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Movies Watched, 2010

AT THE THEATER

*Secretariat
*Tangled

That’s it.

Only 2 movies seen at theaters for the whole year.

That seemed a little light (shall we say), so I checked the screenit list for 2010, and believe-it-or-no, that’s it.

We used to go 2-3 times a month.

Is Hollywood getting the message? I seriously doubt that we’re the only ones that have given up paying for garbage and insulting garbage, at that. Surely the theater owners are getting nervous. High backed rocking seats and cup holders can only go so far. And it’s not even the cost (which is getting ridiculous), it’s the movies themselves.

Then again, here are the movies we watched on video this year. We don’t have cable; in fact, we don’t even have broadcast (you can read about that here if you’re interested). Most of these we own, some were checked out from the library. In fact, this week, I was able to buy Anne of Green Gables: the Sequel , Anne of Green Gables: the Continuing Story, The Sound of Music, Cool Runnings, and Pollyanna at the thrift store (Graceful Buys) in Grapevine, Texas for $1.00. That’s right. 5 vhs tapes for $1.00.

(We do have lots of old television programs on dvd and vhs. I’ll post something about that soon.


MOVIES ON VIDEO

Adventure and/or Mystery
Cloak and Dagger, 1984
Hatari, 1962
Manchurian Candidate (Classic), 1962
Miracle at Midnight, 1998
The Net, 1995
The River Wild, 1994
The Sundowners, 1960
The Village, 2004

Human Interest
The Blind Side, 2009
Harvey also Comedy, 1950
The Kid, 2000
The Story Lady, 1991
The Trip to Bountiful, 1985

Family
Kit Kittredge, 2008
Lt. Robin Crusoe, 1966
The Rocketeer, 1991
The Wizard of Oz,1939
Yours, Mine and Ours also Comedy also Romantic Comedy, 1968

World War II

Force of Arms, 1951
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, 1957
The Stranger (Classic), 1946
Since You Went Away (Classic) also Romantic Drama, 1944
Steal a Pencil for Me (Documentary), 2007

Mystery
In the Heat of the Night, 1967
Shadow of a Doubt, 1943

Romantic Comedy/Drama
The African Queen (Classic), 1951
The Awful Truth (Classic), 1937
The Bishop’s Wife (Classic), 1947
The Cutting Edge, 1992
It Happened One Night (Classic), 1934
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 2002
My Favorite Wife (Classic), 1940
Sabrina (Classic), 1954
While You Were Sleeping, 1995

Musicals
The Glenn Miller Story also World War II, 1954
Oliver!, 1968
Scrooge, 1970
Showboat, 1951


Comedy

A Christmas Story, 1983
Groundhog Day, 1993
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, 1963
My Summer Story, 1994
Napoleon Dynamite, 2004
Uncle Buck, 1989
What About Bob?, 1991

Drama
Citizen Kane (Classic), 1941
Tomorrow is Forever (Classic), 1946
The Whole Wide World, 1996

Westerns
Destry Rides Again, 1939
Silverado, 1985

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Books Read, March – December 2010

During my recovery period last spring and summer, it was really difficult to get back to all kinds of normal activity which includes reading, regular blogging and almost everything else. For nearly a month after the surgery, I virtually didn’t read. And upon resuming, I didn’t keep good records about what I’d read and when.

But as I’m trying to catch up on a bit of blog-housekeeping, here goes.

Note: The categories are general, and entries are not alphabetized. Several entries have “In progress” noted. These I hope to finish. An “Unfinished” designation means that these are ones that I probably will never finish, usually because I didn’t care for them.

So, here’s the list from March – December, 2010, to the best of my memory ( as I recall others, I’ll add them on):

FICTION

Cozy
*Changes at Fairacre, Miss Read (reread)
*Farewell to Fairacre, Miss Read (reread)
*A Peaceful Retirement, Miss Read (reread)
*Mrs. Pringle, Miss Read (reread)
*Pilgrim’s Inn, Elizabeth Goudge
*The Scent of Water, Elizabeth Goudge
*Green Dolphin Street, Elizabeth Goudge (Unfinished)
*Julia’s Hope, Leisha Kelly (reread)

