Monday, February 19, 2018

My Movie List (break out): Old Fashioned

Why do I like the movie "Old Fashioned" so much??? 
Hmmm...the following was hard for me to try to explain to Rik Swartzwelder in person, but maybe I can do a better job explaining to you, dear reader, in print: 
Now I'd say that I (in some ways) understand/identify Old Fashioned's characters/plots, more than most any other movie/book/show. 
And that I think of myself more as a “Clay” than an “Amber”. Not that I had a rough past, or was a crazy God-less youth, but that:
~ I love just about anything old/vintage/retro. 
~ I love all the vintage stuff in this movie- even the little grocery & diner and seeing the things that we own, like Aunt Zella's tea pot.
~ I love Aunt Zella.
~ I love Psalm 118:24
~ He (Clay) is older and so am I. (I'm enjoying movies with older main characters- don't have a lot of patience for the 'young and dumb' right now!)
~ I'm more quiet and reserved, and don't know what to do with the “Ambers” in my life. (I watch the movie and say: “I can't believe her!”)
~ Waiting for “Mr. Right”. While Clay was waiting 9 years for “Mrs. Right”, I've been waiting for 14-16 years already (or more- depending on how you count)....I understand waiting.
~ Being “old fashioned” in my ideals: including not going with someone I couldn't see myself with.  Not being alone, not kissing, etc...someone I was not married/engaged to.
~ I decided that the over all flavor of the movie is Presbyterian. I don't know if that is true, but that's what I decided. =) 
~ Probably more if I thought about it longer!

Amber amazes me- I would like to be a little like her- especially if I needed to be.   I like her no-fear, can-do attitude.

I love (and think that it is interesting and fun) to have a movie that is so similar in so many ways to me and my quiet is exciting and encouraging to me that in even just one movie the Hero and Heroine have a good, respectful, loving friendship/ things right, learn and grow (as individuals & couple) AND live happily ever after. 

Mom and I got to meet Rik at the Attic Film Festival in April 2017
 A bit about the book:
I started reading the OF book in 2016 I think, but stopped after a few chapters, because I have a hard time reading things when I can't quite see how they apply to me...but after meeting and getting to talk to Rik Swartzwelder
in April 2017, I decided that I should give it another go.
(FYI: Ric is a really neat guy, and gave me some great words of encouragement, and I'm so glad we met.)
I'm glad that I did- it's not just about Dating- it's about relationships in all of life.
I have never liked the idea of Dating, and have never in all my life been on a Date...I guess at my age, that could change, but at this time I don't see a reason to! =)
I am making myself read this book AND answer the questions (thinking in a whole of life way) - as best I can, because I really want to read and learn what I can- tucking away bits to remember later on...should I be blessed with a man of my own.

My plan:
1) read it and answer the questions.(still not done)
2) to re-read it and make notes- knowing me it could be another year before that happened!

THE BEST chapter so far is the one on Respect.
My original Movie List can be found HERE

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Clue & Dinner for Valentine's Day 2018

Again (for the second year in a row) I had SO much fun!!!  To those of you who came: thank you SO very much for coming and joining our fun! To those of you who could not- we missed you, and can't figure out why you would not want to come!  (See 2017 here) We had TWO Clue games going this year, so that meant two guilty parties!  =)

~the whole gang~

~The Table~
(we ate green salad, minestrone soup & cheese bread)

~The Favors~
Mr. Green
Mrs. White did it!

Professor Plum

Colonel Mustard

Mrs. Peacock

Mr. Green
Professor Plum

Miss Scarlet did it!

Mamie Eisenhower’s Cheesecake (here)

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

My Movie List----

Some of my current favorite movies are : Road to your Heart, Take me Home, Old Fashioned, How to Fall in Love, Miss Potter, The Holiday, and Big Stone Gap.  Why?  Because they all have so much emotion and connection, and after watching you're like "Wow"....and I'm enjoying movies with "older" main characters- don't have a lot of patience for the 'young and dumb' right now- in fact, the first 7 films listed have older main characters!  Please remember that these are not listed in order of importance, just as I thought of them.  We own all of these- except #8.  I consider them all "clean" except for #6 & #7.

