Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Stream

Let's drift along in my stream of consciousness this week. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in.

1. I am old. Marvin and I went to see The Greatest Showman over the weekend. Spoilers included so if you have not seen it, move on to No2.  We had received a movie gift card from some dear friends and we have not had a chance to use them until this weekend.  We drove to Huntsville...purchased our tickets only to find out the only available seats were on the second row. Fortunately this is the nicer theater with recliners so we were able to watch the movie without too much bother.  I have had heard nothing but raves for this movie so I was all hyped up for it.  No one told me the music was POP...set in the early 1800s. The dancing was also from modern times and not the early 1800s. I am a nerd. I get really offended when the music does not match the period. Remember that Barnum introduced Jenny Lind to America...well she did not sing opera. Oh No...I like Michelle Williams and Hugh Jackman but they were a bit long in the tooth for their roles in this movie. HD shows every wrinkle my friends. On a positive note, there was a moral to the story. Money and fame does not buy happiness and at the end of the movie, Barnum goes home to his family allowing his young partner to take over as ringmaster.  So I can only give this movie three stars in my opinion. Tell me what you think if you saw the movie.

2. I was looking at our extended forecast for here in NoAla and it looks like the really super cold weather is over for us. I kept seeing highs in the 50s and even a few 60s. Yippee. Right now Mardi Gras is in full swing here in Alabama. Mobile is the home of Mardi Gras here in the South and they have some big parades going on right now. Ash Wednesday will fall on Valentines Day this year.

3. If you enjoy receiving a free cross stitch pattern check out Cathy Haberman, the designer, does a freebie each year in honor of her wedding anniversary. She just released the new pattern today and I printed it off. I cannot resist freebies. Also Ms Haberman is graciously giving a free button for the piece to the first 100 SASE she receives at her business. Mine went out in todays mail so fingers crossed I will receive one of the sweet turquoise buttons.( you will find the pattern on her blog that is listed under the header of her business page).

4. I have to say that Victoria on PBS continues to be one of my favorite programs. This week chronicled the Potato famine in Ireland.  I found that very interesting as some of my ancestors came to America as a result of this calamity.

5. I am prepping my house for painting of my living room, dining room and kitchen. Why did I think this was a good idea? I am going to love it but I have spent most of the day taking down pictures and doodads. I am coming to the conclusion that I have WAY too many. I am painting the main rooms, Lenox Tan by Benjamin Moore while my alcove, which is visible from the living room is paprika.  I am gong to move some paintings around once everything is completed. I just want to look at some different things for a while.

6. Valentines Day is on the horizon. I have purchased cards for my grands from Dollar Tree this year. There are many cute cards and they are only $1. I was looking for a card for Marvin at Walmart the other day. I saw one that was very sweet...$8.   Nope, whole lot of nope on that one. I can buy him a lot of Butterfingers ( his favorite candy bar) for $8.

7.My friend, Robin, passed away this week. As I was reading her obituary in the paper, I could not help but think that it said very little about all the ways Robin made a difference in our church and our community.  Robin saw a need for tutoring of children who lived in a local low income housing apartment complex. So she went to the manager of the complex and asked if she could start after school tutoring.  The manager was more than happy to accommodate Robin, providing a nice room for the tutors and the children.  Robin recruited people from our church and this ministry really made a difference in many lives.  She never sat by and waited for someone else to take up a problem and deal with it. I admired her for that. I have known Robin for about 15 years and I will miss her. Cherish the time you have with your friends.

Hope everyone is having a good week!! Thanks for dropping by.


Dianna said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Robin. You are so right when you encourage us to cherish the time with our friends. Just a couple of weeks ago dear friends of ours lost their 20-year-old daughter with Downs Syndrome as a result of the flu.

I love the colors that you have chosen for your kitchen, dining room, living room and alcove. I hope you will post pictures when the painting is completed.

Sandy said...

You had to say no more about Robin than the tutoring for low income and I know she has a heart of gold. Take care.
I know you will be excited when the painting is done...not the process.

Mary said...

My condolences on the loss of your dear friend Robin, her generosity of spirit will surely be missed.

I'm skipping the The Greatest Showman, it would annoy me that the music of today was placed in that setting. I have never seen Victoria but it's on my list, I love period pieces.
Your color combo sounds wonderful and just think it will feel like a new home with your new colors and fluffing!
Thanks for the info on the Hands on Design, mine will be in the mail today and it's printed out already!!

Visits With Mary said...

Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. The cost of greeting cards is terrible, I try to get my cards at the Dollar Store, they are so much cheaper. Of course, they're not always as nice or fancy, but it's the meaning that counts. I usually will write a personal note in my cards, hopefully that makes up for 'nice and fancy.'

Zaa said...

Renovations are always stressful , especially once you’re over a certain age..We too are remodelling our old victorian kitchen and I just want it done... but hey, the tan and paprika that you have chosen for your home sounds exotic to me ... Please do post some "before and after" pictures.

Yes, I will be skipping “ The greatest Showman” ... since I love period pieces to be presented authentically .. I’d rather enjoy a show like “ Victoria “ or Downton Abbey on TV nowadays...

So sorry to hear about your friend... Life is sometimes a sad journey for family and friends. Sending healing prayers your way...Take care and have a peaceful and happy day ...Hugs

Mrs.T said...

So very sorry about your friend Robin's passing. She sounds like a truly wonderful person, one who really made a difference to others' lives.

I pretty much buy all my cards at Dollar Tree, and I know lots of other people who do, too. They have nice cards, and at 50¢ for many cards and just $1 for others, they are a real bargain. Thinking of Marvin and his favorite candy bar, I was reminded of what one of our granddaughters gave Mr. T for Christmas ... a yard of Snickers bars. Yes, it was a box of Snickers, a yard long. I think there are 18 in it. It's going to take him a long time to finish all of them, but it sure was a fun and unique gift. She said she bought it at Walmart in the holiday candy section ... wonder if they had Butterfingers as well!

Your painting of rooms sounds like it will turn out very nice. It has been a long time since we have tackled updating any rooms. In some of them, I know just decluttering will make a huge difference, but we have some that need much more help than that.

We ended up with a foot of snow or so in yesterday's storm. It is going to take a long time for all of this to melt. The snowbanks are so high it is making the secondary roads narrow in places.

I am so with you about music not matching the time period of a movie. I am the same way about modern slang or word usage in books of an older time period. It bothers me no end and I can't understand (in the case of books) how that sort of thing gets past editors. Once I see that in a book, I'm done with it and the author. Sounds curmudgeonly, but I have very limited time to read. If an author can't pay attention to detail, I can't spend my valuable time reading their work.

Robin in Virginia said...

Arlene, I am sorry to read of your friend's passing. I hope your memories of your friend will provide comfort to you.

Terri D said...

I am so sorry to read about the loss of your dear friend. It sure sounds like she has her place in Heaven for all the good she did on earth. We LOVE the show Victoria. My Irish ancestors came to America long before the potato famine, but it was sure interesting to see it unfold as it did in that show last weekend. I chose paprika for the drapes in our living room/dining room. I LOVE it! Can't wait to see your new paint!!

Anonymous said...

Arlene, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. What a lovely tribute you have written.

I posted about Victoria as well today. :-)

Mari said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. It sounds like she made a difference with her life.
Cards - I'm with you! Spending $8 on a card is too much!

RJ said...

Arlene so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend Robin. She sounded like an angel on earth so I'm sure she is already one in heaven. God bless her. RJ