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Monday, August 28, 2017

A Little Leisure Time

Thanks to a reader of my blog, I was informed that the Hallmark channel was showing the movie, At Home in Mitford, based on the book by Jan Karon.  I set up the DVR and told  Marvin( who wishes he could live in Mitford) that we would save it for Friday night when we could sit down together to enjoy the program.

Friday night came, we settled down in our comfy chairs and hit PLAY.

I am sorry to tell you that we might have watched 15 minutes before we just turned it off. Hallmark was ruining the version of this story that I have had in my mind for years.  When I read a book, it is almost as if a movie is playing in my head and Hallmark and I were not on the same wave length. I would be interested to know if any of my readers watched the movie and their opinions.  I am not against movies of my favorite books. I loved the Harry Potter series. Hunger Games was also a winner. Gone with the Wind...honestly who could have played Rhett Butler but Clark Gable?  I am just going to remember Father Tim and the town of Mitford as I viewed it in my own brain.

I started reading the book, Mockingbird Songs by Wayne Flynt.  It is a series of letters that were exchanged between Mr Flynt and Nelle Harper Lee.  Mr Flynt spoke at a local library fund raiser but I was unable to attend so I am going to have to question my friend, Susan, who heard the author relate his experience with Miss Lee.  I was a bit disappointed in this book as it seemed as if the author was trying to stay on Nelly's "good side". Our famous Alabama authoress was known for her wish to be left alone. She was seldom seen in public and if you wanted to be her friend, you better respect her privacy.  Mr Flynt was allowed into Nelle's inner circle because he was a fairly well known Alabama historian and Nelle and her sister, Alice, loved history of every type.  As I read this book, I am coming to think that very few people really knew Harper Lee and that was the way she wanted it.

I think I am ready for some light reading so I will pick up a cozy mystery that friend, Susan, loaned me. It is titled Digging Up the Dirt by Miranda James and features two old Southern Sisters who are active in the local Garden Club.  Of course someone gets murdered and I will have to figure out Who Done It???

If you are looking for something to watch on TV, I would recommend Endeavor which is airing right now on Public Television. Marvin and I loved the old MYSTERY series, Morse and Endeavor is a look at Morse as a young policeman. ( His first name was Endeavor...he would never tell anyone his given name in the Morse series).  This program takes place in the mid 60s so that makes it interesting as well.  It is being aired on Sunday evenings.  Also Marvin and  I are waiting impatiently for Jeopardy to return after the six weeks of reruns of tournaments. We so enjoy our nightly visit with Alex Trebek!

So...I am open to suggestions. Books? TV shows? Give me your best suggestions.

15 comments:

Sandy said...

Funny you should mention At Home in Mitford. I told you I had a hard time with it, because I felt it was too slow. I really wanted to like it. Anyway, just this past week, I pulled it back out and set it aside to reread it. There has to be something there. I love the Father Tim character. Perhaps I couldn't slow my mind down enough right after retiring, so come September I am going to give a second chance. I am almost finished with my latest book, and have been stitching like crazy to finish my smalls. Almost there.

Linda said...

Thanks for telling me about Endeavor! I'm going to try that! And thanks for the heads up on Mitford. Like you, I've already seen the movie 'in my head,' and that's good enough for me!

Arlene Grimm said...

Sandy, seems I would rather stitch than read lately!! I did finish Mockingbird Songs and to be honest, it was a disappointment. I think Nelle Harper Lee had very few true friends as she was so afraid of losing her privacy. The Mitford Series is one that you can read slowly and savor. The Father Tim in the movie looked like a Marlboro man, a far cry from the Father Tim in my mind.

Linda, You will enjoy Endeavor, especially if you are a fan of the Morse series. I was leary of it as I thought it would never measure up but I was totally wrong. It really helps you to understand the Morse we see at the end of his days as a detective.

Miss Dishywoo said...

Hi Arlene: When you first mentioned the "Mitford" movie, I immediately began planning how I would get a copy and how did I not know about this?! Then when you told how it didn't match your image of the book, I was actually relieved. Now I don't need to bother about it and can keep my memories as they are! I adore the entire Mitford series and even though I have cleaned out and purged many, many books, every single one of these remains in my bookcase. I have also given them as gifts several times to people who I thought would like them - they did; and have recommended them to lots of friends. Silly to say, but I am almost offended by the portrayal of Father Tim as you described him from the movie. I am like you in that I usually enjoy a movie based on a book, but these are SPECIAL, and if not done just right, maybe better left alone LOL.

