Sunday, October 22, 2017

From Gate to Grate and a Bit Beyond


"Just from the gate to the grate," I said unsurely to the Husband yesterday, as he swung the car around to park on the other side of the rutted lane.

We were at the eastern end of the Juan Bautista de Anza national Historic Trail in San Juan Bautista. It's been almost two years since we've walked here. The last time we got as far as we did today because the Husband's heart couldn't take it. We didn't know then what was going on with his heart. I'm happy to say that the Husband and his friend, Gerry Andy Pacemaker, felt g-r-e-a-t. They had no problem going that short distance.

This time round it was me that we were being careful about. I discovered that my knees can handle walking on uneven, forgiving dirt with the help of a cane. I woke up yesterday morning determined to walk a bit up one of our favorite trails. 

Looking at the trail from the car, I wondered if I really could walk between the gate and cattle grate. The Husband thought the distance was more than a quarter mile.

Wowza. I didn't need the aid of the cane until I almost reached the cattle grate.

I crossed over the grate with a tentative grace. "Let's go up to the tree."

And, we did.

"Just to the bend."

And, we did.

Gosh, I felt g-r-e-a-t! 


Did you see the face in the tree?  That's what we saw on the side of the hill as we turned back.

Wandering and wondering, I am.

Today I'm linking up with All Seasons, a weekly meme hosted by Jesh of Artworks from Jesh StG. Click here to check out the other bloggers, and perhaps participate, too.



 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter O


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.




A note from Su-sieee! Mac: The letter O is the theme for this week's ABC Wednesday. Click here to check out what bloggers from around the world have written with the letter. Thank you,  ABCW team!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"Nothing from Me," Says Molly the Cat


No movie review from me today. But, here's a photo of purrrrrrrrrrrrty me taking a snoozer of a stretch

See ya next week with a movie. Ciao.

A Note from Su-sieee! Mac

Molly the Cat refused to write about today's selection, A New Kind of Love, a 1963 silly comedy romp starring the sparkly and sparking duo of Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman. She said, "How can I write about the movie, Missus Lady, when I've never seen it? Also, it's not on Netflix."

Always the logical cat, Missy Molly is, by golly.

Molly gave me her glare of a stare then a turn of her back when I said she could paraphrase what I told her about the movie. That Girl!

She didn't care that it was one of my favorite movies from my teenage years, making the circuits of the day, evening, and late Saturday night movie stations. It was a funny, sexy, actually quite layered, love story, but one I'd probably cringe at a lot if I were to see it for the first time today.

A New Kind of Love (1963)
Setting: The Fashion World and Sports World of Paris, France

Steve, a devil-may-care sports columnist whose lost his writing mojo, meets Sam, a tomboyish prude of a second-rate fashion designer, on a plane to Paris. Steve has been vanquished by his NY editor and Sam and her boss and boss's secretary are going to the Parisian fashion shows to rip off designs. Steve and Sam immediately are disgusted with each other. Of course.

When they next meet in Paris, Steve mistakes Sam for a rich man's escort, as she's wearing an ooh-la-la! long blonde-haired wig and high-tone duds. Sam plays along, because she thinks she's getting revenge,  and tells him a grand old story that really is about an experience of a rich countess (something like that) played by one of the Gabor sisters who her boss thinks he's in love with. By the way, dawlings, the boss's secretary is in love with the boss. 

Steve embroiders Sam's story as a sports metaphors in his column, voila! his magic with words is back. So, even though he thinks the countess quite a fake, he continues to get together with her to hear more stories. Eventually, he finds out that she is Sam, which means revenge time. Ah-ha!

Now, at this point, Molly the Cat would ask: Are the revenging Sam and Steve really in love with each other? How far will they take their revenge on each other? And, how does the movie incorporate Maurice Chevalier into the story so he can croon une chansone to Sam?



The letter N is the featured theme at ABC Wednesday this week. Click here to check out the offerings from bloggers around the world.



Friday, October 6, 2017

Just Saying


These books were new at the library last month. The one by the rich girl was prominently displayed, while Ms Arce's was shelved beneath it.   I could not resist pulling hers out and placing it next to the other with the tagline  "Rewrting the Rules for Success."

Isn't it interesting whose name was printed huuuuugely on her book?  Meow.

"That's not me mewing," says Molly the Cat.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter M


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's ABC 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.

Enough about our writing relationship. Click here to check out what bloggers from around the world have written with the letter M.

