Molly the Cat doesn't like the sound of plastic bags being shook, opened, or crinkled. Yet, there she was the other morning playing and exploring on the painter's plastic sheeting. Lovely Molly. Doesn't she almost look like she's playing in snow?
Both Molly and I agreed to skip this week's movie review for ABC Wednesday. It wasn't hard to find a movie that fits the letter X, mind you. We definitely had one (Ex Machina). We thought the story line was much too dark for the holidays. Maybe Molly will write about it for the next go round of movie reviews that she decides to do.
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Missy Molly plopped herself down in my path for her first morning purrrr! and petting. Pretty Molly.
"Mew! Where do think you're going? I want breakfast."
"I want to do this first," I said, opening the back door to the chilly morning. I leaned out the door, talked into the air, and watched for poofs of cold breath to float away. Nothing.
"Good," I said, opening the door wider. Molly scurried to the south and I limped to the north with a bucket full of dumb cane. Dieffenbachia to some.
A few weeks ago, I finally took the overgrown dumb cane out of its pot. Wowza, I tell you. The plant's thick tangled roots completely filled the medium-sized pot. Sorry guy. It is the sole descendant of the original plant that the Husband received as a gift in the mid-1970s.
From this successor of a dieffenbachia, I pulled apart about a dozen more descendants. I also snapped pieces from two or three tall stalks to try growing more that way. With luck and care, we may have a whole lot of healthy dumb canes in the near future.
As for Molly? She let me pot one pot with cuttings before shepherding me into the house to give her breakfast.
According to the Missus Lady, if you asked the Mama, who I knew as the Tiny Old Lady, "What have you been doing?" and she happened to be very tired, she would answer, "I have been to see the queen." I miss the Little Old Lady. Mewwwwwww Queen of Katwe (2016) Setting: Katwe, a slum in the city of Kampala Uganda This movie is based on the life of Phiona Matessi, an Ugandan chess queen. This young woman won several junior chess championships in Uganda, as well as represented the country in four Chess Olympiads, which are tournaments with teams from various countries. What is very inspiring about Phiona's story is that the odds were quite high against her learning to play chess when you consider her circumstances. Mewwww. Phiona and her family lived in a large slum called Katwe. When she was nine years old, she had to leave school because her father had died and the family could no longer afford to send her to school. She was also needed to help care for her younger siblings. (The Tiny Old Lady has a similar story.), as well as help bring in money, which Phiona did by selling maize. One day, Phiona followed her brother to an after-school program in which children were playing chess. The program's director invited Phiona to sit down and learn to play the game. She picked up the game quickly and soon she challenged and won the best chess player in the program. The program's director thought that Phiona, and the other top players, had the talent and skill to do well in an upcoming chess tournament, but first he had to convince the tournament that the children of Katwe were worthy to compete with schoolchildren who did not live in slums. How was the director able to get Phiona and the others into their first chess tournament? How did Phiona do? How did Phiona's mother react to Phiona playing chess?
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I'm tired of writing about movies. But, I have to say something. Missus Lady says so. She says she's not filling in for me like last time. So, okay. The other day Missus Lady received a surprise package from Miss Georgy (You rock!) of Jubilee Street. In it were sweet stuff including a couple of blank journals and blank postcards to invite creativity. Purrrrrrrrrr. This morning Missus Lady and Hero Man painted postcards in the backyard. She painted an island, I think, while he painted Me! Purrrrrrrrrrr.
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P.S. Maybe Molly will be back with a movie review next week.
I love a movie with penguins. Who wouldn't, I ask you? Who? Maybe owls. This movie stars a dog. Rrrrfh. I like dogs. My first friends and protectors were dogs. I love dogs. Rrrfh. Sometimes Missus Lady and Hero Man remark how much like a dog I am. My Humans so know me. Rrrrfh. Oddball and the Penguins (2015) Setting: Middle Island off the coast of Warrnambool, Australia Fairy penguins do indeed have a breeding colony on Middle Island off the southwestern coast of Australia. And, Oddball was an actual maremma sheepdog who saved the colony of fairy penguins from dying off on Middle Island in 2006. So, purrrrrrr, this movie is inspired by a true heart-warming tale. Why were the fairy penguins dying off? How did the farmer who owned Oddball knew he could protect the penguins? Also, who among the townspeople didn't want the little penguins to flourish, and why didn't they?
