March 31 2017

Five Favorites Friday – Superheroes

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but superheroes are having a resurgence in movies and on television.  With all the advances in technology, superheroes are more fun to watch than ever. While looking online, I found a list of all the superheroes from comics and that list is really lengthy – wow.  Still, it was not too difficult for me to pick my top five. I’m very patriotic so the superheroes wearing red, white, and blue are the ones that I’m drawn to first!

Wonder Woman

I so loved Wonder Woman as a kid! Beauty, brains, and super strength! I sure wanted to have that golden lasso that made people tell the truth. I recently received a DVD set of all the Wonder Woman TV episodes starring Lynda Carter. It’s been a hoot to watch them again. Yes, they are rather cheesy but Lynda Carter “fighting for the old Red, White, and Blue” with that megawatt smile was/is a superhero in my book! When they started making new movies with Batman, Spiderman, and Superman, I eagerly awaited a Wonder Woman movie. It’s been a long wait… Maybe Hollywood felt as I did and that no one could be a better Wonder Woman than Carter. When they finally got going and cast Gal Gadot, I was skeptical to say the least. But after seeing her first appearance in “Batman Vs. Superman,” I was won over a bit; so I’m really looking forward to the new Wonder Woman movie coming out June 2nd!



Superman – the quintessential superhero. There have been quite a few actors to play Superman. I think it can be a tricky role. He has to be strong and fierce but also compassionate with a certain vulnerability. And don’t forget that fun, quirky side that is Clark Kent. And it’s important that those glasses make him look entirely different. Haha! For me, Christopher Reeve had all of these things and more. To this day, the musical score for those movies can still make me emotional, especially when he flies by flashing those baby blues – oh my! When they rebooted the franchise with Brandon Routh, I thought he made a decent Superman and I wanted to see more. But then they started over yet again and cast Henry Cavill. I was annoyed but I have to admit they were right. Henry is a super Superman. May he stay in the role a long time. Side note: he was also great in “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” – wish they would make a sequel to that movie!



All I knew about Thor was that he was some hammer-wielding god that made thunder and lightning. When I heard that Chris Hemsworth was cast as Thor in the Avengers movies, I was happy because I had noticed him in his small role as James Kirk’s father in the 2009 Star Trek reboot. At the time, I thought Hemsworth should have been cast as Kirk. As it turns out, I’m glad he went on to Thor fame instead. Okay, I admit I mostly watch the Avengers for Thor. I am sure I’m not the only one. Hah. What I’m not sure about is the new look with shorter hair for the newest film coming out in November. I’m all for short hair on guys but Thor? We shall see…


Captain America

Once again, it’s all about the red, white, and blue for me with this hero. He’s Captain America after all!


This pick might be a bit obscure but I still remember watching the show “Isis” when I was a kid.  She was usually on every other Saturday alternating with “Shazam.”  I wasn’t as fond of “Shazam” so it was always a great Saturday when “Isis” was on! She could harness the power of the elements allowing her to fly and do all kinds of neat stuff. She was similar to Wonder Woman in that she transformed whenever she needed to fight evil. Her power came from an amulet. I thought she was pretty cool but I doubt she will ever get a reboot because the name, Isis, unfortunately has a different connotation these days.

Honorable mentions: Wolverine and Black Panther

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March 29 2017

Out, Damned Stone! Out, I say!

Way back in February (the 21st to be exact), I posted about my husband and his battle with a kidney stone. You can see that post here: Starlord Goes to the ER. Well as luck (or the unlucky) would have it, Starlord was unable to pass that kidney stone on his own despite his best efforts. Side note: jumping up and down vigorously does not dislodge a stone. Really, it doesn’t. Who knew?

