Saturday, June 28, 2008

This is so funny...... thanks for the giggle, Carlene....

Remember when there were good movies!!!!

Hubby isn't working tomorrow, we're going to eat with V and Rich, so I checked the movie listings, hoping for a flick that we would enjoy. There wasn't one movie that interested me, not one. This is pretty much the norm, if you aren't a young, testosterone driven male you might as well hang it up. Hollywood is missing the boat, baby boomers love movies, we flock to see something that interests us.

There used to be great movies. Remember movies like Bonnie and Clyde, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? Oh Redford and Newman were simply awesome. I loved it when they jumped off the cliff and went, Ohhhhhhhh shit!! We thought that was really racy at the time.

Katherine Ross was so beautiful in that film. I remember thinking how I would love to look just like her.

No chance of that, but I did think she was just spectacular.

I remember going to see Dr. Zhivago and I was just mesmerized by the cinematography. The scenes in the snow with Julie Christie in the fur hooded cape were breathtaking, and Omar Shariff was so handsome.

The youth of today won't be able to look back at the movies of their generation like we can, to when films were really good.

I was eighteen when I went to see The Graduate. Oh was it scandalous, that older women seducing that younger man.

I think I actually enjoyed the soundtrack more than I did the movie, though. It just didn't ring my chimes.

But it did create quite a stir, of course today it would be PG rated, and not a big deal.

And then there was Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Another shocker that people wouldn't think twice about today.

I have always adored Katharine Hepburn, and saw all of her movies. This one was as special as the rest of them.

See what I mean about good movies? I've listed five movies from the 60's that were absolutely wonderful. Can you do the same now? I think not.

I guess if I had to name recent favorites it would be Something's Gotta Give with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson, of course I did enjoy Sex and the City, and I thought the first National Treasure was kind of special, as well as Pierce Brosnan and Renee Russo in the Thomas Crown Affair, but that was in 1999!!!!

See what I mean, just nothing good out there this summer... Sad, isn't it...

Friday, June 27, 2008

Summertime, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

One of my all time favorites. Close your eyes and just drift away.... this is pure magic..

Thought you could use a smile this mornng, courtesy of Hooterville...

Three Italian nuns die and go to heaven.

At the Pearly Gates, they are met by St. Peter.. He says, 'Sisters, you all
led such exemplary lives that the Lord is granting you six months to go
back to earth and be anyone you wish to be

The first nun says, 'I want to be Sophia Loren;'

And *poof* she's gone.

The second says, 'I want to be Madonna and *poof* she's gone.

The third says, 'I want to be Sara Pipalini..'

St. Peter looks perplexed. 'Who?' he ask

'Sara Pipalini,' replies the nun.

St. Peter shakes his head and says, 'I'm sorry, but that name just doesn't
ring a bell.'

The nun then takes a newspaper out of her habit and hands it to St. Peter .

St. Peter reads the paper and starts laughing. He hands it back to her and

'No sister, the paper says it was the ' Sahara Pipeline' that was laid by
1,400 men in 6 months.'

If you laugh, you're going straight to hell!

She's just a little bit redneck... Pointing and Laughing

This was taken in front of the Gardendale, Alabama, Walmart while she was going to the Flea market.

Thanks Carlene for the giggle of the morning....

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Livin' the good life, playing in the field...

Just what we all need, a healthy cookie...

Nisha told me today about Kashi TLC Cookies, 120 calories for the Oatmeal Raisin Flax, 130 calories for the Trail Mix ones and 130 calories for the Oatmeal Dark Chocolate. I found them at Target. They are amazing, ladies. It's a nice size cookie, Nish has one for breakfast with hot tea. Each cookie is 2 WW points...

The following is from their website:

With decadent flavors and textures, our new TLC™ Tasty Little Cookies show that snacking can be tasty, indulgent, and have nutrition you can feel great about. Our cookies combine our signature Seven Whole Grain blend with hearty, natural ingredients such as peanuts, raisins, sunflower seeds, cranberries, walnuts, shredded coconut, flax seeds, and dark chocolate. The result is a delicious chewy cookie that has a home-baked taste.

They are chocked full of healthy grains, nuts, seeds, they're soft, they're chewy, yeah bet you can't eat just one....

Thought you would all like a heads up on these. They're a good thing...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Oh my....

