Mumbles … Screen

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The days of the silver screen may be over.  People have been getting by with Netflix and Apple TV, Hulu and Prime Video.  There may not be Blockbusters left, but there are Redbox machines if you want to risk the germs from the last person who had that DVD.  To try to survive this Corona Virus shutdown the local theater is popping up bags of popcorn on the weekend and will sell you candy as well.  There really is nothing quite as good as movie theater popcorn… except the popcorn my Dad used to make on the stove years ago.

Now back when I was able to work there were people who would watch movies and TV shows on their phones in the breakroom.  I am afraid there are a lot of movies with great cinematography that will not come through on such a small screen.

If people get comfortable in their homes watching the first run movies, will theaters be able to survive?  Personally, I love a movie on the big screen, just not too happy about the prices.  There is no way of knowing until this pandemic runs its course and we can maybe get used to a new normal.  Time will tell.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – screen

Mumbles … Musical

This is a prompt I can really enjoy.  As a matter of fact, I love musicals.  I remember as a kid seeing some of the lavish musical productions in movies that my mom would watch.  I always thought the ones with the synchronized swimmers were amazing.  I am blanking right now on who the star from those musicals was.  I keep thinking Esther…. We’ll come back to that.

Then about 5th or 6th grade Grease came out.  I LOVED that movie.  Saved up money and went to see it six times in the theaters!  My friend across the street had the soundtrack and we used to always sing along with it and wish we were Olivia Newton John.  My obsession just went on from there.

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I even passed it on to my daughter, watching musicals with her growing up.  Of course, all the wonderful music in the Disney movies was how it started.  When she was maybe 3 or 4, we got the stage production of Cats and she loved to dance and sing with it.  So, logically when the touring company came to town my husband and I took her to see it live.  She loved it.

We went on to Chicago, Rent, and Across the Universe.  We had high hopes the genre may be back when La La Land came out.  It did okay but was not a big hit.  Unfortunately, we also went to see the new film production of Cats.  I won’t say I hated it, but it was so much different from the stage production.  There was a nice addition of a tap dance number that wasn’t in the stage production, but it will probably not make it to my DVD shelves.

Now I have a couple of new DVDs from Christmas that are musicals. I think I need to start adding some of those classic ones to my list.  Now I must go listen to “The Tango Maureen” – bonus points if you know what musical that song is from.  Oh, and yes, it was Esther.  Esther Williams, I believe was the star of a lot of the swimming musicals.  ♫♪


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – musical

Happy and Grateful – Day 316

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

I am beat… had a better day today.  Still not great, but better.  I went with my daughter to a yearly event.  It was a craft fair.  It is always good to see the latest crafting trends and a few old standards.  I was disappointed by one vendor who was missing that I always buy from… but I guess I save money that way.  I was grateful my daughter had the time off from work to be able to go with me.  She found a couple of Christmas gifts for her friends too.  Me, I bought banana bread from a long time vendor who always has delicious stuff to eat.

I was happy to then spend a quiet evening with my boyfriend watching a couple of movies.  After the walking I did putting my feet up was what I needed.  The movies were from the local library and were ok, but not great.  We watched Krampus and The Wall (not the Pink Floyd version) and all I can say is I am glad I didn’t pay to watch them.

I am ready to close my eyes.  I hope you remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 281

The month of October is upon us.  Fall is in full swing with the leaves gathering on the lawn… maybe a pile or two to run through even.  The evenings are getting dark earlier as the days grow shorter.  And a few of us look forward to a good scare with Halloween coming this month.  Everyday has at least some small portion of good in it.  I am looking for that good with this challenge to find my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join in with the challenge by commenting or writing your own blog… let’s find some goodness today.

Today was another perfect fall like day.  Sat with the window open beside me listening to the birds sing and the kids play.  I have to shake my head at least a dozen times when there are a few of the neighbor kids out there.  If I had talked like that at their age I would have been in so much trouble.  And we have new upstairs neighbors who will yell at their mom from the playground… and the way they talk or back talk to her is astonishing!  Times have sure changed.

Today my boyfriend and I went to the grocery store and restocked the refrigerator.  It took almost an hour at the store… I am paying for it tonight with leg cramps.  My back is also not very happy with me for all the lifting and bending putting stuff away.  But I am grateful I am done with shopping for us for the week.

My happy moment… not so many today.  Feeling pretty down tonight.  My boyfriend and I watched a couple of movies tonight and I don’t recall laughing at all.  One was an action drama and the other was a “horror” film.  Nothing great, just something to pass the time.  No messages or texts from friends.  No answered emails.  No change in my Dad’s pain levels.  I did hear from my daughter this morning but it was a one message post and run.  Let’s just say I am happy to have seen another day from start to finish.

I am going to let my nighttime meds do what they are supposed to now and hopefully sleep.  Remember to find your happiness (no matter how small) and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Day 53 – 100 Days of Happiness

Music is a big part of my life.  There are not many days that I don’t listen to some kind of music at some point in time.  So it is no surprise then that I love movie musicals or movies with great soundtracks.

Today after my boyfriend and I watched a show we had recorded on our DVR I checked the channel guide to see what was on and I caught a movie just starting that I have watched many times and know the soundtrack well.  It is the movie The Rose with Bette Midler.  I love the music and although sad it is a very good movie.  Bette puts so much emotion in all her songs you really feel them.  It really draws me into the movie every time.

So now I am thinking tomorrow it is time to bring out some DVDs to watch – Chicago, Rent, The Big Chill…just to name a few.  Even the soundtrack to Star Wars and the Harry Potter films are really great to listen to.  What are some of your favorite movie musical/soundtracks?