You did it. Thank you

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It seems that I can’t stop writing this blog just yet. My readership doubled from last Friday/Saturday so I guess I’ll stick around for a while longer.

This is October. There is only one October. The playoffs and World Series of Baseball. I am rooting for the San Francisco Giants and today they won their first playoff game against the Cardinals 3-0.

It was a TV sports day for me. I started to watch the UCLA/Oregon football game, but it was too depressing when the score was 21-3. It wound up 42-30, but as I went to UCLA and so did my husband and two of our children, I am a big UCLA fan.

I wonder just how many 76 year old women watch a college football game in the morning and the NLCS playoffs in the afternoon.

Then tonight I found a rather shocking video on Amazon. It is their first ‘series’ exclusively on Amazon for Amazon prime members. ‘Transparent’. It is the story of a Jewish family. The father, who is 70 has decided to come out of the closet and begin living as a woman.

The three adult children are all dealing with this in their own ways. Each ‘child’ has their own demons. It is a good story but it is practically pornographic and the language and actions are definitely Adult Only. Just about every deviant/kinky action is broached. And filmed in living color.

I hadn’t heard about this, but read about it in Entertainment magazine and got curious. You can ‘binge’ watch, as all nine episodes are available.

If you decide to watch this, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Good Bye for Now

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Good Bye for Now. This will be my last blog. I stopped for a while, and then started again. I have decided it is just too much effort for so few readers. 

Each day this site tells me how many readers I have. Unless all my readers tell a couple of friends to read my blog and all of a sudden my readership doubles, this is it.

Sorry. It’s been fun to write this, but other than the fact that I enjoy writing down my thoughts, I really don’t think very many people will miss my talents.

For you loyal readers who do enjoy my writing, I have over 1000 posts and you can go back to square one and read them from the beginning, if you like.

New Life for an old Clock

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Ten years ago I moved to Mexico and rented a beautiful furnished condo on the water. It was quite complete, but there were no clocks. As shopping was limited in Rosarita Beach, I went to the 11 peso store, which is like our dollar store.

There I found two clocks, one round and one square, and both in a very pale tourquoise. That was it. For ten years I have used these clocks and today I decided that as I never liked the color, it was time to fix that.

I was inspired by my favorite designer MacKenzie Childs. All her dishes and accessories are hand painted, so I figured that with a few nail polish colors, I could transform my mundane clocks into little works of art.

Unfortunately I painted the square one before I thought to take a before photo. However it was pale tourquoise. Now the sides are purple and the top and bottom are dark blue. You can see the original color around the inside edge.

Nail polish covers a multitude of sins and is very easy to apply to plastic.

Here is the ‘new’ clock.Photo on 10-4-14 at 10.46 AM

Here is a photo of the round clock in its before mode. Boring.Photo on 10-4-14 at 10.43 AM

But not now. It is not perfect, but sure looks like a lot more fun than before. I used these colors because that is what I had on hand. Here is a craft tip, paint the inside edge (purple ring around clock) first. You can hide your mistakes with the stripes. Also keep a nail polish remover soaked cotton pad and some cotton swabs on hand for cleanup. You and clock.

Photo on 10-4-14 at 12.00 PM

Gone Girl-The Movie

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All I can say is Go See It. I went to the first showing today and the theater was 3/4 full, which for Hawaii is like saying full.

It is over two hours long, but I never once looked at my watch. I would not be surprised if Ben Affleck is up for an Academy Award for his role as the husband of the missing woman.

I read the book, and it is very true to the book. It was at the top of the best seller list for a year. I don’t want to spoil the story for you, if you are one of the twelve people in the United States who hasn’t read the book.

So go see it. It is a ‘murder mystery’ like you have never seen before.

Hashtag?

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Lots of new words in the dictionary. Hashtag. Selfie, .com. Since Facebook and social media have made it popular to post every mundane thing going on in one’s life, the whole social interaction thing has changed.

When I was in high school and college, the only way to connect with someone was in person or on the phone. And as most families only had one phone line, and mother could listen in from another room, it wasn’t all that private.

Now that children have their own phones and know how to text with their thumbs by the time they are six, things have changed.

Last night I had dinner at the Olive Tree, a Greek restaurant. At the next table were four children ranging in age from three to five. One set of twins. Each child has his own phone. (my children would not have had their own phones, much less eaten Greek food when they were that age.)