Last week it was time to get rid of the blasted thing by… well… by getting it blasted (with a laser that is – how ironic). His procedure was scheduled for noon. Frankly, what a stupid time. I mean, does the doctor eat lunch beforehand? Or does he wait on lunch so he’s hungry and may not be entirely focused on what’s he’s doing? Then he makes a mistake because he’s distracted by the angry growls of his stomach? These are the thoughts that go through my slightly demented mind. Anyway… as it turns out, I think the doctor took a long lunch and a siesta before the procedure because he didn’t even start until after 3:00pm! Meanwhile, I was in the waiting room thinking that something had gone horribly wrong because it was only supposed to take an hour and Starlord was in the pre-op area with nothing to do but twiddle his thumbs. He wasn’t allowed to have his phone and so he couldn’t even let me know what was going on. AND they didn’t even have the decency to give him some happy juice while he was anxiously awaiting his procedure. At one point, I angrily demanded an update and this was when I learned of the delay. It sure would have been really nice to know about the delay as I could have gone home for a while, gotten some lunch, and played with the dog. Instead I watched an endless stream of game shows on TV completely ignoring all the reading material I had brought because I was too stressed to focus on reading.  They really should give happy juice to the people in the waiting room – just saying.

They finally did get around to blasting that stone and it was a good thing too because it had gotten stuck and was never going to pass on its own. Whew! While Starlord was in recovery, my task was to head to the pharmacy and get his prescriptions. When I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to find no one in the waiting area. What a stroke of luck (finally)! So I walked up to the window where the pharmacist promptly told me to take a number. What? I looked around. Nope. No one else there. Okay… I approached the ticket dispenser. It looked like this:

Well, there was one difference – no ticket protruding. I could not seem to figure out how to get a ticket out and I didn’t want to break the darn thing. The pharmacist noticed my struggles and said, “Pull the black flap out, lift the red part.” Voila! I could grab a ticket. Duh! I sheepishly looked at the pharmacist and said “I didn’t want to break it.” To which he replied, “I do, every day.  It does that all the time.” Alrighty then. I looked at the ticket. It was number 55. Well, what do you know? I was next! Woohoo!  *eye roll*  I tried to hand the ticket to the pharmacist but he just glanced at it and pointed to the trashcan next to me. “You can toss it.” *head smack*  At this point, I was too exhausted to really try to understand the whole ticket process which is probably some military procedural requirement with ticket dispensing. So I sat down to wait for the meds to be ready. I was told it would be 15 minutes. No sweat. After all, I’d been at the hospital since 9:30am and it was currently 4:30pm. What was another 15 minutes? As I was waiting, a woman strolled up to grab a ticket. Let me just say, I had closed the dispenser with one ticket hanging out nicely for the next person. Alas, this poor woman became another victim of the evil little device because as she tried to take a ticket, four more came out. Stupid thing. The dispenser, not the woman.  Just thought I should clarify. I continued to wait and suddenly a second pharmacist came up and called out, “Number 57!” Uh… it was obvious that there were a bunch of tickets hanging out of the dispenser but he didn’t seem to notice. He just kept calling out “57!” After a while, I thought I should point out the problem to him but that’s when this guy strolled in, grabbed the number 57 ticket, and happily went to the pharmacist who was still shouting for number 57. All’s well that ends well, I suppose. I never found out what happened with number 58 as I was finally able to get Starlord’s meds.

Back I went to check on my husband to see if they had returned him to the area that I could actually see him. Well, wouldn’t you know it, they were wheeling him in right as I arrived. And what did my beloved say to me when he saw me? The woman who had just spent an entire day in a waiting room worried about him, subsisting on a dried out deli sandwich and tepid water because the soda machine wouldn’t take her dollar bill, and watching Howie Mandel torture contestants by asking them “deal or no deal?” What did he say to the woman who had just gotten his Vicodin, for goodness sake? He said, “There you are! You slacker!” Had my ears deceived me? There was no way my husband of almost 29 years had said that! So I said “What?!” And he said, “You’ve been slacking on me!” What the HELL?!  Okay, okay, don’t panic, I thought. It’s the after effects of the anesthesia. He’s not himself. After all, he’s just been through an extremely hard day and had a nasty stone blasted from his nether region. I laughed it off (sorta). After they got him situated, drinking some juice and eating a granola bar, he seemed pretty coherent; so I asked him if he remembered calling me a slacker. Okay, I was still peeved and I wanted him to apologize. Oh, he remembered all right!  “Well, where have you been all this time? You were slacking on me!” I guess I kind of should not have even remotely gone there again. But it seems I was not the only one who found this a bit odd. As we were getting ready to leave for home at long last, one of the nurses whispered to me, “You sure you want to take him home? We can keep him overnight,” and gave me a wink. I can’t lie. I thought about it.

