Is It Just Me...

or is there something wrong with this picture?

This reminds me of a few years ago when our town was electing a new mayor. One of the candidates began posting his campaign posters around town. His motto?

"If things don't change, they will remain the same."

Well, duh.

My Favorite Movie

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If you've read my About Me section on the right, you know that I love movies, especially old classics. I absolutely love the actors of the old movies. They really knew how to act. Cary Grant has always been one of my favorites. There was just something about him (maybe it's the accent) that always drew me in. Suave and debonair were the words they used back then to describe this type of man.

This has been my favorite movie for a while now. When I was younger we had the movie on VHS, and a few years ago I bought it on DVD. Many people have never seen this movie, but if you've ever seen Sleepless in Seattle, you've seen at least a few bits and pieces.

Cary Grant plays Nicky Ferrante who is known around the world as a playboy. The movie begins with radio stations in several different countries announcing that Nicky is engaged and set to be married when he returns from a trip to Europe. It is on this return trip from Europe, on a cruise ship on it's way to New York, that Nicky meets Terry McKay, a beautiful young woman who is also engaged. They begin to run into each other all over the ship leading everyone to believe they are having a secret affair. Friendly conversation leads them to getting closer to each other with each passing day.

By the end of the trip the two have fallen deeply in love despite the fact that they are both still engaged. On the final day on the ship, just as they are about to dock, Nicky and Terry decide that they will put off thier weddings until 6 months. When 6 months has passed, if they still love each other, they will meet at the top of the Empire State Building. If they both show up, then they will marry each other.

Of course, nothing ever goes as you plan or hope. Tragedy has a way of striking when you least expect it. Sometimes you have to keep on moving despite wanting to just sit down and give up. No matter what happens, remember, love will always conquer in the end!

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The above scene has always made me sad. It is the final day on the ship. That morning Terri finds Nicki and they talk about their plans. This is when they decide that they will meet 6 months from that date at the top of the Empire State Building on the 102nd floor since it's "the nearest thing we have to Heaven in New York". It's a sweet scene, yet at the same time it's very sad because you don't know what lies in store for them. And it's got to be hard parting from someone you love so much not knowing.

A piece of trivia: According to IMDb, this movie "was voted the #5 greatest romance of all time by the American Film Institute".

I Really Want...

this dress from Shabby Apple.
It's the Mary Jane Watson Black Trench Coat Dress.
All of their dresses are beautiful, but this one is my favorite.

A Few of My Favorite TV Shows

Watched on Hulu

Burn Notice
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Royal Pains
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I also watch a variety of different shows on dvd: Walker, Texas Ranger; The Nanny; MacGyver; Gilligan's Island; Sanford & Son; The Golden Girls; Rawhide; Bonanza.

Another show I enjoy is The Big Bang Theory. I have the 1st season on dvd; the 2nd season will be out on 9/15.

What are some of your favorites?

Monk Phobia Dictionary

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I just realized that this is the final season of one of my favorite shows: Monk. I came across this on the USA Network website. It is the Monk Phobia Dictionary. According to the website:

Monk suffers from 38 documented phobias, but that number grows by the episode. With the help of the Monk Phobia Dictionary, you can discover new fears for Monk or help diagnose a few of your own.

This dictionary allows you to click on a letter that will launch a list of all the phobias whose clinical names begin with that letter. It seems they have a name for every fear. Who knows? You might discover some new phobias of your own.

Polaroid, Poladroid

I've always loved Polaroid cameras. A few weeks ago I found my Mom's old Polaroid. These things bring back memories. Too bad the film is so hard to come by, not to mention a bit expensive. I could have so much fun with this thing!

Remember when Wal Mart had the green price stickers on everything?

I've seen a few people use the Poladroid program.
I might have to play around with it a bit, at least until I can get some film.

Star Flowers

I found this tutorial a while back.
This is a fun little way to turn cardboard toilet paper rolls into flowers or stars.

You could even make some butterflies.

Right now these are hanging over my desk.

I have plans, though, to turn them into a mobile.
Soon. Real soon.

Stay tuned!


This is my Dad.
He celebrated his 57th birthday Saturday.

This is the cake me and Shawn made:

Can you believe it? I actually had help on this one. I didn't have to do it all by myself. Here's me and Shawn with the cake. His Dad cut his head off. =]

We always have Dad a birthday party at church. I was going to make this cake, since my Dad is a carpenter, but I didn't think it would be the right size for the amount of people we would be feeding. So, we improvised.Dad said he didn't really care about having a party this year because some things happened at the last party that really hurt him. The church people assured him this one would be different. And they were right! We have a wonderful church family! I wish I could personally thank each and every one of them (new and old) for sticking by my parents and family for the last few months. Maybe I day soon.

Thanks Shawn for all your help!

And, Happy Birthdy again to Dad. You're the greatest!

Some Favorite Toys

I guess these could be considered some of my favorite toys because I've kept them all these many years. When I was 3 (I think), we moved to Texas. We lived there for 5 years while my Dad pastored a church. Most of these toys I got during this time. This was in the late 1980's, so I suppose some of these toys could be considered antiques.

Cabbage Patch Kids. You gotta love them! I know I always have and still do. They are just adorable. I wish I could remember all of their names. I do remember the redhead's name is Jessica Kay, the little boy is Adam and the baby sitting down holding the bottle is Megan.
He's always been my favorite.


At one time this cute little ice cream cone was filled with ice cream cone shaped candy. They didn't last long. They quickly "melted" away.

This ice chest was also at one time filled with some kind of candy. I don't remember what kind, but I'm sure it was tasteful.
You can't see it, but it says PUSH!


This is Snowball. Before I started school I went to a House of Lloyd party with my Mom. Snowball was one of the items that the lady had to show that day. I just had to have him. And I've kept him all these years. Oh, and he's a puppet.

I remember getting this bear at the dollar store. She came with a wedding dress, veil, pink shoes and ribbon. As you can see, somewhere along the way she shed her dress and veil. I guess she figured bears were not meant to wear dresses and veils. Although that doesn't explain why she kept the shoes...

I got this Bambi in a Burger King kids meal when I was about 6 or so. Me and my sisters all got one, but I think I might be the only one that kept mine. I'm just sentimental like that.It goes perfectly with this book that my pre-k teacher, Ms. Sylvester, gave me when I was...well, when I was in pre-k. That was many long years ago.

This is my little rhinoceros. I've had him for many years. Long ago, when I was a kid, I named him Ronald. Ronald the Rhino. Yeah, I'm one of those people that thinks the name has to begin with the same letter as the type of animal. {His eyes always reminded me of tiny Oreos.}

I've always loved this tiny book. It's size is just adorable, and the puppies are too cute! I always liked the Pound Puppy stories because the "big dogs" always took up for the unfortunate ones. It's always good to lend a hand to those in need.


I used to have a big collection of Trolls. I always thought they were the cutest things. This is the only one I have left.

Anyone remember these? More on them later.

Oatmeal Cookies

I've been eating these for breakfast this a.m.

This is one of my favorite cookies. They are so easy to make and oh, so delicious. If you like oatmeal. Someone informed me last night that they don't like oatmeal cookies, but he does like every other cookie and cake that I make and bake. So, maybe he'll like this if he tries them.

Quaker Oats Famous Oatmeal Cookies

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup trans-fat free vegetable shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening and granulated sugar on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add egg, water and vanilla; beat well. Add combined oats, flour, salt and baking soda; mix well.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.