When we started watching Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (it's making me nuts not adding the U) I thought it was a biography of Fred Rogers. I was disappointed when it was not . . . but not for long. It was actually based on the friendship between Mr. Rogers and journalist Lloyd Vogel, a man in need of healing. Through the story we learn about Mr. Rogers in a beautiful way which does not include first he did this, than that, and then the next year he . . .
I am so glad I finally read Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne portrays Hester as a woman who is strong, faithful and true. When a moment of indiscretion is made public by the birth of her daughter, Pearl, she is sentenced, first to the pillory and then, to wear the letter A on her chest. Even in her shame and sorrow she remains remains strong and penitent. While she could have just sewn on a little A on her dress, she chose to embroider an extravagant A which she wore every day even after it was no longer required by the law. I found myself really believing the characters even when I felt some of them were less than likable. I though Hester's long-lost husband was an evil person who played with the minds and emotions of Hester and the minister. I thought the minister was weak and shameful. He could have saved Hester but insteadd he let her live in shame and sorrow for many years, never admitting his part.
It is nice to read a classic novel where the woman is the strong character. Good for you, Hester!!
I wasn't sure what the last words of the novel meant so I looked it up online: The last words of the novel—ON A FIELD, SABLE, THE LETTER A GULES—describe a coat of arms on a shield. The sable field is a black background; gules means red. Thus on this shield, the coat of arms is a red letter (letter gules) appearing against a black background (sable field).
I hope the originator of this message doesn't mind that I'm sharing it . . . but it was the nicest thing anyone has said to me for a very long time and I treasure it . . .
Hey Pam. I wanted to take a minute today to encourage you. You're always on the go, running errands (for yourself and others), working on craft projects, doing things around the house, encouraging others, and taking care of your family. You are a real inspiration!!! And you'd rival the Energizer Bunny in terms of energy, lol! I love reading about all your adventures each day, and seeing all that you've accomplished. I like how you take care of yourself, too, by treating yourself to lunch, making sure you foster social relationships, and challenging yourself to try new things. That's something that every woman has to be reminded to do, and I'm glad I have you as an example of that. I'm glad I have you as a Facebook and real-life-although-we've-only-met-a-couple-of-times friend!
I think we have all been betrayed at least once in life. I choose to put those memories in a basket labelled "history". I have too many awesome people in my life . . . and I have a pretty good life. Remembering those who aren't worthy of my time is a waste of my time.
Did you have a favorite amusement park that you liked to visit as a child?
I don't remember ever going to an amusement park as a child. Hubby and I took our boys to Canada's Wonderland about 20 years ago. I think they enjoyed it. I just thought it was a long hot day and a lot of money spent.
4 chicken thighs, bone-in, with skin 1/2 tsp peppercorns, coarsely ground 1/2 tsp caraway seeds, coarsely ground 1 tbsp gingerroot, finely chopped 1-1/2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/2 tbsp sugar 1 tsp paprika 1-1/2 tbsp canola oil salt to taste 1/2 lime, quartered The chicken must be marinated at least 6 hours before cooking. The chicken may be cooked, using either an outdoor grill or by broiling in the oven. (We used the grill) Score the chicken pieces deeply using a knife to allow the marinade to penetrate, then arrange the pieces in a shallow bowl. Grind the peppercorns and caraway seeds using a mortar and pestle or using a pepper mill or place the spices in a plastic bag and crush them using a rolling pin. Finely chop the ginger and garlic, then add them to the mixture. Add the sugar, paprika and oil, then grind into a paste. Spread the mixture over the chicken pieces, making sure to coat them well. Cover the bowl with a plate and let the marinate in the refrigerator at least 6 hours or overnight. Cook the chicken on a medium grill for about 20 minutes, basting with the marinade and turning the pieces once. Alternatively, put the chicken on the rack of a broiler pan, then roast it in the oven under a preheated broiler 7-10 cm from the heat. Season with a little salt and serve with lime wedges. Makes 2 servings.