It was "tweetie time" around here a few minutes ago. Thanks to Hooterville for turning me onto that silly phrase. Every time she gives Albie a treat she says, "It's Tweetie Time." So now I do the same, and it sounds really strange to people who don't know how dingy I am... But all I have to do is say "It's Tweetie Time" and Mags comes running. Mollie is catching on fast, her little ears perk right up already when I say it.

Anyway, I peeled an apple for the M&M's, they were munching away and I had a flashback to when I was a little girl at Grandma Short's house.

She scraped apples for her grandchildren. She always wore a housedress, her hair was never cut, it was wound on top of her head and secured with tortoise combs, she wore wire rimmed glasses and she always had on those flesh colored cotton opaque stockings and old lady shoes, and she always had on an apron, always. Grandma had twelve children, but she was a small woman, with little bird bones and as I've blogged about before, she fed everybody that came to her house, especially the children.

She would cut paper dolls and snowflakes for us from old newspapers, and then she would bring out the apples, carrying them to the "front room" in her apron. She would cut an apple in half, and using a knife take out the core, then she would take a spoon and scrape the inside of the apple, leaving the outer peeling intact like a little cup. She had eighteen grandchildren, so there was usually more than one of us around, and she would sit us in a row, and using a small spoon, scrape the flesh away from the apple and feed it to us. We would open our mouths like little birds, and the combination of the taste of Grandma's finger, the feel of the cold spoon and the nectar of the apple scrapings was pure ambrosia.

Funny I should remember that as I was giving my dogs their afternoon treat. Hmmmmm, wonder if they would like a scraped apple? Oh my, I need a grandchild really bad....

How i remember summer....

It's all about the food, of course, with me it always is. Most specifically summer was about the "treats." Fudgesicles were right up there on my list of favorites, and chocolate covered ice milk bars. That's what they called it in the old days, "ice milk."

And of course, Drumsticks. Oh my, weren't they wonderful. All those great peanuts, and that big dollop of chocolate in the bottom of the cone. Eating them, giggling and letting the sticky ice cream run down your arm.

I was always a huge fan of Dreamsicles. They were probably my favorite of all. Mother also made a great homemade Dreamsicle Sherbet in the crank ice cream freezer. It was so easy, and so good, you could do it this summer, except now you can make it in an electric freezer.

Here's how it's made. We always used Nehi Orange Soda, today you would use Sunkist Orange to make it. No diet soda, please, use the sugar version for this. All you do is stir together a can of Eagle Brand Condensed Milk (condensed, not evaporated) a large can of crushed pineapple, including the juice (crushed pineapple canned in syrup, not it's own juice if you can find it), pour these into your quart ice cream freezer bowl and finish filling the bowl with Orange Soda. That's it, turn on the freezer, and in twenty minutes you have sherbet. It couldn't be easier and it is wonderfully refreshing. If you age it for an hour or so in the freezer it firms up really well. It would be a great July 4th dessert for you to make this year. This recipe is fifty years old, and it's still the best. I made it a couple of years ago, we loved it.

We also had the local Dairy Queen, and the Queens Grill, which served cheeseburger baskets, my very fave, and in the 50's you could actually go to the Dairy Queen without having to take out a bank loan, unlike today, when a couple of banana split costs $10. I adored banana splits, but I was a huge fan of English Toffee Sundaes. You can't buy them anymore, but they were just amazing. Warm, gooey caramel toffee and ice cream, they were just the best! Hooterville loved the Hot Caramel Sundaes, she still talks about how good they were, and she liked the Jack and Jill Sundae with hot fudge sauce and marshmallows. On Saturday night the Dairy Queen was the place to be, you could barely park your car in the lot and had to wait in line, but oh, it was so worth it...

We had a local Dog 'n Suds, we would go there on the weekend for those great coney dogs and mugs of frosty root beer. You would tip the carhop a dime, she was happy, you were happy. Can you imagine doing that now?

They also had a great burger, it was called a Texas Burger, and it was made using two burger patties, 1 1/2 buns (One top, one middle, and one bottom), a slice of cheese on the top burger, lettuce and the Dog N Suds secret sauce on the middle bun, and coney sauce on the bottom bun. .We would sit in the car, under the canopy, honking at our friends, watching the boys peel out onto the highway and squeal their tires, and we thought we were so grown-up.