Thank you,  ABCW team!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter L


This week's movie selection is an old one starring Timothy Bottoms and a young fetching Dame Maggie Smith.  Some film guys categorize the movie as a comedy-drama, while others call it a bittersweet romantic comedy. Mister Hero Man says that often a movie is considered a comedy because a drama just happens to have natural funny elements to it. I suppose. But isn't that the life of humans anyway?

Missus Lady says that this movie is in the same vein as Harold and Maude, which was released two years prior to this one, except the story of love is more obvious between a woman twice the age of a young man. Missus Lady says she doesn't know how she missed this movie when it first came out. Maybe it had a small run because of the theme. I don't know why many people are askance at a May–December relationship. The Missus Lady would know. The First, and Late, Husband was twice her age. People had asked if the First, and Late, Husband was someone famous or if she (not knowing she was a native born Californian) needed a green card. Such stupid people. Meeeeeeeeeow.

Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973)
Setting: A summer in Spain

Walter, in his late teens, is from a well-to-do family in New York. Unlike his overachieving sister and father, he has no clue what to do with his life so his father sends him on a biking tour in Spain. Walter hates the experience so joins up with a bus tour in which he meets 30-something Lila who is an inhibited never-been-married English woman getting away from her elderly aunties. As any good romance story goes, Walter and Lila can't stand each other. She's an old cow. He's a too-old brat.

Then it happens. They are in maybe love. Enough in love to leave the bus tour, get a car-and-trailer, and traipse around Spain by themselves. It's only when a castle-owning older man enters the picture that the couple figure where they stand with each other. 

Will Lila and the older man live happily together in his castle? Or, will Lila and Walter be brave and commit a lifetime with each other?  And, if they do, will that change when Walter's father comes back into the picture?

Who doesn't love rooting for two awkward characters finding unconditional love? Purrrrrrrrrrrr.



A note from Su-sieee! Mac: It's the letter at ABC Wednesday.  I must apologize for only making a couple of K visits and very late in the week. I got wrapped up getting ready for our #23 anniversary party and then recouping afterwards. I'll be better this week, I shall.  Onward we go. Please click here to check out other L posts by bloggers from around the world. 

Thank you,  ABCW team!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter K


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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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter J


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!




A note from Su-sieee! Mac: Click here to check out what other bloggers from around the world have written about the letter J for ABC Wednesday.  Thank you,  ABCW team!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter I


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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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter H


The Missus Lady knew right away what movie she wanted me to review for the letter H. Mewwww. The movie is labeled a romantic comedy. Considering the subject matter, it's the best way to go. 

Female hysteria. 

Both Missus Lady and Hero Man had no idea that was a medical thing, and a very common diagnosis at that. Treatment was manual stimulation by a professional physician. I kid you not. Purrrrrrrr.

The other night Missus Lady was wondering if there was a connection between hysteria and hysterectomy. It turns out yeah. The root hystera comes from the Greek, meaning of the womb. According to the Wikipedia article about female hysteria, the condition was known way back in ancient Greece times. Some Greek eggheads thought that a woman's womb wandered about her body, I suppose like a snake, causing all kinds of havoc. What's interesting is that female hysteria stopped being a major complaint in the 1900s.  Could it be because of a certain invention?

Let me assure you that there is nothing erotic or pornographic about the movie. It's your everyday run-of-the-mill funny story about a stressed young man figuring how to handle a demanding job and a love for his fiance's sister.

Hysteria (2011)

Setting: London in the 1880s

Young Dr. Cutie Man (I don't recall his name) is into modern medicine, which is why he can't hold a medical position. Needing a job, he interviews with Old Dr. Creepy Looking Guy who specializes in treating female hysteria. Old Dr. thinks his patients would respond positively to Young Dr.'s firm hands so hires him. Young Dr. is a hit, but the downside is that his hands eventually cramp from the many daily treatments. Enter his friend who has invented an electrical something that looks like a feather duster. Could it be what you think it is? Possibly. Does it help Young Dr. with his treatments? Maybe. Does Old Dr. Creepy Looking Guy become rich? I don't know.

The love part. Old Dr. has two daughters. Younger Sister is a lovely staid gal happy with a traditional life while Older Sister is an independent woman who helps the poor. Young Dr. is attracted to feisty Older Sister who talks ideas, but gets engaged to Younger Sister before he realizes how he feels about Older Sister. The dilemma humans get themselves into.