Lifting the Silence: A World War II RCAF Bomber Pilot Reunites with His Past is written by Sydney Smith with his son, David. This book tells the true story of Sydney Smith, a young bomber pilot who is shot down over the French countryside during the Second World War. With the help of the Comete Line (Belgian Resistance) he is able to get out of Occupied France by means of a grueling trek through the mountains into Spain and return to his base in England. Sydney, who later became a dentist, and made his home in Thunder Bay, never spoke of his unbelievable experiences. It wasn’t until his son David began clearing out his grandfather’s effects that he found a letter that Sydney’s father had kept since 1946 from one of the women who had assisted him. Together father and son research and write this amazing story and in the process are actually able to find some of the daring resistance heroes who helped him and many other allies to safety. Sydney was able to reunite with several of these brave souls. I love this book. It is a great story of a son learning about his father. The story is well written and flows smoothly. I was drawn into the story for many reasons, but especially because it is true and it is simply and yet completely told and there are some great family photos which help even more to make the characters real. St. Thomas is even mentioned in the story which gave me a little thrill. Give it a try. I'll be returning it to the local library in a day or two. You'll probably find it on the New Release shelf.
Hal and I watched 1917 the other night and it was stunning, unpredictable, and a great story.
Plot: "April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap." (IMDB)
This epic movie had to be filmed in one shot.
Academy Awards, USA 2020 Winner Oscar Best Achievement in Cinematography Roger Deakins
Best Achievement in Visual Effects Guillaume Rocheron Greg Butler Dominic Tuohy
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Mark Taylor Stuart Wilson
Nominee Oscar Best Motion Picture of the Year Sam Mendes Pippa Harris Jayne-Ann Tenggren Callum McDougall
Best Achievement in Directing Sam Mendes
Best Original Screenplay Sam Mendes Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Naomi Donne Tristan Versluis Rebecca Cole
Best Achievement in Production Design Dennis Gassner Lee Sandales
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) Thomas Newman
Best Achievement in Sound Editing Oliver Tarney Rachael Tate
Remember the good ol' days when ground meat was cheap?? From the "Ground Beef Mini-Session" from Frozen Assets Lite and Easy by Deborah Taylor-Hough:
Meatballs and Sauce Serves 6 1 cup dry bread crumbs 3/4 cup skim milk 2 pounds extra lean ground beef 1-1/2 cup grated zucchini 3/4 cup apple juice (or white wine) 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese 3 tbsp tomato paste 1 tbsp oregano 32-0z. canned crushed tomatoes 1 cup water. Mix bread crumbs and milk. Let stand 5 minutes. Add beef, zucchini, 2 tbsp apple juice, cheese, tomato paste and 1 tsp oregano. Mix well. Form into 36 equal meatballs. Spray large skillet with nonstick cooking spray; heat. Add meatballs, cook over medium-high heat, turning as needed, until browned on all sides (about 10 minutes). Remove meatballs from skillet; set aside. In same skillet, cook remaining apple juice over medium-high heat, scraping brown bits from bottom of skillet. Add tomatoes, remaining oregano and water. Reduce heat to low; add meatballs. Simmer, covered, 30-40 minutes until meatballs are cooked through. Per serving: 270.8 calories; 11.5 g fat; 15.8 g protein; 26.8 g carbohydrates; 40 mg cholesterol Delicious!!!!
I could be wrong so you should probably double-check with my husband, but I don't believe I flirt. I am far too shy for that and I have a bad habit of tripping over my words and forgetting my nouns when I am nervous.
An excellent read and I think Eva Tihanyi so I'll leave her to it . . .
Sylvia Mulholland's Woman's Work will likely strike a chord with any woman who has juggled family, career, and home ownership and wondered in the process whether a course in time management might be not only helpful but essential. Mulholland, a Toronto lawyer and frequent contributor on women's topics to The Globe & Mail's Facts & Arguments page, knows of what she speaks. The novel is in many respects unapologetically autobiographical. Claire, the novel's protagonist, is a lawyer too. Her husband, like Mulholland's, is a plastic surgeon who used to play semi-pro hockey in Sweden. Fortunately, in this particular novel, the personal experience is put to good use.
The plot is rather simple. Claire is thirty-nine and married to Ben, who is seven years younger. After giving birth to her son Harry, she returns to work but not without trepidation. Ben has insisted on hiring as a live-in nanny Brita, with whose family he became acquainted during his stay in Sweden. She is a stereotypical Swedish beauty if there ever was one, and Claire's insecurity increases with each passing week. She hasn't been able to lose all her pre-maternity weight, she is chronically tired, falling behind at the office, worrying about a troublesome client, indulging her shopaholic tendencies, and becoming alarmingly forgetful. In the meantime, Ben and Brita are getting along far too well for Claire's comfort. Mulholland's narrative voice is clear, confident, and at times laugh-aloud funny. The one notable weakness is in the plot itself, specifically, the resolution of the Ben and Brita relationship at the end. Fortunately, Claire herself is amusing enough to make the book a satisfying literary entertainment. -- Eva Tihanyi(Books in Canada)
I love Christmas movies. I watch quite a few every December. But because it is Christmas I didn't have time to review many of them.
