Thursday, April 28, 2011

Movies I Always Watch - "Hook"

This is probably an odd choice for the list of "Movies I Always Watch"  But I just love this "kid" movie and even own it.  I recently watched it with kids who'd never seen it, and they seemed to love it too, so I guess it has held up well.  The movie, starring Robin Williams is a Steven Spielberg movie, but not one of his bigger hits.  The movie came out in 1991, and I remember going to see it with my parents on a Saturday afternoon.  I often met them for Saturday movies, during that time, a habit they'd had since their childhoods.  That particular time for me had been a bumpy ride, and going to the movies was a weekly escape, and this movie did the trick like none I'd seen in a long time.

The storyline is a variation on the Peter Pan story, with a tag line, "What if Peter Pan grew up?"  The grown up Peter, played by Williams, is a lawyer, married, 2 kids, and no memory of the fact that he was/is Peter Pan.  All the childhood adventures in Never Never Land are lost on him, until a series of events begin to cause him to remember.  I don't want to give away too much of the plot, because you really should see it.  Dustin Hoffman is amazing as Captain Hook. 

The surprise of the movie was Julia Roberts, as Tinkerbell (a childhood favorite character of mine).  Tinkerbell loves Peter, but the adult Peter thinks she's a hallucination. She helps him remember, and get back to Never Land. 

Easy for me to understand why this movie resounded with me so strongly.  As a child I was drawn to stories with magic, fairies, princes, and castles.  As children, we're always yearning to be older, then some of us get to a point in life when we realize what we've lost as adults.  The sense of wonder, of unbelievable things happening................this movie stirs all that up.

If you love childhood fantasy movies, and have never seen this, you should.  If you think you don't like these kind of movies, maybe you're just the person who should see it.  Maybe you've forgotten what it's like to be a child.  That would be a shame.  You have to remember your happy thought.

My favorite line in the movie, comes at the very end, when "Tink" is talking to Peter after all the adventures. She's heading back to Never Land, but Peter is staying in the real world.

Peter Banning: [sees Tinkerbell on the Peter Pan statue] Tink!


Tinkerbell: Say it, Peter. Say it and mean it.

Peter Banning: I believe in fairies.

Tinkerbell: You know that place between sleep and awake? That place where you still remember dreaming?

[Peter nods]

Tinkerbell: That's where I'll always love you... Peter Pan. That's where I'll be waiting.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter 2011

Easter day not as expected.  My inlaws decided not to drive through the snow up north to come over.  Instead, while I was cooking, The Husband endured  my singing at the top of my lungs, along with GLAD (see below) followed by Rich Mullins tunes as well.  Good thing my neighbors like us.

My boys next door, T & D (honorary grandkids as The Husband calls them) were anxiously awaiting some egg decorating.  And I think they did a fine job.




Now we're stuck making egg salad all week, but it was well worth it!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Easter Song - Glad

Beautiful harmony.  Simple lyrics.  A long time favorite.  Nice guys too..........


Friday, April 22, 2011

So Close And Yet So Far Away

Yes, spring time in the Rockies is a study in delayed gratification.  It's warm, but not so much.  We're a month off in the old adage of March winds, April showers, May flowers.  Around here, its March snow, April winds, and May is a toss up.  But today it was almost warm enough to ride home with the top down on the convertible. 

So I did it anyway.  If you turn on the seat warmers and set the heat to warm, it works.  With satellite channel 14 (Classic Vinyl) on the dial, I drove home to The Rolling Stones, Jethro Tull, Eagles, and all the good stuff on vinyl.  You know you've found your perfect radio station when you at one point realize you owned every record they have played.  Hair flowing in the breeze, tunes cranked up, not caring one wit what anyone around you thinks................

Once home, everyone in the neighborhood was outside, soaking in the end of day sun.  Kids, hitting plastic golf balls with plastic golf clubs, rolling toy cars down our driveway.  "Take Out Friday" followed, a great end to the week.  My house was full of little ones, giving me the love only they can give.

Soon will come the warm summer nights, sitting outside, each season has it treasures.

I live in an amazing state..............I am blessed by that fact.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I CAN'T WAIT!! The Help - Movie Trailer

I just so much loved the book, as noted HERE

Guess we'll have to wait till August, which means you still have time to read this amazing book BEFORE the movie comes out.  Double-Click through to you tube so you can see it full screen.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Our Fine Feathered Friends

I guess my fascination for birds goes back at least two generations.  My Grandmother's yard had multiple bird baths,  and the big expanses of grass attracted robins looking for worms.  I'd sit on her back porch with her and she recognized and pointed out the calls of the various birds who were the regular visitors.  She could even imitate a few.

When my Dad and Lil Bro built a koi pond in his back yard years ago, the moving water and surrounding vegetation attracted a variety of species.  We bought Dad an Audubon guide so he could identify his visitors.

But for years I lived in apartments and didn't really have much chance to observe the birds.  All that changed about 10 years ago when I moved into an apartment with a big outdoor balcony.  Not thinking anything would really happen, I put up a feeder and filled with seeds.  Within a week I was swamped with sparrows and house finches.  That spring I was also invaded by red winged blackbirds, who spent most of their time in nearby wetlands, swaying in the breeze on cattails. 

Crazy as it may sound, when we moved into our house 6 years ago, one of the things I looked forward to the most was being able to thoughtfully build a backyard that had all the key elements to attract birds.  With a feeder, birdbath, birdhouses and trees, the birds began to come.  Each year a wider variety shows up, and it brings me great joy. 

I've rubbed off on the people around me, The Husband doesn't just notice them at home, but while working, and on the golf course.  Then a happy surprise has happened in just the last few weeks.  It started with the tattered copy I have been dragging around for years, of this book.