The story takes place in the late Victorian era. Missus Lady no longer considers the period full of prudes.
 
Purrrrrrrr.




A note from Su-sieee! Mac: This round of ABC Wednesday is going by quickly. We're already at letter H! Click here to check out what other bloggers from around the world have written. Maybe you'd like to link up to the meme yourself.

Thanks, ABCW team!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter G


Hero Man and Missus Lady watched two bank heist movies recently.  I thought that was unusual because they don't normally like that kind of movie. But, then they weren't the usual slick, devilish robbery films with young or younger folks. No. The main characters are in their 70s.  Mewwwwwwww.

One movie was made in England, while the other was based in the United States. The story lines are similar.  The seniors are upstanding citizens who manage to live comfortably on their limited income. Then, pow! their former companies announce that they are doing poorly so they must decrease or stop the monthly current pensions. Mewwwwwww.

Golden Years (2016)

Setting: Southwest England (filming was done in Bristol and the Cotswolds)

Arthur and Martha become criminals by accident. Arthur is standing by the bank door when the armored car guard bumps into Arthur and is knocked out cold. The locked satchel full of money pops out of the truck. Arthur's reaction: Take the money and run. Arthur gives some of the money away to friends anonymously. When Martha finds out what happened, she chooses to join Arthur in robbing more banks. Over time, their friends get into the act, too.

The police officers are bumbling, unsympathetic characters. To us, viewers, that is. I almost wanted Arthur and Martha and friends to get away with their bad deeds. Purrrrrrrr. 



Going in Style  (2017)

Setting: New York City

While the English story felt comfy cozy, the American one was a stylized comedy, probably because of the big-name actors—Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin. It seems that if a movie features old fogeys, one or more of these actors are in the film. Going in Style is a remake. The original one starred George Burns and Art Carney. I wonder if that one had more laughs. Purrrrrrrrr.

The idea of robbing a bank comes to Michael Caine's mind after witnessing a robbery at his bank where he was trying to get financial assistance after his pension went kaput. He convinces his friends (Freeman and Arkin) to rob their bank, which wasn't difficult since they no longer had pensions either. The trio are trained the criminal elements by a pet store owner named Jesus. When they finally rob the bank, they get away with over 2 million dollars. Mewwwwwww.

And, yes, the FBI agent solving the robbery, as well as the first bank robbery, is a character one doesn't want to like. 



A note from Su-sieee! Mac: It's the letter G at ABC Wednesday. Click here to check out other posts by cool bloggers from around the world. Thanks, ABCW team!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Viewing the Solar Eclipse


I woke up to a heavy fog cover this morning. If I didn't know better, I would've said no eclipse for us today.

I knew better.

About 15 minutes before the total eclipse, I put on my sunglasses, grabbed a stool, and went out to sit on the driveway. Molly the Cat followed me out the door but she swerved to the right to stare at the pine cone covered with spider web nudged in the fence.

The Husband came out seconds later. "You aren't going to see anything."

"Sure I will."

He went back into the house only to return with a cup of coffee for me.  Such a guy!

"Where are the cards?" I asked. He had pricked 3x5 cards for us to view the eclipse.

"You're not going to see anything."

"You don't know that."

He sighed. Still, he went inside and fetched the cards.

While he was gone, I looked up into the sky. It sure seemed like I could see the outline of the sun through the fog cover. For sure, the sky was getting darker. The Husband commented that it had been darker when he noticed how much brighter the sky was 20 minutes or so after the fact.

I hope people who drove eight to 10 hours up to Oregon to see the totality of the eclipse were not disappointed.

I wasn't. I enjoyed sitting on my stool on the driveway imagining the total eclipse as I peeped through the pin holes in the Husband's prepared eclipse viewing 3x5 cards.

The next total solar eclipse to be visible in our neck of the woods will be August 12, 2045. Let's see, knock on wood, I shall be eight years shy of a 100. Whooo-hooo!


I'm sharing my silly post at ALL SEASONS, a meme hosted weekly by Jesh at Artworks from JeshStG. Click here to check it out.

P.S. The photo of me is by the Husband.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter F


Hello ABC Wednesday visitors! 

We're six weeks into the alphabet, so if this is your first time to the blog, welcome. My name is Molly the Cat, and I'm writing movie reviews for this ABCW round. The Missus Lady, one of my humans and the writer of this blog, is letting me try out my words. Nice of her, don't you think?