1) "Take me Home"...older main characters: meet, have some drama, get their lives straight, have just enough "comic relief", fall in love and the rest is history.  One of the things that I really like about this one is that the main characters are MARRIED IN REAL LIFE!

2) "Signed, Sealed and Delivered" ...Oliver, Shane, Rita and Norman.
What's not to like???
 I was sitting with Grandma Hale, and suffering a grieving heart when the "Signed, Sealed and Delivered" Hallmark series first started...they really got me through a hard time- something to look forward to, something to watch after Grandma went to bed, and I'd just sit and watch undisturbed, crying my eyes out.  I like that they have two or more stories being woven together to make these shows.  In different ways, I could (and can) identify with the the main characters (mostly Rita), and usually I could (and can) identify with some plight or feelings of the other interwoven stories and characters.  
3) "Old Fashioned" ...I love (and think that it is interesting and fun) to have a movie that is so similar in so many ways to me and my quiet is exciting and encouraging to me that in even just one movie the Hero and Heroine have a good, respectful, loving friendship/ things right, learn and grow (as individuals & couple) AND live happily ever after. Great soundtrack, too!
(my full thoughts can be found HERE)

 4) "How to Fall in Love" ...Happy sigh, another "Pygmalion"
story!  The "un-cool" guy (who really is cool) gets a "make over"- not just looks, but learns to be social and be better at connecting with people.  (For the record, I don't think he needed a complete make-over...I think that he was pretty fine the way he was.)  Harold White was and is a nice guy.  But I completely get it- if someone would make a movie that was the other way around- I would star as the awkward old girl who NEEDS help!  

5) "Miss Potter" ...I greatly admire this young lady! Her gumption, spunk, imagination, and talent.  Her Courage.  
A well done movie, and a lovely soundtrack!
I also like that she is not opposed to marriage and, that she is often a "mess" me.  😐

6) "Big Stone Gap" ...Bright side?  I love most of the clothes- especially Ave Maria's sundress & mud boot outfits!  I also like that she has some very good friends.  Not so bright side?  Ave Maria Mulligan and I have something in common- we feel invisible.  Old and unwanted.  A strange kind of Content with our lives, yet at the same time Discontent.  How can that be??? 

7) "The Holiday"...I just LOVE Arthur/Iris/Miles.  One reason I really like to watch it is a nice reminder that love (and friendship) is out there, it will come when God says it's time. (FYI, I watch it with a filter) Another reason I like it is all the gumption and spunk that Iris has- but, that is a bit harder to explain.  (you can find my favorite quote HERE)

8) "Road to your Heart"  ...draw back: it is subtitled.  But even though I don't care a lot for reading my movies, this one is so good I/we watched it 2-3 times, and I'd watch it some more if we could.

Cocky modern boy thinks that he knows everything, meets old fashioned girl-next-door, and finds that he has a lot to learn.

This movie is not available on a DVD in our region, but Amazon has it - how shall we say it? In a cloud?

Monday, January 22, 2018

Dedicated To The One I Love

....this popular cover version by the Mamas & the Papas released in 1967, and went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. This version also reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart....

(embedded below or listen to it HERE.)

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Molly and Jane and Me

While I can identify with "old maid" Ave Maria (from Big Stone Gap),  I realized recently that I'm a strange character from a costume drama- some kind of cross between Jane Bennet & Molly Gibson...

I'll explain:
Jane has class, is lovely and is seen, but the guy assumes (because she's shy, reserved and not so outgoing) that she is not interested in him.
Molly has class too, and is a sweet girl, she wants to be admired and loved (or friends at least), but, she is invisible and “too young” for the guy she likes.

