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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wednesday Medley

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Hello, dear friends.  Happy Halloween!  It looks like it's going to be a picture-perfect evening for the trick-or-treaters tonight here in Massachusetts. 

Today I am linking up with my friend, Terri, who writes the questions for Wednesday Medley.   

1. You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final person left, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

I would like to be the smart, beautiful one who speaks quietly and interrogates all the suspects with a crisp, British accent.

By the way, all of the tall, dark, and handsome possible murderers are madly in love with me her.  

It may take me a while to answer the next question.

I want to sit here and wallow in my fantasy.

2. While watching scary movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person with their eyes covered the whole time or the person who falls asleep?

Art Fire

I am usually the person that likes to warn the characters to watch out.

Fun fact: they never listen.

3. If you were dared to spend the night in a “haunted house,” would you do it?


I would rather stick my head in an elephant's mouth than stay overnight in a haunted house.

4. Favorite horror monster or villain?

The first thing that pops to mind is the winner of the Sister of the Year award, otherwise known as Blanche in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 

I don't know what is scarier... the actual movie or the fact that Bette Davis designed her own makeup.

5. Favorite horror or Halloween-themed song?

Do you know what is even more horror-able?

Your Special Unique Wedding

Flashbacks of myself attempting doing the thriller dance at weddings.

6. Tell us something random about your week.

On Friday, I am off to the first Christmas Fest of 2018.  I haven't been to this one for a couple of years, and I am looking forward to it.

Happy Halloween!

Until next time...


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Alfred Hitchcock Presents/Saturday 9

Hello, dear friends.  I am reporting to you smack dab in the middle of our first Nor'easter of the season. 

I have spent most of the morning coaxing our diva of a Maltipoo, Chili, outside to take care of business.  She does not like to get her hair wet.  Speaking of hair, her stylist canceled on us this week.  
Can you blame her? 

Her brother, Chowdah, on the other hand, loves rain because he is a huge fan of mud and could play in it for days.

My struggles are real, people.  Anyway, I had so much fun linking up last week with Sam and the Saturday 9 crowd that I decided to make an encore appearance.  If you are a blogger - join in.  If you are a wonderful reader, leave a comment with your answers.  I love reading them.  Have pity on me.  Have I mentioned the Nor'easter?

1.  The master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, was born in England.  Name another pop culture contribution England has made.

Bond, James Bond.
The Mister's Idol is the first thing that comes to mind.

2. This week's song is recognized as the theme to Hitchcock's long-running TV Show, but "Funeral March for a Marionette" is a classic piece written for piano in the late 1870s by Charles Gounod.  Do you often listen to classical music?

I don't listen to classical piano music.  Don't judge.  However, I am a fan of Jim Brickman's so you can usually hear plenty of piano throughout the house Brickman-style on my Sonos.  If you haven't heard of him, you can listen to a sample here.

3.  Janet Leigh's shower scene in Hitchcock's Psycho is considered one of the scariest sequences ever filmed.  What's the most frightening movie you've ever seen?

The Mister and I went to see Silence of the Lambs when we were dating.  I was scared, but not nearly as much as the Mister who spent most of the movie squeezing his eyes shut and practically sitting on my lap.  Definitely not 007 behavior. 

Needless to say, that was the first and last scary movie that we have seen as a couple.

4. Hitchcock admitted that he never trusted birds, and he took that fear and turned it into the movie, The Birds.  Is there a member of the animal kingdom that gives you "the creeps."

I've never warmed up to sloths.
Especially the one who goes to my nail salon and never shuts up.

5.   Halloween will soon be upon us.  Will you carve a jack o'lantern this year?


I will not carve a pumpkin for fear of being apprehended for pumpkin abuse.

