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Showing posts with label movies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label movies. Show all posts

Friday, March 30, 2012

A Message From Dr. Seuss

Or, as Dr. Seuss would say -  go visit The Lorax in Three-D. Why not?

"A young boy residing in a polluted, grim world visits a strange creature called the Once-ler. He asks the Once-ler why the world is in such a run-down state. The Once-ler explains to the boy that he arrived in a beautiful, cheerful world containing happy, playful fauna that spent their days romping around blissfully among "Truffula trees." The Once-ler begins to cut down the truffula trees, thinking they will help him craft "Thneeds," his invention that he thinks everyone will need."

"The Lorax, a small orange creature, appears from the stump of a truffula tree. He "speaks for the trees" and warns the Once-ler of the consequences of cutting down the truffula trees, but the Once-ler ignores him. Soon the once beautiful land becomes polluted and the fauna flee to find more hospitable habitats. Eventually the final Truffula tree is cut down, leading to the closure of Once-Ler's factory and the disappearance of the Lorax. The movie then returns to the present, ending on an ambiguous yet optimistic note where the Once-Ler, in a sense of remorse, gives the boy the last Truffula seed and encourages him to plant it so that Truffula trees can return as well as the fauna, and so would the Lorax" 

It was fun to listen to the voices of Betty White, Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms and Taylor Swift!  And, the added bonus of viewing in Three-D made it vibrant. 

Remember, we can help save the "Truffula Trees"!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

You Don't Want To Miss It

What an interesting, fun and well done movie. This is for any of you that do not know the story behind the film.

After reading the review by the New York Times there was no way I could tell you about this movie and do it justice. So this is what they had to say.

"Remember the old days, when movies were glorious, magical and mute? Neither do I. But the passing of the silent era from memory into myth is what “The Artist,” Michel Hazanavicius’s dazzling cinematic objet d’art, is all about. This is not a work of film history but rather a generous, touching and slightly daffy expression of unbridled movie love. Though its protagonist mourns the arrival of sound, “The Artist” itself is more interested in celebrating the range and power of a medium that can sparkle, swoon and suffer so beautifully that it doesn’t really need to have anything to say. Strictly speaking Mr. Hazanavicius’s film is not a silent movie. There is a lot of music on the soundtrack and also a few strategic moments of onscreen noise that are both delightfully surprising and wildly illogical. The whole conceit of the picture is spun in willful disregard of the laws governing time, space and sound, an embrace of the preposterous that is perhaps more reminiscent of the spirit of early French cinema than of the old Hollywood where the action takes place". — A. O. Scott

There seem to be a lot of movies showing at this time that I would like to see. There is a great little theater nearby that is very current with their film selections. And, it is nice to get the senior discount. I never thought in my life I would say that! 

Have Fun and go to the movies.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Homemade French Onion Soup And A Movie

Even though I have been extremely uncomfortable with back pain and pain radiating into both legs, I was able to get it together enough to put on the soup pot and make some Homemade French Onion Soup for MSM and myself.  He said he was hungry for Applebee's soup but did not necessarily want to drive to Sonora (23 miles) to get some. So, we looked their recipe up on the Internet and proceeded to prepare some. We used this recipe - Baked French Onion Soup


There was such a nice aroma from the sautéing onions on this nice autumn day.

And, this is what it looked like when taken from the oven. It was very good. However, I am going to make a different recipe that I made many times in years past. It is a little different and I would like to compare the two recipes. But, it sure looks pretty ~ doesn't it? 

And, then we had time for an afternoon movie which we enjoyed. Well, I must call it a day and get some rest. I am hoping to go to church in the morning. 

I wish you a Good Weekend.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Sunday Morning Flowers And More

When I opened the front door on Sunday morning I was greeted by MSM coming to walk with me to church and he had FLOWERS! I almost forgot about the loveliness of receiving flowers every month on our monthly, yes, monthly, anniversary. Yes, I am very spoiled, but only, in some ways.

