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Monday, November 9, 2020

The Stream

 I need to wade in the stream today to relieve tension. I told Marvin I wish someone would put me on a rack and pull my muscles out as they are so tensed up. And that is all I am going to say about that. ala Forrest Gump! 

1. I was trying to distract myself Saturday evening and watched two documentaries.  Marvin recently got Amazon Prime and we have been enjoying some of the programs we can watch there.  I have always enjoyed documentaries and apparently my son, Ben, is the same way.  The first documentary was about Wallis Simpson. You might remember her...she married a man who was king but stepped down so he could marry her.  The greatest love story of all time is how it was touted in the pre WW2 era. However, a biographer of Wallis Simpson found some long forgotten letters that prove she never really wanted to marry Edward the 8th.  She enjoyed being his girl friend( while married) but he bored her to tears. She was still in love with her husband, Earnest. She would have stayed with him but the king threatened to kill himself if she did not divorce her husband and marry him.  Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.  On the bright side, England got a much worthier king in the form of George, Queen Elizabeth's father.    The second documentary was bout Lucy and Desi of I Love Lucy fame. I have always loved Lucy. I can remember watching the reruns as a child.  This documentary was done by their daughter, Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill. She used old home movies, letters and interviews with friends of the famous couple to explore the complicated love affair of her mother and father.  I felt rather sad at the end of it as Lucie explained that her parents were only happy when working and had very little time for their children. Desi Jr says he was raised by his nanny who he loved dearly.  It just goes to show, money and fame does not buy happiness.

2. I am having a hard time finding good books again.....I have resorted to checking out MC Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series at the local library.  I have read them all before but one of the benefits of being old is being able to read your favorite books and being surprised by the endinglol I read a few of Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope mysteries but there were only a few of them on the shelves. Thanks to Amazon Prime, Marvin and I are watching DCI Banks. Marvin and I ascribe to the theory that there are only about 25 actors and actresses in Great Britain as we see many over and over again. We loved Ballykissangel and DCI Banks is played by Father Clifford. 

3. Speaking of English programs, one of my favorite Britcom actors passed away on Saturday. Geoffrey Palmer who played Lionel in As Time Goes By, passed away quietly at his home.  He and Judi Dench were so wonderful as Lionel and Jean.

4. Seems I am seeing lots of Christmas decor on the Net. I think everyone needs a little Christmas, right this very minute, we need a little Christmas NOW.  I have purchased a few things for the holidays. I may start putting out some of my nativities. I have a lot to do and as the Grimmch doesn't help me, I have to do a bit at a time. We are going to Grimmwood next Monday and I am planning on doing my decorating there as it is pretty simple. 

5. I have been enjoying my diffusers. I have some Pumpkin Pie, Holiday Spirit and Christmas tree oils. They make my house smell so good. Candy Cane Lane came in the mail the other day and it is one of my favorite winter oils that I purchase from Edens Garden. It just lifts my spirits when I put it in the diffuser and sit down to stitch.

6. I have made one preparation for Thanksgiving. Cracker Barrel has their pecan pies on sale right now. Last year I waited to the last minute and missed out on getting one of their delicious pies. I took it out of the box and wrapped it well and popped it in the freezer. The lady behind the counter told me that they will last for three months in the freezer.  One would not stay in the freezer for three months at my house. We like to gobble til we wobble!!

11 comments:

Sandy said...
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Robin in Virginia said...

I think we are all experiencing a bit of tension (caused by the virus and the political scene), Arlene. I took the day yesterday, went up to my Mom's and off we went to the frame shop. Definitely helped with some of the tension. The documentaries you watched sounded wonderful. No Christmas decorating here as I am still enjoying the Thanksgiving décor. Have a good week!

Georgia said...

Good morning Arlene...first of all I loved your blog today and after reading comments from other readers, I think we are all feeling pretty down. As always...The joy of the Lord is my strength...Nehemiah 8:10. So this is where I went first. God and I had a talk, because frankly I didn't understand...His response "Trust Me!" Proverbs 3:5-6. To unwind I went to my IG page to simply look at cross stitch designs and ideas to lift my spirit. What did I find, a lot of political posts! The last thing I wanted to see. Needless to say, I un-followed quite a few, unfortunately. But that is ok, it is a much more peaceful place for me to go to now. Psalm 23:3 says "He restoreth my soul...That is where I am at today. Today, I am going to work on finishing Christmas ornaments, Working on a grocery list for Holiday baking (that includes Christmas). I am going to let myself heal and mend. And, Pray without Ceasing...I Thessalonians 5:16-18. Thank you so much for sharing Arlene, and my prayers are with you and yours, and your many blog followers.

Carol said...

Thank you for the documentary recommendations, Arlene. Now that my husband has retired, he is saying he needs to find some shows to watch this winter as he can't bike ride or garden like he usually does. He is NOT a TV watcher (not even sports) so it should be interesting finding shows that we both enjoy :) That pie sounds wonderful--nothing like a good pecan pie! Take care now ♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I wish I could eat sugar...I would get one of those pies! Or make one! That was always my favorite. I haven't had the tv on much...I just can't watch it but we are watching Downtown Abbey DVDs...again! lol Have a good week! Hugs...we all need hugs right now!

Mari said...

Yes, I am feeling the same tension as you.
My daughter stopped over and we were talking about how many people are putting up decorations early this year. Everyone wants a little cheer.
The documentaries sound good!

Gina said...

Arlene, oh I miss Cracker Barrel! That show about the king and his girlfriend sounds like a soap opera! Oh my! Two of my daughters have their Christmas trees all up and decorated already. I will dutifully wait until after Thanksgiving.

Wading in the stream... I love that Jesus offers up living water and we will thirst no more. xo

Meg said...
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Terri D said...

I had to laugh out loud at your #2 because Joe and I always say the exact same thing!! Pecan pie is one of my favorites! Glad you grabbed one up before it was too late! I haven't planned a Thanksgiving menu yet. Ours will be small this year. Enjoy your time at Grimmwood! Shoe us some photos of your decorations, please!

Linda said...

Same here.....I think we are all comforting one another and that's a good thing. At least we are not rioting and burning up businesses.
I will try that DCI Banks. I stay away from TV. And on Facevook I am deleting all the 'Election News.' I am beginning to feel spooked about all the manipulating the media is doing......

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Arlene... both of those documentaries sound right up my alley. We just finished a great show on Netflix called The Queen's Gambit. Have a great week.