6. What candy will trick or treaters get at your house?

I have a whole new game plan for this Halloween.  I usually don't buy my candy until minutes before the first Halloweener rings the bell.  That way, I escape the embarrassment of greeting the trick-or-treaters with chocolate smeared on my chin and the news that I inhaled all of our treats.  They are never happy with my very fair alternative - an expired can of soup or green beans.

No sirree... it's a whole new ball game.   This year I plan on purchasing bags of candy that I hate.
We'll see how that works.
Unfortunately, I am gifted with very adaptable taste buds so my hopes are not high.

7. When you went trick or treating, did you prefer fantasy costumes (like a storybook character) or scary ones (like a monster)?

I preferred TV Characters which is not a surprise to anyone who knows me.

When I was about 8 years old, I dressed up as my idol and style icon, Sr. Bertrille.

As an adult, I dressed as Martha Stewart leaving jail in a poncho and ankle monitor.

Easiest costume in the world.
Even Martha would be proud.

8.  Which candy was your favorite?  


It's a tie.

And this would be an appreciated bonus!

Which one were you disappointed to find in your trick or treat bag?

A box of "nature's candy" could throw me into tears for days.

9.  Which do you find scarier - cemeteries or haunted houses?

This contraption is a lot scarier.
Especially the day after Halloween.
Anybody know the calorie count on a box of Good & Plenty? 

Until next time...

Friday, October 26, 2018

Star Gazing & TV Talk

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you are enjoying your week. Today's post is all about my favorite hobby - watching television.  There are a lot of new shows and new seasons of old shows ripping up the airwaves. 
Boy, am I ever happy that we are done with the reruns.  Now if we could get rid of the plethora of political ads, life would be rosy.

Talk about dream jobs.  The above photo is of One Gun Ranch in Malibu.  Last weekend my #1 daughter and a few of her associates planned a dinner there for Fossil's new spokesperson, Mandy Moore, star of This Is Us.  It was attended by about twenty Influencers.  If you're wondering what an Influencer is, it is a fashion/decorating blogger/Instagrammer that have more than a zillion followers.

Note to self:  next gig in my next life.

Here are some pics that my girl sent me of her evening. 

My #1 said that the grounds were gorgeous and the table setting was magazine worthy.

My daughter asked Mandy's manager if Chrissy Metz was available to come as well.  Sure enough, she came!  My #1 said that Chrissy was very sweet.  She was a lot like her character, Kate. 

My girl said that Mandy Moore is not only drop-dead gorgeous but gracious, as well.  She stayed longer than expected and seemed to enjoy herself.  Mandy gave my girl a hug and told her that she is delighted to be representing Fossil and thanked her for the fabulous evening.

I'm not sure what biodynamic food is, but here is their cookbook.


We are watching the latest season of The Durells and loving every minute of it.
Stay tuned for my upcoming post on Corfu.

This is the final season for A Place To Call Home.  
I'm so sorry to see this one go. 

The only word for this show is painful.
Bring back The Chew.

Just when I was starting to get used to Megyn and her show, it's time to say bye-bye.  Obviously, she had a real problem with foot-in-the-mouth disease.

I think this season of RHOC is lame.
And not just because Shannon and Tamra featured boots for most of it.

I haven't watched a medical drama since I gave up on Grey's Anatomy in its third season.  I decided to give New Amsterdam a try.  Ryan Eggold, formally of Black List, lights up the screen with his stunning looks and charismatic delivery.  No pun intended.  
This is one of my two favorite new shows.

A Million Little Things is my second new favorite show.  Great characters and storylines.  It is being compared to The Big Chill, but I think that it's better.

One of the things about This Is Us that keeps me coming back for more is the fact that each episode delves into a character's history. The last one that I watched went back in time to show glimpses of Jack's childhood and relationship with his father.  If you haven't seen it, make sure you have tissues within reach.

I love Murphy.
I hate the laugh track.

I haven't had a chance to watch this one yet.
Has anyone seen it?
What's the verdict? 

What have you been watching these days?

Until next time...

Well - NYT

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