My hometown as seen from the Bay

My hometown as seen from the Bay

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday morning

Up super early but I don't seem to have a choice about when I'm tired and when I'm not anymore.  Just have to go with the flow.  Yeah, that's me...go with the flow.  Perhaps that's why I found this picture on Facebook so entertaining today.  It had a lot of comments of "oh, that's me".  So I guess it's okay that I'm the way I am a lot of the time.

I checked a DVD out of the library yesterday -- Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks.  Boring beyond words.  I got halfway through a movie on Netflix with Robert DeNiro and Ed Norton that I'll return to today -- The Big Score, I think it was called.

I got out all the ingredients and did the prep work for my dessert at tomorrow's dinner.  Better than Robert Redford made with pistachio pudding, Cool Whip, powdered sugar and cream cheese on a almond crust.

Saw Mary's post on Facebook of Jacob sitting with Santa.  What a cutie pie! Last year on this date, we were awaiting his arrival with a lot of nervous anticipation.  Amazing how fast time flies. He'll be one on Tuesday and I'll be at his house visiting on Wednesday.  Woo Hoo!

Okay. Off to do my Yahoo Crossword of the day, surf around the net a bit, and head for the kitchen to whip up dessert.  First though, I think I'll go look for a video to post. This one makes me glad I don't have a kitty (although I'm still playing around with the idea of getting a dog) We'll see.....


Friday, December 19, 2014

Fun Friday

Jenni and Maddie stopped in early this morning so I could sign some papers and Maddie could look through my Santa hats to find one she liked.  Her basketball team intended to wear them today. She was excited because today is the last day of school until 2015.
I baked up two batches of cookies (one pumpkin and one banana) and after setting aside a large plateful to serve on Sunday, I made up packages to deliver here in town.

I had an armful of past Leader newspapers to give Joyce Lee but she was already out and about like me, so I left the papers and a plate of cookies on her porch.
Went by Virginia Tomlinson's and visited a bit. She was babysitting her 2-year-old grandson. She's getting around with a walker as she's still in physical therapy for the knee replacement she had a while back.

Also stopped by Ed & Kathy's with a few cookies  (my son-in-law's dad). Took a picture of them with their sweet dog, Maggie.
Got an email picture from Mary showing Jake playing "outside" the gated tree they just put up. He was having a good time with the wrapping paper tube.
Got a nice picture from Ruth in my Christmas card showing her with her grandchildren --both good looking kids.  Robert was just awarded a full sports scholarship to the college in Idaho.
I swung by the library to pick up an audio book to listen to when I drive to Gig Harbor next Wed. Also decided to get a DVD movie with Tom Hanks -- Saving Mr. Banks.

Kitchen is all tidied up and dinner is leftover cornish game hen so I don't have one single thing on my agenda today except to relax and enjoy myself.  I moved my computer from the kitchen table back to the office/sewing room hoping I would stay offline a bit more.  Really easy to sit down and surf the net.

Think I'll settle into my recliner with my knitting needles and see what I can find on Netflix.  Last night I started watching this show with about 20+ episodes on working dogs.  Very interesting.
Dragnet is on MeTV right now and it's very entertaining -- mostly to see the stilted acting and the props from days of the 60's.

Tomorrow morning/afternoon I'll whip up our Sunday dessert --Better Than Robert Redford.  Yum!
Think I'll make the two pans of lasagna too.  Nice to have it all done and sitting in the fridge.
Have a nice weekend.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ahhh... the Christmas Season

As I was pulling into the gas tanks at Safeway this morning, I was thrilled to find all the pumps free.
As I proceeded to pull my car to the forward pump, this woman entered from the other side.  She seemed to want the same pump I did but since we were both there about the same time AND ALL THE OTHER PUMPS WERE EMPTY, I figured she would choose another spot.

Nope.  She wanted the one I was going to.  I was about to say "sorry" when she rolls down her window and starts yelling at me.

COULDN'T YOU SEE THE WHOLE PLACE IS EMPTY?  WHY COULDN'T YOU TAKE ANOTHER PUMP? YOU COULD SEE I WAS GOING TO THIS ONE!