I love this movie. Rrrrfh! Purrrrrrrrrrr.
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Sir Billy Connolly is one of the Missus Lady's favorite actors. Until she saw Mrs Brown, she thought of Connolly as being that Scottish actor in a 1980s high school sitcom who played the teacher of a class of specially smart, and troubled, kids in New York City. It was when the Humans first signed up for Netflix that Missus Lady got on a Billy Connolly kick and came to realize how versatile an actor he is. The Man Who Sued God (2001) Setting: Some place in Australia Steve (so wonderfully interpreted by Billy Connolly) is a lawyer turned fisherman. Not sure if he does it for a living or just says that's what he does. One day his fishing boat is struck by lightening. Ka-Bloom! The insurance company tells him that they will not honor his claim because it was destroyed by an Act of God. Oh-oh. Steve sees red. And, sues! But, who does he sue? Uhm...the churches. Yup. Steve sues the churches because they are God's representatives on Earth. How are the churches going to get out of this? A little love story gets thrown into the mix. Steve meets Anna (played by the awesome Judy Davis), who has been hired to be his public relations specialist. Must keep the story in front of the people, you know. Both Steve and Anna still feel raw from relationships gone wrong, hence the gruffness they feel towards each other. Is that annoyance really attraction?
What about the churches? What will happen should they lose the case?
A note from Su-sieee! Mac: M is the letter for this week'sABC Wednesday. M as in Molly the Cat who has kindly been writing for me while I space out. Molly was quite ambitious today, mapping out the next round. I thank my stars she scrambles forward executing what I only think about.
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We've been quite busy this week getting everything ready for a party this Saturday. Missus Lady and Hero Man will be celebrating their #21 anniversary. It's a casual affair at the house.
There are so many things to do, but the Humans don't seem too concerned that they've only done a few things. Missus Lady is learning that it takes her longer to do things and that she poops out sooner. Not sure what Hero Man thinks, but he does seem to be having fun.
Boxes still line one wall of the living room. Missus Lady says that if she moves the boxes, then something will have to go into that space. Neither want to think about what can fill the space, and they do want to fill it to cover the dark spot I left when I used to lie there. When Missus Lady thinks the boxes can stay where they are, she says, "Let's go with being thought of as eclectic." We shall see. Purrrrrrrrrrr. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Setting: Feudal Japan We love this movie! All three of us would watch it again. And, again. It's an animated film with a wonderful story, great action, and amazing characters to love and hate. It touches me right in the heart. Purrrrrrrrr. Kubo is a twelve year-old magical boy with one eye. He and his mom live in a cave away from the village. Every day Kubo goes into the village to earn money from storytelling, but he must be home before sunset or something horrible will get him.
Kubo tells stories with his shamisen, a stringed instrument that has two
strings rather than three. The notes that he plays turns into origami
that illustrates the stories that he tells. His most amazing tale frustrates him because he cannot finish it. It is about his father, a samurai warrior, who disappeared long ago and his dying mom can no longer remember what happened.
After his mom dies, that something horrible sent Kubo magically to a far distant land in which his wooden monkey turns real. Kubo must find his father's armor or else! Will Kubo find his dad's armor? Why is it so important? How did his wooden monkey become real? Who is this Beetle that Kubo meets on his quest? Will he finally learn about his father? What is that horrible thing that wants Kubo? And, why does Kubo's shamisen have only two strings? Meew.