Missus Lady usually has two or three choices for me to pick from. Today's pick is one that the Missus Lady saw more than several years ago, way before my time. I chose it anyway because the Missus Lady liked it so much, and it introduced her to Gerard Butler. Purrrrrrr.

Dear Frankie (2004)

Setting: Greenock, Scotland

This is a story about a mother who loves her young son so much that she is willing to lie about his father.

Nine-year-old Frankie, his mom, Lizzie, and grandmother are constantly moving because they are running away from Frankie's abusive dad. But, Frankie doesn't know that his dad is a bad dude or that they're avoiding him. Frankie believes that his father is a merchant seaman, and the two write to each other on a regular basis. The truth is Frankie has been  corresponding with Lizzie who postmarks the imaginary dad letters from Glasgow.

Shortly after moving to Greenock, Frankie reads in the paper that the ship that his dad is on will be coming into port soon. Meeewwwwwww. Lizzie gets busy trying to find a seaman to pretend to be Frankie's dad. Enter Gerard Butler's character who Lizzie hires. Frankie meets him, and they instantly hit it off, to Lizzie's amazement and concern.

Will Lizzie and the stranger fall for each other? Will Frankie's dad find him? Will Frankie find out the truth about everything? And, how will he react?

Lots of unconditional love going on in this sweet story. Purrrrrrrrr.



A note from Su-sieee! Mac: Tis the letter B at ABC Wednesday. Click here to check out other F posts by cool bloggers from around the world. Maybe you'd like to link up to the meme. Thanks, ABCW team!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

No Sale


Before I could end my transaction at the Stationary Box Store, the clerk held up a piece of paper and asked, "Do you know about the store's promotion for a special protection glass for your iPhone?"

"No," I answered.

The clerk continued his spiel. "Wait, wait," I interrupted. "We don't have an iPhone?"

"We still have a flip top disposable phone," the Husband added.

"This glass can protect your watches," said the clerk.

I help up my bare wrists. "We don't wear watches."

The clerk was quite disappointed.

We weren't.

Giggle.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Green Acres


It was so gooooood to get home this afternoon. We spent over an hour stuck on a barely moving rural road, which normally would've taken 10 minutes to drive. I feel sorry for the commuters. They have to deal with this every work day.

We three—the Husband, Molly the Cat, and I—live in an agricultural area in which the only way in and out of town are two-lane highways and back roads. It was not a big deal until maybe five or so years ago when construction of proposed developments approved 20 or so years ago finally went into full force. The building moratorium was dropped, which was imposed because the City had to fix its screwy sewage system.  Bam! Bam! Bam!

The bummer about this is that many people who work in Hollister live other places because they can't afford the homes. As for the people moving into the new homes, they drive the two-lane highways and back roads to Hwy 101, the main highway to the cities where they work. Our roads are essentially impacted teeth.

The Husband and I are not used to sitting in traffic anymore. I didn't even mention the big rig toting two huge trailers that got stuck turning left onto the road. Fortunately for us we were at the beginning of this incident so we managed to scoot around the obstruction before the traffic went kaput. The experience reminded me of inching through the San Francisco city streets to get onto the Bay Bridge exit during commute hours. Triple-packed in a sardine can.

C'est la vie. Yeah.

On a calmer, and happier, note, here's the Husband this evening finding zen with the iPad. He was sitting where the once-upon-a-time shed stood. Can you find Molly the Cat?






Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter E


Purrrrrrr.

I had a great day yesterday. The Missus Lady and Hero Man said it was my birthday and that I was seven (seven!) years old. I got extra petting, extra cooing, and extra time outside. I also caught a bird which I brought into the house. The Humans had no idea I found it until almost dinner time. Purrrrrrrr.

In honor of my bird day, I picked this movie for you this week.

The Eagle Huntress (2016)
 

Setting: The plains of Mongolia

This is a documentary about
Aisholpan, a 13 year old nomad girl, whose father is teaching her to be a golden eagle hunter. That is a very cherished profession in their culture, which is passed on from one generation to the next. Only the males can become eagle hunters, because, as it usually goes, females do not have what it takes to handle eagles while galloping on horses. Aisholpan's father, having no sons, was not going to let his profession die with him. Good for him!

From the start of her training, Aisholpan shows that she has what it takes. Purrrrrrrrr.