General Fiction
*Charlotte and Dr. James, Guy McCrone
*The Green Years, A.J. Cronin
*So Well Remembered, James Hilton

Mystery
*The Moving Finger, Agatha Christie (reread)
*The Cat Who Wasn’t a Dog, Marian Babson
*Agatha Raisin: There Goes the Bride, M.C. Beaton
*Death of a Gentle Lady, M.C. Beaton
*Death of a Valentine, M.C. Beaton
*The Case of the Daring Decoy, Erle Stanley Gardner
*The Case of the Queenly Contestant, Erle Stanley Gardner
*The Case of the Phantom Fortune, Erle Stanley Gardner
*The Case of the Troubled Trustee, Erle Stanley Gardner (reread)
*The Case of the Footloose Doll, Erle Stanley Gardner (reread)
*The Case of the Worried Waitress, Erle Stanley Gardner (reread)

Children’s/Youth Fiction
*The Secret of Crossbone Hill, Wilson Gage

NON-FICTION

Biography and Personal Reminiscences

*An American Family, Reid Buckley
*Living it up at National Review, Priscilla Buckley
*It Gives Me Great Pleasure, Emily Kimbrough
*All of a Kind Family, Sydney Taylor
*The Sea for Breakfast, Lillian Beckwith
*Out of the Air, Mary Margaret McBride
*Mostly in Clover, Harry J. Boyle

World War II
*The Raft, Robert Trumbull
*Homefront, Norman Longmate
*The Gathering Storm, Winston Churchill (In progress)

Faith
*Loving God, Charles Colson (In progress)
*God and Man at Yale, William F. Buckley, Jr. (In progress)
*Cup of Comfort Book of Prayer: Stories and reflections that bring you closer to God,James Stuart Bell and Susan B Townsend

General Non-Fiction
*Charlotte Mason Education, Catherine Levison
*The Long and Short of It – the Madcap History of the Skirt, Ali Basye and Leela Corman (Unfinished)
*Mary Jane’s Outpost, Mary Jane Butters
*A Kid’s Catalog of Israel, Chaya M. Burstein
*Women Who Make the World Worse, Kate O’Beirne (In progress)
*Girlfriends Forever, Mary Branch (Unfinished)
*Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art, Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler
*Among Schoolchildren, Tracey Kidder
*The I Hate to Cook Book: 50th Anniversary Edition, by Peg Bracken and Johanna Bracken

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Happy Birthday, Jesus

and Merry Christmas to everyone else!

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Stenciled Christmas Cards, 2010

This is a Using What You Have post:

Yes, I know it’s already December 20th, and I haven’t sent out our Christmas cards.

In fact, until 8:00 a.m. this morning, I didn’t even have any.

What I did have was some white card stock, Christmas stencils of ornaments and snowflakes, white and navy blue acrylic paints, a stencil brush, some Christmas rubber stamps, a 15 year old blue stamp pad (never re-inked), some Stickles and a box of envelopes that my friend Donna bought for me at a garage sale a couple of years ago.

First I cut the card stock in half, then folded each piece once to make the basic card.

Then I mixed about 1/2 teaspoon of navy acrylic paint with 1 teaspoon of white. I didn’t measure it – I just estimated a 2 to 1 ratio because that gave me the light blue I was looking for.

Then, I placed the stencil over the folded card, and using a stencil brush with very little paint on it, stippled the paint on. After setting them aside to dry (which is really fast if not too much paint is used), I turned the envelopes over and stenciled a small snowflake or ornament over the point of the back flap.

Next, I used Stickles glitter glue to highlight parts of the design. After that was dry (and Stickles do take awhile to dry), my sister (who was here helping me by this time) ran the blue stamp pad around the edges of the front of the card to kind of frame it.

Then Fran and I stamped the inside message, either “Wise Men Still Seek Him” or “NOEL” and “Merry Christmas” along the left edge of the front side of the envelope.

Now I just need to sign and address them.

And of course, mail them.

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Vintage Christmas Cards, VII

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Vintage Christmas Cards, V

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Vintage Christmas Cards, VI

Color from the card front may show a bit on the inside pages, since these cards are folded from a larger sheet of paper (kind of a double fold, rather than a single fold as most cards are now).

Even the back was cheerful.

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