Instead, we went home and collapsed. And may we never repeat a day like that again! Because next time, I may just really slack off!

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March 26 2017

Beauty and the Beast – Movie Review

I really wanted to love this movie. Ever since Disney has started remaking their classics as live action films, I’ve been loving it. Maleficent is one of my favorite movies of all time and I thought Cinderella was wonderful. I also thoroughly enjoyed Jungle Book. I was delighted to hear that Beauty and the Beast was next up. Since this is a tale as “old as time”, I’m going to assume that most people know the premise of the story. So where do I begin? While there was nothing awful about this film, there was also nothing spectacular either. The three previous remakes all had a special something that added to the story to make it unique, in particular Maleficent. I don’t feel that they succeeded in doing this with Beauty and the Beast.

When I first heard that Emma Watson was set to play Belle, I thought she was a perfect choice, but her facial expressions throughout the movie seemed off to me. It was obvious at times that she was acting with a “green screen.” She also didn’t have that joyful expression that I was expecting. And I guess that was part of my problem; I kept comparing this film to the animated version and the character of Belle just did not live up to my expectations.

Having said that, I do think that the Beast was well done and believable. There were moments of humor involving the Beast that were reminiscent of the animated film that I enjoyed. Oddly enough, my favorite character in the film was Gaston, played perfectly by Luke Evans. That’s really saying a lot because Gaston was my least favorite character before now. Haha. But I felt like Luke Evans embraced this character heart and soul and it really showed. I would also be remiss if I didn’t say that the ballroom scene made me a little teary eyed. It’s the pivotal scene to this movie and it was nicely done. Still, I also felt it was a tad too short. This is where they could have made this film great – instead of unnecessarily fleshing out Belle’s father’s back story, they could have focused more on why Belle and the Beast fall in love. After all, this is a love story. I do think that if you have never seen Beauty and the Beast before now, you would love this film. And while Belle’s yellow ball gown usually gets the most attention, her dress at the end of the movie is to die for!

My score: B-

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March 24 2017

Five Favorites Friday – Things I Love About Albuquerque

Come this June, I will have lived in Albuquerque for 19 years.  That’s the longest I’ve lived anywhere! My husband is retired AF and we were first stationed in Albuquerque back in 1996 for five years. We returned to Albuquerque in 2003 and decided this is where we would “retire” from military life. While I can’t say we were world travelers during our twenty years in the Air Force, we both had seen enough of different places to know that Albuquerque felt like home. So what makes us love this place? The climate suits us. The summers are long, the humidity is low, and winters are fairly mild with little snowfall. For my husband, there are plenty of places to go fishing that are close by and that makes him happy.  For me, the city is not too big but there is plenty to do and it’s a casual – I like casual. Here are five more favorite things I love about my adopted hometown:

Hot Air Balloons

You know when autumn has arrived in Albuquerque because you start to see hot air balloons in the sky every morning. Each year in early October for nine days, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place and it is glorious. We live very close to the Balloon Fiesta Park so sometimes all we need to do is look out our windows to see hundreds of balloons ascend! It’s the largest hot air balloon festival in the world and a feast for the eyes. I take so many pictures every year of all the wonderful balloons and I never grow tired of it. My favorites are always the special shaped balloons.

O Beautiful for Spacious Skies

This is a view I often see on my way home from work and it’s something I rarely take for granted. Those blue skies and fluffy white clouds are breathtaking. I’ve often heard people who are visiting exclaim at the clarity and brilliant blue of the sky. And it really is amazing if you haven’t been to the Southwest before. When I lived in Ohio for five years, it was these skies that I often missed. It really feels like you can see forever.