Every year the eagle hunters of all over meet for a friendly competition. 
Aisholpan enters it. Will the men let her compete? Will she freeze? Will she win? How does the father really feel about his daughter's skills and talent?

Hero Man and Missus Lady liked the movie. They did groan at the start when they saw the subtitles. They don't like subtitles that are printed too small or when the white print is shown on a light part of the film. That means Missus Lady reads the subtitles out loud because the print is too hard for Hero Man to read. As they got into the movie, which was fairly quickly, the Humans didn't seem to mind the subtitles anymore.





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Before you go, here's some cuteness from seven-year-old Molly.  That girl!



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Surprise! It's an Olive!


Whoooooo-hoooo!

Our olive tree has its first olive.

It's a cute little olive.

Our olive tree is two years old, which we bought at our local olive festival in its six-inch pot of glory. It's about two feet tall today. One day it'll go into the ground. My, oh, my, think of all the olives that it may produce.

What shall we name our first lovely olive? How about Daisy?




Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter D


Gidget. The Flying Nun. Sybil. Norma Rae. Smokey and the Bandit. Murphy's Romance. Punchline. Where the Heart Is. Those are some of the TV shows and movies that starred, says Missus Lady, the spunky, good-hearted, awesomely talented, versatile, delightful Sally Field. They were all before my time. But, not this movie I'm talking about today. 

I love Sally Field. She's a cutie, a darling, and a sweetheart. Like me. Purrrrrrrrr.

Hello, My Name is Doris  (2016)

Setting: New York City
 

Doris is a 60-something single, never-been-married, woman who had been living with her mother for maybe most, if not all, of her life. The story opens with us learning that Doris's mom recently passed away and being encouraged by her brother, and indecently urged by the brother's wife, to downsize their mother's belongings, which Doris ignores. Good for her!

Doris has flights of fancy, so she sometimes gets caught looking weird and goofy. Doris has a crush on John, the new guy at work, who is about 25 or so years her junior. In one scene she's standing several feet in front of John, imagining that he's half naked and they're kissing deeply. She gets shaken from her daydream when John asks Doris if she's okay, because she's standing in a kissing pose with her eyes closed and mouth half open. That scene cracks me up every time I see or think about it. Mewwwww.

The movie is all about Doris finding ways, which are middle-school girl ones, to get John to notice her. Doris even goes to a nightclub at which the young crowd thinks she's the cat's meow. Someone asks her if she'll model for an album cover, or something like that. Doris also creates a fake Facebook account, helped by her best friend's granddaughter, and becomes friends with John. You know that's not going to end up well.

Missus Lady had several good-size belly laughs, which was good because Tiny Old Lady had gone to Heaven several months before we saw the movie. Hero Man also thought the movie was ha-ha funny. Tiny Old Lady would've enjoyed it, too. Purrrrrr.








A note from Su-sieee! Mac: The letter D is the theme for this week's ABC Wednesday. Click here to join Molly and me to read what others have written. Maybe you'll want to link up with the meme, too. Thanks, ABCW team!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Voila! Nothing There.


Until yesterday, that is what the Husband, Molly the Cat, and I saw when we looked out the patio door. Sitting behind the shed was a small chicken coop. Molly loved to climb up the chicken coop, along a plank, and onto the shed's southern eaves to take her nap between breakfast and lunch.

For the past year,  the Husband and I have talked about taking down the structures because they were useless. No chickens for the coop (never were!) and if we did have chickens I would rather see them strutting freely (kind of) around the yard. As for the shed, only hobbits would be short enough to stand in it. If, even then.

So, why was it built?

I don't know, and I don't care to speculate about how it came to be built. When I heard a crow and saw a butterfly as we dismantled the structures, I knew that the Mama liked our decision.

It felt good swinging the hammer and being constructively destructive. Pound! Pound! Grunt! Pound! GRUNT! Pound! Pound! The most physical activity that the Husband and I have done in a very long time.

Before we began our Pound! Pound!, the world was silent. Well, except for the sawing and hammering by the neighbors on our northside, who are building a beautiful deck. Our pounding seemed to have brought out the neighbors from the two houses on our southside. They were probably curious to why the quiet fogeys were creating such a racket. It felt like a party with all the chattering on the other side of the fences, the construction noise next door, and, of course, our Pound! Pound! Pound! and yakkity-yakking.