I was a tad surprised at her manner or should I say, lack of manners.  I rolled down my window and yelled:
YES, I CAN SEE THE PLACE IS EMPTY. MY GAS CAP IS ON THIS SIDE AND I WANTED THIS PUMP. I'VE ALSO BEEN TOLD YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO PULL YOUR CAR TO THE  FORWARD PUMPS WHEN YOU CAN. DON'T YOU KNOW THAT?

She doesn't say anything at first and I can see she's thinking that statement over.  I guess she decided I was still in the wrong but she pulls to another pump, glaring at me..... and yells  F.... YOU!

I tried not to laugh but I did yell:  And Merry Christmas to you too Sweetie!

What's the matter with people today?  Couldn't she see I was just a little old gray-haired lady.

(she did kind of look like a skank) 

It's a Play Day

I tried really hard to sleep in this morning but it just wasn't going to happen after my 5 a.m. trip to the bathroom.  I did manage to stay under the covers until 6:30 and then gave it up.  I had a quick cup of coffee, and did a few household chores.  Vacuumed, washed dishes, took the garbage bins out to the alley, dumped water out of my planter boxes on the deck, wrapped a couple more presents, and brought in the large suitcase from the garage so it will be ready for packing in a few days.  I looked around and realized there was nothing much else on my to-do list.  Woo  Hoooo!

I took a picture of my duck collection and posted it on Facebook 'cause I'm a silly goose.  Ha Ha
I took the twins to school at 9 a.m. yesterday, picked up Joyce Lee Adams, stopped at the bread store and Walmart and then proceeded to Jefferson County.

Our first stop was at Kris & Bill Rust's place out on Marrowstone Island.  We saw the island's upside down tree on the way.
They had a bad windstorm last week and this tree was toppled onto a fence (I think). Residents started to decorate it and it made the front page of the Port Angeles paper this morning.  My brother, Les, who used to be married to Kris, and lives on the island too, came by so we could exchange gifts.
One nice thing about living in a small town like Nordland is that everyone knows you.  A friend of mine who lives on Marrowstone sent me a Christmas card but she sent it to my Sequim address and it was returned. The postmaster at Nordland knows Les and recognized the name. Asked him if I was a relative.  Les said: Yeah, that's my sister. She's in Port Angeles now.  Told him I was coming over that morning so he gave him the card to pass along.  I like that.

Joyce and I would have liked to have browsed  in a couple of thrift stores we passed but we had too many stops to make so decided we'd try it another day.  Our next stop was in Hadlock and I was anxious for Joyce to see Linda's very decorated house.






                       Linda bought this nativity scene at my ex-husband's garage sale.
 This puzzle has 1500 pieces and Linda folds it up every year to display again.
I don't know how she does it.  I didn't even take pictures of everything she had out.  I maybe set out 1/16 of this much and I was exhausted.  ha ha

From Linda's we headed over to my brother Dana's house on Four Corners Road.  On the way to Marrowstone, I spied him out bike riding and pulled over to tell him I was dropping in later.  Lill was out and about so I didn't get her picture this time.
From Dana's we headed to Port Townsend so I could catch Ruthie before she took off for the Silverdale Mall.
Then it was down to my sister's apartment near Safeway where I had to load more presents into my car for me and other family members.
I made a quick stop by Jim Brooks' house as he had bought five of my books and I needed to deliver them.  Joyce and I were getting hungry by this time but we had planned to stop at the casino on the way home for fish and chips so we made do with candy from one of the little gifts Janie and Linda had given us.
I sure don't like this picture of me.  But oh well, you gotta go with what you got.  Ha!

We wanted to do a lot more browsing downtown but fatigue got the better of us.  We are in our 70's, after all!  I bought a large purple purse with polka dot lining in the bag store.
Parking was hard to find and Joyce was surprised at the crowds.  I told her it's kind of like that year round these days.  We browsed in Quimper Mercantile and I bought two cute wind-ups toys for Jake. They have a lot more stuff in there compared to when I was in last. And the prices are okay too.