I don't know how to be "someone else", someone outgoing and bold, how to “encourage” young men.  I can't tell you how many times after an event I've heard something along the lines of Mrs. Gibson to Molly: “It wouldn't hurt you to be a little more forthcoming, dear.” or in the words of Mrs. Bennet: “Smile a little, Jane!”
I wasn't raised in public schools- I was taught that a lady does not go around attracting attention (you know, out to get it), she does not tease (much at all), tempt or flirt. I guess that these are good things to teach your girls, but from what I see one almost never gets a husband without these skills or arts.   Add to them the arts of looking good, conversation, cooking and listening- and you can be almost “written guaranteed” to land a man.  Sigh.  Alas, these qualities and traits do not belong to me, and 
                                                                            seem quiet unattainable- I think you have to be born with them.  
BRIGHT SIDE: Jane and Molly got their guys by the end of the book/movie.

(Don't be surprised to see a few more blog posts of similar genre/nature. Trying to share some of my  feelings, while I try to move on in life.)
 "part 1"
"this is part 3"

Thursday, January 18, 2018

TBT: 1 Angus- September 2009

Before we moved, Angus was very upset by the house being turned topsy-turvy, so would spend hours in the bathroom- the only room that "stayed the same" the longest.  Poor Boy!

 After we moved Fergie panicked, and climbed up under the freezer. Angus and I went looking for him.

We did not have a run/kennel for Angus, so he had to learn to be content hanging out in a crate.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Mrs. Bee

 Suzi Beeman 
June 28, 1945 - January 2, 2018
 "And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest." Psalm 55:6

Mrs. Beeman was my Mom's best friend, and my second mother/grandma person.  We first met her November 2001, and have been through everything together ever since. 

We laughed together.
We planned stuff together. 
We prayed for and with each other.
We cried together.
We encouraged each other.
We partied together. 
We rescued each other.
We shopped together.
We cheered each other when life got dark.
 We LOVED Ron Paul together.
We made memories together. 
We were neighbors. 
I helped with her garden.
We doctored her.  
Mrs. Bee encouraged us.
We helped her throw wedding receptions and parties.
 She loved my Sophie the Giraffe photos, and wanted me to make a book.
I helped her decorate.
We watched her animals.
Mrs. Bee Encouraged us.
We loved Valentine's Day, and all the fun.
I got to introduce her to "Signed, Sealed & Delivered" and "How to Fall in Love".
We watered her plants and gardens.  
 We wanted Fair (GOP) Conventions.
 Another shared love: Hallmark Movies!
Did I say that she ENCOURAGED us???
She was a Sister in Christ.

I know that it is selfish of me, but I DID NOT want her to die before my guy came around, before she got to come to my wedding, before she met my children.  Of all the "older" people in my life that I have wanted over the years, to present my guy and babies to-  she was the last one living, and it is grievous me to think that it will not happen.   I know that God knows best, but sometimes I feel like He just keeps on asking me, well- telling me to give things up.  I can't imagine a life without dear Mrs. Bee.

Goodbye, dear Mrs. Bee~ I'm glad that God lent you to us for a little while, and I'm thankful you are pain-free now.  I will miss you, but I know I'll see you on the other side! 💟

Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy 2018, Happy New Year!

I hope that you enjoy these cute vintage snow people I found, and I pray you have a good year!

“It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily. "So it is." "And freezing." "Is it?" "Yes," said Eeyore. "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately.”   ~A.A. Milne

 May the road rise up to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
- Irish Blessing

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: 

The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 

The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 

                                    Numbers 6:24-26

“F-E-A-R has two meanings:
 'Forget Everything And Run' or 'Face Everything And Rise.' The choice is yours.”
― Zig Ziglar

 May you always have...
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire. 
- Irish Blessing

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Gingerbread Muffins (recipe too)

My Wheat-Free Gingerbread Muffins
(Variation on Sue Gregg's recipe, found on page 115 in her "Lunches & Snacks" book.)
(note at bottom to make them chocolate)

Things I like about these muffins: they freeze well, they may be best eaten frozen, you can eat them with or without butter, they are also very good eaten in a bowl of milk like cereal!
(This is the only photo I have, sorry!)

