Lights, Camera, Action

Going to the movies is a great way to spend a cold and /or rainy day.

On a recent weekend get away, we wanted to get out and enjoy the day without being uncomfortable in the cold wind.

Why not a movie?  It’s something we don’t indulge in often.

I am a picky movie goer. My list is long on what I don’t want to endure for entertainment.


I don’t want to see violence… enough of that on the news everyday.

I don’t want to see movies that would make my mother blush and cover my eyes.

I don’t want to hear profanity.

I don’t want to sit in a theater with noisy kids.  ( don’t hate me…I’ve done my time.)


So when I see a current movie with a rating of PG 13 and it’s also a romantic comedy…… I AM IN.

And if it’s a matinee..It just doesn’t get any better.


The popcorn, the comfortable seats, the big screen, the excitement as the previews start….. what’s not to love.

yes, I even enjoy the previews.


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And the winner is………………………………….….wait for it……..







Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline.

These guys are so much fun to watch together. None disappointed.

Mary Steenburger, was perfect for her role as a nightclub singer and love interest in the movie.

Lots of laughs centered around 4 guys going to Las Vegas for a bachelor party.

What better place.



I have been to Las Vegas many times..(daughter lives there) and it’s always interesting to see

on film the places I have visited.


The movie is sweet and only had a couple of scenes where I cringed a little…PG13….seriously?


If you want to see a lighthearted movie that will keep you laughing………………


Last Vegas it is.


It may not win any Oscars ……….and again it may


but it sure gets my vote for perfect entertainment

on a cold, windy Saturday afternoon.



You should see it……. really……. you should .












Happy Thanksgiving??

In the midst of thinking about Thanksgiving ,I quote that lovable, whimsical guy, Charlie Brown,

“I think I’m losing control of the whole world.”






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I was going to chit chat about the happiness of “Happy Thanksgiving.”


Then I ran across this picture of my mother (right)

and her sister, my aunt(left) on Thanksgiving Day a few years ago.

I was reminded again I had lost control of my whole world of Thanksgiving.


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For over 2 decades, I have been in control of the whole world…….. of Thanksgiving…….

for the entire family…… and friends….. and sometimes strangers who were welcomed to join us for



All meet at our home.

The number of  guests each thanksgiving dinner has ranged from 20 to 35 or more and sometimes

we just didn’t even bother to count them.

The party starts at 11 a.m. and the last guests usually leave

around 6.


A Norman Rockwell setting…… children playing….. smells of warm apple cider and turkey…… adults talking and smiling

…..frequent hearty laughter…… a thankful prayer before plates are piled high with turkey, dressing ,

cranberries and all the trimmings…. after the meal we gather in the living to hear what each one is thankful for and gather

around the piano to sing thankful songs….. then we scattered outdoors to play games…weather permitting or the guys may watch

sports on TV while we gals talk about any and everything.



Thanksgiving is different now without these two.

It is a bittersweet time.


We cannot separate Thanksgiving from our memories of them and others that sat around our table

…….and are no longer here.



I ask , “ can we look backward in our grief and also relish in the present moment?”


We can……….. only if we look for the things to be thankful for.


  • We are so blessed to have had them with us for many, many years.
  • The wisdom they imparted will never leave us.
  • Their beauty and grace was an inspiration.
  • By example, they taught us to be thankful in all things…
  • We are blessed that Dad is able to be here to enjoy Thanksgiving.
  • We will have first time guests this year. It is always a joy to share our home, our food and the spirit of our Thanksgiving festivities.
  • The inventory of our blessings far exceeds our troubles list.
  • Gratitude for the gift of now.
  • Even with the uncertainties of our economy, our needs are still being provided.
  • We are all in relatively good health.
  • Thankful for a loving Father above who is ever mindful of us. He watches over us and provides comfort during the worst of times.


Psalm 91 :4

He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.



Charlie Brown and I have lost control and it will be the best Thanksgiving Day ever.!!









Pillow talk

Ready for some pillow talk??? Blush, blush


No, not that kind!


Pillow COVER talk.


Once upon a time, every time I saw throw pillows that I just had to have,  I didn’t hesitate buying them.

That was back in the day when a steady paycheck aided my addiction to pretty pillows.


The problem was ….what to do with the old pillows that were in good shape, but someone just wanted a change.

sigh. that would be me.


Knowing I didn’t have storage for extra pillows didn’t deter me at all.

Over time, my extra pillows were talking all over town….donations centers, consignment shops, yard sales … were all co conspirators

to getting the old pillows out as the new ones came in.

How those days are long gone!

It’s not that I don’t like pretty pillows anymore and want to change…..frequently.


I’ve found a way to satisfy my need to have new pillows without spending much money

and sending my old pillows out to talk.

I keep the pillows and change the covers. With a little sewing, a little time and very little $, I have “new” pillows.


How to…


1. For an 18” x 18” envelope pillow cover …cut 3 pieces of fabric. An 18 1/2  x 18 1/2“ piece for the front

    and two 18 1/2 x 12” pieces. The back pieces will overlap like an envelope.

2. Iron all pieces smooth. Iron a 1/2” fold over on the edge of both back pieces that will overlap.

3. Now sew the 1/2” fold. This will be the hemmed edge for each back piece.

4. Next pin the back and front pieces together…. pinning right sides together.

5. Sew 1/2 ‘” straight lines all the way around your pillow cover.

6. Flip the pillow cover inside out… poke out your corners… and stuff your insert into the cover!


all done… Now that’s pillow covers worthy of lots and lots of pillow talk!


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More pillow talk  …… envelope pillow cover with a added trim.


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Pillow covers can be folded and put away easily. Now I don’t  feel guilty about changing

the covers for the seasons.  The Red Tartan is setting the stage for Christmas decorating that

I am getting anxious to start.

Hosting Thanksgiving so I will be patient a while longer..