When I was sixteen, I got my own Princess phone. It was blue and it lit up when it rang. I even had a separate line from my parents and I could talk in privacy and for hours.

I’ve only had a cell phone since I was sixty six and I still don’t know how to text with my thumbs. Oh, well, lots of seniors don’t even know how to use a computer.

Now that I have the new iPhone6, I am wondering what wonderful new features will be on iPhone 7.

Envelopes

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As I was recycling (more later) a greeting card and putting it in a new envelope, I got to thinking about how I usually send a card to someone I love.

I purchase a pack of pretty envelopes in various colors. Usually there are enough in one pack to last a year. And I send a lot of cards. Plus I use e-cards.

I also buy sheets of pretty, interesting postage stamps. And I have lots of return address labels from all the charities that send me these.

First select the card you are going to use. I use recycled cards (or fronts of cards) when I can. I save greeting cards that family and friends have sent me and usually I can find the perfect card.

Just be sure not to send it back to the person who sent it to you. Now, If you can somehow cut around the signature and salutation, great. If not, you may have to just use the front of card and tape it to a piece of card stock the same size. Or just glue the sentiment on the back of the front.

Sometimes I write my own sentiment/personal poem or such and print it out on the computer/printer and glue this over the entire inside. You are allowed to change the occasion, if necessary. For example, a beautiful card with a floral on the front could be birthday or ????

You can type up a personal greeting and paste it over whatever is there. Such as ‘Happy 24th Birthday’. Or, ‘Get well soon, John, Mary and Susie are getting tired of making their own dinner’

Back to the envelope. I always try to coordinate the envelope, stamp, and label as to colors or theme. If this seems silly, just think how pleased you would be to receive a bright yellow envelope with a circus stamp and yellow/cancer address label.

No chance of a plain white envelope with a flag stamp bringing a smile to your face.Photo on 9-29-14 at 9.15 AM

Gone with the Wind 75th Anniversary

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My how time flies. Seems like just yesterday. GWTW is almost as old as I am. One year younger. I have read the book and seen the movie many times. When I was in Atlanta twenty years ago, I went to one of the GWTW shops and bought a stand up Scarlett and Rhett cutout, which I still have on my curio shelf.

In the photo they look huge, but really are ‘paper dolls’  12 inches tall.

Photo on 9-29-14 at 10.31 AMThere are screenings in theaters or you can buy the DVD Blu Ray. I think it is better viewed on a large screen. To get the full scope.

Yesterday I went to the first (2 pm) screening here at the Dole Cannery theater. It always brings back memories when I go there. When I was a little girl we used to go to the real Dole Pineapple Cannery and get fresh pineapple juice.

The theater was quite full. I would say about 3/4. $12.50 for the ticket and well worth it. It is over a four hour movie, with Intermission. The coming attractions showed all the ‘live’ performances of events you can now see in a theater near you. Everything from the Metropolitan Opera to the Bolshoi Ballet. Hmmm. (I have actually been to the real Bolshoi ballet).

I doubt that you could buy tickets to the Ballet or the Opera for $12.50 (with free parking).

GWTW is a wonderful story of the South and the period of slavery and the end of slavery including of course the Civil War. A little gory at times, as it does show the wounded soldiers dealing with no bandages, medicine, or chloroform as they faced amputation and worse. But it is the love story for all times. And the hats are amazing.

This was the first color movie to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. This was 1939. It won a total of ten Academy Awards that year.

At the beginning of the movie, there is a special addition of a rather long quiz about Gone with the Wind facts. Most of which I knew, as I am a huge fan of Scarlett and Rhet. But what I didn’t know, is that Hattie McDaniel, who plays Mammy, won an Oscar for best supporting actress, but she wasn’t invited to the premier because she was black. (She was the first Afro American to win an Oscar.)

Many black people boycotted the film, as it portrayed most of the slaves as a happy lot.

I also read somewhere that in 1939 the United States population was 132 million and 56 million planned to see this movie. I expected the audience to be ‘older’ folks, but it was a total mix of ages and genders. It is a great way to teach your mid school child US history, so they can better understand the Civil War.

And if you want to get really thrilled, just watch that famous Clark Gable kiss.search

The movie ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ opens February 15, 2015 and I wonder if it will be around 75 years from now. Or any movie of this century so far?

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