Popejoy Hall

In recent years, we’ve started buying season tickets to the theater. I am really amazed at the wonderful shows that Popejoy is able to bring to Albuquerque. We’ve seen Lion King, Wicked, South Pacific, Pirates of Penzance, and many, many more.  My favorites by far have been Mamma Mia! and Million Dollar Quartet.  If you haven’t seen them and have the chance, go!  If you look at the picture above, I’ve circled the seats we have each year.

Sandia Mountains

I grew up in Colorado Springs so I had the privilege of seeing Pikes Peak every day. That peak is magnificent and will always have a special place in my heart. When we first moved to Albuquerque, I wasn’t that impressed with the Sandia Mountains. I think I was expecting a more definitive peak like in the Springs. Plus the Sandias are in the east and Pikes Peak is in the west. Since I’m not someone that has an innate sense of the cardinal directions, I have always relied on the mountains being in the west. I still have trouble with this as times and want to say the mountains are in the west. Wow, some habits really die hard! Still, over time I have really come to love these mountains and the brilliant displays of color reflected on them when the suns sets. That’s the beauty of the Sandias being in the east, the sun setting allows for those brilliant colors.

Rio Grande Zoo


My absolute favorite place to visit in Albuquerque. I could post hundreds of pictures but will settle for three. This zoo is so beautiful and my family and I have spent many happy hours here. We always see something new here and it just keeps getting better all the time. The addition of behind the scenes tours has been an especially wonderful treat for us. I will have to share more about the zoo in the future because it means so much to me.  Stay tuned!


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March 23 2017

Paying for Bruises and Other Random Stuff

This week has kind of been like the weather – all over the place.  So this post is going to be like that. Let’s hope it makes sense when all is said and done.

With the convenience of online shopping, it’s become a rarity for me to go to the mall. This past Sunday, however, my daughter and I decided to see what was new and get a little exercise. Plus we wanted to stop by the Build-a-Bear store because they now have a Pikachu! Okay, that was the only reason we went to the mall. But we did walk the whole mall (gosh darn it!) and got some exercise. Shopping can wear you out so when we came upon some of those mall massage chairs, we decided to give it a try:

Frankly, it felt alternately good and bad. I could never figure out if there was an adjustment to the settings so I just had to go with it. And for some reason, I was overcome by a fit of the giggles while getting my “massage”.  Maybe it was the fact that we were in the middle of a busy section of the mall and I felt a bit like I was in a fishbowl with everyone staring. Or maybe Marena’s own giggling just spurred me on! But nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say. And I truly thought it was a “gain” when I got up and my lower back felt pretty darn good. But a few hours later, my upper back felt like it had been seriously bruised and was very tender for a couple of days. So, yeah, I think I paid 5 bucks for some bruises!

Speaking of shopping, I noticed that one of my husband’s new shirts had a ridiculously long tag in it.  So long, in fact, that I felt compelled to measure it. Over 4 and a half inches! How ridiculous is that? I mean, seriously, why not include a small novelette with the shirt while you are at it? Why not list the names of all the people who helped to make this shirt? Or list all the capitals of every nation? Needless to say, I am not a fan of tags in shirts. Who wants a giant piece of paper scratching their neck and back all day?!

Moving on… this came up while checking my Facebook page:

Yes, folks, I have no insights.  I find this very amusing.  Makes me wonder why I’m writing anything at all this evening!

And today in Albuquerque fashion:

Either this guy has some seriously tiny feet or he likes to buy socks that are 5 times too big for him. Someone please me tell why you would want to have the heels of your socks on your calf? On top of it, his pants were below his butt (I decided no one wants to see a pic of that). When will this idiotic mode of dressing go away?

On a more positive note, I got this little beauty in the mail this week:

She was made by teddy bear artist, Sharon Barron.  Well, you know she had to be mine!

See you tomorrow for Five Favorites Friday!