In the circle where we live there's an abundance of little boys, who I've attempted unsuccessfully to interest in bird watching.  At their age, they'd rather be riding bikes and playing kickball, and I don't blame them.  Who wants to sit still and be quiet if you don't have to?  But I pulled out my tattered field guide a few weeks ago, and little Ben across the street showed an interest.  He'd learned about birds on a field trip his mom took him to, he started to devour the book.  I'd been planning on buying a new one, so I gave him my copy.  Apparently he's turned into quite the "birder".  His mom says he carries the book everywhere he goes, even to a birthday party yesterday...........and he told me very quietly on Friday, "I really love this book".  He couldn't be tempted away from it, even by pleads from the other boys to ride bikes.  Maybe he'll grow out of it, just a phase, but it's fun to see a little one taking pleasure in Nature.

For me, to sit outside, or by a window, field guide and binoculars at the ready is and exercise in calm.  I think your heart rate slows, and your brain has lots of spare energy to think, pray, even write blog posts in your head.  Alone, or shared with someone else, I think most people would be surprised how relaxing and soothing it can be.  Just a flat dish, kept filled with water, will attract birds.  Give it a try!

And this weekend, the red winged blackbirds showed up.............a true sign that spring is really here.

Happy 3rd Blog Birthday

Today is my 3rd year blogging................thanks to all my loyal and new readers..............you enrich my life.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tunesday - Memories

The very first concert I ever went to, outside of church things, was when my Dad took me to see the 5th Dimension at the Denver Auditorium Theater.  I think this was the roots of my love for live music.  We had been listening to the 5th Dimension's tight vocals and harmony at home.  They were "groovy", and I loved it. The excitement of seeing them live was amazing.  What a night.  A few of their songs have been playing in my head in recent days..............as often happens, songs get stuck on replay.  So in an effort to share with my readers the soundtrack of the radio station that plays in my head (KDON)......here's a good one.  Marilyn's smooth as silk voice.





And since we're remembering  those sounds...............here's one just for you, Dad.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Torn Distal Bicep Post Op Day 42

Update on The Husband's arm.  He's been in physical therapy since last week, twice a week, he goes back tomorrow night.  Not easy to coordinate the appointments with his graveyard shift..........but this too shall pass.  He's seen significant improvement with his range of motion, even in just a few appointments.

The therapist wanted him to wear a compression sleeve, to help with fluid build up. She gave him a lovely flesh colored one...........but then he showed up with this..............


So now I'm referring to him as Allen Iverson...........which is funny since he disdains all things NBA.

One of the main issues with this type of injury, surgery and rehab is your ability to supinate your palm up...........so he's working with a small weight each day.  Here' what he can do with the good hand.


But the injured arm will only go this far



So we've got a ways to go...........but he tells me he started working with his firearm at work last night, he's got range qualification coming up...........he's got to be 100% before he can hit the mean streets again.

Spring Comes Slowly

Spring is taking it's time this year, which is just as well.............if all the trees leaf out and then it snows, you can end up losing branches...............or the leaves freeze, fall off and we have to start all over again.  But Easter is only two weeks away and I'm anxious to spend some days in the back yard.  So I planted some seeds of various kinds and put them in pots on the dining room window sill. The only thing coming up so far is the wheat grass..............and I think Bessy could plant and get wheat grass to come up.  But it makes me feel a little less suburban to grow something...............anything.



And there are tiny, bright green leaves coming in on my aspen..............you can see them in the late evening light.



The doves are back...........and I swear I heard a hummingbird............but then, I hear things.

After an unusually quiet weekend, (golf on in the background, the Masters, you know)  I found extra time to just sit and watch the birds come and go.............Bee Gees "Main Course" playing on the rock speakers, it was just too windy and about 20 degrees too cold. But music and contemplation can work wonders for your soul.

Deja Vu

You just never know what you're going to see when you wander into a antique/junk store.  Sometimes you find a slice of your childhood.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

End of the Day Tunesday - Leon, Michael and Chris

Sometimes there is a cosmic alignment.  Song, vocals and arrangment.  The melody, the lyrics, the instruments. 

In this case, a Leon Russell song (maybe his best ever?), Michael Buble with his fresh, modern, retro crooner stylings, and the cherry on top, Chris Botti who makes the trumpet sound like a human voice.

Enjoy. 



I love these artists, this song.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Finally....................April

May have mentioned here and elsewhere that I hate March.  Useless month, really.  Usually we get buried with several snowstorms, often measured in feet not inches.  This comes when I am finally DONE with that snow that I was so in love with,  the previous fall when it first fell.  Yes, I am fickle and disloyal when it comes to weather..................I grow weary at the end of each season and want whatever comes next.

This March however was less desirable than most................as the snows never came, so I couldn't mentally envision the snows melting, trickling down to bring  life to My Tiny Garden.  It was just windy and bleak.  And dreadfully dry. 

April, however,  is in its fourth day and showing all the signs of being the schizophrenic weather month it always is.  Friday and Saturday were everything spring days should be................warm with a chilly undertone...............golden sunsets.  Sitting in the sun.............kids using chalk on the driveway and scootering, biking about.  And in the backyard...................Bessy finding the sun spot, with her head RIGHT NEXT to the rock speakers while KBCO played, and I put compost down on my wall garden. 



Sunday was more of the same (although a little too windy).  The house filled up with eight adults and six little ones.............all gathered to partake of Mexican Fiesta night................more on that later.

The literal cool side of the pillow came on Sunday, when, after a few hours of sunshine......the rest of the day looked like this outside my loft window.



Tomorrow? 


Bring on the moisture.

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