Thursday, February 5, 2015


Dull and boring skies around here.  I have gone into the archives and found what I think can pass as sky photos for SkyWatch Friday.  A wasp nest I found in Meadowlark Gardens last year, with the sky as a background.

Now for Willy-Nilly Friday Five, in order as they happened.

1) I saw a cute movie for the first time on TV the other night, even though it has been out for quite a while.  It is "Enchanted" and was made in 2007.  I am late to the party but loving this movie.  It stars Patrick Dempsey, Amy Adams, Timothy Spall, James Marsden, Susan Sarandon and several other talented actors.  

The synopsis reads:

The beautiful Princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan.  Shocked by the strange new environment in need of enchantment, but when Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer who has come to her aid - even though she is already has a perfect fairy tale prince back home - she has to wonder: Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world."

If you enjoy happily ever after, whimsical tales and haven't seen this before, check it out.  You might like it.

2)  I went to another opera with a friend to see the live HD broadcast of Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman with Vittorio Gingolo in the title role.  I enjoyed it. They have put these great seats in the theater with extra wide arm rests. You could say it is like sitting in a lazy boy with lots and lots more room than the movie seats I have been used to.  You don't feel like you are sitting on the lap of the person next to you......joyful!  Lots of space in front also and people don't have to climb over you if they need to exit the auditorium.  There is so much space in front you barely notice a person walking by.  You can make the chair lie practically horizontal; the foot rest comes up, all with the touch of a button on the side of your seat.  I found myself dozing off a couple of times, fortunately only little catnaps.  The opera lasts about three-and-a-half hours and I have noticed several people who have taken small pillows and throws.  At first it struck me as funny but on thinking about it, how sensible and what a good idea.  You don't see many young people in there.  Twenty years ago I would probably have rolled my eyes, but now I am thinking of taking a small pillow and throw the next time I go.  What would our parents and grandparents say? 

3) Last week I was going on about Cadbury's Chocolate.  I forgot to mention my other nostalgia food from the UK, Fish and Chips. When we were back in England last year, our rental was just up the road from a good old fashioned fish and chip shop. We were only in Buckfastleigh for five days. Three of those days we found our feet heading down to that little chippy.  It was so convenient. This little shop down the road was the absolute best and the people who ran it were very friendly, family run and it is always nice to be able to give family places our business.  Recently I was surprised to find that Fish and Chips weren't always a British thing, as I grew up thinking. In the 1600's fried fish in batter was brought to England by Jewish immigrants from Portugal and Spain.  You could have knocked me down with a feather. The fried potato came from France. Winston Churchill called them "the good companions".   He couldn't have described them better.  You can read the history of fish and chips right here.  

This is the chippy we liked so much.  

4) Yesterday was my day for chatting on the phone.  My niece and brother-in-law called up from Germany.  After a good catch-up, brother-in-law left my niece and I to talk for a while longer.  He knows we will be on for a considerable time.  An hour later Gregg came home and he was happy to join in.  We were almost at the end of our conversation when son called up.  I wish I knew how to put him into the conversation.  I don't know enough about Facetime yet.

5) Today I met up with another friend at Bob Evans for breakfast. Bob Evans is Gregg and my pop-to place whenever we take our car to the dealership.  There is a Bob Evans across the road.   It is usually at dinnertime.  My breakfast/lunch today was at 11.00 a.m. This friend and I have a lot in common.  We both have a passion for taking photographs.

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