I like your blog a lot and follow along from Linda's Life Journal. Your cross stitching is lovely. I have dabbled in stitching a few pillow cases, small prints, etc. Last year, my mother-in-law gave me a large pillow with a tractor and landscape scene and asked me to stitch it for my father-in-law's birthday. I did and they both like it but since it was such a large project (for me) and I was feeling pressured to get it finished, I haven't stitched anything since! I think it burned me out for awhile! I do enjoy seeing it displayed when I go to their house, so maybe I can do something in the future. I love seeing your things.

Jan said...

I decided not to watch At Home in Mitford when I saw the actors. I figured if they went that far away from the original story, I wouldn't like the rest. I love the Mitford books and like you, have my own version in my head that I like! I also like the Hamish Macbeth mysteries by M.C. Beaton. When BBC1 bought the rights and made a television show out of it, they completely ruined it too. I think I may read Digging Up the Dirt, that sounds interesting!

Terri D said...

We also like Endeavor and are glad to see it is back for a new season. I just started a Nora Roberts In The Garden trilogy. I haven't read her in a long time. Easy reads. I loved the Mitford books and will not watch the movie. Like you, I know (in my mind) the characters and hate to see them as someone other than the person I imagined in my head.

Arlene Grimm said...

Miss Dishywoo, thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment!! I hope I am not keeping people from watching something they might enjoy but it was a whole lot of NOPE for this Mitford fan. I would love to see your tractor pillow! I cannot do pillowcases like my mom and sis because I do not like to stitch something twice. My attention span in not that long. Smoky Mountain Christmas may take me two years to stitch as it is hard and not totally enjoyable. I love Linda...can't wait for her to write that book she is working on.

Jan, I have the Hamish DVDs and I enjoy them but as much as I like Robert Carlyle...where is the tall red head?

Terri, I did not enjoy last night's episode as much but Marvin liked it. Thanks for the author recommendation. I will look for that series at the library.( Because I am too cheap to purchase books I can check out!!)

Arlene Grimm said...

Belynda( Miss DW) I just saw you are from Kentucky! We lived in Louavul for several years. And my youngest son was born there.

Robin in Virginia said...

I enjoyed reading the Mitford stories, but wasn't interested in seeing the movie when I saw the trailers with the actors. If you like mystery, I would recommend the Raine Stockton dog mysteries by Donna Ball. Enjoy your week!

Miss Dishywoo said...

Oh my gosh, Arlene. That is so cool that you used to live in Louisville and your son was born here! Were you at all familiar with the Fern Creek/Jeffersontown area? That's where I grew up and in the 1990's my husband and I moved our family to Oldham County - just outside of Jefferson County. Where did you live?

Chris K in Wisconsin said...

Arlene, I know I mentioned that the Mitford movie would be on Hallmark the week prior to the show..... and, like you, I watched maybe 20 minutes before I couldn't take it. I was so sad that it was SO FAR from what most of us think of when we think of Mitford, and Father Tim and Dooley and Barnabas. I wonder how Jan Karon felt. I wonder if she sold the rights and had no say ~ possibly thinking that Hallmark would do a good job. Just the fact that they said Dooley's parents were deployed, and that is why he was with his Grandpa turned the entire premise on its head. I was pretty sad about what they did to dear Mitford.....

But there is some good news.... I received an email from Goodreads this week and Jan Karon's new Mitford book is due out in mid-September. I am already on the wait list at the library!!

Arlene Grimm said...

We lived in Louavul from 1980 to 1983...Our son was born at Baptist East and one of my doctor's offices was in Fern Creek. We lived in an apartment off the Watterson then moved to Oldham County on Baywood Drive. I cannot remember the name of the subdivision. The county line ran through our back yard. We attended church at First Alliance of Louisville. Marvin taught at U of L. We loved the area but needed to make more money than the University paid so he went into the defense industry here in NoAla.

Arlene Grimm said...

Robin in Virginia..I will check out that series as well. Chris K, you are totally right, it was a travesty. I had high hopes because I thought Hallmark would "get it". I will just visit Mitford in my mind!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the Mitford books too and we have them in audio books. I had a little trouble with the people that read the parts in the audio version. I probably wouldn't like the tv movie either. Have you read the author Rhys Bowen? I am reading both of the series she wrote and love them both. Very light reading...mysteries. Hugs!

Arlene Grimm said...

Diane, I tried the Rhys Bowen series and could not get into them. I need to give them another try as it might have just been my frame of mind at the time.Does that ever happen to you? Sometimes I am just not in the mood but if I pick it up later, I can read and enjoy them.