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March 17 2017

Five Favorites Friday – Green for St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day!  Are you wearing some green?  Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is a tradition that started way back in the 17th century.  People wore green ribbons and shamrocks to honor Ireland’s patron saint.  Irish immigrants in the United States believed that wearing green made them invisible to leprechauns who are quite mischievous and apparently like to go around pinching people on St. Patrick’s Day. Oh, those pesky leprechauns! So in the spirit of St. Patrick and Ireland, I am sharing five of my favorite green things.  Here they are in no particular order:

Spring Green

There’s nothing quite like the fresh green of spring as trees start budding.  It’s a particularly welcome sight in the Southwest as it’s just not as green here as it is in other parts of the country.  But that’s actually what I love about living here. It makes me appreciate the green so much more.  And when I see that fresh green of spring, it brings a smile to my face.

Green Apple

Oh, the fresh tartness of a Granny Smith apple!  I’ve always been partial to sour foods – I love lemons, red plums, sauerkraut, and anything else that makes my mouth pucker a little.  I actually have a pretty big tolerance for sour things. Many years ago, a neighbor of mine didn’t believe me when I said I loved sour stuff.  He thought he would trick me by giving me a small “jawbreaker” that was extremely sour. He was convinced I would spit it out.  Much to his astonishment, I loved it. Still have to chuckle when I think about the look on his face that day!

Green Grass

There’s something about the smell of freshly mowed grass that brings a certain peace to my soul.  Maybe it’s because it reminds me of the lazy summer days of my childhood spent laying in the grass and contemplating the shapes of the clouds. Or maybe it’s the memory of walking barefoot through the cool blades of grass. Or spinning in circles until I got so dizzy I fell down in the grass.  Ah youth!  Yes, green grass, it just makes me happy.  I think Max loves the grass as much as I do!

Green Chile

You knew this would be on my list, of course.  I didn’t grow up eating green chile but it didn’t take me long to be converted once I moved to New Mexico.  There’s nothing like a green chile chicken enchilada!

Green Onion

I think a sprinkling of green onion adds a delightful freshness to a meal.  I particularly love green onion in my scrambled eggs.  A recent trick I learned for always having fresh green onion on hand is to put the chopped onion in an empty water bottle and freeze it.  Then whenever you need some fresh green onion, just grab the bottle out of the freezer and sprinkle away!

That’s my list for this Friday.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!




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March 14 2017

My Very Own Chicken Little

My mother tells me that when I was little, my favorite book was Chicken Little. She had to read it to me A LOT. As an adult, I can see how this must have been trying at times. It’s a pretty repetitive story but I think I liked it because of the silly names like Henny Penny, Goosey Loosey, and Turkey Lurkey. Chicken Little created quite a frenzy when he was hit on the head by an acorn and thought the sky was falling! I don’t remember if my version of the book had the alternate happy ending or the original ending in which Foxey Loxey makes a meal of everyone. Kind of a gruesome children’s story when you think about it. Apparently, the moral to this folk tale is to not make assumptions or believe everything you hear. Don’t succumb to hysteria without investigating the facts and getting to the truth. Otherwise, you create a dangerous situation. Something to keep in mind these days for sure!

Anyway, I have diverged a little from my intended post today. This is really an update on the latest member of my family – Levi, a white-faced cockatiel. I’ve always loved birds and had been wanting a new feathered friend. In the past, I’ve had parakeets so that was what I had intended to get. But as fate would have it, I did not pick Levi, he picked me! When I walked in the pet store that day, I was only going to look at bird toys as I had ordered a cage online and was waiting for it to arrive. I figured I would have the cage set up and ready with toys before I got a bird. I don’t even know why I looked at the cockatiels – maybe because they are not usually commonly found in pet stores around here. Before I knew what was happening, this sweet little grey and white bird was climbing on my hand and letting me know that he was ready to come home with me. Yeah… I had to buy a temporary cage that day. In hindsight, I probably should have done some research on cockatiels to know what I was getting into but I’m rather impulsive sometimes! In any case, both Levi and I are learning from each other and I think we are both doing quite well. So what does this have to do with Chicken Little? Well, I’ll tell you! Levi is very enthusiastic when he eats and pecks quite violently at his food. The first time I saw this, I said to my husband he looks like a chicken when he eats like that! To which he replied, “He’s like a little chicken!” And thus a nickname was born. Yes, I had my very own Chicken Little!

