Friday, July 31, 2015

Romance

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Romance

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for someone or someone has ever done for you?


Hal is generally (not always though) a good sport when I suggest some new goofy thing to do.  This was my way to get him dressed up for dinner with friends for a surprise birthday party . . . telling him he had to look nice for a photo shoot.  I'm so glad we did this photo shoot because I really treasure these photos of us.  He was surprised by the birthday dinner at a local restaurant.  I managed to surprise him a third time that day because I had to drop something off to a friend's house on the way home . . . and surprised again when another group of friends were waiting with cake.


Six Word Saturday . . . on a Friday

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

Six Word Saturday

Describe your life or current situation using exactly six words.


HOT!  Thank goodness for air conditioning.

The Green Mile 1999

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #19 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

The Green Mile (1999)

I'm pretty sure I made this comment when I reviewed Saving Private Ryan but I'll repeat it again.  I love Tom Hanks.  This was also the breakout movie for Michael Clarke Duncan, another actor I really admire.

The story is about a simple innocent black man, John Coffey, who is found guilty of raping and murdering two little girls.  He is sentenced to death.  Coffey has a profound effect on the guards on death row, especially when they learn of his special gift which is a blessing to others and a curse to him.

This movie is so moving that I dare you not to cry.





Academy Awards, USA 2000

Nominated
Oscar
Best Picture
David Valdes
Frank Darabont 
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Michael Clarke Duncan 
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Frank Darabont 
Best Sound
Robert J. Litt
Elliot Tyson
Michael Herbick
Willie D. Burton 

Trapped

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Trapped

Write about a time you felt trapped.

Image result for under stairs

When we were living on Moore Street there was a closet built in under the front hall stairs that we used for storage.  One day I was putting something away and bashed my head, knocking myself silly.  I landed on the floor and was really stunned for quite a while.  All I could think about was if the door closed no one would ever find me if I did lose consciousness.  It was really scary.  

After sitting quietly for a while I was able to get up and get out of there.

Goodfellas 1990

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #15 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

Goodfellas (1990)

Apparently I love gangster movies.  Of course this another one that was shot back in the day when we didn't have to see all the gory details.  Most were just suggested.  Ray Liotta  plays Henry Hill, a quiet young boy who gets involved in the mob and works his way up through the ranks.  When drug addiction and a couple of mistakes torpedoes his career he decides to not be so quiet.

Goodfellas is a movie that typecast so many actors as mobsters for the rest of their acting careers.

Goodfellas (1990) Poster



Academy Awards, USA 1991

Won
Oscar
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Joe Pesci 
Nominated
Oscar
Best Picture
Irwin Winkler 
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Lorraine Bracco 
Best Director
Martin Scorsese 
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Nicholas Pileggi
Martin Scorsese 
Best Film Editing
Thelma Schoonmaker 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cold

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Cold

What's the worst part of having a cold?


There is no worse part to having a cold.  It is all worse.  You feel like crap.  Look like crap.  No sleep because you can't breathe.  Miserable.  Aches and pains.  The only good thing about a cold is generally people leave you alone and that is a good thing.  Because who wants to be around people when they are sick?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Disappear

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Disappear

How would the world be different without you in it?


Well I guess the first thing is that my kids wouldn't exist which would mean my grandkids wouldn't exist.  That makes me sad because they are very awesome people.

Who would take care of Hal?  What kind of person would he have become if he hadn't met me?

Who would provide chauffeur services for all the people in my family who need to go places?

How many people might not have learned about scrapbooking?  or sushi?  

The Sound of Music 1965

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #20 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

The Sound of Music (1965)

Okay, how did a movie like Pulp Fiction rate higher than The Sound of Music?  A classic movie featuring the amazing voice and talent of Julie Andrews.  I don't have any clue how many times I have watched the story of a novitiate who is a square peg in a round hole until she is sent to act as governess to the von Trapp family and falls in love, gets married and escapes from the Nazis.  What is not to love about this movie?

Even if you've never watched it, I bet you sang the songs in music class in school.





Academy Awards, USA 1966

Won
Oscar
Best Picture
Robert Wise
Robert Wise couldn't attend the award ceremony, as he was busy filmingThe Sand Pebbles (1966) in ... More
Best Director
Robert Wise
Robert Wise couldn't attend the award ceremony, as he was busy filmingThe Sand Pebbles (1966) in ... More
Best Sound
James Corcoran (20th Century-Fox SSD)
Fred Hynes (Todd-AO SSD) 
Best Film Editing
William Reynolds 
Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment
Irwin Kostal 
Nominated
Oscar
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Julie Andrews 
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Peggy Wood 
Best Cinematography, Color
Ted D. McCord 
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color
Boris Leven
Walter M. Scott
Ruby R. Levitt 
Best Costume Design, Color
Dorothy Jeakins 

Autumn

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

Tanka Tuesday: Autumn

It's time for the next installment of Tanka Tuesday!

