Sunday, June 28, 2015

Referring To My List

I have been floundering a little of late trying to get things done that have to be done.  Today I realized what my problem has been.  I am a list maker without a list.  So I sat down today with old fashioned pen and paper and wrote a list of all the things I need to accomplish.  I won't share the details, but it does lead me to a another list that you may find more interesting.

During lunch with some friends earlier this week the question was asked, "What movie when they come on TV do you always have to watch?"  Great question.  I was surprised to find that many of their favorites were mine as well.   In no particular order . . .

JAWS - I love this movie.  So much, in fact, that my first cell phone had the theme song for a ringtone.  Favorite scene?  Singing "Show me the way to go home.  I'm tired and I wanna go to bed."

My Cousin Vinny - Unlike JAWS this is pure humor.  Marisa Tomei and Joe Pesci are hysterical.  So many priceless scenes and I have almost every line memorized.  Favorite scene is hard to narrow down, but in the end it has to be Marisa's description of a baby deer at the brook drinking water.  BAM!  Do you care what pants he's wearing?

Shawshank Redemption - I read this novella by Stephen King way before it became a movie and loved it, though the story is called Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.  Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman played their roles perfectly.  If pressed for a favorite quote I would say, "Sometimes it makes me sad, though . . . Andy being gone.  I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged.  Their feathers are just too bright.  And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice.  But still, the place you live is that much more drab and empty  that they're gone.  I guess I just miss my friend."

Starship Troopers - Okay, guilty pleasure.  Not a great movie, but I love the tongue in cheek humor.  Casper Van Dien and Neil Patrick Harris star in this movie about earth being attacked by giant bugs.  "These are the rules.  Everybody fights, nobody quits.  If you don't do your job I'll kill you myself.  Welcome to the Roughnecks!"

Magnificient Seven - I love Yul Brenner and have seen all his movies.  This is an old black and white western where a poor Mexican town hires 7 men to defend them against a tyrant.  Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn (if you haven't seen The Man From Elysian Fields you should). . . what a cast.  By the way, this is being remade for release in 2017 starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke.

Zombieland -  Yep.  Love it.  When Woody Harrelson says, "You ever see a lion limber up before it takes down a gazelle?"  it's classic.  Or another great one, "Oh, this is so exciting, you're about to learn who you're gonna call . . . it's Ghostbusters."  Can't turn it off when it's on.  Ever.

Lake Placid - Not the only Bill Pullman movie on my list.  This movie has some great quotes and really great characters.  Story Line?  A giant Alligator is loose in the lake in Maine.  Top quotes? "Look, if you call me "ma'am" one more time I'll sue you, and with today's laws, it's possible."  But when Betty White says, "I'm rooting for the crocodile.  I hope he swallows your friends whole." she means it.

It's a Wonderful Life - Okay, so it's only at Christmas that I get into this one, but it only runs at Christmas so its all good.  "Everytime a bell rings an angel gets his wings."

Independance Day - Best President's speech by Bill Pullman in a movie ever.  EVER.  " We must not go quietly into the night.  We must not go without a fight."  It's a must watch on 4th of July every year.  But unlike It's a Wonderful Life, I'll watch this Will Smith movie anytime.

Now just because these are the movies I can't turn off when they are on it doesn't mean that they are my favorites.  There are several I love, love, love, but I am not as entertained by them over and over again.  Like Saving Private Ryan, Papillon, Se7en, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (also had its theme song as a ringtone), Pirates of the Caribbean, and Dogma.

And The Terminator, Lord of the Rings, and Arsenic and Old Lace.  I love when Cary Grant says, "Look I probably should have told you this before but you see . . . well . . . insanity runs in my family.  It practically gallops."

Bottom line is I love movies.  The good ones and the very bad ones alike can be quite entertaining.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Wild Kingdom

This has been an amazing year for not just spotting wildlife here at the house, but getting the opportunity to photograph it.  Like this Carolina Wren nest by our backdoor.  Snake skin for the nest?  Really? What was mamma thinking?  Look closely and you can see the fuzzy little baby at the front of the nest with his three siblings in the back yet to hatch.

Carolina Wren 6-12-2015
Aside from the usual suspects (rabbits, birds, and squirrels), last month I got pictures of a bobcat in the backyard.

Bobcat 5-7-2015
A few weeks ago after receiving a text from my neighbor across the street that a raccoon just wandered out of her woodpile I caught this guy taking advantage of my bird feeder.

Raccoon 6-3-2015
And the following morning when I looked out to see if that raccoon had dragged the feeder from the tree I saw this scrappy possum picking up seeds that had fallen underneath it.

Possum 6-4-2015
Now these guys were cool, to say the least, but the most impressive thing I have been photographing are a pair of deer that seem to call our end of the street home.

The reason they are so captivating is the changes they have made.

You can see here that one is very thin and appears to have narrowly dodged a bullet along her ribs. At the time I took this picture I didn't notice she was injured and thought she must be sick.

And the male had little antler buds coming up.

However, that bullet scar helped me identify her later and I spotted severe injuries to her back leg.  So happy to see her gaining weight.

What a fighter she is.  To overcome that kind of injury out here is amazing to me.  When I go back and look closely at earlier pictures I can spot the damage now.   So swollen with exposed bone and tendons.

And her buddy that never leaves her side?  Well.  He makes me smile.

It's going to be a real treat to watch these two.


Monday, June 1, 2015

Love Me Some Barn Quilts

I have so many posts in my head!  Hopefully now that I am on an eternal vacation from work (that's a blog post) I can get caught up on letting you know what's been going on.  However, today I am bushed from making the drive back home here to Texas from Massachusetts (good for at least three posts).  So today I want to show you something I stumbled upon on my drive.

I have known about the Quilt Barn Trails around the Midwest and East coast, but I have never seen one of the barns until this trip.

Stars and Cubes
I was thrilled!  Even though I didn't stop on the drive up to get photos, I made sure not to miss the opportunity twice and pulled off the road on my return.  With luck I happened to spot a second barn visible from HWY 81.

Once I got home and looked at a map of all the barns I was amazed and a little disappointed that there were so many so close to where I was.

Bow-Tie Set in a 9 Patch Sampler
There are 22 in Sullivan County, Tennessee where I saw these!  Oh, to be so close to something so interesting to me and to not have known.

There are several great website that map Barn Quilts all over the country.  They can be found in 34 states, many of which I just drove through like West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, Alabama, Massachusetts, and Maryland.  Seems like I may need to map a few out on my next road trip.