I had to walk through Don's, of course, and that was where Joyce and I finally saw somebody we recognized. She saw Shirley Myers from her class and I saw Donette Johnson Kimball and Peggy Mosher.  I picked myself up a journal and then we drove across town to Goodwill so I could look for 300-piece jigsaw puzzles for my son-in-law's dad.  Found one and then Joyce gave me a really cool one when we got back to her house.

We had our fish and chips by 2 pm at the casino and then played the slots for about an hour before deciding our day was coming to a close.  She won $40. I donated.  As usual, I was very happy to pull into my garage just as it was starting to get dark.

I hit the sack at 9 pm and was out like a light.  Am roasting a little cornish game hen for supper tonight but otherwise, I'm in kickback mode and intend to relax.  I want to look at videos on FB and Youtube, watch Netflix, read, knit, and nap. Hmmm....maybe I'll make some banana cookies too.  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Movies

I bought some neat containers at the Dollar Store to put my cookies in when I deliver in PT.  Then I remembered I had a whole box of Xmas tins in the garage and some of them are really neat.  They're kind of small, though, so maybe I'll split up my various cookies into smaller packages so I can give to more people.

Hunter dropped in to pick up his mail.  He has ebay deliver some of this stuff here so it doesn't sit outside.  Jenni invited me to dinner tonight, while they were here so yippee! I don't have to cook. She made homemade noodle soup.

I always seem to drag about 3 in the afternoon -- especially if I get up at 6 a.m.  Interesting dreams last night.  Ants were invading in one of them,  Not giant ants -- just a multitude in some place I was trying to clean up.  My dream book said if the ants were bothersome or repugnant to me, I may be feeling the need for some variety and change of pace.

I have decided to spend Christmas at Mary & Andy's place this year. I'll drive to my cousin, Cindy's i Gig Harbor and leave my car there. Mary will come pick me up 'cause I'm a weenie baby about entering freeways by myself.  As long as she doesn't mind the drive, I'm fine with getting to Gig Harbor on my own.

Am reading a book by Jane Smiley called 'A thousand Acres.' It won the Pulitzer Prize and even though I'm only up to page 43, I'm liking it.  I've discovered that if I don't stick with a book longer than a half hour, I'm completely lost when I try to start it again the next day.  Problem is, reading often puts me to sleep.  Even if I do it during the day.  I wonder how I break that habit?  I used to read a heck of a lot more than I do now -- yet I continue to check books out of the library and I have a ton on my book shelves. (most I've never read)  Maybe that will be one of my new year resolutions this year -- to stick with a book and read more.  My attention span is pretty lame.  I suppose the computer is partly to blame.

Sitting here watching Ellen give screaming audience members a whole lot of gifts.  I'm happy for them but yet I'm not.  They should distribute the prizes and draw  fifty names out of a hat for people at home.  Yeah, that's jealousy talking.

I looked over the Golden Globe nominations and made a list of what each movie is about and which ones I want to see.

There were only 3 movies  that I would consider walking into a movie house for.  Boyhood, Wild, and Still Alice. The rest I'll wait until they appear at Redbox, Netflix, or Amazon Prime.

Some of the TV shows I'd really like to see but can't afford HBO or Sho-Time. I still decided who I wanted to win, although I suppose that doesn't make a lot of sense if I've never watched.
Best Drama
"Boyhood"  (WTS) want to see
"Foxcatcher" (about wrestling)
"The Imitation Game"(code breaking-WTS)
"Selma" (Oprah's civil rights movie)
"The Theory of Everything"(Stephen Hawking WTS)

Best Comedy
"Birdman"(comedy Michael Keaton)
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"(Hungary hotel)
"Into the Woods"(Streep as witch)
"Pride"(gays in a mining town in UK)
"St. Vincent"(Bill Murray)

Best Director
Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Ava Duvernay, "Selma"
David Fincher, "Gone Girl"(Ben Affleck)
Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman"
Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"

Best Actress in a Drama
Jennifer Aniston, "Cake"(hallucinations)
Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything"
Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"(Alzheimers) (WTS)
Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"
Reese Witherspoon, "Wild" (want to see) (I want her to win)