After church, I arranged the BOUQUET and they are gorgeous - - - and so enjoyable for a flower lover, such as myself.

Afterwards, we went to Brunch and then a little later we went to the movies to see Bad Teacher which we found to be very funny and entertaining.

The last few weeks of this beautiful weather we have been enjoying eating outside in this very pleasant gazebo. I have had this in a box in the garage for a few years and I have never set it up. So, I surprised MSM  one evening when he was coming over to eat.  And, we had a "candle light supper".

Speaking of BOUQUETS - - - Do you ever watch the British sitcom, Keeping Up With Appearances? I still get a kick out of Hyacinth Bucket who insists on being called Mrs Bouquet! And, I think it is fun to say ~ "candle light supper"  because it always makes me laugh!


Enjoy your Day!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Juicy Hamburgers And A Movie Plus A Yarn Bowl

Can you top that for a spontaneous evening out. Diamondback Grill has some of the best hamburgers around. If you arrive after six o'clock in the evening you will have to wait for seating. It is a very busy place every day.

"The Diamondback Grill was established in 1991 in a tiny 25-seat diner in Sonora, California. The location had been a diner for over 90 years and represented a true slice of Americana with chrome and red vinyl stools with a pink Formica counter. In short order indeed, lines were forming out the door by customers waiting for juicy half-pound burgers, marinated chicken salads and goat cheese stuffed chiles. Ranchers and lawyers can be seen elbow to elbow at our counter with shirt sleeves rolled up, biting into half pound burgers of locally raised grass fed beef and melting Fiscalini Farms cheddar cheese, all at prices that make our city dwelling friends green with envy."

The Adjustment Bureau was a fast moving enjoyable movie with lots of action. It seems as though we are going to the movies almost every week which feels a little strange to me. My childhood experience did not include going to the movies because off very strict parental control. Recently, there have been a lot of movies that have our interest and we are having a good time.

Surprisingly, I came home with "a little something" from a yarn store that is across the street from the "burger place." I saw it in the window and I have been interested in having one for some time now. I am still quite frugal and when MSM said  "let's go in" I hesitated. Within five minutes I was walking out with a Yarn Bowl. I think they are nice to have so the ball of yarn doesn't roll around. And, an added bonus is that it was made by a local artisan.

In the past we had about four yarn shops nearby. However, with the recession some of them have closed and the shop in Sonora is the only shop nearby. And ~ ~ ~ it is a very nice quality shop with a very wide selection of "everything".

The name of the shop is By Hand Yarn 

I hope you have a Beautiful Day.

Friday, March 04, 2011

How Much Activity Can You Put Into Seven Days

The past seven days have been busier than usual but everything went very well. We have been to the movie, UNKNOWN starring Liam Neesom, out of the area for a little shopping and again out of the area for appointment with MSM's cardiologist and a local appointment for me for a long overdue physical exam. Remember, living in the mountains means that sometimes we have to travel out of the area for some of our shopping and medical appointments.


The beautiful blossoming trees were all over the place down in the valley and it was a  fabulous sunshiny day.

One day away this past week ended with a very nice Japanese Bento Box dinner. This past Christmas time, MSM started enjoying Japanese food with me. I have liked sushi and sashimi as well as most japanese food for a long time. Unfortuneately, we do not have a quality Japanese Restarurant nearby where we live. But, this was good.

This week we also attended the evening Taize' service that takes place once a month at our little church. Since, I live so close to the church we usually walk.

During the Taize' service we had a big lightning and thunder storm. The lightning was so bright that we could see the bright flashes through the church windows. I was a little concerned about Lily being at home an frightened. And, yes, she was very upset when we returned home and needed a lot of comforting. She eventially calmed down and so did her "comforter". Both of them were sound a sleep in no time. Now, that was the end of a busy seven days!