The once upon a time shed and chicken shed came down in about two hours. And, that's only because we had the help of our awesome friend Mister D. The Husband and I are barely at 70 percent in shape, and I think I'm being generous. Mister D and the Husband have known each other since college. He has always been there for the Husband and, ever since I've known Mister D, for me.  Thank you, Mister D! Thank you very much!

Look! See the gift that Mister D gave us. The apple and avocado trees that were boxed in by the shed look happy with the nothingness, too.  I'm sure Molly the Cat will be glad as well, in time.


P.S. Mister D also helped the Husband fix the side gate for us, which got destroyed during the winter storms. When he and the Husband pulled the old post from its hole, they found that the gate post was held up by a just-the-right-size piece of branch wedged between the post and the concrete. Something, huh? 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter C


Missus Lady can watch a great romance story over and over. And over again. I don't know how many times she has watched the different versions of Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. She always stops at Two Weeks Notice, with Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant, when she's channel surfing and Hero Man is not sitting next to her. If he is, she grabs for the remote and flips to the movie during commercials.

Hero Man is fine with watching any movie once. But, he might think differently about this week's movie pick that they both enjoyed. It's another British film, by the way.

Cuban Fury (2014)

Settings: Office and dance floor, somewhere in England.

Bruce is 39 years old, shy, overweight, and unhappy, trudging from home to work to home day after day. At work he is hounded by his disgusting colleague Drew. If Bruce ever fought back, he would winMeeeeewwwwww!

Bruce used to be full of energy and spirit when he was a youngster. He was in fact a junior salsa dancing prince. He lived to salsa. Then one day, while he was in costume heading for a competition, he got beat up by a bunch of imbecilic boys.

Poor Bruce. That was the end of his salsa career. And, joy.

Back to the present. One day Bruce gets a new boss, Julia, who is a gorgeous, smart, and witty American. Bruce is in love. But he thinks he has no chance when creepy Drew tells him that he's going to have Julia. By chance (of course) Bruce learns that Julia loves to salsa

Out of shape, can Bruce salsa again? Can he win Julia's heart with his salsa? Can he feel joy again with salsa?

Bruce is played by Nick Frost, who is Simon Pegg's partner in a whole bunch of comedies, such as Paul, The World's End, and Hot Fuzz. Missus Lady thinks Mr. Frost is a teddy bear of a cutie. Both she and Hero Man loved the dance scenes and were impressed that Mr. Frost did his own dancing. Salsa music is fast-paced and long. A lot of constant movement going on. Very tiring. Meeewwwww. Prior to the shooting of the movie, Mr. Frost practiced salsa in the dance studio six to seven hours, five to six days a week, for seven months.  That's dedication!

The movie was based on an idea by the talented Mr. Frost. This was a fun and sweet movie. Purrrrrrrrrrr. 




A note from Su-sieee! Mac: Tis the letter B at ABC Wednesday. Click here to join Molly and me to read what others have written for the theme. Maybe you'll want to link up with it, too. Thanks, ABCW team!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Feast Day of Santiago


Today is the anniversary of the day that we celebrated the Daddy's birthday. He would've been 112 this year.

The Daddy was born on July 15, 1905, but most of his formal papers show July 25. This is my theory for the discrepancy: His baptismal document, the only legal paper he had about his birth, was in Spanish, the primary language of the Philippines back then. Spanish was not the Daddy's family's first language. And, I suppose nobody cared when the Daddy signed a contract in 1928 to go to Hawaii to work on the sugar plantations, nor when he joined the Army during WWII or he became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

When the Daddy was born, the Philippines was in transition from being a Spanish colony to a United States territory. The Daddy said that when he was a baby his parents ran him up into the mountains to hide during the war. The Daddy was surprised when I told him that it wasn't Spain the Filipinos were fighting, but the United States. I'm not sure if ever believed his "rebel" of a daughter at the time.

The Filipinos helped the Americans kick the Spanish out of the Philippines during the Spanish-American War, with the promise that the Filipinos would finally govern their own country.  The Americans lied.  Nothing new about that when it comes to one country invading another. The Americans called the war an "insurrection" and said it ended in 1902. Nope.

Anyway, the Daddy's baptismal paper stated that the baby Santiago, who had been born 10 days earlier, was baptized on July 25, 1905, the feast day for St. Santiago, also known as Saint James the Apostle, in the village of Santiago, Ilocos Sur.

I still wonder if the Daddy was named after the village, the saint, or the fact that it was the saint's feast day.

Happy Birthday to the Daddy!