The Night Before the Night Before Christmas is a great Hallmark movie. Just the right amount of silly drama and goodwill to all men . . . and women and kids and elves and Santa Claus'.
Santa Claus leaves the North Pole one day early and crash lands in the Fox family's back yard. An important piece of equipment is broken on his sleigh and his bag of toys is missing, but Santa doesn't care because he's too busy trying to remember who he is. Santa is taken in by the Fox family but only the young son believes he really is Santa. Of course, by the end of the movie the whole family has learned that family is more important than anything else and they are able to help Santa regain his memory, find his bag of toys, repair his sleigh and send him off just in time to start delivering Christmas presents on Christmas Eve.
This movie, released in 2010, was filmed in Toronto. The son, Toby Fox, played by Gage Munroe, was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 2011 for his work on this movie.
1 c. chicken broth 3/4 c. couscous 1/2 c. Italian salad dressing 2 c. shredded fresh spinach 12 cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 of 8 oz. can sliced water chestnuts Spinach leaves In a saucepan, bring chicken broth to boiling; stir in couscous. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; add salad dressing. Cover and chill for 2 to 4 hours or until completely chilled. Before serving, toss couscous mixture with shredded spinach, tomatoes and water chestnuts. Serve on spinach leaves. Makes 8 servings. http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1843,155162-246194,00.html
Today's Writing Prompt: Politics It's not an election year, so I feel safe talking about politics! What one issue is the most important to you when it comes to voting for your representatives?
I have to say my biggest concern or issue is lower voter turnouts. People seem to bitch and complain about governments and politicians but when they have the opportunity to voice their concerns and effect change they just don't. They just don't vote. I cannot understand it. I think all active voters should get a pin that says "I voted so I can complain. Where's your pin?" The turnout for a recent and very boisterously and sometimes viciously debated municipal election was 35%. SERIOUSLY!?!?!?
It only took a couple of evenings to read and enjoy Knitting Yarns and Spinning Tales: A Knitter's Stash of Wit and Wisdom edited by Kari Cornell. A very enjoyable read for the crafty person, it shares the personal stories and thoughts of knitters and crocheters. If you love to knit this book is a must-read for you.
I found this interesting article online and decided to share it with you. I am already starting to notice some of the trends they are talking about. You will have to use Google translate to read the article.
Following a calendar – coming back to celebrating important events
The world gains momentum and it doesn’t want to stop. We are in a hurry every day, we don’t want to spoil any minute because there is so much to do! Luckily the society is more and more aware of the gist of rest, interpersonal relations and celebrating the important moments. Scrapbooking trends for 2020 are clearly showing the increase of interest to handmade keepsakes connected to a certain celebration. The society will branch off from sending drive-by wishes in phone messages or emails. Face to face meetings, personalized keepsakes and sentimental gifts will become the most important. This year, people who go into scrapbooking will not complain about the lack of clients on birthday cards and projects connected with Grandma’s Day, Mother’s Day or Christmas. The interest in handmade albums ( both those big ones with lots of photos and mini ones which can be carried in a handbag ) will also be bigger.
