Saturday, November 11, 2017

Woodstock ON ~ Nerd Teas

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I have not been to the Nerd Te@s store but my son works in Woodstock and he brought me a few packages of tea to try.  I just tried Apple Chai herbal tea and it is a delicious blend of apple, hibiscus, rosehip, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, black and white peppers, clove, and nutmeg.  It brews up as a delicious fragrant relaxing tea and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It is caffeine free and high in antioxidants.  A 50g package sells for $8.00.

I still have Orange Creamsicle Rooibos and Sweet Watermelon Oolong to try.  But which will I try first?  I think perhaps I'll have a cup of Orange Creamsicle while I read some interesting articles on their blog.

Check this company out . . . online or in store.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Top Movies of all Time according to IMDB ~ #24 It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

If someone suggested that I've watched this movie 100 times, I would not be surprised.

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This is the perfect Christmas or any other time of the year feel good movie.  George is constantly frustrated whenever he tries to follow his dreams . . . to go to school, to travel, to leave his home town . . . 

Finally, after one more hit of bad luck, George Bailey wishes he had never been born.  With the help of an angel-in-training, George comes to realizes how important he has been in the lives of his family, friends and community.  He realizes he really does have a wonderful life.

Academy Awards, USA 1947


Best Picture

Best Actor in a Leading Role
James Stewart

Best Director
Frank Capra

Best Sound, Recording
John Aalberg (RKO Radio SSD)

Best Film Editing
William Hornbeck

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Top Movies of All Time according to IMDB ~ #23 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Silence of the Lambs (1991)

I absolutely hated this movie. I hate creepy scary why-did-you-make-that-movie movies.

Somehow it won five Oscars.

Academy Awards, USA 1992

Best Picture
Edward Saxon
Kenneth Utt
Ronald M. Bozman

The Silence of the Lambs became the third film in Academy history to win the "Big Five" Academy Awards for producing, directing, acting, and screenwriting following It Happened One Night (1934) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Anthony Hopkins

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Jodie Foster

Best Director
Jonathan Demme

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Ted Tally


Best Sound
Tom Fleischman
Christopher Newman

Best Film Editing
Craig McKay 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Top Movies of all Time according to IMDB ~ #20 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars:  Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

I can't say I am a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise . . . but I do like it quite a bit.  I think it is very clever.  And I can't believe I never questioned why the first movie was called Episode IV.

It has a great and swashbuckling story line and great special effects, especially for the times.  "Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader."  I stole this from IMDB because I couldn't have said it better myself.

I think a wet dreary autumn day should be devoted to watching all the Star Wars movies while curled up in a quilt and popcorn.


I like that . . . the story of a boy, a girl and a universe . . . 

Academy Awards, USA 1978

Oscar Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
John Barry
Norman Reynolds
Leslie Dilley
Roger Christian

Best Costume Design
John Mollo

Best Sound
Don MacDougall
Ray West
Bob Minkler
Derek Ball

Best Film Editing
Paul Hirsch
Marcia Lucas
Richard Chew

Best Effects, Visual Effects
John Stears
John Dykstra
Richard Edlund
Grant McCune
Robert Blalack

Best Music, Original Score
John Williams

Special Achievement Award

Ben Burtt (as Benjamin Burtt Jr.)
For sound effects. (For the creation of the alien, creature and robot voices.)

Oscar Best Picture
Gary Kurtz

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Alec Guinness

Best Director
George Lucas

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
George Lucas 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Black and White Photo Challenge

Did you get nominated for the black & white photo challenge on Facebook.  I did . . . and it was fun.

Here's the challenge:

Seven days, seven black and white pictures that explain your life. BUT NO HUMANS, NO EXPLANATIONS. I was nominated by ___ for the 7 day challenge. I nominate ___ .

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Making Red Pepper Jelly

As wedding favours my soon-to-be daughter-in-law decided on little jars of honey and sweet red pepper jelly.  We spent a wonderful afternoon making jelly to put in these teeny tiny little jars.

Sweet red pepper jelly is delicious with a soft cheese (like cream cheese or goat cheese) on crackers or baguette slices.  Would you like the recipe?

And here they are all decorated . . .

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Scrapbooking finishes in October 2017

I was only able to attend for half the day at a crop in October.  I did managed to get a few pages done.  I spent more time shopping and visiting . . . sigh . . . 

The first photo is from our wedding in 1983.  The rest of the photos are of our vow renewal in 2015.

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