Tanka is a form of poetry similar to haiku. It's short, and the lines don't need to rhyme. The just must have a set number of syllables: 5/7/5/7/7.

For more about tanka, see the original post here.

Today's tanka prompt is: autumn / fall.


Autumn cool breezes 
pale blue skies colourful leaves 
warm sweaters white clouds
brilliant colours red gold orange
Autumn my favourite season

E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #13 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

ET the Extra-Terrestrial 1982

20 Things You Never Knew About E.T. The Extra-terrestrial Movie 17


Who doesn't love E.T.?  Action, adventure, aliens, bad guys, government agents, heroes, and friendship.  It has everything.

E.T. is an alien who was left behind when his ship had to leave Earth quickly because a government task force was nearby.  He is befriended by Elliot who helps him try to get home.

I still loves this movie today.

Things you never knew about E.T.:
http://dailynewsdig.com/e-t-the-extra-terrestrial-movie/



Academy Awards, USA 1983

Won
Oscar
Best Sound
Robert Knudson
Robert Glass
Don Digirolamo
Gene S. Cantamessa 
Best Effects, Visual Effects
Carlo Rambaldi
Dennis Muren
Kenneth Smith 
Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
Charles L. Campbell
Ben Burtt 
Best Music, Original Score
John Williams 
Nominated
Oscar
Best Picture
Steven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy 
Best Director
Steven Spielberg 
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Melissa Mathison 
Best Cinematography
Allen Daviau 
Best Film Editing
Carol Littleton 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Six Word Saturday . . . on Tuesday.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

Six Word Saturday!

Describe your life or current situation using exactly six words.



It's my birthday.  I'm eating cake.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I Quit!

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: I Quit!

What was the most recent thing you quit?


I can't think of anything recently that I have quit.  I still have all my bad habits.  I still worry too much.  I still work my Dreaded To Do List everyday even though I am so far behind that I wonder if I will ever get caught up.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Spice

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Spice

Do you like super-spicy food?


I like well-seasoned food . . . but super spicy? . . . not so much.  I don't think eating food should be painful.  I do like curry and Thai and lots of other "ethnic" foods that are highly seasoned.  Just not the stuff that leaves blisters on my tongue.

Six Word Saturday . . . on Friday

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2014

Six Word Saturday!

Describe your life or current situation using exactly six words.


Ladies' Day Out makes me happy

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Closet

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Closet

Go look if you need to....

What's something unusual that's in your closet right now?

Okay, I'm feeling rather boring right now.  I just looked in all of my closets and couldn't find anything that one might consider weird.  Sigh . . . 

What do you have in your closets?

ScrapMuch? Challenge

I am loving the time I have for scrapbooking this week.  I'm using some great online challenges to inspire myself.  ScrapMuch? is an excellent blog and store and they posted lots of exciting challenges.

I used the sketch posted here to make this layout:


The tractor paper piecing is available for sale.  BUY

Languages

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Languages

Do you speak any other languages?

Even just a few words?





I know a few words in a few languages that I've picked up through reading and the media but that is all.  

What languages can you speak or write?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

GrandDiva's Sketch Challenge meets Rochelle's Tic Tac Toe Challenge

I really love the simplicity of this layout and I had a great time making it work for me.  



There was the option to incorporate two other challenges.  One was a colour challenge from Kelly's Colour Challenge blog but I couldn't do that since I am scrapbooking an event and I like to use the same patterned papers on all the pages of an event.

But I could do Rochelle's Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  I used the top row across . . . chipboard, brads, and paint splatters.

Scrap Our Stash Challenge #28

I love challenges and this particular one was a new idea to me.  I will be following Scrap Our Stash's blog from now on.  The current challenge, due July 29th is . . . 


http://scrapourstash.blogspot.ca/2015/07/stash-challenge-28.html

. . . and here is my layout.  Thanks for taking a peek.



P ~ pop up foam squares, pretty flowers
H ~ hot pink dots on the flower brads
O ~ orange patterned paper
T ~ twine, tickets
O ~ oval frame
S ~ spray ink

Scrap Our Stash Challenge #28

I love challenges and this particular one was a new idea to me.  I will be following Scrap Our Stash's blog from now on.  The current challenge, due July 29th is . . . 


http://scrapourstash.blogspot.ca/2015/07/stash-challenge-28.html

. . . and here is my layout.  Thanks for taking a peek.



P ~ pop up foam squares, pretty flowers
H ~ hot pink dots on the flower brads
O ~ orange patterned paper
T ~ twine, tickets
O ~ oval frame
S ~ spray ink

Coffee Date

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Coffee Date

Who would you like to meet over a cup of coffee (or tea) today?