Yes, we certainly know how to pack a lot into our days. And, that was just some of the activities. 

I hope you are having a Fabulous Day.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The SNOW Is Melting

Yes, the storm finally came and another one is on the way in a day or two. But, for the time being the current snowfall is starting to melt. At my home it started last evening with gusto and continued throughout the night. In addition to the rather heavy snow the electricity went off at 7:30 PM. and did not come back on until early this morning. So, shortly after the power went out I lit my very efficient Aladdin Kerosene Lamp that I bought when I first moved up to the foothills. I have not had to use it very often through the years. But, I am always glad that I have it when needed. This past summer I had it fully serviced by a local lamp specialist (the one and only time) and I am so glad that I did. A couple years ago, I used it to knit by when the power was off. This is what it looked like then.

Since, I did not feel like doing any handwork if I had other options, I starting thinking what I might do to occupy the time until the lights came back on. I remembered that I had a couple DVD's that I had not viewed and that I had  my laptop computer which can run on the batteries. So, I watched EAT PRAY LOVE. It was a fun way to pass the long evening hours. 

Without electricity the house can get very cold. However, that was not the case for me. Fortunately, in 2005 I replaced a wood burning stove in the living room with a great propane burning stove. It is so nice, and Lily really loves it also. 

Speaking of Lily. Look at these small foot prints in the snow. She was so cute when she willingly went out in her red thermal jammies to do her business. I wasn't able to take a photo of her but I sure wish I could have.

These camillia blossoms will  proably be fine since they are in bud form. We just have to wait and see.

 With the melting snow, the creek level is starting to rise below my bridge.

I find the color contrast of this rock and snow interesting.

For a native Southern California gal, I always get a thrill with the amount of snow that has been visiting me here in the foothills. And, we have certainly been getting more in the recent years. There were many years when we did not have snowfall at this elevation of 2,000 foot.

Thanks for sharing my "Snow Thrill" with me.

I send Happy Wishes for a great day to all of you.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Rainy Day Entertainment

Yesterday afternoon was a good time to go to the movies because we were having a heavy rain storm. The movie provided a lot of good laughs and was very entertaining. I especially enjoyed the performance of Janet Jackson.

As outrageous as the story line was at times, I have no reason not to think that there are many marriages that are as tumultuous as Tyler Perry's comical depiction of "the journey of the marriage".  For me, I have always preferred a life that is a little less chaotic! That does not mean that I haven't had a chaotic life at times. It is nice that at this age I know how to avoid all the "trauma drama" for the most part.

Go see the movie. It was a lot of fun.

Laugh a little Today.

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Day To Play

Out 'n' About is becoming a common activity of mine - - - and I like it! Today we went to see a movie. But, before the movie we had lunch at a favorite restaurant of mine that is known for its outstanding hamburgers that are prepared with fresh and organic (whenever possible) ingredients. Oh, so good. A little red wine and a side order of deep fried onion rings and you just can not go wrong. If you are in the historic town of Sonora in the Sierra Nevada foothills, stop by Diamond Back Bar and Grill. You won't be sorry.

The movie was Bounty Hunter with Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. A really fun movie!

I hope you have a Good day.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Time Traveler's Wife

I decided to stop in the middle of my day and go to the movies because I wanted to see The Time Traveler's Wife while it was at our local theater. For me it was time well spent. It is nice to have total diversion once in a while, especially in the middle of the day when running errands. I enjoyed it a lot. I have not read the book. It sounds as if the people that have read the book feel like the movie is very weak in its portrayal. Sometimes, I think it is better not to read the book prior to going to the movie. I hope you go see it.

Let me know what you think about it. Would you like to know what is in your future life? Do you think you would live your life differently? Is it similar to when an expected life frame is given to a terminally ill person?

Our life's a stage, a comedy:

                                                          either learn to play and take it lightly,

or bear its troubles patiently.

- - - Palladas



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High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2011

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2011

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014