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Friday, August 31, 2012

Funny Friday - Family Guy Sings The Bangles

I don't know why but whenever I see this on Family Guy, it CRACKS ME UP !!! Every.Single.Time !

I can even just hear "Walk Like An Egyptian" by The Bangles on the radio and of course I think of Carl Pewterschmidt singing his version of it - soooo funny !!!!


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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fictional Knitters

As you know, I am a knitter and crocheter (is that how you spell it?)
When you knit and crochet, you are always spotting beautiful handiwork in movies and TV - my friends just roll their eyes when I poke them and say "Ooooh, look at that pretty afghan" or "Hmmm, I wonder if I can find the pattern for that hat on Ravelry?"

Well, besides noticing beautiful handiwork, you also notice the characters that knit or crochet. I've mention before that Barney Fife knits and crochets (he sews too)

Did you know that Hawkeye from M*A*S*H knits? Neither did I !


Of course most people remember that Morticia from the Addams Family is a knitter.


But did you know that she taught her butler, Lurch, to knit too ?


That first famous female TV duo were also knitters - look at Lucy and Ethel go !


It is always especially cool when we catch the men knitting...take Cary Grant's character for instance in "Mr. Lucky"


One of my fave episodes of Grey's Anatomy was when Izzie was trying to knit Denny a sweater and was horrible at it so Meredith took over (look at the size of the HUGE knitting needles)


I guess Grey's Anatomy forgot that Izzie couldn't knit because later when she was a patient, she passed the time by....yep, you guessed it, knitting


Of course Katherine Heigl is a knitter in real life - she is even producing and starring in an HBO movie that centers around knitting.

Heck, even animated characters sometimes like to get in on the action. . . 


 

Now....you don't see crochet as much in the movies but....thanks to Miss Melanie from Gone With The Wind - we can see someone with a hook and yarn - yeah for Miss Melanie - she don't know nothing 'bout no knitting - but she knows about crochet.....


On a final note... I found one more fictional character that likes to knit...none other than 24's Jack Bauer.  Look at the gun cozy he is knitting - isn't it cute ?


Haha - okay - so that is is PROBABLY photo-shopped but I thought it was too funny not to include

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Groovy ! My fave lyrics from the 1960s

The 1960s is a great, great time for music - I pretty much love all the music from the 1960s.  I have been listing to IRadio today, and mostly listening to "The Grass Roots" channel.  

They play similar bands...and some of the lyrics just put a big smile on my face.

Happy Smile

Here are just a few samples of lyrics from the 1960s that I love

My dog Sam eats purple flowers
~ Draggin the Line by Tommy James & the Shondells

I really think you're groovy
Let's go out to a movie
~ Elenore by The Turtles

Elenore, gee I think you're swell
~ Elenore by The Turtles

Send your camel to bed
 ~ Midnight at the Oasis by Maria Muldaur (okay I know this is a 1974 song but I had to include it too)

Can you think of any others to add ?
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Funny Friday - Giraffe

Now that is a loooooooooooong necked giraffe !


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Funny Friday - Is it Humid ?

Those that live in the southeastern part of the U.S. will be able to really relate to this - especially right now in mid-August.  I was in Myrtle Beach last weekend and felt like this the whole time I was there



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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Battle of New Orleans

Yesterday, I heard an old and very random song "The Battle of New Orleans".  I smiled, then I cried, then I smiled and then I cried - a lot.  My dad would sing around the house but he only knew a few songs - he tended to sing songs from the late 50s/early 60s and mostly what is now considered Classic Country.  It was the music of his youth.

I wonder now did he somehow channel this song so I would hear it as a way of letting me know he is still with me?

He didn't know all the lyrics (or if he did, he didn't sing them all) but he did know the chorus - especially the part about "where the rabbit couldn't goooo"

So....here it is - The Battle of New Orleans Johnny Horton, from the Ed Sullivan show - 1959


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Thatcher - I miss you sooooo much. 


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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Baby Cardigan

So.... I am knitting along on a baby blanket for my niece and I thought I had posted about this but apparently not, so I will have to post about that another day.  I'm 99.9% sure that my niece doesn't read my blog, in fact, I seriously doubt she is even aware of it. So I feel okay posting about here.

I am currently crocheting this really sweet pattern I found.  It is vintage and I love things like that... it is a crochet pattern from a 1950 leaflet.

I think I will make the sleeves a bit shorter.  An I am not sure I will make the bonnet, I think I would rather make a hat instead. I found the pattern at Free Vintage Crochet's website because I was searching for a baby cardigan and something about this one just appealed to me.

As you can see, they made the model out of grey and white - LOL !!  Actually I have no idea what color it is since the photo is black and white.  But it is a solid color with a light trim. 

I decided to use 5 colors though !!  I can envision in my head what I want it to look like when done, kind of watermelon colors.  I even searched high and low for a couple of cute PINK watermelon buttons and finally found some in the scrapbook section at Hobby Lobby.

I went to my favorite local knitting shop - the Needlenook, to get my yarn.  I thought they would have an abundance of baby yarn in the colors I wanted but alas, they didn't have as much baby yarn as I recalled.  I didn't exactly find the bright colors I was looking for but instead I found this beautiful soft sweet baby yarn that was imported from England.  It is from a company called Sirdar and the colors was softer and more subtle then I was originally looking for but I liked them so got one skein of each color.


You will notice the white is Plymouth Yarn, not Sirdar.  I didn't even look when I picked it up so I don't know if they didn't have the white in Sirdar or if some other shopper before me had just placed some Plymouth in the Sirdar bin.  Had I known it wasn't Sirdar, I probably would have looked for the Sirdar yarn, because I like everything to match (I'm OCD that way). 

The colors are really pretty and I hope the cardigan comes out like I see it in my head.