I subscribe to a Facebook group You know you grew up in St. Thomas Ontario when . . . and I really enjoy the variety of conversations. A while back we were talking about movies made in St. Thomas: 125 Rooms of Comfort (1974), Mr. Headmistress (1998), Silent Hill (2006), Total Recall (2012) to name a few. I lived a few doors down from Alma College on Moore Street for many years, including the time they were filming Mr. Headmistress. We were witness to a great deal of excitement during that week or so. My youngest son Tim, who at that time didn't know he wanted to be an actor, kept trying everything he could to get on set but they caught him every time. He was only 9. My niece was in one of the scenes and was paid $75 for the day's work. Her bit ended up on the cutting room floor unfortunately. Well, one night the production people asked that we not park on the street. They placed safety cones up to discourage parking and they brought in a local volunteer security group to keep an eye on things. Wouldn't you know, there was a disturbance during the wee hours of the morning when a neighour arrived home in less than sober condition and ran right over the cones so she could park out front of her home. The security people tried to get her to move without success and then the police were called. After a bit of an argument, the neighbour took a swing at the police officer and she was handcuffed and taken away. We went back to bed because we wanted to be up to watch the early morning filming so I can only assume a tow truck was called to remove the car. I loved watching Mr. Headmistress, pointing out any people or locations I recognized. So I was very interested when 125 Rooms was mentioned on the Facebook group. I can barely remember what the Grand Central looked like. I was never inside. My ex worked there for about a week on the demolition (1979) before he quit or got fired (depending who you asked). He did bring home a newel post from the stair case. I kept that piece of wood for years but cannot recall whatever happened to it. I knew some of my friends had squatted in the Grand Central during the late 70s but at the time was not curious enough to ask questions or see it myself. Now I wish I'd gone in. So my curiosity was aroused when I heard that this film, 125 Rooms, was filmed in the Grand Central. I immediately went online and bought a copy of the video. I paid more for shipping than I did for the actual tape. It arrived yesterday. The movie was so bad I can't even tell you what it was about except that it was definitely a man's movie with nudity and stupidity abounding, even a scene where the "star" is cross dressing for no reason whatsoever . . . but there was a lot of great scenery including a Talbot Street parade. I miss the good old days when parades had lots of bands and clowns and majorettes smiling and tossing their batons. There were quite a few shots of Port Stanley, St. Thomas and the psychiatric hospital in the film. And it was a great tour of the Grand Central in its last days. And guess what? I found the entire movie online. If you have absolutely nothing to do for 1-1/2 hours you should give it a try. I'd love to hear your comments afterwards.
If you could make up your own horoscope for today, what would it say?
My March 6 horoscope according to the Globe and Mail is:
LEO (July 24 - Aug. 23):
If you have been entrusted with a secret then you must keep it to yourself. If you let too many people in on what is going on it will dilute the effect and maybe even damage your bargaining position. Remember, knowledge is power, and money.
Now if I were writing my horoscope it would say:
I actually think I will stick with the Globe and Mail's horoscope. I could use some knowledge, power, and money . . . and I definitely need to improve my memory.
1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey breast 1 large onion, chopped 1 large carrot, peeled, halved and sliced 2 large stalks celery with leaves, thinly sliced 2 cans (1 pound each) unsalted tomatoes, crushed tsp dried basil 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tap crushed fresh garlic 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 3 cups beef broth 1 can (1 pound) navy or garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained 6 ounces elbow macaroni or ziti pasta Place the ground meat in a 4-quart pot and brown over medium heat, stirring constantly to crumble, until the meat is no longer pink. Drain off any excess fat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, tomatoes, seasonings and beef broth to the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Add the beans and pasta to the pot, cover and simmer for 7 to 9 minutes or just until the pasta is al dente. Be careful not to overcook as the pasta will continue to soften as long as it remains in the hot soup. Makes 12 servings
from Secrets of Fat-Free Cooking by Sandra Woodruff
So how did you make out with Challenge #9? I didn't realize how far I was behind in organizing sketches and technique ideas. I'm still working on that challenge.
Are you ready for Challenge #10 ~ The Final Challenge?
THE FINAL CHALLENGE!!!
Many of us have fallen victim to the lure of scrapbook swaps among local and online groups. All the hours, material, creativity, and postage costs make these items difficult to purge. But let's face it . . . not everything is YOUR style, you are NEVER going to use some of it. It's time to make S.P.A.C.E.
SORT: Keep only what you love. If the colour or style does not make you smile, it must go. Keep only what is significant to you - don't keep the soccer page swap items if your kids are into hockey and dance. Sort into: KEEP, TRASH, SELL, DONATE
PURGE: Pack up the DONATE pile and give it to a beginner scrapbooker who might appreciate these items. Throw out the TRASH pile. Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL items and put them directly into the garage sale box.
ASSIGN: sort your KEEP items into categories, theme, holiday, colour, whatever makes sense to you.
CONTAINERIZE: Store your keepers in page protectors by theme in binders, or get them into giant ziplocs to create page kits for your next cropping session.
EQUALIZE: next time a swap arrives in the mail, take a few minutes to toss or give away what you know you'll never use, create a page kit for your next cropping session, or put in a page protector in your swap binder for storage. At one point in my scrapbooking life I participated in a ridiculous number of swaps. Not any more . . . So I can say that Challenge #10, for me, is done. I'm off now to get some serious crafting done . . .