Pre-heat oven: 325

1 & 1/4 C. Flour (I like to use a blend of Whole Oat & Whole Barley flours, maybe some Spelt, but to make it Gluten-Free, I used 1C Oat & 1/4 C. Cassava flour...I'll bet I could have just used all oat)
1 t. Cinnamon
1/4 t. Cloves
1 t. Ginger
1/2 t. Baking Soda
3/4 t. Baking Powder
1/2 t. Salt

1/2 C. Oil
2 Eggs (I prefer 2 eggs, but you can use 1 egg plus water to make 1/2 C.)
1/2 to 1/3 C. Liquid Sweetener (I like to use Molasses & Honey with a dab of Veg. Glycerine)

Stir together (it will be wet), and divide into 6-9 well greased paper muffin cups or muffin tins.
Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes- they won't look or "feel" done, you MUST test with a toothpick!

Chocolate:  Use 1/3 C. Sweetener, 6 T Cocoa Powder & 1/2 to 1 t. Vanilla Extract

~Happy eating!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Elinor said it about right

Have you seen Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility?
 I agree with several things that Elinor Dashwood said, including the quote below.

Elinor found out some time ago that Edward (the guy she really liked) is engaged to another girl, but it just became public news-little sister Marianne is like "Why aren't you more upset???".
The answer: "...Believe me, Marianne, had I not been bound to silence I could have provided proof enough of a broken heart, even for you."

I especially understand this quote, because I somehow grew up with the idea that one does not talk about their feelings about boys, and if they do, then they talk to their folks, NOT to friends.
(I see how it is a good rule of thumb for a teenager, but now that I'm in my 30's, I find I'm tired of the silence - the alone in this world, no one has ever felt like this except me - kind of silence...but then I am not sure I have a friend I can truly trust with my feelings and also there is the fact that I didn't really have anything real to talk about anyway!)

I have friends whose husbands keep trying to get me interested in their friends...I'm just not ready for that....I'm not at that place right now, my heart is not well enough- whole enough yet...for more than one reason.   When my friends try to help their husbands set me up, I always want to say "...Believe me, _(fill in name of friend)__, had I not been bound to silence I could have provided proof enough of a broken heart, even for you."....Please lay off!

~If you don't know the story- 
Edward chooses Elinor at the end of the movie, 
and they all live happily ever after~

(Don't be surprised to see a few more blog posts of similar genre/nature. Trying to share some of my  feelings, while I try to move on in life.)

I'm sure that Jane Austin and Elinor would agree with the folowing thought:
 "part 1"
"this is part 2"
"part 3"

Food on Friday: Mrs. Vrazo's Pudding Cake

Mmm...while I love Chocolate pudding cake, and really enjoy Mrs. Vrazo's Cinnamon pudding cake in it's original glory, I realized that we actually "tweak" it enough that we really should just re-write the recipe. And share the version that we love with you, Dear Void.  So I did.
I hope you enjoy it.  =)

Serving suggestion: serve with Sour Cream.

The McKee's version of Janita Vrazo's Cinnamon Pudding Cake

Pre-heat oven: 350

Sprinkle ½ cup chopped Pecans in the bottom or a greased 9x9 pan.

Mix Cake ingredients and place in the pan, on top of the Pecans:
1c Flour
1/4c White Sugar
¼c Sucanat or Brown sugar
1/4t. Salt
1 & 3/4t. Cinnamon
1t. Baking powder
1/4c chopped Pecans
1T. Oil
1/2c Milk

Boil Sauce (in a lager pot than I/you would think):
1c Sucanat or Brown Sugar
1/2t. Cinnamon
1 & 1/2c Water
4T. Butter
dash of salt (4 dashes of Popcorn Salt)

Pour on top of cake, then bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

~Happy eating!

Thursday: Black and White 3

~Dishes...Apple Butter & Apple Ketchup~