Actually I would have loved the excuse to drop my to do list and meet someone/anyone for coffee or tea today . . . but no one called . . . and I didn't want to post on Facebook to find out if anyone was free because then instead of a quiet cup of tea there would be the potential for 30 people to show up at the nearest Tim Hortons . . . LOL.

Six Word Saturday . . . even though it's Tuesday.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014

Six Word Saturday

Describe your life or current situation using exactly six words.


I'm letting my inner artist out

Monday, July 20, 2015

First Love

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: First

What was the first person you ever loved like?



I'm using the logic that your first love is the person you spend your life comparing others to . . . the one you never can forget . . . So even though I thought I was in love a couple of times before . . . my dear hubby must be my first true love.  This is the only relationship I've ever been able to be my true crazy self in.  

So there you go Hal . . . I bet you thought I would pick some childhood sweetheart or long lost boyfriend . . . nope.

I hope you realize you are stuck with me.  

Saving Private Ryan 1998 ~m

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #11 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

Saving Private Ryan 1998

I loved this movie.  Of course, I love Tom Hanks.  




During the Normandy landing two brothers are killed in action. In another theatre of the war the third Ryan brother is killed. Their mother is to receive all three telegrams on the same day. The United States Army Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall learns there is a fourth brother, Private James Ryan, and decides to send out 8 men (Cpt. Miller and select members from 2nd Rangers) to find him and bring him back home safe.

I think I may need to watch this movie again today.



Academy Awards, USA 1999

Won
Oscar
Best Director
Steven Spielberg 
Best Cinematography
Janusz Kaminski 
Best Sound
Gary Rydstrom
Gary Summers
Andy Nelson
Ron Judkins 
Best Film Editing
Michael Kahn 
Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
Gary Rydstrom
Richard Hymns 
Nominated
Oscar
Best Picture
Steven Spielberg
Ian Bryce
Mark Gordon
Gary Levinsohn 
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Tom Hanks 
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Robert Rodat 
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Thomas E. Sanders
Lisa Dean 
Best Makeup
Lois Burwell
Conor O'Sullivan
Daniel C. Striepeke 
Best Music, Original Dramatic Score
John Williams 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Psycho (1960) ~m

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #10 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

Psycho (1960)

I can't really have a serious opinion on this movie . . . because it looks to be very very very scary.  I don't do really scary.





Academy Awards, USA 1961

Nominated
Oscar
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Janet Leigh 
Best Director
Alfred Hitchcock 
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
John L. Russell 
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White
Joseph Hurley
Robert Clatworthy
George Milo 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wrong Class!

MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Wrong Class!

It's Back to School time in North America, and I have a child just starting middle school (where you have different classes for different subjects) for the first time.

So, did you ever mistakenly wind up in the wrong class? Or maybe miss an important class or test?



I don't remember ever being in the wrong classroom.  I went to the wrong school once when I was trying to pick up my daughter-in-law from work.  And I did miss a mid-term exam in university when my car caught on fire.  

Greg's Sports Bar

It was a long time coming but by August 2014 it was starting to actually look like a family room . . . or as they refer to it . . . "Greg's Sports Bar" . . .





Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Six World Saturday

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014

Six Word Saturday

Describe your life or current situation using exactly six words.



peace and quiet too much television


My current fascination . . . 

Freebies from Maple Lodge

We were on our way to Ladies' Day Out on warm August day last year when we spotted this big trailer from Maple Lodge being set up in the Elgin Mall parking lot.  Guess what we had for lunch?  FREE LUNCH!!  They asked us which sample we wanted to try and, of course, we answered "all of them."  




Monday, July 13, 2015

Peeling Potatoes the Russian Hacker Way

We love this guy . . . 



So we decided to try and copy his potato peeling method.  

Sorry for sideways videos but I didn't realize that I wouldn't know how to turn them the right way up . . . LOL.  



Silence of the Lambs 1991 ~m

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #9 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Image result for silence of the lambs

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

Won
Oscar
Best Picture
Edward Saxon
Kenneth Utt
Ronald M. Bozman
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) became the third film in Academy history to win the "Big Five" ... More
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 
Nominated
Oscar
Best Sound
Tom Fleischman
Christopher Newman 
Best Film Editing
Craig McKay 

Prom Dresses

In May, I had the honour of photographing these two beautiful young ladies in their prom dresses.







Exotic Birds

I just felt like sharing some photos of my middle grandson with one of his three birds.  Please don't ask me what they are . . . they are exotic and they are birds . . . they are young, middle age and old . . . they are noisy.  He loves them.




Apparently my grandson isn't the only one interested in technology . . . LOL.