar none! Much better than the Love Boat sinking. Don't get me wrong, the ‘97 flick is well acted, and the special effects are outstanding as well as the music, but take away the effects, what do you have? An improbable plot( no one would ever..ever have that young kid dine at their table) where the kids would have frozen into lovesicles long time before for all the times they were in the water...really insipid. This film is based on the book of the same name which was written with many of the actual survivors still alive. This was filmed with all the real characters and shows a step by step series of errors that make this film tense and frustrating. You know the outcome, but you wish something else would have happened so these people would not have died. I love all the scenes from the Strauss's to the young woman who must have her lucky ceramic pig with her leaving all her jewelry behind.  It shows the baker who, drunk, stayed in the water for an hour but didn't suffer much at all! It's a mystery how this man survived.

So can you guess my theme?

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

April Showers and Flowers and Travel


My sweet, beautiful Jade went to the rainbow bridge last Thursday. I was with her when she passed away just before I returned to work after being off work, sick, for 3 days. I knew my sweet tuna loving girl was winding was a tough day and I miss her. She would have been 16 on May 11th and is missed by my hubby and I and our Kaspar and our dog, Harley.

On a nicer note, I decided to post songs about April, a turning point toward springtime and we need a bit of spring.


This is a great song and one that always makes me want to travel. I always liked this version sung by Dinah even though the famous version is by Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie. This was written way back in 1932 by Vernon Duke with lyrics by Yip Harburg.


This is a nice song that, apparently, was written by Dino himself. …I think anyway. Please correct me if I am wrong. It is different from the song, “It’s April Again”. I need to listen to both of them when I get a chance to. I just wanted Dean Martin on my list this week.


This song was originally sung by that bombastic narcissist, Al Jolson, back in 1921 and became a big hit. It was written by Louis Silvers with lyrics by B. G. De Silva but many famous people have done renditions of this song. I decided on good ole Eydie, the one half of Steve Lawrence who were a famous married couple and singing couple. I think she was the better singer to be honest.

It’s supposed to rain and maybe, snow, this whole week. April is always pretty wet…

What April songs can you think of.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Star Of The Month-Bette Davis



BIRTH: April 5, 1908

DEATH: October 6, 1989

AGED: 81 yrs

DIED FROM: Breast Cancer

REAL NAME: Ruth Elizabeth Davis

MARRIED: 4 times-Harmon Nelson, Arthur Farnsworth(his death), William Sherry, Gary Merrill

AFFAIRS: Anatole Litvak, William Wyler, George Brent, Howard Hughes( he was a slut), Claude Rains, Gig Young, Vincent Sherman

CHILDREN: 1 child by birth, Barbara Sherry,2 adopted, Margo( who was brain damaged) and Michael. Had 4 abortions- 2 with her 1st husband, I with Hughes and 1 with Wyler…where were their “gloves” ‘cos they were just as guilty.

DISPUTES: Miriam Hopkins (loathed this woman whom she thought was very untalented), Celeste Holm, Susan Hayward, Faye Dunaway( she probably deserved Bette’s wrath), Robert Montgomery, Errol Flynn, and, of course, Joan Crawford( didn’t like her but respected her acting ability) 

FAMOUS FRIENDS: Mary Astor ( got Mary to be her co-star after Mary went through a horrible, newspaper-filled divorce), Olivia De Havilland, George Brent, James Cagney

OSCAR WINS: Dangerous-1935, Jezebel-1938

OSCAR NOMINATIONS: Of Human Bondage-1934( the first and only write in Oscar vote), Dark Victory-1939, The Letter-1940, The Little Foxes-1941, Now, Voyager-1942, Mr. Skeffington-1944, All About Eve-1950, The Star-1952, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane-1962

TALENT: being prickly, forthright, challenging, perfectionist 

KNOWN FOR: being the youngest, nominated numerous times for the Oscar. Co-founding the Hollywood Canteen to help the servicemen during the war. These men were served food and waited on by the big stars plus they could dance with many of the actresses. She was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal by the Defense Dept., the highest Civilian award. Being the first woman to be head of the screen actors guild.

This hellfire, in a small frame, 100 cigarette per day smoker, came to Hollywood without any fanfare, in fact, she looked so unHollywood  that the assistant, who had come to pick her up, stated no one looking famous was there. She proved them otherwise by her fierce ambition and determination plus her famous eyes. The esteemed actor, George Arliss, saw something in this young girl and took her under his wing and became her mentor having her costar in one of his premier films. There was no looking back and, with her precious mom beside her, she fought hard to get ahead winning the role of Mildred in “Of Human Bondage” a role many women didn’t want because it was an unflattering portrayal of guttersnipe waitress who abuses a man who falls hopelessly in love with her. She made sure her makeup was how it should by applying the makeup on herself. This was a trait she did more often than not, from this role to “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane”. In fact, when she was not nominated for her role, there was a write in vote, the first and only time, for her Oscar but, she did not win. When she won the following year, for “Dangerous” she stated this was compensation for not winning the year before.

After winning an Oscar, Warner Bros. sent her a film to do that she thought was schlock so she put her foot down in which they abruptly suspended her adding that time to her 7 yr contract. She fought this system but lost. When she did return, she started getting much better roles and her best work lay before her. 

Bette battled with directors and stars but could be very helpful to others she thought were less fortunate. She had a slew of affairs and, due to her haughty manner, lost the love of her life, director William Wyler who gave her an ultimatum. She did not show and that was that. She regretted her decision for the rest of her life. Unfortunately, she did have more than one abortion, I don't know if they had the same prevention as now but her career came first until she had Barbara. She loved this little girl and wanted to stay home more but, she didn't and, later on, this brat married and berated her mom every chance she could hurting Bette deeply. She knew she may not have been the best mom but she didn't deserve that horrible treatment. The 2 children Bette and Gary Merrill adopted were loved and the son refused to have anything to do with B.D. Hyman( Barbara) after she wrote a scathing book about her mom. Margo, the adopted girl was found to be brain damaged so Bette provided the best of care for her.

Bette could have a great sense of humor when she was in the mood and she admired some actors like Henry Fonda, her favourite leading man and James Stewart who knew how to soften her edges. She had no problem making herself look ugly like in Baby Jane and she didn't see the need for plastic surgery. Later in life, she was beset by ill health having had a mastectomy and 4 consequetive strokes but she carried on with the help of her assistant Kathryn Sermak, who truly was there to help her. Bette found Kathryn to be more of a daughter than her own. 

I find this lady difficult and one I probably would not want to know, but I have to admire her tenacity.


1. Petrified Forest-1936

2. Juarez-1939

3. The Old Maid-1939

4. Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex-1939

5. All This and Heaven Too-1940

6. The Great Lie-1941

7. The Man Who Came To Dinner-1942

8. Old Acquaintance-1943

9. Watch on The Rhine-1943

10. Pocketful of Miracles-1961

11. Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte-1964

12. Death On The Nile-1978

13. Strangers: The Story f a Mother and Daughter-1979- TV Movie, won an Emmy

14. Right Of Way-1983-TV movie

15. The Whales Of August-1987