Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Help Eddie Win Some Toys!

Eddie LOVES toys with the Plush Puppies label made by this company. We have several forms of their popular hedgehog plushie. Please help him win one of evedrything from their catalog by clicking on the graphic in the right column which takes you to their site. Eddie gives cyber kisses to anyone that helps!

Friday, November 26, 2010


Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving day with friends and/or family. We had turkey dinner at my mom's condo. It was a quiet day with just me, jerr, my mom, and jerr's mom Marge.
Jerry and Marge at the partially set table (yes, there was more food to come )

Jerry and I after dinner and dessert. We didn' bring a dog with us because Jerry was worn out from working 19 days in a row, most well over 8 hours, and i've been down with a sinus infection which turned to bronchitis. No one was up to walking them.

It's Florida so we had keylime pie (yummy) in addition to the traditional pumpkin pie.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I was in someone's house tonight and they had a collection of over a thousand troll dolls. It was spectacular!

The one is above is thought to be the oldest. It really looks quite different than the others.

Seasonal greeting.

I remember these from when I was a kid in the 60's/70's but I've never seen anything like this.

Monday, November 22, 2010

We Got Floor!

It's not grouted yet but it is laid. It's the same travertine we used to rebuild the shower. Daisey says "thanks LuVonne for recognizing that I match the floor".

My litle building inspector. You can' get anything past a rat terrier. He's sniffed every inch of the bathroom by now.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Under-rated Movie List

I traveled alot for my job during the 80's & 90's and missed quite a few movies that came out during this time: however, due to VHS technology, I was aware and did see most of the major movies of those decades. What I discovered later are 5 films that were not big block busters, even critically panned in some cases, that I believe are worth seeing. The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping, sometimes it's just nice to make a pot of soup and have a movie night/weekend. Here are my suggestions for movies that you may have missed and I believe are worth seeing:

The first is the 1994 film "Don Juan DeMarco" starring Marlon Brando, Faye Dunnaway, and Johnny Depp. The film is about a psychiatric patient (Johnny Depp) who believes that he is the world's greatest lover, Don Juan DeMarco. He is being treated by a doctor played by Marlon Brando who, despite his reputation as a phenominal actor, some critics complained just walked through this movie and brought down the overall ratings of the film. My belief is that the movie is less about the Brando character and more about Johnny Depp's charcter. It's a fantasy, it's charming, and different (bordering on oddball). You can't help but fall in love with Johnny Depp in this film - afterall, he is the world's greatest lover and women cannot resist him.

Benny & Joon is the 1993 comic romance about two oddball characters Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson) and Sam (Johnny Depp) who fall in love despite her mental illness and his out-of-reality behavior. Joon's brother (Aidan Quinn) has been her caretaker and finds it hard to let go, especially to the oddball Sam who she basically won in a poker game (don't want to give away too much there). Johnny Depp gives some awesome performance in the film without the use of words. His physical comedy is unbelievable and that alone is worth seeing this film.

Heart and Souls was a 1993 release starring Robert Downey Jr. as a yuppie businessman and Elizabeth Shue as his girlfriend that, unknown to him, is "the one". Without giving away too much of the story, something kinda magical and tragic happens on the day he is born and four lost souls are attached to him and watch him grow up and change unsure of why they are there. That's all I am going to say but it is very interesting to watch their individual stories unfold and the affection they have for him after all these years.

This is a 1985 film of mistaken identity where a bored New Jersey housewife (Roseanne Arquette) is drawn into the liasons of two strangers who hook up through a series of personal ads. Madonna plays Susan, basically a crafty drifter who uses people and dumps her problem situations on them, whose "boyfriend" sends his buddy played by Aidan Quinn to help Susan. In the mean time, certain things happen (don't want to give away to plot) where he mistakes Arquette's character for Susan. There are interesting scenes into a New York that I seldom see in film except for small independant film. It's not glossy Manhattan, the hood, or Mafia (although Madonna's chatacter does set the tone of the movie in her first scene by waking up next to a dead mobster) but magicians, and inner-city trend setters and creative people just getting by. It's a fun movie and, to me, probably Madonna's finest until A League Of Their Own.

This 1989 film has four chatacters who are all equally interesting, well-acted, and you want to root for all of them although they are often on opposite sides of the situation. The actors are James Wolff, Glenn Close, Mary Stuart Masterson (so convincing in this role) and Kevin Dillon. It was panned by critics as predictable, and perhaps the childless couple adopting a baby from a young unwed and ill-prepared couple is predictable, but the acting and the characters drew me in and it was all new again. The sound tract to this movie didn't hurt either :)

Speaking of soundtracts, another movie from this era that I can rewatch is The Big Chill. I didn't include it on my list because it seemed more popular, better accepted, than the list of over-looked films I was going for. But, if you haven't seen it, add it to my list - great cast, interesting story and characters.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bathroom Remodel Update

The shower part of our bathroom repair/remodel is complete and it's very nice. Here's some before & after shots.

The pebble tiles set but before grouting (above) and after grouted(below).

Shower floor before grouting (above) and afater grouting (below).

Bathroom Thursday morning (above) and Thursday night (below)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Christmas Tree Palooza

I made a little shopping trip to Robert's Christmas Store (in Clearwater) today. I got quite a few photos despite that it was super busy. The first five are the tree & light room, and the decorated trees are from the main floor where they have all the other trim-a-tree, collectibles, and other decorations.

The icicle entry into the tree room.


Baker's Delight

Ice Cream Lovers

Chick Fil-A


Two Chocolate Trees

Coffee Lovers








Mardi Gras

Hunting & Fishing Trees


Pirate Tree

Redneck Tree




Wine Lover's Tree

Neighborhood Muscovy

Broke Wing So, back in March a mama Muscovy showed up with 14 ducklings in the pond across the street. These ponds are retention pond...