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The Humans own the movie I'm writing about today, one of the few that they actually see over and over. This is one of the Missus Lady's favorite musicals. Maybe top favorite. Every so often she breaks out singing "I've just been to the windy city" (usually while cooking or cleaning) and if Hero Man is nearby, he joins in. Happy sounds!
Yeah, they like to sing along during the movie.
The movie was made in 1953, the year that the Missus Lady was born. She said she first saw the movie when she was a teenager so all the Indian-and-Cowboy stuff was your regular movie rigmarole. She knows better today, she said. All in all, she likes this movie because of the songs and she loves how much fun Doris Day had singing and dancing as Calamity Jane. Calamity Jane Setting: The Dakota Territory in mid-1870s to 1880s.
I think without the musical stuff, the story would be considered a screwball comedy in the best way. Girl loves boy (not Wild Bill Hickcock) who loves the new girl in town who also loves the boy but she's loyal to Calamity Jane and doesn't want to hurt her. To add to that screwballiness, Wild Bill Hickcock, a very good friend of Calamity's, thinks he loves the new girl, too. Mewwww.
Will the new girl and the guy that Calamity Jane loves get to be together? Or, will the new girl end up with Wild Bill Hickcock? Or, will Wild Bill and Calamity realize they're annoyance with each other is actually love? Missus Lady wants you to know that the scene in which Calamity and Wild Bill (played by handsome Howard Keel) sing "I Can Do Without You" was done in one take. Purrrrrr!
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Emphasis on the word incredible, because this post is, after all, for the letter I for ABC Wednesday. The film I'm talking about today is incredible, no doubt about it. You know what else is incredible? The changing weather patterns. Incredible Harvey. Incredible Irma. And, the incredible high temperatures we had over the weekend. Depending on who was talking, it was 106, 116, or 119 degrees last Saturday. It was so hot I didn't want to eat. Not move a tiny bit at all. I kinda wished the Missus Lady would've shaved me. And, now, tonight, it got so cool, I snuggled on the couch next to the Missus Lady, who was under her comforter. Sacré bleu! Mewwwwwww. Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance (2015)
Setting: Cefn Ffirest, Wales, a once-upon-a-time mining village This is a documentary about a bunch of working class people who pooled their money to purchase a racehorse to breed and raise her foal into a winning racehorse. They called themselves the Syndicate and the foal, Dream Alliance.
The horse grew up on an allotment, which I think is a small piece of land on which the villagers grow their vegetable gardens. Eventually, the Syndicate hired a trainer and Dream Alliance went to live with the trainer and other racehorses-in-training.
Dream Alliance showed potential, but his wild streak kept him from being like the other polished racehorses. Good for him, the Missus Lady said. It was probably what made him a grand competitor, I think. Purrrrr. Here's a hint on how well Dream Alliance fared. One newspaper called him the "Slumnag Millionaire". Dream Alliance was prone to injuries, unfortunately. Would he be able to run in the next race? Should he? The movie is just more than a story about a no-nothing horse running well in some of the top races, including the Grand National. It's also a story about the Syndicate who are 23 strong-willed men and women eking out a living in a once-mining town. Race horsing is a rich man's sport, but they didn't let that bother them. Nay. Not at all.
But, will Dream Alliance's wins and fame go to the Syndicate's head?
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Molly the Cat can't stand the heat. Neither can the Husband and me. Nor can the computer.
The last couple of mini heat waves were simply high temps. Now Mother Nature has added another element—humidity. (Or is it us humans that has created the change?) Bleack. It's very unusual for our neck of the woods.
Poor Molly under all that fur. She looks at me and questions why I'm not doing anything about the heat. Kweippppp!
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Slap. Slap. Slap. Slap. . . .
Molly the Cat stopped and quickly turned towards the sound of the noise.
She watched a big bear of a teenage boy running on the sidewalk across the street.
Where was Molly several minutes beforehand when a noise behind me caught my attention. I watched a young man roll down the street on his skateboard holding to the leash of his running big bear of a dog.
Mornings are wonderful around here.
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