I finished the first color in an evening - the dark pink, while watching a Dr. Who (David Tennant) marathon.  It looks much darker in this photo then it does in real life.  It works up pretty fast.  I had quite a time since I was cat sitting the same weekend and my sister's kitty cat, thought it was quite a bit of fun to keep grabbing my skein and run off with it.


A few night's later, back at home, I worked on the next couple of colors while watching the Olympics - GO USA !! 

It doesn't look much like a cardigan until you fold it over and start seeing it come together.


I've already started on the next color so I will keep you posted.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Pinterest - Dumb Stuff # 1

I see (what I consider to be) a lot of really dumb stuff on Pinterest - now I see a lot of great stuff there but there are things that I just think that if people really stop and think about it for a moment, they would realize how really dumb the idea they are pinning truly is.

Take this for instance....

The pin says "Place a layer of wax paper on top of upper kitchen cabinets where dust and grease particles gather. Every few months, switch out the paper for a fresh sheet. What a smart and simple idea!"

Now . . .   I don't know about you but if  you are only getting up on top of your cabinets about 4 times a year, then do you really need to go through all the trouble and expense of buying wax paper, tearing it off the exact size as your cabinet tops, laying it all up there and then a few months later, coming back, removing them all, throwing them away (wasteful) and then repeat the cutting the sheets the exact size, and relining the tops of the cabinets.  This process would take much longer then just getting up there and wiping it down with a damp dishrag and then washing the dishrag with the regular laundry.

Wiping the cabinets down...free..takes about 5 minutes.  Buying wax paper, making them the exact size of the cabinet tops, throwing them about, repeating the process over and over....cost some money (not a lot but still) and is so wasteful, not to mention time consuming - probably would take a good 30 minutes or more to do all that.

Just grab a damp dishrag, people and dust the cabinets off. Geez !!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

2012 Movies - Version 07.12

Listing of movies I've seen in 2012 (does not include TV movies or movies I've re-watched)

A indicates my favorite for the month.

July 2012
Crazy, Stupid, Love - Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone - what's not to like ?  Cute movie.
Dolphin Tale - A true story - sweet - great family movie (which sadly you don't see too much of anymore)
It's Kind of a Funny Story - from Focus films so I knew I'd like it.  Very good story - I really enjoyed it.
Ted - Oh my goodness - so hilarious !! I laughed so much !!
Unstoppable - Denzel Washington; Chris Pine - very intense - very good. 
Moonrise Kingdom - charming, sweet & kind of quirky but I really liked it. Great cast.
The Big Year - lots of big names but never heard of it before - was just okay - middle of the road for me.

June 2012
Mr. Popper's Penguins - pretty cute, would have been better without the poop jokes but I am sure it made the kids laugh.
Rock of Ages - just when I think I can't love Tom Cruise anymore, here he comes as Stacee Jaxx
Hangover II - pretty funny-like the first one but set it Bancock
Kung Fu Panda II - cute, they set it up for a part III right at the end.
Brave - the latest Disney/Pixar creations - wonderful, of course !

Magic Mike - great dancing, not so great acting.

May 2012  
Monte Carlo - pretty cute teen movie with a Prince & the Pauper theme.
Going the Distance - Drew Barrymore flick - was ok but not her best film by any means
The Kids are Alright - pretty good story but too much unnecessary nudity
One Day - long love story, the finally get together and then tragedy strikes
Paul - alien movie where Blythe Danner drops the f-bomb, shows you how good it was - NOT !
Dark Shadows - way better than I thought it would be based on the reviews I'd heard - I really liked it.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - great legendary British actors in this movie, interesting to see Indian culture.

April 2012
Eat, Pray, Love - better than I thought it would be.
Horrible Bosses - was okay, didn't hate it, didn't love it - but did not like Jennifer Aniston's character at all
Chimpanzee - so sweet, so amazing, incredible photography - wow !
Water for Elephants - the book was a bit slow to me, so was the movie - good acting though.
Pirates - Band of Misfits (3D) - funny, cute story - I love 3D
Larry Crowne - Tom Hanks/Julie Roberts.  I heard a lot of bad reviews for this when it first came out but I decided to watch it and I liked it.
Magi

March 2012
The Way - staring Martin Sheen, about a man taking over a pilgrimage for his son, pretty good
Legally Blond 2 - I love Reese Witherspoon but ... the first Legally Blond was great, the didn't need #2
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - very funny movie - romance but also drama - I loved it.
Cedar Rapids - watched on HBO, was just okay
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son - also on HBO - also just okay
Bridemaids - not as crude as I thought it was going to be (really only a couple of crude scenes), it was a pretty good story but not sure what the big hoopla was about it.  Also don't know why Melissa McCarthy was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, she did a fine job but she wasn't any more special then the other girls in it.   

February 2012
Extremely Loud and Incredible Close - good acting, had a lot of narration, a little upsetting
Warhorse - Epic storytelling in classic Steven Spielberg fashion - I loved it
Moneyball - true story - good but kind of slow for me
Ides of March - very good, incredible to know stuff like that (or worse) goes on in real life. 
Tree of Life - very artsy movie that was HORRIBLE
Midnight in Paris - sweet, charming and romantic. 

January 2012
Something Borrowed - good story but moved a little slow I thought
Mean Girls - really liked it
Hall Pass - just okay - was crude and predictable
Twilight - Breaking Dawn Part I - good, a little cheesy when the werewolves talked to each other though
Insidious - not as scary as I thought it would be but was creepy and spooky without gore
The Artist - I LOVED this movie - LOVED it !!    ❤ ❤ ❤
The Karate Kid (the newer one with Jaden Smith) - never saw it before, they should have named it The Kung-Fu Kid, I wonder why they didn't?
The Descendants - good movie, good acting, beautiful location
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