Wouldn't it be fun to go back, just for a Saturday night...

Veronica's memories in Michigan were of Burger Chef. She worked there, wore the little uniform, had a very short career running the register, she could tell you all about that. Burger Chef still tugs at her heartstrings, and she still tries to find Burger Chef memorabilia on eBay...

Nice thoughts to fill your head on a lazy summer afternoon. I'm thinking I should head down to Wally World, after stopping at the gas station and paying $4.09 a gallon for gas, and pick up boxes of sugar free Dreamsicles and sugar free Fudgesicles. Come to think of it, I believe they even have sugar free Drumsticks...

Nothing stays the same, does it, including our weight!!! Oh those were the days...

And if reading this is making you nostalgic, Hooterville sent me a great link for 60's music this morning. You can access it by CLICKING HERE.

~ jan

This is just stunning...

My friend, Carlene sent me a link to a video of our great 50 states. Just click on the outline of the US and it will begin. Turn speakers on low, sit back, drink your coffee and enjoy. It's a stunning visual presentation. Thanks Carlene!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fresh from their bath....

I just had to dress them up and take their pictures. My family says I'm really obsessing about my dogs. Me, obsess?

Hey, I'm fifty-eight years old, and if I want to spoil them rotten, I'm gonna. You have to admit, they are absolutely, positively girly, adorable, and just bursting with doggie cuteness.....

Monday, June 23, 2008

Sometimes you have to just maximize what you have....

And for me this morning it was yet another poached egg. Hubby had gone to Wally World, called and asked if I needed anything, I was out of Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning, which I use on practically everything, so he picked it up for me, I also asked for Tony's More Spice, which they didn't have but they did have Spice 'n Herb, which I've never tried.

So I toasted my wheat toast, topped it with the egg, fresh ground pepper, the Spice 'n Herbs, then I put on some freshly snipped chives from the garden and just a few leaves of fresh thyme. I was off to the patio with coffee and breakfast, the birds were singing, the dogs were scampering at my feet. It was pure bliss, ladies...

Just had to share.... If you haven't tried the Spice 'n Herbs, look for it next time you at at the grocers. That Tony, he makes amazing seasonings, and his rice blends are awesome, too...

Those brain cells are dying by the minute....

I'm sitting here this morning, going thru my little morning routine on the computer, the M&M's are fed, Maggie is sleeping on the computer desk, Mollie is in my lap.

I've got the smooth jazz on, I've been doing all kinds of stuff online, looked outside, not understanding how it could be so dark with the sun shining.

, I've got on my sunglass readers. Oh yeah, yours truly picked up some reading glasses, sunglass style a few weeks ago when Hooterville was visiting. We love to go to Dollar Tree, I bought several pairs, yeah, yeah, I know they were just a buck and you can't buy anything for a dollar, but I got caught up in the moment, and hey, actually they work great.

But I had never really worn them, I mean why would you need reader sunglasses anyway, unless you were reading outside. I just stuck them in my little cubbie at the kitchen desk and forgot about them. Well, until this morning and I couldn'd find any glasses, saw these and put them on my face, not realizing what they were.

So here I sit, Ditzy Dora, working on computer stuff in the dark, and yes I still have them on. I couldn't see to type this without them.

Oh, if I only had a brain, what would I do, what would I do??????

Just in time for summer...

This was in my mailbox from HungryGirl this morning. And since I'm such a fan of Celestial Seasonings, I'll be at the grocery store today trying this out... Tropical Fruit Herbal and Lemon Ice sounds good to me...

Celestial Seasonings Cool Brew Iced Teas
- Perfect for summer, and perfect for on-the-go, since no hot water is needed, these new-and-improved tea bags brew up FANTASTIC calorie-free iced tea in minutes... no hot water needed! Check 'em out in Blueberry Green Tea, Raspberry Black Tea, Peach Black Tea, Lemon Ice and caffeine-free Tropical Fruit Herbal...

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The fur kidz have a new page...

I'll get over this doggie obsession soon, I promise. I did scrap a page for them, I don't have it indexed on yet, but you can access it HERE.

We have progressed from Mollie just sitting on my lap to her chasing Maggie around the living room. They were running laps and barking this evening.

Girlfriends, you just can't imagine how cute they are!!!!!!!

Your daily dose of cuteness...

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