Best Actor in a Drama
Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"
Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"
Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler"(crime follower)
David Oyelowo, "Selma"
Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy
Ralph Fiennes, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Michael Keaton, "Birdman"
Bill Murray, "St. Vincent"
Joaquin Phoenix, "Inherent Vice"(investigating)
Christoph Waltz, "Big Eyes"

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, "Big Eyes"(big eyes paintings)
Emily Blunt, "Into the Woods"
Helen Mirren, "The Hundred-Foot Journey"(Indian rest. Mirren)
Julianne Moore, "Map to the Stars"(old Hollywood stars)
Quvenzhané Wallis, "Annie"(Jamie Foxx)

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
Jessica Chastain, "A Most Violent Year"(1981 crime NY)
Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"
Emma Stone, "Birdman"
Meryl Streep, "Into the Woods"

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, "The Judge"(Downey & Duvall)
Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood"
Edward Norton, "Birdman"
Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher"
J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"(teacher-drum-band) WTS

Best Screenplay
 "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
 "Gone Girl"
"Birdman"
 "Boyhood"
"The Imitation Game"

TELEVISION

Best TV Comedy or Musical
"Girls" (HBO)
"Jane the Virgin"
"Orange Is the New Black"
"Silicon Valley" (HBO)
"Transparent"  (I want this one to win)

Best TV Drama
"The Affair" Sho-time
"Downton Abbey"
"Game of Thrones"(HBO) would love to see but I can't afford HBO
"The Good Wife" (I want this one to win)
"House of Cards" (I'd like this one to win 2nd)

Best Actress in a TV Drama
Claire Danes, "Homeland"(sho-time) (I'd kind of like to see her win)
Viola Davis, "How to Get Away with Murder"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" (I want her to win 2nd)
Ruth Wilson, "The Affair"
Robin Wright, "House of Cards"

Best Actor in a TV Drama
Clive Owen, "The Knick"(1900 hosp.)
Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan" (sho-time)
Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"  (I want him to win)
James Spader, "The Blacklist"
Dominic West, "The Affair"

Best Actress in a TV Comedy
Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"(Shotime) ( I want her to win)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep" HBO) (my 2nd place choice to win)
Gena Rodriguez, "Jane the Virgin"
Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is the New Black"

Best Original Song
"Big Eyes" from "Big Eyes" music and lyrics by Lana Del Rey
"Glory" from "Selma," Music and lyrics by John legend and Common
"Mercy Is" from "Noah," Music and lyrics by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
"Opportunity" from "Annie," Music and lyrics by Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck
"Yellow Flicker Beat" from "The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1," Music and lyrics by Lorde

Best Score
"The Imitation Game"
"The Theory of Everything"
"Gone Girl"
"Birdman"
"Interstellar"

Best Animated Feature
"Big Hero 6"
"The Book of Life"
"The Boxtrolls"
"How to Train Your Dragon 2"
"The Lego Movie"

Clips from the Movies I'd like to see in the theatre





3 short videos of Jacob




Don't fence me in

Had to laugh at the photo Mary posted on Facebook.  They had erected this "fence" to keep Jake away from the tree at least until they could get lights and "down low" unbreakable ornaments on.  He looked the fence over and figured out right away how to get in.  She caught this picture of him quite proud of himself.
I also loved the ones she sent me of him outside helping dad get the tree ready to bring in.  So cute.

I finished the last of my cookie baking and tomorrow I will package them up for delivery on Wednesday when I head to Port Townsend.  I made a trip across town to the Dollar Tree to get containers to pack them in.  Lots of busy shoppers. Ran into one PT person- Paula MacDonald.

I got up to a pretty cold house at 6 a.m.  Took a picture of my backyard Christmas tree.

I don't have anything else that really needs doing today so I plan to work on my jigsaw puzzle, and retire to the recliner to read and knit and watch Netflix.  Now that I think about it, though, I guess I could upload my short videos to Youtube so I can post on my blog. (Jake's party)  Off I go....