My first order of business was getting Chicken Little to start eating a variety of fresh foods in addition to his seed and pellet diet. I am happy to say that he is really an adventurous eater and will try whatever I show him. He does have some clear favorites though.  He definitely loves peas, carrots, celery, and orzo pasta the most. And he insists on a couple of Cheerios in the morning while I have my breakfast. Today, he was once again eating very enthusiastically and I realized he’s quite the messy eater. He cracks me up so much! The amazing thing is he let me clean off his beak when he was done eating. He’s such a sweet baby.

It took a while for Chicken Little to appreciate all the toys in his cage. He much prefers to “help” me type when I’m on the computer. This has gotten to be such a huge deal for him that I finally gave him an old keyboard all to himself. He also has a penchant for tearing things so there’s a special shreddable toy on my desk that is supposed to distract him.  I also recently got him a hammock and he is quite taken with it. Of course, if he keeps shredding it, he will no longer have a platform to sit on. Back to Amazon to order a couple more…

I do a lot of whistling these days in an effort to teach him to sing. I started out with Darth Vader’s Imperial March since we are huge Star Wars fans. He picked up on it quickly so I started whistling the Game of Thrones tune. Well, let me just say that I probably started on that too soon because Levi has created his own mash-up song which I have dubbed Vader’s Game.  Bahaha!  You gotta love it.

I never really knew how different cockatiels are from other birds. So very affectionate and curious. They really want to be with you all the time and part of whatever you are doing. So we’ve definitely had to make some adjustments around here to make sure he has enough attention each day. Max is not overly happy about this but to his credit, he is being a good boy and learning to share Mommy’s time. Here he is patiently waiting for my attention:

Love on me, Mommy!


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March 12 2017

Kong: Skull Island – Movie Review


What?  Another remake of King Kong, you say?  Oh yes, and while this movie is not going to win any awards, it’s still good fun.  The thing I liked most about this movie is that there was no slow reveal of Kong.  You get to see him right from the start.  While a slow buildup to a monster reveal can be good, often times it’s so close to the end of the movie that you don’t get to see the monster nearly enough. This is certainly not the case here.  Kong is actually as big a character as the humans.  The premise is that a previously unknown island has just been discovered and Bill Randa (John Goodman) convinces the US government it should be explored before the Soviets also discover it and any hidden treasure it may hold.  Randa is aided by soldiers (fresh off the Vietnam War) led by Col. Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) as well as a tracker (Tom Hiddleston), a photographer (Brie Larson, and some token scientists. Of course, they find a very angry Kong who is not pleased by their presence.  It turns out the reason isn’t quite so simple.  There is actually a bigger threat on the island which puts members of the group at odds with each other about how to proceed.

Adding much-needed levity to the story is Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly) who has been marooned on the island for over 20 years and knows the importance of Kong.  I also loved the fact that the main female character, photographer Mason Weaver,  was no victim or pushover.  And while she managed to catch Kong’s attention, it wasn’t some weird giant ape/girl love thing that I’ve always found slightly creepy. This re-imagining of King Kong had just enough familiar elements and lots of new ones to be entertaining and fresh.   The scenery of Skull Island was alternately beautiful and terrifying.  The action scenes were well done if over the top at times.  But then again, isn’t that the way a movie like this should be? At least I was able to follow what was happening which is not always the case with a lot of CGI in movies these days.  Don’t think too hard about this one – just enjoy it.  If nothing else, enjoy the eye candy that is Tom Hiddleston, who proves he’s leading man material.

My score: B

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March 10 2017

Five Favorites Friday – Quotes


I used to joke and say, “you know how people sometimes say they’ve had one of those days?  Well, I have one of those lives!”  Yeah… that’s pretty negative even if I’ve had my fair share of troubles. What can I say? Some days it’s easier to be positive than others. I recently read about how the majority of people on social media only share the good pictures of themselves and the fun stuff they are doing. This can give you a skewed perception of people’s lives. But life isn’t always happy and bad stuff happens.  So when I started blogging, my intent was to keep things positive and fun – spreading a little sunshine in a world that is often dark.  Yet I also strive to be an authentic person and I’ve got to say that the past month has been a bit rough at times and I’ve struggled to maintain a good attitude. When I realized today that I had not done a new blog post since last Friday, I started heading down that path of beating myself up mentally about it. My intention has been to blog at least two times a week, ideally three. But rather than go down that path, I am going to renew my efforts.  As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t know where this blogging will take me – maybe it will just wind up being a memoir of sorts – but I will never know if I don’t keep persevering! So for Five Favorites Friday, I decided to round up some of my favorite quotes that keep me motivated to keep on keepin’ on.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Life is a grindstone.  Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.

~L. Thomas Holdcroft

The richness of the human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome.

~Helen Keller

The present is what slips by us while we’re pondering the past and worrying about the future.


I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is to try to please everybody.

~Herbert Bayard Swope

I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.

~Henry Moore





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March 3 2017

Five Favorites Friday – TV Shows

Television has come a long way since I was a kid.   I grew up on shows like Lassie, Flipper, Happy Days, The Brady Bunch, Love Boat, and Dallas just to name a few.  And you had to actually be watching TV when the show aired because there were no DVRs (or VCRs!) to record your favorites.  If you missed a show, you’d have to wait for those summer repeats!   Anyone remember the days when a season was from September through May?  You’d get a lot of shows per season.  Sometimes I miss that.  But considering the sheer volume of choices nowadays, maybe it’s for the best that some seasons only have 10 episodes.  And you never really know when a season will begin.  Some shows start in January, some in April, some in June… it’s tough to keep track at times.  And so many channels!  It would have boggled my preteen mind back then.  I probably would not have spent as much time outdoors.  Haha.  Being a witness to the evolution of television programming has been fun to say the least.  For a time, I didn’t watch much television because all the so-called “reality” shows did not appeal to me.  But, boy, things sure have gotten better and better the past few years. Advances in technology have really been a boon for TV viewers.  So here are five of my current favorites shows – 3 new and 2 “older” ones:

Emerald City

love this show.  This is not your Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland.  This is an edgy and unique take on Dorothy and company.  And since I have never read all of the Oz books, it’s refreshingly new to me. Each character is so well-fleshed out.  Visually, it’s a feast for the eyes.  I’m so enjoying all the twists and turns with this one.  Season finale tonight!


Grey’s Anatomy

I started watching this show relatively late in the game one lazy summer afternoon.  Oh, Netflix, you binge watching enabler!  By the time season eight was about to premiere, I had caught up all the episodes.  And that was no small feat!  Season 13 is currently airing and I still love to watch although I think the earlier seasons were the best.  That original cast was so great.  Still miss Derek, Mark, George, Lizzie, Christina, and Lexi.  Despite that, there’s something about the familiarity of the remaining cast that brings me back each season to see what will happen.


Once Upon A Time

This show is so very clever.  It’s amazing to me how they have intertwined so many fairy tale characters into one story line.  My favorite character is the Evil Queen played so deliciously well by Lana Parilla. And while I’m always rooting for good to triumph over bad, the evil characters on this show are just so much fun!  Well, with the exception of Zelena.  Gah.  Get rid of that character please, pretty please!??  OUAT returns this Sunday!



I grew up reading Archie comics so I was intrigued by a live action version.  I wondered how they could possibly take such an innocent comic about teens and make it interesting.  My mind was blown after the first episode.  Seeing Archie, Betty, and Veronica and all the others come to life on the small screen has been fascinating.  It’s not what I expected at all and that’s a good thing.


This is Us

I’m not alone in liking this one and that pleases me because they’ve already renewed it for two seasons. Yay!  It’s filmed in a unique way with flashbacks (which I’m normally not fond of but works here) mostly because Milo Ventimiglia as Jack and Mandy Moore as Rebecca are superb.  Quite a few episodes have left me teary-eyed.  I look forward to seeing where they will take the characters on this show.


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